Kirsty Wynn

Kirsty Wynn is a senior reporter at the Herald on Sunday.

Barkers spend millions on new home in posh street for privacy

The house in Herne Bay, is believed to have appealed to the Barkers because it has room for a tennis court. Photo / Norrie Mongomery
The house in Herne Bay, is believed to have appealed to the Barkers because it has room for a tennis court. Photo / Norrie Mongomery

Dean and Mandy Barker have a new multimillion-dollar project when they return from the America's Cup.

The couple are understood to have bought a new home on one of Auckland's most desirable streets in Herne Bay.

The house is right next door to their previous home - but further away from Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill's place on the same street.

The property believed to have been purchased by Dean and Mandy Barker. Photo / Ray White real estate
The property believed to have been purchased by Dean and Mandy Barker. Photo / Ray White real estate

The Barkers sold their sprawling Herne Bay villa in April for $5.8 million.

The Herald on Sunday understands they bought the house next door a week earlier.

The new property was purchased with privacy - and a tennis court - in mind.

"Their last house was absolutely beautiful but it is right on the road front so there was very little privacy," a real estate agent said.

"This property has a lot of land and is tucked away so it is very private.

"I understand they were looking for a property with enough land for a tennis court."

The new property includes a 1950s three-bedroom, two-storey house on 2167sq m of land - more than twice the land size of their previous address. It is not known if they plan to renovate or remove the 174sq m house.

The property was bought by Fairway Group Ltd on April 2 for $4.1 million. The director of Fairway Group is Wayne Derek Anderson, the Barkers' accountant.

Anderson would not comment on the purchase.

- Herald on Sunday

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