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This iconic Devonport villa for sale offers immaculate family living

Article by Property Press

One of Devonport’s most loved villas, this iconic property has had many incarnations, including 50 years as a maternity hospital. Now, it could be your new family home, see more below


Details

  • Address: 19 Buchanan Street, Devonport
  • Land Size: 971sqm
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Parking: 4 car parks

Contact details

  • Contact: Linda Simmons, 027 459 0957
  • Tender: Closes 4pm 30th January 2020 (unless sold prior)
  • Further listing details here
  • Bayleys Devonport 

This iconic Devonport villa for sale offers immaculate family living

There are many elements that make 19 Buchanan Street one of Devonport’s most iconic and special landmark properties – incredible proportions, a colossal 971m2 site at the heart of the village and truly exceptional historical significance. The grand villa was originally crafted in 1893, built by Jim Mays, who made his fortune in the gold fields of the Coromandel. It’s experienced many incarnations since then, including 50 years as Pentlands Maternity Hospital, making it a much-admired and cherished part of Devonport and Auckland history.

Number 19 is positioned at the top end of the street, which arrives down to meet King Edward Parade and the water’s edge and beach. The village is just one street over, with the local cinema, cafes, restaurants and ferry just a two-minute walk from home.

Today, the 450m2, two-level solid Kauri residence is a substantial family home, where stylish contemporary touches perfectly complement classic heritage design. The current owners have lived here for the past six years and are passionate about villas, taking their roles as custodians of this 125-year-old property seriously. They’ve made subtle changes throughout, with restoration and refurbishment always at the forefront of any transformations.

Residents are fully immersed in the grandeur of yesteryear – gleaming Kauri floors, soaring 3.6m board and batten ceilings, a 2.4m2 wide entrance hall, stained glass and all the intricate panelling, alcoves and architraves within the spacious rooms. And rooms there are many, taking into consideration the time spent as a hospital. Entry level is on the top floor, which is divided into numerous formal and informal living and dining areas, ideal for family life. Despite the separation, all rooms maintain excellent connection to one another and have great light and flow, with lots of peaceful, restful spaces to relax and enjoy.

The main deck, which opens out from the kitchen area, captures elevated, ever-changing and entirely intoxicating views of the Auckland Harbour. The spectacle is alive with activity day and night, with glorious sunsets over the Waitakeres, the Auckland ports and city skyline alighting in the evening and a grandstand position for fireworks displays. Another more intimate deck on the southern side offers cooling shade and respite on a sunny summer day.

There is one bedroom and two bathrooms upstairs, with the remaining four bedrooms located downstairs on the ground floor. This level also presents more generous space and a series of rooms, including the romantic master with its own large adjacent dressing room, two studies, a library and bathroom. Outside, vast sweeping lawns are perfectly flat and enveloped within towering mature hedges, which create a wonderful sense of privacy. There’s more than enough space out here for a large swimming pool complex and for kids and pets to run freely.

With five bedrooms, three living rooms, three bathrooms, a double garage and an easily separated floorplan, this substantial residence works beautifully for family life, accommodating regular visitors and working from home. It’s one of Devonport’s most cherished properties and perfectly balances historical design with stylish contemporary living.

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Contact details

  • Contact: Linda Simmons, 027 459 0957
  • Tender: Closes 4pm 30th January 2020 (unless sold prior)
  • Further listing details here
  • Bayleys Devonport 

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