Links lifestyle

MIKE SHAW
Last updated 05:00 12/04/2014

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A lifestyle setting at The Links was the incentive for Dave and Sue to buy there five years ago.

Avid golfer Dave was in his element with the New Plymouth Golf Club's fairways just across the road from the home at 3 Sampson Ave. Dave worked out early on just

how far away the fairway grass was - one well-swung eight iron. For most people, of

course, that would more likely take a five-iron.

The basement garage was also suitably spacious - enough for two cars and a golf cart.

Those were not the only features that made this property ideal. Dave and Sue and their

family were delighted to be moving into their first new home, with its wealth of mod

cons; and its spacious design was complemented by its location on the edge of reserve

land that meant they could never be built out.

The slice of reserve land runs across The Links at this point, a swathe of grass that

provides a huge front lawn for this and neighbouring homes. "And we don't have to

mow it," Sue says with a happy smile. "The kids were quick to say 'This is perfect'."

The subdivision's communal tennis court is also just over the road, and residents here

have ready access to the seafront. "We could scoot down to the beach ... there's a

beautiful little beach there off The Links," Sue says.

It all added up to a thoroughly pleasing lifestyle. "It's only just out of town, but it

almost feels rural."

The quality presentation of the home caps off its location.

An impressive riverstone wall frames the property on three sides with easy-care

landscaped grounds inside the stones offering minimal maintenance for owners. The

home is clad in a crisp contemporary combination of plastered walls, monopitch

rooflines and glass balustrading, with the overall look softened by the warmth of

feature walls in oiled cedar weatherboards.

A gentle slope from Sampson Ave to the aforementioned reserve lawn allows a split-
level layout for the home.

Visitors arrive at the cedar front door to find a foyer entry at the middle level. A

handful of steps lead down from that to a huge guest bedroom with its own ensuite

and walk-in wardrobe, and the generous garaging where you also find the laundry and

plenty of storage options.

Just inside the foyer you find an office - a convenient placement if owners manage

a business from home. Further on, there are three more bedrooms and a family

bathroom. The master bedroom is one of the three sleeping quarters on this middle

level, but Sue says the guest bedroom below is a duplicate and either could be used as

the master suite.

A half-dozen or so steps lead up from the foyer to the living areas that stretch across

the sunny north face of the home.

This is where this home really comes into its own ... a spacious environment for

family and entertaining. "It's really good for entertaining," Sue assures. "It's great for

big numbers of people, but you can also cosy it up for smaller gatherings."

The huge deck that wraps around the house makes it even larger than it seems, says

Harcourts consultant Jack Kurta, who is marketing the property with wife Paula.

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"When you pull back all those doors, it doubles the living area," Jack notes.

The outlook across the reserve land makes it a special setting, he adds. "It was one of

the best sections available in the first stages of The Links development, and it remains

so today."

The home was originally a show home for its builder, he says, and has been finely

detailed for comfortable and convenient living.

Sue says the family appreciated the finer details of life here - from the extra width of

the gas-electric cooker in the kitchen and the wine fridge set into an adjacent wall to

the internal vacuum system and the quality Bose sound system that extended to the

deck areas.

"But this house has never felt like a 'showy' house," she adds. "It's a very

comfortable spacious home."

The extra ensuite in the downstairs bedroom was a bonus. "Three bathrooms is great

for a family ... especially with girls," she explains.

"This house is designed to accommodate," Jack says. "It's very generous in all

respects."

QUICK LOOK

WHERE: 3 Sampson Ave at The Links, New Plymouth.

HOW BIG: 817sqm in land; 320sqm in home.

HOW MUCH: Buyer inquiries over $850,000 invited.

WHAT YOU GET: Spacious family or executive home in an expansive setting on

the edge of reserve land in The Links. The premier location is complemented by its

easy access to tennis and golf facilities and the beach. The home's blend of style and

comfort makes life here very satisfying.

MARKETED BY: Jack Kurta and Paula Petersen at Harcourts - 06 759 9160 or 0274

433 358.

ON THE WEB: open2view.com - ref 309102; taranakiharcourts.co.nz - ref NP5038.

SEE IT: Open home on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 2.15pm till 3pm.

- Taranaki Daily News

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