Sparkling waterways and lush fairways surround these exceptional new homes


ALL of the waterfront homes to be built at the Claremont Golf Club have been sold.

St Andrews Estate Agents director Steve Yannarakis said demand for the North Shore residential development properties had been “exceptional”.

“So far we have sold 26 homes, with a value over $10 million,” he said.

“Every waterfront residence from stages one, two and three has been sold.

“[Construction company] Vos is now building stages two and three.

“When complete there will be about 50 homes.”

Steve said practically everyone who had bought at North Shore was a downsizer.

He said so far there had been only three investors who had bought property at North Shore

“I would say the vast majority of buyers have a golfing interest,” Steve said.

“When viewing the homes people have been impressed with the outlook — water on one side and the greens on the other — as well as the high quality of the build, which is tight as a drum.

“I was confident that North Shore would sell well, and as soon as the first home was built the sales started to fly.”

These architecturally designed homes have a lush feel with their high, raked ceilings coupled with large windows, plush carpets and chic kitchens and bathrooms.

While the waterside homes are long gone, St Andrews is selling two- or

three-bedroom townhouses located directly beside the waterfront properties.

The fit-out is identical, albeit with an adjusted floor plan to suit a two-level home.

That extra height allows water views across the top of the neighbouring homes towards Old Beach.

And on the other side of the townhouses there are also uninterrupted golf course and Mount Wellington views.

There are options available such as upgrading to a balcony on the golf course side, or adding a lift or a garage rather than a carport.

Prices in this part of the development begin at $429,000.

Steve said the days of Hobartians not wanting to buy a home “off the plan” were over.

“That fear is gone,’’ he said. “We have certainly caught up to interstate markets on that front.

“One of the most attractive features of this development is the neighbourhood.

“Cadbury Estate has a very nice feel to it. It would have to be one of, if not the premier area in the northern suburbs.”

Henry Hunter designed Victorian-era mansion to market at $3.2m+

THE opportunity to snap up a grand, regal, Henry Hunter-designed showstopper is a rarity in the Tasmanian market.

Currently, the 1885-built Gattonside in Battery Point is the only home by the lauded architect that is on the market.

In the past few years Airlie, Maylands and Fairmont/Stoney Steps are among the Hunter homes that have changed hands.


St Andrews Estate Agents director Steve Yannarakis said since the listing launched he has had a good, steady level of inquiry.

Steve said most of this interest had been from interstate, including people who will be flying in to Hobart to view the property.

“While the eventual buyer will likely be someone with a commercial bent, it is not out of the question that someone will fall in love with the beauty of this beautiful, grand home and make it their family residence,” he said.

“Gattonside has been a successful accommodation provider for decades.

“A lot of people see it as a good space to be in right now, with tourism in Tasmania on the up and the state booming.”

Steve described Gattonside as one of Hunter’s “most enduring and lauded designs”.

He said Hunter was Hobart’s

pre-eminent colonial architect, responsible for an incredible list of significant buildings such as St David’s Cathedral, St Mary’s Cathedral and Hobart Town Hall, plus numerous private residences, including Gattonside, which is National Trust-listed.

The property features formal gardens, excellent off-street parking for up to 10 vehicles, and an external freestanding office building.


Entry to this magnificent and imposing home is through the deep front veranda.

Stepping past a stained-glass surrounded door, the floor plan offers a foyer, sumptuous formal lounge, office and kitchen. Over its two generous levels there are eight large ensuite bedrooms.

From the high ceilings with ornate plasterwork to the fireplaces,

multi-paned windows and original timber flooring, fabulous period features abound.

Over the years the home has been beautifully restored and is superbly presented.

It also comes fully furnished.

The quality of this incredible building is matched by its blue-ribbon location.

The owner will be able to walk to most of Hobart’s leading attractions such as Salamanca Place and Sullivans Cove, restaurants, bars and galleries, as well as festivals such as the Taste, Dark Mofo and the Wooden Boat Festival.

The sale of Gattonside Heritage Accommodation represents an exceptional opportunity to acquire a premium hospitality asset within Hobart’s most sought-after suburb, which also boasts the highest median price.

There is the flexibility of choice should the owner wish to convert it back to a truly grand residence or, potentially, apartments.

No.53 Sandy Bay Road is on the market, listed with St Andrews Estate Agents; it will be sold by expressions of interest over $3.2 million.

CoreLogic figures show Battery Point has the highest median price in Tasmania at $1.25 million across 12 sales in the 12 months through to the end of April. In that time the median grew by 32.1 per cent.

The suburb’s unit market was also strong, with 33 sales and 12 per cent growth.

There are currently just four Battery Point homes listed for sale, priced between $1.1 million-plus and “Expression of interest over $3.2 million”.

