Whether looking northeast over the city to Waitemata Harbour, Rangitoto and on to the Hauraki Gulf, or southwest to sunsets over the Waitakeres and Manukau Harbour, The Pines affords some of the best views Auckland has to offer.
The prestigious apartments were built in 1969 in an effort to preserve Selwyn Robinson's magnificent estate, and the care that went into the development is still very much evident today. Venerable trees, some dating back to a hundred years before the property's development, sit amid almost seven acres of lush landscaped gardens giving a sense of permanence and peace. But the gardens aren't just for looking at - the keen cook has the herb garden at their disposal, there is room for owners to grow their own vegetables, and those with an eye for beauty are encouraged to pick sweet peas and other flowers to enjoy in their own surroundings.
The building itself was designed by leading American architects and constructed to the highest standards, with an earthquake rating which is far in excess of Auckland City requirements. The infrastructure and fit-out continue to be maintained at that level of excellence, with a building manager living on site. This ensures that the luxurious amenities, including a pool, barbecue area, gymnasium and tennis court, are always kept in the finest condition, ready for use at a moment's notice.
All the apartments benefit from excellent security and there is generous on-site parking, both for owners and visitors. Apartments are intended to be owner-occupied and not to be let. This leads to a sense of community and shared responsibility to ensure the continued enjoyment of this wonderful property for generations to come. Governance is by the owners, for the owners. A company, which is governed by a Board of Directors, owns the property and the company's Constitution has recently been updated.
At The Pines you can choose to take a ten-minute cab ride to the heart of the city or stay in the oasis of tranquillity on the slopes of Mount Eden in one of Auckland's heritage suburbs. A classic of its style, the Pines is unparalleled, an iconic landmark, an example of thoughtful and considered development.
As others see us"Many of Auckland's apartments are badly planned eyesores where cost overrules good design. But there are examples of thoughtful and considered developments such as The Pines."
- Michael O'Sullivan, Convenor of Auckland's 2016 Architecture Awards -