Intrigue over new owners

By Kirsty Wynn, Neil Reid

A view at the Dotcom Mansion. Photo / Getty Images
A view at the Dotcom Mansion. Photo / Getty Images

Kim Dotcom has a blunt message for the new owners of the 'Dotcom Mansion' - "good luck with the dark energy".

Barfoot & Thompson yesterday confirmed the sprawling Coatesville property - which includes a 12-bedroom mansion, a vineyard, lake, boathouse, parkland and sculptures - had been sold.

A tender process on the property closed on April 21, but the luxury pad only sold this week after months of negotiations. It had a reported $35 million price tag.

Barfoot & Thompson wouldn't divulge who the new owners were, or how much they paid for it.

But Dotcom - the property's former high-profile tenant - said he believed the mansion probably sold for "around $22m-$24m".

When asked for his advice to the property's new owners, Dotcom told the Herald on Sunday: "Good luck with the dark energy".

The internet mogul shifted out of the mansion late last year.

He moved into the mansion with his then wife Mona and their three children in 2010 and paid a reported $1m a year in rent.

He ran his file-sharing website Megaupload from the property and in 2012 the luxury pad was raided by armed police in the early hours of January 20. Mona Dotcom was heavily pregnant with the couple's twins at the time.

When asked what he missed about the property, he said: "My lap pool. Swimming every day was good for my back."

The house was owned by Chrisco founder Richard Bradley.

Several neighbours reported seeing numerous "very expensive" cars visiting the property recently, including an Asian family several times in April.

- Herald on Sunday

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