The seven-bedroom clifftop mansion in Auckland's upmarket Paritai Drive developed by former Hanover Finance director Mark Hotchin has been sold to China-born businessman Deyi Shi for $39 million.
The sale, which was flagged in July by Fairfax Media, was confirmed by agent Graham Wall, of Graham Wall Real Estate.
The sale price was nearly double the most recent council valuation of $22m on the property.
Wall, who marketed the property internationally, said he sold a lot of expensive property. Such homes were not subject to ordinary market conditions.
"Unique assets create their own market. It's the best house ever built in New Zealand, I think, and so it was not a hard sell."
Wall said he was unable to comment on whether a caveat placed on the property's title by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) had been a hurdle in the sale process.
It is uncertain how much of any sale proceeds from the Paritai Drive property would flow back to the Hotchin family or their related trusts.
As well as the FMA caveat on its title, ASAP Finance, a company specialising in development funding, had a first mortgage on the property securing up to $6.31m plus interest.
Shi's Oravida Group specialises in exporting New Zealand food, including dairy products, seafood and honey, to China.
Oravida is also an investor in New Zealand and owns the landmark former Ports of Auckland building in downtown Auckland and a 5 per cent stake in NZX-listed honey products company Comvita.
Oravida's website has photos of Shi playing golf with Prime Minister John Key and the company has been listed as a major donor to the National Party.
Oravida said Shi was overseas and not available for comment. It was not known when he would return.
"At the moment I have no knowledge. He travels quite a bit," an Oravida receptionist said.
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