12 September 2020

Heritage feels blend with inner-city lifestyle

| Katrina Condie
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12 Donaldson Street, Braddon

This 1920s home is nestled in a heritage-listed part of Canberra’s inner-city. Photos: Supplied.

Nestled in Canberra’s Heritage Braddon Housing Precinct, you can sit on the front porch of 12 Donaldson Street in Braddon and feel a real connection to the garden city, or stroll the tree-lined streets to trendy cafes, shops and restaurants.

Built in the late 1920s, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom home has been renovated several times over the years, but retains its old-world charm, with a striking hearth fireplace and heavy timber mantle anchoring the heart of the home.

Holly Komorowski from Home.by Holly said the well-maintained property offered a satisfying balance between organic textured interiors, established gardens, including a magnificent weeping elm tree, and the character of the heritage facade.

“Each perfectly compliments the other,” she said.

Ms Komorowski said the layers of the home’s quirky life were revealed as you walk through.

“It’s easy to appreciate the story of this home as the central living rooms reveal and connect with the more recent renovations,” she added.


The magnificent fireplace is the heart of this home.

“Three designated bedrooms in the accommodation wing offer an ensuite and a new modern bathroom, while multiple living and family rooms connect seamlessly with the rear gardens.

“One of the living rooms could accommodate a fourth bedroom, making this home ideal for a family seeking a home with real character so close to the city centre.”

The warm timber kitchen is framed by large windows taking in garden views and north-facing front living room windows enjoy the winter sun and provide a delightful view to the street and green spaces beyond.

Timber kitchen

The timber kitchen overlooks the established back garden.

The home has a welcoming feel with rustic, black slate flooring and exposed and painted brick interior walls.

High ceilings and timber windows let the sunshine in, creating a feeling of space, while the rear timber deck is perfect for family entertaining and looks out over the rambling gardens on the large 845 square metre block.

Rear deck

The rear deck is ideal for entertaining or just chilling out after a hard day at work.

Parts of Braddon have become a skyline of towering cranes, inner-city apartments, and reinvented precincts; however, Ms Komorowski said this home looks out across an oval and trees which are protected from developers.

“This part of Canberra is undergoing such a cool renewal, and to find a character home on a big block so close to the city is a rare opportunity.

“As the city continues its exciting growth, the beauty and enduring character of the home’s environs are assured.

Rendered bricks, high ceilings

Rendered bricks, high ceilings and large timber windows make this home light and bright.

“Heritage protection means this part of Braddon will continue to be a garden neighbourhood, a reminder of the original garden city vision for Canberra.”

You can view this beautiful property at 12 Donaldson Street Braddon and more great properties on Zango. The home is open for inspection on Tuesday, 15 September from 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm. The property will go to auction at 4:30 pm on Saturday, 19 September. Contact Holly Komorowski on 0434 973 987 for more information.

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