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CATHERINE GROENESTEIN
Last updated 05:00 01/03/2014

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This is a home where life is easy - a refuge from busy lives outside its gates, comfortable, stylish and oh, so practical.

From an enormous concrete apron out the front where the owners have played tennis, to the three-
bay garaging, to the serene garden, this home is a place where you can rejuvenate.

It is tucked away down a right-of-way among other top-quality homes beside Turuturu School.

From the attractive front entrance, flanked by schist pillars, we cross smooth tile floors and soft

carpet into a spacious family-living-dining area beside a well-appointed kitchen. The owners have a

family-sized dining table here that fits in easily, as well as tall stools around the breakfast bar, and

there's ample space.

Opening off the other side of the kitchen is the larger lounge space, with room enough for two sofas

beside double doors and another separate area with couches perfect for watching tv or enjoying the

flames in the gas fire.

The layout is very flexible - furniture positions are not dictated at all. This family have opted for

two sitting areas in the lounge, but it could easily be swapped to a formal dining area and lounge

combination, and family lounge in the other side..

Both rooms have doors that open out to the sheltered north-facing courtyard garden, with a

generous patio. There's a mountain view between magnolia trees that shelter the garden and home.

The kitchen has sliding windows that open up the wall, making it easy when entertaining, says the

owner. "We've hosted all the Christmasses since we've been here, with 14 or 15 people, it's been

fantastic," she says. "We pass the dishes in the window and the food out."

The kitchen is equipped with a six-burner gas hob, extra-wide oven and double Dish Drawer, all in

stainless steel. A clever blackboard calendar on one wall keeps track of the family schedule.

The decor is muted, in tones of grey, which add a relaxing atmosphere. The home was built by

Lloyd Butler about a decade ago and is immaculate throughout. Wrought-iron door handles, tongue-
and-groove style doors and interesting dormer-style angles on the lounge ceiling add interest and a

touch of old style to this warm, modern home.

A well-appointed main bathroom has extra touches, such as the stones set into the floor tiles and

a spa bath, that add a bit of luxury to everyday life, and there's a good-sized ensuite off the master

bedroom. This room, which is huge, also has a walk-in wardrobe with lashings of hanging space on

one side and a wall of shelving and cupboards on the other.

The other three bedrooms, smaller in comparison, are all still generously double-bed-sized, and

have large wardrobes.

That sensible, built-in storage is evident again in the laundry area, with a linen cupboard in arm's

reach of the washer and dryer.

The laundry opens into the double garage, with a third garage on the end.

This latter space is the present owner's man cave - complete with gym equipment, tools and

motorbikes - but could easily be an extra sleeping area or a studio. Beside the house, a little nook is

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the perfect spot for parking a trailer or extra vehicle, out of the way and the weather.

The back yard is a welcome surprise - there's room to kick a ball and bounce on a trampoline - it

is a decent-sized space which fits the house perfectly. A neat raised vege garden, large garden shed

and a row of espaliered fruit trees make this a productive as well as attractive area.

Neat hedging borders the lawn, defines the house and helps maintain the order with minimum

effort. A regular whip around with the mower and a session with the hedge clippers once in a while

is all the regular work this garden needs to keep its good looks.

The present owners have enjoyed living here because of its privacy and ambience of peace, she

says.

Marketing agent Greg Brunton says the home has been fastidiously cared for since new and is

something special with its mature, nicely laid out garden and its size. "It's a well-established

property, not just a house on a section," he says.

QUICK LOOK

WHERE 200F Glover Rd, Hawera.

HOW BIG: House 234sq mtrs, Land 1300 sq mtrs

HOW MUCH: Negotiable over $495,000

WHAT YOU GET: A modern 4-bedroom executive home in a good area set on spacious, easily-

maintained grounds

MARKETED BY: Greg and Lorraine Brunton at Mills Gibbon First National - (06) 2780360 or

Greg 027 222 9904 , Lorraine 0275 375 298.

ON THE WEB: www.mgfn.co.nz and open2view.com - ref 310865.

SEE IT: Open home tomorrow, Sunday, March 2, 2.00pm till 3.00pm.

- Taranaki Daily News

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