Movers and Shakers column: who is buying what, where?

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When Jeff Ray and his wife Robyn moved into 18 Bligh Crescent, Seaforth in 2011 it was a single dwelling, which the couple modernised and renovated. In 2017, they added a second dwelling on the 1,025sqm block. Together, the two homes boast six bedrooms, four bathrooms and space for four cars. Jeff ran a national printing business before retiring and has since been enjoying the 180-degree view of the harbour and city. "We love sitting outside watching the sunsets and all the activity on the harbour," he says. There's also a saltwater pool, cabana and gardens that are irrigated remotely from the rainwater tank.

TWO FOR ONE: 18 Bligh Crescent, Seaforth

TWO FOR ONE: 18 Bligh Crescent, Seaforth

The architecturally-designed second dwelling works as home office, teenager's retreat or rental. The couple and their dog Molly are downsizing in the northern beaches. It's listed through Maria Cassarino of Stone Real Estate Seaforth with a price guide of $5.5 to $6 million.

Balgowlah beauty

Aaron and Naomi Knowles bought 63 Bungaloe Avenue, Balgowlah Heights 10 years ago, then added a pool and landscaped the yard. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home has a lower ground floor with potential for an additional bedroom, studio or home office. Aaron, who works for a software company, says one of the best features is the community. "When we bought the place, we didn't know that Bungaloe Avenue was pretty legendary," he says. "The neighbours are incredible. There are street parties and it's great for a young family. We love to have people around and entertain in the backyard around the pizza oven and the pool."

GOOD NEIGHBOURS: 63 Bungaloe Avenue, Balgowlah Heights

GOOD NEIGHBOURS: 63 Bungaloe Avenue, Balgowlah Heights

Aaron and Naomi, a counsellor, have raised their two children, now 10 and 12, in the home but are craving a life outside the city. It's listed for March 6 auction through Steve Lambley of Cunninghams Balgowlah, with a guide of $3.5 million.

Wandeen Wonder

Avalon is a sought-after suburb, thanks to its village, beach and proximity to Pittwater. So 22 Wandeen Avenue, Avalon Beach should appeal to those looking for a stylish family home with beautiful views. Owners Michael and Anna Henry moved there in 1999 and have raised their three children, now aged 12 to 24.

COASTAL CHIC: 22 Wandeen Avenue, Avalon Beach

COASTAL CHIC: 22 Wandeen Avenue, Avalon Beach

Anna, an architect and engineer who has designed more than 150 homes in the northern beaches, also transformed this property. The five-bedroom, four-bathroom home has space for two cars, as well as a granny flat with en-suite and kitchenette. Former publisher Michael, a peak performance coach who often works from home, says: "My favourite spot is on the deck. We would have three meals a day out there for at least nine months of the year. My wife is Swedish so it has a real Scandinavian feel to it, which blends really well with the coastal vibe."

Listed through James Baker of McGrath Pittwater with a $3.8 million guide.

On the waterfront

If you're looking for a waterfront lifestyle, 167b Seaforth Crescent, Seaforth has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and space for two cars. Overlooking Powderhulk Bay, the tri-level home also has a pool, wraparound verandah and 180-degree water views.

 HARBOUR VIEWS: 167b Seaforth Crescent, Seaforth

HARBOUR VIEWS: 167b Seaforth Crescent, Seaforth

Owner Jeff O'Donnell and his family have lived there for the last 13 years and will often launch their kayaks or stand up paddleboards from the private jetty, alongside the sandy beach. Jeff says: "For a place so close to the city, it's amazingly quiet. A few years ago, a whale got into Middle Harbour and I remember lying in bed at night being able to hear him breathe. My favourite place in the house is the back deck because of the incredible views."

It's open for expressions of interest through Andrew Thomas of Century 21 Mosman with a guide of $5.5 to $6 million.

Hot market prompts sale

The hot northern beaches market has prompted buddies and former Manly flatmates Luke Scott and Marc (and his wife Daisy) Lawler to pop their apartment at 405/13 Whistler Street, Manly on the market. Marc and Daisy work in construction for GJ Gardner alongside Daisy's family and Luke is Global Creative Director for streetwear labels Zanerobe and Rec Gen. They could be onto a winner with the building highly sought-after since completion 12 months ago. The New York penthouse-style apartment's architecture and interiors were designed by award-winning CHROFI, with plenty of natural light and a prime spot overlooking Ivanhoe Park for easy viewing of cricket and league. It's up for auction on March 13, through Cunninghams' Andrew Lutze, with a price guide of $2.1 million.

FINE FINISHES: 405/13 Whistler Street, Manly.

FINE FINISHES: 405/13 Whistler Street, Manly.

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