Whale Beach local and actor/filmmaker Matilda Brown has expanded her property portfolio with her recent purchase of a two-bedroom apartment in the heart of Avalon Beach.
However, Matilda, who is married to My Kitchen Rules star Scott Gooding and is daughter of Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, isn't just investing in the property for capital growth. She has combined her passion for interior design with her entrepreneurial skills to list it on Airbnb.
Styled with a beachside hipster vibe, it's set to be a popular rental as it's only 50 metres from the village and 300 metres from the beach.
She's christened it 'Sunkissed Casa' and, even though this is a key asset in Matilda's property portfolio that will become an income generating machine, she's also paying it forward.
In one of the most unique offerings we've seen, for every tenth booking she is gifting two nights to a deserving single mother. This is in honour of her grandmother Molly Brown, a single mother with no parents or siblings, who raised Matilda's father - veteran actor Bryan Brown - and his sister on her own.
Those who would like to nominate a mother in The Molly Brown Single Mother giveaway or find out more about the beachside pad, see www.sunkissedcasa.com.
On the waterfront
You don't get much better than this.
The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home 'Firenze' at 120 Prince Alfred Parade, Newport is bound to attract savvy buyers keen for a waterfront lifestyle.
The sun-drenched, north-facing home has stunning views of Pittwater with level lawns right to the water.
Situated on 1,652 square metres, it also features a self-contained guest cottage as well as a boathouse and ramp.
It's open for expressions of interest with Greg Griffin of Belle Property Avalon until August 5 with a guide of $7 million.
Going to town in Freshwater
The four-bedroom, two-bathroom property at 25 Coles Road, Freshwater is one of 14 Torrens-title townhouses at 'The Pavilions', designed by architects Nettleton Tribe.
Spread over three levels, it's a modern, urban home with a beachy feel.
Built in 2018, it's been home to events management educator Jeannie Baldwin, her husband David and their dog and cat.
"We put in a pergola, wine cellar, storage area, solar panels and underfloor heating," says Jeannie. "I just love the back deck because it's beautiful and private; it's such a great entertaining space. You can easily seat 24 people there so it's great for parties."
Jeannie says it's now time to "move on to new adventures" so it's up for auction through Brendan Pomponio of Belle Property Dee Why Mona Vale with a guide of $3.5 million.
Peter Brush and his wife Courtney bought 20 David Road, Collaroy Plateau in 2019.
They knocked down the dwelling with a vision to build a dream family home. The result is a picture-perfect Hamptons style home with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and space for two cars.
"I wanted to create a beautiful home that people could afford but that had the finishing touches you'd see in a high-end luxury house," says Peter, who works in the residential construction industry.
"We really like the Hamptons look but wanted to make it contemporary and versatile enough so that different styles of furniture could work well in it.
"I love the back sitting area, we designed it so that it gets the morning sun but is in shade of the western setting sun so it's not hot. Also, the kitchen is positioned so that it has an outlook to the backyard and pool."
It's scheduled for auction on August 7 through Matt Morley of Doyle Spillane with a guide of $3,350,000.
A little piece of history
Garden designer Charmian Matheson fell in love with 93 Stuart Street, Manly, 16 years ago.
Tucked into a secluded cul de sac on Eastern Hill, it's a hidden gem set across from Little Manly Reserve on the water.
"It's a beautiful, quaint area with a charming street facade," she says. "The still water beaches nearby were perfect for our young family."
Charmian also raves about the nearby bushwalks and parklands. "You have everything on your doorstep and we've taken advantage of everything."
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home also features an entertaining deck and pool.
It was built in the early 1900s and is one of the original workers' cottages from the gasworks, which used to be across the road.
It has a weatherboard facade and is a 10-minute walk to the heart of Manly and the beach.
It's now listed for auction on July 31 through Michael Clarke from Clarke & Humel with a guide of $5 to $5.5 million.
GOING, GOING, GONE
IN THE LAST WEEK
Houses sold: 38
Units sold: 36
TOP OF THE PROPS
$5.55 million: 13 Ocean Grove, Collaroy
$4.325 million: 3/22-26 Addison Road, Manly
$3.55 million: 54 Irrubel Road, Newport
IN THE MIDDLE
$1.95 million: 14/33 Darley Road, Manly
$1.95 million: 5/33 Darley Road, Manly
$590,00022/98: Dee Why Parade, Dee Why
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