Terraced on Throsby

A park full of roses and playgrounds, willows that dance into the water, ever changing ripples of shimmer and glow.
On the bank of the creek, Sitting in prime absolute waterfront location – you will find 41 Tighes Terrace.

In the funky village of Tighes Hill, Throsby Creek meanders its way through town.

A park full of roses and playgrounds, willows that dance into the water, everchanging ripples of shimmer and glow.

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On the bank of the creek, sitting in a prime absolute waterfront location, you will find

41 Tighes Terrace.

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Entry to the home is through gorgeous French doors and into the brightly lit foyer – the sunshine reflecting on the Merbau timber.

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Follow the steps from the foyer into the large dining and family space and be impressed by the sweeping views of the treetops and flowing creek beyond.

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This large property has views to the river and landscaped garden from almost every room, yet feels incredibly private.

Double opening, stackable sliding glass doors can be opened onto both decks, creating space and breeze throughout the home.

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The eastern deck is bathed in morning sunshine, with golden light spreading across Throsby Basin and the Grahame Bridge. Opening to the living room, dining room and bedroom, this is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast and watch the morning kayakers paddle upstream.

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The western deck, perfect for the weekend BBQ, enjoys afternoon warmth as you count the birds or watch the sun set over the creek.

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Even in the cooler months the winter blues will be kept far away, with cosy time spent inside overlooking the vibrancy of the outdoors, while the reverse cycle ducted air conditioning keeps you comfortable.

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Adjacent to the living area, a formal living room – currently set up as an office and media room  – is accessed via two colourful salvaged Indian doors.

The salvaged doors – from wool stores – also feature in the master bedroom.

There are views from the bed over the gardens and creek, an extra large walk-in closet and an ensuite that features a twelve jet spa bath and relaxing, leafy outlook.

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Downstairs at the garden level, through the rumpus room, is a library that opens to the vegetable patch.

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No need to walk upstairs if you want a cup of tea with your afternoon read – the library also features a kitchenette.

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Three large bedrooms, all with built-in wardrobes, are also downstairs.

 As is a family bathroom with separate toilet. Across the hall, an extra large storage room with enough room for linen and accessories.

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The pleasures of growing your own fruit and vegetables are the focus behind the delightful design of this home garden which features olive trees, citrus trees, herbs and passionfruit vines covering the fences. Three large vegetable gardens sit in full sun to keep you eating fresh all year long.

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And just thinking about all that fresh produce brings us back upstairs to the kitchen.

The heart of the home: bright and open, communal and modern. Serviced by a gas cooktop with two wok burners, a long burner and matching rangehood.

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Granite island and benchtops are complemented by the clean lines of angled push-open doors, a hidden fridge and beautiful pendant lighting.

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All designed to capitalise on those views.

Contact us at Villager Property to find out more.

An Adventure in Apothecary

A journey through this establishment takes you from drinks that taste like life in a glass, to food in bowls that feel like a hug from Nanna.

Villager often grab lunch at Apothecary Kitchen on Tudor Street.

BTW it’s a cafe – not a compound chemist.

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People walk in and around this Hamilton Cafe like you casually walk around your own home.

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Most give a smile and nod to Ben, the owner.

“Hi Ben – a few packages today,” calls the Postie.

“Morning Ben,” says a local, stopping by for her porridge.

“Hey Ben!” Call 2 small children and their baby-wearing mum as they come in to collect the weekly compost bin from the kitchen.

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Originally from Perth, Ben came to Newcastle with his partner Kate many years ago,and have since become much loved locals.

Ben and Kate raise five children in the family friendly community of Hamilton.

 Ben founded the ever-growing Hamilton Running Dads group which has competed in many local events and serves to be a community for like minded local fathers.

Their lucky kids, along with Ben and Kate, are up early every Sunday morning – crates in hand – to pick the weekly stock from the Newcastle Farmers Markets.

“I think it’s really important to support the locals and to know where our produce comes from.”

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Loves local?  Yep. Locally loved? Definitely.

Working his way through a tourism degree at a local establishment, it was in hospitality that Ben found the opportunity to reach people, create things and design a life that was authentic to him.

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Being a father of a busy family, he is passionate about the importance of healthy, affordable meals.

But being Ben, the cafe has a twist – which is where the “Apothecary” comes in.

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Originally, local apothecaries’ concoctions of herbal remedies were sought for medicinal help, a precursor to the modern science of pharmacology.

But with the power of food and nourishment, Ben is taking the name “Apothecary” back -right here in Newcastle.

Ben’s kitchen creates magic food.
Healing food.

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Food that is alive.

Lactococcus lactose and Leuconostoc mesenteroides cultures are the centre of our kitchen,” he tells us.

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A journey through this establishment takes you from drinks that taste like life in a glass, to food in bowls that feel like a hug from Nanna.

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Bubbling Kombucha made from a huge gut loving 4 year old scoby, is flavoured with lemon myrtle this week but the next batch will be whatever seasonal produce Ben has invested in.

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Bens custom Ginger beer and Kombucha dispensery

The homemade ginger beer, that bursts with sweet earthy comforts, comes from a ginger ferment made right in the shop.

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Housemade Ginger Beer Ferment

The yoghurt that adorns the oats for breakfast is cultured from the “waste milk” from the previous days coffee froths.

