Seven Family Homes Selected

We have a core philosophy here at Sydney Family Homes.  The house could be dire, the colours wrong, the kitchen lacking, the carpet sticky… but if the house has a few certain elements then you look harder, you start making plans and ask for that contract.

Rule 1.  As mother said ‘It must be a north facing backyard’

Rule 2.  Made of brick

Rule 3.  A backyard not a courtyard

Rule 4 You can change anything but all of the above.

We also are mindful of pricing.  We don’t live on fantasy but realism.  Mortgages in Sydney are steep and we are here to show you houses from $1M to $2.5 M.

So here are Seven Houses for Sale with all of the above.  Some are just right others are fixer-uppers.

No. 1  – 71 Sunnyside Cres, CASTLECRAG.

The whole street is filled with expensive houses and this is the last one left in original condition.   This is the house you start your family life with and end up with something of your own making (or your designer/ architect).

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Castlecrag is a premium suburb with architectural history, bush, water, great local schools and close to the city.   You can buy a reasonable house in Castlecrag but this house has the 4 elements that make it liveable and what we define as a perfect family home (after a bit of renovating, of course)

No. 2  – 17 Dolphin St, RANDWICK

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Pleasant Federation cottage with 3 beds and plenty of below ground storage thanks to a sloping block.  The heritage style of the house is here but with no clear design ideas.  It would be super easy to give a ‘Hamptons’ or ‘French’ style to update the interior.

Location is what this house is all about.  Take the kids to Nippers at Clovelly and home to the backyard for some trampoling.  Plan a top floor in the future with a parents retreat.

 

No 3 – 6 Brown Street, BOTANY

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Botany is one of those areas, full of low rise townhouses and cottages, yet teaming with parks and a great pool.  It will always be low rise due to the airport (until that moves) and is close to Rosebery and Alexandria which are turning into destinations.

This cottage in Brown Street is considered one of the best streets.  It has all the elements and no style to save, just add it yourself.   Worth driving around Botany and seeing for yourself.

 

No 4 –  43  Barnstaple Road, Five Dock

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Five Dock is easy to love.   Set between bays with long park walks and that ideal mix of cultures giving ample choice of food destinations.  The house could either be updated or redeveloped, either way you are buying into a good area with the right location. Just close your eyes and pretend you don’t see the old decor and concrete backyard.  It’s opposite a park  – always a bonus.

 

No.  5 – 26 Libya Crescent, Allambie Heights

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Praise the sunshine this house is designed to love it.  It’s open, airy and looks like it could withstand the worst of Sydney’s muggy summer nights with ease.

 

No. 6 –  13 Fullarton Street, Telopea

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Telopea, yes, even I struggle with where some of Sydney’s 700+ suburbs are.    If I said ‘The Kings School’ is up the road and Telopea has a train station, does that help?

Price guide is $1.2 – $1.32oK.   I’ve picked this for a reason,  because if the next buyer doesn’t knock this down and build a duplex I will be surprised.   Not quite in the category of ‘family homes’ but it is a ‘family home’ area.    House is plain, inside is plain.  Enough said.

Now for something pleasing to the eye..  the best is last

No. 7.  26 Vista St, Pymble

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It’s in a park or a forest or a large garden, the pool is heated (!) and the front doors are splendiferous.   Style is described as ‘Balinese’? .   It has that deft hand of maintenance to it but lacking in a finished or defined interior style.    Just needs the right paint and the right furniture which is not difficult.   I’d talk to the nice ladies at Piper & Ross.  Start with a nice cheese board and get some decorating advice, or do one of their masterclasses in shibori?

Anyway this is a proper family home and has all the elements on the check list.

 

It wasn’t easy to find these 7 homes all the with ‘elements’ and so many of them need work on them, but they are worth it if you want to create a home for your family, your needs and make it your own.  I am tempted between Castlecrag and Pymble, but then Allambie is designed for Sydney, Randwick is a great position, Botany is up and coming and Telopea is just a money-making opportunity.

