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lthough there's still the chance of a fiery blast in March, there's definitely a change in the air as we begin to say goodbye to summer and welcome the cooler nights of autumn. The perfect excuse, then, to look forward to some great movies on the horizon, including Need for Speed starring our cover boy this month, Aaron Paul. You probably recognise him from multi-award winning TV series Breaking Bad, his breakthrough role. Gill finds out how life's been treating Jesse/Aaron since that muchloved series closed and the next chapter in this talented star's career begins. We've also previewed a beautifully shot Aussie movie, Tracks, about one woman's amazing trek from the Nullaboor to the Indian Ocean - it looks like a real visual treat. Perth Arena has attracted so many top acts since it opened from 1D to Pink, The Boss to Bruno Mars. So ladies, set your lipgloss to stun with the imminent arrival of Mr Adorable himself - Michael Bublé. There's a bumper collection of travel ideas in this issue to help you look forward to your next break, from my gorgeous weekend in Clem & Tines, one of the Ferguson Valley's most lovingly restored holiday homes to a very special Thai family resort. There's also Trish Gallagher's insider's guide to what makes Melbourne so great and Sandra's poetic ode to Paris - still captivating despite the rain clouds above its historic streets. Meet one of WA's best coffee experts - Ru Te Teow - who's just won the chance to represent the state at a national coffee cupper challenge, and read all about the colourful cuisine of Sri Lanka; it's more than just fish curry and rice. I meet Jessica Bratich aka Mrs Mitch Johnson, who's carving out a successful career as a fashion designer while juggling the roles of mother and wife to a superstar sportsman. It's time to pull on the sports pants too with the newest fitness craze sweeping the state - Xtend Barre - a highly effective combination of Pilates and ballet exercise. If all that makes you want to pull the doona over your head until spring - don't worry. We've got just the thing to renew your zest for life with Sandy Harvey of Veranda's suggestions to brighten up your home with everlasting faux blooms. As usual we've got the latest collection of Peard Real Estate and Stocker Preston listings from across Perth, Karratha and the south west - your one-stop-shop for finding your next home. Don't forget to visit - you'll find competitions, extra stories and lots more here. Don't forget to get in touch too via our Facebook page. We'd love to hear from you. Happy reading.

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51 30 PRIMOeats Chef Sarogini's colourful Sri Lankan cuisine

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51 PRIMOfashion Jessica Bratich's cutting edge bag collection

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64 Ladies - Michael Bublé is coming to town 68 Coffeybreak How to make social media work for your small business 70 PRIMOfinance Paul Hamilton of Peard Finance helps you navigate money matters 71 PRIMOlegal Introducing our new legal section with John Hammond and his team

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PRIMOpicks Here’s PrimoLife’s pick of this month’s top entertainment, events and spring-time fun. Enjoy!

Be happy Mr Hitmaker himself, Pharrell Williams, is heading to Perth in March

One of the most influential and groundbreaking artists in modern music, Pharrell Williams, will tour Australia in March as a headlining addition to 2014’s Future Music Festival in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and, in addition, Brisbane and Perth fans will be treated to two special sideshows. Future Music Festival ticket holders in these markets will be offered an exclusive discount to the sideshows via an emailed presale offer. “Australia is such a fun place for music - I’ve always had amazing experiences there," Willams said. "I'm looking forward to seeing all the fans come out for Future Music Festival - I can’t wait to perform and show them my gratitude.” Singer, rapper, producer, fashion designer, entrepreneur: there doesn’t seem to be much that Pharrell Williams can’t do? The 40-year-old was behind the two biggest tracks of 2013: Robin Thicke’s gigantic Blurred Lines and Daft Punk’s mammoth Get Lucky. With millions of copies sold, Williams holds the honour of being only the 12th artist in US Billboard chart history to simultaneously hold both the number one and two positions. Then, in November 2013 he rewrote the rules yet again, delivering another chart-topper in solo single Happy. In another world first, Williams also unveiled a stunning 24-hour video clip to Happy starring Magic Johnson, Steve Carrell, Jamie Foxx and Jimmy Kimmel. To date, in Australia Happy has gone platinum and spent two weeks at the top of the ARIA Singles Chart, while it’s also reached number one in the UK, USA, and countries such as Belgium, New Zealand, Ireland, France and beyond. GQ Magazine’s Hitmaker of the Year is currently working on his highly anticipated second solo album, due out via Columbia/Sony Music Australia.


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Williams is also currently slated to do production work on brand new cuts by Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Hudson, Major Lazer, TI, Pusha T and Busta Rhymes. Come April 2014, he’ll headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California. Together with Chad Hugo, he makes up one half of production duo The Neptunes, the Grammy-winning pair enlisted by a virtual who’s who of music’s biggest names: Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Usher, Britney Spears, No Doubt, Madonna and many more. And Williams’ creative aesthetic doesn’t stop at music. He’s designed jewellery for Louis Vuitton, collaborated on furniture with Domeau & Peres and Emmanuel Perrotin Galerie, created bicycles and more. Williams is also a partner in Bionic Yarn, a textile firm dedicated to developing environmentally sustainable fabrics. From writing/producing in the studio to scoring The Amazing Spider-Man 2 alongside Oscar-winner Hans Zimmer, it’s fair to say that Pharrell Williams is the busiest man in music. “The impetus for all of my music is ‘what is missing?’” he told Billboard recently. “I don’t want to do what sounds like other people. Joy is something that the world needs more of right now.” Pharrell Williams will play at Challenge Stadium, Perth, on Friday March 14, all ages.Visit or call 136 100.

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The finals of the YMCA Drug Aware Skate Series are approaching, the culmination of 12 state-wide competitions for our young skating stars of the future. From Bassendean to Leederville, Margaret River to Clarkson, since November last year, skaters, scooter rats and BMX riders have been showcasing their best tricks, jumps and moves in the skateparks across WA. The popular Drug Aware Skate Series, organised by the YMCA each year, attracts competitors in the 11 and

under, 14 and under and 15+/open categories. Broadening the scope of the competition to include skate and scooter comps, the series also introduced individual runs (rather than the ‘jam’ format), and a new championship

Walk the walk The Telethon Adventurers have announced their latest adventure - and it’s one which will have you reaching for your walking shoes and chopsticks. Led by Emily Parish, one of the founders of the Telethon

Adventurers, between 20 to 30 ‘Adventurers’ will travel to China and walk along the country’s iconic Great Wall, enjoying not only the majestic splendour of the landscape but the chance to visit villages off the beaten tourist track.

points tally system. Designed to encourage competitors to turn up to as many events as possible (rather than just their local skate park event), every time they compete earns championship points,

“It’s our aim to ask each participant to raise a minimum of $5000 each, so that we ultimately top $100,000,” says Emily, who lost her youngest son Elliot, aged five, to brain cancer, three years ago. “We’re determined to add at least another $100,000 to the Telethon Adventurers’ pot of funds, so that we can continue

with the tally updated and published each week on the championship’s Facebook page. “Prizes will be awarded to the competitor with the most points at the start of the State Final event,” said a spokesperson for the series. With just one more event to go at the time of going to press, the competition will be tight at the State Final event to be held at Leederville’s YMCA HQ on Saturday March 15, with scooter frinals from 1pm, and skate finals from 6pm. For more information visit

to fund research into finding a cure for this awful, insidious disease.” The efforts of Emily, her husband Rick and ‘Elliot’s Army’ of Adventurers has raised millions of dollars since the charity was formed following the little boy’s death in 2011. Each year, ordinary people take up the challenge to push themselves and embrace the simple message that ‘life is a gift’, and the Chinese adventure will be Emily’s first in the charity’s history. The trip, which is from September 6 to 16 2014, will cost each Adventurer $2980 (not including airfares). For further information, visit The Great Wall Adventure is being offered to the Telethon Adventurers, departing from Perth Western Australia, by Wendy Wu Tours in conjunction with Philip Smethurst from Bicton Travel Premium. march 14 | PRIMOLIFE



A desirable act

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It’s shaping up to be a bumper year for the Perth Arena’s roll call of stars who have paid a visit to the city, with superstar acts like Bruce Springsteen, Avicii and Bruno Mars wowing audiences at the venue and now, the daddies of them all, The Rolling Stones, are adding their pulling power to Perth’s powerhouse of talent. As the news was announced, Mick Jagger said: “We can’t wait to reconnect with all our friends in Australia and New Zealand. “It’s been a while since we’ve played to you all, so we are looking forward to being back on stage and playing your favourite songs.” Keith Richards added: “We all had such a ball this year and so we wanted to keep it going! “The energy between the band is better than ever and we’re all looking forward to coming back Down Under. I can’t wait to get back on the stage with the boys.” The 14 On Fire tour of Australia and New Zealand taking place in March will see The Rolling Stones return to the road after a mammoth run of touring through the States in 2013, an exhilarating and critically acclaimed celebration of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood bringing their iconic music and groundbreaking stage shows to audiences around the globe. Mick Taylor, who was a member of The Rolling Stones from 1969-1974, will be a


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It’s a play made famous by some of the biggest stars of the day, Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, and now the Black Swan State Theatre Company is staging its own version of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. Blanche DuBois, an aging Southern belle, impoverished and alcoholic, escaping lost illusions and faded glory, seeks shelter with her sister, Stella, in New Orleans. Stella and her husband Stanley live and love in a tiny apartment in a poor quarter of New Orleans, where the inhabitants pulse with vitality and sensuality. Blanche’s arrival throws the couple into turmoil when Blanche, the dreamer, and Stanley, the realist, battle each other for Stella’s affections. When a sexually charged conflict erupts between Stanley and Blanche, it threatens to destroy Blanche’s tenuous grasp on sanity and the very fabric of Stella’s happiness. Starring multi-award winning actor Sigrid Thornton (Sea Change), this heartbreaking play will intoxicate you with its raw, dramatic power. State Theatre Centre Of Western Australia, 174-176 William Street, from March 15 to April 6, call 08 6212 9300 for tickets or visit

special guest for this tour. The band will treat their generations of fans to a set of classic Stones hits like Gimme Shelter, Paint It Black, Jumping Jack Flash, Tumbling Dice, and It’s Only Rock and Roll, curated with lesser known gems and a cover or two. The stage design for the indoor concerts is based on the band’s ubiquitous tongue and lips logo, which extends out into the audience. The exclusive ‘Tongue Pit’ GA Standing

area inside the stage will give a limited number of fans in this area an incomparable 360-degree concert experience. Known for their groundbreaking sets and use of cutting-edge technology, the Stones’ set design will feature video screens and special effects that will enhance the high-octane experience of attending a live Stones show. Visit for further information and ticket pricing packages.

Celebrate the crab

It’s probably Mandurah’s favourite annual event and this year the crowds are expected to be bigger than ever. The Channel Seven Mandurah Crab Fest was enjoyed by more than 130,000 locals and visitors in 2013. Year after year, the Crab Fest showcases the vibrant foreshores, Mandjar Square, arts and cultural precincts and Mandurah’s jewel in the crown, the beautiful PeelHarvey Estuary. Join the throng and experience the extravaganza that celebrates Mandurah’s vibrant coastal lifestyle. A packed program of events includes live cooking displays with contestants from Channel Seven’s My Kitchen Rules and celebrity chefs, an En Plein Air Art competition, a jam-packed entertainment line-up on the children’s stage and the main stage, great food including many crab-inspired dishes and endless displays and demonstrations. As an added bonus in 2014,

Crab Fest now incorporates the International Waterski and Wakeboarding Federation World Cup competition, featuring the world’s best athletes showcasing their talent in this spectacular adrenalin sport. Mandurah Crab Festival, Eastern Foreshore, Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah on Saturday March 15 and Sunday March 16 from 10am. Call 08 9550 3840 for details or visit mandurah.

Pipe organ heralds new season Opening the Pipe Organ Plus 14th year of performances and conversely also closing the 2014 West Australian Organ Festival, Symphonique is the much-anticipated solo recital by organist virtuoso, Dominic Perissinotto. Expect to experience the full gamut of emotions, light and dark, inherent in such a collection of works. Performed on WA’s largest pipe organ in Freo’s Basilica of St Patrick on Sunday March 23 at 2.30pm, the programme includes works by Bach, Mozart, Bridge, Franck and Lefebure-Wely. Visit for full details of this year’s programme of performances or go to march 14 | PRIMOLIFE



some like it hot Be prepared to experience the deliciously spicy world of Solanaceae genus: capsicum – that’s chillies to you and me. The award-winning Araluen’s Fremantle Chilli Festival is once again making the streets of Freo fiery as over 20,000 chilli-loving people are expected to flock to the city to sample all things chilli-tastic. The festival has strong community involvement as chillies not only have a culinary culture but also a very exciting arts culture as well. This is reflected in the entertainment and educational programs that are now a feature of the festival. The 2014 festival will feature fruit and vegetable puppetmaking workshops, large-scale roving entertainment plus two stages with non-stop cooking demonstrations by a number of chefs. As the whole site is licensed, visitors will be able to sample amazing foods and beverages while sitting under the shade of the city’s many pine trees. More than 80 stall holders will be offering some great taste sensations plus a great range of sauces, pickles, chocolates, beers and wines making it the perfect foodie day out. The festival runs from March 8 to March 9, from 10am to 5pm, $15 for adults, with locations including Esplanade Reserve and Marine Terrace. Visit for details or call 08 9496 1171.

Jump to it If you thought trampolining was just for kids, think again. Bounce Inc has bounced into town after taking the east coast by storm. Think of multiple trampolines with padded walls surrounding the whole room, huge inflatable landing bags and you’ve got the perfect place to jump for joy (and lose weight at the same time). Built in a huge warehouse-like structure in Cannington, it’s the west’s addition to the Bounce Inc empire which is sweeping the nation. Just pull on your special Bounce Inc grip socks ($2), and that’s when the fun really starts. Kids, big and small, hurl themselves in all directions, join in ad hoc dodgeball


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tournaments, perfect their triple somersault with star jump routine or ping up and land on skatepark-like ledges. There are refreshments and viewing stations for those who prefer to observe others’ bouncy pursuits. There are plenty of ‘bouncers’ who keep an eye on patrons and make sure people aren’t bouncing into trouble (eg, only one person on a trampoline at any one time). For a fun work-out, it’s hard to beat - and destined to be the kids’ party venue of choice for birthday boys and girls who prefer a healthy dose of action to celebrate their big day. For more info on parties and group bookings visit

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Here’s one for only the very brave the Naked Fig’s Skinny dip is a positive, charitable and fun event planned for March 30. This cheeky, large-scale skinny dip on Perth’s only nude beach is about much more than just getting your gear off for a good cause. It’s an inaugural event giving all those who fancy it the opportunity to throw aside concerns of body image, to connect with nature and celebrate as a community. Promoting the message “be comfortable in your own skin”, the event primarily aims to raise funds for the Butterfly Foundation and promote a positive body image, celebrate health, well-being and diversity. Secondary objectives are to break a Guinness Book of World Records for the most amount of people skinny

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Gearing up for giving Every year Variety's Creative Car Cruise attracts generous car lovers from around WA to dig deep - and enjoy a wonderful weekend’s cruising into the bargain. Matthew Mills hears how one couple’s love of cars and supporting a great cause has directly helped another family’s hardship, with life-changing results Images crib creative


s far as retirements go, Kylee and David Hopkin’s 1963 Holden EJ Panel Van is having a good one. The pittwater green classic put in 30 years of service earning its keep as a good old fashioned van, ferrying a Geraldton tradie around the WA interior before finally being set aside in favour of a newer, if less


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romantic, replacement. But, while many an old workhorse would find itself gathering dust in a barn or, worse still, falling foul of a scrapyard compactor, this beautiful EJ was rescued by the Hopkins 15 years ago and slowly turned into the stunning classic the couple will be proudly driving down south in this year’s

Variety WA Creative Car Cruise. “It was a labour of love for David,” Kylee recalls. “It took him a long, long time – it was only ready four years ago, but it was worth all the effort, definitely.” Kylee and David have been on all three previous cruises and simply can’t wait for the next one. “It’s not our only holiday, but

how the classic cars are going to get there is still up in the air. “We know we’re going south, and have pointers as to where to book accommodation, but after that it’s all a mystery,” Kylee explains. “Each day we are given route notes and they point us in the right direction.” One thing that is certain, however, is that the going will be blissfully slow. “It’s definitely not a race,” Kylee said, “we try to stay together and enjoy the drive.” And enjoy it they do. Kylee admits that the

We know we’re going south, and have pointers as to where to book accommodation, but after that it’s all a mystery

hard-working event organisers occasionally get a tiny bit frustrated at the cruisers’ mantra that they “will never pass a hotel”. “We absolutely don’t advocate drink driving,” she explains, “we have designated dry drivers who wear a badge saying who they are, but the rest of us will stop for refreshment along the way. There’s definitely a core group of us and we’ve made a lot of good friends. It’s lovely to meet up.” The convoy makes for a wonderful sight on the highways of rural WA, with everything from good old Aussie muscle cars, to a beautiful Bentley and a pink Cadillac that can cram in 15 people. “Driving through small towns is fantastic – people come out to wave us on and if we stop there’s always a fair few blokes who want to pop the bonnets and have a look.” But, of course, while having a great time comes as part of the package, the cruise’s core raison d’etre – as with all Variety WA events

~ Kylee and David Hopkin look forward to the 2014 Variety WA Creative Car Cruise

READY TO ROLL Kylee and David Hopkin in their lovingly restored 1963 Holden EJ Panel Van on the eve of Variety's Creative Car Cruise 2014.

it’s something we really look forward to,” Kylee said. This year’s route details are still not set in stone – that, says Kylee, is the beauty of the event, a chance to take on a magical mystery tour alongside a range of magnificent pieces of motoring history. Last year, the cruise kicked off at Perth’s Armadale Primary – the presentation of a Sunshine Coach to the school before engines were gunned a fitting start to the event which puts raising charity cash right up there with having a good time – and the convoy of classics will leave from somewhere in the city again on March 21. Augusta and Busselton have both been confirmed as stopovers, but march 14 | PRIMOLIFE


people We always knew that there was an intelligent young woman inside Caitlin who could just not make herself heard but suddenly she had an outlet ~ Paul Lenaghan on the breakthrough his thirteen-year-old daughter, Caitlin, who suffers from cerebal palsy, experienced at the Variety Motor Mouth camp.

LIFE CHANGING Sam, Tom (3), Caitlin (13), Grace (11) Paul and Molly (2) have benefited from funds raised by Variety WA.

– is raising money for disadvantaged kids. Entrants have to drum up at least $4,000 to take part – Kylee and David got $15,000 together this year thanks to a Western Derby fundraiser and tapping contacts at David’s company, AK Cylinder Heads, for a buck or two. Last year’s cruise generated $135,000 – a lot of cash to do a lot of good. “The wonderful thing about Variety WA is that we get to see the money being put to work – and that can be quite an emotional thing,” Kylee said. “Last year’s cruise ended at Chapel Row Primary in Bunbury, a tiny school exclusively for special needs kids. We raised enough to by a hard shade for their


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playground and the looks on the kids’ faces and the reaction of the parents was just amazing. I was tearful, I don’t mind admitting.” And that outpouring of emotion, the gratitude of the families who benefit from Variety WA’s work is something which is repeated over and over again across the state. Last year, the charity handed out $3.8million in grants to families and organisations, money which helped 58,000 children – up 20 per cent from the 48,000 who benefited in 2012. Of those grants, 35,000 went to ongoing projects while 23,000 were new grants ready to help change lives.

And one family who saw just how much the grants can achieve were the Lenaghans, from Merriwa. Thirteen-year-old Caitlin, Sam and Paul Lenaghan’s eldest child, has cerebral palsy. Confined to a wheelchair, she has very limited control over her movement and no way of communicating in the way other children do. Technology is helping people like Caitlin, medical scientists are constantly pushing forward with just what computerbased communication aids can achieve, but it is, Paul admits, still hard, hard work. “Caitlin has an AAC – an augmentative and alternative communication aid,” Paul said, “which is designed to help her communicate with us, but at first we were finding it very difficult to get to grips with.” His daughter, he explained, has only 10 per cent vision and, as she has so little control of the way she moves, she found it very hard to use. It was slow going, then, to begin with. “We’d had it for 18 months, but the setup was very unwieldy. As a semi-intelligent 43-year-old man I found it very hard to use, so for Caitlin it was incredibly frustrating. “We were trying to make the best of it, but it seemed that it was virtually impossible to use. We had basically got to the point where we’d said it wasn’t going to work. We were about to give up on it.” But Caitlin’s speech therapist had a potential solution – the Variety WA Motor Mouth Camp, a remarkable five-day camp for school-aged children who use AACs and their families on the Point Walter Reserve in Perth. After checking out the details Paul, a teacher, and Sam agreed that stories of what the camp had achieved made them feel like they too had a chance. So they contacted Variety WA and applied for a place. A few weeks later, it was confirmed they

were going and last October they set off. “The camp was just fantastic,” Sam recalls. “One of our big problems was that, as a family, we just had so little time to try to make the aid work. Paul was at work, Caitlin’s siblings were at school and so I was the only one who could concentrate on it every day. The camp gave us five days to all work together.” Day one brought the first breakthrough. Paul took a deep breath and explained to the volunteers that they just didn’t like the way the machine was set up, that it just wasn’t working for them. But at Motor Mouth, there’s no problems just solutions and some clever recalibrating became the turning point. From that moment, the Lenaghans finally found themselves making progress. “It was incredible,” Paul said. “We always knew that there was an intelligent young woman inside Caitlin who could just not make herself heard but suddenly she had an outlet. “The first words she said to me were ‘go away’ because she was busy with an activity with her mother. That may sound harsh, but I was just blown away – it just seemed so age-appropriate, so normal.” Sam recalls that the breakthrough allowed Caitlin to finally have the connection with her 11-year-old sister Grace that they’d always wanted and they finally got to talk together. Though a short time, the Lenaghans are happy to admit that the five-day camp was their best holiday ever.Yes, the work with Caitlin was rigorous, but there was plenty of time for Grace to enjoy rafting, hiking and a host of other activities. And Sam and Paul’s two youngest children, Tom, three, and two-year-old Molly, were also wonderfully

looked after and lapped up the fun and games put on especially for rugrats. There was even a concert at the end of their stay. “Another huge benefit,” Sam adds, “was that Grace had a chance to socialise with other children whose brother or sister used AACs and share their experiences. She still keeps in touch with them now, she made some very good friends.” Paul is quick to praise the camp volunteers. “They were brilliant. Children like Caitlin can be quite confronting, quite loud, but these people just took it all in their stride.” But the couple save the biggest thank you of all for Variety WA. Application approved, the charity sorted out everything, paid all the bills, made everything happen. Paul and Sam don’t know to this day exactly how much it all cost. “It would have been thousands,” Sam said, “I really hate to think. We would never have been able to afford it, we would never have done it. To be frank we would have given up, but thanks to Variety WA we have

made so much progress.” Paul agrees. “It’s not the full bottle yet, we still have a way to go, but we’re confident now that we can make this work – and we have Variety WA and Motor Mouth to thank for that.” Meanwhile, the Hopkins, who live in Serpentine with their own four children, are busy getting ready for this year’s cruise and are sure they are going to be on many more to come – and Kylee is looking forward to taking over from David as primary driver when their latest project is finished. Eighteen months more devotion in David’s garage, Kylee said, will bring her 1967 Karmann Ghia VW back to its former glory. Look out for the little sports car then, when the cruise kicks off again in 2016. PL Fast Facts To apply for assistance from Variety WA, take part in the Variety Creative Car Cruise or to find out more about the Variety Motor Mouth Camp, visit or call (08) 9355 3655.

