Northern beaches house stuck in the Seventies


MAMMA Mia! Check out the northern beaches house stuck in the Seventies that was one of the uber-hot auctions of the weekend.

Nine groups signed up to buy the original and untouched house in Bilgola Plateau on Saturday and it sold for $2.2 million — 450,000 over its guide.

When the concrete house at 7 Hansford Pde was built in 1975, Rubik’s cubes were all the rage, disco was king and Abba’s hit Mamma Mia was playing on the radio.

The four-bedroom property is stuck in a time-warp and every room is classic Seventies right down to the orange kitchen and the lime-green wallpaper. It even has a custom-built nook where you can sit and answer the telephone. A practical laundry chute is still in place and timber and chrome bathroom looks as if it is straight from an old Bond movie.

The large kitchen has orange laminate benchtops, solid timber drawers and that most Seventies of floor coverings — a cork floor.

Stephanie Hammond, of Shores Real Estate, said nine groups wanted the architect-designed house including four young local architects who fell in love with the classic design and workmanship.

“It was built on a rock ledge where Bilgola meets Clareville meets Newport,” Ms Hammond said.

“It needs new windows, there are no floor coverings in some rooms and it needs a new roof but it has a stunning view and the timber joinery is all of a piece even throughout the wardrobes,” she said.

Other Seventies features include a laundry chute and an internal glass courtyard.

“We had artistic types wanting it, a couple from New York and local families,” she said.

The new owners are Tony and Elizabeth Bushell, of East Lindfield, who bought it for their retirement in about ten years time.

“I grew up in an orange kitchen and I love this home, it is peaceful, feels homely and has great light and airiness,” Mrs Bushell said.

“But that wallpaper needs pulling out,” she said.

The northern beaches notched up a 81 per cent auction clearance rate over the weekend. Sixty-seven properties were offered, 14 sold early, 40 sold on the day, 10 were passed in and three were withdrawn.

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