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This Edwardian estate in Cheltenham is packed with prestige and potential

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Right on the waterfront, this Cheltenham estate remains in its original condition but comes with the promise of exciting potential. See more below


  • Address: 126 Vauxhall Road, Cheltenham, Auckland
  • Land Size: 1136sqm
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Parking: 3 car parks

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This Edwardian estate in Cheltenham is packed with prestige and potential

Lovers of heritage architecture and those who seek their next period passion project will be enchanted by the history and exceptional potential of this grand Edwardian estate in Cheltenham.

One of the area’s original seaside homesteads, it was built in 1904 for the Cousins family, with the heart Rimu and Kauri brought down from Mahurangi by barge. The timber was then dropped at the beach below and transported up to create the gracious home – crafted on a far bigger scale than usual for the area. It’s been passed through four different families since then, with the most recent based overseas for the entirety of their 30-year ownership. This has meant the Category B listed property is presented in very much original condition, making it the perfect prospect for a buyer with vision, design flair and a true love of all things historical.

The location is another drawcard, positioned within the tightly-held Vauxhall Road neighbourhood embracing the water’s edge. Both Cheltenham and Narrow Neck beaches and local schools are a short stroll from home, along with the local Vauxhall shops and vibrant Devonport village and ferry.

It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what style the home was built in, as it showcases elements of the villa, bungalow and arts and crafts styles. Incredible proportions are immediately evident, with the towering-two level structure coming into view upon arriving up the long driveway.

The shingled turret and partly shingled gable are distinctive exterior features, with key living areas all built to face out towards the sea. Flat lawns and grounds extend down to the towering Pohutukawa and bush that lines the cliff – A newly discovered pathway leads down towards the water’s edge.

Interiors take a journey back in time, where a world of heritage detailing abounds – original timber floors, board and batten ceilings with traditional moulded roses, scalloped archways, leadlights, double-hung windows and no less than five fireplaces. A 3.8m stud creates a sense of drama within the rooms, with the big lounge on the south-east corner capturing views of Cheltenham beach, Browns Island and beyond. There’s a large library on this level, as well as the kitchen and open dining area. Upstairs, five generous bedrooms are serviced by the main bathroom and separate toilet. The master is directly above the lounge and enjoys the best views of the house.

Plans by award-winning architect Geoff Richards were commissioned but never brought to fruition, so an exceptional opportunity is now presented to restore this once splendid home’s former glory.

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