Down a lavender-bordered driveway is one of the most exceptional houses in Battery Point. 58 Napoleon St is sleek and unobtrusive as it nestles on the block, following the contours of the hillside and maximising the stunning view of the Derwent River and its shore-line suburbs and hills. With title to high watermark the property has been sensitively landscaped with native grasses and green lawn forming the foreground of this superb panorama.
Being architect-designed, the house is state-of-the-art in all respects: from its square angles and rendered external walls; polished concrete floors; and expanses of glass juxtaposed with the soft tones of the honey-coloured wood of the stairs and doors; to the ultramodern electronic systems from which doors, windows, heating, lighting and security systems can be controlled from a mobile phone. Built over three levels, the double front doors open not only to the foyer with its polished concrete floors but also to the enticing, sparkling water view beyond. From the foyer can be accessed three carpeted double bedrooms, all with built-in robes, a stylish bathroom and a comfortable sitting room. On the middle level is a beautifully designed indoor lap pool, complete with electronically controlled cover for safety, and from which doors open onto a north-east facing deck. On the other side of the pool are glass doors leading into the remainder of the house where a well-appointed kitchen, complete with quality European appliances, and dining area maximise the view, and a comfortable sitting area where a Jetmaster open fire provides a warm, relaxed atmosphere for any grey winter days or nights. A well-appointed bathroom and laundry can also be found on this level. Another set of wooden stairs leads down to the lowest level where the master bedroom, complete with walk-in robe and elegant en suite, opens onto the lawn, courtyard and terrace areas with the river beyond – a stunning view when waking or retiring. A spacious study also shares this view and outdoor space. There is also a generous amount of storage on this level, both in cupboards and in rear rooms.
The property is close to the Sandy Bay shopping centre, the Hobart CBD and the cafés, restaurants and village atmosphere of Battery Point. It is also a short walk to the yacht clubs and other water and recreational pursuits of Marieville Esplanade, plus the University of Tasmania and various private and public schools.