Balmoral, New Zealand
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Balmoral (from Scottish Gaelic: Baile Mhoireil) is a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand that is bordered by Mount Eden, Epsom, Mount Roskill and Sandringham and is located approximately 5 km from the centre of Auckland. It was named around the turn of the 20th century and derives its name from Balmoral Castle, the Scottish country residence of the Royal family. Much of the housing in the area is from the 1920s and 1930s, often in the Californian Bungalow style. Balmoral was part of Mount Eden Borough Council which became a part of Auckland City in 1989. In November 2010, the area was included into the Albert-Eden-Roskill ward of the new Auckland Council.
A distinctive feature is the numerous Asian restaurants that are located in the Balmoral shopping area and the surrounding Dominion Road intersection. These restaurants have a reputation for producing great food at very reasonable prices. Auckland's historical version of Chinatown is on Queen Street opposite Myers Park but Balmoral is a solid contender for this title. There is also a KFC branch at the intersection.
- Methodist Church - Dominion Road. Red Brick Gothic church built in 1926 to the designs of Arthur White.
- Symphonia Hall - Cnr Dominion Road and St Albans Avenue. Former Cinema now used as the headquarter of the auckland Philamonia Orchestra.
- Mont-le-Grand Flats - Cnr Dominion and Mont le Grand Roads. A 1930s block of flats. Concrete construction with marsailles tile roof & metal Crital windows.
- St Albans Church. 443 Dominion Road. Anglican Church - part of a world wide association of congregations associated with St Alban - one of the first Christian martyrs in Britain. http://saintalbans.org.nz/ The wooden portion of this structure was built in 1884, the brick portion was added in 1905. Several congregations worship here to help make up the twelve acts of public worship that occur throughout every week. These include Hindi speaking Anglicans in Tikanga Pasifika whose Parish is called Anugrah (Grace), also the Eritrean Orthodox originating from North Africa.
- Russian Orthodox Church of the Resurrection (ROCOR) 447A Dominion Rd, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand. Small wooden structure distinguished by the onion dome typical of old russian architecture.
- The Mount Eden War Memorial Hall - 489 Dominion Road. 1957 modernist building in cream brick. In December 2010, Auckland Theatre Company moved into the lower ground floor of the Hall, refitting it to include their offices and two rehearsal spaces.
- Potter's Park - corner of Dominion and Balmoral Roads. Named after Frederick Potter, one of Balmoral's Victorian landowners who gifted a piece of land for the community.
- The Christmas Tree House - 112 Balmoral Road. 19th century wooden house standing on a very large flat open property surrounded by scoria rock walls. This land is used to grow Xmas trees creating a slightly surreal effect of a white victorian house in a perpetually unchanging monochrome green landscape. The last remaining example of the open 'empty' landscape which existed here before the 20th century suburban development swamped the area.
- Paddington Square - 149 - 157 Balmoral Road. 1970s development of town Houses on the site of an Edwardian Factory complex.
- The Capitol Picture Theatre - 614 Dominion Road. A 1920s cinema built in the neo-Greek style. During the 1980s it was one of Auckland's most popular art film venues, known as "Charlie Greys". In the late 1990s it was reduced in size and a portion of the auditorium became an indoor climbing venue. The rest of the building still operates as a cinema, and after years of screening mainly Indian films, it has recently been refurbished and is now called the Capitol Cinema again.
- Balmoral Baptist Church. 682 Dominion Road. Cnr Dominion and Queens Road. 1960s modernist building in conrete and red brick.
- Brazier Bookshop. 714 Dominon Road. Bookshop run by the parents of Graham Brazier-New Zealand musician http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Brazier
- Church of the Nazarene. 675 Dominion Road. Cnr Dominion Road and Telford Avenue.
- Cheapside - 727 and 771 Dominion Road. A pair of 1920s block of shops in the Spanish Mission style.
- Good Shepherd School is a coed Catholic primary school, 100 years old as of 2012. It is a decile 8 school with over 200 students.
- Balmoral School has both primary and intermediate schooling on site and is almost 100 years old. It is a decile 9 school with 850 students.
- Maungawhau School is a decile 10 primary school, over 100 years old and has 650 students. The Maungawhau school fair is an annual event that is enjoyed by the whole neighbourhood.
- Balmoral Seventh-day Adventist School is a coeducational integrated full primary (years 1-8) school run by the Seventh-day Adventist church. It has a roll of 38 and a decile rating of 5
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