Northern beaches property continues to climb

Exclusive enclaves and hideaways hit the still-hot beaches property market

Rooftop cocktails

If you're keen to secure an exclusive north-facing Whale Beach enclave, 9 Malo Road is a tri-level, four-bedroom, four-bathroom property with space for three cars. It has spectacular views of the beach and, for those who like the idea of rooftop cocktails, there's a bonus. Agent BJ Edwards says: "The terrace at the top is a feature that would never get approved again but it was built at a time when the rules were different. It looks over the ocean and is a great place to have a drink or relax."

The home is likely to appeal to those who want a walk-to-the-beach property as it's only a short stroll through a reserve before you feel the sand between your toes. We're expecting an investment banking type to snap it up soon. It's for sale by private treaty with a price of $7.5 million through David Edwards of LJ Hooker Palm Beach.

BLUE RIBBON: 9 Malo Road, Whale Beach.

BLUE RIBBON: 9 Malo Road, Whale Beach.

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TREEHOUSE LIFESTYLE: 38 Riviera Avenue, Avalon Beach.

TREEHOUSE LIFESTYLE: 38 Riviera Avenue, Avalon Beach.

Imagine the Swiss Family Robinson lived in a fancy treehouse with interconnected pavilions, quality finishings, expansive wooden decks and views to the ocean. That's 38 Riviera Avenue, Avalon Beach, a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home that has space for three cars. This is one of the most unique properties we've seen and well worth a visit. It's situated on 2000 square metres of bush and has been home to an artist who has used one of the pavilions as her studio. The extremely private property is in a tranquil location and you can't help but feel connected to nature as it really feels like each pavilion is a branch of a sturdy tree. It's up for auction on April 1 through James Baker of McGrath Pittwater with a price guide of $2.3 million.

Resort-style

Former Clareville boy Glenn Johnstone has slowly inched further south over his life and, now in Clontarf, is loving the proximity to beaches, ferries and the city. But the northern beaches could be losing this former publishing doyen and his wife Jaimie to Queensland, with his four-bedroom, three-bathroom home at 10 Moore Street, Clontarf up for grabs. The couple live there with their two kids, aged 4 and 19. "The house is designed a bit like a resort," says Glenn. "You can open up the front and back - and it flows so well when you have friends over. My favourite part of the house is the top balcony because it overlooks the city and Middle Harbour. The view is fantastic."

There is also a large home cinema that can also be used as a teenager's retreat, complete with bathroom and kitchenette. "My son can have 10 friends over and we don't hear them." It's listed for auction 17 April 2021 through Nathan Tse of Rowe Partners with a price guide of $4.8 to $5.2 million.

HARBOUR VIEWS: 10 Moore Street, Clontarf

HARBOUR VIEWS: 10 Moore Street, Clontarf

Coastal living

COASTAL CHIC: 1 Hollywood Road, Newport.

COASTAL CHIC: 1 Hollywood Road, Newport.

Kristy and Tony Boyce obviously love keeping busy. In addition to their day jobs - Kristy is in pet food marketing and Tony works at an investment bank - they're keen renovators. The house at 1 Hollywood Road, Newport is their latest project. "When we saw it six years ago, we could see its potential," says Kristy. "We lived in it for six months to decide what we wanted to do with it. Then we fully gutted the house, it has new wiring, plumbing, everything." Having renovated two properties prior to this, they were up for the challenge. During this time, the couple lived with their three kids, aged eight to 12, in the two-bedroom granny flat belonging to their next door neighbour. Their schmick new home is now a four-bedroom, three-bathroom property with a pool and space for two cars. It also features a gym, solar system and finishes that exude a coastal vibe. The home also has rumpus room with kitchenette and guest bathroom. It's listed for auction on April 17 through Phoenix Tysonn of Raine & Horne Mona Vale with a price guide of $3.75 million.

Home in the heights

The expansive house at 29 Curban Street, Balgowlah Heights has been home to Tom Wadham and Beth Brodie. The five-bedroom, three-bathroom property has space for two cars, views to Collaroy and a downstairs area that features a media room or teenage retreat. For those working from home, there is the bonus of two home offices, one which has handy separate access in case you want to have meetings but don't want visitors to access the main house. And the large master bedroom has an ensuite with a claw foot bath and underfloor heating.

Listed for April 24 auction through Steve Lambley of Cunninghams Real Estate Balgowlah with a price guide of $4.75 million.

HAMPTONS CLASSIC: 29 Curban Street, Balgowlah.

HAMPTONS CLASSIC: 29 Curban Street, Balgowlah.

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