Trade Me reveals top 20 property listings for 2020

by Roxanne Libatique08 Jan 2021

Trade Me has released the top 20 property listings for 2020 – with Jonah Lomu’s mansion and New Zealand’s most photogenic church taking the spotlight.

Trade Me has named Jonah Lomu’s Maupuia mansion as the most popular property listing of 2020, receiving 196,000 views on the Trade Me website.

“The five-bedroom Mediterranean-style house with expansive views of Wellington harbour has an RV of $2.4 million and is still listed onsite for those who haven’t yet seen it,” said Millie Silvester, a communications manager at Trade Me.

A few multi-million dollar mansions also made it on to the list, with a lavish inner-city mansion in the Wellington suburb of Thorndon taking the second spot with up to 150,000 hits and a Wellington mansion taking the third spot with 148,000 views.

“Kiwis love to dream, and, each year, we see thousands of views on some of the most expensive properties for sale in the country. 2020 was no different with a lavish inner-city mansion in the Wellington suburb of Thorndon clocking up 150,000 hits and making it the second most viewed property of 2020. The home has an eye-watering asking price of $6.5 million and is still onsite,” Silvester said.

A 125-year-old church on Awhitu Peninsula in Franklin also took the spotlight, reaching fourth place with 117,771 views.

“The little church is surrounded by some pretty incredible natural scenery and looks out over the Tasman Sea – it’s really no wonder it was dubbed the most photogenic church in the country,” Silvester said.

Meanwhile, a tiny little cottage in the middle of Mount Eden was fifth with 78,059 views.

“The festive-looking green house with bright red windows has just one-bedroom and one-bathroom and is a total of 51-square-metres,” Silvester said.

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