23 September 2019

Architect-designed bush manor a natural beauty

| Pete McPhillips
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A warm home surrounded by nature, close to Queanbeyan and Canberra. Photos: Supplied.

Given the opportunity, few could pass up this spacious, luxurious manor at The Ridgeway, 148 Ridgeway Road, near Queanbeyan. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle, but actually quite close to civilisation as the crow flies, this grand statement is perfect for a family looking for a ‘tree change’, but not wanting to move hundreds of kilometres away.

Surrounded by serene and tranquil nature, the property is removed from busy roads via a 300m private driveway, and upon arrival you’ll be struck by its unique and warm structural style. Finished with timber, glass and stone, the home was designed by the renowned mid-century Canberra architect, Bill Douglas. The property boasts a large indoor heated swimming pool with adjoining sauna topped off by a private viewing deck to survey the beautiful surrounds.

Feel like a dip? Plunge into a 12.5m indoor pool any time of the year.

The property boasts a long list of special features, says Belle Property Kingston’s Dan McAlpine. “What’s unique is the privacy and the serenity of the position, yet it is so close [to CBD areas]. It’s only five minutes from Queanbeyan and 20 minutes from Civic. It’s perched on top of an escarpment that looks down on the Molonglo River. It has direct river views, and you’ve got bush reserves on each side of the property,” he says.

Over the hills, and not that far away – the property is perfect for a family looking for a ‘tree change’

He emphasises that the real draw of the property is that it is perfect for a family looking to stay close by and find a peaceful getaway from the city. “It’s highly suitable for a family wanting…a farm-like rural lifestyle yet still close enough to get into town,” he says. Dan says you can’t go past the resort-style features plus unique architectural flares inside. “It’s quite a striking house. The use of glass, timber and stone is unique – all of the materials are of the highest quality. New Zealand rimu timbers aren’t available anymore, and it is a solid brick home with vaulted ceilings,” he says.

The four-bedroom-three-bathroom home incorporates a wood-burning fireplace in the living room that connects the dining room and provides a centrepiece for the two-storey home. You are treated to a generous-sized kitchen with gas burners and a double oven. The master bedroom boasts a renovated ensuite and private balcony to survey the 5.5ha of nature at your fingertips. Outside, you have ample entertaining areas to host a private barbecue with two or 20 of your closest friends.

The interior features a striking design combination of timber, stone and glass.

Having sold only a few years ago, the home has since seen several improvements. “There have been a number of changes to enhance the property. Upgraded heating systems, tennis courts, pool, fencing and electronics have all been upgraded, as well as the landscaping – extensive work has been done outside including planting some fruit trees,” says Dan.

The trees will be your closest neighbours at 148 Ridgeway Road.

The property will be auctioned on Saturday 16 March at 4 pm. For more information, contact Dan McAlpine at Belle Property Kingston on 0401 005 252 or click here.

Original Article published by Pete McPhillips on The RiotACT.

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