Apartment beneath Auckland’s most expensive penthouse ever sold is on the market


The owner of this sub-penthouse is a total convert to apartment living after residing in this boutique building which achieved a record for its penthouse’s sale.

Nicoletta Bartoli’s three-bedroom sub-penthouse in Remuera is one level down from the entire-floor penthouse which set a record when it settled for $16.5 million in 2022.

She says: “I’d previously owned a large family home in Mt Eden but I absolutely love living in an apartment. It’s so easy, freeing up so much time to do other things. Living in a big house on big grounds, I got tired of spending my time mowing the lawns and cleaning the pool.”

She knew she wanted a sizeable apartment with a great view and this prestigious double grammar-zoned building, completed in early 2022 by the same team creating uber-luxurious One Saint Stephens in Parnell, delivered.

Her sub-penthouse’s elevated northern slopes position admires sweeping views showcasing Rangitoto and the Hauraki Gulf. The Sky Tower, Orakei Basin and the Domain are other highlights.

“I feel like it’s my own special view from my own special piece of paradise. There’s always something to see; cruise ships, cranes operating at the port, Eastern line trains crossing the basin.”

304/18 Orakei Road in Remuera, Auckland, is on the market for sale by a set date closing February 29. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom apartment has a 2021 RV of $4 million.



Every fortnight residents of the Elm have drinks in the summer pavilion. Photo / Supplied



The 173sqm apartment’s open-plan kitchen-living-dining room flows out to a covered terrace. Photo / Supplied

The 173sqm apartment’s two parking spaces have over-bonnet storage lockers.

Nicoletta loves the spaciousness of her open-plan kitchen-living-dining room flowing out to a covered terrace. “The wood floors here create a beautiful feeling,” she says.

Abundant light floods in through floor-to-ceiling windows.

“I cook quite a bit and being an Italian family – my dad and my mother’s parents were born in Italy – we love to have meals together.”

She had a Zenith tap, offering boiling and chilled water, installed in the gourmet kitchen with three-metre-plus kitchen island. It stacks a traditional oven, steam oven and warming drawer, with another sink in its butlers’ pantry. Built-in cabinetry in this room displays treasured pieces and can conceal the TV behind sliding wooden panels.

“Everything in this apartment is top quality and the architect’s design is extremely well thought out and includes good storage,” says Nicoletta.



The penthouse in the Elm on Orakei Road, Remuera, holds the record for the highest sale price for an apartment when it sold in 2022 for $16.5m. Photo / Supplied



The sub-penthouse has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and two car parks. Photo / Supplied

She specifically requested great shoe storage in the master bedroom’s walk-in wardrobe, accompanied by a sophisticated ensuite. Another ensuited bedroom sits across the hall from the separate laundry and third bathroom. This serves the third bedroom, adjoining the open-plan area, which Nicoletta uses as an office-TV room.

She enjoys picking herbs from the residents’ garden and taking a dip in the nine-metre, open-air heated swimming pool. Every fortnight residents of the Elm have drinks in the complex’s summer pavilion.

Nicoletta’s thankful Elm allows pets as she regularly takes care of her daughter’s dog Sansa, who accompanies her in his doggie-buggy on walks to the Orakei Basin.

Her passion for golf and bridge sees her travel often so she appreciates the motorway being five minutes away. Nicoletta will continue enjoying the ease of apartment living but has plans to live in another suburb which she has family ties to.

Ray White listing agent Ryan Dixon, who is marketing the property with colleague Alex Smith, says: “This is a one-of-one opportunity to own in a tightly-held boutique building which exemplifies the very best of apartment living in Remuera.”

– 304/18 Orakei Road in Remuera, Auckland, is for sale by a set date closing February 29

Apartment beneath Auckland’s most expensive penthouse ever sold is on the market