PHOTO: 228 Remuera Rd, Auckland
“One of Auckland’s Most Luxurious Properties Hits the Market After 15-Year Hiatus, Expected to Surpass its $25 Million Valuation, Based on Comparable Area Sales
This remarkable 4017m² estate, located at 228 Remuera Rd, has made a long-awaited return to the market, boasting dual road frontages that extend down to Westbury Crescent, along with a separate cottage featuring its own unique address.
Renowned for its enchanting terraced garden, a prominent attraction on various garden tours, the property showcases an exquisite six-bedroom château-style mansion, a guest house, a floodlit tennis court, a swimming pool, a pool house, and expansive lawns. Ollie Wall of Wall Real Estate, in collaboration with Graham Wall, holds the listing and anticipates a sale well above the current CV, citing the rarity of such an extensive property within the heart of Remuera.
Wall notes, “The only other property somewhat comparable is one we sold a few years back at the opposite end of Remuera Rd, [number 542], the former Richwhite property, owned at the time by Simon and Paula Herbert, which commanded $25.5 million. However, it didn’t offer the same proximity to amenities. We also sold another substantial property at 288 Remuera Rd two years ago, which fetched $29 million.”
Another noteworthy sale two years ago was the former residence of Team New Zealand yachtie Grant Dalton at 95 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, which sold for $19.5 million and is now back on the market.
According to Wall, the current owners of this newly listed property come from a farming background and were drawn to this estate for its rural ambiance. “What attracted them to this home was the sensation of being on a farm. With cows grazing on Mt Hobson just across the road and the ample land surrounding the house, it felt like a secluded sanctuary, even though it’s conveniently close to all amenities, including their children’s schools. They’ve raised a family here, and now that the children have moved on, they’re returning to their farming roots.”
The two-story main house is distinguished by its light-filled living spaces that extend to a stone terrace, offering panoramic views of Auckland, the harbor, and Rangitoto Island.
Wall admires the way the house seamlessly integrates into the garden, noting that while some buyers may consider remodeling or even rebuilding, he personally appreciates the unobtrusive architectural design.
The two-bedroom cottage with access from Westbury Crescent has been rented for the past five years, although the vast property size likely means the owners have had minimal interaction with the tenants. The other guest house is situated above the four-car garage.
Wall believes there’s a high probability that a future buyer might explore the possibility of subdividing a portion of the land. “They may choose to retain the house and gardens but forgo the tennis court,” he suggests. “However, we hope it remains as is—a grand, sprawling estate.”