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With extensive lawns and hills to roam, the Turnpenny family live a 'free range' lifestyle, and their chooks do too: it's actually one of the things they love most about their Patutahi property.
"With fresh eggs at the back door, who could want for more! We also enjoy growing produce in the veggie garden - especially when we get to enjoy the asparagus patch in spring and raspberries all summer," says Julie Turnpenny.
The couple decided to move to the country from the coast in 1993, and while the original house on the property was very run down, they still saw plenty of potential in the site.
"The elevation gives us seasonal views over a landscape of vineyards, pasture and agriculture, and we also see spectacular sunrises over the Poverty Bay flats."
Extensive renovations were carried out on the house and additions were made, all designed by the late Auckland architect Murray Day, and the result was a grand family home with a lot of space. Inside are four bedrooms, two bathrooms, wide 'gallery' hallways, a large kitchen and a choice of living rooms. Outside there is a garage, with room for five vehicles, an orchard with fifteen varieties of fruit trees, and a huge flat lawn that the family use for golf pitching practice and croquet. Turnpenny mentions that there is also enough room for a tennis court or swimming pool.
Shared ownership, established to protect the amenity value of the property, means the Turnpennys have 1/6 of 6.7 hectares (16.5 acres) to enjoy, which equates to 6402 square metres. There are neighbours nearby but restrictions on subdividing ensures no one will ever build too close and it also means all the hard work on the property is taken care of.
"We feel it is like having a rural lifestyle, without the usual hassle of having to spend all your time on maintenance."
When it is time to venture off the property, Turnpenny says the friendly Patutahi community has all the basic amenities, including a well known fish-n-chip shop and postal facilities. Further afield is the Ngatapa rugby and netball club, and schools buses to and from town (Gisborne).
"And let's not forget the proximity to some great wineries; Milton, Kirkpatrick Estate, Matawhero, Spade Oak - the list goes on."
After living here for over 20 years, the time has come for the Turnpenny's to move on but that means some new lucky family can move on in. See the listing here.
"Perfect for entertaining and having fun, we have socialised a great deal here. From little kids, to big kids, to adults, there is always plenty to do and enough space for everyone to join in. We also love the nice little community around us."