A house designed by renowned architect John Scott has new custodians for the first time since it was built 38 years ago.

After a flurry of activity and auction at Harcourts' Hastings office on Wednesday, Hawke's Bay couple Lorraine and Les Arrowsmith finally said goodbye to their three-bedroom family home, which sold for more than $650,000.

The owners of the Greenmeadows property since 1979 said it had been and exciting day, and were very pleased the new owners were John Scott fans.

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"It was a strange feeling but we are just glad it's gone to someone who will appreciate it, that's really nice for us.

"That's just what we wanted, for it to be loved and appreciated."

Mr Scott, who was also responsible for designing the 1961 Wellington's Futuna Chapel and the Maori Battalion memorial building in Palmerston North, was also known for his woolshed and whare concepts, combining cathedral ceilings and matai woodwork.

With 100 people at a time attracted to the open days leading up to auction, Harcourts auctioneer Craig Smith said that showed the uniqueness of the 150sq m property, which also contained a fireplace hand-crafted by the architect that could be considered an architectural sculpture.

Auctioneer Craig Smith auctioning a John Scott house at Harcourts Hastings. Photo / Warren Buckland
Auctioneer Craig Smith auctioning a John Scott house at Harcourts Hastings. Photo / Warren Buckland

"It's like taking a journey back in time to when this piece of art was actually built.

"There were a lot of John Scott enthusiasts around. The new owners of this property will be custodians."

There were also a lot of John Scott owners who came through the house and came to the auction.

Listing agent Amy Waterworth said there had been huge interest in the house.

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"During the campaign I did have some interest from out of town but when it comes down to it, it is actually local buyers bidding on the day.

"I think part of that is they have real appreciation of John Scott and the architecture."