G.J. Gardner Homes wanted to know a little bit more about my piece of paradise I call home. So here goes.
1.Where do you live and why?
Bondi – it’s got everything I need and want in the one spot.
2. What do you love about your home?
I love that it is so quiet. It’s actually a really interesting property – it’s a double axe head block – so it’s wide at the front and back and narrow in the middle and we have off street parking, a garage and a granny flat – all those things are pretty special to have in Bondi.
The house really needs a lot of work – it was a Californian bungalow and the previous owners added an addition on top. So, it’s a bit of a frankenedit of a house but I can see really clearly what I want to do with it and it’s actually not going to take that much change to the structure to make it happen.
3. What would you change about your home?
I would not change the kitchen as I’ve just renovated that! I’m going to open up the ground floor and make it one big living space with a fireplace, I’m going to add another bedroom and renovate the bathrooms and I want to put a pool in and a circular staircase. Literally, everything you could imagine, I want to do – it needs a lot of work.
4. What is the best thing about your suburb?
Bondi is brilliant. I’m only a few minutes from the beach and a few years ago they redeveloped Hall Street and it now has amazing restaurants and three grocery stores and you have literally anything you could possibly want in Bondi – you don’t have to leave.
5. If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where? Villa in Capri? Chalet in the Swiss Alps?
I would like to have different experiences of different places. But having said that, there’s nothing like a Haussmannian Parisian apartment – they’re something special. I also love the architecture you find in Belgium and Mexico and South Africa. If I was going to be able to build my dream house anywhere, it would probably be Hyams Beach or Byron Bay.
But my current house in Bondi is pretty close to my dream house – once I pull it apart and put it back together again. It’s really about having plenty of space, a house that’s comfortable and liveable and not too precious but still looks great.
6. What was the best piece of property advice you were given? Or what was the biggest lesson you learned?
Supply and demand is probably the best principle to remember with property. If you buy somewhere that has a reason for its demand and that is going to continue and it’s not based on something changeable, like industry coming in and out of a town, and also if there’s limited supply of properties for sale in the area – then you can’t go wrong.
I learn something with each house purchase but I’ve never regretted anything I’ve done and I’ve never made any errors that set me back in the property market. I’ve been very fortunate, but I’ve also had great mentorship from property experts. Doing your due diligence is so important when buying or building a property – making sure the house and location is sound and understanding the value of the house.