In recent years Canberra has experienced immense growth. According to ACT government data, the population of the nation’s capital is set to reach more than 420,000 by 2020.
This represents an increase of about 13,000 on the current population – approximately the size of two Nicholls.
In order to house future residents, a number of new suburbs have been developed in recent years across the region.
New suburbs are also attractive to first-home buyers as the ACT first-home owner grant of $7000 is only applicable to new homes.
Here’s a guide to four of Canberra’s newest suburbs that are currently undergoing development.
Region: Molonglo Valley
Expected population: 10,000
Number of dwellings: 4000
Development of Denman Prospect is well under way, with residents already living in the Molonglo Valley suburb.
Located north of Wright and Coombs, off John Gorton Drive, Denman Prospect is great for those who love the outdoors as it is only a five-minute drive from Mt Stromlo and a 10-minute drive from the National Arboretum and Casuarina Sands.
There are two proposed school sites for the suburb, and Denman Village Shops are set to open at the end of 2018.
Photo: Independent Property Group
Price range: $299,900-$565,900+
Agent: Independent Property Group, Matthew Peden, 0409 000 079
Expected population: 5440
Number of dwellings: 2000+
Strathnairn is the first of four suburbs to make up the Ginninderry community.
Named after the working farm that occupied the land for most of the last 100 years, Strathnairn is very much set in nature. It’s within walking distance of nature reserves, parkland and the Murrumbidgee River.
The suburb will be 450 hectares and will feature a primary school, neighbourhood park with multiple sporting facilities, playgrounds, a community garden, medical centre and a childcare centre.
There will be a diverse range of housing and lot sizes available, making the suburb ideal for a wide range of budgets, buyers and lifestyles.
Expected population: 6000
Number of Dwellings: 2500
Soon to be the ACT’s newest community, Taylor is the most northern suburb in the territory.
Situated four kilometres north-west of Gungahlin Town Centre, the 315-hectare suburb is set to start welcoming new residents at the end of 2018.
Taylor has been designed to support the lifestyle of a broad cross-section of Canberrans, with close proximity to the city, schools essential services and outdoor spaces.
There are a mix of single and multi-unit lots that have been sold to a diverse range of future residents including first homebuyers, retirees, new families and builders.
Photo: Luton Projects
Price range: $374,000-$574,900
Agent: Luton Projects, Slade Minson, 0435 659 746
Expected population: 2500
Number of dwellings: 1000
The smallest new Canberra suburb featured on this list, Throsby recently welcomed its first residents.
Situated just two kilometres east of Gungahlin Town Centre and 11 kilometres north-east of Civic, the suburb has an ideal location close to many convenient amenities.
There will be no schools in Throsby, instead nearby Franklin and Harrison schools will service the population of the suburb.
A small mixed-use development site will be the buzzing hub of Taylor that is expected to house small shops.
Photo: Kolak Living
Price range: $519,990-$704, 990
Agent: Kolak Living Pty Ltd, Cameron Cleary, 0408 038 314
*There are currently no blocks or developments listed on Allhomes for Strathnairn