22 May 2020

The elegance of 1920s Ainslie reflected inside and out

| Sharon Kelley
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4 Alt Place, Ainslie

4 Alt Place, Ainslie is a superb example of art deco in the ACT. Photos: Supplied.

The home at 4 Alt Crescent in Ainslie was constructed in 1926 and is a prime example of the Garden City urban planning which gave us wide verges, big blocks and green parks in our suburbs. The red brick and white-rendered home has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a study, and is impeccably renovated for modern living.

The noticeable first thing about the property, once inside, is the width of the entrance hall and the height of the decorative ceilings, both of which are beyond spacious. The hallway doubles in width when approaching the living room which currently hosts a piano, central fireplace and the original cypress pine floor. Further in, the building opens with a sense of arrival in the up-to-date lounge/dining/kitchen zone of the home with stunning jarrah floors. The elegance of the room is enhanced by the French doors, sash windows and neutral tones, picture rails and high ceilings with pargeting, giving a sense of history and of modern comfort.

The family room off the kitchen/dining

The family room off the kitchen/dining.

The tastefully updated kitchen

The tastefully updated kitchen is spacious and modern.

Through a beautiful archway is the light, bright kitchen, tastefully refitted for the modern home chef with Caesarstone benches, mains gas cooktop and electric wall oven. Polished cypress and jarrah floors add to the elegance of the space, as does the glass-fronted pantry door and Shaker cabinetry.

The formal living room

The formal living room at Alt Street.

There is a separate formal lounge, which has French doors leading to a deck, and into the garden. The decorative ceilings are around nine feet high (or around 2.7 metres for we who were not born before the decimal system). This room is carpeted in a soft neutral tone, complementing the timber doors, and warmed by ducted heating. There are two fireplaces in the home, one in the master bedroom and one in the hall room.

The bathroom and ensuite have been recently updated to reflect the latest in style and functionality, and yet retain the character of the 1920s build.

The master bedroom.

The master bedroom (with a fireplace and room for sitting).

The master bedroom is very large, and has its own fireplace with room for seating around it. This part of the room is historically known as an ‘inglenook’ from the German, meaning ‘angel’s hearth’. Polished floorboards and timber sash windows, and the original fireplace feature gives the room the charm and character of the 1920s. There are three more bedrooms, all of which are large, and one has a study off to the end.

The home has 235 square metres of living space, and additional outdoor decking and alfresco areas undercover, mains gas hot water, and a security system and CCTV. In keeping with the home’s character, there is only one car space, in a single brick garage with an automatic door. The gardens are beautiful, and the neighbourhood is one of the most sought after in Canberra, close to Braddon, Civic and Mount Ainslie walking trails.

LJ Hooker Agent Stephen Bunday, who lives in a heritage home himself, says there are very few opportunities to buy a four-bedroom home in the heritage precinct, and this is an ideal opportunity.

“This home has been beautifully renovated,” he said, “and is right up to date, but you still feel the heritage and history in the house. I can see the art deco in the details from the 1920s design,” he said.

You can view 4 Alt Crescent in Ainslie and other hot properties on Zango. This home will be auctioned on 6 June 2020. To book an inspection, contact listing agent Stephen Bunday at L J Hooker on 0416 014 431.

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