Large family home at the base of the Port Hills,

Large family home at the base of the Port Hills,


Oct 2009

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
2 Bathrooms

About our home

We live on a quiet culdesac bordering a small reserve full of mature trees and native plants. Our home is a unique combination of neo-georgian and unique styles that is divided in to 2 large separate wings(great for families or 2 couples/friends traveling together). The kitchen has an open plan family room included with a separate dining and living rooms also downstairs. All the bedrooms are upstairs: The main bedroom has a super-king bed, 2 others have a double and one a queen bed,. We have 2 cockatiels(Australian parrots) outside on a covered patio(Chicky & Lateeny).


More about us

  1. Bill and Tekla moved to Christchurch 31 years ago from the USA and have two children, Anton 25 and Kazi 23 who are both away studying so unlikely to be exchanging with us. We are into tramping, tennis, painting, and pets. Tekla has an IT background before joining Bill in Real Estate. We owned a successful real estate business that is located in the southern suburbs which we've retired from. The first exchange we had was in Brisbane in 2003 and we since have done ones in Australia, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand and various parts of the US - close to 25 home exchanges.

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Where is it?


We are on the southern suburban fringe of Christchurch with walking tracks going up the port hills and into the valleys through the farmland and reserves. Our home is at the foot of the Cashmere Hills with a bus stop about 300 meters away and just across the street from a small river and parks. It's only a ten minute drive to our beaches, Lyttelton Harbour, or great shopping. Christchurch is a great place to explore Canterbury from and within driving range of good portion of the South Island. We are an hour and a quarter from Akaroa, an hour 45 minutes to the alpine village Hanmer Springs (thermal resort and reserve), 1 hour and 30 minutes to Arthur's Pass or to skiing in the winter. While the CBD was affected by the quakes, there is still quite alot to do in and around Christchurch (Antarctic Centre,suburban art galleries, beach walks, hill walks, drives on the Peninsula, wonderful coffee shops and restaurants, etc).

Buzzy restaurants
Elevate, Zaffron,
Cozy cafés
The Cup, Sign of the Kiwi
Retail therapy
The Colombo
Bit of culture
Canterbury Museum,
Walks in the park
Bowenvale Valley, Eastern Bush, Crater Rim
Spot of exercise
the Hills
Day tripping
Akaroa, Hanmer Springs, Aurthurs Pass

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