Restoring this Ashburton turret villa has been a labour of love for the owner – and she hasn’t been afraid to follow her heart.
Her plans were never going to include white walls and a neutral decor. On the contrary, she has splashed out with a colourful, whimsical interior with a surprise at every turn – there are purple, blue, pink and green walls in different rooms, stunning decorative cornices, painted ceilings and brightly patterned carpets.
As listing agent Eliza Waszczak of Bayeys Ashburton says: “The owner has renovated the five-bedroom home; it’s like a giant doll’s house project where every room is different. But now that she’s finished, she is looking for something a little smaller.”
Waszczak says the 230 square-metre villa, built in the 19th century, was converted into three flats in the 1970s, which “kind of ruined it”. “Someone put up fake walls that covered everything. There was even a bath in the hallway. The owner ripped it all out and tackled it room by room. She says she hates (bare) wood, but loves painted wood.”
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“New insulation has been added and weatherboards replaced as needed.”
Waszczak and co-listing agent Sarah Everist, who is handling calls, describe the cottage garden as “enchanted”. There are two verandas, complete with ornate fretwork, where you can sit and enjoy the climbing roses, perennials and self-seeding annuals.
“The owner tells me she likes the garden to take care of itself,” says Waszczak.
The property has an RV of $330,000 and a listing price of $398,000, which is not just cheap to Aucklanders.
“It’s an amazing price down here also,” says Waszczak. “We don’t have very many villas in Ashburton and many people want to play it safe, preferring to spend a similar amount on a smaller red brick house with no character.
“This would be a wonderful home for a family.”