A talking point among neighbours and passers-by, a striking four-bedroom house in Griffith is expected to sell for more than $3.5 million when it goes to auction on Thursday.
Built in 2020, 67 Monaro Crescent was designed by Bowral-based architect Martin O'Toole and is described by the current owners as "something between a country-coastal barn and a Queenstown ski lodge".
Sascha and David Leech purchased the 934 square metre property in 2019 for $1 million. The existing house, which Mrs Leech said hadn't been lived in for 10 years, was knocked down to make way for the ideal family home.
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"Both being from the country and having previously renovated heritage homes in Melbourne, we wanted something a little bit different that we couldn't really find or renovate in Canberra," Mrs Leech said.
The couple hadn't intended to sell the home so soon but with a relocation on the cards, they made the decision to list the property.
"We really built it for us and our family," Mrs Leech said.
"We have three young children so there's lots of storage. [There are] built-in desks in the bedrooms and it was really important for us to have a guest bedroom with an ensuite, for my parents and other relatives that travelled to come and see us."
Mrs Leech said people often stopped by to ask about the property, drawn in by its dramatic black facade and 2.7-metre high cathedral ceilings.
The home also features an outdoor kitchen and entertaining area overlooking the pool area, complete with an outdoor shower and pool house.
"We wanted to make it feel like a good entertaining space to accommodate lots of people at one time," Mrs Leech said.
Selling agent Dan McAlpine of Belle Property Canberra said 67 Monaro Crescent has appealed to a number of inner-south buyers.
"It's been really heavily inspected and really strong in terms of its inquiry," he said.
While the price guide has been set, there's no telling what could happen on auction night.
Homes in the area have been selling for record prices, such as 15 Carstensz Street, Griffith, which sold for $4.5 million last week.
"The good thing from our owner's perspective is that they're realistic - they know that the market will dictate what the property's worth," Mr McAlpine said.
Mrs Leech said she hoped the new owners can enjoy the property "for years to come".
Canberra is set to overtake last week and record its biggest week of auctions since CoreLogic reporting began in 2008.
For the week beginning 28 November, 183 properties are scheduled to go under the hammer.
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