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City waterfront apartment sells for $20,000 in Auckland

City waterfront apartment sells for $20,000 in Auckland

A downtown Auckland apartment with waterfront views has sold for $20,000 – and no, you aren’t reading that wrong.

The one-bedroom apartment features a modern kitchen and bathroom, study, open plan lounge and unobscured sea views from its “huge” 13th-floor balcony north to Devonport and Rangitoto beyond.

Located in the Scene 1 Building at 2 Beach Rd, it is just a short stroll from Wynyard Quarter and Britomart in one direction and the Spark Arena in the other.

Auckland Council currently values the apartment at $550,000. It last sold in 2002 for $311,200, according to property website OneRoof.

Auctioned yesterday by the City Sales agency, the apartment attracted an opening bid of $10,000, selling agent James Mairs confirmed.

With only one bidder, the price was eventually driven up to $20,000 before selling.

The apartment is also likely to be rented out for a price up to $600 a week, City Sales managing director Martin Dunn said.

So is this the bargain of the century?

Well, City Sales had earlier advertised the apartment as “vacant and abandoned” and “Aussie owner wants it gone”.

The apartment was also only for sale as a leasehold. This comes with an annual ground rent of $6745 and a special levy of $5228, City Sales said.

A further $4417 per year would be charged for Operating Expenses along with $1575 in annual rates.

Building owners are also embroiled in a legal case. The building needs repairs but owners are unable to get clarity on the extent of the remediation work, Dunn said.

Further complicating matters is that the building does not have a traditional body corporate management structure, meaning its owners have limited power.