Near­ing com­ple­tion of his 58-apart­ment de­vel­op­ment at 10 St Marks Road, Remuera, for­mer breast sur­geon John Har­man adds a mag­num opus to what has al­ready been a sig­nif­i­cant ca­reer.

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The 65-year-old set up a breast clinic for New Zealand women, pro­vid­ing breast re­con­struc­tion, breast re­duc­tion, breast aug­men­ta­tion and all as­pects of breast can­cer surgery. John Har­man says it was los­ing his mother as a teenager that mo­ti­vated him to spe­cialise in breast can­cer surgery.

Just over three years ago, John was forced to end his 35-year vo­ca­tion af­ter an ac­ci­dent in Switzer­land left him with per­ma­nent dam­age to this wrist. Out of the ashes of that ad­ver­sity sprang John’s de­ci­sion to de­velop his clinic’s site in St Marks Road.

The St Marks com­plex has achieved that and more. It is a six-storey mas­ter­piece, with spec­tac­u­lar res­i­dences set to en­tirely change our ap­pre­ci­a­tion of apart­ment liv­ing. The auc­tion sale of its last avail­able apart­ment in November will be the pub­lic’s last change to own a piece of apart­ment per­fec­tion.

What are the lifestyle ben­e­fits of liv­ing at St Marks?

We hired one of the top ar­chi­tects in the world to cre­ate con­tem­po­rary, fam­ily-ori­ented apart­ment liv­ing – there’s no real equiv­a­lent in Auck­land. The in­te­ri­ors, by Amelia Holmes, have a New York feel, re­flect­ing the years the de­signer has spent liv­ing in that city. The high stud, light-filled and full-width liv­ing spaces al­low for larger scale, “Remuera-style” en­ter­tain­ing and the room needed for fam­i­lies to grow.

There is a com­mu­nal green of­fer­ing a re­laxed space for so­cial con­nec­tion and in­ter­ac­tion. The green will re­flect sea­sonal change and burst with flo­ral colour through­out the year.

Tell us about its lo­ca­tion.

No. 10 St Marks is a quiet Remuera lo­ca­tion sand­wiched be­tween Mt Hob­son and New­mar­ket. It’s a dou­ble-Gram­mar Zone ad­dress. We’ve in­cluded child-friendly spaces, in­clud­ing the se­cure com­mu­nal green where chil­dren have room to play. It’s within walk­ing dis­tance to all the ac­tion in New­mar­ket and the new West­field premier shop­ping district. Remuera is also eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble.

De­scribe your favourite fea­tures of the apart­ments.

The light – hands down. Th­ese apart­ments are filled with light which adds warmth and con­vivi­al­ity. The liv­ing rooms have been de­signed as ‘out­door rooms’ with ex­ter­nal slid­ers that ex­tend to the full width of the apart­ment. They are highly flex­i­ble in that they al­low you to open the room to the sun and warmth of sum­mer but pull shut for a cosy win­ter.

Tell us about the Mac 101 apart­ment.

It is one of 17 apart­ments in the Mac build­ing on MacMur­ray Road. It is the last for sale be­cause it has been our show­room apart­ment. As such, it as been fit­ted out with the very best spec­i­fi­ca­tions in every re­gard with no ex­pense spared. It is as­pi­ra­tional.

It is a ground floor, one level 146 square me­tre apart­ment with three dou­ble bed­rooms, two bath­rooms, two car parks and one large stor­age locker in the base­ment. Its kitchen fea­tures a cop­per splash­back, an is­land with two sinks, walk in pantry and a six-hob gas.

It faces north­east out to quiet, leafy MacMur­ray Road. The master and sec­ond bed­rooms look out to the land­scaped gar­dens at the rear.

What has been the price range of the St Marks apart­ments?

Most were sold from the plans with prices rang­ing from $700,000 to over $2 mil­lion. Four of the one-bed­room units were set aside as “spe­cial hous­ing”. One pent­house apart­ment, at the top of the MAC build­ing, re­cently sold for $6 mil­lion.

When is the MAC 101 avail­able?

It goes to auc­tion on Thurs­day, November 15, 2018.

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