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A house modelled on a hay barn and a house in a vineyard were two of the standout housing winners in the NZIA Wellington Architecture Awards announced on Wednesday, May 17.

And a house designed in 1965 by architect Reginald Uren for his brother Ron, picked up an Enduring Architecture Award.

Wairarapa Hay Barn was one of two projects by First Light Studio that received awards in the Wellington Architecture Awards.


Beautiful baches and sophisticated city houses are among the housing winners in the NZIA Auckland Architecture Awards for 2017.

The association says the large number of projects that have received honours in this year’s awards, announced on Wednesday, April 26, reflects Auckland’s building boom. Forty-five projects have won awards, 13 more than last year.

NZIA Auckland Architecture Awards Housing: Bethells Bach by Herbst Architects – JACKIE MEIRING


Abby Plested’s house in Grey Lynn is always open for visitors. “People like to come around here because it’s so stable and comfortable,” she says.

The young mum of two – Houston, 3 years, and Goldie Grace, 3 months – has set up her home with husband Dan Plested to accommodate their little family and friends that often pop around for a visit.

She has a strong belief in being honest and open. Her blog, Honey We Are More, and Instagram posts offer some candid insights into the ups and downs of motherhood and her own journey.


Abby and Dan Plested moved into their Grey Lynn home early last year.


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For a property that was bought as a hobby farm, there has been plenty of serious activity on Craig and Yolande Thompson’s 80 hectares of land at Hadlow, north of Timaru.

If planting some 4000 specimens including liquidambars, pin oaks, tussocks and toetoe wasn’t enough, the couple has also been involved in the hands-on business of building and decorating an award-winning house.


Craig, Yolande and Maltese poodle-cross Mimi.


A grand mansion of almost hotel-like proportions is rising on Auckland’s northern outskirts in a job so big that a commercial-grade tower crane is swinging above the site.

The 20-metre crane from Atlas Cranes Northland is on the site of the house, costing around $10 million, being built on a 24-hectare rural property at Coatesville.

Up to 40 workers are on the giant build at Coatsville. Photo/Doug Sherring


The Masonic hall is something of an oddity in Ponsonby’s Renall Street. Sandwiched between cute villas on the narrow street, the plastered brick building rises like a monolith.

But the Independent Order of Oddfellows and the Royal Antideluvian Order of Buffaloes (motto: no man is at all times wise) have moved out.


Jess Britten, with partner Warren Durling, have created “rooms” within the hall to provide a sense of intimacy.


Liz McAuliffe, 55, is a carver and painter living in Kohukohu, a historic village on the Hokianga Harbour in Northland.

We liked it warmer so we thought we’d come up north – this is about 13 years ago. The house prices were rising as we were driving up the country. We stayed in 27 beds over three months, searching for a house and living out of the car.

JESSIE CASSON?SUNDAY MAGAZINE Artist Liz McAuliffe at home in her studio.

When Grant and Karen Jack planned their courtyard townhouse in 2013, they took risks.

It paid off.

On Wednesday night the Jacks’ Cambridge home designed by Christopher Beer Architects was announced HOME magazine’s 2017 Home of the Year.

MARK TAYLOR FAIRFAX NZ Grant and Karen Jack with daughter Sadie, 4.


A Mt Maunganui waterfront home has set a new record for the beachside suburb with a $6.2 million sale.

The stunning home on one of the most coveted and elevated locations along Oceanbeach Road has an infinity pool which flows to breathtaking 180degree views over the water.

The stunning view from the top level of 77a Oceanbeach Road Mt Maunganui which recently sold for $6.2m setting a record for the beachside area. Photo / Bayleys


One of Auckland’s most exciting, edgy contemporary homes is back in the limelight.

The five-bedroom waterfront mansion in Westmere, which is owned by Kiwi entrepreneur and PC Direct founder Sharon Hunter and husband Tenby Powell, is being actively marketed for sale, and is also the focus of a special video by architects Ponting Fitzgerald.

Tenby Powell and Sharon Hunter have said they intend to downsize to a smaller home.


Health and lifestyle blogger Simone Anderson lives in a chic Mt Eden home with her partner Trent and a few flatmates.

Having risen to internet fame in 2015 after posting photos of her remarkable 88 kilogram weight loss on social media, the lifestyle blogger continues to share her journey and update her 287,000 Facebook and 226,000 Instagram followers on healthy living.


Blogger Simone Anderson in the kitchen of her Mt Eden flat.

Amazing Spaces presenter George Clarke is back in one of his favourite places in the world – the Coromandel Peninsula.

His road trip on the most recent show takes him to Whangapoua where he has found a tall, timber box beside the sea that gives nothing away on the outside.


The Whangapoua hut on sleds, designed by Crosson Architects, wowed architect and Amazing Spaces presenter George Clarke.

Charlotte Rust, costume stylist and buyer for film and television, and Tony Downing, owner of vintage homeware store Helter Skelter, live in Newton, Auckland, with Bengal cat Izzy.

Our home is in the K’ Rd area, where we’ve lived for around 12 years.

We love the area’s character and being able to walk to all of the great inner-city suburbs, plus it’s close to Tony’s shop in Beresford Square.


The couple have lived in the area for 12 years but say it’s their cat Izzy who rules the roost.


Mid-century Modern furniture is appearing all over the shop today, but if you really want to capture the vibe, you can’t beat an original 1960s house for character.

This stunning Auckland house in Mountain Road, Epsom was designed in the ’60s by renowned architect Ron Sang, who famously designed the multi award-winning Brian Brake house in Titirangi.


Celebrated Auckland architect Ron Sang designed this Epsom house in the 1960s. It has since undergone a full restoration by architect Brent Hulena but retains its Mid-century Modern character.


The house sits proud on the side of Scarborough hill, high above the sharp white lines of the Sumner surf. From its broad windows, the sweep of Pegasus Bay is framed by the Kaikoura Ranges to the north and the cloud-capped Southern Alps to the west.

Michael and Kevin fell in love with the house at first sight, more than 25 years ago. Kevin remembers thinking: “Gosh, I could live here forever.”


Danielle Colvin. High on Scarborough hill, the home has a view of Pegasus Bay and as far afield as the Kaikoura Ranges and Southern Alps.

Christchurch real estate is moving into the multimillion-dollar bracket with several homes selling for between $3 million and $6m in the past year.

The highest price paid was $5.65m for a modern, five-bedroom, 540 square metre house on Glandovey Rd between Strowan and Fendalton with a home theatre, swimming pool, covered terraces, outdoor fireplace and stream boundary.


The modern Glandovey Rd home that attracted Christchurch’s highest price in 2016.


NZ House & Garden stylist Sarah Lods lives in Freemans Bay, Auckland, with her husband Philippe and son Emile. Their house – sometimes described as a “Monopoly” house because of its classic peaked roof shape – featured on the latest series of Grand Designs NZ and will be in the NZ House & Garden house tour on 7 April.


Sarah and Philippe Lods featured in the latest series of Grand Designs NZ.


For years, Bob Mcmillan resisted the pull of Waiheke Island. It was his wife of 50 years, Kerry, who urged him to take the fateful trip to the island in 2009, which resulted in them purchasing their beachfront home.

