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Commercial property & 2 apartments sell as 8 units passed in

The one commercial property on Barfoot & Thompson’s city auction list this morning, an early learning centre, was sold under the hammer, followed by a slow journey as 8 apartments were passed in. Then, breaking the run at the end of the auction, the last 2 apartments sold (they’re listed below by location, not by auction list order), in the Cintra (pictured) off Symonds St and a unit in Zest.

Apartments

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Commerce/Gore

Harbour Oaks, 16 Gore St, unit 33H:
Features: 2 bedrooms, secure parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $5345/year
Outcome: passed in at $512,000
Agents: Wendy Feng & Jack Li

Learning Quarter

Crown on Cintra, 3 Whitaker Place, unit 16C:
Features: 39m² studio, study, balcony, parking space, leaky issues identified
Outgoings: body corp levy $4155/year
Outcome: sold for $222,000
Agents: Oscar Zhao & Leo Shin

Uptown

Q Central, 54 Liverpool St, unit 7B:
Features: leasehold, 64m² 2-bedroom penthouse, balcony
Outgoings: rates $1582/year including gst; body corp levy $3549/year, ground rent $7642/year
Income assessment: $450/week
Outcome: passed in at $115,000
Agents: Zoran Farac & Stephen Shin

Bianco off Queen, 8 White St, unit 9C:
Features: 54m², 2 bedrooms, balcony
Outgoings: body corp levy $6561/year
Income assessment: $600/week
Outcome: passed in at $480,000, back on the market at $538,000
Agents: Annie Xu & Sean Zhang

Victoria Quarter

88 Cook St, unit 7:
Features: 148m², 2 levels, 3 bedrooms, living area on each floor, 2 secure parking spaces
Outgoings: body corp levy $3003/year
Outcome: no bid
Agent: Sean Lee

Hobson Gardens, 205 Hobson St, unit 5H:
Features: 140m², 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, study, parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $6167/year excluding water
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Stephen Shin & Yasu Ka

Zest, 72 Nelson St, unit 1028:
Features: 48m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, balcony, parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $5774/year
Income assessment: $450/week
Outcome: sold for $450,000
Agents: Wendy Feng & Jack Li

Alpha, 17 Vogel Lane, unit 1102:
Features: 46m², one bedroom, balcony, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1457/year including gst; body corp levy $4460/year
Outcome: no bid, back on market at $569,000
Agents: Stephen Shin & Justin Choi

Kingsbridge, 72 Wellesley St, unit 30:
Features: 2 bedrooms, wraparound balconies, parking space
Outcome: passed in at $550,000
Agents: Rita Herceg & Alex Allan

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Quay Regency, 148 Quay St, unit 7C:
Features: one bedroom
Outgoings: body corp levy $4154/year
Outcome: passed in at $405,000
Agents: Alex Allan & Rita Herceg

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Isthmus west

Pt Chevalier

90 Pt Chevalier Rd:
Features: 639m² corner site, 110m² building, early learning centre
Outcome: sold for $1.36 million
Agents: Duane Mullooly & Chris Peterson

Attribution: Auction.

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Hotel proposal unveiled for Simunovich site on Viaduct

Viaduct Harbour Holdings Ltd unveiled plans yesterday for a luxury hotel to replace the Simunovich Fisheries building at One Market Square – on the Viaduct Basin and across the water from Fu Wah International Group’s Park Hyatt Hotel rising in the Wynyard Quarter.

Colliers has been appointed to undertake a global search for a development partner. Its international expressions of interest campaign will close on Tuesday 2 May.

The proposed 165-room hotel would have a 12,000m² floor area on 12 floors on a 1288m² footprint, and a rooftop bar.

One Market Square on the Viaduct Basin cbd towers to left & right in the background.

Viaduct Harbour Holdings chief executive Angela Bull said the company would make the preliminary design by Warren & Mahoney available to the successful development partner, and the development partnership model would keep the waterfront site in New Zealand ownership.

Ms Bull said the Market Square site was exceptional, directly facing the harbour on 2 sides and offering stunning views of Auckland.

“Viaduct Harbour is an outstanding lifestyle precinct in Auckland with unrivalled access to the water, quality restaurants, apartments & an international marina. One Market Square is perfectly positioned for a world-class hotel that will add to the vibrancy & attractiveness of the precinct.”

