The Elements at Hillcrest

Nature never goes out of fashion; so earthy slate was chosen for the kitchen and bathrooms, while exposed timber beams connect you to the surrounding bushland.

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30 years ago, an architect had finished drawing up a large formal design for 1 Raymond Street, Speers Point when the owners started researching pole homes.

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They began exploring the idea of incorporating exposed beams, texture and and layered living; much like the surrounding hillside – and they knew that this is what the home should reflect.

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Nature never goes out of fashion; so earthy slate was chosen for the kitchen and bathrooms, while exposed timber beams connect you to the surrounding bushland.

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The front balcony and cleverly placed windows ensure a view of the blue shimmering lake sparkling below.

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Like the branches of a tree, there are 4 levels that layer warm family living areas with quiet nooks.

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From the welcoming formal entry hall to private areas like the rear sunroom and ground floor rumpus room.

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Wide open spaces with beautiful views over the suburbs and lake; no matter your mood – you’ll find your space here.

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Sounds of laugher and games from the in-ground pool float up to the northerly al-fresco balcony;

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while the song of whip birds, rosellas and lorikeets rings out from the treetops beside the windows.

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Inside, a fireplace in the living room invites you to sit beside it in the colder months listening to records, while keeping the dining loft warm for entertaining.

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The kitchen will never be bare when there is a productive vegetable garden downstairs, fresh pumpkins, herbs and greens at always hand.

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And a view like this from the kitchen window –  yes please!

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A large room used as a study on level 2 has built in library style shelving, and views direct to the treetops.

The rear sunroom would be perfect for a studio space with direct access to the backyard and the current owners once used it as a perfect little sanctuary for their pottery sculpting.

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The landscape gardens include formal hedging of gardenias, fresh vegetable garden, shady paved garden dining area, whimsical pond, and flower gardens with winding paths – a garden for each season.

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All 3 bedrooms enjoy a view, of either the gardens or the water.

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The master bedroom features 2 walk in robes, an ensuite and exceptional lake scenery.

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A home that is full of light, music, texture and nature; a home full of life; all the elements are at play here for you to a life in your element.

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To learn more about this Raymond Street, Speers Point property: head over to Villager Property 

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Calm & Connected

Home should be a place you retreat to. Unwind, savour life.

Home should be your sanctuary.
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A place to retreat, unwind and savour life.
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Away from the stresses of everyday life.
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In the lakeside suburb of Warners Bay, in the quiet neighbourhood of Vennard Street, sits a home that has incorporated these values.
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Through tropically inspired landscaping, a gated entry invites you into the retreat of this home.
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As the large verandah wraps around the house, it leads up to decking – a spot to entertain  by the cabana.
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A hot tub bubbles away, drinks line the bar, just perfect for entertaining.
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Or perhaps,
finding peace on a Sunday afternoon while the palms sway in the breeze.
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The outdoor areas flow seamlessly with the interior. From the formal entry at the front;
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To the sliding glass doors and open servery from the rear family room.
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The formal dining room and kitchen catch gorgeous afternoon light, these alongside the living area create a gorgeous open space; perfect for engaging the whole family and guests.
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Space for the family to breathe…
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The four bedrooms all feature built ins, and windows overlooking the gardens or the elevated views.

The master bedroom features an ensuite and walk through robe; A parents sanctuary.

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All the features are here to accommodate the family.
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Double garage for 2 cars plus extra space for storage.

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Two living areas for that extra sanity is required…
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A view to the backyard, verandah and decking from the family room,
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and all in a quiet locale close to schools, shopping centres, Lake Macquarie esplanade and parklands.

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This bright and uplifting home is waiting to be embraced and enjoyed.
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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

 

Little Cravings

Eric feels Carrington is a destination. Just outside the city – its edgy – in more ways than one.

As you wander down Young Street in Carrington, the funky sounds and irresistible smells coming from the colourful restaurant at Antojitos almost levitate your body and carry you over to the menu. Homemade tortillas and salsa, tasty simple food.
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Eric Flores had always thought about starting his own business, and he knew it would somehow involve food.

