Archive | Eden Terrace

2 sales out of 9 auctioned as views diverge on apartment & unit market direction

2 of the 6 cbd apartments and none of the 3 suburban units auctioned at Barfoot & Thompson yesterday sold under the hammer.

The wide margin between the top bids and subsequent pricing of unsold units indicates the divergence between vendor aspirations and the direction buyers think the market is moving in.

CBD

Albert St

Manhattan, 105 Albert St, unit 11A:
Features: 80m², 2 bedrooms
Outgoings: rates $1544/year including gst; body corp levy $8035/year
Outcome: sold for $525,000
Agent: Aaron Cook

CBD east

The Beach, 85 Beach Rd, unit 506:
Features: 49m², one bedroom, balcony
Outgoings: body corp levy $3667/year
Income assessment: $460/week fixed until September
Outcome: passed in at $350,000, back on market at $479,000
Agents: Bett Shao & Rico Zhao

Learning Quarter

Silo, 23 Emily Place, unit 4L:
Features: 2-bedroom loft, secure parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $829/year
Outcome: passed in at $500,000, back on market at $699,000
Agents: Stephen & Leo Shin

Uptown

Urba, 5 Howe St, unit 603:
Features: 55m² including balcony, 2 bedrooms
Outcome: passed in at $450,000, back on market at $625,000
Agent: Stephen Chang

Victoria Quarter

Heritage Farmers, 35 Hobson St, unit 628:
Features: 32m² air-conditioned studio
Outgoings: body corp levy $1833/year
Outcome: sold for $255,000
Agent: Livia Li

Imperial Gardens, 135 Hobson St, unit 218:
Features: 2 bedrooms, storage locker, parking space
Outcome: auction postponed until 29 June
Agents: Wendy Feng & Jack Li

Isthmus east

Onehunga

97J Mays Rd:
Features: 2-bedroom unit, garage
Outcome: withdrawn from auction
Agents: Paula Boontueng & Young Kim

Isthmus west

Eden Terrace

Fleetwood, 19 Fleet St, unit C6:
Features: 95m², 2 bedrooms, separate dining & living spaces, deck, storage unit, covered parking space, post-remediation code compliance certificate issued April 2016
Outgoings: body corp levy $3982/year
Outcome: passed in at $650,000, back on market at $719,000
Agents: Zoran Farac & Stephen Shin

Mt Albert

51 Seaview Terrace:
Features: cross-lease, quarter share in 1195m², 60m² one-bedroom unit, deck, carport
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Samantha Chaudhry & Leo Perera

Sandringham

22 Coyle St, unit 3:
Features: 2-bedroom unit, garage
Outgoings: body corp levy $789/year
Outcome: passed in at $825,000
Agent: Helen Lam

North-west

Glendene

33 Butterworth Drive, unit 1:
Features: cross-lease, half share in 616m², 2-bedroom unit, study, garage
Outcome: no bid
Agent: Tristan Young

Attribution: Auctions.

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2 apartments sell at City Sales auction

An apartment in The Peaks on Victoria St (pictured) was sold under the hammer at City Sales today, and one in the Harvard on Hobson St was sold shortly after the auction. An Eden Terrace unit was passed in.

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Victoria Quarter

Harvard, 147 Hobson St, unit 3I:
Features: 37m², 2 bedrooms
Outgoings: rates $1101/year including gst; body corp levy $4003/year
Outcome: passed in at $342,500, sold shortly after auction for $345,000
Agents: Habeeb Urrahman & Steve Kirk

The Peaks, 117 Victoria St West, unit 5B:
Features: 145m², 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, wraparound deck, storage locker, parking space
Outgoings: rates $2292/year including gst; body corp levy $7153/year
Outcome: sold for $1.14 million
Agent: Iona Rodrigues

Isthmus west

Eden Terrace

Virginia, 43 Virginia Avenue East, unit 203:
Features: 48m², 2 bedrooms, deck, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1232/year including gst; body corp levy $4458/year
Income assessment: $475-500/week
Outcome: passed in at $460,000
Agent: Trisha Shanaghan

Attribution: Auction.

