Extravagant St Heliers property has many finely crafted fittings

With arching windows and high ceilings, stepping into the Villa Belvedere is like stepping into a Lake Como house in Italy, except here the previous owners have managed to incorporate international design elements in the execution of the building.

Built in 1999 by Mike Wrightson this extravagant property has many finely crafted fittings: roof tiles, granite benches and tables, stone fireplaces, mahogany shutters from Italy, natural stone that was cut on the Gold Coast by an Australian-Italian family and bricks from Perth.

The plumbing was imported from the United Kingdom.

The three-level main house looks across a central courtyard (complete with a fountain) to a gatehouse.


Inside the main house is a 22m indoor pool that opens out to a sunken terrace garden and on the same level there is also a steam room, bathroom, kitchenette, wine room and six-car garaging. Back inside, there is an impressive double-height entry foyer and a suite of reception rooms, a library, home cinema and outdoor entertainment areas.
Outdoor cooking is well-catered for with a loggia where there is a barbecue and built-in pizza oven.

The master suite has two dressing rooms and its own balcony with views looking over the Waitemata harbour.

45 Cliff Road, St Heliers
Size: Land 1796sq m, main house 1051sq m, gatehouse 191sq m.
Features: Beautifully crafted Italian-style home on double site with extensive water views. Lift, two powder rooms, indoor pool, wine room, home cinema and enormous garage. Separate gatehouse.
CV: $9 million.
Status: Still available.