Grand Designs NZ

PHOTO: MEDIAWORKS Relocating an 1880s Christchurch villa to Central Otago was a labour of love for Jamie and Melissa McMurtrie, seen here with Grand Designs presenter Chris Moller.

The Grand Designs NZ show featuring the relocation of the huge Queen Anne villa from Christchurch to the Gibbston Valley has screened again on Three.

It was a good one to revisit – this was a massive year-long project that prompted a huge commentary from viewers the first time it aired in October 2017. And it was undoubtedly one of the most spectacular episodes we have seen on this show,

But no sooner had owners Jamie and Melissa McMurtrie completed the build – the grand home where they were looking forward to “bringing up the family” – than they put it on the market, saying they “wanted to be closer to (extended) family”. 

Nude Gardening

Nude gardening in level 3

And it is probably not surprising that buyer interest was described as “phenomenal” by listing agency Colliers International Queenstown Realty. The property received the highest number of hits Colliers has ever had following a social media posting, and was also one of the most viewed properties on TradeMe for the year.