PICTURE PERFECT: Wrap-around verandahs, sash windows, and cottage gardens provide a storybook charm to this property in Douglas Street.

A COASTAL lifestyle is beckoning for the owners of this Douglas Street property who are ready to pass their classic home onto another family who will love it as they have.

Steeped in local history, it began life as the Sisam family homestead and its immediate appeal lies in its authentic character, which has been maintained and enhanced over subsequent years.

Its current owners, and those before, have renovated it to a high standard, creating a stylish contemporary home that is full of character and traditional period charm, while at the same time satisfying all the demands of modern living.

There is so much to love about this property, it is difficult to know where
to start.

It is beautifully presented, inside and out, with wide wrap-around verandahs, sash windows, and cottage gardens giving it a storybook charm.

The story continues inside with the front door opening onto a wide entry foyer with bedrooms off either side, both of which have been recently, and tastefully, refurbished. One thing that is immediately obvious with this home is the attention to detail, the quality of the fittings, including the stunning drapes, the timber features and the abundance of colour.

There is no white-on-white here, as found in many modern homes, but a mix of strong, and softer colours that reflect its era and create different atmospheres in the various spaces.

The entry foyer flows through to a formal lounge that overlooks the garden and is filled with afternoon sun. It provides the centerpiece for the home, with the open plan kitchen/dining area to one side and the home’s other two bedrooms, including the master, to the other.

The modern kitchen features gas cooking and water, plenty of bench and cupboard space and a great flow to the dining /family room and easy access to the sunny, private courtyard entertaining area. There is a dedicated office off the end, which flows through to a laundry and second bathroom.

With a generous 180-square metres of floor space, four bedrooms and two bathrooms, this is a home that is perfect for families. It sits on a well-developed 1271 square metre site in central Whakatane that includes double garage, plenty of off-street and turn-around parking, and extra shed space. The front hedging provides privacy from the road and the manicured gardens and pathways are reminiscent of an English manor.

This is a home that you will walk into, fall in love, and know you will not have to do anything for many years thanks to the efforts of its current owners who have given it a new roof, an exterior paint and a new heating system in the formal living areas. See what’s on offer at this weekend’s open home.


66 Douglas Street, Whakatane
Agents: Sarah Frater and Hayden Austen
Phone: 307 7383 or 027 534 1355
Price: $729,000
Open home: Sunday, 3pm to 3.30pm