Top northern beaches' homes on the market

BEACH CHARMER: 36 Morella Road Whale Beach.

BEACH CHARMER: 36 Morella Road Whale Beach.

When Greg Baker and his interior designer wife Jane bought 36 Morella Road, Whale Beach for $1,550,000 in 2013, it was in dire need of some love.

The Bakers have lavished this, and more, throughout an extensive renovation completed in 2017. It's given their holiday home a new lease on life with the Hamptons-style finishes and immaculate interiors.

BEACH CHARMER: 36 Morella Road Whale Beach.

BEACH CHARMER: 36 Morella Road Whale Beach.

The result is a classic beach house vibe that's perfect for a home perched above the beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean. With four bedrooms, two bathrooms and space for four cars, it's set to be one of the hottest properties on the market.

LJ Hooker's BJ Edwards says: "There has been a real supply constraint on homes in this area in the $4 million to $6 million range. For the past six months, most of the turnover has been in homes priced in excess of $8 million, so there's a lot of interest in this property."

It's up for auction on June 22 through David Edwards of LJ Hooker Palm Beach with a guide of $5,550,000.

Location, location

This original double brick home at 22 Kooloora Avenue, Freshwater is a mere 300 metres from the beach and sits on an 866sqm near-level block. So it's a great opportunity for someone keen to secure prime land in order to build a dream home.

ORIGINAL HOME: 22 Kooloora Avenue, Freshwater.

ORIGINAL HOME: 22 Kooloora Avenue, Freshwater.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home has space for two cars. But its appeal lies in its potential - just look at the neighbouring trophy homes to see what's possible on a similar block.

It will suit a keen renovator or astute builder who wants to create a family home that can take advantage of all Freshie has to offer. The property is scheduled for what is bound to be a hotly contested auction on June 26 with a price guide of $5.25 million.

Pittwater perfection

Those keen on stunning views of Pittwater will be interested in 3 Noolinga Road, Bayview.

This five-bedroom, three-bathroom home has space for two cars and has been owned by one couple since it was built in 2007. Owners Paul and Melanie Venning, both former insurance executives who are now retired, say they will miss the home but are moving to Noosa.

"The proximity to Pittwater and cafes is wonderful," says Paul. "It's a short walk to Church Point and I used to wheel my kayak down a walkway right to the water."

BAYVIEW BEAUTY: 3 Noolinga Road, Bayview.

BAYVIEW BEAUTY: 3 Noolinga Road, Bayview.

The Vennings, who love entertaining, also installed a pool, did extensive landscaping and added a 2,500-bottle wine cellar. Melanie says: "The cellar is a great place to taste wine when you have people over and the kitchen has an island bench that's about four metres long, so it's a lovely place to congregate. Also it's unusual in this area to have such a large, flat area of lawn and garden. But we've been able to set up a marquee there for the weddings of both of our daughters."

It's listed through Ryan Petrie of LJ Hooker Mona Vale with a guide of $3.85 million.

Architectural space

Bill and Jan Allard are big fans of Frank Lloyd Wright and Harry Seidler. And that aesthetic is evident in their Tony Caro-designed home in Newport; Caro was an associate at Seidler's practice. The clean lines of this modernist home take centre stage at 23 Herbert Avenue, Newport.

PITTWATER VIEWS: 23 Herbert Avenue, Newport.

PITTWATER VIEWS: 23 Herbert Avenue, Newport.

The couple bought the house in 1997 but are now keen to spend more time with family in Queensland.

Bill says: "I'll never forget the first time I walked into this house, the sun was shining, the stairwell was lit up, there was jazz playing and I just went 'Wow'! It faces due north, has wonderful spaces and panoramic views. The whole look and feel is magnificent."

Jan says: "It has a real Frank Lloyd Wright feel. It's earthy and textural with sandstone walls, sheets of glass, and a timber staircase, which are old railway sleepers. The most amazing thing about the house is that the roof is like a series of waves. We have a great appreciation of architectural spaces so the space we live in is important."

It's scheduled for auction on June 26 through Adrian Venturi of McGrath Pittwater with a guide of $3,495,000.

Is this what you need?

There is no doubt that rock icon Andrew Farriss will be hoping for a result in excess of the auction guide of $3 million for his Newport house at 7 Oceania Crescent.

INXS HOUSE: 7 Oceania Crescent, Newport.

INXS HOUSE: 7 Oceania Crescent, Newport.

The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home has space for two cars and is a stroll to Newport and Bungan Beaches. The single level home has a big north-facing backyard and was bought by the INXS star in 2007 for $1.4 million. It's set for auction on June 19 through Stephanie Hammond of Shores Avalon beach.

GOING, GOING, GONE

IN THE LAST WEEK

Houses sold: 62

Units sold: 33

TOP OF THE PROPS

$6.6 million: 22 Hill Street, Queenscliff

$5.6 million: 21 Battle Boulevard, Seaforth

$5.2 million: 26 Prince Alfred Parade, Newport

IN THE MIDDLE

$1.1 million: 65/69 Addison Road, Manly

$1.09 million: 22/14 Robertson Street, Narrabeen (pictured)

BARGAIN BUY

$781,000: 31/16 Darley Street East, Mona Vale

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