21 April 2018

Monash family home on big block shows there's value to be had in the south

| Ian Bushnell
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Location, location: 17 Alabaster Street, Monash ticks all the boxes for first-home buyers.

This large family home on a big block in a quiet, tree-lined street in Monash comes with a price tag that makes it a complete package for first-home buyers.

Attracting interest around the $550,000 mark, the four-bedroom ensuite house on a 1038 square metre block at 17 Alabaster Street goes under the hammer this Saturday at 10 am (inspections from 9:30 am – 10 am).

Peter Blackshaw Tuggeranong agent Robert Peaker said its location on a battle-axe block that fronts the Monash Primary School oval was a big attraction and also ensured privacy and peace and quiet.

He said properties like this were hard to find in the area.

“That kind of mid-market is pretty strong at the moment with low interest rates and low rental vacancy. There’s not very much for sale at the moment,” he said.

Mr Peaker said that only four properties were listed in Monash at present, and two of those were town houses and the other, a house, was under offer.

The street was well regarded, with many homes renovated and some knocked down and rebuilt.

Mr Peaker said the house, built in 1981, was in its original condition apart from an updated bathroom but there was potential, especially with the large block and the house’s siting, to extend or improve.

He said interest was starting to shift from the northside and Gungahlin to what was available in the south.

“For a block that size, people are starting to see that these kinds of things are good value, compared to what you pay in Gungahlin. The houses might be newer but you don’t get a block anywhere like it,” he said.

“Even if you do have to put a bit of money into renovating, it justifies doing it and you will recoup it fairly quickly.”

17 Alabaster Street Monash

Mr Peaker said that last year there was good capital growth in the whole of Tuggeranong.

“People have started to realise there was good buying on the southside, now that there has been some injection of money into new facilities, roads in the area, and what they’re doing at Greenway by the lake, with some restaurants and facilities that Tuggeranong didn’t have before. There is a bit more life in the place,” he said.

The interest was mostly from families, mainly because of the size of the blocks.

The single-level, brick home in Alabaster Street enjoys a sunny aspect with large floor to ceiling windows and a sliding door in the family area to let the light in.

Its four bedrooms all have built-in robes and there is an ensuite to the main.

The separate dining area connects to the living and family rooms, and the kitchen, which has modern appliances including a wall oven and a dishwasher and plenty of cupboards and storage.

The spacious living area features a large bay window and reverse cycle split system. There is also ducted evaporative cooling and two electric wall heaters.

Outside, there are views of the Brindabella Ranges from the front entertainment deck while the home is surrounded by easy care landscaped gardens including a secure rear garden with trees and shrubs.

A separate powered double garage adds to the property’s storage capacity.

Mr Peaker said the property was close to playgrounds, shops and services and less than 10 minutes drive from the Tuggeranong Town Centre and only five from the Erindale Shopping and Leisure Centre.

For more information call Robert Peaker on 0412 726 025 or go here.

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