Charming old ‘Oceania’ looks a family bargain in Vaucluse, one of Sydney’s most prestigious suburbs

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3 Oceanview Ave, Vaucluse, has a $3.9 million price guide.

The minute you step into the charming ‘Oceania’, a 1910-built Federation property in Vaucluse, you can feel it’s been much loved by its owners.

The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home with a double garage at 3 Oceanview Ave has a $3.9 million price guide via Brad Pillinger of Pillinger Property ahead of the June 18 auction.

That looks a bargain for a large quality family home in one of Sydney’s most prestigious suburbs.

Mr Pillinger says: “3 Oceanview lives up to its name with sea views from the master bed and balcony … a true home moments from Vaucluse shops.”

Apart from being “charming”, “solid” and “homely” seem other apt descriptions, sitting down to a cup of tea in the family room — a large space added by the current owners in a major renovation seven years ago.

It’s the most used room in the house.

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The family room (above) and the kitchen (below).

Although wet and cold outside on the day I visit, it’s warm in here beside the “Heat & Glo” gas fire. On days when there’s better weather, the wall of french doors have been thrown open; the north-facing room has been full of sun and the parents have enjoyed watching their children play in the private, level yard.

The kitchen was transformed in the same reno to chef’s grade quality, with its Falcon gas range cooker.

The formal lounge (above) and dining room (below).

Hard to believe now, but when the family moved in 14 years ago the rear rooms were “small, dark and cold”, so typical of homes built in this era,

Converting it to a property so desired by eastern suburbs families today has been done in sympathy with the home’s original facade.

All of the period features are still there — not hard to appreciate the craftsmanship in the leadlight windows, the high ornate ceilings and the level of detail in the in-built cabinetry in the formal lounge and dining rooms.

The sandstone terrace and level yard (above) and the master bedroom (below).

One of the front rooms makes a fine study, but it could also be a sixth bedroom.

The other five bedrooms are upstairs and the master has an ocean view — as the street name promises — built-in wardrobes and an ensuite. Step out onto the terrace for an even better ocean outlook.

The second bedroom also opens to the front balcony. It and the three other bedrooms are served by the main bathroom. All the bedrooms have built-ins.

The property is close by village shops, Coles supermarket and the popular Federation Cliff Walk.

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