Powell house


PHOTO: THE PROFESSIONALS The Powell house seen from above, showing more than two acres of native bush surrounding the house.

With more than two acres of mature native bush surrounding it, the Powell house is literally one of a kind, a concrete “castle” hand built by the head of the family that lived there for 50 years.

Like any decent gothic pile, it’s reached by a long, winding driveway that twists through a shaded tunnel of overhanging trees, opening onto a clearing to reveal the house perched high above, a great, craggy, granite boulder on the edge of the hill.

Even knowing there are neighbours nearby, it’s an eerie sight. No wonder the place captured the imagination of Wellingtonian Matthew Ryan, a developer keen on preserving a piece of the region’s architectural heritage.