The Winter Holidays Mall Report – June 2015

IMG_20150630_152406With almost weekly posts in Sydneywide blogs and print media on all the latest Cronulla food eateries opening and established businesses getting their well-earned mentions, Cronulla is now a 4 season, busy beachside hub. Combined with school holiday activities such as Cronulla on Ice, winter in Cronulla has been particularly hectic this week and businesses are enjoying the crowds.

IMAG4696_1Starting from the South, Gelatissimo will open for business in September and its location will make Cronulla the last Sydney beachside suburb for the popular gelato chain.

The Best Little Bookshop In Town has well and truly settled into their new location, great to see the former Australand Greenhills Beach shop front finally filled up!


IMG_20150630_153503After months of uncertainty, the iconic, heritage listed Commonwealth Bank has been sold to local developers…

Heading east opposite South Cronulla Beach, the highly talked about Eat Burger Cronulla (opened by locals of Mims Espresso and Eatery in Burraneer) is starting to take shape and is set to open in mid July where the Balkan Restaurant once sat.

IMAG4699_1_1Continuing north, Earth Angels have moved and we are patiently waiting for new organic store Naked Foods to open for business next to Cold Rock Ice Creamery.

At the top end of the Mall, popular clothing store Flirty is now Loft 18 and below Cronulla Cinemas, the shop fronts of McDonalds and Firstech Computers still sit empty, waiting to see who will move in…

2015-06-30_15.28.58A new temporary addition to the Mall for the winter school holidays is the popular Cronulla CBD’s ‘Cronulla on Ice’, don’t forget to book!

Do you know of any other changes happening in the Mall or around Cronulla? Let the team at Beach & Bay Realty know!

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Pre-Election Info & Real Estate Update

As we head into the final weeks of the election campaign and winter, real estate agents are madly trying to sell their auction listings prior to Election Day which is notoriously and traditionally a quiet day in real estate. This election also marks the beginning of the spring auction campaign but there is a marked drop in auctions scheduled. Ideally you select an auction date either side of the election weekend but this year it was particularly hard due to the political turmoil in Australia and the shifting dates, and some properties have been caught in the shifting dates. On the weekend prior to the election there are 13 auctions scheduled to go ahead in our area, whereas on Election Day there are only 7 currently up for auction. As is always the case the following week the auction numbers will pick up dramatically and this happens no matter if there is a change of government or if there is a status quo, for some reason buyers don’t feel the need so urgently to buy a house at auction on Election Day.

Most agents are looking forward to the election being over so we can list more properties because winter has been a period of very limited stock and lots of frustrated buyers combined with attractively low interest rate opportunities. We are hoping that Spring and an increase in political confidence and stability will trigger down to encourage vendors to sell. Most encouraging for vendors is that Winter 2013 has seen a dramatic rebound in prices across Sydney, in particular in the $700,000 – $1.3mil price range. Surely this will encourage vendors to sell!

Where to vote?

Polling places will be open for voting between 8am and 6pm on Saturday 7th September. The Cook electorate covers as far west as Bonnet Bay & Como, east of the train line at Sutherland, all suburbs north of the Hacking River (from Grays Point to Cronulla and all suburbs south of the Georges River & Botany Bay) as per the map below.

The polling booths below fall between Cronulla & Caringbah:

  • Uniting Church Hall – Cnr Burke Rd & Gosport St, Cronulla
  • Cronulla Public School – 18-24 Burraneer Bay Rd, Cronulla
  • St. Aloysius Primary School Cronulla – 18 Giddings Ave, Cronulla
  • Cronulla South Public School – 121 Ewos Pde, Cronulla
  • Cronulla High School – Captain Cook Drive, Cronulla
  • Woolooware Public School – Riverview Ave, Woolooware
  • Burraneer Bay Public School – 161 Burraneer Bay Rd, Burraneer
  • Lilli Pilli Public School – Turriell Bay Rd, Lilli Pilli
  • Caringbah Public School – Port Hacking Rd, Caringbah South
  • Laguna St Public School – 204 Caringbah Rd, Caringbah South
  • St. Philip’s Anglican Church Hall – 402 Port Hacking Rd, Caringbah
  • Caringbah High School – 85 Willarong Rd, Caringbah
  • Sutherland Hospital Clinic – Kingsway, Caringbah


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Real Estate Update – March 2013

The year has started with some fast and furious selling at Beach & Bay Realty, both auction campaigns in February were sold prior to auction over only 2 weeks and a private treaty sale went through in 5 days!

