Summer ready — 22 Ocean Rd, Palm Beach.
OCEAN Rd is Palm Beach’s blue-ribbon address full of large level blocks owned by the nation’s rich and famous.
This is the road where media moguls, captains of industry holiday and celebrities hide from photographers.
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In summer, they mingle with the locals at the northern end of the beach strip, a favourite spot known as Kiddies’ Corner. Actors like Nicole Kidman, Rachel Griffiths, Toni Collette, and super model Elle Macpherson might even be described as ‘summer regulars’ by locals.
22 Ocean Rd, Palm Beach.
Model Elle Macpherson, pictured at Mona Vale Beach in Sydney, may even be described as a summer regular to the area.. Picture: Annettepix
Every year around this time the locals start to wonder who will be coming this year, although there is an unspoken rule that no matter how famous the face, they are treated like anyone else enjoying their piece of Palm Beach paradise.
And it’s not just celebs coming to Palm Beach, with a steady stream of Sydneysiders making the trip by car, bus or ferry, to spend the day at this iconic spot.
Open plan living.
The record for the road is $19 million for number 37 Ocean Rd which traded in 2012.
Almost every house is a holiday home, able to command $10,000 to $35,000 per week over the peak Christmas holiday period.
Fairwinds has been the weekender and holiday home for the Whelan family since 1974, but now the time has come for them to pass it on.
Nicole Kidman, left, and Keith Urban have stayed in the area over the summer months. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Denise Whelan said her late father Maurice bought the property, at 22 Ocean Rd, thinking that with seven children it might be cheaper to own a holiday home than paying to visit one.
Over more than four decades the family has spent Christmas, the summer holidays and many weekends at Fairwinds which is just two houses from the beachfront shopping centre and cafes.
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On the other side is the bus stop with buses to the city.
“The afternoons we would get beautiful breezes through the house, and we would laze around and read, play cricket on the lawn or totem tennis or ride our bikes along the foreshore,” she said.
The family could step out of the house, cross the road, and be on the sands. The patrolled flags area is just a little to the right and the ocean pool a short walk away.
The house is one of the last untouched properties on the strip. Almost everyone else has put in swimming pools and entertaining terraces and developed their land. Fairwinds is a brick and tile house set well back on the deep 1220sqm block.
The kitchen has been updated and it has a butler’s pantry opening to the rear balcony. The timber floors have been sanded and polished and the house has been painted throughout.
The open-plan living room has a fireplace and the large front balcony has room for both a lounge and outdoor dining setting, ideal for hosting family.
Two of the four bedrooms enjoy beach and ocean views and the main bedroom has its own bathroom.
The property is for sale by expressions of interest, closing December 5, through Peter Robinson, of LJ Hooker Palm Beach. It has a price guide of $9.6 million to $10.5 million.