Beckenridge house sells under hammer


Missing man John Beckenridge’s Queenstown home has sold under the hammer.

The sprawling 271sq m three-bedroom house, on a 3064sq m section in Lake Hayes Estate, had a rateable value of $700,000 and was expected to go for much more.

Hoamz agent Brendan Quill confirmed the property sold for $860,000 – and it was sold as is where is.

It was owned by the Ozprey Trust, of which Beckenridge and his friend Ulf Roger Henricson are trustees.

Proceeds of the sale are expected to remain in trust until Beckenridge’s disappearance is resolved.

It is more than a year since 64-year-old Beckenridge disappeared with his 11-year-old stepson, Mike Zhao-Beckenridge.

Beckenridge split with Mike’s mother in 2013. 

Mike lived with his stepfather in the Queenstown house for about a year before Beckenridge lost a custody battle.

He then moved in with his mother, Fiona [Fengjuan] Lu, in Invercargill.

Beckenridge picked Mike up from Invercargill’s James Hargest College at lunchtime on March 13, 2015, breaking a Family Court parenting order.

Eight days later, Beckenridge’s car was found at the bottom an 88m cliff near Curio Bay.

There was no sign of the pair.