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”.