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Taranaki Daily News - Your Property Weekly - - Front Page - Barry Eas­ton

When it comes to real es­tate, the adage that ‘‘You can’t have your cake and eat it, too,’’ doesn’t al­ways ap­ply.

This Stran­don, New Ply­mouth prop­erty at 60 Wai­waka Ter­race is a case in point. The 1920s char­ac­ter home is sited on a 1308 square me­tre sec­tion and will ap­peal to both home buy­ers and de­vel­op­ers.

While the once op­u­lent homestead needs to be com­pletely ren­o­vated, it has great ‘‘bones.’’ Ex­ten­sive use of na­tive tim­bers, rimu in par­tic­u­lar, along with lead­light win­dows, bay win­dows and nu­mer­ous other fea­tures, in­di­cate that it be­gan life as a qual­ity home. In fact, the se­cond-to-last owner was a prom­i­nent New Ply­mouth doc­tor.

One op­tion, ac­cord­ing to TSB Realty prin­ci­pal Greg Hull, who is also the mar­ket­ing agent for the prop­erty, would be to sub­di­vide the prop­erty, leav­ing the ex­ist­ing home while at the same time re­tain­ing a por­tion of the large, slop­ing sec­tion.

A se­cond op­tion, sug­gests Greg, would be to re­move the home and sub-di­vide into two, or pos­si­bly three sec­tions.

‘‘If re­source con­sent is ob­tained, there is the pos­si­bil­ity of sub-di­vid­ing into three sec­tions. There are, how­ever, is­sues which would need to be ad­dressed in or­der to do this.

‘‘The X fac­tor of this prop­erty is the qual­ity and style of the home cou­pled with the size of the sec­tion,’’ he says.

Tracey, along with her brother, Ja­son, spent part of her child­hood at 60 Wai­waka Ter­race, when her par­ents sold their small Man­gorei Road farm, and bought the prop­erty for their re­tire­ment in 1980. She and her sis­ter, Chris­tine, shared some of those mem­o­ries.

‘‘The pri­vacy that this place of­fered was very im­por­tant to our par­ents,’’ re­calls Chris­tine. ‘‘Mum par­tic­u­larly liked pri­vacy and she chose a cor­ner site be­cause she didn’t like the prospect of hav­ing neigh­bours on both sides.

‘‘The lo­ca­tion was ideal. The ad­dress is in close prox­im­ity to Fitzroy Vil­lage, Stran­don and Fitzroy beaches, plus the walk­way and cy­cle-ways, as well as to a num­ber of schools.’’

A con­crete path­way, bor­dered on ei­ther side by ma­ture trees and large shrubs, leads from Wai­waka Ter­race to the foyer wel­come of this home.

A large, for­mal lounge – and if re­quired, sep­a­rate for­mal din­ing room – leads off a wide hall­way to the right.

Slid­ing rimu doors with lead­light glaz­ing can be closed to di­vide the rooms if re­quired. There are two fire­places – one in the lounge and the other in the din­ing room.

The pan­elled plas­ter ceil­ing is Tu­dor-like in style, and ad­di­tional brightly coloured lead­light win­dows in­di­cate a gen­er­ous bud­get at the time of con­struc­tion. The north­ern­most end of the lounge serves as a for­mal din­ing room.

The kitchen is all orig­i­nal, but has the con­ve­nience of a servery to the din­ing room and lounge area.

A sin­gle bed­room, bath­room with a shower over the bath, sep­a­rate toi­let and laun­dry, com­plete the rooms at this end of the home.

Three dou­ble bed­rooms, two of which over­look Wai­waka Ter­race, are at the other end of the house.

The tim­ber-clad home sits on con­crete foun­da­tions. A large work­shop, fit­ted with elec­tric light­ing, is lo­cated in a shed at the back of the prop­erty. Below this is a sin­gle garage which can be ac­cessed from Chilman Street.

A car­port also ad­joins the home at the back of the prop­erty, and there is an abun­dance of stor­age room un­der the house.

Half of the slop­ing sec­tion at the front of the home has been ter­raced, to form a large gar­den area. Ma­ture cit­rus trees abound here.

PHO­TOS: DEANE RID­DICK AT OPEN2VIEW

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