A New Zealand property is expected to sell for as much as $6m, despite the fact that it will most probably end up getting demolished.
Indeed, the Barfoot & Thompson listing for the Auckland house calls it “an opportunity to build your dream home in a unique and spectacular location.”
The colourful mansion was designed by the parents of the current owners. Built in the 1980s, it offers a number of unique features, including its very own indoor rainforest! Palm trees and other tropical plants grow throughout the house, and there is even a separate tiki hut.
“You walk in through the front door and it's essentially like walking into a jungle, which is possibly not everyone's cup of tea,” real estate agent Angus Campbell told Stuff.
While this might be the case, the property still has a lot going for it. The suburb of Westmere is a much sought after location and the house itself is nicely spacious with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a double garage.
The decor is surprisingly tame for a house with its own internal rainforest. Warm colours pervade throughout, with the abundant greenery creating a natural tranquillity that you might struggle to find elsewhere.
Unfortunately, its design has failed to meet a number of council regulations.
“What you're buying is really the section,” Campbell continued.
“The most likely scenario is that the original house will get bowled to build someone else's dream home.”
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