Chance to own a piece of Hobart’s Heritage


The chance to buy a sandstone Salamanca Place building only comes along so often.

And this prized asset is already grabbing global attention.

Following on from last year’s sale of their Rockwall Bar & Grill restaurant, former Aussie rules football player Garry Baker and noted Hobart restaurateur Susan Catchpool are selling the freehold of No. 89 Salamanca Place, Battery Point.

The Georgian building, home to the multi-level Rockwall restaurant and an apartment, is listed with Burgess Rawson’s Matthew Wright and Beau Coulter, in conjunction with George Burbury and Scott Newton at Knight Frank Tasmania.

Mr Wright said properties within Salamanca were tightly held and rarely offered for sale publicly.

“We are already seeing inquiries flow in, not just from local or national interest but internationally, which shows just how much the Tasmanian brand has grown over the last 10 years,’ he said.

“We’re expecting a strong result.’

Mr Burbury described No. 89 as a “trophy asset’.

“It represents a unique purchasing opportunity with Salamanca being home to some of Tasmania’s best real estate,’ he said.

“The property benefits from attractive lease terms, including CPI annual increase, providing a hedge against inflation for investors.’

After his years with the Melbourne and Footscray football clubs, Mr Baker retired and settled in Tasmania, opening a number of pubs and restaurants around the city.

Partnering with Mrs Catchpool, Rockwall Bar & Grill was opened in 2008 and quickly became a dining institution, offering visitors and locals the opportunity to view Tasmanian history from the inside.

The property is part of a Hobart heritage warehouse area where the sea trade and shipbuilding industry began to flourish in the 1830s.

Mr Wright said the Salamanca buildings, including that which house Rockwall, were among the most impressive sandstone Georgian warehouses in Australia.

“Seeking new adventures, Susan and Garry passed the Rockwall institution to proteges, Luke and Marisa Richmond,’ he said.

No. 89 comprises 409sq m over three levels, including ground and first floor dining and an apartment on the upper level.

It is leased on a secure, five-year basis with options to 2042 at a net annual rental of $255,210 per annum plus GST.

The property will be for sale by auction at the Burgess Rawson Portfolio 158 event to held at Melbourne’s Crown Casino on February 22.

The historic property at No.89 Salamanca Place, Battery Point, is heading to auction later this month.

Jarrad Bevan, The Mercury