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Roseville’s big blocks offer buyers more bang for their buck

This contemporary addition enjoying a north-east aspect at the back of 4 Glen Road introduces a wonderful wow factor. Photo: Supplied This penthouse at 13/10 Nola Road comes with two double bedrooms, each with built-in storage. Photo: Supplied

With multiple living areas at entry level and flexible bedroom accommodation upstairs, 22 Merlin Street is a good proposition for families with school-aged children. Photo: James Rice

Roseville’s median house price is $2,306,000, similar to the median prices in Cammeray and Naremburn, which are closer to the city.

So why buy in Roseville? You get a whole lot more bang for your buck, with an average land size of 914 square metres compared with 411 square metres in Cammeray and 339 square metres in Naremburn (based on sales over the past 12 months).

It’s better than a two-for-one deal, with a train station thrown into the mix providing a city commute of just 20 minutes.

“I think the suburb is under-valued,” says McConnell Bourn agent James Matheson.

“A lot of buyers looking in Cammeray and Naremburn are now focusing on Roseville, so there’s a lot of room for growth.”

With its tree-lined streets and character homes, Roseville marks the beginning of the leafy upper north shore but has the advantage of being right next door to bustling Chatswood, a shopping and dining mecca.

On the northern border, plans for a new school on the UTS Ku-ring-gai site to open in 2019 will further boost the suburb’s appeal.

Rated in the upper north shore’s top five for liveability, according to a recent study by consultants Tract and Deloitte Access Economics, Roseville scores well for mobile and internet coverage, proximity to employment hubs, tree cover and transport.

“There’s great access down to Macquarie, it’s very family-friendly, safe and really pretty,” says Matheson.

A shortage of stock this year has helped secure some strong sales, including five house sales of more than $4 million, three of them in Roseville Avenue.

New apartments have sprung up along Boundary Street and in Victoria Street helping to push the median apartment price up to $855,000.

But there are still plenty of walk-up units in the suburb, with prices starting at a little under $600,000.

4 Glen Road, Roseville.

1. 4 Glen Road Guide: $2.8 million 4 bed 3 bath 3 car Built 1920s; renovated 2006 Land 813 square metres Inspect Sat and Wed, 1.30pm-2pm Agent McConnell Bourn, 0415 419 442 Auction September 17 Last traded for $900,000 in 2003 See more at: domain杭州m.au/2013012565

Embracing the best of old and new, this family home is set in a quiet cul de sac within walking distance of the station, cafes, cinema and Loyal Henry Park. Sitting behind a timber fence and a formal garden with manicured border hedging, the property retains its traditional Californian bungalow facade with a covered verandah, but a contemporary addition enjoying a north-east aspect at the back of the house introduces a wonderful wow factor. Encompassing two living areas with raked ceilings separated by a fireplace, the addition opens seamlessly through two wide sets of bi-fold doors.

Step out onto an outdoor terrace and up to a level lawn surrounded by tiered hedging with a cubbyhouse tucked into one corner. Back inside, the open-plan kitchen has a stone-wrapped island bench with breakfast bar seating, European appliances and a gas cooktop. There are four bedrooms at the front of the property, the main with a generous walk-in wardrobe and en suite.

Room for improvement: Consider installing a swimming pool in the back garden.

22 Merlin Street, Roseville.

2. 22 Merlin Street Guide: $2.3 million 4 bed 2 bath 3 car Built 1930s; renovated 2000 Land 1042 square metres Inspect Sat and Wed, noon-12.30pm Agent Savills Cordeau Marshall Lindfield, 0412 565 682 Auction September 17 Last traded price unknown See more at: domain杭州m.au/2013014423

This substantial property is located on Roseville’s coveted east side, where you’ll find a greater number of large, level blocks compared with west of the Pacific Highway. With multiple living areas at entry level and flexible bedroom accommodation upstairs, the home is a good proposition for families with school-aged children. A wide entry foyer leads to a formal lounge with fireplace on the left and a formal dining room on the right bookended by two outdoor entertaining areas.

There is a stone kitchen with European appliances adjoining a family meals area which opens onto a deep back garden wrapped in established greenery. Upstairs, access to the master bedroom is via an office with built-in cabinetry, a space which would also work as a nursery.

Room for improvement: Open up the back of the house to the garden.

13/10 Nola Road, Roseville

3. 13/10 Nola Road Guide: $1.25 million – $1.3 million 2 bed 2 bath 1 car Built 2011 Size 196 square metres Strata levy $1878 a quarter Inspect Sat and Wed, 11am-11.30am Agent Richardson & Wrench, 0413 384 545 Auction September 21 Last traded for $925,000 in 2010 See more at: domain杭州m.au/2013016694

Designed by architects Bates Smart, Pavilions is an up-market complex of 32 apartments positioned west of the highway a short walk from Roseville station. Set behind tiered, landscaped gardens at the end of a cul de sac, Pavilions has proven popular with downsizers, professionals and small families. This penthouse comes with two double bedrooms, each with built-in storage.

The main has a full en suite and access onto the balcony. The combined kitchen, living and dining room has timber floors and track lighting. An island kitchen features stone benchtops, a mirrored splashback and stainless steel Smeg appliances. Glass bi-fold doors open onto a wrap-around balcony with a leafy outlook. There is ducted airconditioning, secure intercom entry and lift access from the secure basement carpark.

Room for improvement: Use the boundary wall on the balcony for a vertical garden.

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