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tend Barre, a fusion of pilates and ballet, is the new way for everybody and anybody to get a body like Mila Kunis. OK, maybe not Mila Kunis, but certainly something closer to ballerina than bumbalina. There are already some pretty famous followers apart from Ms Kunis on board, including Sarah Murdoch, Megan Gale and It Girl Alexa Chung, as well as a sprinkling of Victoria's Secret models, but don’t let that deter you, says WA’s branch owners, Catriona and Jasmina. It’s just the thing if you’ve never stepped in a keep fit studio, pulled on a pair of footless tights and slipped on the necessary grip socks. “It’s 55 minutes of fast-paced cardio workout,” says Jasmina, “and because the exercises can be modified individually to suit each person, it’s suitable for all ages and abilities.” The theory is Xtend Barre takes all the best elements of a

pilates exercise class - promoting stability and strength from the core - with the grace and dynamism of ballet, resulting in a super-charged, super elegant way of reshaping the body. So if pilates sculpts your body, then Xtend Barre chisels it. “It’s ideal for mums-to-be who are trying to keep in shape during pregnancy, as well as post-natally - the classes can be tailored to suit many different stages of fitness,” says Catriona. Catriona and Jasmina, with 20 years experience between them, are also mothers to two and three kids respectively, so understand the difficulties of finding time to slot in a fitness regime into busy, working and family lives. “We actually met through being mums 16 years ago - two of our daughters Isla and Lila are the same age (three) and so GRACEFUL Feeling the burn during one of Xtend Barre's classes reaps benefits for Catriona and Jasmina's clients afterwards, thanks to the mix of Pilates and ballet moves.

understand completely what it’s like to juggle all the different demands of parenthood, working and building a business,” said Jasmina. “Our Joondalup studio, near the new Dome in Currambine, has a special 6am class which many working people find suits them perfectly,” says Catriona. “They can pop in for a class and still get to work on time, or even before the kids have woken up.” With a maximum of


18 per class, the girls have been ‘overwhelmed’ by the popularity of the classes so far just a few months in. “We’re not suprised by its success to be honest,” says Jasmina. “The classes are hard work but so much fun, the time just flies by and unlike other classes, there’s no clock-watching. The sessions don’t contain anything arduous or boring, but by the end of it your muscles will be fatigued.” The classes are designed to work on each muscle, finding hidden muscles to give a full body work-out and encourage good form and technique, just like ballerinas in fact. “It’s the kind of class too which finds its way back into people’s homes,” laughs Catriona. “One of our clients said she was standing doing the washing up and found herself doing ballet moves at the sink.” A self-confessed ‘klutz’, Jasmina says that since she started Xtend Barre her co-ordination has improved and that she is more balanced as a whole. “It’s all about strengthening and lengthening,” she says. “That’s why models and their agents are so keen to be involved - it makes everybody stand that little bit taller and more gracefully.” So if you’d like to move like Anna Pavlova around the shopping aisles, or just really want to see whether you’ve got what it takes to channel Natalie Portman in the Swan Valley, then Xtend Barre could be just what you’re extend, stretch and reaching for. PL For information about Xtend Barre in the CBD and Joondalup and to book a class online visit march 14 | PRIMOLIFE


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he Chinese have long believed in the Yin and the Yang, opposite in nature, but bound together, forces which rely on each other, unable to exist without each other. If Yin is stronger,Yang will be weaker, and vice versa. This is my mantra when it comes to the way I run my business, although it wasn’t always the case. Most people who start their own business do so for one of three main reasons. They may want to have more time, more money or more flexibility, or all of these in an attempt to have a better work/ life balance. Six months in, 80-hour weeks become the norm and the family’s excitement for all of your lofty promises of a better life are vanishing quicker than an ice cube in the Sahara. Why? Your business - let’s call this your Yin - has become very strong which in turn has weakened your Yang, which represents your home/social life and relationships. What you focus on is what you get to the exclusion of everything else. Whether your business has taken off or you’re struggling to pay bills, if you don’t start recognising that your Yang needs some attention, you entire life will be out of balance. For many, they don’t recognise a problem with their relationships until it hits them, smack bang in the face. You know, the “I am leaving you” kind of smack. Two of the biggest things people fight about are money and attention. Too little or too much, it doesn’t really matter. If this is ringing true with you, it may be time to step back and take stock of your situation. I’m not saying you should devote less time to your fledgling business, but what I am saying is you need to sit down and acknowledge the things that you could be doing to bring that Yang back into balance.

The first thing I would suggest is sitting down with those most important in your life and thank them. Thank them for understanding your long hours. Thank them for picking up the slack in the family operation and most of all, thank them for allowing you to create a better life for them. And while we’re talking about your family/friend relationships, how’s your social life been? Are you making some time to spend with your loved ones? If your answer is no because you’re ‘too busy’, your Yang will never regain its strength. After all there’s no point being wealthy and successful if there’s no one you care about around to enjoy it with.

WIN! Next up, how’s your health and wellbeing? Are you spending any time looking after yourself? When was the last time you exercised or enjoyed a walk with the family outdoors? If your health has been neglected, this is just another aspect of your Yang that finds itself in a weak position.Your life is all Yin. I believe that to be at your best, you need to spend some time, even if it is disproportionate time, on all aspects of your life. When I look back only a few short years ago, I was all Yin and no Yang. My life was my business and shortly, things started to fall out of balance. I had a two-year-old son, was married and my friends were all still in ‘employee mentality’. I spent every available minute I had working on my business from my ‘Girl Cave’ and can honestly say I missed the warning signs. I was disconnected from the two most important people in my life, my son and my husband. They had their own thing going on - and then there was me and my relationship was with my business. It was hard to hear at first and, like most business owners, I was overly protective of people questioning my intentions. A defining moment came when my son at about two-and-a-half said: “Mumma loves

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business more than me”. Ouch, think that didn’t cut to the bone? It was at that minute that I knew things had to change. When something is important to you, you don’t need motivation to make it happen. I didn’t work any less on my business. I just made everything else that was missing more of a priority. I found the time. I don’t know where from, but I did. I learned communication and organisational skills I never knew existed. I was present, I was available and I had an off switch. I gave myself boundaries and time limits that I worked until and even though it was hard, I knew it had to happen and happen immediately. When I look back, I can’t believe what it was like. Three-and-a-half years later and I live what I call my Ultimate Life. I work in my businesses (I now run four businesses) two days a week and on my business another two days. I choose not to work Fridays and every weekend is family time, either going away on mini-breaks or just chilling together. Sure, I run some workshops and my Ultimate 48 Hour Author Retreats on four weekends a year - but the important thing is this. I choose to do that. I look after

I’m not saying you should devote less time to your fledgling business but what I am saying is to sit down and acknowledge the things that you could be doing to bring that Yang back into balance my mind and body, catch up with friends regularly and make every moment count, travelling the world three times a year with my entire family including my second child, Mika who is now two and a half. Being successful in business is amazing and I love seeing so many small business owners so passionate about making it work. Just as important however is having the same levels of passion on the rest of your life, your Yang. Natasa Denman is a next generation business mentor and product generator specialist. The founder of Ultimate 48 Hour Author, a book-writing mentorship program, Natasa is the author of four books herself – The 7 Ultimate Secrets to Weight Loss, Ninja Couch Marketing,You Can Live The Life Of Your Dreams and her soonto-be-released new book, The Ultimate 48 Hour Author. PL For more information visit or email march 14 | PRIMOLIFE


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W Secrets of the valley There’s a really special place, just one and a half hours south of Perth - but as part of the Ferguson Valley’s charm is its relatively undiscovered nature, Gabi Mills isn’t sure whether she should share the secret

The kids were hanging out for a family holiday at the end of that long, slow slog towards the beginning of the school term, so rather than chucking them all on a plane to Bali, we packed a couple of cars up to the brim and headed down to Binningup, just two and a half hours from our front door in the northern suburbs. We’d lined up a long weekend of relaxation, sand between our toes and games in the garden with four of our kids, three of their friends and a visiting chum from Los Angeles so obviously we needed a property which could cope with all those bodies. Clem & Tines was the perfect solution

- a lovingly restored 1965 beach house, green and cream wood, generous verandas and the most beautiful French provincial decor throughout. The main house slept eight of us, while our LA guest claimed the studio, and the two teenage boys infested the beach cottage at the end of the garden. Sorted. Everybody had their own space, giving us all room to stretch out and enjoy the weekend. The owners of Clem & Tines had stopped at nothing to ensure that their guests’ stay was perfect, from the numerous scented candles both inside and out to the thoughtfully provided essentials, like march 14 | PRIMOLIFE



The beach has that wonderful WA sand which makes castle building a breeze

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laundry products, pantry items and the gently encouraging message above a watering can to nourish the plants from the rainwater barrel if we had time. Binningup is a little seaside town with a mixture of impressive seaview mansions and traditional weatherboard 3x2s. There’s an oval with a little skatepark, so the 16-yearolds packed their boards for a spin around the park. The general store with its super friendly staff became a regular feature of our stay and seemed to stock everything from food colouring to thongs. The fish and chips, served until 6.15pm every day, were fantastic and the little lolly bags for 50c the perfect incentive to get tired little ones home from the beach. The beach itself has that wonderful WA sand which makes castle building a breeze, and, despite the chilly wind blowing off the ocean, all our kids were in and out of the sea without a care. There’s a newly built playpark too overlooking the sea, a pirate ship which was the perfect location to watch the children play while we cooked lunch on one of the undercover barbecues.


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We had brought enough food to feed Napoleon’s army, but if you fancied a day off from the stove, there are plenty of options not far from Clem & Tines. The Ferguson Valley is one of the south west’s undiscovered gems, a gorgeous little corner of our state, with towering king jarrahs,

pine forests and kangaroos which jump out suddenly from the shady trees in front of a somewhat startled editor and her children. We went in search of Gnomesville, probably the area’s most popular - and unique - attraction. What started as a small scale collection of gnomes left by visitors


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DO THE LOOP Top, see all the Ferguson Valley has to offer by driving around the Ferguson 'Loop'. Above, the Moody Cow Brewery, and left, Luke, Oliver, Daisy and Sam having a ball on the pirate ship playpark near the beach.

has become a veritable miniature Gnome Nook. Everywhere you look you’ll see gnomes, some with messages from their long departed owners. Set your punning radar low and you’ll get the idea - ‘A real gnome from gnome,’ ‘Gnome is where the heart is’ - well, you get the picture. There

must be several thousand gnomes in the wooded glade now and it’s a great way to spend an hour as our kids climbed over fallen logs in search of the next collection of gnomes. Bring your own gnome family and leave them here - for a free attraction with no visible guardians, it’s remarkably

well looked after. And, we all thought, ripe for a bit of marketing pzazz - a cuppa at the Gnome Cafe, anybody? After Gnomesville we looked for a good spot for lunch - and the Moody Cow Brewery fitted the bill perfectly. A little boutique brewery which uses no preservatives or additives (creating ‘a pure brew’) it has a large, child-friendly beer garden to the rear. There were plenty of Sunday lunch guests the day we visited and the menu had a great mix of kids' meals and more appealing adult fare too. Try the lager and lime mix on tap - it’s low alcohol and incredibly refreshing. If the kids need to let off some steam after lunch, there’s a box of cricket bats, frisbees and balls which they’re welcome to use as well as a climbing frame and swing. Just like its more famous south west neighbour, Margaret River, the Ferguson Valley has its own collection of vineyards. St Aidan’s Wines, a beautiful spot planted march 14 | PRIMOLIFE



fast facts Rates for Clem & Tines are from $250 to $300 per night for the House, $160 to $180 for the Studio and $180 to $220 for the Cottage. It’s possible to book all the accommodation for larger parties book via St Aidan’s Wine, 754 Ferguson Road, Dardanup WA, open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, 11am to 5pm weekends and public holidays (closed on Wednesday). Call (08) 9728 3007 or visit Moody Cow Brewery, Ferguson Road, WA, open 11am to 6pm, Friday to Sunday. Call (08) 9728 3553 or visit

with citrus trees, table grapes, and wine grapes. A family-run vineyard, the wines have won awards and the light, delicious meals or chance to enjoy a picnic in the grounds give you the perfect opportunity to experience the Ferguson Valley relaxed vibe you’ll come to love. You’ll realise after a little while that the best way to see as much of the Ferguson Valley as possible over a weekend is to drive the ‘Ferguson Loop’ - a journey which will take in sights such as Honeymoon Pool, Dardanup and its famous Bull and Barrel festival in October each year, the Crooked Brook rambling trail, lavender farm, and Wellington Dam which in winter provides spectacular photo opportunities. But home is where the heart is, and our home for the weekend certainly stole ours. As the day drew to a close we found all of the kids snuggling under the lovely furry throws in the sitting room watching Mr Bean DVDs (there’s a huge library of DVDs in the house to choose from), our five year old laughing like a drain at the hapless hero’s antics. That meant that we could creep outside onto the deck and enjoy a glass of something cold and bubbly, the crack and fizzle of our butterflied lamb on the barbecue the only noise as the sun went down. We would return to Clem & Tines in a


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heartbeat. It’s no surprise the property was a state finalist in the pet friendly category with holiday website Stayz 2013 - your furry friends will love it as much as you. It’s the perfect antidote to CBD living, retro style with all the mod cons. The interior design will make you want to rush to Veranda in Claremont to replicate the decorative touches from the quilts to the cushions, but if that’s all too hard, don’t worry. Just book a weekend at the house and pretend it’s yours for the duration. PL

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FRAGRANT Sri Lankan food is anything but dull thanks to the abundant fresh spices and herbs used in its recipes. The book (left) is packed full of glorious photography too.



Spice up your life Sarogini Kamalanathan may not be the celebrity chef whose name is on the tip of your tongue, but once you’ve experienced her gloriously colourful and fragrant Sri Lankan dishes, you’ll never forget it images Craig Kinder

The subtitle of Sarogini’s Sri Lanka Food says it all. It’s the Asian food that the world forgot to discover. And that, if this beautifully designed and collated collection of Ceylon’s most delicious cuisine is anything to go by, is nothing short of a culinary crime. Sarogini herself discovered cooking as a child, sitting on the doorstep of her family home in Hatton, high in the tea growing area of what was then colonial Ceylon. She played with little pots and pans, pretending to create the kind of meals the servants who helped her mother and grandmother served up to the family on a daily basis. It was a lesson in a love of food which


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would never leave her, even during a period of living in the then culinary desert which was Wellington. Sarogini would recreate the tantalising aromas of her home island, intoxicating her fellow office workers with the scents of a sensory palate a world away from the somewhat bland menus on offer in the NZ city at the time. She realised that perhaps her gifts lay in a new direction - teaching the unaware about the glories of her homeland’s traditional dishes, so Sarogini took teaching classes and by the time she and her family had relocated to WA, her commitment to shout from the rooftops - or at least the pot lids about the wonders of Sri Lankan food was stronger than ever.

A growing following was rewarded with a dedicated website - creating an ever-curious community of those keen to find out more about Sri Lankan food from one of its key ambassadors. It was only natural, therefore, that the next step was to produce a book showcasing Sarogini’s long love affair with the food of her homeland - and what a book it is. You’ll find recipes which tell you how to make the kind of fiery curry that would make a vindaloo throw in the towel, enhanced by tangy vinegar yet balanced thanks to Sarogini’s unerring knack for blending spices. There are new ways with rice - biryanis incorporating string hoppers (a type of rice noodle), rotis, dosas and salads, chutneys and sambals to serve alongside all those delicious curries. For a land which takes the vegggie option to new heights, the section dedicated to tubers and roots is a revelation in how to make the non-meat element of a meal sing. Masala potatoes with peas, beetroot with


coconut, eggplant and green banana curry - it’s by far the most interesting of all the sections and worth the cover price alone. However, Sarogini leaves perhaps the best for last with her sweet recipes, including the Sri Lankan Love Cake. She writes: “There are many variations of this cake but this is my special recipe. Its origin is not known, and I can only assume it’s called love cake because it’s so delicious! A firm family favourite, the cake uses semolina instead of flour which give it a lovely moist texture.” There’s a useful glossary explaining all the more unusual - and familiar ingredients required to replicate Sarogini’s recipes, as well as the secret to her own special Sri Lankan curry powder. Packed with luscious photography by Craig Kinder as well as many images of locals selling dried fish in the Nuwara Eliya market, the capital Colombo’s fresh fruit and vegetables leaping off the page or the serenity of some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, this is not just a cook book. It’s a love letter to a land which deserves to be more than a footnote in the world’s culinary Atlas. PL Sarogini’s Sri Lanka Food, (Published by The Four Wallas), $45, visit to find out more about Sarogini and order the book.

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Tamarind Fish Curry Sarogini suggests you use tamarind pulp rather than the paste sold in bottles for this delicious curry, which is best suited to firm fish steaks such as mackerel or trevally. 500g firm fish steaks 1 walnut-sized piece of tamarind ¼ cup hot water 1 tbsp oil 1 tsp black mustard seeds 1 onion, chopped 2 green chillies, slit lengthwise 1 sprig of curry leaves 5 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced 2 tsp chilli powder 1½ tsp salt ½ cup water 1½ tsp fenugreek seeds ½ cup coconut milk

preparation: 20 mins cooking time: 30 mins serves 4

Wash and drain the fish and set aside. Soak the tamarind in the hot water for about 10 minutes and extract the juice. Repeat three times. Heat oil in a pan. Reduce the heat slightly and add mustard seeds, onions, green chillies, curry leaves and garlic. When the onions are caramelised, add the chilli powder and salt. Combine and cook for about 1-2 minutes. Add the tamarind juice, water and fenugreek seeds. Bring to the boil, then add the fish and stir gently to combine. Cook for about 10 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally to ensure that the fish is covered in liquid. Add the coconut milk and cook for a further five minutes. The curry is ready when there is a thin film of oil on the top. Serve with rice or rotis.

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A man of great taste


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The Malaysian island paradise of Penang is a long way from the Small Print Bakery and Roastery off St Georges Terrace, but for Ru Te Teow, it's the place he called home until seven years ago. "I came to Perth to complete my studies," says Ru, 27, "and stayed to work in hospitality, gradually working my way around hotels and other venues until I joined the Print Hall team in time for its opening 18 months ago." As one of Perth's premier baristas those are the guys and gals who make our freshly brewed lattes, cappuchinos and espressos every morning - Ru believes that the Ethiopian Guja Berta he serves at the Small Print cafe is the best around. "It's a lovely natural process coffee bean," he says. The World Cup Tasters Championship awards the professional coffee cupper - yes, that's an official term - who demonstrates 'speed, skill, and accuracy' in distinguishing the taste differences in specialty coffees. As any coffee afficianado knows, coffees of the world have many distinct taste characteristics and the competition is designed to allow the cupper to discriminate between the different coffees. Three cups are placed in a triangle, with two cups being identical coffees and one cup being a different coffee. Using skills of smell, taste, attention and experience, the cupper will identify the odd cup in the triangle as quickly as they can. A total of eight triangles are placed in each round, equating to 24 cups of coffee. The top eight competitors with the most correct answers and the fastest time move on to the next semi-finals round. Then the top four will compete again in the finals round to determine the next World Cup Tasters Champion. Tough stuff for something most of us

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Ru Te Teow, the Small Print Bakery and Roastery's cafe manager, can claim to have one of the best palates in WA, thanks to his recent win at the Coffee Cup Tasting competition. Gabi Mills finds out what it takes to be one of the nation's best cuppa creators

just drink and forget about. "I was up against about 12 other competitors in my heat in Perth," says Ru. "All the coffee was brewed in a standardised way, and all roasted to the same degree so that it was a level playing field for us all." Ru heard about the opportunity to compete and showcase his superior cupper skills via other baristas in the city. "It's a nice community to be a part of," he says. Although it is possible to attend a barista school, Ru learned 'on the job' and cites the characteristics of passion, dedication and lots of hard work as the secrets of his success.

"You have to keep your concentration in a pretty high pressured environment," he says. "You've got to do a bit of everything with a high attention to detail to be successful." Thanks to his success in the WA round of the competition, Ru is ready to pack his bags once again and head off to Melbourne for the next round. "If I win the national round, I'll go forward to the international competition and represent Australia - something I'd be so proud to do." The weight of the entire state, Ru, rests on your cupper-tastic shoulders good luck! PL

TASTY Left, Ru Te Teow is going to Melbourne as WA's top coffee cupper, and below, the Small Print Cafe has a reputation for excellent coffee in the CBD.

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Elephants for breakfast It's the flagship of the Angsana Hotels Group for good reason - Angsana Laguna, Phuket, is an extra special place to take the family and a wonderful introduction to the beauty of Thailand's biggest island


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LUXURIOUS LAGOON The Angsana Laguna, Phuket is surrounded by water thanks to the languid lagoon which laps its shores, and the beachside setting of Bang Tao Bay where it's possible to enjoy a romantic dinner for two.

