The ACT government’s relaxation of open home and on-site auction bans marks a turning point for Canberra’s property market and one that, for a while there, felt like it was worlds away.
Recent clearance rates have shown the market to be resilient compared to those of other capital cities. As homes gear up to swing their doors wide open this weekend to groups of 10 people within social distancing means, we welcome back home buyers of all stages of the property journey.
There’s plenty to explore and inspect across the territory, and you can expect to see the array of autumn gardens that we’ve all come to know and love about this season – deciduous trees, warm hues and rustling canopies above.
As we find solace in a glimmer of normality, agents, sellers and home buyers will carry over lessons learnt with some opting to continue online auction methods and a new appreciation for private inspections. One thing’s for sure, the way we transact property is shapeshifting for the better.
Here are Allhomes’ top four picks in Canberra and the surrounding region to inspect this weekend.
This contemporary, single-level family home has a focus on outdoor living and is located in a quiet loop street on 936 square metres of land.
Built in 2004, it offers a versatile floor plan with quality inclusions throughout, new carpet and a fresh lick of paint.
The sunken lounge room and separate dining area is towards the front of the home and provides ample space for more formal occasions, while the open-plan family and meals area flows out to the seriously impressive covered alfresco area with an outdoor kitchen and built-in barbecue.
The master bedroom is segregated while the three other bedrooms can be found at the back of the home, not far from the rumpus room.
A leafy outlook from each room and private courtyard spaces add to the established gardens which envelope the home.
Price guide: $1.1 million +
Online auction: 11am, May 30
Agent: Luton Properties Weston Creek and Molonglo Valley, Tim and Justine Burke 0411 878 587
Newly renovated, this home has been transformed with custom interiors and is the ultimate entertainer.
The home features a generous kitchen fitted with AEG appliances such as a five-gas burner cooktop, two ovens and a built-in microwave. It also has a butler’s pantry with its own wine fridge.
The kitchen also enjoys a serving window to the outdoor alfresco area which has a built-in barbecue, outdoor sink and a bar fridge,
The bedrooms are generous in size and have built-in robes and an ensuite in the master bedroom
Landscaped gardens and a spacious deck are highlights, as is its location just metres from the local shops and a short drive to Woden Shopping Centre and Canberra Hospital.
Price guide: $950,000 – $1.1 million
Online auction: 10am, May 23
Agent: Blackshaw Manuka, Christine Bassingthwaighte 0428 139 969
From the moment the scaffolding came down from NewActon’s south apartment building, The ApARTments, Canberrans knew that not only was the calibre of their city was changing, so was the level of luxury apartment living.
The homes are treated as pieces of art, and apartment 1403 makes no exception.
The home on level 14 features an open-plan living area with industrial-style, exposed concrete ceilings.
Luxurious elements to be enjoyed include Miele appliances in the kitchen, walk-thru wardrobes in the main bedroom and a deep bath and rain shower in the en suite.
Outside, there is a private theatre, a fully equipped gym and two sky gardens with barbecue facilities.
Price guide: Circa $1 million
Online auction: 11am, May 23
Agent: Blackshaw Manuka, Mary Debus 0414 623 876
Perfectly oriented, this renovated home is an absolute delight to live in with a seamless connection between the living areas and the outdoors through large north-facing picture frame windows.
Enjoy plenty of warmth and natural light streaming through, even on a winter’s afternoon.
In the kitchen, the soft-close drawers are complemented by ample storage and bench space. It’s the perfect spot for serving up a brunch spread with all your favourite cheeses.
Outdoors a wisteria-covered deck graces the backyard with plenty of lush green grass that is calling for the kids to roam.
With plenty of public and private school options at your doorstep, parks, nature reserves and sporting facilities nearby, this house is fit for a growing family.
Price guide: $669,000 +
Agent: home.byholly, Cris O’Brien 0409 308 038