Block size: 1372 m² approx.House size: 625 m² approx.UV: $1,129,000 (2017)
One of Canberra's finest homes - www.dirrawangardens.com
Reflecting early Canberra's mid 1920's heritage, a classic Reid cottage facade belies a stunning residence unmatched in its ambition and achievement. Sitting deep within the coveted Dirrawan Gardens yet just minutes from Canberra's thriving CBD. Set upon a land parcel exceeding 1300m2 and awarded the Master Builders Association 'House of the Year' it was surmised by the expert judging panel quite simply as 'you have to see it to believe it.' The attention to detail from every aspect is nothing short of astonishing. The sophistication of the home becomes apparent from the breathtaking entry. Intricate hand-cut parquetry floors extend in all directions, but your immediate attention is seized by the stunning glass reception gallery teaming with sunlight. An elegant formal room overflowing with feature detail flows naturally from the entry. The feeling of warmth and opulence is a homage to a golden era of design. Art deco themes compliment contemporary comforts, a fusion of old and new. Ornate hand-crafted cornices, intelligent CBUS control system, elaborate lead-light windows, state-of-the-art security system with automated security shutters, detailed marble and travertine mosaics with a Byzantine theme, it will likely take years of lavish living to fully comprehend the eclectic detail offered. An abundance of heat treated curved timber work was all painstakingly shaped on site. Cascading down from the entry, an elegant curved staircase adorned in Travertine tiles expands with every step like a Fibonacci spiral, meaning every single piece was cut to a different size with exact precision. Quiet refuge within the home's embrace is easily sought, though the space is best filled with the accompaniment of friends and family. An invitation to attend 5 Dirrawan Gardens will certainly be the highlight of many a social calendar. A decadent formal dining adjoins the contemporary chef's kitchen, with high-end European appliances and ample storage. A practical full-size butler's pantry is complete with two commercial fridges. As if not already amazed, the visitor will be completely taken aback by the incredible sub-ground cinema. Beyond compare, this remarkable fully-fledged theatre features tiered seating with leather recliners, a huge wide-screen curved projector screen, state-of-the-art surround-sound system, dedicated projector room with storage plus a segregated lounge area for post-movie socialising. For larger outdoor gatherings, a substantial terracotta-tiled rear terrace affords ample alfresco entertaining space overlooking the tranquil rear gardens. The generous 4 car garage features an internal turning bay and the strong room adjacent is fire rated up to four hours. A climate-controlled cellar and walk-in linen closet are but a few prime examples of the myriad of storage solutions on offer. Comprising 3/4 bedrooms, 3 ensuites and two additional guest powder rooms, the proportions offered meet all expectations. The ground floor boasts 378m2 of living with an additional 247m2 below. 178m2 of garaging rounds off this truly superb offering (all sizes apx). As the CBD evolves and expands, the value of a near inner city landholding of this magnitude cannot be overestimated. From casual brunches to refined white linen dining your gastronomical escape is all within walking distance. Recreation around Lake Burley Griffin or the fitness challenge of Mount Ainslie can be balanced with designer shopping at Canberra's premium fashion outlets nearby. Neighbouring the city's best art and cultural attractions the pinnacle Canberran lifestyle exists just beyond the home's four walls but even still might not be enough to tempt you from leaving what is now home. For the future custodians of this remarkable estate, life will never be the same.