We seem to have started the year with more buyer inspections and a little more confidence than last year, this is reflective in the auction clearance rates Sydneywide for Feb and March which are much improved on 2012. We will continue to track the auction results in our area of expertise throughout 2013 so please join our e-newsletter for weekly updates of auction sales.

Breeze @ 19-21 Gerrale St, Cronulla

While interest rates are relatively low, we should continue to see a steady real estate market in the Sutherland Shire. It’s been a while since you could secure a fixed interest loan for 2 years for 4.99%!

We are currently marketing Breeze @ 19 -21 Gerrale St, Cronulla, Sammut Developments latest luxury project in Cronulla. Off the plan sales have commenced and for anyone wanting to secure an apartment in this development the opportunity is there now to put a deposit down with 2 years to save the rest!

Happy selling and happy buying in 2013.

SOLD PRIOR TO AUCTION - 15 Seaforth Ave, Woolooware

SOLD PRIOR TO AUCTION - 12 Lowana Ave, Kirrawee

SOLD - 1/78-82 Kingsway, Cronulla


Apartment 102 - Breeze

Apartment 203 - Breeze

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Council Clean Up: New On Call Clean Up Service

Thanks to the Sutherland Shire Council, residents will no longer have to stockpile their materials for months under their homes, in the garages or backyards waiting for the biannual council clean up dates to come around.  As of 1st January 2013 Sutherland Shire residents will have the opportunity to request an on call clean up service twice each financial year.

The regular clean up schedule will run for the rest of this year.

This new initiative will:

  • Allow you to book a collection at a time that suits you twice each financial year
  • Have less visual impact on our street scape and reduce the time that materials are left out on kerbside to one day only
  • Increase recycling of clean up materials

You can book your clean up service from the 1st January 2013 online or over the phone (Clean Up hotline – 9710 5722). The type of booking you make will depend upon the type of dwelling you live in.

Houses and small apartments (6 units or less)
See here for collection instructions.

Large apartment complexes (7 or more units/villas/townhouses)
A clean up request for large apartment complexes is to be made through the complex’s designated spokesperson. See here for collection instructions.

Inaccessible and remote properties in the Shire
Unfortunately inaccessible and remote properties will not have access to the on-call clean up trial. See here for more details.

Similar to past council clean ups, the same rules apply for prohibited items – see here for materials that are accepted and those that are not.

Questions about the Clean Up? Contact Sutherland Shire Council on Facebook or by calling the clean up hotline on 9710 5722

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Spotlight on local business: Impressions Landscape – Design

How did you become involved with Impressions Landscape – Design? How did it all start and how long have you been established for?
Impressions Landscape – Design was established in 2003, by myself Adam McDonald and my business partner Adam Tanko.

We originally met while studying to gain our landscape trade qualifications. Both of us at the time were operating our own separate small businesses within the horticulture strain.

I was a qualified practicing landscape designer, operating a small business generating stylized residential landscape designs. Adam Tanko, a garden maintenance business focused at customer service and attention to detail.

Common goals and a genuine passion for the horticulture and landscaping industry is what drew the two of us to start Impressions Landscape – Design.

Both driven by a common vision to create stylish landscaping installations and an understanding of each other’s strengths. We decided to take the opportunity to form a company that could showcase all of this.

What type of services do you offer?
Impressions Landscape – Design’s approach as a ‘complete’ landscaping service provider is really what sets us apart. Our ‘one stop shop’ approach to design, construction and maintenance allows for a simplified and cohesive experience that guarantees total design integrity, and as a follow on to this total client satisfaction.

Our happy and highly skilled team of garden designers, landscape architects, structural landscaping construction specialists, tradesmen, horticulturists and gardeners are united and driven with their passion to provide a premium landscape service.

