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CAL­I­FOR­NIAN COOL

Fifth- level apart­ment has panoramic views over Auck­land, writes SAN­DRA GOODWIN

- Interior Design · Barfoot & Thompson · Welton Becket · Manukau

Bar­foot & Thomp­son agent Paul Studman has sold myr­iad apart­ments in The Pines dur­ing the 25 years he’s also been a res­i­dent.

He is mar­ket­ing this mod­ern ren­o­vated apart­ment, know­ing the el­e­gant com­plex well.

“You could say I’m a lit­tle bi­ased, but I do truly know how won­der­ful it is liv­ing here in this iconic build­ing set in park­like grounds on the slopes of Maun­gawhau, Mt Eden.”

This res­i­dence is on the fifth level of the 10- level build­ing, which en­joys panoramic views over Auck­land.

Paul says: “I sold the cur­rent own­ers this apart­ment 10 years ago, which they went on to to­tally re­fur­bish and ren­o­vate, in­clud­ing retrofitti­ng it with dou­ble glaz­ing. They’ve en­joyed liv­ing at The Pines so much they’re go­ing to re­main liv­ing in the build­ing, but are at the stage where they’re ready for a dif­fer­ent apart­ment. ”

The late Sel­wyn Robin­son had owned this mag­nif­i­cent

2.7ha es­tate for 38 years when he sold it in 1968 as a way of pre­serv­ing in­tact its green ex­panse dot­ted with su­perb trees planted from the mid

1800s on. By late 1971 the first res­i­dents were mov­ing into the im­pres­sive apart­ment block that ex­uded Cal­i­for­nian de­sign cool. It was de­signed by one of the world’s largest ar­chi­tec­tural com­pa­nies at the time, Los

‘ This apart­ment main­tains a re­la­tion­ship with the gar­dens and the grounds, which are fre­quented by won­der­ful birdlife in­clud­ing kereru ¯ and more­porks.’

Angeles com­pany Wel­ton Becket and As­so­ciates.

The dou­ble gram­mar zoned build­ing con­tain­ing 40 res­i­dences, four per floor, has a cream painted brick ve­neer over solid poured con­crete. Paul says: “It’s lovely we still have an orig­i­nal owner here but The Pines’ com­mu­nity has sig­nif­i­cantly re­gen­er­ated.

“I’ve sold in ex­cess of 55 apart­ments here, some of them more than once, and own­ers nowa­days in­clude pro­fes­sion­als and some fam­i­lies.”

They share park- like grounds. Sev­eral well- tended fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a flood­lit all­weather tennis court, a small gym and a 20m pool ac­com­pa­nied by a bar­be­cue pav­il­ion with kitchen fa­cil­i­ties.

Paul says: “This apart­ment has stun­ning views but be­ing on the fifth level it still main­tains a re­la­tion­ship with the gar­dens and the grounds, which are fre­quented by birdlife in­clud­ing kereru ¯ and more­porks.”

The en­trance in­tro­duces the north- fac­ing liv­ing- din­ing room with bay win­dow seat­ing.

“From the master be­d­room and the liv­ing- din­ing you get views of Ran­gi­toto and the har­bour and from the win­dow seat you can see One Tree Hill and to­wards the air­port.”

Off this open- plan space is the ren­o­vated oak- floored kitchen and laun­dry.

The liv­ing area and a sec­ond be­d­room open to a cov­ered bal­cony cel­e­brat­ing the views.

The bay win­dow master suite has a walk- in- wardrobe and en­suite. The fam­ily bath­room neigh­bours the third be­d­room with views up Mt Eden and to­wards Manukau Heads.

This apart­ment comes with a carpark and Paul says there’s also the pos­si­bil­ity of a sec­ond carpark at no cost.

Ask­ing price: $ 3.55 mil­lion Con­tact: Paul Studman, Bar­foot & Thomp­son, 021 998 563

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