By PHILIP CHANDLER
The price fetched at auction for a Queenstown waterfront property has blown people out of the water.
Following a bidding war at a Bayleys auction last Friday, a local buyer successfully bid $1,690,000 for 963 Frankton Road — an 837 square metre property, with a capital valuation of $1,050,000, occupied by an ‘80s holiday home.
Twenty-four bids, starting at $900,000, were placed.
‘‘We had 16 bidders in the room, and we were almost out of agents to allocate to phone bidders [around New Zealand],’’ local Bayleys sales manager Stacy Coburn says.
‘‘It’s the first time I’ve seen some real heat in our market, and there was some serious competitive bidding, which we haven’t seen for some time.’’
Frankton Rd was among nine local properties put away at the auction.
‘‘We haven’t seen the frenzy that the likes of, say, Auckland and Dunedin are seeing, but last week we just noticed, across the board, things really starting to ramp up.’’
Coburn calls the Frankton Rd property ‘‘quintessential waterfront Frankton’’.
‘‘There was a well-run campaign by ‘Team Martin’ [agents Hope and Mark Martin] but it had very strong interest right from when it first went live.
‘‘I think the lack of inventory in Queenstown, in general, especially something like that, which is relatively unique, does drive the price up, because it’s hard to replace.’’
In a ‘normal’ market, he thinks it might have fetched up to $1,350,000.
‘‘But I guess with the market we’re in, and I guess the auction process helps as well, it saw an exceptional price achieved.’’