Historic Launceston mansion Glenfruin at 1 Brisbane Street sells for record price

If you've ever thought of escaping to live in a mansion on a lush green island, know you're probably not alone.

Sadly your quest for luxury living will need to continue as this multi-million dollar Tasmanian mansion just sold for a record price.

The historic property on Launceston's Brisbane Street was listed for a cool $3.5 million, but was sold on Tuesday morning for an undisclosed amount.

Although Parry Property listing agent Katrina Garwood could not disclose the sale price, she said it was a record for residential property in Launceston.

"We can't find anything else [that has sold like it]," she said.

The buyers were a married couple local to the area.

"From the moment they walked in, they were meant to be there," Ms Garwood said. "I think [the previous owner] is pretty stoked."

Sold sign officially on the house.

Sold sign officially on the house.

Former owner Bronwyn Shakespear said she was delighted that a local couple had purchased her beloved home.

"They are the most lovely couple and they are so excited. I firmly believe they are here for the long haul," she said.

The property, fondly known as Glenfruin, is an example of early period Italianite architecture on the exterior after receiving a transformation in the 1920s. The interior, however, is ultra-modern.


The property includes privacy, high ceilings, a gourmet kitchen, formal and informal dining, a floating timber staircase, built in wardrobes, ensuite, terraced gardens, a double carport, room for extra vehicles, video security and pin code entry, and water views.

"It's just lovely that [the property] made a record. Tasmania is doing so well," Ms Shakespear said.

Ms Shakespear had purchased the home in 2018 for $3.25 million after selling her home in Deloraine. She decided to sell Glenfruin due to family reasons.

"It's sad to say goodbye to the views, and the fact it's right in the heart of town yet so private," Ms Shakespear said. "But, it seems like a nice time to do a few things I need to do."

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