APART­MENT LIV­ING

Town­house ticks all the boxes, writes Donna McIntyre

Weekend Herald - - HERALD HOMES - APART­MENT LIV­ING

When Lisa Schol­lum re­turned to live in Auck­land in 2013, she was seek­ing an in­ner- city life­style sim­i­lar to the one she had en­joyed in Syd­ney. “I was look­ing for some­thing with that same vi­brancy and a bit of a com­mu­nity feel­ing. It was a bit tough to find some­thing sim­i­lar in Auck­land, but in the end a friend in the real es­tate in­dus­try helped me find this.

That was a big help as I was a young buyer on my own and I didn’t have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Her two- bed­room Eden Ter­race town­house is on three lev­els. Street en­try has a sin­gle garage with stor­age and laun­dry on the left of the stairs to the next two lev­els.

Lisa says this part of her town­house, one of seven bou­tique units at the end of Ran­dolph St, rep­re­sents the dif­fer­ence be­tween mass apart­ment liv­ing and a more in­di­vid­ual at­mos­phere.

“It is my favourite thing about this place as it means I can have a cat,” she says, in­di­cat­ing the cat­door in the garage en­trance, “and a chest freezer, and I can load every­thing into my car and go straight out.”

Next level up has the kitchen and lounge with doors open­ing to the Juliet bal­cony.

“This area gets amaz­ing af­ter­noon sun­light,” says Lisa. She says the bal­cony is a good spot for a few pot plants and she loves the way the town­house res­i­dents use their bal­conies in dif­fer­ent ways.

“And we have a nice mix of build­ings around here; it’s not like a big block of apart­ments. I like that there is a bit of char­ac­ter go­ing on, a mix of in­dus­trial de­sign plus dif­fer­ent types of hous­ing, great cafes nearby and also up­town Sy­monds St.”

The town­house’s top level has two bed­rooms, each with am­ple wardrobe stor­age, and a bath­room with an open­ing sky­light. “That gets rid of any con­den­sa­tion in the bath­room,” says Lisa.

The main bed­room has a view over the city sky­line; and in the sec­ond bed­room Lisa has a bed that folds up against the wall. “So, if you are a cou­ple, it’s a bed for guests when needed.”

Re­cently, Lisa en­listed the help of a project man­ager to over­see im­prove­ments for the town­house, in­clud­ing new kitchen with break­fast bar, new bench­tops and ap­pli­ances, new car­pet and floor tiles, and hav­ing the in­te­rior painted.

An­other as­pect that ap­pealed to Lisa about these town­houses is they had un­der­gone re­con­struc­tion dur­ing the early 2010s. “They had a new cer­tifi­cate of com­pli­ance is­sued and for me, in a way, that is a good thing as the bank will al­ways ask if build­ings are leaky. Be­cause this had a sub­stan­tial re­build I know, okay, it’s clear.”

Lisa is sell­ing her town­house be­cause she is about to take on the “project of her life”, re­lo­cat­ing her great- grand­fa­ther’s fam­ily homestead from the area ac­quired for new road­ing at Puhoi, to West Mahu­rangi. “And that all kicks off in De­cem­ber.”

“My town­house is a first home buyer’s place. It’s in the city but you can have a cat, load up your car and go some­where or go out on foot to Pon­sonby, the city or Mt Eden. It has as­pects of city liv­ing that apart­ment peo­ple some­times miss out on.”

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