1876 Tasmanian bank sale could pave way for commercial venture

No.6 Marlborough Street, Longford. Picture: SUPPLIED
No.6 Marlborough Street, Longford. Picture: SUPPLIED

A very old Longford property has been sold in a totally modern way.

With Tasmania’s borders being closed for many months, heritage property specialist at Circa Heritage & Lifestyle, Dominic Romeo, turned to technology to make a sale happen for his vendor.

He sold the 1876-built Commercial Bank of Tasmania via Zoom.

“Prior to the Zoom inspection, I had lengthy and thorough discussions with the purchaser about the property, the condition of the building and the region,” he said.

“Also, sending extra detailed images was imperative.

“An offer was made and accepted with a condition relating to a successful Zoom viewing.

“The Zoom viewing included myself, the vendors, the purchasers and their financial adviser.

A stately facade.

Flexible spaces.

“It was important to have the vendor and financial advisers on the Zoom call so that we were able to answer any questions that were asked.”

The purchasers of No.6 Marlborough Street are from Melbourne – they are currently assessing their options for the property.

“They are planning to rent the property as a commercial venture, or they might use it as a residential home – or both,” Romeo said.

“They fell in love with Tasmania several years ago and plan on moving south in the future.

“They loved this historic bank building and decided to purchase it as they were aware that such buildings do not present themselves to market too often.

“The appeal of the township of Longford was another deciding factor – they felt it had all the right elements, including the historic nature of the township and the position.”

Located in a vibrant, historically rich town, No. 6 Marlborough Street is set about 20km south of Launceston.

Attractive sleeping quarters.

A blast from the past.

It features a main residence, a two-bedroom cottage and historic barns across its 1642sq m block.

The residence boasts six large bedrooms, three with ensuites, informal living rooms and a grand dining room.

Period details include impressive fireplaces, high ceilings, skirting boards, wide architraves and its imposing facade.

In the gardens, there are informal and formal alfresco dining and entertainment areas alongside deciduous trees, hedging, bulbs, perennials and picket fencing.

The final sale price for the property is currently not disclosed.

This article from The Mercury originally appeared as “An 1876-built Tassie property has a new owner”.