t’s a whole different ball game when you’re on the eighth floor,” says Karen Hill of the penthouse apartment on Auckland’s Princes Wharf where she lives with husband Paul. Moving in, for example, is a tad tricky when there’s only one entranceway to the apartment: a measly, four-person elevator. “It’s ridiculous,” says Karen. “It must be the smallest elevator on the planet.”
Since they couldn’t very well fit everything into the lift, each and every piece of Karen and Paul’s furniture (not to mention a new spa pool for the deck off the master bedroom) had to be lifted up and onto the apartment’s expansive terraces (some 300sqm in total) by crane from the wharf below. “We had to organise it so that all the old furniture went out and the new furniture came in, all in one go,” says Paul.
“It was pretty funny,” says Karen. “All the neighbours were like, ‘What’s going on?’”
Karen, an American, grew up in Florida but lived in Hong Kong for 25 years. It was there that she established her giftware business, designing and manufacturing gift products in China for export to the US. >