Loving Life on Buxton Lane

This home has been transformed with a floorpan that encourages you to love living life on Buxton Lane.

Original Beauty is part of the very fibre of this home – and you notice that from the moment you step inside of this gorgeous welcome hall.

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Decorative original features blend seamlessly with modern touches into an open plan space where beauty and functionality become one.14-buxton-adamstown-7

This bright space evokes a stylish lifestyle of entertaining, authentic family living and alfresco afternoons.

3 bedrooms are all wonderfully appointed, 2 with with built in robes and all with views of trees, some breeze and an invitation of Zees.

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There are 2 bathrooms – the large family bathroom and a handy shower and toilet adjacent to the internal laundry.

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 Stunning street appeal with landscaped gardens, decorative patio and colour coordinated garage with internal access to the home.

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Easy walking distance to Brunker Road shops, and only a moments drive to shopping at Westfield Kotara or 10 mins to Newcastle CBD. When you return home with all that shopping – there is a good sized kitchen here to exercise your culinary skills while still enjoying the view and open plan living.

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 Polished floorboards, decorative trim in the hallways, glass french doors to backyard and side patio, and a deep relaxing bath are just some of the special touches you will love in this home.

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The landscaped backyard with lawn, paved courtyard, established trees and an undercover entertaining deck to enjoy it all from.

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This traditional home has been redesigned into a floorpan that encourages you to love living life on Buxton Lane.

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If you have liked what you have seen give us a call and we can show you inside this gorgeous Adamstown property. 

Courtney Cares

Courtney ticks all the boxes here, She’s got this.

“I’m really happy to be here working with a team that are so welcoming and friendly. This job really does allow me to do what I love the most, providing great service.”

After 15 years in the Real Estate industry, Courtney Rumble has joined Villager Property as our invaluable Senior Property Manager.

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Originally from the Southern Highlands, Courtney moved to Newcastle 11 years ago to be with her then partner – now husband. Enjoying the perfect weather and stunning beaches that Newcastle has to offer, the couple are grateful to be now raising their young son and daughter in such a supportive community.

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“The best part of my day is hearing my kids laugh,” Courtney tells us. “That… and watching them sleep.”

Courtney has told us that one of her passions is for great service – alongside a penchant for a good cappuccino, a fondness of travel and adventures including a brave love of plunging into the ocean to scuba dive among shipwrecks, coral and sea life.

Courtney was working in hotel management when she decided to try Real Estate. An eye for detail and a love of personalized service has seen Courtney excel in the industry.

Courtney’s positive attitude and proactive personality combine in united action in her role and we at Villager Property are fortunate to have our growing rent roll managed with such skill.

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Property Management requires a very specific sort of person to complete the job successfully: a balancing act between communication, local knowledge, finance, logistical management and of course the anticipation of future outcomes.

Through all this, a Property Manager must also be completely present – to listen and understand the needs of a variety of people and keep the lines of communication open between them all. This is a job that can get tough yet also be a catalyst for wonderful relationships.

Courtney ticks all the boxes here – she’s got this.

“I’m really happy to be here working with a team that are so welcoming and friendly. This job really does allow me to do what I love the most – providing great service.”

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Connect with Villager Property today to discuss how we can assist you in managing your assets and securing your investments.

 

Meredith’s Hive

Meredith’s goal in her principalship is to effect positive change and enrich the children’s learning experience with music, art and entertainment.

Arriving at the Carrington Primary School you will notice many bees around the grounds. Not the kind that will sting you though – the kind that will encourage you. 

“Our mantra here is to be a learner, be safe, be respectful and be kind,” Meredith tells us.  The happy little hive here have embraced the bee as their mascot.

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“Its lovely, the students often make and bring me little bee gifts. The students with the most bee cards at the end of the month gets to have morning tea with the principal,” she continues.

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Meredith Lindsay has been the Principal of Carrington Primary School since 2013 and her focus here is on providing a broad spectrum of education.

