Spotlight home – Family home from an earlier era

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SPACE TO SPARE: This bungalow is set on a rare, big section with lots of fruit trees.
Photos Louis Klaassen D5424-41

THIS property is a rare find in today’s market – a three bedroom, family cottage on a full-sized section in one of Whakatane’s sought-after streets.

This 1920s, wooden bungalow has family written all over it. With a childcare, primary school and intermediate all practically within arm’s reach, and shops and high schools nearby, it has everything the family needs.

The home is set in a big, 1012-square-metre, grassy section that is like a warm childhood memory, with lots of mature fruit trees and plenty of space to kick a ball around and room for the children to play.

A large, partly-covered, concrete patio area on the north face of the home is the perfect spot to watch the children play, and is set up for a shade sail for keeping cool over the hot, summer months.

A separate double garage at the rear of the house has a carport in front of it, and there is plenty of space for a boat or caravan. A lock-up aluminium garden shed is tucked away beside the garage.

Although it has retained loads of its original character, this home has been updated for modern living.

Two sets of ranchsliding doors open from the sunny patio to the kitchen and open-plan dining-lounge area and most of the windows have been replaced with easy-care aluminium.

As well as a free-standing wood fire in the living area, this home also has a good-sized heat pump unit along with a heat-transfer system to ensure the warmth is spread throughout the house.

Mains gas provides instant hot water and there is also a gas hob in the big, country-style kitchen, along with an electric wall oven.

With new benchtops and cabinetry, which includes a big pantry and appliance cupboard, and space for a large, family-sized fridge, this kitchen is tremendous.

The home has three bedrooms, all with wardrobes, and an office – or fourth bedroom – with plenty of built-in cupboard space and even a lockable rifle cabinet.

The bathroom has a bath and a shower and the toilet is separate.

Besides being a great family home, a property with this much land, in a sought-after location where properties this size are scarce, is ripe for development either now or in the future.

LJ Hooker

89 James Street, Whakatane
Agent: Shirley Brabant
Phone: (07) 308 8222 or 027 7676145
Price: Interest over $420,000
Open home: Sunday, 2pm to 2.30pm