Behind closed doors – 2016’s hot properties
The eye candy homes of the past year ranged from those designed with meticulousness, to those crammed with so much potential they were falling apart. Views fueled desires in inner-Sydney and surrounds, as did anything with raw space or extra sense of volume.
The inner city is now more intertwined than ever before. Parts of Redfern are as sought-after as Paddington. Eastern Suburbs buyers are enamoured with the Balmain Peninsula. And from Hunters Hill to Ryde, the separation gap between those traditional well-heeled suburbs and young family pockets is blurred.
But perhaps what Sydneysiders (and the world) demanded from their properties was honesty and authenticity. Here’s some of the homes we served up that had a big heart:
Whether buyers were re-imagining these homes for the future or excited about preserving them, they flocked to anything that flew the flag of suburban Australia. In the inner city, they are becoming more rare.
Anything you could develop in the future (and even the ones you couldn’t) attracted plenty of interest. Backyards, weatherboards and red bricks were in vogue.
Tucked away on blocks that exemplified Australia of yesteryear, perhaps the biggest ‘escapism’ of all the year was chasing the suburbia that’s becoming scarcer.
Views to kill
The view can sell a home. We saw Sydney Harbour outlooks in both the Eastern Suburbs and north of the city. And the Balmain Peninsula is full of them. Throw in the Bridge and Opera House, and Sydney goes weak at the knees.
And just when you think you have seen Sydney from every angle, something comes along and surprises you – such as the Cathedral and Domain on your doorstep.
Awe of warehouses
Sydney you’re mad about warehouses. Imagine the same property, side-by-side, of the same size, land holding and attributes. Now imagine one of them is a warehouse. You can bet it will be more fancied.
We’re always seeing warehouses that can be masculine and playful. In 2016, these converted warehouse apartments showed us a softer side and brought some femininity to the warehouse offering.
Never has it been easier to move to a new project or your next phase in life. If there was something worth renovating/developing in 2016, buyers lined up keen to sink their teeth in. Madness? You be the judge. Start with the Redfern home below – it fetched $2.7 million.
Still not sold on the popularity of the renovation project? Well, the below house (er, half a house) sold in Rozelle for $1.68 million. Hey someone’s gotta finish the job.
We’re not talking that ‘architecturally inspired’ jargon. We’re enamoured with the true architect-designed homes. When a property has a recognised name (or any architect for that matter) attached to it, Sydney is excited and so are we.
Sometimes, the extra attention-to-detail at the hands of an architect is enough to bring a home to life with natural light and sympathetic-to-the-period touches.
And architects can make you rethink the way you see landmark buildings, such as, ‘Horizon’.
Making a statement
And then there are the statement homes. These are the properties that are always going to fetch high prices. They’re rare, and they’re something special. Last year we saw luxury and one-off homes in a variety of guises.
Want more? Click here to read about 2015’s best homes.