House of the Week: 27 Watson Street, New Lambton

Ultimate in family living at New Lambton House of the week: 27 Watson Street, New Lambton

House of the week: 27 Watson Street, New Lambton

House of the week: 27 Watson Street, New Lambton

House of the week: 27 Watson Street, New Lambton

House of the week: 27 Watson Street, New Lambton

House of the week: 27 Watson Street, New Lambton

House of the week: 27 Watson Street, New Lambton

House of the week: 27 Watson Street, New Lambton

House of the week: 27 Watson Street, New Lambton

House of the week: 27 Watson Street, New Lambton

House of the week: 27 Watson Street, New Lambton

House of the week: 27 Watson Street, New Lambton

House of the week: 27 Watson Street, New Lambton

House of the week: 27 Watson Street, New Lambton

House of the week: 27 Watson Street, New Lambton

TweetFacebook House of the week: 27 Watson Street, New LambtonComfortable living in family friendly neighbourhoodWhen the owners of this residence renovated five years ago, ensuring they had plenty of room for their growing family was paramount.

They transformed a two-bedroom 1930s cottage into a spacious family haven, laid out thoughtfully over two levels to offer style and space in equal measure.

In all there are five bedrooms and three living spaces as well as a well-appointed entertaining deck which enjoys an elevated position overlookingthe child friendly backyard.

The home has been listed through Ray White Newcastle and Lake Macquarie’s Stephen Dorman and is on the market for just the second time in its history.

It was built by the original owner before being sold for the first time eight years ago.

The owners have loved the location in “a lovely family friendly street”.It is walking distance to highly regarded schools, Blackbutt or Regent Street shopping villages, parks and Richley Reserve.

Westfield Kotara shopping centre and John Hunter Hospital arejust five minutes away and it is only 10 minutes to Newcastle’s coastline or Central Business District.

“Obviouslythe location is a key factor and there are not many homes in the area what would have five bedrooms,” Mr Dorman said.

There are three bedroomsand a rumpus or parents’ retreat upstairs. Another two bedrooms are downstairs as well two more living spaces.

There is alsoplantation shutters, air conditioning, timber flooring and a lock-up garage plus carport.

The first open house is November 18from 2pm to 2.30pm.

House of the Week

Address: 27 Watson Street, New Lambton

Agency: Ray White Newcastle Lake Macquarie

Contact:Stephen Dorman on 4908 5948 or 0427 142 557

Inspect: Saturday, November 18, 2pm-2.30pm

Auction Action: Bidding wars over Newcastle properties

In what Newcastle auctioneer Gavan Reynolds of Reynolds Auctions described as “the busiest auction day of the year”, plenty of homes sold under the hammer on November 11.

There were numerous bidding wars seen, including one for afour-bedroom home on 515 square metres at 15 Hebburn St,Hamilton East, whichwas marketed through First National’s Tom Lemke andsold for $1.321 million after an opening bid of $1 million.

Simon Wall marketed 14 Cedar Crescent, Merewether Heights,where an opening bid of $810,000 quickly rose to the final sale price of $971,000. There were seven registered bidders and the eventual purchasers were a young family from Sydney.

There were six registered bidders for 104 Crescent Road,Waratah, a three-bedroom home on 645 square metres marketed through Dotcom Property Sales which sold under the hammerfor $866,000.

A three-bedroom homeat 10 Penman Street, New Lambtonhas several registered bidders and sold for $655,000.

Dalton Partners’ director and auctioneer Anthony Merlo described it as “Super Saturday” and said Sydney’s poor auction clearance rates were clearly not affecting the Newcastlemarket.

He sold Andrew McGavin’s Hamilton South listing at175 Parkway Ave, a four-bedroom home on 791 square metres which was marketed with a price guide of $1.69 million, for$1.88million and David Phelan’s Broadmeadow listing at 7 Melville Road for$650,000, $70,000 over its reserve after “spirited bidding”.

