Tassie the ideal home base

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - HOME - Jes­sica Howard

AF­TER 40 years away from her na­tive Launce­s­ton, Juanita Von Stieglitz re­turned last Novem­ber to fi nd an evolved Tas­ma­nia and the per­fect base for an in­ter­na­tional busi­ness.

Born in the north’s un­offi cial cap­i­tal, grow­ing up on the North- West Coast and later the Ta­mar Val­ley, Juanita left the state at the age of 20.

“Forty years ago when I left the state to de­velop my skills and see more of the world, Tas­ma­nia was a lit­tle known back­wa­ter and cer­tainly did not fea­ture glob­ally any­where,” she said.

“In my time away, and as a re­sult of my lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional busi­ness and tourism ex­pe­ri­ences, I can now see how much high qual­ity bou­tique de­vel­op­ment has gone on in food, wine and tourism, and this is ad­di­tion­ally en­hanced with the rich­ness and di­ver­sity of our wilder­ness, our well- pro­tected his­tory, and our easy ac­cess to de­vel­op­ing artists and de­sign­ers.

The high qual­ity food and wine and the easy ac­cess, ei­ther from Ho­bart or Launce­s­ton, to Mel­bourne or Syd­ney is great

“Along with the in­ter­net [ and soon to be NBN ac­cess], I have been able to re­lo­cate to Launce­s­ton from Syd­ney, take ad­van­tage of all that Tas­ma­nia has to of­fer in this re­gard, still run my busi­ness rep­re­sent­ing pre­mium in­ter­na­tional ho­tels, and travel both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.”

Look­ing for a mod­ern home with good heat­ing, across one level and with good ac­cess to the Launce­s­ton CBD, it took a bit of time to fi nd just what she was af­ter.

“It’s diffi cult to fi nd a house for a sin­gle fe­male be­cause most of the homes are quite big and ex­tended, es­pe­cially close to the city,” she said.

“I bought this house lit­er­ally within min­utes of walk­ing in­side.

“It wasn’t even on the mar­ket when I bought it – a friend of mine knew the owner and that she was think­ing about pos­si­bly sell­ing so she set it up for me to have a look. Within min­utes of see­ing it, it looked like the kind of place I could live in.

“I went back to Syd­ney and within three days I had an of­fer on my place. “It all fell into place re­ally eas­ily.” The open- plan home is spa­cious but not too big for its sin­gle oc­cu­pant and is brought to life with var­i­ous works by Tas­ma­nian artists.

A Nigel Lazenby wa­ter­colour over­looks the din­ing ta­ble, while a land­scape Clif­ford How paint­ing takes pride of place over the couch in the liv­ing area.

With lit­tle work needed on the town­house, Juanita has been de­vel­op­ing the gar­den and out­door space into an en­ter­tain­ing haven.

Con­tent to set­tle back into her home town, Juanita says there are two main rea­sons peo­ple ul­ti­mately re­turn to the state af­ter a stint on the main­land.

“I think peo­ple ei­ther come back for fam­ily or life­style rea­sons,” she said.

“The high qual­ity food and wine and the easy ac­cess, ei­ther from Ho­bart or Launce­s­ton, to Mel­bourne or Syd­ney is great.

“Plus, you can buy a re­ally nice qual­ity house without it cost­ing you an arm and a leg.” Any­one in­ter­ested in putting their own amaz­ing home up for con­sid­er­a­tion for house of the week can email

jes­sica. howard@ news. com. au

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