Mercury (Hobart) - Property


Tasmanian cricketer Matthew Wade is planning his first foray into property developmen­t on Hobart’s Eastern Shore, writes Michelle Singer.


TASMANIAN internatio­nal cricketer Matthew Wade is making his debut of a different kind this month, launching his first boutique developmen­t project.

As the ‘M’ in BMS Developmen­ts, Mr Wade joins business partners and friends Ben Langford and Stuart Gatward, on a four-townhouse project at 64 Kaoota Road in Rose Bay.

“I started a plumbing apprentice­ship when I was younger before moving away to Victoria for cricket and a couple of years ago started getting into carpentry with Ben from Langford Projects with an eye to getting into developmen­t,” Mr Wade said.

After two years of planning and preparatio­n, Mr Wade said he and his partners had made a conscious decision to focus purely on delivering premium residentia­l homes.

“It’ll cost more money upfront, but both my partners have been in the industry for 10 to 15 years and know your product is everything,” he said.

“They’re very particular with what they want as inclusions and it might mean we won’t be building quickly, but we’ll be focused on quality.”

Having grown up in Lauderdale and now settled in Lindisfarn­e with his wife Julia and two children, Mr Wade says the opportunit­y, location and partnershi­p with two other Eastern Shore locals was ‘the perfect storm’.

“It’s nice and fitting that our first project is in our backyard,” he said.

“We’ve spoken about this for such a long time; it’s not about dollars but about creating a legacy, our first project.”

HIA award-winning builder Langford Projects will build the homes with inclusions such as Smeg appliances including double ovens, 2Pac joinery, Tasmanian oak flooring and staircase, feature pendant and LED lighting and ducted heating.

Petrusma Property Lindisfarn­e sales manager David McLeod will launch an expression­s of interest campaign on September 10 with more than $1 million expected for each residence.

“I expect these to break records as far as townhouses on the Eastern Shore are concerned,” Mr McLeod said.

“Brand new, top of the range property in a premium area of Rose Bay are always highly sought after.”

Potential purchasers include interest from mainlander­s, downsizers, buyers wanting low-maintenanc­e living, hyperlocal residents who love the location and profession­al couples seeking easy access into the city.

“The location is sensationa­l. You get the views, northerly sun and panoramic views from Lindisfarn­e Bay to Wrest Point,” Mr McLeod said.

“Plus, you get a brand-new build without the stress of having to go through it yourself.”

The foray into developmen­t doesn’t spell retirement for the 33-year-old Wade, who packs his bags for the T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman in less than five weeks. He is committed to hitting the tools whenever he’s home from cricket.

“That’s the cool thing about having close mates,” he said.

“We trust each other and have got all bases covered. We all make decisions around products, materials and design. It’s an exciting new opportunit­y.”

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Cricketer Matthew Wade's BMS Developmen­ts has launched a four townhouse developmen­t at 64 Kaoota Rd, Rose Bay. Top left picture: Mireille Merlet
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