You know you're staying somewhere special when your dining companion for breakfast is an elephant. The sprawling resort's resident baby pachyderm, Lucky, makes two daily visits to the beach and Tree House Kids Club (just around the corner from the breakfast buffet bar) and does his best to smile for the inevitable line of guests keen to take their picture with him. It's just one of the extras which made my stay at the Bang Tao Bay resort so unforgettable. Walking through the spacious and (thankfully) airy entrance hall, you're immediately struck by the design of this large resort. Taking Thai traditional architecture as its inspiration, the hotel is thoroughly modern with lots of panoramic views across the lagoon which gives the place its name. There are a variety of room options to choose from, including two-storey suites, and rooms which lead directly into the snaking pool feature which weaves its way like an azure necklace around the resort. My room - a two-storey, one bedroom loft apartment - was right on the lagoon, a peaceful spot looking over the ever changing water as monsoonal rains swept in for half an hour or so every day. A little free ferry chugs

around every 10 minutes or so, taking guests to other lagoon-located hotels as well as a nearby collection of shops and restaurants. I loved spending dusk on the terrace, watching the sun go down, the birds swoop low over the water and the mosquitoes come out for dinner (NB pack repellent). There's a useful little kitchen with facilities to make tea and coffee as well as a fridge on the ground floor and a loo, small lounge and terrace, while upstairs the infinitely comfortable bed enveloped me each evening - complete with a thoughtful little gift left on my pillow every night. The bathroom even came with an amazing outdoor bath/shower which was quite an experience during one of the downpours - very liberating . . . The resort prides itself on catering for families and children are really spoiled for choice with the amount of activities on offer. The hub of this is the Tree House kids club - a superbly equipped zone for all ages, from tinies to pre-teens. There's a high ratio of staff on hand to keep the little ones entertained as well as well-designed jungle gyms, special daily activities like hunting for local wildlife and a kids' spa. It's even possible to arrange a special birthday in the

club with birthday party packages. If the kids want to spend time with you, however, don't despair. The swimming pool is fabulous - like a 323-metre lazy river complete with arched bridges throughout its route, and little off-shoots to bubbling spas and with a toddler's tub along the way. There's even a special man-made beach with lapping waves for the kids to get busy with a bucket and spade while their parents look on from behind a cocktail umbrella or two. For the more adventurous, it's possible to have a go at land and sea-based adventures, from mountain biking to trekking tours, windsurfing to snorkelling. And for those visitors who think they're the next Bruno Mars or Samantha Jade, there are even karaoke rooms with room for up to 12 people. If you've got a would-be Greg Norman in your party, then fear not. They can up their birdie ratio with a round at the awardwinning Laguna Phuket Golf Club, just a free shuttle bus ride away from the resort. When I visited in November, a largescale wedding between two Indian families was in full swing. Taking place over several days, it's to the hotel's credit that the rest of the hotel's guests were largely undisturbed march 14 | PRIMOLIFE



XANA Beach Club regularly attracts top acts from around the world to spin the disks and get guests up and dancing

COMFORT FIRST The accommodation options in the resort are varied from suites to two-bedroom apartments. Above, book a massage at the award-winning spa, and below left, enjoy a cocktail in the pool at XANA Beach Club..

by the festivities, although it was fun to watch the colourful decorations going up, and the bleary eyed guests wandering around the morning after. Much like many other top class resorts in Phuket, the hotel had embraced the trend for beach clubs, with its own XANA Beach Club regularly attracting top acts from around the world to spin the discs and get guests up and dancing. Combining a chic sophistication with the laid-back beachfront vibe of Ibiza, XANA is a wonderful place to spend a few hours before partying into the night. It's set on the hotel's beach and is away from the main resort so if you do have little ones in tow, they won't be disturbed by the resident DJ's beats. I had lunch at the beach club's restaurant, and it was fabulous; freshly caught local fish prepared with a Mediterranean twist. Delicious. Food is a high point wherever you decide to eat at the resort, from the endless


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collection of goodies on offer at the Market Place for breakfast (my favourite was the 'eggs any way you like' bar with a freshly made doughy waffle and syrup on the side), to the Bodega and Grill. Think perfectly aged steaks, Italian food to make Giuseppe cry 'Mama' and fine wines from around the world. And if you can't bear to leave

the pool during the day, there are local and international dishes for the kids and adults at the friendly poolside cafe. Across the water and right on the beachfront, there's Baan Talay, serving traditional Thai dishes and fresh seafood - a real treat for those who like it (sometimes) hot. The Angsana Spa Laguna has a range of signature therapies designed to calm the spirit and nourish the soul. Using traditional aromatherapy and a fusion of East and West techniques, it's an award-winning sanctuary away from the bustle of the resort. My hour or so in the hands of a gently firm masseuse was the perfect antidote to a hard day on the sun lounger. Everything during the experience was a harmonious and graceful as the Thai people themselves. A real must during your stay at the resort. To compliment this me-time, it's possible to try yoga, Pilates or aerobics for free in an introductory session on the resort's grounds, something I will definitely line up next time I visit. Despite the fact that it's the perfect

venue for a family holiday with so much to keep everybody amused, it's also an undeniably romantic destination. Jutting out into the lagoon like a Hollywood version of the world's cutest wedding venue is a little white chapel on stilts. What bride wouldn't want to arrive on her big day there, stepping off the pontoon and into the arms of her husband-to-be? It's possible of course never to leave the spacious confines of Angsana Laguna - and why would you, when there's so much to see and do? Bear in mind though, just beyond its walls is an island packed with history, culture and possibilities. Phuket is a real treasure waiting to be discovered. For me, though, lagoon living was my aim, and thanks to Lucky and his friends, something I'll never forget. PL

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what’s so great about

Melbourne? Don’t get Trish Gallagher started on why her home town is top of the pops. Here’s her definitive - and very personal - guide to the best* city in the east


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What is it about Melbourne that keeps people coming back? Let’s face it, we don’t have the best beaches in Australia – in fact you could say there aren’t any ‘Melbourne’ beaches at all as the city is at the tip of a bay. When overseas visitors think of Australia, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the enormous Sydney Harbour Bridge or Uluru crawling with fluffy marsupials and spiders the size of roadtrain wheels. The Yarra River or trams don’t scream ‘Aussie’, but they should. You need to experience the character of Melbourne and not just judge a postcard by

its buxom, thong-clad image. The biggest draw card for Melbourne is the wide spectrum of activities and attractions that cater to all walks of life. You like sport? We got sport. You follow fashion? We follow fashion too! You want to eat well? Come right over and take a seat. You could literally bring a family with very differing tastes to Melbourne and even the surliest teenager would leave with a smile on their face. So let’s faintly scratch the surface on what you will discover in the Garden State Capital.


ICONIC Melbourne has often been described as one of the best cities in the world with its mix of appealing architecture, great cultural and sporting events and top food and drink venues.


Where to begin? Like any well-organised traveller, the best way to sort your sporting events is by calendar. January sees skirts rise and balls bounce; snuggled up tight next to the French Open, the US Open and Wimbledon, the Australian Open is proud to be a member of the tennis Grand Slam tournament straddling the international tennis calendar. Held at Melbourne Park, you’ll see all your favourite slammers courtside at Rod Laver or HiSense arenas. Given the recent

heatwave this summer, there are whispers that the tournament may be moved to a different date, but this probably won’t happen for a good few years yet. Ticket prices vary but if you just want to soak up the atmosphere, you can get your hands on a ground pass for as little as $20. As soon as the first maple leaf falls along the banks of the Yarra, you can rest assured this is a surefire sign that global Grand Prix fans start to rev their internal engines, excited for their next fume fix. Albert Park comes to life with the smell of burning oil for the Australian Grand Prix, also when local residents take their annual ‘noise vacation’. It’s loud, smelly and the atmosphere is electric. If you miss the first lap, never fear – you have 57 more laps to catch up, totalling

over 300kms for the drivers. Don’t forget your earplugs and sunscreen. Bouncing off in March is the Australian Football League season. There is something pretty magical about barracking for a team, any team, in the 100,000 seat Melbourne Cricket Ground. Grab a pie and a beer (or sushi and mineral water) and settle back for some pretty serious football fanatics letting loose at their sporting heroes. This is tradition at its finest - Sunday at the ‘G’. Get your ground tickets from $19. What other state gives their residents a day off for a horse race? If that isn’t an incentive to move here then I don’t know what is. The first week of November is Melbourne Cup Carnival, the VIP of the broader Spring Racing Carnival which runs march 14 | PRIMOLIFE




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from September to November each year. More than just a horse race, the whole city has a cultural shift in celebrating all things equine. Sure, it’s about the horses, but it is equally about hats. And dresses. And Liz Hurley.You may have a hard time securing tickets to the grandstand, but, according to reliable sources, the most fun is to be had in the car park. Tip – ladies, make sure your handbag is big enough to hold a pair of flats for the end of the day. My interest in cricket spans as far as the cartoon duck that solemnly walks across the TV screen, but if you are a fan of the baggy green, Melbourne is the place to be in the summer months. Your chances of spying the actual completely underwhelming Ashes’ urn are slim, but you can pick up a replica urn bottle opener at one of Swanston Street ubiquitous souvenir shops. Polo, sailing (OK, Sydney and Hobart can stake their claim on this one) yoga at Federation Square, the Superdog Series - the most prestigious greyhound race in the world – there is always a sporting activity for you to sink your teeth into any month of the year.

Melbourne is renowned for its quirky and stylish clobber and if we didn’t invent the term ‘hipster’, we sure as heck embraced it. You will find maroon-cuffed skinny jeans and plaid shirts in just about any boutique from Chapel Streed to Sydney Road. Melbourne fashion districts are sliced up like a lemon tart – here’s a little style map overview. North side will see you skulking the groovy streets of Fitzroy and Brunswick. A vintage lover’s paradise, Smith Street, Collingwood is packed with retro clothing and homewares stores, all varying in price bracket. Stand outs are Sally’s Retro Fashion and Shappere, who occasionally stock some very fancy cowboy boots and groovy 1970s bags. The Brotherhood of St Laurence have seized an opportunity for the vintage phenomenon and own the small chain Hunter and Gatherer on Brunswick Street,

RIVER CITY The Yarra is an important part of Melbourne's cityscape, as are the trams which take residents and tourists alike all over town, from shopping meccas like Chapel Street to the heart of the CBD.

nestled in with classic American vintage finds and artisan boutiques, H&G weed out classic pieces and up the price tag from your average op shop purchase, thereby attracting discerning young'un's. Genius really. Heading over to Brunswick is like heading over to a Chinese province – sure it’s a ‘suburb’, but it’s massive. If your time frame is tight, you can stick to Sydney Road which still happens to be a mere 4.5kms in length. In amongst the retro shops and hookah pipe cafes is a bride’s paradise of wedding boutique bliss. From classic designs to the downright

gaudy, if you don’t find a wedding gown here, it’s time to look at the Vegas option. Wear comfortable shoes and hydrate for this long and fascinating walk. Southside sees you on Chapel Street, which unfortunately has become a little too ‘chain store’ over the last decade or so. Push past this and you will still find some true gems though. Dansk will kit you out in classic Danish

design (you will need to supply your own blonde hair) or get into FAT for some truly unique pieces from Australian and international designers. After all, who doesn’t need a chrome skateboard helmet? Fashion stalwart Roy Christou gives us Honor Among Thieves. Dedicated to the pursuit of luxury without pretence, he sources materials from Australia and Japan and draws inspiration from the likes of Oscar Wilde and Nick Cave, perfect for people watching on Chapel. If you are really ready to run your credit card through every magnet in the south east corner of our country then the city is where you need to be. Southbank, Southgate and Crown Casino precincts are stuffed with all your designer classics – Burberry, Hugo Boss, Luis Vuitton, Prada – the list is as endless as your credit will need to be. Still nothing screams ‘black jack!’ like a Versace pant suit, so go on treat yourself. The ‘Paris end’ of Collins Street is the classy twin to the Casino complex with Tiffany and Co, Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren. In October last year, Chanel opened their flagship store. 700 stunning square

metres of tweed suit and leather chained handbag bliss. If you’re coming for fashion and you can only make a short tip, make sure it’s between March 17 to 23 for the Melbourne Fashion Festival. Showcasing emerging and established Australian and International designers, there is a runway event to suit everyone. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketek.


There aren't enough gigabytes on the internet for me to give even a brief run down on the restaurants, bars and cafes in this fair city. Here is my tip for you – paste a map of Melbourne to your garage door, blindfold yourself and throw a dart at said map. You are guaranteed to hit the bullseye on a tasty gastronomic experience. There is a food venue opening every week in this city and, similarly, some close just as quick. Don’t be disappointed if your choice has moved on; there will be something to eat in its place. Like the quirky fashion boutiques, Melbourne’s famous laneways are jammed with gem food finds and I will say it here and now, speaking from much research and experience – Melbourne has the best coffee in the whole of Terra Australis. Fact. Degraves Street, a narrow little pedestrian laneway, should be your first stop to experience the café culture so grab yourself a piccolo or double macchiato and please note, black berets and slim cigarillos are optional. Pelligrini’s at the top end of Bourke Street is a Melbourne institution and has been serving espresso on this site for 60 years.

Don't come here expecting Grade A service. It’s a small, family-run business that has seen and heard it all before. Do come though with that knowledge as it’s all part of the experience and you will have a blast, all the while slurping marinara sauce upside your face. The city is currently in the grip of Yankee fever and American Style BBQ is big. Fancy Hanks at the Mercat Hotel cranks

up the smoke Wednesday to Sunday and as the venue overlooks the Queen Victoria Markets, it’s the perfect place to have a coldie while on a shopping spree. Enjoy smoked brisket, mac 'n’ cheese and cornbread while sipping a craft beer and watch the world go by on a Sunday afternoon. Melbourne has its fair share of ‘hatted’ restaurants and, if fine dining is what you are after, there's plenty of choice. Head back down to the Casino precinct where heavyweights Nobu, Spice Temple, Rockpool, Rosetta (Neil Perry likes Melbourne) and the new No 8 by John Lawson are situated along the banks of the Yarra. If you want to celebrate a special anniversary or simply fancy luxuriating in the very best cuisine, catch the lift up 55 floors to the top of the Rialto Tower where Shannon Bennet continues to watch his patrons' jaws drop with his flavour creations and atmosphere at Vue de Monde. The view alone is worth the visit. Drinking is like catching a tram in Melbourne, almost everybody does it at some point and we have the venues to match any taste. Cocktail bars that are a must are The Evmarch 14 | PRIMOLIFE



erleigh – a nod to the speakeasies of the past. The venue is seated, won’t take a group of more than six but you will be transported to a different era (the gin and tonic is served in cut crystal personal jugs – very quaint). Catch a tram to the bottom end of Richmond and weave your way through the back streets to get to the Mountain Goat Brewery, where you’ll sit in among the brewing vats, snaffle an artisan pizza and smash a local beer just a hop skip and a jump from the city. There should be one of these breweries on every street corner in my opinion.


The beauty of Melbourne is that it’s one of Australia’s easiest cities to navigate essentially it’s one big grid with inner-city suburbs sprouting out from the sides. For the uninitiated, trams may seem daunting but always remember this. If you get on a tram no matter what happens you will end up back in the heart of the city. The Art Series Hotels are predominately located on the southside of the city - The Olsen on Chapel,The Cullen on Commercial Rd and The Blackman on St Kilda Rd. Each hotel is packed full of original and printed work from the respective artists and cleverly designed rooms and suites are a mix of design, comfort and style. But let’s face it, everyone goes straight to check out the minibar when they hit a hotel room and the Art Series Hotels do not disappoint. Stocked with local artisan fare from the nearby Prahran Markets including local wines and beers – test out the selection, pick your favourite, then head down the


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VARIETY Above, the Crown Complex is packed with attractions including top quality restaurants, hotels and a casino, while top right, Flinders Station is probably one of the most photographed stations in the world.

road to take your favourite home with you. If you are really feeling arty, The Cullen will supply guests with canvas and paints to express (or unleash) your creativity. The Crown Complex trio of beauties are Crown Towers, Crown Metropol and Crown Esplanade, all with stunning views and room amenities that would give any Joe Bloggs the chance to live like a rock star for the night. Conveniently located on the Yarra, a short walk will bring you smack bang in the middle of the city. If you’re weary from travels, you only have to head down to the foyer and you’re in the midst of restaurants, bars and the retail shopping area.

If you are staying at Metropol, head back up to the pool for a fruity cocktail and incredible city views The Windsor, one of Melbourne’s oldest and architecturally grand hotels is situated opposite the Victorian Parliament and the vibrant theatre district. This side of the city gives easy you access to the suburbs Fitzroy and Carlton. However the drawcard is twofold – the close proximity to the MCG and the world renowned ‘High Tea’, neither to be missed. When I mentioned at the beginning that we would barely scratch the surface of Melbourne, I wasn’t joking – we haven’t discussed St Kilda beach and the pastry shops of Acland Street, the International Comedy Festival or the incredible diverse arts programs. There’s the the Botanical Gardens, city based hot air balloon rides, the dining highlights of the Docklands precinct and the multicultural bliss of Footscray. Tempted? You will just have to come and see for yourself. PL Visit for the latest things to do in Victoria and Melbourne. *probably. Sorry Sydney.






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Drenched in Romance

Only Cole Porter could summon up a romantic picture out of ‘drizzles’, and only when he put Paris in the same sentence, says Sandra Harris Ramini, loving every minute of her rainy stay in the French capital


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"I I I I


love love love love

Paris Paris Paris Paris

in in in in

the the the the

springtime fall summer when it sizzles winter when it drizzles."

or anyone else, anywhere else, ‘drizzles’ is just plain dreary. It means rain sneaking down the back of your collar, sending shivers down your spine and not in a nice way. Drizzle speaks of sodden shoes and wet ankles. But Paris in the rain, Paris with its windscreen wipers on; Paris belted into its trenchcoat, splashing through the puddles, is romance personified. Audrey Hepburn told Humphrey Bogart all about it in Billy Wilder’s Sabrina, Owen Wilson told Lea Seydoux in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and how many millions have there been before and since? I’m not counting, but I do know that if there is a city that casts a spell on romantics across the world, it’s Paris. So here, in what was the month of Saint Valentine, patron saint of lovers, my shamelessly romantic husband and I are in Paris. And guess what. It’s raining. Which is perfect. Not just for all the reasons above, but because it empties the streets and scares all the other tourists into the Louvre to hide from the rain and join the crowds around the Mona Lisa. But we intrepid ones can take the bateau mouche and consider ourselves privileged to

~ Cole Porter

be the only ones mad enough to take a boat trip in the rain. We can glance up at the trees tracing elegant patterns in the darkening sky and imagine them in the spring. We can photograph each other in the reflected light of the streetlamps on Pont Alexandre III and marvel at the extra sparkle a raindrop can add. We can hail a taxi and keep our appointment with the ghost of Edif Piaf at her privately owned and curated museum. Filled with memorabilia and with her signature song, ‘Je ne regretted rien’ playing softly in the background, it’s one of the most romantic places in Paris. And known to very few. My own Paris lives on the Left Bank, Rive Gauche as it's known to the locals. I first stayed in the Hotel Des Deux Continents in the Rue Jacob about 40 years ago. It's still there, looking straight out of Allo, Allo with iconic views over the rooftops of Paris. My two local cafés were the Café de Flor and Café Deux Magots, both achingly famous in their heyday of the 30s through to the 50s when everyone from Hemingway to Scott Fitzgerald, Andre Gide to William Faulkner all gathered to drink coffee, smoke their heads off (people did in those days) and talk about Art with a capital A. march 14 | PRIMOLIFE


travel Brasserie Lipp, just opposite St Germain de Pres Metro, another haunt of the intelligentsia, is still popular. The food was disappointing then as it is now, but for a coffee or a hot chocolate, drunk as you do, from a cup the size of a soup bowl, it’s the best. I like to think that if I sit in any of these establishments long enough some of the genius of those old regulars will rub off on me. Sadly, the waiters don’t give us enough time to soak up atmosphere. We’re using up a perfectly good table. Another favourite spot is the Latin Quarter in the fifth arrondissement. It’s quirky, stylish and about 10 minutes by Metro from everywhere, including the Louvre. A recent discovery of mine, since I fell in love with the world’s most graceful tennis player, Roger Federer, is Village d’Auteuil. It’s the family-friendly southern part of the 16th arrondissement and within walking distance of not only the Bois de Boulogne but the Roland Garros Tennis Courts which host the French Open. For those who are not totally dedicated to Roger and his fellow gladiators the Village d’Auteuil is also five metro stations from the Trocadero/Eiffel tower, eight

from the Champs-Elysées, 11 from Odeon and Saint-Germain des Prés. It’s chic Paris without being snooty, especially twice a week when the market is in full swing. Then there’s the Shakespeare and Co bookshop at Rue de la Bucherie, where back in the 50s and 60s, you could have bumped into Jack Kerouac, Alan Ginsburg or William Burroughs. Wander a bit further to Rue des Grands Augustins and you’ll breathe the same air as Pablo Picasso.

Enough of all this Art and Culture and deja vu. Where are the great eateries? We like the old style bistros at affordable prices and always head for Le Cochon a l’Oreille (literally the pig’s ears) It's in the old market district of Les Halles and has been around for around a 100 years, packing in the crowds to tuck into dishes like confit de canard and stuffed pork with lentils. Another old-style place of charm is La Fontaine de Mars, with lace curtains,

ACHINGLY BEAUTIFUL Despite the often hit and miss service and sometimes disappointing weather, Paris is still one of the world's most romantic cities.


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red-checked tablecloths and a superb, unchanging menu of of good old-fashioned Gallic food. A bit more up to the minute is Frenchie, featuring the cooking of more cosmopolitan dishes but within a solid French tradition, slow roasted lamb with egg plant, soft ravioli stuffed with crab meat, spinach with pomegranate, all that sort of thing. Really excellently priced is a tiny bistro close to St George Metro station, Le Bistro Lorette. Excellent service and food and you can leave, happily full to bursting having paid around 25 to 30 euros, max. It’s a gem. Quincy, in the 12th arrondissement is another great space. It’s near the Gare de Lyon, which is on top of the Bastille district and features pure bistro cooking, like farmhouse terrine with a garlicky cabbage salad, a wickedly rich goose cassoulet, and rabbit cooked in white wine and shallots. Not too far from Quincy, in the heart of the Bastille area is one of the city’s most stylish contemporary hotels, Hotel Marceau Bastille. It’s chic, the rooms are large and comfy, the wifi works without any fuss and the breakfast is the best I’ve found in this city of disastrous breakfasts. Hot coffee, hot croissants (virtually unheard of elsewhere) and jam and butter on proper dishes and not in nasty sachets. Top marks. There are those who say that no trip to Paris is complete without a trip to Polidor Brasserie. Drenched in atmosphere and wildly French, the food is a bit hit and miss and so is the service. But, hey, it’s the month of Valentine and even French waiters must have someone who loves them. Don’t they? PL


Where to find your Paris

Musée d’Edith Piaf is open Monday to Wednesday from 1pm-6pm, by appointment only. Telephone +33 1 4355 5272: address and entry codes provided upon request. Have your hotel concierge call if you don’t speak French. Brasserie Lipp Boulevard St Germain Le Cochon à l’Oreille 15 rue Montmartre, 1st arrondissement (33/1/4236- 0756). La Fontaine de Mars 129 rue St-Dominique, 7th arrondissement (33/1/4705- 4644). Moderate. Frenchie 5 rue du Nil, 2nd arrondissement (33/1/40399619). Moderate. Le Bistro Lorette 43 Rue Notre Dame de Lorette, close to St George Metro station. Small bistro that seats a maximum of 26 people. Le Quincy 28 avenue Ledru-Rollin, 12th arrondissement (33/1/4628-4676). Inexpensive. Polidor rue Monsieur le Prince Very popular brasserie with a meat-heavy menu. Hotel Des Deux Continents Rue Jacob, St Germain Des Pres. Café de Flor and Café Deux Magots Iconic venues that are worth a visit.

