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Extroverted Griffith home with Kelly-green staircase ‘encourages opinion’

Extroverted Griffith home with Kelly-green staircase ‘encourages opinion’

The Daily Telegraph's, Emma Grey, Property Journalist

First published 23 Aug 2022

An architectural marvel in Canberra’s prized inner-south melds a variety of different textures to create a living space that resembles a sculptural artwork.

Described by selling agent Mario Sanfrancesco from Blackshaw as a home that “isn’t shy”, the striking facade comprises a bold assembly of concrete, timber and metal.

“The design is spectacular, and the build quality exceptional,” Mr Sanfrancesco said of the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home

Located at 31 Walker Crescent in Griffith, one of the capital’s oldest suburbs, this unique residence shows off its artistry at every turn, including via the strong use of textured concrete as a feature throughout.

“There are polished concrete floors – with hydronic heating for Canberra’s winters, of course – as well as cool grey feature walls and an impressive concrete ceiling in the king size guest bedroom,” Mr Sanfrancesco said.

An exposed timber feature in the kitchen ceiling beautifully complements the dark veneer kitchen.

It’s part of a colour palette described by interior designer Lauren Sharman as “moody and masculine”.

Ultra-matt joinery, dark stone, black-stained timbers, and black fixtures contrast with the drenching of natural light courtesy of the home’s northerly aspect.

Add to this the unexpected pop of a Kelly-green metal staircase, and the architectural surprises keep coming.

“Like any form of art, the green staircase encourages opinion,” Mr Sanfrancesco said. “People are loving it as a feature.”

Up that staircase is a sprawling main suite, which occupies the entire top floor.

“It’s a huge double-sized room with its own terrace and full picture windows on both sides,” he explained, describing the space as the buyer’s own “villa in the sky”.

Griffith is one of Canberra’s most desirable locations, with a median sale price of more than $2 million, which has surged 15.15 per cent in the past 12 months.

“The current record for a house in Griffith is $6.4 million,” Mr Sanfrancesco said.

“It’s a short stroll to Manuka and close to top schools, and just minutes to the city.”

Despite a reported auction clearance rate in Canberra of less than 50 per cent, Mr Sanfrancesco reports continuing strong sales in some segments of the market.

“Weekend before last, my team sold three out of three at auction,” he said.

“One was in Yarralumla that sold for $4 million and there was good activity on that. What we’re seeing is that very good quality properties that are presented well and marketed well are generating strong interest.”

This home is scheduled for auction on 3 September at 12pm.

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