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    2019 - 06.21

    6 Noster Place NewcastleIT manager Linda Hack and her young family swapped weekend skiing for ocean swimming when they moved from Zurich, Switzerland, to Newcastle.
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    The family have lived for the past four years in one of the city’s best-kept secrets, Dartford, but have recently listed it for sale after deciding to downsize.

    “We left Canberra to live in Zurich for six years for my husband’s job, but when we decided to return to Australia we saw the potential Newcastle had,” Mrs Hack said.

    “We hoped the city would develop. When we found such a quiet family home in the CBD, we knew it was unique.”

    Since purchasing 6 Noster Place in 2011, they have painted the interior, laid turf and planted trees.

    “The property’s best feature is that it provides our son with a backyard to play in, in the middle of the CBD,” Mrs Hack said. “We also love the location – we walk everywhere.”

    Quietly secluded behind a row of quaint terraces and accessed off Wolfe Street, the historic family residence spread over four levels has an entry foyer leading through to a separate lounge and to the open-plan gourmet kitchen, meals and living area. This flows through aluminium bi-fold doors out to a large tiled alfresco area.

    At the top of a flight of stairs are three bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, two of which open out to the wrap-around verandah to take in the vistas of the city, harbour and Stockton Bight.

    There is also a home office or sewing room and master bathroom complete with his and hers vanities and dual shower.

    Above all of this – and hidden away by pull-down stairs – is the loft, which is large enough for a teenagers’ retreat.

    Other features include ducted reverse-cycle airconditioning, security system, gas outlets, ample storage, three storage sheds, off-street parking for two cars and permits for on-street parking for two cars.

    Josh Mana, of Raine and Horne Newcastle, has listed the property on 319 square metres for offers above $1.29 million.

    464 Webbers Creek Road PATERSON

    ALISON Perrott’s family don’t have to jostle with crowds on New Year’s Eve.

    From their picturesque Paterson property they can see four sets of fireworks explode – down the street, at Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland.

    “It’s quite remarkable,” she said of her home at 464 Webbers Creek, which has recently been listed for sale.

    “There is no one around and through the beautiful vista of trees you can see civilisation is just there, but you’re not quite in it.”

    Investment adviser Mrs Perrott and her business adviser husband David grew up in Parkes and Armidale respectively and wanted to give their two now-teenage children a similar experience of growing up on a farm.

    The couple had lived in Sydney and later on eight acres at Dunnes Creek, but fell in love with the Paterson parcel of land “as soon as we saw it” in 2005.

    They finished building their architect-designed “dream home” at the end of 2007.

    So determined were they to spend the rest of their lives there that they made the hallways wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs.

    But increased responsibilities in their careers – each sits on a number of boards and travels regularly – has led the family to make the difficult decision to downsize to Adelaide.

    Bernadette Berlyn and Nathan Berlyn, of McGrath Edgecliff, have listed the five-bedroom house for offers over $950,000.

    The property has views over the Moonabung Range and is on 169 acres registered for livestock or primary production.

    The house features a formal lounge and dining areas; a living area and a family retreat with a built-in freshwater fish tank.

    It also has a gourmet country kitchen with Bosch appliances; guest quarters with queen-sized bedrooms and a private bathroom; and a parents’ wing appointed with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite.

    There is ducted airconditioning as well as cosy fireplaces and nine-foot high ceilings.

    Outside, the house has alfresco entertainment areas, verandahs, a self-cleaning swimming pool with heated spa, machinery sheds, fire equipment, water tanks, two dams and a creek.

    3/266 Darby St Cooks Hill

    INVESTOR buyers and those seeking low-maintenance living are expected to be among bidders when a distinctive, modern townhouse in Cooks Hill is auctioned on March 28.

    Designed by Schreiber Hamilton Architecture and built by Foteff Property Group a decade ago, 3/266 Darby Street is part of an eight-unit complex, with the ground and first floors of each townhouse constructed from concrete.

    Listing agent and auctioneer Anthony Merlo of Dalton Partners – who sold the development on behalf of the Steve Foteff 10 years ago and owned a unit in the complex until four years ago – said the design of the townhouse would never date.

    The townhouse’s lower level comprises a laundry and bathroom, two bedrooms, ensuite and courtyard, while the upper level offers a third bedroom, large open-plan living and kitchen area as well as an alfresco deck.

    Offering a sunny northern aspect, the townhouse also features ducted air conditioning, a garage and an additional covered car park – a rare find in the suburb.

    The townhouse will go under the hammer on site at 10.30am.

    Mr Merlo suggests bidding will commence from $650,000.

    The Gables, Booral

    A METICULOUSLY restored home set on the site of a former silk work farm has been listed for sale. Denise Haynes of R & R Rural and Residential Property at Stroud said Lea-sa and Rob Thomsen’s Booral property The Gables was set on a private parcel of 20 acres and would be an idyllic family home or weekend retreat.

    The renovated house with its stunning gabled roof line contains four bedrooms, two bathrooms – one with a claw foot bathtub – spacious living areas, a large galley kitchen and separate pantry storeroom. It also features polished timber floorboards underfoot, original pressed metal ceilings, an open fireplace, combustion wood heating and a partly covered in-ground saltwater swimming pool.

    Believed to have been built in 1864 by Robert Carnell, the double-storey house is aptly named for its six gables, with the front three featuring picture windows. Ms Haynes said she understood Mr Carnell – who also built St Barnabas’ Anglican Church in Booral and churches in Raymond Terrace – completed much of the building work during the night while his son held a lantern for him. The Gables was also known as The Wormery from its time operating as a silk farm.

    It is listed for offers over $750,000.

    35 & 37 Girling Street ISLINGTON

    A PAIR of cottages just minutes from the CBD will be auctioned together next week, offering buyers double the opportunity to invest and renovate in vibrant Islington.

    Nick Scott bought the houses at 35 and 37 Girling Street in the 1980s as investment properties, but has decided the time is ripe to sell.

    The three-bedroom cottage at number 35 has a new iron roof and a small gated side yard with room for off street parking.

    The four-bedroom cottage at number 37 has a lounge room and eat-in kitchen, plus a gated side yard providing off street parking for two cars, a caravan or a boat.

    It also has room for a shed, subject to council approval.

    Listing agent and auctioneer Debbie Wiseman, of LJ Hooker Hamilton, said serious bidding was anticipated from $300,000 for No.35 and from $370,000 for No.37.

    “Affordable real estate like this is hard to find so close to the action,” Ms Wiseman said.

    The properties are close to Tighes Hill TAFE and less than a kilometre to the cycle way at Throsby Creek.

    They will be auctioned at 6pm on Wednesday, April 1, at The Travelodge, King Street, Newcastle.

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