19 February 2021

Beautifully renovated historical home in Yarralumla with sweeping parkland views

| Sharon Kelley
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2 Solander Place in Yarraluml

The historic home at 2 Solander Place in Yarralumla. Photos: Supplied.

In 1911, all the states and territories agreed Australia’s first School of Forestry should be built in Yarralumla. Construction started in 1926.

The home at 2 Solander Place in Yarralumla once served as a dining hall for the forestry school, and while the red brick home retains the external features of a historical home, the interior is thoroughly modern but has hints of history within the walls.

The home is north-facing, built with the solar passive design principles that we still use today, and has a formal entry into the living room from the front door.

The living room has high ceilings, typical of the historical nature of the home, and a comfortable window bay provides a reading nook at one end of the formal lounge, with timber sash windows and wainscoting, lovely period features that add charm and elegance to the room. The overhead lights are unobtrusive glass pendants that are both modest and elegant.

The entrance from the front door opens into the formal lounge and flows beautifully into the family room, which has an added skylight ensuring a light and bright space, which then flows easily into the kitchen/dining area, down two broad wooden stairs.

The kitchen is a masterpiece of renovated style and practical modern living and the interior decoration is perfect. The stylish splashback is a patchwork of natural tones, making a great accent that visually ties in with the timber sash windows and floors. There is plenty of storage in the cabinetry, and many a conversation will be held at breakfast or during food preparation at the breakfast bar end of the stone-topped kitchen bench.

The dining room has French doors leading to the alfresco dining set in the beautifully green, established, and very private gardens. High hedges surround the back yard, and inside a retaining wall the paved alfresco dining is covered by a vergola with downlighting and a radiator to keep you warm on chillier days.

The master bedroom suite is delightful, providing a large bedroom with a built-in robe and a fully-renovated ensuite with a stylish bowl hand basin set on the stone vanity top. A French door from the master bedroom provides access to the external courtyard garden, which can be seen from the formal lounge bay windows.

There are three bedrooms with access to a fully renovated family bathroom, in tasteful white tiles, with a frameless shower, bath and stainless steel fittings. The bedrooms are carpeted and all have built-in robes.

The home also has a free-standing garage that is currently used as a self-contained studio. The studio has its own bathroom and kitchenette, making it an ideal art studio, teenager’s retreat, guest room or home office.


The garage has been converted into the ideal teenage retreat with its own bathroom and kitchenette.

The home is a double brick construction, insulated, with a terracotta tiled roof.

Mod-cons have not been forgotten. The home has magnetic double-glazed windows, evaporative cooling and a gas fireplace, and zoned ducted heating.

Ray White sales consultant Nicky Symon said the home is unique and delightful in a tightly held suburb.

“This home has been renovated with style, care, and attention,” said Ms Symon, “and every detail is perfect.

“Yarralumla is a suburb that is highly sought after, and a home with a history and all the modern conveniences you need is a rare opportunity for a family.

“The home is located very close to nearby parkland, ovals and Lake Burley Griffin, and has some beautiful views, looking over open parkland, and really gives you a sense of peace and a real feeling of comfort,” she said.

You can view this magnificent Yarralumla home at 2 Solander Place in Yarralumla online and see all the latest hot listings on Zango. If you would like further information, or to book a private inspection, contact Ray White Sales Consultant Nicky Symon on 0418 285 797.

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