November 10, 2017

Two hours North of Sydney (by car) you’ll find beautiful Newcastle gazing out to the Tasman Sea.


A train from Sydney to Newcastle will take two and a half – three hours, or a good run in the car is about two hours. While people do commute from Newcastle to Sydney, plenty also live and work in Newcastle. Although Newcastle is a hard-working city (Newcastle Port is Australia’s oldest port), it manages to maintain a holiday air, helped along by the glittering Tasman Sea to one side and the serene Hunter River to the other.

Newcastle locals love their sport, whether it be rugby, soccer, netball, ice hockey or cricket. Then of course there’s the water sports including surfing, kite surfing and more.Trains, buses and ferries are available and Newcastle Airport is 15km north of the city.

Newcastle has a rich history and this is evident in the remaining Victorian terrace houses. For the most part, modern apartments dominate the skyline, competing for views of the river or sea. Apartments range in style and act as markers of Newcastle’s history, from art deco, to 70s brick and modern curvaceous masterpieces.

Separate houses are available, especially further out of town and in adjoining suburbs, where some beautiful architect-designed homes can be found. GR Homes are quality people buiding quality homes, right here in the Hunter. We can help you find that perfect piece of land and then help you build your dream home on it. We're with you every step of the way.

For a sea change with all of the city conveniences, it’s hard to go past Newcastle. If you don’t mind a commute, working in Sydney is still a possibility, or do as many locals do and work locally. 

If you are looking for a sea or tree change, get in touch with us for a no obligation chat about what it's like to live in the Newcastle/Hunter region. You won't regret it!

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July 25, 2017

Tips on entering the property market

tips-719205-edited.jpgTop tips for young investors looking to enter the property market.

Deciding to buy your first investment property can be overwhelming – especially for young investors trying to break into the market.

It’s common for young investors to think that purchasing an investment property is as simple as finding one you like, purchasing it and then watching the money roll into their bank account.

Before throwing yourself into the market it’s important to commit to getting your finances in order, doing the appropriate research and developing the right mindset, especially before applying for a loan. What young investors often don’t realise is if they fail to adequately prepare before applying for a loan, they’ll have a hard time getting much further- especially if they have a poor credit record or a history of not paying bills on time.

Once you have secured a loan, it’s important to make sure you can keep on top of loan repayments, either by purchasing a property that will generate positive rental return or be in a position to cover extra loan costs if the total amount won’t be covered by rental income.

Below we have a number of tips to help you get started on your property investing journey.

  • Cultivate the right mindset
  • Ensure you have a good credit history
  • Understand how tax works
  • Start saving!
  • And more!
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July 25, 2017

What to be aware of when building your new home


Many people get caught in the trap of assuming a builder will tell you everything you need to know when building a house. Whilst this generally is the case, to be fair to the builder, some clients can give the impression they know more than they do which can result in a finished project that doesn’t meet expectations. Too often I hear from people who have built with numerous different builders that “I didn’t know it would look like that or “I didn’t know that was what I was going to get”.




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June 22, 2016



We had a great day at the Huntlee Display Home Grand opening on Sunday 12th June. We had the pleasure of meeting lots of lovely people who were excited to hear about how GR Homes can design and build their dream home.

We see you as the most important factor when building a new home and understand that it can be a stressful process. This is why we pride ourselves on making the building process easy by matching your unique needs and desires with the perfect home design. We treat all of our customers as individuals and you have direct access to the two owners of the company at all stages throughout planning and construction.

Whether you’re building a beautiful beach side retreat or a suburban family home, GR Homes takes pride in matching an affordable home design that has been specifically developed to suit your lifestyle. Whether it is your first home, investment property or final home- we have a range of homes to suit you.

This is why we’re excited to be a part of the Huntlee village. The opportunities are endless! Not only is it in a prime location, close to the Hunter Expressway, less than 45 minutes to Newcastle CBD and approximately 2 hours from Sydney, the recent area growth makes it one of the most sought after developments in the Hunter Region.

To find out more about the beautiful homes that you can create with GR Homes at Huntlee or within the Newcastle area please click here or alternatively call us today- (02) 4978 8400.


March 12, 2016


It is with great pleasure that we announce that as of the 15th March 2016 Dixon Homes Hunter will be trading under the new name of GR Homes.

Like all good things, our franchise agreement with Dixon Homes has come to an end on 15th March 2016.  Apart from our name and a range of new designs nothing else will change.  Our focus continues to be to employ professional people to build quality homes in the Newcastle and Hunter Region.

Since 2010 we have focused on building quality homes in the Hunter region and we wish to thank the team at Dixon Homes for their assistance during that time.  Both of our directors, Richard Halstead and Gavin Crouch, are dedicated to building high quality homes with integrity and a high level of personal service.  Our dedicated team members are focused on assisting clients to design, decorate and build beautiful homes that we can all be proud of.

We look forward to building your future dream homes and successful developments with the same quality, the same people, but with a new name.

GR Homes

Quality People, Building Quality Homes