Janey Gold & Richard Holt
SEARCH LOCATION: Eastern Suburbs/Manly
BUDGET- $2.2 million
THE BRIEF: Janey and Richard and their rapidly expanding family are bursting at the seams in their small Darling Point apartment. They are looking for a 3 to 4 bedroom house preferably in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, however they would also consider crossing the bridge to Manly for the right place. It needs to be freestanding with a garden, and lots of natural light flooding in. No problems if the house needs some work done to it. A swimming pool would be the icing on the cake. Location is extremely important, as Janey wants to be within walking distance of a lovely park, beaches and/or cafes.
PROPERTY #1 ADDRESS: Arden St, Clovelly NSW
Sale Price - $1.8 million
A mix of old and new, this freshly renovated 3 bedroom plus study/4th bedroom Federation home is well within Janey and Richard’s budget. The house is set back from the road with off street parking. There are spacious living areas, a large open plan kitchen and living area, loads of natural light and an elevated rear deck overlooking an amazing child friendly garden. Plenty of room for a pool. It’s close to café’s, the beach and good local schools.
Land Size - 641m2
Agent – Mark Simon - Laing + Simmons Bondi Junction
Pauline Goodyer - Goodyer Donnelly
The pretty and peaceful beachside suburb of Clovelly is about 8km from Sydney’s CBD. It’s mainly residential, with a mix of mega-houses, California bungalows and apartment blocks, both old and new. There are a number of reserves, parks and extensive areas of open space along the foreshore with a continuous coastal foreshore walkway. The small beach sits on the end of the narrow bay and is hugely popular with young families, swimmers and snorkelers. It is also home to Clovelly Surf Club, which is one of the first surf life saving clubs in the world, founded in 1906. The median house price is $1.665 million.
PROPERTY #2 ADDRESS: Forest Rd, Double Bay, NSW
Sale Price - $1.75m – 2 million
House Description: In a beautiful tree lined street, this 3 bedroom, 2 level character home is within close proximity to the bay, park, local village, restaurants, café’s and Double Bay Primary School. The house consists of an entry hall, separate study, three large double bedrooms with built ins, which includes the upper level master retreat with a sitting area, sundeck and ensuite. The kitchen is slick granite and glass with European appliances and gas cooking. The large, light and open plan living, dining and family areas open out to a lovely sunny garden and heated swimming pool.
Land Size - 263m2
Agent – Danny Doff - Laing + Simmons Double Bay
Area Description - Double Bay is a very desirable harbour side suburb of Sydney, only 4km from the CBD. The majority of its stylish apartments and elegant homes were built in the 1920’s and 30’s along beautiful tree lined streets. Today the suburb is an eclectic mix of architecture and design and a shopping destination for all things fashionable. The village itself has great restaurants and cafes and a vibrant buzz about it. Also surrounded by great schools this is a great little pocket of Sydney. Double Bay’s median house price is $2,175,000
PROPERTY #3 ADDRESS: Cross St, Bronte, NSW
Sale Price - $2m – 2.2 million
House Description: Originally built in the early 1900’s this fully renovated beach house has been in the same family for the last 90 years. In a quiet cul-de-sac just minutes from Bronte Beach, it’s a light and bright three-bedroom home with sunroom/study, two bathrooms and parking for one car. There are several outdoor spaces for entertaining, including a long terrace with views running the length of the home.
Land Size - 350m2
Agent – Mark Yeats Raine + Horne Double Bay
Area Description - Bronte is one of the most glamorous beachside suburbs in Sydney, which is surprising given it was once a predominantly working suburb. It has a charming mix of semi-detached houses dating from the earlier part of this century, between-the-wars Californian bungalows & newer substantial houses and contemporary apartments. In Bronte it’s all about lifestyle with parks, a great beach, terrific local cafes and restaurants, the coastal walk and good primary schools. Plus it’s only 7km from the city and 2.5km to Westfield Bondi Junction. The median house price is $2.088 million.
PROPERTY #4 ADDRESS: Soliders Ave, Freshwater, NSW
Sale Price - $2.1 million
House Description: We chose this house for Janey and Richard for a number of reasons. This immaculate weatherboard ‘beach shack’ has great street appeal in a quiet family friendly location. It is within walking distance to the beach, parks, local village, cafes and restaurants and there are good primary schools in the area. With 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a two-car garage it’s perfect for their growing family. The living areas are light and spacious and the large kitchen and living room looks out over the garden and deck.
Land Size - 457m2
Agent – Michael Clarke Clarke & Humel Property Manly
Area Description - Freshwater (formerly known as Harbord), on Sydney’s northern beaches is 17km north of the CBD. The local shopping area has a great selection of conveniences and Warringah Mall is only ten minutes away. This is a quiet and sought after family area, with nearly every home in Freshwater being within walking distance to the beach. Many of the homes in this suburb have undergone amazing transformations, but there’s still a mix of unrenovated houses as well as apartment blocks. There’s a good choice of schools too. The median house price for Freshwater is $1.255 million.