A military manoeuvre in Dover Heights: renovator’s delight awaits

94 Military Rd, Dover Heights has a $3.7m price guide

With designer homes on the same sized block on this Dover Heights street selling for close to $6m in recent years, here’s an opportunity to get in on the bottom rung.

And this five-bedroom, three-bathroom renovator’s delight on 646 sqm at 94 Military Rd is in a top spot — there’s an impressive ocean view from the front yard and it’s an easy trek down to the beach at North Bondi.

As the Laing and Simmons Double Bay principal D’Leanne Lewis says: “This is a very comfortable home where you get all benefits of being minutes to the beach without the North Bondi price tag.”

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It’s a simple process to knock out the wall between the kitchen (above) and the living room (below) to create a large open-plan living space leading to the wraparound terrace and pool

This house, built in the 1990s, certainly needs some love — it’s been rented out at $2000 a week since the owners bought it for $2.26m nearly 12 years ago.

But the $3.7m price guide is entry level in this patch and the key to buying such a house well, if you’re not knocking it down, is ensuring that it’s an easy renovation.

Take a look at the house next door for inspiration. The floorplan of this house is perfect, with the kitchen and services all in the right spot.

The formal rooms (above and below) are at the front of the house but those roman columns will have to go

A simple knockout of a few walls will create a huge open-plan living space opening to the northwest facing wraparound terrace and huge pool in the back yard.

And upstairs, subject to council approval, a balcony similar to the one next door would be an easy addition off the master suite. This too, simply needs a makeover, with the ensuite and built-in wardrobe already there.

The bedroom next door could also open out to the balcony. That bedroom and the other bedroom are both a decent size, have built-ins, and share the main upstairs bathroom.

Tall hedges ensure privacy in the back yard (above and below)

There’s a fourth bedroom downstairs that’s a good size, too, although the room next door would be a better study rather than a bedroom. Facing east, it would be a nice room to work from in the morning.

The formal lounge and dining rooms off the entrance hallway are also perfectly positioned, though the Roman columns will have to go eventually. But the solid timber floors can stay.

This house has good bones, but some buyers will take the other option: knock it down and start again.

The property goes to auction on May 27.

The inspection times are 11.45am and 12.30pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Contact D’Leanne Lewis on 0419 676 667 or her colleague, Clare Maloney, on 0401 546 441.

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