For sale: $2.4million Auckland villa ‘masterpiece of character’ where owner was buried in concrete
The villa at 3 Marlborough Street was once a boarding house.
A Mt Eden villa where a body encased in concrete was found during renovation is for sale, marketed as a ‘masterpiece of character’.
According to the listing, the home’s assessed value is $2.4million, but Sotheby’s International agent Louise De Martin was mum on what she expected it to fetch at auction the month next.
“It won’t be for everyone, but it’s a great opportunity. You can’t beat the location,” De Martin said.
The listing describes it as a perfectly restored turn-of-the-century character home that “makes your heart pound”.
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But the property made headlines in 2020 when contractors undertaking a restoration found a concrete block, in a sealed room under the house.
They later discovered that the concrete contained human remains.
The deceased was David Stanley Hart, a former owner of the property who ran it as a boarding house. At the time, police said the death was being considered suspicious, but the case remains cold.
Hart’s neighbors said Things he was known locally as “Mad Dave”, not in a derogatory way, but for a bizarre tendency to “pop up” out of nowhere.
“If he saw you doing work on site, he would be right next to you, having fun. He was a very endearing guy,” said a neighbor.
The current owner purchased the property two years before the body was discovered.
De Martin said she was “very aware” of the property’s history, but it was now a beautifully renovated family home.
“He’s been blessed and there’s a great energy around him.”
She said there were no more “literal” skeletons in her closets.
“Everyone can be sure that the forensic work has been completed and that they have gone through the whole process to restore it to its former glory.”
The room where the body was found was completely demolished.
“Sellers had great memories in the house, and now they’re ready to downsize.”
The villa has a full audio surround sound system throughout the house, dampening noise from nearby Eden Park.
The remains of David Stanley Hart have been found encased in concrete at Mt Eden in Auckland. (Video first published on February 3, 2020)
There is also room in the backyard for a pool to be built in the future, according to the listing.
According to property records, the house is approximately 100 years old.
Police believed the body had been buried on the property for at least a decade before being found.
Aaron Davis, who was previously Harcourt’s national auctioneer manager, has seen anything and everything in the 8,000 auctions he has conducted.