We specialize in complete project management of esteemed residential gardens, from garden design brief, to job completion and further more onto continual garden maintenance. We offer a variety of landscaping services, and make use of our own four-step process that ensures a garden that definitely will leave an Impression!

At Impressions Landscape – Design we understand the importance of the composition of both construction and horticulture, and the union that these two form which creates the art of garden making, and allows for truly inspirational outdoor spaces.


We hear you just won some awards at the 2012 AILDM National Landscape Awards, congratulations! What were they for?
Yes we are very proud and excited by this. We have just received the 2012 AILDM National Residential Design Award for Gardens $50,000-$150,000. We were also awarded a high commendation for Best Plantscape Design.

The Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers (AILDM) are the leading national industry body for the landscape design industry. The AILDM National Design Awards are presented annually and celebrate the exceptional quality of work being produced by the best landscape designers from across the country.

What is one of the biggest jobs you’ve been given? What was the budget?
We do jobs of all sizes when it comes to residential gardens. Generally our installations range from approximately $50,000 upwards for a smallish garden. Generally this is what it costs to implement a design-based garden. I would say the biggest project we have been involved with was a waterfront property in one particular Sutherland Shire suburb with a budget of $500,000.

Do you have any unique experiences from working in the great outdoors?
Working outdoors presents many challenges when dealing with the elements and Mother Nature. One that comes to mind is a very memorable encounter with Redback spiders on a waterfront property in Lilli Pilli. When excavating for a boat shed by hand, due to lack of access by machine. We uncovered an expansive underground Redback nest. With little protection we were left to carefully excavate the soil by shovel and mattock. During the dig we estimate we encountered approximately 300 Redback spiders. God knows how many went unseen!

The testimonials from your website come from Cronulla, Burraneer & Menai projects. Is most of your work based in the Shire or do you branch out across Sydney?
Yes. Currently I would say approximately 70% of our work is in the shire. We do like staying close to home! However we also quite regularly do work in the eastern suburbs, inner west, and on or close to Sydney Harbour. Shire clients are always the friendliest however!

What do you enjoy most about your job?
Seeing a design job come to realization at completion. To add to this further seeing a project evolving over time through our strategic professional garden maintenance services also. Gardens breathe life and are constantly maturing. Seeing a garden changing, adapting and evolving as the seasons go by and the plantings age. This is very interesting and rewarding, and is a story in itself. A lot of passion goes into our work so it is a special moment when you get to see the finished product and it appears as or better than you first expected. Seeing a happy clients overwhelming joy on the back of job completion is also a very very special moment and makes all the hard work worthwhile.

What is your biggest challenge?
Finding enough hours in the day!

Finish this sentence, I love Cronulla because…
It has it all! Great people, excellent beaches, beautiful waterways, national parks, good food, great coffee (very important!). It is close enough to the city, but not too close… What is there not to like?? Really.

Impressions Landscape – Design
Office: 5 Captain Cook Drive, Caringbah NSW 2229
Post: PO Box 2167 Taren Point NSW 2229

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Cronulla, Sydney’s most undervalued suburb

Cronulla, surrounded by beaches and bays, is one of Sydney’s most beautiful suburbs but rarely does it get the recognition.

Maybe now that we have one TV show after another filming here, Cronulla and surrounding suburbs will become an option for real estate buyers, new business and tourists.

My company, Beach & Bay Realty has specialised in selling real estate in this stunning area for over 10 years and I still find that Cronulla is the most undervalued beachside and bayside suburb in Sydney. So buy now and grab a bargain before it’s too late!

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Local auction clearance rate beats Sydneywide

Things improved last week for the auction local clearance rate with a final score of 61.5% compared with Sydneywide of 54%.  This weekend there are no auctions scheduled in the local area because of the Easter long weekend but there are 4 midweek auctions tonight which we will update you on tomorrow.

Interest rates have been left on hold by the Reserve Bank today but petrol prices are supposed to drop this weekend? That will be a first for an Easter long weekend!

Happy Easter and let’s hope this fantastic autumn weather continues!

Autumn sunset at Cronulla

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50% local auction clearance rate

Last week our local postcodes of 2230 to 2229 achieved a respectable clearance rate of 50%.

