BARGAIN busters often come with a need for a small army of tradespeople before you can even switch the kettle on.
Not so for this fresh-as-a-daisy, renovated beach house on Sydneyâ€™s northern beaches â€” although there is another catch. You have to like stairs.
But no doubt you will love the price guide of $975,000. And the ocean views.
Kelly Mulvihill, of Shores Real Estate Avalon Beach, said there were about 35 steps down from the carspace and storage shed at road level.
The staircase meanders rather than being straight up and down steep, but the agent has been very careful to be upfront about the realities of the property.
â€śItâ€™s a large sloping block, so be prepared!â€ť the advertisement reads.
â€śThereâ€™s a single off-road car space at the top, and a shed. Never underestimate the need for a shed. It means you donâ€™t have to carry all the fertiliser down â€” until you need it… Walk down the meandering pathway to the front door. En route thereâ€™s plenty of mature planting, a (rare round here!) level lawn and a north west facing deck.â€ť
Stairs aside â€” and they would no doubt save money on a gym membership so should not be seen as a true disadvantage â€” this property is an absolute cracker.
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The owner of the home, at 51 Grandview Dr, Newport, enlisted Mr Mulvihill to oversee a complete renovation of the property to maximise its saleability.
â€śHe has owned the property since 1992, it was his first ever purchase and has been used as a rental investment, although it has been sitting empty for a year,â€ť Mr Mulvihill said.
The renovation took some six weeks and is estimated to have cost about $25,000. It included a complete repaint inside and out, a new bathroom, a new kitchen, polished timber floors, new decking, turf and landscaping.
â€śIt was definitely worth it, and I really enjoyed doing it, it was pretty funâ€ť Mr Mulvihill said.
He said the sale presented a rare opportunity for savvy buyers, with the availability of houses on large blocks at this price point becoming scarce.
The home sits on a block of about 860sqm.
â€śIt is one of the last chances to buy a renovated house with views for under $1 million,â€ť he said.
The cottage, which was a tired mint green and white outside, and had a dated kitchen and bathroom, where tiles were falling off the walls, is now shiny and new.
Styling inside has topped off the project, and within 24 hours of the property hitting the realestate.com.au site, it had been viewed some 1000 times.
â€śItâ€™s going to be very interesting to see how many people we get to the first inspection this Saturday,â€ť Mr Mulvihill said.
Features of the home include a sunny, open plan living and dining space and adjoining kitchen, which opens out to a solid, wide deck that makes the most of the ocean view over the treetops.
There are two bedrooms, the main with built-in wardrobe and a large linen cupboard.
Mr Mulvihill said the property would suit first home buyers or people looking for an affordable weekender.
The property is due to go to auction on October 6, at 9.30am â€” if the owner doesnâ€™t get an offer he canâ€™t refuse before then.