A few weeks into the spring property season and the market is looking optimistic for sellers.
Last weekend’s clearance rate of 77 per cent is one of the highest recorded for the year, and the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show a spike in home lending.
This week’s top picks of open homes look at the modern in Ainslie and Red Hill, a classic family home in Giralang and for those looking further afield a charming cottage in Yass.
So if you are planning to look at homes this weekend, be sure to add these ones to your inspection planner.
25 Shortland Crescent (also pictured above)
Price guide: $1.55 million
4 bed, 3 bath, 2 car spaces
The home at 25 Shortland Crescent is nothing short of a modern sanctuary.
It’s the builder’s own home, which is generally a sign that the house has been constructed to the highest level of quality.
Built with family needs in mind, the home fuses style with functionality. The kitchen and bathrooms in particular present luxury finishes with quality appliances – think deluxe custom joinery, herringbone feature tiling and luxurious 60-millimetre waterfall-edge concrete benchtops.
The floor plan has been carefully considered, with a spacious open plan kitchen, dining and family area. A separate lounge is ideal for offering adults, or boisterous children, their own space.
The rumpus room and guest suite are also segregated from the main living areas. This could act as a space for grandparents or perhaps a home office.
Outside is a grand entertaining area, which seamlessly flows directly from the inside through bifold doors. Featuring an outdoor kitchen and overlooking a firepit, it unites the home and provides a place for the whole family to come together.
There are also approved engineered plans for a plunge pool.
Auction: 10.30am, October 12
Agent: McGrath Estate Agents Dickson, Theo Koutsikamanis 0431 543 649
Price guide: Mid to high $2 millions
4 bed, 4 bath, 3 car spaces
This Red Hill home encapsulates the best of modern family living with a luxurious touch. The house has a resort-style feel and sits on an elevated block.
‘It has been built in a way that advantageously uses its positioning to offer panoramic views across Canberra with oversized windows and glass doors throughout.
There are multiple living areas, with one boasting an impressive home theatre, and a stunning ethanol fireplace for the cooler months.
For the warmer months, a sparkling pool sits off a fantastic outdoor entertaining deck.
Downstairs, there is a rumpus room that makes the perfect kids’ escape and generous storage space – for the wine aficionados, there is also wine cellar where you can hold up 3000 bottles of your finest drops.
Auction: 10am, September 28
Agent: Peter Blackshaw Manuka, Mario Sanfrancesco 0412 488 027
Price guide: $650,000 +
4 bed, 2 bath, 2 parking spaces
For upgraders with a growing family, look no further than this Giralang home.
The massive block of 1157 square metres is sure to entertain the kids over weekends and holidays, with the pool a main drawcard.
Inside, the property has plenty of space accentuated by raked ceilings with exposed timber beams.
There is also a separate studio with a second bathroom and kitchenette for the kids when they are older.
Auction: noon, September 28
Agent: Ray White Canberra, Micky Jacobs 0431 957 156
Allhomes’ top pick in the surrounding region
3 bed, 2 bath, 2 car spaces
Set a few streets back from the main road of Yass, you’ll find this charming cottage, circa 1914, that has been sympathetically restored.
Period features include a wraparound verandah, ornate ceilings, polished timber floors and three wood fireplaces.
It is set among beautiful gardens which are just coming to life after winter.
Agent: Yass First National Real Estate, Deb Johnson 0427 394 481