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City hideaway ... a shady and relaxing spot in Surry Hills.

Brisk interest in terrace apartment ABOUT 90 groups inspected a onebedroom apartment at 2/655 South Dowling Street, Surry Hills, before it went to auction yesterday with a guide of about $450,000 through Natalie Muzica of First National Spencer & Servi. At the back of a converted Victorian terrace, the apartment has 72 sq m of space and no parking. There were six registered bidders and the unit sold for $500,000 to a male first home buyer who lives in the area. Buyers liked the location, parking and balcony of an apartment at 32/87 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay, up for auction yesterday through Anthony Ross of BresicWhitney with hopes of $700,000-plus. The flat sold for $735,000 to a woman upsizing from another apartment across the road.

FIVE years of heart, soul, sweat and tears from couple Jacques and Kate Dezarnaulds went into the radical transformation of 137 Buckland Street, Alexandria, which was bought as a rundown, two-bedroom worker’s cottage and emerged as a modern, three-bedroom, eco-friendly oasis. McGrath real estate agent Brad Gillespie sold the property to the Dezarnaulds in 2005 for $540,000. Yesterday, he sold it to Mark Kepper for $1.81 million. ‘‘It’s great to see that the vendors have embraced [the] eco features throughout,’’ he said. ‘‘The unique design has created a seamless indoor/outdoor living, with plenty of natural light, and is a credit to [the Dezarnaulds’s] imagination.’’ The couple run J2 Building Services and Mr Dezarnaulds’s brother, Edward, is from Davis Architects. All the timber – brush-box floors, oregon beams, western red cedar batons – is recycled, there is solarpowered underfloor heating and large water pods under the floors use rainwater to take care of the garden, laundry and toilets. ‘‘We’ve used it as an education piece, that it’s worth the investment to go out on a limb and build what is worth the effort as well. The nicest thing about this project is that the clients this time were us,’’ Mrs Dezarnaulds said. The feature that most impressed Mr Kepper was the cellar, revealed

Eco-friendly ... crowds gathered at the house, above, to see Mark Kepper, below, win the auction. Photos: Dallas Kilponen when the lounge-room rug was rolled away. There was a trap door hiding space big enough ‘‘to put a poker table in as well as the wine. That’s how we designed it’’, Mr Dezarnaulds said. Auctioneer Scott Kennedy Green opened bidding at $800,000, placed by Rowan and Jacqui Sheperd. Bids between the Sheperds and Mr Kepper increased by increments of $250,000 until they hit the

$1 million-dollar mark, when they steadied at increments of $100,000. At $1.45 million a new entrant emerged against Mr Kepper before pulling out at $1.8 million. Mr Sheperd came back in briefly at $1.775 million but a stern shake of his head confirmed that was it. Mr Kepper’s bid of $1.81 million brought his months of searching for the ‘‘perfect property’’ to an end.

Sun-Herald Domain editor Mari Gibson (02) 9282 2364, Property editor Stephen Nicholls. For advertising sales, Linda Chan (02) 9282 3506,

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LJ Hooker Helensburgh 4294 9800 Geoff Emms 0416 244 456 Please contact Ingrid Allen today to learn more about this magnificent home and to ar...


LJ Hooker Helensburgh 4294 9800 Geoff Emms 0416 244 456 Please contact Ingrid Allen today to learn more about this magnificent home and to ar...