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The Director of Asset Realty, Sima Akbarian, has progressed and enhanced the real estate market in the Kuring-gai community since she entered the industry in 1998. Sima and her team have established an enviable reputation for securing outstanding results in all market conditions for all property types within the Ku-ring-gai community. Supported by complementary offices located in Lindfield as well as St Ives (directed by Moss Akbarian), our depth of integrity, attention to detail and commitment to excellence are the cornerstones of our business and the key to our longevity and success. Under a former brand name, the team at Asset Realty were the well-deserving recipients of several industry awards including recognition of individual team members and a consistent ranking in the top 10 agencies across an international network of more than 1000 offices. It is the culmination of their finely tuned negotiation skills, resilience, determination and broad business acumen that has resulted in the team securing some of the area’s most significant results as well as a string of suburb record prices.From this solid foundation Asset Realty was launched. The service provided by Asset Realty is multi-faceted with strong roots in the community, a highly qualified team and a modern approach to the work we do. Our extensive industry experience has afforded us the knowledge, skills, technique and network needed to consistently achieve great results for our clients. Launching the fresh, new and exciting venture that is Asset Realty allows us the vitality, energy, flexibility and contemporary perspective to navigate the ever-changing market and customer needs and respond to the market in an innovative and dynamic way. At Asset Realty our client’s needs are our primary priority. We value their contribution to the sales process and we tailor the sales experience to the individual needs of each of our clients. Our approach, connection and responsiveness to our client’s expectations and our communication and customer service skills define our strong performance and these attributes have ensured our customers’ positive experience.
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Our culture is dynamic, fast-paced and cohesive to facilitate development so individuals may harness their full potential. Our team is comprised of tertiary qualified and experienced property experts with a diverse skill set, who share our values and epitomise our vision. We are adept at identifying and aligning a homeâ€™s attributes to specific target markets to achieve profitable outcomes. We have team members specialising in residential sales and leasing, project marketing, commercial sales and leasing as well as property development and land surveying creating a holistic and seamless experience. With a dedicated marketing team, our tailored marketing programs, multifaceted sales strategies and state of the art technology ensure your property is at the forefront of buyersâ€™ minds. Strategically located, our three offices occupy prime positions and benefit from a high level of pedestrian and vehicular traffic to generate optimum exposure for each home we market. We advance our knowledge through community involvement and networking. We actively participate in local events, sponsorships and host numerous client functions as part of our commitment to the community. Our intricate local insight enables us to anticipate market trends and assess buyer behaviour to enhance our clientâ€™s financial position. To experience the Asset Realty advantage, contact us today for a realistic market review.
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Significant Sales The following are some significantÂ sales achieved by our dedicated team of agents over the past several months. If you are after efficient, experienced, local expertise to sell your property, contact our agents today, and we will do what we do best.
Date Range: May - October 2019
15 Vale Street, Gordon
35 Saiala Road, Killara
Sold by Sima Akbarian - October 2019
Sold by Sima Akbarian - October 2019
This full brick home is high set and within a quiet pocket
Set in lush surrounds is this renovated family home
of the highly desirable location of Gordon. The Kitchen is
perched high with vista views. For entertaining there is
centrally located and is fitted with granite bench tops,
also scope to enhance the rumpus area into a games
stainless steel appliances adjacent to both informal and
room, bar or home office on ground level providing
formal living areas.
privacy from everyday family life.
46Â Fox Valley Road, Wahroonga
7 Beechworth Road, Pymble
Sold by Sima Akbarian - September 2019
Sold by Ed Mooney - August 2019
DA Approved Development situated on 1,922 sqm land
Surprisingly large and private is this 360 square metre,
zoned for a rare boutique block of 10 apartments. With a
two storey brick residence situated on a north to rear
high level of demand for over 55's residential units in the
1,460 square metre plot. There is plenty of outdoor space
ever active downsizer's market, selling each unit should
with a veranda and balcony on the upper level while
yield exceptional value.
there is also a balcony/terrace overlooking the expansive, serene child friendly backyard.
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5 Westbourne Road, Lindfield
724 Pacific Highway, Gordon
Sold by Ari Akbarian - August 2019
Sold by Ari Akbarian - August 2019
Stylish Federation family home renovated for modern living. Located
This full brick home is surprisingly quiet while offering a rare and mostly
on the high side and within 800m walking distance to Roseville train
level 450m walk to Gordon Station. With grand formal rooms with
station is the near level, north to rear family home.The manicured /
soaring ceilings, open-plan casual living areas that flow to private al
easy care gardens are ideal for those who have a green thumb
fresco entertaining and a large level garden, it offers outstanding
without compromising time of upkeep.
potential to further update/extend into a magnificent period home.
