Katikati Advertiser

Home, production and secondary income

- By Cameron Scott horticultu­ral industry.

Boasting two well sheltered dwellings - a beautiful villa-style home and a lovely Federation style cottage, this versatile Aongatete property is a very enticing propositio­n indeed.

Add to that an organic avocado orchard, a large implement shed/workshop and a private 2.03ha (5.02 acres) site, and you’ve got just about everything you could ever need for an excellent rural lifestyle, with useful income from both the avocados and the cottage. The latter could provide regular income or serve as a separate dwelling for extended family as it is well set up for elderly occupants. Priced at $1.8 million plus GST (if any), this attractive property is being marketed by rural and lifestyles sales consultant Sue McNeil of PGG Wrightson Real Estate. She says the 250sqm villa is the main home and has been carefully positioned for all-day sun. It comes with wraparound verandas, a high stud and the huge bedrooms and occupies a privately located and level site in Walford Rd, far from the hustle and bustle of city life. Though it looks like a traditiona­l villa, the home in fact has all the “must haves” for a modern and comfortabl­e lifestyle including a well-appointed ensuite, walkin wardrobe, designer kitchen, a log fire with wetback, and much more. Built in 2000, the home comes with two garages and two carports. A well-designed kitchen features extensive bench area and lots of storage, with a nice view of the beautiful grounds.

“The enormous decks invite outdoor entertaini­ng and great family living, with optimum indoor/outdoor flow. And the home has been positioned perfectly for all-day sun,” Sue says.

Wide steps lead down to a beautifull­y manicured lawn, with impressive mature palms and trees providing a spectacula­r backdrop. Pretty as a picture, it’s the perfect location for entertaini­ng family and friends, and the spacious decks provide the ideal place to take time out and relax.

Nearby is the second dwelling - a new Federation home style cottage which was specially built to accommodat­e the needs of older people and used as a rental. could provide a very useful passive income.

Sue says the avocado orchard is planted with 140 mature trees and is New Zealand Good Agricultur­al Practice (GAP) compliant. Production has averaged 11 tonnes a year over a four-year period, providing a good income for the owners. The area is highly regarded for horticultu­re, with rainfall averaging around 1800mm - 2000mm a year. A temperate Mediterran­ean-type micro-climate makes this attractive block ideal for growing avocados.

Support buildings include a large implement shed/workshop, a double carport and a growing/potting house, and the property boasts extra appeal in the form of a freshwater stream which comes directly from a spring, completing the perfect picture. 150 Walford Rd is just 14kms from the historic mural town of Katikati which has a good range of educationa­l facilities up to high school level, excellent shopping and numerous businesses servicing the

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