How much will you pay to live in a Sydney street filled with Christmas lights?
Are you trying to spread holiday cheer on a street full of Grinches? Try moving to one of these streets where your festive spirit will find a home.
As Clark Griswold could attest, it can be awkward when you’re the only house on the street to light up for Christmas. While there’s some measure of pride in going all out for the holiday season, what good is spending the time, money and energy on decorating if you can’t compare your elaborate light display to your neighbours’?
Ugh. These jerks.
If you’re tired of being the lone lover of Yuletide in a sea full of Scrooges, try buying on one of these Sydney streets, well-known for their Christmas light displays.
Avoca Street, Bondi
Avoca Street really gets into the Christmas spirit, with up to 50 homes on the street decked out in elaborate light displays. Last year the display ran from 7PM to 10:30PM every night from 1 December to 1 January. It featured a plethora of lights, inflatables, roof displays and musical displays, according to www.christmaslightsearch.com.au.
If you want to get in on the action, you’ll have to pay handsomely for the privilege. Houses on Avoca Street don’t come up for sale often. The last recorded sale on the street was in August of this year. The unrenovated four-bedroom, two bathroom brick house at 2 Avoca Street went for $3,254,000. Those vendors will definitely be having a Merry Christmas.
Sydney Road, Hornsby Heights
Sydney Road in Hornsby Heights sees more than 50 houses participate in its annual light display. According to the Daily Telegraph, you’ll find everything from traditional nativity displays to dancing Santas. The display runs nightly from 8PM. Some of the surrounding streets also get in on the action.
In addition to being one of Sydney’s top spots for Christmas lights, Sydney Road is also the least expensive on our list. There have been two sales recorded this year by realestate.com.au: a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house at 44 Sydney Road for $890,000 and a four-bedroom, two-bathroom at 21A Sydney Road for $1,225,000.
Borgnis Street, Davidson
Davidson is home to one of Sydney’s most famous Christmas houses at 10 Cambage Court. According to North Shore Mums, the house features around 85,000 lights, eight kilometres of wiring, a nativity display and a Christmas village. On top of all this, the display has its own website, and raises money for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and SIDS and Kids. In 2014, it raised more than $16,000. CoreLogic estimates the value of this pinnacle of Christmas cheer at $1,452,402.
You’d be foolhardy to compete with that, so if you’re looking to buy in Davidson, give Cambage Court a wide berth. Instead, head five minutes down the road to Borgnis Street. Here, the entire street gets in on the action. They also get in on the spirit of giving, raising money last year for children’s hospice Bear Cottage. There has been one sale recorded on the street this year, a four-bedroom, two-bath home at 44 Borgnis Street that sold in October for $1,505,000.
Prince Albert Street, Mosman
Nearly all of the opulent homes on Prince Albert Avenue in Mosman are lit up for the holiday season. The street drew so many onlookers last year that bumper-to-bumper traffic prompted one resident to plan a streetwise party in order to accommodate people coming to see the lights.
“The traffic is sometimes bumper to bumper. So one of the other angles (of the event) was to allow people to walk down the street to make it a family event,” resident Pam Longstaff told the Daily Telegraph last year.
Prince Albert Street is an exclusive street in an exclusive suburb, and commands an exclusive price. The last sale on the street was a two-bedroom apartment at 1/15 Prince Albert Street, which went for a princely sum of $2,440,000. The last detached house sale was all the way back in December of 2013, when a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home went for $2,200,000. The median price in Mosman these days is $3,202,750.
Lane Cove might be the absolute best destination for Christmas lovers. The entire suburb gets in on the action with its annual Light Up Lane Cove event, now in its fourth year.
The council runs a competition for Christmas decorations, with $1,000 in prizes up for grabs for best home, street and people’s choice. From December 8, you’ll be able to find a map of participating homes on the council’s website.
If you want to make all your Christmas dreams come true by moving to a community that shares your luminary lunacy, you’ll be looking at a hefty price tag. The median house price for Lane Cove is $1,824,000, while units go for a median price of $800,000.