OUR AIRBNB WISH LIST
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.