Selling Houses Australia

How to maximise a property's beautiful views

Peter Ryan's four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Little Forest, NSW had million dollar views, but after 12 months on the market, it hadn't received a single offer.

Peter and his three children dreamt of living the country life on acreage and bought this property on the South Coast of NSW in 2014.

But as soon as they moved in, the kids realised they didn’t want to be so far out of town and away from their mates.

Things changed again two years later when Peter met his fiancée Abigail Sheridan. Abigail has two children of her own and this blended family was soon looking for a fresh start, closer to work and school in Sydney.

With Peter and Abigail splitting their time between Peter’s home in Little Forest and Abigail’s place in Sydney, the Little Forest home became a financial burden.

Peter and Abigail admitted the tired home needed some love, so a buyer could walk in and immediately fall in love with the house and its beautiful surroundings.

Summary of Works – Interior

Shaynna’s main objective was brightening the dark interiors and bringing the natural tones of the outside inside.

Painting the dark beams and timber wall panelling in a lighter tone and whitewashing the timber floors immediately made the heaviness disappear. The black kitchen cabinetry was revived with a light green tone to complement the gorgeous views out the windows and the existing timber benchtops. Even the unique feature lights carried on the natural theme of the surrounding environment.

Some clever cladding transformed the dated bathroom, and granite veneer on the vanity and walls and vinyl planks on the floor brought a contemporary freshness. Black taps and fittings continued the modern streamlined look.

The upstairs bedrooms received new paint, carpet and window blinds, and the downstairs bedroom dressed as an art studio showed floorplan flexibility and how a new owner could draw even more inspiration from the beautiful location.

Summary of Works – Exterior

Being such a large property, Charlie had to focus his efforts on a few key areas. The front door wasn't in an obvious location, so strategic plants and styling help visitors find the entrance.

Tidying the mess around the water tanks was a simple fix, and a new screen and mature planting hid away the things that couldn't be changed.

Repainting the gutters, trims and shed brought a cohesiveness to the frontage, and painting the balustrade of the surrounding decking in a dark colour made it fade into the expansive views.

The verdict

Charlie and Shaynna helped to lift the dark and gloomy home, creating a lighter, brighter space which complemented its stunning surroundings and capitalised on those unbeatable views.

Peter admitted he'd miss the house even more since the team worked their magic, but his heart was already with Abigail in Sydney. 

With the property's new look and a clever real estate-strategy on hand, the house soon sold for a very attractive $900,000.

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