Selling Houses Australia

Inner City Terrace Selling Houses Australia Series 5

An inner city Sydney terrace in a sought after suburb, should normally fly out the agent’s window, but not Nick place. He’s been trying to sell his four bed Redfern terrace for 10 months with no joy. Nick, 72, is finding the upkeep a bit much, and wants to move closer to his daughter Athena. But until the terrace sells he has little hope of moving on.

Nick first listed with an agent with no success. At the end of the three months he tried to sell the place himself with a hand painted sign, but that hasn’t worked either. Even if Nick could get a buyer through his door, his dreadful presentation and sky-high price tag would most likely scare them away.

The terrace hasn’t been touched for decades and Nick’s sparse furnishing are hardly inner city chic. The only solution is to restore this terrace back to its former glory, and make it a stylish abode; trendy urban dwellers will fight over.

Budget: $30,000 plus


There wasn’t much about this terrace that could be left untouched – the whole house was in desperate need of an update. Shaynna decided to work with an industrial theme, to reflect Redfern’s inner city position. The first task was to remove the partition wall between the hall and so called fourth bedroom, to make a new decent sized reception room.

Then Shaynna turned her attention to the tiny kitchen. Rather than your traditional fitted cabinets, Shaynna only used a couple of flat pack cupboards; the rest was free standing items. In keeping with the industrial theme, Shaynna used a dark workbench, lots of stainless steel in both appliances and a big storage trolley, and a stunning blue/green glass splash back. The room was dressed with rough, recycled wood shelving and bright accessories.

One of the biggest issues with Nick’s house was the dodgy, old breezeway leading to the bathroom. It wasn’t even a proper structure! Shaynna replaced the old plastic roof with a chunky aluminium frame and glass atrium. Not only did it flood light into the area, it also made the most of the view of the palm trees growing in the garden next door.

There was little money left for the bathroom, so the patterned tiles were re-sprayed white and new fittings added. All the flooring had to be replaced, so Shaynna used dark charcoal tiles and a matching floating wood floor downstairs and charcoal carpet upstairs. The house was then painted in grey and white to reflect the industrial theme, and the old lights replaced with metal light fittings. It was furnished with pieces from Valiant Hire with a few feature items from Stone Pony.


Thankfully, the front façade of the house was in good condition, so Charlie focussed all his energy on the tiny back courtyard. The trick to small garden design is to leave no surface untouched, so Charlie really had his work cut out.

His first task was to demolish the old laundry and move the tub into the structure occupied by the old loo. The old cracked concrete was covered with beautiful natural limestone pavers laid in a random pattern. Then he covered the entire back wall with a vertical garden filled with walking iris.

The ugly metal fence was painted black and clad with a custom made composite wood screen. Tall thin planters from Potsonline were planted out with bamboo to give the garden some privacy. The one plain wall was treated to shelves of recycled timber and decorated with Sharkskin Agave. To finish off, Charlie dressed the garden with a sofa and chairs from Inspired Exteriors.

Paint Used:

Interior walls in all rooms - Interior Walls Low Sheen “Windsor Haze”
Interior wall of stairwell going upstairs & in behind study desk - Interior Walls Low Sheen “Victorian Pewter”
Interior Doors & Trims in all rooms - Interior Doors & Trims Satin/ Semi Gloss “Crisp White”
Interior Ceilings in all rooms - Interior Ceilings Flat/ Matt “Ceiling White”
Exterior Colorbond fence - Exterior Low Sheen “Black Fox”
Exterior walls - Exterior Low Sheen “Moon Raker”


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Posted by Report
I'd love to know what material Charlie used to make the wall of plants.. I saw on the show he cut up some mesh with an angle grinder.. but what the black stuff he poured the mix in to and how it was supported was something id love more info on!
Posted by Report
Me too
Posted by Report
I'd love to know how Charlie did the plant wall in detail.. what was the black sack he was pouring potting mix into?
Posted by Report
Just checked its still on the market
Posted by Report
And the laundry area was moved where? It WAS in the backyard. Please don't tell me that people considered buying this place without a laundry! The atrium was a nice touch but really there was no room for furniture. As for the asking price...unless it is more in line with market expectations this property is going to sit where it is well after Nick becomes an angel. I think his daughter will be selling the property and getting far less than the family desires. I considered the agent's forecasted selling price quite optimistic. How could an experienced agent get it so wrong...unless perhaps she was more interested in getting the listing rather than being honest with the vendor, but considering the vendor was in ga ga land price wise one could hardly blame her.
Posted by Tania249Report
The laundry was moved to where the outdoor toilet was.
Posted by Report
I agree with Marilyn - it would be nice to be able to come to the website and finish the story...
Posted by Report
very frustrating to watc h show and not know in the end if it solddid this house sell and for how much
Posted by Dan PezReport
I just watched this episode, and I'm absolutely flabbergasted by the shortsightedness and down right stubbornness, or plainly, stupidity of this fella!
Posted by Report
This episode was aired again last night (1 Nov 2012). I looked on and could not find it there. Does anybody know if this place finally got sold?