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Keira Bourke and Nathan Corrigan bought their lovely apartment in Newcastle’s CBD in August 2020. A renovation project they decided on after COVID resulted in them pausing their other big plans for the year. “We were planning to get married in April 2020 and backpack the world for 12 months when COVID hit,” says Bourke. “We had already packed our bags, arranged our jobs and rented our house in preparation for our travels. “After a few months we realized that traveling for an indefinite period of time was not possible and saw the offer for the apartment.” Bourke first fell in love with the apartment when it was last on the market I like the character of the old building, especially the high ceilings and oversized windows. ”The smallest apartment complexes on Watt Street that Bourke says have“ a really nice sense of community ”. On the ground floor of the building there is a fitness studio and a restaurant, so that there is always the gentle hustle and bustle of the people. The couple spent a year intensively renovating the two bedroom, two bathroom, second living room and balcony apartment that they now live in with their dog Otis. “We took the apartment down and replaced almost everything,” she says baths herself, along with tearing up the floor and preparing for the professionals who come in and lay chevron boards everywhere. “Corrigan also made a three-foot-high room-high Bookshelf, which Bourke says is her favorite piece in the apartment. “The bookshelf Nathan built is a special piece,” she says. “It took a while to get the books to fill them. Aside from our own books – and also a few friends who have given and loaned us – they come from vintage shops, book fairs and the Facebook marketplace. “Bourke describes the interior design as” classic “and adds that” the Parisian Style was the inspiration “. The apartment is spacious, airy and flooded with light. Thoughtfully decorated in a palette of whites, neutral and soft browns, it has a fresh and calming feel. The space is done in light wood tones, contrasting textures and durable materials like linen and leather. Small details – like a wooden chess set, old books, gold-framed French prints and photos and a varied selection of pretty vases and vessels – add an element of personality and comfort. Much of the furniture is second-hand and predominantly Sourced from Newcastle and Sydney via the Facebook Marketplace, Bourke says it’s fascinating to be in Newcastle oldest street to live. “My aunt researched the story for us. I have printouts of stories, along with pictures from the 19th and 20th centuries, that I’ve hung in frames around the house. ”I have a copy of an 1886 ad from the Newcastle Morning Herald and miner’s lawyer promoting the horses – and carriage rental in the stable at our address. We know it became a common practice in 1922 and political office in the 1950s. ”The couple also appreciate the ease of Newcastle East. “We love being so close to the beach, bars and cafes. It’s a great area to take Otis for a walk and take him to the dog beach. ”Bourke and Corrigan hope to welcome guests to the Watt Street apartment part-time once the lockdown ends and rent it out for photo shoots a great place for visitors to Newcastle to base their travels in our region. ”The couple also operate two other Airbnbs in Merewether and Port Stephens and have been hosting guests for private room rentals for the past five years. It was fantastic to meet travelers from all over the world, share stories and learn more about other cultures. “Their home – like the best non-touristy beaches in Croatia that we should visit one day. With some of the travelers we were in Have met over the years, we still stay in touch. ” in one place “. Our journalists work hard to keep the community updated with local, breaking news. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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Elegant apartment in Newcastle’s CBD. Images: Teresa Brincat, Muse Photography

Keira Bourke and Nathan Corrigan bought their beautiful apartment in Newcastle’s CBD in August 2020.

A renovation project they decided on after COVID resulted in them pausing their other big plans for the year.

“We were planning to get married in April 2020 and backpack the world for 12 months when COVID hit,” says Bourke.

“We had already packed our bags, arranged our jobs and rented our house in preparation for our travels.

“After a few months we realized that travel was not possible indefinitely and saw the listing for the apartment.”

Bourke first fell in love with the apartment in 2014 when it was last on the market.

“We really liked the character of the old building, especially the high ceilings and oversized windows.”

The first floor apartment with a blush front is located in one of the smallest apartment complexes on Watt Street, which, according to Bourke, has “a really nice sense of community”.

There is a gym and a restaurant on the lower level of the building, so there is always the gentle hustle and bustle of people.

The couple spent a year renovating their apartment, which has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a second living room and a balcony. They now live in it with their dog Otis.

“We dismantled the house and replaced almost everything,” she says.

“Nathan tore down the bathrooms himself, tore up the floor, and prepared it for the pros to come in and lay chevron boards all over the place.”

Corrigan also made a three-foot-high floor-to-ceiling bookcase, which Bourke says is her favorite piece in the apartment.

“The bookshelf Nathan built is a special piece,” she says.

“It took a while to get the books to fill them. Aside from our own books – and a few friends who gave us and loaned us too – they come from vintage stores, book fairs, and the Facebook marketplace . “

Bourke describes the furnishing style as “classic” and adds that “the Parisian style was the inspiration”.

The apartment is spacious, airy and flooded with light. Thoughtfully decorated in a palette of whites, neutrals and soft browns, it has a fresh and calming feel to it.

The room is decorated in light wood tones, contrasting textures, and hard-wearing materials such as linen and leather. Small details – like a wooden chess set, old books, gold-framed French prints and photos, and a varied selection of pretty vases and vessels – add an element of personality and comfort.

Much of the furniture is second-hand and was mainly obtained from Newcastle and Sydney via the Facebook Marketplace.

Bourke says it’s fascinating to live on Newcastle’s oldest street. “My aunt researched the story for us. I have printouts of stories along with pictures from the 19th and 20th centuries that I put in frames around the house.

“I also posted a copy of an 1886 advertisement from the Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, horse and carriage rentals from the stables, at our address. We know it became a common practice in 1922 and a political office in the 1950s. “

The couple also appreciate the ease of Newcastle East. “We love being so close to the beach, bars and cafes. It’s a great area to take Otis for a walk and take him to the dog beach. “

Bourke and Corrigan hope to welcome guests to the Watt Street apartment part-time once the lockdown ends and rent it out for photo shoots.

“We think it will be a great place for visitors to Newcastle to use as a base for their travels around our region.”

The couple also operate two other Airbnbs in Merewether and Port Stephens and have been hosting guests for five years.

“Before COVID, we rented private rooms. It was fantastic to meet travelers from all over the world, share stories and learn more about other cultures. ”

“Sometimes we came home from work and found that our guests had cooked a great German meal to share with us or to give us local tips about their homeland – like the best non-touristy beaches in Croatia, the should we visit someday Keep in touch with some of the travelers we have met over the years. ”

Bourke says they love the flexibility renting their home gives them while traveling, as well as “living out of a suitcase between our locations instead of always being in one place”.

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