Forestville – The Lair


70 Milham Cresent Forestville.    It’s not really a house, it’s a lair, a trap, only couples with sculptured bodies,  instagrams feeds of smoothies and on-dial wellness coaches live or can live here.   They don’t drive either, they helicopter in from the trees in this landing pad of a kitchen.  The floor is fully magnetic to aid in their circadian rhythms

You won’t need any pets as all the wildlife are tamed and require only the sonorous sounds of gentle stick music.


Introducing any colours will cause an imbalance in your aura.



This innocent bedroom hovers over the kitchen area.  I can’t see any evidence of an exit pole to the ground but consider installing one.  If the toast, sorry, paleo bread, starts to burn, you can slide down the pole to the kitchen to save it.


Bang a gong.   Time to move on.


The shower head is designed to flush out your toxins.



For Sale at $2.6 – $2.85M via One Agency The Forest.    Can anyone explain the price range?      that’s a whole $250,000 difference.


Cheltenham – Mod Oz Glory

19 Norma Cres pool

19 Norma Crescent, Cheltenham.    This house is giving me such angst.  It’s so cool, so perfectly of the moment modern.  If it was a couple he would wear Fletcher Jones and she would wear Prue Acton and the kids would all wear corduroy.

For a perfect commentary on the architectural importance I recommend reading this entry on Modern House.  Also worth comparing the furniture and photography of the previous listing.   More Marimekko, Missoni and Bitossi involved.

No, the real angst is nothing to do with the house, nothing to do with the un-fenced pool (yet again) but could one live in Cheltenham?

19 Norma dining

19 Norma fireplace

19 Norma kitchen


19 Norma Cres tv room

19 Norma den

19 Norma bdroom

19 Norma bathroom

19 Norma patio

19 Norma Cres pool side

19 Norma plans




KILLARA – Culture Luvvies (SOLD)

Presenting 1 Truscott Place, Killara NSW 2070 –  5 Beds, 1 spiral staircase and lots of tropical foliage.


Owned by one family I suspect they are ageing pre-boomers with culture running through their veins.   They embraced the open plan living before everyone and definitely travelled through Asia before Lonely Planet was even written.  You’ve got to admire a home with  travels souvenirs from countries now renamed and old posters from the Nimrod.

I would buy this house just to inhabit their lifestyle.

However, would have to put in a pool fence immediately.  Can’t tell you how many pools I visit with no fences.    However it would be awesome to install a slide from the top balcony into the pool.


Can you imagine the conversations around this fireplace?  I wonder if they had an election party in 1972?



Most florid quote from the blurb

With National Park as a neighbour you can ensure that the peace and tranquility along with the sweet songs of the local inhabitants will create an intimate connection with the outdoors and will enrich your lives for years to come.

The rosella’s will wake you in the morning, the bats eat your fruit at night and the possum’s will shake and rattle your roof.   The North Shore is great for that ‘intimate connection’ between nature and your home.


Fall straight from room to pool.  Where do they come up with those TV screen shots?

Note the Nimrod poster (I’d ask for this as a gift with purchase)


Stove-a-rama.  You can’t have enough hot plates.  The eat-in bench would have a pleasant morning view.

Bedrooms not well featured.  There is a tendency in this era to have small rooms with lots of built-ins.

As much as this is a perfect mid-century house with all the right tick button it is unfortunately in ‘the zone’ for Killara High School,  former school to underwear scion, Elle MacPherson, but now a hot spot for nerdy kids.  You will be battling zoners for this piece of modern lifestyle.


Truscott sat copy

Google Satellite image.  Lots of national park on doorway..  I would look at the car access as I’m not sure where the car entrance it located.

Truscott Drive

Google to work.  Work is set as Martin Place.  The train would take 50 mins.  Car leaving at 7:30am would take 26 – 30 mins.

Killara is 16 kilometres from the CBD

On the recent liveability index published by Domain.  All all about the trees.

