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Thanks to today’s clever designers and architects, more and more of us are able to live large on little parcels of land. This issue features two head-turning, small-lot designs. The first is the Luna display home in Churchlands. It was built by Renowned Collection by In-Vogue on a tapered, 248sq m corner block and is sure to inspire anyone who wants to build on a narrow site without “losing” any rooms. See Page 12 for details. Abolishing awkward spaces, including corridors, helped architect Antiopi Orkopoulos design a spacious home for a family-of-five on a relatively compact site. Find out more on Page 14.

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hotplate and range hood, a double-door pantry and a dropped bulkhead above the island bench. The flow of the living space and its connection to the outdoors presents an opportunity to extend the alfresco and create a supersized outdoor area that wraps around the back of the house. A separate courtyard sits between the kitchen, home theatre and master suite. “This really is a great entertaining house because you can open up all the doors and create one big space,” Ian says. Being able to open the doors from the main bedroom to a private outdoor retreat offers parents an added element of at-home luxury. Adding an upholstered bench seat under the bedroom windows would extend a further invitation to take time out and relax. In the ensuite, the MyGen designers have gone for a good balance between the openplan styling many buyers love and the sense of privacy that most still seek. There are twin vanities, cupboards and display shelves, plus a double-sized shower with a built-in tiled seat that has proved a particularly popular feature. The sizeable walk-in wardrobe includes an Elfa modular storage system, which is available as an optional extra in the built-in wardrobes in the minor bedrooms.

A multipurpose activity or lounge room has been included in the design of the minor bedroom wing. “It’s an area that gives plenty of flexibility as to how it’s used, whether it’s a study for the grown-ups or for the kids, or a second TV lounge,” Ian says. The facade of the Alexa has classic charm with a contemporary twist. Perfectly at home in its coastal setting, the display home features a Colorbond roof and Scyon Linea weatherboard cladding painted in a creamy white to contrast with grey rendered walls. The Alexa has been designed to fit on a 15.7m-wide block and can be built from $189,900. Plans are also available for a threebedroom, two-bathroom version that can be built from $179,900. MyGen is part of the Highbury Group of builders and Ian says the company has stayed true to the formula that lies behind the Highbury name. He says value is shown in details such as the double power points in every room, a 100mm slab instead of 85mm, a telephone point, TV point and bigger footings. “These all add up to less expenditure at pre-start and lower ongoing maintenance costs,” Ian says. Paula Aubin


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ERTH builders have jumped at the chance to build a wall in cyberspace, buying bricks at $100 each. The novel construction project is supporting research into cystic fibrosis through the LIWA Glenn Brown Memorial Grant. It’s the second year builders have been called on to help build a virtual wall in memory of Kalgoorlie schoolboy Glenn who lost his battle with CF in 2003 at the age of 15. Janeine Thomas, one of the volunteers behind Glenn’s Wall of Hope, says the virtual building project was inspired by Glenn’s favourite song, Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall. “The response we’ve had from builders has been really heart-warming,” says Janeine, whose 26-year-old daughter has CF and is on the waiting list for a double lung transplant. “Glenn’s virtual wall is a very special concept. It’s an occasion to remember a happy, friendly and often mischievous young boy who loved life.” Janeine and fellow fundraiser Alison Guest lead a team of volunteers who, for the past eight years, have organised an annual

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Melbourne Cup lunch to raise funds for the LIWA Glenn Brown Memorial Grant. The $50,000 grant was announced in April and has been established with the Lung Institute of WA. It supports research into better ways of managing CF. Local builders, plus suppliers, got behind the fundraising when the virtual wall was launched last year and are showing their support again to build Glenn’s Wall of Hope even higher. Ross Griffin Homes laid the first five bricks last year and were more than happy to buy another five this year. Emma Benney, general manager at Ross Griffin Homes, says the company loved the idea of the virtual wall. “The best ideas are often the simplest and this one works because builders are synonymous with bricks and everyone can afford to contribute at least one brick,” she says. “It’s fabulous to see builders work together for a great cause. We all have our individual charitable causes but what made this unique was all the builders on the one wall. “We, who usually build the tangible, together

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are creating something virtual that still has a real outcome. It just works.” Janeine and her fellow fundraisers are hoping to lay 100 virtual bricks this year and raise $10,000 towards the grant. “We are grateful to all our sponsors, contributors, supporters, volunteers and guests who generously support a cause we so passionately believe in,” Janeine says. Builders, building product suppliers and others working in the home building industry

are all invited to cement a branded brick in the wall. Four big screens will show off the virtual wall at this year���s Melbourne Cup lunch at Fraser’s Kings Park on Tuesday. The wall will also be displayed on a banner to be used at various fundraising and awareness events throughout the year. Paula Aubin ✱ For more information, contact Janeine Thomas phone: 0419 685 991, www.liwa.uwa.edu.au.


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The large master bedroom, like the living room and family room, takes advantage of views across the local park. The design team brought passive-solar design principles into play by placing the alfresco and much of the everyday indoor living area on the long north-facing side of the house. Leo says the designers also created two smart street frontages and took advantage of the corner lot to add a third garage. “The opportunity for a third garage or second crossover always appeals, especially when older children have their own vehicles,” he says. “Buyers don’t shy away from a corner lot once we can demonstrate what can be achieved.” Paula Aubin

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Shannon’s tip of the week A well-stocked and well-organised pantry makes your cooking time shorter because you can find what you need at a glance, and cheaper because you won’t have to hurry out and pick up something that you have run out of. An organised pantry stays cleaner longer because you don’t have to rifle through it trying to find things and there is far less waste from things going out of date when they are hidden away at the back. I start by placing all of my pantry items in a large box so that I have nice empty shelves to clean down. Start with a light

dusting of bicarb soda, followed by a light spray with white vinegar and wipe them down while they are fizzing with a pair of rolled-up pantyhose. I use a damp paper towel to wipe off any residue, followed by a dry paper towel. When I am putting things away in my pantry, I arrange them according to food types rather than package types (many people stick cans together, all of their boxes together, etc) – all the carbohydrates together; all the proteins together; all the snack foods together; all the desserts together; and all the cooking needs together. This means that when looking for something you can find it in a hurry. Then I place dry bay leaves along the shelves (one every 60cm) to prevent pantry moth invasions. Each item that I put away is wiped free of dust and it

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We have a rubber-backed coir mat that has left marks all over our shiny jarrah floorboards (pictured). My husband has also dripped water-based acrylic enamel paint on the same floorboards. There are also the remnants of painting tape that has not lifted when taken up after being used to protect the floorboards when the skirting boards were painted. The same paint has been splashed on the grouting in a tiled area. We would appreciate your advice to remedy the situation to remove the various substances on the floor surfaces described.

