Meet Helen & Tom
SEARCH LOCATION: Brighton, Hampton & Sandringham
BUDGET- $1.25 million
THE BRIEF: Hit hard by the GFC, Helen and Tom are downsizing. They’re looking for a freestanding 3-bedroom house in their beloved Brighton or surrounding suburbs. They like older character Victorian and Edwardian style properties with traditional features however they would not rule out a contemporary home. Brick appeals more than weatherboard because of the durability. They need a garden for their dog, and they need to be close to good transport options for their daughters who go to Monash University. They are happy to do some work on a place to make it theirs and they would ideally like to add value.
PROPERTY #1 ADDRESS: Hansen St, Brighton East, VIC
Sale Price - $1 million
Located in a quiet cul-de-sac, this is a renovated and spacious 5-bedroom home with study, 2 ensuites plus a family bathroom, a modern kitchen and multiple living areas. The well maintained outdoor deck area, swimming pool and surrounding gardens makes this home a great entertainer. This home is just a few doors from Dendy Park, which is one of Bayside’s most renowned recreational areas!
Land Size - 600 m2
Agent - John Clarkson, Hocking Stuart Brighton
Area Description - Brighton East sits a bit further inland from its neighboring suburb Brighton and is 11km south east of Melbourne’s CBD. With its leafy streets, many parks, golf courses and sporting fields it’s a very popular suburb for families. There’s also a good selection of both public and private schools to choose from. Dendy Park in Brighton East is one of Victoria’s ten biggest parks and outdoor recreational areas.
PROPERTY #2 ADDRESS: Central Ave, Black Rock, VIC
Sale Price - $1.29 million
House Description: A charming Edwardian beauty, this 4 bedrooms, 1.5 bathroom family home is only 150m to the beach and a minute’s walk to the Black Rock village cafes and shops. It is a beautiful period home with traditional features including decorated ceilings, Baltic pine floorboards and fretwork. This home was built in the early 1900’s and is one of the oldest remaining original houses in Black Rock. The home has been fully renovated, and has a formal lounge room with an impressive open fireplace and open plan family living opening out to elevated rear decking.
Land Size - 620 m2
Agent - Scott Hamilton, Buxton Sandringham
Area Description - Black Rock has a lovely village feel about it. Houses here don’t turn over often because once people move in to the area they rarely move out. Black Rock has a really good community spirit and is very popular with both families and an older demographic. It’s a lovely place to bring up kids, with great beaches, parks, schools, cafes and recreational facilities. There is a real mix of properties here, from the more contemporary builds to Edwardian cottages, California bungalows and classic 1950’s style homes. The median house price for the area is $935,000.
PROPERTY #3 ADDRESS: Vincent St, Sandringham, VIC
Sale Price - $1.1 million
House Description: With 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, situated in prestigious Sandringham and well within budget, this classic red brick family home has a lot going for it. It’s within close proximity to the railway station and the beach and has a large back garden, perfect for a dog. The master bedroom has an ensuite and walk in robe, the house has lots of natural light and the living areas are spacious and well presented, opening out to an undercover deck. The kitchen and bathroom could do with updating and there is room in the backyard for a pool.
Land Size - 560 m2
Agent - Peter Hickey, Buxton Sandringham
Area Description - Sandringham is one of Bayside’s blue chip suburbs and it has always been hard to buy into the area. It traditionally has a very low turnover because people tend not to leave once they buy in. Sandringham is 16km from Melbourne’s CBD and is at the end of the Sandringham railway line. It has the perfect village atmosphere and lifestyle, with great cafes, shops and restaurants and the beach is only a stone’s throw away! The median house price is $1.2million.
PROPERTY #4 ADDRESS: Lawrence St, Brighton, VIC
Sale Price - $1.12 million
House Description: This pretty 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom cottage is in prime position in the heart of Brighton and a short walk to shops, café’s, public transport and the beach! Newly renovated, this light filled home features high ceilings, an ensuite off the master bedroom, open plan living and dining and a cottage garden at the front of the property. We chose this home for its amazing location.
Land Size - 258 m2
Agent - Brett Graham, Hocking Stuart Brighton
Area Description - Brighton is one of Melbourne’s most exclusive and desirable suburbs, situated on the coast of Port Phillip Bay. It’s 11km south of the CBD and is renowned for its beautiful homes, leafy tree lined streets, parks and of course the colourful bathing boxes on Dendy Street Beach. Brighton's residences range from Victorian cottages and stately manors to contemporary townhouses and modern, beachside mansions. Brighton is close to great schools and public transport. The median house price is $1.55million.