Paying $95 in rent to be a neighbour to Lorde

Anita Jones said she hadn't yet seen her neighbour Lorde coming in or out of the house.
David M. Benett

Anita Jones said she hadn't yet seen her neighbour Lorde coming in or out of the house.

One of the country's ten most expensive state houses is worth almost $2 million and is a neighbour to Lorde's new Ponsonby home. 

The four-bedroom villa owned by Housing New Zealand sits on a quiet street on the border of Herne Bay, Ponsonby and Grey Lynn, has a book value of $1.96 million, and is rented for $95 per week.

Tenant Anita Jones said she hadn't been aware of the star's close proximity but thought it was "awesome" news. 

She said Lorde's house appeared to host parties every now and then with guests coming in and out through a pin-code activated gate. 

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"I can hear them playing music and having fun."

"I doubt I would be invited over any time soon - not with the racket that goes on at my place with the kids."

Jones said she didn't know much of Lorde's music but she was a fan of "Royals". 

The 31-year-old single mother had moved into the house earlier this year with her four children, three of whom go to school in the area.

She planned to send them to Western Springs College when they reached high-school age. 

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Currently she was a stay-at-home mum. 

The house is the sixth most expensive house of Housing New Zealand's stock. 

The ten priciest state houses are all in Auckland and are worth a whopping $20.92 million combined, according to Housing New Zealand figures. 

Ella Yelich-O'Connor, more commonly known as the artist Lorde, paid $2.84m for the house on Jones' street in a debt-free purchase in August 2015.

The weatherboard villa was built in the early 1900s, and sits on 450 square metres. 

Ella, both her parents, and a trustee are listed as owners of the house. 

Jones said she felt "pretty privileged" to have secured a flat in an area where house prices were skyrocketing. 

She had previously lived with her children in a boarding house in Massey, where she moved after leaving another state house. 

The Ponsonby villa - where she paid $95 weekly in rent - was the best place she had ever lived, she said. 

"I like being here, people are really nice and there's a really big community focus."

Despite the postcode, people weren't stuck up, Jones said.

"The people down the road, they don't know me from a bar of soap but they always say hi."


1. Westmere: $2.54 million, three bedrooms, 100 square metres.

2. Remuera: $2.44 million, three bedrooms, 110 square metres.

3. Mangere East: $2.33 million, four bedrooms, 98 square metres.

4. Remuera: $1.964 million, three bedrooms, 90 square metres.

5. Remuera: $1.96 million, three bedrooms, 90 square metres.

6. Ponsonby: $1.96 million, four bedrooms, 150 square metres.

7. Ellerslie: $1.91 million, four bedrooms, 100 square metres.

8. Orakei: $1.91 million, one bedroom, 60 square metres.

9. Epsom: $1.91 million, two bedrooms, 80 square metres.

10. Orakei: $1.91 million, two bedrooms, 100 square metres.

Source: Housing New Zealand.



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