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It may have started out as a mere flood plain with just sheep as residents, but Woden is swiftly shaping up as one of Canberra’s hottest places to live.
In 1964 it was the first of Canberra’s satellite cities to be built separate from what is now Civic, with its own shopping centre, job opportunities, and 10 suburbs for people to make their home. Later, it was the first Canberra region to reach sky-high, with the Lovett Tower, also known as the MLC Tower, claiming the title of Canberra’s tallest building from 1973 right up until 2020.
And now Woden is in the midst of another complete transformation, quickly emerging as a place where you can live life multiplied with an exciting array of amenities right on your doorstep, from dining and shopping, to fitness, wellness, transport, and jobs.
Here are five reasons why Woden is the smart choice for any property buyer or investor.
Its future is looking very bright indeed
Woden is already one of the fastest-growing areas in Canberra, with plenty more to come over the next few years. It’s already close to the city centre, but it will feel even closer when the Canberra Light Rail arrives in Woden in 2026.
That same year there will be new study opportunities at the brand new CIT Woden Campus (above), while the new Canberra Hospital Expansion will expand top class healthcare as well as creating 500 new jobs.
And with federal and territory government departments and nearly 3,000 local businesses calling Woden home, it’s a buzzing precinct by day.
Retail therapy is right at your fingertips
Want to shop til you drop? There’s no need to go to Civic, or head out of town – Westfield Woden is right on your doorstep, boasting a lineup of high-street brands like Cue, Review, Sportscraft, Country Road, Peter Jackson, Witchery, plus department stores David Jones and TK Maxx. Lovers of homewares will also be spoilt for choice.
Vintage shopping more your style? You can shop sustainably and find a bargain or a rare treasure at Vinnies Phillip, Salvos Phillip or the Red Cross Shop.
There’s a world of food within minutes
When you live in Woden, your tastebuds can trek across the globe without even leaving the region, let alone the country. Tuck into Asian delights at any number of restaurants—from the vegan goodness of Au Lac to the modern flavours of Dumpling Social—or enjoy the taste of Europe at The Bavarian (pictured above), Bellucci’s, Turkish Pide House or Fillos Taverna.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of the region’s cafes, restaurants and takeaway options. You can also spice things up in your own kitchen with Phillip home to six different Asian grocery stores.
It’s the perfect base for an active lifestyle
Ready to get the heart rate pumping? You won’t have to travel too far for that either.
It’s your choice where you want to work up a sweat: Fernwood, Stellar Canberra, Anytime Fitness, Club Lime (there’s not one, but three in Woden), CrossFit Woden, CrossFit Smash, HIIT Republic Woden, or F45 Phillip.
Or choose your own pace at a yoga studio like Wild Studio, Canberra Yoga Space or Canberra Mindfulness Yoga.
You can hit the ice rink or the pool at Phillip Swimming & Ice Skating Centre, and for something a bit different, there’s Disc Golf at Eddison Park. Or just take it all in and enjoy some fresh air with a stroll through Woden Town Park.
And then chill
Life is all about balance after all, and Woden has plenty of places to help you relax, and look and feel great.
Woden is float tank central, with FloatAbove, Astral Float Studio and Pure Zen Flotation, or there are dozens of massage places where you can have any kinks or knots worked out.
Incredible skin is only an appointment away at one of Woden’s many day spa, like the aesthetic experts at Artisan Clinics Woden, where you can get a facial or skin treatment, through to cosmetic injections.
Ready to live life multiplied?
Helping to drive Woden’s transformation is W2, Keggins’ sophisticated new development, with 213 apartments, spread across 21 levels, with one-, two- and three-bedroom options plus a range of penthouses.
Construction on W2 is already underway, and new residents will be able to call Woden home sooner, with completion scheduled for mid-2023.