3/450 New South Head Road, Double Bay
4 Oxford Place, St Ives
Sold by Sima Akbarian - August 2019
Sold by Moss Akbarian - June 2019
This well presented two bedroom apartment is only moments from the
Luxurious cul-de-sac mansion. This large property is
vibrant and cosmopolitan suburb of Double Bay. Rich in classic charm
perfect for the growing family. From the round-about
and blessed with lovely period features like stained glass windows this
driveway to the palatial high ceilings inside, everything
fabulous entry level apartment presents the perfect opportunity to
about this home boasts space and grandeur.
entertain in style.
406B/3-7 Lorne Avenue, Killara
157 Burns Road, Turramurra
Sold by Sima Akbarian - May 2019
Sold by Sima Akbarian - June 2019
This modern 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment located within the
A grand opportunity to create your own estate (STCA). The block is
leafy and prestigious east side locale is suited to those down-sizing or
the perfect setting to draft up your dream estate and capitalise on
starting their family life here. With coffee shops, public transport and
this very rare opportunity to acquire a land of this size within this leafy
parks near by, you are set up for comfortable and convenient life here.
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on the market
"Real estate cannot be lost or stolen nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world" F R A N K L I N D . R O O S E V E L T
8 Haig Street, Roseville
Peaceful, Private AndÂ Prestigious When it comes to property Location! Location! Location! are key drivers of demand and this property ticks all three! The single storey updated residence is constructed of double brick with the accommodation comprising of four bedrooms, situated on a level 1,176 sqm of landscaped land.Family-friendly with that touch of chic, the residence boasts level entry, over silver cut travertine paving, into the foyer leading to a grand formal lounge and dining room, creating a seamless experience for guests without disturbing non-formal areas.
1/16-22 Dumaresq Street, Gordon
Spacious One Bedroom Garden Apartment Set In The Heart Of Gordon This North East facing modern apartment offering a sought-after lifestyle of convenience and comfort, is a contemporary complex that optimises space and privacy, this secure apartment boasts quality finishes and a stylish fresh design throughout. Situated in a premier location. Highly convenient, short walk to Gordon Shopping centre and train station.
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9 Briar Street, St Ives
Wonderful Family Home In Prime Location Graced with craftsmanship, quality and style, this full brick two storey home built on concrete slab is priced to sell and being on the high side with a Northerly aspect within an enviable and prestigious enclave, this offer won't last long.This executive home nestled on approximately 996sqm level land offers seamless indoor/outdoor lifestyle in a private and relaxed setting with an abundance of living spaces and light, perfect for a growing family. Nothing needs to be done, just move in and enjoy!
3-5 Alma Street, Pymble
Grand Estate 100m From Station On 2,422sqm - Priced To Sell If you have dreamed of a property in a quiet location and within a stones throw to Pymble train station, this is your opportunity to grab what I believe is a real gem. The two storey, full brick home brimming with space, stature, style, sophistication and sprawling over 2,422sqm with a Championship size Tennis court and swimming pool, is a must to inspect. Five large bedrooms with vista views and a Master with a walk-in robe and ensuite. With grand proportions and multiple living areas, entertaining is seamless which will leave guests charmed. the gassette | 11
Zantia 266-268 Pennant Hills Road THORNLEIGH NSW 2120 Where Location Meets Luxury Architecturally designed boutique development of just 57 apartments. Exceptional value for property located in Sydney's Upper North Shore. Well designed floor plans with open plan living, media and or study areas â€“ ideal for the owner occupiers and investors alike. Elegantly crafted residences with luxury finishes. Light filled apartments with district leafy views. Less than 100 meters to Thornleigh Train Station. Centrally located to some of Sydney's finest public and private schools. Easy access to Macquarie University, Macquarie Park, and Sydney CBD via rail & the M2 Motorway. Arden Group â€“ developer with strong and successful track record
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266 Eastern Valley Way, Middle Cove
Exceptional Value In Sought After Locale This full brick Art Deco single level family residence is situated on a desirable near level plot with access off Victoria Avenue. With easy access to Chatswood, Willoughby High Street and the City via Public transport and with plenty of great schools and recreational facilities like 'Fitness first'and 'Tennis Cove', the locational attributes is a draw. The recently renovated home offers an updated kitchen with gas appliances, stone benchtops and storage seamlessly leading to a separate dining room. There is a generous lounge room, four bedrooms, bathroom, laundry with plenty of storage and 'Blackbutt' timber flooring throughout.Â
419 Mona Vale Road, St Ives
Surprisingly Peaceful And Private At Exceptional Value Set on a rectangular landscaped plot, this beautifully presented two storey signature 'Meadowbank' residence has everything a family desires with opulence at it's core. You are greeted with elegant finishes highlighting a spacious versatile two-story floor plan providing generous proportions of exquisite style.The meticulously manicured and level gardens with an irrigation system keeping the work to a minimum, provides a family / entertainers platform to delight the kids / guests alike with a vista over Ku-ring-gai National park. the gassette | 13
557/17-19 Memorial Avenue, St Ives
Modern Apartment Across From St Ives Shopping Village - St Ives North School Catchment Zone This 2 bedrooms apartment is stylish, bright and spacious, finished to a high standard and perfectly positioned in one of St Ives's most sought after complexes. Only 300 meters to St Ives shopping Village, cafes, restaurants and walking distance to prestigious public and private school such as St Ives north public school, Masada college etc.
