Sandy Bay: Old world charm meets new world opulence
HOMEOWNER Gordon Henry has lived in some of Hobart’s finest suburbs but he reckons Start Street in Sandy Bay is the best of them.
Gordon said for him and his children, it has been a fantastic place to live and he describes it as “the best location in the city”.
“It is so convenient at just a 10-minute walk from town, Sandy Bay and Salamanca,” he said.
“You don’t have the same constraints here as you do in Battery Point and, honestly, living there can feel a bit like you are “on show” for tourists.
“Start Street is a really nice neighbourhood, full of very friendly people. We even have a street party for Christmas.”
Gordon’s 1900s home was previously owned by a noted Hobart architect.
Beyond the pretty period facade, the interior of the home has been completely transformed to suit a modern lifestyle.
The shimmering lap pool grabs a visitor’s attention within the first minute of entering this four-bedroom house.
It is positioned just off the kitchen and dining space with access via sliding, ceiling-high glass doors making indoor-outdoor entertaining a breeze.
The rear yard has space for a dining setting, some lawn and a huge trampoline, one of which is currently positioned atop of the double garage. The garage can be accessed from neighbouring Turner Street.
Gordon said while he used it as a garage, in the past it has been a rumpus room.
Hidden from sight in this space is a laundry, toilet and the pool pump.
Entry into this property is via a unique catwalk-style timber walkway to the veranda and the foyer.
The living zone is light-filled and free-flowing with a lounge to the left and a big dining and kitchen straight ahead.
There is storage along almost the entire length of the room.
In the kitchen the home chef will find steel benchtops, a Bosch dishwasher, AEG oven with gas cooktop.
There are two children’s bedrooms on this level, separated by a sleek bathroom in between; it features a twin vanity, a deep bath and a shower with multiple jets.
With sliding walls for flexibility, rooms can be sectioned off to create more private, intimate spaces or for ease of heating during winter.
Within the bedroom built-ins hides a desk and a light.
The parental sleeping quarters are located on the upper level.
Take the timber and glass stairs upward and you will find two spacious bedrooms or a bedroom and a nursery, if desired.
There is also an ensuite, a study plus storage hidden neatly within the roof cavity.
From here there are lovely views of the Derwent River.
Knight Frank senior sales consultant Rorie M. Auld said the first open home for 6 Star Street had been very well attended and way above the average of late.
He said the property provided a fantastic alternative for those that would like to enjoy inner-city living but did not want to live in an apartment complex.
“With its beautiful gardens, the lap pool, the modern style and space, it is an extremely attractive property,” he said.
“It is full of light, tranquil and set in a close-knit community.
“The location is conveniently close to Hobart’s CBD and Sandy Bay’s restaurants are nearby.
“For those that want to be able to “lock and leave” when going away travelling, this home would be ideal.”
No.6 Star Street is listed with Knight Frank and will be sold by expressions of interest over $1.55 million.