An Oyster Bay home that starred in Season 3 of Love It or List It has hit the market for the first time since undergoing a major renovation on the show under the guidance of interior designer Neale Whitaker.
The four-bedroom contemporary masterpiece at 55 Georges River Crescent, Oyster Bay, will go under the hammer on July 2, with Highland selling agent Sarah Street already receiving plenty of interest in the home, which has a price guide of low to mid $2 millions.
“We’ve only had the property on the market for a matter of days, but we’ve already seen an influx of interest from buyers who have fallen in love with the unique finishes of the property,” she said.
“The level of architectural excellence is outstanding and captures you from the moment you set foot in the property.
“The owners have done a remarkable job in transforming a humble family home into an exemplary piece of design.”
Newlyweds Nathan and Emily Green bought the 1950s brick home in April 2018 for $1.21 million with the goal of doing it up.
“When we bought it, we saw it had a lot of potential,” Mr Green said.
“But at that time (of the show) I wanted to sell it, mainly because I was sick of doing all of the maintenance. It needed a lot of outdoor work done.”
Long-time fans of real estate-related lifestyle shows, Mr and Mrs Green had watched Love It or List It many times, but it was while watching Selling Houses Australia that an ad for the other show came on.
Love It or List It follows home owners around the country who are struggling to decide whether to renovate and love the home they are in, or to sell and find a new dream home.
“We saw they were looking for people and we thought we’d apply,” Mr Green explained.
“They had someone pull out of the last episode so they needed someone quickly.
“It was a two-month turnaround from us applying to get on the show and it just worked out.”
The couple were assigned a builder and interior architect and they quickly set about turning the much darker and segmented 1950s home into an open-plan, light-filled modern family home that wouldn’t look out of place in a high-end magazine.
The kitchen, living and dining areas were renovated on the show, as was the laundry and one bedroom.
Mr Green said once filming had finished they finished the two bathrooms.
“The first thing the interior designer said when she walked into the house and saw the floor plan was, ‘That kitchen has got to move’,” he said.
“Originally our thought was to just knock down the massive wall that was in the middle of the whole house, but leave the kitchen where it was.
“Looking back at it now you couldn’t see the kitchen any other way. Where it is now is perfect because you look straight out at the deck and straight out to the backyard and the pool.”
The property features open-plan living and dining, showcasing high-pitched ceilings with eight feature skylights, ethanol fireplace and glass French doors leading out to a wrap-around deck.
Luxurious finishes throughout the home include oak flooring, bathrooms with natural stone and terrazzo tiling and Miele appliances, and suede finish Silestone benchtops in the kitchen.
Its northeast facing backyard and entertaining area showcases lush level lawns and a magnesium swimming pool framed by landscaped tropical gardens.
Mr Green said they were now looking to sell the home and move to the Caringbah South area to be closer to their three children’s schools and sporting activities.
He said the features of the home he’d miss the most included the living space and the ensuite.
“The living and dining is the best – you just don’t get those eight skylights in a home very often,” Mr Green said.
“That vaulted ceiling is amazing. I’ll also miss the ensuite. I had always wanted an ensuite and we did one in black terrazzo, which is beautiful.”
The property will be auctioned at 9am on Saturday, July 2, on-site.