Most Australians will be familiar with The Muddle-Headed Wombat or the books Playing Beatie Bow and The Harp in the South, all created by Ruth Park. According to Jo Freeman, who is co-owner of 25 Sanananda Avenue, Allambie Heights, the famous author used to live at that address.
"Jack and Olga built the house in 1962. Then Ruth lived there about 10 years later before she moved to Norfolk Island. And then my Nan and Pop bought it," says Jo.
The humble red-brick house has three bedrooms, one bathroom and space for two cars. Still sporting many original features, it's an ideal starter home for someone who is keen to update it or who may want to own a little piece of Australian literary history. It's listed through Georgi Bates of Cunninghams Real Estate for auction on May 15 with a guide of $2 million.
Belle of the beaches is now hot property
The Avalon Beach property of interiors style maven Sarah Parry-Okeden, wife of Henry Parry-Okeden, has generated considerable buzz among buyers with its impeccable attention to detail, steeped in contemporary coastal chic.
The three-bedroom, five-bathroom home at 16 Bellevue Avenue is literally across the road from the local primary school so it will appeal to young families who also want to live in a picture perfect home that also boasts a heated mineral pool and cabana. With a spacious feel, it has three master suites, as well as a study, studio and rumpus room. It's also walking distance to the cosmopolitan village.
The property last traded in December 2020 for $4 million and is now listed for auction on May 8 through Laura Mears of Belle Property Avalon with a price guide of $5.3 million.
Holiday home with flair
Those with some cash to splash will have their eye on 20 Norma Road, Palm Beach. The Gartner Trovato home has views of the whole of Palm Beach all the way to the Central Coast.
The four-bedroom, four-bathroom home has space for four cars and boasts an indoor pool, along with steam room, multiple living areas, home theatre, gym and several terraces with vistas to die for from every level.
It has been the holiday home of Angela Fleming, widow of the late supermarket mogul Jim Fleming.
LJ Hooker's BJ Edwards says: "It's one of the only properties we know of in Palm Beach and Whale Beach with an indoor pool. This is a super rare occurrence. The beauty of it is that if you have a big nor-easter in summer when you're entertaining, you can shield that off and not get blown away. It's also very unassuming. From the road, it looks like a one-storey house but it's designed as a very substantial home over three levels."
It last traded in 2007 for $6,550,000 and is now open for expressions of interest through David Edwards of LJ Hooker Palm Beach with a guide of $9.9 million.
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Bringing the outside in
The five-bedroom, four-bathroom family home at 64 Ellery Parade, Seaforth is up for sale. Owner Charity Khandhar says one of her favourite spaces in the house is the outdoor entertaining area.
"It's a link between the family and dining room to the outside - and it feels like the garden is drawn into the house," says Charity. " We've hosted many people here and it's great because it's north facing so it's bathed in year-round sunlight. There are also four-metre high hedges so you're totally protected from the wind. I also love the library. There is a beautiful big bench seat where the sun streams in and when the black tulip magnolias are in bloom it's a very special place in the house. The light is so warm and there is a floor to ceiling library which is the heart of the home."
It's listed for auction on May 8 by Maria Cassarino of Stone Seaforth with a guide of $5.5 million.
For those who want to be near the action in Manly, the Federation semi at 9A Cove Avenue has been listed for sale. Situated at the base of Eastern Hill, it has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and space for two cars.
It boasts many original features including rosette ceilings, timber flooring, cast iron fireplaces, enclosed wraparound balcony and beautiful sandstone. However, a key attraction is bound to be its proximity to the area's restaurants, cafes, ferry and beaches.
It's scheduled for auction on May 8 through Jake Rowe of Rowe Partners with a guide of $3 million.
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