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1/4 Richmond Avenue, Cremorne


This one’s exciting. Seriously exciting. Take a nip of brandy and get comfortable, because this is one you’re going to savour. It’s a duplex in Cremorne – and oh, wow, what a duplex. This is the kind of place that prompted me to start this blog in the first place – it’s stare-worthy, mesmerising, in its way.


Let’s get some initial facts out of the way: a two bedroom, one bathroom, one carspace lower duplex at Cremorne, with a sizeable terrace and around 100 square metres of interior space. It was built in the 1940s, and it’s fairly clear it’s had no renovation work done since. The property is located on the north side of Cremorne, perched on a high-up street that offers nice district views.


Now to the good stuff: photographs.



As an aside, this home was extremely difficult to photograph as it was packed full of potential renovators. It’s on the market and there is serious competition. Disappointing for me, as in my pipe dream fantasy land in which I have enough money to make another property purchase, I was very keen on this one. In any case, it’s popular. I’m impressed that people see the magic of the place, although I also hope that its character is retained.


Speaking of character, it has 1940s charm in spades. The curved wall in the above photo is a prime example, as is the fireplace in the living area you’ll see below.



The bathroom is a particular treasure, but also is the room that probably requires the most work. It’s in a parlous state, and is a tad spooky to stand in, but is somehow, at the same time, utterly gorgeous. The Art Deco-ish yellow tile/sea green combination is actually so catching that I’d consider reviving it in the restoration – even if that means gutting the bathroom and ‘re-doing’ it in its former style. It was once a very handsome mid-century bathroom, and now it has a totally different type of appeal.




The floors are timber, and are in better condition in some rooms than others. The living room is the best example of this, and is also probably the room that’s in the best condition. It occupies prime position at the front of the duplex, and leads out onto an expansive terrace.



The living area is also a good example of how the home would feel as a ‘lived in’ property, as it’s the only space with a notable amount of furniture – all of which, pretty and charming, suits the property perfectly. The fireplace appears to be in outstanding condition.


One door leads to a sunroom, the other to the terrace.




Eerily beautiful.


The kitchen is a retro fan’s fantasy, right down to the seriously awesome oven, which epitomises the mid-century appliance design ethos. Kitchens have always been important, but it seemed like it was mid-century in Australia that they really took off as the ‘heart’ of the home, forming the nucleus of a family’s social activity.



Can whoever renovates this house please donate this oven to me?


The bedrooms follow the same trend as the rest of the home – timber floors with peeling paint. The rooms are generously proportioned, and have high ceilings (always a massive plus on this blog).


One bedroom.


The other bedroom.


This home is a renovator, and it’s a thrilling prospect because it gives the lucky owner the opportunity to restore it and frame it with their own character. However, I’m happy I’ve had the chance to preserve it in its current form, which presents a type of exquisiteness that’s impossible to replicate.

61 Cabarita Road, Avalon


This family home in Avalon is defined by two things: views and stairs. It’s built on a steep block and takes advantage of the Careel Bay views by incorporating levels. Each level has a water outlook, making for a pretty ideal northern beaches vibe.



The design aesthetic is mostly contemporary, and multiple timber decks ensure that the home takes full advantage of the outlook. One of the best parts of the home, though, is its quirky details, which can be perceived both in the décor and in the architecture. An example of this is the top floor of the house, a hidey-hole study at the home’s tip that, again, presents a glorious view.



The home is on the market, and I can see how it’s a pretty appealing package for home-buyers; views, architectural interest and a price around $1.325 million that seems spot on. The stairs up to the home also make a pretty decent exercise option, if you’re the kind of person who’s into running stairs (I am, and always seem to be identifying new stair-run locations…).


I love this wall sticker. Plus, I am significantly taller than the tallest height on it, which, even though it's intended for children, I take as an achievement.


Quirkiness rarely goes astray in my books. This children's bedroom also had an interesting second level/deck.



Light and space is well-incorporated into the master bedroom, which has this sitting area.


P1/39-53 Campbell Parade, North Bondi


An apartment! You’re not missing out, though; this three bedroom, three bathroom penthouse has the proportions of a house (and a private elevator, to boot). It’s located in one of Australia’s most celebrated spots – North Bondi, just up the road from Bondi Beach, which is squarely in view.


The apartment is brand new, and it’s clearly intended for the higher end of town; it combines excellent design with luxury fittings. The kind of fittings that make you think ‘Hm, if I were rich, I’d totally buy this!’ Although my true love will always be heritage properties (and rectangular modernist masterpieces – love those places!), I want this. Let me tell you why.



Study in the master.


The master bedroom was the first element that sprung out at me; it’s very large, incorporating its own study, has a fantastic view of the beach, and boasts in-built, white storage units that serve to create a type of walk-through robe that is incorporated into the room itself. Like the rest of the apartment, it’s extremely light – and good natural light is one of the features I find most important in apartments.


View from the master bedroom.


The two other bedrooms are both of good sizes, with one of them possessing a balcony with louvres, which is fitting given the penthouse design prizes outdoor spaces. The thick floorboards act as a fantastic base – classic, ageless, and complementary of any decor. The bathrooms are lined with contemporary grey tiles (big tick from me there as grey is one of my favourite colours for interiors), and the en suite boasts a space age bath.



The stairwell provides some design interest in itself, with a circular break in the wall serving to ensure that the stairs are well-lit. The kitchen is, predictably, very slick and modern, but the surprise is its size and the bonus add-ons it has, such as the circular section at its end with wine fridges. Um, yes please.




The second level shows off the benefits of open plan design; the kitchen flows onto the living and dining areas, ensuring that the entertaining space has a front-row seat to the beach view. This is also true of the rooftop terrace. Basically, I’d like to have a party here.


Open plan.


I needed to include this shot, as it has the elevator.


This penthouse is perfect for North Bondi – it has the views, the good looks, the walkability. The area is an interesting combination of Art Deco apartment blocks, federation semis and new, looming apartment blocks. Plus … there is stuff to do there. This carves out a new space as it’s a small block that doesn’t come with the potential headaches of larger developments; it’s private, well-located, and a bit special.