Listed castle locked out, with video of guest arriving by helicopter and Bentley
Listing a luxury property in Waikato during the level 4 lockdown is not considered an inconvenience for agents marketing this castle residence in Tamahere.
Jason Eves of Oliver Road Luxury & Lifestyle, a firm specializing in the sale of high-end properties in the Bay of Plenty, says if last year’s foreclosure were to happen, there would be a “condensation” of interest in Le Chateau Moderne once containment is over.
âA lot of our buyers are from Auckland,â says Eves. âThey are spending a lot of time in front of Trade Me during the lockdown and will be ready to move. We have already had requests [since listing last Friday].
âWe have also had several conversations with a man in Australia who is considering returning to New Zealand to spend the next part of his retirement here. People are interested in the fact that this is a dual residence property. There is a separate two bedroom apartment attached, designed to allow full independence from the chateau, which could be used by the family or ‘help’.
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Video marketing raises the bar for salespeople. He has a helicopter bringing a guest (or partner) to the castle. The owner goes to the airfield in his Bentley, greets the woman with a kiss on the lips, opens the car door for her and drives her home. We see the couple sit down for a game of chess and we walk around the bedrooms and bathrooms. Later we see a roaring fire in the living room and the couple are making a cup of tea in the kitchen.
They can be owners or actors, but for a marketing video, it’s a difficult act to follow. It showcases the grandeur of the four-bedroom residence, which the listing says is designed to showcase a “well-off lifestyle.”
âYour au pair, housekeeper, chef or personal assistant will feel as privileged as you to reside in this special property.â
Special features of the 341-square-meter house (plus 91 square meters in the apartment) include the 300-year-old front door from France, a Capo de Monte chandelier from Italy, and ornate fixtures and fittings in keeping with the castle-style architecture.
There is a Falcon dual fuel stove in the kitchen and traditional style painted wood cabinetry, with an extra long island. Another key feature is the ornate French fireplace surrounds.
Eves says the owners have businesses and residences in other locations. “This property is surplus to needs, so they move on.”
The 6,913 square meter property is being offered for sale at a price of $ 3.85 million.