Mercury (Hobart) - Property


From yellow and dated to sleek and sophistica­ted, this Bellerive home is ready to make a lucky someone’s dream come true, writes Jarrad Bevan.


THE before and after pictures of Sarah Williams and Jesse Breen’s Eastern Shore home show exactly what can be achieved with a little TLC and elbow grease.

From a dated house to a marvellous family home, the couple have absolutely transforme­d their Bellerive property into a comfortabl­e, stylish abode.

When they bought No.8 River Street in 2013 it was a “yellow, very dated” 1950s weatherboa­rd house with “questionab­le decor and colour palette”.

“We wanted to live in Bellerive and looked at it as a wonderful house for now, that one-day we would renovate,” Ms Williams said.

In 2017 the couple began to work with an architect to develop their vision for the property.

The process included capturing what was most important to them: highlighti­ng the amazing river and mountain views and modernisin­g the house without detracting from its retro charm.

“We wanted to create a house we rarely wanted to leave – and we did that, we were so comfortabl­e in our house during Covid-19 lockdown as it has everything you need including an outdoor jacuzzi which we use every day,” Ms Williams said.

“The ducted floor heating meant we were never cold during Tassie winters and the solar panels allowed an almost “zero” power bill.

“Throughout the home, everything is quality – from the Italian tapware to the artisan French provincial tiles.

“As a floor-sander, timber is incredibly important to Jesse and the house features handmade solid blackbutt wooden benches and new blackbutt flooring, which is quite rare.”

The floorplan of this four-bedroom twobathroo­m home sets the living spaces away from the sleeping zone.

Each bedroom offers excellent storage and the added warmth of quality carpets.

The master bedroom is highlighte­d by a fireplace and mantel, a window seat and a French-tiled ensuite.

The family bathroom incorporat­es the same style and feel as the ensuite, with the added luxury of a freestandi­ng bath and beautiful European tapware.

In the kitchen, the home chef will find AEG stainless appliances and a solid onepiece blackbutt benchtop.

Overlookin­g the lounge and taking in the views of Mt Wellington, high end cabinetry and touches of elegance are in abundance in this space.

For more formal evenings, the separate dining space and lounge provide a special space for entertaine­rs.

The property’s extension was completed just two years ago and it has new wiring, plumbing, double glazed windows and 15kW ducted floor heating.

The garden is low maintenanc­e, and the long and wide salt and pepper exposed aggregate driveway will make a great cricket pitch, bike track or a space to park your cars, caravan or boat.

Ms Williams said while they are a family of three, the house could accommodat­e a much larger family.

She noted the multiple living and sleeping spaces, the rumpus, man cave or teenager retreat, a large driveway for multiple cars or a boat plus there is a workshop/garage as perfect for family life.

“It’s got something for everyone,” she said.

“Since having a baby, we have realised we want a sea-change and to move further out of the city — and to have land and animals.

“We are sad to be leaving such an amazing house in such a beautiful suburb, but we are excited for our next adventure.”

No.8 River Street, Bellerive is listed with Harcourts Signature and priced at “Offers over $1.1m”.

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