27 October 2021

Meander down the garden path in Ainslie

| Karyn Starmer
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25 Corroboree Park, Ainslie

The historic home is set in an oasis in the heart of Ainslie. Photo: LJ Hooker Dickson.

A rare opportunity has arisen to secure a stunning home in the heritage-listed Corroboree Park Precinct of Ainslie.

Located in one of Canberra’s most iconic and sought-after suburbs, the Corroboree Park precinct is a distinctive and rare example of early Canberra planning and timber government housing.

An historic precinct, the Corroboree Park Urban Conservation area is set in a striking layout of crescents focused on Corroboree Park, a focal point of community gatherings and often referred to as the heart of Ainslie.

The precinct’s timber houses were constructed from 1925 to 1929 and are well-regarded examples of Federal Capital architecture, while the design exemplifies the ‘garden city’ concepts of planning in Canberra.

Houses in this area rarely come onto the market.

The original 1926 weatherboard worker’s cottage at 25 Corroboree Park has been renovated and upgraded while retaining its old-world charm. With high ceilings, picture rails, timber sash windows and even the old Bakelite light switches, you can’t help but feel the history of Canberra in this house, with the convenience of five bedrooms and two bathrooms.

This heritage home is an oasis close to the city, set on a 1138 square metre block directly opposite the park.

The modern extension by local builder Malcolm Kelly of Habitat Constructions is the new hub of the family home with open plan family and dining areas adjoining a spacious kitchen. Sunlight floods these rooms year-round and turns the polished concrete floors into a winter heat bank.

LJ Hooker Dickson selling agent Stephen Bunday says, “Malcolm is an Ainslie local. He has done a lot of heritage extensions and is fastidious in his attention to detail”.

“The outdoor entertaining area flows naturally from the family and dining area, ensuring that those who love to entertain during the Spring and Summer months can enjoy an indoor/outdoor lifestyle,” Stephen says.

The bedroom wing takes full advantage of its north-easterly orientation and is well serviced by the large modern bathroom, featuring a full-sized bathtub. The rooms in this wing are filled with light with window views out to the meticulously manicured gardens that flower for most of the year.

Wander around the red brick paths to find fruit trees, herbs, a vegetable garden and a chicken coop. A 10,000-litre underground rainwater tank helps to keep the garden green all year round.

There is plenty of storage with an oversized double garage, storage loft and mudroom/laundry with extra shelving and cupboards.

With access to the tennis and basketball courts across the road and a very popular BBQ and playground at your doorstep, you will have a great choice of meeting friends in the park or entertaining at home.

The base of Mount Ainslie and the Mount Pleasant bike trails are just a short stroll away. With Lonsdale Street and Ainslie shops close by, you may never have to leave the neighbourhood.

Stephen says the opportunity to secure a slice of Canberra’s history seldom comes around.

“Only five houses have sold on this street in my 25 years of real estate in this area. These houses are very tightly held.”

To arrange a private inspection at 25 Corroboree Park in Ainslie, contact Stephen Bunday on 0416 014 431, and check out all the hottest listings at Zango.

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