South Taranaki Star

Peace and privacy on Glover Rd

- Mike Shaw

A captivatin­g blend of town and country drew Gerard when he bought this property at 239

Glover Rd about 13 years ago.

Prospectiv­e buyers will undoubtedl­y recognise that appeal as well, but they will have to come in to appreciate it.

A drive-by won’t reveal anything.

This home is located down a long driveway just along the road from Hawera’s northern entrance, offering serious seclusion while remaining in convenient proximity to the town’s shops and services.

‘‘It’s in town ... only a fiveminute drive to work and two minutes’ walk to a quality primary school ... but, with its outlook, it feels like you are in the country,’’ Gerard says.

‘‘Life here is very peaceful and private down the right-of-way; you look out onto a small paddock, which usually has a few sheep in it, and you are able to see the mountain from the front door and one of the two living rooms.’’

Presentati­on of the property is pristine and visitors arriving at the end of the sweeping drive will find a single-level home clad in warmcolour­ed brick with a concrete-tile roof.

The gardens have matured during Gerard’s tenure here, wrapping the home now in a manicured embrace of lawns, trees and planted greenery.

There’s a tropical look to the gardens with bright-green yucca elephantip­es growing front and back, cabbage trees and a lancewood rising high in the front yard, and a substantia­l Phoenix canariensi­s in a corner of the rear grounds.

Gerard says the garden is well establishe­d, but still has lots of scope for creativity.

The 210m2 house was the perfect complement to the private setting - and almost new when Gerard moved in.

‘‘It was virtually a new build; only about a year old. I loved the layout of the house, with the kitchen being at the heart of it.’’

The well-specified kitchen is set to the back of the main open-plan living space, with the dining area in front opening out to a westfacing deck and the front lawn.

In the adjacent family area, a freestandi­ng woodburner adds warmth and ambience during the winter months.

There’s a second, more formal living room next door, allowing for different family activities at the same time.

‘‘The house is brick, so it holds the heat really well, which helps keep it warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

‘‘The log fire is awesome at winter-time.

‘‘There is nothing like having a log fire.

‘‘It heats up the whole house and makes it feel so cosy and homely.

‘‘The kitchen-dining roomlounge area is always warm and inviting and, when you are preparing food, you are very much at the centre of where the action is.

‘‘This is great either when simply being with the family - watching TV, doing homework, etc - or when having guests or friends around.’’

With four bedrooms - the master with ensuite, and an office, there is plenty of space for the family that Gerard suggests would enjoy this as their next home.

Retired farmers and rural people would also like living here with its sense of being in the country, he adds.

‘‘It’s low maintenanc­e, but has plenty of garden for those who still like to have stuff to do, and there’s a spare room for grandchild­ren and other family or friends to stay.’’

Prospectiv­e buyers from out side Taranaki will find a vibrant, growing town with plenty of lifestyle choices, Gerard says, from parks and sports facilities to theatres and acclaimed museums. Further attraction­s include proximity to the mountain, and the coastal appeal of Surf

Highway 45.

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