Sydneywide achieved a 60% clearance rate according to Home Price Guide but I am sure the true figure is probably closer to our local 50% result. Home Price Guide doesn’t have agents on the ground actually going to auctions but instead relies on agents to submit the data. Agents traditionally are reluctant to submit withdrawn, passed in and cancelled results.

In our local area, last week’s sales included several properties over a million dollars where previous weeks have proved tough for the early million price range.

Our suburb auction focus is Cronulla, Woolooware, Burraneer, Caringbah, Lilli Pilli and Dolans Bay

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Auction results improve locally

Last week’s local auction statistics came in at a 63% clearance rate compared with Sydney wide of 57% which is a great result for the local property market and a vast improvement on the 23% clearance rate for first week of auctions for 2012. Overall there seems to be less properties for sale or auction which might be keeping the pressure on buyers to some degree. It would be great if we could continue to beat the Sydney clearance rate. I think the days of 85% clearance rates are a thing of the past and we obsess over this a little too much.

More important than auction clearance rates is that the property sells, if not at auction, soon after. Auctions are a marketing strategy and not selling at auction does not mean the marketing has failed. Some properties are hard to price and sometimes the property is received by the market at a different level to that targeted by the agent or the owner or both. If  your property doesn’t sell on auction day, don’t despair. Listen to the market, get feedback from the market place and your agent and then if you are willing to sell at that price list the property for sale. If priced correctly post auction the property will sell soon after the auction. Auction statistics show that a property that does not sell at auction will, if listed for sale with a realistic price, sell within the following 2 weeks of post auction marketing. If it doesn’t sell in that period, the chances of selling steeply decline.

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When Will The Shire Get Some Respect?

I might have raved on about this months ago but I think it is important. Australian Property Monitors (APM) or Home Price Guide provides the sale prices and statistics for The Fairfax Group including Leader Domain, SMHerald, and any other Fairfax publication. In fact when you go to their website it states;

“APM is Australia’s leading national supplier of online property price information to the financial markets, professional real estate agents and consumers.”

My first gripe is that they refuse to acknowledge Burraneer as a suburb. Sales for this suburb get reported as Woolooware. Why do we have to put up with this? They don’t do this in the Eastern Suburbs. I have nothing against Woolooware but I think that Woolooware and Burraneer should be noted as the independent suburbs that they are.

Can I point out that the Fairfax Companies that use APM allow us agents and our clients to spend thousands of dollars advertising properties for sale in Burraneer in Leader Domain, SMHerald and

Burraneer is not a “vanity” suburb. It is a state government gazetted suburb. I have been arguing with APM for 12 months. They tell me they are going to change it next week! I am holding my breath.

Gripe number 2. This week when we reported our sales at 6 Yeramba Ave, Caringbah South ($1.2 mil) and 83 North West Arm Rd, Gymea ($350,000) Home Price Guide informed me that the Caringbah South sale was going into Dolans Bay statistics and the Gymea sale would go into Gymea Bay statistics. I argued that as agents we can be fined for advertising a property in a different suburb than what appears on the contract for sale. The Office of Fair Trading considers this “misleading”. Home Price Guide said we were wrong and that according to their map the contract for sale was irrelevant.

So next time you pay $74.95 per address for a property report on you might think twice about the value of such a report. You might be better off taking a glance at our auction website and doing a free search of individual suburbs to see what has been selling or ring your local real estate professional for a report/advice. Our auction website and blog is almost 12 months old and was designed to provide up to date sales data on Cronulla, Burraneer, Woolooware, Caringbah, Caringbah South, Dolans Bay and Lilli Pilli. You will find a lot of relevant information that slips through the cracks of a massive company like Home Price Guide that doesn’t even acknowledge properties in their correct suburbs.

The Sutherland Shire is constantly overlooked and Beach and Bay wants to change this. Thank you to all the buyers and sellers who have provided us with information for our website. We are one step closer to getting more recognition for the beautiful place that we live. Hey Cronulla’s Beaches have just been named a “National Surfing Reserve!” Eat your heart out Manly!

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