Oh dear! You have been having fun with your floor. ATo Let’s tackle these issues one at a time. remove the rubber-backed coir matting stain, you will need to sprinkle the floor with uniodised cooking salt. Stuff the head of a soft kitchen broom down the leg of a pair of pantyhose and tie the excess legs around the handle to secure it. Dampen the broom and sweep backwards and forwards across the salt (the salt sticks to the rubber and acts as a mild abrasive while it rolls the rubber off in balls that can be swept away). Acrylic paint is the hardest of all the paints to remove and you have a great deal of it to remove. Without knowing what kind of clear coat was placed on your floorboards it is difficult to tell you which solvent to use so we will play it safe. Take a small, old hand towel and soak it in boiling water. Wring it out really tightly (make sure you wear rubber gloves to do this or you will burn

Hi! Shannon here again to help you with your domestic disasters. d ) and d place l iit over a section i off the h paint. i your hhands) Leave it for about 30 seconds before rubbing with a little tea tree oil on a tightly rolled-up pair of pantyhose. The same solution will work for your adhesive remnants. In each of these cases, you will be using a type of abrasive to remove the stains. This can dull the surface of your boards. To replace the shine simply put a couple of drops (yes, I do mean just a couple of drops) of Brasso on to a rolled-up pair of pantyhose and polish the boards in the direction of the grain. Brasso will make it look worse before it looks better, so don’t panic! Be absolutely sure you do not use too much Brasso. Small tip about masking tape: Did you know that it comes in different grades? If you read the inside of the paper roll, it tells you how many days or hours it is safe to leave it on without leaving residue behind. In future, when you’re using it to guard your floorboards I suggest you use low-tack masking tape. For the paint on the grout in between your tiles, you will need to use a combination of very hot water (as close to boiling as you can get it) and methylated spirits scrubbed on and then off again with an old toothbrush (or somebody else’s). Keep repeating until it is completely stain free.

Thanks for all your great questions. Keep them coming and keep them specific. To work out how to remove a stain, I need three pieces of information. I need to know what the stain is made of; what surface it’s on (Is there a varnish? What is the topmost surface that the stain is affecting?); and what, if anything, you’ve already tried to remove it. Each thing you try changes the chemical composition of the stain. Include a photograph if you can. Photographs really help the stain diagnosis. Don’t forget, alternative recycling questions are also welcome.

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“Unlike concertina doors, stacker doors don’t actually invade the usable space in either the outdoor area or the living area,” Jim says. “Plus there’s the bonus that you can have flyscreens.” The elevation is modern, with a striking skillion roof, feature brickwork in a stack bond pattern, painted weatherboards and contrasting rendered panels. Inside, the details include high ceilings, sleek stainless steel appliances by Blanco and solidsurface benchtops in the glossy kitchen, and twin vanities and a large shower in the ensuite off the master bedroom. There is plenty of scope to tailor the design to suit a variety of slim sites. “This display has almost been designed on the worst-case scenario,” Jim says. “If you have a block that is a little bit wider or isn’t on a corner, then there’s a lot more that we could do. “The Luna has been designed to give people a good idea of what we can do on a narrow lot.” Paula Aubin

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features in the design. Openings between the treads coupled with frameless glass balustrading provide a visual connection with the rest of the home. “Being a relatively narrow block, we wanted to give a sense of space and so we wanted the staircase to be as transparent as possible,” Antiopi says. The striking off-white colour palette that features on the walls and floors provides the perfect backdrop for the owners’ artworks to “pop”. “We tried to keep the colour schemes as simple as possible,” Antiopi says. “The owner had quite a bit of artwork to display, which provided a lot of colour to the interiors and some of the furniture did this as well.” The use of natural timber on the front door of the home and Karratha stone cladding on the front and rear elevations add warmth and colour to the design. “Very early on, I always knew that we would use natural stone, stainless steel and timbers,” Antiopi says. Kristy Symonds ✱ This home was an entrant in the 2011 Australian Institute of Architects WA Chapter Awards.


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Considering the needs of your pets is not a bad idea when planning your new home or renovation, says Master Builders communications director Geoff Cooper trays, as these should be separate from their food. For some pets, confinement within the home or yard is necessary. The placement of fences and buildings are two design solutions that can achieve confinement. If it is necessary to confine cats indoors to help protect wildlife, reduce nuisance and to improve the cat’s own welfare, create spaces that provide climbing opportunities and extend your cats’ range of surveillance. Also make sure there are warm and quiet spots for your cat to lounge in. Design elements should also protect a pet from injury and provide adequate shelter and ventilation. Older and frail animals can often be susceptible to falls on slippery floors. Spiral and open tread staircases should also be avoided where possible because they can cause anxiety for dogs. Also, when working on a garden plan, make sure you have pet-friendly plants that are not toxic to your animals. Providing a window for pets to view the outside world can provide a source of distraction for them while you’re at work. However, for some dogs this can cause anxiety, which will often be expressed through barking. It is important also to design your home to help protect members of the public from your pets. Security screens on the front door provide a second barrier to help you confine your pet.

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of your home require an approval. However, a small building that is well blended with the landscaping is not likely to offend. ✱ The backyard is generally the position of choice of most. Try to keep the roof of the cubby lower than the fence. If you have an elevated, fort-style cubby house orient windows and platforms to face into your yard so that neighbours don’t feel their privacy is invaded and noisy play is directed away. ✱ Tell your neighbours of your intention to install a cubbyhouse. This reduces the likelihood of complaints. Once your cubby is being enjoyed by your family, inspect it regularly and maintain it to a safe standard. Make sure you use safe paints, and watch for any spiders and snakes. If the council does receive complaints, you may be required to move or remove it.

