Cronulla Mall Report: Back to beach weather!

IMG_20141031_124437What a day! October has almost ended and it feels like Summer already!

Firstly, if any one is looking for last minute Halloween costumes and accessories pop into Dollar King in the Mall, it has it all!

Fingers crossed the weather stays this wonderful for the weekend, especially with the Beachfest on at Dunningham Park, Peryman Square and the Plaza. Retro cars will be on display for judging and awards with live bands and solo performers over the two days.

Starting from the south, half of Eclectic Home & Garden sits empty waiting for a new shop owner.

IMAG1024We finally have a new tenant in the former Chocpad shop – Leah’s Wax Works has moved in! Further down the mall Classic Nails Beauty and Waxing has also moved into the former Body Pro Supplements store.

Unfortunately we’re still eagerly waiting to see who will eventually move into the old Australand Greenhills Beach office.

IMAG1029_1Forever Fashion are closing down with 50% of storewide. I wonder what new store will appear here?!

The optometrists near Code Orange are surrounded by builders and scaffolding, a new store layout perhaps?

Where la luna was on top end of mallNutrition station is opening soon where La Luna was and the local computer store next door to McDonalds and the Cronulla Cinemas entrance has also closed.

Closer to the beach new coffee shop Bianchini’s is doing a roaring trade, looks like a popular spot!

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Cronulla Mall Report: It’s April already!

photo 1 (2)With all the rain and bleak weather lately, Summer has well and truly left our sights as we head into the colder months…

Walking down the Mall from the north end, Little Paw Café has added some colour to the Mall with their bright umbrellas, similar to Oregano Café’s colourful outdoor setting.

photo 2 (1)There are some Autumn sales throughout the Mall – Forever Fashion has 20-40% off selected items and Freelance Shoes is offering a “buy 1 pair and get the 2nd pair half price” sale for all you shoe lovers.

photo 1 (3)The former iconic Commonwealth Bank is still For Lease and has been for quite a long time now. Chocpad also remains vacant with For Lease signs in the window as well.

Opposite South Cronulla Beach, Splatt “Coffee By Day, Wine By Night” has new signage up and looks ready to open the doors shortly we hope.

photo 2 (2)Simone’s On The Park still remains vacant, will anything ever re-open here?!

Just walked past Beach & Bay’s sold sticker on 5/5 McDonald St which went up last night. Happy days for our vendors and purchasers. We love selling in Cronulla, now a food, wine and property hot spot! Cronulla is well and truly on the map!

photo (18)The Cronulla Easter Show is only 10 days away, time to prepare ourselves for a weekend full of activities, show bags, rides, food and of course, chocolate! See you there!

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WIN! Wouldn’t you rather be at Cronulla?!

Richard from the Grind loves Cronulla and has donated one of the Grind’s Xtracted books to give away to ONE lucky winner! This book showcases the history of the Grind and is an absolute must have for their thousands of die hard fans!

Unfortunately for you all we aren’t going to make this competition as easy as “like this status to win!”, instead we have decided to promote both the Grind and our lovely Cronulla at the same time….

In order to be eligible to go in the draw for GRIND’s Xtracted book you must take your favourite photograph of Cronulla (whether that be your favourite beach, park, location etc) and email it to us at with your name and contact details. Best of all you can enter as many times as you like (as long as you’ve got a whole heap of photos to send us!) Be creative, go crazy, use Instagram or keep it original, you choose! Richard from the GRIND with the assistance of Kylie from Beach & Bay will be choosing ONE lucky winner from the pics.

The competition starts NOW and finishes next Friday 11th May.

If you have any questions please contact us at Please don’t post photos on Facebook as these will be deemed ineligible.