It certainly wasn’t the mundane cedar house that had won them over. It was the location: a patch of mostly flat land at the secluded end of the beach, sheltered by the headland, and only a stone’s skip from seas and views across the Hauraki Gulf.


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Bob and Kerry McMillan in the kitchen/dining area.


Looking back on the year that was, the property market was full of the usual dire commentary of an overheated market with rapidly rising prices and a supply that’s nowhere near on par with demand.

But amidst all the doom and gloom a number of property gems lightened the mood.


Britten house, perched on a Wellington Hill overlooking the harbour.

A $4000-a-night lodge on New Zealand’s North Island has been named the world’s best new luxury hotel.

Luxury Travel Intelligence picked Helena Bay Lodge, north of Auckland, ahead of hotels in the Caribbean, Italy, France and the USA.

‘This is destined to become one of the world’s best hotels,’ the publication said in its list of the world’s best and worst new hotels for 2016.

A $4000-a-night lodge on New Zealand’s North Island has been named the world’s best new luxury hotel (Helena Bay Lodge pictured)


he top 10 sales in the country this year went for a combined total of $148.1 million – $47.23m above their collective capital value.

Topping the list of sales was the infamous Coatesville mansion which housed the outspoken internet mogul Kim Dotcom, which went for a whopping $32.5m.

The sale, weeks after it was first listed, was less than the $35m expected price, but still $8.95m more than its capital value.


186 Mahoenui Valley Road, Coatesville. Photo / Supplied


The order of the Grand Designs projects we see on TV is largely caused by building deadlines – what’s finished and what’s not. But this series could hardly have gone out on a higher note.

The final show features a young family facing challenges that go way beyond the weather, the budget and the inevitable delays.


Andrei and Abby Martin and daughter Alice couldn’t be more delighted with their new South New Brighton house, which is a credit to project manager Andrei’s tenacity.


• Corrections Minister Judith Collins has sold her luxury Maraetai holiday home for $1.9 million.
• The property failed to sell after being passed in for the same price in November 2014.
• She bought the property with her husband in 2006 for $1.17m, meaning they pocketed $730,000 in capital gain from the sale.
• Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki has been renting “Crusher’s” retreat but moved out earlier this year.

Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki has vacated the luxury holiday pad of Corrections Minister Judith Collin after she sold the Pohutukawa Coast bolt-hole for nearly $2 million.


Corrections Minister Judith Collins has sold her luxury Maraetai holiday home for $1.9 million. Photo / Jason Oxenham


The DIY house is situated 62 miles from civilisation in the nearest city, Newcastle.

Mr Chambers said: ‘I came home one day to discover Sarah had put the house on the market and was calling in my promise that we could one day move to somewhere more agreeable.

‘The house sold within a week to the first people who came to view, we were then homeless. The container house was totally unready to be lived in.




What were they thinking? That’s a question we’ve heard from Grand Designs NZ host Chris Moller several times in this new series. Ambitious, even crazy ideas are embraced because that’s what makes great television.

But the question seems even more justified in this episode featuring a Christchurch build make from shipping containers. So much so, you wonder just how much research this couple did before setting out.


Built from 20 shipping containers, the latest Grand Designs build in West Melton, Christchurch suffered a major budget blowout and copped some criticism from host Chris Moller.


Houses designed by the late Sir Ian Athfield are recognisable for his signature architecture, and several of his projects are in Hawke’s Bay, including the celebrated Buck House on the Te Mata Estate winery.

This Athfield house for sale is also in Havelock North, and has been listed by Sotheby’s International Realty.

And just one day into the marketing, the phone is already running hot, says agent Sophie Sheild.


SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY: This Havelock North house, designed by the late Sir Ian Athfield, is being sold by tender. It sits on a 1.65ha lifestyle block and has a RV of $900,000.


Scott Lawrie’s Grand Designs NZ project was a highlight of Series 1.

The Scotsman and his dog Skippy dealt with building challenges, cows through the house and the inevitable cost overruns, and now he’s about to do it all again. This week Lawrie is putting his “stealth bomber” house in Pakiri on the market to free up some of the equity.

He admits it’s a “hugely emotional” exercise. “It’s like losing a limb, but I am being quite rational about it. I have run out of space for my art collection and I have ideas for a new house, hopefully in the same area.”


Scott Lawrie says he has never been happier and is looking forward to his next big project.


Actress Amanda Billing shocked Shortland Street fans when she exited the show almost two years ago.

Since her departure, Billing’s been treading the boards in several theatre productions, however, she’s set to return to the small screen guest starring in the Brokenwood Mysteries screening on Prime, Sunday at 8.30pm.

Billing talks to us about living with her cat Gracey in her central Auckland apartment where she describes her interior style as “sentimental, cluttered and dusty”. Her quickest meal idea is a tin of tuna and an unpeeled carrot.


Actress Amanda Billing talks about living in her central Auckland apartment.


New Zealand’s most exclusive new tourist lodge opens today and will take guests from November 1.

Helena Bay in the Bay of Islands is a $50 million-plus development 40 minutes north of Whangarei, south of the Bay of Islands, north of Whananaki, down a private winding driveway off the back road to Russell.


Helena Bay in December last year. Photo/Greg Bowker


Take two styley perfectionists with a love of all things French, give them a whopping budget and put them in Ponsonby, and you have a recipe for a great Grand Designs story.

As anyone who has built a house knows, perfectionism and construction are not the best of bedmates. And this couple’s attention to detail borders on the obsessive – that word crops up more than once.

Sarah and Philippe Lods both work in the design industry. Sarah is a stylist and Philippe, who is half French, edits commercials, so they both have a good eye; one that’s firmly focused on Paris.


The latest Grand Designs project, in Ponsonby, features a ‘Monopoly’ house with a soaring gable roofline.


It’s never easy selling up the family home, but it’s even harder when it was built by your pioneering great-great grandfather and has been in the family for 145 years.

Paul and Heather Mackenzie of Havelock North have put their 506ha farm and homestead, Hilton Station, on the market, listing the property with Tim Wynne-Lewis of Bayleys Havelock North.


The Hilton Station homestead in Havelock North was built in 1871 by Robert Henry Mackenzie, the great-great grandfather of one of the current owners. It has been passed from father to son for 145 years.


It’s got a home cinema, five bedrooms and sweeping views of Wellington Harbour – and you’ll need nearly $2 million before you even think about making an offer for it.

Houses in the Lower Hutt seaside suburb of Days Bay don’t come up for sale too often, and when they do buyer interest is fierce.


JUST PATERSON This five-bedroom family home in the Lower Hutt suburb of Days Bay is on the market with buyer inquiries from $1,895,000.


An Auckland house with a $2.2 million price tag is being marketed as ‘affordable Remuera’ but a valuer questioned that.

Agent Terry King of Remuera Real Estate Register, who is advertising the property, says the marketing is justified because the property is good value.

“By Remuera standards, it’s affordable,” he said of 23 Ladies Mile. “It’s very hard to find a house with a Remuera postal code that’s anywhere near that price that’s a house with character and in its own environment.


