Fiona Killman, Real Estate Reporter
First published 3 Dec 2023, 5:00am
Penny and Ged Blaschka with kids Arjen and Elio at their Kurnell home. Picture: Sam Ruttyn
An opportunity to buy one of Sydney’s last affordable beach houses in an incredibly rare pocket of Sydney has come up.
Sydneysiders Penny and Ged Blaschka are selling their Kurnell home and embarking on a trip around Australia with their young sons Arjen and Elio.
The couple have listed the family home, at 36 Torres St, which they have poured their heart and soul into over the past eight years.
The 607sq m property is one of two for sale in the historic suburb of Kurnell, south of Sydney in the Sutherland Shire.
The home is in Kurnell and will go to auction on December 9.
The home has a price guide of $1.7m.
Penny and Ged Blaschka are planning on travelling around Australia with their children Arjen (wearing blue top) and Elio. Picture: Sam Ruttyn
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It’s a suburb of a bygone era with quiet streets and kids playing cricket, a short walk to the beach and water and bushland surrounds.
Kurnell, adjacent to Cronulla, Woolooware and opposite La Perouse, has a rich history from being the place where Captain James Cook landed in April 1770, a fisherman’s town in the early 1920s and the site of a supercell in 2015 which recorded NSW’s fastest wind speed of 213km.
Mrs Blaschka said they bought the home back in 2015 when the house was “an old fibro beach shack”.
“It was a real shocker,” she said.
Image of the house before the renovations.
The home has undergone extensive renovations.
“We knew it would be a labour of love from the very beginning, the key wouldn’t even work in the broken lock when we first tried to enter the home. In fact this house didn’t even have a kitchen! There was also a rooster living in the backyard. Our family thought we were crazy for buying this home.”
The couple said they fell in love with Kurnell for not only being near the National Park but the feel of a “small holiday town in the middle of Sydney”.
“The way you could hear the waves if the wind was blowing in just the right direction and most importantly the way the old glass windows captured the morning sun, and warmed the entire home,” Mrs Blaschka said.
She said they started renovations the second they moved in, initially refurbishing the studio/workshop out of recycled materials.
Another before image of the home before the Blaschka family’s transformation.
The backyard has an organic permaculture vegetable, herb and fruit garden.
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“We used old recycled bricks, and even used old floorboards from the 1950s to clad the walls and ceiling space, it’s so unique,” she said.
“I planted Boston ivy to cover the exterior of this space in green during the summer months, it’s one of the features of our home that people comment on the most.”
Next came the organic permaculture vegetable, herb and fruit garden, with the couple often giving food away to neighbours, before the couple got stuck into the home.
“We like textures and colour and this is reflected in the different pockets of our home,” Mrs Blaschka said.
The couple say the house was a “labour of love”.
“We wanted a single level home that was easy to maintain and where each space flowed into each other. We’ve sourced things from all over to make this home feel rich and inviting.”
Mrs Blaschka said it was a bittersweet feeling to be moving as the house had been a “labour of love”.
The home is set for auction on December 9 with a guide of $1.7m, with the listing describing it as a “beautifully renovated seaside haven” built for modern comfort.
Features include open plan design which integrates the living and dining area, entertaining deck, Spotted Gum hardwood boards, marble mosaics along with a brand new kitchen and master bedroom with a luxurious ensuite and walk-in robe.
The organic permaculture vegetable and herb garden has citrus trees, recycled hardwood raised beds and composting bays.
McGrath Sutherland Shire agent Mitch Kenyon said Kurnell was a “fabulous area”.
“It’s flat and close to the water,” he said.
“It’s a family friendly area and we have had a lot of interest from young families as well as downsizers.”
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Fiona Killman, Real Estate Reporter