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Heritage Grand & Citta units sell

A Heritage Grand Tower studio was sold under the hammer at City Sales’ auction yesterday, and a Citta studio (building pictured) with parking space was sold before the auction for $48,000 more than it went for in December.

A large unit in The Mews on Basque Rd, Eden Terrace,with remediation work almost complete, was passed in, and 2 leasehold units in Q Central, at the top of Queen St, were also passed in.

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Uptown

Q Central, 26 Liverpool St, unit 2B:
Features: leasehold, 65m², 2 bedrooms, deck, tandem lockup garage
Outgoings: rates $1341/year including gst; body corp levy $3642/year, ground rent $6893/year
Outcome: passed in at $135,000
Agents: Maryanne Wong

Q Central, 34 Liverpool St, unit 6B:
Features: leasehold, 70m², 2 bedrooms, deck, storage locker, 2 parking spaces
Outgoings: rates $1341/year including gst; body corp levy $4907/year, ground rent $8808
Income assessment: $600-650/week
Outcome: passed in at $120,000
Agents: Kristine Snore

Victoria Quarter

Heritage Grand Tower, 22 Nelson St, unit 315:
Features: 37m² studio including deck
Outgoings: rates $1063/year including gst; body corp levy $3734/year
Outcome: sold for $268,000
Agents: Iona Rodrigues

Isthmus east

Grafton

Citta, 186 Symonds St, unit 302:
Features: 36m² studio, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1093/year including gst; body corp levy $3143/year
Outcome: sold in December for $320,000, sold prior for $368,000
Agents: Steve Kirk & Habeeb Urrahman

Isthmus west

Eden Terrace

The Mews, 8 Basque Rd, unit 7/4C:
Features: 122m² including deck, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, tandem parking; remediation project almost completed, final repair costs not yet known, code compliance certificate still to be issued
Outgoings: rates $1030/year including gst; body corp levy $5126/year
Outcome: passed in at $790,000
Agents: Trisha Shanaghan

Attribution: Auction.

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5 intensive residentials & 2 warehouses sell at Barfoots

Barfoot & Thompson sold 5 intensive residential properties – apartments, townhouses, suburban units, cross-leases – at its city auctions on Wednesday-Thursday, leaving 9 unsold, and sold both commercial properties on offer.

After some long silences during the residential auction yesterday, one of the warehouses was brought back and sold after some spirited bidding. The other warehouse was sold shortly after auction.

Apartments

CBD

Queen St

Queen’s Residences, 8 Airedale St, unit 1104:
Features: one-bedroom apartment, study, balcony
Outgoings: body corp levy $1858/year
Outcome: sold for $470,000 at auction brought forward
Agents: Simon Cai & Terry Kim

Uptown

Amora, 100 Greys Avenue, unit 7D:
Features: one-bedroom apartment, management contracted to the hotel until 2020, hotel pays body corporate & council levies, annual CPI increases for income
Outgoings (paid by hotel): body corp levy $4531/year + one-off $1628 special levy to install common area air-conditioning
Income assessment: exceeding $9800/year + gst
Outcome: sold for $215,000
Agents: Mike Campbell

Victoria Quarter

Harbour Green, 11 Union St, unit 1110:
Features: refurbished 2-bedroom apartment, balcony, carport
Outgoings: rates $1316/year including gst; body corp levy $5185/year
Income assessment: $520-540/week
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Selina Zheng

SugarTree, 27 Union St, unit 809:
Features: 2-bedroom apartment, 2 bathrooms, study, 2 balconies, storage locker, parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $6999/year
Outcome: passed in at $870,000, back on market at $890,000
Agents: Livia Li & Alan Guo

Isthmus east

Epsom

1 Epsom Avenue, unit 1:
Features: cross-lease, 1/10 share in 1438m², 3-bedroom unit, balcony, carport
Outcome: no bid, back on market at $765,000
Agents: George Fong & Paul Sun

614C Manukau Rd:
Features: cross-lease, 1/4 share in 800m², 3 levels, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 living areas, double internal-access garage
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Diana & Peter West

