Spanning an enormous 420sqm (more or less) – more than double the average size for homes in the region - Bayleys salesperson Rachel Eggers says they don’t make them like this anymore, referencing super-sized proportions which include a six-car garage.
Occupying a prominent 2,376sqm (more or less) flat site on the corner of Neale Avenue, the home has been placed on the market for sale for the first time in four decades.
“The owners lived a beautiful family life here with the sheer size of the property allowing multi-generational accommodation and large family gatherings,” says Eggers, who is marketing the property by tender process closing Tuesday 14th June.
“We have received enquiries from families who recognise its beautiful bones, and the uniqueness of the property, with add-value potential from the ability to embellish and make it their own.”
“Equally, investors have identified the development potential of such a large site on two titles, in an extremely desirable suburb,” Eggers says.
Designed in the 1960s reflecting a post-war aesthetic that bigger is better, the home features large open living areas and an easy connection to the outdoors.
The home has been beautifully designed to take full advantage of a north-facing position enhanced by high ceilings and elegant chandeliers.
The impressive vintage chandeliers that hang from the capacious living room are included in the chattels list, along with a deep freeze and two night store heaters.
In the kitchen, brick feature walls flank three bell-curved archways, one of which leads to a discreet scullery while windows overlook the gardens, providing a sense of calm whether cooking, baking, or casually entertaining.
“The kitchen has ample storage space and room to seat four at an informal dining table,” Eggers says.
Down the hallway, five bedrooms are again characterised as large, with high ceilings and beautiful vintage light fixtures.
“The family-sized bathroom is unlike anything you might have seen before, with a large vanity and powder area with a duck-egg blue bathtub and sink in matching hue,” Eggers says.
A separate toilet is located adjacent, with an additional guest wash closet by the garage.
Storage is another excellent feature of the home, evidenced by a separate laundry that opens into an adjoining room with flexible use as a hobby room or home office with garden views.
A massive garage with dual roller doors is internally accessible with room for six cars.
“This space could easily be converted for partial use as a home gym, workshop, or home studio,” Eggers says.
Low-maintenance gardens feature established trees and wrap-around garden beds.
There is ample room at the rear of the property to add a private swimming pool or outdoor entertainment area.
“The sheer size of the site and a preferable location minute from amenities and schooling options including Nayland College and Broadgreen Intermediate makes the property a highly desirable home and development opportunity,” Eggers says.
In the Draft Nelson Plan, 15 Neale Avenue has been earmarked to be rezoned as ‘Medium Density Residential’ - a change that would see circa 20 percent of the city’s residential zones converted to medium density areas allowing greater intensification.
Changes would increase build height limits to 11m while maximum building coverage could be increased from 40 to 50 percent.
The current home at 15 Neale Avenue occupies just 18 percent of its site.
The Draft Nelson Plan has identified the ability to enable more housing supply through intensification as a key priority, with expected growth forecasts showing the city could be home to 40,000 more people in the next 30 years.
It is estimated that 24,000 new homes are needed to house a burgeoning population.
“This site offers a world of opportunities – take advantage of an excellent existing floorplate and add your personal touch, or unleash the full potential of the huge site through redevelopment,” Eggers says.