Weekend Herald

GRACIOUS AND WARM

A Spanish Colonial Revival style home got the attention it deserved thanks to the current owner’s fluency in interior decorating, writes GABRIELLE NOOIJEN.

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The owners have added features that not only remained sensitive to the home’s origins but returned the original character.

The home at 37 Glanville Terrace, Parnell is inarguably a labour of love. When the owner and her family bought it some 18 years ago, it was the immense character of the home that had them sold.

The renovation that followed was an undertakin­g and a half, but it remained sensitive to, if not somewhat reinstatin­g the home’s charming 1930s Spanish colonial spirit. It is a proudly balanced pairing of heritage features and joyful detail with a pragmatic and contempora­ry extension, resulting in a welcoming family home. After initiating the upgrade of the home cautiously, the owners took the plunge and tasked architect Mike Roulston with the redesign, which involved extending and redefining the layout completely.

“We lived in the house for six months, under wrap, it was a major,” says the owner, who subsequent­ly applied her skill in interior decoration to present the home as it is today gracious and warm.

The entrance courtyard is laid with terracotta bricks and Andalusian tiles, framed with manicured box hedges, rounded topiaries and a classicall­y Spanish Colonial stucco exterior. Inside, the home’s central point is the expansive lounge and modern kitchen with a sizeable Carrara marble island beneath large skylights.

The area extends out onto a deck which peaks at the landmark Orakei boat sheds and the water. On the same level, the home’s character snug with stain glass windows and low ceiling provides retreat, particular­ly in the winter months. The master bedroom incorporat­es a walk-in wardrobe following through to the ensuite - in keeping with the other bathrooms’ brass accents and character Artedomus tiles.

The owners have added features that not only remained sensitive to the home’s origins but returned the original character. Internal wall cladding, and a decorative stair rail produced by Powersurge, known for their innovative metal work, add to the home’s infinite character. Downstairs provides perfect guest or teenager accommodat­ion.

“It has been fantastic for our two boys over the years, it’s ideal for the separation and space,” the owner says.

Two bedrooms, laundry, an office and bathroom stem from a large living area fronted by French doors and laid with Forte´ wooden floors. The area spills onto the home’s second large entertaini­ng deck which overlooks the flat and perfectly laid AstroTurf lawn.

Double Grammar zoned and minutes to Parnell village and the CBD, its position is second to none.

Vicki Wallace of Bayleys, who is marketing the property to be sold at auction says, “This is an outstandin­g opportunit­y to secure a chic family home with ample character and charm, located in one of Auckland’s most sought-after suburbs.”

Sale: Auction, July 29

Contact: Vicki Wallace, Bayleys,

021 988 585; Gary Wallace,

027 498 8585; Andrew Wallace,

021 148 7679

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