A gorgeous Federation residence in a prized pocket of Newcastle real estate has provided "more than just a house" for its owners of the past 24 years.
Bill and Leah Nesbitt bought the circa 1910 home on the corner of Lawson and Alexander streets in 1996.
They loved the position, overlooking tree-lined Learmonth Park and within walking distance of schools, shops, Beaumont Street and the beach.
But it has also been "a sanctuary".
Bill has loved being able to watch the world go by from the wrap-a-round front verandah but then to enjoy total privacy once inside the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 178 Lawson Street.
They renovated and extended 10 years ago, retaining the integrity of the home's Federation period while accommodating all of the conveniences of modern living.
There are high ceilings throughout, timber floorboards, fretwork, wide skirting boards and coloured glass windows. A formal lounge is simply stunning with its intricate ornate ceiling and marble fireplace.
A stone-topped island kitchen with waterfall edges, gas cooktop and dishwasher enjoys an open plan layout with the dining and living. Designed by Shac, the light-filled space has a vaulted ceiling and window seat and extends through stacker doors to a covered deck with bi-fold louvres, heater and a built-in barbecue.
Both bathrooms have Italian tiles. There is an oversized single garage, an outdoor hot and cold shower, established gardens and a level lawn.
It is being marketed by Street Property's Damon Sellis and set for auction on October 10. A price guide has not been disclosed but the Newcastle Herald understands expectations are above $2 million.
The property is open for inspection on Saturday at 1pm.