Manly remains one of the most sought-after suburbs to buy a house on the northern beaches, and one of the most tightly held.
Of the 850-plus properties listed for sale on the peninsula this week on realestate.com.au only a handful are houses in Manly.
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What about this one at 30 Golf Pde? In the seven days after it was launched onto the online property site, it had been viewed almost 1400 times.
Take a closer look at the home and it is not hard to see why there has been so much interest. The pictures are gorgeous.
But here’s the kicker — it’s even more stunning in real life, and a testament to owners David and Sharon Diamond, who have spent the past 13 years creating a much-loved private oasis.
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The couple, who last year opened the Fire & Ice restaurant, a steakhouse located on the Manly oceanfront, have lived in Manly since arriving in Australia from their native South Africa.
“We started out in the Waterside apartments with a double bed and a mattress on either side on the floor for the children (their son and daughter),” Mr Diamond said.
That was 1995, and the Diamonds had arrived in Manly to take over the struggling, but iconic Manly steakhouse known as Ribs & Rumps. And so began their love affair with Manly, both as businesspeople and residents.
“We have never lived anywhere else but Manly,” Mrs Diamond said. “We love it here.”
The couple bought their piece of Golf Pde paradise in 2005, and sold Ribs & Rumps in 2007 to concentrate on other business ventures and also to travel. They have loved the fact that they can live on the fringe of Manly but still feel connected to the action.
“I like the flat living, I like to be able to open up the front door and within five minutes I’m on the beach,” Mrs Diamond said.
This is a home that has to be seen to be fully appreciated — from the tropical gardens and in-ground pool to the luxury main bedroom with home theatre and the dining room with water feature that makes you feel like you are in he Amazon rainforest.
And that’s just the beginning.
The property goes to auction on February 9, at 12.45pm, with a price guide of $3,500,000. For more details contact Matt McEwan, of McGrath Manly.