WHEN old world architecture and cutting-edge contemporary design are carefully and skilfully blended, magic happens.
That is the case here on Regent St, Sandy Bay.
The historic 1900-built two-level home at No.34 has a stately presence and enticing street appeal.
For lovers of old Tassie homes, it is a property that’s impossible to walk past without pausing, as it catches the eye and draws you in.
But now, under the guidance of Top Deck builders and Preston Lane architects, a skilled and sympathetic modern breath of air has been ushered into this slice of history.
Wolf Property director Cam Rogers said no expense had been spared in creating this modern marvel within the historic home.
“It offers the best of old and new,” he said.
“Throughout the property, everything is top of the range. From the kitchen appliances to the materials like stone and oak. It is a perfect match between high end design and the builder’s craftsmanship.”
With the property offering a genuine five bedrooms, if desired, Mr Rogers said the home had enviable versatility.
“It would be perfect for a family,” he said. “Or for a couple, they could live in comfort on the ground level while keeping the upstairs bedrooms for guests when they come to stay.
“It is a home that strikes a great balance with its size and flexibility.
“You can imagine it being attractive to a buyer who wants a low maintenance lifestyle, as there is plenty of room in the grounds — including fruit trees and a small grassed area — but not a lot of maintenance required.
“It also offers great privacy.
“When relaxing in the new living zone, it is easy to forget that you are in Sandy Bay, just a walk from the city. It is whisper quiet; there is not one hint of the hustle and bustle of the roads nearby.”
No.34 Regent St was originally built as a charming double-storey home.
With its stately appeal, it has always been a popular property, including being the No.1 most viewed home in Tasmania (pre-renovation), when it was for sale in 2015.
Today, No.34 Regent transitions from quintessential character in the original part of the home to a luxurious, modern extension finished to exacting standards at the rear of the home.
The design cleverly encapsulates the northern aspect while maximizing privacy.
On entry via a veranda at the original front of the home, or by its new entry point just steps from the off-street parking area, the home feels bathed in warm sunlight. This ground level warmth is matched upstairs, too.
The elegance and quality of the design and finish is immediately apparent.
There is Baltic pine flooring in the formal dining room, which meets polished concrete to enter the kitchen and living room.
Large double glazed floor-to-ceiling windows on the northern side of the home couple with coffered ceilings above flood the space with natural light all year round.
Come wintertime, the space is kept warm by an ambient gas heater.
The gourmet kitchen will be a dream for anyone who likes to entertain.
Among the highlights is a bespoke stone benchtop that sits atop oak panelling, creating a space to prepare a feast or to sit and enjoy a morning coffee in the sun.
The kitchen has gas cooking, top of the range, built-in AEG appliances, a large walk-in pantry and soft-close cabinetry.
Indoor-outdoor living will be a breeze as the home moves seamlessly between the two, with the large sliding glass doors connecting the living space to the outdoor entertainment space with built-in barbecue and woodfire.
Heading back towards the original part of the home, a laundry and main bathroom are positioned adjacent to the dining room.
The main bathroom features a stand-alone tub, walk-in shower and a stone and oak vanity.
The bathroom adjoins the laundry room, and a separate powder room with a stylish black finish and eye-catching tiles.
There is a sitting room or study at the front of the home, plus a bedroom or second living room, if desired. A hint of the history of the property can be found here in their gorgeous detailing and original fireplaces.
Head upstairs to find another beautiful bathroom two-thirds of the way to the top level, plus a delightful day bed that boasts a picture frame view of Mount Wellington.
There are four bedrooms upstairs that have their own outlook towards the Derwent River or the mountain.
There is off-street parking for four cars in tandem.
Sandy Bay’s No.34 Regent St is listed with Wolf Property at $2m-plus.