Noted Plim­mer­ton house to fea­ture

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Lizzy Quinn’s beach­front home is most recog­nised for its ec­cen­tric man­nequin stand­ing in the win­dow, but next month cu­ri­ous peo­ple will have the chance to peek in­side and see what else the home has to of­fer.

The Plim­mer­ton house will fea­ture, with 11 other Wellington homes, in the NZ House and Gar­den Tours, start­ing on March 14.

Peo­ple vis­it­ing Ms Quinn’s home will be sure to meet Manny Quinn, who is dressed up for ev­ery oc­ca­sion and sea­son.

‘‘She’s the most fa­mous per­son,’’ Ms Quinn said.

She said the man­nequin in the win­dow had be­come a lo­cal sen­sa­tion.

The real es­tate agent lived in an apart­ment in Cuba St be­fore buy- ing the home 12 years ago.

‘‘I have al­ways wanted to live by the sea.’’

The beau­ti­ful Plim­mer­ton home with sweep­ing win­dows and open­plan liv­ing was not al­ways the peace­ful place it is to­day.

Ms Quinn said it was a dis­gust­ing mess when she bought it.

‘‘I ab­so­lutely ripped it apart. I turned this bach into a girly house.’’

Among the first things to go were the walls in the liv­ing space and the doors to her bed­room.

She also knocked out a few cup­boards to make a big­ger bath­room and di­vided the house into a down­stairs apart­ment and her up­stairs home.

‘‘It’s bright, light and colour­ful and has ex­quis­ite views.’’

Her home ended up on the house tour be­cause it was fea- tured in NZ House & Gar­den mag­a­zine a few years ago.

Mag­a­zine ed­i­tor Sally Dug­gan said the 11 homes on the Wellington tour were a fan­tas­tic mix.

‘‘For the Wellington tour we have a fine se­lec­tion of houses that re­flect the re­gion’s land­scape and home­own­ers’ per­son­al­i­ties,’’ Ms Dug­gan said.

‘‘It is al­ways a de­light bring­ing a tour to the cap­i­tal as Welling­to­ni­ans are in­cred­i­bly sup­port­ive of the event.’’

The an­nual event com­prises four tours in Auck­land, Wellington, Christchurch and ru­ral Auck­land.

Pro­ceeds from the tours go to two char­i­ties – the Can­cer So­ci­ety and Look Good Feel Bet­ter.

To buy tick­ets for NZ House & Gar­den Tours 2014, go to ticket mas­ter.co.nz.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Lizzy Quinn’s Plim­mer­ton beach­front home is part of the NZ House and Gar­den Tour in Wellington.

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