Modern Love

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33 Camelot Court, Carlingford.  Guide $1.3-$1.4M – 5 beds, A rumpus room and a ‘games room’ – or rather space for bunch of 12 year olds to play Dungeons and Dragons.

Potential is my super power and in this house and many modern houses currently for sale, I see an easy adaption to 21st Century family life.  These houses were built for families but also built for their location and environment.   Not simply plonked on a block of land, the orientation of the sun is taken into account, hence these houses have the sun, the warmth and the low-cost of maintenance that comes with these building decisions.

While many home renovations tear down walls to open spaces, these modern homes have that open layout, many just need an updated kitchen and new colour scheme.  Too easy.

So look at the plans, see the open spaces, the high ceilings, and large windows and think of your colour schemes and get a designer in.

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44 Sylvan Ave, East Lindfield.     Guide Over $1.9M   –  5 Beds – Built in the 1970s this bushland north shore modern wins window and staircase award of the week.  The house has cleverly organised all its major windows north, even rooms on lower levels have strategic north windows.  Very clever considering the house’s orientation is North to street/ South backyard.

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This house has all the extra elements that make it a perfect family home.  The swimming pool is large, fenced and heated.  The lawn is ready for tip cricket.

 

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Not stopping here.. there are more modern treasures this week…

Greenwich, 58 Ronald Ave.  Guide over $2.35M.    4 beds and room for the au-pair (says the agent).  If you love triangles this is your home.  Triangle house on a triangle shaped block.

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It really is a week for staircases and spectacular windows

For a suburb close to trains and the CBD this part of Greenwich is wonderfully green.   Which is really the point of buying a house over an apartment.  For the same price you could have a small apartment with water views, or a large light and green filled house close to transport and a lively area and no strata issues.

Next,   Here’s a question.  Which one of the following two photos would you use for the lead image?

The outside?  or

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The inside?

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Before I tell you, which one is more distinctive? unique? and could tempt a buyer looking for not-the-average home?   Click through link to see the lead image.

Roseville, 6 Kings Avenue – guide $2.180M  –  4 beds and 4 car spaces.  Weird price and weird amount of car spaces.  Could they be used for something else?

I’d love to see more of this unique house built over a creek but there are only 5 images one of which are the floor plans.  The other two images are a dull workstation of a kitchen and a slither of the bathroom.   Hello agent, show me more please because the house is a bit different.

 

 

Finally, and this is the favourite for the week,

10A Beechworth Road , Pymble.   Guide over $2.75M.  5 beds, salt water pool, driveway with turning circle.

It’s a step back in time to a friend’s family home where the mum liked to paint and the dad was ‘in business’ but they frequently travelled to Asian countries that are called different names now.

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Every pebble, rock and brick can tell a story.   I’d get rid of the topiary and go a bit more native. Easier too.

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The land size is huge, 2500 sqm, not clear how much is sub-tropical spider forest and what is lawn.

I’ve always wanted my own gates.  Hope they are automatic or we would just have arguments sitting in the car, while it rains in that sudden heavy Sydney way, about whose turn to open the gates.

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The kitchen is great, I love the windows and outlook but not right.  I love the copper extractor and the tiles behind look authentic, but it’s just missing a cohesive idea.  Might need a bit of greenery?

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Just in case you need more,  here are some from the short list

Turramurra, 18 Holmes Street

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20 Saiala Rd, Killara

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33 Jeanette Street, Ryde  (watch out for the hipsters hanging ’round the house)

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And last

7 Elizabeth Street, Avalon

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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.