Historic 1890s Greytown home with Katherine Mansfield ties for sale

Carol Price and Abe David are selling this Edwardian house at 46 Kuratawhiti St, Greytown.

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Carol Price and Abe David are selling this Edwardian house at 46 Kuratawhiti St, Greytown.

A large old Wairarapa brick farmhouse with links to Katherine Mansfield is up for sale.

Elmwood on leafy Kuratawhiti Street, Greytown was built in the 1890s and was owned by Maata Mahupuku of a prominent local Maori family.

Mahupuku was a flamboyant figure who was a close friend, and some might say muse, to one of New Zealand’s brightest literary lights..

Mahupuku featured in several of Mansfield’s stories after they met in London in the early 1900s.

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Carol Price and Abe David are looking to sell their historic Elmwood home on Kuratawhiti St in Greytown.  They are pictured in the living room with Teddy the cairn terrier.

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Carol Price and Abe David are looking to sell their historic Elmwood home on Kuratawhiti St in Greytown. They are pictured in the living room with Teddy the cairn terrier.

Elmwood was a wonderful family home for Abe David and Carol Price for 18 years and is where they raised their twin sons.

The family moved from Wellington to Wairarapa because they wanted to raise their children in a small town lifestyle.

“We consider ourselves very lucky to have stumbled across this place,” David said.

“It’s a really lovely old historic house in a neighborhood of three great old historic houses across from Memorial Park, so it’s kind of a special little area in Greytown.”

There is a large courtyard to the rear of the property flanked by original brick outbuildings.

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There is a large courtyard to the rear of the property flanked by original brick outbuildings.

The original property was about 150 yards set back from the road and had since been subdivided, but Elmwood still retained extensive gardens to the front and rear of the house, as well as several outbuildings.

Its mahogany and rimu doors were 60mm thick and its ceilings were tongue-and-groove rimu.

Its half-timbering of almost 4 meters and its wide corridors gave the place a majestic look.

The family has carried out extensive renovations over the years, while remaining true to the character of the house.

The historic Elmwood House on Kuratawhiti St in Greytown is for sale.

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The historic Elmwood House on Kuratawhiti St in Greytown is for sale.

They had remodeled the kitchen, installed bathrooms and remodeled the outbuildings, which included an old brick laundry room with a copper pot.

The lush Edwardian garden was one of the main features of the property and was created by the Thompson family, former owners who were passionate ambassadors of Greytown’s rich arboreal heritage.

David said it was a great place to entertain and they had held weddings and bar mitzvahs on the property.

As their children had grown, the couple were looking to downsize the house by 290m2, with the option of building on a portion they owned further from the street.

“We think it’s too big for us now with two people in this big place.”

The historic Elmwood House on Kuratawhiti St in Greytown is for sale.

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The historic Elmwood House on Kuratawhiti St in Greytown is for sale.

Price said it was nice to live in a house with such a rich history, and she said they had strangers visiting the house because they wanted to see where Mahupuku lived.

Mahupuku’s uncle was Hāmuera Tamahau Mahupuku, who established the first Māori Parliament at Papawai near Greytown.

the the current capital value of the property is $2.07 million, according to realestate.co.nz. Elmwood is on sale by tender which closes on May 11.

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