1 September 2022

You can almost throw out the heater in this cutting-edge Evatt townhouse

| James Coleman
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New Evatt townhouse

Connected, but private. Photo: VERV Property.

Just when we thought a home with a seven-star energy rating was pretty cool, there’s a new kid on the block. Try 8.1 stars on for size.

That’s 58 Clancy Street in Evatt. It’s a new development made up of three two-storey, four-bedroom townhouses, all constructed by a husband-and-wife builder team.

E&L Projects has been putting up houses in Canberra for more than 20 years, so it’s safe to say the people behind it know a thing or two about our climate.

VERV Property has sold two of the townhouses already and the last is now finished and listed for $995,000-plus.

Residential director Jason Roses says it’s a bargain, all things considered.

“When you look at what is selling elsewhere, off-the-plan apartments and townhouses that won’t be ready to move into for 12 to 18 months, here we have one ready to go, and with an exceptionally high level of finish.”

New townhouse kitchen

Stone benchtops and custom cabinetry are used throughout. Photo: VERV Property.

Not only that, but he says cost-of-living pressures are pushing buyers to consider the ongoing expense of heating and cooling their new home.

“It’s becoming more expensive to use electricity and run the heater, so if a buyer can find something that will save them that money in the long run, they will go for it,” Jason says.

An energy rating reflects how much artificial heating and cooling is needed to keep the inside temperature of your home within a comfortable range.

A six-star house, for example, is likely to use 24 per cent less energy through heating and cooling than a five-star property. At the highest end of the scale, a house with an energy rating of 10 doesn’t need any artificial heating or cooling throughout the year.

The minimum rating for new developments in Australia is currently six, but the ACT Government is calling for the National Construction Code to move to seven.

Jason says a number of factors make an eight-star rating.

“There is insulation in all the walls, ceilings and floors, double-glazed windows, UV treatments, high raked ceilings, and a northerly aspect to the living rooms and master bedroom to make the most of the sun.”

But much of why this one rated so highly has to do with the fastidiousness of the builders.

“They really appreciate how cold it can get in Canberra,” Jason says.

“They really go above and beyond. They take the time to understand where the sun is at different times of the day and how to then best place the property on the block.”

When opening the house for inspections, Jason says he doesn’t even have to warm the place up.

“It’s just a lovely, comfortable temperature inside and certainly a lot warmer than it is outside.”

Open back gate

The townhouse is metres from the Evatt shops. Photo: VERV Property.

Everything else about the property shows equally impressive attention to detail.

The designer kitchen features soft-close drawers, 40 mm stone waterfall benchtops and a water point for the fridge. The four bedrooms, including the master and ensuite, are all kitted out with custom-made joinery. Not even the study nook and laundry miss out on the elegant stone. The lights throughout are LEDs, which run on a mere drip of electricity.

And as for location, Jason says he tells open-home visitors to park at the Evatt shops and walk all of 30 metres up to the back door.

“It’s unbelievable,” he says.

Evatt also enjoys the perks of proximity to one of Canberra’s major town centres, Belconnen.

“It’s also not just one development of 100. One of the other townhouses is occupied by a lovely younger couple, and the other by a family from interstate. It’s a beautiful location,” Jason says.

To find out more about 58 Clancy Street in Evatt, contact Jason Roses on 0431 419 847 or Alysia Walsh on 0400 880 915, and check out all the hottest listings on Zango.

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More places should be built to better standards. Can be done, as this shows.

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