Our Buyer’s Agent, Kylie Frearson, recently had the opportunity to meet up with Newcastle local and Giants Netball defender, Sam Poolman, to find out some of her favourite places in Newcastle.
First up was The Letter Q, a small café on Joslin Street in Kotara. Sam discovered the café from one of the girls she coaches and calls it “one of her favourite cafes in the Newcastle area.”
The Letter Q boasts delicious coffee, an assortment of cakes and tarts, and a scrumptious menu perfect for brunches with friends.
Sam considers The Letter Q “one of her favourites for Kombucha” and her two favourite menu items are the smashed avocado for breakfast and the warm pesto chicken salad for lunch.
Kylie points out that 80.9% of homes in Kotara are home owner occupied, with a five-year average annual capital growth of 8.6%. Small parts of Kotara have even been zoned for New Lambton Public School.
You just can’t go wrong in Kotara, with their wide variety of shops and cafes, particularly The Letter Q, you’ll want to treat yourself to brunch every weekend!
The next place Sam introduced us to was Zebra Finch, a gift and homewares store located in Marketown Shopping Centre, Newcastle West.
Zebra Finch holds beautiful collections of wooden toys, décor items, artworks, and children’s clothing.
“There’s certainly a gift you can buy for everyone in here!” Sam says. “It’s really unique, and they change their products all the time, which is really nice.”
From carefully crafted zebra figurines to sweet narwhal plushes, Zebra Finch is a cosy, yet distinct store, prepared to provide gifts unlike anything else for your loved ones.
The population in Newcastle West is predominantly childless couples. With only 44 houses in the entire suburb, the last 10 properties sold in Newcastle West were apartments*.
Newcastle West lies in the very heart of Newcastle, and grasps everyone’s individual needs in the one single area. Its bustling nature is perfect for easy access to the Newcastle CBD.
Sam chose the perfect place to end our little tour of Newcastle. Bar Beach is just a small walk north of Merewether. The bright white sand and beautiful blue waves are perfect for a swim in summer.
“Bar Beach is my favourite beach,” Sam tells us. “I love coming here in summer, and I also love going for a walk. Going across the Coastal Walk and then going all the way down to Merewether.”
Sam goes on to say that she used to come here often as a teenager, after school or on the weekend. “I think people always put Nobbys (beach) or Merewether (beach) on the map, whereas Bar Beach is certainly my favourite beach to go to.”
The Bar Beach kiosk is stocked with all the takeaway favourites like fish and chips and ice cream, perfect for those long summer days at the beach. There is even a lookout spot up the steps near the carpark.
Bar Beach is predominantly home to couples with children. In 2016, 50% of homes in Bar Beach were owner-occupied. And the last five house sales in Bar Beach were between $1,150,000-$4,250,000*.
A big thank you to Sam Poolman for showing us around some true Newcastle gems! We sure did have a great time. Check out the video linked below if you’re interested in seeing these amazing sites with your own eyes.
If our tour around Newcastle has peaked your interest in looking for a property in one of these suburbs, contact our Newcastle Buyer’s Agents today.
*according to Domain.com.au