Like most newlyweds, Chris and Jessica Tedder are a couple with lots of plans.
Buying a house, adding a dog and a cat to their family, which they hope one day will include children, are high on the to-do list.
To make it happen, they have to sell their apartment at 9/42 Ben Boyd Rd, Neutral Bay – but that is proving far more emotional than even they expected.
Which isn’t so surprising when you discover why. This apartment was where the couple fell in love – and the rooftop apartment was where Mr Tedder proposed to his now wife.
“It is a very special place for us,” he said. “It’s a hugely emotional thing leaving here.”
Mr Tedder bought the two-bedroom, top-floor apartment in 2014 when he was single.
“I just fell in love with the place when I saw it,” he said.
One of the big attractions to the apartment was its exclusive use of the enormous rooftop terrace, which takes in a harbour panorama that includes Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the CBD skyline.
Being just a few minutes from the Hayes St ferry wharf and parklands was also a major drawcard.
Not long after he moved into his new apartment, Mr Tedder was introduced to Jessica through friends, and the pair instantly hit it off.
Their strong friendship blossomed into love, and about three years ago she moved in.
Mr Tedder chose his partner’s 30th birthday in August 2018, to surprise her with a proposal.
“I always knew I was going to marry her,” he said.
“I set up the rooftop terrace with a billion different flowers and I put the diamond ring into a rose and got down on one knee and asked her to marry me.
“It was beautiful, and it’s been Jessica’s favourite spot ever since.”
The couple were married at his family’s vineyard Glenguin Estate, in the Hunter Valley, in May last year.
With the ink well and truly dry on their marriage certificate, the couple are now looking to upsize from their beloved apartment, so they can start the next phase of their lives.
“The plan is to get a family of pets and when we have a moment think about the rug-rats,” Mr Tedder said.
“Jessica’s an avid cat person and I’m an avid dog person so we will probably get one of each and they can be best mates.”
The couple have enlisted Nicholas Christou and Adrian Bridges of LJ Hooker Avnu to take their apartment to auction on March 14, with a price guide of $1.2 million.
Other features include an open-plan layout with balcony, high ceilings, ensuite to the main bedroom, European laundry and undercover parking for one car.