Southern Homes : November 11th 2010
Southern Homes Thursday, November 11, 2010 3 3 A rare retreat: The magnificent home and parklike section at 24 Arthur Rd, Hillpark. The way we were - or would like to be! Grand entrance: You enter into a home of graceful proportions and warm ambience. Lovely rooms: This large double bedroom is as lovely today as it was in yester-year. Sunny outlook: Generations of one family have grown up in this natural playground. It has defied urban sprawl and infill hous- ing, kept a discreet dis- tance from neighbours, and resisted the temp- tation to build up or build on. Number 24 Arthur Rd has been in one family s ownership since it was built in 1950, during which time four gener- ations have enjoyed the gracious home and wide open spaces of lawn, merging into the totara stands of Hillpark. It is pure pleasure to come across such a lovely home on such a large sec- tion. At 3437 square metres it is more like a private park, in which time appears to have stood still. When it was constru- cted by local craftsmen, a builder and carpenter, the home was the very model of stylish modern living, and despite the intervening years its quality still shines through. Since then the trees have matured into prize specimens, giving the home an even greater sense of belong- ing. The brick-on-block home spans 210 square metres, a big residence then and now. And although it could do with some modernising, its forward-thinking design makes an upgrade or extension very do-able . Wide entrance steps lead to a welcoming, flowing and expansive interior. The lounge is like two rooms in one -- a cosy nook by the fire- place at one end, more open and formal at the other. Decks and/or patios front and rear provide places to sit out and enjoy the view -- whether it s out to the Hunuas, west towards Clarks Beach, or north across your own sprawling, sunny lawns. The home cannot be seen from the street, so inside and out is very private. The kitchen is huge, a broad canvas for mod- ernisation but very user- friendly as is. There is a large formal dining room -- plus some likely coffee corners in the rear gar- den! The property is a rarity today, and its onsite auction on Novem- ber 20 will create plenty of interest. View by open home Sunday 4.15-4.45pm, or by appointment with Geoff Lovegrove and Alex Watson of Profes- sionals - Lovegrove Realty Ltd Manurewa, phone 269 0740 office; Geoff 021 394 540, ddi 269 0725; Alex 021 925 085, ddi 269 0732.
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