20 June 2023

Strathnairn Charity House sells for $1.596m at 'buoyant' auction to benefit local causes

| Genevieve Jacobs
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The successful bidders celebrated with the Strathnairn Charity House partners. Photo: Supplied.

It may set a world record for longest ever Canberra house auction, but after a tense hour and a half long wrangle, the Strathnairn Charity House has been successfully auctioned for $1.596 million.

A couple of current Strathnairn residents – Naresh and Chamari – are the new owners of the architect designed residence and are delighted to be staying in the suburb as they upsize their family home.

The four-bedroom house was designed, predominantly built, marketed and auctioned by women and proceeds will go to Hands Across Canberra, Karinya House, Pegasus Riding for the Disabled and Canberra City Care at Charnwood.

Marcus Mills Smith, Ginninderry’s Head of Community, Marketing and Communications, said the atmosphere was “buoyant” at the auction despite a few challenges with the weather. Rapturous applause broke out when the house finally went under the hammer.

“We had about 180 people there to celebrate the day,” he told Region. “Sandra our auctioneer did a great job keeping spirits high and we had people clapping at every bid. The charity partners were all present at the auction, so everyone could contextualise what those dollars would mean for helping the community.”

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Zango promoted the property, with very strong interest across the community. Photo: Supplied.

Property portal Zango handled the sale and reported that the home was one of the most viewed listings in Canberra over the marketing period, with very strong attendance at the open home events.

“I particularly want to thank our ‘Zango dream team’ of five female sales agents drawn from a range of Canberra’s leading agencies – they became incredible advocates for the home and their commitment to getting the best outcome for our charity partners was obvious,” Marcus said.

The Ginninderry Joint Venture and Master Builders ACT collaborated on the design and construction of the charity house while the build was led by Kane Constructions. More than 60 subcontractors and trade suppliers donated time and materials to deliver the home.

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Master Builders ACT CEO Michael Hopkins said it was a proud day for Canberra.

“This project has united local industry with significant contributions from a wide range of contractors and suppliers.

“It’s also been an incredible opportunity to showcase the role of women in construction and our hope is that it will inspire many more women to consider a career in the industry,” he said.

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There was a festival atmosphere at the auction. Photo: Supplied.

Hands Across Canberra CEO Peter Gordon said the impact of auction proceeds on the selected charities, and the communities they serve, would be significant.

“I have been humbled to see the support provided by a wide cross-section of the construction industry together with the absolute commitment of all project partners to deliver a high-calibre home,” he said.

“Our mantra at Hands Across Canberra is to give where you live, and this project is a shining example of that.

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“These are organisations that are making a genuine difference in our community and I can’t wait to see the ripple effect that will now flow from the Strathnairn Charity House.”

The enjoyment is just beginning for Naresh and Charmari, who are now making plans for their new home.

“We know the environment and we didn’t want to move away from Ginninderry, and it’s wonderful to be the owner of the first Charity House in Strathnairn,” said Naresh.

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