His Chiefliness, Jon Stanhope, is thrilled to announce that Bob Winnell, on behalf of The Village Building Company, is chipping in $1.5 million for the Jon Stanhope Memorial Gardens (aka the arboretum).
We’re sure such an act of generosity would never sway decisions around planning approvals.
Also of interest is that $1 million of the money is [...]
Joy Burch has announced that the ACT Government’s Rental Bonds Housing Assistance Program is now going to be available to more people for an interest free hand paying a bond.
ACT Minister for Disability Housing and Community Services Joy Burch said the changes would enable more people to enter the private rental market by increasing [...]
The Canberra Times has a story on St George’s new “housefinder” app for the iphone which is now operational in the ACT.
Launched by St George Bank and mobile platform specialist Insqribe, ”Housefinder” allows users to simply point their iPhone’s camera at a property that interests them to find out free real estate information.
St George [...]
I’ve recently moved to Canberra and have been subjected to my first rental inspection which I “failed” for having not vacuumed my floor, having a dusty vanity in the bathroom and having a stove top that wasn’t spotless! I stupidly forgot about the inspection and so they let themselves in while I was at work, [...]
Campbellites, get ready for more high-rise on your doorstep. I stumbled across the following documents that apparently show approved buildings due for 2011 completion on the Campbell side of Consitution ave (ie backing on to residential streets).
The existing RSL and small offices look set to be replaced with these 6-9 story glass monoliths. With the [...]
The Canberra TImes has a story on the highest priced land sale in Canberra.
27 Mugga Way in Red Hill has gone for $7.3 million, smashing the previous record of $4.5 million.
But who will be moving into the palatial grounds?
So how does your suburb stack up for crime?
With Crime Statistics now online I’ve taken the very crude measure of ranking police patrol sectors by the total crimes committed per 1000 people in March. Interestingly nicer areas seem to have more crime. Do they have more to steal? Or are they more likely to report?
My family is moving over from Perth and you guys have helped me out with advice on schools – thank you! We’re keen on Duffy – it seems cool and is in our price range.
I’d love to know your opinions on Duffy as a suburb, Weston Creek in general and what you know about [...]
I can’t say I’ve ever seen the appeal of living in new houses.
But for the very many of you that do yearn for ensuites, walk in wardrobes, and home cinemas, Jon Stanhope has announced that blocks in the new satellite of Molonglo are available for registering interest in.
“The registration of interest (ROI) process commences [...]
The recent case of the Quayside apartments (ACAT overturned ACTPLA’s approval of a clearly non-compliant DA) shows that the ACT planning system is still totally dysfunctional. It’s worth spending a few minutes to consider why we continue to have case after case overturned when they get to the appeal stage.
Firstly, both main parties are driven [...]
I have started thinking about getting a property in Canberra, preferably a freestanding house. Is it too soon or too late?
Recently I realised the housing prices have gone up so much in the last few years. I’m worried it will continue to rise. If this is true, then will it be better to buy now?
The ACT Civil & Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) has again refused a DA which had been approved by ACTPLA. In the case of Mainore Pty Ltd v ACTPLA & Canberra Investment Corporation Ltd (Administrative Review)  ACAT 18, ACAT stated it “is a mystery to the Tribunal as to how such a proposal could have been approved” [...]
Moving to Canberra in 8 weeks and have no idea where to live, don’t want to buy just yet (things are pricey in Canberra) What suburbs are the renters favorites ?
There are two of us and we have a budget that extends to 400-450 a week.
Two beds would be great and a [...]
In the recent train wreck on public housing GregW conducted an interesting thought exercise:
11:55, 09 Apr 10
All this talk of social housings inefficiencies got me curious, so I went and took a look at the latest annual report from Housing NSW (Housing ACT is integrated with Community Services).
I’m no finance major, but if I am [...]
Are an essential part of Canberra
Would be better used boosting urban density
In the Canberra Times today that champion, in my opinion, of big developers John Thistleton is heroically trying to pre-empt a National Capital Authority review of the green corridors that separate Canberra’s satellite towns.
The dream of developers is apparently unfettered [...]
We have recently joined the property owning circle and have moved out of our rental premises.
We endured a pedantic ‘final’ inspection and were informed of a couple of areas that required more work. Said concerns were addressed at the final final inspection and everything seemed to be in order.
