Landmark property Bella Vista in Mayfield listed for sale

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“Iconic” Bella Vista poised to hit the market JEWEL IN THE CROWN: “Iconic” Bella Vista, built in 1919 for BHP steelworks manager David Baker and more recently used as a wedding and function centre, will be sold as a residence through an expressions of interest campaign.
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Bella Vista is expected to attract plenty of interest when it hits the market next week.

Bella Vista is expected to attract plenty of interest when it hits the market next week.

Bella Vista is expected to attract plenty of interest when it hits the market next week.

Bella VistaBella Vista is expected to attract plenty of interest when it hits the market next week.

Bella Vista is expected to attract plenty of interest when it hits the market next week.

Bella Vista is expected to attract plenty of interest when it hits the market next week.

Bella Vista is expected to attract plenty of interest when it hits the market next week.

Bella Vista is expected to attract plenty of interest when it hits the market next week.

Bella Vista is expected to attract plenty of interest when it hits the market next week.

Bella Vista is expected to attract plenty of interest when it hits the market next week.

Bella Vista is expected to attract plenty of interest when it hits the market next week.

Bella VistaBella Vista is expected to attract plenty of interest when it hits the market next week.

NEW PLANS: Part of Bella Vista’s original property has been sold with approved Development Application plans for 12 high-end, freestanding villas.

TweetFacebookIt’s so beautiful and it’s so steeped in history and we just love the place. We’ve got mixed feelings about it but it’s just one of those things; it’s just time to move on. We’re really sorry to see it go.

John Nisner

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Selling agent Darren Penn will open Bella Vista for its first inspection on April 14 and expected the property to attract plenty of interest.

“It’s an absolutely iconic property, in the true definition of the word,” Mr Penn said.

“It’s a mansion, it’s not just a home. There are luxury homes in Merewether and on Burwood Road in Whitebridge that would probably outrank this as a home.

“But as an iconic property Bella Vista stands out because Newcastle is a BHP town, and royalty and dignitaries have been there.”

He expected interest to come from “everywhere”.

“I think there will be a lot of locals who have always admired it, there will be people who have had their wedding there …and there will be that emotional attachment, and I have already had someone internationally show interest,” he said.

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Mr Penn will also market the 12 villas, which were designed by EJE Architecture, off the plan towards the end of this year.

All 12 villas and Bella Vista will all have access to the gardens with the landmark home remaining the property’s focus. Maintaining the integrity of the residence and property was paramount when the Nisners were working on the development of villas to flank Bella Vista on either side.

“They’re not townhouses, they’re not joined together.They’re all individual freestanding villas,” Mr Nisner said.

“They’re three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, two car parks; it’s going to be beautiful. It’s going to be called Bella Vista Heritage Estate and all of the villas have access to the main garden, so none of the garden is going to be built on at all.

“The thing my wife and I wanted to do with this development is unique to Newcastle.

“We didn’t set out to try to butcher it or to try to turn it into something that would be over-development. It was all about maintaining the heritage and working with council to get it right.”

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Mr Nisner said they wanted to have the development plans approved first so nothing could be changed later.

“From the road looking up, Bella Vistawill still have that grandeur because all of the gardens down the front aren’t being touched at all,” he said.

“That was a big thing with council, that for years to come everyone will be able to recognise the size of the block that it was initially.

“It’s nice to see it all coming to fruition.”

The developers, who did not wish to be named, were chosen by the Nisners because “they really embraced the whole concept of what we wanted to do”.

“They embraced that whole feeling of we want this to be really special for Newcastle, because we spoke to a lot of developers and we picked them becauseof that reason,” he said.

Expressions of interest for Bella Vista will close on May 8.

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