Peter Jackson's haunted house for sale (+pics)

Last updated 07:38 19/05/2008
NEO-GEORGIAN SPLENDOUR: Waikanae's Richmond Hall is a 493 square metre, five-bedroom home on a 2043 square metre section.
CLAIM TO FAME: Richmond Hall featured in Peter Jackson's 1996 film The Frighteners.
FORMAL LIVING: Interest has been mainly from overseas.
GRAND ENTRANCE: The marble-floored foyer and rimu staircase.
MOVING ON: Owner Jill Phillips and husband Noel have decided to move to Te Horo.

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A Kapiti property with a spooky cinematic history is up for sale and drawing interest from here and abroad.

The neo-Georgian grandeur of Richmond Hall in Waikanae was used as a location for Peter Jackson's 1996 film The Frighteners, starring Michael J Fox and featuring a ghost sweeping down the house's staircase.

The 493 square metre, five- bedroom home built in 1982, was designed to authentic Georgian proportions and dimensions, and sits on a 2043 square metre section adjoining farmland in Richmond Ave.

Despite a softening market, offers are expected to sweep past the $680,000 government valuation when tenders close on Thursday.

Real estate agent Della Randall said the property had attracted overseas interest.

"It is in the upper tier of house prices; we expect it will sell well above the GV," she said.

"We have found the upper-tier market quite buoyant compared with the mid-market. People in the upper bracket are not adversely affected by market conditions."

The large house features a marble-floored foyer leading to a sweeping rimu staircase, a music- media room, formal living and dining rooms, a library-gallery, three-metre high plaster ceilings, chandeliers, a gym, a cellar and a five-car garage.

"We were never expecting queues of people, but it has attracted a handful, mainly from offshore; people used to more formal living," Ms Randall said.

"The previous owners have all been couples. Even though it is a huge house it still has a nice feeling of intimacy for couples."

The sellers, Noel and Jill Phillips, said they had loved living in the house.

Mrs Phillips said she and her husband had enjoyed some excellent parties in the house over the past decade but they had decided to move to Te Horo, where they had bought a property and planned to build a new home.

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