The Emily on Emily Place.

Emily apartment sells, vendor bids prompt value questions on others at auction

An apartment in the Emily, just off Customs St East in downtown Auckland, was sold at Ray White City Apartments’ auction today. 3 others were passed in and the auction of another was postponed a week.

The auction opened with no bid on the first property up, in Nugent Rise, Mt Eden, followed by an auctioneer’s vendor bid putting the value at close to $10,000/m².

The one unit that was sold, in the Emily, went for just under $7400/m². The grand old building (pictured above) was converted from a warehouse to apartments 45 years ago.

At the Amora apartments hotel, at the top of Vincent St, a vacant studio had a lot of price tags put on it this month. The one offer at auction was about $10,000/m² for the internal space, excluding parking, but it was back on the market post-auction at about $11,000/m² internal.

At Nugent Rise in Mt Eden, the auctioneer’s indicator worked out at about $9250/m² internal, or about $1000/m² less if the loggia (internal balcony) is counted as internal space.

All these price variables can occur for a lot of reasons – age, condition (especially remediation & its potential cost), the price of parking, and the gap between new stock & established buildings.

In the decline of the market after the global financial crisis 7-10 years ago, the slide in prices was across the board. At the moment, reasons for price movement are less clear – the availability of finance, exit of Asian buyers and uncertainty about international politics & economics are harder reasons to put precise counts on.


Learning Quarter

Emily Apartments, 22 Emily Place, unit 5D:
Features: 71m², 2 bedrooms, the building has remediation issues
Outgoings: rates $1711/year including gst; body corp levy $8523/year including gst
Outcome: sold for $525,000 at $7394/m²
Agent: Gillian Gibson


Q Central, 11B City Rd, unit 7D:
Features: leasehold, 62m², 2-level 2-bedroom apartment, 2 parking spaces
Income assessment: $575/week current
Outcome: auction postponed to next Thursday, 6 December
Agent: Josh Muriwai

Amora, 100 Greys Avenue, unit 811 (8K):
Features: vacant 36m² studio + 3m² balcony, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1304/year including gst; body corp levy $6526/year including gst
Outcome: bid at $350,000, vendor bid at $400,000, passed in; the unit was bought by the vendor at the end of August for $390,000, was marketed this month with a price tag of $485,000 and was back on the market post-auction at $469,000
Agent: Damian Piggin

Isthmus west

Mt Eden

Mountview, 43 Mary St:
Features: 120m², 3-level 2-bedroom terrace, tandem parking; reclad completed in 2016 & new code compliance certificate issued
Outgoings: rates $2018/year including gst; body corp levy $2973/year including gst
Outcome: passed in at $670,000
Agent: Casey Chen

Nugent Rise, 6A Nugent St, unit 107:
Features: 67m² + 8m² loggia, one bedroom, study, parking space, storage locker
Outgoings: body corp levy $2932/year including gst, $195/year for parking
Outcome: no bid; vendor bid of $700,000 placed to indicate the minimum for a multi-offer backup sale process
Agent: Casey Chen

Attribution: Auction.

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