"Ultimae entertainer's home": This contemporary Frankton home is up for tender


A trophy retirement home overlooking Queenstown’s Frankton lakefront is being listed for sale this week.

The five-bedroom house, described as ‘‘the ultimate entertainer’s home’’, was built for
local Dawn Andrews, who’s moving to the Queenstown Country Club retirement village.

‘‘All my friends seem to have moved out there and I’m feeling a bit lonely — they’ve forgotten I live here,’’ she quips.

Andrews, who’s chronicled her life in a book, From Highways to the High Country, originally retired to a home next door, in Lake Avenue, after selling her Northern  Southland farm, Argyle Station.

She then decided to buy the next-door section, which then only had a small crib on it, to avoid losing her side views if it got built on.

After asking three architects for pencil drawings, she chose then Christchurch-based Chris Prebble to design her dream home, which was completed in 2013.

Designed around unobstructed lake views, it includes a master bedroom and walk-in robe in front, a large open-plan kitchen, dining and living space, self-contained rear two-bed guest cottage with its own entranceway, two downstairs bedrooms and four-car garaging.

A floating staircase by a schist stone wall and a lift connect the two floors.

On the move: Vendor Dawn Andrews

The centrepiece, literally, is a large, north-facing outdoor courtyard with a double louvre,
water and schist stone features, gas fire, BBQ area and al fresco dining, from which you can see the lake through the window of the main home.

The guest house also provides access to a garden with fruit trees and a raised veggie

Local New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty agent Hadley van Schaik, who’s marketing the property with colleague Gerard Bligh, believes ‘‘it’s an exciting proposition for someone wanting a substantial [550 square metre] home on the lakefront in one of the most sought-after spots in Queenstown’’.

‘‘It will appeal to large families seeking a permanent home or perhaps [being a five-minute walk from the airport] a discerning holidaymaker looking for a large holiday home to accommodate their family.

‘‘I think the Aussie border opening is going to be of assistance to us throughout the

The property’s for sale by tender, closing May 12.