I am thinking about buying a builder’s display home. Is this a good idea? Investment in a builder’s display home may be a sound decision depending on your own circumstances. Many builders sell and rent back their display homes to recover some of the capital construction costs. Usually a display home will have a limited life until a new development area is built out so the lease-back option can be attractive to a builder who can maintain a presence in the area without having the financial burden of the construction cost. The benefits to you can be that the annual return on investment you earn from the rent paid by the builder (currently about 8 per cent) over the lease-back period may be higher than market rates. You may also benefit from any capital appreciation over this time. Your asset will be extremely well maintained during the rent-back period as it is in the interests of the builder to present the home beautifully as a showcase to the public of his building skills. The quality of brickwork, plastering and tiling in the display home may also be above average because of the builder’s desire to demonstrate his workmanship quality and capability. Investment in a builder’s display home is all-inclusive. Elements in a display home that would not normally be included in the standard building contract – established gardens, paving, curtains, fittings, and sometimes furniture – are included in the changeover price. This may mean that the builder’s asking price is higher than his standard products. There may also be some taxation advantages associated with your investment. One important consideration is what you will do once the rent-back period expires. Rental income from the builder will need to be replaced by perhaps a not so reliable or maintenanceconscious tenant. Is the area a growth area where there is likely to be a number of tenants? What are the prospects for capital gains on your property? These questions may be less relevant if you choose to live in the home and not necessarily maximise your return on investment. You should read the legal documentation and the conditions of the sale and lease-back arrangements carefully and seek advice before committing to the purchase.

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LTHOUGH first homebuyers enjoy a buyers market right now, concerns about future housing affordability continue to play on the minds of industry experts. There is an awareness that there are dire consequences from not ensuring affordable housing options for the next generation of West Australians, says Urban Development Institute of WA chief executive officer Debra Goostrey. “If we don’t address housing affordability our society will suffer, not only because of the increasing tax bill from social housing, but because our children will leave the state to find other options,” she says. Experts point out that both developers and builders are working hard at creating affordable housing options and the State Government, through its Affordable Housing Strategy, is committed to ensuring the needs of upcoming generations of homebuyers are met. The government’s commitment extends to allocating $500 million towards affordable housing by 2020 and a broad range of initiatives such as reforming the planning system, making more low-deposit Keystart loans available, establishing alternative housing products and drawing on public/private partnerships. Industry leaders say while it’s great to see a commitment to affordable housing solutions, it’s critical that the debate surrounding affordability doesn’t discourage future first homebuyers from pursuing property ownership. According to Debra, it’s important to acknowledge that a lot of surveys pointing to poor housing affordability tend to focus on average rather than bottom-end house prices. Debra says this means that a lot of lower priced dwellings, such as cottage housing in affordable developments, are not taken into account in reports about poor affordability. She says for those who are willing to be flexible about where they want to live and are prepared to do some homework, there are new and existing residences available for under $270,000. Debra says WA developers have been very innovative in delivering products to suit firsttime buyers and downsizers. She says most first homebuyers will find affordable housing options in estates both north and south of the river, including Ellenbrook, Brighton, Kwinana and Baldivis. She says the key to finding affordable housing is simply to do your homework rather than judging by average prices in a suburb. Satterley Property Group chief executive officer Nigel Satterley says the current buyers market ensures there are plenty of examples of affordable properties throughout the metropolitan area. Nigel says there are about five quality home builders offering innovative and well-designed

two and three-bedroom new homes on lots between 150sq m and 225sq m. He says with prices ranging from $268,000 to $330,000, these homes are available in developments such as Ellenbrook, Brighton, Hocking, Vale, Baldivis and Harrisdale. Nigel says there are also plenty of 3x2 designs on lots ranging from 300sq m to 375sq m for prices between $300,000 and $360,000. “These packages are appealing to first homebuyers, first-time buyers over 60 and also investors re-entering the market,” he says. “It’s critically important that Perth housing is affordable to essential workers for Perth to grow in a sustainable manner.” Finding affordable properties can be done

through savvy choice and doing plenty of research, says Momentum Wealth managing director Damian Collins. Damian, a buyers agent who has helped lots of first homebuyers who work away in the mining industry, says it’s a good idea to find out about the track record of developers before buying into a new estate. He says first-time buyers should find out what the long-term capital growth rates have been in previous subdivisions undertaken by the developer. He says you should always ask if the developer provides all the amenities when the estate is built or whether the amenities are built after all the blocks have been sold. To the unwary

buyer, this can mean having to wait a long time until all the blocks are sold and everyone has moved into the estate. Similarly, when it comes to building a new home, Damian says you need to find out if the chosen builder has a record for quality construction and if the builder is willing to supply the names of clients who can be contacted as references. Damian says although Perth prices are not cheap, he doesn’t believe that the market is overpriced. While lenders are willing to lend at higher loan-to-value ratios than they did two years ago, first homebuyers still need to put together a reasonable deposit. Debra Goostrey says you need to start saving; you should consider what you are willing to trade off by way of either property size or location to get into the market; and, above all, “don’t give up”. She says the buyers who are willing to trade off on size will find there are excellent small-lot housing designs available. However, those for whom space is a priority may have to sacrifice amenities such as proximity to transport, shops and schools to afford the house they desire. “Keep looking,” Debra says. “We are in a buyers market right now, so the bargains are out there.” Evelyn Duffy


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COOL CHOICES Gone are the days when Australians switched on their airconditioners without a worry about running costs, but things have now changed with economy a key factor

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EEPING cool will be high on the list of priorities for Australian home owners this summer, but cutting down on energy costs is perhaps an even greater concern. So, while Australians will always need airconditioners, they are demanding systems that are not only efficient and quiet, but also economical to run. “Almost every day when you look at the news, there’s a story about rising power costs,” says Frank Seeley, founder and chairman of Seeley International (distributors of Breezair and Braemar). “People are being forced to think about all of their electrical products and how much they will cost to run.” According to a recent survey from Fujitsu General, energy efficiency was the key request from 82 per cent of Australians in the market for an airconditioner. Other airconditioning must-haves included feeling more comfortable and sleeping better at night. With energy efficiency such a high priority, homeowners are taking a new look at the way they cool their homes.

Frank says this has seen an increase in the popularity of evaporative systems. “Evaporative airconditioners are the smart way to cool the home and enjoy your summer lifestyle with open doors and windows,” he says. “With Breezair, you can cool your whole home – not just one room – for as little as the cost of an incandescent light globe. “That will save you about $500 a year in running costs, compared with a refrigerated system – depending on the system and how often you use your airconditioning.” Paul Fitzgerald, LG’s category marketing manager – home appliances, says inverter systems continue to be the most popular form of airconditioning in Australia. “We live in a country that sees the best and worst of Mother Nature, so Australians need a product that is going to keep them warm throughout winter and cool during summer,” he says. “The inverter technology is proving to be really popular as the system allows you to reach your desired temperature quicker, and then steadily maintains it without wildly

fluctuating. This means greater comfort for the home and increased energy efficiency.” A new solar form of airconditioning is also set to cut power bills by half and compete with conventional systems over the next few years. Sallyanne Bond from Optimal Energy Solutions says the new solar technology could reduce power usage for heating and cooling systems, which is currently more than one third of household power bills. “Householders could save between 30 to 50 per cent on their power bills if they embrace this new solar technology,” she says. “With the impending introduction of a carbon tax, reports suggest that it could add a further $130 to our electricity bills. We can no longer afford to continue to power our homes and offices in the same way.” According to Sallyanne, this new evolution of airconditioning will provide Australians with an energy saving system that takes heat from the surrounding air to provide cost-effective, clean, green airconditioning. Lisa Shearon

