Lifestyle, price trends & local favourites by Jonathan Irwin


Widely regarded as Weston Creek's premier suburb, Chapman is a sought-after neighbourhood known for its well-established large blocks, interesting architecture, beautiful gardens, and a strong sense of community. Chapman is named after Sir Austin Chapman, a politician and businessman who played a significant role in the designation of Canberra as Australia's capital city. Interestingly, the theme for the street names in Chapman celebrates the Australian film industry.

Living in Chapman means having direct access to Cooleman Ridge Nature Reserve, offering breath-taking, expansive views to Black Mountain and the Brindabellas. Here you can enjoy bushwalking, mountain biking, horse riding and the abundant population of kangaroos and native birdlife. Positioned to the south-west of Lake Burley Griffin, Chapman also enjoys easy access to some of Canberra's top attractions including Stromlo Forest Park, the National Arboretum and the National Zoo and Aquarium.

The local Chapman shops feature an IGA supermarket, doctor’s surgery, pharmacy, take-away restaurants, a hair salon and the local favourite, Pastries on Perry Café/Bakery. The heart of the suburb has to be the very popular Chapman Primary School, a draw card for many young families. With so much at your doorstep, Chapman is the ideal place to raise a family.

In September 2021, Chapman's median house price reached a new peak of $1,105,000, with the median unit price sitting at $722,000. As director of Irwin Property and Chapman resident, the suburb has become popular for its peaceful lifestyle offering. I think one of the nicest aspects is that it’s elevated and on the northern side of the hill, Cooleman Ridge, which gives beautiful northern light and views.