It’s easy to see why it’s being marketed as a ‘Queenstown masterpiece’.
For sale for the first time is a landmark lakefront Park Street residence, completed in 2000 as a holiday home for Australian environmental philanthropists David and the late Barbara Thomas.
Their passion for conservation, art and architecture permeates the 451 square metre home.
Renowned Australian architect Andrew Wiley employed a timeless design using a mid-century modernistic aesthetic.
Using a quintessentially Otago palette of schist, cedar, glass and steel, he created a series of spaces including a self-contained art studio that’s been used for an artist-in-residence as well as regular guest accommodation.
The home was built by the late Bryan ‘Moka’ Stone, with award-winning park-like gardens, planted exclusively in natives, designed by Ralf Kruger.
The stonework throughout the house and garden was the work of Arrowtown stonemason/artist Shane Woolridge.
Local Colliers agent James O’Hagan, who’s marketing the property, says not only is Thomas House a ‘‘stunning residence’’, but the site’s location and zoning also make it very special.
It’s 10 minutes’ walk from the CBD, sits in one of Queenstown’s most tightly-held streets and, also flanked by Adelaide and Suburb Sts, has 117m of street frontage.
This includes, at 62m, the widest lake frontage of any home in the Queenstown town centre area, O’Hagan says.
The 2150sqm site, in two titles, is also zoned ‘high-density residential’, so you could build another home off Suburb St, add to the current one or redevelop the entire site.
Given all these attributes, O’Hagan’s anticipating strong interest from local, national and international buyers.
It’s a very difficult property to price, he says, though its two titles’ combined capital value, for what it’s worth, is $11,590,000.
The property’s ‘deadline sale’ closes May 18.