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Meredith grew up in Kurri Kurri and briefly lived interstate as well as in Sydney, eventually returning to Newcastle with her husband and three children because, “It’s just too nice of a place not to live here!”

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Always a high achiever, Meredith was drawn to management early in life – starting her career with Drake Employment in Sydney, it wasn’t long before she was the Manager of her team at only twenty years old.

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Returning to Newcastle Meredith worked with Park Royal Hotels and after what she calls, “brutal training in service and management,” she was promoted to Manager there within three years also.

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After her children were born, Meredith decided to attend University to gain her Teaching degree. She would take her small children along to uni with her and they would sit diligently throughout lectures, which turned out wonderfully for both Meredith and her studious children, “My youngest daughter could read and write by four years old and coincidentally she is at uni now!”

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When asked about her transition from teacher to principal she replies, “ It was through a lot of hard work and dedication.”


Meredith’s goal through her Principalship is to affect positive change and enrich the children’s learning experience with music, art and entertainment. 

“High engagement in activities means the kids love to come to school,” explains Meredith. “I want to expose them to these things because you don’t know what you like until you are exposed to it.”

Meredith has programs for students to regulate their own behaviour and learning – the children have personal learning goals which promotes self driven learning.

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“I have built my Principalship on kids respecting themselves, the community, the environment and their goals,” she adds.

Since her appointment, Carrington Public School has achieved their best NAPLAN results to date and the growth rate in Grades 3 to 5 has been well above state average.

“21st Century learning is about critical thinking and problem solving,” Meredith tells us. “ I have an open door policy for all staff and students – but I urge them not to come to me with a problem, but with a solution.”

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The school embraces such programs as a Chess Club – with which they are about to represent the school at semi-finals; Coding Club for young IT enthusiasts; craft; didgeridoo lessons; yoga and stretch classes for all interested students at lunch times and a student managed vegetable garden and chicken run.



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Giving is a strong value that Meredith and the school also work towards and part of that is to raise money, “We are raising money this week with the Art Exhibition on Thursday night. I want to show the children that you can make a difference through giving, though art and through music. That way they understand that they have the power within them.”

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When we asked Meredith what she does to relax and have fun, she smiles, “I am an academic at heart and I really do learn for fun. I guess I am most happy with a cup of tea and a research paper.”

A keen interest in health, nutrition and food science is another of Meredith’s passions. 

“I am quite known around the staff to always encourage everyone to eat their fresh fruit and veggies,” Meredith laughs as we discuss the school’s Swap It healthy eating program.

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“I really do love the community here at Carrington, we really are just like a little village and I don’t think I have ever met a more supportive and inclusive community.”

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Love where you live? Contact Villager Property and discuss with us today how you can live and love local. 



Brain Sports with Dr Gardner

A local rugby player had suffered concussion during a game and was ready to play again the next day, when an MRI conducted by Dr Andrew J. Gardner changed the course of his season.

“Another Concussion on-top of a concussion can be serious,” Dr Gardner tells us. “Its all about managing risk versus benefit.

A local rugby player had suffered concussion during a game and was ready to play again the next day, when an MRI conducted by Dr Andrew J. Gardner changed the course of his season.

“Another concussion on top of a concussion can be serious,” Dr Gardner tells us. “It’s all about managing risk versus benefit. The player made a full recovery and is very thankful for all the treatment we’ve done with him.”

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This situation is part of Dr Gardner’s daily work life: working full-time as a Clinical Neuropsychologist, the co-director of the HNE local sports concussion clinic and also contracted to be the consultant for the Australian Rugby Union’s Concussion Advisory Board.

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From junior teams through to professional players and then post sports career, Andrew is focused on looking after the welfare of athletes.

“I have started my own business, Neurogard,  which delivers pre-season baseline and post-concussion neuropsychological assessment for athletes of all ages and sports.”

