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8 architecturally designed homes for sale with the ultimate unique style

Article by Property Press

Featuring both classic and modern design, you can enjoy a one-of-a-kind lifestyle in these architectural masterpieces for sale from across New Zealand

There’s no replacing the quality of design, attention to detail and unique touches that are the hallmarks of an architecturally designed home. Bespoke living spaces with special features, use of quality materials and finishes and a careful connection to the surrounding landscape all make living in these homes an experience, elevated from the ordinary by flair.

Here’s our pick of architecturally designed homes for sale in New Zealand.

1. Exclusive location

With grandstand views of Rangitoto this Remuera home designed in the ’70s by architect Claude Megson makes the most of its exclusive location with an expansive outdoor entertaining area that spans the width of the house.

Inside the spectacular views are the standout feature of many of the rooms. Dramatic double-height ceilings are balanced by more intimate living areas creating a unique fusion of space and style.

A recent renovation still leaves plenty of scope for putting your own stamp on this elegant home.

2. Painstaking restoration

This significant Category 2 listed Historic Devonport Home was oustanding when it was designed by architect Lloyd Bates in 1929, and a painstaking restoration overseen by architectural designer Patrick Malloch has preserved the remarkable Arts and Crafts details.

Extensive wooden panelling, ornate plaster ceilings and cornices, feature boulder fireplaces and decorative leadlight windows give the home a majestic charm. The master suite has been opened up to create an inspiring space to relax.

Care has been taken to preserve the original style with imported kitchen and bathroom fittings in keeping with the era it was built. With stunning 180 degree views of the harbour back to the city this home is a one-of-a-kind treasure.


3. Design flair

Living in this Wellington home perched on a hillside above Polhill Bush Reserve is a little like being in an eagle’s eyrie with spectacular views out over the city and harbour. Designed by late architect Gerald Melling for his family home it features distinctive designer spaces.

A double height living area is combined with clever sloping ceilings, rooms open onto an an internal courtyard, wide decking embraces the stunning views and thoughtfully placed windows frame the landscape perfectly.

Melling’s original studio has been converted into a funky separate apartment with a living room that basks in sun from the double height windows. A very special offering.

 4. Glam living

It’s easy to imagine you’re living the glam life in the Hollywood Hills in this sprawling Richmond home looking out over Tasman Bay. Designed by architect Alistair Daines, the distinctive curved living room window and other design features have a touch of Art Deco opulence.

The expansive floor plan includes a home theatre, office and two master suites combined with generous living areas and a massive open-plan kitchen.

Living areas open to an expansive outdoor entertaining area complete with retro kidney-shaped pool which makes the most of the stunning views.

 5. Timeless charm

This lovely Richmond home makes the most of its gorgeous leafy setting looking out over the lush garden to Waimea Estuary. Designed by architect David Jerram the cleverly curated spaces have an air of timelessness and offer flexible living over three levels.

Living areas feature bi-fold doors on both sides giving effortless indoor-outdoor flow and each of the three bedrooms opens to a balcony or patio — just perfect for a morning coffee.

The pergola that runs along the front of the house is an enticing spot for al fresco entertaining and adds to the charm of this special home.


6. Impressive living

The pillared balcony of this impressive Christchurch home is an indication of the grand dimensions of the property which complement the awe-inspiring views over the city to the Kaikouras and Southern Alps.

The luxurious formal living and dining area features a double-sided fireplace and opens to the front terrace, as does the relaxed open-plan kitchen and informal living area.

Designed by architect Ian Thomas, there’s huge attention to quality details, from the marble bathrooms and gorgeous master suite, through to the elevated views from every room.

 7. Country life

This classic design sits so well in the Cromwell landscape that it looks like an upmarket take on a traditional barn from the outside. Designed by JCY Architects, the open plan kitchen and living area with gabled ceiling is surrounded by windows, flooding it with light and views of the grounds designed by Rough and Milne Landscape Architects.

The living areas and three bedrooms all open onto a deck and lawns, and the fourth bedroom is above the double garage.

The property has been planted with a cherry orchard which will offer an income stream in coming years, as well as a glorious outlook from the home come cherry blossom time.


8. Celebrating quality

This grande dame in Dunedin designed by Miller & White Architects pulls out all the stops with supremely elegant spaces and design features celebrating quality craftsmanship.

With all the charm of an English country home it has also been sympathetically updated with a new kitchen and tiled bathrooms.

But it’s the character features that will win over hearts, from the wood panelling and leadlight windows to the stunning formal living room with ornate plaster ceilings and the original fireplaces. Beautiful arched doors allow for flow to the massive landscaped garden. A rare find.


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