The classic Canberra duplex doesn't come much better than this

The classic Canberra duplex doesn't come much better than this

This stylish three-bedroom terrace house at 87 Brigalow Street, Lyneham, is proof a lot can change in 12 months.

Don't be fooled by the home’s humble façade – the interior of the two-storey property has been reimagined from top to bottom. holly licensed agent Jenny McReynolds says the owners have brought the home “back to life” since she first laid eyes on it one year ago.

“The owners are meticulous and they wanted to restore an iconic building into something quite special, which they’ve really done,” Jenny says.

“Everything had to be redone, so they've taken out walls, and in doing so, they’ve created more space to suit a wide range of buyers.”

Jenny says her favourite part is walking through the living and dining room’s bi-folding, stacking aluminium doors and out into the yard.

“With most duplexes, your exit is out through the laundry, so to create that living and dining space to the outdoors, it’s just fantastic,” she says.

“You can see the kids play through those bi-fold doors, so it does give you a level of comfort that the kids can run around and you can still watch them.”


Monument Colorbond frames the spacious backyard, which features new landscaping, turfed lawns and a deck, allowing for indoor entertaining to spill effortlessly outside.

But the hub of the home lies inside. The open-plan living, dining and kitchen area commands the home’s first floor, with touches of original flair blended into the home’s modern style.

An exposed steel beam and painted brick wall are married with new Australian hardwood flooring, natural sheers and raw maple batten work around the stairwell.


The galley kitchen overlooks the living and dining spaces and is replete with modern touches, including a pull-out mixer, under-cabinet lighting with dimmable touch control, banks of soft-touch cabinetry, acrylic solid surface benchtops, crisp subway tiling and custom joinery. The features are all set to a sleek white-on-white palette contrasted by black tapware.

The kitchen is decked out in quality Bosch and Fisher & Paykel appliances, including a pyrolytic oven, a second oven with microwave function, an induction cooktop, a fully integrated dishwasher and an integrated rangehood with touch control.


Also tucked away downstairs is an adjoined laundry and bathroom, with underfloor heating, a long acrylic solid surface benchtop, outdoor portico access and lots of storage.

“They’ve put a lot of storage areas into the home and they’ve made it functional,” Jenny says.

“It’s just very cleverly done and cleverly thought out.”

Upstairs are the home’s three bedrooms, all kitted out with Australian wool carpets, northern views across the back lawn and more clever built-in cabinetry.


You’ll also find the second bathroom, styled with neutral floor-to-ceiling tiling, on the first floor. It is home to a freestanding tub, warm timber cabinetry, matte black hardware and, of course, underfloor heating.

But nothing beats the master suite, which opens onto a private balcony overlooking the streetscape, tempting families across the road to Lyneham shops, including Canberra institution Tilley’s Devine Café Gallery, The Front café and more.


“It’s a buzzing area,” Jenny says.

“You can get your morning coffee or pop over there in the afternoon for a drink and a bite to eat.”

Your car is safe in the home’s Monument Colorbond garage, while a quick drive out the gated driveway and up the orad you'll find the independent eateries and bars of O’Connor shops, the Braddon and Dickson precincts, parks and ovals, shared walking and biking trails, O’Connor Ridge Reserve, plus a primary and high school, and public transport.

The home at 87 Brigalow Street in Lyneham is listed for sale at $1.3 million plus.

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Article originally written and published by The Riotact.

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