Take a peek inside this award-winning builder’s own home
THERE is nothing quite like the privilege of taking a peek inside an award-winning builder’s own home.
Chances are very good that it is going to be an impressive experience.
This was certainly the case last week when the Mercury popped by Royce and Thea Fairbrother’s stunning waterside home in Sandy Bay.
Known throughout Tasmania as a leader in the construction industry, Fairbrother has won local and national awards for some of the State’s most jaw-dropping projects, from Pharos at Mona to the Saffire Resort in Coles Bay.
For Royce and Thea, the move to Hobart years ago from the North-West Coast — to be closer to family — has been a happy one. Thea said they absolutely love living in Sandy Bay because it is “such a beautiful area”.
“When we sell this house we won’t be moving far, just four doors up the road, actually,” she said.
Thea said if she was selling their home herself, the position would be the first thing she talked about with potential buyers.
“Living right here by the river, it feels like you are on a boat,” she said.
“When there are yachts on the Derwent or cruise ships, it is magical.”
Anytime someone is selling a home they will have a number of good reasons for doing so. The first one that came to mind for Thea was one that I have not heard before: vegetables.
“While we have spent a lot of time on the landscaping of this property, it doesn’t lend itself to having a bunch of vegetable gardens, and we would love to be able to grown our own,” she said.
The Fairbrother family’s home is nestled on a cliff above the River Derwent at the lower end of Sandy Bay.
It is a sleek and stylish, state-of-the-art four-bedroom, three-bathroom home.
Because it is one of only four in this gated complex, the home has a sense of safety and security.
With cantilevered balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows and title to the high-water mark, the building virtually floats above the river.
Rarely is a home’s position maximised so well.
Take a walk through this stunning home and you will feel like the fabulous water view is a constant companion. It can be enjoyed in the kitchen, on multiple decks, from many of the bedrooms, even from the master bedroom’s shower: beautiful, wide and blue.
The floor plan is expansive, stretching out across three levels. No detail has been overlooked in this architect-designed, beautifully presented home, from the stylish kitchen and bathrooms to the integrated lighting and heating systems.
Neutral tones combine with fine timber details and discerning splashes of colour to create a home that feels warm and inviting at every turn.
And as would be expected from the Fairbrother family, quality is the key word with this expertly built, finely crafted home.
Step outside and you will find pretty green gardens with splashes of colour, established trees and even a special seat with the most amazing, uninterrupted view of the river.
Gently graded steps and a boardwalk wind through landscaped gardens to the foreshore below.
At the front of the property there are four undercover carparks.
The home is also well positioned to capture abundant sunshine.
No.2/696 Sandy Bay Road is listed with Knight Frank and will be sold by expressions of interest closing April 18.
CoreLogic figures for 2018 show Sandy Bay had Tasmania’s second highest median house price behind only Battery Point. However, there were almost six times as many sales in Sandy Bay — 134 — as there was in its neighbouring suburb.
Compared with prices three years ago, Sandy Bay house and unit medians have grown by about 35 per cent.
Sandy Bay boasts a bustling unit market, with almost 100 unit sales last year, which was the third largest figure in the State.
On average, last year Sandy Bay houses sold in 17 days on the market, while units were very similar at 16 days.