Award-winning Hillcrest is a suite of four freestanding dwellings perched on the hillside at North Weston, an extension of the established Canberra suburb of Weston. Each residence is positioned to take full advantage of the panoramic views over the Molonglo Valley and Black Mountain.
The design concept of light, space, sun and views has been expertly executed, from the eye-catching stone and glass façades to the 2.7m ceilings and natural timbers. Floor-to-ceiling glazing to the north and east maximises opportunities to enjoy the spectacular natural scenery.
The built form reflects the contemporary themes already present in North Weston. A white-rendered cube—the upstairs master suite—floats above the living area, the combination of solid blocks of material with wide expanses of glass delivering beauty and function.
Hillcrest residences reside effortlessly in the landscape, emerging from behind the established Pyrus capital ornamental pear trees. The three northern dwellings are split over two storeys and their sharp, skillion roofs create a striking architectural visual from the street. The southern dwelling sits further up the hill and the single-level home has the addition of a formal living room.
Inside the two-storey residences, the open-tread staircase with frameless glass balustrade enhances the sense of openness. Natural timbers drive connectedness, from the double-width front door through to the flooring, thoughtfully laid on the ground floor to draw the eye straight through the main living area to the majestic views beyond.
The kitchen is the epitome of modern living, with crisp white walls offset by warm laminated timbers. Floor-to-ceiling open shelving provides a beautiful, curated space for cookbooks and special homewares.
The attention to detail continues throughout these four-bedroom, three-bathroom homes. Maximising views, a generous bay window to the north complements extensive glazing along the east wall of the master bedroom. Bathrooms incorporate floating elements such as cantilevered vanities to enhance the feeling of spaciousness.
The outdoor terrace is a natural extension of the main living area, with a large dining space incorporating a built-in BBQ and fully insulated roof for added comfort. The repetition of a frameless glass balustrade ensures uninterrupted views.
Hillcrest sits at the northern end of the district of Weston Creek. The surrounding hills preserve the natural landscape setting of the district and provide plenty of opportunities for recreation with Mt Stromlo, the National Arboretum, Lake Burley Griffin and National Zoo & Aquarium all a short drive away.
Weston contains the central shopping area of the district, which includes the Cooleman Court shopping centre. There are several local schools including the independent Orana Steiner School.
The area is named after George Edward Weston, a former officer of the East India Company, who arrived in Australia in 1825 and was granted land in the Weston Creek area in 1841.