A True Classic: Heathcote Helmore on 2,023 sqm

SOLD - This listing was sold in June 2016
All too rare and becoming rarer by the day, the classic properties of Christchurch combined gracious yet family-friendly homes with space and leafy privacy. Occupying 2,023 sqm of prime Fendalton real estate in two titles, 70 Glandovey Road offers all the grace of a traditional home designed by renowned architects Heathcote Helmore and Henry Cotterill, lovingly modernised for contemporary living.
Built in 1931, the home has an imposing presence with its grand symmetry and shuttered windows, typical of Helmore & Cotterill's favoured Georgian Revival style. Inside, generously proportioned rooms have been gently enhanced by the current vendors. The parquet-floored entrance has been opened up to the drawing room, a magnificent, north-facing living area with gas fire and garden views. To the west, the conservatory offers an additional sitting space, equipped with refreshment fridge and racquet storage for games on the tennis court. On the other side of the hall, the den is a cosy alternative lounge. The chandelier in this room was rescued from the Clarendon Hotel - it's said to have hung above The Beatles when they played Christchurch in 1964.
In 1996, the back of the house was extended to create an open-plan living area, with dining and sitting spaces, and a large kitchen at its heart. A light-filled office and separate laundry (with shower), and a newly rebuilt double garage, further add to the usability of the space. Designed by Trengrove & Blunt, the extension complements the original home with its use of timber and crafted finishes, warmed by a logburner and flowing to private outdoor living around the heated swimming pool.
Upstairs, four bedrooms, including a spacious master with en suite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe, plus large family bathroom and separate toilet, complete the accommodation. The 'gun room', complete with reinforced door, provides a glimpse of this home's rich history - and a useful extra storage space. Further storage is provided in the attic space accessible above the fourth bedroom.
Originally built for local businessman Bryan Todd, son of Charles Todd (renowned for establishing the Todd Motor Company), the property has a Category 2 listing with Heritage NZ for both its historic and architectural significance. The current vendors have done the hard work of modernising the home for contemporary living, while preserving the integrity of its character. Repairs are complete, with the added advantage that the property has now been relined, rewired and insulated. A diesel-fired central heating system with radiators throughout the original dwelling, and in-slab ducting in the extension, ensure that the home remains warm throughout the seasons.
Outside, the Robert Watson-designed garden boasts an elegant Oamaru stone pergola linking the sheltered pool area with the all-weather tennis court (newly resurfaced in 2016), and provides a very private and established botanical retreat. With value underpinned by the 2,023 sqm site, the property is in-zone for Fendalton Primary, Cobham Intermediate, Christchurch Boys' and Girls' High Schools, in close proximity to the CBD and Merivale shopping precinct. Comfortable and gracious in its current form, with a layout that provides numerous options for entertaining and family living, there is still room for the new owners to add their own stamp to this unique home.
Having lived in and loved the property for the past twenty-three years, the vendors have now relocated to Wanaka to start a new chapter of their lives and they are determined to sell. This is a very rare opportunity to secure a true classic. Contact the agent today to register your interest.

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Main Property Features

Listing Number: PI55785

Land Size:
2023 sqm
Approx year built:
Property Type:
House style:
Garaging / carparking:
Double lock-up, Auto doors (Number of remotes: 2)
Corrugated Iron
Walls, Floor, Ceiling
Timber and Carpet
Window coverings:
Drapes, Blinds
Heating / Cooling:
Woodfire (Closed), Ducted heating, Other (Diesel Water Heated Radiators and family/kitchen Heater)
TV aerial, Rewired (Fully rewired)
Property Features:
Smoke alarms, Other (Alarm)
Chattels remaining:
Dishwasher, Double sink and Finished in Timber and Other (Corian)
Living area:
Separate living, Open plan
Main bedroom:
Double and Walk-in-robe
Separate shower
Bedroom 2:
Double and Built-in / wardrobe
Bedroom 3:
Double and Built-in / wardrobe
Bedroom 4:
Double and Built-in / wardrobe
Additional rooms:
Attic, Office / study, Family, Conservatory / sunroom
Main bathroom:
Bath, Separate shower, Heater, Additional bathrooms
Private, Urban
Outdoor living:
Entertainment area (Partly covered and Paved), Clothes line, Pool (Heated, Indoor and Chlorine), Garden, Tennis court, BBQ area (with lighting and with power), Deck / patio
Fully fenced, Materials (Timber)
Land contour:
Landscaped / designer, Tidy, Other (Irrigated)
Glasshouse, Garden shed (Number of sheds: 1)
Water heating:
Water supply:
Town supply
Close to schools, Close to transport, Close to shops
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