Don’t be fooled into thinking that just because there are about 80 properties in Clontarf’s Gordon St, it is easy to buy there. It isn’t.
According to CoreLogic, there has only been one sale in the blue ribbon street so far this year, and that was all the way back in January.
In 2018 there were three sales, including one apartment, in 2017 there were just two and in 2018, three properties changed hands.
This pocket-sized harbourside suburb is one of the northern beaches’ most exclusive and tightly held. It has managed to avoid house price falls so far in the property downturn.
It is also an area favoured by executives who like to be close to the city but want a peaceful place to raise their families.
That is exactly what drew Rachel Philpotts and her family to the area about 10 years ago.
And they bought 11 Gordon St with big plans.
A 13 month-long renovation saw the home taken back to a shell.
It was reborn as an architectural masterpiece that has retained many of its former Art Deco classic features, like curved glass features walls and round windows, and added layers of luxury and modern technology to make living there both easy and a pleasure.
Mrs Philpotts said it had been important to preserve some of the home’s original style.
“Because there were already curves in the house, it just made sense,” she said.
The curves allow plenty of light in, but they also frame the spectacular, 180-degree Middle Harbour and cityscape view, that can be seen from all three levels.
It is that view that Mrs Philpott will miss the most when the time comes to say farewell to the much-loved home, which is on 835sqm.
“There’s always something going on — you can see everything,” she said. “It is amazing to watch the storms roll in and you never get tired of watching the colour of the yachts go by.”
Features of the home include a modern kitchen with curved island bench, home office with adjoining library area, multiple terraces on all levels, heated pool, home cinema or guest suite, double garage, and full security.
The property is due to go to auction on June 1 at 1pm, with a price guide of $6,000,000 to $6,600,000. For more information contact Michael Clarke, or Cherie Humel, of Clarke & Humel Property.