The Real Estate Market in 2014

5/5 McDonald St, Cronulla

5/5 McDonald St, Cronulla

Last year saw real estate prices increase 10-15% in the Sutherland Shire after several tough years but this year the rapid increase in sale prices across Sydney has been so dramatic that I would estimate the price increase is already 10-15% for the 5 months of 2014, especially in the Sutherland Shire.  I do not think we have experienced this sort of price growth spurt since July 2003, when every house sold achieved a new record and properties for sale were in such short supply that people tended to buy first, then sell to avoid being without a home to go to.

241 Attunga Rd, Yowie Bay

241 Attunga Rd, Yowie Bay

It’s back to the days when pest and building inspectors are booked solid, most properties are being marketed as Auction, serious buyers need to attend the first open house if they want to secure the property and every TV channel has a show about renovating and selling!

Will this continue? Should we wait? Is this a bubble? These are the questions buyers keep asking me and I honestly don’t know. What I do know is that Sydneysiders are obsessed with real estate again, interest rates are low and there is a feeling of confidence again in the property sector. If only I had a crystal ball.

13 Seaforth Ave, Woolooware

13 Seaforth Ave, Woolooware

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Bonnet Bay in the spotlight!

The leafy peaceful suburb of Bonnet Bay has a raging debate over the naming of one of its bush tracks, known by locals as “The Glen”. The Leader reported yesterday that Sutherland Shire Council has decided to go against the proposal to name the walking track in The Glen Reserve after environmentalist and former Shire resident Professor Tim Flannery. Professor Flannery has an association with the Shire after being a resident and losing his home in the bushfires of 1994.

Councillors Jan Forshaw and Kent Johns moved that the name be Bushcarers Track. Now the new name of Bushcarers Track will go out for public comment.

Bonnet Bay is known for its streets being named after American Presidents so maybe an Australian environmentalist named bushtrack might balance things out a bit?

In the meantime I’ll enjoy my chicken wrap at another important spot in Bonnet Bay, The Black Olive after my open house at 17 Van Buren Circuit, Bonnet Bay!

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Beach & Bay Realty Market Update: New Listings, Open Homes, Recent Sales

Slow but Steady Start

The year started a bit quiet for Beach & Bay Realty. With the onslaught of natural disasters and the up & coming election, it seemed both buyers and sellers were a little hesitant when it came to the property market. Things seem to have changed significantly in the month of March and we’ve been very busy these last few weeks preparing market appraisals, giving lots of clients advice on purchasing, and listing properties from both the Sutherland & St George Shires.

Welcome Maria Ryan

As well as this, we’ve welcomed a new staff member to our team, Maria Ryan. Maria is a bright & bubbly addition to the Beach & Bay sales team and we encourage any of Maria’s clients to contact her through her new email

Maria listed her first property, 70 Carabella Road Caringbah when she started and has sold it today after just 2 weeks! Congratulations to both the vendor & purchaser! What makes this sale even more exciting is that we will be purchasing a Swags for Homeless backpack as part of our 2011 charity appeal. Every time we sell a home, we buy a homeless person a durable swag backpack in an attempt to show our support for people who deserve a roof over their heads, but cannot access housing.

New Listings & Open For Inspections

36 Beach St Blakehurst Wednesday 30.03.11 & Saturday 02.04.11 @  11:00 – 11:45am

7 Lugano Ave Burraneer Wednesday 30.03.11 & Saturday 02.04.11 @  1:00 – 1:30pm

4/19-23 Meriel St, Sans Souci Thursday 31.03.11 & Saturday 02.01.11 @  11:30 – 12:15pm

29 Gundawarra St, Lilli Pilli Thursday 31.03.11 & Saturday 02.04.11 @ 2:00 – 2:30pm

Coming Up

We also have properties coming up in the next few weeks in Caringbah South, Como & Cronulla so keep your eyes pealed for updates. If you would like to be added to our buyers database, please feel free to call, email, facebook or tweet us!

