Historic Kempton home ready for its next chapter
KEMPTON’S historic Kent Cottage has seen it all in its 185-odd years.
Built in the 1830s by James Lumsden, the property has been a general store, a service station, a cafe and a residential home.
Owner John Papapostolou bought the property a few years ago, having moved to Tasmania from interstate for work.
“At the time we were looking for a nice, quiet country town that was not too far from the city,” John said.
“We looked at a few places, but this one was the standout.”
The previous owner ran a coffee shop from this Main Street property, and despite the fact that was more than four years ago, people still remember the scent of coffee in the air.
“Just a few weeks ago people knocked on the door asking if we were open for a coffee. It happens pretty regularly,” John said.
“If things were different I would turn it back into a coffee shop, maybe put up a couple of sails, create an outdoor dining space — it would be brilliant, especially in summer.
“An antiques shop, a gallery, hair salon or a souvenirs store would also be a good fit. There is potential to take it in a number of directions.
“It is also a great family home, perfect for kids, with their own space upstairs and room to play outside.”
The property is set across three levels, with the top floor featuring two bedrooms with built-in wardrobes.
The master bedroom is on the first floor, where the formal lounge once stood. It has an ensuite and built-ins.
A second bathroom and another bedroom are also on this level.
Multiple living spaces can be found on the ground floor, including a porch and a courtyard, a large kitchen and dining space, a second living room, a family room and a huge lounge.
Stylish subway tiles and a double-sized Belling oven are highlights in the updated kitchen.
The home features convict-brick walls, original signs, an open fireplace with convict-chiselled sandstone hearth in the master bedroom, plus reclaimed timber floorboards from a bedroom that has been transformed into a stunning feature.
The original shop is now the light-filled lounge, complete with gas heater and built-in display cabinets that hint at the property’s history.
LJ Hooker Glenorchy sales consultant Suzanne Wiltshire described the home as impeccable.
“It is a beauty,” she said.
“The location, the close-knit community and the wonderful renovation — it is fantastic from front to back.
“And with the massive lounge there is an opportunity to turn the home back into a thriving restaurant, cafe or any number of commercial opportunities.”
No.121 Main Street, Kempton, is listed at “Best offer over $579,000”.