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Cronulla Mall Report: Christmas by the Beach & Bay

12308364_1070915939607258_6296975608186851694_nSummer is here! Welcome to the best time of year and the best place to be. What a gorgeous first week we have had.

I supposed it was wishful thinking to hope that the 10th anniversary of the Cronulla Riots could pass us by without notice but unfortunately it seems that a few people are taking the opportunity to commemorate the date with a march. So while I support free speech, I don’t support this march.

As a business owner and resident in Cronulla I experienced first hand the damage that this day inflicted on the area, and then for many months, years after. Cronulla was splashed across the news around the world for all the wrong reasons. Being during peak Christmas trade, post riot day, people were told to avoid the area, local businesses did it tough, several never re-opened.

2015-12-08_11.00.08The “I Love Cronulla” Facebook page came about because of the riots. I wanted people to understand that this was not what Cronulla was about. I wanted to showcase the suburb, support local business and counter the image the rest of Sydney, Australia and the world saw on the news.

So while one group marches on 1 day, the “I Love Cronulla” page will continue everyday to support the local community.

Meanwhile, in other much brighter news, the Christmas festivities in the Mall are in full swing, starting from the top of the Mall with Santa photos for families and pets!

Across from Santa, the former McDonalds corner is looking very empty with both McDonalds and the Leading Edge computer store still vacant. Maybe the New Year will bring some new tenants?

2015-12-08_11.06.12Further down there have been a few other changes; Cronulla Surf Design is now Quiksilver and Indian restaurant Dash of Spice is now Albi’s Table, an Italian café restaurant opening soon.

Ocean Grove has seen some change lately (and council/road works) as well. Henry’s Restaurant and Bar is opening soon and sadly the popular Indian Aromas has closed. With Breeze in Gerrale St and Surf Lane almost complete and the new retail stores below hurrying to finish in time for Christmas, we are looking forward to even more choice for dining in Cronulla.

Charbella’s shop next to Grind is vacant after Charbella moved back to its old haunt in Ocean Grove Ave.

As the year quickly comes to a close, Beach & Bay Realty would like to take this opportunity to wish all our followers and their families a safe and happy festive season. Merry Christmas to all and we wish you all the best for the New Year!

 

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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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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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Spring Real Estate Update

IMG_0928After a sensational long weekend of great weather and football entertainment vendors and buyers are into the final mad dash to sell and buy before Christmas 2014.

It seems unlikely that a rate rise will be seen this year after the Reserve Bank met this week and left the official cash rate on hold for October. However the RBA has been more vocal in recent months about the housing market and is doing its best to cool the heels of buyers, worried prices have increased at an unstable rate.

Certainly we have seen dramatic price increases in the Sutherland Shire especially in the first 6 months of this year. As I see it though while the shortage of listings continues, the pressure on prices will remain. Buyers listening to the RBA’s warnings seem not as desperate to purchase as earlier in the year. What hit home for me recently was the figures showing that first home buyers are generally in their 30’s or 40’s.

Sydney is definitely an internationally priced real estate city!

Some of our new Spring listings below.

If you’re thinking of selling this year, please give us a call today.

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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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Cronulla Mall Report: Welcome to Autumn!

photo 4 (3)Today it feels like Summer has returned! We were lucky enough to score a gorgeous morning and a stunning rest of the day.

Mint organicsStarting far south, popular new Mint Organics is cementing it’s spot on the corner of Nicholson Pde and Lewis St. Still yet to try the new cafe but we have heard good things!

Further up at Cronulla Station therFor Lease at the statione is a vacant shop For Lease. Any ideas what will fill this spot?

Opposite Monro Park the Lucky Dragon now looks over the park with big windows, but you can still only enter from the Cronulla St main door in the Mall.

Yalla SawaOn the corner of Monro Park and Surf Lane a new restaurant offering Arabian Cuisine, Yalla Sawa, has opened.

Walking through the Mall it is sales galore! Lodown, Decisions Decisions, Hazards, Velvet Jayne and many more offering discounts and sales.

Dreamshack is now vacant with a huge For Lease sign above it, wonder who will take up residency here?

splattOpposite South Cronulla the old Vinnies store is under construction as we wait for Splatt to move in.

Stay tuned for the next Mall Report which is sure to include more changes happening in our beachside suburb!

 

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Cronulla Mall Report: Welcome to 2014!

photo 2 (3)As expected, Cronulla is at its peak – kids are out and about, the beaches are packed and parking is scarce… Welcome to Summer!

Starting from the soBeach Shack closing downuthern end of the Mall, the bright pink, vibrant Yogurberry has opened where Stevie & Me once was.

