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One of my most favourite things about working in real estate is discovering older, architectural homes scattered amongst the suburbs. Aranda offers so many of these delights, interesting places that add so much to the streetscapes and tell the stories of our Canberra’s design history.
The Aranda townhouses are no exception. Commissioned by the National Capital Development Commission in the 1960s, the initial control drawings were completed by renowned architect Dirk Bolt in 1966. Like many other suburban hubs of that time, the townhouses were designed in combination with the neighbourhood shopping centre. Taking advantage of the sloping site, Bolt stepped each of the four townhouse buildings in an east-west direction down the hill, with an off centre, 90-degree gabled roof which was repeated but in reverse for the neighbourhood centre.
As the development progressed architect, Rudi Krastins was engaged to complete the project. Working with the developers, Krastins made some alterations but kept with the overall design concept of Bolt’s original drawings. The finished development is iconic, reflecting the modernist influence that was so strong in Canberra at this time.
3/8 Jalanga is located in the row closest to the neighbourhood centre, just footsteps away from popular café, Two Before Ten. This two bedroom townhouse is north facing, double glazed and has recently been fully renovated throughout. I love the generous courtyard, with decking, built in garden beds and seating shaded by gorgeous, established Mop Top trees, it’s a very special place to enjoy your morning brew.
.architectural townhouse, Dirk Bolt x Rudi Krastins – circa 1970
.two spacious bedrooms with built in robes and ceiling fans
.north facing open plan kitchen and living space
.brand new, fully renovated kitchen with electric cooktop, dishwasher and walk in pantry
.brand new, fully renovated bathroom
.gorgeous enclosed rear courtyard with established Mop Top trees
.new flooring throughout
.double glazed throughout
.reverse cycle air conditioning – upstairs and downstairs
.double carport with storage shed
.visitors car parking
.coveted Aranda location, footsteps to the renowned Two Before Ten, sought after local schools, Jamison and Belconnen town centres
.direct bus route, 10 minutes to city
Living size: 83m2 (approx.)
Land rates: $2689.20 per annum
Body corporate: $749.21 per quarter
Year of construction: 1971
3/8 Jalanga Crescent