His­toric house on mar­ket

Central Leader - - NEWS - By TOM CARNEGIE

One of Auck­land’s most his­toric houses is up for sale.

The Mt Al­bert Guest House, for­merly known as the Stoneleigh homestead, has been placed on the mar­ket as ei­ther a restora­tion pro­ject or as a fully op­er­a­tional ac­com­mo­da­tion busi­ness.

The Bay­leys prop­erty list­ing says the es­tate was built for Charles Stone in the 1870s on what was then 1.2 hectares of land.

Stone is said to have been the first Euro­pean boy born in Auck­land. His birth was cer­ti­fied by city fore­fa­ther Sir John Lo­gan Camp­bell.

Charles Stone was ac­tive in lo­cal body pol­i­tics as a mem­ber of the Auck­land Har­bour Board and the Mount Al­bert Board.

The list­ing says that in 1922 the homestead was bought by the Methodist Church and re­named Ep­worth House. It op­er­ated as a Methodist-run or­phan­age un­til 1936 and cared for 27 chil­dren at a time.

These days Stoneleigh is known as Mt Al­bert Guest House and its own­ers run long-term ac­com­mo­da­tion for ten­ants.

Bay­leys real es­tate agent An­drea Ritchie says the homestead is one of the very few residential prop­er­ties with a high level of grandeur and her­itage left in Auck­land.

‘‘The ex­ter­nal ar­chi­tec­ture of the home is vir­tu­ally the same as when it was built some 137 years ago – which goes a long way as tes­ti­mony to the qual­ity of the builders and crafts­men at the time,’’ she says.

Mt Al­bert Guest House has three sep­a­rate ac­com­mo­da­tion units. The main house is 455 square me­tres, while the two ad­di­tional out­build­ings are 74 square me­tres and 47 square me­tres.

The prop­erty also has on-site park­ing for 12 ve­hi­cles.

The prop­erty is be­ing auc­tioned on July 15.

Mt Al­bert Guest House was built in the 1870s

The kitchen of the Mt Al­bert Guest House.

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