Just three owners in 95 years but now this Sandy Bay home can be yours
THE owners of this gorgeous historic Sandy Bay home have held it tightly for decades.
The last time No.276 Sandy Bay Road was on the market, television in Australia had just made the switch from black and white to colour.
While showing the Mercury around their four-bedroom home recently, Margaret and Robert Loring shone a light on the 1924-built home’s rich history.
Robert pointed out the architect Bernard Walker’s eye for beautiful details and how his work can still be seen today all over Hobart.
Sure enough, there is another Walker home just a few doors down the street, as well as his most prominent works, such as the Hobart Cenotaph and several buildings at The Friends’ School.
At No.276 Sandy Bay Road, Walker — of Hutchison and Walker architects — created a home that was as functional and beautiful nearly a century ago as it is today. It was built of solid brick and the highest quality timber and fittings.
The house has a sculptural effect created by the roof and dormer windows.
From the crafted woodwork in cedar, Tasmanian oak and Huon pine to the crystal doorknobs, gas light fittings, brass stair fittings and the — still working — maid’s bells, this home exudes history and character.
The feeling is accentuated by the original small-pane windows that allow plenty of sunshine and light into each room, many of which look out to the attractive garden with its established trees and shrubs.
Positioned on a sunny, private, flat block with high rear fences and tall trees, the home is enticingly close to the hive of activity in Sandy Bay’s retail precinct.
And yet set one foot inside the front gate and the glorious gardens transport a visitor into an oasis that leaves the hustle and bustle to melt away.
A similar effect can be felt inside and at the rear of the home. The sound of passing traffic is next to nil in the garden and silent indoors thanks to double-glazing behind the original windows.
Beyond the bright red statement door, the floor plan features an entry foyer with craftsman-built timber stairs to the right and the home’s formal lounge to the left.
Under the stairs there is a neat cellar for those who enjoy a drop of wine.
The lounge is an absolute showstopper and a space where the owners and their children, family and friends made many fond memories.
Taking centre stage is an imported chandelier that will stay with the home for the next owner, who will be just the fourth to live here. Margaret and Robert bought the chandelier in Venice on their first overseas holiday.
Just beyond the lounge is a dining space, a second living room with a fantastic fire and timber bookshelves, and then the kitchen with its working fuel stove, Huon pine benchtops and an excellent pantry.
There is also a laundry, toilet and storage on this level.
Upstairs is dominated by sleeping quarters and a study that overlooks the rear garden.
The master bedroom is at the front side of the home, with an equally large second bedroom located between the master and the study.
Across and down the hall are bedrooms three and four, with the bathroom — including a tub and shower — set in between.
Each bedroom has built-in storage and intriguing details that differentiate each from one another — from the shape of the room, to timber wall lining.
Having spent so many years here, the owners say it will be a sad day when they move out.
“I would love a family to buy this house, to come and make it their own,” Margaret said. “It has always been a family home and it would be great if it worked out that way.”
Robert said on returning to their house after being away for a little while — say, on holiday — there was a perspective that the distance afforded.
“It is a home that you feel proud to own,” he said. “We have felt like custodians as much as homeowners.”
The exterior of the house was professionally painted in mid-2016.
The property has secure off-street parking for three vehicles, plus a garden shed and a workshop.
Sandy Bay’s supermarkets, cafes and shops are one block away, plus private and public schools and the University of Tasmania are on its doorstep.
The yacht clubs of Marieville Esplanade are within walking distance as is the Hobart CBD and waterfront — perfect for a stroll to a lunch date or to see the NYE fireworks.
No.276 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay is listed with Knight Frank and will be sold by expressions of interest closing on or before November 8.