Mission Bay

Garden Court, 105 Tamaki Drive, unit 12:
Features: 2-bedroom apartment, parking space; the asset offered was 6500 shares in Garden Court Flats Ltd & the right to vacant possession of this flat
Outcome: passed in at $1 million
Agents: Andy Dye

Parnell

Farnham Terraces, 8 Farnham St, unit 2A:
Features: 140m², 2-bedroom terrace, 2 bathrooms, storage locker, tandem parking
Outgoings: body corp levy $6278/year
Outcome: passed in at $931,000
Agents: Selina Zheng & Jason Li

Royal Oak

16 Beckenham Avenue, unit 1:
Features: cross-lease, half share in 817m², 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, internal-access garage
Outcome: sold for $1.301 million
Agents: Leonie Stabler & Di Lynds

St Johns

23 Strong St, unit 1:
Features: cross-lease, quarter share in 622m², 2-bedroom unit, deck, parking space
Outcome: passed in, back on market at $610,000
Agents: Cristina Casares & Jacqui Freeman

Isthmus west

Eden Terrace

10 Flower St, unit 105:
Features: 2-bedroom apartment, parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $3912/year
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Jason Buckwell

Herne Bay

37 Sentinel Rd, unit 2:
Features: cross-lease, 1/3 share in 1442m², 3-bedroom freestanding townhouse, 2 bathrooms, attic, double garage
Outcome: sold for $1.56 million
Agents: Jack Atherton & Sherryl Jones

Mt Albert

21 Burch St, unit 6:
Features: 86m², 2-bedroom unit, balcony, garage
Outgoings: body corp levy $1040/year
Outcome: sold for $795,000
Agents: Lisa Redgrove & George Damiris

Mt Eden

69 View Rd, unit 4:
Features: cross-lease, 1/6 share in 769m², 2-bedroom apartment, offstreet parking
Outcome: passed in, back on market at $745,000
Income assessment: $540/week current
Agents: Frank Excell & Ketiesha Elliott

Commercial

Isthmus east

Onehunga

154 Captain Springs Rd:
Features: 1793m² site, 1321m² warehouse with small office, 300m² front yard, 250m from Te Papapa Station
Rent: $122,000/year net + gst + outgoings on monthly arrangement
Outcome: passed in at $2.275 million, sold for $2.476 million after further negotiation
Agents: James Marshall & Nick Wilson

Penrose

922 Great South Rd:
Features: vacant 1163m² site, 482m² warehouse, showroom & office, 450m² yard, 21 parking spaces
Outcome: passed in with no bid, sold for $1.302 million after auction reopened
Agents: Nick Wilson & James Marshall

Attribution: Auctions.

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Sales start to flow post-auction

City Sales had an unsuccessful hour in the auctionroom on Wednesday as all 6 apartments were passed in, but by the end of the afternoon had 2 sold conditionally and offers had been made on 2 more.

The 2 conditional sales were at the Zest on Nelson St and The Point on the Viaduct Basin.

The Point unit was taken to market by the receiver & manager of owner Glenys Treweek’s affairs, Tom Rodewald of Tauranga, appointed on 30 March. The apartment has 3 mortgages over it, 2 registered last year and the third registered on Monday to the owner of another unit in the building.

Ms Treweek was crowned Miss New Zealand in 1970, and in recent years was involved in property investment & the thoroughbred industry. Her partner, longtime property investor & stud owner Michael Tololi, was bankrupt from 2010-13 after creditors turned down his debt-compromise offer of $300,000 to have been paid over time on $40.3 million of debt. Ms Treweek was a director of Karaka companies Karaka Group Ltd, Stony Bridge Thoroughbreds Ltd & Twin Pines Thoroughbreds Ltd.

