Auction 24/04/18

175 Duffy Street,Ainslie ACT 2602

House5bedrooms2bathrooms2garage spaces
UV: $751,000

In 1962 Edgar's was a corner grocery shop, there was a butcher named Gordon, and the Ainslie Supermarket / Milk Bar was about to be purchased by Nick and Alice Xyrakis. North Ainslie was taking shape, Duffy street was an extension of the original McIlwraith Street and the local bus service used to turn around at the top of Tyson Street.

It was also in 1962 that Trevor and Joan Boucher began laying the foundations for their new family home. It was a privately built home, costing a total of 5030 pounds at the time, built by C H Webb Brothers. Two generations, four children, 13 grandchildren and three extensions saw the home grow as the family did.

For over 50 years the Boucher family has shared this beautiful place together. They have celebrated, loved and lost, and treasured the beautiful features that make this home special. Gorgeous solid oak timber floors and large windows invite light filled living spaces. Modern renovations and extensions in the 60's and 70's have seen colour splashed throughout the kitchen and bathrooms with stylish coloured vanity, bath and cabinetry.

From the bird's eye view the block is revealed, the huge plot scattered with shady established trees, lawn, vegetable garden, chooks, sheds and all the key elements that make up an 'essential Ainslie' property. The location was premium in 1962 as much as it is now, the close proximity to the city and bush surrounds has always been the appeal of living in Ainslie.

The stories from the family are plentiful, the love for their home is heart felt, the potential for the next owner is waiting to be fulfilled.

.privately built brick home in 1962
.family owned for two generations by the Boucher family
.living 190m2, land 1015m2
.five bedroom home, three with built in robes
.large windows throughout, light filled
.combination retro/modernised kitchen
.triple sliding glass door opening to north facing covered terrace
.large kitchen with laminate bench tops, gas cook top and oven, dishwasher, large family kitchen with generous bench space and cupboards including walk in pantry and stand alone oven with gas hob
.two bathroom configurations, main bathroom with separate toilet, shower in laundry with separate toilet
.large lounge and dining room with slow combustion fireplace and air con
.extra large laundry
.north facing terrace and decking connecting with garden
.ducted gas heating
.double garage with brick front facade
.large backyard with vegetable garden, shed, chook yard, established shady trees and lawn
. prime position on leafy Duffy Street, centrally located easy walk to Ainslie shops, Mt Ainslie Bush Reserve, short drive to Dickson Shopping Centre and the City

the story of the home and family.
.the property was originally built for Trevor and Joan Boucher in 1962
.Trevor and Joan both moved to Canberra from Melbourne to pursue career opportunities in 1961. This was at the time that many public service departments were moving people from Melbourne to Canberra to live
.Trevor and Joan met at Havelock House were they were seated opposite each other at the dining table, they were married in the June 1962 and the building of the house was completed in August 1962.
.175 Duffy Street was a privately built home. The builders were C H Webb Brothers who built about 10 homes in the surrounding area. 175 Duffy Street was the depot for the other houses being built in the street, including next door. The house cost 5030 pounds.
.between 1963 - 1969 the four children arrived. Katherine, Peter, Nicole and Matthew
.by 1968, then with three children, Trevor and Joan decided they needed some more room and extended the house to include a family room and two extra bedrooms that would later be occupied by the boys. Trevor did the preparatory work for the extension, like levelling the land. The extension cost $7700.
.about that time Trevor filled his spare time building paths, garden beds and the garage.
.in 1977 another extension was undertaken to the original lounge room. Frank O'Connor did the brick laying and Trevor was his assistant. Frank had laid bricks at Old Parliament House.
.it was a full and busy family home. There were lots of pets, including a lamb!
.there were always lots of parties on the terrace and in the big back yard at 175 Duffy St.
.Trevor was the Commissioner for Taxation between 1984-1993. He was also the Australian Ambassador to the OECD from 1993-1995.
.the kitchen was remodelled and extended in 2010.
.Nicole, Joan and Trevor's youngest daughter, moved into the house in September 2011 with her children Bryce, Paige and Trent.
.Nicole helped her parents transition from their family home into Goodwin Village, where they currently live in an apartment overlooking the Ainslie Ovals.
.two generations of the Boucher family have enjoyed this wonderful family home.

Land Size 1015m2
Land Value $751 000
Land Rates $4368pa

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Tuesday, 24 April
Auction Location: On Site

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Property Type:House
Unimproved Value:$751,000


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