Cromwell Home Stands Test of Time

UPDATE: This property is now SOLD

An iconic piece of Old Cromwell’s history has stood the test of time in authentic 60s style, for sale for the first time since its proud owners built it in 1965. View here.

This nostalgic slice of paradise sits proudly in a Central Otago township renowned for its goldmining history, construction of the Clyde Dam and Lake Dunstan, and more recently its reputation as the fruit bowl of New Zealand.

The couple who called this gorgeous property “home” were renowned among the community for their interesting lives as international bowls champions. Their living room became a treasury of their accomplishments, with many trophies standing as proud centrepieces over the years.

“The lounge room was only for special occasions,” says one family member, reflecting on fond memories shared in the family’s dining room and kitchen.

Friends and family who spent time in this gorgeous location remember how the small community would benefit from the section’s large vegetable garden, gifted to others in the neighbourhood. At the time the section was bought, the town’s maternity hospital and doctor were only a stone’s throw away.

Fast forward 58 years and while times have changed the shape and size of the town, this beautiful home has maintained its original charm with zero alterations and some fixtures and fittings that are rarely seen. 

“A completely original home from this era is a real gem, with echoes of its heritage hard to come by,” says Harcourts Cromwell agent Judy Ludemann.

1960s era homes have often been done up through the decades, although everything about this home is exactly as it was built. Details of plastered blockwork, moulded Formica kitchen benches, rimu wood throughout, and unique detailed architraves are timeless features of the beloved home.

Old Cromwell remains a small town with a tight-knit community to this day. Even original builder’s apprentice Bill Clark, who worked on it at the time it was built, remains a highly reputable builder in the area.

Judy says the sunny corner site where the two-bedroom home sits is in close proximity to the historic corner of the town and Lake Dunstan, so will appeal to those who love the era and are looking for some character in their home, investment or a holiday base.

“There’s even a shower room beside the garage from the days when you didn’t come into the house from the garden unless you were clean!”