Neighbors are now concerned about the appearance of the house with grime on its walls and neglected garden. Photo / Hayden Woodward
A glamorous Auckland home that once belonged to Sir John Key appears to be neglected and uninhabited. Neighbors fear this will damage the “vibe” of one of the city’s poshest streets.
Former Prime Minister Sir John and his wife Bronagh sold the Parnell Mansion for $ 23.5 million in 2017 to a buyer apparently outside of China, but neighbors said they had not seen anyone move in since the sale.
Now dirt has appeared on the once immaculately maintained walls of the house, the garden is neglected, and fall leaves are piling up against the front doors.
Neighbors wondered why a buyer would pay a fortune for one of New Zealand’s most famous homes to apparently never visit and maintain the place.
A local resident said she wanted to send her son to trim the edge and tidy up the fence.
Another said he was concerned about the condition of the ghost house.
“We don’t want the best house on the street to go backwards, it’s a bad example for everyone,” the man said.
“He doesn’t even cut the small front lawn.”
The mega mansion became one of New Zealand’s most recognizable homes during Key’s tenure as Prime Minister.
It has not only served as a setting for political meetings, but has also become a backdrop on social media.
The sparkling pool, in particular, became instantly recognizable as the backdrop to her famous father’s many video blogs, video clips and viral photos.
After resigning as prime minister, Key said he would sell the five-bedroom house.
This led to the sale of the 763 m² house and its 1752 m² lot for $ 23.5 million in 2017.
Although the house was sold in 2017, the deal was not officially concluded until 2019.
A few months later, New Zealand went into lockdown and closed its borders to everyone except Kiwi citizens and residents as Covid-19 swept the world.
None of the neighbors the Herald polled on Sunday had seen the new buyer since the purchase.
“I walk by this door at least three times a week with my dog,” one said.
“And I still watch because I used to see John there quite often and say ‘hello’.”
“So I’m concerned about what’s going on. “
He said the sale caught the attention of residents from top to bottom.
“I’ve always been interested in it, everyone did when they heard the award,” he said.
“And I thought, ‘Well, what’s going to happen? “- but nothing happened.”
He said he had heard that a number of homes in the area were owned by foreign buyers.
“There are some very wealthy people who come here for two or three weeks a year and think ‘this is wonderful’ and go back,” he said.
Another neighbor called the condition of the garden and the exterior of the house “sheer neglect”.
She worked as a gardener and said it was sad to see the condition of the house garden, especially compared to how the Keys had preserved it.
“It’s unfortunate to see a neglected property, whether here or in any neighborhood,” she said.
“And presumably, if no one takes care of the interior of the house, then he is neglected as well.”
Other neighbors said they didn’t notice the condition of the house, and one said he didn’t see what the problem was because any buyer was free to do what. he wanted with his property.
The Herald on Sunday was unable to reach the new buyer for comment after numerous unanswered visits.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-12 17:00:00