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Boxes. You need to spend a lot of time ticking them if you're making a decision about where in this beautiful city of ours you'd like to buy a home.
Peaceful but close to a bit of action when you want it? Mature leafiness with a sense of history but with options for state-of-the-art sustainable, modern living?
Close to schools, universities and health services but with bush-exploring adventures and lake-side strolls just minutes from your door? And how about a friendly neighbourhood village with cafes, restaurants and a handy supermarket nearby?
One suburb that's increasingly ticking all these boxes and more for home hunters is Bruce. One of Canberra's most centrally-located areas, and bordering bustling Belconnen, Bruce has been undergoing an evolution that's attracting even more interest from Canberrans looking for their perfect spot to live.
There's certainly a lot going on there.
Fittingly, Bruce's quintessentially Aussie moniker is courtesy of former prime minister Stanley Bruce who loved his sport and education, two of the suburb's leading drawcards.
There's the Australian Institute of Sport, where some of Australia's most acclaimed athletes train, and, right next door, the GIO Stadium, home of the Brumbies and Canberra Raider's rugby teams.
Plus, there are the plethora of top educational institutions - the University of Canberra, the Canberra Institute of Technology and leading school Radford College.
Bruce is a health hub as well, with Calvary Hospital, one of Canberra's leading teaching hospitals, also just up the road.
This all sits alongside green-space havens with parks and the suburb's much-loved bush surrounds.
The Gossan Hill Nature Reserve, for example, is one of Canberra's most popular walks abounding in wildflowers, birdlife and postcard-worthy views. Then there's the Bruce Ridge Nature Reserve, a 98 hectare bushland area bordering Black Mountain and a destination for walkers, trail runners and mountain bikers.
One box that Bruce perhaps hadn't been delivering on was local amenities such as shops, restaurants and cafes. But that is quickly changing, driven largely by a major three-stage residential project from innovative Canberra developers TP Dynamics.
Recognising, the need for a "village" hub, TP Dynamics incorporated retail space within the first stage, Wish. It's now home to JOA Korea BBQ restaurant, Sichuan take-away John's Kitchen, Sister May Asian grocer, Bottlemart and La Terre day spa.
And there's more coming. Next door, stage three of the residential development, Ives, which began selling last month, also has dedicated retail space as well as a proposed supermarket, with openings for retailers who want to establish themselves in the suburb.
"Given that we've all discovered how important our local supermarkets are these days with COVID restrictions that was a key focus for us," said TP Dynamics project manager Kenneth Kong.
Interestingly, the COVID effect has also influenced the design of Ives' 32 townhouses. With eyes on the future and new ways of living and working, the developer incorporated features to make spending more time at home more sustainable, safer and more comfortable - even for those who might need to isolate!
Every townhouse is fitted with solar panels for greater energy efficiency and to cut costs for residents, and also have provision for electric vehicle charging, while their size and floorplans cleverly optimise the available indoor and outdoor living - and working - spaces.
"Things like studies, bigger living spaces, and multiple accesses to fresh air with courtyards and balconies from different rooms are part of the idea to adapt for COVID," Mr Kong said.
"As much as possible we've also split bedrooms into different areas and levels so the residents can minimise contact if required.
"We've tried to think very practically, and tick all the boxes."
Ives is perfectly located to extract the very best of life in Canberra. Selling now, it features spacious floorplans, designed for efficient living with two, three and four bedroom residences. For more information visit TP Dynamics website here or call Kenneth Kong on 0411 586 906.
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