The compost is collected weekly for a local community garden.

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Vegetarian curry

The left over buttermilk from the creme fraiche goes into the next days vegetarian curry.

A symbiotic harmony.

Experiments being tinkered here, boundaries being pushed there.

An  Apothecary Adventure.

To find out more about local life in Hamilton and Newcastle, visit Villager Property to start living the life you love.

The Heritage

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Morning sun reaches over the dewy expanse of the front yard, creating shadows from the ancient fig trees which dance on the lawn.
The skies at the rear of the property light up in pastels across a wide expanse of horses, and countryside.
The crisp country air flows over the plain and creates a fresh, peaceful scene.
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The open and peaceful feeling of the location is transferred beautifully inside the double brick home.
A home that will strike you instantly as – different.
This one is special.
This one makes you dream.
5 large bedrooms.
2 very large living areas.
A formal dining room with bar.
An oversized rumpus/ ballroom.
And a detached former “honeymoon sweet”,
now used as the perfect teenagers retreat.
There is room for everyone and everything here!
The master bedroom enjoys a leafy view, large walk in robe attached to the bathroom, and french door entry.
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So much spaciousness, yet the home still feels full of warmth.
For many years this property was a wedding reception venue. Love, that has been so often been celebrated here, has imbibed the home.
The historical cottage of Motto Farm Homestead provides the base for the extended home, lending grace and heritage to the ambience of the property.
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The extensive renovations have provided ample space to hold functions and weddings.
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A custom fit-out including commercial kitchen with cool rooms, large laundry,
and of course.. the ballroom.
Parquetry flooring, a bar, patio doors out to a pergola with country views.
All serviced by commercial bathrooms.
Are you inspired yet?
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The recent owners have enjoyed the property as a wonderful family home, where a growing family can take advantage of all on offer;
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Open outdoor spaces, Numerous large living areas, intimate lounge area, fenced yards for animal keeping and plenty of parking for guests.
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The next chapter for 2279 Pacific Highway is now waiting to be written.
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This truly is a choose your own adventure story.
A good sized parcel of land, with pacific highway frontage just 20 mins from Newcastle CBD. A comfortable family home, set back from the road, with endless option for reinvention.
To learn more about this unique opportunity – contact Ben at Villager Property 

Chop, chop!

The social,  infectious energy of the salon drew Lee into the industry and the creative outlet of hairdressing inspired him… hanging out with lots of fun women, was a nice bonus too. 

Passion, education and fun.

This is the foundation of the Nesbitt Hairdressing empire.

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Add to that a commitment to organic, eco friendly hair care and genuine client engagement, this is a formula for long term growth.

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Lee Nesbitt is ambitious.

Entrepreneurial.

Dedicated.

And all of these things spring from his passion for his industry.

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Although a third generation hairdresser, Lee started his working life in the building industry. After a while, for some extra income, he started picking up a few shifts at his father’s salon.

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The social, infectious energy of the salon drew Lee into the industry and the creative outlet of hairdressing inspired him (Hanging out with lots of fun women was a nice bonus too).

He laughs, “I just love this atmosphere – its alive, fun and energetic.”.

In his teens, he sold raffle tickets so that his young team could hire a bus to go to Brisbane and participate in hairdressing competitions. Learning from mentors in the industry and having a ball at the same time.

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Lee is now one of these mentors. He judges at national competitions and two hours every week is dedicated to training staff in the Darby Street Salon, Nesbitt.

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“I love this place, I love this job. I could easily work seven days a week and love every moment of it,” Lee tells us.

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After running many other salons, Nesbitt was opened in 2008.

A business Lee opened with wife and fellow local hairdresser Mikhali.

They have nurtured the growing business into a beautiful success story.

Awards, staff that are more like family and returning clients – both local and international.

“We have a client who moved to Europe. She always books in when she visits Newcastle each year.”

Nesbitt values it’s clients business, their experience and their health. That also goes for his staff – which is why Lee insists on organic products in stores and flexible rosters for staff to ensure everyone is cared for.

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While the boutique Darby Street salon may be their baby, the growing business of Chops Hair Bar has been an exciting new venture for the pair.

Pop-up hair bars – convenient no appointment salons with quality and spunk. And a free cappuccino: winning!

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Villager’s Ben Tindall and Lee are lifelong friends, growing up locally and sharing the journey together.

“Lee would cut hair at parties when we were young, hair flying everywhere!” Ben reveals.

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From boutique Salons to boutique Real Estate, Ben and Lee both create success through their passion for their work, while having a lot of fun. Now owning businesses across the road from each other in Darby street, there is more fun than ever.

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When not in the salon – or judging competitions interstate – Lee has a hobby farm in the Hunter Valley to retreat to.

“I like to get out on the tractor,” he tells us that he enjoys the wide open space and fresh air, “but I’m always eager to get back into the salon.”

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With two small children to share their life with, Lee and Mikhali enjoy a work-life blend between the salons, family time and their hobby farm.

Their children are being raised in an environment where their parents are doing what they love and loving what they do.

Recently Lee’s daughter mused,  “I wonder where I will work when I am grown up?”

His advice, “Don’t work.

You find something you love to do and create a life around that passion.”

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Find Lee at Nesbitt and Ben at Villager