22 Earl Street, Sandy Bay. Picture: SUPPLIED
THE chance to buy a beautiful family home in Sandy Bay’s Earl Street is a rarity.
With less than 20 houses running alongside UTAS sporting grounds from Sandy Bay Road, the appeal of this tightly held neighbourhood is clear.
These homes are often large and leafy with a feeling of vast spaciousness looking across the green sports fields towards Mount Wellington.
Petrusma Property senior consultant Sam Monks described this area as “one of the most revered streets of Sandy Bay”.
“This beautifully presented home is set on a large allotment of 1012sqm and offers a very rare opportunity to secure a substantial family home in such a wonderful location,” he said.
That special, leafy, 1920s feel.
For the current owners, the position was a big part of the appeal when they bought the home more than 25 years ago.
Having moved from Sydney to Hobart, escaping a long commute was a must, and the family found Earl Street offered easy access to school and work.
“It has been fantastic for us, it has done its job admirably, but the time is right to move on to our next chapter,” they said.
Sam said a luxurious, high-quality renovation of the original 1923 home offered stunning period features contrasted with and complemented by modern additions.
He said it would be ideal for entertainers with its large indoor pool, spa and enclosed entertaining area.
“As well as being directly opposite the University of Tasmania, it is just a short walk to Nutgrove Beach and local coffee shops and restaurants,” he said.
This home has a warmth and a welcoming feel from the first step inside the gate. The established, gorgeous gardens have the feel of a wonderful place to sit, enjoy a book and bask in the tranquil quiet — despite being just a five-minute drive from the city centre.
The lovely master bedroom.
Lovely leadlight is featured throughout the home, alongside oak timberwork.
Around to the left is a space that makes a grand statement. There is an open-plan dining area and a light, sunny, modern kitchen with a large, comfy lounge on one side and the pool room on the other.
One of the owners’ projects over the years was to open up this space to create an amazing living zone. With the foldback doors open to the pool room and entertaining area, it is easy to imagine this space playing host to a party of any size. And just beyond the pool there is another leafy, colourful, whisper-quiet garden.
Crisp lines and garden views.
A careful blend of old and new can be seen throughout the property. The modern kitchen, for example, is anchored by original 1920s hardwood floorboards. In the laundry there are hints at the heritage of the home with its sandstone floor and Huon pine benches.
Upstairs there is a study, a large bedroom and the master with its bay window, vast built-in wardrobes, direct access to a sunroom, and a beautiful bathroom — originally a dressing room — that now features granite floors and gold taps.
A place to relax.
For those who have teenage children or have guests come to stay, the home has a separate wing.
The homeowners said one of the wonderful things about living in Earl Street was the neighbours. They said it was the kind of place where everyone knows everyone and they all get together for a Christmas party each year.
No.22 Earl Street, Sandy Bay will be sold by expressions of interest; it is listed with Petrusma Property.
CoreLogic figures show just how tightly held this neighbourhood is. The most recent sale in Earl Street was in June, but before that there had not been a sale since 2013 — a relatively busy year for the street, with three sales that year.
CoreLogic figures show Sandy Bay’s median house price grew by about 6 per cent in the 12 months to the end of July. At $900,000, it was second only to Battery Point.
In that time almost 150 houses were sold, making it one of Tasmania’s busiest corners of the market.