6/29 Moree Street Street, Gordon
Aspira To Live A Moree Indulgent Lifestyle This boutique brand new townhouse, "Aspira", is positioned within a small collection of high-end residences and one of the most sought after streets in Gordon. The floor plan is suited to a family or the discerning professional or downsizer. Fixtures and finishes are of the highest quality creating beautiful yet practical spaces. The walkability score is high with both Gordon Train Station and Shops only metres away. With easy access to a choice of elite private and public schools, you are spoilt for choices by raising your children here. the gassette | 14
126 Rosedale Road, St Ives Luxury Townhouses In The Heart Of St Ives For the chance to live with perfect convenience of location and lifestyle in St Ives, look no further. Offering 9 boutique townhouses built on 3 luxurious levels with 3 beds plus study, 3 baths, and 2 car spaces, this development is perfect for families and downsizers looking within the area.Located a mere few minutes' walk from St Ives Shopping Village and Pymble Golf Club, these townhouses are perfect for those who want easy access to recreational facilities, restaurants and cafes, shopping and an array of prestige schools nearby. Set within one of the biggest growth areas in Sydney, this is the perfect chance to invest in a new, modern townhouse with perfect positioning. Built under the master guidance of NCC Development in conjunction with Gelder Architects, this development is set to be the envy of the area. For further information or to register your interest, please contact email at firstname.lastname@example.org the gassette | 15
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39/212 Mona Vale Road, St Ives
Location, Luxury & Comfort - Move In Or Invest This highly sought after one bedroom apartment in one of the most prestigious locations in the Upper North Shore with luxurious interior offers the lifestyle you are looking for. Don't take my word for it come and see yourself.
79/132-138 Killeaton Street, St Ives
Ground Floor One Bedroom Apartment With Courtyard In Exclusive Alcove This spacious one bedroom ground floor apartment is located in the sought-after block C. With North Easterly aspect and its own private courtyard and direct access to Killeaton St, this apartment offers a private lifestyle in a landmark complex. Alcove is conveniently situated within walking distance from public transport, shops, restaurants, local cafes and some of the best schools in Sydney. The complex enjoys a luxurious gym, sauna, pool and a spa facility. Maintained in near-new condition, this apartment suits first home buyers, down-sizers or astute investors.
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503/3-5 Clydesdale Place, Pymble
Full Brick 2 Bedroom + Study Room With Leafy Outlook - Walk Rail Offered as part of an exclusive 34 apartment which is situated in a cul-de-sac location only 600 metres walk to Pymble station. Features include spacious and bright 2 bedrooms including a master with ensuite and WIR opens to balcony, and a modern kitchen with European stainless steel appliances including a 4 burner gas cooktop with range hood, oven, dishwasher & caesarstone benchtops.
404 Mona Vale Road, St Ives
Downsizer's SEPP Senior Living In St Ives "Tulip Garden" sits in an enviable position within Sydney's highly regarded Upper North Shore, offering 12 off-the-plan boutique villas and 3 exquisite penthouses located in a premium position amongst manicured gardens. This stunning development provides desirable positioning, only minutes away from shops, many prestige schools and recreational facilities such as St Ives Rugby club, and sits only a short stroll away from Garigal National Park and Ku-ring-gai Wild Flower Garden. It also has a convenient shopping district located within walking distance, is only a 15 minute drive from Mona Vale Beach and Mona Vale Golf Club, and is conveniently close to Sydney Grammar School as well as other prestigious schools. the gassette | 17
232 Falcon Street, North Sydney
Unique Opportunity This rare opportunity to buy two properties in one line only 3km drive or walk to the international city of Sydney may only be offered once in a lifetime. The front house is DA approved for 17 rooms Development. The two dwellings are located on the corner of Moodie street, Cammeray and Falcon street, North Sydney and provides accommodation for 7 cars via access from the quiet Moodie street.
