Meet Michael and Naomi. Veronica is helping professionals Michael and Naomi and their three kids find their dream home in Sydney’s competitive Eastern Suburbs & Lower North Shore.
Search Location: Eastern Suburbs and the Lower North Shore Sydney NSW
Budget: $2.4 million
With a lease on their rental home due to expire, time poor parents of three, Michael and Naomi Shepherd, are against the clock to find a place of their own. They’re looking for a freestanding 4 or 5 bedroom house in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs or, over the Harbour Bridge, on the leafy Lower North Shore. Unhappy with the multilevel living of a terrace they’d like a house with an open plan interior, a modern ‘spray and wipe’ kitchen and family room that opens out on to a level backyard for the children to kick a ball. Off street parking and access to transport into the city is a must for Michael and a bonus would be walking distance to shops or a village
The Eastern Suburbs and Lower North Shore of Sydney represent some of the most expensive real estate in Australia. The eastern suburbs stretch from Sydney City along the harbour foreshore to the Pacific coast. A mecca for tourists the area has a choice of 20 different beaches some of them internationally recognized, beautiful coastal walks around sandstone cliff tops and large well utilized parklands. It also has the glitz and glamor of a daytime café society as well as a buzzing night life with world class restaurants. For families the area is well serviced by good public schools and some of the best private schools in the state.
If the Eastern Suburbs is rock star then the Lower North Shore is its easy listening cousin. Leafy, with larger blocks and family sized homes the area is bordered by Sydney Harbour beaches and ringed by stunning bushland coastal walks. There are lots of shopping opportunities, parks and views. Not so much a night time destination it still has a great selection of restaurants and cafes for casual and family evening out. Again it’s a sort after postcode for well respected public and private schools.
Sale Price: $2.25m
Land Size: 288m2
Agent: Ashley Bierman Ray White Double Bay
This is a modern, cleverly designed and well laid out home. For our time challenged couple there’s no work to be done. It has 4 bedrooms over two levels, a playroom, home office, 3 bathrooms and a two car garage. The living area spills directly to the yard and pool, designed so it’s easy to supervise three active children. There’s also a unique “living wall” and decorative privacy screens to give it. Its close to transport into the city and a short walk to Sydney’s most iconic stretch of beach.?
Unlike the glitz and glamour of Bondi today, Bondi Beach was a working class suburb throughout most of the twentieth century. World famous for its white sand and home of world first Surf Club, Bondi has come along way since its days of sand hills and sparse residences. Now it’s more than just the beach, there are many hip and trendy cafes, restaurants and bars & clubs on the beachfront. Bondi caters to a wide variety of people, from beach lovers, to foodies, and artsy types. It’s also a great family location made up of quiet streets of houses and semis with several local private and public schools close by. Bondi is considered to be the centre point of activity in the Eastern Suburbs. Easy access to public transport provides the best of both worlds – surf and city.
Sale Price: $2.5m
Land Size: 617m2
Agent: Kerrie Robertson LJ Hooker Lane Cove
A spacious 5 bedroom , 3 bathroom home with a single car garage. Sitting on an impressive, top-of-the-hill position the house is light and bright with sweeping panoramic district views. It’s designed for entertaining, with a flow of living areas, child-friendly yard and beautifully landscaped gardens. The place is made for entertaining – it has a new contemporary stone kitchen, separate formal dining room, high ceilings with ornate cornices, timber fretwork, polished floorboards, ducted A/C, alarm and a secure carport in a quiet setting. Its close to city buses, local schools and a short stroll to Sailors Bay Road shops and cafes.
A suburb on Sydney’s lower north shore, Northbridge is 7kms north of the Sydney CBD and considered one of the prime Middle Harbour suburbs. Not so much trendy as tranquil, Northbridge is named for its location on the north side of the sandstone suspension bridge built in 1892. An established residential area, Northbridge is an idyllic family friendly suburb offering loads of quality public and private school. A great choice of shops cafes and parks many with a vantage points of over Middle Harbour, provide spectacular views. Northbridge also has plenty of recreational facilities including as 18 hole harbour vista golf course, soccer club, tennis courts, public baths and marina.
Sale Price: $1.93m
Land Size: 643 sqm
Agent: John McManus LJ Hooker Willoughby
Fully renovated 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom, Federation bungalow with 2 off street car spots. Full length glass doors in the rear of house allows for loads of natural light as well as a direct line of sight from the contemporary designer kitchen to a level lawn is perfect for keeping an eye out on the children. Four of the well-sized bedrooms have built-ins and a separate lounge area could easily be used as a kids playroom. The separate laundry also has a 3rd toilet. The house is ideally located only footsteps from city buses, St Thomas Primary School and High Street shops and cafés, with Chatswood CBD just minutes away.
With great proximity to the Sydney CBD, only 8kms away, Willoughby has changed considerably in the last few years from a sleepy “through” suburb to one of the most sort after areas of the lower north shore. It’s retained a peaceful, leafy ambiance and the period charm of its architecture. Within the immediate Willoughby area there are some great opportunities for “village” shopping and dining as well as excellent parks and sporting facilities, including Willoughby Leisure Centre at Bicentennial Park and the Community Centre, play areas, pavilions, bowling club and two ovals located at Willoughby Park. No surprises that families and professionals have been attracted to the range of amenities and the education opportunities offered by both private and public schools in Willoughby and nearby Chatswood. Although not serviced by trains, its an easy bus ride to Chatswood for the North Shore train line or a quick trip onto the city
Sale Price: $2.4m - $2.5m
Land Size: 500sqm
Agent: Randall Kemp Ray White Woolhara
Located in quiet a quiet cul de sac, this house has magnificent panoramic views wrapping around from the harbour bridge and city around to Bondi and beyond. A home over two levels, it’s 5 bedrooms with built in robes, 3 bathrooms and a 2 car lock up garage. Although in need of updating its still very livable. An open plan kitchen, living and dining space flows onto a balcony that over looks a grassed level backyard. From a second living area an elevated terrace perfect is great for outdoor entertaining. It’s a convenient location to schools, village shopping and as well as an easy walk to the popular Bondi Beach.
Dover Heights in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, is the more stately neighbour to the flashier ,Bondi. Dover Heights is believed to have been named for its cliffs along the Pacific Ocean which resembled those at Dover, in Kent, England. Mainly a residential suburbs the median house price for the suburb is $2 million and is considered, not only the most affluent in its local council area, but one of the most affluent in Sydney. Many of the suburb's properties have both views of Sydney Harbour and the Bridge, with Dudley Page Reserve a very popular stop on the bus tour trail. Locals love the level blocks and family-sized houses that are walking distance to synagogues, parks, the coastal walk and shops, with views - whether that be the dramatic ocean variety or the city type.