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OPEN HOUSE BY THE BEACH Having worked in the hospitality industry for 20 years, Prue Bolland and Glenn Taylor are welcoming guests to their new Burns Beach home

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SHAPING UP Giving your garden a thick layer of mulch and applying a wetting agent will set it up for the hot months ahead like making sure your foundations are strong under your house. The soil will basically hold your plants up, boosting and supporting their growth. Plant selection is also very important. In 2010 I released a book with Neville Passmore that identified hundreds of plants ideal for WA gardens with descriptions about the best growing environments for each species. The West Australian Garden Guide is one of the few books actually written for our unique gardening conditions by West Australians and it will be a handy reference tool for people looking for ideas and guidance about ways to garden successfully in WA. Trevor Cochrane

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S spring turns into summer and temperatures move into the 30s after a long, mild run in the 20s, plants will start showing signs of water stress. Initially hand-watering the odd plants that show stress and treating them with a thick layer of mulch and even spraying the foliage with anti-transpirant spray to reduce transpiration of moisture into the atmosphere is enough. But it’s highly likely you will have to turn your sprinklers on soon. Before you do turn them on permanently for the summer, make sure you give the stations a run-through and ensure the sprinklers are not broken, blocked or buried in foliage and unable to hit all of your plants when required. If you can start off by running your sprinklers just one day a week for the next three to four weeks this will sustain your plants, but harden them up to withstand the hotter days ahead. If everyone did this, we would not only shape up our plants up for the hot summer ahead, we would also save billions of litres of water. Possibly the two most important things you can do to reduce water consumption in your garden now and into the future is apply a thick chunky mulch around your garden beds in a layer that’s at least 100mm deep. This will shade the soil, reducing evaporation and moderating the soil’s temperature to encourage strong root growth. The second thing you can do is apply a wetting agent over areas that are exposed and prone to becoming barren dry spots in summer. Right now a liquid wetting agent applied over a lawn will do a world of good and one of the best results I’ve seen is from using a wetting agent that is infused with seaweed extract. The seaweed acts as a soil conditioner, boosting the microbe population, which consumes thatch and turns it into nutrients the turf can absorb and use to grow strongly. If you are starting out afresh with a new garden, soil improvement is absolutely critical to your success. Getting the soil right is much

Trevor’s top five tips for setting up a waterwise garden for summer: 1. Mulch your garden beds to a depth of 100mm with chunky mulch. 2. Only water when your plants show signs of needing a drink. Try to limit sprinkler runs to once a week until December. Apply an anti-transpirant spray over the foliage of plants showing water stress. 3. Make sure you've run your sprinklers and checked that they are working properly and efficiently. 4. Apply wetting agents over lawn and garden beds now to ensure what water they do get sinks into the root system. 5. Always use local advice. Grab a locally written gardening book, visit a waterwise specialist or check out the water corporation’s “plants for WA” section on their website.

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$120,000 to $150,000 Banksia Grove

Glendower, by HomeStart, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, dc/p, Botanic Ave, 9231 4567

Butler

Kuta Beach, by Aussie Living, S, 3x2, dc/p, Landbeach Blvd, 9562 5574

Butler

Everglade, by HomeStart, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, dc/p, Mead St, 9231 4567

$150,000 to $200,000 Alkimos

Haven, by Impressions, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Leeway Loop, 6461 5200

Australind

Debut, by New Generation, S, 4x2, st, d/g, Luna Ave, 9796 1639 Palladian, by Domain, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Orian Lane, 9797 0981

Aveley

Caulfield, by Commodore, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, st, d/g, Safford Ave, 6296 6476 Broome, by WA Housing Centre, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Safford Ave, 9297 4863

Baldivis

Leeuwin, by Ventura, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, d/g, Cape Meander, 9241 1715 Muiron, by WA Housing Centre, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Cape Meander, 9523 0213 Sandown, by Commodore, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Cape Meander, 9523 0241 Aspire, by Impressions, S, 3x2, h/t, d/g, Jerboa Green, 9523 0087 Ritz, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Pemberton Blvd, 9302 4920

Banksia Grove

Cape Cuvier, by WA Housing Centre, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, c/r, Wholly Rd, 9214 1111 Lodge, by Easy Start, S, 4x2, g/r, d/g, Botanic Ave, 0415 667 323 Caesars, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, c/r, d/g, Botanic Ave, 9302 4920

Butler

New York, by Impressions, S, 3x2, h/t, st, a/r, g/r, alf, d/g, Landbeach Blvd, 9562 5371 Kingston, by New Generation, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Impington Rd, 9562 5575 Boston, by First Abode, S, 4x2, st, a/r, alf, dc/p, Impington St, 0411 444 808 Floreat, by Easystart Homes, S, 3x2, h/t, st, dc/p, Landbeach Blvd, 9562 4368 Alkimos, by WA Housing Centre, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, st, Landbeach Blvd, 9562 5358 Sands, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Impington Rd, 9302 4920

Byford

Coogee, by Easystart Homes, S, 3x2, d/g, Mead St, 9526 2318 Bathurst, by Commodore, 4x2, h/t, a/r, alf, t/g, Colesbrook Drive, 9525 1379 Oxford, by Impressions, S, 4x2, st, d/g, Mead St, 9525 0726 Denver, by New Generation, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Colesbrook Drive, 9526 2806 Point Samson, by WA Housing Centre, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Warrington Rd, 9214 1111 Ashton, by Impressions, S, 4x2, st, d/g, c/r, h/t, Warrington Rd, 9525 0873 Bugatti, by Ideal Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Millard Way, 9525 0801

Caversham

Watershed, by Impressions, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, st, Colorino Ave, 6461 5200

Champion Lakes

Chessell Cottage, by Summit, S, 3x2, d/g, St Catherines Prom, 9390 3761

Dalyellup

Amari, by New Generation, S, 4x2, a/r, st, d/g, Dalyellup Blvd, 9795 4870

Ellenbrook

Charlotte, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, dc/p, Brookmount Drive, 9297 6978 Florence, by Impressions, S, 3x2, h/t, st, g, Brigalow Bend, 6296 6172 Hamelin, by WA Housing Centre, S, 3x2, alf, a/r, Elmridge Parkway, 6296 6086 Armada, by HomeStart, 3x2, h/t, st, alf, dc/p, Pallarup Cres, 9231 4567 Castle, by Aussie Living, 4x2, h/t, g/r, a/r, dc/p, Ewen Pass, 6296 6114 Houston, by New Generation, S, 4x2, h/t, g/r, st, alf, d/g, Ewen Pass, 6296 6549 HOME

