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|New Plymouth City|
Taranaki & Wanganui
|Approx N/A||Approx 11,589 m²
(2.86 Acres, 1.16 Ha)
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There's always a pleasure in approaching a lifestyle property that's set back off the road. Anticipation flavours the drive in; you wonder just what you will find.
Turning off Pararewa Drive on the western edge of New Plymouth immediately prompts that interest - the sealed approach to Neal and Rebecca's property at Number 21 dips down into a small valley and then rises to the driveway into their home.
It has a real sense of rural seclusion and privacy, despite its handy proximity to the city. Pararewa Drive is a side road off Barrett Rd, not far from the prominent development of Jean Sandel Retirement Village.
Peace is pervasive here and the call of a tui is immediately noticeable. Neal says the kowhai trees near the home attract plenty of tui and wood pigeons with the flight of local lorikeets adding an occasional flash of colour to the day.
"We've worked from home for the last five years, so we've enjoyed the sound of birds instead of traffic," he says with an understandable smile.
The couple bought the property 12 years ago. "We wanted room to move with the kids growing," Neal explains. Now it's just the two of them, they are focused on downsizing.
They will look back with good memories, though. "We've loved living here," says Rebecca. "It feels so nice ... our own little sanctuary. And we are still close to everything ... buses, schools, hospital, supermarket, the BMX track."
Neal and Rebecca are leaving this property and home in good shape for new owners.
The three-bedroom brick home sits on an oversized double basement garage with internal access. Steps rise from the driveway to the sheltered conservatory entry to the home.
The living spaces in here flow easily, from lounge to dining to kitchen. And then outside - there are two sets of stacker doors that open from the dining area to the timber deck that offers pleasing outdoor living options.
"We've lived a lot of life out on this deck," says Neal. It comes into its own in summer when it is a sundrenched area, he adds. "We are diving for the shade then, it gets so hot."
The adjacent pergola with its winter-stark covering of wisteria branches is a good shade option with its summer foliage out. At the change of seasons, the wisteria lays down a carpet of mauve flower petals, followed soon after by a carpet of yellow blooms from the nearby kowhai.
The rear lawn here is enclosed by fencing that maintains a nice separation between home turf and pasture. But the grass beyond the fence is useful when you want to spread out, according to Neal.
The couple put up marquees there when they hosted a recent Taranaki Chamber of Commerce gathering. "Everybody loved it," Rebecca recalls. "They were so relaxed ... it was just before Christmas and it was a chance to enjoy a break from business. There was plenty of parking out in the paddock ... they could just drive up the side of the house."
Garden development here is relatively simple, she says, admitting they are not gardeners. "But new owners could do something really extravagant if they want ... the space is there."
There's also a spacious barn back here - set up as a double and two single horse stalls. Neal says they offer an option, as he chose to use them, to house young stock. "I raised calves in here; so if anyone is thinking of that, this is a good place to do it."
A separate, relocatable office room is positioned handily at the end of the barn if someone is looking to work from home - or it could be a quiet studio or hobby space for the artistically inclined. There's power and water available in the barn and the office draws its power from that source.
Neal and Rebecca usually reared three or four 'beefies'on the property, moving them around the five paddocks. The pastures are protected along the south boundary by an established shelter belt, which is in the process of renewal following the planting of 120 new trees.
Fruit trees are a feature of the property, Neal points out - including apples, plums and lemons.
Back inside the house, the couple note the contemporary kitchen they had installed just four years ago. And, at the same time, they refurbished the bathroom, toilet and laundry. New aluminium joinery was also fitted, and a year ago the efficient woodburner in the lounge was installed. "It puts out some heat that thing," Neal says.
Along the hallway are the three double bedrooms and the refurbished family bathroom. The back bedroom has the bonus of its own toilet, while the master bedroom at the front gets plenty of sun and a glimpse of the sea on the horizon.
With all the work that has been done here, new owners can just settle in and enjoy the comfort.
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