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Useful free iPhone property apps

Apple has transformed the world of technology firstly with the iPod, followed by the iPhone, iPad and who knows what is install for us next! Now the apps to go with this technology are assisting us with so many of our day to day activities. If I’m on the train I’m relying on TripView to check the train timetables and if I’m driving I’ll check RTA Live Traffic before I leave my driveway to make sure I won’t be sitting in traffic for hours! Beach & Bay loves the addictive apps like Words with Friends, Sudoku, Instagram or Draw Something,  but we also love finding apps that focus on real estate or related issues (see our blog on our mobile-friendly property websites).

In the past we’ve investigated the MagicPlan app, essential for renovating and decorating so today we’ve targeted the CommBank Property Guide and the Valuables Vault apps after trying them out ourselves. Not only are these two apps fairly simple to use, they are super useful and best of all, they’re free!

CommBank Property Guide by CBA

“Welcome to smarter property insights”

The CommBank Property Guide provides map and list view access to past sales history and current property listings, RP Data Automated Value Guide estimated price guides on more than 80% of properties in Australia and suburb profiles revealing demographics, median price, buying/selling conditions, property hotspots and capital growth trends. Not only does the CommBank Property Guide let you do all this for free, it also lets you view videos, articles and home buying guides for first home buyers, renovators and investors and allows you to contact a lender or a local agent directly from your iPhone. More recent features include:

  • View the latest auction and sales results by suburb and price
  • Compare clearance rates by city and state
  • Enhanced suburb data including price, growth, capital growth and rental yield
  • Camera views with clear property overviews

Valuables Vault by Insurance Group Australia (IAG)

The NRMA Insurance Valuables Vault helps you catalogue all your valuables electronically so if they ever get lost or stolen you’ll have the information stored on your iPhone or iPad ready to help you make a claim.

But how?! Simple! Take photos of your belongings, store information like where you bought it from, receipt details, serial numbers and more, categorise your items by type or ownership and in the worst case scenerio that you lose or break your iPhone, you can even email yourself a copy of your saved data. Sounds easy? That’s because it is!



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3 new invaluable energy saving devices

Here at Beach & Bay we love property, new designs and technologies so when they all come together we get a little excited!

Browsing through February’s edition of Wallpaper*, an article titled “Best Control Panel” representing some of the Design Award 2012 winners on p46 caught our eye; “take care you get the best home control systems, and they’ll take care of you”.

Harri Koskinen is described as a “Finnish whizz-kid” and there’s no questioning that. Harri designed the literally lifesaving “Kupu“, a fabric-covered photoelectric smoke alarm which comes in a range of colours to suit any style or room. The Kupu has no buttons, you simply push the device in to test or silence it – such a simple design yet so sleek!

The Nest Learning Thermostat is another new device which we became quite fond of. It takes one week to learn your temperature and energy schedule before it then automatically sets itself. The thermostat also knows when you aren’t home too!

The third and final design featured in the article is Jacob Jensen’s wall mounted combined radio, CD player and iPhone/iPod docking station known as the Tangent Fjord which also senses when you are coming near and starts up!

As well as being cool and hip, these 3 innovative and creative new devices are also invaluable energy savers. We hope to see these designs in some houses soon!

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Cronulla Magazine is out tomorrow

Can’t wait to see Beach & Bay’s full page ad in the Sutherland Shire Leader Magazine tomorrow! The Cronulla Magazine is a monthly publication inserted into the Thursday Leader and cover’s all things Cronulla based including local news, talent, entertainment, events and local businesses.

Our “I Love Cronulla” Facebook page is almost 2 years old now so we took this opportunity to showcase some of the photos we have taken of our spectacular suburb. Here is a sneak peak…

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Mall Report kicks off for 2012!

The main themes for 2012’s first Mall Report – Mexican stand-off, supermarket competition, jobs in the Mall, caffeine addictions.

Where do I start with the amount of activity in the Mall since 2012!?! Better focus on the southern end where there has been lots of movement. South of the Border has completed its expansion into the corner position at the start of the mall. We love this shop at Beach & Bay, lots of South American inspired dresses and leather sandals, makes us feel like we are carefree and so individual!

