Spaceship home is out of this world

Last updated 08:27 08/05/2014

Related Links

Spaceship house

Relevant offers

Home & Property

Five things you should be doing to organise your kitchen When Barack lived in Brooklyn: Obama's post-university rental is now on the market The lowdown: Cinnamon House Design in Blenheim Indoor plant takeover - how to know when enough is enough One big mistake to avoid when renovating or building Milford woos unique designers with centre revamp on Auckland's North Shore Child-proofing: Mum of 14 says not every lesson should be learned the hard way One of Christchurch's most-loved heritage buildings is brought back to life A family business makes, shows and exports furniture from central Christchurch A North Canterbury designer twists and bends wrought iron into masterpieces

A novel home in Nelson has attracted astronomical interest at its first open day. Most who turned up yesterday to see the Port Hills spaceship home admitted it was a blast.

Agent Jeremy Matthews said the turnout at the Fifeshire Crescent spaceship open home [complete with inflatable alien], was close to heyday records of the early 2000s, with 20 people seeking a peek within a half hour open home.

"It's a new record for a mid-week open home."

The spaceship home has attracted attention since it appeared on its Port Hills pad in 1974. The family of the owner, who passed away some time ago has decided to sell it, agent Jeremy Matthews said.

The home, used as a bank in the athletes' village at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, has in recent years been operating as guest accommodation. It has a rateable value of $610,000 - although the land value makes up $600,000 of that.

Despite the novelty factor and location on a prime site, Matthews did not think it would be an easy sell. It will go to auction later this month.

"It's a split focus. That's the sizzle out there," he said pointing to the view over The Cut and Tasman Bay.

"And that's the sausage," he said of the fibreglass spaceship.

Many among yesterday's viewers were looking at its potential for relocation to another site.

The Scandinavian-designed Futuro House fibreglass spaceship is designed to be dismantled and can be "carried away in a box", Matthews said.

The concept was created in 1968 by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen, initially for use as a ski-cabin or holiday home.

Viewers Barbara and Bob Walker were keen on the capsule as an option for their section in north Nelson. While it was funky, it was possibly past its use-by date Bob said.

"It's a hell of a concept and it's a really neat location but I think it's in the too-hard basket," Bob said.

Brittany Norman said she was "just being nosy".

"The agent said 'sticky beaks turn into hot buyers in a flash', but not me.

"My husband thought it was so cool and maybe we should move it to Marahau."

The retro fibreglass capsule has a similar layout to a yacht, with a small galley kitchen, a central saloon, a large double cabin partitioned off, and a small bathroom. The property also has a separate sleepout.

Brigitti "gitti" Stamm, a tour guide from Germany who was currently looking to settle in the South Island, was bemused by the spaceship.

"I love it - really, I love it. It's hilarious and I've never seen anything like it before."

Grant Parkins, who was checking it out as a potential bach, said it had been painted since he last saw it, 35 years ago. His father built the sleepout in the 1970s.

Matthews said he had fielded inquiries on the property from as far away as Germany. He said selling it was proving to be a real treat for him, as a departure from the norm.

The auction is scheduled for noon on May 21 at Bayleys Real Estate offices on the same day Matthews will be auctioning a slip-damaged 827-square-metre site in Rocks Rd which has a rateable value of $48,000.

Ad Feedback

- Nelson


Recipe search

Special offers
Opinion poll

What do you most want to change about your home?

The kitchen/living/dining

The interior paint colour

Insulation/energy efficiency

The exterior/garden

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content