An original mid-century house in Frenchs Forest attracted buyers who had never even heard of the suburb but who wanted that particular style of property.
Number 15 Bluegum Cres was a circa 1962 home built of Beser bricks and with exposed dark timber beams, a long balcony and floor to ceiling glass. The home opened to the north and was next to a nature reserve.
In classic mid-century style the property also had a split-leel living and dining area, three of the four bedrooms opened to the balcony and the living room had a feature wall of Beser bricks.
Only the kitchen had seen any changes since the house was built, it had stone benchtops and Bosch appliances.
Karen Terry, of McGrath Forestville, said 157 inspections were carried out on the home which was a deceased estate. Twenty seven contracts were handed out and ten people registered to buy the house at auction which was being sold for the first time.
“We had people turn up just to admire the house and we had buyers who hadn’t been to Frenchs Forest before, they just wanted that style of house,” she said.
Some young couples were also bidding in the hope of acquiring a family home below $1.5 million.
Three older couples fought it out with the house selling for $1,791,000 after 48 bids. The guide for the home was $1.35 million and the property sold for $391,000 over reserve to buyers from Lane Cove.
Ms Terry said the house on 716sqm of bushland block was highly prized by people who inspected it.
“We had people turn up just to have a look at the design, there are real fans of this design,” she said.
“People were looking at the house rather than the location and I have to admit the more I attended the open house the more I fell in love with the house, it was clearly loved by creative types, there was a lot of pottery in the home,” she said.
The home opened to the north, was next to a nature reserve and close to the Northern Beaches Hospital and Forest High School.