Stylish hillside home selling for $1.7m


One of Queenstown’s funkiest homes is on the market.

The Aspen Grove house at 15 Richards Park Lane, below Fernhill, comprises two distinctive suspended pods above a garage ‘box’.

Both the lower living area pod and upper bedroom pod are built for stunning full-width views across Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkables mountain range and along to Queenstown Hill.

The designer was Guy Shallard, of local firm Lat Forty Five, and the structural engineer was former local Warrick Weber, who was responsible for Queenstown’s space-age Jagged Edge home above the Glenorchy Road.

Ian Petry and his partner Leo Kurpuis bought the house three years ago just after it had been completed.

“I think it’s one of the most stylish houses in Queenstown,” Petry says.

He and Kurpuis love architecture and they’d found it hard to find something that had sufficient style.

“There are lots of beautiful homes but stylistically they’re just big homes,” Petry says.

“This is very contemporary and it’s hard to find something like this in Queenstown …

“… that doesn’t have schist all over it,” Kurpuis adds.

Petry says a key to the house is its lack of decks.

“We came from Christchurch, from Scarborough, and we had an incredible view there as well.

“The deck was all in the front and we never used it because it was too exposed.”

Not having a deck, he explains, enhances the view because you don’t require doors and smaller windows that go with it.

Instead, the home has sheltered outdoor areas out the back, corresponding to both the living area and kitchen/dining area, on the lower pod, and outdoor areas and a garden, accessed by little bridges, from the upper pod which comprises a master bedroom and two other bedrooms.

“We love the outdoor areas because they’re incredibly private and you can look through the house to the view which is kind of special,” Petry says.

He and Kurpuis are selling because they’re looking to downsize.

“We live six months of the year here and six months in Seattle [in the United States] - our business in Seattle is taking off so we’re going to have to spend less time here, unfortunately.

“We don’t want to be out of the market so we’ll be buying something smaller ‘cos we intend to come back probably in about five years.”

They’ve set an asking price of $1,690,000 and commissioned Harcourts agents Warwick Osborne and his sister-in-law Megan Osborne to market it.

Petry: “We have debated going to auction but we think we’ve put a very fair price on it.”

warwick Osborne says: “It’s an iconic piece of architecture with beautiful picture windows.

“I think the market is lifestyle investors or people who will want a holiday home or something extremely special in Queenstown.”

An open home will be held next Saturday from 11.30am till noon.