World War II bunker adds to ap­peal

Gated Red Beach home boasts open plan liv­ing, sea views and ad­di­tional se­cu­rity

Herald on Sunday - - THIS WEEK - Cherie Howie

Open plan liv­ing, sea views, gen­er­ous sec­tion . . . and a mil­i­tary bunker. A Red Beach home is for sale with the prop­erty boast­ing its own World War II bunker.

The four-bed­room home is in a gated com­mu­nity on Whanga­paraoa Rd and the bunker sits on a shared piece of land within a few me­tres of the prop­erty that is be­ing sold.

Cen­tury 21 Col­lett Realty owner Liam Col­lett said the bunker was built in 1942 in re­sponse to the threat of a Ja­panese in­va­sion.

“The four-man in­fantry post was manned by the home guard and army troops,” he said.

“While there were sev­eral oth­ers built in the im­me­di­ate area this par­tic­u­lar bunker was sited to cover any ap­proaches from Red Beach and Whanga­paraoa Rd.

“Also dubbed a pill­box, it would’ve come with two wire­wove bunks that folded up against the in­side walls for ex­tra space.”

The prop­erty’s body cor­po­rate had com­mis­sioned its own re­search on the bunker, which was thought to have only been ac­tively manned for about a year be­fore fear of a Ja­panese at­tack sub­sided, Col­lett said. “The his­tory that comes with this stun­ning ar­chi­tec­turally de­signed home is only adding to its ap­peal. Let’s just say in­ter­est has been strong and gen­uine in­trigue is com­ing in from all quar­ters.”

The gated com­mu­nity also had its own pe­tanque court, he said.

The home is on a 509sq m fee sim­ple sec­tion and comes with an ad­di­tional 1⁄13 share of 7228sq m of fee sim­ple land. It will be sold by dead­line sale clos­ing Oc­to­ber 21.

Re­minders of past con­flicts re­main scat­tered around Auck­land.

These in­clude tun­nels, bunkers and for­mer gun em­place­ments, among them a coastal de­fence sys­tem, first set up in the 1880s amid fears of at­tacks from the Rus­sians and later ex­tended in World Wars I and II, at North Head and Mt Vic­to­ria.

Photo / Sup­plied

Re­al­tor Liam Col­lett in the World War II bunker.

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