Pictures of the block at Waikanae Beach (at the end of Rauparaha Street) and the one in Mahara Place. Probably most would choose the one at the beach.
The relevant fact, however, is that at the other end of the one in Mahara Place is the Mahara Gallery, one of two visitor attractions in the area (see earlier).
You would have thought that to make this building more attractive, the exterior could have at least been rendered and painted, perhaps including a mural. This would hardly cost a lot, and is the sort of measure that has been ignored through lack of leadership to date.