The house where New Zealand-based entrepreneur Kim Dotcom held some epic parties – and was also arrested – is up for sale.
The incredible mansion in Coatesville, north west of Auckland, which the internet mogul has rented since 2010 is on the market with suggestions it could sell for up to $NZ40-45 million ($AU37-41.8m), according to industry insiders.
The property features 2,375 square metres of living space, spanning four levels with 12 bedrooms, including seven ensuites. The home features a grand staircase, dressing circle and Olympic-sized pool as well as a separate building which can house up to 10 cars.
Dotcom reportedly paid $1 million a year to rent the property.
“The one-of-a-kind home is grand in every way, from its commanding entrance to its most private living spaces, while the grounds provide for never-ending views, activities and development potential,” says listing agent Christina Tang of Barfoot & Thompson.
“There is something for everyone’s interests – a wine cellar, a library, a billiards room, a present wrapping room, an outdoor pool and hot pool, and tennis courts to name just a few.”
The property is most remembered for being where the Megaupload founder was arrested in January 2012 on copyright infringement charges while the file-hosting site was shut down by US law enforcement.
Over the past few years, Dotcom has hosted a number of parties at the huge mansion including the time he decided to hold an “open home” pool party after the All Blacks won against England in their third test in Hamilton last year.
He was also reportedly throwing a party for his 38th birthday before he was arrested following an armed raid at the property which saw two helicopters bring in officers to storm his home.
In December last year, a New Zealand judge ruled that Dotcom could be extradited to the US along with three of his colleagues to face the criminal charges. Dotcom moved out of the property the same month.
Tang says the property has attracted strong interest so far with a “wide appeal for those in the upper end of the market, both from NZ and internationally – and we suspect particularly from China, Europe and Russia”.
The property is currently for sale by tender and will close 4pm Thursday 21 April 2016.
Here’s a look inside.
The party mansion of internet mogul and Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is on the market. He'd leased it since 2010.
The capital value of the property is said to be $NZD23.55 million but industry insiders are suggesting the mansion will fetch between $NZD40-45 million.
The luxurious mansion was designed by Greg Noble and features 12 bedrooms, sprawling grounds and 10 parking spaces.
It is described as being 'lavish in scope and luxurious in detail' with chandeliers and floors from Italy, roof tiles and stone from China and India, balustrades from France and a walk-in wardrobe from Rome.
There's also a library, billiards room, wine cellar, present wrapping room, tennis courts, outdoor and hot pool.
The place sit on 22.635 hectares of land and also comes with its own parkland, sculptures, vineyard, lake and boathouse.
The German-Finnish entrepreneur appeared in court last December after a New Zealand judge ruled that he could be extradited to the US. He says he is officially broke after spending millions on legal fees.
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