COUNTRY LIVING: Open spaces and big skies are included when you purchase this three-bedroom property, nestled up high at Paerata Ridge. Photos Open2View

HERE’S your opportunity to get into balanced living, country style.

There’s a Swedish word “lagom,” which means “the right amount” and this house illustrates it well.

The Paerata Ridge property is situated in the country, but not too far away from town.

You’ve got a blank canvas of land to play with, 3143 square metres to be exact. This is neither too large nor too small, fitting nicely into the “lifestyle” category where lifestyle does not mean hard work. There is an attractive stand of mature gum trees and the elevated position brings lovely views of the Waiotahe Valley.

The three-bedroom home is a little over 10 years old and was built with ease of maintenance in mind. It has an easy-care Palliside weatherboard exterior and Colorsteel roof.

Generous living spaces and great indoor-outdoor flow are a feature of the home, particularly in the combined kitchen and lounge area. It’s large, modern, open and a great place to hang out, heated by a free-standing woodburner.

With plenty of windows, and ranchsliders that open onto a concrete patio area ideal for entertaining, the home has a light, bright, homely feel about it.

The master bedroom also opens to the outdoors, offering wonderful rural views that you’ll never get sick of waking up to. The home’s other two bedrooms are good-size doubles.

There is a separate double garage with workshop away from the house. This is a great workshop space, or man-cave, with the bonus being that it keeps noise and dust away from the house.

If you’re looking for that pioneer lifestyle, combined with a big dollop of convenience, then this is probably it.

Harcourts

610 Paerata Ridge Road, Opotiki

Agent: Wendy Moore

Phone: (07) 315 5245 or 027 480 9100

Price: $595,000

Viewing: By appointment