Meander up St Johns Hill, past the picture-perfect Virginia Lake and along a country road complete with sea views, and 10 minutes later you will find yourself at 29 Francis Rd, a prestigious lifestyle property that brings town and country living together to create the ultimate lifestyle for your family.

Secluded down a private tree-lined driveway, the solid brick residence takes pride of place amidst 1.49 tranquil hectares of established gardens and fertile land.

The 320sq m floor area encompasses generously proportioned living areas for family and friends to enjoy quality time together, or retreat to one of the many quiet areas of the stunning home for some rest and relaxation.

Offering four bedrooms (master suite with walk-in wardrobe, en suite and outdoor access), fifth bedroom or office and a spacious family bathroom with spa bath, separate shower and his and her sinks.

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The open-plan dining and living areas are the real heart of the home. With impressive windows framing the picturesque grounds and positioned with a northerly aspect for all day sun, you will love spending time here throughout the year.

In the warmer months you can open up the doors and enjoy the fantastic indoor/outdoor flow to the pergola and beyond while entertaining family and friends, and retreat inside by the wood burner with a good book on those less than perfect days.

The adjoining gourmet kitchen will delight with its large window showcasing the stunning rural views plus breakfast bar providing a beautiful sunny breakfast area.

It also features French country cabinetry with plentiful storage, a double wall oven, ceramic cooktop and double dish drawer, and is also tiled with underfloor heating to provide comfort in the cooler winter months.

Double internal access garaging ensures a secure place to park the cars, with enough space to store a motorbike, ride-on mower or garden tools, and has the added bonus of a roller door providing access to the rear of the property. The three bay shed has two open bays and one enclosed, perfect to park the boat and store all the farm tools, machinery and firewood for the winter.

The property has been meticulously landscaped with all seasons in mind and features a variety of trees including evergreens and natives, cherry blossoms, established pohutukawa and a mature willow tree, manicured lawns, macrocarpa shelter belt and an established hedge lining the driveway for privacy.

The land is some of the best in the country, featuring quality Westmere loam soils. There is room for a few cattle, sheep or ponies, and scope to add a chicken run and some vegetable gardens for a self-sufficient lifestyle, all enclosed by top quality post and rail fencing.

Located on the fringe of Whanganui, you are so close to town for work and shopping, yet a world away in your own paradise. School days will be easy with Westmere Primary School only 300m up the road and a bus to the gate for high school students.

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It is located around the corner from the Whanganui Golf Club and Belmont Links golf course so you can swing by for a quick game whenever you please. The beautiful Bason Botanic Gardens and Kai Iwi Beach are also just down the road.