For most people, leaving a home after living in its comfort for years comes with an emotional wrench.
There's extra emotion in Annette's case, as the Oakura woman is among three generations of a family who have enjoyed the coastal panorama available from this elevated setting at the corner of Messenger Tce and Pitcairn St.
The two-storey Summit Stone and block home is beautifully located on the Oakura seafront, with an eye-catching view down Messenger Tce to the sand of Oakura Beach and the waves rolling in.
Annette's in-laws built the home in 1972 after moving off their Pungarehu farm and Annette and her family settled in here in turn about 26 years ago. The children were teenagers then, she recalls, and loved being able to run across the road and down the walkway steps there to the sand below.
There was also plenty of room around the house to enjoy, Annette notes. The large lawn alongside is actually on a separate title, but the family held on to the land to enjoy the extra space.
'When the children were younger we had parties down there. We set up marquees on the section and played volleyball.'
When the Oakura New Year's Day carnival rolled around each year, there were other opportunities realised by her in- laws, Annette remembers. 'They let 10 or 15 cars park on the section and charged a modest fee . . . 50c or a dollar, I think . . . and all the children got pocket money out of it. They loved that!'
The house is a more than generous home at 300sqm, with the main living areas and bedrooms on the upper storey. Below, there's an oversized garage, workshop and storage areas, and a huge extra room with a kitchenette that's been appreciated when family and friends came to stay.
'It's an easy house to live in with the upstairs and downstairs space. We had lots of people coming and going . . . the children had friends who often came to stay.
'We always had a party on New Years' Eve. We'd sit out on the balcony and watch everyone going up and down the street and then set off fireworks at midnight.'
On New Year's Day, the balcony again offered a spot to enjoy the carnival action along the beach, Annette adds. 'We could see the planes doing aerobatics and hear all the fun, then get out the binoculars and watch what everyone was doing at the carnival.'
A renovation project about 10 years ago improved those opportunities further. 'We put in a new kitchen and built a new tiled balcony . . . it's totally different to the old wooden one that went right around the house.'
The new kitchen with its contemporary design and polished hardwood floor provides a pleasant place to prepare meals and socialise. 'It's a very workable kitchen . . . and I can look out from the kitchen sink along the beach and see what the sea is like.'
That view is a feature of the dining area as well. 'We can sit at the table and watch the sea and people walking along the beach.'
The rebuilt balcony can be enjoyed in three areas, depending on where a breeze might be blowing, Annette points out. 'We've had a lot of meals out here, and barbecues. In summer, we would have a barbecue just about every night.'
You can appreciate the potential for great times here as soon as you visit the property. It's address is officially 1 Pitcairn St, but its corner setting means it could just as easily be 40 Messenger Tce. An easy ramp leads up to the balcony and front door, which opens into a welcoming foyer space.
The living areas are off to the left, there's a staircase in front leading down to the ground level spaces, and a hallway to the right taking you to the main bathroom and the three upper bedrooms.
Walk through into the living rooms and you realise just what Annette has to enjoy here. The windows face Messenger Tce and the beach and sea beyond and the tiled balcony beckons you out to soak in the setting and scenery.
'It's too easy to do,' she admits on a mild spring day this week. 'Even now, I could just stay sitting out here.'
Harcourts consultant Meika Perry is marketing the property for Annette and knows just how pleasant life is out here. Meika attended Oakura Primary school herself, still lives in Oakura, and is an enthusiastic advocate for the village. 'Oakura is a mint spot,' she declares. 'Everything in the village is in walking distance. It's a really lovely environment to raise kids . . . summertime out here rocks!'
And this property offers the benefits of a seafront setting, without the retaining and maintenance needs of a site immediately above the beach, she says. 'I'd never get house work done if I lived here. I could stare out there all day.'
She is confident new owners will quickly appreciate the opportunities this property offers - either buying just the house itself, or even extending their ambition to purchase the section as well.
'Houses like this don't come up that often out here,' she says. The two titles would originally have been a traditional quarter-acre property, but were subdivided many years ago. The house is on its own 506sqm title, with the remaining 524sqm in the separate section alongside.
Both are freehold, Meika emphasises.
There's not a lot of land to look after around the house property, she notes. 'But you don't need that with a huge sandy front yard out there.'
It's a great family home as it is, with three good-sized bedrooms above and the huge extra space down below that could easily offer a desirable seafront bed-and- breakfast option. A shower and extra toilet are also located downstairs and there's more space beyond the garage that could also be closed in to create a fifth bedroom, Meika suggests.
An early decision to buy here could see new owners settled in for a great summer, she says.
WHERE: 1 Pitcairn St,Oakura.
HOW BIG: 506sqm in land; 300sqm in home. There's an option to buy the adjacent 524sqm section, which is also available for sale.
HOW MUCH: Price by negotiation. Negotiating range on the house is $710,000-$800,000 (rateable value $790,000), and section negotiating
range is $470,000-$520,000 (rateable value $520,000).
WHAT YOU GET: Great family or holiday home on
seafront Messenger Tce at Oakura. Stunning sunsets, beach fun down on the sand and in the sea, and a friendly village atmosphere to soak up. Extra possibilities in the adjacent freehold section.
MARKETED BY: Meika
Perry at Harcourts - 06 759
9160 or 027 294 8609.
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SEE IT: Open home
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