Character building on Claude Rd
Some of Manurewa’s grandest old homes are tucked down driveways in Claude Rd, an area bordering the native bush reserves off Hill Rd.
In one case, the charming 1910s transition villa with its high ceilings and moulded plasterwork has been not just beautifully restored and renovated, but also extended into a magnificent 260 square metre, seven-bedroom home!
21 Claude Rd is nestled down a long, broad drive seven metres or so wide. It opens out further to provide spacious carparking additional to the high-roofed double garage with its internal access.
Such is the cleverness of design and detail, you have to look hard for the end of the old and the start of the new. Even the new aluminium windows are a good copy of the repainted sash and colonial windows belonging to the original rooms. And although ceilings in the new wing are ever so slightly reduced in height, they still carry through the same decorative detail.
The result is a home of two wings and a central body - one side containing four bedrooms and a bathroom, the other three bedrooms and another full bathroom.
In the centre are the original dining and living rooms - elegant spaces that have that ‘ feel-good’ factor about them, and warmed by woodburning and electric fi res.
What has changed, been transformed more like, is the kitchen. Kitchens may not have been important features of homes in 1910, but these renovations have created a huge and wonderful kitchen with family dining attached. Its marvellous granite benchtops, fabulous storage options, gigantic gas hob and double dishdrawers are as impressive as anything you’ll fi nd anywhere - a modern day classic with character.
The home’s extension, renovation and redeco- ration has been a labour of meticulous perserverence for the owners of the last 32 years. During this time a large family was raised here, enjoying to the full the 1124 square metre section with its lovely gardens and indoor/outdoor flow - an unusual attribute in an older home.
Where there used to be a swimming pool (an attraction for half the local school!) there is now a colossal deck with views of the Drury Hills. A 6m x 6m marquee was once erected on it for a big birthday party, and there was plenty of space to spare all around the outside!
This spacious and charming, versatile home provides a number of options for extended family, homestay, work from home - you name it, the space and quality is here to do it.
Given this versatility, space and quality, the asking price of $ 670,000 appears astonishingly good value. View by open home Sundays 4.00- 4.30pm, or by appointment with Robert Waterson of Harveys Manurewa, phone 266 6400, mob 0274 736 742, a/ h 268 7560.
View online www.harveys.co.nz # MNL3653.
Seamless transition: The 1910s transition villa has been masterfully extended and renovated.
Classic kitchen: Full of character but full of modern appliances and space-saving concepts.
Pleasure playground: The extremely large and attractive rear deck door could host a major social event - and has previously!