Hunters Hill – Ceiling Love

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66 Barons Crescent, Hunters Hill.  For Sale via Mc Grath guide $2,000,000

Can’t stop staring at the Ceilings.

I’m a complete convert to this mid-century modern house thing.   With small kids running through the house and bumping into doors and furniture a MCM house has less chance of them crashing into a wall or door because there are less walls.

Over to this house in Hunters Hill.  There are two sides to HH, the peninsular bit and the other side.   This the cheaper side but you still get the Hunters Hill postcode.   The Hill is known for grand sandstone mansions and waterside homes, a MCM house, like this is probably ignored, and that’s a good thing for a wise buyer like you.  Agent says a local family had it built in the 70s.

The house has been rented and has been staged for selling which is another advantage for two reasons.   If you need to re-paint, update or renovate anything before moving in you won’t have issues with access to the property because of current owners or tenants.   Secondly, most of this house has been left blank.  Apart from the ceilings, the character and style of the original house has been stripped out.  Get in a good designer, one sympathetic to this style and give some style back.

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What’s missing here is greenery.  The view outside to the pool finishes with an ugly fence. Get in a gardener and start discussing greening it up.

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Kitchen in a box.  Keep the stove.

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Flagstones.  Sorry temporarily distracted.  The view back into these two living areas is perfect for summer family life.  I can see what those kids are up to just by sitting here al fresco with my prosecco.

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The shade cloth is probably a great idea but plan on updating to a permanent structure or a retractable system.

More greenery needed.

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Hello pool fence.  North facing backyard so lots of sun on the pool.  Would suggest a shaded area or a Basil Bangs beach umbrella ?

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I don’t need a street frontage to impress other people.  Fence it and live behind it.  More room for living.

Floor plan shows bedrooms placed on either side of the house.  Keep the child with worst nightmares or bedwetting problem close to the main room and guest or others on the other side.

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66 Barons

Location map.  House is on edge of Lane Cove River and the river version of the Bondi to Bronte walk.   Schools nearby include Hunters Hills High so you can choose a state school if you are inclined.

 

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. 

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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