Established in 1927, with tree-lined streets and prestigious old-style brick homes, Griffith represents the quintessential Old Canberra suburb.
Formerly named south Blandfordia, the inner-south suburb is home to several ACT heritage council listed areas including Griffith Oval, St Paul’s Church and the Whitley Houses.
While it is one of Canberra’s oldest suburbs, many Griffith homes have undergone refurbishments in recent years, adding a contemporary feel to the leafy suburb.
Griffith borders Manuka and Narrabundah. At the 2016 census it recorded a population of 4575.
The neighbourhood centres around the much-loved Griffith shops. This retail strip is home to a variety of dining options, both casual and fine dining, alongside your typical shops, and offers immense character.
Clearance rate: 67%
Median price houses: $1.495 million
Median price units: $493,000
Highest selling property in the past 12 months: $2.97 million, 16 Durville Crescent, November 25, 2017.
Duck breast, confit cumquat, roast pumpkin, and fermented daikon at Aubergine. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong
The jewel of the Griffith Shops crown, Aubergine is one of the ACT’s most renowned restaurants. It has won an array of accolades on both a national and local scale, and has been given two chef’s hats for seven consecutive years. The ever-changing degustation menu offers delectable seasonal food of high quality and stunning presentation. Our top pick off its current menu is the brown butter ice cream with almond praline and frozen lemon verbena milk – absolutely amazing!
Signature wall at Griffith Vietnamese Restaurant. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
What sets Griffith Vietnamese Restaurant apart is the many posters adorning its walls with personalised messages and signatures, most of which belong to politicians who have called the venue their go-to for years. This unassuming restaurant is a favourite among pollies and locals alike, and upon eating the food you can see why. Make sure you try the Yummy Chicken, a classic dish that’s one of the chef’s specialities.
Rubicon restaurant’s twinkling fairy light ceiling. Photo: Karleen Minney
The perfect spot for a romantic date night or catch-up over dinner and wine with friends, Rubicon offers a warm and cosy atmosphere through its four small dining rooms and open terrace-style space. Both an a la carte and degustation menu is available showcasing contemporary Australian cuisine with a twist. If you choose the a la carte, make sure you accompany your meal with the kipfler potatoes in duck fat, serrano and mustard.
Bowen Place Crossing 2016 gouache by Christopher Oates, part of his exhibition on Infrastructure at the M16 Artspace last month. Photo: Supplied
An intimate gallery which also offers residencies to local artists, M16 Artspace is the perfect Saturday afternoon activity. The gallery is currently showing finalists from the annual M16 Drawing Prize which seeks to examine, challenge and open a dialogue concerning perceptions of what drawing can be. This runs until December 17.
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Mountain Creek Wholefoods in Griffith is comfortable and unpretentious. Photo: Mountain Creek Wholefoods Facebook
Comfortable and unpretentious, Mountain Creek Wholefoods is a health food store offering a combination of whole food, vegan cosmetics, health and wellbeing books and vitamins. Each day there is a new selection of healthy freshly baked goods, which unlike most healthy snacks, actually taste naughty!
2 Hayes Crescent, Griffith. Photo: Peter Blackshaw Real Estate Manuka
Auction: December 16, 12pm
Agent: Mario Sanfrancesco, Peter Blackshaw Real Estate Manuka, 0412 488 027
Canberra’s iconic boundary hedges offer their fortunate owners unrivalled privacy and nowhere is this better expressed than in the leafy Griffith sanctuary of No. 2 Hayes Crescent.
Nestled behind thick foliage and the security of electronic gates is this wonderfully extended and renovated character home.
The cottage originally built in 1927 has been faithfully remodelled by its current owners to highest levels of contemporary living. Design by Peter Byfield, the home has not only delivered a warm and inviting family retreat, but it has also been recognised with a wealth of industry awards.
4 Jansz Crescent, Griffith. Photo: Luton Properties Manuka
Auction: February 24, 10am
Agents: Richard and Sophie Luton, Luton Properties Manuka, 0418 697 844 & 0410 750 413.
Nestled within a canopy of oak trees and back reserve parkland and ovals, a property of distinction offers generous and flexible living for families.
The standout feature of this home is the indoor swimming pool area, with a spa, sauna and full bathroom. Cathedral ceilings frame a wall of glass looking out onto mature trees. It is fully heated, allowing year-round fun.
This Griffith home allows you to live a lifestyle of convenience, a very short walk from Manuka Village and Manuka Oval and then on to Lake Burley Griffin. An opportunity not to be missed.
33 Carstensz Street, Griffith. Photo: Belle Property Kingston
Price: By negotiation
Agents: Richard Davies & Louise Harget, Belle Property Kingston, 0414 517 658 & 0412 997 894
On a sought-after, tree-lined street, 33 Carstensz Street embraces a stunning fusion of period elegance with seamless contemporary living.
A statement of refined luxury with premium fixtures throughout, its expansive yet versatile floor plan has been tailored to suit a growing family’s need.
Lush and private gardens provide you with multiple spaces to entertain or relax while the kids play. This spectacular residence presents a remarkable lifestyle opportunity within one of Griffith’s most exclusive enclaves.