Newport – Tropical Love Land (SOLD)


144 Prince Alfred Parade, Newport.    SOLD August $2.65

Area: Pittwater/ Northern Beaches

There are two ways people approach this house.  Everyone loves the location, the outside, the tropical pool set-up, but then they hate the inside.  This type of modern doesn’t row your boat.    Or you are the other party.  You can’t believe that house and that tropical garden are one and the same.   It’s modern house in the tropics bliss. Which one are you?









All images from Domain.  Opinions are my own.   Any experiences or knowledge of this house is most appreciated.

Bondi – You got me at the tiles


Presenting 311 Old South Head Road, BONDI.  3 Beds, two baths, one loft, no parking (will this be a deal breaker?) and amazing use of tiles.

Main road houses usually put one off, but with this clean looking semi-detached terrace, its actual entrance is behind on Simpson street so the living is oriented to this quiet street.

It is halfway to Bellevue Hill so not in the catchment for Bondi Public and its healthy living canteen (admired by sugarless loving Sarah Wilson).  Although check with the official school zone site and don’t take the pre-loaded website for an answer.

Panning out from the kitchen the high ceiling and loft come into view.  I can see ourselves dragging sand and scooters into the house while we make post-surf green smoothies.


Clear dining chairs are popular in small spaces. If you want more storage look into using the stair space.


This area faces Simpson street and north is too the left.  It really saves the awfulness of being on a main road.


Too distracted by another set of fab tiles to see the useful cupboard space.  Extra points for the ensuite.  This room does face the main road so look at the noise levels.


Cute, nice, clean.


Price range.   Changed from 1.6 – 1.65  to 1.7 over the last few days meaning it’s popular. Surprisingly it’s FOR SALE, not auction.

Link to old sales data

Liveability  Ranked 39 – 164 depending on which part of Bondi you inhabit.

Simpson J

I like a realistic photo especially taken on garbage night.



Mona Vale – or is it Byron Bay ?

w1200-h800-2012940267_2_pi_160720_063951107 Barranjoey Road, Mona Vale . (3 beds, 2 bath, 3 cars or 1 car and a really big boat)  woops yes, it’s on a main road but someone has to live here.   Let’s focus on the balcony and all those lovely palm trees.  Oh, and look, a view.

We are looking at this property as a potential bargain from a weird Sydney money point of view that is.


Maybe built a very tall tree house to enjoy it even more.


Feels tropical & holiday-like.


Basic.  Nothing offensive here just needs a bit more oomph.  No brown furniture prehaps.


Saddle up and enjoy the kitchen island.


This has such potential.  It has everything, from wardrobes to ceiling fans.


Bit of grass and blue sky and all’s right with the world.  A hot tub here could be perfect.

107 Barranjoey Rd

Reality strikes.  Main road with difficult driveway.  However, there are few bargains in Sydney so this could be one.


Sales Data

  • $895,000 SOLD  Oct 2013
  • $707,500 SOLD Oct 2007
  • $375,000 SOLD Mar 2001

Built 1960 (this could be a default year)

Land size 600m2

Do you know this house?  please share your thoughts and experiences of either this house or nearby.



Collaroy – Family Compound (SOLD)

Collaroy @ Sydney Family Homes

Presenting – 36 Cliff Road, Collaroy.  4 beds, 2 parking.  22 kms to CBD


Modern, give me Modern, put a random chain out the front, lots of pebbles and I’m practically moving in.

I love a compound.  Ever since I head the phrase ‘Family Compound’ spoken about the Kennedy family’s Hyannis Port beach home, I thought, class, money, privilege, and what all good political Catholics need – a family compound.  Here in the ‘Jesus was a Surfer’ part  of Sydney is a mid-century pool side entertaining God-wants-me-to-be-a-politician home.  Failing that just enjoy being near the beach.


Lots of brick, glass, and concrete, and a port hole.  Where is the pool fence? Do people not read that toddlers drown in a back yard pool?   What council is responsible here ?

Back to the imaginary re-design.   Pick an era..   Palm Springs pool side comes to mind and get a good decorator to tone down the mixed colours.


How to use the whole block well.  All living areas face North.  Far enough away from the beach not to worry about coastal erosion.  Maybe in fifty years you will have a waterfront.


The ceiling to the outside has that bunker look.  Kitchen is that dreadful orange timber colour. Not a fan of terracotta tiles.  Concrete would be perfect. I’d make the whole thing one colour with black or grey trim on the doors and window frames and fill the house with mid-centure modern furniture.  Doesn’t have to be original, could be a Matt Blatt bulk deal.


Funky den looking lounge with fireplace.  Flokati rug and afghan hound required.


Unassuming box frontage.  Have included the floor plans with this post so you can enjoy seeing the 3 little bedrooms tucked at the end of the house.  I’m all for giving small rooms to the kids.  Don’t want them hanging around at 35.  Most studious child get bedroom number 2.  Lots of courtyards and a bonus office.   4 bedrooms all up.

36 Cliff Road Collaroy-Floor Plan

Always good to check the google satellite map.


An hour to the city by bus or 33 minutes by car (according to Google maps)

Collaroy to CBD


Do you know this house, have you visited?  l love to hear your thoughts so leave a comment.