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Own a piece of history; Breathtaking 130-year-old villa ready to change hands after forty years

Cherished by its most recent owners for the last four decades, and having changed hands only four times since 1893, this historic homestead is a harmonious blend of classic features and considerate modern updates.

Nestled in the heart of Te Awamutu, 288 College Street’s enduring qualities offer a once in a lifetime opportunity for its new owners to start their next chapter in the colonial style home.

“It’s such a rare opportunity to secure an 1893 vintage villa that’s virtually untouched in terms of its character” says Bayleys salesperson Sarah Adams.

“Time spent really is a testament to quality, and the remodeling on this home has been so thoughtfully attended to.”

The expansive residence encompasses formal and informal living spaces, a striking kitchen with seamless indoor-outdoor flow, a dedicated dining area, a library, and an accommodation wing.

With five bedrooms and two bathrooms, the stunning property with charming wood finishes spans three levels, with the third providing a unique turret room. From there, residents can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding area, all while igniting a whimsical sense of childlike wonder.

“When you walk into the turret room, it feels like something out of a Disney movie. The beautiful space is every child’s dream and the current owner’s grandson plays with his trains up there.”

Practical amenities include central heating, a new roof, covered access garage, and a recently upgraded kitchen.

Perched on an elevated plot, the property provides sweeping views of mountains and urban landscape, all while being surrounded by well-established, park-like grounds with a clay tennis court and ample space for family gatherings.

“It’s really easy to envisage how you’d host a family Christmas, and create lasting memories there. It’s lovely hearing how the current owner’s fondest memories are hosting their friends and family.”

For those looking to spread their wings even further, the adjacent 1100m2 section is also available to buy individually, or as a package.

“You could buy both sections and landbank or use the empty plot as somewhere to extend and build a forever family home.”

“There really is no better spot in Te Awamutu.”

Te Awamutu offers a charming and vibrant community just 30 minutes from Hamilton and 20 minutes to Cambridge, you can enjoy the best the region has to offer including boutique shopping, and sought after schools.

“The thing about the township is it’s really vibrant, but still has a rural charm. You could easily work in Hamilton and return home in the evenings. It’s a place that hasn’t lost its spirit.”

There’s also something for those who love the outdoors with the popular lake Ngaroto walk, Mt Kakepuku hike and the Waitomo Caves right on your doorstep.

"This is undoubtedly a unique home. It’s a property that will lay the foundation for years of cherished memories and unite the various phases of life”.

“This is my tenth year in real estate, and I’ve never sold a home like it.”

Sarah is marketing the property for sale via the tender process, closing at 4pm on Thursday 14 March 2024 - unless sold prior.

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