20 June 2023

Backyard bliss: Chic East Corrimal cottage a real surprise package

| Katrina Condie
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A private backyard oasis beckons family and friends. Photos: Molenaar + McNeice.

Behind the unremarkable facade lies a hidden oasis where family and friends can come together on the deck, chill out by the pool and while away the hours sharing homemade pizzas around the firepit.

The front door of 10 Gregory Avenue, East Corrimal, opens to reveal a chic coastal cottage that seamlessly blends quaint original features with modern styling that make you want to just slow down, relax and breathe.

Selling agent, Molenaar and McNeice director Trever Molenaar said the beautifully renovated weatherboard home boasted sun-drenched open-plan living spaces that flowed out effortlessly to a fantastic outdoor entertainment area.

“It’s definitely an entertainer’s home, with the back deck leading down to a fully level yard with a beautiful, brand new inground pool,” he said.

“This home is all about lifestyle. It’s a north facing block to rear and it’s got that amazing entertaining area with a firepit and pizza oven.

“The kids can run around the backyard and, at night-time, you can put the firepit on, light the barbie and make pizzas. It’s perfect for winter or summer entertaining.”

The home has been tastefully renovated by the owner-builder and many of the original features have been retained, including timber windows, picture rails and ornate cornices.

“The home has a really nice flow, and the kitchen and family bathroom are very modern,” Trever said.

“The bathroom is beautiful, with a full-size bathtub and stone top timber vanity.

“The property has been renovated over time and nothing needs to be done, just move in and enjoy every element.”

With three bedrooms plus a chic detached studio at the back of the garage, there’s room for guests or teenagers to have their own space, however Trever said the space would make a great home office or workshop.

“With the whole work-from-home thing that people have got going on now, this is perfect for a home office, complete with a sunny aspect and French doors opening onto the yard,” he said.

He says there is also scope to extend the home to the rear.

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The cottage is clad in fresh, white weatherboards and the contemporary coastal vibe continues throughout the home.

“The moment you walk in, it just feels like home. It’s a house that you can live in quite comfortably,” Trever explained.

With 2.7-metre ceilings, gleaming Baltic pine flooring and modern plantation shutters on the picture windows, the home feels sunny, bright and welcoming.

The stylish white kitchen with stone benchtops, gas cooktop, Chevron tile backsplash and quality appliances flows onto the open-plan, north facing living and dining area.

All three bedrooms are carpeted, with built-in wardrobes and shutters.

Trever said the home was very private, with a school oval over the back fence, so there’s no neighbours behind.

“It’s set in a much-loved family-friendly street, close to both Corrimal East Public School and Corrimal High School, with the beach just 900 metres away,” he said.

“East Corrimal is so popular because it’s so close to the beach, but you’re also within walking distance to the village shops.

“Many people don’t realise that you can drive straight up Pioneer Drive and you’re in the Wollongong CBD. It’s a really great location.”

To book an inspection at 10 Gregory Avenue, East Corrimal contact Trever Molenaar on 0435 532 023 or Guy Hampton on 0402 231 109 at Molenaar and McNeice.

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