An auction notice from 1885 shows the suburb as Moss Vale Heights with home sites in Rose, George, John, Margaret, Throsby and William streets for sale, with 1/10 in cash payable on the fall of the hammer with the balance in six, 12, 18, 24, 30 or 36 months and no interest.

Earlier still, it was known as Tighes Bridge and before that, Bingle Hill – when in 1840 Robert Tighe was granted 2000 acres there.

It has been the site of a slaughter yard, a smelter, a coal mine and the gateway to the steel industry.

Today the gentrification of the worker suburb is well under way. Cottages are tightly held and well sought after.

Two opportunities to buy into Tighes Hill present themselves next weekend.

5 Mitchell Street Tighes Hill

Bidding is expected from $520,000 for a rare 350-square-metre waterfront opportunity at 5 Mitchell Street, which goes under the hammer on Sunday, May 10, at 11am on site through MDRE Property Advantage agent Mark Dowling.

5 Mitchell Street Tighes Hill

Regarded as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the classic old miner’s cottage with views over Throsby Creek has an old granny flat down the back.

The front cottage consists of two bedrooms, a central lounge room, a retro 1970s kitchen, tidy bathroom and large sunroom with views. Downstairs, there is a large rumpus room and second bathroom and toilet.

Mr Dowling said the granny flat “definitely needs updating” but is large in size with a kitchen, lounge room and bedroom. Vehicle access is available, leading to a double tandem garage.

The property will be open for inspection today from 9.15am to 9.45am or by appointment.

A large block at 12 Union Street, Tighes Hill, will be auctioned on Saturday, May 9, at 11am on site through Borrelli Quirk Newcastle agent Bill Quirk.

12 Union Street Tighes Hill

Overlooking public reserve, parklands and Throsby Creek waterway, the approximate 825-square-metre block of land houses a three-bedroom house with one bathroom.

“Circa 1900s, the property has been compromised by nature and time which have hidden the classic features throughout, and it is now awaiting a kind hand or redevelopment,” Mr Quirk said.

It will be open today at 11am to noon and next Saturday, May 9, from 10am to 11am.

12 Union Street Tighes Hill

Boutique development

A NEW development in Merewether called Oceans Reach will soon be released to the public for sale.

An artist’s impression of what an internal space at Oceans Reach will look like.

Already 11 buyers for the 37 apartments have been secured after an initial release to Robinson Property’s database.

They are located on the corner of Merewether and Llewellyn streets, and agents Mike Flook and Ben Robinson expect demand for the boutique development to be high, particularly with Merewether locals who want to stay in the area.

Located walking distance to shops, the beach, and transport, the project is made up of five, one-bedroom, 30 two-bedroom and two three-bedroom apartments with prices ranging from $519,950 to $1.09 million.

The apartments are designed by Snell Architects and have premium finishes, a security basement car park, storage with each apartment, airconditioning and huge balconies.

Construction is due to start around the middle of the year and is expected to be complete in the second half of 2016.

Patience will be rewarded

55 Morehead St Lambton

TIGHTLY held in the same family for 60 years, a development site at 55 Morehead Street, North Lambton, will go under the hammer on site next Saturday, May 9, at 10.30am.

With panoramic views spanning north, south, east and west, the site on the top level section of the street houses a three-bedroom cottage.

But listing agent and auctioneer Anthony Merlo said the drawcard is two separately titled blocks measuring 440 square metres and 438 square metres respectively, providing a combined area of about 878 square metres and offering a 21.79-metre frontage with services running directly in front of the property.

“Interest has come from single house block buyers, developers and mum and dad baby boomers looking to develop two to three quality dwellings, given its prominent position with views to the city and ocean to the east, parkland to the north and bushland to the south and west, combined with positioning within a short stroll to the Lambton CBD,” he said.

Mr Merlo said the owners, Louise Ferguson and Greg Moran, remember as children their now deceased mother, Valarie, being pestered over many years by people inquiring if she wanted to sell the prominent parcel of land.

Mr Merlo said bidding was expected to start from $560,000.

The property will be open today from 1.30pm to 2pm for inspection.

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