All images courtesy of Domain.  All opinions and conclusions are my own.  Any experiences or extra information on any of these houses would be welcomed. 

 

Artarmon – Totes Clever

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9 Onyx Road, Artarmon – Auction via LJ Hooker.

I’m a bit over (neighbouring) Willoughby.  Got caught in Saturday traffic jam and wondered how everyone survives due to the stress of Saturday sport drop-offs.   Artarmon has better access to freeways/ tollroads and has a train station (can you tell I love trains?)

This north facing transformation home will not be long on the market.  Last few houses I’ve watched in Artarmon have gone both quickly and over the reserve (although I am sceptical of reserves anyway).

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Fold those doors back and enjoy the sunshine.

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Clever this.  The Kitchen has a slight wall over the benches. You can hide all the dishes and  keep the wall side clean.

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The open plan area is on two levels giving it a better sense of separate areas.

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All four of the front rooms are bedrooms, meaning originally they were the reception rooms and would be a good size.

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Four taps?

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Unsuspecting frontage.  Garage to the left.

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Looks like a park but easy to maintain.

Family Factor:   I would make an offer before auction.  There is nothing to do, from these images, and you can’t go wrong with the area.  Artarmon and the North Shore, in general, is the ideal good schools and good for families part of Sydney.

Looking at past sales, many are listed as ‘price withheld’  a similar property on the street went for $2.58M.   My guess is $2.7M as this is 4 beds, not 3 and on the ‘right’ side of the street.

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All images courtesy of Domain.  All opinions and conclusions are my own.  Any experiences or extra information on any of these houses would be welcomed. 

Turella – Where ? Think Ikea Land

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8 Goddard St, Turella.   so, yeah, where is Turella?  Well it has a train station, is 10 kms from the CBD,  5 minutes from Ikea Tempe and 10 minutes to the airport.  This house is priced at $1.4M which is on the high side for Turella.  Average price is about $1.1M.    The last house that made an impact was this one for just under $1M.

For those priced out of Marrickville and Tempe (insane but yes) Turella is across the Cooks River and with surprisingly better access to roads and much less airport noise due to flight paths.  Rave over – lets just take in this glory box of a house.

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I’m fascinated by the current owners art collection.  This is the best natural styling I have seen and strangely closely resembles the artistic clutter of a family home but with more plastic.

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Kitchen is perfect for families.  You can gather here and do homework and all sit around on screens.

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This has parent’s retreat all over it.

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Everything old except new bathroom.  Big Tick.

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Happy family verandah.  Notice the canoes stored?  Down the road is the Cooks River with its own canoe club.   I vote to lie on the day bed and supervise the kids playing.

Family Factor.  Single level always works for small children.  A large open kitchen/ lounge and access to safe outdoor space is also perfect.  Three well sized bedrooms and north facing backyard, large trees and this house is rambling childhood perfection.

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Turella map

All images courtesy of Domain.  All opinions and conclusions are my own.  Any experiences or extra information on any of these houses would be welcomed. 

 

Ashfield – Watch This Suburb

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Address: 70 Church St, Ashfield  –  Zone: Inner West

Federation, renovated, 3 bedrooms, outside studio, pool.   For Auction around $1.5M.   For one million more you could live in this similar house in Waverley.

So why is Ashfield taking off?

Quite simply, when one area becomes too expensive, buyers push to the next closest area.  Ashfield has all the access to the bays, parks and water areas of Haberfield and Five Dock.   Added to this is access to either City Rail or Light Rail.

The schools are good.  Santa Sabina for the girls and Trinity Grammar – school of the SuperWogs – for the boys.

When this warehouse conversion was featured in Domain; Ashfield became a wise choice as it is surrounded by other more expensive suburbs.

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Click on the address link at the top for the auction and agent information.

Waverley – Old Face New Body

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16 Langlee Ave, Waverley .  That’s it Sydney property buyers.  It will take a minimum of $2.5M to buy this cute but tiny house in Waverley.   The property market in Sydney is nuts, ridic, hilarious or just simply depressing.  Signs are the market is about to explode again. House are being sold before Auction and there is a black market for properties that never reach the illustrious pages of the Wenty.

