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Some of the highest sold properties of 2018

Some of the highest sold properties of 2018


Are you in the market for a $10M home? It may be one of the best times to upgrade to a luxury home. We’ve pulled together some of the most expensive houses sold on from last year just for you if you are relocating or planning to sell.

‘Property prices have plateaued in Auckland since a peak in mid-2016 with seeing a 1.1% decrease in property values since this time last year’, – Tom Lintern, Chief Data Scientist,

With over two years of flat, if not slightly declining, property prices we are seeing a buyer’s market developing. Without the double-digit price growth of a few years ago and increasing limitations being placed on foreign buyers and property investors, buyers are more able to be patient when searching for properties. With patience, comes a longer wait period on the market for buyers to find the right home for the right price.


Sold for almost $30M

15 Cremorne Street, Herne Bay, Auckland 

Sold for much more than Herne Bay’s median HomesEstimate of $2.41M.

Sold for $14M

11 Arney Crescent, Remuera, Auckland

Sold for much more than Remuera’s median HomesEstimate of $1.72M.

Sold for more than $12M

73 Argyle Street, Herne Bay, Auckland

Sold for much more than Herne Bay’s median HomesEstimate of $2.41M

Sold for more than $11M

41 Arthur Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland

Sold for much more than Freemans median HomesEstimate of $1.15M.

Sold for almost $10.9M

42 Arney Road, Remuera, Auckland

Sold for much more than Remuera’s median HomesEstimate of $1.72M.

Sold for almost $11M

312 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland 

Sold for much more than Remuera’s median HomesEstimate of $1.72M.

Sold for almost $10M

4 Golf Road, Epsom, Auckland

Sold for much more than Epsom’s median HomesEstimate of $1.72M.

Sold for $9.6M

33 Arney Road, Remuera, Auckland

Sold for much more than Remuera’s median HomesEstimate of $1.72M.

Sold for $9.3M

141 Upland Road, Remuera, Auckland

Sold for much more than Remuera’s median HomesEstimate of $1.72M.

Sold for $9.2M

7 Glanville Terrace, Parnell, Auckland

Sold for much more than Parnell’s median HomesEstimate of $1.42M.


Creating a comfortable, stylish living room in 7 easy steps

Creating a comfortable, stylish living room in 7 easy steps


The living room is made for relaxation, family nights of fun and casual gatherings. As such, it should feature a cosy, inviting look that exudes elegance. And all it takes to create such a beautiful living room is little creativity and a few stylish ideas. So, if you’re ready to design a living room of your dreams, this is how you can do it.

Choose a warm, chic colour palette

Since your colour palette will greatly affect the entire atmosphere in your living room, it’s important that you pick one that will introduce a feeling of warmth and comfort. Going with rich neutral hues is a classic option that will give your space timeless appeal. It will also soften its look and set the mood of cosiness and intimacy. Of course, you have a range of stylish options when it comes to neutrals that will help you create a comfy living room with a modern flair. Adding occasional pops of colour will bring visual interest into your living room and create a playful environment.

Create a cosy and functional layout

Finding the perfect layout for your living room will help you enhance its comfort and functionality. If you can barely move around and everything seems cluttered, you’ll feel uncomfortable and cramped in your living space. Thus, you should find a layout that will provide you with great traffic flow and keep your space open. Placing your furniture in a semi-circle is a great way to promote family togetherness and intimacy in your living room since you’ll be able to communicate with each other easily. If you have a small living room, you should avoid pushing your furniture completely against the wall. Leaving some space between the pieces will make your room feel airier and more open.

Use your TV as the focal point

Since the living room is typically used as a family area, a TV set has become an integral part of its design. Many families enjoy organising fun movie nights or playing video games together. Therefore, your TV should be used as a focal point, but you shouldn’t let it overshadow the rest of your room. Instead, you should consider mounting your TV on a wall since this is a practical and safe solution, but bear in mind that a proper TV installation can be a tricky task and it’s not a ‘DIY’ job. Mounting your TV will free up a lot of space in your living room and enable you to accentuate the seating area when you just want to talk and connect with your family members. Most importantly, it will keep your children safe since it will be firmly mounted on a wall, so it won’t be able to topple over.

Furnish it with comfy pieces

Furniture is an essential aspect of your living room design, so you need to pick the perfect pieces. For the ultimate feeling of comfort and luxury, you should pick soft, plush furniture where you can lay back and unwind. Pieces with lush upholstery and rounded edges will also create an inviting look and inspire relaxation. Of course, you need to pick furniture pieces that will fit into the general style of your living room. Using an oversized ottoman instead of a coffee table is another great idea for cosying up to your living space.

