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|New Plymouth City|
Taranaki & Wanganui
|Approx 300 m²
|Approx 1,062 m²
Blame it on a beautiful home.
Coastal farmers Paul and Brenda enjoyed a planned year-long move into New Plymouth so much that they added another two years to their time here.
A health scare for Paul prompted the temporary move into the city, Brenda explains. "We decided to move into town, take the kids out of (boarding school) hostel and spend the year together."
They bought the right home for their family at 2 Honeyfield Drive, just off Barrett Rd in the city's western suburbs - an appealing location in a new subdivision that also gave them easy access back down the coast to the farm. The Countdown supermarket down the road and the opening of The Locals cafe nearby in Westown added convenience to the appeal here.
The house was the primary drawcard, though. "It's absolutely fabulous ... we loved it so much that we stayed on for two more years," says Brenda.
It was built by local builder Jimmy Seed as an upmarket residence with quality features throughout. "It's really spacious ... enough for all of us to have our own spaces. And the lawns were great ... you can have a game of cricket out there."
The generous (for suburbia) grounds of about a quarter-acre helped make up for the missing space of the oversized farm-house grounds.
The space available here is obvious on arrival, with triple garaging off the generous driveway and plenty of parking and turning space inside the Whaler's Gate section at the corner of Honeyfield Dr and Barrett Rd.
Inside the home, the space is equally impressive.
Brick pillars support a gabled shelter that defines the main entry, with gleaming tiles in the welcoming foyer on the other side of the black tongue-and-groove-styled door.
The inside spaces split at the foyer - the living areas off to the left and the bedroom and bathroom spaces, the separate laundry, and the internal access to the carpeted garage spaces located along the hallway to the right. The convenient cupboard - could be a coat closet - in the foyer is the first indicator of plenty of storage in the home; there are more capacious cupboards along the hallway.
Despite the family occupancy, the home looks as-new, which should possibly be surprising. "There have been a few cricket balls, basketballs and ping-pong balls flying around the place in here," Brenda admits.
The door from the foyer reveals light and airy living areas, with a wealth of glass framing the lush green grounds - wide lawns bordered with low-cut camellias and taller magnolia trees. A generous kwila deck is the interface between the living areas and the grounds.
The kitchen is set into the central corner of the huge living areas, with the formal space of a separate lounge through an adjacent wide opening that can be closed off with cavity-slider doors.
Rather than the trendy island bench of recent years, the kitchen has a wide, angled, stone-topped bench fixed to the side wall. Brenda explains, with a quick smile, that this works well as she can easily control access to "her" space. It's a great family kitchen, though, with the broad bench area as a gathering place, an extra-wide gas-electric stove under the equally wide stainless rangehood, and a large walk-in pantry at the back of the kitchen.
The adjacent lounge is set up as a TV room, but life is usually centred in the open-plan living area. "When we bought here, we wanted the extra lounge for teenagers," Brenda says. "But funnily enough, wherever Mum and Dad are sitting, they tend to sit next to us."
Three lots of doors, either sliding or bifolding, open the living areas up to the deck and the grounds in fine weather. The family-dining area features an inset corner that allows the resulting roof overhang to provide convenient cover to the end of the deck outside. Bifolding doors here open away from the internal corner to create an impressive huge opening without a corner post.
In the time the family has lived here, three of the children have now left home and that means Paul and Brenda can now look to an apartment as an alternative for their time in town.
Prospective buyers will be happy with that decision.
Buyer Enquiry Over $795,000
Walk in Wardrobe
Internal Garage Access
More than 2 car garaging
2 Living areas