It is going to be a tragic day for Ben Crawley when the hammer comes down on his just lately renovated beachside bungalow in Fundamental Seashore.
Mr Crawley, who has lengthy lived in and owns different residences within the northern suburb, purchased the ramshackle cottage for $1.4 million on a whim final 12 months after he fell in love with it on a drive by.
“I wasn’t seeking to purchase something, however in typical trend, once I see one thing I don’t count on, the subsequent minute I find yourself proudly owning it,” he mentioned. “I drove previous, noticed the signal and acquired it the subsequent day.
“It was interesting as a result of I’ve a canine and I needed area for him to run round. Additionally it’s in a main place on Tedder Avenue and near Southport yacht Membership, the place I spend a whole lot of my time.”
Whereas the choice to purchase the property wasn’t onerous, what to do with it was somewhat tougher.
The cottage, nestled on a 511 sqm block at 34 Tedder Avenue, has limitless alternatives for growth, however Mr Crawley mentioned he noticed the potential in what was already there.
“I toyed with knocking it down and constructing three residences, however then I appeared across the suburb and I realised that’s what everybody does,” he mentioned.
“I believed the home had some very nice attributes, the raked excessive ceilings and hardwood floorboards, so I made a decision to maintain it and renovate.”
With no actual funds, Mr Crawley mentioned he had spent nicely in extra of $300,000 on the improve together with greater than $60,000 on the landscaping and irrigation system.
“The date palms price $15,000 every,” he mentioned.
Inside, the dwelling and eating areas lead onto a brand new gourmand kitchen with servery home windows and enormous glass doorways that open onto a alfresco entertaining space.
The again yard is spacious and includes a separate fitness center/man cave and a hearth pit.
Mr Crawley mentioned nice care had been taken to not over-polish it.
“Other than the unique flooring and leadlight home windows, I didn’t buff up each little bit of wooden and I saved the unique door handles, to not reduce down prices however as a result of I needed to keep up that appeal of a real Fifties Fundamental Seashore seaside home.”
Mission completed, I’d say, with the two-storey, two-bedroom cottage being one of many extra distinctive choices to go up for public sale as half the annual Ray White Status occasion on January 28.
And whereas Mr Crawley is gloomy to be parting with it so quickly, he mentioned the acquisition of a giant acreage property in Tallai within the hinterland, had pressured him to put up for sale, together with considered one of his different residences, 1/5-7 Cronin Avenue Fundamental Seashore.