This week’s House of the Week – 13B Shrewsbury St, Riverton


With views overlooking the ‘Riviera of the South”, Te Puka o Takitimu mountain, the Longwood ranges and as far as North beach, this Riverton nest is hard to walk away from.

Settled among the hills, this north-facing property watches over the town just over one kilometre away while soaking up all-day sun.

Entry to the property is via a long gravel driveway led by a plethora of greenery, which then joins a spacious parking area, including space for a boat or motor-home.

The house boasts an internally accessed, spacious double garage with an automatic door opener, as well as a workshop with a large workbench.

It is also home to an impressive central heating system fired by a cast-iron multi-fuel boiler which heats a 1500-litre buffer tank.

This tank feeds the dozen thermostatically controlled radiators on the main level of the house which maintains a constant flow of hot water.

Stairs lead to the hallway of the main level, where two state-of-the-art solar tube skylights beam generous natural light into the central areas.

The refurbished laundry includes a granite-look benchtop and tub, with dryer space and custom-made joinery.

The joinery includes a front loader washing machine tower, ironing board, vacuum cleaner slots, as well as plenty of storage.

The laundry also has bi-fold doors to a very generous linen cupboard.

Alongside this is the 250-litre mains pressure, electric and wet-back hot water cylinder, with pipes heating a large airing cupboard.

A renovated toilet room has decor to match the paua influence of Riverton.

Along the hallway is a door to an in-built pantry, with a kitchen food lovers can indulge in. A cast-iron cooker pulls the elements of the room together while heating the house and water, and is dressed with an overhead storage shelf for pots and pans.

A Southland beech tongue and groove wooden floor connects to the main kitchen window sporting a stunning rural outlook.

Linking on to the kitchen is an open-plan living area that links to another living area, with wrap-around decking.

Off the second spacious, sunny living area is the front entrance and just off this is a double sun-drenched bedroom with a large wardrobe.

Next door an area which was once used as a bed and breakfast is sectioned off by an independent hallway for all-round privacy.

Two double bedrooms make up this separate living area and each has the luxury of an en suite, one with a heated Bidet toilet seat.

Outside are generous grass areas, a hot house, raised garden beds, a potting house and paved seating area.

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