New developments in Canberra city

Wendy Johnson 29 April 2021
University Avenue ANU

Landscape of ANU and Canberra City. Photo: Martin Ollman.

Goodbye sleepy bush capital. Hello vibrant city.

Canberra city is exploding with major growth. The population is on the rise, infrastructure is expanding, including Transport Canberra’s light rail. Innovation is alive and well and property development is booming.

The first settlers who arrived in Canberra in 1824 wouldn’t believe their eyes. No doubt Walt and Marion Griffin would be keen to see how the city they planned has changed.

Canberra’s growth over the first few decades was slow. Before World War II, Canberra was just a small country town with a population of fewer than 2,000. Today life is vastly different. Canberra’s population is more than 460,000 with the bulk of the population between 15 and 64 years of age and the median age 37 years.

Building the city and building the community is front and centre of the ACT Government plans to make Canberra even more liveable and accessible for all.

The capital offers so much. With nature Canberra is blessed with plenty of parklands, including Glebe Park. A major focal point is Lake Burley Griffin. The city enjoys cycling paths, walking tracks and surrounding reserves and bush land. Those who love swimming head to the Canberra Olympic Pool.

Canberra’s culture is rich and the capital is home to inspiring national cultural institutions. The education system is first class and businesses find it easy to operate in the capital, including with the National Convention Centre located right in the city. There’s no end to entertainment, including at the Canberra Theatre Centre and Dendy Cinema.

It’s shopping galore in the city, starting with the Canberra Centre—the ACT’s largest shopping complex. Boutique retail operators, many locally owned, abound.

Find out how you can see Canberra city differently.

These are amazing times for Canberra. Here are some of the residential developments appearing on the city’s skyline.

New developments in Canberra City

JWLand - Dawn

Dawn, the third phase at Founders Lane, is under construction with some units still available. By JWLand, an Australian development company, Dawn is right in the city, at the boundary of Civic and Braddon, where business ends and pleasure begins.

Within easy reach of an endless tapestry of bars, cafes, restaurants and entertainment, Dawn is also close to the cultural club of Gorman House. Views abound, including of the vast nature reserves of Mount Ainslie.

At Dawn, apartments have been crafted with meticulous attention to detail. Built around a central courtyard, the complex enjoys natural sunlight. Apartments are open concept and designed to instil a sense of calm and wellbeing. Two contemporary colour schemes are available. Dawn features high-quality inclusions and finishes.

The Dawn display gallery is at 59 Currong St, North Braddon. 0448 243 199.

59 Currong Street
North Braddon ACT 2612
Geocon - Metropol

Geocon - Metropol

Striking, edgy and sophisticated, Geocon’s Metropol is a new residential statement for Canberra’s most savvy. Centrally located and boldly created, Metropol is an inner-city habitat where vertical lines and angled facades make for a commanding street presence. Urban and suburban living meld into one, with Metropol just moments from the Canberra Centre and the tranquillity of Glebe Park.

Designed by Fender Katsalidis and comprising three towers, the Metropol precinct has it all. The private spa, relaxation room, rooftop terraces and park views give residents the freedom to escape the hustle.

Metropol’s inner-city location gives residents easy access to all the CBD offers. Transport, including bus and light rail, is close at hand. Metropol has easy access to bicycle paths and walking tracks. It’s also close to the city’s many bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes and shopping.

Metropol’s sales centre is open at 148 Bunda Street, 1300 97 97 57.

148 Bunda Street
Canberra ACT 2601

JWLand - SOL

SOL is the highly anticipated final edition of the Founders Lane Precinct. In the heart of Canberra city and in the heart of the action, SOL is the precinct’s fourth and last release.

Canberra’s most frequented shopping area is across the road. The bars, cafes and restaurants of lively Braddon are just minutes away. In the opposite direction, Lake Burley Griffin provides the perfect outdoor escape.

By JWLand, an Australian property development company, SOL offers a contemporary design with a mix of enduring materials. SOL’s internal courtyard gently embraces mature heritage trees. At street level, SOL will feature shops, cafes and convenient amenities.

SOL purchasers can choose from two interior finishes. High-energy star rating SMEG appliances are integrated into designer kitchens. Contemporary tactile finish selections ensure SOL delivers a modern and enduring aesthetic. Expansive double-glazed windows allow ample natural light. One, 2 and 3-bdrm apartments start at $408,000.

Sol’s sales suite is open at 59 Currong Street North, Braddon, 0448 249 199 or 0434 104 556.

59 Currong Street North
Braddon ACT 2612

Construction Control Australia - The Grounds

The Grounds, located in bustling Braddon, is a collection of apartments and terrace homes that adjoin the heritage-listed Northbourne Oval. One, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments feature open spaces, natural light and great views across the Inner North. Two, 3 and 4-bedroom terraces have multiple living areas, courtyards, lock-up garages and direct oval fronted. Built by Construction Control Australia, The Grounds is a development like no other. The display townhouse is at 7 Donaldson Street, Braddon.

The Griffin

The Griffin in Parks is at the front of the lake, at the edge of the city and in the centre of it all. A collection of residences inspired by the holistic design philosophy of Walter Burley Griffin, this development is by Amalgamated Property Group. With a prime location on Constitution Avenue, The Griffin is just moments from the city. Apartments are spacious, open-plan and enjoy quality finishes and appliances. The display unit is at 44 Constitution Avenue, Parkes.

If you’re looking for more information on developments in other parts of the ACT, you might like our articles on new developments in Belconnen and new developments in Woden.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is living in the city expensive?
Rents and purchasing prices vary, but there are affordable apartments, townhouses and houses in the city. Obviously, the amount you pay depends on many factors like city location, size, age and the condition of the property you’re looking to rent or buy.
Is the city family friendly?
Living in the city might not be for every family. However, there are loads of accommodation options for families and so much for families to do.
Should I buy an apartment in the city?
This depends on your personal circumstances but certainly many Canberrans love living in the city for its vibrancy, convenient facilities, amenities and enviable location. The percentage buying to live in the city is growing. More and more investors are also buying in the CBD, finding it relatively easy to rent properties out.
How far is the city to local transport?
The city is well served with public transport hubs. Bus service is great, the light rail a major addition to Canberra, and taxis are constantly on the move in and around the CBD.
Are there plenty of schools in Canberra city?
Canberra is well served with educational facilities, from primary school through to university (including the renowned Australian National University). A range of public, private and Catholic schools are available. Depending on where in the city you live, some education facilities may be closer than others, but most are within easy reach.

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