First National sold 42 Buchanan Street, Merewetherunder the hammer for $1.85 million.

McGrath Estate Agent’s Todd Mason sold a three-bedroom home on 947 square metres at 39 Dalpura Lane, Kotara South for $750,000.

SOUGHT-AFTER SUBURB: This home in Merewether’s Rowan Crescent overlooks Gibbs Brothers Oval and will go to auction with a price guide of $2.35 million to $2.55 million.

COMING UPA six-bedroom residence in sought-after Rowan Crescent, Merewether is expected to have plenty of interest when PRDnationwide hold an auction night at Watt Street Commercial Centre on November 22 from 6pm.

The home at No.78 overlooks Gibbs Brothers Oval and will be auctioned with a price guide of $2.35 million to $2.55 million.

There will be plenty of auction action on November 18, starting with a two-bedroom Stockton home at 21 Maitland Street being marketed by Dowling Wallsend. The auction is on site at 9am with a price guide of $700,000 to $750,000.

Anthony Merlo will auction158 Chatham Street,Broadmeadowat 10.30am with a price guide of $580,000.

Walkom’s Kate Rundle will take a two-bedroom townhouse at 15 Wrightson Avenue, Bar Beach to auction at 11.15am with a price guide of $750,000.

Stark reality: We’re safer behind the wheel than at home

Eliza Henry-Jones, a DIY renovator, was renovating her first home in Belgrave when an old air-conditioning unit feel on her and injured her arm. 14 July 2016. The Age Sat News. Photo: Eddie Jim.You are safer driving your car than you are at home, a statistical fact that underlines the many perils facing you every time you walk into your house.

Beware of your bed for instance. ABS death statistics show 70 people were killed falling out of them last year, and the latest n Institute of Health and Welfare records show 5787 people being hospitalised for the same reason.

Chairs aren’t much safer. They were listed as the underlying cause of 42 deaths in 2016, and the institute’s records for 2013 show 5200 people were injured badly enough to be admitted to hospital.

Associate professor Kirsten Valmuur, a specialist in national injury surveillance at Queensland University of Technology, says falls – not traffic accidents – are ‘s leading cause of death and injury, and that most of them occur at home.

Overall, 2666 people died in falls last year compared with 1453 road deaths. Valmuur believes it’s a good idea to check your house for tripping spots, like rumpled carpets, rugs and other uneven surfaces, and for elderly people to tune up their balancing skills.

“Fall injuries in kids mostly involve play equipment,” she says. “Trampolines are a leading cause and a lot of others involve babies falling out of high chairs. Older adults mostly fall on the same level, however stairs and ladders are also major causes.

“Using power tools at home is another danger and we’re doing a study on that at the moment. They can cause severe injuries, yet people seem to be buying them at their local shop and using them without any training or experience.

“Grinders are an example. People not wearing the right eye protection are ending up in hospital with severe eye injuries, and power saws kicking back because they are not used the right way end up with people losing their fingers.” Related: How to house an ageing populationRelated: Don’t DIY: renovation injuries plague amateursRelated: The dangers of flammable cladding

Statistics show even eating can be dangerous. Choking on food caused 55 deaths last year, and kitchens turned into war zones in 2013, with 2712 burn hospitalisations from stoves and cooking appliances, hot food, boiling water, steam and cooking oils.

Overall, there’s not much in the ABS figures to be cheerful about. Although nobody died from venomous spider bites last year, one person was killed by lightning and another died after being bitten by a rat.

Some of the most tragic figures involved poisoning. It accounted for 1780 deaths, but of the 42,853 hospital admissions for poisoning recorded by the institute in 2010, more than half were described as intentional.

“We see a lot of overdoses in children from paracetamol products like Panadol, which can cause serious injuries and even death,” Valmuur says. “We’ve also had a spate of toddlers poisoned from swallowing the eucalyptus and ti-tree oils used for vaporisers in bedrooms.

