Trade Me's top Property listings of 2020

From the unique to the lavish, some outstanding mansions and even a little church are our top properties of 2020.

7 January 2021

What does Jonah Lomu’s former Maupuia mansion, New Zealand’s most photogenic church and Wellington’s air traffic control tower have in common? They've all been named our top Property listings of 2020.

Kiwis are keen property lovers and every year unique properties or million-dollar mansions take out the top spots for the most viewed properties of the year.

A 51-square-metre house in Auckland

5. A teeny-tiny green house

Tiny houses have been hugely popular in 2020 so it wasn't surprising to see a small property on our list. 

Coming in at fifth place is a tiny little cottage in the middle of Mount Eden which had 78,059 views. 

The festive-looking lime green house with bright red windows has just one-bedroom and one-bathroom, and has a grand total of 51-square-metres. The house was quickly snapped up by an Auckland buyer. 

New Zealand's most photogenic church

4. New Zealand's most photogenic church

Coming in fourth on the most viewed list was a 125-year-old church perched on Awhitu Peninsula in Franklin which had 117,771 views. 

The church is surrounded by some pretty incredible natural scenery and looks out over the Tasman Sea. It used to be known as Kohekohe Presbyterian Church and was the place where locals gathered for services.

Today the church is visited by photographers from around the world who come to capture the little white church. 

$3.95m clifftop mansion in Brooklyn

3. A five-story Brooklyn mansion

Our most viewed list wouldn’t be complete without a few multi-million dollar mansions too. 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 five-story mansion in the Wellington suburb of Brooklyn claiming the third spot. The $4m pad is located on a cliff over looking Wellington and has an entire floor dedicated to an indoor swimming pool. 

The property has had over 148,000 views and is still up for sale. 

Inner-city Wellington mansion

2. A $6.5m inner-city Wellington mansion

Tucked away in the Wellington suburb of Thorndon is an exceptional five bedroom mansion. The property has a wine cellar, stunning wooden floors and five bathrooms. It has already had 150,000 hits, making it the second most viewed property of 2020. 

It's not cheap though, the home has an eye-watering asking price of $6.5 million.

Jonah Lomu's former Wellington mansion

1. Jonah's Wellington mansion

Last but certainly not least was our most viewed Property of 2020; Jonah Lomu’s former Maupuia mansion.

With 196,000 views the bright yellow Mediterranean-style house is a Wellington landmark. It has five-bedrooms, expansive views of Wellington harbour and an RV of $2.4 million.

Jonah bought the 1481 square-metre property for just over $1m at the end of 1999 when he was just 25 years-old. The rugby legend later sold the property at the end of 2003. Since then the current owners have lived in the house for 16 years but last year they decided it was time to downsize so they put it on the market. 

For those who haven't yet seen it, it's still listed onsite.

Views of Wellington harbour from the balcony