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Now’s your chance to own Takapuna’s waterfront icon Chapple House

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Enviable uninterrupted views await at this waterfront Takapuna icon, Chapple House. Take a tour and see viewing times below


  • Address: 1 Kitchener Road, Takapuna
  • Land Size: 857 sqm
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Lounges: 2
  • Parking: 1 garage + 1 off street

Now’s your chance to own Takapuna’s waterfront icon Chapple House

In illustrious company as one of Takapuna’s residential heritage icons, Chapple House celebrates an absolute waterfront position nestled into Black Rock’s famed landscape. The incredible setting affords views that must be seen to be believed and a truly special connection with the natural environment. Designed by acclaimed architect Dr Mike Austin and crafted in 1968, the building is noted as one of New Zealand’s significant residences, fully maximising its waterfront position and showcasing the embodiment of mid-20th century design.

The prestigious location enjoys one of the best vantage points in Auckland – magical, cinematic views of Thorne Bay, Rangitoto Island and the full living canvas of the Hauraki Gulf. Vibrant coastal hubs of Milford and Takapuna are an easy level stroll in either direction and offer a wide selection of cafes, restaurants, bars, entertainment and retail stores. School zones include Westlake Girls and Boys and Takapuna Grammar, Rosmini and Carmel College, while private Kristin is an easy bus ride away.

Accessed only by private gondola, the 857m2 property has a wide frontage, embracing the stone sea wall. The residence was masterfully designed around and inspired by the key natural elements of the site, including the majestic Pohutukawas and the lava flow rock that makes up the shoreline. Win Chapple’s brief was to create a home that wasn’t ostentatious and that blended seamlessly into its special position. As the story goes, she and her family collected rocks from the area, which stonemason Sven Hansen used to build the 20ft walls the separate the house from the sea.

Space, sun, light and views have been masterfully maximised in the design. Evoking the feeling of a well-loved and cherished bach, the residence features a palette of materials gleaned from the site, including timber framing and cladding, and local basalt.  While the floorplan is compact, the profusion of glass inside opens it up and ensures the views are on constant display. The open-plan lounge and dining has a bay window seat and large natural rock fireplace.

Seamless flow to the outdoors is achieved through a series of wide sliders, the setting is truly peaceful and serene, a series of sun-soaked alfresco areas are designed to be open yet protected. Stone paved pathways wind their way through established gardens, while steps arrive down at the water’s edge.  There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as another living room, study and a dedicated storage room.

This slice of waterfront paradise is one of Auckland’s most special properties and provides a truly unique and privileged lifestyle, with direct access to private Thorne Bay for swimming and summer relaxing. Often admired by those who pass on the Takapuna-Milford walk, the mid-century masterpiece makes the perfect permanent residence or holiday retreat.

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Contact details

  • Further listing details here
  • For Sale: Expressions of Interest on or before Wednesday 5th December 2018 (unless sold prior)
  • Contact: Victoria Bidwell 021 947 080 or 487 0735.


Call Victoria Bidwell on 021 947 080 or 487 0735 for viewing times.


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