With some found in heritage buildings and all featuring distinctive design features, there’s nothing cookie-cutter about these charming apartments
New Zealanders are embracing apartment living in increasing numbers but unlike other cities which have an abundance of apartments built in other eras, most of the options on the market here are new builds.
If you are looking for something with character features and personality there are some conversions in heritage buildings that offer distinctive design features which give them a special ambience.
Here is our pick of apartments that offer unique qualities.
1. City stunner
With all the classy style of a Parisian apartment, this chic Auckland city treasure offers spacious living right in the heart of the most desirable part of the CBD. Art deco detailing and a high stud give the large open plan living area an elegance that sets it apart from modern builds.
Set over two-levels this apartment has the feeling of a stand-alone home, but has the bonus of a live-in manager, swimming pool, sauna, barbecue area and guest apartments.
With floor to ceiling windows that flood the interior with sun and light, you can take in the stunning city and sea views and understand why the present owners have enjoyed living here for the past 25 years.
2. Special haven
Feature brick walls, rustic beams, polished wooden floors and character windows give this lovely Auckland city apartment a distinctive personality that’s right on trend.
In a heritage building in the centre of the action, you’ll be able to walk to work and have top bars, restaurants and entertainment on your doorstep.
With a new tiled bathroom and smart kitchen in the open plan living area, there’s nothing to do except move in and congratulate yourself on securing a special haven.
3. Wow factor
In a premium location at the Auckland Viaduct, this architect’s apartment is in a modern building but it is heritage in the making. It won gold in the Best Design Awards and it’s easy to see why.
Originally two apartments, every space opens to the mesmerising outlook so it feels as if you’re on the prow of a boat. Distinctive design features such as the curving corian and bubble wall treatments enhance the effect.
This is dramatic living at its best, with high-quality finishes such as the American oak kitchen and striking triangular island bench, glazed lanai with eco fire and master with fitted dressing room all taking this apartment to another level of sophisticated design. There’s also the convenience of a heated pool, gym, sauna and on-site manager.
4. Industrial chic
You’ll feel as if you’re living in a cool New York loft when you’re relaxing in this amazing Wellington apartment which was converted from Hannah’s shoe manufacturing factory by noted architect Sir Ian Athfield in the 1990s.
A spacious industrial-style foyer sets the tone of the roomy apartment with its breeze block walls, exposed ceilings, polished wooden floors and steel framed windows all making a strong design statement.
Set over two levels, it is a stroll to all the central city has to offer.
5. Perfect penthouse
This high-quality Wellington penthouse perched on top of a heritage building is design central with its luxurious master suite, expansive living areas with striking feature windows, and distinctive cedar panelled deck with skylight.
It’s so spacious it has the proportions of a stand-alone home and it features all the modern comforts you’d expect.
Both of the other two bedrooms have the convenience of ensuites and walk-in robes. This is perfect family living in the hub of the city.
6. Quirky character
Located in a lovely heritage building in Wellington’s CBD, this apartment benefits from innovative design features that give it lots of character. The central living area has a central void ceiling that gives it a real sense of space and steel beams give an industrial edge.
Skylights flood areas with light and sliding doors open to a spacious balcony which expands the living space. There’s also a study area nestled under the eaves.
So close to the city but with a precious car park, this apartment has plenty of pluses.
7. City charmer
This two-level Christchurch apartment has lots of special features that only come with being in a heritage building constructed in 1903. The beamed living room ceiling, polished floors, exposed brick walls and feature windows give it so much charm.
The light and airy living room with a high stud has a smart kitchen tucked at one end which opens to a pretty balcony.
Everything you need is within walking distance but there’s also the convenience of a garage for your car or extra storage.