Tasmania's five most breathtaking homes on the market

Tasmania's five most breathtaking homes on the market
Tasmania's five most breathtaking homes on the market

Searching for beautiful properties is never a difficult task, however it conjures up many conversations about taste, how money is spent and what really makes a home beautiful. In saying that, we were absolutely spoiled for choice by the Tasmanian listings. We were thrown one stunning house after another, and usually without the sum required for purchase that we'd see for many properties on the mainland.

One thing we did notice, however, was that while a home could be stunning from the outside, often the bathrooms and kitchens didn't live up to expectations - perhaps due to the older, heritage style of many of these properties. It appears that renovating isn't in everyone's blood. In saying that, despite the let down of these two rooms, many other elements shone through - stained glass windows, intricately decorated ceiling details and unique features that we couldn't help gaping at.

Here are our top five from Tasmania.

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5) 78 New Ecclestone Road, Riverside

Four-bedroom, three-bathroom Calbrook has expectations of around $1,150,000, and is set on more than three acres, and is one of the renovated properties on the list.

With a somewhat modern feel, but retaining the classic country style, it includes a 20 metre lap pool, a conservatory-style pagoda, white wooden beamed ceilings and beautiful gardens, it also has balconies and fireplaces.

One of our favourite features is the window chair that can be seen in the photographs, with storage capacity underneath.

It last sold in September 1991 for $260,000, according to RP Data.

It has currently been listed since the end of October.

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4) 717 Hobart Road, Relbia

Asking for offers around $3,000,000, this is no run of the mill home. It was previously advertised in September 2011 for the same pricetag. The six-bedroom, two-bathroom beauty is an "example of Mediterranean themed artistry" notes the listing, filled with symbology from ancient Greece.

The owner is the artist for the home, also dubbed Old Marchington.

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It is home to Tasmania's largest private fountain, with a Versace-inspired mosaic... meanwhile, the property is also described as having a "subtlety in design" with Sistine Chapel inspired ceiling artwork.

A detached two-bedroom studio apartment is included in the listing, along with tennis courts and a swimming pool, it's definitely on the grand scale.

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3) Address withheld, Taroona

Sadly, the address for this Victorian Italinate mansion has been withheld on this property, however it's too beautiful to not include on the list.

Established in 1893, and built of sandstone, it sits on 6,396 square metres and is named 'Winmarleigh'.

Having been designed by the Tasmanian architect George Fagg, and constructed by owner/builder H.W. Stabb, the listing explains that it's the first time it has been on the market since its purchase by the Chief Justice in 1939.

Including an articulated verandah and vast gardens, the five-bedroom, two-bathroom home includes eight original fireplaces, it also has 14-foot ceilings and a servant's bell system.

Chief Justice John Demetrius Morris and his wife lived in this house and "loved to entertain" notes the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

"As administrator on occasion, he also received at Government House. He mixed equally well with conservative families, intellectual leaders and trade-union officials. He dressed well, had a natural charm and social ease, spoke learnedly and talked with wit," it notes of Morris. He was titled Chief Justice in 1940 aged 38, and from 1944 was appointed Chancellor of the University of Tasmania and Chairman of the State Library Board.

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2) 2 Wellington Street Richmond

Stunning home "the mill House" is said to have been built in 1865 with the original function being as a flourmill, and then a butter factory, before becoming a B&B and now a home.

And it's fit for royalty, with the home of George and Heather Vozar having been visited by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Charles, Prince of Wales, late last year for a luncheon as part of a six day tour of Australia to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The luncheon was hosted for women from Tasmania's agricultural industry. The entire tour was the subject of some debate from the Member for Murchison, who asked about the costs of the entire tour.

It has five-bedrooms and four-bathrooms, and retains the sense of rural history with Baltic Pine and a "convict brick feature wall".

It also includes an attic games room, a double garage and a cellar. A cottage near to the main residence is also included.

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1) 12 Lambert Ave Sandy Bay

This five-bedroom, three-bathroom home includes a billiards hall, library, study and swimming pool.

It has gorgeously striking stained glass windows and comes with the classic feel but with a bit of security in that it has been rewired, includes new plumbing and a new roof, as well as having a modern extension on the original home.

It has been on the market since February and last sold in 1993 for $620,000.

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Jennifer Duke

Jennifer Duke

Jennifer Duke was a property writer at Property Observer

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