Loving embrace: St. Fillans wraps its arms around you

No.5 Ilfracombe Cres, Sandy Bay. Picture: Supplied

ONCE you move in, you may never want to leave.

This seems to be the common experience for those fortunate enough to live in this grand yet comfortable, exceptional family residence.

Elders Real Estate Hobart agent Abi Freeman said every owner of St. Fillans has held onto it for a long time. And when visiting this Spanish Mission-style stunner in the heart of Sandy Bay, there is little wonder why they all want to stay put.

It is a home that makes a fantastic first impression. There is something special about the level of privacy.

While the 1700sq m-plus grounds are sprawling, there is no way to see into the property from the street. And yet, the four-bedroom house is elevated in such a way that it captures gorgeous water and mountain views.

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No.5 Ilfracombe Cres, Sandy Bay.

No.5 Ilfracombe Cres, Sandy Bay.

The home also has an appealing warmth from the moment you step through the front door. Perhaps it is the combination of the natural light streaming in, the solid way the house was built, the 1930s era features, or the magnificent materials — especially the timber.

Mrs Freeman said buyers in this price range, $4m-plus, tend to be attracted to properties that offer the privacy and security that a home like No.5 Ilfracombe Cres provides.

“This property is your own sanctuary,” she said.

“It is an immaculate, beautifully presented home, where the period details have been carefully kept in pristine condition.

“The aspect, the tranquillity, the neighbours who are ‘like family’ — it has fantastic appeal.

“People love the privacy of the magnificent gardens, where a family can enjoy their own saltwater pool.

“It is a large property, but not the type that is hard to look after.”

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No.5 Ilfracombe Cres, Sandy Bay.

No.5 Ilfracombe Cres, Sandy Bay.

Anyone who inspects No.5 will have their own opinion on its best features.

It’s easy to imagine someone who likes to entertain being impressed by the dining room and the modern kitchen with gourmet appliances, pool and water views, plus a sun-drenched terrace.

Others might fall for the top floor master bedroom suite. Mrs Freeman described it as a “grand oasis”, and that is perfect given its combination of a large bedroom with a walk-in dressing room and an ensuite with a double vanity, and a separate bathtub and shower.

There is so much to discover at No.5.

“The built-in mirror in the entrance is a hint at what’s to come,” Mrs Freeman said.

“Just around the corner, by the gorgeous stairs, there is a cellar, and in the living room you can find a neat drinks cabinet.

“Outside, there is a safe play area for children, a secure garage-workshop, and a space that the current owners have used as a home gym.”

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No.5 Ilfracombe Cres, Sandy Bay.

No.5 Ilfracombe Cres is known as St. Fillans and was built in 1930.

It is an inviting and comfortable family home with magical views of Hobart’s River Derwent and kunanyi/Mt Wellington.

A contemporary architecturally designed renovation respects the original era of the home, while offering elegant, light-filled and comfortable modern living.

Set across two levels, the entry level is largely dedicated to living with generously proportioned open-plan areas forming the heart of the home.

The well-equipped kitchen has quality appliances and capacious storage. It is open to the dining room and living room with windows that frame green views alongside a cosy wood fire.

Two sets of French doors open from this space onto the terrace, with a staircase leading to the north-facing pool deck with an in-ground swimming pool, further extending the space for entertaining family and friends over the summer months.

No.5 Ilfracombe Cres, Sandy Bay.

No.5 Ilfracombe Cres, Sandy Bay.

A second large living room is adjacent to the entry hall, providing further flexibility in the floorplan — it could be used as a bedroom or a home office.

The laundry, a powder room and the cellar complete the floorplan on the ground floor.

Take the staircase upward to find the private master suite with water views.

Depending on a family’s needs, there are three further bedrooms — each with built-in wardrobes — on the top floor, plus a central family bathroom and a powder room.

A combination of central and ducted heating, panel heaters and a wood heater ensure year-round comfort.

The double garage gives secure undercover parking. There is a remote-controlled front gate, and CCTV cameras that add amenity.

The verdant grounds are productive with citrus and fruit trees, offering the luxury of picturesque surroundings within an urban setting.

No.5 Ilfracombe Cres, Sandy Bay.

No.5 Ilfracombe Cres, Sandy Bay.

No.5 is within easy reach of excellent schools and UTAS, the shops, cafes and amenities of Sandy Bay Village, and the safe swimming beaches of Nutgrove and Lower Sandy Bay.

“The lifestyle and location are second to none,” Mrs Freeman said.

“Offered to the market for the first time in 15 years, this is a rare opportunity to buy into this area and become the next custodian of this outstanding family home.”

No.5 Ilfracombe Cres, Sandy Bay is listed with Elders Hobart at “Offers over $4m”.