Richlister buys neighbouring Herne Bay properties for 'extravagant' super mansion

RJ Holdings general manager Greg Loveridge.

RJ Holdings general manager Greg Loveridge.

An Auckland-based richlister has levelled a Herne Bay property in order to make way for a proposed $15 million super mansion. 

Property tycoon and former Black Cap cricketer, Greg Loveridge owns neighbouring properties on the prestigious Bella Vista Rd - a leafy street with views out to the Waitemata Harbour - and has been granted resource consent for "extravagant" renovations.

Property comes naturally to Loveridge - the general manager and director of Robert Jones Holdings, Sir Bob Jones' property company. 

An illustration of a new super mansion being built by former test cricketer Greg Loveridge adapted from a resource ...
ILLUSTRATION NEIL BOND

An illustration of a new super mansion being built by former test cricketer Greg Loveridge adapted from a resource consent application to Auckland Council.

The new property, which valuer Bill Ma of Relab says will be worth more than $15 million, will be among the most luxurious on the street.

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It will feature least eight bedrooms, a wine cellar, two garages, guest house, pool, spa and pool house.

Former NZ test cricketer Greg Loveridge who has been granted resource consent to combine the two into a super mansion.
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Former NZ test cricketer Greg Loveridge who has been granted resource consent to combine the two into a super mansion.

Loveridge, who has an NBR estimated net worth of $80 million, brought a villa in Bella Visa Rd from movie star Karl Urban for $6.65 million in 2014.

He then snapped up neighbouring property for $2.81m, after it came on the market for the first time in 35 years around the same time.

Resource consent was granted to Loveridge and wife Jane by Auckland Council in May this year, to extend the existing house and demolish the 120-year-old villa make way for the mansion.

Greg Loveridge playing cricket for Central Districts.
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Greg Loveridge playing cricket for Central Districts.

Architectural historian and PhD candidate at Auckland University's School of Architecture and Planning, Paul Litterick said the resulting mansion will be the same style as the existing house - but much more extravagant.

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"What the Loveridges [currently] have is a big house on a small site.

"Bowling (one house) and rebuilding according to the plan will give them a driveway, two more lawns, a family room, garage, wine cellar and a small guest house."

Both sections are owned by former NZ test cricketer Greg Loveridge who has been granted resource consent to combine the ...
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Both sections are owned by former NZ test cricketer Greg Loveridge who has been granted resource consent to combine the two into a super mansion.

The plans show a new garage on the ground floor, which will be accessible from a new driveway, with a wine cellar behind it and family room above.

Above that, a new family room extinction, or pavilion, will be distinct from but attached to the main house and will have windows on three sides and is surrounded by decking.

The decking will lead out onto lawns before hitting the spa and pool area, with the existing pool house remaining intact through the renovations.

The next big structure to go in will help the Loveridges keep their guests at a distance, says Litterick.

A stand-alone guest house is planned for the back of the property, and comes complete with attached en suite bathroom and laundry.

Litterick says the design will look much like the existing home.

"The planning decision says 'the build form and external materials and finishes...will match or complement those of the existing dwelling,' while the guest house will have 'similar materiality and proportional design to the original dwelling and subsequent extensions'."

Meaning, in short, it will all be weatherboard.

"It is not very exciting. The Loveridges already have a garage. Now they will have two ... (and) they will have another room from which they can look down on their new lawns.

"The architects, Sumich Chaplin, specialise in big houses for rich people, who can choose between contemporary and traditional styles. The Loveridges will have the latter, so as not to frighten the neighbours."

The new mansion is valued at more than $15 million, well above the medium property value for the Herne Bay area - which is $2.1m according to Relab's September estimates.

Ma made his valuation based on the house size of 694m2 - combining the section values and property developments.

And Loveridge is not stopping there either. 

Loveridge has also bought a flash pad over on Waiheke Island's Cowes Bay for a cool $2.7m and is doing that up as well.

He's applied for a resource consent to build a new swimming pool.

According to real estate data from Bayleys, the house sits on the tip of the property looking into both Cowes and Arran Bay, with magnificent views through to Coromandel and directly over Ponui Island.

Attempts to contact Loveridge were unsuccessful, his assistant saying he was away and unavailable to comment at the moment.

 - Sunday Star Times

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