502A/17-23 Merriwa Street, Gordon
Spacious One Bedroom Gem With Bright And Private Aspect + Study Nook When it comes to downsizing, investing or seeking that premium unit to include in your property portfolio, then this unit, in the sought after suburb of Gordon is the one to inspect. Located on the upper level of this near new building and bathed in natural sunlight the unit boasts a private balcony with bayonet, lights and electrical output making alfresco entertaining a breeze. The combined lounge dining flows seamlessly to the open plan modern kitchen with gas cook-top and near new appliance surrounded by that stone benchtop. The Bedroom has built-ins and is accompanied by a fully tiled luxurious bathroom. The unit has plenty of storage throughout, a study nook and internal laundry. the gassette | 18
19 Epping Road, Epping
Luxury Living In Exquisite Elan Development A striking new residence centrally located in the heart of leafy Epping, Elan is a modern and well positioned development only minutes away from Epping Village retail precinct and the newly upgraded station connecting to the CBD and nearby commercial centres. Every apartment features a generous balcony perfect for indoor-outdoor entertaining, and the open-plan layout within offers a seamless transition between the spaces.
B003/17-23 Merriwa Street, Gordon
One Bedroom Garden Apartment plus Study Encompassing the golden triangle of comfort, lifestyle and position, everything you need is virtually at your door. Gordon Grange is the ultimate in convenience and within walking distance to transport, schools and entertainment. Simplicity and minimal modern elegance create timelessly beautiful architecture, topped off with peaceful leafy green views. Gordon Grange will not only be a wonderful place to live but a fantastic investment in your future.
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R E V E A L E D
Sydney’s best suburbs for renters and landlords
A u t h or: Tawar Ra z a g h i Source: Domain
Tenant-friendly suburbs in Sydney’s pricey rental market have been revealed, with new data showing the neighbourhoods where renters have more choice and falling costs.And the suburbs that look most attractive to landlords, with rising rents and few rental properties to choose from, are also shown in the Domain figures.Areas with a wave of new housing supply are offering the most amount of choice for tenants, such as Ryde, North Sydney and Chatswood, as well as affordable spots such as Liverpool, Parramatta and Blacktown.Median weekly rents for houses in Chatswood dropped 3.1 per cent to $950 over the year to September, while Ryde fell 5.8 per cent to $650. Each suburb offered more than 150 vacant properties on the last day of September. Blacktown posted a 4.7 per cent drop in house rents to $410 a week over the past year, while Liverpool
Tenant friendly suburbs
edged down 0.6 per cent to $440. It comes as Sydney’s rental market recorded its biggest annual fall in more than a decade thanks to the tail-end of the city’s record construction boom.Across the city, the median weekly asking rents for houses dropped $25 to $525 in the year to September, according to the latest Domain Rental Report.
Meanwhile, the list of suburbs that are more favourable to landlords includes Malabar, Putney, Lindfield and Sylvania Waters when it came to houses.AMP Capital chief economist Dr Shane Oliver said rental properties were in more demand where there was less construction.“These are suburbs where there hasn’t been a lot of construction, they don’t have lots of cranes and not a lot of apartments,” Dr Oliver said.“They’re also suburbs that are attractive to live in – it has access to the water … access to the train line.”Landlord-friendly suburbs for units included Kirrawee where rents have risen 8.7 per cent to $500, Darlington which has increased 8 per cent to $540 and Glebe rising 7 per cent to $534. All suburbs had few vacancies. Dr Oliver said postcodes like Glebe that continued to have few rental options despite construction meant they were popular with renters.“Someone might have put up an apartment block and it’s filled quickly … some areas you could put a lot of supply and it won’t make a Landlord friendly suburb
Ray White head of property management Emily Sims said while landlord-friendly suburbs would always consist of areas where there were limited houses and units available for rent, amenities also played a part. “What is good for a landlord is what is appealing to a tenant – good schools and train lines,” she said.
