Rainforest retreat moments from city life

Of all the property overhauls serial renovators Kristin Hughes and partner Ben Street have done, this one is going to be “the hardest to leave”.

Ms Hughes and Mr Street, who own business Rockscape Unique Outdoor Designs, bought the 1884 square metre property in 2012 and have slowly renovated since.

The home is five minutes from both Charlestown Square and Westfield Kotara and 10 minutes from beaches and Newcastle’s CBD.

Yet once you enter the residence, which cannot be seen from the road, Ms Hughes said it feels “like you are a million miles from suburbia”, which has been one of the features they have loved, along with “waking up to the sounds of birds”.

Mr Street is a landscaper by trade and the couple have added several outdoor spaces, including entertaining decks which sit canopied by trees, a rainforest boardwalk, fire pit, cabana with spa, waterfall and chicken house.

The home, which also features three bathrooms, stone kitchen, media room and “man cave” is being marketed by McKeirnan Real Estate with agent Andrew McKiernan saying he expected it to sell for over $1 million through an expressions of interest campaign.

POPULAR PARKWAY 

An elegant 1930s home which was originally built for an Arnott's factory manager is being offered to market for just the second time.

The owners of 158 Parkway Avenue in Hamilton South purchased the home on a 772sqm corner block in 1980.

The spacious home enjoys many endearing features including arched leadlight windows and a private, landscaped yard.

But it was a “beautiful open fireplace with Roman bricks” which won over the current owners, who are selling to downsize.

The home is being marketed by Robinson Property, who have already sold seven residences in that street this year. The price of two – No.1 and No.68 – have not been disclosed but the others all sold for between $1.54 million and $1.94 million.

The property will be taken to auction by Ben Robinson and Tony Reville on November 4.

DEAL SEALER: This open fireplace made of Roman bricks was what won over the vendors of this Parkway Avenue home which has just hit the market.

DEAL SEALER: This open fireplace made of Roman bricks was what won over the vendors of this Parkway Avenue home which has just hit the market.

SURPRISE PACKET

It looks like a modest cottage from the outset, but beyond the front facade lies a renovated five-bedroom residence set on a leafy block of around 1448 square metres and sporting its own private tennis court.

The Charlestown property at 43 Arnold Street is being sold through an expressions of interest campaign by Creer Property’s Gary Jones, who said interest has been strong for the “perfect family home”.

This Charlestown property includes a tennis court.

This Charlestown property includes a tennis court.

BEACHSIDE LIVING

A Merewether townhouse with a large yard and price guide of $850,000 is expected to be sought after.

The renovated residence at 15/22 Patrick Street has three bedrooms, double garage and “the biggest yard in a townhouse I’ve seen”, according to selling agent Tammy Hawkins, of McGrath Estate Agents Newcastle.

This Merewether townhouse has been tastefully renovated and features a sizeable yard, according to McGrath Estate Agents' Tammy Hawkins.

This Merewether townhouse has been tastefully renovated and features a sizeable yard, according to McGrath Estate Agents' Tammy Hawkins.

UNIQUE OFFER

A dual-level home on 40 acres which used to be a chicken farm and is located just 20 minutes from the city is “completely differet” to anything Michael Hardy of PRDnationwide Newcastle Lake Macquarie has sold in the area.

Mr Hardy will take 20 School Road, Wakefield to auction on November 8 and was “expecting it to set a bit of a precedent”. 

PRDnationwide's Michael Hardy will take "unique" 20 School Road, Wakefield to auction on November 8 and is “expecting it to set a bit of a precedent”.

PRDnationwide's Michael Hardy will take "unique" 20 School Road, Wakefield to auction on November 8 and is “expecting it to set a bit of a precedent”.

STRIKING TERRACE 

An easily identifiable circa 1900s terrace at 94 Young Street, Carrington is set for auction on October 28.

The five-bedroom residence with six-inch timber floors and 11-foot pressed metal ceilings enjoys position on a 462sqm corner block and is not only striking  for its period charm but also its cerise exterior.

Joe Di Claudio of Dowling Real Estate Mayfield said there are balconies off all the bedrooms and the property would appeal to a range of buyers, including the potential to be established as an Airbnb.

This recognisable five-bedroom terrace in Carrington is set for auction this month.

This recognisable five-bedroom terrace in Carrington is set for auction this month.