Mojo, by Aussie Living, 3x2, c/r, dc/p, Elmridge Parkway, 6212 7699 Silverstone, by Commodore, 4x2, h/t, alf, st, d/g, Ewens Pass, 6296 6345 Imperial Retro, Affordable Living, 3x2, alf, h/t, dc/p, Elmridge Parkway, 9302 4920

Erskine

Quantum, by Domain, S, 4x2, a/r, st, h/t, d/g, Sticks Blvd, 9583 5708

Hammond Park

Onyx, by New Generation, S, 4x2, h/t, g/r, st, d/g, Macquarie Blvd, 9414 3688 Ramada, by Affordable Living, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Macquarie Blvd, 9302 4920

Harrisdale

Anchorage, by First Abode, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Rufous Lane, 9397 2342 Vertu, by New Generation, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Foundry Turn, 9393 2019

Lakelands

Good Times, by Aussie Living, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/cp, Karridale Loop, 9523 1689 Seachange, by Impressions, S, 4x2, h/t, st, g/r, a/r, alf, d/g, Cohen Vista, 9583 4280 Bremer, by WA Housing Centre, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Jasper Way, 9214 1111 Swanbourne, by Easystart, S, 3x2, h/t, st, dc/p, Jasper Way, 9581 9406

Landsdale

Monaco, by Commodore, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, alf, d/g, Kingsway, 9303 4361 Lamont, by Impressions, S, 4x2, d/g, h/t, st, Kingsway, 9302 6097 Coronade, by HomeStart, 4x2, h/t, g/r, alf, dc/p, Kingsway, 9231 4567 La Grange, by WA Housing Centre, S, 3x2, d/g, alf, h/t, st, Kingsway, 9303 2019

Inception, First Home Buyers Direct S, 3x2, g, st, Onyx Lane, 9439 2525 Newmarket, by Commodore, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Ditton Cnr, 9439 5149 Portland, by New Generation, S, 4x2, h/t, g/r, d/g, Ditton Cres, 9419 2574 Savoy, by Impressions, S, 4x2, st, d/g, a/r, g/r, Esher Lane, 9419 6779 Strand, by Impressions, S, 4x2, st, d/g, Gemstone Pde, 6461 5200 Zone, by Aussie Living, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, dc/p, Ditton Corner, 9419 1881

West Swan

Tribute, by Domain, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, St Leonards, 0425 052 196 Plantation, by Content Living, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, st, d/g, St Leonards Blvd, 9202 5222

$200,000 to $250,000 Alkimos

Alkanta, by Content Living, S, 4x2, d/g, st, alf, h/t, Point Link, 9202 5222 Alexa, by MyGen Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Leeway Loop, 1800 806 803

Australind

Abbey View Resort, by WA Country Builders, S, 3x2, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Lunar Ave, 9792 0100 Capel Vale, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Lunar Ave, 9780 9300

Aveley

Wesley Cottage, by Ross North, S, 4x2, st, c/r. d/g, Wesley Way, 6296 7215

Ellenbrook

Cincinnati, by Metrostyle, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, a/r, st, alf, d/g, Brigalow Bend, 9296 6238 Centro, by Ventura Homes, S, 3x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Elmridge Parkway, 6296 6649 Oasis, by Ventura, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Brigalow Bend, 6296 6649 Alto, by Ultimate Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Brigalow Bend, 6296 6111 El Questro, by Dale Alcock Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Safford Ave, 9242 9200 Luxor Games, by Affordable Living, 4x2, g/r, h/t, Ewens Pass, 9302 4920

Hammond Park

Chicago, by Metrostyle, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, alf, d/g, Macquarie Blvd, 9414 3399

Hocking

Valencia, by Commodore, S, 4x2, h/t, st, a/r, alf, d/g, Montreal St, 9405 6794

Landsdale

Majestic, by Impressions, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Monticello Meander, 6461 5297

Leederville

Strata Development, by Dale Alcock, S, 3x2, alf,d/g, Leicester St, 9242 9500

Maddington

Breakaway, by TR Homes, 4x2, pre-manufactured home, h/t, alf, 105 Kelvin Rd, 9493 2998 Peninsula, by TR Homes, 3x2, pre-manufactured home, st, alf, 105 Kelvin Rd, 9493 2998

Caversham, by Metrostyle, S, 3x2, alf, h/t, d/g, St Leonards Blvd, 9202 9210

Yanchep Vdara, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Blackwood Meander, 9302 4920

$250,000 to $300,000 Alkimos Nautilus, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, s/t, alf, d/g, Point Link, 0403 260 404 Archipelago, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, st, t/g, Shipmaster Ave, 9242 9200 Cable Beach, Plunkett, S, 4x2, h/t, g/r, st, a/r, d/g, Shipmaster Ave, 0400 704 612

Australind Clifton Retreat, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, st, a/r, d/g, Luna Ave, 9796 1639 Pebble Beach, by WA Country Builders, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, t/g, Luna Ave, 9792 0100

Aveley Escape, by Ventura Homes, 4x2, alf, d/g, Safford Ave, 6296 7645 Baby Boomer Loft, by Baby Boomer Homes, loft, 3x2, st, d/g, Wesley Way, 9302 2250

Baldivis Reflection, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, alf, alf, g, Cape Meander, Settlers Hills, 9242 9200 Strathmore, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, c/r, st, d/g, Strathmore Cl, 0419 048 401

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Maddington

Bushland, by TR Homes, 3x2, pre-fab transportable home, 105 Kelvin Rd, 9493 2998

Madeley

Location, by Aussie Living, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Greylock Meander, 9408 1743 Quest, by New Generation, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, alf, Buffaloe Ave, 9409 5010 Albert Park, by Commodore Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, alf, Buffalo Ave, 9408 0273

Meadow Springs

Piara Waters

Queens Park

Baldivis

Quinns Rocks Seville Grove

Aston, by Ideal Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Botanic Ave, 6400 0535

Sundowner, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, a/r, d/g, Hampshire Drive, 9562 0540 Corondale, by Complete, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Seville Rd, 9497 2919

South Yunderup

Miami, by New Generation, S, 4x2, g/r, d/g, Bremer Way, 9537 8928

Tapping

Riviera, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g,Tandara Fairway, 9302 4920

