12 August 2019

Out of the main stream, a property gem, polished and efficient

| John Thistleton
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1/6 Gepp Place Pearce

An alfresco dining area, and spacious, light-filled interior add to the numerous attractions of this four-bedroom, single-level Pearce property. Photos: Supplied.

Centrally located at the foot of Mount Taylor, with well-established, leafy neighbourhoods and quality homes, why does Pearce tend to fly under the property radar in Canberra?

Close to Woden Town Centre, and with sought-after schools, Pearce does not always have the profile of other places for people house-hunting.

“In some ways, Pearce is quite tightly held, with less properties coming up for sale at any one time,” Independent Woden’s Nicholas Jacob says. “And some suburbs become more front of mind, with a lot of places on the market.”

Pearce residents love the proximity to shops and restaurants, and walking up Mount Taylor for exercise. For photographers prepared to climb the steep rise on a foggy morning, Lovett Tower rewards them, peeping over the low-hanging clouds.

An even lesser known address in Pearce is Gepp Place, a cul-de-sac where a brand new dual occupancy has been completed on a large, elevated block of ground.

Milin Builders, prominent in Canberra for more than 30 years and with large and small projects underway across the territory, have constructed 1/6 Gepp Place. This outstanding home with four bedrooms, an ensuite and two bathrooms, is listed for $1,195,000 with Independent Woden principal Mark Wolens and Nicholas, who says Milin Builders’ work can be found across the territory.

“The volume and quality they do is exceptional,” Nicholas says.

Clever architecture ensures an effortless flow of space.

The home’s outstanding feature is a large alfresco area. Double-glazed sliding doors can be pushed all the way back to the walls on either side, stacker-style. This completely opens up the dining, kitchen and living areas.

The seamless flow across timber floors from inside to outside will be enjoyed throughout late spring, summer and autumn.

From a stone-top island bench with waterfall edge, you look out from the kitchen, which has a breakfast bar, sleek charcoal push cupboards and soft close drawers. Premium SMEG appliances include a 700mm wall-mounted oven and a 700mm gas cooktop.

The kitchen, equipped with a breakfast bar, sleek charcoal push cupboards and soft close drawers.

The kitchen, equipped with a breakfast bar, sleek charcoal push cupboards and soft close drawers.

A family with teenage children will appreciate the two bathrooms in addition to an ensuite.

“The idea is, if you have teenagers, or a young family, the two bathrooms are a major plus,” Nicholas says. “And there is a guest bathroom option if you are likely to have guests over.”

Both bathrooms have custom joinery and floor-to-ceiling tiles. One has a bathtub and the other a shower. The main bedroom has a northerly aspect and built-in mirrored wardrobes, and a large ensuite with a double vanity, recessed mirrored cabinet and luxury fixtures and finishes.

The dual occupancy shares a driveway, is free-standing with no adjoining walls, and separately metered.

The low-maintenance garden has a watering tank and irrigation system. “People who want the independence of a home don’t necessarily want a big block of land to maintain entirely on their home,” Nicholas says.

“Although the home is single level, a major plus at a time when many dual occupancy homes are two storeys, this home will suit for as long as you want it to. But it still has the views, from outside your living areas and alfresco area, you look back across the Woden area to Isaacs Ridge.”

A single-storey home with elegant design.

A single-storey home with elegant design.

Energy-efficient, the new home has an impressive 6-star energy rating helped by double-glazed windows, the north-easterly aspect and ducted reverse-cycle heating and cooling.

The location is within walking distance to Sacred Heart Primary and Marist College Canberra.

1/6 Gepp Place is on the market for $1,195,000. Call Mark Wolens on 0418 632 711 or Nicholas Jacob on 0432177449 or click here to discover the numerous features of this home and outstanding location.

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