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.