Iconic man­sion goes up for sale

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - Real Es­tate Ed­i­tor

IN less than a fort­night, his­toric Beau­maris House will have a new owner.

Knight Frank sales con­sul­tant Jim Playsted de­scribed the 11-bed­room, late 1800s-built Bat­tery Point man­sion as “one of Tas­ma­nia’s iconic prop­er­ties”.

In­ter­est has been strong with in­quiries com­ing in from across the globe. Mr Playsted said in­quiries were tilt­ing 60/40 favour­ing com­mer­cial use over res­i­den­tial as peo­ple had “iden­ti­fied its po­ten­tial for uses such as a bou­tique ho­tel”.

This grand home was built by Henry Llewe­lyn Roberts and Mary Grant Roberts be­tween 1879 and 1880.

Ms Roberts is re­mem­bered as the first to breed Tas­ma­nian devils in cap­tiv­ity, and her zoo was home to a col­lec­tion of thy­lacines.

This grand es­tate also has a his­tory with the armed forces, with the Com­mon­wealth of Aus­tralia ac­quir­ing it from the Roberts fam­ily in 1939.

Pe­riod de­tails in­clude lead­light win­dows, a grand cen­tral stair­case, Tas­ma­nian tim­bers, and a mix of slate, white mar­ble and tim­ber fire­places.

The Roberts fam­ily crest can be seen in the veranda’s or­nate iron lace.

Mr Playsted said his ven­dor had owned Beau­maris House for al­most two decades, but the time was right to sell.

Beau­maris House at 7-13 New­cas­tle St, Bat­tery Point, will go un­der the ham­mer on site at 11am on Novem­ber 30, with Knight Frank ex­pect­ing it to sell for more than $4 mil­lion.

The ven­dors re­serve the right to con­sider of­fers prior to auc­tion.

Grab a copy of this week’s Real Es­tate Guide to take a tour of one of Tas­ma­nia’s finest homes.

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