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124 Swan Street
Morpeth, NSW 2321

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Sold on 23rd January 2017


James Taylors Bonded Store is an iconic part of Morpeths streetscape and rich history. The magnificent building of locally quarried sandstone is classically Georgian in appearance with little superfluous decoration.

Standing between Swan Street and the Hunter River, the residence enjoys a wonderful outlook from the rear. North facing living areas and the landscaped courtyard overlook the river to unfolding rural pastures beyond. The adjacent historic Morpeth Bridge is visible, stretching across sparkling waters, like its reaching for the mountains along the horizon.

Occupying three levels, a conventional arrangement has two bedrooms on the upper floor; living and kitchen to the ground floor, and finally, a flexible entertainment/guest-room on the lower floor. Fully refitted, luxurious bathrooms are located on the upper and lower levels plus a convenient powder room on the ground level.

The master bedroom is treated to the long country view through a wide, double hung sash window; like those seen throughout the entire home. For extra warmth in winter, an exquisite open fireplace, in keeping with the grand scale of Georgian style fireplaces with an ornate marble surround, is a defining centre piece. The second bedroom is complimented with a balcony overlooking Swan Street, a secluded place to sit and watch the main street. During various street events, such as the annual jazz festival and Anzac Day parade, this makes an ideal vantage point.

The front door on Swan Street is distinguished by impressive black plant stands under a traditionally simple awning that suggest a level of pared back elegance. Inside, the lounge/dining room feels welcoming and is made comfortable by another incredible open fireplace. The interior proportions are exaggerated by 12 foot high ceilings, white walls and the limed bamboo floors introduce a new twist.

Adapted for a modern lifestyle, additional storage has been cleverly hung from under the stairs, demonstrating a brilliant use of space without compromising floor area. Similarly, the contemporary kitchen maximises storage by taking advantage of the additional height.

Custom designed cabinetry extends to the ceiling and is finished in glossy white, bouncing light increasing overall brightness. Mirrored panels successfully create the illusion of limitless space while reflecting light from fixed LED's over the preparation area. Form and functionality successfully meet in this inspirational kitchen.

Sparing no expense in pursuit of a quality experience, superior stainless steel Smeg appliances are installed. Stone benchtops are finished with a strip of Italian marble, contrasting geometric white blocks with an organic texture.

This softens an otherwise clinical space, reminding us it is a creative one. Both the kitchen and lounge/dining open via French doors onto the elevated rear, verandah. Yet another space to relax in peaceful privacy; the lush, green courtyard gives way to the river's edge, dotted with trees below. Watch the kayaks pass and boats from Newcastle delivering visitors to Morpeth just like they did more than one hundred years ago.

Finally, the lower level, originally the cellar, now is a delightful recreational area that connects to the splendid, Mediterranean inspired courtyard. The wide arched doorway, practical for loading, is fitted with a set of fully glazed French doors that visually connect both internal and external environments. Authentic, iron bars over the windows are a reminder of the cellar's original purpose as a storeroom. Today, this flexible area could accommodate a range of purposes. With a bathroom to one corner it offers somewhere to be pampered. A free-standing designer tub is centred and beckons to be used. Opposite, a practical, modern laundry stands part way along one wall, only just encroaching on the huge 6m x 6m space.

Morpeth, as a weekend destination or a place to call home is easily accessible and offers a lifestyle brimming with events and features for the whole family. Only a short, approximate 10 minute drive to East Maitland for Stockland Greenhills Shopping Centre, Hunter Valley Grammar School and more. Access to the M1 Motorway, just beyond East Maitland connects to Sydney in about 2 hours. The Hunter Expressway, via the M1, links to Singleton and upper Hunter in about 45 minutes and provides access to the renowned Hunter Wine Country. Newcastle is just about a 25 minute drive East for night life, the regional University and a string of world class beaches. Alternately, the regional centre of Maitland is only approximately 15 minutes the other way and is regarded as one of the fastest growing cities in NSW with good business and employment opportunity.

Whether you are looking for a 'river-change', a change of pace or a new old home, 124 Swan Street is not to be missed. This remarkable property must be visited in person to truly appreciate its authentically rich character.

SMS 124 Swan to 0428 166 755 for a link to the on-line property brochure.

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  • Air Conditioning
  • Built in Robes
  • Open Fireplace
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