It is tucked away in a sought-after part of Newcastle and properties there are tightly held.
But at the moment there are two homes on the market in New Lambton Height’s Floralia Close.
Ray White’s Stephen Dorman is marketing 14 Floralia Close, which was reportedly built by the Stronach family.
The residence is affectionately known as “Tree Tops” and has been built on a grand scale with five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a large master suite, bar, games room and inground pool with cabana area all set on a block over 900 square metres in size.
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It is the home of Kath and Robert Stephenson, who are reluctantly selling up after nearly two decades of living in the quiet cul-de-sac overlooking Blackbutt Reserve.
“I fell in love with it straight away,” Ms Stephenson said.
“It was just a feeling of home; it’s a beautiful home and it’s with great heartache that we go.
“It’s a great entertaining home, inside and out, and we’ve had some wonderful times here.”
It is being marketed through an expressions of interest campaign and a price guide has not yet been set.
Up the road, McGrath Estate Agents’ Sean Redpath is marketing No.34, which he has described as “a stunning renovation”.
The four-bedroom home has a price guide of $1.075 million to $1.1825 million and is set for auction on March 10.
Three homes were sold in the street last year, one for $1.01 million, another for $1.7 million and one for an undisclosed sum.
RARE IN BUTTABA
Homes in Buttaba’s Earswick Crescent are also tightly held and Paul Avery, of Avery Property Professionals, said No.4 was a unique offering.
The property is 1230 square metres in size and enjoys a frontage of over 30 metres to waterfront parkland.
It features a single-level brick home, only 12 years old, and offers four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a granite kitchen, covered alfresco entertaining area and a separate boatshed or work space. The home is set for auction on March 3.
No price guide has been set.
“It’s quite unique given it’s got reserve waterfront and is a 36 metre wide block with lots of vehicle access,” Mr Avery said.
“It’s quite different and there is nothing around it to compare it to.
“It’s got such a lovely, private feel to it. It’s total seclusion and it’s whisper-quiet location there.”
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Boutique Sydney agency Laing+Simmons has set its sights on Newcastle due to an increased demand for properties in the area, according to network growth manager Travis Wentriro.
Mr Wentriro was in town last week laying the foundations for a future venture.
“We are seeing more and more people on a weekly basis saying, ‘We’ve got to get out of Sydney, we’ve got to go somewhere else’,” he said.
“The Central Coast seems to have a real buzz about it at the moment, and Newcastle.
“The strongest has probably been the past 12 months … you just seem to hear about Newcastle more.
“You hear stories of people getting jobs, buying a house, all within six months where they have been struggling to do that for seven years in Sydney. It just seems to be more on people’s lips.”
He said most inquiry was coming from “mum and dad investors”.
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A property nearly 1000 square metres in size and featuring a main three-bedroom residence and two two-bedroom villas in Wallsend has “so many possibilities”, according to Robyn Zambelis of Global Realty Partners.
Ms Zambelis is marketing 4 Fogo Street for $1.15 million.
It is located within walking distance of Wallsend’s shopping village and is set on 980 square metres.
Century 21’s Paul Johns is marketing a Tighes Hill home in Queens Road for $449,000. The home has three bedrooms and is on 306 square metres of land.