Ignore RV, It's Time to Sell
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Those in the market for a family home of epic proportions but with a desire to secure and protect an important historical legacy from early Canterbury, must see this, one of the last, and finest, remaining examples of the 'England Brothers' Elizabethan Revival houses. Highly recognisable in architectural styling, long-term Cantabrians know these buildings well, with this one easily distinguished by the vast 'Ghost Gum' on the street frontage.
Built by Edward England for his own family in 1926, this was always intended as a townhouse for the 'landed gentry', however over the ensuing almost 100 years several families have made it their own.
The integrity of the original design has been upheld with every extension and alteration, including the massive restoration following our EQs. The current owners for the past 45 years undertook this rebuild choosing to upgrade all wiring, plumbing, insulation, and structural fundamentals so the property is now poised to continue through another century.
This is a huge home encompassing at least 6 bedrooms, and seemingly any number of living areas, spread across east to west on a 1518sqm site. Sun streams into the Farmhouse style kitchen and family dining opening out onto decking. An enormous north wing, housing a games room built in 1980s, tumbles out onto lawn. Upstairs is a riot of colour with imported wallpapers framed in dark timber like works of art. The master suite is almost a separate wing with two dressing rooms, ensuite and the option of a study attached.
Character and history have been faithfully retained here. Replica light fittings are added to the original where required. Servant's bells still function and there is a true Butler's pantry. Outside sheds are embellished in the style of the house and raised potagers are formed using bricks from the house repair. The addition of Cat 5 wiring, gas fires and heat pumps, ducted upstairs, bring the home firmly into this century.
This location delivers right of entry and proximity to all of our most coveted schooling with easy access in all directions. A family oasis is firmly entrenched here, and for this family it is the end of an era.
Come and see if you could be the next 'Keeper of the Keys'!
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