The Sydney suburb full of stylish homes and people

The Sydney suburb full of stylish homes and people

Avalon Beach has more than its fair share of creative residents. This suburb is awash with artists and directors and fashion designers.

Genevieve Smart of the luxury fashion brand Ginger&Smart lives in the suburb, as do the owners of the cult denim brand OneTeaspoon and musical duo Angus and Julia Stone grew up in and around Avalon Beach.

Even the village shopping strip reflects the area’s love of unique homewares and design and there are a bevy of one-off shops rather than the regular fare of chain stores.

Many of the houses in this beachside suburb are themselves creatives partnerships, a mix of classic 1920s beach house with cutting-edge modern style.

One of the area’s successful designers is Martine Piat, an architect by background, who handmade a butterfly chair then proceeded to launch the business Muumuu Design making campaign chairs, rattan and mahogany chairs and folding canvas chairs.

“They are made to last and have been very popular in resorts in the Outback,” she said.

When she arrived in the area more than two decades ago Avalon Beach was a typical Australian beach suburb with finger buns in the bakery and instant coffee in the cafes.

“Now it is cosmopolitan with an interesting cross section of people living here,” she said.

The back gate from her deep block opens to Wickham Lane, the local cinema, the local bookshop and the fringe of the shopping centre.

Her classic beach house at 43 Bellevue Ave was built in the 1920s but in her hands it has been remodelled and given a strong French provincial feel.

The timber home is on 1214sqm of land and is just 330m from the beach. the four-bedroom home goes to auction on Saturday February 23 and has a guide of $2.3 million to $2.5 million.

The kitchen has been moved to the lower ground floor with a large open-plan living and dining area and three sets of doors opening to the outdoors and a deep deck.

There are verandas on both levels as well as public areas for people to be together or alone.


The television room has a fireplace, there is a library with spiral staircase and a sitting room that is almost 10m long.

The main bedroom faces east for the morning sun and has built-ins.

There are two bathrooms, lots of storage under the house and in a dedicated storeroom.

Ms Piat added a timber cabin in the back garden which has its own wide and covered deck.

She has also added a vegie garden and there are citrus, fruit and macadamia trees in the grounds. For the cars there is the original garage under the house as well as off-street parking at the front for three to four vehicles.

This inspiring house would suit a creative family and a tribe of children running through its rooms.

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