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NZ Barkers spend millions on new home in posh street for privacy

Property Here - Sunday, September 29, 2013

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The house in Herne Bay, is believed to have appealed to the Barkers because it has room for a tennis court. Photo / Norrie Mongomery
The house in Herne Bay, is believed to have appealed to the Barkers because it has room for a tennis court. Photo / Norrie Mongomery

Dean and Mandy Barker have a new multimillion-dollar project when they return from the America's Cup.

The couple are understood to have bought a new home on one of Auckland's most desirable streets in Herne Bay.

The house is right next door to their previous home - but further away from Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill's place on the same street.

The property believed to have been purchased by Dean and Mandy Barker. Photo / Ray White real estate
The property believed to have been purchased by Dean and Mandy Barker. Photo / Ray White real estate

The Barkers sold their sprawling Herne Bay villa in April for $5.8 million.

The Herald on Sunday understands they bought the house next door a week earlier.

The new property was purchased with privacy - and a tennis court - in mind.

"Their last house was absolutely beautiful but it is right on the road front so there was very little privacy," a real estate agent said.

"This property has a lot of land and is tucked away so it is very private.

"I understand they were looking for a property with enough land for a tennis court."

The new property includes a 1950s three-bedroom, two-storey house on 2167sq m of land - more than twice the land size of their previous address. It is not known if they plan to renovate or remove the 174sq m house.

The property was bought by Fairway Group Ltd on April 2 for $4.1 million. The director of Fairway Group is Wayne Derek Anderson, the Barkers' accountant.

Anderson would not comment on the purchase.