Two prime ministers lived in the 1909 four-bedroom house at 66 Harbor View Rd in the Wellington suburb of Northland. Photo / Supplied
Wellington real estate agent Steve Fejos never had 30,000 hits on an online ad until Hill Haven – the former home of Prime Ministers Michael Joseph Savage and Peter Fraser – hit the market in November .
He expects the four-bedroom, two-bathroom property built in 1909, with views of the harbor and botanical gardens, to sell for more than its assessed value of $ 1.65 million.
The history of the location at 66 Harbor View Rd in the suburb of Northland was stimulating online curiosity, Fejos said.
“All the locals know that. I knew this property long before I got into real estate. At the age of 10, I knew this property was the former home of the Prime Minister.”
But the house’s real selling points were its size and location.
âNorthland has two sides: a sunny side that has a view towards Karori,â said Mr. Fejos.
âIt’s not the million dollar properties just because they have the view; the million dollar properties are the ones that look out into the city and this is definitely one of them. But it’s also a very big houseâ¦ it’s unique level, it’s quite unique. “
The house was purchased by the government for the use of Premier Savage in 1939. He died of cancer a year later and Peter Fraser took up residence. He remained until 1949 when he was defeated by Sidney Holland, who preferred to live in the Crown-owned house at 41 Pipitea St in Thorndon.
The house has been owned by David and Kathryn Smith for over 20 years.
The 407 mÂ² house sits on a section of 1629 mÂ². The property has been restored but many of its original features including wooden doors, ceilings and verandas have been retained.