Posts Tagged ‘Newcastle’

A great example of the old meeting the new!

So often these days we hear the terms urbanisation or modernisation, but what does that actually mean in terms of the buildings?

Well generally it all starts with the properties zoning which can free up many more uses than the properties former life. Commonly the properties are industrial or office buildings that have already been surrounded by residential development.

Take the example of 12 Power Street, Islington…. Read the full post »

What’s in a name?

Photo: Carrington Shipbuilding Facility
Shakespeare’s Juliet once famously pondered: “What’s in a name?”

Through the star-crossed lover, the Bard was arguing that 400 years ago, names were secondary to where an individual  might be domiciled. But since the late 16th Century, it appears that names and locations have become increasingly important in life, business and commercial real estate.

To illustrate, a few years … Read the full post »

Life At Throsby


Wickham has undergone many changes over the years.  From its origins as an industrial suburb that housed many of the cities woolsheds, rail yards and port related services together with residential minors-hut type dwellings; to the modern suburb which has seen a metamorphosis of old industrial type buildings being converted into residential dwellings or demolished altogether and developed into new mixed … Read the full post »

An Interesting Part of Newcastle's CBD – Soon to be Sold!

Newcastle City Council are selling one of their assets.

Formerly the Newcastle School of Arts building; 182 Hunter Street is opposite the Urban Growth/GPT development site and also takes in both Wolfe and Scott Street frontages.

Listed as a heritage item of local significance, the site and the building have intrinsic links to Newcastle’s early history.

A study by EJE Heritage gives a timeline of the site stretching back to 1869 when a … Read the full post »

It seems, as Novocastrians we are forever looking forward to change…..

harbourWe looked forward to change at the last state election and the opportunities of hope for a fairer hearing in Government. Four years on and it seems we are once again looking forward to the same thing – change. Yet this time we will be reliant on a new breed of young politicians of the Labour persuasion, in opposition. Let’s hope … Read the full post »

The Hunter Region Needs Change !

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Over the past few months some of Newcastle and the Hunters’ high profile individuals have been copping a pizzling by the media. A lot of this is just cyber bullying in the name of freedom of the press. Why then are we surprised to hear of kids being cyber bullied in the playground when from the time the News starts through to the current affairs programs they … Read the full post »

COMMERCIAL MARKET HOLDS UP WELL!

web1The release of Property Council figures for commercial office space in Newcastle shows that A-Grade office space has a vacancy rate of only 5%.

Alan Tonks of Raine & Horne commercial said that this is very low compared to other Australian city markets.  “Because there has been little new development in the city centre over the last 5 years the vacancy rate … Read the full post »

Expect the Unexpected

When I first started in Real Estate we were awaiting the final connection of the F3 Freeway (now the M1 Motorway). Being new to the Commercial Real Estate world, life was about to teach me another lesson.  The hype from everyone at that stage was about the number of businesses soon to be relocating up here. This freeway link would supply the Sydney market with cheap land and buildings to relocate!

That year I shifted 14 businesses back to Sydney … Read the full post »