Colliers national hotels director Dean Humphries said the surge in visitor arrivals in recent years had led to a critical shortage of quality hotel accommodation.

“The Government predicts that Auckland will likely need another 4300 new hotel rooms over the next decade to keep up with current demand projections. The timing is right for this unrivalled site to be developed to its optimal use.”

The owners of Viaduct Harbour Holdings Ltd (the families of Mark Wyborn, Trevor Farmer, Alan Gibbs & Ross Green) bought 28ha around Viaduct Harbour from Ports of Auckland Ltd in 1996. The company has retained the land interest and sold leasehold interests.

The hotel would replace the Simunovich Fisheries building fronting Market Square at the turn of the Viaduct Basin towards the Lighter Basin. Across the water, the ASB Centre and the Park Hyatt on Halsey St.

The Park Hyatt

Across the water on Auckland Council leasehold land in the Wynyard Quarter, the joint venture between local company Hawkins Group Ltd (sold by the McConnell family to Downer EDI Ltd of Australia 10 days ago) & China Construction NZ Ltd is 9 months into construction the Park Hyatt, which is scheduled for completion late next year. It will have a total floor area of 29,000m² & 195 rooms.

China Construction (China State Construction Engineering Corp Ltd) is headquartered in Shanghai and listed on the stock exchange there, and Fu Wah is based in Beijing.

Earlier stories:
9 March 2017: McConnells follow up Harker deal with Hawkins sale to Downer
3 July 2016: Hawkins & China Construction in joint venture to build Park Hyatt on Viaduct Basin
9 September 2015: Waterfront Park Hyatt gets consent
21 November 2014: Chinese hotel on Viaduct waterfront to be a Park Hyatt
16 April 2014: Update: Wynyard hotel construction cost closer to $700,000, leasehold factors undisclosed

Attribution: Agency release.

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George Court unit sells, then all quiet

City Sales’ apartments auction started well yesterday, with the sale of a unit in the George Court building on Karangahape Rd (pictured) at over $8800/m². Then things went quiet, 2 of the remaining 5 units on offer were passed in on the sole bid of the vendor and only a few bids were made on the remaining 3.

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Queen St

Portland Tower, 62-64 Queen St, unit 6C:
Features: 41m², one bedroom, 6m² deck
Outgoings: rates $1139/year including gst; body corp levy $5720/year
Outcome: passed in at $490,000
Agents: Steve Kirk & Habeeb Urrahman

Uptown

George Courts, 238 Karangahape Rd, unit 3H:
Features: 68m², one bedroom, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1734/year including gst; body corp levy $5924/year
Outcome: sold for $601,000
Agents: Gabrielle Hoffmann & Nicola Hunt

City Zone, 11 Liverpool St, unit 17K (door 1701):
Features: 45m², 2 bedrooms, deck
Outgoings: rates $1177/year including gst; body corp levy $3331/year
Outcome: passed in at $370,000
Agents: Steve Kirk & Habeeb Urrahman

Victoria Quarter

Aura, 53 Cook St, unit 310:
Features: 49m², 2 bedrooms, deck
Outgoings: rates $1113/year including gst; body corp levy $3685/year
Outcome: passed in at $380,000
Agents: Steve Kirk & Habeeb Urrahman

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Lighter Quay, 83 Halsey St, unit 407:
Features: leasehold, 49m², one bedroom, deck
Outgoings: rates $1722/year including gst; body corp levy $2293/year, ground rent $3619/year, residents’ society levy $2312/year
Outcome: passed in after sole bid from vendor at $150,000
Agents: Gabrielle Hoffmann

Isthmus east

Mt Wellington

Ellerslie Court, 3A Harrison Rd, unit 1:
Features: 42m², one bedroom, deck, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1080/year including gst; body corp levy $2977/year
Outcome: passed in after sole bid from vendor at $300,000
Agents: Chris Bell & Lucy Piatov

Attribution: Auction.

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Random numbers aren’t proper at auctions, are they?

When you see the results of auctions, the sale prices almost invariably end with 3 zeroes. Imagine, then, a bid of a seemingly random number which even the bidder looked like having trouble remembering. And raises of just $4, followed by one of $112.

This unusual auction played out at City Sales yesterday on the fifth of 6 apartments on the auction list, the second unit in the 96 on Symonds building (pictured above) to be offered on the day.