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With a background in commercial real estate, he has helped numerous others begin their own journey as business owners, and his own is now flourishing.
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Eric grew up in California where he was emerged in Mexican street food culture. Mexican food is simple food. It’s not fancy, just good.
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It was at the California Polytechnic State University where Eric met Newcastle girl, Kristy.
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Kristy had moved to California on a Basketball scholarship. She would soon become his wife.
The pair came back to Australia and have since made Newcastle their home, with their growing family in tow.
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Its here that the dream of owning their own establishment has become a reality – With Antojitos.
Antojitos literally means “little cravings” and is Mexican slang for street food.
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Why Carrington?
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Eric feels Carrington is a destination. Just outside the city – its edgy – in more ways than one.
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Antojitos clients always so they feel so relaxed, and thats what Eric wants here.

A simple, casual , non-pretentious vibe and its this atmosphere struck a chord with the locals.

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There is a place for cafes here in Newcastle and surrounds to stretch the boundaries.
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But the all important Question for the Villagers was this; how do we pronounce it?!

Eric laughs “An-To-He-Toes”
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However you want to pronounce it, this funky little place in Young street is a wonderful addition to the Carrinton landscape.
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Eric thanks the community which has been so supportive, The locals really want to see people succeed here.
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And just a hot tip… next time your in town – do yourself a favour and order the Mexican Hot Chocolate.  DELICIOSO!
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The Pulse

A perfect lifestyle balance taking you from workday to weekend:
the harmony of the King Street heartbeat.

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A salty breeze blew in the air as the fading light of a beautiful Autumn day in Newcastle bounced off these historic King Street buildings.

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Illuminating the beautiful brick and sandstone of 8 King Street, a solid structure in the centre of the CBD.

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Positioned at the beginning of King Street, the artery of Newcastle.

The historic Eastside Apartments sit proudly among modern structures, glowing in their rich heritage.

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As I entered the private courtyard, I was awed by the feeling of antiquity that abounds; perfectly juxtaposed with a myriad of accents, as the flow of community and culture passed by the street.

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This home in the heart of Newcastle East is beating to the rhythm of rich, cultural energy.

Sunlight and a sea breeze take you from the exclusive private courtyard into the bright open plan living area.

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This is where relaxed outdoor courtyard lifestyle blends with homely comforts in the lounge and dining area.

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High ceilings and windows light this two bedroom, two bathroom heritage property that balances perfectly with modern styling.

An interior and location that is both beachy and urban in one.

The master bedroom with its large walk in closet and ensuite, benefits from courtyard light streaming into the room…

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… falling lightly onto the linen.

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Two convenient bathrooms with large shower and storage are adjoined to both bedrooms.

The second bedroom is the perfect extra room or could be utilised as a office or library for those that only require one bedroom.

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With double French doors opening to the lounge room, private bathroom and plenty of storage, the options are many.

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The laundry and linen are neatly designed into the hallway leading from the dining room to the kitchen.

In a city apartment this full sized kitchen is a pleasant surprise, perfect for the entertainer or masterchef.

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Dining in style inside or outside.

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To the rear of the property the car space is accessed via the secure entry.

This sophisticated executive address not only offers the vibrancy of CBD living…

 

… but is located just footsteps from the world class Newcastle Beach.

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A perfect lifestyle balance taking you from workday to weekend:
the harmony of the King Street heartbeat.

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To find out more about 8 King Street contact Ben Tindall at Villager Property 

Knock Knock…

He’s a Villager, so he’s a bit different.

His background is very interesting indeed.

Who’s there?

Rod.

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Only met him briefly,

So don’t know much about him.

Or do I?

Let’s see.

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The people at Villager are all people persons.

They are very enthusiastic about their work.

They always put their clients first, working with them, not for them.

They are all keen to go the extra mile.

They show absolute respect for their clients.

They are positive, interesting people.

They tailor their support according to the individual needs and interests of each client.

If Rod is a Villager, he must have all those qualities.
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Fabulous.

He’s a Director.

Must be good!

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Well,

We know the important things about Rod as a Villager.

And I now know much more about Rod after a chat with him.

He’s a Villager, so he’s a bit different.

His background is very interesting indeed,

As would be expected of a Villager.

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Want the good oil?

Watch out for the next instalment!

carrington morning_-14To connect with Rod, and Villager Property, Click here