Rotorua Daily Post

Top location, space to work, near sport and recreation

- By Jo Ferris

If recreation is important for family life, this home has it covered. Clever design of this two-level property separates parents from the kids. The ensuite master sits downstairs in its own space and enjoys outdoor flow to the creative backyard setting. Meanwhile, the kids are upstairs in their own wing and share the family bathroom. Both rooms also have the added advantage of a connecting gallery. This lounge space offers ample room for all the toys and games. No excuse to clutter up the living space downstairs here.

The current owners use this area as an office, which highlights the flexibilit­y of this home and the different options it offers for the various rooms. The downstairs also provides different ideas on where to place dining and lounge settings. With the kitchen sitting in between two distinct rooms, it not only separates these two zones, it also allows personal preference.

The kitchen is a showcase. Featuring crisp charcoal and white finish on cabinetry, counters and white subway tilling on the splashback­s, the finish continues the tone and texture thread of this home’s contempora­ry colour scheme. Bar-stool seating meets the essential family gathering point – easy over breakfast, practical for coffee catch-ups and convenient for post-school drinks with the kids after school or sports.

Outdoor flow slips out to a corner setting. This is partly sheltered by large eaves before stretching out into full sun. Decked right to the fence, with a raised bed for the flowering plants or herbs, it’s a private area to relax in peace or entertain in style. There’s even a quiet corner for the spa pool as well. Fencing encloses this backyard area to make a safe play area for the kids and dog.

Being a corner site, there is a greater sense of space. The north-facing side overlooks Pukehangi Road – the main arterial that leads down to Rotorua’s Internatio­nal stadium and down to the golf course. Reserves surround this location. Rotorua’s netball centre is nearby. Schooling is nearby. This is an area where families want to be. Easycare gardens keep weekends free for sport and recreation. Low-maintenanc­e on the home adds to this property’s appeal.

Built in 2016, it is double-glazed and has two heat pumps for added comfort. And, while the laundry is located in the garage, smart design ensures it is in a separate space. A third toilet downstairs also spares kids and guests from using the parent’s ensuite. Features like this are important.

Convenienc­e sorted. Location sorted. Family life – well and truly sorted.

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