A Kelvin Heights original of 50 years ago now on block

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A rare original home from Queenstown’s most exclusive subdivision is on the market. 

The chalet-style house, at 6 Four Views Avenue, was built as a showhome in Queenstown’s Kelvin Heights almost 50 years ago. 

Subdivision developer John Reid says the home was called ‘Tyrol’, after a region in the Austrian Alps. 

“We were trying to get it through that this was an alpine area rather than a place to just throw up your average bach. 

“It was my idea that we should try and get some chalet/mountain-style architecture with a bit of a pitch to the roof.” 

Reid thinks the showhome – built in the pre-decimal currency early 1960s – sold for about 5000 pounds. 

“It was designed to be affordable.” 

Reid – who put 142 sections on the market – had no idea Kelvin Heights would become New Zealand’s first ‘million-dollar subdivision’, where property values would average at least $1 million. 

“Who knew what the prices were going to be? When you look at it, it’s just amazing, isn’t it. 

“But with lake on either side, we always knew it was a magic location.” 

The rateable value of 6 Four Views Avenue is $440,000, including $250,000 for the land. 

Local Harcourts property consultant Richard Stringer, who’s auctioning the property on September 20, says: “We would be expecting interest above that. 

“I think it’s one of those properties that the right person would love to keep the character of it and just add a little bit onto it.” 

Stringer says the existing owner has refurbished the home to provide comfortable modern living. 

“But it’s still got all the character it was born with.”