Kingsborough is a new urban village where the ideas of community, creativity and sustainability collide. It’s nestled behind the buzzing Kingston Foreshore and offers something a bit different for Canberra’s inner south. There are shared gardens. A village square with a strip of shops. But most of all: a sense of community. Kingsborough is made up of 280 apartments, terrace homes and warehouse dwellings that provide a perfect retreat from city life.
Kingston is a good place to be if you like food, art and a social lifestyle. Foodies are spoilt for choice with some of Canberra’s best cafés, eateries and gastropubs along the Foreshore and in the old Kingston Shops. In the historic precinct, the Canberra Glasshouse hums with artists and the iconic Old Bus Depot Market comes alive every weekend. The lakefront from Kingston Foreshore to Parliament House is dotted with important cultural institutions and museums. And the peaceful Lake Burley Griffin can be explored on foot or on water.
Kingsborough is in a handy location for city workers, travellers and modern families. The city centre and Parliamentary Triangle can be reached by bike or on foot. Which means you can easily explore the culture of Parliament House (the seat of the nation’s decision makers), it’s lakefront, many government departments, and arts institutions. Canberra Railway Station is around the corner and the airport is a quick drive away. And football fans can put on a scarf and walk to Manuka Oval.
Sitting just 400 metres away, Kingsborough is on the doorstep of the thriving Kingston Foreshore but offers an escape from the hustle and bustle and its own village atmosphere. The Village Square shops are a place to meet and sip coffee in the centre of the precinct. A yoga studio, bike shop, café, tap room and coffee roaster are among the boutique businesses that have already moved in. Around the village, green thumbs can get busy in the shared gardens and kids can use the playgrounds and open spaces.
Kingsborough is the creative vision of Canberra developer John Gasson, who set out to build a community precinct that explored the site’s industrial heritage. He worked with a team of five architecture firms to bring it to life, each designing a unique building in response to the concept. John is the founder of award-winning building and project management group Construction Control.
The idea for Kingsborough Village was drawn from the lifestyles of inner-city Canberra and the unique history of the Kingston area. Today, most people like to engage with their city and their community, while also valuing the sanctuary of their own home. Kingsborough seeks to support this duality in modern living by encouraging community growth, as well as by capturing the beauty of rich residential architecture. In time, the precinct will revive the Causeway area and make a positive contribution to the city.
People are social beings by nature — we like to connect with each other and discover our surroundings. Kingsborough Village was built with this in mind. In the precinct, shared spaces encourage day-to-day interactions between liked-minded neighbours. It could be while ordering coffee at the café, tending veggies in the gardens or getting your bike serviced.