WHAT happens when a homeowner expertly mixes old-world charm with modern luxuries? Something like this beautiful home in North Hobart.
The property is ideally situated in a sunny, tree-lined street with easy access to the area’s noted restaurant strip, as well as the city and waterfront in one direction and the northern or eastern suburbs beyond.
Step past the front gate and there is an immediate feeling of homeliness.
It is clear that the owner has put in the time and effort to ensure everything is perfectly in its place.
For lovers of period architecture, the Federation era is on show here.
This 1910 property has tall ceilings, original timber floorboards, and ceiling roses that point to its long history.
Seamlessly, the classic character of the home has been juxtaposed against modern, contemporary appeal, including a sleek kitchen and an open lounge and dining space.
In the deluxe kitchen the next owner of this home will find stone benchtops, an induction cooktop, a Siemens dishwasher, heaps of cupboards, a tile splashback, slide-out pantry, tiled floors, and an island bench perfectly orientated to enable the chef to chat with their guests.
The light-filled dining room and kitchen features tiles, while the lounge boasts period floorboards. Currently there is a church pew along a wall for extra seating.
There are three generous-sized bedrooms, plus a study or a fourth bedroom if required.
Most of the bedrooms are set towards the front of the home.
Two are 5m x 4m, with tall ceilings adding to the sense of spaciousness. Fireplaces with timber mantelpieces further enhance the ambience.
Property consultant at EIS Property Ben Gray said the homeowner had remodelled the next bedroom — another large space that now has the added luxury of a walk-through wardrobe and an ensuite with a step-in shower.
“Locals tell me that No.1 [Wignall Street] is set on the sunnier side of the street, and that really shows when you are in the living space,” he said.
“The light floods into the kitchen and dining space in the morning and throughout the day.
“And the rear yard is drenched in natural light. It would be a fantastic entertainment spot, especially in spring and summer.”
The grounds are less than 400sqm, but the block feels bigger with its crafted, low-maintenance landscaping, including established trees, hedging, a covered dining spot and bench seating.
Access to this area will be a breeze because it is set just off the kitchen and living zone.
Ben said there had been a lot of interest in No.1 Wignall Street since it hit the market. Alongside locals, he has been fielding inquiry from interstate buyers.
“We had about 40 groups through the first weekend’s open homes, which was a great turnout,” Ben said.
“The reaction from people when they see it has been fantastic. Everyone is impressed with how well it presents and how spacious it is.
“It is the type of home that has a good feel.
“While it would be well suited to a family lifestyle, the strongest level of interest has actually been from couples.”
North Hobart has been among Tasmania’s most desirable suburbs for many years.
In its latest report, CoreLogic found that houses and units in the area tended to be snapped up within just 10 or 11 days of hitting the market.
Ben described the area as coveted.
“North Hobart continues to surge in popularity,” he said.
No.1 Wignall Street, North Hobart, is listed with EIS Property and priced at “Offers over $825,000”.