84. Killara

The onetime home of famed architect Harry Seidler is the second most liveable suburb on the upper north shore. Killara is very well rated for its telecommunications coverage, culture, tree cover, train access, low crime rate and topographic variation. It receives average scores for just about everything else except buses with the stops quite spaced out.

So if you really love it, you’ve got to fight with the zoners.


Sutherland – Pet Rock included


Presenting – 29 Bunbury Ave, Sutherland.   4 beds, off street parking, no visible signs of any grass backyard.  30 kilometres from City.

Walls of glass, balconies and bushy landscapes along with a northerly aspect is Sydney lifestyle gold.

One of the reasons for this website is the whole truth is never revealed by the real estate agents.  You are presented with beautifully lit photos of a house but it’s never the same when you visit. Things look smaller or some rooms, like the kitchen, are not in the original bunch of photos.   You wonder what they are omitting, always wonder what you can’t see and why they are selling.

These photos are stunning.  An incredibly unusual house with lots of architectural appeal.   The blurb says it is made of recycled materials.  I love the impact of the brick fireplace through the house.

Just a fantastic space, this open lounge area.


This is a great Sydney feature.  If you can’t move the rock, encorporate it in the house.  Very 70s.  Like a giant pet rock in your dining area.


A great 60’s / 70s modern look to this room.  The curve of the fireplace, the laddered shelf system and elegant sparse furniture.  Another great room.



Bedroom 2 or 3 or 4.


Main Bedroom.


Kitchen.   Up to date.   Would prefer the sink on the window side.


Views are incredible.  A great mix of homes, waterways and bush.  Great for watching approaching bushfires.


The video for this home, shows mostly bush for the garden, no lawns, but with a shed for woodchopping.  Looks like you have a lot of wood to chop

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Snapshot of google street view.  House looks quite ordinary from the street.  Off street parking seems obvious.  Just remember to put on the handbrake each night.

So what can you not see here?




Only one bedroom has full walls and a door.

Do you know this house or visited ?






Turramurra – Surprise extras (SOLD)


Presenting – 57 Bobbin Head Road, Turramurra (click address for link to Domain)

Major points for the entrance.  Well presented.  Watch you don’t reverse the car too much.
The Upper North Shore has a few elements unique to this part of the city, glorious bush views with multiple entertainment balconies and north facing as well.  One of the big tick boxes in real-estate is a north facing aspect.  Face all your family rooms this way and you’ll enjoy a warm and sunny home.


The lounge, kitchen, dining flow nicely.  It’s not a lofty open space but a nice balance with open and walled rooms.  Are we over the huge combined lounge/ dining/ kitchen?   Nice, clean kitchen – It would never look like this again if I lived here.


This BBQ balcony is the kinder surprise gift of this house.I love an unexpected element, something you would never put in yourself but love if it was mysteriously added, like in a renovation show.  A BBQ balcony with three wine fridges?  hello boozy parties at home.  Pick the herbs right next to the bbq and no dirty dishes come into the house courtesy of a sink and is that a dishwasher at the end ?  so thoughtful.


Normal looking lounge, but great outdoor views.  Good clean blinds.  Looks of well thought out elements in this home.  Has it been styled or are they stylish? I think the latter.


The loungey balcony.  Wonder how they keep the mozzies under control?  do they have one of those zapper things like at the kebab shop? Is that screen hiding something?  maybe the neighbours are too close.


More outdoor space.  This cabana is perfect, just missing a pool or spa.  It faces north and would be perfect in the cooler months for capturing sun. The pre-schooler will fall off the sides, actually I would fall off the side after a few drinky poos.  Did Kuringai council approve that ?


Bit of grass, always get us excited as the kids can play ‘rolling disease’ on it.  Superb almost uninterrupted wall of bush  All you need is the sound of currawongs and cockatoos and its bush in the city.   Must ask if bush burn-back is up to date, oh and if insurance covers bushfire.  

This is the best house of the week.

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