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If the walls of this gracious home could talk, what a story would unfold. As one of the first houses to be built in the country, the romance and worth of owning such a significant historic property is priceless. Beautifully restored to reflect its provenance, the refined nature of a gentler time is evident in the intricate architectural details not seen in today's homes and is irreplaceable. And yet, this is not a museum but a gorgeous family residence, ready to be lived in and used as a place to call home.
As with any home, living revolves around the kitchen where many an epicurean has had the pleasure of enjoying the exquisite Clive Christian design. Marble, granite, hand-thrown bricks and antique French paneling create a distinctive feel, so apt for the understated elegant tone throughout this five bedroom estate. Opening to an expansive 100m2 family room, formerly the ballroom, the Regency period refinement flows seamlessly from the formal dining into two spacious lounges. From dainty high teas to fashionable masquerade balls, the entertaining options are as endless as they are exciting. On a sunny day, the pool beckons visitors to enjoy a decadent champagne cocktail in the shade of the mature trees. On a cool winter's evening, the sauna is a perfect way to end the day.
A distinctive feature, the original architectural staircase, leads to the upper floor bedrooms, including a generous master suite of two rooms and a Jean-Claude Delepine marble ensuite. A separate wing houses the nanny quarters with a nursery or study, bedroom and bathroom.
Fully restored, the carriage house now acts as the double garage, tucked discreetly behind the gated kauri manor on its 1399m2 of premium land. Although the property's location is exceptionally central to Remuera Village, it is a sheltered haven offering a combination of convenience and peacefulness.
This is not simply a house: it has had a life of its own and played an important role in Auckland's history. With the best bones in the city, on one of the highest points in Remuera with elevated views and surrounded by the charm of French parterre gardens filled with roses and camellias, who could not fall in love with the idea of idle Sunday afternoon drinks on the veranda?
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Additional Property InformationThis single family listing located at 2 St Vincent Avenue, Remuera, Auckland has five bedrooms and four bathrooms. The property is currently offered at Contact for Price NZD.
This property is presented by Leila MacDonald of Barfoot & Thompson based in New Zealand.