Every Aucklander knows these boatsheds, and many other Kiwis will have seen them featured on the recent TV show Lost and Found – this is where journalist David Lomas does his homework and makes those difficult phone calls.
It's a stunning setting, at Whakatakataka Bay just off Tamaki Drive, and now one of the prized boatsheds in Ngapipi Road could become your private bolthole.
Number 16, built in 1999, has been listed for sale with Kelly Midwood of Barfoot and Thompson.
It's rare to see one of these icons come onto the market, so it's not easy to determine what it might fetch, but tenders have been invited, with a June 19, 2019 deadline.
The boatshed is tastefully decorated inside with a nautical theme, of course, and lots of storage. And it's more spacious than in appears – it would be easy to entertain friends and family for a few hours. Large doors open up to a jetty, which is the perfect spot to sit and watch the sun go down.
There's a kitchenette space and bathroom, plus an extra room upstairs within the gabled roofline. Of course, no waste can be discharged into the environment.
Two years ago an unlined boatshed in the bay was listed for $700,000 but it is not known if there were any takers at that price. However, Stuff does know of one boatshed that fetched $550,000 a few years ago.
Midwood notes that council restrictions prevent using the building as a residence or commercial space. There is also an historical lease on the boatsheds that expires in June 2032.