Grand and gracious

ROCHELLE WEST
Last updated 14:13 26/11/2012
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47 Waiwaka Tce, Strandon.

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Size drew Irene and Greg Glynn-Dentith to their substantial home - and size is seeing them bid farewell.

When the couple bought 47 Waiwaka Terrace eight years ago, their newly blended family -  Irene's two girls and Greg's daughter - required a sizable home to accommodate their growing needs.

The deceptively large, 1930s character bungalow, fitted the bill - until now.

The girls have grown up and are rarely home, leaving Irene and Greg rattling around in a house so big, sometimes

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WHERE: 47 Waiwaka Tce, Strandon.

HOW BIG: 210 sqm in house, 921 sqm in land.

HOW MUCH: Expressions of Interest close Monday, December 10 (unless sold prior).

WHAT YOU GET: Large, character bungalow in top location.

MARKETED BY: Angela Maindonald, Bayleys Taranaki, (06) 759 5197 or 021 110 8313.

ON THE WEB:  www.bayleys.co.nz, ID 521304

SEE IT:  Sunday 12.30pm - 1pm

 

they have trouble finding each other.

''We want a house to suit me and Greg and our two dogs, so it's time to sell. Our life now revolves around these two,'' said Irene as she affectionately cuddled Benji and Charlie - one a yorkshire maltese, the other a poodle cross shih tzu.

There are three levels in this home, incorporating four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a separate toilet.  Large living areas, a games room that could easily double as a guest wing, an office nook, two garages and copious outdoor entertaining options round off this plus-sized home.

But it's not only the size of this house that attracted Irene and Greg to the address.  The Strandon location was perfect.  It only took Irene's girls a few minutes to walk to New Plymouth Girls' High School, while Greg's daughter could stroll only a few hundred metres in the opposite direction to Sacred Heart Girls' College.

Other schooling options are also close to this home, including St John Bosco, Merrilands and Fitzroy primary schools, while New Plymouth Boys' High School is also nearby.  In fact, the boys' high school was a little too close at times, quips protective father Greg.

Strandon is a fantastic spot for recreation.  Irene and Greg walk their dogs through Strandon to the Coastal Walkway, where they often stop for a coffee at the Big Wave Cafe, before strolling up through the Te Henui Walkway home. The central city is also within walking distance, which is great after a night out or if the girls need to walk into town for work, Greg says.

Fitzroy Village and The Valley Mega Centre are also handy shopping destinations.

The new owners of this home may not want to venture out very often, however, with the property providing enough recreation and entertainment options for the whole family.

Outside, a massive cobbled area flowing on to lawn has proved a hit with Irene and Greg's family.  While the grassed area has accommodated many a volleyball game, waterslide action or golf putting practice, the cobbled area provided the space for a marquee when Irene and Greg married.

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''It's a little oasis out here,'' Greg said.

If that outdoor area isn't enough, two balconies - one off the kitchen-living area and the other off the master bedroom - provide all-weather entertainment options.  In keeping with the rest of this house, the main verandah is huge and can be enclosed on rainy or windy days, thanks to plastic roller blinds.  This deck is home to a spa pool, negotiable with the sale of the property, and wall-mounted television.  It's a spot Greg has enjoyed many a winter afternoon, watching telly in the spa with a beer.

Inside, the couple have completely renovated the interior - except for the main bathroom.   Polished wooden benchtops and floorboards blend well with the modern, neutral grey shades in the kitchen, where a bench overlooks one living area and the deck.  Stained glass windows were commissioned for this area and add colour and charm to the space. 

A separate dining room - large enough for at least a square, eight-seater table - flows from the kitchen and through to the main lounge.  These rooms, along with two of the double bedrooms, boast beautiful, ornate plaster ceilings, featuring designs such as rosebuds and ribbons.  Leadlight windows also add to the home's character.

While older houses can be considered cold, not so this one.  Central heating keeps this house toasty-warm, while gas heating in the main lounge can add extra warmth on cold winter nights.

Upstairs, a master bedroom with balcony and up-to-date ensuite, as well as a single bedroom - being used as Greg's music room - top off this home.

Down another flight of stairs in the lower level, is a games room-cum-guest room, which Irene's eldest daughter uses as her suite.  The room has been recently re-gibbed, re-painted and re-carpeted. ''It's our underground penthouse,'' Greg jokes.

Although the property runs adjacent to Northgate and the railway line, noise is minimal, the couple say.  In fact, when the Taranaki Daily News visited, one of the occasional trains went past and it wasn't noticed until Greg pointed it out.

Bayleys licensed real estate salesperson Angela Maindonald urges potential buyers to view 47 Waiwaka Terrace promptly, because it will be a sought-after home.

''It's a massive family home in a fabulous location.  There aren't that many family bungalows with this volume on the market,'' she said.

- Taranaki Daily News

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