Heritage Home With Designer Features In Park-like Gardens Goes Up For Sale


An enormous family home – believed to be one of the
biggest in its Auckland suburb – whose interior décor
design styles span two different centuries has been placed
on the market for sale.

The
469 square metre home at 46 Lloyd Avenue sits on a massive
2,233 square metres of mature landscaped land and gardens
– adjoining Mt Albert Croquet Club’s pristine mown
lawns, and with Ferndale Park on the other side of the
grounds.

Current owners Anne and John Land have
retained the immaculately maintained north-facing home for
the past 44 years – adding the second storey to the
original villa cross bungalow and modernising all of the
lower level. It has only had one other owner prior to that
– built by the Garlick family who also erected Mount
Albert’s Ferndale House which hosts community
events.

The substantial stately Lloyd Avenue manor
contains five bedrooms, five lounges and living areas, and
four bathrooms. The majestic residence encompasses a
consented 110 square metre one-bedroom apartment – with
its own separate entrance and open-plan modern and large
kitchen and living area overlooking the back
lawn.

From the street, the home’s façade looks
straight out of the early 1900s in an arts and crafts style
seen in many surrounding Mount Albert properties. Inside,
the formal dining room and lounge areas are also from the
same period – with native New Zealand timber window and
door framing reflecting a regal elegance. Other design
influences from the period include bay windows, lead
lighting in the upper frames of the windows, and two
original fireplaces – now converted to gas
heating.

The upstairs bedroom hints at the merging of
the ‘old and new’ design styles – with the structural
features retained then complimented by modern colourings and
fittings – such as the en-suite bathroom with its clean
stone tiling.

However, the home’s kitchen and
downstairs areas are straight from the pages of a 2010
interior design magazine – showcasing sleek clean white
lines and open-plan living zones.

The kitchen and
adjoining lounge both feature bi-fold windows and doors
leading out onto the expansive deck with its sweeping
staircase leading down to the flat back lawn suitable for
playing tennis, lawn bowls, or even to accommodate a
swimming pool cabana area.

The lawn has even hosted
the marriage of one of Anne and John’s children.

The
home is now being marketed for sale by Bayleys Ponsonby,
with offers closing on November 3. Salesperson Jock Kooger
believes it is one of the biggest houses and landholdings in
Mt Albert – his specialist sales ‘patch’.

Jock
Kooger said it was also incredibly rare for a single section
of this size to come onto the market for sale – with many
landholdings in Mt Albert subdivided down into much smaller
portions. Part of the original Garlick family homestead at
46 Lloyd Avenue was part of that trend – when part of the
founding dwelling was sliced off and shifted just a few
metres away to become what is now 48 Lloyd
Avenue.

“The options for what could be done in the
back lawn at 46 Lloyd Avenue are endless…. keeping them as
they are, building a grass tennis court, laying in a golf
putting green, or dropping in a luxurious landscaped
swimming pool complex in a Balinese, Mediterranean or
Florida style,” said Jock Kooger.

“Mount Albert is
one of Auckland’s oldest suburbs, and was originally
predominantly farm land. Suburban housing intensified in the
area during the 1920s and ‘30s, with some of those earlier
cottages replaced in the 1940s when New Zealand armed
servicemen returning from World War II established family
dwellings. Interspersed were a smattering of more
substantial homes built by what you could say were members
of the “upper middle class”.

“The home at 46
Lloyd Avenue certainly falls into the later
classification.”

Mr Kooger said that with an
Auckland Council valuation rating of $4.85 million, the
heritage home would be expected to sell for well above any
sales achieved in Mount Albert this
year. 
Substantial value would come from the large
2,233 square metre landholding, he added.

“It’s
the classic cliché…… ‘they just don’t build them
like this anymore’,” Mr Kooger said.

“With
design styles and features spanning the 20th and 21st
centuries, this home and its substantial landholding are
quite unique for Mount Albert – and are ready to welcome a
new family in to enjoy everything it has to
offer.”

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