“Property tourism” played a major part in online searches for homes this year as Sydneysiders lapped up the wow factor of some of the harbour city’s most amazing abodes.
The top 10 most viewed properties on realestate.com.au in 2022 featured homes that the average income earner could mostly only dream about, with jaw-dropping views, waterfront luxury and resort-like amenity attracting the biggest online hits.
It coincided with a year of eight consecutive interest rate rises and 6.5 per cent price falls across the Sydney region – factors that didn’t dampen the appetite of buyers in the prestige market.
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PropTrack economist Angus Moore said prestige properties typically attracted strong interest online despite the pool of potential buyers being relatively small.
“These most-viewed and very expensive homes received more than 10 times as many views compared to what we typically see for properties that are around median price,” he said.
“That said, more expensive homes do tend to see more views on average, in part because there are just fewer of them.”
Since the pandemic, buyers were also showing more interest in having lifestyle amenities close at hand.
“Having nature trails or beachfront is increasingly important to buyers,” he said.
While many of the most popular homes were in neighbourhoods where Sydney’s upper echelon reside, the most viewed property was an eight hour drive north in the popular beachside town of Lennox Head.
Top 10 most viewed properties in NSW
1. 40 Blue Seas Pde, Lennox Head – 70,000 views
With views that look straight out over the ocean, it’s easy to see why this Lennox Head house is considered the most popular in NSW.
Marketed as one of the top five properties in the Byron Bay area, the three storey house with about 686sq m of internal space includes five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a six car garage.
Selling agent Rez Tal from Byron Bay and Hinterland property Coorabell said the sellers, local business owners, had purchased the double sized 1140sq m block for $1.6m in 2016 with the intention of building a dream home.
He said the land value alone was now worth $14m
The property is on the market with a price guide of about $20m – $21m.
If the views of the infinity style house aren’t amazing enough, it also features a 10 seat cinema, a home gym and a range of high end inclusions such as a rock bathtub that had to be installed with a crane, privately imported Egyptian heavy limestone floor tiles and sawn cut lava stone walls that line the staircase.
Other features include a 13m pool, a spa and an elevator.
2. 83 The Esplanade, Cronulla – 59,000 views
This Hamptons style house overlooking the ocean was listed for sale earlier in the year with a price guide of $12m.
After purchasing 83 The Esplanade, Cronulla for $2.63m about 10 years ago, the owners treated it like a “diamond in the rough” and added a gym, a sauna and a pool, selling agent Marko Maric of One Agency Cronulla – Caringbah said.
The double storey house has ocean views from every bedroom and the main bedroom has a one of a kind glass walled ensuite.
Other features include a gas heated swimming pool, keyless entry and handcrafted coffered ceilings.
3. 16 Iluka Road, Mosman – 59,000 views
The home of crypto investor and former banker Steve Bellotti attracted plenty of attention when it was listed this year after being withdrawn from sale at the height of the pandemic.
While the final sales price was withheld, media reports suggest it traded for about $32m – the second highest ever residential sale in the prestigious suburb.
On 1,720sq m of land, the concrete cantilevered house feels like a six-star resort with four living areas, a pool, a spa, a gym and a three-car garage.
But perhaps the best feature of the Shaun Lockyer designed house is its cul-de-sac address with secret beach.
It was sold by Michael Coombs of Atlas Lower North Shore.
4. 13 Queens Ave, Vaucluse – 53,000 views
This five bedroom house in Vaucluse has been listed for sale through Highland Double Bay director Bill Malouf with a price guide ranging from $40m plus to $45m.
Not only is it in a sought after cul-de-sac with direct access to Hermitage Reserve, the foreshore walk and Milk Beach, it also has gun barrel views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from just about every room, including the main bedroom which is like a separate house perched on top of a mansion.
It also has heated marble and stone floors, a lift and a massage room – as if it wasn’t already luxurious enough.
5. 21 Caladenia Close, Elanora Heights – 52,000 views
It’s easy to see why this house in the Northern Beaches has attracted so many online hits.
Aptly nicknamed “the Star Trek house,” the five-bedroom trophy home was built by Trekkie fan and property developer Peter Chedid in 2010, who on-sold it four years later.
Chedid commissioned the spaceship design on an elevated 2ha site and included a 15-seat home cinema decorated with a space image taken from the Hubble telescope.
The property is now listed via Darren Curtis of Christie’s International with co-agent Shayne Hutton, of Sydney Country Living.
6. 801/85 Harrington Street, The Rocks – 50,000 views
This recently completed double storey penthouse looks straight out across Sydney’s most iconic Harbour sights while having a terrace that is larger than the average two bedroom apartment.
It is listed for sale through Daniel Baran of Highland Double Bay with a price guide of $40m.
The Harrington development has attracted attention from high profile bankers, international buyers and the heads of tech start-ups throughout its campaign.
Mr Baran said he had received about 300 email inquiries in the first two months the penthouse was listed.
7. 6a Wentworth street, Point Piper – 46,000 views
On one of Sydney’s most exclusive streets, this five bedroom house has a tennis court that overlooks the harbour as well as a resort-style pool and designer fittings.
It also has DA approved plans for a new luxury residence.
Selling agent Riki Tawhara at Ray White Bondi Junction confirmed it was priced for sale at $31m.
He said it was one of nine properties with tennis courts in Point Piper and included more than 1,050sq m of north facing land.
8. 34 McKellar Court, Kellyville – 41,000 views
When this 2017 built home in Kellyville sold for $3,620,000 in May it set a new suburb record.
While Kellyville is not considered a prestige market, this particular property stands out as having a list of luxury features, including an entertainment area with a rain-sensor awning, an indoor bar and a six-person cinema room.
It also has gourmet kitchen appliances and a dedicated parent’s retreat.
9. 13 Rickard Ave, Mosman – 41,000 views
While this beautiful Mosman property overlooking the harbour has plenty of things to love about it, its most unique feature is hidden from plain view.
A 25m tunnel leads straight through the sandstone from the garage to the house – a feat that its former owners paid $1m to bring in miners from Broken Hill to create.
It sold above expectation for $11.5m in February through Di Jones Mosman agent Jacqui Rowland-Smith.
She said the tunnel was like something out of a James Bond movie.
“You come out of the garage and walk into the tunnel, the lights come on and there’s music … it’s mesmerising,” she said.
10. 83 Fitzwilliam Road, Vaucluse – 40,000 views
Known as “Wedding Cake House”, this tightly held iconic property at Point Seymour is being sold for the first time in 83 years after being launched to market earlier this year by Michael Pallier of Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty with a price guide of $50m.
It is said that Horace Edward Pearce Bracey purchased the former wharf from Sydney Ferries for the equivalent of $4,221 in today’s money back in 1939.
The home was then passed down through multiple generations of the same family.
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