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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A week of Pools

Here at Sydney Family Homes we take in the necessity of the backyard pool.  Essential for tiring out primary school kids by playing ‘Marco Polo’ or ‘Shark’ for hours or paying them to scoop out the leaves only for them to abandon the pool as ‘uncool’ in later high school.

We are outraged at the number of pools without fencing and glad there is finally a system in place to at least acknowledge that a pool should have a fence.

As summer approaches we look longingly at other people’s pools and question if the style of a pool attracts or distracts from the purchase of a house… let’s explore.

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1 Orient Place, Cronulla.  Is is blue or green? Maybe the officials from Rio were tampering with the colour either way a tropical kidney shape with cascading rock waterfall and palm trees make this already sweet house even better.

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25 Amarma Parade, Roseville.   I don’t understand this pool.  Is it ironic?  Is it a certain shape from a drone?    Its the awkward relative that lives with you if you bought this otherwise stunning 1930’s Art Deco house.

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Two pools have floored me this week.

This one in in Dover Heights.    Totes resort on the mountain top.  I could chant Om’s that would richochet off the heads.

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But The Pool of the Week goes to

Bayview.  Also on a hillside but with dolphins.  They are great for hanging towels off.

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The house and the pool are  “one”

 

 

 

Roseville – Gingerbread Hamptons (Sold)

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40 Trafalgar Avenue, Roseville.  No doubt this Arts & Craft gingerbread cottage has been remodelled extremely well in that fashionable Hamptons way.  It reeks of expensive candle scents,  a good use of the Dyson upright with hardly a stray cavoodle hair in sight.

It has almost 5 bedrooms, well, rich people are breeding a lot these days,  sign of being wealthy is more children than average.  One bedroom downstairs and the remaining 4 upstairs. Either the snorer stays downstairs or its used for the invalid in the family.  There is always someone sick who can’t get upstairs.  It would be thoughtful of this homeowner to always mention that.  “We can take care of Great Aunt Lizzy,  we have that bedroom downstairs you know.. so ideal for taking care of the old treasure.”

Dining rooms are a bit passe these days.  More relaxing rooms, media rooms and reading areas are better than cold, old dining suites.   I like the small afternoon tea area with giant orchid.

The kitchen is dated.  Needs that pale oaky floorboard look with bespoke exotic handles and giant octopus looking taps.   French-style which is Hamptonsy-looking as well.  Style is so interchangeable.

Auction on 27th August.  giddy-up.

 

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