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Quay Park

Grand Central, 26 Te Taou Crescent, unit 109:
Features: leasehold, 34m², 2 bedrooms
Outgoings: rates $1101/year including gst; body corp levy $11,652/year including ground rent
Income assessment: $385/week current
Outcome: passed in at $49,000 (excluding gst)
Agents: Tom Faye

Uptown

Hereford Residences, 8-15 Hereford St, unit 11D:
Features: 84m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, parking available from developer at $80,000/space
Income assessment: $750-800/week
Outcome: passed in at $825,000
Agents: Tom Faye & Anna Birkenhead

Victoria Quarter

Zest, 72 Nelson St, unit 228:
Features: 32m², 2 bedrooms, deck
Outgoings: rates $1037/year including gst; body corp levy $3197/year
Income assessment: $450-500/week
Outcome: passed in at $307,000, sold conditionally post-auction, price confidential
Agents: Steve Kirk & Habeeb Urrahman

Waterfront

The Point, 121 Customs St, unit 415:
Features: leasehold, 92m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 24m² deck, 2 parking spaces
Outgoings: rates $3584/year including gst; body corp opex levy $9606/year, ground rent $14,079/year
Income assessment: $1100/week
Outcome: passed in at $910,000, sold post-auction conditional on vendor consent, price confidential
Agents: Gabrielle Hoffmann & Nicola Hunt

Isthmus west

Eden Terrace

Memphis, 11 Charlotte St, unit GI:
Features: 47m², one bedroom, deck, storage locker, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1169/year including gst; body corp levy $3153/year
Income assessment: $450-500/week
Outcome: passed in at $450,000
Agents: Steve Kirk & Habeeb Urrahman

North-west

New Lynn

10 Crown Lynn Place, unit 3L:
Features: 28m² studio; unallocated parking is available on the property
Outgoings: rates $853/year including gst; body corp levy $2320/year
Income assessment: $280/week
Outcome: passed in at $90,000
Agents: Trish Shanaghan

Attribution: Auction.

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Edinburgh Castle among 3 Bayleys sales

The refurbished Edinburgh Castle, at the top of Symonds St and the start of Eden Terrace, has been sold after a tender opened in February. Bayleys agents have also sold a mixed-use (office, retail & residential) building round the corner at the start of Mt Eden Rd and a vacant Glendene warehouse.

Image shows: The Edinburgh Castle on the Newton Rd-Symonds St corner after a complete makeover, at the centre of a widening regeneration zone that spreads from city fringe Newton & Eden Terrace and heads west along both New North & Great North Rds.

Isthmus west

Eden Terrace

215 Symonds St:
Features: 571msite on corner of Newton Rd, 150-year-old recently refurbished Edinburgh Castle Hotel, 724m2 2-level building with new 10-year lease to food & beverage and residential accommodation business
Rent: $230,000/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $3.9 million at a 5.9% yield
Agents: Alan Haydock & Damien Bullick

Mt Eden

15-19 Mt Eden Rd:
Features: 455m² site in Grammar zone, 452m² 2-level building with 2 ground-floor retail tenants & residential tenancy above, 7 onsite parking spaces to the rear
Rent: $181,220 /year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $3.3 million at a 5.49% yield
Agent: Phil Haydock

North-west

Glendene

4 Bancroft Crescent:
Features: 2187msite, 887mindustrial building – warehousing 800m2, office 87m2, 10 parking spaces
Outcome: sold with vacant possession for $1.55 million
Agents: Bill Lissington & James Hill

Attribution: Agency release.

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5 apartments sell at Bayleys auction

5 of the 8 apartments & suburban intensive units auction at Bayleys on Wednesday were sold under the hammer. Another apartment on the auction list was sold prior.

