22 March 2024

Legacy refined in this stunning cottage transformation in the tightly held Braddon precinct

| Vanessa Hayden
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Follow the red brick path into this compelling home, which has been given the magic touch by Gina Carmody, and discover a stunning contemporary four-bedroom masterpiece. Photos: home.byholly.

If you’ve long dreamed of living in style in Braddon, you won’t find better than this beautifully renovated and extended 1920s cottage.

Selling agent Holly Komorowski from home.byholly says the four-bedroom home at 10 Chapman Street, Braddon, has been transformed by a flawless refurbishment.

“It’s impeccable – the condition, the style, the feel, and the way they have used recycled materials from 100 years ago and made them look like they belong there is just beautiful.”

Holly is referring to the Blackbutt flooring from renowned timber recycler Thor’s Hammer, which salvages (or saves) timber from local demolitions and reworks it into custom-made works of wonder.

“Thor’s Hammer is an institution in Canberra now – anyone with something from Thor’s in their build will mention it.

“It’s a wonderful piece of Canberra culture. Another older and more historic piece of Canberra is represented here in the Canberra red bricks from the Yarralumla brickworks. Canberrans have an emotional attachment to them, and they have been featured throughout the garden and outside areas of this property. It’s a really nice touchpoint.

“The owners have great style.”

The 960 square metre corner block has both Chapman and Gooreen Street frontage.

New terracotta roof tiles, double glazing, boosted insulation and an 8.2 kW solar array contribute to excellent sustainability.

The house has received the magic touch of Gina Carmody, who has again waved her wand and blended old-world architectural presence with airy new extensions and a highly liveable floorplan that aligns with contemporary living.

The palatial kitchen draws inspiration from the home’s heritage roots. It has Hamptons-style handles, recessed porcelain sinks, and a shiny black Falcon Elan Classic Cooker. A pair of black pendants illuminate a double-sided breakfast bar. There is also a custom office nook and a renovated laundry.

There are two bathrooms, two living areas and wool carpets in all bedrooms. Other special touches include heated floors, a mudroom, plantation shutters, and an ensuite bathroom with a freestanding bathtub and walk-in rain shower.

“When the owners bought this property, it was still the original cottage on a massive block tucked behind a big hedge. They’ve totally transformed it.

“The connection of the original cottage to the new area is really seamless. The new area spills out to the covered pergola, and when you step outside, there’s a wow factor, and you realise how lovely it is.

“The house has a lovely façade both front and back.”

Holly said it was a rare opportunity for a home like this to come onto the market in the area. She expects it to sell for somewhere in the mid-$2 million range.

“You can’t beat this location for its proximity to everything and for having a home with so much space around you. You’re also surrounded by heritage-style and listed homes, so your precinct will remain intact, which is pretty special.

“This is a tightly held area, and homes of this calibre in the Braddon precinct are few and far between.

“People hold on to them forever. They’re long-term residents and it’s very generational around there. Often, properties are held on to by families, or they’re living in the house that their parents owned. It’s a tight-knit area.”

This incredible property at 10 Chapman Street, Braddon, is open for inspection on Saturday, 23 March, between 11:30 am and 12 pm and will be auctioned the same day on-site at 12 pm. For more information, contact Holly Komorowski on 0434 973 987 and be sure to check out all the latest listings on Zango.


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