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

 

A Culture to Create In…

“There are no guarantees – with art, life, business – none. But that consistently pushes me to get to the next step”

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It’s no secret that Newcastle is a hyper-creative community: take a walk around our own Darby Street from our eagle’s nest at the Newcastle Art Gallery to the public art installations along the street (including the giant headphone sculpture), all the way to the Community Garden across the road from Villager Property A scene full of painting and design.

Villager caught up with local artist Jess Kellar to talk all things Newcastle art scene.

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Jess runs Jess Kellar Art from studio  754 in Hunter Street. A large warehouse where a community of Newcastle creatives can each work their respective magic.

“The best thing about our studio,” says Jess, “is the view from the rooftop, where I am most of the time, working on my latest projects.”

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Local girl Jess has always had a passion for creating and feels lucky to be a Novocastrian where such a passion could be nurtured.

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She has had shows at Cooks Hill Gallery, exhibited at Lane Cove Gallery, The Royal, Muswellbrook Art Prize and recently performed and collaborated with Hannah Bertram at Newcastle Art Gallery for the 2016 Dust Project.

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“Newcastle is a vibrant community for artists,” Jess tells us. “There are a lot of creatives here: from musicians to designers, architects and artists. We are all in a very supportive and understanding space where we all just give it a go.”

Through writing for the Newcastle Herald, Jess has been able to work closely with many musicians in Newcastle. She is also the resident “live artist” for Groovin’ The Moo.

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Jess has worked with Arts Health for MS patients holding workshops and has also branched into “bio-art”, spending time with scientists at HMRI and producing collections from this experience which hung in the hallways of John Hunter Hospital.

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Jess’s style is high energy. When painting she uses strong rich colour and high contrast. In her sketches of Newcastle, the deep charcoals contrast with pure whites.

“Neutral isn’t my specialty,” she laughs.

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While already quite accomplished, Jess is finishing her Bachelor of Fine Art at Newcastle University and was recently the recipient of the 2016 William Fletcher Foundation Scholarship.

And in the true spirit of a Villager in our community she pays this forward by mentoring High School students in many of Newcastle’s public schools.

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“There are no guarantees with art, life, business. None. But that consistently pushes me to get to the next step.”

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The next step for Jess, working from her studio at 754, is to follow her passion in sketching and interpreting the city of Newcastle. The Rooftop Series is a timely project for the city and we are super excited to see the completed works.

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To learn more about living in the creative community of Newcastle – contact Villager Property

 

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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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Raising the Village

Happy Mothers Day Villagers.
Happy Mothers Day Newcastle.
You are doing a wonderful job!

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There are billions of Mums in the world, every one of them different. 

In fact, Mums represent the variety in life,

Giving birth to new life. 

Then nourishing their children with love.

Most of our staff are mothers (and fathers, too) and in the presence of any child there is a constant element of parental eyes scanning the horizon for equal part hazard and opportunity for fun!

We believe that Newcastle is a fortunate and magnificent place to raise a family.

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They say “It takes a village to raise a child”

Now most of us are familiar with this quote and its implications – but what does it mean in our modern society with ever changing social constructs and constantly evolving views of motherhood and parenting?

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In Newcastle we are fortunate to be surrounded by a community that offers limitless community involvement from sports clubs, swimming and surf orientated activities, world class parks and recreation facilities, beautiful beaches, national parks to explore and constant vibrancy in the cultural and social realm.

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The vibe of the Newcastle Villager is that of a friendly disposition; supporting the personal and professional growth of us all.

Kind strangers, innovative social movements, energetic cultural construction.

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The town is rich in heritage, a beautiful tale to tell… and the future of Newcastle and its villages continues to get brighter and brighter.

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The wider community, the friends at school, the neighbourhood, your family and your friends;
The Villagers. 
The land, the homes, the businesses, the real estate, the location;
The Village. 

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These are the elements that come together to help raise the future of Newcastle.
And we just happen to think that is pretty awesome!

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Happy Mothers Day Villagers.
Happy Mothers Day Newcastle.

You are doing a wonderful job!

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 

Happier for the experience…

Be yourself. Be honest. Try to leave everyone happier for the experience.

Rod had wanted to be in real estate from the age of fourteen, but life had other plans for Rod first.

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He started in the family construction business, which lead to his passion for construction and property.

Chasing his dreams, Rod moved to the big smoke, like everyone did.  The plan was to work hard and save for the Australian dream; “the first home” purchase. After four years of civil and commercial construction, Rod returned home.

It wasn’t long before he was running his own business.
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The business flourished, from homes on the Merewether strip, to major nationally funded infrastructure projects.  During this time, Rod gained invaluable experience in winning contracts with multi national companies, but best of all building long term relationships with staff and clients.

All this time Rod had been building up a property portfolio. And around ten years ago he enlisted Ben to act for him at an auction.

Rod was standing between his wife, Kim, and Ben. They all became excited as the auction neared the end…

And the house was theirs!

They all reacted with joy, Kim especially, as she pushed Rod out of the way and grabbed Ben, hugging and kissing him!

Not quite what Rod had been expecting.

But this was also to be the start of a firm friendship between Rod and Ben.
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With the setting up of Villager Property, Rod finally achieved his dream of becoming a real estate agent.

With his wide-ranging experience in business and the building industry, Rod brought exceptional skills to Villager:

  • unique insights into building and development nationwide.
  • contacts nationwide within the building/housing industry.
  • outstanding negotiation and people skills.
  • experience in managing a workforce.
  • a strong work ethic.
  • reliability, honesty, and an easygoing nature.

It seems Rod was always destined to be a Villager.

His motto says it all:

“Be yourself. Be honest. Try to leave everyone happier for the experience”.
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To connect with Rod and Villager, Click here

What Ben loves about a career in real estate

One of the reasons Ben loves his job so much is because Ben loves people, and especially enjoys the fact that he has built good friendships with so many of his clients.

They say that if you love your job it never feels like work.

Ben loves his role at Villager Property and this resonates in his positive personality. His attitude helps people around him feel positive, too.

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One of the reasons Ben loves his job so much is because Ben loves people, and especially enjoys the fact that he has built good friendships with so many of his clients.

Just last night, Ben attended the 90th birthday of a client turned long term friend, Len.

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After a close working relationship with one family to sell their mothers home and move Gwen into a nursing home, Ben became good friends with Gwen – visiting her regularly with wife Alissa and daughters in tow.

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Ben recently sold a house for an elderly lady who was moving closer to family in Queensland. She didn’t drive, and just happened to mention that she had to get to the airport one day to go to Qld.  Ben being Ben, he said happily: ‘I can take you to the airport’. And that’s how Ben came to be picking up a client at 4am for a 6am flight

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A recent sale of home in Wallsend saw Ben and the client, Kath, work very hard to help get it ready for sale. Together, they set about the task of ‘de-cluttering’. Things disappeared into the skip, slowly at first,but in the end it became an hilarious game and they became friends. Ben and Kath still keep in touch to verbally spar with each other.

He even met his wife, Alissa, through his work. They worked in the same building and invariably met in the lift. Ben began calling Alissa ‘elevator girl’, and eventually asked her on a date. The rest is history.

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The point is that Ben always displays absolute respect towards clients and colleagues.

He is just one of those great people who cares about everyone’s wellbeing.
To connect with Ben and Villager Property – Click  Here