With its serene river front position within a stroll of the city, 21 Avon Terrace is a remarkable find for people who adore the elegance of grand Victoria style homes but not their draughty, old fashioned discomforts.

This impressive two storey house with four bedrooms and three bathrooms has undergone a masterful transformation, completed about 2012, and restored with no expense spared.

The circa 1910 charms of wide verandas and weatherboard cladding remain but this lovely old dame now offers all the comforts of modern, warm, easy living.

The home’s melding of graceful tradition and 21st century luxury and functionality is

remarkable and so is its position.

This property is at the very end of the Avon Terrace lane and, with no road in front, it is the only house in the street with a direct frontage to the Maitai River. The views are peaceful and you have a ready-made swimming hole, down a few steps from the front lawn for summer fun.

The thoughtful and comprehensive restoration of this house 215m2 has created a warm and welcoming place for family and friends.

The large space encompassing kitchen, dining area and family room is a light-filled delight with a floor to ceiling picture window looking out to the river.

It’s a warm place to entertain and also the hub of family life, a place to gather and share the news of the day with a luxurious kitchen to create memorable dinners. There’s a separate lounge room and TV snug area, too. The flexibility of living spaces enables a choice of getaway areas for children and adults.

There’s the bonus of a delightful, sunny hobbies room which could be used as a separate lounge area or an ideal space for a home-based business, with its own outside access.

The family owners are regretfully leaving after nine years, three of which they spent restoring the house – literally from the ground up.