Downsizers snap up charming Cooks Hill terrace house


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Downsizers snap up charming Cooks Hill terrace house.

On the doorstep of Newcastle’s most iconic food district, it is home to some little terrace houses that will remain in their charming historic form thanks to conservation protection.

One of the first suburbs in Newcastle, Cooks Hill was once a working class suburb that grew from coal mines in the area, dating all the way back to the 1800s.

It has now transformed into a sought-after suburbs in Newcastle, and it is not hard to see why people love the vibe of the area.

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The new Hunter Street tram near Cooks Hill. Picture by Peter Lorimer.

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Close to Darby St, which is lined with about 25 restaurants and cafes as well as bars, pubs, boutique stores and art galleries, the Newcastle CBD is right at your fingertips, with light rail access that runs from to the top to the bottom end of town.

Terrace houses in the suburb are to remain in tact, with knock downs prohibited by conservation orders out in place by local government.

Property renovations are allowed, provided that they are in line with the history of the area.

For some, this is the lure of the area.

For example, a restored two-bedroom terrace at 58 Brooks St was recently snapped up by a local couple for $1.04 million.

The buyers from Hamilton South loved the little 1880 abode so much that they bought it with future anticipation to downsize into.

The charming terrace includes two fireplaces.

Large kitchen with exposed brick walls.

Meticulously restored by renowned multi award-winning Heritage builder Australian Heritage Restorations, agent David Phelan from Dalton Partners said that the owners have a real passion for restorations.

“They searched far and wide for these 120 year old floorboards — they were just meticulous with the restoration,” he said.


Perfect collision of old meets new.

Roomy terrace to enjoy summer afternoon beers.

“Quite often with these old Cooks Hill terraces there is something not quite right — a tricky floor plan or narrow rear lane access, but this one had a fabulous layout and ticked so many boxes.”

The classic freestanding home has two fireplaces, a large kitchen with charming exposed brick walls and a courtyard that flows to a garage with wide rear lane access.

The sale price was one of the highest on record for a two-bedroom terrace in Cooks Hill.

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