Wanneroo

Baltimore, by New Generation, S, 4x2, 2 h/ts, d/g, Montreal St, 9405 1702

Wellard

Abrolhos, by Easystart, S, 3x2, h/t, st, dc/p, Emerald Park, 0439 990 799 Cable Beach, by Easystart, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/c, Blackwood Meander, 9405 1702 Capel, by WA Housing Centre, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Ditton Cnr, 9214 1111

Ellenbrook

Monarch, by National, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Ewens Pass, 6296 6441 Willows, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, a/r, st, d/g,Adlington Way, 9242 9200 Lexia, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, c/r, Adlington Way, 0438 691 037

Erskine

Olympus, by Summit, S,4x2, h/t, alf, g/r, d/g, Sticks Blvd, 9534 8840

Forrestdale

Nautilus, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, cnr Isla Place/Highland Rise, 9242 9200

Hammond Park

Resort, by Plunkett Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Macquarie Blvd, 9498 5311 Rendezvous, by Ross North, S, 4x2, c/r, alf, d/g, Macquarie Blvd, 9414 5061 Cable Beach, by Dale Alcock, 4x2, h/t, a/r, alf, d/g, Macquarie Blvd, 9242 9200 Secret, by Ventura, S, 4x2, h/t, c/r, dc/p, Macquarie Blvd, 9414 3060

Harrisdale

Newport, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, st, h/t, a/r, d/g, Foundry Turn, 9242 9200

Hocking

Amari, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Elliot Rd, 9242 9200 Hollywood II, by Highbury, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, st, d/g, alf, Elliot Rd, 1800 214 864 Alkimos, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g,Topsail Loop, 0401 836 616 Cable Beach, by Ventura, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Jindalee Blvd, 9562 0786

Lakelands

Kartika, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Jasper Way, 9583 4040 La Dolce Vita, by Shelford, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Cohen Vista, 0438 389 530 Sanctuary, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, a/r, d/g, Cobaki Brace, 9242 9200 Elanora, by Highbury, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, dc/p, Jasper Way, 1800 214 864 New Dimension, by Ventura, S, 4x2, g/r, st, d/g, Jasper Way, 9583 4516 Everest, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Cobaki Brace, 9581 6614

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Lexington, by Lifestyle, S, 4x2, h/t, st, a/r, d/g, Madeley Rise, 9409 4242 Rendezvous, by Ventura, 4x2, alf, h/t, s/t, d/g, Greylock Meander, 9408 0659

Madeley

Meadow Springs Northern Star, by Highbury, S, 3x2, alf, d/g, g/r, c/r, Safford Ave, 1800 214 864 Trump, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, st, g/r, Safford Ave, 9320 4920 Villa dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Este, by National, S, 3x2, h/t, d/g, Safford Ave, 6296 7784 Austin, by Metrostyle, S, 4x2, g/r, alf, d/g, Cape Meander, 9524 3082 Executive, by Premiere, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Claret Ash Blvd, 0425 445 578 Havana, by Ideal Homes, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, g/r, st, alf, d/g, Claret Ash Blvd, 9523 0694

Coral Bay, by WA Housing Centre, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Caporn Turn, 9358 4762 Independence, by Aussie Living, S, 3x2, h/t, c/r, d/cp, Karridale Loop, 9523 1689

Da Vinci, by Ross North Homes, 4x2, h/t, c/r, d/g, St Leonards Blvd, 0413 758 404

Landsdale

Ontario, by New Generation, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Glendale St, 0401 793 039 Flemington, by Commodore, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Glendale St, 9583 4053 Colorado, by New Generation, S, 4x2, st, h/t, d/g, alf, g/r, Highland Rise, 9397 1266 Monza, by Commodore Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Highland Rise, 9397 1639 Realm, by Domain, S, 4x2, h/t, st, g/r, d/g, Highland Rise, 9397 0576 Soto, by Impressions, S, 4x2, st, d/g, a/r, h/t, Isla Place, 9397 2413 Cove, by Easystart, S, 3x2, h/t, st, dc/p, Emerald Park, 9393 2094

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Banksia Grove Bunbury

Kasbar, by New Generation, S, 4x2, h/t, st, a/r, alf, d/g, Millbridge Blvd, Millbridge Estate, 9724 1318

Madeley Fullerton, by National, S, 3x2, h/t, d/g, st, alf, Greylock Meander, 9408 0459 Haven, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Buffalo Ave, 9409 2716 Madeley, by Ultimate Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, BelCastro Way, 9408 1305 Ramada Retro, by Affordable Living, 4x2, g/r, h/t, s/t, Owen Link, 9302 4920 Treviso, by Ideal Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, st, g/r, d/g, Owen Link, 9408 1189

Mandurah Viena, by Ultimate Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Jasper Way, 9200 5555

Meadow Springs Eagle Bay, by Ventura, S, 4x2, d/g, Glendale St, 9583 4003

Piara Waters

Vibe, by Ventura Homes, S, 4x2, st, h/t, dc/p, Impington Blvd, 9562 3383

Hacienda, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, g, Ditton Cnr, 9419 2104 Resort, by Ultimate Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, g/r, a/r, st, d/g, Isla Place, 9397 2741 Trump Alfresco, by Affordable Living, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Ditton Cnr, 9302 4920

Caversham

Queens Park

Busselton

Colorado, by New Generation, S, 4x2, st, h/t, d/g, Nougat Cres, 9754 7247

Butler

Watershed, by Impressions, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Colorino Ave, 6461 5200 Champion Lakes Waterside, by Summit, S, 3x2, h/t, d/g, St Catherines Prom, 9390 3710

Dalyellup

Sanctuary, by Plunkett Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Koonak Rd, 9780 9333 Broadway, by WA Country Builders, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Dalyellup Blvd, 9792 0100

Frangipani, by Dale Alcock, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Narla Place, 9242 9200

South Yunderup Riverbank, by Ventura, S, 3x2, st, d/g, Countess Circuit, 9537 8459 Amberley, by Ventura, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Bremer Way, 9537 7325

West Swan Darlington, by MyGen, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, St Leonards Blvd, 1800 806 803

Rendezvous, by National, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, alf, Cape Meander, 9523 0210 Leeuwin, by Ventura Homes 4x2, h/t, d/g, alf, Cape Meander, 9241 1400 Sandhurst, by Plunkett, 4x2, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Cape Meander, 9523 0195 Settler, by Highbury, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, st, d/g, alf, Cape Meander, 1800 214 864 Quay Resort, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, st, a/r, d/g, alf, Cape Meander, 9524 2644 Toorak, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, h/t, g/r, c/r, d/g, Burlington Drive, 9523 0195

