From iconic classics to modern masterpieces, this collection of architectural homes for sale is the answer to all your design dreams
If you want a home that has a distinct personality, cater to your unique lifestyle needs or make the most of a spectacular or difficult site, then it’s probably time to call an architect. But building your own home can be a tortuous process involving lots of decisions, stress and budget blow-outs.
Buying an architect-designed home on a special site that has a unique style is often an easier route if you are looking for a home that embraces exceptional design. Here’s our pick of architect-designed homes for sale – from cutting-edge modern masterpieces to some iconic classics.
1. Island haven
Helicopter into this island haven for a taste of sophisticated living. Designed by architectural designer Bryce Ardern it offers the ultimate in indulgence. The multi-storeyed Waiheke home is framed by wide colonnaded verandahs offering many options for al fresco entertaining.
Spacious formal and informal living areas embrace the stunning views of the Gulf back to the lights of Auckland city. The master bedroom has double ensuites and dressing rooms, plus a kitchenette and lounge area.
Relax by the covered pool, enjoy the home theatre, walk down to foreshore, or enjoy a tasting of wines from your own vineyard — it’s all on offer for you to enjoy.
2. Ultimate indulgence
This impressive clifftop home in Mahurangi East offers luxe living with spectacular views over Martins Bay and the Gulf. The work of Hilary Priest architects, it offers multiple living spaces that flow out to expansive outdoor living terraces with built-in fireplaces.
The heated swimming pool is covered and has an adjoining gym. Casual entertaining areas are supplemented by a dramatic sunken lounge, classical dining room and wine cellar, and office with bespoke library.
The bedrooms all open to private decks and the master suite is the ultimate in indulgence.
3. Beachfront beauty
Beachside living at its best is captured at this beachfront property in Omaha which was revamped in 2012 by architect Daniel Marshall. The double-width sliding cedar front door and dramatic roofline are indicators of the attention to design and detail inside.
Every room embraces the spectacular views up Omaha Beach to Ti Point and beyond.
The outdoor living areas make the most of beachside living and with six generous bedrooms there’s plenty of room for family and guests.
4. Ode to schist
Built of schist and totara, with a shingle roof, this Te Puna home designed by architect Robert Kofoed melds with its spectacular waterfront surroundings.
The internal floor plan makes the most of the views along Omokoroa and its position next to O Te Hotu Reserve means that long-term privacy is assured.
The living areas and master bedroom open to a stunning terrace with pool and spa. You can launch your kayak or paddleboard from the front lawn.
5. Iconic Art and Crafts
Prepare to be swept away by this truly remarkable New Plymouth home designed and built by iconic architect James Chapman-Taylor in a dramatic setting on a headland above Wai-iti beach.
It has all the hallmarks of classic Art and Crafts and is built from hand-adzed local materials, with exposed beams and stonework fireplaces. Many of the rooms open onto a beautiful central courtyard which is a trademark Chapman-Taylor feature.
The charming living area with inglenook fireplace has delightful built-in features such as the pretty window seat. One of a kind.
6. History awaits
Designed by renowned Church architect Frederick de Jersey Clere 120 years ago this beautiful two-storeyed home in Wellington has many original features, plus all the modern comforts.
Enter through the kauri-panelled hallway with grand staircase which rises to a leadlight atrium and you’ll be immediately captivated by this home’s unique charms.
The formal living and dining rooms are complimented by an amazing open plan kitchen, dining and living space with a vaulted ceiling and skylights that flood the room with light. This is a very special property, so close to the CBD.
7. Design master class
This elegant Christchurch home is a triumph of intelligent design. Architect Kerry Mason has crafted a blend of sophistication and comfort that makes this gracious home a true delight.
The generous, airy rooms, attention to detail and internal flow make the most of every space. Rooms open out through French doors to a formal garden and in-ground pool.
A master class in the difference good design can make to the quality of everyday living.
8. High tech
This Christchurch modernist home makes the most of views over the 2.2ha landscaped site studded with mature trees through gallery windows that flood the main living rooms with light.
Designed by DD Architects in 2017, this home is as new and has all the latest in new technology, including a custom-made home theatre system and smart technology.
The use of cedar and schist as building materials makes for a distinctive first impression. An al fresco louvered living area with outdoor fireplace and spa is made for entertaining.
9. Wow factor
The tranquil courtyard that forms the entry to this Queenstown house belies the drama that lies beyond.
Visitors will be blown away by the spectacular views that are framed by floor to ceiling windows in the living areas and bedrooms.
Architect Fred van Brandenburg has opened the house to the amazing lake and mountain vistas, simultaneously creating airy contemporary rooms with lofty ceilings that allow seamless flow with the outdoors.
10. Unique offering
Built in the 1980s this West Coast home has all the quirky features architect Sir Ian Athfield is known for. Extensive use of native timbers throughout and bold stonework features lend a distinct personality to the interiors.
There are two living areas, one with a dramatic stone fireplace, a study and conservatory. A balcony offers a view to the coast.
The home is set on a 121ha block with large tracts of regenerating native bush. A unique offering.
Words by: Sarah Beresford.