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This English-style manor in Stanley Point enjoys sweeping sea views

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Set within private, park-like grounds, this historic Stanley Point manor enjoys an unrivalled view of Auckland City across the harbour. See its celebration of heritage architecture and classic style below


  • Address: 55 Stanley Point Road, Devonport, Auckland
  • Land Size: 1679sqm
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Parking: 2 Garage

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This English-style manor in Stanley Point enjoys sweeping sea views

Showcasing one of, if not the, best views in Auckland, 55 Stanley Point Road is a dazzling clifftop estate and true historical icon. The grand and gracious residence captures the perfect harmony of heritage architecture and classic style, set within private, park-like grounds.

The local area is renowned for its elegance, charm and boutique environment, where Devonport’s eclectic blend of cafes, restaurants and shops are close by. Stanley Point is part of Auckland’s ‘Golden Quartet’ of high-value suburbs, filled with illustrious, private homes, secret beach coves and local bowls, petanque and tennis clubs. It’s just a 10-minute walk to the Stanley Point ferry, where commuting to the city for work and play couldn’t be easier, with a selection of Decile 10 local and private schools also easily accessed by foot, ferry or bus.

Woven into Devonport’s and indeed New Zealand’s rich maritime history, the residence was crafted in 1915 by Captain Frederick Ferdinand Nilsson, who arrived in Auckland from Sweden in the late 1800s. Nilsson’s vision was to build a clifftop house that required no tower or telescope, instead, one that captured a most expansive view of the inner harbour and where every ship leaving and arriving, whether passenger vessel, cargo, pleasure or competition, passed in front of him like a parade – as they do today.

After spending 30 years overseas, the current owners had dreamt of finding an elegant character estate that enjoyed a true connection to the water. This special property offered just that, a traditional English-style manor elevated high atop the Stanley Bay cliff, capturing grandstand views over the endless activity on Auckland’s Harbour. After purchasing it in 2013, they’ve undertaken a major refurbishment and restoration project, perfectly and precisely balancing elements of old and new. Classic heritage features remain – exquisite chandeliers bought out from England, pressed steel ceilings, original wood-burning fireplaces and colourful stained glass – but are enveloped within a sound, solid and secure structure.

A sweeping driveway meanders through half-an-acre of north-facing grounds – a private oasis of manicured hedges, rose gardens, sculptures and a majestic Cyprus tree. Impressive proportions create an innate sense of space inside, especially within the formal lounge and dining room. Pure drama abounds within this magnificent space, where a curved wall of floor-to-ceiling windows frame the cinematic vistas. There’s always something unique to experience – activity on the ports, sailing races, seaplanes, cruise ships and ferries coming and going, plus all of Auckland’s key landmarks. The America’s Cup base is clearly visible, making this an ideal vantage point for the upcoming cup. At night, the cityscape alights into a sea of ‘diamonds and rubies’ – an outlook just as mesmerising and a constant companion.

The large chef’s kitchen overlooks the more informal family dining area, which is illuminated with afternoon sun. This side of the home enjoys water views to the north, over Bayswater marina. The layout is family-friendly, so offers plenty of space, separation and endless entertaining options. Along with the study/ library, the master suite is on the top floor and has a luxurious bathroom and dressing room, while the three remaining bedrooms and main bathroom are all located downstairs. This lower level also houses an enormous lounge and dining room, which is still very much immersed in the view.

New landscape design has created more useable alfresco living outside, with a boardwalk running the length of the cliff and deck boasting an outdoor pizza oven. The cliff has been under-pinned for strength and is illuminated, along with the deck and gardens, with LED lighting at night.

Seldom comes the opportunity to acquire such a unique waterfront landmark that boasts both historical architecture and such breathtakingly beautiful water views.

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