New Zealand may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of midcentury-modern architecture, but the country has its share of gems. One such property, completed in 1963 by pioneering architects Humphrey Hall and Keith Mackenzie, is a feast for the eyes—complete with a Japanese-inspired floor plan, original brass and copper details, and rich mahogany and teak panelling.
The home was commissioned by Hall’s longtime friends John and Beatrix Fletcher, a well-traveled couple with an affinity for Japan. At the time, John owned New Zealand's largest construction company, and he clearly spared no expense building his personal residence. Hall was inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as other modernist icons, while designing the post-and-beam structure.
Subsequent owners have taken remarkable care of the home, introducing only necessary modernizations and replacing the windows, insulation, and heating system. Now the time has come to pass the keys once again, as the current owners have listed the property for sale.
Offering three bedrooms plus an office, the single-story home is spread out across nearly 3,400 square feet. In the bedroom wing, a shared shower room features three water closets, while the principal bedroom has a built-in vanity and sink in the dressing area. The .33-acre lot has a swimming pool, a partially covered patio, and a large lawn. The homeowners are currently considering all reasonable offers—keep scrolling to see more of the home.
The Fletcher House, located at 30 Newbridge Place, Ilam, Christchurch, New Zealand, is accepting offers until 5:00 pm on Monday, November 16, 2020. See the property website for more information.
Architecture: Hall & Mackenzie Architects (1962-63)
Know of a home for sale or rent that should be featured on Dwell.com? Find out how to submit to Dwell.
Get the Real Estate Newsletter
From midcentury classics to the best contemporary spaces for sale, see the latest listings for modern homes on the market around the world.