Historic Goldie’s Brae hits the market in Wellington


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Buyers have the chance to purchase a piece of genuine history as Goldie’s Brae, only the second house in Wellington to be built with concrete, hits the market by way of tender with a $2M rateable value at 4 Goldie’s Brae in Thorndon.

Designed by the original owner Dr. Alexander Johnston, an important figure in early Wellington medicine, the segmental house features a conservatory that hugs the internal curve and can be accessed from all ten of Goldie’s Brae’s rooms.

Listed as Category 1, Historical Places Trust property, the home has distinct architectural features such as the unique crescent shape, the continuous glazed gallery, and the concrete construction.

“It was always my favourite house in Wellington,” said the vendor. “I loved how incredibly different it was.

“It’s been a very good family home, great for entertaining. We’ll miss not only the architecture but also the single-level living and views – on some days it looks like cruise ships are parked on the lawn.”

The views stretch across the harbour to Somes Island and Eastbourne, from the city and town belt to the Hutt Valley.

They can be enjoyed from the 90deg bay windows that adorn the morning room and the exceptionally large drawing-room, which anchor each end of the house.

Off the morning room are the conservatory, and the dining room and kitchen. Both bedroom suites include dressing rooms and ensuites with the master suite boasting extensive wardrobing.

Other features include a Michael Fowler designed extension, a ‘wine cave’ and eight fireplaces, three of which can be lit.

Ray White Wellington City Residential Property Consultant Ben Atwill said it was incredibly rare for a property of such historical significance to come to market.

“Built-in 1875-76, Goldie’s Brae not only has significant architectural value for its unique and innovative design, but its distinctive, flat and prominent location makes this property exquisite,” Mr Atwill said.

“There’s nothing else like this home anywhere in New Zealand. As only the second building in Wellington to be constructed from concrete, Goldie’s Brae has technological value for its innovative construction method and use of materials.

“We believe the home was modelled off Gatcombe Park in the United Kingdom which was bought by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II for Anne, Princess Royal as her country estate. 

Former notable residents include Lieutenant Colonel Ivon Standish and Silston Cory-Wright, significant engineer of the Lake Coleridge Hydro-Dam in Canterbury in 1913.  

“The eccentric design of Goldie’s Brae means it has enjoyed a level of public esteem for its long existence and has played host to a number of prestigious parties over the years.

“Lovingly known as ‘The Banana House’ or ‘Crescent House’, the curve of the property enables solar heating for the entire house. This is a buyer’s chance to secure a home that’s not only steeped in history, but is genuinely unique in design and style.

“We believe the structural improvements the vendors have undertaken, along with their devoted stewardship of the property, will allow the next owner to add aesthetic value and reinforce the character.”

·      10 rooms, including conservatory and office
·       Three living rooms
·       Two bathrooms
·       Four out-buildings
·       Large wine cave
·       Private, flat lawn and garden
·       City and harbour views
·       Historic and architectural significance
·       Double-garage and outbuildings.