Randwick – Two houses for One

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6 George St, Randwick.   For Sale via McGraths.  Price Guide $2.8M

B.O.G.O.F.   Buy one get one Free.  Buy the Brick House get the Sandstone one for free.

Years ago Great Great Grandma Mary-Rachel ran out of money so she sold off a bit of the land, then other bit, then another. Before that the family owned all the ends of the street.  Now its a funny shape of land, very large in today’s terms, and the two cottages built for the family are still there.

This could be the reason for the odd shape of this property and the two different aged homes.    But let’s explore and see what could be done.  The leading image of the conservatory is completely enticing.  The land is huge but the house/s need an update.  Not too much.

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There are some great elements in this room, but also some missing elements.  The ceiling is very plain, the light is plain, the TV looks like an uninvited guest along with the glass coffee table.   I suggest taking a design look at Vaucluse House and the colour schemes of pale sage, persimmon and cream,  along with some fantastic old italian geometric tiles.

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Gabled roofed upper bedroom.  I ache for the potential to be reached in this unusual home.

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Close-ups of expensive stoves get me all excited.   I may be horrified by the rest of the kitchen but you’ve got me a step closer with the stove.  Pity about the fluro light – my instagram dinners will need better lighting.

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Hello down there!  if you climb up the Jacaranda tree you can see a long way.

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A secret garden so close to the city.   Just over 7 kms to the CBD.

In summary,  love seeing these tucked away mash-up homes from different eras and this one, subject to a good building inspection, could be family history in the making.

Family Factor: the amount of exploring space for children is magical.  I would encourage fort building, tree houses and vegetables patches and lots of yelling ‘go play outside it’s a lovely day’.

If $2.8 M is the stretch in your budget then ditch the private school prices and go state. The Government high schools including Randwick Girls are very close.  New South Uni is the same suburb so you could see your prodigy at home for years with this location.

 

 

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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. 

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.