Takapuna Boating Club’s historic Bayswater clubhouse is on the market for the first time, offering a chance to secure a high-profile waterfront property with abundant character and a storied history.
Colliers International has been exclusively appointed to market 17 Sir Peter Blake Parade for sale by deadline private treaty closing at 4pm on Wednesday, 19 October, unless sold prior.
Jimmy O’Brien, Colliers International’s North Shore Managing Director, says the 463sq m freehold property is ideal for owner occupiers, add-value investors and developers.
“Superbly located right on the waterfront in picturesque Shoal Bay, this truly unique property offers Auckland city views, massive exposure and plenty of charm,” he says.
“This is a rare opportunity to create a stunning office, boutique hotel or high-end residential development within an almost century-old heritage building.”
The Takapuna Boating Club was first established at Shoal Bay in 1914, at the outset of the First World War.
“After the war, the club acquired a mooring area to the west of the ferry wharf and started planning to build a clubhouse,” O’Brien says.
“In 1923, the club bought the old Irelands Tannery building in Panmure to salvage its timber, paying £350 including food and transport for the workers.
“Over several weekends, club members demolished the building and barged all the timber to Bayswater. They then immediately set about building the clubhouse.
“Three professional builders worked on the building during the week, while club members pitched in on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons.
“A team of 25 men worked tirelessly to pour concrete on Saturdays, regardless of rain and tide. The three-storey building was finally completed after five months of intensive labour.”
The site was gifted to the club by an Act of Parliament in 1926, and the clubhouse quickly became an important focal point for the local community.
“In the late 1920s, the clubhouse hosted boxing matches, regular dances, school concerts, jazz performances, lectures and sports events. It was also used as a polling booth for national and local elections.
“The clubhouse remained popular in the 1960s as a dance hall, with regular parties hosted in the top floor loft.
“Patrons would catch the ferry from the city and alight at Bayswater wharf, a short walk from the clubhouse.”
Takapuna Boating Club hosted a number of major regattas at Shoal Bay until the late 1960s, when the club moved to a new purpose-built clubhouse on Takapuna Beach.
The Bayswater clubhouse has since been used as a sailing venue for learners, a windsurf hire business and school, a sail loft, and an Optimist-class yacht building venue.
The building adjoins a saltwater swimming pool, established by the then Takapuna Borough Council, that flushes with the tide.
The pool has since fallen out of use, but remains in place as it provides foundational support and erosion protection for the clubhouse.
The building now has Category B heritage protection, which allows for it to be fully redeveloped on the interior while preserving its exterior.
Colliers International Capital Markets National Director Peter Herdson says the Coastal Marina zoned property is available with vacant possession.
“The property is superbly positioned within the affluent North Shore suburb of Bayswater, making it ideal for a prime waterfront apartment conversion,” he says.
“Well known for its relaxed lifestyle and unique village atmosphere, Bayswater offers numerous parks, a primary school and a tennis club.
“The suburb enjoys a central position in between the prominent Takapuna and Devonport centres. Auckland CBD is a short seven-minute ferry ride away.”
Herdson says the clubhouse is “a boatie’s dream” thanks to its location right next to the Bayswater Marina.
“The property looks out across the Harbour Bridge, and also enjoys views of the Auckland city skyline,” he says.
“Despite its prominence, the property offers a good level of privacy thanks to the relatively quiet traffic on Sir Peter Blake Parade, which forms a cul-de-sac at the end.”
Colliers International Capital Markets Director John Green says Takapuna Boating Club is selling the property reluctantly as the funds required to fully restore it would be better spent on other club activities.
“The club has offered the building to a broad range of sporting and social groups, the local community group and Auckland Council, all of whom expressed an interest in ownership but did not have the ability to fund or manage the project.”
Green says the council has acknowledged its support is needed for the property to be rejuvenated in a way that enhances the building, reserve and nearby Bayswater Marina Village apartment development.
“An Auckland Council heritage architect has visited the property and advised that redevelopment into private apartments would be a reasonable way to ensure its preservation,” he says.
“The council has clearly stated it wants to see this important piece of the local area's architectural heritage preserved, albeit transformed in its use.
“This is an outstanding opportunity to restore and repurpose a landmark piece of Auckland’s history.”