Liv­ing in a na­ture won­der­land

Southern Real Estate Guide - - SOUTHERN HOMES -

Driv­ing through the Ararimu Val­ley on a sunny spring morn­ing you feel it’s great to be alive. Ar­riv­ing at Farquharson Rd just south of Hunua Vil­lage you re­alise you’re not the first per­son to come to that con­clu­sion – a num­ber of pri­vately sit­u­ated life­style homes have been set up here in this beau­ti­ful part of the world.

The prop­erty at 43 Farquharson Rd is a de­light­ful ex­am­ple. Vicki and Leon say all the hard work was done when they bought the home and 9748 square me­tre prop­erty and that they’ve had the good for­tune to en­joy it all. That may be so, but they have main­tained it in beau­ti­ful con­di­tion as the trees and grounds have ma­tured into a gar­den of Eden.

The home and its ad­ja­cent sleep­out fit per­fectly into the en­vi­ron­ment. With three good-sized bed­rooms and bath­room ei­ther side of a ter­rific kitchen and open plan liv­ing-din­ing area, the house seems to draw the out­doors in.

Ranch­slid­ers open onto a cov­ered deck run­ning the full length of the house. The decks then ex­tend out to cre­ate the ul­ti­mate out­door liv­ing area, com­plete with swimming pool and a fab­u­lous play­ground that kids will adore. The pool’s mas­sive pump would run a much larger in­ground pool.

Match­ing the house de­sign, the neat and tidy sleep­out com­prises a spa­cious bed­sit room, toi­let with wash basin, and laun­dry. It also has an out­door stereo sys­tem for the decks.

The for­mal gar­dens spread out in gor­geous fash­ion from the house and decks, the lawn and box hedg­ing per­fectly man­i­cured.

Ev­ery spec­i­men tree in ex­is­tence seems to be rep­re­sented; and the stone fruit and cit­rus tree are just as im­pres­sive. ‘‘The trees thrive here,’’ Vicki says, ‘‘the plum tree and olives just groan with so much fruit.’’

There are also raised and ir­ri­gated veg­etable gar­dens, and six small wa­ter-fed pad­docks.

With two 20,000 litre tanks the prop­erty is un­likely to run short of wa­ter. All the lawns and gar­dens are well ir­ri­gated and the en­tire prop­erty down as far as the pad­docks is weed mat­ted. There’s also so­lar heat­ing on the house roof.

The pas­ture was orig­i­nally formed as two large pad­docks with solid post and rail fenc­ing. Th­ese are cur­rently sub-di­vided into three small pad­docks each.

It’s a per­fect life­style sit­u­a­tion for a fam­ily who love ponies, farm pets for school calf days, or want a small amount of grazing land with some shade trees for their stock.

It is truly an idyl­lic set­ting. ‘‘The nights out here, with the stars and the moon, are just in­cred­i­ble,’’ Vicki says.

43 Farquharson Rd Hunua goes to auc­tion on Sun­day De­cem­ber 14, on­site at 2pm. Open homes Thurs­day 4.30-5.30pm; Satur­day and Sun­day 2.30-3.30pm.

Con­tact Steve Ball, Har­veys South­ern Sub­urbs Realty Pa­pakura, ddi 09 215 7347, mob 021 966 332.

In­te­grated con­cept: The house, gar­den and pool looks ab­so­lutely at home to­gether, work­ing in con­text with one another.

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