Resting back on a quiet tree-lined street, behind established garden, is the quintessential updated, 50s Australian cottage, perfectly placed within Ainslie village, with its wonderful history and discreet charm. Meandering stone paths, native ground covers, bush rock, grass trees, complement blue monocrete walls, white multi-paned windows, and simple pitched terracotta roof. Sandstone steppers usher to front deck, deep covered porch and original beveled, glass inset front door. This classical entryway leads to a clean lined, romantic interior, opening to the east – light and bright and lovingly updated for laid-back, modern, family life.
Inside there are all the features you would expect from the era – internal doors with glass panels, brass door handles, timber sash windows, warm cypress flooring, fireplace, generous double bedrooms. The high ceilings and extra wide hallway are the perfect backdrop for art, books, curated pieces. There is a lovely timeless quality to the home, a natural order and unique elegance, with its combo of contemporary sensibility and preserved glory.
The voluminous open plan living, dining, kitchen, is a multi-purpose space, that celebrates daily happenings, work, rest and play. There is space here for a huge dining table – think family gatherings, dinner parties, Christmas day…light flooding the space, an easy transition through French doors to deck and garden.
The enormous deck doubles the space, bringing the outside in – sunrise, towering gum trees, bird life – you can easily imagine long brunches, champagne on summer evenings, watching the kids explore the natural, bush-land setting.
Integrated cabinetry along one side wall, within this large family arena, creates double working stations, perfect for the kids’ homework or home office.
The cosy living area, tucked behind a slow combustion fireplace, inset in rendered mantle with original tiled hearth and timber mantle piece, is a romantic nook – to gather, connect or curl up with a book and a glass, on cool winter evenings.
The modern, renovated kitchen is simply appointed with striking black counter tops, warm timber accents and stainless-steel appliances. There is plenty of storage, Ilve double oven and rangehood, Bosch dishwasher and tiled splash back.
To the front of the house, three bedrooms with leafy views to garden, centre around a family bathroom and separate toilet. The renovated bathroom features a bathtub and gorgeous, fresh, sage green tiles.
The master bedroom with generous built-in-robe overlooks the front garden, and is blessed with western sunlight. A bright and cheery mustard feature wall harmonises with the double timber windows and cedar venetian blinds.
The private, enclosed rear garden is a delight of texture and contrast – undulating native plantings, sculptural grasses, pebbles, steppingstones. Timber windows and side door opening to the garden. A sizable water tank provides plenty of water for the multiple raised vegetable and herb boxes.
A whimsical, freestanding shed with pitched roof, timber windows and side door, opening to garden, is great extra storage and could be easily converted into a magical garden studio.
Ainslie is a sought-after village, known for its quiet tree-lined streets, unchanged cottages, green spaces and relaxed community vibe. Close to the Dickson precinct, Dickson wetlands and Mt Ainslie reserve, this central locale connects you to a lively mix of independent cafes, restaurants and shops – everything you need, just a short walk away. With ample green spaces, walking and biking trails, public and private schools, the home is also close go transport, and the famous Ainslie shops. The home is also just a stone’s throw from the dynamic Braddon precinct, the CBD, and ANU.
.deep blue, 1954, three bedroom cottage in highly desired Ainslie
.central fireplace in north facing living area
.scenic dining room with views and French doors to established native gardens with shady ash tree
.double built-in desk with shelving around north facing window
.g-shaped kitchen with culinary dream 900mm freestanding oven and 5 burner gas cooktop
.black stone benches, dishwasher, range-hood and ample cabinetry
.book-lined hallway with in-built cabinetry
.front master bedroom with built-in wardrobe
.energy efficient honeycomb blind with outside awning for bedroom 1
.two additional spacious bedrooms
.new carpeting throughout bedrooms
.new eco deck leading up to entrance of home, original textured glass panel front door
.bathroom with bath tub/shower, beautiful sage tiling, additional cupboard and secured large mirroring
.separate water closet
.glass panel French doors opening into the backyard
.family-friendly laundry area with external access, tub and in-built shelves (perfect mud room)
.polished timber flooring (recently sanded and polished)
.timber double hung windows
.ducted gas heating
.ducted inverter heating/cooling
.alarm system installed
.tranquil backyard filled with established, low maintenance and low water, native flora with wooden deck perfect for entertaining and reading a book in peace
.watering system in the garden
.delightful stepping stones surrounding the home and pebble gardens
.an established Manchurian pear visible from bedroom 3 and a young magnolia from bedroom 2
.2x plum trees, a Fijoa, olive trees, a lemon tree and a shady ash tree
.shed/studio to the back of the property, with repurposed stain glass window and shelving (possible use as art studio)
.three garden beds ready for herbs and veggies
.5000L water tank (approx.)
.peaceful and green street, with lovely neighbours close to Ainslie shops, never far from Braddon precinct, offering the best of what North Canberra has to offer
Land Size: 604 sqm (approx.)
Build Size: 120 sqm (approx.)
Land Value: $738,000 (2021)
Rates: $4,470 pa (approx.)
Land Tax: $7,358 (approx.)
6 Lalor Street