Valley setting a perfect fit

MIKE SHAW
Last updated 12:25 18/01/2013
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ANDY JACKSON
Carrington Rd, New Plymouth.

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A sea of maize creates the illusion of a huge lawn out in front of Lee and Keryn's
edge-of-the-city home.

The smooth expanse adds emphasis to the trees and slopes that border this wide,
shallow valley setting at 478b Carrington Rd.

It's an appealing mix that is enhanced by the elevated setting of this family home.

All that land and growth around the home gives the impression it is part of a larger
lifestyle property.

It's just 1126sqm, however, a little over the traditional Kiwi
quarter-acre, and reached via the sealed driveway that winds down from Carrington St.

The rural outlook appealed to Lee and Keryn when they decided to buy this property
about five years ago.

They also had the renovation bug and could see plenty of
potential to create a special home here.

''It was pink and orange inside,'' Keryn recalls. ''And the kitchen was basic.

But it had good bones and we could see what it could be once it was finished.''

A double-garage basement was only accessible by exterior stairs, so they made
plans for renovations to bring the 1990s brick-and-timber house up to contemporary
standards.

Such work wasn't new to the couple; they'd renovated a character home
during a stint in Palmerston North.

''Then we bought new there before coming back
home to a project again,'' Keryn says, with a smile.

They extended the western end of the home to create that vital internal staircase
down to the basement. And that also provided a useful landing space above the
stairs.

''We've used it as an office and our daughters' retreat area, but it could be a
nice sunny reading area.''

The work didn't stop there.

Lee and Keryn also moved on a new double garage
adjacent to the house - initially to provide a studio for Keryn's photography
work.

''Then Lee took it over as a work space, so it's now a handyman's dream.''
Change continued upstairs again - both inside and outside.

The excavated earth from
the garage development was retained and concreted to create extra level ground at
house level and then new decks were built off that to provide a generous outdoor
living area that gathers in all-day sun.

It's also well protected from most winds, Keryn says.

''It's so sheltered that we have
to look out at the trees across the valley to see if there's any wind blowing.''

Further ground levelling around the house provided lawn areas for the family.

''For the kids, it's just great ... trampolining, cricketing, they can do anything out there
now.''

Back inside, those brash early colours have disappeared, replaced by a fresh neutral
colour scheme that will appeal to many potential buyers.

The green valley outlook that can be appreciated through the wealth of window space in the living rooms
provides all the colour that is needed.

Other physical changes were made to complete the family-friendly nature that this
home now offers.

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Keryn points out the addition of double wardrobes to the children's
rooms. ''There is awesome wardrobe space here. That's a must in a family home as
well.''

The ensuite to the master bedroom has been refurbished with a smart new shower and

fittings, as has the centrally located family bathroom. The three other bedrooms offer
the requisite space for family or visitors.

The kitchen is a pleasing contemporary design, boasting a quality finish with its
granite bench tops.

It's a pleasing area in which to start the day, with early sun
beaming its way in before working its way through the living areas during the rest of
the day.

Living areas are open-plan for easy family activities and entertaining visitors. There's
a computer nook hidden behind double cupboard doors near the kitchen and sliding
doors open up the indoor and outdoor areas.

All these features allow different family activities to happen without impacting oneach other.

''A lot of people come here and say 'We thought this was just a little bachhere','' Keryn says.

''Then they come in and go 'Oh, wow!' I have to ask myself why
we are moving.''

It's that renovation bug again. They want to tackle a project one more time.

So the new owners will be able to enjoy everything the couple has refined here.

It's a great opportunity close to town, according to Urban Studio Properties consultant
Jenny Brooking.

''This is one of those really special properties you find in New
Plymouth and it's in a price range that is attracting a lot of attention. It's a fabulous
sunny home in a private, sheltered setting that should benefit from the establishment
of the Fernbrook subdivision down the valley.''

Jenny understands access is likely to be enhanced once Fernbrook is completed.

''This will be a lovely area to live in.''

QUICK LOOK
WHERE: 478b Carrington Rd, New Plymouth.

HOW BIG: 1126sqm in land; approx 200sqm in home, plus extra garaging.

HOW MUCH: Buyer inquiries invited over $485,000.

WHAT YOU GET: Spacious family home and grounds in a sheltered valley setting on the edge of New Plymouth. The 1990s home has been tastefully refurbished with a quality kitchen, internal access to the double basement garage, enhanced indoor-
outdoor living and an extra double garage built for workshop or home business activities.

MARKETED BY: Jenny Brooking at Urban Studio Properties - 06 759 0028 or 027444 4901
ON THE WEB: www.open2view.com - ref 282135.


SEE IT: Open home tomorrow, Sunday, January 20, from 1-1.30pm.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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