ACT auction record smashed by $195,000

 ACT auction record smashed by $195,000

Canberra auction records are tumbling down, with the latest to fall thanks to a record-breaking home sale in the northern suburb of Franklin.

The 817sqm property at 11 Jeannie Gunn Street, Franklin, sold for $1,745,000 on the weekend, easily beating the previous suburb record of $1.55 million set in 2017.

Blackshaw Manuka agent Mario Sanfrancesco says more than 200 groups went through the property prior to the auction.

“We had about a dozen registered people bid at the auction,” Mario says. “Once we got to about the $1.6 million mark, it whittled down to two people going full on to the end.”

“It’s a magnificent property, formerly the builder’s own property so it’s been really well built,” he says. “The home is about 11 years old now, but it’s in such beautiful condition you can’t even tell.”

Set behind an elegant double door entry, Jarrah hardwood floors flow through the formal livings spaces and in each of the four bedrooms. Favourably positioned near the foyer, the formal living and dining space enjoys a modern wood fireplace and fashionable built-in shelving. 

Stepping through a nearby door takes you into an open-plan kitchen and informal family space. Cooking couldn’t be easier thanks to a range of high-end appliances, cabinetry and benchtops, but the standout feature is the stylish splashback. Crafted from red glass with warm orange undertones, the vibrant splashback is repeated in the nearby study nook for a fantastic pop of colour. 

Central to the house is a heated, indoor pool. Set beneath three skylights, the large pool is accessible from all sides, in particular the lush backyard. Nearby, a generously sized al fresco area is roofed over for all-weather entertaining and has its own built-in kitchen to complement the main house.

“It’s a wonderful outdoor area,” Mario says. “There’s plenty of greenery, and it’s not often you see an indoor pool like that one in Canberra.”

“Everyone visiting the property loved it,” he says. “The overall size of it and the ease of the floor plan, and of course the pool was a real winner.

“That particular suburb, for a new area, is quite easy to get to the city, and that also increased its value at auction.” 


11 Jeannie Gunn Street, Franklin, ACT 2913


Mario Sanfrancesco  – 0412 488 027
Blackshaw Manuka

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