#soldbyholly $1 575 000
The story of a forever home: juxtapose simple forms with ornate detailing, a blend of the nostalgic with the new. This precious heritage home, surrounded by the original residences of the first garden precinct in Canberra, now finds its place in a rejuvenated and redeveloped precinct of the city.
A forever home to me is one that has always been there, one that leaves a lasting impression on you, or has been retained somewhere in your earliest memories.
Built at a time when Canberra’s population was still shy of 6000, the home has stood with beautiful simplicity for over 90 years. A timeless design with undiminishing pleasure, the home wistfully draws you in and inspires.
A forever home outlasts fashions and fads. The home’s lovely layers of life and living, with warm textured interiors and a timeless aesthetic, mingled with new finds, personal pieces and whimsical gardens.
The Braddon Housing Precinct 1921 -1927 has always been perfectly located. Doonkuna Street was fortunate to have a central garden, playground and tennis court, gorgeous red brick cottages shaded by established plane trees, designed to the original Griffin Plan. Now it is surrounded by choice, close to everything that is central to our city – boutique local shopping centres, the Braddon Precinct, C5, New Acton, Founder’s Lane and the City, with all the energy of cosmopolitan living.
As Braddon continues its exciting growth, this precinct’s beauty and enduring character are assured: heritage protection means this will continue to be a garden neighbourhood, a reminder of the original garden city vision for Canberra.
.built in 1926, beautifully presented inside and out with modern updates sympathetic to the original home
.lovingly enjoyed by the current owner for the past 23 years
.light filled and bathed in sunlight the home offers 181m (approx.) living area
.formal living room and adjoining dining room with marble fire hearth, Tasmanian oak floors and double glazed french doors on both sides connecting with alfresco balcony and terrace
.light filled family room with soaring timber panelled ceilings, perfect for children and teenagers retreat
.kitchen with gorgeous window seat, dishwasher and gas hob
.main bedroom with en suite bathroom and beautiful leafy tree lined outlook
.second bedroom fondly referred to by the current owner as the garden room, lovely outlook, study nook and built in robe
.generous third bedroom with built in robe
.northly aspect to the inner courtyard and alfresco area, french doors from both living areas connecting with the gardens
.beautifully maintained bathroom with heritage charm, integrated laundry
.sash windows throughout, honeycomb blinds in the living, dining and main bedroom, EER 3
.heritage cornices, timber sash windows, double brick, hight ceilings, terracotta roof tiles
.back to base alarm system
.additional open storage in the roof space accessed by pull-down stairs
.double glazing to the living room french doors, dining room french doors, large kitchen window and large window in the main bedroom
.solar systems including one with a feed-in tariff (high $ return), one with regular tariff and solar hot water
.picket fence, veggie patch, established gardens and screening plants
.single carport and additional original brick garage ideal for storage
.a most convenient and desirable city location only footsteps to the CBD, Glebe Park, cafes and restaurants, Lake Burley Griffin and the exciting precincts of the City and Braddon
.the Ainslie houses became the first housing subdivision in Canberra, on 48 blocks bounded by Currong, Donaldson, Elimatta and Batman Streets. Due to their proximity, the houses were known originally as the Civic Centre Cottages of No. 1 Division, No. 1 Neighbourhood. In 1928 Ainslie was split into Ainslie, Braddon and Reid, and the subdivision is now known as the Braddon Housing Precinct. *Source 100 Canberra Houses
Advisory Service: Free heritage and architectural advice is available for heritage owners and purchasers. The Heritage Advisory Service provides guidance on renovating or extending a heritage home. The service is provided by Philip Leeson Architects Pty Ltd. Call Philip Leeson or David Hobbes on (02) 6295 3311 for one free appointment. This is an independent service supported by the ACT Government.http://www.environment.act.gov.au/heritage/heritage_register
Land Size 910m (approx.)
Land Value $860,000(approx.)
Land Rates $5058(approx.)
34 Doonkuna Street