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. 

 

Three Homes for Inner City Families

Erskineville, 33 Eve –  Family Starter pack

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Tucked in behind Sydney Park, is this  3 bed cottage set on one and a half levels.  Already set up for a family life it would be great for the first child but move out by the second.  The area is teaming with shiny prams, dogs and excellent childcare.

Darlinghurst, 172 Bourke –  Magic door of calm

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Behind this micro looking terrace set on the lower end of Bourke St is delightful surprise of a family home.    All the colours are calm, the bookshelves are plentiful and the light is coming in the right places.   It seems amazing to find so many rooms in what appears to be a small home.  There are three levels, so send the kids upstairs and you can relax with a book in the front parlour.

The sunlit back area and open kitchen has a cute playroom tucked around the corner.   The only improvement would be a mural or chalkboard wall outside the kitchen as its too plain.

Family factor.  Already set up for a family.  There is an excellent preschool nearby,  you could join both the Australian Museum and Cook & Phillip pool.    For last minute meals, reasonable Italian eats are in Stanley Street.

Newtown, 49 Gowrie – Formidable

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I never thought to seek out a french industrial inspired terrace but here it is. The level of detail is like a fabulous film set from walkways, copper plumbing, internal trees, moroccan tiles to an actual swing.    It’s a great life for a creative childhood.  I would ask how many of the fittings are included. You would want the kitchen table as the tiles are featured throughout the house.    Excellent for parents who still like a night out at the Enmore.

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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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.

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

w1600-h1200-2012871149_2_pi_160615_034020Here’s a handy arrow.  Gosh that ferry looks close.

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.

w1600-h1200-2012871149_6_pi_160615_034023Sydney sandstone jigsaw walls, floorboards and handy exit to the outdoors.

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.

w1600-h1200-2012871149_10_pi_160615_034016Honey, we bought a park. Is there enough lawn to warrant a ride-on mower?  The teenager in me is planning a swing over that tree.

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.