IN a quiet corner of the city, this historic home tricks the eye at first glance.
On the street by the front door, it would appear to be a sandstone cottage.
But head inside and you will find so much to discover, such as the two-storey layout and the cascading tiered gardens that stretch out across the 1400sq m block.
From the entry hallway onwards, the home is a showcase of beautifully maintained and preserved period features. But this is no stuffy museum; it’s actually a fabulous family home with a warmly welcoming feel.
Peterswald for property’s Ed McKay described it as a home with an “understated elegance”.
He said while it exhibits all of the hallmarks of its late 1800s era, it was also “very liveable”.
“It is the type of property that would be comfortable as a three-bedroom home with a study and multiple living spaces, or it could be configured with up to four or five bedrooms, depending on needs,” he said.
“On the ground floor, the owners have created a delightful dining room, but it is easy to imagine it being used as a large bedroom.”
There is a lot to discover throughout the property, from the widow’s walk at the peak of the home — and its expansive views across the city — to the huge, likely century old trees that are peppered throughout the back garden.
Mr McKay noted the main bathroom as one of the home’s many “wow” moments that will take your breath away.
“It is opulent, a space that has the feel of an old world five-star hotel,” he said.
“What the owner’s achieved here is astounding, and an uncommon level of sophistication.”
Elevated and with great views, No.328 Liverpool St was originally built in 1888 by Henry Turner, of Turner Bros Millers and Bakers.
In 1918, it became a boarding house, known as Gladville.
Intricate lead-lighting frames the home’s opulent entrance, which opens to reveal soaring high ceilings, original Tasmanian oak polished flooring and ornate ceiling cornices.
The entry level’s sumptuous living space features bay windows and abundant natural light and warmth.
Original fireplaces, now decorative, feature throughout many rooms of the house, including within the formal dining room.
Sitting opposite the formal lounge space is the first of many bedrooms, while along the hall a second bedroom with built-in wardrobes boasts sensational views across Hobart’s rooftops.
A renovated bathroom with a vanity, walk-in glass shower and toilet, has been respectfully designed to complement the historic interiors, with marble floor tiles and matte brass fixtures and tapware.
Accessed via a timber staircase, the lower level of the estate is equally as impressive as the upstairs rooms.
There is a casual family sitting room and an enclosed all-weather veranda, extending to the expansive grounds.
There is room to dine-in in the gourmet kitchen. Premium appliances, abundant storage space and timber cabinetry feature here.
The downstairs level is home to the exquisite main bathroom with its marble mantle and decorative fireplace. Exuding elegance, the bathroom was designed for two, featuring a luxurious walk-in shower, freestanding bath and vanity.
With access via the kitchen, and externally, the laundry has been rejuvenated to allow for ample storage and necessary appliances.
The original laundry troughs are still in-situ.
Hidden behind electric gates and picket fencing, the impressive grounds offer a semirural feel, a rarity in the heart of the city.
Sandstone steps lead to multiple spaces, basking in sunshine, below shady trees in the garden courtyard, and around a cosy fire pit.
There is an age-old magnolia and a Sydney gum, dating back to the 1890s, thought to be planted upon the home’s construction.
Nearby, apple trees, walnuts, established florals and trees create a secluded garden oasis.
For a home like this, the buyer demographic could be vast.
Mr McKay said the property would likely be sold to someone who appreciates Heritage homes, Hobart’s history and the architecture of a bygone era.
“It could be a well-heeled local family, a couple, empty nesters… it might be bought by an investor looking to land bank something special,” he said.
Hitting the market today, the buyer of this 1880s Victorian residence will no doubt appreciate the fastidious attention to detail and care that has been taken to preserve this impressive slice of Hobart’s history.
Flawlessly presented and steeped in history, it is one of Hobart’s finest homes.
No.328 Liverpool St, West Hobart is listed with Peterswald for property, it will be sold by expressions of interest over $2.45m.
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