Days Bay 'only' art deco home on the market showcasing 1950s Americana memorabilia
An art deco home, thought to be the only one in Days Bay, is "reluctantly" on the market after its owners spent 27 years on restoration works.
Real estate agent Stephen Lee said the house of former Wellington rugby rep Tracy Smith and his wife Debs was the "Queen of the Bay".
But its most striking features – quirky furnishing and collectors' pieces: a restored jukebox, a safe from the Mangaweka bank and a 19th Century set of French scales – are not up for sale.
Although it is an art deco house, Debs said the theme is a mix of art deco and 1950s Americana.
Debs had overseen the interior design and her husband, who is a builder, did the hard work.
Smith completely restored the home adding many period pieces, including an art deco fireplace.
The couple have two adult children and Debs said the time had come to move on and let someone else enjoy the home.
Having put so much time and hard work into the house, she said the aspect she enjoyed most was the ambience.
Collecting items for the house has been a dedicated hobby for the couple who are owners of a Coca-Cola vending machine, a guitar signed by the Eagles, and a model airplane that was once in an amusement arcade.
Then there is the traditional barbershop chair, which like the jukebox and vending machine were imported from New York.
The couple are taking all the furniture with them and have yet to decide where they will shift to.
The property has a QV of $800,000 but Lee said the home should go for double that.
* 58 Ferry Rd, auction on site, 11am, Saturday February 23.