“I think there are a lot of unrecognised risks around the home, even things like hot water bottles can cause severe burns, or hot cups of coffee left on a bench that are knocked over by an adult or pulled over by a toddler.

“People come home to relax and don’t think about dangers as rigorously as they do away from the house. Car crashes probably cause more severe injuries, but even household injuries can lead to catastrophic fractures with ongoing pain and suffering.

“There are a lot of good resources out there to help people reduce risks at home, Kid Safe is a great one for safeguarding children and there are others for different age groups, the ACCC product safety website for instance.

“Just spending 10 minutes to see where the hazards are can make a big difference.”

Property Watch: Peace and tranquility on offer in Bolwarra

TRANQUILITY: This Bolwarra residence enjoys space and privacy in equal measure and maximises floor-to-ceiling glass to bring the outside in.There have been some big sales in Bolwarra this year and another is forecast after a stunningly spacious and private home hit the market last week.

Set on 3501 square metres in Bolwarra, the five-bedroom, three-bathroom home uses floor-to-ceilng glass to bring the outdoors in and is expected to garner plenty of interest from those looking for a tree change.

Donna Herger of McElwaine Property is marketing the exquisite home at 23 Bayswater Road, which is being sold through an expressions of interest campaign and is expected to fetch a price north of$1.2 million.

It is surrounded by beautiful gardens and features an inground saltwater pool and is being marketed as “the ultimate lifestyle property”.

The first open home will be today from 12.30pm to 1pm.

A property with two homes in Kings Road, Bolwarra sold for $2.506 million in July. In September a house in Kensington Road on 1.02 hectares sold for $1.7 million and last month a five-bedroom house on 1638 square metres on Westbourne Road sold for $1.23 million.

STUNNING RENOThanks to TV shows likeThe Blockwe all love to see the results of a good renovation.

A home in New Lambton which is set for a November 25 auction has been totally transformed in the past 12 months.

The owners have turned a two-bedroom cottage into a luxurious four-bedroom, two-bathroomresidence at 140 St James Road, which is being marketed through McGrath Estate Agents’ Todd Mason with a price guide of $1.25 million to $1.375 million.

It has vaulted ceilings through open plan living at the rear which extends to acovered entertaining areacomplete with an outdoor kitchen and combustion fire.

NEW PRD OFFICEWhile we’re on the suburb of New Lambton, PRDnationwide Newcastle and Lake Macquarie are moving in.

They willopen a satellite village office at 75ARegent Street on November 20.

STUNNING OVERHAUL: This home in New Lambton has been transformed from a two-bedroom cottage into a family functional four-bedroom residence.

It will be the agency’s fourth office.

BLUEYS BUYLong-standing real estate agentMarkCurrie, who is now retired,and his wife Sue are selling their Pacific Palms property after 30-odd years of ownership.

‘Woodgreen’ is a classic beachcomber house with a detached studio located at 96 Coomba Road on 21 acres just five minutes from Blueys Beach, a popular holiday destination for many Novocastrians.

It is being marketed through Pacific Palms Signature Properties agentMarkLawsonand The Professionals agent Charles Degotardi and is set for auction on November 25.

Mr Lawson said interest had been strong and there was a development application approval to subdivide the property into four lots.

VALENTINE OFFERA boutique development has hit the market in “old Valentine” offering luxury lakesideliving.

There are just three residences in the Tallawalla Road development, two four-bedroom townhouses and a single storey three-bedroom villa.

The price for the three-bedroom home is $640,000 to $690,000 and the four-bedroom townhouses have a guide from $740,000 and $749,000.

UNDER $500KCardiff has become a hot spot for first home buyers because of properties like the one at 23 Russell Street, which is being marketedthrough Ray White’s Darren Penn with a price guide of $450,000 and has its first open house at noon today.

LJ Hooker’s Mark Campbell has listed 28 Clarence Street, Glendale with a price guide of $500,000 to $550,000 which should also prove popular with first home buyers.