House of the week: 21 Curry Street, Merewether

A couple of blocks from the beach, this home is on a street where knock-down rebuilds are fetching well over a million dollars. 

But this Merewether beauty has much more to offer than its location alone.

It’s a tasteful renovation job – that has married period elegance with contemporary comforts – that is likely to charm the eventual buyer. 

The property will be auctioned by agents Mark Kentwell and Sam Tsiaousis of PRDnationwide next month. 

“It’s a fantastic renovation, where the old meets the new,” Mr Tsiaousis said. 

The two-storey home is believed to have been built in the 1920s and the owners have spent close to half a million dollars restoring it to its former glory.

It boasts a number of period features including ornate ceilings, coloured glass windows and a decorative fireplace. 

There are four sizeable bedrooms with built-in storage, the master with a stylish new ensuite. A contemporary kitchen features Caesarstone benchtops and a Baumatic induction cooktop. The owners have added plantation shutters and new flooring throughout. 

A wrap-around verandah overlooks the private, child-friendly yard. The home is on a 445 square metre corner block with a double garage. 

It is not known who built the property but one of its early occupants was a prolific short story writer.

Joan Moore was a young girl in the 1930s but regularly had her work featured in The Sun. Old newspaper records show she was awarded five shillings after winning an Australian Womens’ Weekly writing competition. 

An excerpt from one of Joan Moore's articles published in The Sun in 1936. Joan was 15-years-old at the time. Picture: National Library of Australia

An excerpt from one of Joan Moore's articles published in The Sun in 1936. Joan was 15-years-old at the time. Picture: National Library of Australia

She went on to become the dux and school captain of Newcastle Girls High before she left Curry Street to studying teaching at Sydney University. 

Her son Richard Rule – who owns the Rumpus Room childcare centres – said his mother was posted to schools in the Riverina but would return “periodically” to Curry Street, where her parents still lived. 

“After meeting and marrying my dad Murray, she went to PNG as a missionary in 1951,” Mr Rule said. 

“Her mother passed away in 1977 and my sister and I lived with our grandfather in the house from 1977 to 1979. He passed away in 1985 and the house was sold.” 

Joan Rule died about five years ago. 

Mr Rule said the Curry Street home still held “lots of lovely memories” for his family and it was nostalgic to look at the photos of the various rooms. 

“In conversation with some clients of mine just the other day, I found out that they had come very close to buying that house just recently,” he said.

“This makes Newcastle feel like a town, which is kind of nice considering that it is quickly evolving into a high-rise city.”​


21 Curry Street, Merewether 

4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms 2 garage 

$ Auction 

Agent: PRDnationwide Newcastle and Lake Macquarie

Contact: Mark Kentwell or Sam Tsiaousis on 4926 0600

Auction: Wed Jun 7 @ 6pm

Inspect: By appointment


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