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Clean machine

Matthew Mills proves the Mitsubishi Pajero VRX is more than up to a week of full-on family adventures

I think I probably owe the chap charged with valeting Southside Mitsubishi’s review fleet a carton of beers.You see, the unwritten code of conduct that us motoring journalists are supposed to abide by includes the rule that, basically, you return the car more or less in the same condition that you got it. Yes, you might get the occasional phone call asking if you want to come and pick up the notebook you left in the glovebox, but generally it’s taken as read that that, when


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returned, your loaner will still be spick and span. And, to be honest, I did try. But, the thing about this review – taking that classic mainstay of Australian motors the Mitsubishi Pajero VRX for a week’s trial – was that I came up with the great plan of seeing how the much-loved 4x4 would cope with seven days of Family Mills. Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. There was method in my madness,

though. The Paj is a powerful beast, more than happy to take on just about any terrain, so it could be – and often is – used as a workhorse, a farm vehicle or tradie’s mainstay. But its most regular use is as a family wagon. Australians, renowned for their love of cars, want an impressive piece of tin on the drive regardless of what stage in life they have reached. So, once the kids arrive, the Paj and the other big, beautiful fourbies in its class, are an obvious choice for a vehicle

The VRX flew along the freeway - the 3.2-litre turbo diesel engine producing 147kW of power at 3800 revs

FAMILY FRIENDLY The Pajero VRX packs a punch thanks to its generous seating layout and powerful engine.

that can work perfectly on the school run but still give the mum or dad behind the wheel that petrol-scented buzz of driving a car to be proud of. After all, who wants to sit sullenly behind the wheel of a minivan or people carrier when they can stand tall next to what is, at its heart, a classic offroader? My plan then was to coincide this review with a family trip down south. Day two as the proud driver of this wonderful car, saw the Paj comfortably cramming

in me, three of my kids, two of their best friends, half a dozen backpacks and a smattering of lollies and water bottles and heading for Binningup to meet up with my wife (she had taken the much more sensible option of driving down first to get things organised at the holiday house). Packing the Paj was the beginning of me falling deeply in love with the car – mainly through a brief moment of panic. With five kids to ferry south, I obviously needed that extra row of seats, but opening the back door for the first time I was convinced that, somehow, Mitsubishi had forgotten to fit it in the one that they’d lent me. The cavernous cargo space had, at first glance, nothing even remotely seat-like in it. But then I spied a neat little panel in the floor. I opened it and there, tucked away in what seemed like an impossibly small compartment, was the cleverly-folded up back seat. The lightest of touches and it rose serenely into place, sturdy and comfortable, ready for the off. Whoever designed that piece of slick stowaway must have a PHD in origami. So, we were off, and I had the chance to really feel the drive quality of my Pajero. Easy-to-use GPS navigation system programmed for Binningup, radio just under full tilt to drown out the boisterous

chatter of the kids in the back, air con keeping out the summer heat, we sailed down the Kwinnana Freeway. With a parent’s most precious cargo on board, the Pajero is one of the best places to be. Sturdy doesn’t cut it. This car feels like it knows the responsibility it has, hugs the road, strong and reliant. In short, you feel as safe as it’s possible to be on the sometimes chaotic roads of WA. With six airbags and a full complement of safety systems including active stability control, active traction control, antilock brakes and electronic brakeforce distribution, it’s no wonder the Pajero gets the full five stars for crash safety. So you know you’re in good hands, but you also know that there’s power there. The VRX flew along the freeway – its 3.2-litre turbo diesel engine producing 147kW of power at 3800 revs and 441Nm of torque at 2000. If you needed a burst of speed to avoid a potential mishap, it was there. Our journey down, though, was all about taking it easy. Anyone that’s moved a gaggle of children a long distance knows how stressful it can be, but in the Pajero, with space and room for them to fidget, a great entertainment system, immensely comfortable seats – even for the two girls in what our family calls the ‘back back’ – the five youngsters enjoyed the drive down as much as I did. Not a single meltdown was had that day. Oh, and it didn’t hurt my back pocket too much either – 9 litres for 100kms makes the VRX surprisingly economic for a big guy. Once there, the Pajero ferried our clan to and from the beach, inland to classic WA tourist spots and even enjoyed a spin on the sand – a chance for me to engage all four wheels and feel the power that that offered. And it took everything we could throw at it – buckets, spades, boogie boards, towels, soggy kids, spilled sun tan lotion. It was almost as though the Pajero was enjoying the holiday as much as we were. I did try to get the sand out, honest I did. But I have to admit that I left the red dirt on the wheels on purpose – for me that’s the best accessory a 4x4 can have. So I hope whoever had to clean up after us didn’t have to slave too long – and I’m honestly sorry if you came across a few half-chewed lollies. But, in my defence, I can say that the Family Mills gave that Pajero a thorough workout – and it passed every test with flying colours. PL Mitsubishi Pajero VRX starts at $63,990. Other models begin at $50,990. Southside Mitsubishi, 1261 Albany Highway, Cannington WA 6107. 08 6446 7261. march 14 | PRIMOLIFE


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Jessica Bratich is one talented girl. A former champion athlete who bagged herself not only one of Australia’s cricketing heroes, but also a new career in fashion By Gabi Mills Images crib creative

She’s the golden girl with the fashion world at her feet, but Jessica Bratich is anything but complacent about the hand life has dealt her in recent years. When we meet in a Subi cafe, she

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For my first collection I was inspired by natural earthy colours, classic shapes and hardware

Johnson’s brilliant star turn in the Ashes series. Add to that the fact that she’s also the mum to adorable tot Rubika and last but by no means least, the fact that she’s launching a new collection of her highly covetable leather bag collection. Any one of the above would have other lesser mortals tearing out their hair. “I’ve always liked doing my own thing,” she says. “I don’t like to follow the trends, and do everything myself, from the design of the bags to sourcing sample materials which in


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this collection was from India. I just pack it all in around looking after Rubika.” Driving a fledgling fashion house is a long way from her former life, competing in the high-pressure world of karate, an early path that appealed to her ‘goal-orientated’ personality. However, ultimately fashion was where her true passion lay, so Jessica launched her first collection of leather goods in 2011 after completing a course in marketing and communication and a stint in retail, the same year she married Johnson in Perth,

“For my first collection I was inspired by natural earthy colours, classic shapes and hardware,” she says, her distinctive style instantly recognisable thanks to its use of edgy studs and strong motifs. Her range of bags include clutches (from $99) and handbags (from $299), travel goods and laptop bags, and have been snapped up by those who recognise a good thing when they see it. Ex-Spice Girl Mel B was spotted during Perth Fashion Week sporting two Jessica Bratich clutches, a reflection perhaps of the brand’s strong, confident attitude mirroring its owner’s personality. "Mel B was quoted by the Sunday Times saying, 'This is a really cool bag, I love it. It’s different,'" says Jessica. Jessica’s second collection was launched at Perth Fashion week in 2013 and included clutches, handbags and carefully crafted travel goods. “This collection built on the first one’s bright, edgy and more distinctive look. “It’s a combination of classic shaping and design, with bold graphic elements,” she says. More collaborations with fellow designers are definitely on the cards (she teamed up with Perth shoe designers Van Gogh Shoes for a show in Queensland) and Jessica is keen to build on her international success to date as well as continuing to build her homegrown fan base. “We ran a competition last year via social media for fans of the brand to have their one of their own designs come to life, and named after their maker - that was pretty popular,” says Jessica. The steely resolve of this former martial arts star flashes for an instant in her eyes. “I had my time in karate and now I’m ready for my next chapter.” And you don’t doubt that that next chapter has already begun. PL Visit to view the complete collection.

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Blooming marvellous We all know that Australia is the driest continent on earth and, because of that, we're all urged to be water-wise. So it makes sense to look for an alternative to fresh cut flowers and plants to beautify the home. Sandy Harvey from Veranda has just the thing – faux flowers and plants


ouldn't it be wonderful if we could all enjoy the beautifying effects of blooms around the home without the need to actually grow or look after those same blooms? Artificial flowers and plants are not only practical (and better value for money than real flowers and plants) but they are also a way to make your home beautiful while saving our precious planet. They last a lifetime (if looked after) and, nowadays, look almost more beautiful than the real thing. At Veranda, we have a huge range of faux flowers and plants, so life-like to real plants that it is difficult to tell the difference. At Veranda, we provide a quality product that is beautiful, modern and available at a very competitive price. What are artificial flowers? Throughout history, humans have constantly


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aspired to imitate nature so it comes as no surprise that the creation of artificial flowers has its origins in ancient times. From Chinese silk floral creations to painted linen flowers in Egypt, people have strived to capture the natural environment and represent the often fleeting beauty of flowers in artificial forms. Often people cannot tell the difference between real flowers and exquisite artificial and silk flowers and plants.This is because many of our products are hand-crafted allowing them to look as close to real life as possible. Much time and effort goes into the research and manufacture of these lovely products and a variety of techniques, textures, colours, and materials are used, including ‘real-touch’ fabrics. For special orders, we are happy to arrange custom design arrangements - our customers tell us all the time about how much they love the idea of bringing rooms

to life with faux flowers. It's worth remembering that there are a few rules when using faux flowers. Due to the nature of the silk materials used in the majority of plants and flowers, we recommend that they remain indoors or in shaded areas. Silk plants and flowers placed outside will eventually lose their vibrancy and begin to fade. However, there is an outdoor range of

VIBRANT Carefully chosen faux plants and flowers can add a colourful focal point to rooms and require minimal effort to maintain in tip top condition.

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Here are just some benefits of choosing artificial flowers over real ones:

• If kept in good condition, silk flowers and plants can last a lifetime Artificial flowers are not seasonal – they are available year round • There's no need for water or maintenance

• Long term, artificial flower arrangements will be cheaper than buying fresh flowers on a regular basis high quality plastic plants which last longer than silk plants in the sun. Although they will not last forever, they are ideal for balcony, entrance and garden features, dressing an outdoor space in an elegant, eco-friendly fashion. Just like real flowers, faux ones add colour and volume to any space. It's worth investing in a superior collection of blooms, because once that investment has been made, you'll find they repay that decision in spades,

lasting years longer than fresh flowers. The quality of products varies across the market, so choose carefully and you will have a stunning display which never wilts, drops its leaves or covers your white clothes in pollen. PL Visit for more details or drop in and discuss your faux flower and plant requirements with Sandy and her friendly team at Veranda Home and Garden, Suite 2/1 Leura Avenue, Claremont WA 6010, (Tel: (08) 9385 6533)

• They are a great alternative to people who suffer from allergies or hayfever

• They provide the opportunity to use a large variety of species and colours that would be locally unavailable

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A moment with Myles . . . PRIMOLife’s resident footy nut, Myles, 10, meets West Coast Eagles’ rookies, Dom Sheed and Dylan Main as they look forward to their first season with the club Images crib creative

Dylan Main 18, pick 49 recruited from South Fremantle

DOM SHEED 18, pick 11 recruited from Subiaco

Myles: Which current players in the leadership group at the Eagles do you admire as well as other teams’ players, and would you like to join the leadership group one day? Dom: Kerr, Judd and Cousins were always the players I admired as a child. Whether I join the group in the years to come, well, I’m only young, I’m 18, so that’s a tough question. It’s definitely something I would like to do in the longterm. Dylan: I admire Brendan Goddard (Essendon) for his versatility. His overhead marking has been compared to mine, and that’s a massive compliment. Myles: How did you start your footy career? Dom: I’m from a small town - Kalgoorlie - but ended up playing for Subiaco. I was also the captain of the under-18s WA team. Dylan: I played for South Coogee, and spent 12 years with Auskick alongside Sam McCarthy who’s gone to GWS. Myles: What guernsey are you going to be wearing? Dom: I’ve got Daniel Kerr’s number 4 - those are big shoes to fill. He was definitely my favourite player when I was growing up, and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity of playing. Dylan: I’m wearing Anton Hamp’s number 40. My attitude is you can make your own history with that number.


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Myles: How are you preparing for the beginning of the season? Dom: We’re taking it week by week at the moment, working towards the NAB Cup. It’s hard - pre-season training is so much more than anything we’ve done before. Dylan: Yes, it’s a massive step up - but I’m still really enjoying it all. Dom: We’ve just started training in a rehab group with the main group. So on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays it’s balls out, then weights four days a week. Dylan: We’re running lots of laps on the oval too. It’s pretty overwhelming to train with your heroes. Myles: Who has particularly helped you at the club so far? Dom: Mark Nicoski is mentoring the young players at the moment. For me, Scott Selwood has been great - he’s got plenty of leadership qualities. Dylan: Adam Selwood in midfield is mentoring too. We’re pretty well looked after, and told to remember to be good role models. Myles: Where are you playing mostly in training? Dom: We’re not exactly in a set position yet - I play in the midfield group together, but also play front and back too.


Myles: What would be the highlight for you of the 2014 season? Dom: Undoubtedly it would be playing my first game, but I really just want the team to do well. Dylan: We’re the new breed starting the season - there’s a new game plan. It’s nerve-wracking starting in a new team but exciting too. Myles: What do you do to relax? Dom: I like playing golf and swim whenever I can. Dylan: I play golf too or hit the beach and bodyboard. PL


BACK ROW (L-R): Adam Selwood (Development Coach - Midfield), Sharrod Wellingham, Blayne Wilson, Simon Tunbridge, Jeremy McGovern, Thomas Barrass, Fraser McInnes, Brant Colledge, Ash Smith, Sam Butler, Adrian Hickmott (Backs Coach), Brady Rawlings (Midfield Coach) THIRD ROW (L-R): Jaymie Graham (Development Coach - Forwards), Josh Hill, Brad Sheppard, Jack Darling, Will Schofield, Eric Mackenzie, Scott Lycett, Nic Naitanui, Callum Sinclair, Mitch Brown, Dylan Main, Jacob Brennan, Xavier Ellis, Luke Shuey, Justin Longmuir (Forwards Coach) SECOND ROW (L-R): Gavin Bell (Head of Development), Jamie Cripps, Shannon Hurn, Matt Priddis, Scott Selwood, Beau Waters, Adam Simpson (Senior Coach), Darren Glass, Dean Cox, Matt Rosa, Josh Kennedy, Mark LeCras, Don Pyke (Stoppage & Structures Coach) FRONT ROW (L-R): Rowen Powell, Murray Newman, Jamie Bennell, Malcolm Karpany, Dominic Sheed, Andrew Gaff, Adam Carter, Elliot Yeo, Mark Hutchings, Pat McGinnity, Chris Masten, Will Maginness /wceofficial



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Fast Facts Name Dylan Main Position: Midfield HEIGHT: 189cm Weight 77kg D.O.B 2/9/95 Recruited from South Fremantle, WA Main is a versatile midfielder who has the ability to play at either end of the ground if needed. Exceptional by foot, he has shown he is capable of kicking goals when running hard forward into space. “Dylan is from South Fremantle. He plays wing or half-back. He played colts for a lot of the year and then moved in to the (WAFL) reserves for some of it. He’s a good runner, he’s got good skills and he can play a few different roles. He could quite well move in to the midfield at some stage.” ~ Rohan O’Brien, recruiter for the West Coast Eagles.

Name Dominic Sheed Position Midfield Height 183cm Weight 82kg D.O.B 10/4/95 Recruited from Subiaco, WA Sheed is a strong, physical midfielder who is a great decision maker. He’s got a thumping long kick and is capable of finishing off in front of goal. Born in Kalgoorlie, Sheed moved to Perth to pursue his football, progressing through the ranks at Subiaco, eventually playing at league level in the WAFL. He won the Larke Medal as the best player in division one of this year’s NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. “He’s been a pretty well-performed player for a few years now. He’s had two years of AIS/AFL Academy and has played league football for Subiaco for two years now. We think he’s been up among the higher echelon of talent for a couple of years now and it was interesting to see that we were aligned with Dom. To have him available at pick 11 was really pleasing.” ~ Rohan O’Brien, recruiter for the West Coast Eagles.

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Walk this way One woman’s determination to make the hugely challenging trek from the heart of Australia to the Indian Ocean makes Tracks a mustsee little movie in March


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Based on Robyn Davidson’s best-selling novel, Tracks stars Mia Wasikowa (Stoker) and Adam Driver (Girls, Frances Ha) It tells the inspirational true story of Robyn and her 2700km solo trek from the harsh centre of Australia to the Indian Ocean, aided only by her faithful canine companion Diggity, four camels and the National Geographic photographer who chronicled this epic modern adventure. Shot in South Australia and the Northern Territory, the film shows the incredible beauty and brutality of the Australian landscape, much in the same way as vintage movie Walkabout did back in the 1970s. The journey, which took nine months to complete, was begun in 1977 by Robyn, who left Alice Springs and traversed the

Australian deserts before arriving at the Indian Ocan coastline. Rick Smolan, the National Geographic photographer, catalogued the adventure, revealing the iconic landscapes and tough conditions the pair endured throughout the trip. The story of that journey was published first in National Geographic Magazine in 1978, then by the London Sunday Times the following year. It was National Geographic’s most popular cover for a number of years, the amazing images syndicated across the world in magazine articles charting Robyn’s journey. The movie has been a long time coming since the book was published. Julia Roberts was attached to the project back in 1993 but it wasn’t until 2012 that

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SUNKISSED Mia Wasikowa plus trusty camels as intrepid traveller, Robyn Davidson in Tracks experienced the harshest of Australia's elements during the making of the movie.

the film finally got the green light with Wasikowska in the lead role as Robyn. Robyn herself was very pleased to finally have Tracks being made into an Australian film. Despite the many offers she had received since the book was published, she hadn’t felt any was quite as right as this. She says of the time: “I was such a purist I just didn’t want Hollywood to have it. “I thought no, this should be an Australian film. It should have its own values that are close to what the journey itself meant, and what the book meant.” Robyn was consulted on the film from the early stages, and was very trusting in the Tracks production. “I first talked to Emile Sherman, the producer, and I just liked him, I just thought

he was terrific. But the thing that really clinched it for me was Mia Wasikowska, and I certainly haven’t been disappointed. I just think she’s a terrific actor, and adorable as well.” The desert conditions made for a very physically demanding shoot for the cast and crew, which only gave them yet more respect for and understanding of what the experience would have been like for Robyn. And although a challenging environment in many ways, the desert is so spectacularly beautiful that it made the shoot a special one. “The climate and the experience of being out there, particularly being at work every day and having no buildings, nothing around you, for a full 360 degrees, it was really kind of magical,” said director John Curran. Shown at film festivals across the world, Tracks is destined to become a showcase for Australia’s uniquely beautiful - and sometimes terrifying - outback. And the camels aren’t bad either. The film is directed by John Curran (The Painted Veil, We Don’t Live Here Anymore) and produced by Emile Sherman and Iain Canning, the Academy Awardwinning team behind The King’s Speech. Tracks is released on March 6. PL

Starring Jenny Agutter, the 1971 movie directed by Nicolas Roeg really put Australia on the map, so to speak. After their father goes troppo in the wilderness, a teenage schoolgirl (Agutter) and her little brother (Roeg’s son, Luc) are befriended by an Aboriginal boy with tragic consequences. One of the great movies of the time, Walkabout still packs a punch. The Story of the Kelly Gang Notable for being the world’s first feature-length movie, this 1906 classic retells the story of Ned and his band of outlaw brothers. Picnic at Hanging Rock One of the most unforgettable movies ever made by director Peter Weir, this 1975 film tells the strange tale of the disappearance of several schoolgirls on a picnic day trip to the eponymous location on Valentine’s Day, 1900. Reflecting perhaps more than any other film the other worldly nature of the Australian landscape, this was the first movie to achieve international success from Australia. Mad Max The post-apocalyptic movie franchise which launched the career of one Mel Gibson, the original, game-changing film in the series seemed to sum up the on-theedge-of-nowhere sensation living in Australia has for many.

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As Breaking Bad’s hapless anti-hero Jesse Pinkman, all Aaron Paul could hope to drive was a beaten up old motorhome but, in new movie Need for Speed his wheels just got a whole lot cooler. Gill Pringle reports exclusively for PRIMOLife

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I’m a big lover of cars in general, especially after doing this film,” says the actor, who admits to a certain sentimentality for the motorhome he drove as Jesse Pinkman on the award-winning TV series which made him a household name. There’d been plenty of roles prior to that - he’d played Tom Cruise’s brother-inlaw in Mission Impossible III and gained recognition for his recurring role on TV’s Big Love - but with Breaking Bad, he achieved overnight fame, as well as repopularising the word, ‘B*tch’. While still at high school in Boise, Idaho, he entered a Los Angeles modeling agency competition, placing as runner-up and signing with a manager. Two years later, he graduated school and promptly packed up his belongings in his 1982 Toyota Corolla and drove 850 miles to Hollywood with just US$6,000 in savings. You might argue that Need For Speed was a role he was born to play. “I was 15 when I got my driver’s license. Looking back, I was just a little kid but at the time I felt so adult and being able to drive gave me so much freedom,” says Paul,

34, the youngest in a family of five children. “I loved my Corolla - despite the fact it was an ugly gold-ish colour. “Any time it rained the boot would fill up with water, but it was my pride and joy because it was my car and I was so proud that I had my own car and I could drive wherever I wanted.” Even after the roles starting coming in, commercials for Vanilla Coke and Juicy Fruit and featuring in music videos for Korn and Everlast, he was reluctant to part with his beloved car. "I never wanted to get rid of it so I ended up selling it to a neighbour in Los Angeles.” Ironically, after all the riches and awards for Breaking Bad, he finds himself car-less. "My lease was up in November so I’m doing little loaners to figure out what I want. "Right now I have an Audi RS7. It’s fast and fun. I also love the Tesla. "My wife and I were thinking about getting on the waiting list so we’d probably have to wait six months," says the actor who uses the word 'wife' with the kind of softness reserved only for the newly-wed, having tied the knot in May last year with

actress Lauren Parsekian. His new marital status however didn’t prevent him from fully enjoying the boyish bravado of actually being paid to race like a demon in Need for A Speed, portraying Tobey Marshall, a street racer who, fresh from prison, joins a cross country race determined to reek revenge on a business associate who framed him. “It’s one of the reasons I jumped onto the film – the simple fact I would be able to race around in these cars all over the country. “I also had one of the greatest stunt drivers on the planet, Tanner Foust, and

“She’s like ‘Let’s not do that babe, we’re good!’” Ask him to explain the male fascination with cars, and he asks incredulously: “Do women not love cars? Cars are bad ass and some cars are dangerous and some guys just gravitate toward the danger of it all. I think guys love adrenaline and some of us get adrenaline out of driving cars. “For me, I think it’s the freedom of the open road,” says Paul who admits he would have loved to have kept the Gran Torino from Need for Speed. “We were all fighting over it after we’d finished shooting but no-one got it.”

LOVEABLE ROGUE Aaron Paul as Tobey Marshall in Need for Speed, left and below.

he was really the one whipping around on all the corners and jumping over stuff and doing all the crazy madness, but all the upclose shots are actually me driving behind the wheel. “And the scenes where we’re on the freeway, swerving through the traffic, that’s all me. “They shut down the freeway for us to film those scenes with stuntmen and women in the other cars. Everything you see actually happened,” says the actor who filmed on locations across the States from New York through Michigan, Georgia, Alabama and Utah across to San Francisco. He says he’s picked up many new driving skills along the way. “Man, they put me through a lot of training. “By the end of the first day I was doing reverse 180s and flying down a skid path and doing a full 360 and then coming out of the spin and driving away. I would never really use that in my day-to-day life, but it’s just cool to know that I could.” Ask if he’s tried out any of his new racing tricks with the missus in the car, and he laughs.

As the roles stack up over the coming months, fans of Aaron will see him starring with some of Australia’s finest actors, including Joel Edgerton in the Moses epic Exodus and Toni Collette in the comedy A Long Way Down. “I love Joel,” he says warmly of his Aussie co-star. “I love that guy so much and we will

definitely remain friends. He’s a class act. And Toni is hilarious. I love the Aussies.” Don’t be surprised if Paul’s next project is fatherhood, having got a taste for parenting while recently filming the drama Hellion in which he plays a train-wreck of a father-of-two. “I would have had to have kids when I was 21 years old if I were to be a father of a 13-year-old now,” he muses. “But I guess that’s pretty normal in some towns across the States. My siblings started very young and my sister is now a grandmother. “I was the baby in our family so my parents were a lot easier by time they got around to me. I loved being the baby. I’ve grown out of that now. “But I loved jumping into the skin of a damaged father struggling to raise his kids in his own way. It’s a beautiful film,” says the actor who also co-produced the movie. As Paul’s career begins to build, he appreciates that fans will always recognise him for his Emmy-winning alter-ego of Jesse Pinkman.

