Southern Homes : February 10th 2011
30 Thursday, February 10, 2011 Southern Homes LIFESTYLE & RURAL OPEN HOME 3Yesterday's quality, today's opportunity Brick showpiece: A beautiful example of brick construction, as lovely today as when it was built. Usable space: This classic Kiwi quarter-acre of flat land has plenty of development potential. Down-under: Right, with a number of rooms including rumpus, toilet and laundry, there is ample space downstairs to develop. Today it is rare to dis- cover a property built in another era that has had the same owners from day one to this. But this is the case in Papakura s Don Street, and the beautifully con- structed brick home at number 20. The same family have lived here for more than 50 years -- in fact many stories could be told of the pressing of grapes grown on the property and making into wine in the cellars downstairs; of abundant crops of vegetables and fruit from the fertile gardens; of grand parties and count- less other happy occasions! This flat 1012 square metre (traditional quar- ter acre) site has remained largely un- changed over half a cen- tury, wine making excepted! Everywhere you look, from its street appear- ance to its internal con- struction, you can see the quality of materials and the skill of the craftsman -- in the rounded bricks and beautiful detailing; the moulded cornices throughout the house, along with rimu doors, floors and architraves. Everything was built on the large scale. There are four spacious bedrooms, a full bath- room, and a separate office connecting to a rear deck. The lounge, dining room and kitchen are all very large rooms also, while downstairs there are three more big rooms along with a laundry, toilet and garage/work- shop. The possibilities for development here are endless, and we haven t even got to examining the huge back garden yet. A side driveway leads to the garaging at the back of the house -- there is also an enormous concreted area for more off-street parking. Beyond this the gar- den stretches back seem- ingly forever -- with gar- dens and productive stone fruit trees, and a lovely old fig. Possibly subdividable pending Council consent, it is a rare and valuable piece of land. Definitely for sale, it is on the market for $435,000. Viewing is by appointment -- phone Barbara Erceg of Barfoot & Thompson Papakura, phone 298-8029, mob 027 274-8020, a/h 298-5128. www.barfoot.co.nz /448689.
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