Flat's new look recalls past

University of Otago student Nathan Laurie sits in front of his freshly painted Duke St flat....
University of Otago student Nathan Laurie sits in front of his freshly painted Duke St flat. PHOTO: GERARD O'BRIEN

A North Dunedin scarfie flat has been given a paint job with a difference after an "eccentric'' property developer commissioned a graffiti artist to decorate its street-facing wall.

The Duke St flat was painted by Dunedin artist Jonathan Waters along the theme of the flat's name "Legendairy'', which plays on the fact it was once a dairy.

Property developer Mike Harbott said he liked to do things a little differently and was keen to spruce up what was a "pretty hideous'' frontage.

"I'm all about trying to get good tenants in and give them a good environment to enjoy their experience in scarfie land,'' Mr Harbott said.

The flat also had a high-definition projector with built-in surround sound and a grandstand in the lounge. And Mr Harbott was about to install a slide at another of his properties.

He described himself as an "eccentric'' property developer. He also used virtual-reality technology to allow prospective tenants to look around his properties before they signed a lease.

University of Otago student Nathan Laurie (19) said he and his six flatmates were impressed with Mr Waters' work, which was completed a little over a week ago.

"You do feel a little bit special living in the flat. All the time people are walking past, slowing down and having a little look."

vaughan.elder@odt.co.nz

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