Northern beaches continues as one of the strongest property markets around

IN THE TREETOPS: 85 Cheryl Crescent, Newport.
IN THE TREETOPS: 85 Cheryl Crescent, Newport.

When Angela and Eddie Edmunds first stepped into 85 Cheryl Crescent, Newport almost eight years ago, they fell in love with its position overlooking Pittwater. "It feels like you're on the water because it's as if there is nothing between the house and the water," says Angela, who works in IT.

Since buying it, the couple transformed it into a Hamptons-style home with four bedrooms, three bathrooms and space for three cars. The entire downstairs area is self-contained with its own entrance. "We live upstairs and it's like a big penthouse. But when the family visits, we can cater for the masses and turn it into a mansion.

IN THE TREETOPS: 85 Cheryl Crescent, Newport.

IN THE TREETOPS: 85 Cheryl Crescent, Newport.

"Every room faces the water and so each morning I sit here for half an hour and just watch the yachts and drink my coffee. You can see the most magnificent birdlife: kookaburras, cockatoos, lorikeets ... it feels like you're living at the top of the trees."

Angela says that while she loves cooking in the kitchen while look at the tranquil view, Eddie, a scientist, is a fan of the jacuzzi area, which overlooks the water. "You'll find him there with a beer," she says.

The couple love the home but are moving closer to family. It's up for auction on September 25 with Stephanie Hammond of Shores Avalon Beach with a guide of "low to mid $3 millions".

Northern beaches, the place to be

The northern beaches continues to be one of the strongest property markets around. According to Strand Property Group, demand is so strong it has pushed prices up by more than $11,000 every week this year. Michael Ossitt says an analysis of northern beaches median house price changes from the December quarter last year to June quarter this year found the median house price had jumped by 15.1 per cent, or $290,000, to $2.21 million in that period. He says that's the equivalent of median house prices increasing by more than $11,000 every week. "The first six months of this year was the busiest that I have ever experienced with demand from buyers really quite unbelievable at times," says Michael.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY: 21 Ferguson Street, Forestville.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY: 21 Ferguson Street, Forestville.

One property that's bound to attract attention is 21 Ferguson Street, Forestville where the three-bedroom, one-bathroom home is being offered for sale for the first time in 73 years. It's been in the same family for decades after being purchased pre-war.

The beauty about this block is that it sits on 820sqm on a level yard, ideal for families who want to develop a larger house and have a kid-friendly outdoor space. It's listed for auction on September 1 with Angus White of Whitehouse with a guide of $1.9 million.

Contemporary coastal charm

COASTAL CHIC: 41A Lodge Street, Balgowlah.

COASTAL CHIC: 41A Lodge Street, Balgowlah.

This stylish semi at 41A Lodge Street, Balgowlah features four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and space for two cars.

McGrath Mosman's Claudia Portale, who recently had a guest role in Amazon's hit TV series Luxe Listings, says: "This property is a home that will suit just about anyone. Downsizers will love the stunning design and high-end finishes throughout, the fantastic entertaining spaces and privacy, ticking every box. Families will love the various living areas and oversized rooms as well as the pool."

COASTAL CHIC: 41A Lodge Street, Balgowlah.

COASTAL CHIC: 41A Lodge Street, Balgowlah.

Recently built, it's designed by Eaton Architects, and is listed for auction on September 11 with a guide of $3.5 million

COASTAL CHIC: 41A Lodge Street, Balgowlah.

COASTAL CHIC: 41A Lodge Street, Balgowlah.

Family entertainer in Balgowlah

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 49 Boyle Street, Balgowlah has been a perfect family home for nurse Carissa Allison, her husband Hamish, a footwear buyer, and two kids aged two and three.

STYLISH SEMI: 49 Boyle Street, Balgowlah.

STYLISH SEMI: 49 Boyle Street, Balgowlah.

But with twins on the way, they are looking to upsize. That means their home is now on the market. "When we bought it, the house was already beautifully renovated," says Carissa. "It was open plan and bright. We put in skylights and brightened it even more.

STYLISH SEMI: 49 Boyle Street, Balgowlah.

STYLISH SEMI: 49 Boyle Street, Balgowlah.

"I love the living area because it opens up to the backyard through bifold doors. We do a lot of entertaining so we built in a BBQ and, in summer, we have lots of BBQs with kids running in and out of the house. The open plan kitchen is the perfect area to watch kids in the yard."

It's listed for auction on September 18 through Sam Raso of Cunninghams with a guide of $2.6 million.

Perfect Palmie position

PRIME LOCATION: 30 Norma Road Palm Beach.

PRIME LOCATION: 30 Norma Road Palm Beach.

The property at 30 Norma Road, Palm Beach may be a humble two-bedroom, two-bathroom home. But it's a cracker of a position facing due north with views of the water that go on forever. First built in the 1950s, it's owned by an executive based in Melbourne who isn't using it, so now it's hit the market.

PRIME LOCATION: 30 Norma Road Palm Beach.

PRIME LOCATION: 30 Norma Road Palm Beach.

Noel Nicholson of Ray White Prestige Palm Beach says: "You can keep it as it is or you can redevelop it. We're already fielding lots of overseas enquiries on it too. It's perfect for someone who wants a holiday home in Palm Beach, it's very quiet and looks on to the best view in the world." It's open for expressions of interest with a guide of $6 million.

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