Kate Sheppard House For Sale

83 Clyde Road, Ilam

  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
Listing ID IM51684

19 Sept 2018 marked the 125th anniversary of New Zealand granting women the right to vote, becoming the first independent country to do so. The movement for female suffrage was led by Kate Sheppard and the base from which she co-ordinated the operation was her home on Clyde Road in Christchurch. Surrounded by a magnificent garden, lovingly created by the present owner, the well-proportioned single story villa presents a striking vista that would still be instantly recognisable to its original owner, but this is much more than a lovely character home.
Under the stewardship of the current owner this important Heritage listed home has been transformed into a show place that few private residences can match. Alterations have been made to make it fit for 21st century living, but all fully complementing the original form and character, so that this home can still be appreciated as the home where Kate Sheppard lived and associated with the major players in the campaign that led to women’s rights.
The symmetrically planned kauri villa, is constructed in typical style for the late 1880’s with weatherboard cladding and a slate roof, punctuated by two brick chimneys, outlet for one of the last permitted open fires in the city. The eight room house has a 3.6 metre stud (12 feet in Sheppard’s day) with public rooms opening from a wide central hallway. The doors to these rooms have been removed to allow them to be used as an elegant open-plan space, perfect for entertaining, a frequent pastime with many charity and fund raising events being hosted here.
Keen to allow the home’s architecture to speak without losing the character, the present owner enlisted the help of architects Warren and Mahoney to add more modern family living with a practical flowing layout. The result was a new kitchen, with dining & a modern living area, and as a bonus, when vinyl was lifted, beautiful kauri floorboards were exposed which are showcased today. A third north-facing lounge opens to a sheltered deck, perfect for relaxing overlooking the garden or reading.
The tennis court may have been a croquet lawn in Kate’s residence, but today has been the site of frequent events, weddings and galas, offering ample space to house a large marquee. A swimming pool in the north-west corner of the garden has attractively planted environs so that its presence is not a dominating one.
It is impossible to overstate the serene beauty of this remarkable residence, or its inestimable place in New Zealand’s history. The large section so close to the central city is astonishing in today’s world and the peaceful relaxation of the tranquil setting harks back to earlier days. Impeccable school zoning allows for enrolment in nearby Christchurch Boys High and Christchurch Girls High, while Medbury School is only 200 metres away. The possibilities here are boundless, but reserved for one very lucky buyer. Whether a growing family seeking one of the finest homes in the city with an unmatched historical pedigree, an entrepreneur seeking a superior venue or boutique accommodation, or an organisation which values the historic significance of this unique property, we anticipate serious interest both from residents of Canterbury and far beyond, and so would recommend early action from genuine buyers.


Approx Floor Area 310 sqm
Land Size 4297 sqm
Tenure Freehold
Approx year built 1888
Property condition Renovated, Excellent
Property Type House
House style Villa, Character
Garaging / carparking Double lock-up, Auto doors (Number of remotes: 2)
Construction Weatherboard
Joinery Mixed, Timber, Aluminium, Double glazing
Roof Longrun and Slate Northside
Insulation Floor, Ceiling
Flooring Tiles, Carpet and Polished
Window coverings Drapes, Net curtains, Blinds
Heating / Cooling Woodfire, Heat pump, Other (Under Floor Master en suite, x2 Gas fires, x2 Night stores)
Electrical Satellite dish, Rewired (Fully rewired)
Property Features Smoke alarms
Chattels remaining Blinds, Fixed floor coverings, Light fittings, Stove, Curtains, Drapes, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Chest Freezer, Heatpump, Alarm System, Motorized Awning, TV Aerial, Swimming pool pump/filter system * Some furnishings may be negotiable.
Kitchen Modern, Open plan, Dishwasher, Upright stove, Rangehood, Gas bottled, Pantry and Finished in Laminate
Living area Formal lounge, Formal dining, Separate living, Open plan, Separate dining
Main bedroom Double and Built-in-robe
Ensuite Separate shower
Bedroom 2 Double and Built-in / wardrobe
Bedroom 3 Double and Built-in / wardrobe
Bedroom 4 Additional Info (Ensuite with shower - Brides Room), Double and Built-in / wardrobe
Additional rooms Other (Breakfast area)
Main bathroom Bath, Separate shower
Laundry Separate
Views Private
Aspect North
Outdoor living Entertainment area (Covered), Clothes line, Pool (Chlorine, Above ground and Security fencing), Tennis court, Garden, BBQ area (with lighting and with power), Deck / patio, Verandah
Fencing Fully fenced
Land contour Flat
Grounds Landscaped / designer, Manicured, Backyard access
Garden Garden shed (Number of sheds: 2)
Water heating Gas, Electric
Water supply Town supply, Bore
Sewerage Mains
Locality Close to transport, Close to shops, Close to schools
Video Tour URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ohq7L1yMyRo

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