Bidders had struggled from an opening price of $195,000 for the 2-bedroom unit to $220,000, when auctioneer Kim Spark declared it was on the market. A woman, who’d been pushing a pram back & forth before holding her young child in her arms, offered a small raise which Mr Spark didn’t want to accept.

And so began the series of unusual bids, starting with an increase from $220,000 to $222,379. Sales agent Tina Bartlett, with a buyer on the phone, countered by doing the normal rounded bid to $223,000. Back came the woman with the child, offering $223,157, which Ms Bartlett raised to $223,161.

Occasionally there were what you might call regular bids, zeroed off.

Mr Spark maintained his cool and did better than many auctioneers at rattling off odd numbers, but the room wasn’t cool. Bidders don’t pick numbers out of thin air. Ms Bartlett was clearly frustrated.

An auction can take a long time by rising in $1000 or $500 steps and nobody will be too concerned. But odd numbers? Not the same.

I enjoyed the moment for the exercise in tactics, and because somebody dared to step outside convention. That convention has a reserve price set but not disclosed – and possibly reset if all is not going well – and it doesn’t really matter what the bids are up to that point so long as the auctioneer sees progress, although auctioneers generally try to keep proceedings under control with large-figure steps at first.

The other part of the convention is that, although raises may be very small once a property is declared on the market, mostly they’re rounded. And, mostly, that seems to be for the benefit of the auctioneer, even though they normally have somebody alongside writing the bids down.

The unusual bidding on this apartment took the price up just $20,000 before the woman with the child dropped out. The phone bidder had persevered and won. There was a sense of relief around the room, frazzled onlookers could relax. The woman who came second headed for the lift, having got her child to sleep while upsetting everybody else’s equilibrium.

The other unit at 96 on Symonds on the auction list was passed in, 2 of the other 4 units on the list were sold under the hammer and a Shed 23 apartment on Princes Wharf was sold shortly after the auction.

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Learning Quarter

96 on Symonds, 96 Symonds St, unit 406:
Features: 41m², 2 bedrooms, deck
Outgoings: rates $1189/year including gst; body corp levy $4030/year
Income assessment: in management agreement, currently $480/week
Outcome: sold for $240,000
Agents: Tina Bartlett

96 on Symonds, 96 Symonds St, unit 708:
Features: 45m², 2 bedrooms, deck, storage locker, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1341/year including gst; body corp levy $5385/year
Outcome: passed in at $425,000
Agents: Iona Rodrigues

Oakwood, 81 Wakefield St, unit 6B:
Features: 29m², fully furnished studio, deck
Outgoings: rates $999/year including gst; body corp levy $4080/year
Income assessment: $400/week current
Outcome: sold for $275,000
Agents: Steve Kirk & Habeeb Urrahman

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Princes Wharf, 145 Quay St, shed 23, unit 65:
Features: leasehold, 108m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, deck, parking space under long-term carpark licence
Outgoings: rates $2545/year including gst; body corp opex levy $16,942/year including gst, ground rent $25,241/year including gst
Outcome: passed in after sole vendor bid of $250,000, sold post-auction for an undisclosed price
Agents: Tina Bartlett & Tricia Carlson

Isthmus west

Eden Terrace

Fleetwood, 19-35 Fleet St, unit C6:
Features: 86m², 2 bedrooms, 17m² deck, parking space; new code compliance certificate issued in 2016
Outgoings: rates $1549/year including gst; body corp levy $3689/year
Income assessment: $620-680/week
Outcome: passed in at $530,000
Agents: Tina Bartlett

Grey Lynn

One on Ophir, 1 Ophir St, unit 3B:
Features: 65m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, deck, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1524/year including gst; body corp levy $4520/year
Income assessment: appraisal $650/week
Outcome: sold for $600,000
Agents: Anna Birkenhead

Attribution: Auction.

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New auctionroom isn’t supported by first results

A new auctionroom (one floor up, same building at 445 Karangahape Rd) and a large crowd in for City Sales’ first auction of the year didn’t help with the results. All 4 apartments on offer were passed in.

For the last of them, a leasehold unit on Princes Wharf, auctioneer Kim Spark was looking for bids over $400,000 and was hardly impressed with offers of $110,000 & $150,000. It took 6 bids to reach his preferred starting range and the apartment was passed in at $415,000.

