When the current owners first saw 7 Bayley Street in 2013, they knew that its generous proportions, understated elegance and functional and energy-efficient design, set in a lovely garden on a quiet tree-lined street in the inner south, would provide them just the lifestyle they were looking for after a decade of living in Melbourne.
This home is an interesting and imaginative blending of an original monocrete house with a thermally efficient and aesthetically pleasing mudbrick extension. Choosing to renovate rather than knock down often delivers a home that retains the experience of those who have lived there; a meaningful, liveable and thoughtful renovation ensures that the legacy of our inner established suburbs continues. This is the case with 7 Bayley Street.
Green architect Paul Gibson thoughtfully linked the original home to a modern, energy-efficient extension now comprising an exquisite gourmet kitchen, extensive timber joinery and flexible living spaces that connect and flow seamlessly out to a paved terrace and stone-edged gardens. The result is a house with four bedrooms, ensuite and family bathroom, a large study, and a book-lined hallway leading to the solar-passive mudbrick extension with living, dining and kitchen. Suspended timber bulkheads with mood lighting and panelling define the spaces, full solar access through floor-to-ceiling expanses of glass, detailing, stone bench tops and inspired interiors are unified by the natural timber accents.
The new owners added ducted gas heating, double-glazed windows and skylights, 3 kilowatts of rooftop photovoltaic panels, new tile and bamboo floors, a new kitchen and two new bathrooms and new paint inside and out to refresh the house.
The home wraps around a north-facing garden with sunny and shady seating areas, pathways and a fire pit with built-in stone seating. It has raised beds for vegetables and herbs and plenty of space for other plantings, with two borrowed mature trees in neighbouring gardens for structure and shade.
There is a strong relationship between the gardens and streetscape and the house, with garden views from every window.
After seven happy years at 7 Bayley, the owners have decided to downsize and are hoping that someone with a discerning sense of what inner-south living should be in Canberra will fall in love, as they did, with this hidden gem.
This versatile house could be home to a professional couple who need space for work and hobbies, a young family with toddlers or school-age children or an older couple who need room for visiting grandchildren. It’s a great party house, with generous spaces inside and out. And it’s all within minutes of the shops, schools, markets, dining districts and green spaces that define life in the inner south.
.gorgeous family home with mudbrick, solar passive extension designed by green architect Paul Gibson
.large, sunny living room, kitchen, dining room and laundry with high ceilings
.living room with gas log fireplace
.beautiful new kitchen with Caesarstone benchtops, walk-in pantry, gas cooktop and oven
.four bedrooms plus large study or fifth bedroom, all with built-in robes
.master bedroom with elegant ensuite
.family bathroom with shower bath, toilet and vanity
.separate laundry with external access
.updated tile and bamboo flooring
.high quality timber joinery throughout
.double-glazed cedar and European high-performance windows
.recently installed wooden pelmets and window coverings
.ducted gas heating
.security alarm system
.lock-up garage with remote entry
.three off-street parking spaces
.completely private, landscaped gardens with automatic irrigation system, paved patio, entertaining area and paths, established vegetable gardens, raised beds and firepit
.12 photovoltaic panels delivering 3kW of power
.close walk to shops and bus stops
.quiet tree-lined loop street
.close to schools (Red Hill Early Childhood Centre, St Benedicts Primary, Red Hill Primary, Narrabundah College, St Claire’s and St Edmund’s)
.walking distance to Manuka, Kingston and Fyshwick markets
.minutes from the Griffith shops
.close to green spaces for sport and dog-walking
Land size: 663m2 (approx.)
Living size: 193m2 (approx.)
Land rates: $4,608.42 pa (approx.)
Land value: $709,000
Year built: 1952 (approx.)
7 Bayley Street