Transport yourself to a bygone era in one of these Art Deco homes for sale
The distinctive architecture of the Art Deco era is surprisingly in tune with modern aesthetics. The design movement of the ’20s and ’30s influenced everything from buildings and furniture to fabric design, clothing, jewellery and ornaments.
Key to the architectural look was a desire to encapsulate a “modern” feeling with emphasis on geometric decorative features, curved walls and window treatments, luxe finishes and generous spaces that captured a feeling of elegance and sophistication. Here’s our pick of some homes that have the characteristic style of the Art Deco era.
1. Classic facade
The classic art deco façade of ‘Thornecrest’ will captivate lovers of this era of architecture, with its geometric detailing and feature rounded bay window. Inside is a surprise as the Western Springs home spills over two levels and has five bedrooms and flexible living spaces.
The sunny open plan kitchen and living area opens to a secluded deck and garden area which is made for entertaining. There’s the bonus of a media room and workshop.
There’s plenty of opportunity to stamp your personality on this home, so close to the buzz of trendy Kingsland, Ponsonby and Grey Lynn.
2. Leafy outlook
You’ll love the clean lines of this little treasure in Glen Eden which has so much potential. The spacious living room with feature fireplace is flooded with light from the classic deco windows.
With polished floors throughout and a lovely leafy outlook from every room this house has a wonderful peaceful ambience.
There are three generous bedrooms and a kitchen-dining area that offers a lot of scope for a makeover. The large garden is perfect for family fun and there’s lots of off-street parking too.
3. Art Deco dream
Wow! This two-storey Te Aroha beauty will be the dream home for Art Deco fans. The impressive original façade of this two-storey gem is just a taste of things to come.
The elegant foyer with classic staircase sets the tone from an era of sophisticated elegance. Lots of original features have been retained, such as the beautiful curved window and tiled fireplace in the living room, geometric plaster cornices, polished timber floors and fabulous upstairs roof terraces.
The master suite has an additional office or living area and five other bedrooms feature the space and classic lines of the era.
4. Simply spectacular
If you’re not blown away by the grand proportions of this Art Deco home in Eastbourne, you will be by the views of Wellington Harbour.
Windows in the living area frame the sea vista and French doors open to a large deck that makes the most of the spectacular panorama.
There’s some lovely original features like the tiled living room fireplace, decorative cornices, staircase with curved wooden handrail, timber detailing round the doors, and well-proportioned rooms flooded with light. Classic living at its best.
5. Pretty in pink
The curved walls and entrance, geometric bay window and decorative detailing of this Hornby home will have art deco lovers in a swoon.
Inside is pretty much a blank canvas for you to work your magic on. Bring your imagination and collection of deco collectibles and create something really special in this three-bedroom home that is perfectly liveable as is.
The level fenced site is also begging for a makeover to realise its full potential.
6. Dramatic features
The dramatic curved bay and feature round windows that greet you when you approach this Art Deco delight in Shirley, Christchurch lend wonderful character features to this home’s interior.
There’s deco style aplenty here plus flexible living areas with all the modern comforts.
Upstairs the master enjoys the benefits of the signature Deco roof terrace – perfect for a glass of wine at the end of the day.
7. Plenty of potential
Although the interior of this Dunedin home has been mucked round with a bit, it wouldn’t take much to restore it to its former glory. Replace the fireplace surround and light fittings in the living room and the charm of the original geometric stained glass windows and ceiling will take centre stage again.
The light-filled rooms all have the signature Deco good proportions and the classic original staircase with feature window leads upstairs to the three bedrooms, two of which enjoy views over the harbour to St Clair Beach.
It won’t take much to make this home match its impressive façade.
Words by: Sarah Beresford.