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Potential. Potential. Potential!

block-and-home-300x188Not Just A Standard 3-Beddy…

Who Will Unlock The Potential Of The Block?


5 Fallins Place Monash:

Located in the heart of the beautiful Tuggeranong Valley, Monash enjoys a median home price of $560,000.

5 Fallins Place has a comfortable 3-bedroom family home located on an expansive 963 m2 block of land. Being a battleaxe block, it enjoys privacy from the street. Conversely, the home opens out onto a wooded reserve at the front, giving the best of both worlds.

To explore the potential of the home and block for extension, additional development, and redevelopment, leading Canberra Sustainable Architect, Ric Butt FRAIA, was engaged to assess the possibilities. Ric is a Past President of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.

The Report:

ric-buttThe large block has an excellent orientation for a variety of sustainable design options including north facing additions and alterations on the existing, north facing secondary residence, a knock down and rebuild of a new north facing dual occupancy consisting of two 3 bedroom plus study residences.

The spacious 963m2 block allows all these options and enables the rigorous requirements of private open space and parking ( with turning space ) to be met with land to spare.

The block opens to reserve on the eastern side and being a battle axe provides great privacy from the street and neighbors.

Single-AandA-skIf you want to maintain the spacious back yard , well designed additions and alterations to the existing dwelling can increase northern sun exposure by extending to the East and West.

Enlarging the Kitchen/ Dining and Living areas, the home can become a 4 bedroom residence with a separate Master bedroom, Walk in robe and ensuite., and double car accommodation.

second-residenceA secondary residence is a great way of achieving  a home office, carer’s accommodation, teenage den or can add additional rental income.

All secondary residences must be easily ‘adaptable’ to comply with Australian Standards for aged and disabled accessibility and this spacious block easily will accommodate this requirement


KDRB-DOA knock down of the existing house and new Dual Occupancy will maximise the development and income capacity of the block and will provide 2 dwellings that are 136 m2 with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus a study area in each.

Each can have a double garage with turning circle so no reversing down the long battle axe driveway. In fact, the design each of each of the options provides this though not deemed necessary under legislation for secondary residences.

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Possible Zoning Changes:

Currently RZ1 zoning does not allow separate title division and separate sales but this looks set to change in the next year or two. There are active discussions being held between the Planning authorities, Government and Building Industries to change this driven by the Mr Fluffy crises. These discussions call once again for allowing separate unit title in RZ1 zones on blocks larger than 700m2.

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What next?

Further information on the sale of the property can be obtained from Stephen at Thompson at LJ Hooker Manuka, on 6239 5551.

Ric Butt is available for Consultation on potential uses of the block, on 6282 4877.