The final release of apartments in Dickson’s Heather complex is now available to purchase off the plan, and construction is scheduled to commence on the corner of Challis and Cape Streets in the next few months.
Inspired by the daughter of Sir Robert and Dame Pattie Menzies, pioneering Canberra woman Heather Henderson, the new complex will welcome 148 residential apartments plus about 2000 square metres of commercial space on the ground floor.
Dame Pattie Menzies House has been demolished to make way for the new apartment building, which selling agent David Shi from LJ Hooker Project Marketing said would “retain the spirit of Dame Pattie and the Menzies family”.
He said the new building would have a “quite simple and understated” façade, mainly featuring concrete and glass.
“It is replacing a historic building, so the developer didn’t want anything too flashy,” David said.
While the development’s exterior is understated, the apartments within will offer designer living on the doorstep of bustling Dickson, which is undergoing somewhat of a transformation.
“This is going to be a really exciting new apartment block coming to Dickson,” David said.
“There has been really strong interest in this development and we’re already about 80 per cent sold. The remaining apartments consist mainly of larger two and three-bedroom units.
“All of the three-bedroom units in Heather are on the top two levels – levels five and six – and start at around 120 square metres of internal living space and top out at about 160 square metres, which is really spacious for a three-bedroom apartment.”
David said the double-storey apartments were the “best option for large, inner north living, at a reasonable price point” and were ideal for couples or young families.
The homes feature double-glazed windows for high energy efficiency, reverse-cycle air conditioning and luxury vinyl flooring.
The stylish kitchens have stone benchtops with quality Bosch appliances, while the bathrooms have wall-hung vanities and full-height tiling.
All the apartments boast great views, no matter which way you look.
“There aren’t many tall buildings around where we are, so three out of four sides of the building have an uninterrupted view to the north, south and east to the mountains,” David added.
Residents can find solace in the building’s four private gardens and enjoy fresh air flow and natural light in and around their homes through three stunning atriums.
The commercial spaces downstairs will lend themselves to a mix of shops, cafes and restaurants, creating a city vibe right on your doorstep.
Designed by COX Architects, the timeless building will pay homage to Dickson’s past while inviting the next generation to help shape its future.
David said the new residents would help “write a new chapter in Dickson’s colourful story” as it transforms into a cosmopolitan suburb.
“Dickson is one of Canberra’s more established suburbs in a central location, surrounded by nature reserves, parks and arguably Canberra’s best public pool,” he said.
“Heather will certainly meet the needs of anyone seeking a new home with an outdoor lifestyle in an urban setting.
“For those craving culture and grit, the heart of Dickson is unrivalled, with the opportunity to indulge in fabulous food and flavours from around the world.”
AIT Properties Group managing director John Liu said it was an honour to be developing on the significant Dame Pattie Menzies House site.
“Demolition is now complete and we plan to roll straight into construction,” he said.
The new Heather development is expected to be completed in late 2025.