In many cases, buying a lifestyle block ends up as something of a compromise.
Seldom, it seems, are the homestead and accompanying property of matching quality. It's usually a quality home sited on a less than ideal block of land, or alternatively, a first-rate farmlet supporting a pretty ordinary home.
A top-of-the-range executive home, accompanied by six hectares of first-class Tikorangi farm land, together ensure that Trevor and Alison's offering, therefore, is a comparative rarity in real-estate terms.
Located just inside the Waitara town boundary on Princess Street, the 315sqm, plaster-on-brick home was built six years ago. It was to be one of those dream projects in which quality was more important than cost, with the result that in terms of fittings and materials, only the best were used.
Trevor and Alison built their home with the intention of living in it for five years. They have now been there six years, enjoyed every moment of it, but feel that the time has finally come to down-size.
An open-plan informal lounge, dining and kitchen area, all opening on to etched paved concrete courtyards, works wonderfully well, say its owners.
A large island-type granite stone workbench is a feature of the sumptuously appointed kitchen. It is strategically placed within arms' length of a "roll out" pantry.
"The island work bench forms a perfect triangle and I can do all of my baking and food preparation from there," explains Alison.
"It's a very nice area to work in. Also, if we are having a barbecue, food can be passed outside via the sliding windows."
A ceramic stove top, plus a built-in microwave and stove, all serve to enhance a functional but well-appointed service area.
There is a large formal lounge leading from the kitchen/dining room area and while an extension of the open-plan design, it can be closed off courtesy of sliding doors if more privacy is required.
A Bose integrated music and television system, which is housed in a small room off the hallway, delivers its magic to both the formal and informal lounges, as well as to the kitchen and four double bedrooms. A Brivis heating and cooling system operates throughout the home.
Rimu doors enhance the neutral tones of carpets, walls, blinds and drapes throughout the home. All windows are double-glazed and tinted.
Guests are well catered for at this property, which has three double bedrooms for guests, all handy to a well- appointed bathroom. The fourth bedroom is the large master suite, featuring a huge walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with a toilet and double-sized shower.
Sliding "stacker" doors open on to a private courtyard and small rose garden. There is also a spa pool which is a negotiable item in any purchase agreement.
One of the large guest bedrooms currently doubles as an office-sewing room for Alison, while there is also a second dedicated office should this be needed.
As in many modern homes, the laundry is located in the garage. It's the size and storage space which sets this one apart from more ordinary laundries, however. There's a generous supply of storage bins and cupboards both above and below a work-bench area.
There's stacks of room in the two-car garage which currently accommodates a large four-wheel-drive vehicle, plus an average-sized sedan. Entry is via an automatically-operated sectional door.
Outdoor living areas - and there are several - are equally inviting.
Peaches, lemons, limes, tangelos, apples and plums, grow in abundance in a small orchard which can be accessed via the laundry.
A folding, extendable clothesline, mounted on a free-standing wall, is strategically located only a few paces from shelter, offering some reassurance during periods of unstable weather.
With the house being just within the Waitara town boundary, water comes courtesy of town supply.
Currently, Trevor and Alison have their 6.58ha adjoining farmlet planted out in maize, with the only area not in maize being at the front of the property to enable contractors to turn their machinery around.
Being flat, of good size and with a highly fertile soil, the farmlet could be put to any number of uses. Horticulture, horse grazing, or cattle rearing are just a few options. Alternatively, the farmlet could be leased out.
It's well-fenced and there are good yards and a well-sited loading race to load and unload livestock, as well as a two-bay lockable shed.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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