Middle Cove – So Awesome

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Presenting 15 The Quarterdeck, Middle Cove (near Castlecrag)

For Sale with a guide price of $3.5M via Richardson & Wrench.

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The house is above the normal budget of SFH, being under $2.5M, but this listing deserves a mention,  along with a bit of history.

Nearby Castlecrag, the suburb designed by Walter Burley Griffin & Marion Mahony, is chock full of architectural homes dating back to the beginning of the suburb in 1925 (a suburb started by designers and architects?  that sounds like a utopia)

Walter & Marion’s colleague and eventual trustee of his practice notes was Eric Nicholls, who house is at No. 12 The Parapet, Castlecrag.  His son, Glynn, also an architect,  designed and built this house as his family home.   I noted the Rudolf Steiner school is nearby, which Glynn Nicholls, inspired by his father, Walter and Marion, founded in 1957.

Enough of the history, time to perve around.

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Love the lawn, although the cricket balls and soccer balls would get lost in that dense bush.   Access to the water is through thick scrub.

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Ideal North/ North East aspect

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Pool fence freaks, like me, will squint and note there is a glass fence.

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Excellent drone work here.     Tip – Google ‘9-11 The Quarterdeck’, the house with the hexagonal pool.

House has had two owners.  The current owners updated the house in 2000 using sympathetic designers.

Agent says he anticipates many black t-shirt middle aged males at the openings.   Reminds me of seeing Devo at the Ent Cent (RIP).  Black tees and Cone hats go well together.

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.