CBD

Albert St

Prince Albert, 41 Albert St, unit 4E:
Features: 121m², 2-bedroom split-level apartment, 2 bathrooms, deck, balcony
Outgoings: rates $2064/year including gst; body corp levy $13,628/year
Outcome: sold prior for $775,000
Agents: Diane Jackson & Julie Prince

Learning Quarter

Westminster Court, 5 Parliament St, unit GB:
Features: fully furnished one-bedroom character apartment, high stud, storage locker, secure parking space
Outgoings: rates $1595/year including gst; body corp levy $4021/year + special one-off levy of $1562
Outcome: sold for $770,000
Agents: Julie Prince & Diane Jackson

Uptown

Scotia Tower, 8 Scotia Place, unit 8B:
Features: fully furnished one-bedroom apartment
Outgoings: body corp levy $3286/year
Income assessment: $557/week current
Outcome: sold for $112,000
Agent: Marcus Fava

Isthmus east

Parnell

Aero, 27 Cheshire St, unit 15:
Features: m², double-glazed 2-bedroom apartment, high stud, secure basement parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $5203/year
Outcome: passed in
Agent: Chris Reeves

Remuera

721 Remuera Rd:
Features: cross-lease, 1/7 share in 1447m², 3-bedroom duplex, double garage
Outcome: sold for $810,000
Agent: Murray Wallace

St Heliers

66 St Heliers Bay Rd, unit 1:
Features: about 190m², 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom elevated garden apartment, lift, double internal garage
Outcome: passed in
Agents: Murray Wallace & Hamish McKay

Isthmus west

Eden Terrace

2H Diamond St:
Features: refurbished 2-bedroom terrace, 2 parking spaces
Outgoings: rates $1628/year including gst; body corp levy $1931/year
Outcome: sold for $580,000
Agent: Blair Haddow

Grey Lynn

19 Surrey Crescent, unit 204:
Features: double-glazed 2-bedroom apartment, 2 bathrooms, 2 secure basement parking spaces, 2 storage lockers
Outgoings: rates $2170/year including gst; body corp levy $6239/year
Outcome: passed in
Agent: Blair Haddow

Sandringham

34 Watea Rd, unit 3:
Features: cross-lease, 1/8 share in 1227m², 2-bedroom unit, garage
Outcome: sold for $652,000
Agents: Summer Sun & Kalala Lavea

Attribution: Auction.

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2 units sell at City Sales

A unit in Forte and one of 2 leasehold apartments at Quay Park, at 8 on Quay (pictured), were sold under the hammer at City Sales’ auction yesterday. Auction of a fourth unit in Eden Terrace was postponed.

CBD

Learning Quarter

Forte, 37 Symonds St, unit 809:
Features: 46m², 2 bedrooms, deck
Outgoings: rates $1316/year including gst; body corp levy $4087/year
Outcome: sold for $420,000
Agents: Chris Bell & Lucy Piatov

Quay Park

Scene 2, 18 Beach Rd, unit 504:
Features: leasehold, 90m², 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, deck, storage locker, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1671/year including gst; body corp levy $4509/year, ground rent $6215/year
Outcome: passed in at $210,000
Agents: Tania Toparea

8 on Quay, 8 Quay St, unit 14A:
Features: leasehold, 91m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, deck, 2 parking spaces
Outgoings: rates $1623/year including gst; body corp levy $4260/year, ground rent $9994/year with review in August 2018
Income assessment: $580/week current
Outcome: sold for $122,000
Agents: Gabrielle Hoffmann & Nicola Hunt

Isthmus west

Eden Terrace

Charlotte Mews, 40 Charlotte St, unit 1B:
Features: 88m², 2 bedrooms, 2 decks, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1564/year including gst; body corp levy $2724/year
Income assessment: $500/week current
Outcome: auction postponed
Agents: Elena Tarasova

Attribution: Auction.

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10 sell at Bayleys’ commercial auction

9 properties were sold under the hammer and one post-auction of the 17 in Bayleys’ commercial auction yesterday. Another 3 were sold prior.

[Today’s report is short on some detail.]

