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6 modernist style homes for sale that are full of mid-century character

Article by Property Press

If you love mid-century style these six homes for sale from across New Zealand could be the dream home you’ve been searching for

Modernist homes are back in style with their emphasis on open-plan spaces, practical timber and concrete materials and emphasis on windows connecting rooms to the wider landscape and flooding rooms with light.

The aesthetic perfectly complements current retro furniture design trends and can easily be updated for modern lifestyles while retaining plenty of character. Here’s our pick of homes that embrace modernist flair.


1. Spectacular view

This ’60s weatherboard home in Roseneath, Wellington has that all-important modernist flow to the landscape and seems to float above the bush and sea.

The outstanding views over the harbour are showcased by floor-to-ceiling windows in the kitchen/living area which is flooded in light. The outlook in the dining area is framed by a bank of windows that make it a green, leafy haven.

The bedrooms all have special views and the kitchen and bathrooms have been updated to take this modernist home into a new era.

2. Updated classic

The clean lines of the fifties have been preserved in this updated classic in Otumoetai, Tauranga, which has had all the grunt work done in a recent renovation. Paint, carpets, new roof and guttering…the list goes on.

There’s nothing to do except chill out on the deck and lap up the lovely views over Waikareao Estuary. The open plan kitchen living area features warm-toned wooden floors and doors and has been fitted out with the latest appliances.

Outside the expansive 1877m2 has been stylishly landscaped and offers mulitple areas for relaxing and entertaining. There’s also the bonus of an office downstairs.


3. Marriage of eras

This unique home in Devonport, Auckland manages to avoid having a split personality and blends the features of the original character villa with renovations done in the modernist style. The façade certainly marries the two styles very successfully and this is carried through into the interiors.

The downstairs living, study area and two bedrooms showcase modernist style with wood panelled walls, banks of windows and casual flow to the garden.

There are two outbuildings in the garden that could have very flexible uses. Add to that the private setting and views to Rangitoto and you can see why the present owners have enjoyed this home for 40 years.


4. Purists’ project

This two-storey home in Campbells Bay, Auckland will get mid-century modernist fans’ hearts beating. Wooden panelling and rafters in the light-filled living room with banks of windows opening to expansive views are all prime examples of why this style of architecture translates so well in modern design.

The kitchen with wooden cabinetry has stood the test of time, and wooden joinery in the window frames, French doors and doors give a zen-like ambience.

This home has so many unique features that will make it a perfect project for purists. It borders Centennial Park and also has a snatch of a view of the sea.


5. Sense of style

The owners of this traditional bungalow in Mount Eden, Auckland have taken a modernist design lesson and created a compelling addition to their home that captures the era perfectly.

Breeze block concrete walls, wood panelled ceilings, and feature windows that open the living area to the beautiful mature trees outside are just a few of the details that give this pavilion such a special ambience.

The original home has been sensitively updated so that there’s no sense of jarring when you move from one part of the house to the other. This really is a special home that manages to distil the essence of an aesthetic into a stunning modern living area.

6. Seventies icon

This concrete block townhouse in Freemans Bay, Auckland is part of an iconic redevelopment of Freeman’s Bay in the 70s that set new standards for city living.

The original façade screams modernist style and the clever internal layout makes the most of every inch of space. French doors open the living areas to a courtyard and at the back there’s a commons area which was a hallmark of these townhouses.

Wooden floors downstairs add to the sense of style and the L-shaped layout makes the most of the sun. A great project for modernist fans so close to Ponsonby, Wynyard Quarter and the city centre.

Words by: Sarah Beresford.

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