Dudley was not on the radar of Colette and Chris Puslednik when they were looking for a family home around 10 years ago.
It was the house which drew them into a quiet cul-de-sac in the sleepy coastal suburb that has long been popular with locals but is now increasingly proving appealing to out-of-area buyers.
Unassuming from the street, the Pusledniks were wowed once through the front doors. The entry opens to a lounge room with curved floor-to-ceiling glass that frames nature like an artwork and has a breathtaking effect on most visitors to the home at 3 Cooper Street.
"We weren't looking in that area; it was the house that drew us to the suburb," Ms Puslednik said.
"You don't really know what's there in terms of the house. There's the garage and the courtyard wall and you wouldn't have a clue what's behind it. It's a bit of a surprise packet."
The home was built around 25 years ago but has a "timeless" feel. The Pusledniks have added their touches while remaining true to the original build. They have redone the pool, which is solar-heated, and deck area and renovated their ensuite, which forms part of a luxurious master suite. It has a walk-in robe, powder room, private balcony and the ensuite features a double shower, spa and leafy views.
There are three-metre high ceilings and vast expanses of glass and louvre windows throughout designed to soak the home in natural light and offer cross-ventilation. The home is equally a comfortable beach house in summer as it is the perfect winter retreat.
The main living, kitchen and dining area on entry level along with a large conservatory sunroom. The kitchen has granite and stainless steel benchtops, Ilve gas stove, dishwasher plus two walk-in pantries. Downstairs, a shared kids' zone is anchored around a rumpus. There are three robed bedrooms and a three-way family bathroom.
The home has a pool house with kitchenette and bathroom, air conditioning, a wood slow combustion fire, ducted vacuuming, security cameras and a double garage.
"There are lots of different spaces, zones and break-out rooms," Ms Puslednik said.
They have loved the quietness and have never tired of the leafy views through many vantage points throughout the home.
It is positioned on a block 569 square metres in size with access to reserve at the rear of the property and is within walking distance of Dudley Public School and Dudley village while being five minutes to Charlestown and around 20 minutes to Newcastle CBD.
The property is being marketed by Chasse Ede and Jeremy Allwood, of PRD Newcastle Lake Macquarie. It has an auction guide of $1.4 million and is open Saturday at 10am.