Making a house a home with Courtney

The biggest value comes from helping obtain a tenant who would easily fall in love with the property and call it their own.

Meet:
Courtney Rumble

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Courtney’s our Senior Property Manager who works closely alongside our Landlords and Tenants to provide a service which is rather unheard of in the Property Management industry.

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Courtney takes a very consultative approach in providing the greatest service for all properties she manages, current listing of 18 Glossop Street is a prime example.

 

The Landlords bought the property over to Villager from another agency whilst it was still tenanted. On Courtney’s first inspection, she could see this little charmer had an abundance of potential. She did, however, note a few areas that were starting to deteriorate, which is to be expected with a house of its age.

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“Whilst I know no one likes spending when things aren’t broken the owners understood the value of freshening up the interior. There would indeed be a financial return but the biggest value comes from helping obtain a tenant who would easily fall in love with the property and call it their own.”

 

 

Once the opportunity arose, Courtney set about organising all the trades. She met them on site to gather quotes for painting, flooring and carpet installers.

“We have a great relationship with our trades, which assist us in ensuring a quick turnaround, not only of quoting but in the commencement of work. Our painter, Andrew from ASC Painting, rescheduled his workload to accommodate us. Thanks Andrew!”

 

 

Craftsman from Newcastle Timber Flooring also named Andrew on the job doing a superb work with the sander. We are loving the end result, matt finish and all!18.Glossop.Street_NEW.LAMBTON-19And thanks to Dean Conway and the team from Independent Carpets for their speedy work.

 

From meeting the trades to quote, through to having the property up and ready for inspection, took 4 weeks.

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“I like to work closely with our Landlords to ensure a high standard of care to their property that will help attract an amazing Tenant who can easily call the property home.”

If you want to catch up with Courtney, click here.

Meet: 4/83 Mitchell Street

This supremely low maintenance home is host to features including plenty of storage, air conditioned living, secluded courtyard framed with beautiful timber panelling to provide a unique space for entertaining.

A perfectly positioned townhouse located in the sought-after location of Merewether.

4.83.Mitchell.Street_MEREWETHER-3A wonderful combination of placement, convenience and lifestyle whilst being quietly secluded at the rear of the property offering privacy and accessibility.
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This spacious and modern, two storey home welcomes you into the light-filled living and dining areas, creating an open space that flows with ease onto the decked-out courtyard to deliver outdoor living and entertaining at its best.

Thank you to Zen Bamboo for adding to this amazing space!

Upstairs boasts three large bedrooms with built-in robes with the master bedroom featuring a deluxe ensuite with spa and large cathedral windows.

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This supremely low maintenance home is host to features including plenty of storage, air-conditioned living, secluded courtyard framed with beautiful timber panelling to provide a unique space for entertaining.

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Only a short stroll to the beach, moments to cafes and shopping conveniences at Merewether and The Junction, this home offers coastal living at its best!

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To find out more contact Ben by clicking here

Meet: 80 Lonus Avenue

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Set on over 550sqm this beautiful main residence and stand-alone double storey studio are cleverly designed to maximise natural light and optimise indoor and outdoor entertaining space.

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Capture intimate bushland views over the renowned Fernleigh Track and enjoy the Whitebridge breeze all from your expansive timber deck.

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This four bedroom residence has seen recent renovations to both bathrooms, as well as fresh paint and new timber flooring throughout.

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Living and dining is seamlessly blended with modern touches providing an open plan space where beauty and functionality become one.

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

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Perfectly situated just a short stroll from the local park, school, village shops and eateries, and the popular Fernleigh Track, this home is full of surprises!

Open Home this Saturday 7th October 12:00pm – 12:30pm

To find out more contact Allyson by clicking here

Meet: 2 Jonathan Street

The views are a stand-out feature of this prized three bedroom home atop of Warners Bay’s most sought after location.

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2 Jonathan Street is truly special with plenty of highlights that create a home fit for a growing family.

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2.Jonathan.Street_WARNERS.BAY-15Enjoy the living spaces that open to the outdoors, letting the views and the fresh air breeze through.2.Jonathan.Street_WARNERS.BAY-18

 

To add to the list of features, downstairs you will find a private retreat.2.Jonathan.Street_WARNERS.BAY-402.Jonathan.Street_WARNERS.BAY-36When you venture back upstairs you have a spacious undercover patio area perfect for all kinds of entertaining. Enjoy the ease of basking in the sunshine or shelter yourself from the rain thanks to the adjustable louvres. 2.Jonathan.Street_WARNERS.BAY-422.Jonathan.Street_WARNERS.BAY-49Take in the magical sunrises and beautiful dusk vistas overlooking the lake and bushy surrounds all in the comfort of your own home.