Before that, 2 units in the Citta building at the corner of Symonds St & Khyber Pass Rd and one in the Prince Albert on Albert St attracted only a handful of bids between them.

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Albert St

Prince Albert, 41 Albert St, unit 2F:
Features: 85m², 2 bedrooms, 1½ bathrooms, deck, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1544/year including gst for unit, $906 for parking; body corp levy $8175/year for unit, $337 for parking
Outcome: passed in after bid at $450,000 vendor raise to $475,000
Agents: Tania Toparea

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Princes Wharf, 143 Quay St, shed 24, unit 34:
Features: leasehold, 119m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 55m² deck, parking lease option possible
Outgoings: rates $3648/year including gst; body corp levy $18,259/year opex, ground lease $15,327/year
Outcome: passed in at $415,000
Agents: Anna Birkenhead

Isthmus east

Grafton

Citta, 182-186 Symonds St, unit 315:
Features: 67m², 2 bedrooms, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1587/year including gst; body corp levy $4567/year
Outcome: passed in at $530,000
Agents: Lucy Piatov & Chris Bell

Citta, 182-186 Symonds St, unit 421:
Features: 28m² studio, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1017/year including gst; body corp levy $2514/year
Outcome: passed in at $312,000
Agents: Lucy Piatov & Chris Bell

Attribution: Auction.

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Eden Terrace development site, cinema complex & office floors sell

An Eden Terrace warehouse conversion with redevelopment rights (pictured above), the Rialto cinema complex in Newmarket and office floors on Queen St and in Viaduct Harbour have been sold by Bayleys agents.

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The penthouse office floor at 175 Queen St.

Queen St

175 Queen St, level 14:
Features: 228m2 top floor of office building, extensive recent fitout, multiple portioned offices, natural light, views, one basement parking space
Outcome: sold vacant for $1 million
Agents: Quinn Ngo & Matt Lee

Waterfront

14 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, level 5:
Features: 305m2 office floor, 4 parking spaces
Outcome: sold vacant for $825,000
Agent: Andre Siegert

Isthmus east

Newmarket

153-185 Broadway, lot 4:
Features: 1985m2 7-cinema complex on the top level of the Rialto shopping centre, occupied since 2005 by Rialto Cinemas, which renewed for 5 years in December 2015
Rent: $410,140.50/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $4.5 million at a 9.1% yield
Agents: Alan Haydock & Damien Bullick

Isthmus west

Eden Terrace

140 New North Rd:
Features: 1055m2 corner site zoned mixed use with additional height overlay of 21m; 2 adjoining converted warehouse buildings totalling 1815m2, which the tenant has been operating as a boarding & short-term accommodation facility since August 2006, with 6 months’ termination clause in lease
Rent: $165,000/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $4.01 million at land value of $3800/m2 & 4.1% yield
Agents: Scott Kirk, James Were, Phil Haydock, Bayleys Auckland

Attribution: Agency release.

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Queens Wharf Lighthouse opens in fortnight

Michael Parekowhai’s artwork on Queens Wharf, The Lighthouse, will be publicly opened on Saturday 11 February from 7pm – with no speeches or unveiling.

Auckland Council arts & culture manager Kaye Glamuzina said the finishing touches were being applied and the fences around it would be taken down at opening time.

The opening celebration is timed to coincide with dusk & sunset to offer people the opportunity to see The Lighthouse – a conceptual design in the form of a 1950s state house filled by a hand-blown glass chandelier – against the changing night sky.

It’s surrounded by a wooden jetty that ‘floats’ on the wharf. The public can explore the work by looking in windows & doors and climbing the staircase.

Real estate agency Barfoot & Thompson donated $1 million of the council’s $1.5 million project budget.

Attribution: Council release & photo.

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Suburban units sell

2 units in Herne Bay (pictured) & Pt Chevalier and a double offering of an apartment & studio in the Bianco off Queen in the cbd were sold at Bayleys’ residential auction on Wednesday.

