The coolest little art deco houses are turning heads in Auckland
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This little red art deco house in Point Chevalier, Auckland, attracts a hip crowd, thanks to its architectural character and mid-century style interior.
The Art Deco houses offer a fascinating insight into a very special part of New Zealand’s architectural history.
As the Building Research Association of New Zealand puts it, art deco or modern houses began to appear in the 1930s, “heralding a complete change from the ornate Victorian/Edwardian villas of the early 20th century and the more relaxed bungalows of the 1920s”. .
“It is a style that became popular following the great Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris in 1925, from which art deco takes its name.”
Sadly, it’s rare today to find art deco homes in Auckland that still capture the defining aspects of the period – many have been modernized to remove any trace of their past inside. But we found two that capture the period with a mid-century twist.
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The first art deco house is a property at Smale St, Point Chevalier. The 99m² three-bedroom house, painted red, retains many original features, including several light fixtures, windows and the art deco etched glass front door.
Listed Friday, May 27 by Ray White Point Chevalier’s Jackson Tariau and Derek von Sturmer, the property has already drawn plenty of onlookers.
“It was super busy over the weekend,” Tariau says. “And we have already had a lot of good feedback. People said it was super cute. They were really intrigued by the art and the way the property was presented. It was a pretty young and cool demographic looking through.
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The property, which has an assessed value of $1.85 million, is adjacent to a reserve and could accommodate a second home. Or, agents say, a developer could use mixed housing urban zoning and build multiple homes on the 578m² site. In this case, it may be the last we see of the pretty house.
The second art deco home that caught our eye is a three-bedroom unit in Gladstone Rd, Parnell – another prime Auckland location in the twin high school area.
Listing agent Greg Bayer of Ray White Parnell says he just held the first open weekend and had a “really good response” at a time when marketing a property is the toughest in a long time.
“So many people described him as a cutie,” he says. “It’s a layout, in the sense that although it’s very clean and pleasant to live in, you could do more work and add value, like putting new carpet or polishing the floorboards.
“It’s a very solid house, like it was then, with plaster on a double brick.”
The 110 m² house has a curved art deco terrace accessible from the living room and the master bedroom.
The property has an RV of $1.36M.
Both properties will be auctioned on June 15, 2022 – the Parnell unit at 12:30 p.m. and the Point Chevalier property at 4:30 p.m.