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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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Cronulla Property Receives National Recognition

Last Friday at Cairns Convention Centre, Sammut Developments from the Sutherland Shire won one of the most prestigious awards in the building industry in Australia when they were presented with the HIA-CSR Housing Award for Australian Apartment Project of the Year, 2012. That project is Drift at 10-12 Gerrale St, Cronulla, 11 luxurious apartments in the heart of central Cronulla. HIA describes the apartments as having  “house-like proportions, an extremely high level of workmanship and innovative and environmentally sustainable features”.

It is not the first National award that Allen and John Sammut of Sammut Developments have received and it is not the first award for Drift in Cronulla but it is one of the most highly regarded building industry award categories and brings with it the ultimate recognition of years of hard work, determination and skill.

I was honoured to be in attendance in Cairns when John and Allen Sammut were presented with their award in front of the best of the best builders in the country. Beach & Bay Realty were the selling agents for Drift so I knew first-hand what a stunning product they developed with Drift. We look forward to seeing their next development take shape, also in Cronulla.

I would like to thank Allen and John Sammut for their dedication to the highest level of craftsmanship and their commitment to the Sutherland Shire. Dismissed as “The Shire” it is people like Allen and John Sammut whose talent, hard work, determination and love of the Cronulla and the Sutherland Shire, will show the rest of Sydney and now Australia what we have to offer.

 

 

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Sammut Developments Win Award For ‘Drift’

This year’s Master Builders Association (MBA) Housing Awards were held on Saturday night at Darling Harbour Convention Centre. Brothers, Allen and John Sammut of Sammut Developments were nominated for “Drift” at 10-12 Gerrale St, Cronulla in the category of apartments over $1mil (build cost per apartment).

A highly competitive category, Sammut Developments were up against some very serious competition. The Sammuts do have some experience with awards though, in total they are 20 time winners of both MBA and Housing Industry Association Awards (HIA). In 2008 Sammut Developments were the winner for “Coast”, a prestige apartment development also in Cronulla, in the same category as the “Drift” nomination.

Natalie and I were lucky enough to be invited to the event and after having the opportunity to assist in selling the “Drift” apartments we were never in doubt that these are the best luxury apartments in Cronulla, in Sydney and in NSW.

Beach & Bay would like to congratulate Sammut Developments and the Sammut family on such a prestigious award. We have seen how hard they work, we have seen the quality of “Drift” and the attention to detail, this award is deserved.

Cronulla and the Sutherland Shire have already benefited from having their local talent, the Sammuts continue to leave their quality mark on everything they build and because they are local residents of Cronulla, they know their market!

We wait with anticipation to see their next masterpiece.

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Looking back one year….

With the dreaded end of financial year now behind us, I thought it would be appropriate to take a trip down memory lane and look at what has happened at Beach & Bay Realty in the last year. June 2010 marked our 10th birthday, and we don’t often toot our own horn, but when an important milestone like that comes around, it’s a cause for celebration.

Kylie Emans started Beach & Bay Realty with many great ideas. She wanted the agency to be independent of franchises, technologically advanced and with agents committed to ethical practice – honest, hardworking and fair. From the get go Beach & Bay has been at the forefront of adapting to changing technologies, embracing the internet as an advertising medium from the very beginning. Over the last year we have been working tirelessly to improve our website – collecting auction results for the public as usual but also adding more and more features.

In the last year….

Looking at Beach & Bay Realty Offline

  • Beach & Bay had a record month in February 2010, selling over $15 million dollars worth of property. Considering only 2 agents were responsible for these sales this is an enormous achievement, if we do say so ourselves!
  • Beach & Bay was appointed the exclusive selling agents for Drift Cronulla, a  luxury lifestyle apartment block with state of the art inclusions. Everyone here was absolutely blown away by these enormous prestige properties which set a benchmark not only for Cronulla, but Sydney-wide in regards to apartment living. Starting from $2.25million, built by Sammut Developments, and located in the heart of Cronulla, Drift attracted a lot of attention.
  • Kylie Emans was nominated for a Telstra Businesswoman of the Year award
  • Yet again we have had another full year of secret sales at record prices, proving that our database is not just a gimmick but an excellent selling tool and one we actually use. Instead of 1000’s of names on a list we work with a handful of value clients.

Looking at www.beachandbay.com.au

  • 25,000 people have visited our humble independent website
  • You have looked at over 78,000 pages
  • 11,165 of you are new visitors – (thanks for stopping by, we love you and hope you come back!)

Auction results

  • 12,768 is the number of times our auction results have been viewed. We provide this service for free because we want to be the local experts and we want to share our love of realestate with you. (We were also a bit tired with the lack of coverage of our area.)
  • 1344 is the number of times our blog has been read – Don’t be frightened guys, we encourage you to stop by and read more. It’s not all real estate talk we promise. We cover local events, charities, property news, current affairs. And if there is a specific topic you would like addressed, just let us know!

