Working from home opens up outer suburbs to new buyers

A family home in Avalon with working from home studio and lovely areas to entertain.

Now that we have discovered we don’t have to commute to city offices every day many workers are reassessing attractive beach suburbs on the outer ring of Sydney.

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Avalon Beach has a strong surfing and cafe culture and a large well-supported primary school.

Agents at the top end of the northern beaches have seen increased interest from buyers wanting a sea-change and working from home even after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

They are realising they don’t have to live in the inner city but can opt for a weekend lifestyle close to beaches and work more from home.

Suburbs such as Avalon Beach and Bilgola, 45km from the CBD, that offer a laid-back surfer lifestyle and large family homes are seeing an uptick in interest from inner city families. In addition Avalon Beach, Bilgola Plateau and Bayview are all suburbs that appear in a list of the top ten safe haven suburbs nationwide.

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The research company Ripehouse Advisory identified those suburbs with diverse and buoyant economies, not impacted by Airbnb, and with healthly rental markets. Avalon Beach came in at fourth on the national list with Bayview in sixth spot and Bilgola Plateau at ninth position.

Stephanie Hammond, from Shores Real Estate, said fast internet courtesy of NBN in Avalon and surrounding suburbs has put the former Pittwater area of Sydney on sea-changers radar.

“All the futurists are saying how overwhelming this working from home change will be and we are seeing genuine interest from all over Sydney to move to beach suburbs with a surf and coffee culture where they can work from home,” she said.

Large beachy homes with big open rooms are typical in Avalon.

The casual entertaining by the pool with the kitchen on hand is also typical of the laid-back Avalon lifestyle.

Graeme Keats, of BayView Beach Real Estate, said some commuters started to move to the northern tip of the beaches once flexitime was introduced but now that workers discover they don’t have to work in the inner city he expects to see more families move to the bigger blocks on offer on the upper northern beaches. He just sold a five-bedroom house under COVID-19 conditions for $1.46 million to a young couple who had been renting and who wanted a family home in the area.

Nina Sokolov, of Raine & Horne Avalon Palm Beach, said Avalon is such a lifestyle suburb it is a big factor for people looking for suitable work from home suburb.

“Equally Avalon Beach is such a lifestyle choice many buyers would happily travel to work in order to enjoy such amazing location!” she said.

We have gathered three family homes for sale all with a studio, large study or working from home accommodation for sale in Avalon Beach, Bayview and Bilgola Plateau. Prices start from $1.59 million.

5 Ruskin Rowe, Avalon Beach; Ruskin Rowe is the suburb’s premier address.

The house is 600m from the village and beach on a block 1568sqm in size.

The big ticket property that would suit a family working from home is 5 Ruskin Rowe, Avalon Beach on a 1568sqm block just 600m from Avalon village and the beach. The six-bedroom renovated house has a studio in the grounds, a separate media room that could be a home office and a swimming pool. It is for sale by expressions of interest closing Monday May 18 and recent sales in the prestigious street range between $3.05 million and $5.1 million.

The four-bedroom house in Beaumont Cres, Bayview.

The lower level of the house which could work well as a home office.

In a Bayview cul-de-sac a four-bedroom house at 23 Beaumont Cres has a lower level with self-contained potential or ideal home office setup. The family home has views of the ocean, a 700sqm parcel of land and entertaining areas inside and out. Chris Aldren, of Upstate Dee Why, said although the address is Bayview this well-appointed house is on the Mona Vale side of the suburb and just a 15 minute walk to the shops. Sixteen families inspected the property last weekend and there is strong interest in the home.

The asking price is $1.59 million to $1.65 million, which is lower than it would have been eight weeks ago, Mr Aldren said.

32 Monterey Rd, Bilgola Plateau. NSW real estate.

The third house is 32 Monterey Rd, Bilgola Plateau on the top of the ridge with big views. The house has a downstairs study, almost 700sqm of land and a vast roof terrace on top of the garages.

Stephanie Hammond, of Shores Real Estate, said the house is large, around the corner from local shops and the local primary school and a short drive to two beaches.

“This one if packed with opportunity,” she said.

“It is on an almost level block with rear garden facing north, the eat-in kitchen is enormous and the main bedroom has a walk-through wardrobe and ensuite,” she said.

The guide for this family home is $1.7 million.

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