Launceston's Notable Federation Houses


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See also Tasmanian Beauty
  • Launceston is noted as having one of the most intact early cityscapes in Australia. Its early Colonial and Victorian buildings give the city a wonderful historic character. The city has buildings which date back to 1824. - City Council
  • "Boasting the best preserved collection of Victorian buildings in the country, interspersed with Art Deco and Colonial heritage, the Launceston cityscape is rich in quirky detail and architectural finesse."
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165 George Street Launceston TAS

52 Upton Street Launceston
52 Upton Street Launceston

77 Cameron Street, Launceston, Tas 7250
77 Cameron Street, Launceston, Tas 7250

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13 Claremont Street EAST LAUNCESTON


165 George Street Launceston TAS

"A beautiful home in an exceptional location."
For Sale by Auction: Sat, 4th August 2012 12.00pm
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  • "Circa 1906, this stunning example of a Federation Queen Anne residence sits proudly on George Street, only seconds from the CBD, and enjoys views over the city and river beyond.
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    Constructed over two levels, this solid brick home was built by J and T Gunn for the Ford family, prominent Launceston shoe retailers, and has been in the current ownership for a substantial amount of time.
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  • "Boasting period features including;- gable roof, decorative ridge capping, finials, bay window, high ceilings, stained glass windows, plus a spectacular staircase.
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  • "Situated on a surprisingly generous sized block of some 1150m2, the property offers 5 bedrooms plus dressing room and study, incredibly spacious lounge rooms (one on each level) plus a modern kitchen and three bathrooms.
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  • "In the best part of the city, and with lovely North Western views, this property sits slightly back from the road and is most likely one you have driven past and never even noticednow is the time to take a closer look.
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Highbury, 52 Upton Street Launceston TAS

For Sale $585,000
"A property once fit for the Mayor of Launceston we are certain there is not a comparable property currently on the market showcasing such grandeur and the sheer size that "Highbury" grants to one lucky purchaser.
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  • "Built between 1907-1910 for Charles Metz MHA, by builders J & T Gunn and later the home of Launceston Mayor Frank Boatwright, Highbury has a dominating street presence looking down at you from above Upton Street behind a 8ft bluestone wall.
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  • Located on a one way street, this property is "out of sight, out of mind" although can be seen as an iconic landmark at many vantage points around Launceston - you really do have to view Highbury in person to understand the potential this property has to offer.
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  • "Spanning over three floors, the 49 square home has been left in original condition throughout many of the rooms and features beautiful felt wallpaper, ornate 12ft ceilings, hardwood mantles and ceiling roses just to name a few. Whilst these features are common place in historic homes throughout Launceston, it is rare to find a unregistered home with such an abundance of beautiful features as these.
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  • "The main level is enough of a house itself; four living rooms including formal and informal dining, two family rooms, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and beautiful deck looking out towards the Launceston CBD - but it's upstairs which really sets Highbury apart from the rest.
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  • Four bedrooms all large enough to be the master bedroom but the real surprise is the master bedroom itself with a undercover deck and 180 degree views - to wake up to this outlook you really would feel like you're the king, or queen of Launceston.
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  • "If six bedrooms aren't enough there is a separate self-contained two bedroom unit located on the top level with its own external access if you were to rent the unit, reside a family member or the perfect teenager's home away from home.
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  • "If you're concerned about storage, trust us, you shouldn't be. Below the main level you have 60m2 of rumpus and workshop including a wine cellar and toilet in case you want to hide away from the family - we call this the "man cave".
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  • Parking concerns? again you shouldn't worry as the property has off street parking for up to 6 vehicles and an abundance of space to build a garage if required on a block spanning 1224m2.

77 Cameron Street, Launceston, Tas 7250

For Sale: $675,000
Sold for $680,000; Sold Date: Wed 17-Apr-13
"Iconic CBD Property"
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"A wonderful opportunity to purchase this iconic Civic Square property. Constructed in 1915 in the Queen Anne Federation style the property was originally built for Dr Irvine as his house and surgery. Today, it successfully operates as Airlie On The Square Bed & Breakfast.
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  • The current layout presents five main rooms on the ground floor with related storage, open areas and amenities along with four main rooms on the first floor, approx 440m2 in total. The opportunity exists to purchase with vacant possession and utilise the property for one of the many permitted uses under the planning scheme, perhaps live upstairs and run your business or lease out the ground floor. Or, in fact purchase the plant and equipment and operate the B&B
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  • The title also takes in a strip of land to the western side of the building providing space for four parking bays with informal laneway access from Charles Street. Our vendor also has informal approval for low impact car access from St John Street to allow for parking of additional vehicles certainly a fantastic asset in the centre of the Launceston CBD.
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  • This inner city location is highly prominent with high levels of foot traffic. Neighbouring public buildings such as Henty House and the Town Hall the property would be an ideal business premises.


13 Claremont Street East Launceston

Sold for $1,550,000; Offered again in April 2016
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"The rarest of treasures are often the most difficult to find and Claremont circa 1843 is one such prized jewel!" Read more at Property Observer.
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"Hidden away amongst the seclusion of the 100 year old trees and set on approximately one and half acres of tranquil gardens, this stunning home of approximately 100 squares will quite simply take your breath away."

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  • The house is significant for the quality of its Federation period additions by Gunns, who were at the time Launceston's master builders and craftsmen. In this case they were building for themselves. The 6.2ha of gardens are still as they were in 1859 with kitchen garden with hedge borders, lean to glass house, sweeping drive up to central lawn with fountain.
  • Georgian house (single storey with verandah and series of French windows) added to dramatically at the turn of the century. Additions include extremely ornate verandah with central pediment valence boards and brackets with repeating daisy motif, enlarged central hall with four freestanding stucco columns, timber panelling to 2100mm high around walls, staircase with semicircular landing and leadlight windows. House stands in magnificient garden. Original planting from 1850's.

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