TENDER CLOSES on November 20
A luxurious lifestyle and design benchmark in Northland. This property would look equally at home in Los Angeles or Palm Springs.
This unique property at 78 Orangi Kaupapa Rd, bears all the hallmarks of iconic architecture. Not only did the six-bedroom, three-bathroom house win three awards for Gerard Parsonson, but was also inspired by the legacy of one the 20th century’s most significant modernist architects, Los Angeles-based Richard Neutra. Neutra’s classic modernism is back on trend. This year, Wallpaper magazine dubbed the Venetian one of ‘‘the architects who built Palm Springs’’. Following his migration to the United States in 1923: ‘‘It was in Los Angeles where Neutra found his style and worked on his most-defining projects.’’
Parsonson’s stunning 500-square metre design was built in 2001 on a 1575sqm ridgeline site with amazing sun and breathtaking views of the city, harbour, and hills beyond.
The property showcases an exterior of wood, cement and expansive glass. The interior offers hardwood and polished concrete floors with timber panelling, home automation, underfloor heating, three-car garaging, a wine cellar, and extraordinary indoor-outdoor living. The central living/dining area that links the two-bedroom wings opens to both a secluded and sheltered west-facing courtyard. Other features include an outdoor fire and an east-facing kwila terrace. This leads out to a flat lawn that stretches towards the city and harbour.
Next to the living/dining space, with its open fireplace and bespoke shelving, is an entertainer’s kitchen. This forms part of the house’s northern wing, along with a family room and utility room with laundry facilities. In the southern wing are a large TV or media room, a guest bedroom with harbour views and an ensuite.
Stairs lead to three more bedrooms that face the harbour, two that look towards the western hills, and a study. Linking the bedrooms is a gallery that opens on to an extravagantly large deck.
‘‘The design has brilliantly stood the test of time and remains largely the same as Gerald Parsonson’s original concept,’’ Zoe Smith, of Tommy’s Real Estate, says.
‘‘It’s now due for a maintenance birthday, and there is plenty of scopes for the new owner to add their stamp on the home, realising new opportunities to add value.”
‘‘For instance, there’s potential to add a swimming pool, that was part of the original design and was never constructed. This would complete the iconic LA-style trappings.’’
The property has a buyer inquiry guide above $2.95 million.