Ashfield – Watch This Suburb


Address: 70 Church St, Ashfield  –  Zone: Inner West

Federation, renovated, 3 bedrooms, outside studio, pool.   For Auction around $1.5M.   For one million more you could live in this similar house in Waverley.

So why is Ashfield taking off?

Quite simply, when one area becomes too expensive, buyers push to the next closest area.  Ashfield has all the access to the bays, parks and water areas of Haberfield and Five Dock.   Added to this is access to either City Rail or Light Rail.

The schools are good.  Santa Sabina for the girls and Trinity Grammar – school of the SuperWogs – for the boys.

When this warehouse conversion was featured in Domain; Ashfield became a wise choice as it is surrounded by other more expensive suburbs.









Click on the address link at the top for the auction and agent information.

Waverley – Old Face New Body


16 Langlee Ave, Waverley .  That’s it Sydney property buyers.  It will take a minimum of $2.5M to buy this cute but tiny house in Waverley.   The property market in Sydney is nuts, ridic, hilarious or just simply depressing.  Signs are the market is about to explode again. House are being sold before Auction and there is a black market for properties that never reach the illustrious pages of the Wenty.

Fatigue sets in about now so I’m here to help. Apart from a dated kitchen which a splash of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint will fix, the house is ready to go.  The backyard faces north, the house is painted that fashionable grey colour (although only the facade, guys you could have painted the sides).  The garage is like a cupcake.. so take a long tape measure and see if the Jeep fits in.  Bonus playroom in the attic and home office outside.



The so-called ‘formal’ rooms are simply furnished and look more usable than normal.


Brilliant choice of window and door frames.  The industrial look frames are loft style and not simply a concertina fold back look.


There’s a home office/ study lurking in the back yard.  I advise looking at the google satellite maps closely.  There is an apartment building at the rear.


Sleigh beds make me feel sorry for the removalists.


The kitchen is the only room with a high need for renovation.  The cheap option is to paint the cupboards and replace the door knobs. Expensive option is to gut and redo and get a better flow to the adjoining family room.


Lounge room is now a TV room.  A practical use of an otherwise ‘formal’ room.


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.