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The best breaks on the Northern Beaches

The laid back attitude and sand-between-the-toes lifestyle of the Northern Beaches has its roots in the salt encrusted surf culture that is inherent in the beachside towns and suburbs right around Australia.   The appeal of Sydney’s Northern Beaches for swimmers and board riders alike is the proximity to big city convenience and the possibility of getting in a quick surf before suiting up and heading into the office.   But as surfers know, all beaches are far from equal and local surfers all have their favourite breaks where the waves are perfect in the right swell.   If your

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The common-sense guide to the Sydney property bubble

The topic of Sydney’s property bubble and it’s anticipated bursting date is fodder for much of the real estate news at the moment.   As the weather warms and the annual Spring price bounce heads back down, reports of lower prices, lower clearance rates and lower buyer enthusiasm are common. But where some see this as the harbinger of property doom, just as many people’s eyes light up at the prospect of cheaper houses and a more negotiable buyer position.   The net result of these two reactions is that the property market tends to steady itself and the balance

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Buyer’s Guide – Hunters Hill

Hunters Hill sits on a small peninsula of land where the Parramatta and Lane Cove Rivers meet – it shares the tip of the peninsula with the slightly more up-market – in an already affluent area – suburb of Woolwich. The area was originally known as Moocooboola – meaning ‘where waters meet’ – by the local Aboriginals. It was later re-named after the second Governor of New South Wales, John Hunter. Because of its location, there is no through traffic, giving the whole suburb a quiet village atmosphere. The streets lined with long-established trees and sandstone mansions give a hint

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