Drift, Cronulla by  Sammut Developments

  • Drift listings, blogs and posts on Sammut Developments were viewed over 5600 times on our website alone. Many of you wondered what living in the Drift Penthouse would be like and this listing was viewed over 1200 times.

Fundraising for Teneile

  • Natalie Vials put the call out to help a friend and past client whose daughter had suffered from brain damage. We developed a website for Teneile Pawley, hoping to raise money to go towards medical costs and buying her a much needed wheelchair. Online donations came pouring in, Nat’s husband, Steven Vials, ran 250km through the Kimberleys to raise support and we topped it all off with a HUGE party at the Brass Monkey Cronulla. To date we have raised $25,000 in 6 months and will continue to support this great cause.

Fundraising for The Leukaemia Foundation

  • I asked Kylie if it would be ok if her front of desk –marketing & social media manager was bald. She asked if it was just a new hairstyle I wanted to try (I’ve been known to do drastic things to my hair) and I told her no, it was for the World’s Greatest Shave. With Beach & Bay’s full support I raised money for the Leukaemia Foundation online and also held a fundraising night at Northies, Cronulla where staff and clients attended. $7500 in total was raised and I was in the top 30 fundraisers for NSW. Kylie did draw the line at the eyebrows (I said I would shave them too if I raised $8000…so close!).

Cronulla Buzz

  • We created a new feature on our website that lists upcoming events in and around Cronulla. This is more work for us, trawling websites, actually reading flyers in our letterbox, and always keeping an eye out, but it means you can plan your weekends in advance, and that we know exactly what is going on in Cronulla. It’s just another way we hope to show you that our staff members live, work and play in Cronulla – and that it’s a great place to buy realestate!

E-Newsletter

  • We recently overhauled our e-newsletter to make it packed to the brim with juicy real estate news, auction results, local events, new listings and blog rants. Released fortnightly this is something you don’t want to miss out on! Email info@beachandbay.com.au and tell us you NEED to be put on our mailing list immediately.

REUNCUT Interview with Kevin Turner

Property Ad Guru

Ok, so enough bragging. What about next year you ask?

Well, we aren’t stopping here. We are a force to be reckoned with and we are only going to get better.

  • Our website will keep developing (we have an in-house (overworked) web designer).
  • Our auction results are going to be more comprehensive
  • Our support of charities will continue. July 2010 marks Beach & Bay Realty’s first attempt at “Dry July” where staff members are giving up grog for a month to raise money for adults living with cancer.
  • We will continue selling luxury real estate and expanding our marketing (we currently offer individual property websites, the only agents doing so)
  • We will be doing more project marketing since our success with Drift. Stand by for news on this.

Watch this space.

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Apartment Living – The Midnight Gelato Dash

Lifestyles in Sydney are changing and in the city where housing is in short supply more people are choosing to live in apartments without compromising on luxury. Instead of renovating an old house on 600m2 block, buyers are choosing a prestige house-like proportioned apartment of 300m2 where every modern inclusion is at their fingertips.  These apartments are designed with space, light and ventilation in mind, conveniently located close to amenities, shops and transport.

Recently Beach & Bay Realty had the opportunity to launch the Drift Apartments at 10-12 Gerrale Street, Cronulla. A Sammut Development that was completed in January 2010. Local residents of Sutherland Shire, The Sammut family are high regarded developers. This boutique development of 11 exclusive apartments has set a new benchmark in Cronulla and is on par with the most prestige developments Sydney-wide. Located in the hub of Cronulla, across the road from local cafes and restaurants this is truly a lifestyle building.

With 2 apartments per floor, 300m2 approx floorplans, triple side by side garaging, enormous decks, movie rooms these apartments are not your average unit. Some of the new residents have already moved in and you only have to ask them how they are enjoying it to get a feel for the lifestyle change that comes from living in Drift.

“It has transformed our way of life”

“Friends love to come and visit and they whinge about mowing lawns – they get no sympathy from us”

“Oh we are trying to balance the midnight gelato dash with longer walks on The Esplanade so we don’t get fat”

“We can’t believe we didn’t do this sooner”

The problem now is that the idea of living in an apartment and having a low maintenance luxurious lifestyle (think wine fridge, Smart Home lighting & blinds, heated flooring) has taken off and demand is outstripping supply.This shortage of supply is set to continue if the statistics are anything to go by. Recently in the SMH article ‘When the Latest is the Greatest’, Urban Taskforce Australia pointed out that the number of apartments built in 2009 in NSW was fewer than in any year since 1987. Urban Taskforce detailed this further: Work started on just 8500 apartments in 2009, compared with the past 5 year (2005-2009) annual average of 13,200 (a 31% decline).

Cronulla shows us a perfect example of this shortage, there are today only 2 sites selling off the plan, “Nineteen” a development in Gerrale St & “Soleil” a development in Richmount St.

