The Crace Joint Venture was formed in January 2008 to masterplan and develop a new Canberra suburb of some 1800 dwellings located 11kms north of the Canberra CBD. Civil construction commenced in 2008, the first sales of terrace homes took place in April 2009 and the Demonstration Village, showcasing the work of the Crace Builders Panel opened later that year. The first release in the suburban precinct took place in 2010 and the development was successfully completed when the final blocks were sold in late 2013.
From its inception, Crace set out to challenge people’s perceptions of what a new suburb could be. Its masterplan combines a vibrant high density urban core with a surrounding tranquil suburban precinct. Crace offers the highest levels of community, sustainability and amenity, with shopping, childcare, a community garden, medical facilities and 23ha of parks within the suburb. The HIA awarded the suburb GreenSmart® accreditation, in recognition of the many sustainability initiatives, including leading-edge water sensitive urban design.
The suburb of Crace was named after Edward Kendall Crace (1844 – 1892), an Australian pastoralist who owned extensive land holdings including the properties known as Ginninderra and Gungahlin. Edward Crace arrived in Australia in 1865 on the Duncan Dunbar after being shipwrecked. In 1871 he married Kate Marion who had also been on the Duncan Dunbar and they had six daughters and two sons. A special memorial sits at the top of Crace’s Hilltop Reserve which honours Admiral Sir John Crace and the 1500 Australians who fought under his command in the historic Battle of the Coral Sea, between Japan and the United States and Australia in 1942.
Crace is now home to hundreds of residents with its community members still growing and actively getting to know each other. If you’re interested in living at Crace visit allhomes.com.au to see what is available for sale and rent.