SAFE AND SOUND: This private, sun-filled home is well landscaped and fenced for young children and animals. Photos Open2View

THERE’S been a lot happening inside and out at 77A Awatapu Drive over the past two years.

The current owners have taken a tired 1980s house and turned it into a fabulous modern family residence.

Renovations have been extensive including a full exterior and roof paint, new kitchen and bathroom, new flooring, curtains and blinds, and interior paint.

The result is a stylish, light-filled, private home that is ideal for families with young children and pets.

Situated down a private right-of-way, one back from the road, the property is fully fenced with a good size section that provides plenty of space for outdoor entertaining, vegetable gardens and dogs to roam free.

Inside, the living areas are open plan and a sun trap for most of the day thanks to the large north-facing windows.

With double roller blinds – sunscreen and block-out – it is easy to control the incoming light and heat.

The new kitchen, white with dark benchtops, provides plenty of cupboard and bench space, and is fitted with sparkling new appliances including a stainless-steel freestanding stove and double dish drawers.

Feature arches and a servery provide flow through to the dining room, which, like the kitchen and bathroom features a faux timber floating floor.

The dining room flows seamlessly into the large lounge where a ranchslider opens onto a north-facing deck – one of two decks on the property. When the sun goes down, a heat pump keeps the whole home cosy and warm.

The three bedrooms – two doubles and a single – are located off a central hallway.

Like the rest of the house they have been refurbished to a high standard with quality drapes and an attractive neutral (but not bland) decor. The wallpaper chosen for the nursery is a real hit.

There’s a lot to love here and the current owners say that if they were not moving out of the Eastern Bay for work they would be staying.

They are glad they ignored well-meaning family advice two years telling them not to buy in this area because the home, the location and their neighbours have proven to be everything they could have wished for.

Perception is often a long way from the reality.

Harcourts

77A Awatapu Drive, Whakatane

Agent: Michelle Stephenson

Phone: 0800 477 536 or 027 447 7536

Price: $359,000

Open home: Sunday, 12.30pm to 1pm