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This character villa in the heart of Milford offers top pedigree and position

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Those with a passion for heritage character and design and who love Milford will recognise this home’s special qualities immediately


Details 

  • Address: 8 Dodson Avenue, Milford, Auckland
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Parking: 5 Garage

Contact details

  • Contact: Lynda Betts, 021 278 3024
  • Auction: Thursday 13th June at 1.30pm, 28 Northcroft Street, Takapuna (unless sold prior)
  • Further listing details here
  • Bayleys Real Estate

This character villa in the heart of Milford offers top pedigree and position

8 Dodson Avenue is a rare, unique and truly captivating find for Milford, boasting a historical pedigree that harks back to the origins of the North Shore. Crafted from Kauri before the turn of the century, the double-storey villa now sits on a wonderfully-established, 948m2 garden estate.

Everything the coastal village has to offer is just a few short steps from the front gate – international cuisine, cafes, bars and boutiques, along with the mall, two supermarkets and a multitude of local amenities. Those with a passion for the sea and love of the outdoors will relish the fact that the beach and marina are an easy five-minute stroll from home, as well as the shores of Lake Pupuke, local sports clubs and the numerous parks and reserves of the area. School zoning is another drawcard for families, located within the Westlake Girls and Boys, Takapuna Grammar and Intermediate and Milford School zones. Excellent public transport options are easily accessible, along with motorway onramps for commuters.

While the property is fully immersed in the busy village hub, the site is set back from the road and enveloped within manicured, mature gardens, affording it an excellent sense of peace and privacy. A bright red front door marks the entrance to the gracious residence, where a wonderful world of rich heritage architectural details and enduring craftsmanship abounds. The property is an iconic part of local history. “Rushbrook’s Estate” was a farm until the 1960s, extending out all the way to and including Sylvan Park, which was subsequently gifted to the council.

The original farmhouse exists on the ground level, while the top floor was recently created by the current family – only the third owners and who procured the property in 1995. Grand, voluminous proportions are enhanced with original fireplaces and leadlight windows, Kauri floorboards, ornate 4.8m ceilings and timber accents throughout. Rooms are dressed with period furniture, which enhances the elegant ambience and character.

The large country-style kitchen opens out to the picture-perfect rear terrace, then flows into the breakfast room, grand lounge and dining, family room and sun porch. French doors open out to the wide, covered veranda that wraps around the outside, overlooking the expertly tended and fully-fenced courtyard gardens. The raised swimming pool out here is flooded with light and sun thanks to its perfectly north-facing aspect.

There are two big bedrooms and a bathroom on the ground floor, with the top level converted to the luxurious, modern master retreat. A large picture window showcases dazzling views straight out to the Hauraki Gulf and allows morning sun to flood the room with light and warmth. There’s also a dressing room and tiled bathroom with two sinks and a bidet. The other bedroom up here makes the ideal nursery and has a small ensuite.

Across the driveway, the single garage and workshop has an adjacent studio space and generous top floor attic room with balcony. It would make the ideal home office, teenage retreat or gym.

It’s a rare occurrence indeed to find a home of this historical stature at the heart of vibrant, central Milford.

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Contact details

  • Contact: Lynda Betts, 021 278 3024
  • Auction: Thursday 13th June at 1.30pm, 28 Northcroft Street, Takapuna (unless sold prior)
  • Further listing details here
  • Bayleys Real Estate

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