Bunbury

Parkdale, by Dale Alcock, 3x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Forrest Estate, 9792 0555

Busselton

Envy, by Summit, S, 4x2, g/r, a/r, alf, d/g, Nougat Cres, 9754 7134 Newport, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, d/g,Almond Parkway, 9792 0555

Butler

Aspen, by Ross North Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Impington Rd, 9562 4377

Byford

Ecco, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, a/r, d/g, Colesbrook Drive, 9242 9200

Caversham

Eagle Bay, by Ventura Homes, S, 4x2, a/r, d/g, Glendale St, 9583 4003

Millbridge

Lotus, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Millbridge Blvd, 9725 2852

Piara Waters

Minara, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, c/r, Mina Close, 9397 2244 Bellagio, by National, S, 4x2, h/t, s/t, alf, d/g, Highland Rise, 9397 1643 Prestige, by Ventura, 4x2, alf, h/t, s/t, d/g, Highland Rise, 9397 1489

Quinns Rocks

Brighton, by Ross North, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, d/g, Hampshire Dr, 9562 1753

Southern River

Archer, by Dale Alcock Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, alf, d/g,Trumpet St, 9242 9200 Geisha, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, alf, d/g, Michigan Turn, 9333 0888

South Yunderup

Boulevard, by Dale Alcock Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Byron Drive, 9242 9200 Daintree, by Plunkett Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Countess Circuit, 9537 7428 Astor, by Summit Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, t/g, Bremer Way, 9537 8481 Amberley, by Ventura Homes, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Bremer Way, 9537 7325

The Vines

Homestead, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, alf, d/g, Domina Turn, 9242 9200

Lexia, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g,Adlington Way, 0438 691 037

Dalyellup

Vasse, by WA Country Builders, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Bridgeview Entrance, 9792 0100

Luxxe, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Millbridge Blvd, 9795 7167 Coastal View, by Rural Building, S, 3x2, h/t, alf, c/r, d/g, Dalyellup Blvd, 9792 0100

Vasse

Wandi

Monaco, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, c/r, st, alf, t/g, Lyon Rd, 0412 575 336


Wanneroo

Belvedere, by Ross North, S, 4x2, st, c/r, d/g, h/t, Elliot Rd, 9206 3845 Kilimanjaro, by Summit, S, 4x2, h/t, g/r, alf, d/g, Montreal St, 9206 5276

West Swan

Da Vinci, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, c/r, st, g, St Leonards Blvd, 0413 758 404 Kingston, by Rural Building, S, 3x2, a/r, st, d/g, St Leonards Blvd, 1800 643 800 Essence, by Ventura Homes, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, d/g, St Leonards Blvd, 9250 2422

Woodvale

Manhattan, by Dale Alcock, S, h/t, st d/g, Solia Loop, 9292 9200

over $300,000 Alkimos

Alkimos, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, d/g,Topsail Loop, 0401 836 616

Australind

Boulevard, by Dale Alcock, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Denebola Drive, 9792 0555

Aveley

Shoalwater, by Cedar Homes, D, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Neary Blvd, 9240 2125 Newman, by Broadway, D, 3x2, st, alf, d/g, Wesley Way, 9302 6161

Baldivis

Sinatra, by Broadway, D, 4x2, Makybe Drive, 9302 6161 Matrix, by Novus, D, 4x2, h/t, alf, d/g, Makybe Drive, 9523 0231 Settlers View, by Rural Building, S, 3x2, a/r, st, d/g, Cape Meander, 1800 643 800 Rochdale, by APG, D, 4x2, t/g, Makybe Drive, 9523 0555 Diva, by Highbury Homes, D, 4x2, h/t, a/r, alf, d/g, c/r, Makybe Drive, 1800 214 864 Four Seasons, by Shelford, S, 4x2, st, a/r, dc/p,Wanderer Parkway, 0438 389 530 or 0419 929 961

Belmont

Lincoln, by APG, D, 4x2, a/r, h/t, alf, d/g, Vaucluse Circuit, 1800 884 041

Booragoon

Aurora, by Dale Alcock, S, 4x2, g/r, h/t, c/r, d/g, Marmion Ave, 9242 9200

Burns Beach

Monterey, by Novus, D, 3x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Backwater Circle, 9304 7505 Sanctuary, by Peter Stannard, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Backwater Circle, 9304 9822 Asheville, by APG, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, d/g, Backwater Cir, 9304 9562

Busselton

Reflections, by Plunket, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Hawker Approach, 9751 2604 Lamont, by WA Country Builders, S, 4x2, a/r, st, d/g,Almond Parkway, 9754 1609

Butler

Ready Built, by Dale Alcock, S, 3x2, d/g, Dania Way, 0417 177 978

Churchlands

Viento, by Residential Attitudes, D, 4x2, h/t, c/r, st, d/g, alf, Pinnata Mews, 1800 331 388 Emporio, by APG, D, 4x2, st, alf, d/g, Pinnata Mews, 9284 9013

Cottesloe

Lumiere, by RiverStone, D, 3x2, alf, Lillian St, 9436 9696

Dalyellup

Residence, by Dale Alcock, 4x2, a/r, h/t, alf, d/g, Dalyellup Blvd, 9792 0555

Darlington

Argyle, by Rural Building, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, st, dc/p, Cnr Darlington and Coulston Rd, 1800 643 800

Ellenbrook

Avon Lodge, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, h/t, alf, a/r, d/g,Adlington Way, 9366 0000

Erskine

Plaza, by National Homes, S, 3x3, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Sticks Blvd, 9534 7053 Bay Breeze, by Highbury, D, 4x2, g/r, a/r, c/r, st d/g, Sticks Blvd, 1800 214 864

Floreat

Toorak, by Peter Stannard, D, 4x2, st, d/g, Cnr Dunblane and Pearson, 0417 294 116

Hamilton Hill

Sienna, by Bellagio, D, 4x3, d/g, alf, Annean Lane, 9337 4500

Harrisdale

Colonnade, by APG, D, 4x2, alf, d/g, Foundry Turn, 9397 2439 Shangri-La, by Ventura, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Countess Circuit, 9537 8459 Vale, by Ultimate Homes, D, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Foundry Turn, 0417 951 486 Liberty, by Lifestyle Homes, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, alf, d/g, Foundry Turn, 9393 2544 Avonlea, by Peter Stannard, D, 4x2, st, d/g, Foundry Turn, 9397 2454

