Living A Legacy – As Is, Where Is

38 and 40 Cranmer Square, Central City, Christchurch

Living A Legacy – As Is, Where Is

38 and 40 Cranmer Square, Central City, Christchurch


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Steeped in historical significance, these two inner-city dwellings with heritage status have rich colonial beginnings to present an extraordinary “as is, where is” opportunity.

Located in a coveted position in Cranmer Square, this duo of residences sits upon freehold land and holds two titles but will be sold as a single package.

Both structures boast impressive historical lineages and are teeming with potential.

The first, 38 Cranmer Square, is a rare first-generation settler cottage, making it one of the oldest residences in the inner city, which has strong ties to prominent Cantabrian families, including the Roache and Pascoe households. With its twin gabbled design, the one-bedroom, one-bathroom layout is the smaller of the two, featuring a compact living zone and a bricked courtyard garden.

40 Cranmer Square occupies the corner site and is believed to have been built in the 1870s. Its historical significance derives from being one of the city’s earliest surviving retail structures, its enduring connection to the Gaudin and Gardiner families, and its unofficial role as the Normal School’s tuckshop. This dwelling is also tenanted but encompasses four bedrooms, one bathroom, a living zone and a low-maintenance outdoor living space.

The location is long revered for its picturesque position across from Cranmer Square and its effortless access to inner-city attractions, including the West End precinct, the Town Hall, The Terrace and Riverside Market.

Properties of this historical magnitude are rare, and their truly exceptional nature is likely to draw substantial attention. Contact Jonny for more information.


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  • Address 38 and 40 Cranmer Square, Central City, Christchurch
  • Zip/Postal Code 8013
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