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Converting the two-level office space at 25 Sir William Avenue, East Tamaki, in Auckland into a neon party haven has been a “labour of love” for a suburban father.

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Converting the two-level office space at 25 Sir William Avenue, East Tamaki, in Auckland into a neon party haven has been a “labour of love” for a suburban father.

The ultimate man cave is up for sale in East Auckland and everything comes included.

The 170-square-metre office space has been a “labour of love” for the seller, who is only moving on because he is keen to see if he can dream up something “bigger and better” for his next tech company headquarters.

The two-level space at 6/25 Sir William Ave, East Tamaki, includes a home theatre, gourmet kitchen, full bar setting, pool table, arcade gaming, gym equipment, outdoor barbecue and spa pool.

A fully stocked bar is set to one side of the office.

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A fully stocked bar is set to one side of the office.

The only gutting part is that you can’t move in here full-time because of the building’s industrial classification.

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“What you see is what you get,” said listing agent Kevin Marginson of Ray White, who sold the property to the current owner 11 years ago.

That means the dazzle lights, smoke machine, and even the cheekily repurposed street sign for William Ave (under the pool table), are part of the package.

The owner is a suburban father who converted the property into a party oasis for himself and his sons, who are now young adults.

The conversion of the empty warehouse into this neon spectacle took about two years.

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The conversion of the empty warehouse into this neon spectacle took about two years.

He told Stuff the setup took about two years. He brought in a builder to open out the space and “did everything else” himself over about two years.

That included installing one of his own hi-tech security systems and a massive home theatre on the upper floor.

All the integrated technology, courtesy of the Home Automation Company, can be controlled via an iPad.

“It will certainly appeal to the discerning buyer,” said Marginson.

The listing claims the home theatre is “set up for conferences and team building” but somehow we think it looks more set up for a Star Wars marathon, if the posters under the dart board are any indication.

The upstairs has an open-plan kitchen and dining.

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The upstairs has an open-plan kitchen and dining.

The upstairs floor includes a cinema-size home theatre and bathroom, presumably to shower off the party the night before.

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The upstairs floor includes a cinema-size home theatre and bathroom, presumably to shower off the party the night before.

The unit is located in a popular industrial zone with easy access to arterial routes into central Auckland.

“We had about four big blowout parties a year,” the seller said. “I am keen to do it all again, just better”.

How does this get better, you ask? Simply more space.

The George FM wall decal was added by the owner's sons, who are big fans of drum’n’bass.

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The George FM wall decal was added by the owner’s sons, who are big fans of drum’n’bass.

It is not all play and no work all the time, though.

The downstairs is complete with two office rooms, a full kitchen and breakfast bar, a laundry room, separate toilet – and the all-important four parking spaces.

Upstairs, there are two additional offices and a larger bathroom that includes a shower.

The photographer who shot the listing photos said he couldn’t “fully capture the vibe”.

The bathroom is decked out in a similar dark industrial fashion, with neon blue lights, and even a shower.

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The bathroom is decked out in a similar dark industrial fashion, with neon blue lights, and even a shower.

All the seating is appropriately black and red leather, to match the black and red kitchen, the black and red pool table, the black walls and the red neon strip lighting.

And let’s not forget the black and red ‘No working during drinking hours‘ road sign carefully paired with the ‘We’ll have a quiet one tonight eh: Yeah right’ Tui sign.

To break up all the dark colours are a couple of large panoramic prints of the Auckland viaduct and the harbour bridge lit up in the early evening.

All the art and decor will go to the new owner.

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All the art and decor will go to the new owner.

The AC/DC artwork belongs to the seller. The George FM wall decal was an addition by his son: “The young ones are all about drum’n’bass but I won’t let them have it on all the time.

“They can do that in their own place,” he jokes.

The property has a rateable value of $455,000 and will be sold by auction on August 9.

The seller is “very sad” to be letting it go but he is hoping that it will sell for somewhere in the “high nines”.

The decision to let it go, as is, where is, was an easy one: “I just want someone to buy it and enjoy it the way I have,” he said.

The outdoor patio has a small barbecue and a spa pool.

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The outdoor patio has a small barbecue and a spa pool.

The black and red colour scheme continues into the kitchen.

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The black and red colour scheme continues into the kitchen.

The roller doors are electric operated.

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The roller doors are electric operated.



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