Every now and then I find myself amazed by Canberra’s suburbs, our bush capital surroundings and the hidden gems in the places we call home.
This week that suburb is Pearce, tucked away in the Woden Valley region and at the base of Mount Taylor Nature Reserve.
With its own local shopping village, restaurants and several green spaces, it is easy to picture yourself in this family-friendly neighbourhood.
Median house price: $940,000
Median unit price: $665,000
22 Sheehan Street, $2.3 million
30 Sheehan Street, $2.1 million
28 Sheehan Street, $1,992,500
20 Sheehan Street, $1.818 million
94 MacFarland Crescent, $1.55 million
Eat and drink
It’s not just locals who love Rama’s Fiji Indian, Canberrans from all over the city trek to Pearce shops for this humble treasure. Having been around for 29 years, Rama’s Fiji Indian is no stranger to celebrities and politicians including football players and former prime ministers Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd.
A few doors down you’ll find another favourite, Ethiopia Down Under. For those who love spices, this place is a must-visit. Taking origin from the Tigray region of Ethiopia, its dishes offer a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
If you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up, Cafe Viin has you covered. The cosy cafe is the perfect spot to lounge and read a good book with an indulgent caramel slice on the side.
See and do
Pearce residents are lucky to have Mount Taylor Nature Reserve right at their doorstep. With 297 hectares of native bushland and hiking trails, a Sunday morning hike up the mountain doesn’t sound like a bad idea when you’re treated to panoramic views of the Brindabella Mountain Ranges and beyond.
Stock up on cheese and crackers from the convenient FoodWorks and head to the Pearce Neighbourhood Oval where the kids can run wild while you savour a picnic with a glass of wine in hand and call it a day.
Price guide: $1.5 million-$1.7 million
Auction: 11.30am, December 5
Agent: Ray White Queanbeyan/Jerrabomberra, Brad O’Mara 0402 343 771