100-Year-Old New Zealand Mansion Lists For $8.2 Million
Kanebridge News
Share Button

100-Year-Old New Zealand Mansion Lists For $8.2 Million

The home is one of the largest historic homes in the Wellington suburb of Khandallah, and boasts a 4,000-bottle wine cellar

By V.L. HENDRICKSON
Wed, Apr 20, 2022Grey Clock 2 min

One of the largest historic and most recognisable homes in a suburb of Wellington, New Zealand, has hit the market for NZ$9 million (A$8.2 million).

Located in Khandallah, about 8km  north of Wellington, the 720sqm residence was designed by a prominent local architect Joseph Dawson and completed in 1929.

“It retains a high level of exterior authenticity in design, craftsmanship and materials,” according to Wellington Heritage, a local preservation group. “This house has significant townscape values; it is a local landmark that contributes greatly to the character and sense of place in Khandallah.”

Known as Box Hill, the Neo Georgian-style abode is also significant because it was built for local luminary Robert Barnes Gibbons. He was a car importer for the Colonial Motors Company, and the first to bring the Ford brand to New Zealand, according to Anthony Morsinkhof of PQ Property Intelligence/Forbes Global Properties, who listed the property earlier this month.

“It is one of the largest historic residential properties in Wellington,” Mr. Morsinkhof said in an email. “Khandallah is close to Wellington [central business district], with extraordinary views of the harbor…it is considered one of the most prestigious suburbs of Wellington.”

The five-bedroom, five-bathroom mansion has been a popular spot for social gatherings over the years, the agent added. It features an entrance hall clad in Queensland maple—a local species also known as red beech—with a grand staircase, and oak-paneled reception rooms and surrounding park-like grounds, according to the listing. There’s also a dining room that can seat about 100 guests.

“The icing on the cake in the entertainment realm is to discover that Box Hill is blessed with one of the best private home wine cellars, with capacity for 4,000 bottles stored in humidity and temperature-controlled conditions,” according to the listing.

The home last sold in 2006 for NZ$1.85 million, according to records with Propertyvalue, CoreLogic’s property website in New Zealand. The sellers were not immediately available for comment.

Wellington’s luxury housing market slipped in the first quarter of 2022, according to Mr. Morsinkhof. Both the number of transactions and the prices have dropped, with the median price of a home priced over NZ$3 million falling to NZ$3.3 million, compared to NZ$4.23 million at the same time last year.

“The Covid outbreak peaked in this period and many people were—due to isolation requirements—not able to leave their homes and buy or sell property,” Mr. Morsinkhof said. “However, since the loosening of Covid restrictions at the end of March we are seeing significant increase in inquiries for high-end property.”

MOST POPULAR

Interior designer Thomas Hamel on where it goes wrong in so many homes.

Following the devastation of recent flooding, experts are urging government intervention to drive the cessation of building in areas at risk.

Related Stories

The waterfront residence is one of Port Stephens’ finest homes.

By Kanebridge News
Fri, Aug 12, 2022 2 min

In the coastal township of Salamander Bay — nearby to Port Stephens — comes a unique home crafted to take full advantage of unbroken ocean vistas across three levels.

With one-of-a-kind flair, the stunning 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 3-car garage home of 52 Randall Drive Salamander Bay is nestled on a private 577sqm plot, optimised through intelligent design to take advantage of the Port Stephens landscape and lifestyle.

Within the home sees the typically coastal textures of natural oak floor and timber feature walls take hold while stone and tiled adornments add layers of luxury.

The open plan living, kitchen and dining areas incorporate a fireplace and near floor-to-ceiling glass that opens to create a seamless indoor-to-outdoor dining and entertaining space on the home’s top floor.

The heart of this area is the kitchen, centred around a marble-topped island, state-of-the-art European appliances and an attached bar area, with built-in refrigeration, accompanied by a butler’s pantry.

Also here comes a grand outdoor spa, central to the balcony, while another outdoor entertaining area with a pizza oven is found on the middle floor.

Downstairs once again comes a second living space replete with the perfect wine cellar — cooled by the natural rock foundation of the home — offering an array of entertaining options

Of the home’s accommodation comes a private and luxurious master retreat with expansive ocean views, a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite, here, speckled with grey terrazzo tiling and timber joinery vanities.  A further four bedrooms are found throughout the home along with two family bathrooms rounding out the offering.

Less than a five-minute walk from nearby amenities of shops, restaurants, cafes and beaches the home offers the best of the Port Stephens area.

The listing is with PRD Port Stephens’ Dane Queenan (+61 412 351 819) and Erin Sharp (+61 499 912 311) and is heading to auction; prd.com.au