An Auckland Penthouse Could Be the Country's Most Expensive Home

The bi-level penthouse would stretch 1,207 square meters and would sit at the top of the under-construction 178-meter high-rise. Image credit: Sotheby's International Realty.
The bi-level penthouse would stretch 1,207 square meters and would sit at the top of the under-construction 178-meter high-rise. Image credit: Sotheby's International Realty.
27 May 2020 Auckland, New Zealand

This “super penthouse” is the crown jewel of Auckland’s latest luxury development, The Pacifica, and has just hit the market for NZ$40 million (US$23.9 million). If it sells at that price, it will likely become the most expensive recorded sale of a single-family home in New Zealand history, eclipsing a seven-bedroom Auckland mansion that sold for $39 million in 2013. 
Boasting more than 200 apartments—85 percent of which have already sold—the boutique highrise spans a lofty 584 feet (178 meters). The pièce de résistance is, of course, the 13,000 square-foot (1,207-square-meter) penthouse, which occupies the entire 53rd and 54th floors and offers 360-degree views overlooking the Waitemata harbor.

The penthouse is currently a “warm shell”—its exterior is complete but its interior is unfinished—which means the new owner can choose to either tackle the interior themselves or leave it to the building’s developer Hengyi Pacific (NZ) Ltd. If it’s the latter, the proposed floor plan sees the first floor with an open-plan dining room, living room, lounge, and kitchen, which comes with a separate butler’s kitchen, plus a conservatory, media room, office, boardroom, and library. Not to be outdone, the second floor offers five bedrooms—including a generous master suite that covers a full corner of the tower—along with a gym, sauna, and spa.

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Typically, New Zealand requires foreign buyers to obtain Overseas Investment Office approval before buying a house, but all units in the Pacifica are exempt from that restriction, Bloomberg reports.

For more on this story, go to Robb Report. 

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