LOOKING GOOD: Situated in a quiet street, this home has a huge backyard and has been refurbished throughout.Photos Troy Baker D8010-08

This large, single-level home is set on a full-sized, 809-square-metre section, close to schools. What more could a growing family ask for?

THIS three-to-four-bedroom 1970s property has a few retro features, but with a new Colorsteel roof, new wall and floor coverings, new curtains and a huge, private deck, it is well set up for the modern family.

Its best feature is the huge amount of space it offers, indoors and outdoors, with plenty of opportunity to stamp your own style on it.

The rear of the property has a large, freestanding double garage that has a workshop space with its own access door and an attached sleepout. This would make the best man cave, or alternatively, the sleepout could be used as a hobby room or extra bedroom space.

There are also mature lemon and orange trees in the backyard.

If you weren’t needing a large backyard and looking instead for a site to develop, the house is situated at the front of the section, leaving plenty of space at the rear to build a second dwelling. At the front of the house is a courtyard garden filled with possibilities.

Two entrances include one off the driveway and another from the courtyard garden with a generous sheltered porch. Both open to a huge dining room that doubles as a family living area.

The largest room in the house, this open-plan area is kept warm in winter and cool in summer with a heat pump. A large farmhouse-style kitchen opens off it and a large cut-away in the wall offers views through to the lounge.

A study opens off this room, which is large enough to offer the possibility of a fourth bedroom. A step down takes you to a lounge with a freestanding wood fire and ranch sliding doors opening to the lovely, private, covered deck. Your barbecues will never be rained off again with this great outdoor area.

The main bedroom also opens to this deck via a sliding door. The bathroom has a shower box, bath and vanity. The toilet is separate.

The entire interior has been newly wallpapered and painted in modern colours, with new curtains fitted throughout. The vendors will also be re-carpeting and are just waiting for the new owners to let them know what colour they want.

In the hallway is generous storage space and there is a separate laundry just inside the back door.

This property has shops nearby and is close to schools – from preschool right through to high school.

Anyone looking for a spacious family home would be wise to come along and view it for themselves.

LJ Hooker

21 Rata Street, Whakatane

Agent: Shirley Brabant for LJ Hooker

Phone: 07 3088222 or 027 7676145

Price: Inquiries over $500,000

Open home: Sunday, 1pm-2pm