CHARACTER COTTAGE: One of Whakatane’s early homes this gem is close to shops and schools and has been updated for comfortable modern living. Photos Matt Lowe Open2view

THIS two-to-three bedroom home, circa 1925, is centrally located and has so much
character you will just fall in love.

SOME houses just stand out from the rest. This 1920s character cottage in the heart of Whakatane will immediately grab your heart as it did for its current owner who has spent the past few years lavishing it with care.

From the outdoor areas – replanted with easy-care natives, beautifully paved and with great outdoor living areas – to the new indoor features, which include a new … well … everything, this home has had the best of modern living mixed in with its old-time charm.

On top of this, its owner describes it as a very comfy home to live in and very warm in winter.

It could be described as a two-bedroom home with an office or a three-bedroom home. The added room at the rear of the house could be used many ways. It would work just as well as a second living area, or hobby room, and leads out to the backyard.

New features include open-plan living, a new bathroom, new ceilings, a heat pump-air conditioning unit with HRV ventilation system, new paint, wallpaper and carpets, sunscreen roller blinds, drapes … the list goes on.

While the improvements are many, the home has retained all its original character flourishes such as lead-light stained-glass windows. The covered front porch, which has been given a tiled floor, leads the visitor up to the double-opening front door, which is a beautiful example of stained-glass window.

This opens to a wide hallway with the master bedroom on one side and the living area on the other.

This large bedroom has French doors opening to a porch, and has had two large, double wardrobes added. The old-world feel has been retained with the use of textured wallpaper with the original moulding including a dado rail. The lounge is at the front of the house with dining area leading through to a modern kitchen. More French doors open off the dining area to a private, north-facing deck and extensive paved areas.

The kitchen has a five-burner gas hob with gorgeous black-tile splashback. Stainless steel dish drawer, electric oven and range hood are complemented with natural wood benchtops.

The second bedroom is a good-sized double and opens off the main living area. The bathroom and toilet are beautifully tiled, with mosaic detailing. A large, new shower and vanity dominate the bathroom.and the toilet can be accessed either from the bathroom or the laundry. The backyard has extensive paving, and with four sets of French doors, this home opens up easily to the outdoors.

The carport at the side of the house, which fits two cars, has been closed in on three sides and has automatic opening doors. There is also off-street parking in front of the garage.

Easy care gardens are planted with gorgeous natives with renga renga lilies a stand-out feature.

If you love early New Zealand homes this cute character cottage close to shops and schools is a must-see.

EDGE realty

29 Hawera Street, Whakatane

Agents: Lynne Baker and Lorraine Cunningham

Phone: (07) 308 0232 or 027 284 6996 for Lynne or 027 483 0508 for Lorraine

Price: Offers over $450,000

Open home: Sunday, 4.30pm to 5pm