Thus the sale of the completed Drift apartments in January was popularly received. There are only 2 apartments remaining so if you are thinking of a luxury, low maintenance lifestyle change, please contact Beach & Bay Realty for a viewing of these stunning properties.

{Call Kylie Emans on 0418 690 317 or Natalie Vials on 0433 111 319 to arrange an inspection}

{Drift Cronulla, by Sammut Developments 10-12 Gerrale Street, Cronulla}

Drift Cronulla

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Drift Cronulla – Courtyard Apartment

‘Drift’ Apartments by Sammut Developments is a ground breaking boutique block in central Cronulla. The luxury apartments have sparked a lot of interest from Cronulla and Sutherland Shire residents and out of area buyers.

I haven’t written about Apartment 1 yet so I wanted to introduce everyone to this amazing courtyard apartment (luckily its one of the few still available with 75% sold).

This is arguably one of the biggest (and best!) courtyard apartments in Cronulla – comparable to the sizes of Sydney penthouses, enjoying a massive 440m2 in total. With an expansive deck and timber feature wall, landscaped gardens and fabulous indoor/outdoor integration, this is an apartment that offers loads of space and natural light.

Drift Apartment

Drift Apartment

Drift Apartment

Everything is at your door at Drift. Cronulla Mall is literally seconds away with banks, supermarkets, chemists, green grocers, clothing shops, post office and doctors all available. Cross the road to HAM the café opposite, dine at many of the restaurants in Cronulla St, and walk to North & South Cronulla beach and The Esplanade.

Natalie Vials and Kylie Emans proudly present Drift Apartments Cronulla by the Sammut Developments.

Natalie Vials 0433 111 319

Kylie Emans 0418 690 317

www.beachandbay.com.au/drift

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Sammut Developments

Beach & Bay Realty has the great pleasure of marketing ‘Drift’ the latest masterpiece by Sammut Developments. Setting a new benchmark in Cronulla, ‘Drift’ offers state of the art finishes and includes an entire floor 570m2 penthouse.

Natalie Vials & Kylie Emans are also proud to introduce another offering from Sammut Developments – an award winning home – 111 Kangaroo Point Road, Kangaroo Point.

Who are Sammut Developments?

Allen & John Sammut founded Sammut Developments in 1995 following in the footsteps of their father Paul who successfully built over 200 prestige homes and developments in NSW.

In the late 90’s to this present day Sammut Developments have completed numerous prestige developments in Sydney’s South and have won over 19 Major Building Industry Awards for their developments.

Sammut Developments specialize in creating residential developments including Prestige Apartments, Luxury Homes, Townhomes & Villa Developments.

Sammut Developments In The Media

Complete Home Article on ‘Coast’

Décor Ledge Stone use in ‘Drift’

Properties For Sale

Drift

Kangaroo Point

Latest Awards

2009 MBA Winner Design & Construct – House $500,001 – $1 Million

2008 MBA Winner Home Unit Construction $1Million & Over

2007 MBA Winner Design & Construct – House $2 Million & OverDrift Apartments

Sammut Developments

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111 Kangaroo Point Rd, Kangaroo Point

111 Kangaroo Point Road, Kangaroo Point

111 Kangaroo Point Road, Kangaroo Point

111 Kangaroo Point Road, Kangaroo Point

111 Kangaroo Point Road, Kangaroo Point

111 Kangaroo Point Road, Kangaroo Point

Can you say WOW?

111 Kangaroo Point Road, Kangaroo Point is now for sale. An award winning masterpiece by Sammut Developments this 4 bedroom home is a showcase of superior design and sets a new benchmark in luxury. Focusing on easy entertaining and privacy, and backdropped with views of the Georges River this is executive living at its most romantic.

Natalie Vials and Kylie Emans are both marketing this prestige property. Call 9527 0008 for further information.

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One Cronulla Morning

Cronulla is at its very best in the warmer months of the year. Nothing beats going for a walk in the morning along the Esplanade or coming home from work and swimming in the ocean.

Here is a visual diary from Wanda Beach to Cronulla Mall.  Beach & Bay currently has a number of listings in the Cronulla area including sensational apartments in  ‘Drift’ by Sammut Developments. If you can see yourself living in this beautiful beachside suburb please have a look at our current Cronulla real estate listings.

Images: Wanda Beach, Summer Salt Restaurant, Rough surf – Elouera Beach, The Esplanade -North Cronulla, Northbeach Development (One of Beach & Bay’s listings - 18/1-9 Bando Road, Cronulla), North Cronulla Beach, ‘The Pirate Ship’ Cronulla Mall

Wanda Beach Cronulla

Summer Salt Restaurant

Rough Surf Elouera Beach

The Esplanade - North Cronulla

Northbeach Development - Bando Road

North Cronulla Beach

North Cronulla Beach

Seagulls

Cronulla Mall

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