• Hugh G. Lee Inndette

Property: The Australian Dream, Issue 4, Apr 2021

Hugo’s Expansion Prowess

Artist impression of Hugo's submarine expansion

With its sultry lighting, gobsmacking menu, unrivalled service and impeccable views, Sydney’s numero uno eatery for agents residential, commercial, and undercover, is, and always will be, Hugo’s. But property experts of all walks of life, while perpetually blown away by the underlying gastronomic prowess, are most in awe of Hugo’s ability to take an existing piece of prime maritime real estate and uncover myriad innovative ways to increase the dining space open to willing patrons who’d otherwise be turned away. The transformation of previously empty decking into much-needed dining space has been outstanding, and with the imminent decline in Manly Ferries likely, and their subsequent giant wash into the underwater wharf zone a thing of the past, Hugh G. Lee Inndette is drawing up his own Hugo’s proposal to take the dining experience underwater, a natural progression in the iconic restaurant’s evolution. Drawing on submarine culinary delight inspiration from all over the world, and incorporating the aqua flows, ocean wildlife and sand-bottom textures Manly Cove is world renowned for, I’m quietly confident of getting the green light from Hugo himself.

Mona Basin Monster Sale

Beaches property experts are basking in their supreme skill for understanding residential housing market pricing levels with razor sharp precision after a Mona Vale unit sold at auction a mere 63% above reserve, snaffled up for a sumptuous $2.61million. $1.01million above reserve. The boutique, ground-floor, two bedroom, one-garaged, original-kitchened, sole-bathroomed, absolute beachfront, (creatively named) Surfview Rd abode’s luscious front lawn flows uninterrupted onto the golden sands of Mona Vale Beach, the perfect viewing platform to watch maniacal body surfers and boarders engage in Waimea Bay-esque, death-defying antics anytime the swell’s up. Thanks to the Basin’s ultra-deep to ultra-shallow ocean floor architecture, shorebreak slabs are served up remorselessly, keeping the lunatic frothers pitted, the spinal trauma unit of Northern Beaches Hospital on red alert, and local residents highly entertained. It’s uncertain whether this unique factor of the property’s positioning helped push prices north. What is certain however, everyone else in the block and surrounds is eyeing off coastal properties outside the Sydney metropolitan area, all the way along the eastern seaboard and up into neighbouring idyllic Asian locations, areas where a similar sale and the arrival of well over $2million into the bank account can go a long, long way.

Sky’s the Limit for Sold Sign Longevity

The entrenched proclivity for real estate agents to skimp on marketing spend by engaging in the highly practical endeavour of stoically leaving their SOLD signs up on properties’ front gates for as long as possible after the actual selling event has expired is set to go into overdrive with CSIRO boffins announcing a breakthrough in durability of materials tailor made to endure the rain, hail and shine barrage of Great Southern Land elements these humble placards are required to stand up to. Despite widespread protestations from residents who decry the lingering sold signs for shouting out to the streetscape with an undeniable plea of quiet “Oh, look at me, I sold a house” desperation, there’s no denying the ability of this form of infuriating advertising to flawlessly enter the priceless inner cortex of would-be buyers and sellers means agents will persist with this timeless strategy. Crazy not to. And now, thanks to science, their signs may outlive us all.