The modernist house at 9 Sydney Rd, Warriewood.
When a young couple showed a friend a northern beaches block of land they were going to build on, their friend was horrified and suggested they leave it as a blackberry farm.
Fast forward sixty years and that land, with an original timber house, is up for auction with a $1.795 million price guide.
The four-bedroom modernist home is on Sydney Rd close to Warriewood beach. Three houses have sold in the road this year and they are all north of $2.5 million.
Number 26 Sydney Rd sold for $2.51 million in July, number 19 sold in May for $2.89 million and number 28 sold back in March for a whopping $2,951,500.
What is on offer at number 9 Sydney Rd is a 626sqm block with a 1950s house that was added to in the 1970s.
The big picture windows at 9 Sydney Rd, Warriewood.
Kylie Segedin, of LJ Hooker Mona Vale, said the house is walking distance to three Sydney beaches. “You have an outstanding opportunity here to create a prestige home in keeping with the surrounding properties or enjoy as a fabulous holiday beach house,” she said.
The gently sloping land was orignally bought in the 1930s for a holiday house by the vendors’ grandmother and her brother. By 1950 when no building had started for the holiday home the grandmother bought her brother out and gave the block to the vendors parents who had just got engaged.
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“At the time, our parents were living at Kingsford — 37km from Warriewood,” said the vendor.
“When they took their best friend to show off their land, he looked at it, shook his head and said, “I think you should forget the house and just make it into a blackberry farm.”
The house was designed by an architecture firm, but the first builder — and the second — who took on the project went broke when very little work had been done. Our mother’s hair started to grey in her early 20s as a result,” the vendor said.
Everyone helping build in the 1950s.
A box-like shape in the Modernist style.
For more than two years the young couple travelled from Kingsford to Narrabeen on a tram with building materials and tools.
“Often pieces of wood were so large they had to put their arms through the windows and hold them against the outside of the tram,” the vendor said.
9 Sydney Rd, Warriewood. NSW real estate.
Classic fifties style.
The extensions to the house — the dining room and the two back bedrooms — were added in the late 1970s by a professional builder. The sideboard in the dining-room is the oldest non-built-in piece of furniture in the house, dating from at least the early 1960s.
The house was completed in early 1957. Though it was a principal residence, it was always intended to look, and work, like a beach house.