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Andrew grew up in Teralba then attended the University of New England in Armidale to complete his Bachelor of Psychology, followed by completing his Doctorate in Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) at Macquarie University in Sydney and finally returning to Newcastle to complete his PHD in the School of Medicine and Health at the University of Newcastle.

Andrew’s thesis for his PHD on the acute and cumulative consequences of sport’s concussion in semi-professonal rugby players won the prestigious award for The Most Outstanding Dissertation for 2011 from the National Academy of Neuropsychology in the USA – the first and only time the honour has been awarded to a student outside of North America.

Dr Gardner’s academic excellency, among numerous other prestigious awards, has seen him gain fellowships to Harvard Medical School, where he was able to gain incredible contacts within the field of traumatic brain injury research.

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“The best thing about Boston of course, is getting to see my Red Sox play!” Andrew tells us as he shows off his screen saver of his time in the box seats at Fenway Park and points out “The Green Monster”.

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“I was only just yesterday watching the Red Sox win their 6-5 victory over the Yankees,” he says as he quickly replays the win on his desktop, the excitement still new. “I may have been yelling – just a bit!”

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 “I’ve always been involved in sports, from playing to following the games,” Andrew tells us. Although his love for sports has been rivalled by his drive for academic success.

“In 2008 and 2009 I was playing Premier League Bowls when I had to make the decision to quit playing and focus on the transition into full time academia,” Andrew says, “and that can be a hard thing to come to terms with. It forces you to redefine who you are.”

Andrew understands the importance of a sports career and helps players and patients through tough journeys when they have to give up a career early due to injury and rehabilitate their life.

This continues to drive him to sit up until the early hours some nights researching and working.

“I can sit up most nights, I just get lost in it,” he tells us. “I love what I do and believe I have these skills and this passion for a reason.”

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Andrew’s itinerary is full of upcoming speeches he will be giving at high profile conferences around the world; papers and books he is writing; all the while continuing to develop his research into problems associated with sports concussion in athletes.

Looking at his extensive list, we ask how he manages the complexity of his commitments and he assures us it is with ease.

“My job is also my hobby, only I get paid to do it – but if I wasn’t… I would be doing it anyway,” he smiles. “I’m meant to do this.”

Andrew’s genuine character, enthusiasm and passion is revealed as he speaks about the wonders of the brain. For Andrew, his field is his calling – his patients and players are in safe hands.

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Dr Andrew J. Gardner will be one of our guest speakers at Meet The Villagers on September 22, 2016 where everyone is invited to join in the fun to hear 6 speakers with 6 mins each to talk about their field of expertise. All funds raised going to charity. For tickets click here. 

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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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Centrally Speaking

Sean Blakemore is abuzz with momentum – there’s a bright smile on his face and energy in his step. Rightfully so, because there’s a lot for him to be excited about.

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Sean Blakemore is abuzz with momentum – there’s a bright smile on his face and energy in his step.  Rightfully so, because there’s a lot for him to be excited about.
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Sean’s wife recently gave birth to their beautiful daughter, Edie and while taking on the role of new Dad, Sean is also taking on the sole ownership and management of Central.

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Sean opened Central in October 2014 with a business partner, building the furniture, designing the special touches of the interior and ensuring that the rich history of the building (a former church, theatre and cinema) were all reflected.

The authenticity of the building has kept it warm and inviting.

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Central may only be 2 years old next month but this isn’t a new passion for Sean. Hospitality and adventures are kind of his jam.

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For 10 years Sean worked at Custom’s House on a year on / year off basis, using his time off to backpack and work his way around Europe and North America.

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“I spent a while working at Planet Hollywood in Piccadilly Circus, which was great. I got so much inspiration and experience to bring back home,” Sean says as he creates one of his speciality teapot cocktails.

“It was all a great big mixed bag of experience – it makes you grow as a person.”

Back in Newcastle, Sean is happy to be apart of a strong community where he is a well known local.

