25 March 2022

Revived 1950s abode with attitude seeks edgy buyer with a serious sense of style

| Katrina Condie
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Behind the cute mid-century facade lies an exquisite home that its creative owner has boldly renovated. Photo: home.by holly.

Behind the humble modernist facade of 36 Carnegie Crescent in Narrabundah lies a vibrant home that artfully blends timeless mid-century elements with sleek contemporary design.

Selling agent Holly Komorowski from home.by holly says the 1950s three-bedroom home has taken on an edgy, urban persona.

“This property has attitude!” she said.

Architect-designed, the home commands attention from the street, with its magnificent locally quarried Pialligo stone entry and plinth, expansive windows and mid-century modern roofline.

The moody interiors are just as intriguing, with a stylish makeover renewing the bathrooms and kitchen, but retaining the cool vintage vibe. The home was extended in 1988, and further additions, including new decking, were completed in 2014.

Holly says this isn’t the first time the owner has taken an iconic character home and transformed it by artfully mixing design elements.

“Sometimes when it comes to homes, there are people who are intuitive, who just know how to put things together,” she said.

“The owner has a really brave and adventurous sense of style. She does what others can’t – or don’t – to arouse curiosity, fascinate and create a beautiful space.”

It’s the kind of house that “demonstrates how you can play with style and be adventurous with colour”, Holly says.

When you enter the home, the front lounge room makes a statement, with a stylish bar area and impressive solid sandstone fireplace the focal point.

The lounge flows onto a dining area with full-length glass doors that open onto a private terrace balcony, perfect for an afternoon sundowner. A cute kitchen servery window and cocktail bar add to the nostalgia of the home.

“The dining room is very intimate and, if you’re entertaining, guests can spill out onto the alfresco deck at the rear of the home, which also connects to the kitchen, creating a really great indoor-outdoor flow through the home,” Holly said.

The sleek black and white kitchen, complete with a stone island bench, five-burner gas stove and 600 mm oven, can be extended into the alfresco living space by opening a wall of stacking glass doors.

The three bedrooms are all unique, with the luxurious master retreat featuring a staircase to a suspended loft and a brand new minimalist ensuite and access to the rear deck.

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“The loft is a versatile and unique space that adds an unexpected layer to the master bedroom,” Holly said.

“The vaulted ceiling with the sky windows allows for great airflow and fills the room with light making it feel more expansive and modern.”

The second bedroom boasts a huge walk-in-robe, while the bright family bathroom features a tub/shower combo.

With the original Cypress pine flooring in the living, dining, kitchen areas, and two of the three bedrooms, the home is ideal for a funky young family or stylish couple seeking a unique character home.

“What I really like about the home is its really efficient footprint. There are no wasted areas,” Holly said.

“The home has a fantastic flow through, from the front terrace to the back deck and so many rooms that can open up to the outside.”

The home is one of many mid-century style homes that sit shoulder-to-shoulder in Carnegie Crescent.

“It’s one of the really special streets of Canberra that has retained a lot of its original architectural character,” Holly added.

The Rocky Knob Parkland, walking trails and the Carnegie Crescent playground are close by for those who enjoy the great outdoors, while it’s just a 12-minute drive into Canberra city.

The home captures elevated views from the back deck and offers potential for a future second story renovation to capitalise on the outlook across Fyshwick and Canberra Airport.

Sitting on a 562 square metre block with a single lock-up garage and fully landscaped mature gardens, this striking home is ripe for a buyer that is bored with bland and who possesses a serious sense of style.

Contact Holly Komorowski on 0434 973 987 to arrange an inspection of 36 Carnegie Crescent in Narrabundah, and check out all the hottest listings at Zango.

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