This property at 23 Ladies Mile is being marketed as ‘affordable Remuera’.


he million dollar mansion previously owned by the late Sir Paul Holmes is no longer for sale.

Mana Lodge, which was bought by the broadcaster in 2000, was put on the market in December last year by Lady Deborah Holmes.

Tenders closed in March, with no sale being negotiated.


Paul Holmes at his family home, Mana Estate, in Poukawa, Hawke’s Bay before he passed away.



Chris Moller gestured towards the uninspiring ground floor space under Cuba St’s fairly unimpressive-looking Quality Hotel, housing the prosaic-looking CQ Cafe, and said: “This is pretty intense what I’m giving you!” It was surely a claim that no ordinary person would have made about this place. “The cafe is in the street; the street is in the building!” he went on. “Is this a building or is this a street?”


Chris Moller is an architect, a designer, an urbanist and a philosopher. Photo / Anna Briggs



Every night on arriving home, Anne pours a glass of her favourite bubbles, before cuddling some of her many cats.

At her Huapai olive estate, Goose Creek (one of her three homes) Anne has around 150 strays living at the “Pussy Palace for Pensioners”, an extensive indoor/outdoor sanctuary for unwanted cats.

Anne, who is chair of the NZ Cat Foundation, adores her cats so much; she keeps their cremated ashes in little wooden boxes which remain close to her at home.


Real Housewives of Auckland star Anne Batley-Burton insists on silver, crystal and fabric serviettes when she’s entertaining.


Real Housewives of Auckland star, Michelle Blanchard, has put her Coatesville home on the market.

The property has appeared on through real estate company Barfoot and Thompson, and will be held on tender until 12 October.

The five bedroom, five bathroom house sits on 2.66ha of land, boasts 15 car spaces and “one of the most admired and desired residential destinations”. It is located 25 minutes from Auckland CBD and is close to local cafes, shops, pony club and schools.


Michelle sits on a Leonard sofa in Hunt velvet in Petrolio from ECC.


Plans have been unveiled for a $30 million 94-townhouse development at Wellington’s controversial heritage complex at Erskine College in Island Bay.

The red-stickered derelict former Catholic boarding school has been under threat of demolition for years, with redevelopment hinging on Save Erskine College Trust’s demands that the chapel and gardens be saved.

Property developer Ian Cassels revealed the plans on Thursday in the designated special housing area.


Architectural drawings of the renovated chapel in a new $30m housing redevelopment of Island Bay’s heritage-listed Erskine College.



The acclaimed and well-documented Hawke’s Bay bach First Light is on the market.

Named after New Zealand being the first country in the world to see the light each day, the eco-home was designed by a team of architecture students from Victoria University as the New Zealand entrant in the United States Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011.

Eco Bach

Waimarama’s eye-opening bach First Light is on the market.



A new house in Strandon is supposed to look old, says Taranaki’s top builder.

Praised for the finer details, Gareth Collins Building Limited won the Supreme award at the Taranaki Registered Master Builders 2016 House of the Year awards on Friday.

“A lot of people actually thought it was a renovation, so that was probably the best compliment,” Collins said.

Strandon House

Supplied: Gareth Collins Building Limited was named the winner of the Supreme Award Taranaki Registered Master Builders House of the Year 2016 for a house built in Strandon, New Plymouth.


A secluded lifestyle property in a spectacular Wellington location has been put on the market for the first time.

Agents expect Parakiora in the Ohariu Valley to go to a wealthy, possibly overseas, buyer and are marketing it as a “dream hideaway”.

It is the home of Boomrock event centre owner Jonny Eastwick, whose family has owned the surrounding Papanui Station since 1926.

Eastwick built Boomrock, a luxury clifftop venue, in the late 1990s and will continue to run it and the remaining farmland, Colliers agent Mike Laven said.


The view from Parakiora, a luxury property up for sale in Wellington’s Ohariu Valley.



It was one of the modern architecture success stories of Grand Designs: the couple who transformed their life with a move out of the heart of London to the countryside, where they built a new home and flourishing brewery business.

Phil Palmer and his partner Michael Butcher appeared on Grand Designs in October 2013 with a bold design for a contemporary farm home just outside of Newbury in Berkshire.




A TAIWANESE businessman who four years ago put his lavish Sanctuary Cove mansion on the market at $16 million has sold it for half that amount.

James Tsai’s 2638sq m home has been bought by Chinese buyers in an $8 million deal that has already settled.


7313 Bayside Close, Sanctuary Cove: The waterfront mansion has sold for just $8m, 50 per cent less than the owner was asking for four year ago.



A dramatic home which stretches 60 metres along a hillside overlooking a Waimea Plains vineyard has taken out a supreme building award.

Harris Builders took home the supreme award and four others at this year’s Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast, Registered Master Builders 2016 House of the Year competition.

The home crafted by Harris Builders was awarded the supreme award, two lifestyle awards – craftsmanship award and outdoor living award and the gold and category awards for the “new home over $2 Million category”.

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Supplied Harris Builders has been awarded five regional awards, including the Supreme Award, for a Nelson home design.



An historic British mansion where Oliver Cromwell once stayed or a run-down Otahuhu property with a house requiring demolition – what would cost the most?

A seven-bedroom picturesque Grade II-listed Cambridgeshire house where the famous Roundhead once stayed during the English Civil War is for sale for only the second time in 300 years for £1.8 million.

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With $4m to spend one of these properties would leave you with $500,000 left over to pay for a fancy ride-on lawnmower. Photo / Trade Me



Chef Annabel Langbein and her husband Ted Hewetson have permission to expand at their rural Wanaka property, but upset locals say she got the go-ahead because of her fame.

The couple’s application dropped a two-lot subdivision, another building platform around an existing film studio and cottage, and volunteered more conditions relating to the use of those buildings.


Annabel Langbein’s cooking and filming brought significant benefits to the region, commissioners said.


Thunderbirds Are Go meets native tropical planting, dark moody hallways lead to startling views of the Waitemata and robust cantilevered floors hang suspended above Hobson Bay – welcome to the most expensive New Zealand house sold this year.

The Remuera house’s startling simplicity and starkness is one of its most appealing aspects, along with its dramatic setting on a sloping site, where the edge of a pristine swimming pool dissolves into a sparkling Hobson Bay.

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The sale of 13 Burwood Cres was recorded as Auckland’s most expensive sale of 2016. Photo / Patrick Reynolds



If ever there was a house and a tenant made for each other, it’s the Dunedin home you see here, and vintage obsessive Tannia Lee.

In fact, the manner in which the house came into the lives of Tannia, her husband Dylan and baby daughter Nova suggests some god of retro might have been watching over them, pulling strings.

“It’s sort of a funny story,” begins Tannia, a fashion stylist who owned Wellington clothing store Most Wanted Vintage before the family moved south three years ago (she still runs her website


Tannia went through a phase of buying furniture specifically for the house because, she says, “you just don’t get an opportunity like this”


Auckland architects Andrea Bell and Andrew Kissell have put their own multi award-winning home on the market.

The house, on the city fringe in Grey Lynn, recently won an NZIA Auckland Architecture Award and was judged the Best City House in the Home of the Year Awards 2016.

