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Preserved to perfection; historic 1905 Whanganui villa hits the market for the first time

Overlooking the breath-taking Whanganui River, a timeless treasure awaits its new custodian. This remarkable 1905 villa, meticulously preserved to honour its rich history, is poised to enchant discerning buyers seeking a blend of classic elegance and modern comfort.

“The cool thing about this property is that it's never been on the market. The current owners are a family known for their love of historic homes” says Bayleys spokesperson Carmel Harris.

“They were approached to buy it in 1988, and after a visit and a cup of tea on the front balcony, they realised it was an opportunity they couldn’t ignore.”

Beautifully maintained with an unwavering commitment to its heritage, every aspect of 3 Rees Street reflects a deep reverence for its past.

From the carefully retained wooden window blinds to the faithful adherence to the original blueprints, and even the homage paid to the era through paint colours, this residence exudes authenticity at every turn.

“Walking through the front door you feel the timeless elegance of this historic home. Every window looks like a picture frame, whether it’s views of the beautiful Whanganui river, or native trees.”

With five bedrooms, two living areas, and two bathrooms spread across two floors, every detail captures the imagination. Its high ceilings and graceful sash windows are bathed in natural light, casting an ethereal glow upon the timeless charm within.

“The living spaces are generous. The current family raised their children there, and now they have their grandchildren running around. It’s big enough for everyone to have their space and now it’s ready for the next generation of owners to create their own long-lasting memories.”

But it's not just the interiors that captivate; venture outside, and you’ll be greeted by panoramic vistas that stretch from the serene Whanganui River to the boundless sea beyond. Set on two freehold titles, this picturesque property offers ample space for both solitude and socialising, with sprawling grounds enveloped by lush greenery.

“The family have enjoyed many years of watching the activities on the river. From the Waimarie Steamboat, to the energetic competition that stems from the Billy Webb Cup there’s something for everyone to enjoy.”

Located just a stone’s throw from Whanganui's vibrant arts and cultural scene and boasting dual access from Portal Street and Rees Street, you can seamlessly blend convenience with serenity.

“It’s just over the bridge to the Saturday’s farmers market where there are also some really nice cafes and shops. It’s all within walking distance too”.

Whether you’re seeking a peaceful sanctuary or a venue for creating cherished memories with loved ones, this residence is the perfect canvas.

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