$3.25M price tag on former nursing home

A Sandy Bay estate with a mammoth 18 bedrooms has been listed on the market for offers above $3.25 million.

The heritage-listed mansion at 20 Fitzroy Place was built in 1900 and turned into a nursing home in the 1960s, undergoing extensive remodelling and extensions in 1979. It continued to operate as a nursing home until 1997, and for the past decade has been used as a private residence.

Now the Federation Queen Anne mansion, known as Derwent Court, is up for sale for the first time in 36 years.

EIS Property agent Deb Stephens says that despite the size of the property – a whopping 2,152sqm – the house itself feels very welcoming.

“When you think of the size of it, you think it must feel big and extensive, but actually it’s the opposite, it’s quite homely and it wraps itself around you,” she says. “It’s a nice, comforting feeling.”

Discreet frontage and a long driveway lead back to the two-level residence, which contains much of its original fit-out.

Leadlight windows, ornate ceiling decorations, timber wainscotting and dado walling can be found throughout the building, with timber coffer ceilings and exposed rafters making an appearance too.

The versatile layout includes six different living rooms spread across the two floors and an exceptional entryway. With two additional sitting rooms connected on either side, the entry foyer truly is grand.

“They’re like reception rooms and they’re still quite formal with their wainscotting and beautiful features,” Deb says.

“The big fireplace surrounded by built-in bookshelves is such a standout feature. There are some beautiful architectural features.”

Just past the grand foyer’s flight of stairs is a central, commercial-style kitchen complete with stainless steel benches to service an adjoining dining room. There’ll be no shortage of dinner table conversation either, as the room comes complete with its own mirrored fireplace cladding and a wall-length nature mural.

The 18-bedroom building still retains elements of its hospice alterations. Four separate bathrooms accommodate primarily stall-style toilets, with separate shower facilities for ease of access.

“I’ve had quite good interest in the property,” Deb says, “There’s a lot of versatility in it.”

“There is the caveat that it has to stay for residential use,” she explains. “So it could be used for luxury accommodation, a boarding house, converted to apartments or kept as a residence. 

“The original house is heritage listed but the extension does have the possibility of being replaced.”

And with easy access to the city, Battery Point, and nearby schools, Derwent Court is likely to attract even more attention.


20 Fitzroy Place, Sandy Bay, Tas 7005


Deb Stephens
0409 125 132
EIS Property

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