Newspaper Article 1994 – Hastings stalwart leaves a gem

Hastings stalwart leaves a gem

THE auction next Friday of the late Bill [Will] Franssen’s home at 507 Fitzroy Ave marks the final chapter for one of the most colourful characters of Hastings’ post-war history.

Mr Franssen was one of Hasting’s most successful businessmen and most loyal citizens.

His former home oozes with the promise of gracious living. With a land area of 5643 sq m (almost 1 ½ acres) its gardens, which border Cornwall Park, are superb, with examples of massive specimen trees almost unmatched in the city.

At the entrance are two towering redwoods and beyond the double-storey mansion are majestic examples of several other species.

Through a gate by the bird aviary there is a perfectly tended orchard, easily big enough to become a tennis court. In the front of the house is a tiled swimming pool.

The inside could be modernised in some areas, but many would thank Mr Franssen for his retention of a lot of the character. For instance, the polished matai and rimu flooring, exposed native timber beams, clawfoot baths and original fireplaces.

The house is about 450 sq m (almost 5000 sq ft) and has five bedrooms including two huge doubles overlooking the garden and the park. The kitchen with adjoining scullery, and the living room, library and study are generously proportioned. The property has a $525,000 gv.

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26 November 1994


The Dominion


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