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A look around Canberra – Forrest

By Alexandra Craig - 22 May 2015 7

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A Look Around Canberra this week takes us to the south side of the bridge and a cruise around State Circle before stopping off at Forrest.

Forrest can pretty much be described as a ‘fancy pants’ suburb. It’s very quiet and very nice. Lots of trees, big huge immaculate houses, and lots of peace and quiet. Despite a lot of swish cars parked in driveways, I’m not actually sure if they even turn on or not – I literally didn’t see one moving car the entire time I was wandering around.

Named after Sir John Forrest (an explorer and parliamentarian), this suburb was gazetted on 20 September 1928 and is home to embassies, the official residences of Ambassadors, and the official residence of the Prime Minister is just a few streets away in Deakin.

Forrest has a population of 1467 people and the median annual income is just under $216,000. The median weekly rent is $580 which suprises me. I would have assumed it to be at least $100 more than that.

While Forrest doesn’t have its own local shops, the Manuka precinct is very close by with a a heap of eateries, bars, designer clothing stores, as well as the essentials like a bank, pharmacy, post office and supermarket.

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Up until the year before last, a house in Forrest had the most elaborate Christmas lights display. I never got to see it but from the stories I heard it was insane. So many people would go to look at them that icecream vans would turn up in the street. The family doing the lights would fundraise with the money going to SIDS and Kids. Last Christmas these lights moved to Civic and broke the Guinness World Record for the most lights in one display.

I’ve seen a few tidbits online that a house in Moresby Place in Forrest is haunted. I couldn’t find any more detail other than people have heard that it’s haunted. It sold for $2.1 million back in 2001 so it’s clear not everyone is too concerned about any potential ghosts or poltergeists hanging around. I decided to drive past and take a look for myself. I was pretty much expecting a really creepy, broken down house that might have just been sitting there because the owner hadn’t decided what to do with the land yet. Completely the opposite. A very tidy, well-kept house. It didn’t look creepy at all. However, there was a green pelican statue in the garden that looked totally shifty.

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A few streets away I spotted this sign spruiking the federal government’s support for road safety. I’ve never seen them before in Canberra and they look like they might have been in Forrest for quite some years now. I saw another couple before I left. I’d be interested to know what government had them installed and when. I don’t really understand the point of them either. I’m also keen to know if any other suburbs in Canberra possess the same (or similar) signs.

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Another thing I was surprised to see was big wide open spaces. This park is prime real estate, I can’t believe it still exists. I was really hoping to see some kangaroos while I was in Forrest and was convinced one would appear while I wandered around the park but I had no such luck.

Forrest is a such a beautiful suburb, especially in autumn. The one thing really lacking is a community vibe. I get the feeling that people pretty much keep to themselves and don’t really know their neighbours. Fancy pants by name and by nature?

Quick stats
Streets are named after:  Explorers and governors 
Federal Electorate: Canberra
Federal MP: Gai Brodtmann
Territory Electorate: Molonglo
Population: 1467
Population breakdown: 50.5 per cent male, 49.5 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.9
Crime: 36 incidents in 2014 (not including parking infringements)

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A look around Canberra – Forrest
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Skidd Marx 3:06 pm
22 May 15
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Prior to being renovated number 5 Moresby St was well-known for being “haunted”. One would often see teenagers parked outside or driving past slowly (never daring to venture inside). Indeed there was something peculiar about the premises as peering through the windows revealed decor that looked like it had been sitting untouched for decades. Furthermore no-one ever seemed to be living there although lights would occasionally come on.

As urban legend had it a nanny murdered two children in the house. The father, upon discovering this murdered the nanny before taking his own life. I have searched Trove high and low for anything resembling this story and can confidently conclude its status as hogwash.

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Dondon 9:22 pm
22 May 15
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The rent is probably lower than you expected as there is still a number of apartments in Forrest, being along Canberra Ave and State Circle.

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Weatherman 10:17 am
24 May 15
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Forrest is one of the most prestigious and urbane suburbs of Canberra. There are also many foreign embassies and high commissions in Forrest, as it is in prioximity to the diplomatic quarters and department of foreign affairs. There are also many government departments in Forrest, being close to the parliamentary zone. Navigating through Forrest can be difficult as part of the layout is geometric and the intersections are staggered, as the design was based upon the garden suburb movement from many decades ago.

More information about Forrest, Australian Capital Territory can be found through ACTPLA (ACT Planning and Land Authority)…
http://www.planning.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/2512/forrest-anp.pdf

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canberradogwalks 2:57 pm
28 May 15
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There is a community vibe – it just takes a bit more time to uncover. Our dog walking often takes us through the sublime streets and parks you describe and we regularly encounter friendly people out in their gardens or also out for a walk. Maybe our dogs are the ice-breaker, but people are very happy to stop for a chat. We featured one of the parks – Bass Gardens – in our dog friendly meeting place posts where the locals meet up in the evenings with their dogs (see https://www.facebook.com/canberradogwalks)

And there’s another haunted house! The 1920s house on the corner of Furneaux and Franklin Streets has been reported as haunted with a recent owner arranging for a monk to do an exorcism …

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Maya123 3:10 pm
28 May 15
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canberradogwalks said :

There is a community vibe – it just takes a bit more time to uncover. Our dog walking often takes us through the sublime streets and parks you describe and we regularly encounter friendly people out in their gardens or also out for a walk. Maybe our dogs are the ice-breaker, but people are very happy to stop for a chat. We featured one of the parks – Bass Gardens – in our dog friendly meeting place posts where the locals meet up in the evenings with their dogs (see https://www.facebook.com/canberradogwalks)

And there’s another haunted house! The 1920s house on the corner of Furneaux and Franklin Streets has been reported as haunted with a recent owner arranging for a monk to do an exorcism …

“corner of Furneaux and Franklin Streets”

Isn’t that near St Christophers? Then what house is on those corners? I can’t see one.

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oh_ 9:18 pm
29 May 15
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You forgot that its quiet tree lined streets get invaded by day with public servants looking to avoid paid parking in nearby Barton. The ACT Govt changed a lot of Barton street parking to 2P in a bid to force more people to use paid parking, before paid parks were built and operational, and im sure have also decreased the overall # of parks, thereby forcing people to park in Forrest and walk 15-20 min to work

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Kim F 7:17 pm
30 May 15
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Very few embassies in Forrest, off the top of my head I can only think of the Swiss on Melbourne Ave. Plenty of ambassadorial residences though.

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