Kiwi musician buys AC/DC drummer’s BOP home

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd's waterfront house is up for sale. Photo: Stuff/OLIVER ROAD ESTATE AGENTS.

AC/DC's former drummer Phil Rudd has sold his Tauranga home to an Auckland businessman who dabbles in music.

The buyer planned to transform part of the ground floor into a recording and rehearsing studio for his own band, says real estate agent Cameron Macneil.

​"He's really into his music, so I think he's quite chuffed with the place's history," he says.

The six bedroom, five bathroom apartment with harbour views and five garages sold in the ballpark of its $4.1million asking price.

Cameron, who owns boutique estate agency Oliver Road, said the sale went unconditional on Friday, after the buyer's offer was made in late December. He said the buyer wished to remain anonymous.

Its listing had more than 135,000 views on Trademe – Cameron says it was the site's "most popular property listing ever" – and was added to about 1,700 watchlists.

Slightly more than a dozen potential buyers had been through the 586 square metre house on Harbour Dr, Otumoetai.

"Some were hyper local and just admired the house, but there were definitely some nosey ones," says Cameron.

He says viewers were vetted before setting foot on the property to reduce the number of "tyre kickers just interested in checking out Phil's house".

"We got some unusual requests, like 'could Phil please sign the wall?'"

The house, technically two apartments, had been owned and occupied by Phil for the past nine years.

It was also where Phil served eight months home detention in 2015 after pleading guilty to charges of drug possession and threatening to kill.

The 64-year-old has become a Tauranga local, having lived in the Bay of Plenty since the early 1980s. He would stay in the region, but is looking to downsize a bit, says Cameron.

Cameron says Phil was "definitely the most famous person" he'd sold a house for and "really easy to deal with".

"Every now and then you'd have to not pinch yourself, but sort of go 'wow – this guy's in one of the world's top five rock bands of all time'."

In 2014, it was reported that property records suggested Phil's New Zealand portfolio and fleet of luxury vehicles alone are worth at least $8-10million.

Settlement for the Tauranga property was "in a few months' time", says Cameron.

Its new owner had family in Tauranga and wanted to semi-retire there with his wife. Saxton

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