Battery Point: ‘In Sydney you’d get 10 times the price’

Plonk this Hobart home on Sydney Harbour, and the ticket price would easily be an eye-watering $40 million, or more, according to Steve Yannarakis of St Andrews Real Estate.

The grand 1890s residence on a vast 1174sqm waterfront block at 68 Napolean St in Battery Point, is on the market with a price guide of about $4.7 million.

“Put it in Sydney and you’d be able to get more than 10 times that price,” he said of the coveted home with a 20m river frontage.

With its charming Victorian facade, extraordinary water views and unique positioning, it’s no surprise that the five-bedroom property was ’s most clicked on listing in Tasmania and the ninth most popular in the country this week.

“It’s just such a rare opportunity, listings like this don’t come up very often. There are just 29 waterfront homes in Battery Point and only six have a private jetty like this one,” he said.

Even rarer is the addition of a slipway and a boat shed.

“It’s got the trifecta and maybe only one other home in Hobart has that,” he added.

Since the current owners bought the home in the 1990s, they have undertaken extensive renovations and additions to the historic Hobart property.

“No expense was spared at the time, it’s got everything,” Mr Yannarakis said.

Over three levels there are five large bedrooms, including three with ensuites, four bathrooms in total, multiple formal and casual living areas, a library, wine cellar and a contemporary dine in kitchen complete with an enviable water backdrop to ponder while doing the dishes.

The wow factor lies in the huge atrium style main lounge room which has enormous floor-to-ceiling picture windows to take in the panoramic views of the Derwent River, Short Beach, Errol Flynn Reserve and The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania

Over the vast leafy grounds there are terraced gardens with established trees, manicured lawns plus private side and rear courtyards.

Mr Yannarakis said while the residence has a big double lock up garage, it is also walking distance from several amenities including Hampden Road Village, the Salamanca market place, Sandy Bay shops, Short Beach and The University of Tasmania campus.

Northern suburbs a hot spot for house sales, led by the strength of Glenorchy's market

THERE are many ways to judge how a property market is travelling, from median price rises, to days on the market, to vendor discounts. 

However, perhaps the most pure statistic of them all is the number of sales. 

Each month CoreLogic RP Data releases to the Mercury an update on how every suburb in Tasmania is travelling.

And every month for a year and change Glenorchy has been the suburb with the most sales in the South of the state.

It is only eclipsed by Devonport in the North.

In CoreLogic’s November Market Trends report, which includes figures for the 12 months to August, there were 202 houses sold in Glenorchy.

Kingston (176), Howrah (153), Sandy Bay (148) and Claremont (144) rounded out the South’s top five busiest suburbs for sales.

Over that period Glenorchy recorded the best home value growth of these five suburbs at 14 per cent, closely followed by Sandy Bay (13.3 per cent) and Howrah (12.2 per cent).

Patrick Berry, manager at 4one4 Real Estate, said Glenorchy attracted a mix of families, first-home buyers and investors, all looking to purchase within the area because it offers every desirable service.

It also has the added bonus of being only a 10-minute drive to Hobart’s CBD.

“When you compare it to other suburbs within that short of a drive, the median price is a lot more affordable in Glenorchy than other areas,” Mr Berry said.

“For investors, they are able to achieve between 6.5 per cent and 7.5 per cent returns, which for a lot of interstate investors is huge — that seems to drive them.

“As for families, I believe it’s the lifestyle that is on offer in Glenorchy at an affordable price which allows a lot of people to move out of rentals into their own home more easily.”

He said while prices had definitely gone up recently, it was still possible to find reasonably priced properties throughout Glenorchy, especially when compared with Hobart and its surrounding suburbs.


A Glenorchy home at 227-229 Tolosa Street will be sold by St Andrews Estate Agents by expressions of interest.

St Andrews Estate Agents director Steve Yannarakis said that for many years Glenorchy had been in the “doldrums”, but he believes it is now “playing catch-up” in terms of price growth and volumes.

“Interstate investors see a value proposition, underpinned by robust investment fundamentals: strong potential for capital growth [off a low base] and excellent rental returns,” Mr Yannarakis said.

“This mirrors what occurred in the 2001 to 2004 boom, where prices in Glenorchy doubled within a very short period of time.

“Owner-occupier locals are also acquiring property as the ripple effect of capital growth — which started in the inner suburbs and spread out — is now reaching the northern suburbs.”

LJ Hooker Glenorchy sales and marketing specialist Marc Lester said a part of the high number of sales was the fact that it is such a large suburb.

“In regard to attracting buyers, Glenorchy still offers great value for money, with the median property price being around $300,000,” Mr Lester said.

“Prices have certainly gone up like the rest of the greater Hobart market, but in comparison to the inner city it is still very affordable."

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