CHARACTER LIFESTYLE IN EGMONT VILLAGE
A stylish character villa on a 2200sqm double section at Egmont Village has been lovingly restored and is ready and waiting for new owners to appreciate its beauty.
Much of the charm of this large three-bedroom home and its hallmark verandah comes from the rich warmth of solid native woods - Rimu and Matai - a display which would likely never be afforded in modern builds.
The high-pitched ceilings in the kitchen and foyer are lined with darker matai. Keeping with the period, renovations include Rimu kitchen joinery. While the big feature bay window in the lounge has been updated, the magnificent leadlight windows above and the light-play they afford are still on display. Heat is provided by a large free-standing wood fire which pours out the heat.
There is also a well-placed heat pump in the corner of the L-shaped passageway.
The large family kitchen is in the heart of the house. Beautiful wood abounds. And the gap left by the original coal range is now filled with a super-sized gleaming black free-standing double oven with gas hobs.
The north-facing bench has big windows above it and a double sink.
The whole of the north-facing living area, kitchen, dining and lounge, has been opened up with one smaller and one extra-large Rimu-lined arch, giving an impressive space for the family to enjoy. When the big bay window at the front and the two sets of French doors onto the sheltered private patio are all covered by the beautiful thick embossed period drapes the room heats up very quickly. They also have the effect of negating potential road noise.
The wetback on the wood fire does a great job heating the water the cast-iron slow-cooker on top is great for cooking soups and stews and comfort food.
Off the passageway are the three extra-sized bedrooms and a modernised bathroom which has retained the in-character solid bath with its golden claw feet. Etched glass in the windows is a lovely feature. The master bedroom is a beautiful room boasting its own big, light-filled bay windows and a door to outside. The bedrooms each have large built-in wardrobes. There's also a generous storage cupboard in the hallway.
Outside, the owners have been hard at work clearing what was an overgrown section when they moved in. His good work has included recent bark layers for all the gardens, affording easy care in the future. Mature trees include blossom trees, camellias, Pohutukawa and Rhododendrons. He decided to keep the sheds at the back in case future owners might want to keep chooks.
This property would suit the discerning buyer who seeks style, charm and the ease of country living.