This was our house before, it is still pretty nice. We moved up to Port Stephens from Sydney in 2009. Our decision to move was dictated to be able to own a house like this, our house in Sydney was tiny compared to this. The house when we bought it was only 8 months old. It was unfinished. Basically there was the house (minus floor coverings) and 1/2 an acre of dirt. A couple of pictures to show you what it was like before we sold
|Entry hallway with study to the right. |
|Main living/kitchen area.|
|Part of the backyard.|
The house sold to the first and only viewer before it was officially on the market. We had to find somewhere to buy quickly and to organise somewhere to rent. As with property, nothing goes as smoothly as you hope.
Firstly, we had agreed to purchase a 1 acre block of land. We thought it was all going smoothly until the agent decided to play silly buggers with us and try to rip us off. We pulled out on the purchase of the first block and settled on a second block. Things worked out though, it was $10,000 cheaper - so more money to spend on the house build.
The land is 1 acre (4000m2) There are way too may trees at the moment, so there will be some clearing to do before we can start building. The positive is, we will have free firewood for life.
The reason we were going to sell the house - this house
It is the Mcdonald Jones Bronte Executive Grande. It would have been perfect. 5 bedrooms, 2 studies and an activity room big enough for a pool table. The problem we were going to have is the block has a pre-determined building envelope. The envelope is 20m x 28m, the problem with the Bronte is it 29m wide, so was not going to fit on the building envelope. So our first port of call was to change the building envelope, how hard could it be?