69 Clifton Terrace, Sumner


Discreet yet welcoming from the street, this unique home is located on the lower slopes of Clifton Hill and enjoys a sensational panoramic outlook encompassing Sumner beach, Cave Rock and Pegasus Bay through to the Kaikoura mountains.

Originally built in the 1960’s, this seaside cottage was purchased by the current vendors in the 1990’s and transformed by architect Trevor Ibbetson in 2002 who expand the cottage to incorporate the mature garden and to capture the breath-taking vista. Trevor Ibbetson was a highly respected New Zealand architect renowned for his audacious designs which reflected the environment.

Crafted using plywood and corrugated steel cladding to endure the seaside environment, this privately placed property exudes individuality and showcases clean lines, varied ceiling heights, light-filled spaces and some original Kauri elements.

The two-storey floor plan has been thoughtfully designed with bedrooms, ensuites and indoor and outdoor living areas on both levels which features all day sun and shelter from prevailing winds. The upper floor hosts the master bedroom which enjoys a window seat, kitchenette, ensuite and opens to a balcony that captures views of the water and garden below. The balcony can also be accessed from the sunny living area.

Downstairs you’ll find a spacious, flexible living zone along with various other areas including an idyllic studio space and a well-appointed kitchen with a spectacular view overlooking Cave Rock.

Other features include a purpose-built laundry and guest toilet, under tile heating and plenty of storage throughout including a basement workshop. Mature native plantings and established roses occupy the private garden which escapes the frosts and enjoys the area’s renowned micro-climate.

This home has been enjoyed by the family for 27 years. They must now downsize and offer their incomparable property to the market for another generation to begin their own chapter.

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