“Jesse is one of those characters that you just feel for.You know that he doesn’t want to be in this situation, you just feel it. “And of course, he is a bad guy: he’s a drug dealer and now a murderer. “He’s a druggie but he has a good heart and he’s so transparent about who he is on the inside, you just can’t help but love him.” Need for Speed is released on March 14. PL march 14 | PRIMOLIFE



Mr Grey will (nearly) see you now It’s the marketing campaign designed to make the collective hearts of women around the world beat faster. The first teasing images of Fifty Shades of Grey have been released – but will it live up to the hype? Mooted for a release date of Valentine’s Day 2015 - yes, that’s right, a whole year from now - the hotly anticipated film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey will begin its slow assault on our senses from now onwards thanks to a couple of newly released movie stills. Showing the elusive Christian Grey (played by Irishman Jamie Dornan) staring out over Seattle, his perfectly cut suit emphasising a hunky figure from behind, the image gives little away about the forthcoming interpretation of EL James’ blockbusting ‘love story’ with a S&M twist. Controversial from the get go, this is a movie which was never going to be an easy proposition for its makers. No matter who took the starring role as Mr Grey - initially Sons of Anarchy’s star, Charlie Hunnam was set to take the lead role - lovers of the books would have their


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own very clear ideas about who should play their kinky hero. Equally pity (up to a point) the poor actress who was cast as Grey’s object of affection, Anastasia Johnson. Dakota Johnson, (daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith) has the heavy responsibility of carrying all the fantasies of EL James’ readers on her slim shoulders. Stuff it up, and this movie could be the kind of hot mess nobody wants, but succeed, and she’ll be the toast of the town. By moving the movie’s release back to February 2015, it looks like the film studio is trying its best to ensure maximum impact,

avoiding pesky interference from another global event, the World Cup in Brazil, and other high profile competiting titles. And by tying it (excuse the pun) to Valentine’s Day, they’ve done the entire male population a favour. If nothing else, taking the wife or girlfriend to this movie should ensure a date night with a difference. Buying the movie an additional six months from its original August 2014 release date means that we can expect to see a steady trickle of flirty movie stills and trailers over the next month - which, if you’re a fan of Fifty Shades, can only heighten the excitement. ••

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Those unmistakeable dreamy boy-next-door looks coupled with the liquid chocolate voice can only mean one thing. The BublĂŠ is coming to town


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If anybody should be on cloud nine, it’s Michael Bublé. The Canadian superstar is on the verge of an Australian tour, he’s just welcomed son Noah into the world with wife Luisana and he’s sitting on a pile of cash thanks to selling more than two million albums in this country alone. Thankfully though, the likeable Canadian is anything but complacent about his gilded existence. “Do not think I take my success these last ten years for granted,” he says. “I was anything but an overnight

sensation which inspires me to deliver big time for my fans - maybe even making some new ones this time out.” The son of a salmon fisherman, if things had been different and he hadn’t had that extraordinary voice, Bublé would have been an ice hockey player. In fact, according to some sources, he requires ‘one local hockey team puck’ in his dressing room at every concert. Just imagine, in a parallel universe there would be no festive shopping outings to the background of his seven

times platinum selling Christmas album. Instead of smashing pucks into icy goals, Bublé has been smashing box office records all over the place. His ticket was one of the hottest around in the UK recently, with six shows originally organised at London’s O2 Arena, before his adoring public demanded more and four more shows were added after the first run sold out in just five minutes. And it’s not just women of a certain age who love Michael. He’s critically acclaimed too and generally perceived within the industry as a ‘good bloke’.

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You guys were one of the first territories to take me under your wing ~ Michael Bublé on Australia’s ongoing love affair with his music

For instance in February 2009 Bublé pledged a donation of $50,000 to the victims of the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria in a charity concert at Lakeside Secondary School, reflecting perhaps his gratitude to Australia for giving him his first number one album anywhere in the world. “You guys were one of the first territories to take me under your wing,” he said, referring to his 2003 self-titled disc hitting the top spot in May 2004, an album which went on to go seven times platinum. He followed this up with It’s Time (five times platinum) and then Call Me Irresponsible in 2007 and Crazy Love in 2009 (also five times platinum). The Australian tour will be the hitmaker’s tenth trip to the country and a chance for his legion of fans to experience the magic live. “My new record is about love, happiness and fun,” he says of his 2013 release, To Be Loved (which naturally entered the Aussie chart at number one). “I think it’s the best album I’ve ever made,” says Michael. “I know ever artist on earth says that when their new album is coming out, but really, this time it’s true. I swear. “You can ask my mother.” With the Aussie tour kicking off at Perth Arena on Saturday April 26, four more dates follow before he leaves these shores midMay. So if you want to see what all the fuss is about, grab your ticket now to experience Mr Entertainment in action. “I just love getting in front of people,” he says. ‘It’s so important to be in touch with your audience. They’ve paid their money, I want them to be entertained. “If they want to cry or laugh or dance or sing or yell, they can do whatever they want. “My responsibility is just to take them away.” Well, if you insist, Mr B... PL Tickets are available from or call 132 849


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POPULAR Michael and wife Luisana (above) welcomed their son Noah to the world in 2013.


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with Meg Coffey

Here are my five tips for creating engaging Facebook posts: 1. Be yourself. Your posts should be natural, nice and reflect the personality of the brand. Make sure you are talking to your users, not at them. Nobody likes a corporate brand screaming sales pitches at them.

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When it comes to social media, the key to success is getting people to see your content and engage – nobody wants to read a boring post. But how do you get people to like, share and comment?

2. Be relevant. There is nothing worse than posting content that doesn’t have anything to do with your brand.

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Meg’s social media picks

I’m worried about my privacy on Facebook. What advice do you have? ~ James, Bunbury, WA

Privacy issues seem to make headlines almost every day. With over 200 billion new posts per day, there is a lot of information that is being published and shared across the globe. It’s important to protect yourself from unwanted attention, but there is no need to fear social media. Teenagers seem to be especially at risk with research from The Best Computer Science Schools showing 55 per cent of teens have given out personal information to strangers and 24 per cent have had compromising information made public without their permission. Take some time and check out your privacy settings on Facebook and make sure that you are protecting your information. Here are some key tips: 1. Review your Facebook profile information to make sure your information is only


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accessible by friends and is not set to public; 2. Never publicly post that you are away for an extended period of time or give too much info about your current whereabouts; 3. Never publish your full home address contact details – if you work from home, get a PO Box or use a service that provides you with an alternative contact address; 4. Don’t post or tag photos of your friends doing questionable things. Employers are now turning to social media to profile potential candidates and embarrassing posts can lead to decisions about your character that might not be true; and 5. Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know. Facebook should be a network of people you know and interact with. The average person knows 600 people and has 245 Facebook friends. ••

We all know that Australia is a beautiful country. In fact, the Tourism Australia account is the most followed destination account in all of Instagram. Here are two people you should definitely be following . . .

@paulyvella "Where words fail to describe, my camera lense [sic] will shine.'' By day, he fixes air-conditioning units for a living, but by night, Pauly Vella takes artsy snapshots and shares them with his more than 280,000 followers.Vella's photography mostly dreamy shots of landscapes and seascapes on the central coast of NSW - has led him to become one of Australia's most followed snappers on Instagram. He was introduced to Instagram in its early days when there weren't as many users and it was easier to connect with the community. @laurenepbath Now considered Australia’s professional Instagrammer, Lauren only started taking photos seriously in November 2011 and in a short space of time she has quickly amassed more than 300,000 followers. It's not surprising that she was selected to take part in Hamilton Island's Ultimate Instameet social media campaign. “I just love the quantity of images I am exposed to daily from some of the world’s best photographers,” she says. The greatest part about Lauren is her love for this new found world of travel photography. “The best thing about Instagram is the community I can reach out to and so many people I am in contact with on a daily basis and ask questions. I share everything and have never refused a question.” ••

Your content should also be timely – they call it a news feed because it’s where the latest news breaks. Remember you want immediate interaction with your posts. 3. Be visual. It’s a proven fact that photos get more engagement than links or text. But make sure the image is clear and an appropriate reflection of your brand 4. Be succinct. Get to the point right away. Just because you’re allowed to write a mini novel for each post doesn’t mean you should. 5. Engage your fans. Create commentary and invite positive discussion on your page though questions and offers – people love to express their opinions. ••


Great Twitter Accounts to Follow

The food and beverage scene in WA has absolutely exploded in the past few years and Twitter is fast becoming the place to keep up with the latest venue news and happenings. Here are five great Twitter accounts that highlight what a diverse selection of establishments we now have in our state. @xwraymusic This funky little café in Fremantle has everything you could ask for with a side of sass. There’s always something fun going on at XWray and their Twitter account is the place to find the latest goss. If you’re looking for the next big music thing to come out of WA, chances are they’ve played a gig here. @tcehotelperth One of the best Twitter accounts in Perth for hospitality, The Terrace Hotel shares a mix of food, beverage, accommodation and lifestyle photos which showcase the beautiful heritage building and its offerings. With nearly 5000 followers, they are also one of the largest venue Twitter accounts in Perth. @highteasociety High Tea Society is an international website and social media community for lovers of high tea featuring high tea reviews, venue directory, news, fashion and events. Based in Perth but with an international following, there is simply no better resource for all things high tea. @varnishonking A beaver that Tweets – it really doesn’t get much better. Justin Beaver presides over the bar at Varnish and delights the Twitter community with photos of the delicious dishes from the kitchen, the multitude of whiskies and a great personality. If you haven’t been to Varnish yet, make it the top of your list. @eaglebaybrewco Our mouth waters thinking about their beer. Eagle Bay Brewing Co created hand-crafts small batch beers (using rainwater) that are brewed and bottled in Eagle Bay, WA. An up-and-coming group in the craft beer market, these guys are a distraction with their constant posts of thirstquenching drops. You can check out my favourite tweets of the week on here: PL march 14 | PRIMOLIFE



with Paul Hamilton, General Manager of Peard Finance


In February 2014, The Peard Real Estate Group rebranded its home loan division to create a premium mortgage broking service called Peard Finance Formerly known as Evolution Loans, Peard Finance currently has a group of ten mortgage brokers who work out of offices from Mindarie to Mandurah and beyond. SO WHAT IS A MORTGAGE BROKER? A mortgage broker is a finance professional whose role is to assist you with what will often be the biggest finance decision you will make in your life - buying a house. Our role is to compare the various home loans lenders in the market to help you make the right decision in selecting the right home loan. We do this by asking you a number of questions and then comparing the lenders, using our loan comparison software. We then manage the application process and liaise with the lender to achieve a finance approval. Once approved we will then happily assist


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you to sign mortgage documents and speak with the relevant other parties involved to make sure that your loan settles on time. HOW ARE WE PAID? Each lender provides a commission for our service and this commission is disclosed to you in our lending documents. The decision on which lender we approach is your decision; it is not driven by our commission. In fact you will find that most lenders pay roughly the same anyway. Feel free to ask your mortgage broker for a list of all the lender commissions. There is no additional interest rate or bank fee for using a mortgage broker. If you walk into a branch the interest rate and fees are identical for the same product we provide. It is also important to note that unless your loan is a complex commercial structure

or something that is way out of the ordinary, we do not charge for our service. WHY USE PEARD FINANCE? We know that buying and selling a house can be an emotional time. So we believe it's essential that you team up with the right partners on your journey. By combining the expertise, experience and direction of Peard Finance and Peard Real Estate, we will guide you through the process. Our highly motivated and professional experts are available to meet you on your terms, after hours on weeknights and weekends. PL Please visit to find the local broker in your community.



Boost for buyers with new report Forearmed is forewarned if you're looking to buy a property, says John Hammond, head of Hammond Legal, especially now that there's an extra information tool at your disposal

Did you know that on October 30 last year Landgate launched a new product known as the Property Interest Report (PIR)? This comprehensive report allows people to discover important information about a particular property or parcel of land and is of invaluable use to real estate agents, home buyers, home owners, settlement agents, property valuers and property developers. According to Landgate there are up to 85 interests, restrictions or responsibilities that may affect an owner’s use or enjoyment of land that are not listed on the Certificate of Title. The current PI report includes information such as local and regional planning schemes (including zoning), acid sulphate soil risk, garden bore suitability and land use planning, to name a few. The advantage of the PIR is that it protects and informs members of the public of their rights throughout the course of the property transaction process. It also provides an accurate snapshot of what interests affect and do not affect a particular property. The value of the report, given its range of recorded interests, will vary depending upon the nature of the property and the issues of significance to the individual buyer. It is worth noting that the PIR’s contain a detailed disclaimer specifying that the state government, Landgate and the agencies and bodies specified in the PIR are not liable for any loss or damage caused from the use and reliance upon information contained

in the PIR. On that basis, it is recommended that all information contained in the PIR is verified with the relevant state government agency or body. At a cost of $54.95 (inclusive of GST) it would be prudent to obtain a PIR before signing a contract of sale to buy a property. This affordable tool will avoid the possibility of restrictions or responsibilities on your property becoming evident after settlement. Don't let molehills become mountains What happens when a minor problem occurs prior to the purchase of your new property? For example perhaps the swimming pool pump has stopped working or the owner has failed to instal smoke alarms? Generally it is best to proceed to settlement. Minor breaches of contract often don’t entitle a purchaser to back out of the contract. It is important to remember to raise the problems in writing with the vendor’s agent and vendor personally. Let the vendor know that you are proceeding to settlement under protest and that you will recover the cost of the repairs after settlement. Unless you give such a notice you may be held to have waived your rights to take legal action. PL

MEET the TEAM John Hammond has over 24 years of legal experience in civil litigation, commercial disputes, employment law and industrial relations, local government law, town planning, environmental matters and corporations law. He has appeared as Counsel in most Courts and Tribunals, and has has also appeared for people in Royal Commissions, local government inquiries and disciplinary boards. John has appeared as Counsel in the Supreme Court of Western Australia, the District Court, the Magistrates Court, the Federal Court of Australia, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the State Administrative Appeals Tribunal. As Mayor of the Town of Cottesloe and Chairman of the Town’s Town Planning Scheme Review Committee (1999 – 2003), John has worked at length with local government officers and planning consultants. "Hammond Legal’s aim is to resolve your dispute or legal problem in as short as time as possible, and as cost effectively as possible," says John. Sally Raine is co-director of Hammond Legal, was admitted to practice law in 2002. She practises in the areas of property, contract, land, corporate governance, commercial law, trusts, environmental law, contaminated sites, leases, sale of land and businesses, wills and estates. She has valuable experience in land access issues, advising notfor-profit organisations, resolving commercial disputes and civil litigation in the Magistrates Court and Supreme Court. Sally is interested in practical legal advice and pragmatic and cost effective outcomes.

For more advice on property related issues, contact John and his team at Level 2, 82 Beaufort Street, Perth, call (08) 6311 7080 or email

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Welcome to the property section of PRIMOLife


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Luxury, Location, Lifestyle!

2014 certainly started in style for the Peard Real Estate Group

65 Broadhurst Cres, Bateman has to be one of the most beautifully presented homes in Bateman. The degree of excellence, thought and attention to detail that has gone into creating this masterpiece is immediately apparent. Style, class and quality abound! With so many reasons to view, it has to be top of your list. This high quality fully renovated home, in sort after Bateman is situated on a 698sqm block. A very peaceful and serene location, this beautiful home is located close to schools, Murdoch University, St John of God Hospital and the upcoming Fiona Stanley Hospital, major transport, shopping centres and parks. Opportunities to purchase homes of this calibre in the area are rare, so don’t delay! To view this property call Marg Kudla today on 0457 515 007.

The year kicked off with our PRIMOLife Launch Party at bamBOO with a guest list that included fashion designer Aurelio Costarella, Andrew and Rayne Embley, Dale Alcock, Emily Parish and our very special guest – PRIMOLife's LA-based writer Gill Pringle who travelled all the way from Hollywood to celebrate with us. The property market also started on a successful note with just over 1,000 properties being sold in Perth. The steady interest rates are giving buyers the confidence to purchase homes and since there has been no break out in property prices, property sales continue to be vibrant. Peard Real Estate has always been a Perth-based company, but the confidence in the local property market has encouraged us to open an office in Karratha, which is a significant development for our group. We strategically chose Karratha as our first regional office because we believe that it is now possibly at the bottom of its property cycle and has lots of upside during the coming years. The north west property market is now undergoing a market correction, so now is the opportune time to expand into the region. The depth of the market correction in Karratha is underlined by the figures produced by the Pilbara Development Commission for the September 2013 quarter which shows that over the last two years, weekly rents in the city have fallen by over $500 to $1,207. However, we believe that the Karratha real estate market is primed for an upswing driven by more realistic selling prices and the fact that the supply of houses advertised for sale is declining, which in turn will put an upward pressure on prices. So, from next edition of PRIMOLife you will be able to browse properties to purchase in Karratha, with the option to have your property managed by one of the most trusted real estate brand names in the state. For Perth-based investors with property in Karratha, we offer a local team on the ground in the city backed by the support of our Perth-based property management team. These are just some of the exciting things we have been up to and we look forward to sharing many more developments with you over the year. I hope you enjoy this issue of PRIMOLife magazine.

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rockingham’s rising star Camille Ainsley, Peard Real Estate Rockingham’s latest recruit, may have come to real estate relatively late but she’s making up for lost time in spades If ever there was an example of how a career in real estate allows those who commit their heart and soul to the calling, then it’s Camille Ainsley. Camille, a 40-something Kiwi, only qualified as a real estate professional last May, but since then it’s fair to say she’s not wasted any time in making her mark. The new Sales Associate ran her own clothing business in New Zealand for 11 years before arriving in WA in August 2012 and at the time, Camille says she wasn’t sure where her real estate qualification would take her. “I wasn’t particularly looking but then I was contacted by Peard Real Estate and, after looking at what they were proposing, I decided I quite liked their way of operating,” she says. Her first few months in the role were, by her own admission, ‘flat out busy’. “It helps enormously that the Peard Real Estate brand is so strong in the marketplace - it’s a name which already wins a lot of respect even before you’ve put a foot in the door,” she says. “Because of that I had added confidence


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that I could do what I was good at, thanks to the respect the brand has among customers.” Success soon followed. Camille sold her first property, a house in Ravensfield Road, Baldivis, for $520,000. “I’m fortunate that my farm area is a really strong one - the market is one of the fastest growing areas in the whole state.” Since that first momentous deal was struck, Camille has gone on to sell an impressive 21 properties in nine months, nine of which have been with Peard Real Estate in three months. “I’m very clear in terms of what I want to achieve,” she says. “I want to be in the list of the top five REIWA rookies by the end of the year.” Citing the strong support and backup she receives from Peard Corporate Operations as well as her own Sales Manager and Licensee, Rob Davis, Camille would highly recommend any new Sales Associate considering their next move to be approaching the Peard Group. “The Peard Real Estate environment is very nurturing for any new Sales Associate

at the same stage as my career,” she says. “It’s great to know that they are investing in coaching and supporting new sales recruits with the new Peard Careers Centre launching this month from our new HQ in Subiaco. “Also having an extra marketing tool in PRIMOLife magazine has been great. My customers’ reaction is one of surprise that such a great magazine is part of the ‘package’ of being a Peard Real Estate client.” As Camille plays her part in the Peard Real Estate success story, her enthusiasm for her chosen career is infectious. “I love the moment I get to tell a seller that we’ve achieved the price they wanted. That, and writing the contract for somebody’s dream house. It’s hard to beat, and something I’ll always strive to achieve because I really care about every single one of my clients.” If you’d like to contact Camille, pop in to see her at Peard Rockingham’s office at Shop 9, 5-7 Railway Terrace, Rockingham WA 6168 or call Camille on 0417 508 364.

If you are thinking about a real estate career or you are currently working in a real estate office and want to take the next step to becoming one of Perth’s most successful sales associates, phone Melissa Farrell, Business Development Manager, for a confidential chat on 0404 084 244.

Peard Careers Centre launching March 2014


ituated at Peard Real Estate’s new Corporate Operations Office in Subiaco (right), the Peard Career Centre (PCC) is a dedicated training school for new Sales Associates, experienced Sales Associates, Property Managers, Managers and Administrators. The Centre is headed up by Training Manager Sylvia Stephens, who has successfully sold real estate for the past 20 years and has received numerous awards. She also has extensive sales management and training experience. The main focus of PCC is to facilitate a three-month intensive training program for new Sales Associates to equip them with all the tools and knowledge they need to get started in the industry, with the ultimate aim of becoming top performing Sales Associates. Once they have completed their registration, the new Sales Associate will stay in PCC for a threemonth period or until such time that they are fully versed in the following areas: • selling prospecting • written contracts • appraising • databasing • negotiating • social media • • marketing and the cross • closing selling of Peard Real • company policy, Peard Real Estate proceedures Estate’s other services such and culture as loans and settlements • An introduction to • listings PRIMOLife and how to make • vendor paid marketing fees it work as a marketing tool •

Every new Sales Associate will be provided with: • A real estate training module • Appraisal kit • Listing kit • Sales kit • Car kit • Internal and external training • 50 bags of promotional material “As the Business Resource Manager for the Peard Real Estate branches, I am currently looking for the right candidates to be eligible for the Career Centre,” says Melissa Farrell . “The right person will be provided not only with training from some of the most elite Sales Associates in the industry, but the Centre will also help to expedite your real estate career.” PL If you would like to know more about this opportunity call Melissa Farrell for a confidential chat on 0404 084 244.

January was a busy month for the Peard Real Estate Group, and February is looking red hot too. Congratulations to all of the following on their outstanding results. REIWA January 2014 statistics



CAMILLE AINSLEY Peard Real Estate Rockingham 4 Listings sold MATTHEW QUINN Peard Real Estate Canning Vale 2 Listings sold


jarrod o'neil Peard Real Estate Hillarys $5,423,500

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DAVID WEIR Peard Real Estate Scarborough $3,491,500

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david campbell Peard Real Estate Canning Vale $430,000

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Branching out Some might say it was only a matter of time before the Peard Real Estate Group looked further afield to increase its number in WA. And now, in a move which clearly underlines the confidence of one of the state's major real estate businesses, the Peard Real Estate Group has opened a new office in Karratha images Marg Bertling

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GO NORTH Above, Peter Peard, CEO of the Peard Real Estate Group, Maree Overtno (MD) and George Cook, licensee and director of Peard Real Estate Karratha City. Right, the amazing Pilbara landscapes make Karratha a special place to live and work. Left, the spectacular Frank Butler Centre lit up at night.

It's no surprise to Peter Peard, CEO of the Peard Real Estate Group that the next logical step for his business is to expand northwards into the Pilbara city of Karratha. “For several years our company has been very interested in breaking into the North West property market," Peter said. “However, the economics of operating in the north-west simply did not add up due to the very high operating costs fuelled by the recent resources boom. “Our group believes that with the north-west property market now undergoing a market correction, is a very opportune time to expand into the region. It’s no coincidence that the group, which is the largest independent real estate entity in WA, has chosen Karratha as its first regional outpost - the town has been a hot spot for some years and Peter and his team have watched developments in the northern town closely.


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“We strategically chose Karratha as our first regional office because we believe that it is now possibly at the bottom of its property cycle and has lots of upside during the coming years," Peter said. “Weekly rents in the town have fallen by over $500 to $1,207 while the average advertised price for a three-bedroom property at $529,000 is at its lowest level since the June 2009 quarter.” Despite this apparent bottoming out of the previously red-hot real estate market in Karratha, Peard is confident that the town’s fortunes are about to change again. “We believe that the Karratha real estate market is primed for an upswing driven by more realistic selling prices and the fact that the supply of houses advertised for sale is declining which in turn will put an upward pressure on prices," he said. “For example, the number of properties advertised for sale in Karratha during the September 2013 quarter has dropped for the

fifth consecutive quarter to 108 compared to a record of 304 during 2012." By using the same sales and property management systems which have proven so successful in the heartland of the company’s operations - Perth and its suburbs - the Group believes Karratha’s property owners will benefit exponentially from the arrival in the city of a major new player. “Our sales and property management systems are well known for offering an exceptional level of service and that’s what we’ll be replicating in Karratha," Peter said. “In particular, local property investors will benefit from our highly experienced property management team which currently manages over 2,000 properties in Perth. “We expect a large number of our existing Perth clients who own investment properties in Karratha to now use Peard to manage their properties as before they has no choice but to use a alterative real estate company in Karratha."