I was contacted the next day by [...]
Every so often Our Chiefly Leader comes out and proclaims the wonders of his affordable housing programs.
More often than not they mean a few lottery winners get a sweet deal and the rest of the populations has been further shafted.
Last week the Canberra Times ran a story on the ANU’s desperate efforts to find places [...]
We are thinking of moving out to Braidwood for a lifestyle change, possibly with one person still working in Canberra for three days per week. Not sure if he would get sick of the drive on each of those days – probably over an hour each way.
Has anyone lived in Braidwood or currently lives in [...]
I have a friend who is in a wheelchair and is on disability and the spouse works as a nurse. They also have a small child. They are seeking to rent somewhere that is near a primary school so my friend can “wheel” her child to school. The spouse makes just enough to disqualify them [...]
You know a suburb is ‘hot’ (in real estate parlance) when new multi-dwelling unit developments start popping up.
Yesterday, I spied from my bus seat, a sign at the CREEDA Business Centre, Downer (on the corner of Bradfield and Frencham Streets) indicating that the Independent Property Group is bringing little concrete boxes at premium prices (they [...]
I used to live in a house with a 50 year old ash tree out the back. It was an inner north Canberra suburb with a very small, badly sited cottage on a long, thin strip of land. I wanted desperately to knock down and rebuild or renovate. I put up with the house for [...]
What can be done about these large signs that completely hide our street numbers?
Over the long weekend, friends from out of town couldn’t find my address and called for help. It turned out that there was a large real estate sign blocking my street number and a bit of direction over the mobiles did [...]
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ABC News is reporting that a proposed development in Chifley has been deemed “too big” and won’t be going ahead.
While I’m a fan of higher density housing close to shops and public transport hubs, these two cul-de-sacs don’t look like the best sites in Chifley for four two-storey unit blocks. There’s been discussion [...]
Working on the weekend Andrew Barr has proudly announced that the new town centre of Molonglo is coming together with the first suburb of Wright getting its Commonwealth environmental approval.
The suburb of Wright had been subject to an assessment under Commonwealth legislation and had been given the all clear. There are 800 blocks in [...]
The Liberals’ Zed Seselja is jumping up and down about the HIA and Commonwealth Bank’s latest Housing Affordability Report which apparently rates the ACT as the least affordable jurisdiction (lacking as we do a rural hinterland):
“Housing affordability has dropped 2.9% in the June 2009 quarter with first home buyers in the ACT having the highest [...]
“Property investors be warned – there’s a spruiking company called Lisson Pty Ltd that’s presently prowling some of the hottest real estate markets.”
So starts one article about The Investors Club (http://www.tic.com.au/)
A friend, knowing I can find my way around the net, asked me to see what I could find out about The Investor [...]
I’m fairly new to Canberra and would like to get people’s views on good value suburbs for real estate. Would also be interested in not only the ‘cheap’ suburbs but what they are like in general. We all know that cheap suburbs are cheap for a reason, but I’m more interested in those suburbs [...]
The ABC has a piece on the high rental prices in Canberra.
The report by the ACT Shelter organisation says the rental trap is putting pressure on the public housing sector as people leave crisis accommodation.
The report found the ACT has Australia’s highest proportion of people leaving crisis services and going into public housing at [...]
The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is once again asking tricky questions, this time wanting to know on what basis Andrew Barr, as the planning Minister, decreed that certain parts of the planned new city centre of Molonglo didn’t need to undergo a Environmental Impact Study.
“We would think that an EIS would help identify the right [...]
ACTPLA has announced that they’ve approved the development of 200 million worth of shops, offices, and apartments on Sydney Avenue in Barton. Specifically Section 27 where the Macquarie Hostel used to be.
During the assessment process further consultation was undertaken between the applicant and some of those who made representations in relation to the application, to [...]
ABC Online has just run an item saying Canberra is too expensive for nurses etc. to buy a home.
After a small rant against Canberra the article ends with the footnote “Similar results were found in all other cities except Darwin.” Have we upset someone in the ABC?
Driving down Majura Avenue, Dickson (just past the Wakefield Avneue lights) and I saw construction fencing along about 10 houses.
I thought it was unusual.