Chocpad is still vacant and For Lease, any ideas what will move in here?

Sadly there will soon be another vacant store… Beach Shack is closing down. Their last day of trading will be Wednesday 22nd January.

The Commonwealth Bank sits quietly in the Mall with a DA for a mix of residential and commercial shops…. Watch this space!

20140111_092103Walking through the Mall there are still plenty of post-Christmas sales to take advantage of!

If you’re looking for breakfast you’ll have to get in early, the cafe’s are filled by 9am!

20140111_094800At the end of the Mall on the Kingsway underneath Cronulla Cinemas, Soho Coffee is set to move in shortly.

And that concludes the first Mall Report of 2014! No doubt we’ll see some more changes in the Mall over the year, stay tuned!

From all of us at Beach & Bay, we hope you had a wonderful Christmas & New Year, now it’s time to get back into it!

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Cronulla Mall Report: Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

photo 41With 2013 almost over, Christmas two days away and school holidays well under way, the Mall is busier than ever!

photo 2Starting at the south, Monro Park is bright and beautiful in colour while the former Peking Duck Chinese Restaurant has a new look and name – “Lucky Dragon”.

Sadly Chocpad has closed and the shop is now up For Lease.

photo 5Further north Yogurberry has opened, trading between 10:30am and 12am 7 days a week.

On the corner the iconic former Commonwealth Bank building is still up For Lease, will this space ever be occupied again?!

Code Orange has well and truly settled into the former Vodafone store.

photo 10The old Vinnies store on Gerrale St (which was For Lease) is now boarded up, any ideas what’s moving in here?

Renovations at Cronulla RSL have proved to be very popular attracted a very large audience over the weekend with queues lined up out the door! Opposite the RSL, Pilgrims Cronulla recently opened and are ready for business over the summer at their new location for those of you who aren’t heading down the South Coast!

photo 5 (2)On Elouera Rd, bright and colourful Old Joe’s has split Northies into two. Has anyone been here yet? Still yet to visit.

From all of us at Beach & Bay Realty, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year! See you in 2014!

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Short-tailed Shearwater or Tasmanian Mutton Bird

shearwaterLots washed up on the beach this weekend and probably this week as well. As it states below, it is natural mortality – the gruelling migration is perhaps nature’s way of sorting the weak from the strong to ensure a healthy breeding population. The lifeguards begin the task today of cleaning them up off the beaches.

The birds, mainly short-tailed shearwaters or Tasmanian mutton birds as they are sometimes known, are on their annual migration – one of the longest of any bird.

People are finding them on the beaches dying from exhaustion from Coffs Harbour to Bulli.

Short-tailed shearwaters are amongst the worlds’ most populous bird species. It is estimated there are 23 million breeding pairs in Bass Strait. However mortality rates during migration can be very high in some years – up to 1600 per kilometre in particularly bad years.

The shearwater’s chances of surviving their first migration can be slim.  Short-tailed shearwaters leave Bass Straight in late April-early May, fly north east across the Pacific Ocean and on to the Bering Sea between Russia and Alaska to the Australian winter in the northern hemisphere.  They live almost constantly on the wing returning to their islands via the east coast of Australia, to breed in late Spring and Summer.

Many are exhausted from the long migration and “crash” onto suburban and city beaches before they reach home. In some years, many hundreds of birds can be found dead or dying on beaches right along the coast of NSW.

A shearwater can lose almost half its body weight during the long migration so the chances of survival once washed ashore are very slim.

In some years very large numbers of short-tailed shearwaters are found dead or dying on NSW beaches. As alarming as this may appear, it is natural mortality – the gruelling migration is perhaps nature’s way of sorting the weak from the strong to ensure a healthy breeding population.

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NSW Lifesaving Season has commenced

group_flags.x300The official start to beach season kicked off over the weekend with a record number of nippers jumping back into the waters across NSW. 21,000 volunteer lifesavers in red and yellow will patrol our beaches on weekends and public holidays from now until Autumn.

On Saturday 21st September over twenty thousand volunteer lifesavers from 129 clubs were back at work patrolling approximately 200 beaches across NSW.

We’d like to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who work around the clock and give up their time to ensure that we all stay safe on our beaches.

It is also the ideal time to remember that although our beaches are beautiful, they can also be very dangerous and even deadly at times. Dr. Rip visits Cronulla often to educate all ages on the dangers of rips and we look forward to welcoming him back again sometime soon hopefully (stay tuned for more details). In the meantime, Dr. Rip’s Facebook page is filled with information on how to stay safe in the surf.

Hopefully this Spring weather continues and we can all enjoy some safe swimming over the next few months!

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