Kirkcaldie's Khandallah family manor back on market with $2.1m RV gallery

The home in Khandallah's dress circle sits in the middle of a 1202 square metre private garden.
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The home in Khandallah's dress circle sits in the middle of a 1202 square metre private garden.

A multimillion-dollar villa built for one of Wellington's most famous families is back on the market.

The Tranby homestead, built in 1904 for Herbert Kirkcaldie – son of Kirkcaldie & Stains department store co-founder John Kirkcaldie – has a rateable value of $2.1m and is for sale by tender.

The stately five-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Khandallah also features a spa pool and a triple garage, replete with studio loft and bathroom.

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The home was built for Herbert Kirkcaldie, son of Kirkcaldie & Stains department store co-founder John Kirkcaldie, in 1904.

The Tranby villa in 1923, with new owners the Hurley family.

The home features two turret bays, high native timber ceilings, sash windows, stained leadlights and two fireplaces.

The triple garage features a studio loft and bathroom.

The 113-year-old house has been fully renovated.

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According to the Onslow Historian magazine, the villa was named after a house in Northumberland, northeast England, that had been visited by the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, who was known as the playboy prince.

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The Clark St home, covering nearly 500 square metres in Wellington's desirable "dress circle", and with a 1202sqm section, is being sold by Lowe & Co, which expects it to appeal to families.

After trading since 1863 Wellington department store Kirkcaldie & Stains closed its doors in 2016 to make way for ...

After trading since 1863 Wellington department store Kirkcaldie & Stains closed its doors in 2016 to make way for Australian retail giant David Jones.

Managing director Craig Lowe said the market for high-end homes was still robust, even though the capital's booming market had cooled slightly. 

"Although not quite the crescendo of last year, the market in Wellington is still very strong – particularly for higher-quality properties – which is a slight contrast to last year, where even the properties with less desirable features were achieving competition amongst multiple buyers.

"Our average sale price is up significantly on last year, and with low inventory, high turnover, and an excess of demand over supply, we expect prices in Wellington to continue to rise in the near term."

In January last year, Kirkcaldie & Stains had its final day of trading before its shop floors, established in 1863, were reincarnated as Australian retail giant David Jones.

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