“Our new office will be known as Peard Real Estate Karratha City,” said Peter. “The office will be located in the best location in the city which is at Shop1, Karratha City Shopping Centre.” The expansion to Karratha is by no means a ‘flash in the pan’, said Peter. “Over the longer term, Peard plans to open additional offices in the North West when the timing is opportune." George Cook, licensee and director of Peard Real Estate Karratha City, said that the opening of the new Peard office in

HOME COMFORTS The four star Best Western Karratha Central Apartments, above, offer a sanctuary from the punishing Pilbara climate, with top quality accommodation and a swimming pool. Below, tapas at Blanche Bar.

Karratha was a major vote of confidence in the local real estate market. “The Karratha real estate market has experienced challenging times in recent years and it is fantastic that one of the state’s most successful real estate companies has decided to open a new office in Karratha. “Despite the negative media headlines about the end of the resources boom, the reality is the economic future of Karratha still remains very positive due to its diverse local economy covering the production of iron ore, salt, LNG and ammonia to name a

few,” said George. “As a director of Peard Real Estate Karratha City, I have become a shareholder of the new Peard office as I firmly believe the outlook for the Karratha property market will be very positive over the coming years,” he said. Visit Peard Real Estate Karratha City, Shop 1, Karratha City Shopping Centre, or call George and his team on (08) 9183 8300. Hot spot Karratha is one of the busiest inbound regional towns in WA, located on the North West Coastal Highway about three hours drive from Port Hedland. While it’s mostly known as an ore industry town, it draws many corporate workers and business people and serves as a gateway to some of WAs lesser known and generally untouched regional gems. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay then the Best Western Karratha Central Apartments is the ideal base for leisure and corporate travellers, situated right in the centre of town. Offering 84 fully-serviced rooms, it's one of the most modern and comfortable hotels in the Pilbara. There are charge back facilities with leading Karratha restaurants which are all located within walking distance - a real convenience and a great idea. If you have time, take advantage of Karratha being within the mighty Pilbara. It is the perfect base for your outback adventure, from the grassy plains of the Hamersley Ranges, the waterfalls and pockets of tropical wilderness in the Karijini National Park to the magnificent islands of the Dampier Archipelago. Want to stretch out in Karratha? Then try the Jaburara Heritage Trail, a three and half kilometre trek through the top of the ranges overlooking breathtaking views. Aboriginal rock art and unique flora and fauna are some of the sights along this relaxing and entertaining walk. Families will love it because the kids can get back to nature. Take a drive into Dampier to watch the sunset with the spectacular “stairway to the moon” at Hearsons Cove, visit the infamous statue of local hero Red Dog, or enjoy the local nightlife. And if your'e hungry don't miss the prawn linguine at Blanche Bar - it's unforgettable - just like Karratha. PL Best Western Karratha Central Apartments, 27 Warambie Road, Karratha,WA, 6714,Tel (08) 9143 9888 Visit Email: march 14 | PRIMOLIFE


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From $625,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Fab family four by two - whisper quiet location. Please call Diane now to register your interest. Property features inc 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, spacious chefs kitchen, formal lounge, open plan family & meals area & huge peaked patio entertaining area. CONTACT Diane Williamson PHONE 0431 112 750 EMAIL

Excellent family home- huge garden for the kids. This beautifully presented 4x2 family home with HUGE garden really won’t last, so don’t delay view today. Formal Lounge/theatre, massive open plan family living & meals area, air conditioning, security shutters, large patio alfresco room for both dining & sitting, huge lawn area & garden shed. CONTACT Diane Williamson PHONE 0431 112 750 EMAIL

Spacious 3x2 low maintenance home. An excellent opportunity for first home buyers, downsizers and investors, this spacious modern 3x2 home is situated in the sought after suburb of Ashby Rise. This home sports neutral decor throughout giving you a blank canvas ready to add your very own touch. CONTACT Diane Williamson PHONE 0431 112 750 EMAIL

This enchanting home is packed with superb features 4 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms PLUS study PLUS activity room situated on approx. 640sqm block. Call me now on 0424 194 509 before its too late! CONTACT PK (Pankaj) Kapur PHONE 0424 194 509 EMAIL

FOR SALE Aveley 1 Viridian Boulevard

$699,000 - $719,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Aveley 20 Hirani Link

$499,000 - $519,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

This magnificent home has been built with everything you could ever want or need, right on the park at Aveley with views across the park. This home has 3 double bedrooms plus a study (or 4th bedroom), theatre/games with double glass doors and a quality master chefs kitchen. Secure locked portico at the front of the home and a fully enclosed alfresco with sliding doors CONTACT Angie Pearce at the back of the home. PHONE 0499 775 046

Aveley 10 Tindale Crest

This stunning quality APG built home is situated in undoubtedly one of the most desirable locations in the award winning Vale Estate in Aveley. With north and south facing alfresco areas, one facing south overlooking the park while the other faces north taking in the winter sun and stunning spacious living area leading directly on to both alfresco areas. CONTACT Rod McDougall

Aveley 26 Travers Way


PHONE 0418 909 954 EMAIL

From $469,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

$599,000 - $629,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

4 Only! COMPLETE DEC 2014. Builder: Yokine Building Balcatta Designed by Mile Designs. 1,2,3 & 4/353 Main Street Company. Unit 1; 81.27SQM including Courtyard & Store

Balcatta 4/40 Sylvia Street

bed 2 bath 2 car 1

bed 4 bath 3 car 2

$409,000 - $439,000

Baldivis 12 Tenterden Way

$419,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Unit 2; 88.46SQM including Courtyard & Store Unit 3; 80.79SQM including Balcony & Store Unit 4; 86.34SQM including Balcony & Store

CONTACT Gayle Fitzmaurice PHONE 0437 180 094 EMAIL

Located in a quiet street with parkland at each end, this home offers open plan living and areas to retreat. In the heart of the house find a modern kitchen with island bench and breakfast bar, Large dining and living areas overlook outdoor alfresco with patio to the rear and potential for the same through sliding doors to the side. This home is a must see for first home buyers CONTACT Ashley Beard and investors! PHONE 0433 323 717 EMAIL

From $599,000

Baldivis 15 McGolgan Green

$619,000 - $649,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This very modern and funky APG built home with lovely raised ceilings throughout and spacious open plan living, spacious master suite and modern ensuite, lovely alfresco and courtyard area is priced and positioned to sell. If this outstanding home is in your price range and you are in a position to make an offer then this is the opportunity that you have been CONTACT Rod McDougall looking for. PHONE 0418 909 954 EMAIL

This quality family home on the doorstep of The Swan Valley is located in possibly in possibly the most sought after locations in The Vale Estate. This spacious home has been designed and built with the sole purpose of being The Ultimate Family Home and has absolutely everything that your family requires. There is nothing to do to this outstanding home except CONTACT Rod McDougall simply move in. PHONE 0418 909 954 EMAIL

Spacious 4bed, 3 bath + study nook townhouse in a convenient location close to public transport, shops and schools. This fantastic property offers plenty of space for multiple occupants and the bonus of a downstairs guest bedroom and bathroom. Large open plan lounge and dining area with split system a/c & good sized kitchen with plenty of storage space. CONTACT Shaun Pettit PHONE 0411 725 511 EMAIL

This impressive 2009 Metro property offers a 345sqm home, great large size 641sqm block, amazing location opposite park, close to settlers and Tranby schools. Features SIDE ACCESS, POOL, GAMES ROOM, SEPARATE THEATRE ROOM, STUDY, 4 BEDROOMS, SUPER KING MASTER SUITE, and presented with plenty of class that will entrance you in moments. CONTACT Camille Ainsley PHONE 0417 508 364 EMAIL

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FOR SALE Baldivis 22 Wanderer Parkway

$530,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Baldivis 23 Regency Avenue

$419,000 - $439,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Banksia Grove 38 Salwood Loop

$365,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Bedford 179 Rosebery Street


This Scott Park design offers you 218m2 of living (total 275m2 including garage, alfresco, porch) The functional layout consists of double door entry, home theatre, open plan family dining and modern kitchen with ample cupboards/overhead cupboards, double sink and stainless steel appliances and walk in pantry for the organized home owner. CONTACT Melissa Mendes

Baldivis 23 Liddard Gardens

Welcome to 23 Regency Avenue, Baldivis. Immaculately presented 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home would suit an investor, couple or small family who love to entertain, and wanting an easy lifestyle with a low maintenance home. Tastefully decorated, with quality fittings throughout and ideally located. First to see will be impressed!

Banksia Grove 2/3 Floral Road

PHONE 0400 459 411 EMAIL

CONTACT Ashley Beard PHONE 0433 323 717 EMAIL

Released under the Governments Opening Doors scheme, is this brand new property perfectly located in this booming suburb! Available to the ready buyer, this strata duplex at this price will not last! The above purchase price represents your 100% ownership in this property. BLOCK SIZE: 299sqm CONTACT Ben Hanson PHONE 0402 785 410 EMAIL

Dream big and imagine building the home you've always wanted, on this 478sqm block, with 10m street frontage, in arguably one of Bedfords premier streets. Short walk to Grand Promenade Reserve, Saint Peters Primary School, and spectacularly located close to the city, shopping, transport, this block presents a rare opportunity not to be missed. CONTACT Leigh Wilson PHONE 0410 056 092 EMAIL


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From $399,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$280,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Banksia Grove 42B Media Crescent

$300,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Built in 2011 this family sized 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home will suit the savvy investor or smart first home buyer. Enjoy the spaciousness and peacefulness of Baldivis North. Watch the horses pass and the kids play in the park directly across the road. CONTACTS Michelle Dasborough/Michael Mocnaj PHONE 0403 939 430/0437 907 150 EMAIL

Released under the Governments shared equity scheme, is this brand new property. Perfectly located in this booming suburb.This property is available only to buyers who qualify for this generous scheme and have pre approved finance through keystart.For more info & to see if you qualify, pls refer to the website or ph keystart on 1300 578 278. CONTACT Ben Hanson Block size - 319sqm PHONE 0402 785 410 EMAIL

Released under the Governments shared equity scheme, is this brand new property. Perfectly located in this booming suburb.This property is available only to buyers who qualify for this generous scheme & have pre approved finance through keystart. For more info & to see if you qualify, please refer to the website or ph keystart on 1300 578 278 CONTACT Ben Hanson Block size - 470sqm PHONE 0402 785 410 EMAIL

This beautiful brick home is situated on a 4 acre, lightly treed Bindoon only 2 minutes from Bindoon town site. Complete 180 Forrest Hills Parade property with open plan livings areas with 12 ft ceilings, 5 spacious

$575,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

bedrooms, ensuite fitted with spa, wood fire place, games room, study, home theatre room and formal dining area. What more do you need? Take a step outside and take in the country air! CONTACT Samantha Hill PHONE 0407 666 905 EMAIL

FOR SALE Brookdale 81 Powell Crescent

From $284,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Investors will love it; wise first home buyers will snatch it, because it is just plain great value for money! At this price, its hard to imagine you can buy a good, brick and tile house anywhere in the metro area, isn't it? Well, don't just stare at the screen; get on the phone before its too late! CONTACT Patrick Grogan PHONE 0419 497 432 EMAIL

Only minutes from the Vines Resort & golf course this 16.6 Bullsbrook piece of land is just ideal to build your dream home, enjoy Lot 39 Ellenbrook Road HA a peaceful existence yet still be close to the creature comforts

From $799,000

From $499,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Butler 8 Shropshire Crescent

$499,000 - $539,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$345,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Burns Beach 19 Southport Loop

of suburbia. Located at the most southern end of Bullsbrook bordering The Vines and only a short drive to Ellenbrook and the Swan Valley and all that the valley has to offer you will appreciate that CONTACT Rob Nicholls these lots are rare. PHONE 0407 442 222

$899,000 - $949,000

Just listed this large 4 bedroom home is within walking distance to parks, Butler College, primary schools, public transport and shops. Enjoy the Summer months splashing around in the pool and entertaining family and friends. Approximately 576sqm block, three living areas, secure double garage and more..

Butler 7 Orwell Way


Butler 7 Coleford Gate

Bullsbrook 29 Brearley Street

CONTACT Gemma Andrews PHONE 0424 821 615 EMAIL

This home would suite an investor as it is currently tenanted until October 2014. This neat, beautifully presented home sits on a large 704sqm (approx) block. There is heaps of parking & storage space that would suit a tradie or somewhere to park the boat/caravan/motorbikes or work vehicle. CONTACT Berny Wales PHONE 0407 994 052 EMAIL

bed 3 bath 2 car 3

$469,000-$489,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Butler 17 Brohard Road

$479,000-$499,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Neat and tidy brick and tile home located in the sought after Bullsbrook Village on a larger than average 875m2 block. Timber floorboards throughout, renovated kitchen, open plan kitchen/dining/lounge, evaporative air conditioning and wood fire place. Outside is a cool below ground pool for those hot summer days, an alfresco area for entertaining, plenty of grass for the kids CONTACT Samantha Hill and pets to play. PHONE 0407 666 905 EMAIL

A SERENE PARK OUTLOOK WITH AN OCEAN GLIMPSE Luxurious low maintenance living, perfectly positioned opposite parklands and designed to suit those seeking the finest in quality and modern day living. This outstanding abode, with a European influence, will simply make your heart sing! CONTACT Todd Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

Veat as a pin with a modern open floor plan and neutral dcor. Entertain in style from the chefs kitchen to the dining table overlooking the perfect in ground pool. This property is one to call home for young families or perfect for the down seizer, Come one come all. Located 10min walk from the beach & only a 5min walk to the future Train Station. CONTACTS Steve Wilcox/Paul Turner PHONE 0421 277 366/0400 072 005 EMAIL

Vibrantly modern and luxuriously appointed throughout, this exemplary modern home redefines expectation and makes entertaining easy with a floor plan that you can only love! Impeccably presented throughout lies this 4 x 2 home featuring gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances overlooking generous size living areas & formal lounge/theatre room. CONTACT Tertius Du Toit PHONE 0416 239 306 EMAIL

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FOR SALE Butler 32 Wadhurst Road

From $525,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Canning Vale 2 Tunis Terrace

From $969,000

With great street appeal this large Federation style home with wrap around veranda and mature landscaped gardens sits on a residential home site of 720m2 giving you that much needed room for a pool. This extremely well presented property is located close to the heart of Butler. CONTACTS Paul Turner/Steve Wilcox PHONE 0400 072 005/0421 277 366 EMAIL

This modern 2 storey property is set in the heart of Brookland Grove estate, overlooks beautiful parklands with bbq area, playground and walk ways. walking distance to campbell primary school , canning vale college, transport and shop.

bed 4 bath 1 car 3

Canning Vale 6 Philadelphia Parade

$669,000 - $689,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Canning Vale 13 Lydiard Retreat

$499,000 - $529,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 84

CONTACT Christina Felton PHONE 0439 918 250 EMAIL

This stunning 4 bedroom 2 bathroom, theatre room with recess, separate study with door, gourmet kitchen overlooks family and meals, separate powder room,quality carpets, solid jarrah timber floors and skirting, alarm, air-condtioning,double garage plus drive through to backyard, block 542 sqm. CONTACT Christina Felton PHONE 0439 918 250 EMAIL

Be quick to view this amazing 4x2 home! Main bedroom with walk in robe, ceiling fans and front awning, Bedroom 2,3, and 4 have built in robes, ceiling fan in bed 4. Sparkling en-suite and main bathroom, kitchen with breakfast bar, open plan meals and family area, sunken lounge/games with timber floors, evap air-con,shed, patio entertaining area. 510sqm block. CONTACT Christina Felton

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Butler 56 Broadford Avenue

$460,000 - $480,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Canning Vale 3 Merrion Ramble

From $639,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Canning Vale 9 Samuel Loop

From $649,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Canning Vale 30 Middle Parkway

$639,000 - $659,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

View this Modern, airy, spacious home with private garden. Two large bedrooms with double robes and the large master bedroom which opens out onto the alfresco area & private garden. Neutrally decorated throughout with the luxury of ducted reverse cycle air conditioning secured with an alarm system. CONTACTS Sara Revet/Steve Wilcox PHONE 0449 833 508/0421 277 366 EMAIL

This family home is perfectly situated close to the shops, transport, school and lovely parklands. Feel the ambience when walking into this beautifully decorated property. Offering 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms + study, central modern chefs kitchen. Beautifully decorated throughout this quality home wont last long at this price. Call Rob today! CONTACT Rob Farmer PHONE 0433 521 305 EMAIL

This well built Don Russell home has 250 sqm of living in the lovely Lake View Rise estate, close to transport, parks and school. 4x2 separate study, formal living and dining, kitchen overlooks family and meals area, sep sunken games, computer nook, air-conditioning, 8 solar panels, great entertaining area, bore retic, block 600 sqm. CONTACT Christina Felton PHONE 0439 918 250 EMAIL

Stunningly situated opposite lush parklands and amongst other quality homes in the fantastic Glenariff Estate, this delightful 4 bedroom 2 bathroom residence will impress you in every way possible. CONTACT Megan Stone PHONE 0407 120 166 EMAIL

FOR SALE 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double garage, sparkling pool, Canning Vale separate study on just over 600m2 – now that is living! 32 St Andrews Crescent plus Not to mention this home is apart of the prestige that is

Offers Over $649,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

Carabooda 54 Pipidinny Road

$1,075,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Carramar 22 Kippilaw Loop

From $599,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Clarkson 4 Linlee Lane

$439,000 - $459,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Ranford Estate; opposite parkland and close to Ranford Primary School and Livingston Shops.

Canning Vale 45 Cromarty Gardens

From $540,000

CONTACT PK (Pankaj) Kapur PHONE 0424 194 509 EMAIL

CONTACT Matthew Quinn PHONE 0434 396 025 EMAIL

54 Pipidinny Rd, Eglinton - bordering Carabooda. As soon as you turn into this Road, feel the calm wash over you, soak in the beauty.2.02 hectares of picture perfect rural land with the most gorgeously renovated 3 bedroom, 1940 cottage. The shed & house roof have been replaced in the last ten years & property has a reverse cycle air conditioning and a water license. CONTACT Deb Treloar

Carramar 17 Mallina Circuit

This massive 4x2 with massive study or fifth bedroom home is set in one of Carramars most established leafy locations. Situated in whisper quiet loop close to lovely parks, schools with gorgeous established trees lining the streets. Spacious living with a massive lounge and great size bedrooms with 252 sqm of living. Situated on large 712 sqm block with ample room for pool!! CONTACT Sandy Watts

Churchlands 8/7 Waterway Court

Look no further this 4x2 home with awesome entertaining area includes above ground pool, outdoor spa, massive pitched patio pergola. 4 brms (Master includes massive mirror triple robes)2 bths, Separate theatre with French doors, sunken games, Spacious meals, ducted a/c, fully renovated kitchen with quality stone bench tops, lots of pull out drawers, overhead CONTACT Sandy Watts cupboards and dish washer. PHONE 0412 448 891

Clarkson 69 Chattanooga Vista

PHONE 0402 472 006 EMAIL

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This precious park facing block in esteemed Cromarty Garden Estate is ready for your dream house. This fantastic 670sqm rectangular block with approximately 18m frontage is conveniently situated close to Livingston Shopping Centre, Schools, Restaurants and other amenities. This incredible block wont last!

$799,000 - $839,000 bed 5 bath 3 car 2

$479,000-$499,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

From $469,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

COMING SOON ..... Absolute Stunner !! This 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom home really does have it ALL ! High quality EVERYTHING !!! Far too many EXTRAS to mention. Please call Diane to register your interest today.... CONTACT Diane Williamson PHONE 0431 112 750 EMAIL

“Lakeside Living” Superb 2 bedroom x 1 bathroom ‘easy-care’ ground floor unit in lovely lakeside complex (with pool). New carpets, freshly painted interior, and minutes away from Herdsman Markets, public transport etc. A truly beautiful lifestyle mins from the Perth CBD. CONTACT Belinda Lawrence PHONE 0432 547 921 EMAIL

Located in the sought after Somerly Estate this 4 bedroom 2 Bathroom home with study offers everything your heart could desire and more! From the minute you arrive at the property you'll see that this home unquestionably has fantastic curb appeal with its well maintained established gardens and lawn area. CONTACT Claire Ramsey PHONE 0416 329 004 EMAIL march 14 | PRIMOLIFE



Coogee 7 Parakeet Way

From $1.9 million bed 5

bath 4 car 2

COOGEE ICON Set high on the hill overlooking parkland and views to ocean amazing triple storey home; 5 bedrooms (or 4 plus study), 4 bathrooms, this home is really something special. Full Federation in every detail from lead light windows, to solid timber floors, too many extras to list this is just amazing! • Master bedroom with sitting room • Formal lounge with gas fire place • Granite bench tops. • Dishwasher. • Gas cook top and electric oven imported from Italy. • Huge windows with views to ocean. • Separate games room with fire place & built in bar. • Activity room. • Huge laundry with sewing room that could be used as a study. • Guest bedroom with en-suite, that could also be home office. • Heated beautiful below ground pool with spa & gazebo. • Ducted air-con with extra split system. • Double garage extra-large work shop. • Roller shutters down stairs. 86

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For more information, please contact:

Karen Willis 0437 704 427

FOR SALE Coolbinia 69 Elstree Avenue

OFFERS bed 4 bath 3 car 3

Paul & Sue Middleton 0419939391 - 0422046457

THE DRESS CIRCLE - Building Excellence & City Views Located on a massive 1,166 sqm block, on the corner of iconic Carnarvon Crescent, this majestic Zorzi built executive residence offers a huge 693sqm of elegant living. The stunning atrium with individually designed water feature, leads from the reception room, study and library into a very spacious main living area which consists of Chef’s kitchen, Dining, Family Room and glass enclosed cinema, all overlooking a heated swimming pool and with city views. Also on the ground floor are the guest suite and a 3 car garage with heaps of storage. Upstairs the views are even better. The superb Master suite includes a large bathroom with spa, a dressing room, an enclosed balcony and a lounge. A further two big bedrooms complete the accommodation. It is impossible to list all the features of this sensational family home here, so please don’t hesitate to call us to arrange a viewing.

Currambine 68 La Grange Loop

$999,000 - $1,049,000 bed 5 bath 3 car 2

Doubleview 1/142 Ewen Street

From $859,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

This beautifully built & quality filled home really needs to be viewed to appreciate the shear elegance, class and unbelievable amount of space this luxurious property has to offer. Boasting modern vast open plan living areas, fantastic kitchen with quality appliances which overlooks the family, casual dining & games room, this flows out to the alfresco and pool area. CONTACT John Cowup

Darch 10 Fennell Rise

Low maintenance street front townhouse in a fantastic Doubleview location packed with stylish finishes. If you’re looking for a well maintained & modern home that is close to everything you need…then look no further! Situated in a tidy and secure group of three, it has a functional & spacious floor plan and tastefully finished with neutral tones throughout, this townhouse even boasts ocean views from its elevated position, making for the perfect family home! CONTACT Sam Mannino PHONE 0402 822 457 EMAIL

Doubleview 1/167 Holbeck Street

PHONE 0411 37 36 35 EMAIL

From $669,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $669,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Stunning gardens ablaze with colour encompass this fantastic spacious home, only footsteps to parkland. Bound to please the fussiest of buyers as its loaded with so much appeal! Study, double French doors into home theatre, gas point, carpeted. Fabulous, large open plan informal area with, large gourmet kitchen, meals area, family room. Double remote garage with shoppers entry, ducted r/cycle air con, alfresco area with cafe blinds, automatic retic, 20 electric solar panels. Don't miss viewing this absolute gem!CONTACT Kathy Hamilton PHONE 0408 950 085 EMAIL

Better be quick for this classic old- world charmed free standing character home in popular north Doubleview location, perfectly located between beach, Fwy, Karrinyup & Innaloo shopping centres. Sitting on a street front 381sqm lot this property maintains its character and style, till keeping its homely cottage charm and unique features. You will definitely have to be quick for this one!! CONTACT Sam Mannino PHONE 0402 822 457 EMAIL march 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Doubleview 2/244 Wilding Street

$499,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Doubleview 36a Beatrice Street

$639,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Doubleview 87a Paramatta Road

From $789,000

Duncraig 7 Jope Place

From $969,000

Cute & Cozy Group of 4, fantastic location great for first home buyers or investors. Very affordable & guaranties to spark some interest.