Fatigue sets in about now so I’m here to help. Apart from a dated kitchen which a splash of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint will fix, the house is ready to go.  The backyard faces north, the house is painted that fashionable grey colour (although only the facade, guys you could have painted the sides).  The garage is like a cupcake.. so take a long tape measure and see if the Jeep fits in.  Bonus playroom in the attic and home office outside.

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The so-called ‘formal’ rooms are simply furnished and look more usable than normal.

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Brilliant choice of window and door frames.  The industrial look frames are loft style and not simply a concertina fold back look.

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There’s a home office/ study lurking in the back yard.  I advise looking at the google satellite maps closely.  There is an apartment building at the rear.

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Sleigh beds make me feel sorry for the removalists.

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The kitchen is the only room with a high need for renovation.  The cheap option is to paint the cupboards and replace the door knobs. Expensive option is to gut and redo and get a better flow to the adjoining family room.

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Lounge room is now a TV room.  A practical use of an otherwise ‘formal’ room.

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Roseville – Gingerbread Hamptons (Sold)

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40 Trafalgar Avenue, Roseville.  No doubt this Arts & Craft gingerbread cottage has been remodelled extremely well in that fashionable Hamptons way.  It reeks of expensive candle scents,  a good use of the Dyson upright with hardly a stray cavoodle hair in sight.

It has almost 5 bedrooms, well, rich people are breeding a lot these days,  sign of being wealthy is more children than average.  One bedroom downstairs and the remaining 4 upstairs. Either the snorer stays downstairs or its used for the invalid in the family.  There is always someone sick who can’t get upstairs.  It would be thoughtful of this homeowner to always mention that.  “We can take care of Great Aunt Lizzy,  we have that bedroom downstairs you know.. so ideal for taking care of the old treasure.”

Dining rooms are a bit passe these days.  More relaxing rooms, media rooms and reading areas are better than cold, old dining suites.   I like the small afternoon tea area with giant orchid.

The kitchen is dated.  Needs that pale oaky floorboard look with bespoke exotic handles and giant octopus looking taps.   French-style which is Hamptonsy-looking as well.  Style is so interchangeable.

Auction on 27th August.  giddy-up.

 

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Belmore -A bright bungalow

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Presenting – 19 Isabel St, Belmore.  About 15kms from the city and 550 metres (7 min walk) to Belmore train station.  This picture perfect federation has 4 beds, a pool (with a fence) and is north facing.  I’ll come to the part about what and where is Belmore after I tell you this house would be twice as much in another suburb.  It’s about taking a risk and seeing the potential for a lovely house in a different area.

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All looks very nice..   The next series of photos I had to put in a gallery.. it’s all a bit bright in black and white.

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But the bones are there sweeties!  all those gorgeous period details.  You could totally Scandi this place up but first you have to deal with those tiles.  Alice and the rabbit will come wandering past looking for the Mad Hatter in this house.

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I’m suspicious of this room.  It could be a great family room leading out to the north facing backyard and the ceiling is a lovely timber, but the blinds and curtains are all pulled up and the doors are all glass sliding ones.   Looks like it was done cheaply.

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Neat but dull patio.   Needs some plants undercover.   Put timber flooring over those ghastly tiles. I love the set up of the backyard.  Lots of fun playing here.

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According to Planning Alerts (a site which SFH loves) they complied and put in a pool fence earlier this year.  Not my choice of fence but the pointy bits are good for hanging wet towels and cossies on.

Floor plans show only one inside bathroom with one outside.  There are no photos of the bathroom (which probably has black and white tiles) so it’s probably small.  I would look at turning Bed 1 into a big bathoom and turing the old bathroom into a laundry/ inside spare toilet.

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From the Domain liveability index (out of 555)

342. Belmore

Belmore is well ahead of most of Sydney for education, train links and – its highest score – telecommunications coverage. It outperforms most of its region overall, despite receiving low marks for open space and tree cover.

There are three sports fields down the road.  The street is tree lined and spacious.

