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Peek inside Newcastle house after six-figure makeover



Credit: Hive Estates

A Newcastle house has hit the market after undergoing an incredible remodel.

First a warren of bed-sits then an impressive five bedroom house, the building has moved onto the next chapter of its life being transformed into three, separate family homes.

Potential buyers have the chance to view the outcome of the extreme refurbishment tomorrow (24 February) at an American-style, open-house.

Newcastle independent estate agent, Hive Estates, who advised on the renovation strategy and styled the homes, is hosting the event.

Hive Estates managing director, Michael Mortimer said: “We are incredibly excited for the ‘big reveal’.

“These properties are a perfect example of how we are changing the way estate agency works, by not just sticking them on Rightmove and putting a board outside but creatively advising and styling them, or designing them, and selling them via effective marketing campaigns which embrace social media platforms to reach varied and extensive audiences.”

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An Instagram-led marketing campaign – developed and implement by Hive Estates – has already inspired lots of house-hunters to register their interest in 13 Highbury, Lavender House and Moor Lodge.

The building may have changed in appearance, going from a 1900s Victorian building to modern flats, but its uninterrupted views across the Town Moor have remained the same.

It’s fascinating history sees the imposing red-brick property once belonging to the Northern Ladies Annuity Society, split into a number of bedsits that housed governesses who hadn’t married, or who were widowed and had fallen on hard times.

Each flat had a sink and cooking facilities and there were communal bathrooms and living spaces.

The charity, which was established in 1868 to support retired widows and single women on low incomes, sold the property – known then as Lavendar Lodge – to Tim Price and his wife Sarah, in the 1990’s.

No 13 Highbury House in 1996 when Tim and Sarah purchased it (Credit: Hive Estates)

This change in ownership led to the house turning into a very large family home.

The Prices enjoyed a happy life at Highbury House, having two children there – Sam in 1998, and Josh in 2000 – before moving away and keeping the house as an investment property.

Up until 2019, Mr Price rented the house out to students.

Tim (left) and Sarah lived at Highbury House until 2002, when Tim’s job took him to Manchester.

No. 13 Highbury has since undergone a major, six-figure renovation.

It is part of a prestigious terrace where three-storey homes typically fetch £700,000.

Mortimer added: “The location of these homes is spectacular – they have serene, vista views across the Town Moor, yet are minutes away from a wonderful array of cafes and shops in Jesmond and Newcastle city centre, with great schools on their doorsteps.”



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Karen’s Diner on Tour is BACK IN NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE!!



Karens Diner on Tour Newcastle upon Tyne

Karen’s Diner on Tour coming to town on tour and ‘well if y’all show up in force we’ll either come as a longer term pop up or simply just stay put for a while until we’ve insulted everyone in the North East!’


Get your tickets here: Karens Diner Newcastle tickets


We have spoken to the top Karen who assures everyone who went last time that Bottomless means BOTTOMLESS!

At our pop-up Karen’s you will be greeted and waited upon by rude waiters who in return are expecting you to give it full Karen. A place where you can complain until the cows come home because we literally don’t care. You can expect good food, good fun and a dining experience like you’ve never had before. Let us know if it’s your birthday, if your name is Karen and for the love of Karen don’t ask to speak to the manager….

Your ticket includes a delicious BOTTOMLESS pizza and BOTTOMLESS prossecco or select spirits and mixers as well as select soft drinks drinks for a full 90mins

*We cater for all allergens

You will get full and authentic Karen experience – our games, our waitstaff and the full works. Decent food provided by the venue (we hope) and BOTTOMLESS booze for those who love a drink. This is a dining experience like no other – literally. Come enjoy the OG Karen’s from OG Karen’s.

Don’t accept imitations – book now to avoid missing out!

See our two below YouTube videos from the last time they were in the toon to see what to expect…

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Raoul Moat Drama Coming Soon To ITV



It looks set to be one of ITV’s biggest dramas this year and The Hunt for Raoul Moat is being brought to screen by the same people responsible for smash hit shows Line of Duty, Bodyguard and Vigil.

It was confirmed last April that production on the series had commenced, nearly 12 years after Moat gunman shot ex girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and her new boyfriend Christopher Brown, with Brown dying from his injuries. After fleeing Samantha’s home in Birtley, Moat, who had been released from prison just days earlier, went on the run, shooting on duty policeman PC David Rathband in the face as he sat in a patrol car on the outskirts of Newcastle and leaving him blind.

From there, Moat headed for Northumberland, forcing the quiet village of Rothbury into a lockdown as police launched a frantic search for him. The hunt for Moat reached its conclusion with a tense stand-off between the killer and the police on a riverbank, with Moat eventually shooting himself and dying from his injuries as he was rushed to Newcastle General Hospital.

ITV announced three parter The Hunt for Raoul Moat almost a year ago, as filming got underway in Yorkshire, with a cast including ex Bodyguard star Matt Stokoe as Moat and Inspector George Gently actor Lee Ingeleby as police chief Neil Adamson.

ITV have yet to officially announce an release date for The Hunt for Raoul Moat, but is expected to be form part of the channel’s spring programming.

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Newcastle United to Reveal New Shirt Sponsor?



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footballinsider247 are reporting that the main shirt sponsor slot for Newcastle United is expected to be filled by airline SAUDI, who sponsored Newcastle’s mid-season tour of their owners’ homeland in December.

They state ‘This site revealed in February that there is frustration at St James’ Park that they have inherited a kit deal with Castore worth just £5m per year with no break clause and several seasons left to run.’

Newcastle’s recently appointed CEO Darren Eales has already previously expressed that the club at looking at all commercial opportunities and fans on Twitter were keen to mock up their expectation for the new shirts, see below and let us know your thoughts and also see our below video on how NUFC can increase commercial avenues..

Eddie Howe’s team are currently in a strong position to achieve a European slot which would increase revenue into the club allowing more spend whilst staying within Financial Fair Play which is something Howe has spoken about on several occasions as they look to stay within. If the club do reach a European slot it should help significantly with recruitment in the summer by making it a more attractive proposition to any incoming targets.

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