$420,000 - $430,000

CONTACT Jesse Bullied PHONE 0422 335 594 EMAIL

Low maintenance perfection with this beautifully presented 3 x 2 x 2 street front villa with lush easy care garden. Ideally positioned close to cafe’s and gourmet shops, min to the fwy and a short drive to Scarborough Bch and cafe strip. Location! Location!

Doubleview 85b Paramatta Road

From $780,000

Now’s your chance to secure one of two (or both!) rare blocks of land in the highly sought after suburb of South Doubleview. Set in a commanding position, elevated on the hill, are two adjacent green title blocks, arguably the best Doubleview has on offer. Both 489sqm, with 11m frontage and approx. 44m deep, you’ll have an abundance of possibility to design & build your dream home on the hill, and have potential second storey views, set amongst the million dollar residences high on the hill. CONTACT Sam Mannino PHONE 0402 822 457 EMAIL

Doubleview 201a Wilding Street

Located on a hill at the end of a cul de sac, with city and landscape views to the south. Adjacent nature reserve with sea views and very close to Poynter Road Primary.

Duncraig 7 Menzies Green

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CONTACT Mick Evans PHONE 0417 933 620 EMAIL

Good size rear block in popular sought after and hard to find south Doubleview location, ready to build on with rear laneway access. Quality location close to the areas many outstanding schools, beautiful parklands, major shopping centres, cafes , restaurants, Stirling rail link, with the beach and city only minutes away this is fantastic value Titles for this lot are issued and its ready to go, so be quick for this one! Land size 306 m2 CONTACT Adam Mannino PHONE 0411 962 383 EMAIL

Two adjacent green title blocks, arguably the best Doubleview has on offer. Both 489sqm, with 11m frontage and approx. 44m deep, with an abundance of possibility to build your dream home with potential second storey views. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy the many benefits this outstanding Suburb and Location have to offer….so call your builder and come on over. CONTACT Sam Mannino PHONE 0402 822 457 EMAIL

CONTACT Mandy Bizzaca PHONE 0409 915 210 EMAIL

bed 4 bath 2 car 2 88

Doubleview 19a Lynton Street

From $669,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

From $949,000 bed 5 bath 3 car 2

Its location location with this spacious 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home packed with all the extras. Offering the perfect lifestyle with this well located lock up and leave home close to everything!! Priced to sell so be quick CONTACT Adam Mannino PHONE 0411 962 383 EMAIL

Manor on the green. This huge home has 3 separate living areas, beautiful pool, massive under cover outdoor entertaining area and sets a huge impression up on the hill, as you enter Menzies Green. The outlook from this lovely home is over parklands. Located in a quiet culdesac and close to several great schools. CONTACT Paul & Sue Middleton PHONE 0419939391 - 0422046457 EMAIL

FOR SALE Duncraig 18 Dundee Court

$799,000 - $849,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Ellenbrook 2 Lookout Circle

From $599,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Ellenbrook 39 Withnell Drive

From $439,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Ellenbrook 61 Lomas Circle

$495,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Something Special! You’d be forgiven for thinking this is a brand new home! Its modern styling & spacious floor plan make it feel like one! Huge open plan living, renovated kitchen, big outdoor entertaining area overlooking fabulous pool, grassed areas for kids and pets. Great location, sought-after cul-de-sac, stone’s throw from reserve, shops, transport. CONTACT Namita Mehra Be quick unlikely to last! PHONE 0409 920 737

Duncraig 32 Plumosa Mews

Every once in a while you are fortunate enough to come across a stunning home in this wonderful location, a classy relaxing ambience flowing throughout the home and one that you know you would love to live in. This family home will demand you invite all your friends and family over to enjoy the sensational outdoors and poolside entertaining!! CONTACT Fiona Moir

Be prepared to be impressed by this beautifully presented Ellenbrook home which has something for the whole family. 27 Bronzewing Avenue federation Sit back and relax under the grape trellised pergola or

Hurry in to view this modern federation charmer complete with white picket fence in the highly sought after Charlottes Vineyard location. You are bound to be impressed by this immaculately presented family home with 2 living areas, a well appointed kitchen and low maintenance outdoor areas, this one will make a great starter home, investment, or is ideal for lock and leavers! CONTACT Tiffany Bray

Ellenbrook 52 Fantail Crescent

This modern stylish energy efficient home overlooking the park is a must see and yours for the taking! Situated on an elevated block with uninterrupted views of the hills this fantastic home offers the perfect location along with contemporary style and easy care living. With all the modern comforts that you require and desire already in place there is nothing left to do CONTACT Rod McDougall except simply move in!! PHONE 0418 909 954

The property we have the pleasure to offer today is 22.2 ha or Gingin the old language approx. 54 acres. The property has many 1046 Gingin Brook Road inhighly desirable attributes amongst them are a 106000kl


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$1.2 million bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $459,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $599,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$1.1 million bed 4 bath 2 car 8

Nestled in beautiful Plumosa Mews on a large block just over 600sqm this home is adjacent to Carine Glades Shopping Centre and next to beautiful Juniper Park. Around the corner is Carine Open Space Playing Fields. Further, there are great schools like Davallia and Carine with buses to private schools right outside. Warwick cinemas are a stones throw away, you are close to Perths most beautiful beaches and the train station is up the road. It really is an exclusive location. CONTACT Mick Evans PHONE 0417 933 620 EMAIL

entertain through winter under the huge flat roof patio. With a very functional floor plan boasting 4 generous sized bedrooms, 3 living areas and a well positioned kitchen it is sure to tick all the boxes. CONTACT Tiffany Bray PHONE 0412 930 820 EMAIL

Located in the highly desirable dress circle of Woodlake Rise, this superb modern contemporary home offers quality inclusions perfectly suited to the most discerning of buyers. With a sparkling below ground pool and adjoining timber decked gazebo, beautiful landscaping with feature lighting. This magnificent home is an absolute stand out. CONTACT Jennifer Jones PHONE 0409 684 213 EMAIL

water license in its self very attractive, a well maintained large colonial style 4 by 2 home with long wide verandahs and a massive alfresco. Beautifully suited to farming or equestrian pursuits. CONTACT Deb Treloar PHONE 0402 472 006 EMAIL

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FOR SALE Glendalough 48/46 Pollard Street

Offers over $420,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Harrisdale 6 Tompkins Way

From $479,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Harrisdale 25 MacDougal Way

From $625,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Harrisdale 214 Wright Road

From $875,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 90

This superbly located unit in up and coming Glendalough is located in a small complex of 14 well maintained units. Close to train station that puts you a mere 2 station stops from the City. Perfectly suited for new home buyers and investors alike as one of the largest in the complex this well-presented unit won't be around for long. CONTACT Dean Bradley PHONE 0411 110 779 EMAIL

Brand New 3 bed+ 1 Study/Guest,2 Bathrooms+ Family+ Meals + Alfresco+ Double Garage. This home includes, master with walk-in robe & en-suite, open plan family & meals area and alfresco entertainment. Gourmet kitchen offers stone bench tops.Two modern bathrooms bathrooms and double garage on a perfect block close to all amenities. CONTACT Rob Farmer PHONE 0433 521 305 EMAIL

This home is picture perfect embracing a convenient 576sqm block. This stunning home has it all and definatley wont last long at this price. Offering 4 Bed + Study/Home Office + 2 Bathroom + Home Theatre + Meals + Family + Games + Activity + Grand Patio + Double Garage. Call Rob on 0433 52 1305 today. CONTACT Rob Farmer PHONE 0433 521 305 EMAIL

Embracing a large 689m2 block,this striking design from Peter Stannard homes offers premium living!! Boasting 34 course ceilings to entry,study,living,kitchen and meals areas.The kitchen provides a culinary adventure for the inner chef, enclosed conservitory, sparkling pool, gazebo, ducted air-con and more. This property is a must see!

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CONTACT Rob Farmer PHONE 0433 521 305 EMAIL

Harrisdale 4 Tompkins Way

From $479,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Harrisdale 11 Whimbrel Way

From $625,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Harrisdale 71 Exchange Avenue

From $489,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Heathridge 18 Penguin Close

From $565,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Brand New 3 bed + 1 Study/Guest,2 Bathrooms+ Family+ Meals + Alfresco+ Double Garage. This home includes master with walk-in robe & en-suite, open plan family & meals area and alfresco entertainment. Gourmet kitchen offers stone bench tops.Two modern bathrooms bathrooms and double garage on a perfect block close to all amenities. CONTACT Rob Farmer PHONE 0433 521 305 EMAIL

Embracing a 560SQM block this 4 x 2 plus study represents true value. Central Chefs Kitchen, theatre Room, lounge, dining, games room, laundry & double garage, reticulated gardens.Call Rob for more details! CONTACT Rob Farmer PHONE 0433 521 305 EMAIL

Brand New 3 bed + 1 Study/Guest,2 Bathrooms+Family+ Meals + Alfresco+Double Garage. This home includes; master with walk-in robe & en-suite, open plan family & meals area and alfresco entertainment. Gourmet kitchen offers stone bench tops.Two modern bathrooms bathrooms and double garage on a perfect block close to all amenities. CONTACT Rob Farmer PHONE 0433 521 305 EMAIL

Fully renovated from top to toe is this very unique home new to the market place! This beautiful 2 level, 3 bedroom, plus study, 2 bathroom home is tranquilly perched on the high side of the street, in extremely close proximity to all amenities. Welcoming you at the front is a spacious area with ample parking & carport. Completely renovated throughout - new flooring, freshly painted, new light fittings & more! For further details, call Gaylene Bicheno today! CONTACT Gaylene Bicheno PHONE 0419 929 616 EMAIL

FOR SALE Heathridge 23 Lysander Drive

From $495,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Heathridge 98 Conidae Drive

From $535,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Hillarys 3 Cohn Place

From $720,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Hillarys 14 Canarias Way

$1,595,000 - $1,695,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 3

Nestled on a large 784sqm block earmarked for the potential R30 re-zoning, sits this lovely home which is packed full of all the features needed in todays lifestyle with enough room for the whole family & sensational outdoor entertaining. Built 1984. All of this located within close proximity to popular local parklands, shops, transport, schools, train station & beautiful beaches. You will have to be quick to get your hands on this one!

Heathridge 25 Estuary Way

This sophisticated & stylish home is brimming with glamour & has room in all the right places!! With multiple living areas plus spacious outdoor entertaining, this will accommodate the growing family with ease. Brilliantly designed for modern living, it will receive rave reviews from your family & friends! Positioned in a fantastic location in a street earmarked for potential rezoning, proposed R20/R40 coding & situated on a level 720sqm block with easy access to all amenities. Built 1986 CONTACT Gaylene Bicheno PHONE 0419 929 616 EMAIL

Henley Brook 316 Henley Street

Prime position 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home on fantastic 831sqm block in super quiet cul de sac, just a short walk to the beach, park and the Hillarys Marina. The existing house offers plenty of potential with a good floor plan of 2/3 living areas & a good size kitchen. Alternatively you have the opportunity to own a large block with the view to build on a later date as so many others have done already in the immediate area.

Hillarys 6 The Corniche

CONTACT Gaylene Bicheno PHONE 0419 929 616 EMAIL

CONTACT Kathy Clement PHONE 0403 539 820 EMAIL

Just 2 houses to the beach & Hillarys Beach Park, this ultra spacious family home sits on a generous 700sqm block complete with triple garage & extra parking. Custom architect designed & built by Ocram Constructions, this immaculate property is just footsteps away from everything that the Hillarys lifestyle has to offer - Marina, parks, sailing, fishing & boating not to mention a smorgasbord of shops,cafes & quality restaurants. CONTACT Kathy Clement PHONE 0403 539 820 EMAIL

From $379,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

$1,350,000 - $1,400,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$2,500,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Hillarys 16 Tenerife Boulevard

From $1,195,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Sure there is some work required but look at the price. It spells opportunity all day long. So keep an open mind on this one and give me a little scrubbing to bring me back to my former glory. Set on the corner of Estuary Way, opposite Channel Drive parklands, walking distance to the local shopping Centre, public transport and beautiful beaches! CONTACT Gaylene Bicheno PHONE 0419 929 616 EMAIL

Ideally located in a whisper quiet local traffic only cul-de-sac location on over Six Acres (2.43 hectares) of land with stables, this stunningly renovated quality family home awaits. This Lifestyle Property offers everything that you and your family are looking for in the idyllic Swan Valley Lifestyle. If you have been searching for a property in The Valley with the perfect location CONTACT Rod McDougall then look no further! PHONE 0418 909 954 EMAIL

Located in Harbour Rise, amongst the most prestigious of homes on The Corniche. Purpose built home theatre, big open plan living incorporating both formal & informal areas to the central state of the art kitchen finished in beautiful Cherry wood with stone tops adjoining the bar service area to the cedar lined alfresco with European courtyards. This residence will suit those of you looking for the highest of standards. Your inspection is recommended to truly appreciate. CONTACT Jeff Coghill PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL

Quality built residence by Craig Sheiles, very close to the waterfront with all the fantastic facilities of the Hillarys Boat Harbour. This home has a beachy limestone facade giving the property a true harbour side presence. Internally finished with quality fixtures, fittings & with beautiful porcelain flooring. CONTACT Jeff Coghill PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL march 14 | PRIMOLIFE



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COOGEE You could say that this relatively small southern suburb really lives up to its Aboriginal Nyoongar language name – ‘body of water’. With not only the Indian Ocean nearby, the settlement was originally founded around the lake – named in olden times as Lake Munster, but now Lake Coogee


t wasn’t until the 1980s however that Coogee really hit its stride as a place to live beyond a collection of small rural holdings and market gardens. Thankfully however progress has not meant that history is forgotten – there are some buildings still standing which date back to the nineteenth century. Just a few kilometres south of Freo, Coogee sits, overlooking Cockburn Sound with majestic views over to three offshore islands – Garden, Carnac and Rottnest. There are plenty of recreational areas as a result, including picnic areas, particularly near Woodman Point, Pool Reserve on Hamilton Road and Coogee Beach. As part of the city of Cockburn – which is made up of 21 suburbs – Coogee and the recently created suburb of North Coogee (previously a portion of Hamilton Hill, Spearwood and Coogee) – the residents make up a proportion of the city’s estimated 100,000 population.


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Part of a chain of five lakes which run from north to south through the heart of Cockburn, Lake Coogee plays its part and underlines again WA’s love affair with all things aquatic. The Coogee Beach Reserve has been a focus for human activity from the very earliest times, with evidence of Aboriginal heritage as well as more modern visitors. It’s a great place to cast a line for a snapper or two, swim from the pontoon or try snorkeling around the wreck of the Omeo (a partially submerged ship which pokes out of the water). The Omeo was built in 1858 in Newcastle, UK, as a clinker – an iron barquerigged steamer. Later on it had its engine removed and was converted to a four-masted intercontinental trading coal ship which eventually was abandoned after a wreck very close to the Coogee coastline in 1905. It’s always visible and makes a perfect introduction to the sport of wreck-diving

with no need for scuba gear. Locals recommend watching out for sea nettle jellyfish on warm days (it’s a shallow site) but mostly snorkelers will be rewarded for their efforts with some colourful local reef fish. Lake Coogee Reserve meanwhile is popular with recreational walkers and has significant heritage and conservation value. There’s a cyclepath too which circumnavigates the lake, taking in the ruins of an old cottage dating back to 1850 and giving ample opportunity for locals to spot local wildlife including cockatoos and birds of prey. There is a single government primary school – Coogee Primary School – that serves the southern part of the suburb, as well as St Brigid’s, a Catholic primary school and St Jerome’s Primary School in nearby Munster.

Port Coogee Port Coogee, a $2 billion development and

one of Australia’s biggest coastal renewal projects covering more than 85 hectares is currently under construction and includes a new marina, housing estate and other facilities giving the area a real buzz. Designed to integrate with the existing Coogee community, acknowledging not only its past but also its future, Port Coogee is an exciting addition to the local landscape by developers Australand. Located in North Coogee, residents will have access to Freo and Coogee’s attractions as well as the development’s own impressive waterfront facilities. A 300-pen marina and a spectacular waterside amphitheater will undoubtedly become a focal point and provide a cosmopolitan vibe to the area. It’s hoped that the location, coupled with some truly top-class residential designs and developments will attract a range of age groups to the area, from families attracted to the sheltered family swimming beach, safe bike tracks through the estate and proximity to shops and schools to those in search of a SEA VIEWS Coogee and Port Coogee are blessed with some spectacular seascapes for residents to enjoy, as well as plenty of recreational opportunities inland.

tree change, keen to enjoy the landscaped parklands, boardwalks with waterfront shops, cafes and restaurants and low-maintenance apartment-living. More mature resident aren't forgotten either. There will be easy-care cottage lot homes and the chance to live in a vibrant

community for those after the good life. With established transport links and carefully planned infrastructure, the award-winning plans for Port Coogee are providing a blueprint for how coastal developments can offer a range of residential solutions to a cross-section of the

population, young and old. PL For Coogee homes for sale and rent, visit the team at Peard Real Estate Rockingham at Shop 9, 5-7 Railway Terrace, Rockingham 6168, call (08) 9527 5888 or visit For more information about Port Coogee, visit or call 13 38 38 march 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Hillarys 24 Mallorca Avenue

From $1,195,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Hillarys 50 The Corniche

From $2,495,000 bed 5 bath 4 car 2

Huntingdale 23 Potter Street

$539,000-$555,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Iluka 10 St Thomas Loop

$799,000 - $849,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 94

Located on an easy care 450sqm lot, one street from the coast & a stroll to fantastic parklands, beaches, marina, boat harbour, cafes & restaurants. The owners have utilised a variety of beautiful timbers & finishes both inside & outside the home, solid polished floor boards, lined alfresco & decking enhancing a natural coastal feel, while utilizing a great floor plan offering large open plan living areas, spacious kitchen, meals, family room, big alfresco, outdoor entertaining & private backyard plus a double garage. CONTACT Jeff Coghill PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL

Hillarys 36 Founders Lane

Architecturally built & designed located in one of Harbour Rise Estates finest addresses. Accompanying finishes & specifications, stunning ocean, marina & parkland views offering a sunny North Westerly aspect at the head of a quiet cul-de-sac. Grand arched glass entry, featuring impressive sweeping staircase & inviting foyer, formal lounge, formal dining with fireplace, starlight purpose built home theatre, & beautiful granite & timber kitchen. Outdoor entertaining with pool & waterfall with a parkland backdrop. CONTACT Jeff Coghill Your inspection is highly PHONE 0412 928 643 recommended. EMAIL

Bargain buying 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment Hillarys in Hillarys Harbour complex now available. * Can 314/68 Southside Drive investment be lived in after March 2018 * Currently subject to a

This well presented 4 bedroom 2 bathroom family home bordering Southern River features; Beautiful chefs kitchen, Magnificent open plan living, formal lounge, large bedrooms with WIR, ducted air conditioning, study/activity room, double lock-up garage.Close to transport and all amenities with plenty of room for a pool and workshop.

Iluka 9 Deerfield Place

CONTACT Jemima Botha PHONE 0416 406 410 EMAIL

Impeccably presented throughout lies this home featuring an ingenious floor plan, including formal lounge & dining, gourmet kitchen featuring stone bench tops, ceiling bulkhead, stainless steel appliances; family and dining area overlooking kitchen; separate games room; gorgeous bathrooms; and spacious bedrooms.

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CONTACTS Steve Wilcox/Paul Turner PHONE 0421 277 366/0400 072 005 EMAIL

$2,450,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

$375,000 bed 2 bath 2 car 1

From $2,000,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 4

Iluka 21 Anguilla Gardens

From $1,275,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

With a facade of a European Sanctuary on a grand scale, utilising a very unique 805sqm corner site with a north west aspect, gazing out over the beautiful white beaches of Whitfords, Pinnaroo Point & the stunning deep blues & turquoise of the Indian Ocean as far as the eye can sea. Quality finishes far to exhaustive to list. Relax while enjoying the big open lawn, crystal blue pool & full alfresco with all amenities. The only way to truly understand the quality & lifestyle that is on offer here is to inspect. CONTACT Jeff Coghill PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL

leaseback agreement to the Hillarys Harbour Resort, this fully managed apartment would make a great no fuss addition to any property portfolio. CONTACT Ben Hanson PHONE 0402 785 410 EMAIL

OVERTAKING THE JONES’S! A commanding street presence in an irreplaceable location is just the tip of the ice-burg for this spectacularly designed home. Totally striking in its modernity, this residential masterpiece offers every luxurious extra while maintaining a practical aspect to aid everyday living. This is definitely one of the best CONTACT Todd Utley homes you’ll see !! PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

RESORT STYLE OASIS!! Located just metres from parklands and seaside walk ways is this exquisitely presented residence, privately set behind secure gates that access its charmingly landscaped north facing front garden. With a functional design the home boasts a perfect combination of indoor and outdoor living extending well into the CONTACT Todd Utley alfresco areas for impressive PHONE 0417 910 967 home entertaining. EMAIL

FOR SALE Iluka 64 Silversands Drive

From $1,350,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3

Innaloo 1/2 Knave Lane

$599,000 - $629,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Innaloo 15 Norman Place

From $735,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Joondalup 4 Manapouri Meander

From $530,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

A CUT ABOVE THE REST This custom designed French Provincial residence commands attention with it’s unique, beautiful façade and high quality substance throughout. Located just footsteps from the beach, the home will spoil you with sweeping ocean views, generous living areas, a triple garage plus extra boat parking and a luxurious heated CONTACT Todd Utley pool. Truly ‘something PHONE 0417 910 967 special’. EMAIL

Inglewood 950 Beaufort Street

Modern 4 x 2 townhouse in private, secluded group. A stylish, well-appointed home with a light and bright functional floor plan, offering quality fixtures/fittings, stone bench tops, extensive tiling, ducted air conditioning and double auto garage

Innaloo 11 Dongara Street

CONTACT Marcus Lord PHONE 0417 911 107 EMAIL

Forget average. High specification, high build quality, brand new executive townhouses offering building areas up to a massive 311sqm. Appealing 3 & 4 bedroom properties with functional semi open plan layouts, gourmet kitchen, vogue décor throughout and superior styling. Priced to sell! CONTACT Marcus Lord PHONE 0417 911 107 EMAIL

A fabulous opportunity in this family friendly suburb! This attractive home located near schools, shops, park and freeway access will be snapped up in this market! Attractive front garden, great kerb appeal! Large lounge/TV family room, light bright open plan family & dining area, fabulous huge pergola, perfect for outdoor entertaining. CONTACT Berny Wales PHONE 0407 994 052 EMAIL

From $769,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 2

AUCTION bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Innaloo 30 Laurence Road

From $629,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Joondalup 8/7 Tulare Turn

From $339,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Located on popular trendy Beaufort Street this 2 bedroom character home is on 550m2 of land that is zoned R30 residential. This home will require modernisation but already includes a fully renovated kitchen. In addition there are 2 good sized bedrooms, a formal lounge, bathroom & spacious back garden. CONTACT Clinton Edwards PHONE 0409 040 901 EMAIL

AUCTION ON SITE 11am Saturday 8th March 2014. Options Galore with this potential triplex site (STCA) with a large 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home. This property would suit a range of buyers including developers, investors or tradesman/renovators as the huge separated office area & storeroom coming directly off the double lockup garage is ideal. CONTACT Sacha Daniel PHONE 0414 501 109 EMAIL

Brand new! Appealing quality built 3 bedroom villas with a choice of individual floor plans. Features include: first class fittings, recessed ceilings, extensive tiling, air conditioning, security and double auto garages. Plus 6 Star energy rating for year round comfort and outstanding build quality by well known local Italian builder CONTACT Marcus Lord PHONE 0417 911 107 EMAIL

These are as rare as hens teeth! Ideal for the person who wants to downsize. This property is 1 of 16 in a complex with very low strata fees. Two bedrooms, one bathroom with a sizable living area, serviceable kitchen, set on an elevated location catching all the cooling breezes. You also have good storage and an undercover carport. CONTACT Brendan Williams PHONE 040 99 55 040 EMAIL march 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Kallaroo 3 Alicia Street

$720,000 to $740,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

Kallaroo 34 Killarney Heights

From $1,395,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Karrinyup 8b Worner Crescent

From $829,000

This 4 bedroom 2 bathroom family home has great street appeal with an eye catching Tuscan red render & a restored tile roof. The interior is spacious with the choice of several living areas & the kitchen, meals, family, activity & alfresco areas to the rear of the property benefit from the protected northern aspect - offering light, bright wind protected facilities. The property is also set in a convenient location close to all amenities & within minutes to the Mitchell freeway access to the CBD. CONTACT Les Lindsay PHONE 0407 420 384 EMAIL

Kallaroo 17 Vaucluse Place

This splendidly proportioned home is situated only a short stroll to white sandy beaches & offers the discerning buyer a lifestyle you cannot compete with. Boasting an abundance of space throughout, ocean views, a flowing floorplan to suit the needs of every family & a backyard to make you feel like you're on holidays 365 days of the year. Located in a quiet cul-de-sac, this grand home simply has it all. 901sqm block. Call for more details.

