It's long been said our homes earn more than we do - but running a car park appears to generate even more money.
A string of character houses at the gateway to one of New Zealand's most upmarket suburbs have been demolished and the sites cleared for commercial parking.
Four old properties valued at almost $10 million are leased to car park operators.
All are within a stone's throw of each other, at 62, 75, 78 and 80 Remuera Rd, close to the shops and office buildings of Newmarket and the heart of Remuera, one of the few suburbs in New Zealand with a $2 million median property value.
In 2016 the Herald reported that a grand, century-old Mediterranean-inspired house at number 62 had been knocked down and transformed into a 30-lot parking area.
The owner leased the 746sq m property to Wilson Parking and since then three other nearby homes have followed a similar fate.
Across the road, a historic boarding house at number 75 was bulldozed several years ago and is now run by Wilson Parking.
The site is owned by property investment company 75 Remuera Ltd, whose directors are listed as Edward and Mac Manson. They paid $3m for the property in June 2016.
Over the road again is an 18-site car park across numbers 78 and 80.
The homes, which dated to 1910, were pulled down recently to make way for the car park.
Motorists are charged $4 per half hour or $20 for up 12 hours. An early bird special of $13 is available for entry between 6am and 10am.
Both properties are owned by Remuera real estate agent and auctioneer Mark Sumich, whose office is one door up at number 82.
He said the properties were run down and earned only a peppercorn rental. It had become uneconomic to bring them up to government "healthy homes" standards.
"So we thought we'd just get rid of them and try our hand at car parking."
Sumich had to prove to Auckland Council they had no significant heritage value before being granted demolition consent.
Redeveloping the site would be too costly, he said. The income stream from car parking was comparable to that generated by rent.
"At least it's viable."
The Parkmate parking app describes "high demand" for car parks in the area.
Ōrākei Local Board member Colin Davis said it used to boast an "enclave of old, charmy houses". But many had fallen into disrepair.
"It's a shame. Sometimes it's easier from a developer's point of view just to let them run down. You might get more income from car parking on the site.
"You've got the clash between making a dollar and getting potential from your property as provided under the Unitary Plan, and protecting our heritage."
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• 80 Remuera Rd: CV $1.3m: sold March 12, 2007 for $1.085m, 227sq m, built 1910.
• 78 Remuera Rd: CV $1.45m: sold March 12, 2007 for $1.085m, 205sq m, built 1910.
• 75 Remuera Rd: CV $3.3m, sold June 15, 2016 for $3m, 744sq m, age unknown.
• 62 Remuera Rd: CV $3.65m, sold September 2012 for $1.86m, 746sq m, a century old.
Total CV: $9.7m