Off to the per­fect start

Southern Real Estate Guide - - FRONT PAGE -

The own­ers of this at­trac­tive three­bed­room bun­ga­low bought it as their first home and lived here hap­pily un­til re­al­is­ing their next step on the prop­erty lad­der.

It worked per­fectly for them, and will do again for another cou­ple – or it could just as eas­ily serve as a de­light­ful pri­vate abode for some­one down-siz­ing.

The 1950s stucco board home at 155 Rus­sell Rd, Ma­nurewa en­joys a quiet lo­ca­tion well back from the street at the end of a long drive­way – 645 square me­tres of fenced land with a very pretty out­door liv­ing area in­clud­ing a cov­ered yet sunny north-fac­ing deck.

The ven­dors have cre­ated a re­ally pleas­ant liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment, com­bin­ing neu­tral decor colours with beau­ti­fully pol­ished floor­boards through­out. They also ren­o­vated both kitchen and bath­room, so the ma­jor work has all been done.

The lounge is a stylish, spa­cious liv­ing area com­plete with floor­stand­ing heat pump and an open fire. French doors lead to the large deck which is a good spot for en­ter­tain­ing.

The kitchen is a de­light­ful room with good work space and stor­age in­clud­ing soft-close draw­ers and pantry, a ce­ramic hob and un­der­bench oven. It con­nects di­rectly to the din­ing area.

The bath­room is a good use of space, with mod­ern glass shower, nice van­ity, heat lamps and heated towel rail. There’s a sep­a­rate toi­let, also a sep­a­rate con­cealed laun­dry with ac­cess to the rear lawn.

Off the well-lit cen­tral hall­way we find two dou­ble bed­rooms with good wardrobe stor­age, and a third bed­room ideal for a nurs­ery or young child, or study.

The grounds are very easy-care, with am­ple space for a young one to play. With just one neigh­bour there is plenty of pri­vacy.

Aside from the sin­gle garage there’s loads of off-street park­ing and turn­around space, good for two-car fam­i­lies plus vis­i­tors, even a boat and trailer.

Rus­sell Road is well-placed for pub­lic trans­port with buses in the street and Ho­mai train sta­tion just a few min­utes’ walk for com­muters. It’s also handy to mo­tor­way and air­port con­nec­tions, while West­field shop­ping is about a five-minute drive.

The beau­ti­fully pre­sented prop­erty is well worth seeing. For sale by ne­go­ti­a­tion, with view­ing Satur­day and Sun­day 12 noon to 12.30pm, or by ap­point­ment with Gareth McIvor, Bar­foot & Thomp­son Pa­pakura of­fice; 021 462 111 or 09 296 0222.­

There’s a great use of space through­out, in­clud­ing french door to the deck.

The ren­o­vated kitchen, a happy work­ing space.

Pol­ished tim­ber floors and a choice of cli­mate con­trols in the lounge.

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