Updated light-filled Hackett home makes family living easy

John Thistleton 13 February 2019

Living areas are bathed in light thanks to the home’s large windows. Photos: Supplied.

A stunning family home is on the market with the distinctive qualities that helped Canberra find its feet as a city in the early 1960s, blended with more recent additions and renovations.

The four-bedroom home at 8 Caldwell Street, Hackett, was built in 1963, the same year as Lake Burley Griffin was finished, and Queen Elizabeth visited the national capital to celebrate Canberra’s 50th Jubilee.

On a 660 square metre block, the solid structure still reflects the 1960s optimism that spilled into the inner north suburbs. Another layer of distinctive character was added in 2003 with a renovation, and more touches in 2013. Then a studio conversion was completed in 2013.

Listing agent Sally Strang says lots of glass throughout the home allows its living areas to be bathed in light, highlighting its beauty and interesting shapes.

“The owner before the current owners, a builder, did the extension and renovation, which give it a distinctive character,” Sally says.

Polished spotted gum floorboards gleam under tall ceilings.

All the living spaces are expansive too. The kitchen/dining room separate a generous rumpus room and the lounge room. Two tall, slim cupboards frame the range hood in the kitchen, which has granite benchtops, high-end appliances, extensive storage and bench space, plus a breakfast bar.

From the wide-open windows, you look out on a street lined with leafy trees, wide verges and similarly striking properties. An established garden adds to the views and a covered barbecue area stands at the rear of the yard.

Comfortable living is available through the seasons, with ducted gas heating, evaporative cooling and an electric fireplace. Floor-to-ceiling tiling is in the bathroom, ensuite and laundry.

The current owners’ children grew up in the home. Now, the owners are moving interstate for career opportunities.

Sally says it is always interesting to see similar families move in and build an attachment to a home.

“This one is a great functional home and just being in the inner north, with easy access into the city, and close to all the ovals and Mount Majura, has everything well positioned for the family,’’ she says. “You can walk to the shops.”

The Canberra Centre is a short drive away. Also close by is the Australian National University, as well as excellent primary and secondary schools.

Much like this home, the listing agency, home.byholly stands out in its personable approach. Most of their auctions are on Friday early evenings, positioning homes before the Saturday auctions.

“This is working really well for us,” Sally says. “We get serious buyers, but not that big crowd including onlookers who go around from auction to auction. It means our auctions are a little intimate, and less intimidating and allows us to be more conversational with our buyers.”

The auction will be on site at 6 pm on Friday, 22 February. For more information, contact Sally Strang on 0410 626 731 or click here.

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