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The auction year begins with mixed success in the Sutherland Shire.

The first auctions for 2011 in our area were held on Saturday 12th February and last night another 7 properties were scheduled to go to auction in rooms at Elouera Surf Club, Cronulla.

With a clearance rate of 57% for the first weekend of onsite auctions I was interested to see the clearance rate of in-rooms.

Two had already sold prior, a great start, so the remaining properties in our tracking area (postcodes 2230 & 2229) resulted in 2 passed in with a vendor bid, 1 passed in to highest bidder, 1 passed in with no bid and 1 sold on auction night. The end result is an auction clearance rate of 42%.

Just to compare with Sydneywide statistics, the clearance rate for Saturday was 69% according to Home Price Guide.

Since Saturday’s auction 1 property has sold and 1 of the properties last night was not far off a sale.

On Thursday night there are 3 more auctions scheduled, so far, all 3 are going ahead.

Check out our up to date auction results here.

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SOLD Tradewinds Apartment

Congratulations to the lucky buyer who just snapped up 301/4-6 Boorima Place Cronulla. We hope you enjoy your new life in Tradewinds on The Esplanade with long summer nights and cool winter mornings at the beach.

Enjoy the surf, enjoy the sand, enjoy the sun.

Henk Emans of Beach & Bay sold this property in just 2 weeks. With lots of buyer interest we are looking for other Esplanade apartments. Please feel free to call or email the office for a confidential appraisal.

The Sealife

The Sealife

Images from The Sealife by local photographer Matt Johnson. If you would like to sign up for a free daily surf and beach photography email please visit

All images can be purchased directly from Matt.

HENK EMANS 0408 406 227

BEACH & BAY REALTY 9527 0008

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669 Port Hacking Road, Caringbah South

Kylie Emans is proud to present this original 2 bedroom house in Caringbah South. With a generous landsize of 695m2 approx and a 15.54m approx frontage, this property has enormous potential. For more information please see here.

669 Port Hacking Road, Caringbah South

BEACH & BAY REALTY 9527 0008

Auction Date: 15th May 2010 @ 10am. (On-site)

669 Port Hacking Road Caringbah South

669 Port Hacking Road Caringbah South

669 Port Hacking Road Caringbah South

669 Port Hacking Road Caringbah South

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Beach & Bay Realty Database

  • Are you looking for something particular in a property?
  • For example, do you ONLY want to live in North Cronulla, Caringbah South or Dolans Bay (no where else in the world!).
  • Do you need 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and a pool?

Please let us know. Whatever the request, even if it is rare, we will keep an eye and an ear out for you and try and find you something suitable.

I often get emails from buyers who want to be put on our database so please feel free to email, call or drop into the office and tell us what you NEED.

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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


Cronulla Mall

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Inspiring Real Estate In Cronulla

Today I went and inspected a development in the heart of the Cronulla, “Drift” on Gerrale Street, due for completion in December. The developer gave us the grand tour, 11 apartments only 2 on each level plus penthouse occupying the entire floor.

From start to finish every detail of everyday living and “lifestyle” has been considered. Every fixture and finish is of the highest standard. The developers – Allen and John Sammut (Sammut Developments) are local Sutherland Shire residents, very well known and highly regarded.

Their last development “Coast” in Coast Ave, Cronulla was so highly sought after, the luxury apartments were sold off the plan immediately and from all reports no one will probably ever sell! The quote “you can carry me out in a box” has been mentioned several times by residents in this development.

With minimal marketing and no pushy selling tactics, the developers have already sold 4 of the 11 apartments and really now want to wait for completion of the project to sell the remaining and maximise the sale price.

Real estate in Cronulla has reached a new level of prestige in apartment living which competes with Eastern Suburbs beach addresses.

Maybe now we can keep our local celebrities like Michael Clarke and Lara Bingle in The Shire?

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