Occupying the front position of a twin block, this original Ainslie cottage, set back from the road, nestled within garden, has gorgeous architectural symmetry and an abundance of vintage charm. Sheltered by hedges, established loquat tree, embraced by a plethora of camellias and a touch of soft roses, the hargraves.home is wonderfully hushed, deeply private. Inside are all the delightful features you would expect of this 1920’s, heritage cottage – high ceilings, picture rails, timber sash windows, vintage light fittings, warm timber floors – creating a soulful home, filled with light, imbued with ethereal beauty.
Resting on a wide, tree-lined street, lined with historic cottages, the locale feels of another era…there is the sound of tennis balls being hit at nearby Ainslie tennis club and a riot of birds in the trees. Yet, hargraves.home, is a hairbreadth from the city centre, adjacent to Corroboree Park, a short walk to Haig Park and all the shops, restaurants and cafes of Lonsdale Street, Braddon.
The neutral palette, period detail, simple pared-back scheme, gives art, objects a striking presence. The home and garden, a wonderful host to whimsy, personal touches – walls adorned with art, roman blinds with a surprise of butterflies, peacocks…lanterns hanging from branches, ceramic mushroom chimes…secret eastern style courtyard, a praying Buddha.
Soft yellow weather boards, terracotta roof tiles, a formal portico, curved pathways, create a special entry sequence. The shady front porch is a wonderful, private nook, perfect for a hot day, or evening glass, watching the comings and goings of the street…the sky turning pink.
The original timber screen and glass panelled front door, usher you into a wide entry hall, the formal living room on the left, with double windows framing the front garden. The original fireplace creates a focal point with a timber mantle, perfect for display of loved, curated objects.
The spacious master bedroom and second bedroom both feature floor to ceiling built-in-robes and overlook different corners of the garden. The third bedroom offers a range of prospects and is currently used as a study.
The open kitchen, dining room, with perfect north-east orientation is bathed in golden light. Banks of warm, timber cabinetry provide ample storage and a modern oven and cooktop are inset into the original fireplace. A tiled splash back with feature tiles in mustard and deep blue, imparts a splash of colour. Cheerful and nurturing – think morning brunch, relaxed family meals – this soulful room extends gracefully to rear deck and courtyard garden
Overlooking established twin olive trees and entwined with jasmine vine, the deck is a sunny alfresco arena. There is plenty of room here for entertaining – large groups dining on the deck and a cosier space created by the circular paving, embraced within the lush garden below.
Ainslie is a sought after, tranquil village, known for its wide leafy streets, heritage homes and central locale which connects you to a mix of independent, restaurants, café, bars and shops. Walking distance to parks, local schools, and Mount Ainslie Reserve, the home is also close to transport, a few steps from Corroboree Park, and within walking distance to Haig Park and the dynamic Braddon and Dickson Precincts. Ainslie, Football and Social club is just down the road, and the home is an easy stone’s throw from the CBD, and the ANU.
.three bedroom heritage cottage in the Corroboree Park precinct
.located on beautiful tree-lined Hargraves St
.north-east facing kitchen and meal area
.timber kitchen with electric cooktop, new oven and dishwasher, pantry, island bench, and laminate bench tops
.cosy meals area adjoining the kitchen, with sash windows, external access and cupboards
.lounge room with open fireplace, mantel piece and original picture mouldings, mid-century feature lighting and sash windows
.main bedroom with floor to ceiling built-ins, large sash windows and picture mouldings
.comfortable second bedroom with floor to ceiling built-in wardrobes and garden aspect
.third bedroom currently used as home office
.cavity doors separating living, hallways and kitchen areas
.true cottage entry with forest green door, original cornices and picture mouldings
.bathroom with combined shower and bath, black and white classic tiling aesthetic
.ducted gas heating throughout
.retained original features such as high ceilings, timber flooring, picture mouldings and sash windows
.symmetrical façade with brick arched pathway to entry
.timber decking from the interior meals area
.coiled brick paths and parallel pavers in back yard
.mature hedging and gardens
.self-managed body corporate, dual occupancy
Land Size: 529 sqm (approx.)
Build Size: 100 sqm (approx.)
Year Built: 1927
Rates: $4114.97 pa (approx.)
Land Tax: $5,568.90 pa (approx.)
Land Value: $960,000 (entire block, 2021)
10a Hargraves Crescent