When retired couple Ron and Christine Jones bought 2023 Pittwater Road, Bayview in 2008, they spent 18 months on a major renovation.
"We did a 'Grand Designs' on it," says Ron. "We only kept three small walls at the bottom."
They transformed what was a 1960s bungalow into a modern five-bedroom, four-bathroom home with space for four cars - and an expansive view of Pittwater.
Architect Bruce James created an open, flowing family home with a striking staircase at its heart. The home also has a lift so it's easy to live across the three levels, with a full floor master suite, butler's pantry and multiple entertaining terraces.
"We get the winter sun thanks to the north-facing glass wall so it's nice and warm. Then in summer, there are beautiful north-easterly breezes. It's great in all seasons," says Ron. "We wanted to live near the walks on Bayview, we love the areas around the marina where you can have coffee and breakfast. There is a real holiday atmosphere here. When you look out the window, you think you're on holidays."
The Joneses are downsizing but intend to stay in the area. It's open for expressions of interest closing June 10, through Daniel Hindmarsh of Belle Property Mona Vale.
The rise and rise of Terrey Hills
While Terrey Hills has always been popular for those who want sprawling acreage, especially among horse enthusiasts, it seems that the rest is Sydney is now discovering what its residential market has to offer. According to Belle Property's Karen Turner and Stephen Allen, they recently secured a residential suburb record for 12 Carramar Grove, Terrey Hills after a four-weekauction campaign.
With about 120 people in the crowd, the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home was sold under the hammer for $2.7 million, which is $195,000 above the previous record of $2,505,000 in March this year.
When Carole and her husband Barry bought 3 Cabarita Road in Avalon Beach 42 years ago it was just a block of land. They built a four-bedroom, three-bathroom home that has stood the test of time. "When we built it, we wanted an open plan house and that was considered really radical and innovative at the time," says Carole. "It was the first of its kind back then but that means it's still quite a modern house."
The property is set to be very popular among buyers thanks to its expansive 180-degree views over Careel Bay, north to the Central Coast, as well as its access to Clareville and Avalon villages. "I love the decks in this house," she says. "You look out over the view and you can live out there - have your meals, relax, it's wonderful. Even in winter, it's perfect to sit out on the deck because it's really protected."
Set in the exclusive enclave of Stokes Point, the two-storey home also has potential for self-contained accommodation.
The auction is June 15 through Gordon Spring of LJ Hooker Avalon Beach with a price guide of $3.3 million.
Beach shack beauty
Former early childhood teacher and trained doula, Jo-Anne is selling 9 Lodge Lane, Freshwater to move to New Zealand. It has been home to Jo-Anne, her husband and three daughters, now aged between 17 and 21, since 2015. "When we bought the property, it was a fibro beach house that just couldn't be saved," she says. "There were trees growing through the laundry, it hadn't been touched since it was built."
After a complete overhaul, the result is a four-bedroom, two-bathroom, coastal home that has multiple living areas, a master suite with ocean views, and a decidedly beachy feel. "Our goal was to create a modern-day beach shack." Its crowning glory is the rooftop deck that offers spectacular views of the ocean, Freshwater, Brookvale and Curl Curl. It's listed for auction on June 12 through Georgi Bates of Cunninghams with a guide of $4.5 million.
Family home in Collaroy
The Yang family have owned the impressive 11 Lincoln Avenue, Collaroy since 2015. With five bedrooms, three bathrooms and space for three cars, this home also features self-contained accommodation with separate access and a master retreat with its own terrace. Mike Yang says: "We love the deck. It gives you a luxury Bali-like feel. You may be in the suburbs of Sydney but the palm trees, swimming pool and barbecue area make you feel like you're in a completely different environment."
With views of Long Reef golf course and beach, it also has multiple living areas.
It's listed for auction on June 12 through Jill Rafferty of McGrath Dee Why with a price guide of $4.2 million.
- Got a tip? email@example.com
GOING, GOING, GONE
Northern Beaches property sales
Houses sold last week: 61
Units sold: 39
TOP OF THE PROPS
$8.65 million: 16 Greycliffe Street, Queenscliff
$3.51 million: 9 Duke Street, Forestville
$3.5 million: 8/17 Fairlight Street, Manly
IN THE MIDDLE
$1.45 million: 3 Kevin Avenue, Scotland Island (pictured)
$1.12 million: 176/16 Boondah Road, Warriewood
$690,000: 19/7-13 Brookvale Avenue, Brookvale
Have something to say? Send a letter to the editor at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can access our trusted content: