Love It Or List It Australia

Reno Recap: Newport, NSW

Vicki and Mark fell in love with the suburb of Newport and both agree that it's the perfect suburb for them. However, it's a different story when it comes to agreeing on their house. While Mark thinks it's their forever home, Vicki wants a new address for their family, including her father-in-law, Alec. 

The 1970s, double-storey house is on a 700 square metre block. Downstairs there’s Alec’s zone, a granny flat with a bathroom and basic kitchen. Upstairs, the bedrooms are at the back along with the family bathroom and a study. At the front is a living room, galley kitchen, a formal dining room and meals area - currently doubling as a laundry. There's also a stunning view of the coastline, which the family adores. Pre-renovation, the property was valued at $1.7 million.

Reasons to love it

Mark believes the view is a complete winner, and the location of their home is perfect.

He even goes as far as saying, "It's everything I've ever dreamt of in a house." A strong candidate for team 'Love it', then!

Reasons to list it

Vicki believes the layout no longer works for their growing family. The galley-style kitchen is too small and separated from the rest of the house.

She also is fed-up with some of the areas that require maintenance, believing it's better for everyone just to move on.


Neale's design idea

The family gave Neale a budget of $150,000 to complete his renovation. With that, team 'Love it' had to create an open plan, modern home with a new kitchen that connects with the dining and living, a laundry and an upgrade for Alec’s space downstairs. 

By opening up the living, kitchen and dining space and installing six metres of sliding glass doors, the sheer beauty of the ocean views will shine through.

In addition to the open plan living, a new oven, butler's pantry and functional laundry will be the icing on the cake for this busy family.

Andrew's pitch to sell

For a budget of $2.2 million, Andrew's search had to contain four bedrooms, open plan living, and a self-contained pad for Alec. In a northern beaches suburb like Newport, that would be a challenge.

First up, in nearby Elanora Heights Mark and Vicki saw a six-bedroom, four-bathroom property has a separate space for Grandad Alec. With outdoor entertaining and ocean views, the couple loved the home, and it was the right price, expected to read $2.1 million at auction.

To show them what they could afford without paying for a view, Andrew then took them to the premium suburb of Avalon, to see a property with potential. The four-bedroom property set on 1100 square metres of land is a rare find. At $1.725 million, it was way below their budget, giving them a lot of room to move in order to transform it into something truly spectacular.

Lastly, with less work to do, Andrew showed Vicki and Mark a six-bedroom house in North Narrabeen, just 10 minutes down the road. With place for Alec, open plan living and a modern, upscale finish that is just ready to move into, Andrew was confident with this property, even though it was slightly over budget at $2.4 million.


The verdict

Neale and team 'Love It' helped this family to gain nearly $300,000 in value on their $150,000 renovation! With the problems sorted and the beautiful view enhanced, Vicki and Mark decided to love their home - especially now it's got a working oven and an updated space for Alec, too!

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