Breathtaking sea breezes from Hobart’s beautiful River Derwent sweep through this spectacular home with such regularity, it feels almost like you’re out on the open water. But with this much space at your disposal – 382sqm of house on 632sqm of land – there’s no mistaking that you’re within the walls of a very fine home indeed. And it’s on the market with a price guide around $5 million.
The level of luxury is evident from the get-go, not just in the fact that there are three spacious bedrooms and three bathrooms, but with immediate stunning views on opening the grand front double-door, straight through the elegant Italian-tiled foyer and out over the watery expanse.
Wall-to-ceiling windows, including art deco-esque glass curves, ensure the light (and that view) floods in to the comfortable living areas – of which there are several, of course – and there are few places in the residence you can’t gaze longingly out or bask in the sun’s rays.
Tasmanian oak floors ensure the property’s flow is seamless, inviting you through all four floors to experience such fantastic elements as a Miele-filled kitchen, separate dining area, a games/gym area on the lower ground floor, and a luxury-must – 1000-bottle capacity wine cellar. Even working from home would be enjoyable, the study space offering more of those peaceful river views through unique window shapes.
It’s not just internally that this place impresses. The immaculate split-level terraced patio reaching right to the water’s edge continues the Italianate theme, the perfect spot to sit back and enjoy the exciting end of the annual Sydney-Hobart yacht race. If you want some quiet time, there are plenty of spaces to recline alone, whether private balconies or nooks inside.
Such an amazing spot doesn’t come without its history. The residence sits on land originally granted to George Frankland, who built the grand Secheron House, but subdivided the plot in 1923 with a proposal to turn the area into natural parkland. The proposal was rejected, and the site was split into 26 sites, on which were built the beautiful prestige properties that sit there today.
Knight Frank agent Pam Corkhill explains it’s rare for such a gem of a waterfront home to go on sale in the area. “Clarke Avenue just does not move,” she says. “It’s so sought-after.”
The current owner, a pilot who has been living in Hong Kong and using the dwelling as a holiday home, actually rebuilt the current home in 2005 – and a very good job he did too!
14 Clarke Avenue, Battery Point, Tas 7004
0419 103 867
Knight Frank – Tasmania