The Weekly April 14 2023

The calm after the storm (or during)…

We are now in the period post Easter where you’re either finally coming off a sugar high from the binge that was, or you’re still working your way through the stash that never ends like it’s your second job — just to make sure it’s all out of the house. The Indigenous Voice to Parliament is dominating the headlines with resignations and semantic debates, the Royal Easter Show is as packed and fabulous as ever, Sydney is giving very strong La Nina vibes (an unwelcome throwback to 2022) and no one is loving it more than those with small people on school holidays, are we right?

Market wrap

The current chat dominating the buyers market is… when is the right time to scoop up a bargain in a downturn? There are so many factors to consider – interest rates, inflation, low stock and competition, although buyer activity is at its lowest since September 2020, so competition might not be so high on the list right now. As it’s pointed out, no one knows when it’s the perfect time until it’s a matter of hindsight. Sometimes you’ve just got to go for it, if it’s right for you of course. While property prices do tend to trend upwards over the long term, it’s understandably a little nerve wracking to make big decisions in the current state of flux. Looking for something but don’t quite know what to do? Want to sell but don’t know when? Give us a call.

What’s on

School holidays are in full swing and as any parent will know (or tell you if you’re not) it’s a marathon, not a sprint. You can’t do all the fun-expensive-ticketed-experiential adventures upfront or else there’s nothing left to wow them when they say “I’m bored” the next week. So having a few enticing but inexpensive outings on the agenda is key and Time Out have pulled together a list of 25 things to do under $25 in Sydney that we think will come in very handy for keeping the kids occupied and your bank account smiling… ever so slightly, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Local tucked-away foodie institution Clareville Kiosk has reopened after some kitchen renovations just in time for the school holidays. And while you’re obviously there for the lobster spaghetti, salmon ceviche and fillet steak, you’ll also be there for the free kids spaghetti bolognese with every main and side purchased between 5pm – 6pm Wednesday, Thursday & Friday during the school holidays. Because a beautiful dinner out is one thing, but a beautiful dinner out with content kids who will eat everything on their plate is the cherry on top. Don’t forget to mention it when you book.

And while we’re at it with the foodie recommendations, don’t miss dropping into Barrenjoey House on a Tuesday night for their Steak + Shiraz special — an eye fillet steak and a glass of Barossa Shiraz for $40 every Tuesday evening from 5pm. We love the cosy weeknight dinners that start cropping up for us lucky locals this time of year.

New, and incredibly well-dressed, kids on the block, Peggy Concept Store, is continually peaking our interest not just with their curated collection of cult-brand fashion and accessories but for the celebration of art, home and lifestyle within its pink and green walls. So we’re marking our calendars for next Saturday April 22 where they’ll be spinning tunes and opening the Peggy bar to celebrate Record Store Day. For the music lovers, there’ll be hundreds of records from Good Times Vinyl up for sale from 9.30-5pm with the DJ and drinks kicking off at the more acceptable time of 12pm. Avalon’s very own Empire Records, and a nice little nod to the Spot Music days of old.