Next door to the original South of the Border store, Sam Jam Chef (fronting the park) has already closed before I even got to try it?! I’ve been told it was only open a few weeks?! Does anyone have any other information? What a shame.

Ok heading north, the team at IGA Cronulla are in full swing and I can see the deli area taking pride of place in the middle of the store. Don’t forget Cronulla-ites, the owner is taking orders for whatever delights you crave in the deli section, Bulgarian feta, Sicilian olives etc. Cronulla’s newest supermarket is about a month away from opening.

Across the road bargain hunters take note; Something Else pop up store has up to 70% off clothing and Sentier has a major sale on with 70% off selected  summer stock , we are hoping for a late summer/delayed autumn so buy a heavily discounted dress and reap the benefits now!

Beluga sits sadly empty and it looks like we won’t be needing that deli everyone requested  now that IGA is taking up the challenge. So here is hoping that some exciting store opens up here and like Richard from the Grind said not another real estate agent or hairdresser or Thai restaurant (or Mexican for that matter as everyone has been quite vocal on that on the “I Love Cronulla” page!).

Yes and the fit out at Cronulla’s latest Mexican food outlet, Mad Mex is taking shape, I hear it is supposed to open in March? Guzman y Gomez opened on The Kingsway at the northern end of the Mall late last year so for those at the southern end, the walk to get Mexican has just got even shorter. Plus more jobs for locals, Mad Mex is hiring now (98 Cronulla St).

I head into Surf Rd where there is lots of demolishing and rebuilding in progress. The theatre is mostly demolished and a rebuild in full swing. Work is soon to begin on the old Grind Espresso Bar site. One of Cronulla’s most successful businesses has closed their decade old home in the School of Arts building this week and Richard and Greer are working with builders at a frantic pace to get the new Grind up and running for 1st March. I am sure if you meet a Cronulla –ite who seems a little edgy this week it is because they are not getting their Grind fix!  The new Grind address is 4/15 Surf Rd, Cronulla around the corner from the library. Richard and Greer have been sourcing furniture from all over to make it as eclectic and homely as the old Grind shop but in a bigger space. Bring on 1st March!

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Swags for Homeless Charity Music Night!

Swags for Homeless Charity Music Night with great talented musicians at Sting Bar Cronulla!

Save the date! Saturday November 19th

We know everyone’s doing it tough, so we’ve kept costs low – $60 a head!
Every year the team at Beach & Bay Realty chooses a few causes and charities to support and every year there seems to be more and more people in need. From 2011 onwards, we have decided to support Swags for Homeless, established by Tony Clarke, a Melbourne man who developed a waterproof sleeping bad that folds into a backpack.

Since we are in the business of helping people buy and sell their homes, we feel that it is appropriate to support people much less fortunate who, for whatever reason, find themselves homeless.

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Friday Free Stuff: Cronulla Cinemas Giveaway!

I was shaking in my boots when I received the latest update from Facebook on their terms and conditions. It turns out the giveaways we have been running on the I Love Cronulla page will no longer fit within the guidelines. Unfortunately this is out of our control and one consequence of breaking the rules is that Facebook has the right to shut down your page. After 8 months of running our Cronulla community, all the stories, photos and research – I would hate that to happen! It’s the Beach & Bay baby!

So – from now on we are going to have to run competitions through our blog. We like to keep it simple – we will just require you leave a comment. You don’t need a blogging account, just an email address (not shown) and a first name (we all have those!).

We only run the competitions as a reward to our readers and a way to cross promote local businesses so I hope everyone continues to support these competitions in the future.

We will email the winners so make sure you put the right address down!

How?  In anticipation of the next and final Harry Potter movie, comment on this post telling us what your favourite childhood book is below!

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Beach & Bay Featured in Dry July Newsletter

Today we were featured in the national Dry July newsletter. Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far! Only 9 days to go (but still plenty of time to donate to this wonderful cause!) We have raised $1100 so far, can you help us get to $2000?! To donate please click here. For the full Dry July newsletter click here. CHEERS!


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