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“I grew up in The Hill, went to school here and played rugby for South’s alongside Ben.”

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You will see Sean making the most of the convenient inner city lifestyle: scooting around town travelling from home to Central, the beach and all around Newcastle on his Vespa.

Nowadays, when he is not spending time with his new daughter, Sean is working hard at Central, which is now home to a cafe in the front foyer, restaurant and bar inside – an amazing venue for live events and functions.

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“We ensure all our produce is sourced locally: from the fresh ingredients in the kitchen, to local wine from the Hunter Valley and an exclusive range of craft beer from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.”

“The building here at Central just begs for live entertainment, and thats something I’ve always done here is to remain true to the building and the local community,” Sean tells us proudly. “I just love the buzz of the place!”

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Villager property are holding an event at Central 145 later in September, click here for more details 

Mark Hughes- A foundation of Support

There are many reasons to love the Newcastle community, but Marks story reminds us of the incredibly supportive environment in which we live.

It’s a sunny August morning in Hamilton and we’ve stopped in to catch up with Mark Hughes.

We have a chat about beanies, gratitude, the Kokoda trail and a magic ball.

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There are many reasons to love the Newcastle community, but Marks story reminds us of the incredibly supportive environment in which we live.

Mark grew up in the town of Kurri Kurri before moving to Newcastle to play for the Knights. He now resides in the beachside community of Merewether with his wife Kiralee and their 3 children.

“I love living in Newcastle,” Mark says. “It really does have that big community feel.”

Mark played for the Newcastle Knights from 1997 until 2005, and played for the NSW State of Origin team in 2001, thus making Mark a celebrated Novocastrian.

After seeing a doctor about recurring headaches, in 2013 at the age of 36, Mark was diagnosed with brain cancer. An emotional journey that brought his family and community close together, banding for support.

Mark and Kiralee subsequently began the Mark Hughes Foundation. The foundation partners with the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), raising funds to help find a cure for brain cancer. In January 2016  The Foundation appointed a Brain Cancer Care Nurse within the John Hunter Hospital.

“The Brain Cancer Care Nurse is focused 100% on the brain cancer patients at John Hunter Hospital,” Mark informs us. “A great support for patients to have a nurse that is committed to their condition.”

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The Foundation has raised over $250,000 through the MHF Beanies for Brain Cancer fundraiser, hosted the Magic Ball with over 600 local participants, organised charity auctions, received donations from numerous local families and businesses and has even had Paul “The Chief” Harrigan going on the national TV program Im A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! to win $50,000 for the cause.

The response from the community is a massive source of inspiration for Mark, Kiralee and the MHF who work tirelessly to offer support for brain cancer patients and their families.

Sitting on the sunny deck of Mark’s Hamilton office, we talk about the importance of the foundation, “Our biggest goal of course is to find a cure – but we are also aiming for more awareness of brain cancer,” Mark says. “Brain cancer is the biggest killer of people under 40 – more than any other cancer – and we need more attention to this in the media and more funding for research.”

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Mark and 17 others recently completed a Kokoda Trail “Coast to Coast” challenge: riding 130kms from the Northern tip of Papua New Guinea to the track, trekking the 100km trail and then riding another 70kms to Port Moresby.

“It was physically and emotionally challenging – yeah it was hard,” said Mark, “but I was also inspired to be with those 17 others and raising $150,000 for the foundation.”

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Since beginning his journey with brain cancer, the overwhelming story of support for Mark and the Foundation is what really stands out.

The Newcastle community, and national community too, reaching out with assistance and funding.

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Here at Villager Property, Mark’s foundation is very important to us, especially for our Villager Rod, who donates $500 from every sale commission (currently totalling $3,000) to MHF in honour of his nephew, a young brain cancer survivor.

“We have great support from the community,” Mark tells us, “and I do tackle every day as it comes – but I am very lucky and I am very grateful.”

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