Bondi, NSW 2026

Type of Property: Apartment

Reason for Purchase: Primary Residence

Location: Francis Street, Bondi NSW 2026

Property Journal:

Len and Karen were seeking a 2 bedroom apartment with minimal stairs as close to Bondi beach as possible. After missing a couple of properties in a highly competitive sub-$1milion market, Alexandra sourced an off market apartment in need of a renovation on the very desirable Francis Street, a stone’s throw from the beach. The  first floor apartment has level access and features 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a lock up garage.  The property was negotiated at a very good price and Karen and Len have since completed a full renovation on the apartment which has added significant value. Len and Karen are very happy in their Bondi home and despite a drastic rise in Bondi prices over the past 6 months have no intentions to sell. 


After trying, without success,  for several months to buy a unit in which to live, we decided to employ the services of Cohen Handler to help in our quest. We were recommended by a friend who had had success with them.

I  met with Simon Cohen. He was very professional, very efficient, and, more importantly, very sure that he would find us a place to buy! My husband made enquiries about other agents, but we were both comfortable with Simon.

Soon after we signed the contract Simon was due to go overseas so he introduced me to Alexandra Vincent Martelli. From our first meeting we were in sync. Alex asked in great detail exactly what I would like in a perfect world,  and what I would settle for in a not so perfect world. We figured that somewhere in between  would be a good outcome.

From that first day on, I would receive anything from two to five or six messages a day from Alex updating me on properties that might interest me, arranging times to view, dealings with estate agents, etc. There was never a day that I felt that she wasn’t doing her best for me. There were times when I became very despondent, but she wouldn’t have a bar of it and was always upbeat and positive. When I was unable to drive because of an operation, she would pick me up and take me to view the properties.  I have never known someone to be so ‘devoted’ to the cause!

Simon was quietly steering the ship in the background. Calls to him were answered  or returned very promptly and,  even when we ‘lost’ a property at auction he seemed to become more determined than ever to find us our home.

We are now the proud owners of a unit  that falls into the ‘perfect world’ category, and this is entirely due to Simon and Alexandra’s work. We could never have found or bought it without them. Simon is an outstanding negotiator and the two of them make a formidable team. I would  recommend Cohen Handler without reservation to anyone looking to buy property, whether for investment or as a dwelling.

We are renovating, but when we are done , Simon Cohen and Alexandra Vincent Martelli will be among our first guests.

Karen and Len Milner.

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