Designed to resemble a converted warehouse, the three-bedroom property offers live-work options, and provides 454 square metres of contemporary living space, including decks, on three levels. In keeping with the semi-industrial feel, the material palette is mainly fine black steel, plywood and concrete.


This award-winning Grey Lynn, Auckland home was designed by owner-architects Andrea Bell and Andrew Kissell. The family has put the house on the market.



A renovated four-bedroom villa on Cheltenham Beach is on the market for $9 million, nearly triple what the owners paid for it nine years ago.

Mike and Angela Hare paid $3.7m for the heritage villa in 2007.

After a massive rebuild – which topped the $2m mark – the Hares have decided the time is right to sell up.


The property at 4 Bath St at Cheltenham, for sale for about $9m.

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Barbara Drake happily describes herself as a magpie – drawn to collecting things shiny and metallic. But how on earth can you be a collector when you live in a 40sqm apartment? Barbara explains that she’s not a hoarder (although she has a marvellous assemblage of hats). She trawls thrift stores and demolition yards with intent; the things she brought home to her tiny apartment in New Lynn’s Merchant Quarter had to fulfil a purpose.


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Barbara Drake in her New Lynn, Auckland, apartment; the magenta chair was a $20 thrift shop bargain that Barbara re-covered.



One of two unique workingmen’s cottages etched in history and sandwiched between apartment blocks in Auckland’s CBD is going under the hammer.

The 1890s cottage at 7 Nicholas St, perched on a narrow lane between Hobson and Nelson Sts, comprises 97sq metres over two-levels, despite sitting on a compact 73sq m section.


The small section still included a spacious deck area. Photo / Ray White Ponsonby



An eye-catching rural home that won its category of the Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition is for sale for the first time.

Known as Springrock, the house at 599 Longbush Rd, Martinborough, won builder Mark Hewitt the “Wairarapa New Homes $450,000-$600,000” category of the national competition in 2006.

Owner Roddy Cameron, who is selling by private treaty with a deadline of July 7, expects it will go for about $1.5m.


Springrock has views of Wairarapa’s eastern hills over a 15-metre, heated swimming pool.



As Airbnb really starts to kick off in New Zealand, Kiwis are getting the chance to stay at some of the country’s most well known, and spectacular houses.


A category one New Zealand historic place, with sweeping views onto Auckland city, this architectural icon is up on Airbnb for $1101 a night.

Brake, known internationally for his work including shots of Pablo Picasso at a bullfight, had the house designed for him in 1976 by Ron Sang.

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Brian Brake’s Titirangi house looks out onto Auckland city.


INXS fans could get a new sensation if they snap up this Gold Coast property linked to frontman Michael Hutchence.

Former Disney Channel presenter Jeniene Mapp’s house sits on an 800sq m block on the Isle of Capri that once held part of the late singer’s Gold Coast holiday home.

“The land itself came with a history of being Michael Hutchence’s former property,” Ms Mapp said.


A flashy home fit for a rock star in La Spezia Court, on the Isle of Capri. Supplied.



The Spanish mission-style trophy home Boomerang is being quietly shopped around with a $60 million asking price.

Lindsay Fox, the Melbourne-based billionaire trucking magnate, has held the Elizabeth Bay landmark in his daughter Katrina’s name since 2005 when it was bought for $20 million.


Gardens at Lindsay Fox’s property Boomerang in Elizabeth Bay, Sydney. Photo: Andrew Quilty



This property has been described as unique, but technically speaking, there are five other houses exactly like this one elsewhere in the world.

The German couple who built on this headland at Leigh were an eccentric pair, and built the same house at five different locations around the globe.


30 Omaha Block Access Rd, Kerikeri.

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As the evening shadow crawled across the golden-lit tussock, four Romney sheep clattered nervously along the stony shore, stopping and staring at us. We were too near their usual path. They inched past, then ran to wherever they were going for the night. We followed soon after with our bottle of French champagne and glasses.

The chauffeured drive here was amazing – 20 minutes of twisting, turning metal farm track that often perched us at the edge of the browned-off volcanic hills of Banks Peninsula where it falls into the sea.


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Lost in luxury – Seascape is an isolated hi-tech hideway.



Everyone loves a good Grand Design – something that has helped to make it one of the most popular property shows on television.

Yet after pouring everything into designing and building their perfect homes – and putting up with the stress that comes with it – some owners have decided to move on with three Grand Designs currently on the market for sale.

The first on our list is a seven-bedroom castle in Yorkshire that is one of presenter Kevin McCloud’s favourites.


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They say a man’s house is his castle, but some homes are definitely an acquired taste.

As humans have reached every corner of the globe, they have also fought tooth and nail to create a patch of land to call their own – occasionally in the most bizarre places.

The following pictures show houses in locations that would take a sturdy backbone to sleep in.

From the house perched perilously atop a towering rock in Georgia to the only building on an entire Icelandic island, some abodes look straight out of a Tolkien fantasy.


Just one cabin sits on Elidaey island in Iceland, which used to be inhabited by five families 300 years ago

Forget any preconceived ideas you may have about a modern-day childcare centre.

The Chrysalis Early Learning Centre in Avondale, Auckland, designed by Collingridge and Smith Architects and built by Keola, shows just how much has changed.

The eco-friendly centre, which has just won a gold award for Keola at the New Zealand Commercial Projects Awards, is a head-turning, crescent-shaped building that wraps around two protected trees to create a giant cocoon, or chrysalis.


The Chrysalis Early Learning Centre in Avondale is a crescent-shaped building that provides a cocoon-like learning environment for pre-schoolers.



The austere Neo-Georgian facade of this mansion on Oriental Parade in Wellington belies the beauty of what lies beyond.

The grand four-bedroom residence, which the agent describes as a “modern-day classic” is up for sale by negotiation. But with an RV of $3.3 million and annual rates of more than $15,000, you will need deep pockets.

Fully restored, the three-storey property retains the beauty and glamour of a bygone era.


The Neo-Georgian facade of this Oriental Bay mansion hides an ornate, classical interior.



The Australian television series A Place to Call Home has many New Zealanders enthralled as the current series nears its end.

And it’s not hard to see why. There’s the twists and turns of the drama, the fabulous Fifties fashions, and the wonderful rural New South Wales location.

And then there’s the house itself – Ash Park, with its glorious interior, sweeping driveway, servants and stables.


New Zealand has its own grand country estates with facilities not too dissimilar to Ash Park in the television series A Place to Call Home. Northwood Homestead in Swannanoa near Christchurch comes with an extensive stable complex.




An old settlement, the mayor’s house and a design aiming to capture the essence of two oystercatchers are all winners from the 2016 Nelson Marlborough Architect Awards.

The awards held on May 5 at Saxton Oval rewarded houses for their unique architectural and engineering feats, the judging a peer-review process run by the New Zealand Institute of Architects.

Judging panel spokesperson Rachel Dodd said they considered many factors in determining who the winners would be.

