Sunday Tasmanian - - Front Page - JES­SICA HOWARD

A CON­VERTED 1820s sand­stone barn, a moun­tain nest, a funky in­ner-city loft, an East Coast haven and a re­treat by the rivulet — these are Tas­ma­nia’s most sought-af­ter Airbnbs.

Short-term ac­com­mo­da­tion gi­ant Airbnb has re­leased its most wish-listed prop­er­ties and the top five in Tas­ma­nia were Mag­i­cal Moun­tain Nest, #the­barnTAS, Thalia Haven, Funky Cen­tral Loft Stu­dio and the Sun-filled Re­treat on Rivulet.

The list is col­lated from the num­ber of trav­ellers who save the prop­erty to their wish list.

As of June, there were about 900 Airbnb list­ings in Greater Ho­bart.

But with the State Govern­ment dereg­u­lat­ing the sec­tor from July 1, that num­ber is likely to in­crease.

Ac­cord­ing to Airbnb, Ho­bart op­er­a­tors ac­com­mo­date guests for twice as many nights as in­ter­state hosts and earn 2½ times more than the rest of the coun­try.

Ho­bart hosts earned an av­er­age of $12,500 over 72 nights a year.

With al­most 3200 peo­ple adding it to their wish list, the Mag­i­cal Moun­tain Nest in South Ho­bart came out on top of all other Tas­ma­nian Airbnb prop­er­ties as the most sought af­ter.

Nes­tled in the foothills of Mt Welling­ton, the unique home takes in views of the River Der­went and all wa­ter on the prop­erty is sourced from a moun­tain stream be­side the prop­erty.

Af­ter the moun­tain nest, #the­barnTAS rated sec­ond for most sought-af­ter Airbnb in the state.

Lo­cated in Goul­burn St, Ho­bart, the con­verted 1820s barn has taken out many awards since its con­ver­sion by ar­chi­tects and own­ers Liz Walsh and Alex Nielsen more than three years ago.

“We thought our prop­erty was re­ally in­ter­est­ing and we had a niche and we saw it as an op­por­tu­nity to make a lit­tle bit of ex­tra cash. It’s just grown from there,” Ms Walsh said.

The orig­i­nal sand­stone walls were left ex­posed and the tim­ber shin­gled roof and ex­ist­ing beams con­trast with the modern kitchen and bath­room.

“Guests love the her­itage fea­tures and the prox­im­ity to the city, al­though a lot of peo­ple do say even though it’s in the cen­tre of the city, it feels like it’s any­where else but,” Ms Walsh said. Third on the wish list was Thalia Haven, near Lit­tle Swan­port.

It was de­signed 14 years ago by award-win­ning Ho­bart firm Mor­ri­son and Breyten­bach Ar­chi­tects for Su­san West and her hus­band.

The prop­erty was screened to mil­lions when it fea­tured on US ca­ble TV show Ex­treme Homes Down Un­der.

Sleep­ing up to eight peo­ple, the ac­com­mo­da­tion is set out over four stone cot­tages and there is also a pri­vate beach on the prop­erty.

Al­most 2000 trav­ellers have saved the Funky Cen­tral Loft Stu­dio in West Ho­bart to their wish list.

Us­ing re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als, the stu­dio sits in the own­ers’ for­mer garage.

Filled with bright colours and a va­ri­ety of tim­bers, guests can also hop into the out­side bath on the deck.

Round­ing out the top five was the sun-filled Re­treat on Rivulet in Dyn­nyrne.

Sleep­ing up to five peo­ple, the prop­erty is set be­hind a grove of sil­ver birches and a key fea­ture in­cludes a large per­gola area with couch seat­ing with views of the moun­tain.

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