Property ID PON24786Character, history, class and charm - this home has many a tale to tell. Years ago, the grand old three/four bedroom villa in a small street ending in Western Park, at the edge of the CBD by Ponsonby Road was home to architect Nigel Cook. Gerhard Rosenberg, architect and Town Planner, bought it for his family in 1969 and they welcomed a veritable who's who of Auckland's Bohemian creative culture artists, academics and social activists. The curious double storey children's play house built by Nigel Cook still captures children's imaginations in the garden. Still many other things have changed. A separate space with its own bathroom was added downstairs to offer generous extra accommodation opening to the garden, perfect for a teenager or work-from-home.
Since the 1960s, the house has seen Freemans Bay evolve to one of Auckland's most upmarket, desirable central city locations with the best shops and restaurants on its doorstep. From the big sunny verandah off the spacious living with its lovely plywood walls, the family and guests have seen the view morph from expanses of harbour to the SkyTower threading up through a busy cityscape. Cosy fireplaces where they would sit at night are still here, as are the soaring ceilings and all the hallmarks of a traditional villa.
So, now it's your turn to weave your story, get creative and make the most of this amazing do-up opportunity in a brilliant location where your kids can play in the park and you can walk everywhere.