Alanah Eriksen

Alanah Eriksen is the New Zealand Herald's property reporter, and assistant chief reporter.

My bach: Brad Butterworth

Brad Butterworth.
Brad Butterworth.

It has been nicknamed "Brad's Pit".

And after its redevelopment, yachtsman Brad Butterworth's Beach Parade mansion on Waiheke Island would surely satisfy any Hollywood movie star.

The 54-year-old former America's Cup sailor bought the land on the Oneroa beachfront in 2003 for $1.1 million.

Two 1940s bachs, which were once the clubrooms of the Waitemata Swimming and Surf Lifesaving Club, sat on the 954sq m section.

Brad Butterworth's property on Beach Parade, Waiheke Island, is valued at $3.6 million and features a pool and spa.
Brad Butterworth's property on Beach Parade, Waiheke Island, is valued at $3.6 million and features a pool and spa.

But Butterworth demolished the homes and started building a 318sq m house in 2007 now valued at $3.6 million.

Neighbours complained at the time about the hillside being dug away, calling it a scar on the landscape.

The house, designed by architects Andrew Patterson, is partly made from rock and has three bedrooms, a study, a garage, two bathrooms, a pool in a central north-facing courtyard, and a spa pool.

Living areas flow to a sheltered, enclosed pool area and rotating fins open out to the sea when Butterworth and his family are in residence, but shut "like a rock face" when no one is home.

His rates are $11,729.01 a year.

The elusive Butterworth is thought to have property all over the world.

- NZ Herald

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