Ms Sims said suburbs like Lindfield and Hurstville cropped up high on the list because of their train line and neighbouring schools, with many families moving into their catchment areas.The Property Curator principal buyers’ agent Brendan Clark said areas like Marrickville, where he has two investment properties, has good access to amenities and proximity to the CBD, ensuring it is always tenanted despite recent dips in the market, with rents down 1.5 per cent to $493 a week. “The reason I like it as a landlord is because the inner west is a fantastic place to live in and tenants love it,” Mr Clark said. “While you may not get the highest yields, there are people always looking to rent your property.“My tenants both love living here. They wanted to sign up for two-year leases. It’s never happened before and it worked for me with the vacancy rates coming up.“To me, it’s a bulletproof suburb.”But for renters with a smaller budget and without the ability to move with ease, small drops in rents and higher vacancies may not make a difference to some, according to NSW Tenants’ Union senior policy officer Leo Patterson Ross.“Someone who has been renting in Liverpool and Blacktown won’t be moving to Chatswood,” Mr Patterson Ross said. “We are seeing a relatively high vacancy rate, but that’s part of the problem. For a long time, we had low vacancy rates.“What we’re seeing now is a correction towards a fair market but we haven’t hit a fair market yet.”He said high construction levels have not lasted long enough to tip the rental market in tenants’ favour.“We need to keep seeing pretty high construction rates to maintain those high vacancies.” the gassette | 21
44 Pleasant Avenue, East Lindfield | $1,600/week
Modern Home With Pool -Walk To Rail This idyllic 4 bedroom home is perfect for the growing family. Set in the peaceful surrounds of East Lindfield and barely 1 km walk to East Lindfield Primary, as well as being within the Killara High School Catchment and close to transport direct to Chatswood, City or Lindfield Station, this residence is set with perfect convenience.The modern open-plan kitchen flows through to a lightfilled casual living space, which is connected to the covered outdoor wrap-around balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. This entire space overlooks well-maintained gardens, creating the perfect environment for easy year-round entertainment.
15 Vale Street, Gordon | $1500/week
Family Home With Premium Inclusions And Walk To Station This full brick home is high set and within a quiet pocket of the highly desirable location of Gordon. There are five bedrooms all located in close proximity of each other with the master boasting an impressive en-suite and walk-in robe. The Kitchen is centrally located and is fitted with granite bench-tops, stainless steel appliances adjacent to both informal and formal living areas.
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3B Cadow Street, Pymble | $490/week
2 Bedroom Granny Flat 2 bedroom Granny Flat with separate back room which can be a bedroom or second living room. Set in quiet location. Some of the features in this property include: - Kitchen with modern gas cooking stove and dishwasher - 2 double sized bedrooms with built-in robes, another big family room at back can be another bedroom - Separate lounge and dining room - Timber floors and Brand New Carpet in bedrooms
43 Sylvan Avenue. East Lindfield | $850/week
Bright And Sunny Home with Panoramic Views This well positioned 3 bedroom house + Study set in East Lindfield boasts a sun drenched family home. This property features: - 3 bedrooms + study - Lounge and dining opening on both sides to outdoor entertaining - Polished timber floors - Low Maintenance garden the gassette | 23
29/6-8 Culworth Avenue, Killara | $630/week
2 Bedroom Apartment - Walk To Rail This conveniently located 2 bedroom unit is outstanding in every way from its marble bathroom through to its European appliances in the kitchen.Walk to your favourite cafe or walk to the rail. Shops or transport it's all at your door. Features include: - Full brick construction - 12 km from Sydney CBD - Kitchen with Smeg appliances - Security building
706/904-914 Pacific Highway, Gordon | $645/week
2 Bedroom Apartment, Convenient, Modern And Luxurious With Views This 2 bedroom Spacious, light filled apartment located in a sought after location in Gordon within walking distance to Gordon Village, shops and railway station. Positioned on the seventh floor, it offers new appliances, fittings, generous sized bedrooms and modern kitchen. Featuring: - Open-plan living and dining area - 2 spacious bedrooms with built-in, main with en-suite - Luxurious, stylish kitchen with quality stainless steel fittings the gassette | 24
604/36-42 Stanley Street, St Ives | $600/week
Spacious Modern Unit - Walk To Shops Spacious modern apartment conveniently located within walking distance to St Ives Shopping Village, facilities and easy access to public transport this apartment offers: - 2 generous sized bedrooms both with built-in robes, master with en-suite bathroom - Spacious living and dining room opens to balcony overlooking manicured gardens - Kitchen with gas cooking and dishwasher - Internal laundry with dryer - Complex includes fully equipped Gym, outdoor facilities, BBQ area, onsite building manager
Flat/101 Springdale Road, East Killara | $350/week
Quiet & Peaceful Granny Flat Modern bright 1 bedroom granny flat/studio includes bathroom with combined bath and shower, modern kitchenette with gas cooking, microwave oven and bar fridge. One parking space onsite. Positioned in a prestige street close to transport, shopping centre, parks and schools with a private separate access to the flat.Utilities expenses are not included. Suitable for single person or couple only.
