Capital gains with Stephanie Anderson March 24, 2012
The kitchen at 20 Liverpool Street, Macquarie. Photo: Supplied
Neighbours are something rarely mentioned when selling a property, but Carly Anstey couldn't help but sing the praises of people in Macquarie.
After a decade of living at 20 Liverpool Street, the mother of two is shifting her family and leaving behind some good friends.
"We really are surrounded by lovely neighbours on all sides," she said.
"That'll be one of the things that I'll be sad about leaving."
The four-bedroom home has undergone some extensive renovations courtesy of Mrs Anstey and her husband Luke, who toiled to open up the living room and kitchen.
"It's more open-plan now," Mrs Anstey said.
"We've also completely renovated both bathrooms. When I thought about it, we've actually done quite a bit of work."
The open-plan area also features a skylight and external awnings, with the outdoors boasting a large hardwood deck and leafy backyard.
"I've loved the leafy neighbourhood," Mrs Anstey said.
"We have heaps of trees and the backyard is really private."
She also mentioned the central location of the family home, within walking distance to school and a short drive to Radford College, University of Canberra and Calvary Hospital.
Their home is going under the hammer at 11.30am today, through Andrew Lonsdale at Elders.
It's been more than a decade of pink paint, interesting tenants and extensive renovations, but Laurie Bennetts is finally farewelling his Red Hill property.
The three-bedroom home at 135 Monaro Crescent was originally an embassy, occupied by the Indian High Commission for 10 years before being taken over by a naturopath.
When Mr Bennetts purchased the property with Frank Gomez in 1999, it was two storeys of confusing corridors and alterations.
"When we bought it, it was a huge meandering rabbit warren," he said.
"It didn't have a lot of redeeming features."
Mr Bennetts said the layout wasn't helped by the design influence of the naturopath, who believed pink was a healing colour and decorated the house as such.
"We had an enormous amount of work to do," he said.
"It was quite a large learning curve."
The pair moved into the old staff quarters as the renovations began, working towards returning the property to dual occupancy status.
In mid-2001, the staff quarters were sold off as a separate property and work began on the larger residence.
Years later and the property has been transformed, with the dining area featuring an ornamental fireplace, French doors and ornate cornices. The old world feel is continued in the main bathroom with the inclusion of a claw foot bath.
Outdoors, the landscaped courtyard and decks are complemented by a water feature and a mock dry stone riverbed.
Mr Bennetts said his time in Red Hill was an interesting period, from the "horrific experience" of renting to university students to the more pleasant moments spent feeding the local birdlife.
And while he is a "little bit over renovating", Mr Bennetts said he would be sad to leave.
"We've lived there since mid-2001 but we've made the decision to consolidate things," he said.
"It's a very reluctant sale. It's a beautiful home to live in."
Mr Bennetts is handling the sale himself through the Independent Property Group's Woden office.
Three decades have completely changed Geoff and Rhondda Cleary's Pialligo home.
Mr Cleary said that back then, their property at 12 Beltana Road was not much more than a lone building.
"When we arrived, there was one little cottage," he said.
"It was a disused almond farm and had been a dairy farm before that."
Thirty years later and the property is now a collection of cottages sourced from all parts and periods of Australia.
Mr Cleary said the first addition came from Duntroon in the 1980s.
The former chaplain cottage, originally built in 1911, was cut in two and transported to Pialligo where conservation architect Peter Freeman pieced it back together.
He later shipped two more buildings over from Yarralumla, which were originally RAAF barracks in Cootamundra before relocating them to be used as workers cottages.
"You can look at the place as a museum of simple structures," Mr Cleary said.
The collection of buildings now houses the Pialligo Plant Farm, Pod Food and Posh Pots, as well as hosting a four-bedroom home with Molonglo River frontage, something Mr Cleary said he will miss.
"We look right across the Molonglo River, across the wetlands to Kingston," he said.
"The area is fantastic."
The 3.74ha property features an additional three-bedroom home, large vegetable garden and over 50 productive fruit trees.
Located only 7 km from the Canberra CBD, Mr Cleary said it had the great balance between views of Parliament House and the isolation of the suburbs.
"It is quite secluded," he said.
"We can't see another home, apart from Kingston."
But Mr Cleary and his wife are leaving their quiet home, which is for sale by expression of interest through Mark Thompson and Josh Cliff at LJ Hooker.
"It's time to have a change in life," Mr Cleary said.
"We're really sad to leave but you've got to make these decisions."
Expressions of interest close next month.