Tasmanian village hits market for less than the national median house price

A Tasmanian village has hit the market with a price tag well below the national median house price of $852,940.

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A little over 100km from Hobart and in the centre of Tasmania, a piece of the state’s engineering history has hit the market for offers over $700,000.

According to the listing, “this property is at the gateway to many renowned highland areas”, such as Steppes, Great Lake, London Lakes, St Patricks Plains and the hundreds of world-famous trout lakes that dot the highlands.

“An incredible opportunity to purchase freehold part of the historic Waddamana hydro village in the centre of Tasmania and in the heart of the world-famous Central Highlands,” the listing reads.

The Waddamana village, which once housed workers building Tasmania’s first hydroelectric power station, is owned by Helen Cooper, who purchased the entire town in 1991, with her late husband Frank.


Speaking to the ABC, Ms Cooper revealed that it wasn’t the actual village that drew their attention, but a billiard table that was for sale

“We came down the hill into Waddamana, over the Penstock Lagoon, and we just fell in love with it,” Ms Cooper told the ABC.

While Ms Cooper actually sold a portion of the village seven years ago, the slice currently on the market stretches over seven hectares and includes “beautifully” preserved turn-of-last-century buildings, including a large timber-lined games room and a tennis court.

“For people yearning to entertain, for groups of shooters, fishers or walkers, tourism operators or simply for lovers of the Tasmanian highlands, the chance to purchase a facility that is so well located and caters for all needs is now.

“Do not miss this opportunity,” the listing said.

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