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The good life awaits in this beautifully crafted home

Bushland views and light-filled interiors give this Sydney home old school charm

By Robyn Willis
Fri, Oct 21, 2022 7:30amGrey Clock < 1 min

When we talk about the good old days when life was simpler and happiness consisted of a dip in the pool on a hot summer’s afternoon or a cup of tea on the deck being serenaded by birdsong, this is the kind of house that springs to mind.

Perhaps that’s because this four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 34 Crawford Road, Mount Kuring-gai was designed by London-trained architect and artist Rollin Schlicht, a contemporary of Brett Whiteley’s who also worked with Philip Cox and Allen Jack + Cottier.

Beautifully detailed inside and out with exposed hardwood timber, crazy sandstone paving and thoughtfully maintained bush gardens, it’s a welcoming home for families, creatives and empty nesters alike.

At street side, guests are welcomed by a generous foyer leading into a spacious, light-filled open plan kitchen and living area with a north easterly aspect overlooking lush bushland. 

A secondary living space creates a buffer between the three children’s bedrooms at one end of the single level home and the master suite with ensuite and walk-in robes at the other.

For those embracing the hybrid working lifestyle, a separate studio with outdoor bath positioned for privacy and views is ideal as a home office, artist’s retreat, guest house or meditation space. 

Given the house is positioned at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, the only disturbance likely is from family and friends enjoying the infinity pool and outdoor entertaining areas.    


Address: 34 Crawford Road, Mount Kuring-gai

For sale: $2.08m

Open for inspection: Saturday October 22, 11am-11.30am

Agent: DiJones agent Linda Ratcliff 0412 336 780


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Property values have fallen hard and fast in this popular city, but it’s done little to dent pandemic rises

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Highest property values, biggest dip the next. That’s the outcome for Australia’s northernmost capital on the east coast, with Brisbane property values recording their largest and fastest decline, data from Corelogic reveals.

The fall comes just seven months after values hit their peak after a population surge driven by the pandemic saw an increase of 43 percent. Home values hit a record high on June 19, 2022 but have since declined 10.9 percent, in parallel with eight consecutive interest rate rises since April last year.

Historically, peak-to-trough declines in Brisbane have lasted 14 months and have ranged from value drops of -2.9 percent to -10.8 percent. While the new record is just -0.1 percent compared with previous figures, that fall came over 21 months between April 2010 and January 2012. The latest decline was a much swifter seven month drop.

CoreLogic head of research Eliza Owen said it is worth putting the Brisbane figures into context with the rest of Australia’s capital cities, as well as considering the significant rise in property values in the Queensland capital over the pandemic.

“Brisbane now stands out as one of two capital city markets with record declines, the other being Hobart,” Ms Owen said. “Sydney continues to have the largest peak-to-trough falls of the capital city markets (currently at -13.8 percent), while peak-to-tough falls remain mild in some cities (such as Perth, where values are down just -1.0 percent from a recent peak in August 2022).” 

“The record fall in Brisbane home values has not made much of a dent in the gains made during the upswing. The fall in the Brisbane daily HVI follows an upswing of 43.5 percent between August 2020 and 19 June 2022, which was the fastest trajectory of rising values on record. This leaves home values across Brisbane 27.9 percent higher than at the previous trough in August 2020.” 

The median dwelling value in Brisbane jumped from $506,553 at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 to $707,658 by the end of last year, Ms Owen said.

“Despite the large decline from peak, Brisbane maintains the third highest gain in value of the capital cities since the start of the pandemic,” she said. 

“Only Adelaide and Darwin, which are 42.8 percent and 29.6 percent higher respectively than at the onset of the pandemic, have performed stronger. 

“For this reason, there is marginal risk of negative equity for Brisbane homeowners, with the exception of very recent buyers, who purchased around the peak in June 2022 with less than a 20 percent deposit.” 

However, there are signs of resilience in the market. Brisbane remains a more affordable option compared with the other east coast capitals, Ms Owen said.

Although housing values remain higher than pre-COVID levels, Brisbane retains a lower price point than Sydney, with a $435,170 difference in median house values and $280,749 difference in median unit values,” she said. 

“The gap between Brisbane and Melbourne housing values is also significant, with a $119,697 gap between median house values and $97,692 difference in median unit values.

“This could encourage ongoing housing demand from those willing to migrate to the state, or own an interstate investment.” 

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