Exciting Restoration/Renovation Project of One of the City’s Historic Homes on The Hill
It’s not often one of the city’s original double sandstock brick properties comes onto the market, however the proposed sale of 23 Brown Street Newcastle, for only the fourth time in its 143-year history, presents a unique and exciting opportunity to acquire an imposing grand residence of historical significance.
Free from heritage constraints, the property is offered to the market as a blank canvas ready for renovation. It offers multiple options to either restore back to a grand family home, a home with self-contained accommodation on the lower level, or as a restoration project in its current configuration as three self-contained apartments.
The property was built in 1877 in the Victorian Gothic style with four attic rooms above 8 main rooms on ground and first floors. It was later reconfigured in 1918 to create 3 x self-contained 2-bedroom flats for soldiers returning from the Great War. The façade of the new look building was modernised in an Art deco/Arts & Craft style. The 1918 configuration continues to the present, having retained triple occupancy format, providing for separate metering of gas, electricity and water for each flat. *
Presented over three levels, accommodation currently configured with 12 main rooms, 3 bathroom/toilets and a generous brick outbuilding in the rear courtyard. Land area: 453.6m2 with rear courtyard, private rear access from Brown/Carlton Streets and a deep front garden with off- street parking for at least three cars.
Looking east towards Perkins Street, the house looks up to the borrowed landscape of neighbouring trees, cabbage palm, gum and jacaranda, and housing styles varying from classic Victorian terraces to the dominant and notable 20th century apartment block of Segenhoe. Newcastle’s maritime environment is present daily, alive with the sights and sounds of shipping movements in Newcastle Harbour viewable from the upper floor windows. The property also captures views to Newcastle Cathedral, the Pacific Ocean, CBD domes and Stockton.
A monument to timeless craftmanship and the romance of a bygone era some of the original period elements of the home include stone foundations, distinctive sandstone steps, chimneys and chimney pots, fireplaces, including a formal white marble fireplace in the middle floor, five sets of french doors, internal timber, some original lath & plaster finishes, Victorian doors and architraves, 12ft figured plaster ceiling at entry level, sandstock brick masonry, bluestone (ballast) courtyard walls, and the original brick domed underground water cistern /well in the courtyard.
Blessed with one of the most favourable lifestyle locations in central Newcastle, Brown Street is an historic street on The Hill. The ‘walk-to-everywhere’ location ensures a surf at Newcastle Beach, a stroll across beautiful King Edward Park, coffee in Darby or Hunter Street, a cultural afternoon visit to the regional Art Gallery and Library or a meander along the harbour foreshore and Honeysuckle Entertainment precinct are all simply effortless.
* Additional information on the history of the home is available by request.
Council Rates: 2,877.49 approx per annum
Water Rates: 1,947.96 approx per annum
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