ACCUSED RACKETEER + MONEY LAUNDERER, KIM DOTCOM, NZ MANSION FOR SALE
ABOVE – KIM DOTCOM
BELOW – THE MANSION THAT WAS RENTED BY KIM DOTCOM. IT IS EXPECTED TO REACH $41M.
Mr Dotcom rented the 12-bedroom property, which was raided by police in 2012 as they executed search warrants related to ongoing attempts by the US to extradite him.
The sale has been announced in a media release from agents Barfoot & Thompson.
The house is described as a well-known English-style country estate in Coatesville, but the release makes no mention of the property’s history.
One of New Zealand’s most “distinguished and opulent” properties offered “luxury living as well as potential development opportunity”, the Barfoot & Thompson statement said.
“This is an exciting opportunity to own a property that is absolutely beyond compare in the New Zealand market,” said salesperson Christina Tang.
The expansive 2375 square metres of living space is described as “lavish in scope and luxurious in detail”.
There are 12 well-appointed bedrooms including seven ensuites, with the master bedroom featuring a glittering, mirrored walk-in wardrobe, dressing circle and its own Olympic-sized lap pool.
Mr Dotcom began renting the Coatesville house in 2010 at a cost of $1 million a year.
He moved out of the sprawling property last year, when the ongoing cost of his legal battle to stay in New Zealand forced him to downsize to a four-bedroom penthouse on Princes Wharf, overlooking Waitemata Harbour.
The internet entrepreneur is waiting on a district court decision as to whether he should be extradited to the United States.
The FBI wants to bring Mr Dotcom and three other men to the US to face charges of copyright infringement, racketeering and money-laundering over their file-sharing website, Megaupload.
In December, Mr Dotcom and former colleagues Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato were ruled eligible for extradition but have appealed against the ruling.
Mr Dotcom ran Megaupload from the mansion, which was raided in the early hours of 20 January 2012 by a huge police contingent including helicopters and members of the special tactics group.
The vast house – owned by Chrisco Christmas hampers founder Richard Bradley – is surrounded by rolling green lawns and features a pool, an elaborate cascading fountain, and a larger-than-life-size giraffe sculpture nicknamed ‘Karl’ by Mr Dotcom.
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