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25A Greville Street, Chatswood | $920/week
Spacious Family Home Spacious, cosy & quiet home - looking onto a peaceful garden and bush-lands. In very close proximity to Chatswood Shopping Centre by bus. This home is easily accessible and central! There are multiple forms of transport nearby. - 10 minute bus ride to Chatswood Station; also Macquarie Centre - Only a 20 minute train ride to the heart of the city - Separate lounge and dining, large lounge area flowing to an elevated front balcony with leafy private outlook
503/3-5 Clydesdale Place, Pymble | $625/week
Spacious 2 Bedroom plus Study Apartment This spacious 2 bedroom apartment is situated in a cul-de-sac location only 600 metres walk to Pymble station. Features include: - Timber floorboards throughout - Large Study - Spacious and bright 2 bedrooms including master with ensuite and WIR opens to balcony - Balcony with city district views perfect for entertaining the gassette | 26
431/3-11 Mcintyre Street, Gordon | $640/week
Light & Bright 2 Bedroom Apartment - Walk To Rail This apartment is ideally located just a few minutes walk from the Gordon Shopping Arcade, train station, restaurants and cafes. This light and bright apartment is located in Killara High School & Gordon West Public School catchments. Features: - Generous 2 bedrooms with built-in robes, main with en-suite bathroom - Luxurious bathrooms with floor-to-ceiling tiles - Living area opens out to balcony - Kitchen has stainless steel appliances, gas cooktop and integrated dishwasher
C525/17-19 Memorial Avenue, St Ives | $650/week
Modern Apartment Across From St Ives Shopping Village This 2 bedrooms apartment is stylish, bright and spacious, finished to a high standard and perfectly positioned in one of St Ives's most sought after complexes. Only 300 meters to St Ives shopping Village, cafes, restaurants and walking distance to prestigious public and private school such as St Ives north public school, Masada college etc.
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B401/3-7 Lorne Avenue, Killara | $640/week
2 Bedroom Apartment - Walk to Killara Station Impressive 2 bedroom apartment, open plan lounge/dining area flowing on to a light filled Balcony. The 2nd floor apartment is your ideal home set only moments away from public transport features: - A high quality kitchen includes stone bench tops, stainless steel appliances, gas cooking and dishwasher. - Both bedrooms offer built-in wardrobes - Ensuite off main bedroom with stone bench tops and floor to ceiling tiles.
5/6 Murray Street, Lane Cove North | $415/week
Fabulous Large 2 Bedroom Apartment Spacious apartment located at the rear of the building, offers a tranquil outlook and total privacy.Within a short stroll to transport, parks and local shops, this one is sure to be snapped up fast.Features include: - Two spacious bedrooms - Large combined living / dining room - Private entertainment balcony the gassette | 28
25/5 Sutherland Road, Chatswood | $680/week
Spacious & Convenient 2 Bedroom Apartment With Leafy Outlook This bright and airy 2 bedroom unit is situated across from park (with playground & BBQ facilities) and an easy stroll to Chatswood Public School, shops, Chatswood CBD, trains & buses.Accommodation includes 2 generous bedrooms with built-in robes(each with own balcony), 2 bathrooms (Including the en-suite), a modern gas kitchen, dishwasher, lots of bench space and adjacent to the internal laundry with plenty of cupboards. The living & dining area opens to the well sized 3rd balcony. Secure car space and visitor parking.You also have a private rooftop access with spectacular views for your Sunday night relaxation!
1/50 The Comenarra Parkway, Turramurra | $390/week Massive 1 Bedroom Granny Flat - Massive 110 Square granny flat - Separate full kitchen with modern features - Separate lounge and dining room very spacious - 1 large bedroom with built-ins - Internal laundry - Water usage included the gassette | 29
“ What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on.
HENRY DAVID THOREAU Essayist, Poet, Philosopher
2020 interior designtrends It's the most wonderful time of the year... and by that I mean it's time to
pause and reflect on the latest trends predicted for interior design in 2020, and inspire a much needed redecoration for our homes, just in time for the New Year (New decade, I should say). Interior design is constantly evolving and while some styles are timeless and classic, trends come and go. It is undeniable environment
endless pinning, here's what we know so far of what 2020 will bring about in
down to earth
concern has undeniably risen over the course of 2019, and living sustainably has
trendsetter, this is most certainly one trend you should get behind. Interior design one's
reflection trend a
of will of
outdoors, indoors. Think about plenty of indoor plants, sustainable materials, earthy colors and more.
Photo: Pinterest To introduce the trend into your home, begin with choosing pieces and finishes made from natural materials such as timber, jute, rattan, and linen. If you are fond of great adventurous bush/beach walks, do keep an eye out for fallen palms, branches or leaves that can make for a unique (and free!) pieces of décor. This is particularly handy for saving on Christmas table centre piece decorations.
