Freestanding and freehold houses are a rare commodity in the beachside suburb of Manly.
While many families seek a beach lifestyle, family homes are often old-style terraces or semis or they are grand mansions on land owned and leased out by the Catholic Church.
The so-called flat of Manly offers many older-style terraces and many converted duplexes but not that many freestanding houses.
Smith St is one of the quieter streets in the flat of Manly and it is just 350m level walk to Manly Beach.
The last time a house sold in Smith St was in November last year when 4 Smith St traded for $2.46 million, according to CoreLogic.
Now a five-bedroom family home at 44 Smith St has come to market. It goes to auction on Thursday May 23 and has a price guide of $3.3 million.
The architectural home is also one of the few houses for sale with a price guide of less than $3.5 million.
The median house price for Manly is $3,005,500 based on 73 house sales in the last 12 months.
There is still a strong demand for houses in Manly — already some 20 have changed hands this year and 44 Smith St has already been viewed on realestate.com.au almost 2450 times. The house would suit a family looking for relaxed beachside living without the maintenance of a lawn.
The light-filled design at 44 Smith St is thanks to high vaulted ceilings, open-plan living and large stackable doors.
The two-storey house is on a small block with a private terrace that gets the afternoon sun and an electric Vergola for year round comfort.
There is even a hot and cold outdoor shower so the beach sand can be washed off before entering the house.
The property is owned by the Pritchard family who have taken a 1950s property and transformed it into a state of the art home with Caesarstone and gas kitchen, two luxury bathrooms and a separate powder room and zoned ducted airconditioning. There is a quality surround sound entertainment system in both the living areas and the main bedroom, a double garage and solar power with Tesla battery.
The house is a short walk to cafes, restaurants, shops and public transport to the city.