20 July 2021

Heritage preserved in remarkable Ainslie cottage makeover

| Katrina Condie
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18 Higgins Crescent, Ainslie

The house and gardens are overflowing with all the hallmarks of a heritage-listed residence, but step inside and you’ll be gobsmacked by the stunning renovation. Photos: Home.by Holly.

It’s not often homes in Ainslie’s Corroboree Park Heritage Precinct come on the market, so it’s an opportunity not to be missed when they do.

Set against the backdrop of Mount Ainslie among historic parks and gardens, 18 Higgins Crescent offers peaceful family living just moments from the city and embodies the Garden City vision as intended in Canberra’s early history.

Originally a heritage workers cottage, the home has been reimagined and adapted for modern life while retaining a beautiful original façade with hallmark terracotta roof tiles, red brick chimney and sash windows.

The home’s original floor plan has been cleverly extended to seamlessly integrate the established with the new, with a stunning extension and renovations designed by award-winning architect Adam Hobill.


The renovation and attention to detail are spectacular from every angle.

Holly Komorowski of home.by holly says the renovation preserves the home’s original detailing while breathing new life into the property.

“The calibre of renovation is simply remarkable,” Holly said.

“Step through the custom-commissioned black timber doors and it’s a spectacular vista of architectural detailing and modern, executive living.”

With four bedrooms and study, plus a fully self-contained studio with kitchen, bathroom and living areas, Holly says the home is perfect for a growing family.

The nine-foot ceilings, front lounge fireplace, picture rails and gleaming original WA Kiara floorboards create a space that balances a sense of comfort and cosiness with space and personality.

The original features blend seamlessly with contemporary bathrooms, built-in robes and double-glazed glass doors.

A gourmet kitchen, with Caesarstone benchtops, integrated six-burner Highland gas cooktop, with two wok burners and built-in wine fridge, flows onto the open plan living area and outside to a private covered entertaining area with pizza oven.

This home has the best of old and new and is surrounded by 1175 square metres of stunning cottage gardens filled with camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas, as well as vegetable plots and bee hives.

The brick and tile home is located in the heart of the heritage precinct which underpinned the early planning of Canberra as a garden city.


This home is surrounded by stunning cottage gardens.

Landscaped parks and avenues of trees merge with private gardens in this beautiful residential environment.

Holly said the National Heritage Trust of Australia has established a walking trail around Ainslie’s streets and parks, including Higgins Crescent.

The size of the home, and its location close to the Ainslie shops, schools, community hubs, parks and the Braddon precinct, make it highly sought-after.

“It’s such a fantastic position close to the city,” she said.

“Everyone wants that accessibility, and the home and block of land are a great size for a family.”

She said the Corroboree Park Heritage Precinct was a “truly exceptional example of the original Garden City plan with a central park, tennis courts and community hall”.

To arrange a private inspection of 18 Higgins Crescent Ainslie, contact Holly Komorowski on 0434 973 987, and check out all the other hot listings at Zango.

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Anyone know what this sold for?

2.4 in case anyone was wondering

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