Tudor treat at the city’s edge
When Nigel and Kathy bought the house at 40B Junction St 10 years ago, they could see its potential - and fortunately, they both like a challenge.
"The grounds really were a blank canvas," says Nigel, "apart from all the tyres lying around the place."
Today, those challenging grounds have been transformed into a totally appropriate setting for the magnificent house that sits atop the elevated section.
The house is built in the Tudor style, with three levels (ground, middle and upper), gables, decorative half-timbering and a steeply pitched roof. The gardens that wind their way along the driveway and up to and around the house are in the formal English style, with tidy buxus hedges and liberal use of shrubbery.
"I'm not into underplanting," says Nigel. "We wanted that more formal look."
Luckily, Nigel's brother was a nurseryman so they had access to plants, "and we put in a few truckloads, I can tell you that," says Nigel.
The front of the house is at the top of the drive, with garaging at the lower level facing the street below. Not that anyone can see in, because the trees that have been planted provide both shelter and privacy.
A clock in a wrought-iron frame hangs by the front door, an indication that the style of the house is taken seriously. One step inside is proof of that.
The foyer is warm and welcoming and like the rest of the house is a mixture of formality and practicality. A black-and-cream-tiled entrance allows visitors to remove their shoes before stepping on to the carpet.
Off to the right of the foyer is the laundry. This is the size of a single bedroom. The laundry appliances stand discretely behind bifolding doors and a laundry chute from one of the upstairs bathrooms delivers the clothes to the laundry.
The stairs leading upstairs to the bedrooms and bathrooms are accessed from the foyer as is the internal stairway to the garage below, but more about THAT later.
The warmth of a recycled timber feature is a guide up and down the stairs. "I saw the stair banister advertised in the paper and told Nigel I wanted it," laughs Kathy. "He said we didn't even know if it would fit and I said he could make it fit." And he did. A magnificent wrought-iron chandelier hangs above the stairwell.
The formal lounge is on the western side of the foyer and is the size of an apartment. Well, that might be a slight exaggeration, but it is truly enormous, yet once again a very warm room. This is aided by the magnificent grey stone fireplace that Nigel built.
The redecoration work throughout the entire house has been a successful collaboration between the pair. "He does all the prep work and I do the painting and paperhanging," says Kathy.
They have used the same classic, neutral green wallpaper, and contrasting frieze, throughout the middle area of the house. "We wanted to maintain the continuity throughout," says Nigel. The family, dining room and kitchen area is large, light and sunny and a large balcony that runs along the length of the room is perfect for breakfast, lunch and that odd glass of wine.
The kitchen is a contemporary space, with lattice-pattern leadlighting introducing the Tudor touch to windows. Extensive bench space and storage space makes meal preparations in here easy. "It is a really workable kitchen," says Kathy.
Storage space is available on every level of the house, with a double linen cupboard upstairs.
On the third level of the house is the main bathroom, once again with all the modern conveniences but decorated in the Tudor style. Space is impressive again - a family of four could live in the master bedroom, with its inviting nook, roomy ensuite (including a spa bath) and walk-in wardrobe. The view across the valley from the bedroom is worth stopping for.
The two other main bedrooms are also spacious. One has a walk-in wardrobe, the other a walk-through with a smaller room at the end that would be ideal for a teenager's den or could provide a fourth bedroom.
The other room upstairs is a good-sized study. Kathy and Nigel have used the same wallpaper and colours throughout the upper level, although this is neutral-shaded regency-striped wallpaper.
And now for the lower level: Here is the garage with space for six cars and still room for a party.
Nigel and Kathy have their seven-metre campervan, two cars and a quad bike in there. There is also a substantial workshop area complete with a hoist and a trolley crane. Another washing machine sits against one wall (that practicality again) and there is a toilet and hand basin by the back door. At the bottom of the stairs is a small (well, by this house's standards) room to hang coats, with a sofa so you can sit and remove boots and shoes in comfort.
Pat McFetridge and Gemma Patten from TSB Realty are marketing the property.
"We are very proud and honoured to be chosen by the client to market this unique, stunning property," says Pat. "It is very beautiful, like the Tudor homes in the UK, and is an amazing place for a family."
HOW BIG: 440 sqm in home.
HOW MUCH: To be set by private treaty, with a deadline for offers of 4pm, Thursday, July 25 - unless sold prior.
WHAT YOU GET: Huge family home set in beautifully landscaped private grounds on the edge of New Plymouth. Tudor-style presentation makes a statement, admired by many as they approach the city, and is complemented by space and practicality inside.
MARKETED BY: Pat McFetridge and Gemma Patten at TSB Realty - ph 06 968 3800 or Pat on 027 273 3940, Gemma on 021 126 0356.
ON THE WEB: tsbrealty.co.nz - ref NP4407; trademe.co.nz - ref DGF777.
SEE IT: Viewing by appointment.
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