12 Allambee Street - REID 

Auction 10:00am 3/11/18
EER 1.0
Jonathan Charles
P    02 6209 5000

Rich in heritage, the ultimate entertainer’s executive property

Built in 1927 and elegantly updated to a contemporary style, this exemplary character residence is the epitome of grace, sophistication & relaxed grandeur. Situated in a tranquil tree-lined Reid street, the wide nature strips & generous, superbly landscaped grounds offer a tranquil oasis from hectic lives.

This beautiful home exemplifies Canberra's early architectural past with its double brick walls, lovely terracotta tile roof & primrose render, revealing the heights that may be reached with a respectful, harmonious extension & renovation. Gracefully representing its early origins, as well as seamlessly integrating into the utility of the contemporary era's functionality – an important factor for today's busy families.

This light and airy home offers a plethora of authentic features – picture rails, Art Deco light fittings, sash timber windows, high ceilings, cedar doors, hardwood flooring & fine architraves, all flawlessly integrating with the modern renovation. As well, it has an original fireplace with brick surround & hearth, the classic cedar mantelpiece distinguishing it. Fitted with a new slow combustion heater, it portrays all its yesteryear ambience but without the impracticalities of an open fireplace.

Not only does this home include magnificent formal living spaces, it also offers a truly substantial family room with century-old polished timber floors emanating from Sydney's King Street wharves. The enchanting sun room is solar oriented, has a pitched ceiling & classic checkerboard-tile flooring; & you're sure to love as well, the generous study with its cushioned bay window seats, French doors & stunning garden outlook. Perfect for a lazy Sunday morning.

Budding chefs should be enamoured by every aspect of this renewed kitchen in the classic style – contrasting splash back tiling & granite bench tops are complemented by a free-standing AGA-style twin stove with its 5-burner gas hot plates. There are high quality European appliances including an integrated microwave and a state-of-the art dishwasher. There is a very large island bench with own power, period tapware, enormous fridge recess & ample storage. The meditative outlook, via the bank of picture windows of the water fountain & side garden, may prove distracting, especially when the local birdlife come to visit.

All the segregated bedrooms have space & storage, the secondary ones served by an updated Art Deco-styled bathroom with deep bathtub. The main bedroom is a veritable suite-in-itself -  expansive, harnessing the morning sunlight, & with beautiful vistas of the back garden; the two sets of double French doors leading to the expansive spotted gum timber deck is perfect for an early morning coffee or al fresco breakfast. A brand new, hotel-quality ensuite & dressing room complements this area well.

Secluded front & rear gardens with high hedging, abundant mature trees & shrubs, including a grove of silver birch, are characterised by verdant lawns, extensive brick paving & second water feature. The hidden garden shed with clothes drying area is another boon. This private oasis really is a mini utopia – a welcome escape from the trials & tribulations outside of it.

The stylishly renovated stand-alone studio with own contemporary ensuite & separate entrance is perfect as a teenager's retreat or for Au Pair accommodation. Rare for Reid, this beautiful home includes an internally accessed seamlessly integrated double garage with remote door, rear trailer access, high gabled ceiling, and plenty of storage.  

Reid is tightly held with few properties changing hands in this highly sought-after historic precinct, centrally located within a network of urban amenities. It has inherited the best of Australia's garden city spatial planning – homes on large lots, generous building setbacks, wide tree-lined streets, a high proportion of public parks & proximity to facilities. Only a short stroll to Glebe Park, Dendy Cinema, coffee shops and your favourite city restaurants and the many delights Canberra City holds, its nearness to Mt Ainslie, the lake, ANU & other educational institutions ensures this will always be an extremely desirable location. Inspect this remarkable property at your earliest convenience.


·         Block size – 1071m²

·         UCV - $846,000

·         Dwelling size – house 203m², integrated garage 45m², studio 28 m²

·         Ducted gas heating & evaporative cooling

·         Completely renovated in a contemporary style

·         Five sets of French doors leading to deck and gardens

·         Hardwood floors throughout

·         French doors & plantation shutters

·         Back-to-base security system & fire alarms

·         Recently constructed spotted gum timber deck

·         Fully integrated computerised watering system

·         Integrated double garage

·         Stand-alone renovated studio with contemporary ensuite