Rare 1924 cottage influenced by Walter Burley Griffin to be auctioned in Braddon

Glynis Quinlan 29 April 2018
heritage-listed 1924 cottage

The historic cottage was built in 1924 and influenced by Walter Burley Griffin. All photos supplied by Peter Blackshaw City & Inner North.

A heritage-listed 1924 cottage influenced by Walter Burley Griffin’s ‘Garden City’ plan is to be auctioned in Braddon just a stone’s throw from the CBD.

The rare property exudes the character and charm consistent with its early beginnings while offering the benefits of having a wide range of leading restaurants, bars and shops practically on its doorstep.

Key period features of the historic home at 56 Currong Street include terracotta roof tiles, open fireplaces, timber flooring, 10-foot ceilings and timber sash windows.

Listing agent Tony Trpeski of Peter Blackshaw City & Inner North said the home is part of the Garden City Heritage Precinct which is an example of Walter Burley Griffin’s vision for Canberra to be a garden city.

“The philosophy behind Garden City planning was to create healthy working and living environments for urban residents,” Mr Trpeski said.

“The first stage of the precinct was constructed to meet the urgent need to provide housing for public servants and workmen who were tasked with building the civic centre and establishing Canberra.”

Mr Trpeski said the home is evocative of a bygone era and houses a lifetime of stories.

He said it is extremely rare for this type of property to be offered for sale, with such properties normally staying in family hands.

The property itself has only changed hands three or four times in its history and the current owner has lived there since the early eighties.

“It’s got a uniqueness about it,” Mr Trpeski said. “You can tell as soon as you walk into the home that it’s got history.”

Mr Trpeski said the original home has been cleverly extended but there is further opportunity for extensions and renovations subject to planning approval.

The home includes an elegant lounge and sitting areas, as well as a good separation of the two bedrooms, both of which have ample storage.

The floorplan is thoughtfully designed to take full advantage of the garden views and to create privacy from the street. The garden itself is expansive and well-landscaped.

Other features of the property include multiple living areas, an updated bathroom, ample car parking and an outdoor storage shed and utility area.

The property is to be auctioned on-site on Saturday, May 5 at 11 am. For more details contact Tony Trpeski on 0413 168 733 or click here. The home will be open for inspection today (April 28) from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm.

Below is a video of the property supplied by Peter Blackshaw City & Inner North.

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