New homes: Southside spotlight

Gillespie Park, Oaks Estate

People who live in Oaks Estate like it so much that many of them have actually bought at Gillespie Park.

"The people that live there love it," says developer Steve McCloskey, "what we've found through our sales to date is a lot of people who live in Oaks Estate are actually purchasing a villa."

Often overlooked, the Estate sits in a prime location just on the ACT side of the border. The suburb enjoys a balance between an lifestyle and city conveniences, bordered by the Molonglo River but a short walk to the Queanbeyan shops. Canberra is still close to hand, with the city centre just a 20-minute drive away.

"It's a very prominent location, and its proximity to the airport and the CBD or the city is great," says McCloskey. "The block that we have on Railway Street is a great location, with some really nice old significant trees around the perimeter."

Gillespie Park will be one of the first developments in the Oaks Estate in recent years. The design neatly blends with the area's heritage while setting a standard for the future.

These 29 three and four-bedroom villas enjoy a prime location between Gillespie Park and the original Oaks Estate homestead. Homes are clustered throughout the site, creating an open setting that blends naturally with its surrounds.

Traditional facades open into homes purposely designed to suit a modern lifestyle. Open plan living dining areas offer flexibility, while some homes enjoy a separate living area. Proportions are comfortably generous, with 2.7-metre ceilings and full-height windows bringing light into the home.

Sliding doors to the rear courtyards smooth the transition to outdoors. Courtyards which blend comfort and style, the perfect place to relax on a long summer evening.

With three or four bedrooms, ensuites and double garages, homes at Gillespie Park tick all the boxes. "It's just the package," says McCloskey, "the location as well as the fact that we haven't put as many units on the site as we could have, so we've allowed that internal space in the villa site to seem more spacious."

Nine homes at Gillespie Park are still available for sale, with construction is expected to begin around the new year.

Address: 7 Railway Street

Price range: $399,000-$439,000+

EER: 6.0

Agent: Adam Jones, McGrath Estate Agents, 0407 777 601

Inspection time: Contact agent

Kingsborough, Kingston Foreshore

Overlooking the central junction, shophouses at Kingsborough are in the heart of the lively precinct. Homes have been designed to perfectly suit small business owners, with commercial space downstairs and open plan living space upstairs. Homes boast unique designs, with spacious interiors and stylish fittings. Residents will also enjoy the two rooftop terraces, with a rooftop bar and cinema the perfect space to entertain.

Address: Corner of Dawes St and The Causeway, Kingston Foreshore

Price range: $489,900-$699,900

EER: 6.8+

Agent: Charles Nussio, Independent Property Group, 0424 945 304

Inspection time: Weekend 10-4

Maple, Deakin

An internal Japanese courtyard within each home at Maple creates a fresh, airy atmosphere for these homes. Full height windows and private courtyards bring light and air into the spacious interiors. Luxurious finishes enhance the two separate living areas,while private rear courtyards boast an undercover area. Maple is in the perfect location, a stone's throw from the Deakin shops, and not much further from the Parliamentary Circle, and some of Canberra's best schools.

Address: 24 Gawler Street, Deakin

Price range: $1,425,000 to $1,495,000

EER: 6.0

Agent: Darren Bennett, Ian McNamee & Partners, 0418 633 806

Inspection time: Saturday 11:30-12:30

Specs: 3 bedrooms, 3-5 car spaces, 1 bathroom, 1 shower

This story New homes: Southside spotlight first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.