Few properties could rival this one-of-a-kind Hamilton South residence that was clearly built to be like nothing else.
From the ornamental White Gosford stone fence that surrounds the property at 30 Silsoe Street to the formal lounge with stucco domed ceiling and white stone fireplace, it is a grand offering.
Every detail was carefully considered when William Herbert - the American businessman who brought moving pictures permanently to Newcastle - built the home in the 1930s. Herbert owned theatres in Broadmeadow, Hamilton and Islington and meticulously created the art deco masterpiece known as Pale Alto.
It stands proudly on a double block of 1156 square metres on the corner of Kemp and Silsoe streets.
A pathway leads to terrazzo steps and a tessellated tile front verandah. Once through the front door a wide hallway lined with patterned canite acoustic panels has a picture theatre feel.
Extravagant features and geometric designs capture the eye throughout and the property is believed to have attracted many onlookers while being built.
The formal lounge or entertaining area is a work of art. Through sliding glass doors, described as "futuristic" at the time of being built, is formal dining.
There are informal living and dining rooms with the living quarters and kitchen encompassing the front half of the home and the sleeping at the rear.
All four bedrooms are generous in size and the bathroom has a Roman-inspired bath, original rainmaker shower, orange and black feature tiles and a domed roof.
There is a freestanding double garage off Kemp Street, established gardens, a sun-soaked paved courtyard and extensive lawn area.
The home has been in the Fitzgerald family since 1961.
The property is being marketed by Kate Rundle, of Walkom Real Estate. A guide has not yet been disclosed. It is set for auction on May 22 and open for the first time Saturday between 2pm and 3pm.