Belmore is out of the box for someone living in the inner west or a family cramped in an apartment.   It could be the new Ashfield, which is the new Dulwich Hill, but regardless it does represent very good value.

Also you will be the only ones in your street with a swimming pool so you’ll make friends easily.

19 Isabel street J

Commute lines.  Work is set to Martin Place.   An easy train ride to the city.

Isabel to CBD J

Price guide ?  $1.3-1.4 M

Birchgrove – Sandstone & Black walls (SOLD)

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Fantasy Home moment.  Price? no object.  But let’s be a little picky.  We are looking at over $5.5 million.

9 Numa Street, Birchgrove

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w1600-h1200-2012871149_3_pi_160615_034025I’m in love. It’s a toss up between the black stove and all those windows.

Kitchen itself looks a little old.  Need one of those funky taps, maybe black again?  The dishwasher is white, white?  who has white appliances these days?

w1600-h1200-2012871149_4_pi_160615_034016Built in 1913 and owned by one family for 50 years, it’s a rare look into a lovely family home.   I love the arts and craft timber work.  The black walls and details are a great anchor to the views.

w1600-h1200-2012871149_5_pi_160615_034018Al fresco on demand.  Doors have been pushed back for some clever open dining.  Love the  Icarus light shade.  Nice view back to living area.

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w1600-h1200-2012871149_7_pi_160615_034016The winter balcony.  There are very few houses on the harbour with this amount of openness.  Maybe I speak too soon and some ferry comes blasting past or maybe a midnight party boat with John Farnham playing too loud.

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w1600-h1200-2012871149_9_pi_160615_034025Dining under hanging rock.  White dresses and pan flutes required. Like your own private national park.

w1600-h1200-2012871149_8_pi_160615_034021Well, this just caps it off.  How many people can you fit on the lawn for New Year’s?

Birchgrove is already an incredible suburb this is just a great reason to leave the Eastern Suburb crowded harbour side and lie around on this lawn.

Do you know this house?  have you visited? please leave a comment.

 

Turramurra – Surprise extras (SOLD)

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Presenting – 57 Bobbin Head Road, Turramurra (click address for link to Domain)

Major points for the entrance.  Well presented.  Watch you don’t reverse the car too much.
The Upper North Shore has a few elements unique to this part of the city, glorious bush views with multiple entertainment balconies and north facing as well.  One of the big tick boxes in real-estate is a north facing aspect.  Face all your family rooms this way and you’ll enjoy a warm and sunny home.

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The lounge, kitchen, dining flow nicely.  It’s not a lofty open space but a nice balance with open and walled rooms.  Are we over the huge combined lounge/ dining/ kitchen?   Nice, clean kitchen – It would never look like this again if I lived here.

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This BBQ balcony is the kinder surprise gift of this house.I love an unexpected element, something you would never put in yourself but love if it was mysteriously added, like in a renovation show.  A BBQ balcony with three wine fridges?  hello boozy parties at home.  Pick the herbs right next to the bbq and no dirty dishes come into the house courtesy of a sink and is that a dishwasher at the end ?  so thoughtful.

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Normal looking lounge, but great outdoor views.  Good clean blinds.  Looks of well thought out elements in this home.  Has it been styled or are they stylish? I think the latter.

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The loungey balcony.  Wonder how they keep the mozzies under control?  do they have one of those zapper things like at the kebab shop? Is that screen hiding something?  maybe the neighbours are too close.

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More outdoor space.  This cabana is perfect, just missing a pool or spa.  It faces north and would be perfect in the cooler months for capturing sun. The pre-schooler will fall off the sides, actually I would fall off the side after a few drinky poos.  Did Kuringai council approve that ?

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Bit of grass, always get us excited as the kids can play ‘rolling disease’ on it.  Superb almost uninterrupted wall of bush  All you need is the sound of currawongs and cockatoos and its bush in the city.   Must ask if bush burn-back is up to date, oh and if insurance covers bushfire.  

This is the best house of the week.

Do you know this house?  please leave some comments.