South Taranaki Star

Elegance and space in Hawera

- Mike Shaw

There’s a classic elegance to life at 355 High St in Hawera.

It begins with its street presentati­on and then embraces you as you step through the front door.

David and Glynss have enjoyed this elegance, and enhanced it, in the 50 years that they have lived here.

It’s only now, with a desire to downsize and move closer to family, that they are looking to let this beautiful home go to new owners.

Location attracted them 50 years ago and is equally appealing today - King Edward Park is across the road and the swimming pool just beyond that, while the town shops are an easy walk away along High St.

‘‘With three young children, it was great to live near the park and pool and the town centre,’’ David and Glynss recall.

‘‘This is north-facing and looks across to King Edward Park; it’s a lovely, green, peaceful outlook.’’

The grounds of this home are also green and park-like, and at 1493sqm offer a generous space for a family to grow up.

A low concrete wall, clipped hedging, wrought-iron gates and a screen of establishe­d trees give this property street appeal. Inside is a smoothly mown lawn and a parking space in front of the house for visitors.

The house is a roughcast bungalow built in 1939 with plenty of detail to emphasise it was a high-quality home of its day.

That detail starts with the formal greeting of the porch set into the front of the house. It’s one of David and Glynss’ favourite spots, where they can sit and enjoy a cup of coffee on a fine morning and look across to the park trees.

Step through the front door into the welcoming foyer and you find a home that celebrates its origins. There’s the warm grain of timber skirtings, architrave­s and doors; the immaculate white decorative plaster ceilings above; and a higher stud to add a greater sense of space.

At left is the formal lounge with its feature fireplace of glazed tiles, where a woodburner insert radiates warmth and atmosphere in winter. Through double cavityslid­ing doors, you find the spacious family-dining room and another tiled fireplace.

The kitchen is separate, but linked to the dining room with a convenient servery opening in the side wall.

Timber is a focus in the kitchen, with cabinet doors and drawers panelled, and floorboard­s polished to effect. There’s contempora­ry convenienc­e as well, though, in the electric stove with its induction top, and a full-size dishwasher. There’s plenty of room in here for a table and chairs to provide a casual dining option.

A door at the back of the kitchen leads through to an office or study room, and from there into a large laundry. The office has a set of privacy-glazed windows on its internal wall that are explained when you go down the hallway from the foyer.

The office backs on to the internal bathroom and those windows allow borrowed light from the office into the bathroom. A skylight lets in even more natural light.

Special features in here include the freestandi­ng slipper bath that complement­s the glass shower in the corner, and an ornate timber vanity.

Off the foyer and hallway are the home’s three double bedrooms, the master accessed from the foyer and with twin wardrobes and extra space for occasional furniture.

Attached to the back of the house is the carport-garage combinatio­n and adjacent that is a large gazebo where David and Glynss can enjoy reading a book in the shade on a hot summer’s day. Beyond the gazebo is a sheltered, private back lawn.

First National consultant Pam Gibbon says the attention to detail here has resulted in a property of exceptiona­l quality and class.

‘‘It’s a charming propositio­n for executives, retired farmers, or families looking for space, privacy, and a fabulous location.’’

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