Heritage home in wealthy Christchurch area for sale after losing protected status

Greystones, in the suburb of Fendalton, is on the market as-is after it was badly damaged in the earthquakes.

One of Christchurchs grand old houses has been put up for sale and could face demolition after its heritage protection was removed.

The house, Greystones, ison a largesiteon the corner of Glandovey and Idris roads in Fendalton, which is among the citys most prized suburbs.

Built in the 1920s, itwas badly damaged in the earthquakes and is for sale in as-is condition.

The house site on a 3000sqm of streamside land and isowned by the WestallTrust, whichbought it for just over $1.6m in late 2015.

*Threatened Christchurch mansion for sale as-is-where-is

The building was removed from the city councils district planat the request of its owners due to the severity of the damage.

The councils independent hearings panel approved the application, saying the engineering reports and repair costings overwhelmingly supported the delisting of the building.

Councils district plan listing noted the houses architectural and aesthetic significance.

Its ground floor is made of Port Hills basalt, and the gardenhas mature trees,including a protected copper beech tree.

According itsHeritage New Zealand listing, the house was designed in the 1920s by Hugh Hamilton, and once featured a prize-winning garden.

Real estate firm Harcourts describes the property as a gracious and well known, large English domestic revival style dwelling,which a buyer couldrescue, restore or replace.

The area has proven popular with property developers since the earthquakes because of its large sections and valuable WairarapaStream frontages.

Also for saleon the street in as-is condition is another large house on a large site described in advertising as Tudor style six bedroom manor on a 2200sq m section, along with an adjacent property.

On another part of the street, a reproduction Elizabethan manor house calledLintrathen was demolished after the quakes and has been replaced by developers the Huadu Groupwith theLintrathen Gardens townhouses.

Other heritage-listedChristchurch houses already lost in the earthquakes include Riverlaw on Aynsley Tce, Marli, the Deanery and Country Glen Lodge all on Bealey Ave, Hadleigh on Springfield Rd, Wharetiki on Colombo St, Parkdale on Heaton St, Elizabeth House on Circuit St,Laurel on Papanui Rd, and Hagley on Wood Lane.

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