Sometimes we step into homes where only the most beautiful of words can’t even attempt to do them justice. To write about the basedow.home I find a quote from mid-century Madman Don Draper the most fitting; “Make it simple, but make it Significant”
Designed by renowned Canberra architect Bill Douglas, the basedow.home is all that made mid-century architecture powerful and enduring; it’s floorplan is not sprawling, it’s refined, it salutes to year round sun through its large scale glazing and U shape design. It honours the textural nuances of timbers, brickwork and paving, to create a flowing, warm and beguiling space.
Entering the home is utterly enchanting through timber panelled entry way with floor to ceiling glass filtering light onto the paved floor. As you get a glimpse into the perfect timber floors in the main living area, taking your shoes off to continue into the home feels almost essential, this is a home you want to feel. Exposed timber beams across the ceiling perfectly marry to the timber awning windows and kitchen joinery at the far end of this first living space. Connecting to the outside courtyard on one side, and large scale views to the garden on the other, this space envelopes you into the privacy and thoughtful design of this home.
The large family kitchen acts as the perfect vantage point into both living areas and even out to the central terrace. Charming with its original features and cabinetry, the practical layout of fittings and the ample storage make it both a beautiful and a functional space. Continuing through the home to the central family room and study space, you get your first real taste of the true indoor/outdoor connection of this home. With the large sliding doors drawing you out to the private rear garden.
Three perfectly sized bedrooms complete the home, each with their own character detailing and views out to the garden beyond. Located a moments stroll to the Torrens shops and a few minutes drive to the Southlands Shopping precinct and my personal favourite Canberra Institution; Rama’s in Pearce, the location of the basedow.home will likely captivate you as much as the home itself.
The basedow.home is something to be respected, something to lovingly put your own stamp on while honouring the integrity and beauty of its original features. Homes like this are rare, and this is your chance to own something truly special.
.exceptional Bill Douglas designed flat roofed midcentury home built in 1969
.timber feature detailing throughout
.freshly polished timber floors
.in near original condition
.large scale timber framed glazing throughout
.ample built in storage
.secure year yard featuring fantastic spaces to entertain, play and garden
.single carport attached to home with ample off-street parking
.located in the coveted suburb of Torrens and walking distance to Torrens shops.
Land Size: 733sqm
Building size: 149sqm
Year built: 1969
Rates: $3,099pa (approx)
13 Basedow Street