Rare listed villa for sale in Greytown

Built for "an English gentleman"

CALEB HARRIS
Last updated 05:00 02/09/2014
Alison Paterson
CALEB HARRIS / Fairfax NZ

FAMILY HOME: Alison Paterson, owner of 54 Kuratawhiti St, Greytown, who bought the property in 1999 with her husband, Gordon. The council lists the house as of historic importance and architectural significance.

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A heritage-listed home built by one of Greytown's first town clerks is up for sale for just the fourth time in over a century.

The renovated Victorian villa at 54 Kuratawhiti St, in Greytown's historical area opposite Soldiers Memorial Park, comes with more than a hectare of land, has a rateable value of $1,030,000 and was listed for sale last week.

Property Brokers agent Vicki Eckford said it had already sparked interest from Australia.

Owners Alison and Gordon Paterson bought the property in 1999, coincidentally at the same time as they began taking in "many, many" foster children.

With three children of their own, their Ladybird childcare centre in Greytown brought them into contact with a lot of children with nowhere to go.

"It's just lovely that you've got the room to share . . . this is a home, and it's meant to be lived in," Alison Paterson said.

It was believed the house was built about 1873, with newspapers from that era found lining walls.

They called it "the old coach house" because of its circular driveway designed to drop off guests, and servery hatches which suggested lodgers.

The first owner was English immigrant and early Greytown town clerk Horatio Dudding, who was said to have requested a home "built to the requirements of an English gentleman". He sold it in 1918 to farmer Alf York.

York's daughter Rachel Thompson said she had fond memories of spending the first 22 years of her life there.

"I've still got quite a lot of my heart in that place . . . all the local children used to come and congregate on our lawn and play games because it was so big."

Eckford said it was the only house for sale in the town's historical centre with that amount of land, with the "park-like" grounds including large mature trees, meadows and the original stables.

The Patersons reclad the stables with Canadian cedar shingles at the same time they renovated the house, installing a spa bath, central heating and adding a new kitchen, dining and family rooms.

The house is listed by South Wairarapa District Council as a building of historic importance and architectural significance.

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