Rural retreat is sold

ADVERTISING icon Bruce Adams - the "Marlboro Man" - and his wife Gloria have sold their 18-hectare parcel of land at 45 Reflections Drive, One Mile Beach.

Knight Frank agent Matt Kearney sold the Echo Beach development site for $700,000 to a family from Nelson Bay.

Mostly flat grazing country with shade timber, the land has a building entitlement with town water, sewer, phone and underground electricity.

Find way to regal spot

DOWNSIZERS Graham and Lana Cadman have listed their four-bedroom Valentine home for sale after buying a property three kilometres away in Valentine Gardens Estate.

Graham was previously the regional general manager for the Hunter at Westpac. Following that, he helped form several local mortgage broking and aggregation businesses including National Brokers Group, now VOW Financial, and Australian Property Finance.

Their beautifully presented home at 157 Regal Way is set on a 762-square-metre block with stunning bush outlooks.

After moving into the property Graham constructed an enclosed entertainment area, resort-style solar heated pool and spa, and landscaped the yard.

The house has four bedrooms, a formal lounge and dining, family room, a study and a modern kitchen featuring CaesarStone benchtops and gas cooktop.

Directly on public and school bus routes, it is nestled between Warners Bay and Belmont shopping precincts.

It is for sale through McGrath Warners Bay agent Neil Fry with a price guide of more than $585,000.

Room to dance and swim

WELL-KNOWN in the wine industry, Ted and Petah Blanch are selling their two-storey villa in Regency Park to buy into a commercial venture in Maitland Road, Mayfield, just opposite Coliseum Antiques.

Real Estate Newcastle agent David Podmore said number 22, 1 Queen Street, Cooks Hill, was one of the largest homes in Regency Park.

On the market for $835,000, it has three double bedrooms, an en suite and a walk-in wardrobe off the main bedroom.

A ballroom-sized living area, private north facing courtyard, big double garage and additional parking for two cars are also included.

"Its privacy, pools, tennis court and gymnasium facilities along with the convenience to city, cultural activities and cafe facilities is unique," he said of Regency Park.

Cathedral-like peace

A FORTHCOMING auction in blue ribbon Queens Road, New Lambton, will be a closing chapter for owner Irena Zakarauskas.

A keen theatregoer, she has loved the property over the past 13 years for its peace and tranquillity and the location.

Overlooking Blackbutt Reserve and set on a 778-square-metre-corner block, her brick and tile home is a fine example of 1970s architecture, according to McGrath Newcastle City agent Todd Mason.

With three bedrooms, a spacious kitchen with bush outlook and cathedral ceilings, and double garage, it is a short stroll to the village and Blackbutt shops.

104 Queens Road will be open today at 10.30am and will go to auction on site on February 23 at 10.30am.

Retreat for teens and men

BELMONT residents Ross and Kerrie Clinton are over driving to their favourite beach and plan to move there instead, once their house at 20 The Mainsail is sold.

L J Hooker Belmont agent Louise Vico said their stunning four-bedroom home, in Belmont's blue chip area, was a rare find.

The open-plan design of this contemporary home takes in lake views from most rooms and a large covered deck is the ideal space for entertaining.

It has brushbox flooring, ducted airconditioning and vacuum, an office, three bathrooms and a teenage retreat downstairs.

The oversized garage with extra storage is the perfect man's domain, plus an additional spot is available to house your boat or van.

The level yard has provision for a pool.

On an 835-square-metre block, it is for sale for $1.225 million.

Mayfield's record sale

IN January 12 Snippets we wrote of local suburbs that were expected to do well in 2013, and profiled some interesting sales in those suburbs in the past year.

We mentioned two in Mayfield - 68 Bull Street, which sold for $700,000, and 11 Victoria Street, known as Corio, which sold for $745,000, the suburb record for the year, according to Australian Property Monitors.

A reader pointed out that while Corio was the top sale for 2012, it wasn't the all-time record - Caithness at 47 Crebert Street, Mayfield, sold for an even higher figure, $800,000, in 2009.

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