O’Connor home captures the warmth of winter sunlight

John Thistleton 1 July 2019
10 Hakea Crescent

10 Hakea Crescent has something for every member of the family. Photos: Supplied.

In winter, sunlight seeps through bare grape vines and bathes the exposed bricks in warmth inside the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 10 Hakea Crescent, O’Connor.

The owners who built this well set-out residence in 2002 embraced the key elements of solar passive living. True to its design, the home releases all the warmth of the day’s sunlight at night.

Achieving a 6-star energy rating, the home has insulated walls and ceilings and almost all of the north-facing walls have full-length windows to capture the best of the winter sunlight.

Listed with home.byholly sales executive Sally Strang, the family home’s lovely ornamental grape vine comes to life in summer to keep out the baking glare.

“You can imagine it would be absolutely spectacular when it is covered in green,” Sally says. “It was ahead of its time for all the solar passive technology that our vendors have installed.”

“The tariff they have on the contract for the solar system is a 45-cent feed-in tariff and this stays with the house for another 12 years, so whoever buys the property gets the benefit of that generous solar plan.”

The 3.2 kW solar system’s tariff covers the cost of electricity, water and sewerage.

Canberra has the nation’s best renewable energy schemes and this house made every step to take advantage of sustainable initiatives. Double-glazing throughout for example, has uPVC frames – a better option than aluminium frames. Floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the home admit abundant light.

 Floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the home admit abundant light.

Floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the home admit abundant light.

The two living areas and the luxurious master bedroom enjoy the northerly aspect. The extra-large bedroom, which has a walk-in robe and spacious ensuite, also has two French doors that open to a little courtyard.

Three stools stand on the edge of a breakfast bar in an open-plan kitchen which has gas cooking, a dishwasher and plenty of storage on the shelves, cupboards and wide drawers under the pantry cupboards. The design is ideal for entertaining.

A large study at the back of the second living area is as big as a bedroom. A half wall cleverly sections it off from the living area. Two work stations and lots of cupboard storage make this study perfect for children doing their homework or for a home office. High-speed VDSL2 broadband commonly achieves download speeds of 90Mbps.

A bubbling water feature outside and private, paved areas reflect a thoughtful overall design of 10 Hakea Crescent. The established gardens offer spaces for all of the family to enjoy with a large paved area for outdoor dining, lawn and a sandpit for the kids to play.

Vegetable beds and plants share about 10,000 litres of rainwater storage in two interconnected tanks.

On an 805-square metre block in a quiet, tree-lined loop street, the home is surrounded by a pleasant family-friendly neighbourhood. Sally adds: “The owners work in the city and ride their bikes to work, the inner north bike path is right there, which means they don’t have to drive.”

A space for the whole family to enjoy.

A space for the whole family to enjoy.

A short walk from the O’Connor shops, the location also is handy to the Lyneham shops and cafes, and the award-winning pub, The Duxton, which offers dining out and live music. O’Connor Cooperative Early Childhood School, Turner and Lyneham Public School and Lyneham High School, parkland and scout hall are nearby. Civic is either a 30-minute stroll or 10-minute bus journey, and Light Rail is a 10-minute walk away.

The home will be auctioned on Saturday, July 13, on site at 3:30 pm. For an inspection call Sally on 0410 626 731 or Ash Costello on 0402 718 359. Click here for more information.

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