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Developer aspires towards ‘enlightenment’ in Moncrieff development

By Tim Benson - 13 February 2018 0
Artists rendering of one of the Town Villas at Enzo at Moncrieff.

Artists rendering of one of the Town Villas at Enso at Moncrieff.

Developers in Gungahlin have, rightly or wrongly, got a bit of a bad name for smashing out thousands of small houses on tiny blocks, or prison styled apartments – on streets that are virtually unnavigable by any vehicle larger than a Toyota Corolla, that are devoid of trees tall enough to provide shade.

But, it seems the team behind Enso, at Moncrieff, missed the meeting where the guidelines for above-said developments were agreed upon.

Instead, they have decided to embrace the concept of the Zen Buddhist Circle – Enso.

Not wanting to sound like a complete bogan, but before undertaking some research for this story, I had assumed that Enso was of Italian origin. Not so, it is in fact very Japanese. Enso is the Japanese word for circle.

Enso, or Zen circles, are symbols of teaching and enlightenment, strength, elegance and the universe. They are seemingly perfect in shape, balance and completeness but often irregular. They are fundamentally simple and complex at the same time.

So how does this apply to the Enso development at Moncrieff?

Well for a start these town villas were created by an award-winning team of Turco and Associates, Department of Design, and developed and built by Living Design Projects.

Sam Dodimead, Head of Projects, Peter Blackshaw Tuggeranong, said, “It is a delight to bring to the market homes that are not usually seen in these types of developments. If you want a large home in a wonderful location then Enso is for you.”

They are a mix of two and four bedroom, two-story, open-plan town villas, with oversized courtyards and living areas.

“Each town villa has high-quality fittings and modern sophistication while incorporate the closeness of Moncrieff’s parklands and bush that Canberrans have come to know and love,” Sam said.

The opportunity to live in an affordable part of Canberra, in a home designed by award-winning architects, to the standards of high-end inner north dwellings – doesn’t come around all that often.

“The Enso town villas are perfect for owner buyers as they are designed to be lived in. The developers have gone the extra mile to provide space and with a Zen like ambience,” Sam said.

Coming the full circle (see what I did there – Enso means circle), if ‘enlightenment’ is one of the criteria for your next home or investment property, then take a look at Enso at Moncrieff.

For further information about Enso at Moncrieff visit or contact Sam Dodimead, Head of Projects at Peter Blackshaw Tuggeranong at or Robert Peaker, Principle at Peter Blackshaw Tuggeranong at .

Does Zen top the list of criteria when looking for new home or investment property? Or is price and location more important? 

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