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a so t touch Soft and feminine silhouettesÂ will certainly become more popular in 2020, perfectly contrasting the harsh and raw finishes brought by the natural textures of indoor plants, timber, stones and concrete. A softer aesthetic can be implemented into your interior through the use of pastel and muted colors with accent accessories such as rugs, cushions and vases. Using furniture that has curvy and feminine shape will certainly give a certain calm and relaxing yet luxurious vibe to your living space.
the big picture (literally) Whether it be a painting, print, wallpaper or a full-blown wall mural, this trend will significantly transform your space in 2020 that it will hardly need anything else to enliven it. If you want to jump on this trend sans the commitment, opt for a more temporary choice such as tapestry or lean a large framed print or canvas against the wall as opposed to hanging. Also, large artworks doesn't necessarily mean large cost. You can save on large wall art by DIY-ing anÂ abstract painting on a large canvas to add a more personal touch to your space. And no stress if you aren't confident with paint, printing your own photography on a large scale then framing it will also do the trick.Â
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Overall, 2020 will put a big focus on creating a private and calm sanctuary at home that seamlessly blends the outdoors with the indoors. Sustainability and environmental impact will certainly be emphasized affecting our home decor choices and lifestyle. Some of the predicted trends we've shown you are definitely not the extent of trends you can expect for the new decade. If you'd like to see more interior design inspirations, be sure to follow us on our
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Easy Home Improvements to Help Sell Your House So you have finally decided that you are ready to sell your house. Now the real question is... is your house ready to be sold? Maybe slight improvements in particular areas can help boost the value of your house. But where do you even begin? What should the renovation include? What kind of renovation should be done? As a seller, you should view this project subjectively and anticipate buyers' needs and focus on appearance and functionality of the property, both inside and out.
It is important to remember when you are renovating to sell that you are no longer going to live in that house. Therefore, remodelling projects you choose to do should reflect what prospective buyers will like rather than focusing on your own tastes and desires. Save personal creative ideas for projects in your new house! Below are a few suggestions of easy home improvements you can consider doing in order to help sell your house.
Update the kitchen It is universally known that the kitchen is the heart of the home. That's why the kitchen is one of the most important rooms within a house that holds significant power to win buyers over. A well decorated, functional and inviting kitchen makes all the difference when people are considering a house to buy.
If you cannot afford to fully remodel a kitchen to sell, there are a few inexpensive options to go for. For example, giving the cabinets and drawers a fresh coat of paint and updating the handles and knobs can significantly improve the look and feel of your kitchen as a whole. Opt for safe crowd-pleaser colours such as greys and whites. Not only does it look expensive and modern, buyers can also easily visualise adding their own personal touches to a kitchen with plain foundations.
Also, removing bulky furniture and unsightly mismatched appliances can help create the illusion of a large open kitchen. Store them away and display flower vase and/or bowl of fruit on the table and countertops to give off a clean and calm feel.
Paint A fresh coat of paint will make your house seem newer and appear larger and lighter. Choose bright neutral colours that will match any piece of furniture. Consider repainting all the walls as well as the front door. First impressions really do matter and a beautifully updated front door upon the arrival of prospective buyers will certainly set the tone for the rest of their inspection of your house.
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Beautify the bathroom No one likes seeing an old and dirty bathroom (even worse being in one... particularly a stranger's). This definitely shouldn't be the impression and sensation prospective buyers get when inspecting the bathrooms in your house. Your bathroom should be immaculate before it is ready to be seen by prospective buyers. It is not always necessary to remodel your whole bathroom, however little improvements can be made here and there to breathe a new life into it. Start by giving the walls a fresh coat of paint to give a fresh bright new look. If you have tiled walls, ensure that the surface and grout is thoroughly scrubbed and there are no limescale and/or mould.
Some aesthetic adjustments can also make a huge difference in impressing prospective buyers when it comes to your bathroom. Consider replacing the mirror or simply ensuring it is streak-free clean during inspection. Polish or replace faucets and shower heads to give it a new shine. Maybe place a few indoor plants. Above all, ensure all visible surfaces of your bathroom are clean and scrubbed, particularly the sinks, toilet bowls, showers and tubs. Remember, you are trying to sell the lifestyle your prospective buyers will live in their new house and no one likes to visualise themselves living in a dirty environment.
Light it up Allowing more light into your home, either naturally or artificially, will certainly create the illusion of a big open space. This can be achieved by simply washing all your windows, strategic placement of large mirrors and installing additional lighting. Mirrors should be placed where it catches the most light to reflect while also illustrating a larger room feel. Additionally, if your home is graced with large beautiful windows, you should be mindful of furniture placements. Ensure only low and skinny furniture are placed in front of windows, if need be, to maximise light flooding your space.
