26 and 26A Burnell Avenue, Thorndon

26 and 26A Burnell Avenue, Thorndon

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Tender Guide Upwards of $2,800,000
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Land Area: 1045m² approx
Floor Area: 350m² approx

Two Properties on 1054sqm Flat Land in Thorndon

A hidden treasure in the heart of Thorndon. The two houses showcase not one but three examples of renowned 20th century New Zealand architecture. You can't help but be captivated from the moment you walk through the unassuming blue doors at the end of Burnell Avenue. Crossing the threshold you will be amazed by the privacy the Gatehouse provides and the sheltered garden that lies beyond. Wood stairs and a glass enclosure invite you to ascend to the modernist simplicity of an Ernst Plischke one bedroom home sitting above three single garages. Beside this is a stunning mature garden housing a Gray Young three bedroom home. Last updated by Plischke's partner Cedric Firth in 1972 this home is a combination of the neoclassical charm of Gray Young and mid century modernist functionality of Plischke and Firth. With two properties on two separate titles this is a truly unique opportunity for those looking for location, room to move and style.
Tender Closes 16th March 2018 at 12noon at Just Paterson office, 11b Tory Street, Wellington.

This understated and elegant home welcomes you through its solid wooden door into a brick tiled porch. The entrance of the home is light filled giving glimpses of the art decor features and timeless elegance. The entry area combined with the stair well creates a beautiful airy space to display art and treasures.

A stunning reception room that has welcomed many friends and dignitaries over the years. A wall of Plischke designed storage, which also house the built in speaker system, blends with the original features to show two architectural styles. An original tile fireplace, art deco light fixtures, and large leadlight windows framed by ceiling to floor Liberty curtains overlooking the garden on two sides, it all combines to make this a formal yet inviting room.

Leadlight glass windows overlooking the rear garden, there are plans by Cedric Firth to open this area up directly into the garden. Firth designed the built in display shelving with timber-fronted cabinets. There's a corner bar heater, and serving hatch to kitchen with original built in storage.

A large area that is light filled and has huge potential to once again become the hub of the home. A six burner freestanding double oven, dishwasher and a generous amount of cupboards and bench space. Updated as part of the Cedric Firth renovation in 1972 this kitchen with it's sunny decor has stood the test of time.

1. The master bedroom overlooks the garden at the front of the house. Two single built in wardrobes from the original design plus the 1972 Firth additions of a double wardrobe, fitted drawers and bench, built in bed side tables and a bookcase headboard. Multi-pane windows on two sides provide light to this spacious and relaxing room.

2. A double room in northwest corner of the house, windows on two sides. 1972 addition of built in book shelves and wardrobes with teak doors. This is a lovely room with a warm decor.

3. At the rear of the house this double room has city and harbour views, built bench and and cupboards, windows on two sides, double wardrobe, built in book shelves.

1. The main bathroom has been described as the best room to view the fireworks, with harbour and city views. A stand alone bath, vanity with cupboards, heated towel rail, shower and toilet.

2. Located at the rear of the home with windows overlooking the garden. Fitted with a shower over the bath, vanity with cupboards, heated towel rail and toilet.

3. A powder room/coat room located under the stairs contains a toilet, shelving, and a storage area.

There is also a toilet located off the laundry.

At the very rear of the home with a door accessing the back yard, this area opens off the kitchen and has a laundry tub.

Located above the three single garages this Ernst Plischke flat is a wonderful surprise. The combination of brick floored entrance glass walls, timber stairs and garden views provide a jaw dropping introduction to this 1959-60 modernist addition. Upstairs is an open plan minimalist Plischke treasure. The one bedroom home underwent a full refurbishment in 2017 including a sympathetic modernisation of the kitchen and bathroom designed by Stuart Gardyne of Architecture +. The colour palette has been kept very close to the original design. The flooring is heart matai while rimu panelling covers the cupboards, wardrobes, and a retractable wall for the bedroom. One whole wall is glass, including sliding doors onto the balcony and overlooking the stunning garden, The timber glows in the sun, and the heat pump keeps this jewel box home cosy at night.

A truly stunning garden, based on early plans were originally produced by Anna Plischke, the architect's landscape designer wife. Mature trees and dense growth screen the property from the neighbours and make this a private wonderland throughout the year. The autumn and winter blooms are as enchanting as the lush foliage in summer. Cedric Firth designed the weatherboard shed and glass panelled wall in the rear worth west corner of the property that connects smoothly to the house and delineates the front and rear gardens. A paved path leads from the gatehouse to the house and around the back, leaving two large expanses of lawn.

Three single garages, the two to the left are for the main house, there's access at the rear of the garage directly into the garden.

The garage to the right, with remote controlled door, belongs to the flat and has direct access into the entrance area inside the blue doors.

This home has plentiful storage: a double wardrobe, a linen cupboard, and coat cupboard all upstairs opening off the upstairs hallway. There are attic stairs for access to the lined attic storage area, this is a generous sized area the utilises the high pitch of the roof, there is a light switch for the attic in the hallway.

- Thorndon School
- Wellington Girls' College
- Wellington College
- Wellington High School

- Open fire in the front room
- Gas fire in the family room
- Electric panel heaters through the home
- Electric bar heater in the dining room
- Heatpump in the flat

Nikki Baddeley
Nikki Baddeley
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Mobile: 021 205 1491
Charles Morley-Hall
Charles Morley-Hall