It was the first house they looked at in Newcastle and ended up being their enjoyed and much-loved home for the better part of the past two decades.
Brian and Diane were relocating to Newcastle from the Central West and looking for space and bush surrounds when they bought a home on a double block backing onto Blackbutt Reserve in New Lambton Heights.
They have now listed 185 & 187 Croudace Road for sale through Robinson Property’s Mike Flook.
“It’s on two blocks and the house is perched in the middle of the two blocks,” Mr Flook said. “It was built in the 1940s and has undergone two major renovations and extensions in its time. It is a beautiful home and it just has a lovely feel as you walk through it.”
It was that lovely feel that won over Brian and Diane 17 years ago.
“The house itself is a very tranquil sort of place,” Brian said. “It’s very comfortable and very peaceful. It’s quiet and you’re surrounded by the sound of the birds – it’s just a nice spot to be.
“We always talk about what a liveable city Newcastle is and, as for New Lambton Heights, we think it’s probably one of the most liveable suburbs of Newcastle.
“It’s probably one of the very few leafy suburbs of Newcastle but it’s also got that great sense of community. We’ve got fantastic neighbours here and it’s a real family friendly area.”
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They have embraced the “leafiness” and “bushland feel”, creating many retreat-like spaces on the property.
“With the bush comes all of the benefits as well. It’s nice and cool in the summer, we get a lot of wildlife here and it’s just a lovely spot to be,” Brian said.
The home has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a contemporary kitchen and no shortage of indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces.
It has a swimming pool and sprawling gardens.
“It was one of the very first houses that we looked at when we came over here and there was that old rule that you never buy the first house you look at,” Brian said.
“So then we spent a couple of weeks looking around and looked at many homes, not only in New Lambton Heights but in surrounding areas, out at the lake, in town and this one was always there in the back of our minds. We came back to it and fortunately it was still available.
“It is a home that lends itself to lots of different activities; it’s quite a flexible home. It’s got some great outdoor spaces and it’s very versatile inside.”
It has been a family home and an entertaining residence.
“We’ve had some wonderful parties here. We’ve had live bands out on the back deck and it’s something we’ve been able to share with other people as well,” Brian said.
Price guide is on request.
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