It would be easy to think we were bringing #HousePerv to you from somewhere in Scandinavia or Byron Bay this week. Nope! We are in beautiful Carrington – or “Carrodise” as the locals like to call it. 

This stunning terrace is the home of the wonderful Dr Alyce Barnes, her husband Matt, and gorgeous daughter Saylor. Matt and Alyce purchased the circa 1910 dwelling in 2008 and, very wisely, rented elsewhere while they embarked on a complete renovation project before moving in and making it their family home.

The charming original shape and structure of the terrace remains and, thanks to a collective eagle eye for design and detail and with help from local architectural firm Curious Practice, the couple has completely renovated the facade and interior giving it a modern look and feel. It’s a brilliant example of how to marry the old and the new.

Originally, the downstairs area was three different spaces. Mattand Alyce’s decision to open it up takes the eye on a tour from entry, starting at the stunning original fire place to the brand new marble-tiled kitchen, and out the back to the lush green garden.

So apart from Scandinavia, Matt and Alyce drew inspiration from their favourite hotels at their go-to holiday hotspot, Byron Bay. While the décor and furnishings may draw from places afar, it is still so beautifully Newcastle.  

I don’t like rules, as I only ever break them, but as a general guideline we don’t feature homes For Sale on #HousePerv because our particular pervs are all about loving where you live. I’m making an exception this time as I have been wanting to feature this home for yonkers, and these guys have certainly loved living here!

Some lucky peeps will make this their new home, or turn it into an awesome B&B for us all to enjoy! 

But for now, Happy House Perv!


What is your favourite thing about living here?
A: I absolutely love our bathroom. It’s such a calming space filled with so much natural light and the glass louvers allow a sense of being amongst the palms and the garden, which is pretty relaxing! 

M: It’s a killer location! You can walk almost anywhere and cruise into Newy’s best cafes, eateries and beaches. It’s been really cool to renovate our terrace and enjoy living in the open plan space as a couple and, over the past year, with our daughter Saylor. 

Dr. Alyce, we love what you do. Can you tell us a little about your roll at the Uni?
I feel so lucky to be working in a job that I absolutely love! I completed my PhD at the University of Newcastle and focused on improving the physical activity levels of girls and their mothers. I then started work as a co-investigator on the world first program DADEE (Dads and Daughters Exercising and Empowered) which aims to enhance girls’ social-emotional wellbeing, improve girls’ sport skills and increase physical activity levels of dads and daughters. It’s such privilege to work alongside some of the world’s leading parenting and health experts and be a part of a team that has such a profound impact on children and families, their self-efficacy, health and wellbeing. I am so proud to see so many empowered girls and their dads attend the DADEE program and become advocates for gender equality. That’s a big part of the DADEE program – empowering girls and their dads to become gender advocates. I really enjoy educating girls and their families about the ways they can be critical thinkers and build skills to become empowered for life.

Matt, real estate is hot in Newcastle at the moment. Can you give us an insider tip on anything?.
Homes in the Throsby villages such as Carrington, Wickham, Islington, Maryville and Tighes Hill are smoking at the moment. There is a real buzz around the city with new developments and infrastructure underway including the new Wickham transport interchange which is having a significant impact on values in the precinct. These areas in particular have become gentrified over the past few years, creating eclectic communities with a hive of positive activity.

You guys having stunning interior style.  Where are your favourite places to shop?
Pappa Sven of course! We love Willows too!