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7 villas for sale that are full of the most charming heritage features

Article by Property Press

Classic villas offer so much character and charm, here’s our pick of beautiful homes for sale right now

Classic villas offer so much to buyers wanting character, charm and spacious family living. The characteristically generous rooms with marvellous high studs are perfect for creating living spaces which cater to the demands of modern lifestyles while still offering special finishing touches such as hardwood floors, decorative ceilings and feature bay sash windows.

They also often are on prime blocks of land that modern builds can generally only dream of as a site. Here’s our pick of classic villas on the market:

1. Position plus

This Herne Bay villa has the real estate mantra of location, location, location all tied up. Situated so close to the beach in one of the most prestigious streets in New Zealand’s priciest suburb it’s a position that’s hard to beat.

The two-storey villa has some lovely character features—you can relax in the sun on the covered L-shaped verandah, or lounge by the roaring fire in the gracious living room with high stud and sash windows.

The kitchen and bathrooms are up to the minute so there’s nothing to do but enjoy all that’s on offer.

2. Character galore

If you’re looking for somewhere to spread out, this Wanganui property may be the home for you. The generous entry hall with polished floors sets the tone for the rest of the house.

You’ll love cooking in the charming kitchen with butler’s pantry that opens to a wonderful al fresco living area.

The home is packed with character features — board and batten ceilings, high studs, ornamental fretwork and feature windows, yet all is light and airy and fitted for modern living. The whopping site has been beautifully landscaped with a nod to the past.

 3. Great potential

This Gisborne villa with its unusual highly decorative façade neads a bit of grunt work but it has a lot of special character features that just can’t be replicated in new builds.

The two tiled fireplaces are a case in point, as is the ornate geometric ceiling in the expansive living room. Polished hardwood floors and the wide welcoming hallway are just two more pluses.

Bring your imagination and make the most of the spacious floor plan to create an open plan kitchen and refresh those bathrooms.

 4. Little beauty

This lovely little Martinborough villa has great street appeal with its pretty fretwork detailing. With peaceful rural views from many of the rooms, it has the charm of yesteryear but all the creature comforts.

Fully insulated, rewired and replumbed it’s been brought right up to date. There’s nothing to do except unpack and enjoy the modern country kitchen and renovated bathroom.

Lightfilled rooms make this home feel very spacious, and there’s a level landscaped back garden for summer entertaining.


5. Magic garden

This gracious Motueka villa makes the most of its connection to a lovely big garden, with sets of French doors opening to the covered verandahs and the living area spilling to an entertainer’s deck.

Sash windows in all the rooms frame views over the lawns to mature trees —it’s hard to imagine you’re so close to nearby cafes and amenities.

Lovely generous rooms with the distinctive villa high stud offer plenty of options for family living. The double garage has storage sorted and there’s an orchard and room for a vegie patch.

 6. Unique spot

Wow — this Wainui villa offers spectacular views of Akaroa Harbour and the heads from both formal and informal living areas. Or you can dine al fresco on the level front lawn while you revel in the outlook.

There’s plenty of room for everyone here with four big bedrooms and large garage with workshop and extra space giving lots of flexibility and storage. A new open plan kitchen and smart bathroom completes the picture.

The massive section offers plenty of options, from chooks and veges to an orchard. A rare opportunity to enjoy a unique spot.


7. Original beauty

You know you’re in for something special when you spot the façade of this Ashburton villa with its witch’s hat turret. Inside the treats just keep coming… this really is a reminder of another era.

Feature stained glass windows, wide double wooden doors, ornate cornices, fantastic formal hallway, living room with domed ceiling… the list goes on. There is so much space and lots of options for when you reconfigure the kitchen and maybe even add another bathroom.

Outside is a pretty garden full of cottage charm. There’s plenty here to reward those who are keen to enhance an original beauty.


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