Privacy and space awaits in this 1960s charmer in O’Connor

Karyn Starmer 14 January 2022
171 Wattle Street

Nestled almost the trees, this four-bedroom home is located at the top of Wattle Street. Photo: home.byholly.

Perched near the top of the hill and set among the trees, life at 171 Wattle Street in O’Connor will feel like you have the Bush Capital all to yourself.

Without a neighbour in sight, thanks to the lush gardens of the big 952 square metre block, this four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is ready for a family wanting to get away from it all while having the best of Canberra’s inner north just a stroll down the hill.

Privately built in 1961, this brick and tile home oozes character. The extra height of the ceilings creates a sense of space, while the terracotta roof tiles, deep orange textured bricks and original large windows speak to its vintage.

home.byholly principal Holly Komorowski says the windows could be considered the hero of this home.

“The big, lovely wrap-around windows curve around the house, capturing the light and views of the trees and the garden, as well as Mt Majura,” Holly said.

With strong bones and robust construction, the home creates an unforgettable first impression with compelling street appeal. The garden wraps around and envelopes the home, a sanctuary of beautiful established plantings. Situated directly adjacent to the O’Connor Ridge Reserve, the position makes you feel as if you have no neighbours at all.

Fully renovated with modern amenities, the home is well designed with three of the four large bedrooms occupying a corner for privacy and space. A tiled bathroom and ensuite off the master bedroom complete the layout.

The living areas flow to give a sense of space yet allow the ability to designate areas for purpose. Warm timber flooring and ducted heating keep the home comfortable and warm during Canberra’s cooler months.

A large family meals area creates a connected space to the kitchen and the outdoors.

“The light shifts and changes as the northeast aspect captures morning to afternoon sunlight. It is a lovely space for day-to-day activities,” Holly said.

The light-filled kitchen offers plenty of storage, and there’s also a butler’s pantry and laundry room.

Sliding glass doors open to a generous covered wrap-around deck.

Step down to a paved terrace, perfect for a relaxing lunch or drinks outside, connected to a level lawn with a meandering garden from front to back.

A single car garage separate from the house offers outdoor storage, plus there is additional storage under the house.

“The location is hard to beat and the home has a really lovely feel. Every room looks out onto the established gardens. It has a gorgeous aspect,” Holly says.

While Canberra has grown and matured as a city, and vibrant precincts have evolved, established home and garden allotments close to the city have remained but, of course, they are in limited supply. This is your chance to secure room to move while still shouldering the community-focused local centres, the city and beyond.

It is only a short walk to parks, bike paths, Lyneham schools and your new local, Tilley’s Devine Cafe Gallery.

As an older ‘garden’ suburb, residents say that one of the biggest perks of living in O’Connor is the feeling of being surrounded by nature. The bushland of O’Connor Ridge is easy to access and the large trees of Wattle Street and surrounding houses create that magic feel of life in inner Canberra.

For more information, or to arrange an inspection at 171 Wattle Street, call Holly Komorowski on 0434 973 987 or Tenille Paul on 0472 612 844, and check all the hottest listings on Zango.


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