After 17 years in this lovely big Karori home we’re taking the plunge and selling our house. Our five kids have all left home and we now rattle around in a house that is much too big for 2 people. It needs a family to fill it with laughter – and sometimes tears!- or people who love entertaining. It’s a house that needs people.
Selling the house privately has attracted many questions (e.g. Why? Answer: because we’re adults and we can) and as a result we’ve met a number of really nice families. All have different things they’re looking for but the question everyone asks is “What are the neighbours like?” Fortunately we can answer positively, but it’s good to see that a strong sense of community is still important to people. If you’d like to see our ad the TradeMe listing is #571258790
Take a look through our house:
We had a lot of fun writing the house description:
I’M GOING TO SELL MYSELF!
There comes a time when every house needs to make tough choices. That’s where I’m at right now. I want a family and I’m prepared to do what it takes to get one – including selling myself!
I’ve given many years to raising children but they’ve grown up and left me, as they do. I’m ready for a new family. Oh – how rude – please allow me to introduce myself. I’m a house of space and taste. Call me ‘Coops” (My real name is 31 – who the heck numbers their kids, right?)
The memories are vivid. Family dinners round the massive dining room table for 10, the chess and board games and fierce political debates all spilling out in later years onto my new decks on both sides of the house. Countless games of cricket on the back lawn. Public readings from the Economist. BBQs and dinners. Variable quality SingStar.
How could I, you ask, forget the eldest of the 5 kids naming my ground-floor utility area the “Scary Cupboard” – I chose not to take offence. Or one of the girls coming up with so many schemes and practical jokes that the other of my girls always took the blame for? Many a night, I conspired with the insomniac child so he could stay up late to read Tolstoy (yeah, even I thought that was a bit strange but my LED ceiling lighting is up to it). And the youngest boy who loved answering the door bare-bottomed and only wearing a shirt, and sitting on my gas-fired central heating vents. The HRV system has been a god-send with all those people in the house.
Then there was the music. Piano, guitar, violin, mandolin and drums – yes drums – but my insulation is awesome and the neighbours heard very little (unlike me). Luckily, the friend with the bagpipes will leave when you buy me.
I accept that I’m a rarity – a two-storey, four to five-bedroom, two-bathroom Karori house in Wellington College, Wellington Girls and Karori Normal school zones with double garaging plus another two off-street car parks (although one of my internal parks usually featured a full-size table-tennis table and dartboard instead of a car).
I was so proud when my current owners gave me a architect designed makeover in 2008. My family used some of the new space as a zone that they could all be in for work, gaming, homework and movie watching but I think it would also make an awesome home office. And don’t forget the Bosch induction stove-top and oven and F&P fridge with water dispenser and ice maker. The outrageously large TV could also be negotiated to stay in the family area. Just when I thought I wasn’t loved in the same way anymore, my owners treated me to a full, professional exterior paint job in the last few months. I’m looking sweet – even if I say so myself. Nothing for you to do – just bring me a family to love.
aka… 31 Cooper Street Karori Wellington, New Zealand