Beer can collection seals the deal in Charlestown home for Mayfield couple

BEER CAVE: The Charlestown home of the late Kent Murrells Senior has been sold including his massive collection of beer tinnies. Picture: Simone De Peak
BEER CAVE: The Charlestown home of the late Kent Murrells Senior has been sold including his massive collection of beer tinnies. Picture: Simone De Peak

When Mayfield couple Angela and Sam North purchased their new home in Charlestown this month they did not have to think twice about whether they would be keeping its unique feature.

The walls of the lower level of the house at 27 Pillapai Street are lined with thousands of beer cans, collected from all over the world and across Australia, since the 1960s.

The collection was the handiwork of the late Kent Murrells, a former printer at the Newcastle Herald, who died in April, after a battle with motor neurone disease.

When the three-bedroom home was listed last month through Ray White’s Darren Penn, marketing material said: “Beer can collection is included in sale or can be removed.”

The Norths bought the property for $680,000. 

“It’s so impressive; we love it,” Angela said. “We’ll definitely keep it. We had a cafe in Sydney before we moved to Newcastle and our style is full retro.

“My husband is totally into beer and brewing beer and my grandma and poppy used to own the Mattara Hotel in Charlestown.”

They have had mixed reactions when telling people about the can collection.

“People laugh but it’s actually really impressive,” Angela said. “I think it could be an art exhibition or if you’re doing a fit-out for a pub or bar it would make an awesome wall. 

“In the meantime it will be our party room.”

The couple are now selling their own home in Mayfield which they have renovated. It being marketed through Century 21’s Suzanne Hill for $649,950.

There have been a spread of sales around the region in the past week.

In Maitland, a three-bedroom home on 550 square metres in Elgin Street sold for $408,000.

An older home on 840 square metres in Crown Street, Belmont with water views was bought for $685,000.

A unique home in Winterlake Road, Warners Bay on around 2600 square metres has been purchased for $1.2 million.

Three-bedroom homes in Oakville Road, Edgeworth ($523,000), Gow Street, Hamilton North ($765,000) and Stephens Avenue, Glendale ($500,000) were secured.

A four-bedroom home over 1000 square metres in Park Avenue, Kotara sold for $609,000.

There were some quick sales in Wallsend and Nelson Bay. In Abbott Street, Wallsend a three-bedroom home was bought for $581,000 while an immaculate four-bedroom residence close to Dutchies Beach in Christmas Bush Avenue, Nelson Bay was secured for $1.25 million. Both sold within one week of hitting the market.