With 1200 square metres of floor space, it’s probably Queenstown’s biggest house – six times the size of an ordinary family home.
A huge mansion is about to be built high up on Queenstown Hill, with construction being handled by new local consultancy Trinity Development Alliance.
The new home will be 200sq m larger than Sir Eion and Lady Jan Edgar’s 2003 regional House of the Year in
Kelvin Heights, Trinity’s partners say, by way of comparison.
It will also be 250sq m larger than the neighbouring former home of Aussie developer Glen Carless.
The “who owns it?” question is discreetly fielded by Trinity partner Wayne Foley.
“It’s an Australian family who absolutely love everything about Queenstown,” he says.
“I think they’ll probably spend half their year here and half their year in Australia.”
And the “how much” question?
“We expect the budget will be in the vicinity of $6 million,” Foley says matter-of-factly.
The 1200sq m of floor space is primarily over two levels, with a substantial garage/basement area below.
With its five-metre-high ceiling, the garage could house a large launch – or a double-decker bus – with room to spare.
The home itself is fairly conventionally designed, Foley says – just super-sized.
“It’s not much different in terms of specification from a house a third the size – except everything’s much bigger.”
Inside are five bedrooms, five bathrooms and four family rooms, including a stunning two-level library, while the outside will be mostly local stone and timber, he says.
About 40 per cent of the site will be in landscaped gardens – the largest in town other than Queenstown Gardens, Foley claims.
Fourteen weeks of earthworks have just been completed, with foundations due to start next month – it’s an 18-month project all up, he estimates.
The project team echoes that of the $36m Commonage Villas nearby, which Foley co-developed.
His Trinity partners Shane Muir and Roy van Leeuwen are handling building and quantity surveying respectively,
and there’s the same architect in Francis Whittaker of Mason & Wales plus the same interiors expert – Foley’s wife Julia.
Launching Trinity in Mountain Scene just four months ago, Foley gave a strong hint of what is now unfolding.
“While a lot of large projects have dried up, what’s taken their place is a lot of very high-end premium residential homes,” he said.
“They’re being built as people’s own residences.
“They’re not being built for resale and profit,” he added.