KING OF THE MOUNTAIN - HISTORIC HOMESTEAD "STONEWAYS"
When Metro Magazine named the 8 Best Auckland Houses Ever Built, "Stoneways" was No.3 - impressive credentials for this iconic historic homestead, situated on a large prominent site, directly opposite Auckland Grammar, on Epsom's prestigious Mountain Rd. With neighbours such as Government House, this is a very special address, and a rare opportunity to own a remarkable property in the heart of all Auckland has to offer.
"Stoneways" was designed by one of New Zealand's most renowned architects, William Gummer,as his own family home - a bold and stunning design of the era - in which he lived for nearly three decades while designing some of the country's best public buildings - including the Auckland railway station, Dilworth Building on Queen St and the Wintergarden in Auckland Domain.
Built in 1926, historians have described the dwelling as "a little bit art deco, a little bit Spanish and Mediterranean, and a little bit of Hollywood". Architectural writers note that "Stoneways" shows elements of a classical style typical of Gummer's monumental public buildings, while its complex but clear layout makes it one of Gummer's best ever houses.
The dwelling sits on 1212m2 of prime Epsom land, and is constructed over 3 levels, featuring two obliquely located wings with a portico framing the front door. Balconies and a flat roof that doubles as a viewing terrace provide sweeping views across the city to the harbour.
Downstairs the stunning north- facing ground floor terrace and loggia provide plenty of entertaining opportunities. Beautiful mature trees and gardens offer a park-like setting for the native birdlife which abound in this tranquil oasis.
Built for many generations of ownership, the house is approximately 427m2, and is constructed of rendered double-cavity brick and reinforced concrete, sitting on a lava flow of solid stone which gave the dwelling its name.
The home features 4 bedrooms in the main house, with several spacious living areas. Downstairs is another self-contained flat, ideal for guest accommodation or extended family use.
As well as being in zone for elite public schools Auckland Grammar & Epsom Girls Grammar, Mountain Rd is also close to many of Auckland's top private schools.
Stoneways is superbly constructed with many more generations of life to give, but needs some thoughtful renovation to restore it to its former glory as one of Auckland's best. The current family have loved living in this iconic home for 19 years but now they are moving off in different directions, so hope that new owners with passion and vision will reap the rewards that such a makeover will bring.