Char­ac­ter build­ing on Claude Rd

Southern Real Estate Guide - - Homes Profile -

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.har­ # 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!

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