The South – but not as you know it

Go to The South often?   Like deep Shire South?  It’s like the North, in fact, its very like the North but much cheaper.  Waterways, creeks, bush, beaches and even train stations.

Last school holidays I discovered Hazelehurst Gallery in Gymea.   A combination of bequeathed art gallery, playground, hip cafe and craft group or as the recent SMH review called it ‘A garden party in Gymea’.     Culture, regional arty culture, does exist and so do some affordable interesting family homes.

30 Ruby Road, Gymea.  Auction.  Domain range to $1M *

Waterfront and waterview homes are more expensive, naturally, but this mid-century home is well located to the preschool and public school (like across the fence).

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Not the most exciting house.  Plain mid-century and small.   This is posted here as an example of what people ignore.   A plain house that is ‘out of fashion’ can be the best entry to a tough market.   There are now design firms that specialise in helping modernise a mid-century home,  Secret Design Studio, offers a ‘Dr Retro House’ service.  Although based in Melbourne, the demand for consultations has prompted a new office in Sydney.

Here is the google location showing park on the south side and Primary school to the west.   Home is located in a cul-de-sac.

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Nothing to Do – 65 Forest Road Miranda.    For Sale.  Domain range to $1.4M

5 bedrooms, 3 balconies and a spa.   Close to shops, schools and a Westfield there is nothing to do in this house.  In another part of Sydney this house would be way more than $1.4.

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If you want more in Miranda you could try this palm-tree-laden confusion at 63 Matson Crescent  – price estimate is $1.9- $2.1M

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12 Glen Road Oatley.   Auction guide $1.6-1.7M.   A new home with a MCM (mid-century modern) influence I only have one objection.  The two car garage could be brought forward to a car-port and a more living space could be added.  Otherwise Oatley has one of the best family parks in Sydney

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The Best for lusty last.

14 Boronia Parade, Lugarno.  Designed by Ancher, Mortlock & Murray in the early 1960s, the leading image was of the water view, which is spectacular, but avoided any sense of a superb house behind it.

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Hello House.

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Built in the early 1960s this formed part of the early ‘Sydney School’ style of architecture.  If this house was in Castlecrag or Northbridge it would be over $3M.   Here in Lugarno the auction guide is $1.8 plus.

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For Auction with price range of $1.8-$1.9M.  I’m off to buy my lotto ticket for this one.

* Domain range = Although no dollar price is indicated a price range can be found by using the ‘Price’ in the filtering system.  Agents have to enter a guide price range when listing a property.

 

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. 

Blakehurst – Party out of Bounds

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215 Stuart St, Blakehurst –

Inconceivable

Just wait..  get to the interior shots

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Are you impressed by the waterfront picture?  Wait, this is not about it being a waterfront house.   I’ll just leave all the interior shots for you to enjoy.   You just need to know it was built in 1962 and is currently for sale.

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The best description of this house is here at Modernist Australia

Thanks to Sarah at Pink Flamingo for alerting me to this party house.

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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.