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The face of staid and suburban Campbell has changed–to something entirely cosmopolitan.

When Max Walker was looking around Canberra for the perfect place to set up his hip wine bar Paranormal, there was something about Campbell 5 that captured his imagination.

“First it was the park aspect and then it was the views of Mount Ainslie. You can’t put a price on looking out onto all that beautiful green space right in the centre of the city,” he said.

“It reminds me of the wine bars in Paris, overlooking the parks and frequented by their own little communities.”

The New Zealand-born hospitality guru is thankful he made the decision, and a year on has watched this neck of new Campbell literally blossom.

Max Walker says he made the right choice when basing his wine bar Paranomal in the new Campbell 5 precinct.

Recently, Campbell 5 won the ‘Plan to Place’ award in the Planning Institute of Australia’s national awards. It is fitting recognition of the vibrant look and feel that this suburban reinvigoration has given to the previously lifeless section of Constitution Avenue and Anzac Parade.

For Max, it means busy passing trade and a foothold in a new cosmopolitan enclave within a stone’s throw of the city.

“It has been crazy busy since we opened and we are still growing, but it is always nice to see familiar faces and to make some new friends.”

Those familiar faces might pop by for a wine with friends over a platter of cheese, or grab a bottle to take upstairs to their apartments.

For those wanting a piece of the new Campbell 5 action, chances are now limited with the last new development of JWLand’s The Parade—The Final Release—which is already 80 per cent sold.

The Parade Display Suite.

Its new display apartment opens on Saturday, but it will be first in best dressed for the final stock.

Project Marketing Manager Nick Babic noted The Parade was the perfect opportunity for downsizers wanting to move from larger and high-maintenance homes or the ideal address for young professionals who want to live close to the City, Barton and Russell offices.

“It’s not unusual to have such a high proportion of the development sold before completion. There are a couple of factors driving the strong demand and location is definitely one of them. The Parade is uniquely positioned in the established inner-north, nestled amongst Mount Ainslie, the Australian War Memorial and Lake Burley Griffin with the CBD’s restaurants, shops and theatre just a stone’s throw away.

Luxury inclusions at The Parade.

“Affordability is also key. With house prices continuing to rise at unprecedented levels, people still want to live in these prestigious areas and be close to a broad range of amenity,” he noted.

Developed around the award-winning Hassett Park, Campbell 5 boasts all the essentials for up-market living and lifestyle.

In terms of food, there’s a sophisticated array on offer. From the bustling Intra café serving inventive breakfasts, brunches and lunches, to Kiitos Café which has a huge all-day dining menu.

Paranormal, is, of course, the place to while away an afternoon or early evening and Max is excited with the prospect of a restaurant opening on his street front in the near future.

But food is not the only indulgence on offer in the area. Campbell 5 appears to be a place to fit in some pampering with establishments including Alchemy Beauty Lab, The Skin Health Clinic, and Cali Hair Studio and Jones + Me for hair.

With so much abundance on offer, it’s also reassuring to know that wellness destinations Hiit Republic, Club Lime and Praksis are also now in the precinct with brand new studios.

Of course, being located opposite Lake Burley Griffin means recreational opportunities abound beyond your front doorstep.

Indeed, the entire precinct is best enjoyed on foot.

For those who manage to secure a place in The Parade, it promises to keep its residents feeling connected to their new community with a rooftop garden and an internal atrium a well as a private dining room for residents.

Apartments, meanwhile, will be fitted out with SMEG kitchen appliances, spotted gum timber floating flooring, double glazed windows, ducted reverse cycle air-conditioning and all the amenities and excitement of the city just over one kilometre away.

If you’re keen for your chance to snap up one of the final apartments in the area, then limited two and three-bedroom apartments remain.

If this is the new Campbell, then we like it.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: The Parade Display Apartment opens on Saturday
Where: 9 Pentland Street, Campbell
When: Open Monday to Friday 11 am–2 pm and Saturday to Sunday 11 am–3 pm
Website: campbell5.com.au/the-parade

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