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A Published Piece of Group Architects Art - Rotherham House

Devonport, 27A Rutland Road

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Listing Number: DP6887
About this listing
Enthusiasts of architectural masterpieces will be well aware of Group Architects and the part they played towards NZ architecture. A modernist of his time, architect Bruce Rotherham designed this property when he was in his early 20s, to be his own residence. Rotherham House was born in 1951 and was as much a talking point back then as it is today, continuing to turn heads 60 years on. The subject of editorials and architectural student visits, over the years the home has received much acclaim. This special piece of art is now offered for sale for the first time in over 40 years by the second owners. Situated down a long driveway within a central Devonport street, the home proudly sits on 883m2 of land. At first you might believe the house seems rather low key, representative of a wooden box, but when you enter the home it is a completely different story. This is a home you will either love and appreciate or not. Quirky and very much a one off, the design provides best as a home for professional couples with or without a small family.

The feature of the home that will strike you the most will be the mezzanine floor with its upturned wooden lip, accessed via a staircase within a tower of rough cast bricks. You will also be impressed with the stone flooring and floor to ceiling glass, main features of the open plan living area. Timber features greatly within the home also, and although a little lacklustre at present, some sanding and rejuvenation will bring it all back beautifully. The property has heritage protection class category B. We have information on what that means to the next owner, and a very helpful contact in the Heritage department of the Council for you to speak to.

The mature gardens around the home are ideal, offering plenty of privacy and space to entertain. The location is fantastic, set back from the road offering quiet peaceful living, and easy walking distance to Devonport Village and ferry.

A rare gem indeed, make sure you put this at the top of your viewing list, it will certainly give you plenty to talk about afterwards!
Property Information
  • Approx Floor Area: 130 sqm
  • Land Size: 883 sqm
  • Tenure: Freehold
  • Approx year built: 1951
  • Property condition: Good
  • Property Type: House
  • House style: Character, Other (Group Architects)
  • Garaging / carparking: Double lock-up
  • Construction: Cedar
  • Joinery: Timber
  • Roof: Asbestos
  • Flooring: Timber and Other (Stone)
  • Heating / Cooling: Woodfire (Closed)
  • Electrical: Phone extensions, Rewired
  • Chattels remaining: Drapes, Light fittings, Stove, Kent fire
  • Kitchen: Original, Separate cooktop, Separate oven, Double sink, Pantry and Finished in Timber
  • Living area: Open plan
  • Main bedroom: Double
  • Bedroom 2: Double
  • Main bathroom: Bath, Separate shower
  • Laundry: Separate
  • Aspect: North, West, East
  • Outdoor living: Entertainment area (Uncovered), Clothes line, Garden
  • Fencing: Partial
  • Land contour: Flat
  • Grounds: Tidy
  • Water heating: Electric
  • Water supply: Town supply
  • Sewerage: Mains
  • Locality: Close to transport, Close to shops, Close to schools

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