Open Home this Saturday 30th Sep 1:30pm – 2:00pm

To find out more contact Ben by clicking here

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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Strawberries and Cells

“At times it would get hard,” Raewyn admits, “And sometimes I would feel disheartened – but my Aunt Jenny who was battling cancer at the time had said to me “You have to do this!” And I knew I could.”

This week we caught up with local Newcastle Scientist Raewyn Billings.

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Raewyn specializes in molecular biology, genetics and cancer research and is currently working at the John Hunter Hospital as a Translational Scientist.

Seeing as we had arrived to write a blog on this interesting local, we needed a little more clarification. “So what exactly does a Translational Scientist do?” We ask.


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“I develop new testing and techniques that will be validated and put into clinical testing, which helps speed up turn around times for certain genetic tests. I look at DNA all day!”

As we share a delicious fruit platter, Raewyn tells us about the long spiraling ladder that is DNA, “It’s the recipe for every living thing,” she tells us excitedly.

“DNA and RNA are used to create proteins and give instructions for the shape and formation of proteins – they’re like a secret code.”

After further conversation about exome sequencing, clinical diagnostics and genomes, Raewyn decides to break things down for us more simply… and deliciously.

“I’ll show you,” she laughs. “Lets extract some DNA from these strawberries.”

Sure, why not!

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So as we got to work extracting from the berries in the lab, we also got to work extracting the story of Raewyn’s journey into genetics.

“I have always been the girl who had to figure things out,” Raewyn tells us while cutting up berries and pureeing them.

“I had a dream to work in forensics. When I was in Year 10 I started a petition so that our science classes would include forensic lessons. Mr Cook was the teacher and he eventually gave in – we did some fingerprinting and some other things.”

After school, Raewyn followed her passion for science and gained her Biotech – Medical Forensics degree working in Anatomical Pathology and Molecular Genetics.

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It was in 2006 that Raewyn’s dream of being a forensic scientist would become a reality, as she was successful in gaining a role as a Scene of Crime Officer based in Gosford.

For almost 6 years Raewyn attended high volume crime scenes, gathering and examining evidence.

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“I loved my job but something was missing. I missed the lab work and started to realise that my real passion was genetics.”
Through close personal family and friends being affected by cancer, Raewyn felt the push to further her study into medical genetics.

“I applied to the UBC – one of the top medical science universities in the world – and was so excited to get in! I had to leave my family here in Newcastle and move to Vancouver and spend my life savings to do it. But I knew it was my calling.”

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Raewyn scoops out a long piece of white string (DNA) from the strawberry goop with an aura of fascination that can only come from someone who is passionate and engaged with their work.

We talk about Raewyn’s time in Vancouver, Canada while studying her Masters of Science, Medical Genetics.

“At times it would get hard,” Raewyn admits, “and sometimes I would feel disheartened – but my Aunt Jenny who was battling cancer at the time had said to me “You have to do this” and I knew I could.”

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Her Thesis on simulating the human tumour heterogenteity using cancer cell line mixtures sits proudly in front of us as proof that she could – and she did.

An impressive undertaking on the understanding of the evolution of a tumor and a revelation on finding the culprit cell that is driving any one particular tumor, so that the correct treatment can be administered.

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Another passion formed in Canada for Raewyn and that was photography and the online social community of Instagram.

“I find photography an amazing outlet for creativity and to use another part of my brain away from all the pressures of science,” Raewyn says. “I’m an avid adventurer, so I utilised my time in Vancouver to make the most of the amazing hikes and scenery there.”

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Raewyns Canadian adventures became quite popular on Instagram gaining over 50,000  followers, however she now gladly shares her adventures back home in Newcastle.

“I am glad to be back home in Newy, it’s such an amazing place to live: the beaches, the opportunities and of course the wonderful community,” Raewyn tells us.

She is now contemplating her next move: a PHD with the University of Newcastle while simultaneously working in the lab to help produce results for cancer patients, all while enjoying Novocastrian life back home.

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Newcastle is a thriving and supportive community, and from what we learned from Raewyn about the spiraling ladder of DNA (that tells proteins how to form in the right shape), we are happy to know that our community is an amazing building block that supports it’s villagers, creating an abundance of vibrant life.

Visit us to discuss your next move in our vibrant city of Newcaslte, NSW

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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