Viewings - Vaccine pass Required.If you've ever visited Devonport's famed McHugh's Restaurant or strolled down the far end of Cheltenham Road heading for the beach and some summer respite, chances are you will have passed this stately, two-storied, early 1900s villa.Just a few doors from glorious Cheltenham beach and largely concealed from prying eyes, this grand home has delivered more than the occasional craned neck over the years as curious folk contort at her gates in an effort to gain a better glimpse.Embraced and cherished by our vendors -caretakers of 40 years, this much-loved family home is now released to the market presenting an exceptional opportunity for a new family and their future generations.While lovingly maintained through the years, 'Whakarua' remains largely original. Other than extending the kitchen in the ‘80s and adding a double garage with internal access - there have been no significant alterations or meddlings. High studs, ornate ceilings, solid Kauri turned balustrades, stunning leadlight windows, and the utter delight of upper-level verandahs that welcome the warm sea breezes of Cheltenham on a summer's night.Sited on a generous level section of an approximate 906 square meters and boarded by mature trees, the garden provides numerous options. Enjoy as-is, the perfect cricket pitch, accommodate a garden wedding, or add a resort-style pool and entertaining area.Once inside, downstairs comprises an elegant entrance and hallway, a generous formal sitting room, a large dining room that steps through to a garden room and out to a vine-covered deck. This area can also be accessed from the kitchen. A snug or reading room with a fireplace, a separate bathroom, and a utility room completes the lower-level layout.On the upper storey is a second bathroom, four large double bedrooms - master with water views, ensuite, walk-in wardrobe, and verandah access. On a summer evening pull back the French doors to experience the absolute joy of the northeasterly breeze that lends this home its name - Whakarua.Watched over and protected by Maungauika, Whakarua is a home boasting a privileged Cheltenham location and lifestyle. Seldom do homes of this stature come to the market therefore we recommend early viewing.Please call us for a private viewing - Vendor request - vaccinated passes on entry.