Beachside Sumner: A masterpiece of luxury architecture and seaside living

In a ground breaking collaboration between renowned architectural visionaries James Lunday and Roger Walker, Beachside Sumner emerges as an unparalleled luxury residential development set to redefine seaside living in Christchurch.

Beachside, a $120 million development, will be built on the high-profile vacant corner site of Marriner Street and the Esplanade.

The first of five stages, Anchorage, will include 10 residences, along with a ground floor restaurant and wine bar. Additional facilities in the development include a pool, sauna, gym, spa, and a range of other high-end resort amenities.

Anchorage, one of the five avant-garde apartment buildings, is being released first to market, gracing the beachfront, standing as a testament to architectural ingenuity. Carved from a singular raw material, Anchorage disguises itself as an organic sculpture. Its fluid skeletal structure seamlessly integrates hospitality on the ground floor with 10 unique residences inspired by the sinuous curves of nature.

As described by James Lunday, “We’ve taken into account Sumner’s landscape to ensure each of the five buildings sits beautifully within its surroundings. The asymmetrical building’s regular floorplates house irregular apartments adorned with expansive balconies, creating a visual dynamism reminiscent of natural forms. The undulating facades intentionally play with positive and negative spaces, providing extensive outdoor areas for intermittent gardens that soften the overall structure.”

Jeremy Kelleher, director of Kelleher Real Estate, emphasises the rarity of this pocket of land in Sumner, facing true north
with unobstructed views. “The esteemed Beachside Development comprises 95% of the exclusive north-facing beach frontage along Sumner’s Esplanade. It stands as one of the most coveted waterfront locations, not just in the South Island but throughout New Zealand,” he says.

“The development features single-level residences with private lift access to all buildings, starting at $1.5 million. When compared to neighbouring properties on Sumner’s Esplanade, with an average capital value of $1.9 million, Beachside presents a distinctive proposition — offering breath taking views, and boasting the amenities of a five-star resort.”

Each residence within Anchorage is designed with distinct characteristics, offering varied access to light, panoramic views, and terraces. Expansive glazing and horizontal planes frame captivating views of planted areas, parks, and the cityscape. The interiors echo the exterior’s design with curved volumes and plaster finishes, while highly crafted joinery in natural timber and book-matched marble adds warmth and luxury.

Key Features of Beachside Sumner: 
• Residences in Anchorage Building, the first of five, went on sale on 1 February
• A 20-metre stroll to Sumner beach, and only 80-metres to Sumner village
• 350sqm rooftop alfresco dining facility
• On-site restaurant and wine bar
• Indoor and outdoor heated pool
• Spa and sauna
• Residents gym
• Secure basement car parking
• Dedicated dog wash facility
• Surfboard storage
• E-bike and e-car charging capabilities
• Resident access to an urban orchard featuring herbs, vegetables, and citrus delights
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