If you are from ‘old Canberra’ Ainslie might have been your first home. It was one of the first landing places for the craftspeople people that built our beautiful Garden city, who saw the river become a lake and laid the Canberra red bricks that built the foundations of our capital.
The original design for Canberra applied the principles of the Garden City Movement which saw people from all social classes living together in a healthy living and working environment. Large rear gardens to grow fruit and vegetables; generous landscaped parks and large verges; government-supplied and maintained hedges; a small number of similar house designs and floorplans aimed to create a unified aesthetic the whole community would value. The tightly held group of timber houses on the park are recognised in the ACT Trust Heritage listing of the Corroboree Park Precinct. Prior to European settlement, Aboriginal people are also said to have used the Park as a place where community gathered.
This is Ainslie. A uniquely special place within our city that compares to no other, minutes from the city, Parliament House, the airport, Braddon’s restaurants, the bush. A place which continues to cultivate the ideals of community.
If you are from ‘new Canberra’ Ainslie is the location and lifestyle one desires. A location that is uniquely placed between the city and bush, a position that is held by few. Ainslie itself offers an enviable lifestyle. Community ties and diversity are cultivated at the local schools, tennis club, shops, parks, art centres and in the surrounding neighbourhood.
This home is Ainslie.
The ainslie.house is a home surrounded by expanses of green, lush plantings and a mix of character and modern comforts. A lot like Ainslie, the ainslie.house offers the best of heritage and contemporary lifestyle.
58 Paterson Street exemplifies this location and lifestyle, a meticulously crafted family home, a home for a family. A home that connects to garden rooms through every window, is drenched in northern sun while outdoor areas are shaded by cooling plantings. The home maintains its heritage integrity and builds on this giving family flexibility and adaptability. Designed by Gina Carmody the floor plan has the ability to change and repurpose as family will over the years, and adds playful surprises like the internal courtyard design. Thoughtful design provides separation of bedrooms, generous spaces for entertaining and seamless connection to the outdoors. Original details have been celebrated and retained with restoration of heritage features including the front porch and ‘Canberra’ wood fuel stove. Four bedrooms, including a sumptuous master suite offer boundless options for families, home office, au pair accommodation and space to find some peace.
The immaculate hedge restores the heritage precinct style of planting, gives privacy to the rear yard and opportunity to talk with locals as they wander by. The garden behind the hedge is designed in rooms; a generous courtyard shaded by a large pear tree, a pool garden with deck and with luxuriant lawn and a sculptured garden walk.
The blue house on the corner is where people come together to celebrate. Living and outdoor entertaining areas have easily and often hosted parties for 80+. The kitchen is designed for many hands to come together to make meals to remember.
The layers of living, sharing and time are beautifully communicated through the detailing and tasteful interiors. The home employs its carefully contained palette to arrive at striking compositions with a home and garden in synchrony. The understated elegance and beauty of this heritage design sets it a notch above and apart.
- the Gumley’s home, a family home for more than 20 years
- renowned as the ‘blue house on Corroboree Park behind the hedge’
- an original 1928 Federal Capital Commission timber cottage designed for artisans and their families, Heritage-listed
- careful design retains the original home with a sympathetic and seamless modern extension retaining the character, heritage details and design integrity of the original architecture of the home
- designed by the locally renowned Gina Carmody, a blueprint that has become an iconic design integrated into many other homes in the Corroboree Park precinct
- excellent north solar access throughout the home
- careful connection to gardens and the outdoors significant in the design
- the generous footprint provides accommodation for four generous bedrooms, multipurpose room, separate main bedroom suite, front lounge and open plan living
- formal lounge room/parlour with fireplace and mantle opening through French doors to the front veranda
- expansive family kitchen central to the home with IIve stove, Caesar stone benchtops, Canberra Metters wood fuel stove, original pantry
- three functioning fireplaces
- mirrored glass splashback cleverly reflects the gardens and connects the kitchen with the living areas
- open plan living with large French doors connecting to the alfresco spaces
- main bedroom with extensive walk-in robe, window seat, beautiful solid timber floors reclaimed from Brisbane bridge timbers’ and French doors providing direct access to swimming pool
- luxurious ensuite with triple shower, large arch window from a 1920s home in Manuka, limestone tiling,1700mm bath and underfloor heating to bathroom and laundry
- bedrooms two and three are a generous size with built-in robes
- bedroom two ideally suited as nursery or guest room, with close access to main suite
- mud room connects bedroom four to family room, internal access and private entrance
- the multipurpose room offers flexibility and adaptability, well suited as a home office/study, accommodation for guests, au pair or visiting family.
- a separate entrance close to bedroom four perfect provides private access to a home office or for an au pair
- bedroom four at the front of the home is currently a study with original fireplace
- main bathroom with heritage detail
- laundry integrated into the bathroom/ensuite design and provides for overflow access to the ensuite when entertaining
- internal courtyard with boat-shaped pond give northern sun and cross ventilation to bedroom four
- Playschool windows add a playful element to the design
- large covered front veranda connects with the gardens and enjoy the direct aspect to Corroboree Park, the Ainslie Tennis Club and Black Mountain
- fully landscaped, established curated gardens formal hedges, Established weeping cherry and Magnolia trees shade the pool and fill it with fragrance, large pear tree shades the courtyard, front-yard filled with the original Crepe myrtle, Japanese maples, standard cherry trees, magnolias, rose arbours covered in Australian heritage roses and the Luma Apiculata hedge. Plants have been selected so they flower one after another, giving features in the garden year-round. Large verge gardens of hardy plantings provide extra colour and opportunity to connect with neighbours and passers-by
- garden rooms, alfresco entertaining area with intricate Canberra red brick paving, poolside decking, pockets of verdant lawn
- iconic Ainslie hedge providing privacy and protection, sculptured as living art to be enjoyed both at day and night
- freshwater ionized swimming pool with self-cleaning system
- double garage with internal access, automatic doors, attic storage and ample off-street parking, public car park over the road
- ducted gas heating, evaporative cooling, high quality well-insulated blinds throughout the home
- exceptional city location on Ainslie’s historic Corroboree park
- eer: 2.5