The urban renewal of Newcastle has made national headlines over the past few years. Once a steel and coal city, Newcastle is now a tourism and lifestyle destination. Development is rushing ahead and the city is busier than it has been in years. The truncation of the rail line in Hamilton may have divided the opinion of locals, but it doesn’t seemed to have harmed the popularity of the city. Newcastle city can offer residents a great deal – a number of wonderful surf beaches within walking distance, shopping, a revitalised dining and pub scene, the working harbour, parks, great schools and so much more.
Housing in the city of Newcastle is forging ahead at a great rate, with high rise apartment living proving increasingly popular. In recent months the local media has published numerous stories about the popularity of apartments in inner city Newcastle. At the moment a number of high rise apartment buildings are under construction with the majority of the apartments being sold off the plan.
Types of Housing in Newcastle City
Newcastle is not only about apartment living. Some of the inner city suburbs, like Merewether, Hamilton, Bar Beach, Cooks Hill, The Junction and The Hill, are filled with houses, semis and terraces of all kinds. Some of these overlook the city’s incredible beaches with views to rival the best addresses in the world. Some are stately mansions, selling for millions of dollars, while others are older weatherboard beach houses, ripe for renovation.
There are many wonderful family homes, from Federation in style through to brand new brick or rendered homes. And if you are keen to live right within the city itself you might find yourself interested in buying one of the gorgeous, traditional Victorian terraces, or a townhouse or semi-detached house with views across the harbour to the village of Stockton. Of course there are many suburbs with family homes on larger blocks of land not far from the city including Waratah, Lambton, New Lambton, Adamstown and Kotara. Inner-city suburbs such as Wickham, Islington, Tighes Hill, Maryville, Carrington and Mayfield have changed a lot in recent years. New homes are replacing old and traditional houses are being stylishly renovated to create an area of vibrant revitalisation.
Of course, in an area filled with so much history, some residential sections of the city do have heritage restrictions placed on them. Read Newcastle Council’s Conservation Areas page to find out what areas are affected by heritage issues and what that means for your renovation plans.
Newcastle is a thriving city, so finding a vacant block to build on is unlikely. However, there are still a number of older properties in areas zoned for knock down and rebuilds. This can be a great option if you are keen to custom build something that suits your particular needs or style. Alternatively, renovating an existing home can offer its own rewards. Renovating a charming older house might be a cheaper alternative to starting from scratch. Remember to factor in a buffer in your renovation budget – particularly important in older homes where the variables can be greater. You might find that an older home can offer most of what you need, with just a small renovation enough to help you achieve your dream home.
Check out the Newcastle City Council website to find out more about the city, council services and other important local information as well as details about building and planning your home.
The Visit Newcastle website offers you information about many of the city’s great attractions, including Fort Scratchley and the many wonderful beaches. It also has maps, information about walking tours, accommodation and restaurants, as well as transport details.
Build Local’s directory can point you in the direction of builders who specialise in Newcastle renovations. Other builders specialise in custom designed homes and knock-down rebuilds in the Newcastle city area.