Views, views and more views

The Hutt News - - FRONT PAGE - NI­CHOLAS BOY­ACK

Beach frontage, views from the South Is­land to Pe­tone and a house filled with light make this a dream home.

It’s the first time this East­bourne prop­erty has come on the mar­ket since it was de­signed by East­bourne ar­chi­tect Gus Watt and de­vel­oped in the late 1980s.

Real­tor Kim Slessor said the el­derly cou­ple who owned the Nikau St prop­erty were re­luc­tantly sell­ing.

The cou­ple’s love of art, ar­chi­tec­ture and gar­den­ing was fac­tored into the de­sign and Slessor said their at­ten­tion to de­tail was still ob­vi­ous.

An out­side shed was turned into a large stylish art stu­dio, where the fe­male owner en­joyed weav­ing.

The ‘‘pot­ting shed’’ was set up for hy­dro­pon­ics with a toi­let re­sem­bling a clas­sic chang­ing shed. The house has three liv­ing spa­ces, fea­tur­ing lots of glass, pro­vid­ing panoramic views of the beach and Welling­ton Har­bour.

Slessor said the view from the sec­ond storey main bed­room was one of the best she had seen.

‘‘I think I am right to say you can see the South Is­land on a good day and you can see all the way round to Pe­tone.’’

With no road in front of the house, you step out the front door and onto the beach.

Si­t­u­ated on an el­e­vated sec­tion, it has a small park on one side and a house set back from the beach on the other. As a re­sult the house is not over­looked and there is a real sense of pri­vacy.

That is achieved de­spite the ex­ten­sive use of glass, to cap­ture the best views pos­si­ble.

Slessor said the own­ers were very par­tic­u­lar about sell­ing and in­sisted on a par­tial re­cladding and new car­pet be­fore putting it on the mar­ket.

As to how much it was likely to sell for, Slessor said it was a unique prop­erty and she was con- fi­dent there would be plenty of in­ter­est.

‘‘The price guide is $1.45 mil­lion plus. I have sold quite a few houses on the wa­ter­front and the high­est went for $3.8 mil­lion.’’

The likely buyer would be a pro­fes­sional cou­ple look­ing for a beach­side re­treat or a fam­ily with teenagers, who would en­joy the art stu­dio. With so many at­trac­tive fea­tures and prox­im­ity to a beach, Slessor said it was the sort of prop­erty sel­dom seen in Welling­ton.

‘‘I hate to use the word unique but it is. It is rare to find the won­der­ful com­bi­na­tion of at­tributes this house has. It has views, lo­ca­tion, sun­shine and de­sign.’’

CHRIS BURKS

With plenty of glass there is a view from every room at the Nikau St prop­erty, which has an el­e­vated po­si­tion. Below right, the prop­erty’s art stu­dio.

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