What 2020 has taught me is “home” can really be anywhere.
For me, I spent the most of the year editing from a makeshift office on my dining room table and a handful of issues from an old rickety desk in the spare room of my parent’s home in Newcastle – still faintly scribed with maths equations from my HSC days and now covered in stickers thanks to my two little nieces.
It might sound drastic, but it has been life-changing being able to take Allhomes magazine home with me and I hope it’s brought into these pages a new-found sense of heart and soul.
Like clockwork, the city is turning off its lights and our transient population is loading the car and heading back to our home towns in all directions.
In the very last top picks of open homes of the year, we showcase the very best and beautiful homes for sale dotted along the South Coast where the locals have welcomed us with open arms since the bushfires.
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s to not wait for the perfect moment to realise our dreams.
So, if a sea change is what you’ve been envisaging, set your excuses aside, buckle up and head to 5 Melia Court because a seaside home of this calibre doesn’t appear often.
A pure-blue ocean provides the ultimate coastal backdrop for this home, softly framed by avocado trees and a coastal garden.
Set above surrounding homes, the outdoor entertaining deck feels like it might just propel you into the water. And, you’ll never find better scenery to accompany meal prepping or dishwashing with the kitchen also enjoying the picturesque vistas.
The living area is as modern coastal as they come with a tasteful renovation that features spotted gum flooring, raked ceilings and a neutral colour palette complemented by the blue sea beyond.
Upstairs is a loft perfect for a guest bedroom, teen retreat or home office.
At night the nearby crashing waves are as soothing as white noise and will transport you into a slumber where even your dreams are relaxing.
Price guide: $985,000
Agent: Bega Valley Realty, Cassandra Ambrose 0400 361 472
Situated on an extensive 3597 square metres of green open land, this quaint country cottage has undergone a stunning restoration. Attention to detail and numerous period features combine to create the most charming country residence.
Picture perfect gardens lead to the front porch complete with original lights, local sandstock bricks, shutters, dual chimneys and a high-pitched gable roof with timber fretwork common of a bygone era.
As you step foot inside, whitewashed interiors and rich timber flooring create a relaxed and soothing ambience.
Colonial double-hung timber windows maximise the natural light and open to vistas of the lush Milton countryside.
The kitchen and dining are subtly lit by copper light shades, which pair perfectly with the brass tapware and marble benchtops.
Price guide: $1.05 million-$1.1 million
Agent: Raine & Horne Mollymook/Milton, Ben Pryde 0410 324 209
Centred on immaculately presented and private grounds, this sprawling country estate is home to three dwellings, two adjoined by the laundry. It is more akin to a resort than a residence.
With spectacular mountain views, a tennis court, pool and spa, and access to a tranquil creek, it’s the embodiment of peace and tranquillity.
Inside, the high ceilings and spacious living areas create a great space to host families and friends. With a seamless indoor-outdoor connection, you’ll surely be the hostess with the mostest.
Come winter, the wood fireplace in the living room will be a treat and the perfect spot to have a glass of red with a good book in hand.
Located only minutes from the town centre, you get to enjoy the best of both worlds – privacy in the country, yet close to the heart of the village with its cafes and shops.
Price guide: $5 million
Agent: Belle Property Berry, Nick Dale 0419 425 166
You will find this character-filled family home nestled in a private and established leafy setting.
With five bedrooms and a spacious living room, it offers space for all to enjoy but also privacy with an upstairs parent’s retreat master bedroom.
The kitchen has a wide window looking out towards the backyard, offering a peaceful backdrop to any meal thanks to an abundance of established trees.
When you step outside, you can imagine the parties that you’d be able to host in the two outdoor entertainment areas.
And the property is also within easy walking distance of the Elmslea ponds and recreation area.
Price guide: $750,000-$800,000
Agent: Gilbert Real Estate, Ben Lee 0402 426 925