Historic house on market
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.