Successful mission to banish 1970s brown in funky Newcomb reno

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The entertainer’s backyard is one of many surprises in store at 11 Watsons Rd, Newcomb.

A FUNKY renovation has injected a hip inner city vibe into a 1970s-style Newcomb house that’s symbolic of the suburb’s gradual gentrification.

Dark timber floors, a crisp white interior and Balinese-inspired outdoor entertainment area deliver an unexpected burst of urban sophistication at 11 Watsons Rd.

It’s a far cry from sea of mission brown that once adorned the three-bedroom brick house.

11 Watsons Rd, Newcomb.

The house before the renovation.

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Eastwood Andrews, Geelong agent Nicole Andrews said the vendors, a Geelong couple in their 50s, had transformed the property since buying it several years ago.

The kitchen and dining area overlooks the garden.

“It was very ’70s, very mission brown,” Ms Andrews said.

“They have got a great knack for renovation, one of them is very handy with renovations and the other is into design.

“They did the renovation over a period of time, mainly over the last few years.”

The stylish backyard is the centrepiece of the redesign and features a compact in-ground swimming pool, day bed and a series of open and covered decks surrounded by landscaped gardens.

A little taste of Bali in Newcomb.

The loungeroom.

The garage has also been converted into a flexible rumpus room with a separate sunroom at the rear.

“The garage is three rooms so it would be great for someone who wants to work from home, wants a studio or for teenagers,” Ms Andrews said.

“The property is great for entertaining … (the backyard) has got a Balinese feel and they spend a lot of time in Bali so they wanted to bring that home.”

The former garage is now a rumpus room.

The main house has three bedrooms, a central bathroom and an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with stone benchtops, an induction cooktop, mirrored splashbacks and walk-in pantry.

It will be auctioned on July 27 at 10.30am with price hopes of $505,000 to $555,000.

One of the bedrooms is set up as a study.

Ms Andrews said most of the inquiry had come from young buyers and single women looking for a studio space.

She tipped such renovations would continue to pop up in Newcomb.

“I think we will start to see a lot more of it because people are starting to view the area and more people are coming through,” she said.

Check it out for yourself on Saturday at noon.

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