Stephen & Melissa
SEARCH LOCATION: Sydney North Shore
BUDGET- $1.7m – 1.9 million
THE BRIEF: Stephen and Melissa have been in Australia for seven years and have been saving since they arrived. Now with a 10-month-old baby boy, they are ready to put down roots and buy their family home and realize they can get more bang for their buck on Sydney’s North Shore rather than the Eastern Suburbs where they rent a 1-bedroom apartment. They want a minimum 3 bedroom home in a family friendly area close to a train line. Stephen works from home so a study is a must, as is a nice big backyard for kicking a ball around.
PROPERTY #1 ADDRESS: Douglas St, St Ives, NSW
Sale Price - $1.7 million
Modern and stylish, this is a single storey 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home set in manicured gardens on a large block of land in St Ives. The street is leafy and quiet, the back garden is contained for children and there are huge amounts of living space with a terrific pool area with decking and plenty of room for entertaining. Open-plan casual living areas incorporate the family room, gourmet kitchen & casual dining. Close to good schools, buses for the City, rail and Macquarie University.
Land Size - 942m2
Agent – Melissa Stafford - Century 21 Lindfield
Area Description - St Ives is located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. It’s 16km from the CBD and is easily accessible by public transport with buses to Pymble and Gordon train stations and express buses to the CBD. This is a family-friendly suburb and St Ives Shopping Village is the hub with a supermarket, stores and cafes. St Ives is known for it’s leafy setting, large blocks of land and mix of residences, from the grand old established homes to more contemporary mansion, to townhouses. The median house price is around $1.050 million.
PROPERTY #2 ADDRESS: Benelong St, Seaforth, NSW
Sale Price - $1.75 million +
House Description: Brand new, designed and custom built 4-bedroom home with 3 bathrooms, study/5th bedroom and double garage. All bedrooms have built-ins and the master bedroom is enormous. From its formal living areas with folding doors that open to the garden to the relaxing undercover spacious entertaining area overlooking the pool and back garden this family home ticks a lot of boxes. The large open plan kitchen/living/dining area is perfect for the growing family.
Land Size - 488m2
Agent – Wayne Blackley - Blackleys Estate Agents
Area Description - Seaforth is 12km north of Sydney’s CBD and is part of the northern beaches. It’s a beautiful part of Sydney and a very desirable place to live. Residents are well catered for with lots of walking tracks, sporting grounds and facilities. There are a number of choices for schools and the area is well serviced with well good café’s, restaurants and shops. It’s a tight community. The median house price is $1.350 million.
PROPERTY #3 ADDRESS: Bangaroo St, North Balgowlah, NSW
Sale Price - $1.8m – 2 million
House Description: We chose this house for Stephen and Melissa for a number of reasons. It’s modern, with 4 lovely bedrooms, ensuite and a home office. Light streams into this home and the multiple living areas are enormous. The huge, level, and beautifully designed garden is amazingly child friendly and the large open kitchen/living/dining/deck areas overlook the garden. It’s close to the beach and you can catch glimpses of the sea in the distance. Nothing to renovate, loads of storage and walking distance to the cafes and shops.
Land Size - 900m2
Agent – Helen Young - LJ Hooker Seaforth
North Balgowlah is on the northern beaches of Sydney and is 13km from the CBD. The views from the suburb are a lovely surprise, from the heads, right up towards Curl Curl and beyond and the bushwalking track takes you to Manly Dam. This is a highly desirable family friendly suburb to live in. $1.142 million is the median house price.
PROPERTY #4 ADDRESS: Bellevue St, Fairlight, NSW
Sale Price - $1.7m
House Description: This is a fully renovated, architecturally designed, energy efficient 2 storey family home located in a leafy family-friendly street. It has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a home office and carport for one car. The master bedroom has a walk in wardrobe, generous ensuite and opens to a sunny balcony. The large, open plan beautiful kitchen/living/dining area opens to the outdoor deck, which overlooks the garden, and there’s space for a swimming pool. Original features such as patterned ceilings and period details blend well with the modern design of the renovation. It’s a short walk to beaches, shops, eateries, city buses, Manly West School and the ferry.
Land Size - 464m2
Agent – Georgi Bates - Cunninghams Property Balgowlah
Fairlight sits between Balgowlah and Manly on the Northern Beaches of Sydney and is 13km from the CBD. For swimming and snorkeling there’s no better place than Fairlight Beach. It’s also a perfect vantage point watch the yacht races on Sydney Harbour. Best shopping and cafes is along Sydney Road.