One of only a few New Zealand examples of moulded concrete brickwork buildings dating from the turn of the 20th century has been placed on the market for sale in the Wellington region.
The concrete block Italianate-style bay villa in Lower Hutt originally dates back to 1907, with some structural modifications made following the 1942 Wairarapa earthquake.
The Heritage New Zealand listing for this property classifies it as Category 2 and makes mention that the property has links to renowned Arts and Crafts movement architect, J.W. Chapman-Taylor.
He is purportedly responsible for the modifications made when the original parapets were compromised and removed in the 1940s. The property has a pitched rook with shiplapped weatherboard gable ends and exposed rafters under the beams – both Chapman-Taylor hallmarks.
In its 108-year history, it was a private residence for its first 43 years, a doctor’s surgery from 1950-1989, and a legal premises for Grigg & le Page for the past 26 years.
With the current owners retiring from their legal practice, the well-known building in a popular part of Lower Hutt is expected to be sought-after by owner-operators seeking high-profile premises – or by a prospective homeowner looking for character and history.
The property sits on the corner of Knights Road and Bloomfield Terrace on the fringe of Woburn-one of Hutt City’s preferred residential suburbs – and across the road from the rear boundary of Westfield Queensgate.
This unique Lower Hutt offering is featured in Bayleys’ latest Total Property magazine which is released on 10 July.
“The property functions extremely well as a commercial site as evidenced by its 65-year track record as medical rooms and most recently, legal chambers,” says Cudby.
“This longevity of commercial use along with the high car parking ratio and the general personality that the property has elevates it in the current market place.”
The building has a total floor area of 153sq m, a three-car garage and six car parks in total on a 405sq m site. The property has a current rateable value of $500,000 and is being sold by tender - with vacant possession - closing 12 August.