WELL SITUATED: This solid, sunny 1950s home is perfect for family living and sits in a prime location. Photos Open2View

There is potential in this solid, sunny family home for further modernisation or development.

IN the 1950’s homes were built to last and this three-bedroom in Barry Avenue is a classic example.

It has been modernised to bring it into the new century but at the same time it retains a character feel that makes visitors feel instantly at home the moment they walk through the door.

The home is north facing and multi-winged. The unusual design makes the most of the available daily sunshine and makes this a very light, sunny and warm home.

The generous size living area is north facing and light and bright with a log fire to keep you cosy in winter.

Like the rest of the house, the walls, ceiling and wooden beams, are painted in modern neutral colours but wooden panelling along the fireplace wall provides a tasteful reference to its heritage.

The lounge has wall-to-wall windows on its northern side and opens onto a concrete patio that gets the sun for much of the day.

Off the lounge at the western end is a kitchen-dining area, also light and bright and predominantly modern aside from the handy inbuilt seating that makes the most of the space and provides another character feature.

There is one super-sunny bedroom-sunroom off the kitchen at the northern end. The bathroom, separate toilet and laundry with exterior access are off a hallway at the other end of the kitchen-dining area.

The home’s two other bedrooms are on the eastern side. Both are good-sized rooms with his and hers wardrobes; the front bedroom has French doors that open onto the patio.

Around the house is fully fenced for privacy and secure for children and animals.

There is some planting already done but plenty of scope for green-fingered new owners to turn it into their own little garden haven.

A covered carport off the house provides garaging for one vehicle – and a perfect all-weather drying area for washing. There is also a single garage with workshop and plenty of off-street parking.

And with the house positioned at the eastern end of the 738 square metre section, there are opportunities to develop the large piece of section on the western side of the driveway.

This could be as a children’s play area, garden or home orchard. It would be ideal for further garaging, a granny flat or something bigger.

If this is not enough to make you want to snap up this property, there’s the price – it will be sold by set sale with interest expected over $485,000 – and the location to consider.

Barry Avenue is walking distance to town, Apanui Primary School, the Whakatane gardens and other recreational amenities.

Check out the open home this weekend to get a full picture of the possibilities associated with this property.


3 Barry Avenue, Whakatane

Agents: Lynne Baker and Lorraine Cunningham

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

Price: Set sale date, August 6 at 3pm

Open home: 2.30pm-3pm