Bold design to delight downsizers

Maple, 24 Gawler Street, Deakin $1,425,000-plus

The exteriors of the seven townhouses in Deakin’s Maple development are bold, with modern tones and angular facades.

The clean lines and smooth angles are carried through to the interiors of the homes.

Developer Daniel Flett, of Foresight Property Group, describes the design as “semi-Japanese inspired”. This inspiration carries throughout the development, popping up in touches such as an internal courtyard.

“I think it’s going to be quite a striking lower level,” Flett says.

He says design features such as raked ceilings add impact and create “significant volume in that lower level”.

The interior courtyard “will allow light to penetrate all the way through that floor” Flett says.

These striking townhouses have been designed to suit downsizers.

Flett says a downstairs master bedroom means residents have all their critical living on one for floor, which gives residents a lot more flexibility.

Downstairs, two spacious living areas are filled with natural light, falling in from generous windows to the courtyard and rear yards.

Large windows in the rear living area facilitate a seamless transition to the north-facing rear courtyard with covered space for entertaining. Kitchens are functional, with a walk-in pantry.

The homes sit at the heart of leafy and well-established Deakin, barely two minutes’ walk from the local shops. A local supermarket and cafe mean the essentials are close to hand, Manuka shops are just five minutes’ drive away and Canberra’s centre is also within easy reach.

An active lifestyle beckons with a range of parks and trails in the nearby Canberra Nature Park, while Lake Burley Griffin is a stone’s throw away.

Deakin Preschool, Canberra Girl’s Grammar and Forest Primary School are all close by. A bit out of the bustle of central Canberra, Deakin’s residents still enjoy easy access to cultural hubs such as the Kingston Foreshore.

Maple also offers buyers flexibility.

“We’ve got the ability to customise finishes at this point in time,” Flett says.

Space is plentiful, with most homes featuring three to five-car garages. Completion is expected in 10 to 12 months.

Inspect: Saturday, 10.30am-12.30pm. Agent: Darren Bennett, Ian McNamee & Partners Real Estate, 0418 633 806.

Feature we love: Interior courtyards make for a fresh and light-filled interior with a twist.

Who lives here: The comfortable suburban lifestyle of inner south suburbs such as Deakin and Red Hill holds plenty of appeal for families and downsizers.