Outlook to mountains, city and sea

MIKE SHAW
Last updated 05:00 15/09/2012
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41a Veale Rd, New Plymouth.

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A home on one of the highest points in New Plymouth offers the perfect antidote to a bustling business day in the city below.

"This is a fantastic place to unwind at the end of the day," owner Robert reveals. "I can just sit here mesmerised by the

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WHERE: Veale Rd, New Plymouth.

HOW BIG: 2284sqm in land; 314sqm in home.

HOW MUCH: Expressions of interest invited. (Rateable value is $980,000).

WHAT YOU GET: Luxurious living in a top-of-the-market executive home with magnificent panoramic views over city and sea and inland to Mt Taranaki and the Tongariro National Park.

MARKETED BY: Vicky Ashton at Urban Studio Properties - 06 759 0028 or 0275 473 258.

ON THE WEB: www.open2view.com - ref 270037.

SEE IT: By appointment only.

views."

That's perfectly understandable when you experience just what this Veale Rd home provides. It sits on a rise above the road with just a couple of neighbours to share an amazing outlook over the city.

Height provides that outlook - this property's first owner noted the front lawn had been surveyed at 120m above sea level and was certain that the adjacent property, three metres above the lawn, was the highest point in New Plymouth. That would make this property the second-highest in the city.

There's much more than cityscape visible here, however. "It's about a 300-degree view," Robert says. "I can stand on the side lawn and look across to Ruapehu where I come from. I can turn around and look at Mt Taranaki and then spin the other way and look at the sea and city."

That sea view is more than ocean, he adds. "I can look out there and watch the ships coming in ... that was an eyeopener, the number coming in each day."

There's also an audible advantage in this location when evening conditions are favourable. "I can sit up here and hear concerts in the park ... better than when you are down there getting blasted by the sound."

The height provides plenty of privacy here as well - another aspect that prompted his purchase here several years ago. "This is up a long driveway, so there is no street lighting pouring in the windows, just that ongoing scenery."

The home here provides the comfort and space to enjoy the impact of those views ... and it is just as special in its own right - as Robert discovered when he researched the property.

The original owner was a skilled panelbeater but became a passionate and particular builder when he decided to shape his own home in 2003.

He saw the value in building a home to match the quality of the views and took plenty of time to make that a reality.

The many hundreds of hours he put into shaping and finishing this home shows up in the fine detail inside - the curved rimu window frames, more curves in sweeping steps down into the living areas and the glass blocks above them that let light into the main bathroom, the exposed macrocarpa beams and the gleaming black steel brackets anchoring them, the matai flooring in the kitchen ... the list goes on.

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That personal approach and all those extras make this a unique home.

The solid-plaster house is a generous 314sqm, with four bedrooms, a study, computer or office nook, two living areas and a designer kitchen that sits back in the centre of the home and takes in those magnificent views. Garaging can accommodate three cars.

A tour of the house starts with the marble-tiled welcome of the formal entry and then a couple of steps down into the split-level interior and the open kitchen-dining-family space.

You step into those views from the doorway, the city texture of trees and rooftops flowing away before you to the Tasman Sea and its distant horizon. Beyond the windows, there's a wrap-around timber deck where you can sit outside on a fine day and soak up the sight.

On a less than fine day, you can settle back in cosy comfort and enjoy the same sights through the expanse of glass. At night, the city and suburban lights are sprinkled across the darkness.

To the right, you find the children's rumpus room that could be a library or a formal dining room, and the hallway to the children's bedroom wing. Parents have their own space on the opposite side of the home.

Turn left from the steps and you find the designer kitchen trimmed in rich matai and the formal lounge beyond with its own satisfying views.

Behind the kitchen, you pass a convenient computer nook into a hallway that leads to the master bedroom suite, guest bedroom, office, laundry and access to the garages.

There are more features out of sight - a network of communications cabling for television and computers, in-wall speakers with individual volume controls in six of the rooms - including the bathroom, a full security system, and extreme levels of sound and temperature insulation. Low-level lights that operate automatically when you enter the hallways at night also add to the modern conveniences.

Robert appreciated all this, and then proceeded to add his own touches to the home.

"I redecorated throughout with neutral colours ... every room has been touched," he says. "I converted all the lighting to energy-efficient fittings, including LED lights in the kitchen."

Comfort has been enhanced with ducted air conditioning installed throughout the home. "On a hot day, even though there are big glass windows letting in the heat, it's a nice climate in here. And on a cold day, it's still a nice climate."

Outside, Robert had hardwood decks laid over the original patios. "One of the best things here is the shelter. No matter where you are in New Plymouth, you get wind. But here there are three sheltered areas, so you can choose where to sit. You can move the barbecue to where it is sheltered."

The elevated setting is also larger after he had extra retaining built to create more level area around the house. A custom-built garden shed also adds storage for a ride-on mower and other 'toys', he says.

Robert has been careful with the changes he has made, ensuring the quality of the new work complemented the original crafsmanship. "It wasn't done with a lick and a promise," he emphasises. "The painter said to me 'Rob, you're going overboard on this,' but I had no intention of selling the place."

It's only a desire now to enjoy a property with more land that's drawing him away from this city retreat.

That move puts this property back into the hands of Urban Studio Properties consultant Vicky Ashton for the second time. "It's such a pleasure to have this home to sell again," she admits. "It's a fabulous home with one of the city's most exquisite views."

The quality of home and setting makes it a rare opportunity on the city market, she says. "It would be very hard to find another New Plymouth property with similar views. And this property has the bonus of extra garaging and storage, and plenty of off-street parking.

"It's a private haven, with as-new presentation."

- Taranaki Daily News

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