Unlike anything else in Auckland, the exquisite penthouse at One Saint Stephens is setting a new standard in luxury living

Offering the ultimate luxury lifestyle in the heart of Parnell, new development One Saint Stephens has just unveiled its breathtaking penthouse, The One, setting a bold new standard in apartment living, unrivalled in the market here. 

Set on a prominent corner site on one of the most sought-after streets in Auckland, One Saint Stephens is setting a bold new standard for city-fringe living. From its sleek, modernist design to its enviable position that will offer residents spectacular views and all-day sun, this exceptional development is responding to Aucklanders’ growing demand for residential solutions that match their cosmopolitan lifestyles, calling for convenience and comfort in equal measure.

As such, all of the 27 apartments (21 of which are sold) at One Saint Stephens have been designed to exacting standards, with luxury finishes, plenty of natural light and access to the building’s world-class amenities (like a wellness area, a pool, a separate dining room for owners and a ‘speakeasy’ bar). And while the development as a whole is comparable to something one might expect to find in a city like London or New York, it is the newly-unveiled premium penthouse, dubbed ‘The One’, that, when complete, will take things to a whole new level — literally.

“The One at One Saint Stephens is fundamentally the best apartment ever offered in New Zealand,” says Martin Cooper of Experiences by Coopers, the co-developer with Mike Sullivan of Countrywide Residences. “Drawing inspiration from global cities, this will be a legacy property for the lucky owner.” Indeed, from what we have seen of The One, there is simply nothing that compares. Similar only to the development’s other, smaller penthouse (accessible by a separate lift) The One has been conceived as a glazed pavilion, perched lightly atop a stone plinth, and will offer expansive, open-plan living areas that have been intentionally designed to allow future residents to define their own spaces with furniture and art. Light will be invited into The One’s gallery space via gently-curved, pod-like forms that will draw the eye towards the living area and beyond, where covered terraces to the East, North and West will be positioned to offer spectacular, panoramic views out to the Waitemāta Harbour and across to the Auckland City skyline. Offering a necessary counter-balance to the openness of the shared areas, The One’s exquisite bedroom suite will provide comforting, private spaces to which the owners can retreat, complete with a beautifully-appointed ensuite and a walk-in wardrobe, carefully designed to provide the perfect storage for those, most special pieces.

Furthermore, celebrated chef Des Harris (previously of Clooney fame) has been called on to advise on the design of the two kitchens incorporated into The One, ensuring that they will be as suitable for personal use as they will be for commercial chefs and waitstaff — should an occasion call for it. 

Elsewhere, the One Saint Stephens’ showroom garaging (the design of which has been informed by the automotive minds at Giltrap Group) will offer a generous basement storage space and six oversized carparks for The One which will be able to be increased according to what the owner might need.

“It is incredibly rare to have the opportunity to create something of this scale on the best site in Auckland’s best suburb,” Cooper continues. “Ultimately, there have been very few significant apartment builds in Parnell in the last fifteen years and nothing remotely in the realms of this calibre, both in terms of position and luxury.”

Indeed, The One (when complete) is set to stand as the pinnacle of uncompromising luxury, rivalling the City’s grandest, standalone homes and offering a lifestyle on par with the best seen anywhere in the world. With construction well underway (expected to finish at the end of 2024) this is a rare opportunity to secure an apartment, the likes of which has never been seen here before, and probably won’t be available again for a long time, in one of the most exclusive and luxurious developments in Auckland.

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