Commercial Architecture Winner Upper Queen Street, Richmond, Irving Smith Architects

Commercial Architecture Winner: Upper Queen Street, Richmond, Irving Smith Architects



One of Nelson’s oldest surviving homes, Woodstock House in Stoke, is back on the market after the current owners have finished restoring its exterior.

Built in 1854 for Captain W R Nicholson, it is thought to be the oldest architecturally designed cob house in New Zealand.

Nicholson and his wife arrived in Nelson in 1850 and he established himself as a successful merchant and shipping agent. His company built the first deep-water wharf in Nelson.

Circa 1890's photograph of Woodstock House, Covent Drive Stoke.

Circa 1890’s photograph of Woodstock House, Covent Drive Stoke.




The latest episode of The Bachelor NZ saw Jordan take two of his dates to remote Annandale on Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, only to later dump one of them.

But we can’t blame the setting – it’s simply magical.

In addition to the historic homestead, where Jordan stayed with Fleur, Annandale boasts remote cottages designed by Patterson Associates.

Fleur and Jordan relaxing at Annandale in Episode 18 of The Bachelor NZ.

Fleur and Jordan relaxing at Annandale in Episode 18 of The Bachelor NZ.



Auckland’s best architecture projects for 2016 include a brightly coloured cycle path built from an old motorway bridge, and contemporary new houses “sensitively inserted” into heritage neighbourhoods.

Winners of the annual Auckland Architecture Awards were announced tonight at a ceremony hosted by the Auckland branch of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA).


Winners of the Auckland Architecture Awards 2016 include this project in the Housing category: Bramasole, Waiuku, by Herbst Architects



Thousands of Auckland commuters heading home along Tamaki Drive catch a glimpse of this historic landmark every day.

Now one of the boatsheds that line Ngapipi Rd at Whakatakataka Bay is for sale.

It’s the perfect hideaway, but there is a catch – you can’t stay the night. That’s one of the local regulations governing the use of the boatsheds.


The vaulted ceiling follows the line of the gable roof.



Harcourts agent Bill Tawhai said entering the vacant home on 35 Milton Rd was like “walking onto a movie set”.

“Just going through the place was like going through a museum – I’d never seen anything like it,” Mr Tawhai said.

He said the family of the 87-year-old owner, who was now residing in a rest home, had contacted him to sell the property which, apart from taking up a large slice of the roadside, was also wildly overgrown.





Living remotely can put a household at the mercy of the weather, but not for the owners of this two-year-old eco house on farmland at Burke’s Pass between Fairlie and Tekapo.

If a decent snow storm takes out the power for a few days, it won’t matter because the house has its own electricity supply – the house is not, and probably never will be, connected to the national grid.

Owners John and Barbara Corcoran say they chose to build “off the grid” for a number of reasons, and the weather was one of them.


Buy this house and never get a power bill – the Corcoran’s house in Burke’s Pass is completely off the grid.



A retreat in the country is all about going back to nature. But this home in the magnificent Kauaeranga Valley on the Coromandel Peninsula takes the idea more literally than most.

Lance and Nicola Herbst of Herbst Architects were commissioned to design the house for a couple who work in the film industry. Because the pair are filming on location for long periods of time, they wanted a place where they could retreat between filming assignments.


LANCE HERBST. Rusted corrugated iron creates a weathered patina that helps to define the bold, modern form of this farmhouse retreat designed by Herbst Architects.



People who live in historic properties are often considered custodians, rather than owners.

There’s that sense of guardianship and responsibility for protecting and maintaining the heritage of the home, which may well be a national treasure.

And that is exactly the situation with The Glebe, the original vicarage in Boulcott, Lower Hutt, which was built in 1856 on land gifted to the Anglican church by Edward Gibbon Wakefield. Heritage New Zealand has given the house an Historic Place Category 1 listing.


RAY WHITE The Glebe is a 160 year-old house in Boulcott, Lower Hutt that has a Historic Place category 1 listing.



WHEN does a display home really put on a display? When it is a $US150 million ($195 million) spec home with every bell and whistle from its indoor waterfall to its boutique beauty salon.

The recently completed 10-bedroom Los Angeles estate has been built on more than 8000sq m of hallowed ground. Until 2000 the land was the site of Barbra Streisand’s long-time home before the singing legend moved out to Malibu.


The mind-boggling luxurious display home has its own spa level with hair salon, manicure and pedicure room and massage space. Picture: Coldwell Banker Preview




The median price of new Auckland homes is $800,000, meaning less than 20 per cent of new builds would be available for first-home buyers who qualify for KiwiSaver subsidies, according to new figures.

The numbers have raised questions about whether the new builds across the city are making the city any more affordable.


The median price of new Auckland homes is $800,000. Photo / Michael Craig





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A historic Wellington church, once deemed an earthquake risk, has been resurrected on a grand scale.

The former St James Presbyterian Church in Newtown’s Adelaide Rd, opposite Wellington Hospital, has been completely rebuilt to accommodate five new apartments, which have just been listed for sale by tender.

Architect Simon Novak of Novak + Middleton Architects, the firm commissioned to design the rebuild, says the project has been nothing short of “sensational”.


The former St James Presbyterian Church in Adelaide Rd, Wellington has undergone an extensive makeover designed by Novak + Middleton Architects



The man who founded New Zealand merino wool empire Icebreaker is selling his luxurious multi-million dollar mansion in one of Auckland’s most expensive suburbs.

Jeremy and Ellie Moon’s six-bedroom, four-bathroom mansion on Hamilton Rd, Herne Bay, was open for public viewing today, with the price by negotiation.


The six-bedroom, four-bathroom mansion was open for public viewing today. Photo / TradeMe



It has been described as a developer’s dream – a chunk of rolling, north-facing Waiheke Island paradise.

Known as Thompson’s Point, the 38ha farm has council approval to be subdivided into 25 sites – all with stunning views of the Hauraki Gulf.

Owners Jillian and Colin Devine bought the land, at 306 Sea View Rd, Palm Beach, and an adjoining sea-side strip in the 1980s to farm cattle.

The land has a CV of $5.5 million but a real estate source said its market value would be well above even $25 million. The land would then be subdivided and the sections sold.


Waiheke. Photo / Getty Images




What happens when a couple can’t agree on a house style? A Mediterranean-style home, with a three-storey medieval tower attached as a “compromise”.

A five bedroom, two bathroom home in south Auckland’s Drury is on sale offering views of the city and beyond – all from a three storey tower reminiscent of medieval times.

The current owner of the quirky Ponga St house, Samantha Lambie, said the couple who originally designed the home had disagreements around the style of the house.


The current owner of 706 Ponga St said the castle’s tower was an added bonus, with “fantastic” views looking over the city.



A luxurious mansion on the outskirts of Hamilton has sold for $2.651 million – one of the most expensive properties to sell in the city.

The impressive River Rd property, near the Horsham Downs Golf Club and in the popular north end of Hamilton, sold under the hammer last week to a commuting Auckland chief executive.


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An Englishman’s home might be his castle but it’s not very often a castle is his home.

Even if you can afford one, the heating bills will be through the roof (especially as many habitable castles are in Scotland), and upkeep could be equally challenging.

But some brave souls looking for properties with (lots of) character do storm the battlements.