If you think the amount of natural light your space is receiving is still not enough, don't be afraid to call in reinforcements by installing additional lightings. This doesn't necessarily have to be fancy and expensive hanging light fixtures. Additional artificial lighting can simply be achieved with floor and/or table lamps.
Clean and declutter When considering a home to buy, prospective buyers need to be able to visualise their own belongings in the house. This is not possible if your house is cluttered and unorganised during inspection, throwing off prospective buyers' vision of the house's full potential.
You should begin by giving your entire home a good clean, and call professional help if necessary and possible. Dust and vacuum every room, wax wooden floors, remove limescale, mould, and cobwebs, polish tap-wares, handles and knobs, dust every surface, and pay special attention to areas you tend to overlook on the daily basis such as windows and baseboards.
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Kerb appeal First impressions are important when you’re selling a home and neglecting your kerb appeal can significantly affect the value of your property. While your property’s physical structure is beyond your control, there’s a lot you can do to create strong kerb appeal and make your home stand out. From basic maintenance such as mowing, weeding, tidying and cleaning the roof, to painting and clever landscaping, if you put in the effort it will be reflected in your selling price.
An easy and quick improvement to the façade of your house is by adding potted plants. Plants are a great way of adding colour to the garden and focusing people’s eye. Potted plants can be arranged along your driveway or front path, or you can add window boxes or hanging baskets, to create a bright welcoming feel. They are easier to look after in terms of weeding and just need sporadic watering to keep them looking great.
Many people underestimate the transformative power of cleaning your home exterior. We tend to overlook how much dirt and debris actually gets trapped on the exterior walls, doors, windows and even across the roof of a property. By simply giving your house a much needed shower with a pressure washer, your home can look sparkling new.
Fix what is broke If you have been postponing repairs around your home, ensure that you get the necessary work and maintenance done before prospective buyers come for inspection. Ensure all house projects, either full renovations or little DIYs, are complete and well-presented. You do not want your house to appear inconsistent and incomplete. Call in a professional to thoroughly assess and inspect your property as a whole, ensuring there aren't any issues with important features of the house such as the electrical and plumbing systems. The last thing you want would be for prospective buyers to find that the toilet does not flush or the faucets are leaking.
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Five Plants for Fighting Mosquitoes This summer, you can let these plants deal with the unwanted guests at your backyard parties.
Summer is right around the corner... and so are the swarming group of mosquitoes waiting to invade and disrupt your outdoor fun. But it doesn't have to be that way. Mosquito bites undoubtedly brings about illnesses, itchiness and unpleasant bumps that last up to days, so they certainly have no place in your family's home.
Citronella oil is certainly one of the most popular, if not the most obvious, choice when it comes to mosquito repellent. Citronella plant (Cymbopogon nardus) is a perennial grass that is the source of the citronella essential oil. This coarse grass mainly grows in clumps, and can even reach 1.5 metres in height. This plant is also known as nard grass, mana grass, or nardus. Citronella does quite well in warm climates, and has a very strong smell, especially when you crush its leaves, which makes it hard for mosquitoes to breathe.
Below are a list of plants other than Citronella that you can put in the proximity of your outdoor living space, particularly within and around sitting areas, not only to help repel the presence of malicious mozzies in your backyard, but also to add a touch of colour to your garden. Do note that these plants are recommended to aid in repelling mosquitoes and should be part of a complete eradication program, which includes the removal of stagnant water and the application of mosquito-repellant lotion.
LEMONGRASS (CYMBOPOGON CITRATUS) The closest relative to citronella, lemongrass has a strong fragrance that makes it a natural insect repellent. To help deter mosquitoes, locate it close to seating areas.
MARIGOLD (TAGETES ERECTA) Despite being a native of America, this plant is popularly referred to as African marigold. The plant contains pyrethrum, an ingredient found in many insect repellents and has an aroma that bugs, including mosquitoes, find quite repulsive.
PEPPERMINT (MENTHA PIPERITA) A mint hybrid, peppermint has a high concentration of natural pesticides, mainly pulegone. Bonus: If you happen to get bitten, rubbing crushed peppermint leaves directly onto the skin provides relief.
PELARGONIUM (PELARGONIUM CITROSUM)
CATNIP (NEPETA CATARIA) Also a member of the mint family, this perennial herb contains nepetalactone oil, which, while loved by cats, is hated by mosquitoes.
Popularly called the mosquito plant, the leaves resemble those of a fern but its fragrance is similar to citronella’s, thus repelling mosquitoes. Source: Houzz
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