An unusual Eastbourne home designed by renowned creative architect Roger Walker is to be auctioned this month.
Built in the 1990s, and owned by Brian and Tracey Ward since 2002, the house in Marama Tce is more restrained in style than a lot of Walker's work but still retains his flair with its turrets and chimney.
Mr Ward is moving his biotechnology business to Auckland.
Mrs Ward said it had been a special home, and the couple were attracted by the light and space on offer. "There's a lot of light and it has got very high ceilings - cathedral ceilings - and a really good flow," she said. "I am not particularly familiar with other houses [Walker] has designed. We didn't buy it for that reason - we really liked the feel of it."
Harcourts agent Kim Slessor said the house was imaginative without being wacky or difficult to live in. The distinctive brick turrets house spiral staircases which connect the house together.
The tall chimney flue passes up through the living area to the kitchen, offering a lot of heat. "There is nothing boring about this house," Mrs Slessor said. "It has got something interesting anywhere you stand."
It is surrounded by large gardens, which include a flat lawn area and sloping areas up the hills behind. With a rateable value of just over $1 million, it will be auctioned on September 28.
BUILDING HIS CAREER
Wellington-based architect Roger Walker is known as the creative force behind some of New Zealand's most unconventional buildings.
Like his contemporary Ian Athfield, Walker has contributed dozens of distinctive buildings, sometimes strange and controversial, to New Zealand's cityscapes.
Famous Roger Walker buildings include the Park Mews apartments in Kilbirnie, Whakatane airport terminal and Ropata Village in Lower Hutt However, some of his designs have proved leaky – including a nine-apartment Thorndon complex and two townhouses in Mt Victoria which had to be demolished last year.
The Eastbourne house in this article does not have any issues, according to the vendors.
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