We choose our top 10 castles on the market now, from a £600k mansion in the highlands to a £6million Edinburgh pile.


The Tower of Lethendy sits in 39 acres of grounds, which include a golf course and an orchard.



A unique and timeless Waikato home featuring 1000 tonnes of marble surfaces, a waterfall, and an eye-catching copper dome is going under the hammer.

The Twin Oaks Drive property is located on a lifestyle block in Tamahere, 10 minutes south of Hamilton, and has been described by Harcourts marketing agent Aaron Davey as the “most unique” property he has even seen in the Waikato due to all the handcrafted features.


The expansive home comprises five bedrooms, four livings areas, a study, three bedrooms, as well as a one-car garage and swimming pool. Photo: Harcourts


Renovation expert Mike Holmes has spent countless hours on television telling us how to fix up our homes.

Now the Canadian building guru is taking the hammer and saw to his own property to create the ultimate garage. And who wouldn’t want to see exactly what he comes up with? He won’t be short of ideas or funding.


Expect something pretty cool when Mike Holmes and Mike Junior show us how it’s done on Mike’s Ultimate Garage.




“Distinguished”, says the ad, but remember all the cops arriving?

The Dotcom mansion is being marketed as “distinguished and magnificent” but many people will recall the unusual spectre of police swooping on the property at Coatesville, northwest of Auckland.

Yes, like something out of a Hollywood blockbuster, the property will live on in the memory of many New Zealanders as more the target for law enforcement than as a posh home you might like to consider your own.

Barfoot & Thompson’s ad makes it sound very flash.


Formerly the ‘Dotcom Mansion’ before that the ‘Chrisco Property’ – this mansion is up for sale again. Photo / Jason Dorday.




Blues investor Murray Bolton has bought Mollies boutique hotel for $10.9 million to turn it into a private home.

The Herne Bay luxury hotel will close on April 16 after more than 50 years as commercial accommodation, hosting high-profile guests such as Shania Twain, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Sean Connery and chef Gordon Ramsey in the past decade.


Blues investor Murray Bolton has bought Mollies boutique hotel for $10.9 million to turn it into a private home. Photo / Supplied




If you hate mowing lawns, this is probably not the property for you.

But if you fancy yourself as the next Tiger Woods, it’s the perfect plot of land to hone your game.

A sprawling seaside property in Russell is on the market – complete with its own 18-hole golf course.


A sprawling seaside property in Russell is on the market – complete with its own 18-hole golf course. Photo / Supplied




  • Multi-million pound chalets have hot tubs, cinemas and open fireplaces
  • Snap up a bargain ski base for the whole family for £50,000
  • Ability to ‘ski-in ski-out’ remains the gold standard for all ski chalets 


This new build chalet in Chamonix with eight bedrooms and views of Mont Blanc will be completed in 2016





IT’S the Beverly Hills bachelor pad that Tinder paid for, but since homeowner owner Justin Mateen resigned as CMO of the popular dating app he might now be hoping the home could become a money spinner.

Mateen, 29, who is one of seven Tinder founders, has just listed his two-bedroom Los Angeles property on for $15,000 a month ($A21,111).


Justin Mateen and Sean Rad, two of the founders of dating app Tinder. Picture: Michael Buckner/Getty Images




Take a peek inside Kim Dotcom’s former mansion.

 He’s packed up his bags and moved on but Kim Dotcom has treated curious members of the public to a light-hearted look inside his former mansion.

The six-minute long Youtube clip features a quippy host who takes the viewer on a tour through the extensive grounds, living areas, kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and gaming facilities at the Coatesville mansion.

Dotcom’s estranged wife Mona, his children and a mysterious bikini model feature in the clip.




Guests include James Bond, an Oscar-winning actress and a prince. Now you can check-in as the new owner of one of Dunedin’s grandest homes.

Corstorphine House, built in 1863 for John Sidey, could be yours for $3.88million.

The eight-bedroom historic home is a New Zealand Historic Places Trust category one building, and sits on a 3.03ha property.






It’s the architectural equivalent of the little black dress – an all-black exterior that highlights the form of a house.

This project shows just how a plain, simple, small building can be transformed into an eye-catching property while preserving key design elements.

The house, in Montreal, Canada, was built in 1890 and the local authority required that the original architectural components be reconstructed and preserved. At the same time, however, the owners wanted a highly contemporary interior.

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ADRIEN WILLIAMS. The all-black painted exterior of this renovated house, designed by Architecture Open Form, creates a touch of drama, setting the scene for what follows on the inside



THE mastermind behind the Gold Coast’s most famous theme park, John Longhurst, is selling his Tamborine Mountain mansion that has never been lived in.

The 84-year-old developer of Dreamworld has owned the property since 2010, after purchasing it from former Broadbeach Councillor Eddy Sarroff for $2.3 million.

After a $5 million redevelopment of the home, Mr John Longhurst said it was “time to move on” from the stunning hilltop property that he has never been permanently occupied.

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John Longhurst’s home at 105 Wongawallan Rd Tamborine Mountain is now on the market.



One of Britain’s wealthiest men has bought a large Waiheke Island beachfront retreat where international recording artists will stay.

Jamie Palumbo is a life peer and a member of the House of Lords.

Lord Palumbo of Southwark, as he is formally known, is the founder of London’s legendary Ministry of Sound nightclub and Ministry of Sound record label – said to be the world’s largest independent music company. Last year, the Sunday TimesRich List estimated his fortune at £300 million ($671 million).


The beachfront haven where Lord Palumbo will entertain top recording artists is at secluded Omaru Bay, at the eastern end of the island. Photo / Supplied



Antony Michalik and Kim Wallace have taken to carrying photos of their Tauranga home on their mobiles to dispel confusion. Friends coming to visit for the first time have been known to presume they may be roughing it; after all, Antony and Kim’s retreat is a boat shed. Photos, courtesy of those smartphones, cast any such misconceptions out to sea; life in this boat shed is about luxurious, laid-back living.

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Antony and Kim’s boat shed nestles amid pohutukawa on the edge of the harbour in downtown Tauranga; many people have no idea this is anything other than a boat shed, says Antony.



The name Chicken Point Cabin has prompted suggestions this may be a location from The Dukes of Hazzard, but be assured, it’s all real.

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OLSONKUNDIG.COM  A huge 6m by 9m manually operated pivot door opens up this cabin to the great outdoors. The design is by architect Tom Kundig.



Architects design houses to fulfil specific design briefs, not to set trends. But changing lifestyles and new technologies and materials do encourage changes in design direction.

And by the time a new house is ready for occupation, or winning architecture awards, these changes have been in progress for considerable time.

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A black exterior contrasts an all-timber interior in the Boat Sheds designed by SGA with Rachael Rush. The Takapuna house won the housing category of the NZIA New Zealand Architecture Awards 2015.



Imagine waking up in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful holiday spots, in your very own luxury lodge or mansion.

A long summer’s day stretches ahead of you. Perhaps you’ll start with some laps in your aquatic complex? A stroll along your private beach? Breakfast by the swallow pond?


This handsome home on Central Terrace in Kelburn has six bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a whole lot of character.



