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This historical Devonport home for sale is filled with potential

Article by Property Press

Sitting on a generous section close to the Devonport waterfront, this eight-bedroom home, filled with historical pedigree, is a diamond in the rough

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Details

  • Address: 18 Buchanan Street, Devonport, Auckland
  • Land Size: 1625sqm
  • Bedrooms: 8
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Living rooms: 5
  • Parking: 6 off street

Contact details

  • Contact: Linda Simmons, 027 459 0957 and Jacquie McDonald, 021 460 840
  • Tender: Wednesday 27th February 4pm (unless sold prior)
  • Further listing details here
  • Bayleys Real Estate

This historical Devonport home for sale is filled with potential

Boasting a long and colourful history and firmly entrenched in Devonport’s rich heritage, 18 Buchanan Street was first built in 1870. It is one of the neighbourhood’s iconic properties, positioned at the top end of the street which arrives down to meet King Edward Parade and the water’s edge. Spanning a colossal 1625m2 of perfectly flat grounds, the significant landholding presents an incredible opportunity for those with a passion for grand period architecture.

Devonport home for sale

Admired today by local builders and boasting many original features, the 320m2 residence’s first incarnation was as an elegant mid-Victorian villa. It was later converted into a hospital in the 1920s, then into five separate flats in the 1940s, as it remains today.

The vast and varied design elements tell the story of a century gone by, with the ornate ceilings, sash windows, octagonal veranda posts, original chimney stacks and Welsh slate roof tiles remaining intact. The oversized skirting, wide architraves and incredibly high ceiling stud inside also give a snapshot of the scale, prestige and grandeur of the home when it was originally built.

During its time as a hospital, named ‘Cotswalds,’ the property across the street was also utilised as the area’s maternity hospital – ‘Pentlands.’ Many local people have memories of the two and some were even born here. During times of war and recession in Devonport, homeowners often took in boarders and renters to help cover the cost of living, which is thought to be the reason why the property was divided up into five during the ‘40s. Spread across one expansive level and all with their own separate entrances, the floorplans of each range from 46-76m2.

The location is a sought-after one, just a few short steps from the historical village’s cafes, bars, boutiques and restaurants, as well as in easy proximity to the area’s glorious bays and beaches. The ferry building is an easy, five-minute stroll from home, where the journey to the city takes only 15 minutes.

Devonport home for sale

Passionate devotees of period architecture and those with vision will recognise the exceptional potential of this unique deceased estate. It’s a historically significant central Devonport property that needs to be rebuilt, refurbished and reimagined to recreate the grace and prestige it originally proudly displayed.

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Contact details

  • Contact: Linda Simmons, 027 459 0957 and Jacquie McDonald, 021 460 840
  • Tender: Wednesday 27th February 4pm (unless sold prior)
  • Further listing details here
  • Bayleys Real Estate

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