PROPERTY: Snippets

Stage one land is now available in Apple Tree Grove Estate at West Wallsend.
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A development by Roche Group, which owns Hunter Valley Gardens, the estate has been designed in keeping with the turn-of-the-century character of the West Wallsend village.

Land is being offered off the plan and work is expected to be completed on the site in May or June 2013.

At present the land is not registered, which gives buyers the opportunity to buy on a 10 per cent deposit with nothing more to be paid until registration is complete, allowing them more time to save.

For sale through LJ Hooker Belmont agent Rob O’Brien and Street Property Group agent Pat Mitchell , first-home buyers are taking advantage of the state government’s incentive to

buy and build a new home in the estate as they receive a grant of $15,000 plus the added bonus of exemption from stamp duty.

A Woolworths Shopping Centre, 40 specialty shops and a Harrigan’s Irish Pub will be constructed on George Booth Drive near Withers Street, about one kilometre from the site. Mr Mitchell said interest in the estate had been very strong, with 15 blocks of land sold within the first two weeks.

Lots are priced from $119,000 and are open for inspection today and tomorrow at Appletree

Road, West Wallsend, from 1pm to 2pm.

Holiday retreat for sale

LANDMARK Dungog property Crooks Park, arguably one of the Hunter’s most significant rural properties, is for sale.

The asking price is $2.75 million for the circa-1873 homestead.

On Clarence Town Road, Crooks Park is the original estate of early pastoralist James Hooke. Hooke family members are believed to be the first European settlers in the district.

The property has two residences and is on 85 hectares with stunning views and more than one-kilometre frontage to the Williams River.

Marketed as an executive holiday retreat, the extensively renovated and restored main house has five bedrooms, two bathrooms and wide, covered verandahs on the northern, southern and eastern sides.

Set in manicured lawns and delightful gardens, anin-ground swimming pool and clay tennis court offer excellent entertainment options.

A fully restored original dairy (1832) next to the homestead serves as a wine cellar.

Set away from the homestead, Bagnall’s Cottage is a four-bedroom weatherboard and iron home with 3.5-star accommodation.

The property has a carrying capacity of 50 breeders. There are three dams plus a 120-megalitre irrigation licence, delivering water to all 12 paddocks.

It is for sale through McElwaine Hunter Valley agent Natasha McElwaine.

History made here

HISTORIC Stroud property Peach Trees is for sale.

The 97-hectare property is nestled in the sought-after Mill Creek Valley and was originally part of the Australian Agricultural Company’s land grant from the NSW government.

Peach Trees was also the subject of the book, The Letters of Rachel Henning, which gave a personal day-to-day account of living in the 1800s in Australia.

On the market for $990,000 through R&R Propertyagent Denise Haynes, 1140 Mill Creek Road has a three-bedroom weatherboard home. Mill Creek flows along one boundary.

An attached portion of the house was one of the original dwellings and would be perfect as a guesthouse or artist’s studio.

Ms Haynes said the property could carry about 64 cows plus calves and two bulls.

Solid cattleyards plus RPM vet crush and calf cradle, shedding and good fencing are also on the property.

There is DA approval to subdivide the land into two lots.

Grand terrace on market

ONE of The Hill’s quintessential grand Victorian terraces will go to auction early next month.

The first open house will be held today at 24 The Terrace, at 11.15am.

The five-bedroom, two-bathroom, brick-and-tile house on more than 314 square metres is the

home of the University of Newcastle’s Laureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher, recognised this year by the Cancer Institute NSW for his cancer prevention work.

Overlooking King Edward Park, the two-storey terrace has original details, a beautiful faux marble fireplace, a large formal dining room, high patterned ceilings and large rooms.

Set back off the street with a private courtyard garden, there is also side access allowing entrance to the rear garden.

It will be auctioned on site at 10am on December 8 through Sonia Walkom, of Walkom Real Estate, and George Rafty, of PRDnationwide. Offers over $1million are expected.

Federation beauty

A GORGEOUS Federation classic in Mayfield formerly owned by Harriett Winn, of the Arnott’s-Winn family, is for sale.

Named Bencluna, the three-bedroom brick house at 120 Hanbury Street, Mayfield, positioned on an elevated corner block of 677 square metres has a return verandah, kauri pine polished floors, open fireplaces, 11-foot ornate ceilings and picture rails.

It is for sale for $588,500 through Robinson Property agent Mike Flook.

The property is open today from 1.30pm to 2pm.

NOSTALGIC: Appletree Grove Estate will be developed along the lines of a turn-of-the-century village. Fifteen blocks have already been sold off the plan.

GETAWAY: Crooks Park, Clarence Town Road, Dungog.

FRUITY: 1140 Mill Creek Road, Stroud.

GRAND: 24 The Terrace, The Hill.

BENCLUNA: 120 Hanbury Street, Mayfield.

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