One of the oldest homesteads in the Marlborough Sounds, which includes a boutique lodge, is on the market for only the second time in 60 years.

Mahana Lodge, in Endeavour Inlet, is being sold by Bayleys Marlborough through a tendering campaign, which closes on February 4.

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The Mahana Lodge, in Endeavour Inlet, is up for sale for only the second time in 60 years.




It’s no mansion, but a flash house doesn’t seem necessary when your back yard is the golden sands of the Abel Tasman National Park.

The private beach on Awaroa Inlet is up for sale. While its price is by negotiation, Bayleys salesman Glenn Dick said the current owners were looking at offers from $2 million.

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A beach on the Awaroa Inlet in Abel Tasman is on the market



With celebrities posting pictures of their perfect properties on Instagram, no wonder mere mortals are hankering after home cinemas, walk-in wardrobes and wet-rooms. From £500,000 tree houses to £52,000 wine cellars, these are the latest must-haves for those with cash to splash.


Drink deep: A seriously sumptuous wine cellar created by the company Spiral Cellars




Nelson’s luxury Paratiho Lodge is on the market once again with an asking price of $20 million.

The Ngatimoti property, which spans 770 hectares, is currently owned by former British banking executive Sir Keith Whitson and his wife, who purchased it in 2009.


The lodge on the property, built about 15 years ago, was originally a luxury lodge.




Simplify and open up the living spaces – that’s probably the most common request from homeowners embarking on a major home renovation.

And it’s all because houses built more than 30 years ago are often a collection of small rooms with little or no outward focus.

That was precisely the case for this house in Herne Bay, Auckland, which was built over 40 years ago.


Cedar screens wrap around the front of this renovated home in Herne Bay. The double-height screen at the right, which incorporates a sectional garage door, also provides privacy for the bedroom above.







A Paris chateau built in honour of Louis the Great has become the most expensive property ever sold after going for a staggering NZ$444 million.


Chateau Louis XIV in France, the most expensive property in the world. Photo / Patrice Diaz, Creative Commons


Auckland’s residential property market continues to show its unconventionality, with former retail, public, and religious buildings being nabbed to convert into houses.

But with many older buildings now being heritage listed, providing the usual house amenities can create some challenges.

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The old Devonport power station now houses three apartments and an art gallery.


Not every dream is realised when you set out to build a new home, but sometimes it’s the changes that make for a better outcome.

Richard Beniston and his wife Anna originally wanted to relocate a traditional villa onto their section in Ostend on Waiheke Island. They thought it would be a cost-effective option, and they loved the idea of the character.


Richard Beniston, his wife Anna and two young children swapped their dream of a restored villa for a brand-new build on Waiheke Island. The interior is lined with timber boards and plywood that give the home a rich, warm ambience.



Fancy kick starting the year in the lap of luxury?

A trip to Queenstown and a few nights at the aptly named Jagged Edge could be just the thing.

Sotheby’s International Realty says for $5000 a night, plus $4000 for the guest house, visitors can experience the “wow factor” of a piece of architectural and engineering genius perched high above Lake Wakatipu near Queenstown.


The luxury ‘Jagged Edge’ home near Queenstown. Photo / Supplied




After Kennedy and Anneka de Leur became “earthquake refugees” following the Christchurch earthquakes they looked throughout the country, including as far north as the Bay of Islands, for somewhere to call home.

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Anneka de Leur, left and Philip Kennedy outside their straw bale home in Riwaka.






A grand historic mansion built in the 1860s and moved to its Epsom location by horse and cart is on the market.

The elegant home, known in the past as Amohia, has been fully restored to its former glory in the Italian Renaissance style popular with Auckland’s wealthy landowners in the 1800s.


The story of this 150-year-old Mountain Rd villa can be found on the Heritage New Zealand website




Tolkien fans rejoice – there’s now an easy way to live like a hobbit in your own hobbit house.

Instead of getting out the shovel and building your own habitable hole in the hillside, you can simply order one, reports


Live like a hobbit – Green Magic Homes has devised a prefabricated shell that lets you create your own hobbit house.



The final Grand Designs New Zealand project in the current series delivered in spades. It was everything this series should be about – an intriguing, crazy dream, unforeseen challenges and an intimate look at the stresses such projects place on relationships.


Two 18th-century American barns were raised to create this huge home on a lifestyle block outside Auckland. The exterior is clad in stained pine, while the chimney features stone schist.




This is one house where holidaymakers could have a yabba dabba do time.

Known as Casa do Penedo, or House of Stone, this bizarre dwelling in northern Portugal’s Fafe Mountains has earned a reputation as a real-life ‘Flintstones house’.

But its allure goes beyond its resemblance to stone houses from the classic animated TV series – it has bulletproof doors and windows, and a swimming pool.

FAFE MOUNTAINS, PORTUGAL: COULD this real-life Flintstones house be the most impregnable yet bizarre on the planet? Nestled between four mighty granite boulders, two-thousand six hundred feet high in the Fafe Mountains in Portugal, this extraordinary dwelling with bullet-proof doors and windows is known as ëCasa do Penedoí or ëHouse of Stoneí. Portuguese photographer Ricardo Oliveira Mateus (34) was able to reach this house of rock and snap the unusual character of this sixteen and a half feet tall former holiday home.




A squalid crumbling home filled with rubbish and an unrelenting stench has been transformed into a stunning multi-million dollar family home in a matter of months by two ambitious brothers.

The condition of the Paddington home, in central Brisbane, Queensland, was once so poor that neighbours nicknamed it the ‘Hoarder House’, but seven months later brothers Rob, 26, and Andrew Gray, 29, now have neighbours admiring the newly renovated home.

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Car dealer Bob McMillan and his wife Kerry have sold their grey minimalist cliff-top house in Parnell.


The cliff-top house in St Stephens Ave, Parnell, was sold by Kerry and Bob McMillan for $10.1 million. Photo / Supplied



Real estate agent for the Queensland property, Andrew Garland, said the Brisbane-based buyers intended it to be a beach house, the Sunshine Coast Daily reported.




Modeled after the Palace of Versailles in France, this roughly 60,500-square-foot Florida mansion is America’s most expensive home.

Le Palais Royal first went on sale in September 2014 for $139 million and was taken off the market about a year later, according to listing agent Mayi de la Vega of One Sotheby’s International Realty.

Located in Hillsboro Beach, Florida, Le Palais Royal, the homeowner has boosted the price for the property and is now asking for a whopping $159 million.


We’re told it leaks like a sieve and there’s a problem with access, but this lakefront retreat has attracted so much attention its auction has been brought forward three weeks to this afternoon.





Where there’s a will, there’s a way could be the subtitle of every Grand Designs project, which is, of course, precisely why each project is chosen.


Perched on the cliff edge, high above the Manukau Harbour, this post-and-beam house by Box Living is the latest challenging build featured on Grand Designs.



A glamorous tropical-style property owned by Auckland hairdressing power couple Jacci and Paul Huege De Serville is for sale after they separated.

The four-bedroom house is expected to fetch around $5.5 million.

The Servilles are hairdressers to Auckland’s celebrity set.

