Sydney beach eroded in storm sees $2.55m unit sale

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The temporary sand wall put in immediately after Collaroy Beach was eroded by storms. Flight Deck is the unit block in the distance.

A unit on the Sydney beach that was battered by violent storms in 2016 has just sold for $2.55 million.

Collaroy was pounded by waves three years ago and beachfront homes were damaged with at least one swimming pool dragged towards the sea.

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One of the ten properties affected by erosion on Collaroy Beach in 2016.

This month it was announced that a coastal protection project would begin soon aimed at preventing damage to properties close to the ocean.

The Northern Beaches Local Planning Panel last week approved a wall of boulders outside the Flight Deck block of units in Collaroy.

The $483,577 project will see a new sloping rock revetment constructed over an existing revetment in front of the building. Existing rocks will be moved and additional ‘rock amour’ placed in existing gaps. The rock bank will be then covered by sand and grass.

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Coastal engineer Peter Horton is behind the defence system which he said was vital.

Without it, he said that over the coming decades the ocean would undoubtedly cause damage to the Flight Deck building as well as the nearby Pittwater Rd.

The proposal, which was unanimously approved by the planning panel is one of a number of sea wall proposals along the Collaroy, Narrabeen beach front.

Flight Deck is in the foreground and the top floor apartment sold.

A spectacular view from the top floor, the unit sold for $2.55 million.

Meanwhile last week a three-bedroom unit in Flight Deck sold for $2.55 million.

Agent Kirsten Bertram, of Belle Property Dee Why, said several parties were interested in the top floor apartment and it sold to a local buyer who valued its beachfront position.

She said that both Flight Deck and its sister block Shipmates weathered the storms on 2016 thanks to an existing sea abatement wall that had been built in front of the blocks many years earlier.

“They were quite protected in the storm,” she said.

An exceptional view from the top floor.

Locals rate the block which weathered a big storm and which is now getting further protection.

She added that the planned additional sea wall would extend north from near Flight Deck, where most of the damage occurred in 2016.

Flight Deck is one of the northern beaches best-known blocks. It is absolute beachfront, consists of 36 apartments and is sought-after by owner occupiers and downsizers looking for lifestyle.

Ms Bertram said 36/1114 Pittwater Rd, Collaroy was unique with spectacular views, a separate garage not just carparking outside and the apartment had undergone a clever renovation.

“We were seeing whales at sea while we were showing the unit,” she added.

“If you want a view that spectacular and want three bedrooms this is the unit block to consider,” she said.

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