As you read this, thousands of Canberrans are queuing to vote and secure their obligatory democracy sausage.
There’s an undeniable sense of excitement in the air that’s edged with tension, as we all wait to see who will be the next leader of our country.
It’s particularly relevant to the property market, with much of the late-stage election coverage focusing on housing schemes.
The atmosphere of suspense and anticipation is echoed in my personal life, as my husband and I await the arrival of the human who will dictate the direction of our lives for the next 18 years: our first baby.
As I head off on maternity leave next week, I can’t think of a better time to be handing the reigns to Jessica Taulaga, who has been a journalist at Allhomes for the past two years.
With her strong knowledge of the property market, excellent grip on property data and her nose for a good story, she’s the perfect editor to guide you into post-election territory and beyond.
So, make an appointment to explore our list of must-inspect properties this week across Canberra.
Wherever you are in your property journey, we hope these top picks spark some inspiration.
Many apartments in Kingston come to market, but few stand out as much as this home, designed by COX Architecture with interiors by BKH.
One of the most notable features is the proximity to the waterfront.
The only thing that stands between you and the water of Lake Burley Griffin is a selection of public recreation spaces that make for the perfect morning workout or stroll.
Then there’s the clever floor plan, which includes plenty of storage, including multiple linen cupboards, built-in wardrobes in both bedrooms, a separate study and a built-in desk hidden within a cupboard.
When the workday is over, enjoy a glass of wine at the oversized kitchen island, lounge in the open-plan living space or enjoy the views from the balcony.
Price guide: $1.5 million
Auction: 4pm, June 4
Agent: The Property Collective, Will Honey 0407 245 177
This beautifully designed modern home has every convenience, including a hydraulic elevator, external car wash area and hydronic in-slab heating throughout.
It also boasts stunning views, a gourmet kitchen with a butler’s pantry, and an eight-car garage.
The home has multiple and flexible living spaces with a simple conversion should the new owners want a fourth bedrooms.
Other features of the home include security cameras and a VIP intercom, a 7-kilowatt solar system and a 20,000-litre in-ground water tank.
For those looking for nearby amenities, the property is less than 10 minutes from Gungahlin Place, the nearby parks and Throsby School.
Price guide: $2 million +
Agent: HIVE Property, Josh Morrissey 0437 799 234
Backing onto a reserve in an elevated position, this home offers jaw-dropping views across Tuggeranong Valley across to Woden.
It has ample living space, including a home theatre room and a rumpus room downstairs.
With Canberra winter slowly creeping up, having a six-person outdoor spa sounds like a dream.
If you’re playing host, this home makes that easy with multiple living spaces and spacious outdoor areas with very minimal maintenance needed for the gardens, which also comes with a fully automated sprinkler system.
Price guide: $1.35 million +
Auction: 5pm, June 2
Agent: Belle Property Canberra, Samantha Linsdell 0402 507 902
The penthouse at 139/15 Coranderrk Street is nothing short of a heavenly sanctuary.
A northly aspect, with uninterrupted views over Glebe Park and toward Mount Ainslie from every angle of the open-plan living and dining area, is merely the beginning of the splendour found across the home’s floor plan.
Looking inward to the stunning marble kitchen is almost as impressive a view as looking out toward the ever-changing treetops. Ingeniously hidden behind the kitchen is a secondary living space for use as a home theatre, office or even a fourth bedroom.
At a day’s end, escape to the retreat that is the main bedroom. Soak your stresses away in the marble en suite with a separated bath and shower, before sinking into the cloud that is your king-sized bed – the room is large enough to accommodate one.
But the real wow factor is upstairs on the terrace, where you’ll spend most of your spare time, especially in summer with friends and family around. The plunge pool and deck offer 360-degree views across Canberra. There’s also a fully functional kitchen with barbecue facilities, a dishwasher, and loads of space for a dining table and lounge furniture.
Price guide: $2.4 million
Auction: 2pm, May 28
Agent: Blackshaw Manuka, Christine Shaw 0405 135 009