12 October 2016

Deakin house auctions expected to raise $1m+ for charity

| Amy M
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If all goes to plan, the auction of two Canberra properties next month could result in the single largest donation to charity in the ACT.

Two adjoining house and land packages on Deakin’s Buxton Street will be auctioned to raise money for charities that support people with a disability.

The Deakin Charity House Project is a joint collaboration between groups including the ACT Land Development Agency, the Master Builders Association of the ACT, Renaissance Homes and AMC Architecture.

The ACT Land Development Agency (LDA) contributed two adjoining separate title in-fall parcels of land to the project. The existing buildings were demolished and replaced with houses designed by AMC Architecture.

According to the LDA, the project shows that it is possible to combine “innovative and functional design” with “modern and efficient inclusions,” while also remaining cost conscious.

The two homes feature:

  • Good design including solar orientation
  • Efficient use of space and light
  • High efficiency ratings for energy and water appliances
  • Materials that balance amenity with low lifetime cost

MBA members, led by Renaissance homes, have donated or supplied construction materials and labour at a low cost.

The finished products are two feature-packed house and land packages that will be auctioned next month. Proceeds will be donated to Boundless Children’s Playground (70 percent), Hands Across Canberra (20 percent) and Hartley Lifecare (10 percent).

This is the third and largest charity house project in the ACT. The previous two projects (one in Harrison in 2006 and another in Franklin in 2013) raised more than $850,000 combined.

The Master Builders Association of the ACT says that the Deakin project’s scale and knowledge gained from previous experience make raising over $1 million a realistic target.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said he was proud of the Canberra community for coming together to deliver the project.

“[I] would especially like to thank the builders, apprentices, subcontractors, and trade suppliers for their generosity in contributing to this project, and being part of our whole community’s effort to improve the lived experience of people with a disability in our community,” he said.

Both houses will hit the market this week. They will be open for inspection on Saturday October 15, and will be auctioned by Peter Blackshaw Real Estate Manuka on Saturday 5 November.

Here’s a glimpse at what’s on offer:

63 Buxton Street

Target market

  • Maturing families (parents and two or more children)
  • Second or third homebuyers
  • Young professional couples (30-45 years)
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65 Buxton Street

Target market

  • Empty nesters (55+years) looking to downsize
  • Third or fourth homebuyers
  • Mature professional couples (45+ years)
65 buxton 1 65 buxton 2 65 buxton 3 65 buxton 4 65 buxton 5

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