PHOTO: OPEN2VIEW – This 1900s mansion has been restored over a 10-year period by Peter Jackson’s art director Michael Pangrazio. It is now listed for sale by deadline treaty.

One of Lower Hutt’s most stately homes has come onto the market.

The house, at the foothills in Waiwhetu, belongs to movie mogul Peter Jackson’s art director Michael Pangrazio, who works at Weta Digital in Wellington and is responsible for art effects in numerous movies, including The Hobbit trilogy, King Kong, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and Star Wars.

Listing agent Vanessa O’Reilly of New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty says Pangrazio, formerly from Los Angeles, has spent the past ten years renovating the 650 square-metre, four-bedroom house with a notable attention to detail. And he has undertaken a lot of the work on the 1900s villa himself.


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