HISTORIC mixed farming property Camyr Allyn North, at East Gresford, has been listed for sale with an asking price of $2.35 million.
Listed jointly through Tavis Chivers, of Dillon & Sons, and David Nolan, of Webster Nolan Real Estate, the 82-hectare property at 65 Allyn River Road currently runs cattle and produces lucerne hay and boutique wines.
The current owners have held Camyr Allyn North since 1997.
In 1826 Welshman Charles Boydell took up a government grant for land on the picturesque Allyn River at East Gresford in the Hunter Valley.
The property was named Camyr Allyn after his home in Wales. The clearing of the land helped to establish successful crops of wheat, corn and tobacco. He also raised sheep and beef and dairy cattle.
In 1833 Boydell established what was to become one of the earliest of many celebrated vineyards on the Allyn and Paterson rivers.
In 1849 he became a member of the Hunter River Vineyard Association along with his neighbour Dr Henry Lindeman of Cawarra. In May 1851 he was elected president.
Camyr Allyn, Cawarra, Caergwrle, Colstoun, Trevallyn, Clevedon, Lewinsbrook, Orindinna and Torryburn all had vineyards, many winning prizes overseas for their wines. Charles Boydell died at Camyr Allyn in 1869 aged 61.
A magistrate and a member of the district council, he took an active part in public matters. The Boydell involvement in Camyr Allyn ended in 1911 and about this time the vineyards had faded away. Still today at Camyr Allyn North the 1829 stone ruins of Charles Boydell's original home remain.
The soil types comprise the highly fertile alluvial river flats approximately 40 acres while the balance is undulating grazing country.
An irrigation licence to pump 21 megalitres from the Allyn River is attached to the property and there is a computer programmed irrigation and fertigation system for the vineyard and lucerne paddock.
In addition, pumping from the river when it is at high flow levels can be used to fill the main five-megalitre storage dam.
Over the years the property has received both superphosphate and/or lime.
Introduced pasture species include fescue, clovers and rye grass.
The property is capable of running up to 40 cows or 60 steers.
Camyr Allyn North enjoys one-kilometre deep water frontage to the Allyn River.
The property has six dams, a lagoon, one livestock trough and town water.
Built circa 1914-15, the house was called Wyoming and had an original address of Wyalla Street, Eastwood.
In 1995, Camyr Allyn North's previous owner relocated the three-bedroom home in two parts.
Under the direction of a heritage architect, the house was reconfigured into its present day layout.
A RARE heritage property in Maitland's High Street will go under the hammer this month.
Tony Cant Real Estate agent Jody Morrissey said, with High Street coming alive with trendy restaurants, now was the time to secure this luxury apartment in the heart of Maitland.
333 High Street is a unique heritage property that encompasses four luxury apartments as well as two commercial leases at ground level.
The property has been carefully reinvented from the original 1865 building designed by architect William White by Sydney architects and reconstruction undertaken by Maitland's Martin Building Services.
Apartment one has been restored to its former glory including features and fittings that embody the original heritage of the property as well as modern appliances that are sympathetic to the nostalgic feel of the apartments.
The apartment is finished in modern neutral tones with polished spotted-gum timber floors throughout the downstairs living rooms.
Following the successful sale of two units already, Ms Morrissey believes there will be strong interest to secure this apartment at auction due to its distinctive features and location.
"The unique features of the apartment include ceiling roses, decorative fireplace and mantelpiece, as well as the main feature to the building - a reproduction of the original cedar timber staircase.
"Being located within walking distance to Maitland's Regional Art Gallery, Town Hall, movie theatre and Maitland Railway Station and various schools, speciality shops and supermarket are also a high selling point for this apartment," she said.
"Maitland's City Centre current redevelopment, The Levee project and the increase of trendy restaurants and cafes opening in Maitland's city centre, is a huge attraction to live in the city.
"It is easy to see the current transformation of Maitland's CBD and riverbank will attract a high amount of interest from professionals or those looking to downsize and enjoy eating out, walks along the picturesque Hunter River and the convenience of being close to all amenities."
The apartment is being auctioned on Thursday, June 18, at 6.30pm at Shenanigans at The Imperial, 458 High Street, Maitland.
Post yourself home
Clarence Town Post Office building - a slice of the Hunter's history - has been listed for sale through McElwaine Hunter Valley agent Natasha McElwaine.
The triple-brick, double-storey building with iron roof at 32 Grey Street is sited on a flat 1000-square-metre block in central Clarence Town and is structurally sound but requires restoration and renovation.
The flexible floorplan allows for a variety of uses - such as a grand private residence, B&B, restaurant or gallery (subject to council approval).
With a heritage-listed facade, it also has period features such as 12-foot ceilings, floorboards, solid cedar doors, cedar skirting boards and architraves, ornate cedar window surrounds and decorative exterior window ledges, as well as a cedar stairway balustrade.
The original post office area features a cedar counter, fireplace, mailboxes and a telephone exchange. There are four working fireplaces in all as well as external storage/garden shed, double toilet block, 2500-litre water tank for lawns, and an original well with hand pump.
The upper level has an expansive landing, two queen bedrooms, a double bedroom, and an enormous master bedroom.
Last chance at Vantage
THE final release of building lots at Vantage in Corlette occurred last week.
The lots in the sought-after Port Stephens location were released by UrbanGrowth NSW, formerly Landcom.
Greg Barnett, the sales and project marketing director, said the 28 large elevated lots in this release were expected to be popular with purchasers.
"All the lots in this release are close to the beach, future public reserves, shared pathways and public art spaces, with some offering premium water views," Mr Barnett said.
"This is the last chance for buyers to secure a block in the highly sought-after seaside living estate with all the conveniences of a settled community at their fingertips.
"Since Landcom first opened Vantage in 2009 we have seen Port Stephens become a thriving hub while offering a relaxed lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
"Along the way Vantage has grown to become a vibrant community and we are looking forward to welcoming new families to the coastal lifestyle," Mr Barnett said.
Lots are priced from $195,000 and buyers can build with the builder of their choice.
Vantage is close to Bagnalls Beach, cycleways and shops and is only 50 minutes from the Newcastle CBD.
For more information on the new land release contact the Vantage Sales Office on 4934 5122 or visit landcom.com.au/vantage.