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September 18, 2019

A beginner’s guide to the smart home

Smart home (noun): A home equipped with lighting, heating and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by smartphone or computer. How smart is your home? Once upon a time, we got quite excited at the thought of being able to change the TV channel without getting up from the couch. These days pretty much […]

September 11, 2019

A Weekend in… Stanmore

Driving along Parramatta Road, you could easily blink and miss Stanmore – a pint-sized suburb 6km from the CBD. But turn off the main drag and you’ll discover what this inner-west neighborhood is really about. From its streets lined with Victorian terraces and century-old trees, to the manicured village green, Stanmore has retained much of […]

September 4, 2019

Get your outdoor lighting right and save our local wildlife

Do you ever look up and think there were more stars in the sky when you were a kid? Well that’s because light pollution – the brightening of the night sky by artificial light – is washing out the dark. Late last year, the inner west council signed a contract to systematically replace streetlights in […]

August 23, 2019

Inner West’s Most Eclectic Streets

Where are the best and most interesting streets in the inner west? Well, that comes down to personal choice, but here’s a selection that we think gives a good flavour of our neighbourhood. Because we think real estate is about more than a house – it’s about community, and finding your niche.

August 6, 2019

How does heritage affect your house?

A heritage-listed property is protected by law, regardless of who owns it. These houses, businesses and other places are given special status because they reveal the story of Australia’s past – and are expected to enrich future generations. Retaining these resources is not only nice for our grandchildren, it makes for a beautiful home and […]

July 31, 2019

Winter Market Report

With winter in full swing, it’s a great time to consider listing your property. While the inner west has felt the slowdown over the past year, media reports of plummeting house prices have certainly not lived up to the doomsday scenario; in fact some of our suburbs have continued to thrive – St Peters (+5.1 […]

July 25, 2019

Can I chop down that tree?

Here in the inner west, we love our trees. Until they’re blocking your view, cutting out your light or preventing you from extending your house, that is. So, is cutting them down always a no-no?  There may not be much in the way of water views around here, but there are still legitimate reasons why […]

July 10, 2019

A Weekend in… Tempe

Inner-westies are flocking to Tempe – and not just to stock up on flat-packed Swedish furniture. As the search for affordability marches ever southward, Tempe is blipping the radar of savvy buyers. Just 9km from the city, the upcoming hotspot is moments from the culture and buzz of the inner west, while to the south […]

July 4, 2019

Can I build a granny flat in my back yard?

Did you know that ‘granny flat’ is one of the top 10 real estate search terms on Google? Yes, you are not alone. More and more people are looking into the possibility of putting up a second dwelling, for all sorts of reasons. Here in the inner west, it is one example of how people […]

June 18, 2019

Look on the bright side (which way is that again?)

Questions you should ask about the orientation of your potential new home ‘North-facing’ is a well-worn description in real estate, but not all north facing claims are made equal. Here are some questions to ask that can have a real impact on a home’s liveability – and value.   1. What part of the house […]

June 11, 2019

A Weekend in… Erskineville

From Erskineville Road to King Street and the web of narrow laneways, the neighbourhood affectionately known as Erko has maintained a friendly village vibe despite its steady evolution. Once a hub for brick makers, tanners and market gardeners, Erskineville has been reinvented by creatives and white-collar professionals. The streetscapes have also undergone a dramatic change […]