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A look around Canberra – Holt

By Alexandra Craig - 23 October 2015 4

The Belconnen suburb of Holt is one of the further west suburbs in the region, in amongst Latham, Higgins, and Macgregor. The suburb was named after former Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt who was taken by a Chinese submarine presumed drowned at a Victorian beach after he went for a swim and disappeared. His body was never found.

Holt is one of those suburbs that is fairly inconspicuous. I never really hear anything about it, it’s never in the news, it kind of flies under the radar. It’s quite a nice little place though. It’s peaceful, close to bushland, and away from all the hustle and bustle that central Canberra brings. The lovely Uriarra Loop Walk is also accessible from one part of Holt.

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Holt also provides equestrian activities for people with disabilities through Pegasus, a not-for-profit community organisation. Each week, about 100 riders with a disability ride at Pegasus and over 100 people volunteer. Pegasus helps riders improve balance, muscle development, fitness and co-ordination.

The area of Kippax is located in Holt, with the local shopping centre Kippax Fair (okay, I lied, technically Holt is in the news when the jewellers at Kippax gets ram-raided), Kippax Library, and Kippax Vet.

I’ve seen Holt described as an ‘up and coming’ suburb a few times now. Property prices are quite reasonable at the moment with the median property price at $410,000 – much lower than other parts of Canberra! I’m sure property prices will continue to rise in Holt, in line with the trend, however only time will tell if it will become sought after for home buyers.

Quick stats

Streets are named after: Sportspeople
Federal electorate: Fraser
Federal MP: Andrew Leigh
Territory Electorate: Ginninderra
Population: 4814
Population breakdown: 47.4 per cent male, 52.6 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.7
Crime: 424 incidents in 2014 (excluding traffic infringements)

(Image from Pegasus.)

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A look around Canberra – Holt
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joingler 10:05 pm
23 Oct 15
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Sheperds Lookout gives some amazing sunsets. I lived in Holt for 6 months. It had great public transport with the 300 connections but bugger all on weekends. I loved the ease of shopping at Kippax and made good use of the library. A great place to live but ultimately moved to be closer to work.

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JessP 2:43 pm
27 Oct 15
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A lovely suburb, friendly people and affordable price. Not pretentious like some suburbs!

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farq 7:02 pm
27 Oct 15
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Holt is going to be less amazing once all that wonderful nearby bush is carved up into 350m2 blocks covered to the fence line in purple McMansions.

I think we are losing the horse paddocks as part of the development.

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JC 10:11 am
28 Oct 15
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farq said :

Holt is going to be less amazing once all that wonderful nearby bush is carved up into 350m2 blocks covered to the fence line in purple McMansions.

I think we are losing the horse paddocks as part of the development.

You think wrong. The development is the other side of the golf course heading back towards MacGregor and Parkwood and on the north of Stockdill drive.

But must admit don’t really agree with the size of the development in particular the bulk of the land currently is light industrial or the tip. I could well imagine what is under the soil in those locations. It will also be interesting to see how the cross border part will work, maybe the land needs to be changed to the ACT.

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