Oasis in the Heart of Bethlehem
Thirty years ago the owners of this fabulous property came to Bethlehem "to be in the country". They bought 1 ½ acres of land and built the house next door, later subdividing the land and ultimately creating this beautiful homestead - a home oozing character, warmth and heart...in a style rarely seen in the Bay, more frequently enjoyed in central Otago.
Bethlehem grew around them - firstly with the development of Bethlehem Heights, later growing into the highly desirable established residential community it is today. Despite the huge expansion and growth around them, the owners 'country oasis' remains - right in the very heart of Bethlehem.
The approach to the property is beautiful - from the long driveway under the canopy of mature trees to the stone pillars announcing the entry into this property, you know you've arrived somewhere special. The 360 sqm home designed by Mark Tatton is constructed in concrete stucco, Blue stone (sourced locally) and cedar shingles. The timber joinery has been beautifully maintained and as you step inside, the character and warmth are undeniable.
The two level home offers five bedrooms or four bedrooms plus office/hobby room. The master bedroom with ensuite and walk in wardrobe are on the ground floor, a second bedroom (currently used as a sewing room) is ideal for families with younger children or the grandchildren. The three bedrooms upstairs have their own lounge/TV room - perfect for children or teenagers' bedrooms or as a separate guest wing.
The kitchen and dining areas flow out through double bifold timber doors to the north facing patio which has been "like an extra living room" for this family. "It's just easy" says the owner, who has hosted weddings in the garden and too many birthday parties to remember!
There's a step down to the lounge which has been the family's favourite inside space. Despite the gas-fired underfloor heating warming the home, the open fire gives that special ambience - the feeling of 'home and hearth'. There have been many winter days snuggled up on the window seat with the fire going and in summer, the bi-fold windows open wide where you can spend long lazy days reading a book and enjoying your private, peaceful leafy oasis.
Many wonderful memories have been created in this beautiful home over the past 20 years and now the property is for sale for the very first time. Be sure not to miss out on this opportunity to own one of Tauranga's most prestigious properties - call me now.