15 September 2022

The magic of Canberra is captured in this 'Nue' Gungahlin development

| James Coleman
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Nue development at Gungahlin

The Gungahlin Nue development is within easy walking of light rail. Image: Core Developments – The Mark Agency.

It’s a hop, skip and jump to the bustling life of the town centre, but step onto your balcony outside and you’re surveying a swathe of empty grassland, punctuated by the odd gum tree.

If the ‘Bush Capital’ had an advertisement, this would be it.

The Nue development coming to Gungahlin in the ACT’s far north consists of 87 townhouses and 249 apartments and, needless to say, they’re selling fast.

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LJ Hooker real estate agent James Herbert says more than 100 have already been bought off the plan.

“From a young person buying their first apartment to larger, more residential-style townhouses for families – it’s all here,” he says.

“You usually find townhouses out in the suburbs, but to have them this close to the town centre, while still looking out over nature, is quite rare. People are responding to that.”

So, what else is special about Nue?

It’s the vision of award-winning local developer and builder Core Developments, and they contracted architect Nathan Judd from Judd Studios to bring it to life.

Nathan is responsible for many of the apartment complexes along Lonsdale Street in Braddon, and he’s brought the same ‘car-less’ brief to Gungahlin’s town centre.

“Cars have their own spaces under the building so the outdoor area surrounding the actual apartments and townhouses is kept clear of cars,” James explains.

Not only is it more aesthetic, but there’s also a safety aspect.

“People can enjoy the landscaping, and kids can play outside without the risks associated with cars driving by.”

Nathan also took inspiration from the pedestrian and bicycle-friendly streets of Los Angeles.

“The materials and way the buildings are fanned out encourage residents to walk through the development, giving it the same sort of feel as you’d have in Venice Beach,” James says.

Nue is also poised to release the ‘Canvas Collection’ in the next couple of months.

“This is a small, boutique building of only nine three and four-bedroom apartments situated on the corner of the block,” James explains.

“Buyers can sit down with the designers and builders and choose all of their own fixtures, fittings and colours. This is really different from normal off-the-plan developments where you’re really only left with two schemes to choose from.”

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But before you ask, this lifestyle doesn’t come with a hip-pocket penalty. The developers deliberately tried to keep common areas to a minimum in a bid to keep body-corporate fees down. And there’s commercial space on the bottom floor for hospitality venues.

“There is still an open-plan coworking space for residents, so they can enjoy working from home during the day and enjoy their apartment in the evening.

“But in general, they wanted to keep fees to a minimum, which we’re finding is really important among buyers at the moment.”

To top it all off, there’s the location.

“Residents can walk to the shops, grab a seat on the light rail, but also enjoy looking out over the Mulangarri Grasslands,” James says.

One-bedroom apartments start at $480,000, one-bedroom plus study at $500,000, two-bedroom townhouse at $750,000 and three-bedroom townhouses at $880,000.

All are available to buy off the plan now, with a 5 per cent deposit. Construction on Nue will start this month, with completion set for about two years from now.

For more information about Nue, contact James Herbert on 0400 853 501.


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LA, light rail will be a good commuting option to Civic because Nue is close to the terminus, takes about 20 minutes. Majura Parkway by car from Nue is best for Brindabella BP, again about 20 minutes, just a few lights at each end. The more people living in Gungahlin, the more the town centre itself has offer (e.g. options for dining out expand with a growing population). It’s already hit critical mass, hence the stiff property prices. But yeah, quite a different planning approach from the older low density cream-brick ‘burbs.

Leon Arundell11:09 am 24 Sep 23

How long will it take to get to work in Civic or at Brindabella Business Park?
To get to school, how far will kids have to walk, and how many busy roads will they have to cross?

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