Landmark ‘dolphin home’ at Breaker Bay to be bought after 55 years
After 55 magical years, the household that constructed the “dolphin home” at Breaker Bay in Wellington has listed it on the market.
And proprietor Jenny Younger says she is just promoting as her husband Stuart handed away in February: “Stuart’s firm, Younger Brothers Builders constructed the home in 1966, and he all the time mentioned he by no means wished to maneuver, nevertheless it’s a giant, large home – too large for me.”
Proper on the entry to Wellington Harbour, the home sits on a double part commanding spectacular sea views that can’t be constructed out, and sure, Jenny effectively remembers the Wahine storm on April 10, 1968.
“Stuart was the primary one who recognised the Wahine was not the place she must be. She was going through out to sea, as a substitute of coming into the harbour. There was an enormous, big swell and spray – the sky was assembly the ocean that day, and we might solely see her intermittently, however we questioned if she was going again out to sea. However in fact, she was misplaced.”
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On a happier be aware, there are common sightings of dolphins and orca, which prompted the bronze statue of three dolphins within the entrance backyard – and that statue sparked the “dolphin home” title given to the home by the locals.
Jenny Younger says the household connection to Breaker Bay extends again practically 80 years. Stuart grew up within the bay, from the age of seven, and by no means lived elsewhere.
“It appeared very distant once we constructed this place within the ‘60s, and I wasn’t certain I wished to reside proper on the south finish. However, within the mid ‘90s panorama designer Jacob de Ruiter made adjustments, including mounds on the south finish, with timber, and the entire space is rather more sheltered. All the things grew to become a lot greener, too.”
That wasn’t the one change within the ‘90s, nonetheless. The couple commissioned famend architect Fritz Eisenhofer to transform the four-bedroom home.
“Stuart had constructed a really robust, however primary home, which was pretty once we first married and had youngsters, however we determined to renovate.”
Eisenhofer’s rework maximised the spectacular views that stretch from Breaker Bay to Cook dinner Strait and throughout to the South Island.
The dwelling areas are all on the higher stage, with decks out to the entrance and rear. Particular options embody self-cleaning home windows and a gasoline fireplace that sits in the midst of the room beneath a glass cover.
The property additionally has a big, sunny, enclosed gazebo with a sunken spa pool and a leafy outlook.
Itemizing agent Ann Curtis of Bayleys Wellington, who describes the property as “breathtaking”, says it’s being bought by tender, with tenders closing on October 7, 2021.