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Kitchener St

Metropolis, 1 Courthouse Lane, unit 2312:
Features: 2 bedrooms, storage locker, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1912/year including gst; body corp levy $9212/year
Outcome: passed in at $775,000
Agents: Julie Prince & Diane Jackson

Uptown

Bianco off Queen, 8 White St, unit 6A:
Features: 2 apartments on one title, one of 2 bedrooms and the other a studio, secure parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $9092/year
Outcome: sold for $650,000
Agents: Dave Hamlyn & Walter Thompson

Waterfront

148 Quay St, unit 11C:
Features: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, secure parking space
Outgoings: rates $3597/year including gst; body corp levy $12,307/year
Outcome: passed in (vendor bid at $1.2 million)
Agents: Julie Prince & Diane Jackson

Isthmus east

St Heliers

24 Auckland Rd, unit 4:
Features: cross-lease, 1/6 share in 834m², 2 bedrooms, parking space
Outgoings: rates $2578/year including gst
Outcome: passed in at $950,000
Agents: Chris Reeves

Isthmus west

Herne Bay

2 Herne Bay Rd, unit 4:
Features: cross-lease, 1/8 share in 645m², one-bedroom unit
Outcome: sold for $800,000
Agents: Chris Batchelor

Pt Chevalier

209A Pt Chevalier Rd:
Features: cross-lease, half share in 673m², 2-bedroom unit
Outcome: sold for $764,000
Agents: Murray Savage

North-west

Henderson

16 Frank Evans Place, unit 1:
Features: cross-lease, half share in 915m², 2-bedroom townhouse, covered deck, lockup carport
Outcome: no bid, back on market at $529,000
Agents: Jeannette Young-Smith & Richard Cadness

Te Atatu South

132 Edmonton Rd, unit 3:
Features: cross-lease, 1/3 share in 1297m², 3 bedrooms, parking space
Outcome: passed in at $650,000
Agents: Jock Kooger & Lisa Girvan

Attribution: Auction.

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3 sales & 2 leases around inner city

Bayleys agents have sold 3 retail & foodcourt spaces in the inner city, and have signed a large lease on a 2-storey building (pictured) off Queen St just above Mayoral Drive and another lease in the former Ports of Auckland building on Princes Wharf.

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Sales

High St

3–7 High St, unit G2:
Features: 88m2 retail outlet, new 5-year lease plus one 5-year right of renewal to Timberland, relocated from Britomart, with 2% annual rental increases from third year of lease
Rent: $95,175/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $2.115 million at a 4.9% yield
Agents: Sarah Boles & Jim Wana (Bayleys Wellington)

Queen St

115 Queen St, unit C:
Features: 220mformer foodcourt premises at rear of Burger King outlet
Outcome: sold with vacant possession for $1.68 million to offshore Chinese buyer intending to establish restaurant
Agents: Quinn Ngo, Owen Ding & James Chan

Shortland St

3-13 Shortland St, unit 6C:
Features: 30m2 retail unit on ground floor of ex-South British Insurance building, leased to Flight Centre for 6 years from May 2014
Rent: $70,000/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $1.4 million at a 5% yield to offshore Chinese investor
Agents: James Chan & Matt Lee

Leases:

Uptown

10 Turner St (pictured):
Features: 1361m2 standalone 2-level office building, 27 basement parking spaces, leased for 6 years to education tenant
Rent: $300,000/year net + gst
Agents: Nicolas Ching & Beterly Pan

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Princes Wharf, 139 Quay St, unit 1A:
Features: 151m2 ground-floor retail premises, leased to icecream retailer for 10 years from December, with one 10-year right of renewal, 2-yearly reviews to market
Rent: $235,000/year net + gst
Agent: Sarah Boles

Attribution: Agency release.

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Leasehold Vibe unit sells

A leasehold unit in the Vibe apartments (pictured) on the Viaduct was sold at Ray White City Apartments’ auction today and a unit in the Quadrant was passed in.

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Learning Quarter

Quadrant, 10 Waterloo Quadrant, unit 402:
Features: 63m², 2 bedrooms, 10m² balcony, secure parking space on separate title
Outgoings: rates $1629/year including gst; body corp levy for unit $7083/year, for parking $1197/year
Income assessment: $620-680/week furnished
Outcome: bid at $570,000, vendor bid at $600,000, passed in
Agents: Damian Piggin & Daniel Horrobin

Waterfront

Vibe, 16 Market Place, unit 2F:
Features: leasehold, next rental review 31 December 2018, 35m², one bedroom, deck
Outgoings: rates $1227/year including gst; body corp levy $8854/year including ground rent of $4355/year
Income assessment: $420/week, fixed until March; appraisal $450-460/week unfurnished
Outcome: sold for $135,500
Agents: May Ma & Mark Li

Attribution: Auction.

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