Katy Holliday - 23 Aug, 2021

From the city to the country: 10 must-see properties in NSW

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If you’re looking for an escape to the country or your very own oasis in the city, here are ten properties across New South Wales that offer not just a home but a lifestyle worth living. 

Hunters Hill

This exquisite heritage apartment is located in the heart of the Peninsula. A 19th-century sandstone mansion, it’s just one of six exclusive apartments in the building and offers high-end luxury living. 

You’ll notice the attention to detail with this property, from the exposed sandstone walls and ornate gas fireplace to the picturesque, manicured communal gardens. BresicWhitney Hunters Hill takes the home to auction on July 24 with a guide of $1.2 million.

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A true Blue Mountains gem with sweeping vistas across the Jamison Valley and access to your own viewing deck, this majestic 4-bedroom home offers stylish and modern open plan living. 

Enjoy the finer things in life with underfloor heating in the bathrooms and Caesarstone benchtops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. Belle Property Blue Mountains is selling the home by private treaty for $2.25 million.

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For those real Highland farmhouse vibes, this cosy loft-style cottage is situated on an amply-sized block and even comes with a chook pen. Complete with a woodfire, exposed wood beams, high ceilings, and wooden floors throughout, this property oozes charm and easy living. 

Ample sunlight enters the home and there’s a large deck for entertaining. This is a place you’ll never want to leave. Ray White Bowral will take the home to auction on July 31 with a guide of $795,000.


If you’re looking for country charm, this Hamptons-style home with its sweet cornflower blue door delivers in spades. This property is located in one of the most exclusive avenues in the Southern Highlands and boasts a Juliet balcony overlooking well-manicured gardens. 

The oak herringbone parquet floors throughout the main living areas, high ceilings, elegant staircase and french doors add natural elegance. DiJones Bowral will take the home to auction with a guide of $3.6 million.

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This architecturally designed rainforest escape, just one hour north of Sydney, brings the outdoors in with floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, Australian hardwood timber floors and glass cathedral ceilings. 

An entertainer’s paradise, there are five different entertaining decks, six generous bedrooms, including a loft studio, and 4.5 bathrooms. Close to Pittwater and the yacht clubs, this is refined living in a unique setting. The property goes to auction with Raine & Horne Mona Vale on July 17. 

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Adamstown Heights

For a spacious family home, a stone’s throw from Newcastle’s CBD, this architecturally designed, two-storey home offers expansive views to Port Stephens. Exposed red brick and polished timber walls and flooring create a visually appealing living space, while there’s also a wine cellar, pool and double garage with a roomy parking bay for a boat or motorhome. 

The ground floor has a separate self-contained two-bedroom space for older kids or parents to retreat to. Price is available on request and this property is being sold by McGrath Newcastle City. 


Situated on the Shoalhaven River with its own private dock, this waterfront home is perfect for idling away the days in the quiet hamlet. A crystal-clear pool overlooks the river, while the home is nestled by trees. 

If you’re looking for peace, you’ll find it here. Inside, floor-to-ceiling glass windows drench the home with sunlight and offer panoramic views. While it feels remote and stunning, the regional hub of Nowra is just ten minutes away. Request a private inspection of this property with Bond Lifestyle Properties. 

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The historic Pulmans Cottage was built in 1865 and is both eclectic and luxurious at the same time. Filled with rustic charm, it offers large fireplaces, stained glass windows and polished timber floors throughout. 

Outside, you’ll be enchanted by exquisite gardens and an established orchard that leads to the pool and cabana area. A babbling brook runs alongside the property, and there’s a 2-bedroom bungalow for guests. Request a private inspection with Belle Property Berry. 


For those looking for the ultimate beachfront property, this architecturally designed waterfront duplex is situated in an enviable Port Stephens enclave and is a short stroll to the amenities of Nelson Bay. A white sandy beach is footsteps from the home. Inside you’ll find high timber-panelled ceilings and an open plan living space to take in the views. 

There’s a home theatre, a loft, and a massive master bedroom with a private balcony overlooking the ocean. This is a home that doesn’t skimp on the luxurious touches. The home goes to auction with First National Port Stephens on July 24. 

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Broken Head

Designed by renowned architect Phil McMaster, this unique oceanfront home in Linnaeus Estate is a surfer’s paradise. Nestled between Byron Bay and Lennox Heads, and surrounded by rainforest, the community and sustainability-minded development offers pared-back barefoot luxury. Shared facilities include a 25-metre infinity pool, organic veggie garden, tennis court, gym, library and more. 

Surrounded by timber decking, the three-bedroom home boasts a large kitchen with stainless steel appliances, polished timber floors, and timber ceilings painted white to create a light and airy vibe. Request a private inspection of this property with McGrath Byron Bay. 

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