Tassie the ideal home base
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