Waterfront wonders: Six stunning homes that have us dreaming of summer

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Spring has sprung and cashed-up home buyers dreaming of warmer weather can find residences on the waterfront at a range of prices.

They tend to sell for a premium compared to their inland counterparts – costing more than double in Sydney and almost 40 per cent more in Melbourne, on previous Knight Frank research – but offer top views and an unbeatable backdrop for entertaining.

In Seaforth, on Sydney’s northern beaches, a stylish home with knockout views is for sale with price expectations of $8 million to $8.8 million.

The four-bedroom house at 10 Avona Crescent overlooks Middle Harbour and is listed through Clarke & Humel Property’s Michael Clarke.

“It’s almost like two residences in one,” he said. “It’s got the best views of any harbourside property I’ve ever been in.”

The home features a swimming pool and large outdoor entertaining area, which is usually rare for harbourside houses, Clarke said.

The home was built in the 1800s, but the vendors who have owned the property since 2017 have undertaken a major renovation to add modern touches.

Many house hunters have been interested, including overseas buyers looking to make it a holiday home. It will go to auction on September 23.

Seaforth’s median house price is $3,358,000 on Domain data.

Across town, a four-bedroom home about 35 minutes south of the Sydney CBD, has hit the market for the first time in more than 100 years.

The property at 213 Queens Road, Connells Point is expected to sell for about $5 million. Belle Property St George selling agents Patrick Wedes and Myanna Wedes said the current double brick home was built in the 1960s.

“The family were super meticulous with the details throughout the home when it was built, so it’s really built well,” Wedes said.

As well as spectacular views of Georges River, the home includes a swimming pool, large outdoor entertainment area and has approval for a pontoon, jetty and a boat shed.

In Melbourne’s Williamstown, the four-bedroom house at 15 The Strand, underwent a major renovation after the vendors bought it 13 years ago, and offers views of Hobsons Bay and the CBD.

Compton Green’s Adrian Butera said the home had drawn interest from local buyers looking to upgrade and offered the “best view in the state of Victoria”.

In regional Victoria, 8 Whaler Court Portland has views that could rival Williamstown. The five-bedroom home overlooks Portland Bay and has a $2.2 million guide.

Surf Coast Real Estate’s Max Dolman said that was a great price, given the proximity of the 950-square-metre block to the water.

“It’s such a unique property and for the price, you couldn’t get anything closer to the water than two or three streets away in somewhere like Port Fairy,” Dolman said.

The house was built in the 1980s, and updated about 10 years ago by the vendors. Dolman said most interested buyers were from Melbourne.

On the Gold Coast, a four-bedroom home at 144 Rio Vista Boulevard, Broadbeach Waters, is scheduled for auction on September 28.

The home has been revamped inside, and selling agent Ray White Burleigh Group’s Jared Malan said the property had interest from local and interstate buyers.

“They’re coming from everywhere, mainly Sydney and Melbourne but also from Tasmania,” he said.

The interior includes high-end tiles and columns, giving it a unique look. The home also has a pool, access to a boat ramp and each of the bedrooms has its own en suite.

In Perth, a four-bedroom Pelican Point home has hit the market with a guide from $1.8 million.

The home at 33 Portofino Crescent has water views of the local Grand Canals.

The home features a decked entertaining area, a spa and also has a 3.5 tonne boat lift for water sport enthusiasts.

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