Layer your fabrics

Introducing plenty of fabrics will create a deep, textured look in your living room. This is the perfect solution for a neutral living room because it will accentuate the texture and create an atmosphere of richness. Casually placing throw pillows and covers on your sofa will both elevate your home décor and create a cosy look in your living room. A plush area rug is another essential addition that you should welcome into your space. It will keep your feet warm and cosy while providing you with an opportunity to introduce a vivid hue or a patterned design. When it comes to window treatments, you should use lush, long drapes and let them puddle slightly on the floor. This will create an elegant, formal look that exudes richness.

Introduce plants

Embellishing your space with indoor plants is a great way to make it healthier and more enjoyable. Houseplants will energise your living room with their green hues and keep it healthy and airy by eliminating airborne toxins. In addition, they’re one of the most stylish accessories, so they’ll undoubtedly elevate your living room décor. You can use potted plants, tiny terrariums and hanging planters depending on your preferences. You can even design an indoor vertical garden, a space-saving solution for small rooms.

Use lighting for cosiness

With proper lighting, you’ll be able to set the tone of cosiness and comfort in your living room while simultaneously using fixtures as stylish accessories. It’s important that you introduce multiple sources of light for the most enjoyable atmosphere. While a chic pendant or chandelier can create a wow effect, floor and table lamps, wall sconces and other solutions can provide you with subtler lighting perfect for evening gatherings.

These lovely ideas will help you design a functional, stylish and comfy living room where you can relax and spend time with your family in an atmosphere of cosiness.

Major New Initiative to Improve New Zealand Homes

Major New Initiative to Improve New Zealand Homes

A significant new initiative to improve the nation’s homes was launched on Monday 19th of  November by the New Zealand Green Building Council.

For the very first time in New Zealand, Kiwis will be able to simply check any home to see if it is warm, safe and dry, thanks to the launch of the new project, called HomeFit.

HomeFit empowers Kiwis to find out the health of a home in two ways.

Firstly, there’s a free online check which all Kiwis can use to examine their own home or a home they’re looking to buy, sell or rent. The online check is available at and contains around 20 questions before providing a tailored report on the home, detailing how warm, safe, efficient and dry it is. And, if it isn’t, how to improve it.

Secondly, there’s an independent appraisal, carried out by a trained assessor. The assessment looks at damp, mould, insulation, heating, ventilation and other key areas and, if a home passes, it will be awarded a HomeFit stamp, showing that it is warm, dry, safe and efficient.

HomeFit is being launched by the New Zealand Green Building Council just ahead of the start of the busy season for the housing market. The Green Building Council is hoping that thousands of keen house-hunters make use of the online check during open homes and that sellers and landlords use HomeFit to make their homes healthier, and prove it with a HomeFit stamp.

Around half of New Zealand homes have visible mould. Half of New Zealand adults say they live in a cold house, and over 60 percent of Kiwis say their homes need repairs.

Cold and damp New Zealand houses have been linked to asthma, rheumatic fever and respiratory infections. The respiratory disease affects 700,000 Kiwis, is responsible for almost 80,000 hospital admissions, one-third of which are children, and costs New Zealand $6billion a year, according to the Asthma Foundation.

Any home that passes a HomeFit assessment will also have passed the requirements of recent Government legislation to improve homes, the Residential Tenancies Act. And, once the Healthy Homes Standards are confirmed, the HomeFit stamp can be used to confirm if a home passes this mandatory level too.

Andrew Eagles, chief executive of the New Zealand Green Building Council, said: “New Zealand homes aren’t good enough. All too often, they’re cold, draughty, expensive to heat, and make us, our friends and our whānau sick.

“That’s why we’ve developed HomeFit – because we believe it’s going to make our homes better. HomeFit is going to do that by empowering all Kiwis with a no-nonsense way to check the quality of a home – that it’s warm, safe and dry.

“HomeFit gives Kiwis a way to see very quickly if a home is a warm, dry, healthy place to live – and what you can do to fix it if it isn’t. By going to, you can either arrange a HomeFit assessment or do a simple online check, answering a few easy questions about the home with a few clicks on your screen.”

HomeFit has been developed over the last 18 months, in consultation with a wide range of housing and health experts, and is supported by ANZ, Bayleys, Bunnings Warehouse, Contact, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, Mitre 10, Pink Batts, Plumbing World, and Rinnai.

The New Zealand Green Building Council is a not-for-profit organisation, working to make sure that all New Zealanders are safe, healthy and happy at home, at work, wherever they are, because better buildings mean healthier, happier Kiwis.


Niall Bennett, senior communications advisor, New Zealand Green Building Council: and 0220 796116.