CBD

Learning Quarter

5 Eden Crescent, units A & B:
Features: 600m² strata title, renovated, licensed karaoke bar & restaurant
Rent: $161,000/year net + gst
Outcome: passed in at $2.5 million
Agents: Oscar Kuang & Nicolas Ching

Queen St

239 Queen St, unit 1A:
Features: new 12-year lease
Rent: $150,657/year net + gst
Outcome: withdrawn from auction
Agents: Quinn Ngo & James Chan

Isthmus east

Ellerslie

38 Eaglehurst Rd, unit 7:
Features: warehouse
Outcome: declared reserve of $600,000, sold for $800,000
Agents: Andrew Wallace & Cameron Melhuish

Epsom

206 Manukau Rd:
Features: 898m² corner section,
Rent: $67,340/year holding income
Outcome: passed in at $3.55 million
Agents: Owen Ding & James Chan

Mission Bay

2 Atkin Avenue, unit 1:
Features: 374m² site zoned mixed use (up to 18m) under unitary plan, 3-bedroom unit, garage
Outcome: sold for$1.955 million
Agents: Phil Haydock & Angela Yang

Onehunga

18 George Terrace:
Features: 342m² site zoned mixed use, warehouse, office, amenities
Outcome: sold for $1.072 million
Agents: James Valintine & William Gubb

4 Newsome St:
Features: 493m², permissible height 20m
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Tony Chaudhary & James Valintine

Panmure

100 Queens Rd:
Features: town centre zone under unitary plan
Rent: $121,000/year net + gst
Outcome: passed in at $1.6 million
Agents: Mark Pittaway

Isthmus west

Eden Terrace

12 Fleet St:
Features: 336m² site
Rent: $52,260/year
Outcome: sold prior at declared reserve of $1.25 million
Agents: James Were & Scott Kirk

Mt Roskill

439 Mt Albert Rd:
Features: corner site, 4-bedroom home, internal garage, 3 commercial tenancies on ground floor
Outcome: auction postponed
Agents: Phil Haydock & Angela Yang

Ponsonby

91 College Hill:
Features: 337m² site zoned mixed use, 275m² gross floor area, 5 secure parking spaces
Outcome: sold for $2,577,500
Agents: Nigel McNeill & Meredith Graham

Sandringham

513 Sandringham Rd:
Features: retail + refurbished 3-bedroom flat
Rent: $88,060/year
Outcome: sold for $1.75 million
Agents: Scott Kirk & Damien Bullick

North-east

Northcote

44 Akoranga Drive:
Features: 946m² corner site, mixed use zone next to AUT
Outcome: sold for $2.5 million
Agents: Michael Nees & Simon Aldridge

Takapuna

6 & 6A Blomfield Spa:
Outcome: withdrawn from auction
Agents: Simon Aldridge & David Huang

Wairau Valley

170 Wairau Rd, unit 18:
Features: Hell Pizza on long-term lease
Rent: $54,000/year net + gst + outgoings
Outcome: sold for $990,000
Agents: Paul Dixon & Tony Chaudhary

North-west

Glendene

3 Bancroft Crescent:
Features: 3584m² site, long-term tenant, 6-year lease term with renewal rights
Rent: $225,000/year net + gst
Outcome: passed in at $2.775 million
Agents: Dave Stanley & Stuart Bode

New Lynn

3019 Great North Rd & 2 Bentinck St:
Features: 1459m² corner site in 2 titles, vacant possession
Outcome: passed in at $1.625 million at $1114/m²
Agents: Mike Adams & Scott Kirk

South

Botany Downs

286 Cascades Rd:
Features: 7493m² site opposite Pakuranga golfcourse, 70m frontage to Cascades Rd
Outcome: sold for $6.1 million
Agents: Dave Stanley & Graeme Sun

Botany South

Bishopsgate business centre, 2 Bishop Dunn Place, unit 32:
Features: 134m² first-floor office, storage, 2 parking spaces
Outcome: sold for $465,000
Agents: Geoff Wyatt & Dave Stanley

Takanini

292 Great South Rd:
Features: 2209m² site, standalone office & warehouse building anchored by long-term office lease + 2 warehouse tenants
Rent: $152,592/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $2.68 million
Agents: Sunil Bhana & Peter Migounoff

South of the Bombays

Gisborne

412 Gladstone Rd:
Features: 670m² store, seismic rating 100% new building standard, 6-year lease term
Rent: $122,569/year
Outcome: passed in at $1.5 million, sold post-auction for $1.52 million at an 8% yield
Agents: Paul Garland & Colin McNab

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.

CBD

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

Waterfront

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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