Hillarys

Bogart, by Broadway, D, 4x3, g/r, c/r, st, d/g, Seychelles Lane, 9302 6161

Hovea

Murchison, by Benlin, S, 4x2, h/t, st, d/g, Mueller Place, 9379 9220

Iluka

Notre Dame, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Burns Beach Rd, 0418 943 549 Cove, by W&B, S, 4x2, g/r, d/g, Burns Beach Rd, 1800 802 636 Limelight II, by Highbury, D, 6x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Romanao Cres, 9304 0549 Westmont, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, a/r, st, alf, d/g, Romano Cres, 9202 9202

Jindalee

Connecticut, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, h/t a/r, st, alf, d/g, Jindalee Blvd, 0417 981 911 Integra, by Novus, D, 4x2, h/t, st, t/g, alf, Jindalee Blvd, 9562 5581 Lamont, by APG, D, 4x3, a/r, st, d/g, Santa Barbara Pde, 9562 1155 Heston, by Broadway, D, 4x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Jindalee Blvd, 9302 6161

Lakelands

Savana, by APG, D, 4x2, a/r, c/r, g, Cobaki Brace, 9583 3387 Lexington, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, alf, h/t, g/r, d/g, Cobaki Brace, 9202 9200 Berkley, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, a/r, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Jasper Way, 0429 939 576

Margaret River

Cape Skillion, by Rural Building Company, S, 3x2, h/t, a/r, d/g, Crellin Place, 9758 7058

Millbridge

Woodbridge, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, d/g, Hatfield Way, 9724 1942

North Coogee

Studio 78, by Platinum Homes, D/L, 3x3, s/t, h/t, dc/p, Mewstone Cres, 0415 406 820 The Look, by Ross Griffin, D, 3x2, h/t, st, alf, d/g, Orsino Blvd, 9444 7965 Port Coogee, by Highbury, D, 4x2, h/t, d/g, Orsino Blvd, 1800 214 864 Halcyon, by Residential Attitudes, D, 4x2, a/r, st, d/g, Arabella Lop, 1800 331 388

Provence

Bunker Bay, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, a/r, h/t, d/g,Almond Parkway, 9571 2604

Southern River

Michigan, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, alf, d/g, Aldenham Drive, 9394 0437 Churchill, by Ross North, S, 4x2, h/t, d/g, a/r, Trumpet St, 0411 455 566 Monroe, by Broadway, D, 4x3, h/t, a/r, d/g, Harlequin Pass, 9302 6161 Caulfield, by Plunkett, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Aldenham Drive, 9398 4544 Ashford, by In-Vogue, D, 4x2, alf, h/t, a/r, st, d/g, Aldenham Drive, 9202 9202

Stirling

Stanford, by In-Vogue, D, 4x3, st, h/t, a/r, alf, d/g, Lycium Quay, 9349 7554

Vasse

Nautilus, by Dale Alcock, 4x2, st, h/t, alf, t/g, Bridgeview Entrance, 9792 0555

Wandi

Honeywood, by Ross North, S, 4x2, c/r, alf, d/g, Fortis Pass, 0435 081 699 Woodlands, by Lifestyle, S, 4x2, h/t, a/r, st. g/r, alf, t/g, Lyons Rd, 0419 049 609

Woodlands

Riviera, by APG Homes, D, 4x2, t/g, alf, h/t, a/r, Granich Gardens, 9204 1843

Yanchep

Sorrento, by Rural Building, D, 3x2, dc/p, Beachhaven Drive, 1800 643 800

KEY TO ABBREVIATIONS ✱ S: single storey ✱ D: double storey ✱ L: loft ✱ 3x2: 3 bed, 2 bath ✱ 4x2: 4 bed, 2 bath ✱ g/r: games room ✱ h/t: home theatre ✱ a/r: activity room ✱ c/r: computer room ✱ st: study or home office ✱ alf: alfresco ✱ sc/p: single carport ✱ dc/p: double carport ✱ g: garage ✱ d/g: double garage ✱ t/g: triple garage

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Wild new ŠKODA Yeti – $29,980 driveaway * ✱ From top to bottom; ✱ $150,000 to $200,000

Anchorage by First Abode in Harrisdale. ✱ $200,000 to $250,000

Darlington by MyGen Homes in West Swan. ✱ $250,000 to $300,000

Toorak by Plunkett Homes in Baldivis. ✱ over $300,000

Sorrento by The Rural Building Company in Yanchep. Pictures: Joel Barbitta, D-Max Photography, and Damien Smith Photography

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The renowned big wave surf photographer and stills photographer for the surfing movie Drift shows us his favourites 4

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My wife, Catherine, and children, Kalani, 11,Tavian, 9, and Ayla, 4, are more important to me than anything. Catherine supports me in everything I do. It’s amazing to reflect on the journey we’ve been on together and what may lie ahead. 2 The ocean This is my office. 3 Cameras and water housing When I am picking up this equipment it means I am off to do something I love. Getting great shots in an extreme environment is very rewarding. Most surf photographers take their big wave images from the safety of a boat or ski in the channel. I prefer to be part of the moment and get into the water. Just recently, I took a shot of surfer Chris Ross while swimming in the lip of a fourmetre tow wave off our coast. When I see similar shots, my immediate thought is “incredible” because that photographer has put himself in a crazy position to take that. 4 Oakley watch Oakley gave me this watch after I rescued surfer Jacob Trette at the notorious Mavericks surf break in California in January. When I came across the surfer floating unconscious, I thought he was a goner. Another surfer – Alex Botello – and I threw Jacob on the rescue sled of a jet ski and did cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. The watch is a nice reminder that this father of a young child is now thriving again.

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SurfAid International

Where possible, I like to donate photos and time to this non-profit humanitarian organisation. SurfAid works to improve the lives of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing. A lot of effort has focused on helping people in Indonesia’s Mentawai Islands where the majority of the population lives in poverty. 6 Passport This is my ticket to freedom. It signals adventure and possibilities. 7 Headphones If I get the chance to wear them, it means I have free time. 8 People The people I meet through photography and travel are the greatest reward from the work I do. 9 WA’s South-West region and lifestyle This beautiful region is my home. The lifestyle is relaxed and there’s no such thing as getting stuck in traffic. The surf is consistent and is among the world’s best. 10 Safety equipment A jetski, sled, Andycap helmet and escape air set is my safety net. I do a lot of breathing exercises, however this extreme air pack provides eight breaths underwater, just in case I need it. It also gives me peace of mind when working in extreme wave conditions.

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✱ Russell Ord’s images can be seen at www.russellord.com

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