Family delight- 9 James St, Allambie Heights.
It has been more than five years since there was a sale in this leafy street.
And when you look at houses like No. 9 James St, it’s not hard to see why owners hang on to their homes.
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Cecilia Lee and her family have been there for the past eight years, buying the property when they moved from Melbourne.
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They were attracted to the home, because it ticked many boxes, including their desire to be close to the ocean.
“We looked at many properties in the surrounding areas of Seaforth, Clontarf, Balgowlah Heights, Fairlight and Manly, but none of the places we saw provided the same size and value for money,” she said.
“There was also the opportunity to make it our own space. The previous owner had kept it in
perfect condition. We knew it was an easy renovation opportunity.”
Cecilia Lee and her children Saskia and Dexter at their Allambie Heights home.
Lots of living space.
The renovations were extensive, Ms Lee said.
“We redesigned and replaced just about everything,” she said.
“We put in a new kitchen with high end appliances, reconfigured and modernised the bathrooms, replaced all floorings, window coverings, new wardrobe space in the main bedroom and new study/bedroom downstairs.
“The landscaping, laundry room, powder room and rendering of the exterior was done two years ago.”
The back yard.
There was one room they kept close to the original design, with its exposed beams and working fireplace. This has become the family’s pool/billiard room.
“We love that room and have spent many hours socialising in there,” Ms Lee said.
The sheer size of the house has been a huge bonus, providing plenty of play spaces for daughter Saskia, 6, and son Dexter, 2, lots of areas for entertaining and just relaxing.
“We always had space for my family who visited from Melbourne in several car loads,” Ms Lee said. “It was a great place to get everyone together with no one feeling pressured to go home immediately after.”
Proximity to transport, Warringah Mall, schools and beaches have also been big plus for the family.
The property is scheduled to go to auction through Tim Cullen, of McGrath Manly, on December 8, with a price guide of $2,000,000.