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Wallsend 4 Campbell Street

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'Claren's House' c1887 – A Majestic Residence

One of Newcastle's most significant homes in the heart of the heritage precinct of Wallsend township, Claren's House is a magnificent Victorian Italianate manor of timeless elegance, grandeur and rare distinction. It's a residence that deserves to be revered and respected, built 1887 by William Walker Johnson for his family of nine children; a truly rare opportunity now exists for a new generation to share in this home's spectacular splendour. Significant for its instantly recognisable Italianate aesthetics, it's a reminder of an affluent period in the town's history.

Crafted around a wide hallway, the layout features adjoining formal lounge and dining rooms and a grand ballroom. At the rear the original servants' quarters have been converted for modern living into a family room with adjoining modern timber kitchen, casual meals area and bathroom. Upstairs, there are four large bedrooms and a rear second addition dating from early last century, which accommodates a central sitting room, federation tiled bathroom, three further bedrooms and a dressing room. Outdoors there is a large courtyard with a laundry, third bathroom, workshop and a rear garden gate leading to a 3-car parking space.

The home reveals all the classic features of the period including soaring 12ft pressed metal ceilings, original 6" Cypress pine floors, a magnificent Australian cedar staircase, corbelled hallway arches and original fireplaces, all combining to create an elegant home rich in character and destined to impress. Elegant chandeliers, classic drapes, warm hues and magnificent Axminster wool carpet add rich layers of texture.

This is an exciting real estate opportunity in the heart of this historic suburb within easy access of schools, shopping, eateries, parkland, the Hunter Expressway and the University of Newcastle. From here it is no more than 20 minutes drive to Newcastle CBD and iconic beaches.

- National Trust Classified Victorian Italianate manor on 1184sqm landholding
- Zoning is suitable for private or commercial ventures
- Modern granite and timber kitchen with island bench, gas cooker and dishwasher
- Air-conditioned relaxed family living; formal lounge and dining; grand ballroom
- Upper level sitting room, bathroom and seven bedroom accommodation
- Three bedrooms are appointed with air-conditioning
- Encircling lacework verandah captures elevated suburb views; paved alfresco at rear
- Off-street parking for three vehicles; wrap-around lawns


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Property Information

  • Land area approx 1184sqm

Property Features

  • Ensuite 1
  • Uncovered Carspaces 3
  • Kitchenette
  • Close to Transport
  • Close to Shops
  • Close to Schools
  • Carpeted
  • Built In Wardrobes
  • Air Conditioning

Local Information Wallsend

Nearest Schools*
  • Government Schools
  • Independent Schools


  • Wallsend Public School
  • Plattsburg Public School
  • Elermore Vale Public School


  • Callaghan College Wallsend Campus
  • Callaghan College Jesmond Campus
  • Glendale High School


  • John Hunter Hospital School
  • Wetlands Environmental Education Centre


  • Newcastle Waldorf School
  • Macquarie College
  • Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College


  • St Patrick's Primary School
  • Our Lady of Victories Primary School
  • St John's Primary School


  • Margaret Jurd College
  • Aspect Hunter School, Cardiff Satellite
* Nearby schools are selected based on straight-line distance only.
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