Once serving as the Lady Hopetoun Club, a meeting place that fostered camaraderie among women working in the burgeoning national capital, this historic home is being offered for sale for the first time in almost 60 years.
Designed by prominent Canberra heritage architects Percy Oakley and Stanley Parkes, who created the nearby Prime Minister’s Lodge, 65 Dominion Circuit offers refined living in one of Canberra’s most exclusive heritage precincts.
Set on a 1549sqm landholding in Forrest, the classic four-bedroom home has retained hallmarks of its vintage, with sash windows, panelled ceilings, fireplaces and the original 1926 Bega wood stove, which now serves as the outdoor barbecue.
The welcoming colonial style veranda opens to verdant surrounds with picturesque gardens, double hedging and large established trees, while the position takes in views of Black Mountain and Parliament House.
Selling agent Mario Sanfrancesco, from Blackshaw Manuka, said the two-storey residence melded modern living with refined 1920s elegance and had been held in the same family since the 1960s.
Mr Sanfrancesco said while the original property had been sympathetically extended, there was potential for a new owner to make their mark on the home with further renovations.
The original front rooms include two formal living rooms and a dining room, linked by French doors and featuring Tasmanian ash timber floors and open fireplaces.
The master suite includes a dressing room and a large loft, while the dedicated study has bespoke built-in oak shelving and cabinetry.
Outside, there is a solar heated swimming pool, quaint alfresco space and sprawling lawns.
There is ample storage in the dry cellar under the house and the attic space, while additional features include a security alarm, 10,000-litre water tank with an electric pump, large compost area, the original garage and two sheds.
The property is due to go to auction on 19 May.
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