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8 Art Deco homes for sale filled with old-world charm

Article by Property Press

This collection of Art Deco inspired homes for sale across New Zealand are full of potential and one-of-a-kind style

The Art Deco era was in full swing in the ’20s and ’30s and influenced everything from architecture and furniture design, through to fashion, fabrics, jewellery and ceramics. The emphasis was on a notion of “modernism” that broke away from the stuffiness and excessive ornamentation of previous popular design.

In architecture it incorporated signature features such as geometric decorative details, curving walls and window treatments, luxe finishes and generous, well-proportioned, light-filled rooms. The aesthetics are very much in tune with modern design trends and houses with original Deco features offer a unique chance to combine the craftsmanship and sophistication of another era with today’s sensibilities. Here’s our pick of Art Deco influenced houses on the market.

1. Special features

As soon as you step through the geometric leadlight front door into this Papakura home you’ll be sold on its special style. And the living room with its feature fireplace framed by two signature windows will just amplify the feeling.

The tone is set by the street appeal of the pristine Deco façade, which thankfully it hasn’t been mucked around.

It won’t take much to bring the interiors up to scratch with the polished wooden floors and generously proportioned, light-filled rooms. Just move in your deco pieces and work some magic.


2. Truly unique

The curved window with built-in seating in the living area of this Waiheke home situated on a promontory is perfect for showcasing the spectacular views out to sea.

A verandah with cast iron balustrade traces the fluid outline of the front of the house, and a generous deck spans the back to make the most of the panorama.

The vintage eat-in kitchen has had a sensitive makeover that preserves the spirit of the era, as have the other rooms in the house. You’ll love waking up in the master suite which opens to the verandah and those views. This is a unique property on a massive site with access to sandy beaches and its own helipad.


3. Elegant living

This Hamilton beauty designed by architect Terence Vautier was a standout when it was built and still perfectly captures the elegance of the Deco era. The curved walls and windows, beautiful geometric leadlights, feature fireplace, signature staircase, plaster detailing and generous floor plan all contribute to its distinctive ambience.

Add the views out over Hamilton Lake from many rooms, fabulous indoor/outdoor flow, alfresco living areas and salt water pool and you have a wonderful home fit for contemporary lifestyles.

There are so many special details, combined with all the mod-cons and location, that add up to an exceptional property.

 4. Good bones

The imposing façade of this two-storey Te Awamutu home reflects Deco design values with a combination of geometric and curved forms that are a perfect fit with modern aesthetics.

Inside polished floors, light and airy rooms, generous proportions and a flowing floor plan are all characteristic of the era. The back of the home has been opened to a deck and the backyard for easy summer entertaining.

Bring your design flair to take this charming home to the next level.


5. Expertise needed

This apartment in a gorgeous Deco building on Wellington’s exclusive Oriental Parade has some structural issues but presents an amazing opportunity for those in the know.

Classic Deco details like the curved walls and windows, functioning original fireplace and airy rooms combine with fabulous views over the harbour from the living area and master bedroom.

There’s also the rarity of a shared communal garden, two carparks and storage just a stroll away from the CBD. There’s so much that could be done here with a little expertise to create a haven in the centre of all the action.

6. Potential plus

Roll up your sleeves and be prepared to put in some work on this run-down Motueka Deco darling. The possibilities are immediately obvious with its strong street appeal and you’ll just need some imagination to bring the interiors back to life.

Roll back the carpet to expose the wooden floors, pull back the curtains from the lovely curved bay window and revamp the kitchen to create a home full of personality.

On a massive section with so much potential and in a great location, this is a great chance to add value.

7. Flair needed

The ingredients are all here waiting for a cosmetic makeover to take advantage of the Deco delights on offer in this Ashburton home. The distinctive façade sets the tone with three curved bay windows lending special appeal to rooms.

The generous foyer, internal doors, wooden detailing throughout and rimu floors hint at the possibilities here.

Set in a lovely garden in a great location this little beauty is just waiting for some sympathetic DIY flair.


8. All set to go

The living area of this double brick Dunedin home with feature fireplace, leadlight, curved bay window and decorative plaster ceiling offers a delightful place to relax. There’s even a peek of the harbour.

This home has been updated so there’s not much to do other than put your personal stamp on spaces. Outside there’s a great level area for chilling out round the barbie and the convenience of a garage and storage area.

A perfect home for a family close to the city and amenities.


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