Their business empire includes leading salons at Takapuna, Newmarket, Mission Bay, Albany and Ponsonby, plus the Servilles Academy.




Blending into the landscape, Scrubby Bay by Pattersons Associates Architects is one of 12 New Zealand projects shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival for the coveted title of World Building of the Year 2015.




Hidden away in the bush-clad hills and valleys are hundreds of building sites within a couple of kilometres of the Wellington CBD. But despite their magnificent views and close proximity to the city, these sites are constantly bypassed by potential buyers, for one simple reason – they’re too steep.




A home bought for 30,000 ($60,000) in the 1950s for its proximity to some of Auckland’s most sought-after schools is on the market for the first time in 57 years.


The villa being sold by auction is in Auckland’s prime double-Grammar zone. Photo / NZH

Dubai’s most expensive apartment, which is due to be completed in 2017, is now on the market for a whopping $NZ79 million.

The 4000-square-metre penthouse will have seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, its own art gallery and a personal gym.




The 4000-square-metre penthouse will have seven bedrooms.

These days, it seems as though shipping containers are being used more frequently for architecture than they are for actual shipping.

There are several reasons why shipping container housing has grown in popularity. The houses are cost-effective, they reuse existing materials which make them eco-friendly, and they’re very speedy to build.




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his US$19.9m estate found along Biscayne Bay, Florida, is set in a guarded community. It features a 1389sqm interior, with seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms, on nearly 4500sqm, with 82m of water frontage.





It’s being marketed as the ultimate waterfront property – but its open plan, “minimalist” design comes with a catch.

A lakeside, “studio” maimai has hit the market north of Auckland and, marketed as “paradise for ducks and families”, the eco-friendly abode has stunning sunsets and views across the water, and comes with great indoor-outdoor flow.

But Bayleys agent John Barnett admits the ramshackle duck hunter’s hide – built from corrugated iron and draped with camo rope – is “pre-loved” and can be draughty in winter.

Click here to take a virtual tour of the duck hunter’s haven




New Zealand’s smallest surviving pioneer cottage is for sale – and is expected to fetch far more than its estimated 30 purchase price.

Built in 1850, McKenzie Cottage on Albert Rd, in Auckland’s Devonport, is on the market. A renovation at the rear has transformed the tiny one-bedroom settlers’ cottage into a three-bedroom, two-bathroom family home.




Paeata Cotter in front of her restored Devonport pioneer cottage. Photo / Doug Sherring

The bach’s foundations comprise of 100 cubic meters of concrete on around fifty 600mm diameter piles, so it was a challenging job for Peter and his team. The 4m-high rear blockwork wall forms the property’s only structural bracing and is heavily reinforced with steel.




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Whatman Street, Quindalup

Open-plan living areas on Tasmanian oak floors opening to shady jarrah decks help bring in $90,000 a year in holiday rent for this near-new, four-bedroom home on Geographe Bay, 250km south of Perth. More importantly, it holds a corner position just across the street from a sandy path through dunes to the beach.




A marina developer and a former Mrs New Zealand are poised to sell their Auckland mansion for as much as $20 million.

Agent Graham Wall is selling the Remuera Rd home of A-List socialites Simon and Paula Herbert who he said have one of the city’s biggest homes, previously owned by businessmen David Richwhite and John Sanders.

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Unique New Zealand house shows there’s no place like dome

Nestled alongside the water’s edge in Auckland sits the dome home.

The geodesic Paremoremo property might look like something out of a science fiction movie but it was the creation and home of the late Helen ‘Twink’ McCabe and partner Noel Fuller.




Mt Albert boarding house steeped in history sells for $2.87 million

A historic boarding house that was originally built for Auckland’s first European son has been sold under the hammer for $2.87 million.

The sprawling 31-room property was built in the 1870s and is known locally as the Grand Kauri Mansion. It also operated as a Methodist-run orphanage.




Waikato winner of House of the Year announced

A “cleverly designed” new build in Hamilton has been named as Waikato’s top home at the Waikato Registered Master Builders 2015 House of the Year awards.




Home cinema, gold leaf plasterwork and even a hair salon: Oil magnate’s Principal House goes on sale

  • Principal House, built in 1901, was the home of the head of an orphanage
  • Sam Malin and Irene Major bought it in 2006 for £565,000 
  • The house is now selling for £950,000 – £1.1million




Realtor’s dream Auckland pad

For anyone who loves houses, working in real estate must be a bit of kid-in-a-chocolate-factory situation, surely. Isn’t there a constant temptation to move onwards and upwards – or at least sideways? Not so, insists Cheryl Whiting, with more than 27 years in real estate to back her up.


Super narrow 1.8-metre house slotted into Tokyo

A house spanning just the width of a laneway has been slotted into one of Tokyo’s suburbs. 

Designed by Japanese firm YUUA Architects & Associates, the 1.8-metre-wide property is nestled on a block just 2.5-metre wide and 11-metre deep.





Almost Every Part of this Prefab Beach House Was Brought to its Secluded Site by Hand

In New Zealand, a few weeks at the beach is regarded less as a luxury than a birthright. As transit improved in the postwar era, families migrated to the sea en masse to vacation in “baches,” modest cabins that make up for their diminutive size by annexing the outdoors into their living space.

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Into the wild: Twelve of the world’s most secluded homes

Every now and then we all dream of living a peaceful and quiet life off the grid. Maybe the thought creeps up on us when work is starting to feel like Groundhog Day, or perhaps it’s just an ongoing internal longing for some real isolation.




IKEA shows us Australian home of the future

Currently host to some of the largest homes in the world, big changes are predicted for the future of Australian residential design.

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The definition of luxury, according to the world’s richest home buyers

The definition of luxury, according to the world’s richest home buyers, is a surprising mix of eco-friendly and the architectural haute couture.

The super wealthy are willing to buy in postcodes that are not traditionally considered prestigious, international research has found, making a swish street address no longer the most significant measure of what makes a home upmarket.




The 10 most exclusive streets in the world

In every city there are small pockets where the wealthy reside, and some of these exclusive areas can be narrowed down to a single street in a city suburb.


A Modern Home in the Hamptons


A Cliff-Top Home in Australia

This three-level home in New South Wales, Australia, is perched on a cliff 1,640 feet above sea level and has views of the valley, mountains and Pacific Ocean.


This excellent shipping container home was built for less than $27,000

Wanting to escape the city for a simpler life, renewable energy researcher Joseph Dupuis pieced together three disused shipping containers to make a unique house in the woods


Homemaking in Mt Eden

From the swimming pool looking into the home’s new pavilion

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The Black Desert House, Yucca Valley, California




Waiheke Island’s ‘Tent House’ goes on the market

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Los Angeles home to hit the market for record $642 million

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Chinese tech exec spends $200m on headquarters shaped like Star Trek’s Enterprise


Builder’s own Black Rock beach house hits market at $6 million


The spirit of summers past inspired an award-winning cliff-top Auckland home




Flat by flat, a far-sighted couple acquired a vast Wadestown villa and reunited it as their own family home 




2015 – Top 10 holiday homes around New Zealand




Palmerston North Home – stunning interior

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