APPEALING: Four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas and a stunning outdoor area make up just a portion of the charming characteristics. Photos Matt Lowe Open2view

THIS iconic character home has been well looked after throughout the 100 years it has stood so strong. Just like its history, some of its original architecture and materials have been carefully reused to keep its 1920s charm.

NEARLY a century after it was built, this Whakatane home has been restored with the upmost care, ensuring all upgrades compliment the natural charm of yesteryear.

As understood by its current owners, the two-storey property was built around 1920. Some of its original works are still as is today, even after plenty of restoration work throughout the years.

Most recently, the owners have changed the dynamics of the home’s interior structure including moving the kitchen.

You will instantly fall in love with the stunning kitchen, with an absolute showstopper island with a rimu bench top crafted from almost 100-year-old timber which has been recycled for this true masterpiece.

Any great cook will appreciate the Italian oven with gas cook top, silent rangehood and scullery and laundry areas.

There is plenty more to be appreciated at this home, including the wonderful outdoor oasis with beautiful entertainment areas, easily maintained gardens and a private pool and spa.

Large doors create the seamless indoor-outdoor flow from the shared open-plan kitchen, dining and living room area.
Plenty of natural light and air fill the area by the large windows creating such a charming area to relax in and enjoy.

The restoration and upgrades have been carefully thought through and completed with care, love and a modern flare.

The bottom storey is completed with two bedrooms, an office space, bathroom and separate toilet. Another living room also comprises the lower level. Its owners planned to offer the bottom area as an Airbnb.

A stairway leads to the master and third bedrooms.

The master bedroom is a generously amazing size and fitted with a walk-in wardrobe and en suite.

The owners believe when World War II ended the top floor was removed and placed at the next-door property.

During the mid-80s or early 90s, the top floor was rebuilt as the half storey it is today.

A veranda at the front of the property offers fabulous alfresco living. It wraps around the side of the home, leading to stairs accessing the double plus-sized garage and workshop.

The current owners have spent the past three years adding their unique touch to the home, just like the owners beforehand.

Since 1984 the property has been sold at least six times, each time with something new done to make the property more charming than ever.

Its current owners are ready to move closer to family and will hold close their life at Hawera Street.


14 Hawera Street, Whakatane

Agent: Sabina Andresen

Phone: (07) 307 0165 or 0800 210 454

Sale by auction: Saturday, February 23 at 12pm (unless sold prior)

Open home: Saturday, 2.15pm to 2.45pm and
Sunday, 12pm to 12.30pm