“The house they wouldn’t alter” were the words used to describe 8 Duffy Street Ainslie in Australian Home Beautiful, August 1957. Now this iconic Ainslie mid-century modern home that has been much loved and treasured, and has been passionately and painstakingly restored, is available to rent
The supremely photogenic front facade has been a distinctive part of the Ainslie streetscape since the 1950s. Set high up on Mt Ainslie, the home nestles into the mountain and overlooks the city towards the Brindabellas.
In a sympathetic modernist style, the home includes timber features, stone, slate, and the original mesh wire handrails so typical of the era. The home has stone walls on the lower level, contrasting with stucco rendered walls above. Generous verandas, side terraces, and a covered balcony are standout features. What hasn’t been saved has been replaced with carefully sourced mid-century details.
The home is inspiring. It is still as contemporary and relevant in 2019 as it was in the mid-1950s. Modern-day liveability has been achieved by using double glazing, LED lighting, under floor heating in the bathrooms, solar panels and reverse cycle air conditioning.
Upstairs the home features three large bedrooms, mosaic tiled bathroom and ensuite and flexible living areas. The sleek modern kitchen spills through sliding glass doors to the covered entertaining terrace, with views to the mountain reserve. Gorgeous original features abound, including vertical slats and a central fireplace with stone quarried from Black Mountain.
Downstairs is a separate self-contained studio that offers great potential as an office or retreat.
It’s difficult to ignore the excited feeling you get when you enter this mid-century modern classic family home and find out more about the history of modernism. It is truly special.
.bespoke kitchen and bathrooms by award-winning kitchen designer (Karin McNamara)
.integrated Miele double fridge and dishwasher, and range hood
.double Electrolux ovens, induction cooktop and microwave
.prepsink on the cooking side of galley kitchen
.Billi filtered boiled/chilled water
.self-contained converted rumpus downstairs, with solid stone exterior walls and two interior walls – bedroom with sliding door to garden, kitchenette, ensuite, washing machine, separately metered (formerly a doctor’s surgery)
.Crimsafe screens in all upstairs wooden sliding doors and full metal Crimsafe doors to laundry and downstairs apartment; Crimsafe screens in the main bathroom and walk-in wardrobe
.double glazing on all windows and doors – over 90 panes of glass
.original solid timber floors in lounge, entry and hall; new solid timber floors to sunroom and kitchen
.28 solar panels – original 16 panels @46c/kWh; extra 12 panels @ current 16c/kWh
.reverse cycle air conditioners in sunroom, kitchen and main bedroom
.LED lighting throughout
.instant gas hot water for showers; small storage tank for kitchen hot water
.ducted gas heating
.underfloor heating in both upstairs bathrooms
.gas ‘log’ fire in the gorgeous stone fireplace in the lounge room
.external heaters in the outdoor room off the kitchen
.panoramic views of central Canberra
.some seasonal gardening services included
.stunning sunsets nearly every evening
.lovely ‘Japanese’ garden in the front
.brilliant displays of blooms in spring
.Ainslie mountain reserve to back and one side
.walk to local shops, public transport, Braddon and City Centre
Viewings are by private appointment only at this stage – please call Tamara Davis directly to chat more on 0413 578 042
.prospective tenants must obtain prior consent from their Owner to keep pets on the premises.
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. if you do not register, we cannot notify you of any time changes, cancellations or further inspection times
.this property is unfurnished
.rent is paid calendar monthly on the first day of each month
.bond = 4 weeks rent
.applicants or a representative on their behalf must inspect the property before any applications will be processed
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8 Duffy Street