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Over-the-top penthouses are par for the course in places like Miami and New York. But New Zealand is entering the high-priced market with a new listing.

The Pacifica Super Penthouse in Auckland is not only the largest and tallest penthouse ever listed in the country, but it will also become New Zealand's most expensive ever sold if it fetches the $24 million asking price. The current record for an apartment is reported to be around $9 million. So, what makes this pad so special?

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“It’s uniqueness in the market,” listing agent Scarlett Wood of New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty, told Departures. “First, this is a 13,000-square-foot super penthouse on the 53rd and 54th floors. A residence like this has never been seen before in New Zealand.

Second, it’s offered as a warm shell where the purchaser could personalize and fit it out to their own liking.”

The incredible space is perched above the glistening waters of Waitemata Harbor and boasts 360-degree views. Inside there’s five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and a common space with soaring floor-to-ceiling windows. The open-plan living room flows into the kitchen—which has an oversized stone island and sleek cabinetry—and dining area with room for 12 to eat. An architecturally-stunning spiral staircase leads to the second floor, where a master suite is complete with a lounge and gigantic walk-in closet. Of course, no matter where you are, there are still unobstructed views in every direction.

What’s more is foreign purchase exemption has been granted for this development, meaning the super penthouse is available to international buyers.

“The super penthouse caters to the ultra-luxury apartment buyers out there,” added Wood. “If sold at asking price, it will be the most expensive residential sale in New Zealand’s history.


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