Newcastle May 2018

The month in review: Newcastle

By Herron Todd White
May 2018

Do you want to have BBQs on your balcony while taking in all the beach has to offer, or perhaps you would prefer to park your boat up to your own private jetty on the lake for the afternoon? Perhaps inner city living is what you prefer close to the cafés and restaurants or maybe wine is your thing and you are dreaming of a country manor in the vineyards complete with your own vines. These are the options prestige buyers have when looking at properties in the Hunter.

If the beach is where you want to be, the Newcastle suburbs of Bar Beach and Merewether are the two most prestigious suburbs in town. Prestige dwellings taking in views of the water and sand will set you back anywhere between $3.5 million and $5.5 million depending on condition, features, view and distance from the beach. Moving back a block or two and buyers can still pick up a property between $2.5 million and $3.5 million with great features and within walking distance of the beach but without the view. Beachside suburbs further from Newcastle’s CBD such as Redhead, Stockton, Caves Beach and the region of Port Stephens offer a cheaper beachside alternative which would be still classed as prestige for the area at between $2 million and $3 million. There are also a few suburbs that offer coastal views but are not in walking distance to the beach, such as Merewether Heights, Whitebridge and Dudley.

Newcastle’s inner city suburbs of Cooks Hill, The Hill and Newcastle East are the pick of the bunch when looking for a prestige lifestyle close to town, with a number of prestige modern units and townhouses available over the $2 million mark and a few houses on larger lots available between $3 million and $4 million.

The shores of Lake Macquarie offer a unique opportunity for prestige buyers in the Hunter to own their own absolute waterfront property and suburbs such as Eleebana, Valentine and Belmont North are the most popular. With sweeping views of the lake and private jetties, at prices between $2 million and $4 million, this area is very popular for those prestige buyers with a nautical passion.

Last but not least, the Hunter region is home to some of Australia’s best vineyards and wineries and for those prestige buyers looking for a more rural lifestyle there are some amazing country manors with large parcels of land available in the Hunter Valley. $2 million would be entry level for a prestige home in this area.

The Hunter region is unique in that it can offer the prestige buyer a variety of lifestyles. Although the beach suburbs of Merewether and Bar Beach are certainly the leaders of the pack when it comes to prestige suburbs, there are other options. Whether they be lakeside, country side or inner city living, the choice is there.

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