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For sale


Offers over $4,000,000
2723 sqmLand size
Mark Weaver
+61 418 224 840

1 Mortimer Avenue, Mount Stuart, TAS, 7000, Australia

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About this Property

This large 2996m2 parcel* of prime Mount Stuart real estate encompasses the commanding historical homestead known as "Werndee", gorgeous, sculpted gardens, a renovated century old cottage, and a repurposed set of 4 x 2-bedroom modern apartments.

This property will allow you the luxury of living your dream Bridgerton lifestyle in Hobarts city fringe, whilst earning a significant income from the many streams of accommodation options available.

"Werndee" is a magnificent Federation mansion built in 1903 for the then Premier of Tasmania, Sir Neil Elliot Lewis, the family occupying the property until 1941. Subsequently, the home has been owned by The Old Hobartians Association, who used the property as a boarding house for students attending Hobart High School, the Education Department, and finally its current owners, who live on site and operate the property as a short stay facility, specialising in hosting patients, friends and family from the nearby Calvary Hospital, whilst leasing the Auvergne Apartments on 6-month contracts.

Wernee's shaded wrap around veranda, featuring original macrocarpa pillars, invites us through a grand front door, into the formal entry hall. From here we are introduced to a handsome blackwood staircase, refinished kauri timber floors, and all manner of exquisite joinery.

Retaining its grandeur and character, this breathtaking estate home is a landmark property of unrivalled quality. The home showcases first-class entertaining settings that include a formal foyer area, a selection of prestige lounge and dining rooms featuring multiple decorative fireplaces, and a chef's kitchen. The building is constructed of triple brick ground floor and double brick top floor, making it not only extremely sturdy, but also very well insulated. At the base of the building is a grand sandstone cellar, awaiting your collection of fine wines.

Soaring ceilings, walls honed with decorative finishes, grand stained-glass windows, sash windows and interiors of pure elegance are just some of the charming characteristics that abound.

There are 6 bedrooms occupying the first level, highlighted by a grand master bedroom, complete with a dressing room and spa ensuite. The accommodation has been cleverly designed so that a 1-bedroom apartment with its own lounge, bathroom, kitchen, dining room and independent entry, can be leased separately if you wished to share this capacious property.

Furthermore, there is a fully self-contained bedsit on the Western side of the building, currently being let on an ongoing basis.

Werndee's iconic turret, visible for miles around, was allegedly added in collaboration between the builder, R.J.Stabb and Sir Neil, whilst their architect, Henry Hunter student Alan.C.Walker, was away abroad. Sir Neil's insistence on the addition was duly rewarded as we still enjoy the jaw dropping views across the city and river today.

Adjoining the main residence, is an original century old villa, now known as "Wren Cottage". The cottage has been thoughtfully renovated in order to cater for patients (wheel-chair friendly), friends and family from the nearby Calvary Hospital. Another income stream generated by this multi-faceted property, or an ideal teenager's retreat.

During the 1970's, the Education Department built an adjoining hostel to cater for the growing number of boys attending Hobart High School. This building was then adapted to form 4 modern 2-bedroom units in the 1990's. These units, known as "Auvergne Apartments", have since been renovated, partly furnished, and have their own entrance off Auvergne Avenue. Commanding up to $420 per week each unit for long term tenancies, this building can be retained as a high yielding rental investment, or the new owner could explore the option of creating separate strata titles. (STCA)

Surrounding the entire property are beautifully manicured gardens which are maintained by a regular gardener, comprising multiple water features, gazebo entertaining, a wide variety of many citrus trees, as well as room for a veggie patch or two. The homestead is sheltered by a breathtaking row of 100-year-old heritage listed Bhutan cypress trees.

"Werndee" is situated in the city fringe suburb of Mt Stuart, a short walk to North Hobart restaurants, cafes and bars, or 5-minute drive into the Hobart CBD. Mortimer Avenue runs off the iconic Augusta Road, dotted with cafes, hairdressers, florists, shops and the Calvary Private Hospital.

Properties as significant as these are not often available, so please call Mark Weaver to discuss how to secure this exciting estate today.

The vendor reserves the right to accept any offer prior to closing date.

*sale is pending subdivision of 500m2 from original title. more details on request.

Mark Weaver

Harcourts Hobart
+61 418 224 840
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