A green outlook and sea horizon sealed the deal when Milan and Liesbeth purchased 88b Dorset Ave.
The couple had been looking for a family home in New Plymouth when they found this property. "We visited a lot of really beautiful homes, but they didn't have the atmosphere we wanted.
"Here, we found everything in one go. It had a beautiful location, beautiful views and the house was big enough for three large children," Milan recalls. "And the bedrooms were nicely separated from the living areas.
"For me, though, it was the view."
On the sunny summer's day early this week, it was easy to see what Milan meant.
The living areas look out across the tree-filled valley that snuggles into the lower curve of Dorset Ave. And your eyes carry on to a sea horizon broken by the tips of the Sugar Loaf Islands and the power station chimney.
There's an equally attractive view off through the side window. "We can sit down here and enjoy one of the great views of the mountain," Milan points out. "Liesbeth enjoys that and I enjoy looking down to the sea and Paritutu."
The position on the edge of this suburban valley allows these long views. The home is located down a satisfyingly private right-of-way and the way it tucks into its tree-
studded grounds gives it even more privacy. "There are houses close by, but you really just see roofing."
The driveway dips down to the basement house and its adjacent double garage and extra off-street parking area. A glazed and tiled entry foyer off the driveway is also a landing space that provides one set of stairs up to the living areas and another down to the basement.
Step up and you find yourself in the sun-filled living areas. They are open-plan, embracing lounge, dining area and kitchen with the easy warm timber finish of the home's Lockwood nature.
Doors from the living areas open on to two decks, one at the front of the home and the other along the side, that together allow easy indoor-outdoor living choices.
The smaller front deck enjoys a view across trees and down the lower slope of this section and into the valley. The side deck is larger and becomes a delightful outdoor room for the family - the barbecue tucked into a sheltered trellis structure is evidence of relaxed meals out here and Milan says the roof over the barbecue means it can even be used to cook meals if rain is falling.
Milan points out sliding doors back into the home at the far end of the side deck. They open into a spacious master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and ensuite - another feature, he says, that attracted them to this home. The master bedroom is an extension built on by previous owners.
The master bedroom is at the end of the hallway off the living areas, along which are located three more bedrooms, the family bathroom and a handy computer nook. Walls and ceiling along the hallway are painted white to create a lighter, more contemporary feel through here.
A separate toilet is located just before the door from the living areas into the hallway, a convenient location for both residents here and visitors.
Downstairs, the basement space accommodates the laundry area and a spacious open second living area that the family uses as a teenage retreat. Sliding doors open from this area to the driveway as well as the lower grounds of the home.
A level area of paving and lawn out here provides a sheltered sunny space, but a set of
steps lead further down into the trees rising from the slope below the lawn. Here you
find a pleasing walkway through the trees and back up to another access alongside the
The shady spaces among the trees provide a peaceful green atmosphere to soak up -
effectively a private bushwalk for this home.
All these features of home and grounds make this an attractive package for another
family, suggests Harcourts consultant Janine Slootweg-Zwart. The access off the
driveway into the basement area would also be useful for a home-based business, she
Its privacy is distinctly appealing. "A lot of people are asking for privacy, but they
still want to be in town. This property is close to Westown shopping, the hospital, and
schools ... and it's still close to town."
WHERE: 88b Dorset Ave, New Plymouth.
HOW BIG: 1277sqm in land; 180sqm in home.
HOW MUCH: By negotiation over $479,000.
WHAT YOU GET: Easy-care Lockwood home in desirable Dorset Ave setting in
New Plymouth. Family space over two levels, with appealing views to mountain, port
and sea inside and a surprising bush walk feature on the slope below the house.
MARKETED BY: Janine Slootweg-Zwart at Harcourts - 06 759 9160 or 021 119
ON THE WEB: open2view.com - ref 311026.
SEE IT: Open homes on Sunday, March 2 from 2pm till 2.45pm, and Wednesday,
March 5, from 5pm till 5.30pm.
- Taranaki Daily News
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