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Substantial Edwardian style Bluff Hill home is placed on the market for sale

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An elegant late-Edwardian style manor in one of Napier’s most prestigious residential streets – with expansive views over the Pacific Ocean – has been placed on the market for sale.


The five-bedroom/four-bathroom/three-lounge dwelling in the suburb of Bluff Hill comprises a substantial two-storey 453-square metre home with terraced gardens overlooked by a large west-facing courtyard.

Exposed native wood features prominently throughout the interior of the home – with polished or varnished doors, polished floorboards, natural wooden door jambs, window frames, ceiling beams, and rafters.

The Edwardian design era on which the impressive immaculately maintained home was designed, lasted between 1901- 1910. Architect-designed houses of the Edwardian period were often grand in scale - featuring elements of Elizabethan or Tudor architecture, such as half-timbering.

Under the Edwardian architectural period, home interiors started to gain more attention, and wood panelling was used where practicable, particularly in entry foyers and grand stairwells. There was a distinctive shift away from the industrialisation of the Victorian period and emphasis placed on hand crafted detail.

Sitting on some 794-square metres of land, the residence at 16 Hukarere Road in Bluff Hill is being marketed for sale by negotiation through Bayleys Napier. Salesperson Caroline Meo said the prestigious dwelling with off street internally accessed garaging for two vehicles, made the most of its unobstructed ocean views.

“The main lounge/family room, formal dining room, an internally-accessed studio unit – complete with kitchen, bathroom and its own separate entry - and two of the upstairs bedrooms all face out over the landscaped gardens with the sea vista on the horizon,” Meo said.

“Admittance to the home’s lower level is through a gracious large entry foyer at the bottom of stairs leading down from the quiet Hukarere Road. The ground floor then opens up to reveal a multitude of open plan communal spaces adjacent to a generously sized modern kitchen with a substantial breakfast bar area, a powder room, and various dining and living room spaces.

“Two formal lounges unfold to the substantial decking - ensuring superb entertaining or relaxation opportunities. There is also a secluded and very sheltered outdoor dining space on the hill-side aspect of the home for al-fresco socialising no matter which way the breeze is blowing.

“Meanwhile, the home’s upper level – linked by a wide grand staircase with wooden handrail– contains the remaining four bedrooms, two bathrooms, plus an office space allowing work-from-home opportunities, or as a dedicated study space for the kids.

“The home’s spacious master bedroom has its own ensuite, along with a private balcony overlooking the garden and ocean vista,” she said.

“The studio unit within the home is built to the same high standards of its internally adjoining surroundings, and offers the flexibility of potentially being used for short term lettable accommodation, as a guest wing for visiting friends and family, or as the ultimate living space for those ‘independent’ teenagers.”

Year-round seasonal comfort indoors is sustained by multiple heat pumps throughout the home, along with a gas fire in one of the lounge areas.

Meo said there was ample space on the meandering private tiered gardens to build an alfresco dining area or a spa pool cabana to enhance the relaxed ambience of the Hukarere Road home.

The central city-fringe suburb of Bluff Hill contains many of Napier most elite dwellings, with easy access to both the central business district on one side, and the Ahuriri hospitality precinct on the other side.

Click here for more information on the listing.

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