PICTURE PERFECT: This stunning, 1950s beauty is set in park-like grounds in one of Whakatane’s most desirable locations. Photos supplied

This much-admired Hillcrest home blends classic 1950s glamour with 21st century comfort.

THIS glamourous 1950s star is among the more admired homes in Hillcrest.

Amazingly, the five-bedroom, two-bathroom home is looking even more stunning now than in its heyday, when it was most likely built for one of Whakatane’s leading professional families. With an extra room added on to the upstairs level, creating a large open plan living area with decking wrapped around it, this home is not only more beautiful but also much more liveable than it would have been in the 50s.

Surrounded by the sort of mature trees beloved of our native bird life, the large, outdoor entertaining area is perfectly situated for enjoying nature and the views over Hillcrest with glimpses of ocean.

The new kitchen, with its gorgeous rimu cabinetry matched with dark marble benchtops and stainless-steel appliances, is spacious and open to the dining and family areas. A double wall oven and hand crafted, integrated cabinetry are just a couple of features of this large open plan kitchen. Bifold doors open from the north side of the dining area to the deck and French doors lead to another outdoor seating area to the south. Open both doors to enjoy the feeling of outdoor dining.

The 1950s ambience has been beautifully preserved with original timber windows and doors, art deco mouldings and luscious pastel colours throughout, matched with polished matai floors in the family areas. Lush new carpet gives the lounge, bedrooms and hallways a luxurious feel.

A large and comfortable formal lounge also opens off the open plan area with a log fireplace. A central ducted heating system circulates warm air around the home as well as keeping it cool in summer.

A cosy nook adjacent to the kitchen makes the perfect sunny spot to relax with your morning cuppa.

Along the hallway are the four upstairs bedrooms, each of which has generously-sized, built-in double wardrobes with a large drawer below.

Some bedrooms also have built-in dressing table and these two features are repeated in the hallway as extra storage.

The main bathroom is also off this hallway with a shower and corner spa bath. The toilet is separate.

A spiral staircase off the main entranceway takes you downstairs to a large rumpus room. The fifth bedroom is off this room as is the garage, a laundry and second bathroom and toilet.

This home also comes with a crazy amount of storage space built in. The downstairs has a storage room accessed via the rumpus room and there is also a couple of sheds accessible from the outside, suitable for use to store firewood or as a garden shed.

The well-established, park-like grounds cover 1196 square metres with box hedging framing easy care gardens. Plenty of parking is provided under the shelter of the upstairs deck.

Be sure to register your interest early in this magnificent home in one of Whakatane’s most desirable locations.


1 Toi Street, Whakatane

Agents: Rhys Mischefski and Mikaela Pinkerton

Phone: 07 307 1595 or Rhys 027 457 8718 or
Mikaela 027 767 7013

Auction: October 16, 1pm at 247 Cameron Road, Tauranga

Open home: Sunday, 2pm to 2.30pm