Architect’s delight: From cute cottage to bold abode

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No.31 Runnymede St, Battery Point is on the market with Peterswald. Picture: Supplied

THIS timeless 1910 Federation Battery Point home was among the first of its kind to be reimagined for a modern lifestyle.

Historical charm, meet modern luxury.

The innovative renovation by renowned architect Robert Morris-Nunn sets this home apart.

In a note to potential buyers, Professor Morris-Nunn said worthwhile architecture always begins with insightful clients.

“They wanted to completely open up the rear interior of the cottage they had purchased in 1996 directly out to the private garden and also add an extra storey in the form of an extra bedroom and study,” he said.

“As such, it was one of the very earliest Battery Point conversions, where small cottages became larger comfortable contemporary homes within the historic precinct.

“The aim was to make the rear of the house as transparent as possible, while respecting the historic streetscape, and moreover my clients were prepared to be very adventurous.

“The unique qualities the house now has is the result of their vision.”

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No.31 Runnymede St, Battery Point.

No.31 Runnymede St, Battery Point.

Situated on the northern fringe of Battery Point and barely a moment or two’s stroll from picturesque Arthur Circus, Salamanca Pl and Princes Park, this property is a sanctuary of tranquillity.

As you step through the picket gate and blue stone doorstep, you’re greeted by a serene garden retreat, a private oasis in the heart of the city.

On entry into No.31 Runnymede St, guests will discover the charm of yesteryear meeting the elegance of today.

A hallway leads to two light-filled bedrooms, each basking in the morning sun.

The master bedroom suite features double-glazed windows, an ensuite with floor heating and ceilings that soar to the roofline.

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No.31 Runnymede St, Battery Point.

No.31 Runnymede St, Battery Point.

The second bedroom opens onto a small courtyard through French doors.

Venture further to discover a modern marvel: a sun-drenched living space that seamlessly connects to the lush garden outside.

The captivating area has been extended upwards, completely opening up the rear of the cottage.

Floor-to-ceiling double-glazing offers views of the outdoors, while automatic double glazed skylights bathe the room in ever-changing natural light from above.

The curved timber ceiling and floating staircase add to the architectural experience of the house while ducted reverse-cycle central heating ensures contemporary comfort.

No.31 Runnymede St, Battery Point.

No.31 Runnymede St, Battery Point.

The kitchen boasts modern amenities, including granite countertops and premium appliances, while the bathrooms feature more double-glazed windows plus floor heating for added comfort.

In each of the two downstairs bathrooms, the construction was thoughtfully planned so as to extend each shower alcove into the additional storey with original brickwork retained to link modernity within the original build.

Upstairs, an expansive study gazes across the rooftops of Hobart toward kunanyi/Mt Wellington and the garden below, providing a peaceful, ambient retreat for work or relaxation.

No.31 Runnymede St, Battery Point.

No.31 Runnymede St, Battery Point.

On the upper level, one will also find another generously proportioned bedroom with an ensuite and double-glazed skylights, which would make a perfect alternative master bedroom, teenagers retreat or guest bedroom.

Outside, the cottage-style garden blooms with perennials year-round, offering a private haven for relaxation and entertainment.

A powered brick garden shed provides storage and workspace, while off-street parking ensures convenience.

No.31 Runnymede St, Battery Point.

No.31 Runnymede St, Battery Point.

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Located on the cusp of Salamanca Pl, and Hobart’s waterfront, this property offers the perfect balance of privacy and accessibility.

No.31 Runnymede St, Battery Point is listed for sale with Peterswald in the $1.975m-plus price range. Contact Kim Morgan or Eunice Ware for details.

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