An online video of two-hatted chef Giovanni Pilu and his wife Marilyn Annecchini talking property and recommending a Freshwater real estate agent has been viewed more than 36,000 times this month.
The couple are shown standing beside a beach reserve with the sea breeze blowing and the noise of seagulls in the background and in just over one minute they sing the praises of local agent James Smyth, of Smyth Estate Agents.
Giovanni talk about Mr Smyth being honest, someone who returns calls and someone within their local community, while Marilyn talks about how Mr Smyth helped them negotiate a really good price for their home saying he was a good local guy, easy to work with and without a sell, sell, sell mentality. They both talked about the importance of supporting local businesses.
Mr Smyth said the video was unscripted and he was amazed at the number of clicks it generated.
The video was only posted earlier this month however it was in fact recorded a couple of years ago after the couple had sold their North Manly home and had just bought the North Curl Curl property that they now live in.
Mr Smyth went with them to the auction and helped them get the house with beach views that they wanted. The video was filmed at the time and never aired, however with the real estate market coming out of COVID-19, Mr Smyth thought it might be an idea to post online the short clip to generate some business.
He said he has been amazed at the response and in particular the number of online views.
Since arriving in Australia from Sardinia in 1992, Giovanni and Marilyn have owned a unit in Harbord Rd, Freshwater, a cottage in Freshwater, a house in North Manly and now a beach pad in North Curl Curl with views of the ocean.
The couple have also owned and run the feted Pilu restaurant overlooking Freshwater beach for 15 years and two years ago opened Acqua Fresca within the revamped Harbord Diggers club, also in Freshwater.
Both restaurants present menus inspired by the traditions of Sardinian cuisine and Giovanni uses authentic products imported from across Italy, together with fresh local produce.
Sydney’s northern beaches has no shortage of celebrities, especially in the field of sport. Mr Smyth has helped such big names as international surfer Layne Beachley, cricketer Allan Border, tennis player Fred Stolle and former NRL coach Trent Barrett all buy real estate.