Good things come to those who wait & this stunning Kallaroo is no exception! Located within the resort-style 213/177 Dampier Avenue Apartment "over 55's"retirement complex of St Ives at Northshore this

Welcome to this immaculately presented townhouse and it is less than 7 years old. Rear location with inland views this property is whisper quiet. You are also close to schools, shops, parks and public transport, simply ideal.

Karrinyup 336 Karrinyup Road

CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Kingsley 24 Aviemore Loop

From $795,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 96

CONTACT Mick Evans PHONE 0417 933 620 EMAIL

This immaculate family home will please the most particular of buyers with plenty of renovation & attention to detail, spacious living areas, high ceilings & wonderful outdoors. The renovated kitchen overlooks the pool & outdoor entertaining areas. Double carport with gated rear access & shoppers entry plus masses of extra vehicle paved parking. Fantastic location in one of Kingsleys best streets stroll to Lake Goollelal, a variety of parklands, Kingsley shopping centre, & primary schools. Block size 765 sqm. CONTACT Shane Capelli Year built 1988. PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

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$1,590,000 - $1,690,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

$355,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Offers bed 5 bath 3 car 1

Kingsley 40A Calbourne Way

From $375,000

Tradition, position and a whole lot of features encompass this impressive family residence of grand proportions. Set at the helm of a quiet cul-de-sac on a 1083sqm block and boasting nearly 400sqm of living. This Tony Lomma Homes built, spectacular property, is just perfect for the family who enjoys entertaining and a coastal lifestyle with a casual theme on show. CONTACT Rob Nicholls PHONE 0407 442 222 EMAIL

completely renovated, immaculately presented 2 Bed ground floor apartment is an absolute joy to present & inspection will not disappoint! CONTACT Belinda Lawrence PHONE 0432 547 921 EMAIL

Dont miss this investment opportunity, 753m2, R30 zoning 24m width, 42m depth PLUS 5 bed, 3 bath property generate income whilst waiting for building approval OR move in, what a great location to operate a small business from home. Conveniently located close to schools, shopping, public transport and popular beaches. CONTACT Leigh Wilson PHONE 0410 056 092 EMAIL

Now here is your opportunity to build your very own brand new home & have the easy care lifestyle that you deserve! This 359m2 survey strata land set in a super quiet location with your own street frontage, could just be what you have been searching for! CONTACT James Kennedy PHONE 0421 420 450 EMAIL

FOR SALE Kingsley 200 Kingsley Drive

From $559,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

Kinross 12 Kirkdale Turn

From $549,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Landsdale 42 The Broadview

$998,000 bed 4 bath 4 car 4

Mandurah 10 Adaluma Way

Buyers over $399,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Don’t be late & be sure to view this renovated 4 bedroom 2 bathroom family home with so much to offer! Just a short walk to greenwood train station, & located on the edge of this thriving suburb this represents great value for your money. With so much on offer i am sure you will agree that this property represents great value in this thriving suburb. An ideal family home without the Kingsley price tag, or great investment awaits. CONTACT James Kennedy PHONE 0421 420 450 EMAIL

Kinross 1/189 Kinross Drive

Welcome to this lovely family home, boasting a ‘chef’s kitchen’ to die for! Mum will love preparing the family meals in this beautiful timber kitchen with integrated dishwasher & huge gas oven. Dad will also enjoy entertaining under the pitched pergola with his choice of two outdoor ovens!

Kinross 15 Kinglassie Circle

CONTACTS Anne Dearson/Lyn Stowe PHONE 0417 773 490/0405 109 113 EMAIL

$420,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

From $569,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

A truly magnificent home in a lovely part of Landsdale, with beautiful lake and parkland views. High quality finishes and outstanding features have not been spared in this large double storey home. With four bathrooms, two powder rooms, billiard/home theatre room, lounge/dining, kitchen/meals/family, games room, the list goes “on & on.” CONTACT Ian Gardner A viewing will not disappoint. PHONE 0408 910 417

Mandurah 2 Eildon Place

NORTH YUNDERUP Located only one street back from the Murray River sits this recently renovated, large 4 x 2 family home on a generous 808 sqm block. Modern chef kitchen, drive through access into a large 6 x 12m powered workshop are only some of the great features that this home has to offer.

Mandurah 15 Ferncliffe Parkway


CONTACT Aaron Boud PHONE 0432 028 483 EMAIL

$339,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$449,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This beautifully designed villa has it all, 3 spacious bedrooms, 2 modern bathrooms, stunning open plan living areas with a well-appointed kitchen & stainless steel appliances, overlooking the casual meals & family room which leads out to a fantastic court yard with extensive paving. This villa is ideal for the young or retired, first home buyers, investors, families or couples. CONTACT John Cowup PHONE 0411 37 36 35 EMAIL

Step inside this charming home, full of style & character. You can lose yourself in this spacious 3 bedroom plus study, 2 bathroom home. (The study is big enough for a 4th bedroom). Huge chefs kitchen is the centre piece of the casual living area, relaxing gardens with large pitched pergola, extra parking for boat & workshop. CONTACTS Lyn Stowe/Anne Dearson PHONE 0405 109 113/0417 773 490 EMAIL

FALCON RUSTIC SEASIDE SANCTUARY The home has a warm, rustic feel with lovely timber lined raked ceilings and spacious living. 8 top quality German solar panels, r/cycle air. Verandahs all round. Quality inclusions. Gorgeous treed hidden away cul-de-sac close to park, shops and beach. A real gem - Call me today! CONTACT Maureen Parsons PHONE 0413 033 144 EMAIL

MEADOW SPRINGS Immaculate 4 bed, 2 bath home plus study/office. The sellers have excelled in their decorating and designing skills. Features of the home inc. modern styling, air cond, polished timber floor, walkin linen/storage room, office space can also be used as a 5th bedroom, outdoor entertaining area. Large backyard with plenty of room for a pool. CONTACT Rick Uren PHONE 0414 779 834 EMAIL

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FOR SALE Mandurah 18 Tyneside Loop

$449,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 26 Peel Street

Buyers over $319,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Mandurah 33 Leveque Loop

$849,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 52 Peel Parade

Buyers over $399,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 2 98

MEADOW SPRINGS Well presented 4 x 2 family home, this one has the lot‌ features inc 4 large bedrooms, well appointed kitchen with shoppers ent, air conditioning, exceptional all year round outdoor ent area with powered shutters, lovely low maintenance manicured gardens, solar panel system. Close to all the fabulous amenities that Meadow Springs has to offer. CONTACT Rick Uren

Mandurah 23 Flinders Close

Buy now and develop later with this fantastic investment opportunity in central Mandurah. Zoned R100 within the inner city precinct plan; which means you can build a minimum of 3 storeys and a maximum of 5. Currently rented with excellent tenants in place.

Mandurah 27 Bortolo Drive

PHONE 0414 779 834 EMAIL

CONTACT Aaron Boud PHONE 0432 028 483 EMAIL

SAN REMO Enjoy expansive Indian Ocean view from the upper level of your elegant 2-storey home. Only 450 metres to white sandy beaches and excellent fishing and surf. The spacious upmarket home is just a 5 minute drive to Mandurah CBD, shops, schools and world class golf course. Lovely quiet street. Be quick to inspect. CONTACTS Irene Martindale/Maureen Parsons PHONE 0417 355 257/0413 033 144 EMAIL

COODANUP Bring the bulldozer as this one’s a knockdown. This property is located in the quietest water front location of Mandurah! Zoned R20, connected to deep sewer and at 1012 sqm, this block is waiting for you to sub-divide and reap the benefits of Peel Inlet views forever.

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CONTACT Aaron Boud PHONE 0432 028 483 EMAIL

From $749,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

$299-$329,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

BARRAGUP 5 acre property, which is a combination of natural bush, tropical gardens and a 4 bedroom, 1 bathroom home. Featuring a swimming pool, cabana with bathroom, large workshop and undercover car parking. With the love of a new family the possibilities are endless. CONTACT Kathryn Fiorenza PHONE 0427 475 661 EMAIL

GREENFIELDS The perfect starter home or investment offering good return. This 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom brick and tile home is on 722m2. With drive thru access to the powered workshop and air-con. Convenient location in the sort after suburb of Greenfields CONTACT Kathryn Fiorenza PHONE 0427 475 661 EMAIL

MEADOW SPRINGS This spacious 4 bed, 2 bath home plus Mandurah quality built by Dale Alcock is set on a massive 721sqm 48 Pebble Beach Boulevard study block. Features inc games room with a built in bar, formal

$459,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

lounge/home theatre, study, open plan living area, well appointed kitchen, massive covered out door entertaining area, large bedrooms, wood fire heater plus many more features. CONTACT Rick Uren PHONE 0414 779 834 EMAIL

Located in a central Mandurah Unit Complex , this beautifully Mandurah one bedroom unit features two bathrooms, a 57/98 Mandurah Terrace furnished, separate wash basin, laundry and generous open living. Cosy

$179,000 bed 1 bath 1

kitchen consists of a ceramic cooktop, microwave, rangehood and plenty of cupboard space.Situated on the second floor and comes with your own car park. CONTACT Rick Uren PHONE 0414 779 834 EMAIL

FOR SALE Mariginiup 110 Lee-Steere Drive

$1,400,000 ONO bed 6 bath 3 car 2

Middle Swan 18 Hodges Street

$395,000 - $420,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

Mindarie 326 Anchorage Drive

High $500,000's bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Mount Hawthorn 2B Anderson Street

From $949,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Situated on 3.363 acres and located on the corner of Coogee & lee-Steere Drive with dual access to the property through remote gates is this wonderfully warm family home which exudes charm & quality. Includes massive well set up alfresco area complete with an outdoor kitchen, indoor kitchen with granite bench tops & butlers larder & children's wing has its own games room. CONTACT Deb Treloar

Merriwa 6 Sandon Elbow

This tastefully modernised and low maintenance home features 3 good sized bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. A separate lounge room flows through to the open plan kitchen, dining and living area. Complete with solar panels, tinted windows and security screens. A fantastic start to a first home buyer, or a great little investment. What are you waiting for?

Mindarie 318 Anchorage Drive

PHONE 0402 472 006 EMAIL

CONTACT Angie Pearce PHONE 0499 775 046 EMAIL

$379,000 - $399,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

From $599,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This is hot property in Mindarie & perfect for the family that demands space, style and comfort. From the moment you walk in this quality built family home you feel a wonderful ambience throughout. Features: Games room, large open plan family area with a well-appointed kitchen overlooking dining & family room, and a huge back yard with plenty of room for the kids. CONTACT John Cowup

Mosman Park 10/1-7 Boundary Road

This well designed contemporary home exudes warmth, style and space with an emphasis on functionality. Comprising of generously proportioned living areas, spacious bedrooms and luxurious detailing the home is almost brand new. The home has quality tiling and fixtures through-out, ducted rev cyc a/c, lighting, security system, quality light fittings & window treatments. CONTACT Phyllis Gemelli

Mount Lawley 79 Grosvenor Road

PHONE 0411 37 36 35 EMAIL

PHONE 0407 386 501 EMAIL

$405,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Auction bed 3 bath 2 car 2

This stunning 4 bedroom 2 bathroom property has been almost completely renovated and is ready for someone to move in without any further investment required. Located in a Cul-de-sac this property could make for a great investment or young family looking for the benefits of living in a prime location. CONTACT Tertius Du Toit PHONE 0416 239 306 EMAIL

With ocean views from the front yard, this 4 bed, bright & modern family home is complete with generous sized double bedrooms, offers easy care modern living with all the creature comforts you could want & has to be one of the best value properties available in Mindarie. CONTACT John Cowup PHONE 0411 37 36 35 EMAIL

Terrific location just minutes from Cottesloe & Fremantle. 2 big bedrooms both with lovely built in robes reverse cycle aircon to main bedroom, spacious living & dining room reverse cycle aircon opening to North facing alfresco/patio area "All year comfort", terrific kitchen - great cupboards, huge bathroom/laundry, separate store room, close undercover parking, low fees enjoyed in this lease for life property. Full disclosures available CONTACT Tricia Smith PHONE 0411 694 880 EMAIL

Federation homes are full of character and this 1910 built property is a very special one. Adorned with high ceilings, beautiful roses and decorative arches throughout, this home is a wonder to look at. Featuring 3 oversized bedrooms, as well as 2 bathrooms; this 2 storey home has a wonderfully comfortable feel as soon as you step through the door. CONTACT Dean Bradley PHONE 0411 110 779 EMAIL march 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Muchea 40 Carl Street

From $849,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Mullaloo 6 Mitra Court

From $799,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Mullaloo 25 Key West Drive

From Mid $900,000's bed 5 bath 2 car 2

Noranda 158 Benara Road

From $649,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1 100

This type of property lends itself to a broad range of buyers. It’s all here. Impressive frontage with approx. half acre of sweeping manicured lawns and gardens. This 5acre block is totally reticulated therefore definitely suitable for equestrian pursuits and more. The homestead consists of immaculate and impressive presentation. Brick tile 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom PLUS CONTACT Jenny Treloar nursery/study. PHONE 0427 012 729

Mullaloo 2 Castella Way

Are you looking for an affordable, spacious, well maintained single storey home with pool on a big block in an elevated beach side cul de sac location? Then don't miss viewing this much loved family home in popular Mullaloo! Features include 3 spacious living areas & separate dining / study. The heart of the home is the big open plan kitchen, informal meals & family room all with outlook to the outdoor entertaining area. Enjoy the healthy coastal lifestyle, minutes to one of Perths best beaches, CONTACT Mary Peard Mullaloo Beach Hotel, Dome cafe PHONE 0407 151 153 & local shops. EMAIL

Mullaloo 10 Knightsbridge Crescent

This huge but "rare" classic designed beachside home displaying all of its character charm with 5 generous size bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, computer nook & multiple choice of living areas. Ideally positioned offering outstanding park, mini lake views & just a short gentle stroll to the end of road will bring you into another world of golden sands & window pane clear blue waters. You have literally the "BEST OF BOTH WORLDS". I urge you to ACT NOW particularly with revised price, DON'T DELAY! CONTACT Stephen Simpson PHONE 0408 944 282 EMAIL

Nollamara 8b Munja Way

Here is your opportunity to secure this lovely character home which has been fully renovated in highly desirable Benara Rd,absolutely sure to impress families & couples. With an open-plan theme & gorgeous light tones there is a very swish quality kitchen. Amazing internal & external living spaces flow perfectly to create wonderful entertaining & everyday lifestyle areas to enjoy with CONTACT Valerie Boyle family & friends. PHONE 0404 864 932

North Beach 22 James Street


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Mid - High $900,000's bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $899,000 bed 5 bath 3 car 2

$479,000 - $499,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

All Offers Presented

Presenting an exceptional 2 storey home with superb floor plan to accommodate any growing family's needs & requirements. Guaranteed to ensure a high standard of quality ocean side living. With a display home presentation of Formal Lounge & Dining leading through to open plan Kitchen, Meals & Family. The centrally located activity with minor bedrooms linking together perfectly, leads out to garden & covered alfresco below ground pool. DO NOT DELAY! Block size 703sqm, Built 1989CONTACT Stephen Simpson PHONE 0408 944 282 EMAIL

Seeking a HUGE, KING SIZE Family home situated on a generous size block only a short walking distance to pearl white sands, Indian ocean waters & lush parklands? If the answer is a big 'Yes' to all above, then CALL OFF THE SEARCH!, proudly introducing an ENORMOUS property boasting AMPLE living areas, separate lounge, open plan kitchen, family adjacent to LARGE fully decked conservatory overlooking gardens. Complete exterior render, freshly painted inside & out plus new floor coverings & CONTACT Stephen Simpson window treatments. PHONE 0408 944 282 EMAIL

This secure rear duplex is a rare gem, with 168sqm build size; you will have enough space for your growing family or room to breathe if you are a first home buyer executive couple. Features at every turn, this property will not last and is ready for you to just move in or have tenanted for a great rental return! CONTACT David Weir PHONE 0402 930 908 EMAIL

This sought after parcel of land is now available with 463sqm of prime real estate, potential views from both front & rear & an un-restricted building time. This has to be an excellent opportunity to secure your North Beach lifestyle. Enjoy living in this exclusive tree lined street location, surrounded by premium homes with immaculate presentation throughout this waterside suburb, you are close to everything. Area 463 sqm, Un-restricted Building Time, Architects Plans Available. Please call for more information. CONTACT Carl Freeman PHONE 0408 793 037 EMAIL

FOR SALE North Perth 34 Kayle Street

End Date Sale bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Ocean Reef 4 Mabena Place

From $1.399 million bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Ocean Reef 7 Tarcoola Retreat

$749,000 - $789,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Ocean Reef 16/70 Marina Boulevard

From $429,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Townhouse dressed to impress Spectacular views into the park, spacious entertaining and living areas designed with the flexibility to savour modern living & enhance to overall experience of the home. Must see!

Ocean Reef 2/8 Seltrust Place

From $545,000

CONTACT Jesse Bullied PHONE 0422 335 594 EMAIL

This beautiful Beaumonde built home offers almost 400 sqm of living space, stunning panoramic ocean views, a beachy style in most rooms & quality fixtures throughout including double glazing on windows & doors you will feel like you're on holiday every day! Outdoor entertaining from the spacious balcony, conservatory with built in spa, alfresco & dedicated bocce court. Fantastic location just a short stroll to beautiful Beaumaris Park, Primary & High Schools, shopping centres & the proposed Ocean Reef Marina. CONTACT Shane Capelli Block size 800 sqm PHONE 0410 339 499 Year built 1998 EMAIL

Ocean Reef 4 Tiller Road

Beautiful family home, excellent location! Gaze at the stars while relaxing in the sparkling BG pool , this 4x2 home plus activity & several living areas is an absolute winner. Plenty room for all the family on this large 693m2 block. Ocean reef is a sought after suburb with many local amenities.

Ocean Reef 16 Spur Court

CONTACT Diane Williamson PHONE 0431 112 750 EMAIL

This is a normal strata property that can be purchased, rented (to over 55s) & resold as you choose it is NOT a lease for life property that often has significant restrictions & penalties when sold. Fabulous facilities in this highly sought after over 55s complex with below ground pool, bowling green, community centre & live in caretaker. Enjoy the country club lifestyle now in this ground floor unit or invest & rent out until you are ready to downsize. Air conditioning, gas point, security screens & so much more! CONTACT Shane Capelli Block size 132sqm Unit size 110sqm PHONE 0410 339 499 Year built 1988 EMAIL

From $839,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3

From $1.1 million bed 5 bath 3 car 2

Ocean Reef 21 Windward Loop

From $999,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

Build your dream home with outstanding ocean views on one of the best located blocks available in Ocean Reef. Three different block options ie located left or right hand side of the subdividable block or centre split. Owner will develop the block to suit your needs. Rear block is expected to be approximately 450 sqm. Fantastic location in a quiet culdesac surrounded by premium quality homes, only 500m to the beach & proposed ocean reef marina. CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

Spacious open plan living, 3 living areas - 4 Big bedrooms 3 car garage + boat & van parking. Call Shane for a private inspection or further information

CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

This immaculate Perceptions built home will please the most particular of buyers with 355sqm of stunning living space that includes 3 spacious living areas, several outdoor entertaining areas, 5 bedrooms & 3 luxurious bathrooms. With panoramic ocean views, timber floors, high recessed ceilings and quality finish throughout; this is easy care family living at its best. Block size 447 sqm CONTACT Shane Capelli Year built 2007 PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

This expansive home exudes quality & style. With sweeping ocean views, high ceilings, solid timber floors & French doors separating 4 formal & informal living areas, it is perfectly suited to large families. Fabulous outdoor entertaining in the enclosed alfresco featuring timber deck, cedar lined ceiling & timber shutters. The alfresco leads out to the beautifully landscaped pool & easy care gardens. Gorgeous kitchen with stainless appliances. Fantastic location close to all amenities! CONTACT Shane Capelli Block: 730sqm Year built 2002 PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

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FOR SALE Ocean Reef 33 Bacchante Close

From $1,195,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

With commanding street presence, stunning ocean views & masses of space inside & out, this beautiful Beaumonde built home with a choice of outdoor entertaining areas, 3 living spaces, separate study & formal dining room - will suit large families or those that enjoy entertaining. Double French doors open to the formal dining its location & size allow it to be used as a theatre. Fabulous location in quiet cul de sac - only 500m to the beach & a short stroll to all your amenities. Block: 857sqm Year built 2000 CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

OCEAN FRONT LIVING Ocean Reef level 483sqm ocean front block with 14.6 m frontage 69 Southern Cross Circle This faces the proposed Ocean Reef Marina and boasts its own

From $699,000

private entrance off the main road. Don't miss your chance to build your dream home in this high growth location !! CONTACT Todd Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

Padbury 10A Hubbard Drive

From $589,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Pearsall 16 Boboli Way

From $675,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2 102

Ocean Reef 61 Herreshoff Ramble

From $719,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Padbury 10 Macdonald Avenue

From $609,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

Situated in a quiet street, this beautifully presented & very spacious home is perfect for those looking for a low maintenance property or something to lock up & leave. Sure to impress. 3 x 2, 2 separate living areas, large kitchen with dishwasher & ample cupboard space, Aircon, ceiling fans & gas bayonet for year round comfort, all seasons outdoor entertaining area with feature decking, manicured gardens, gas hot water system, large double garage with workshop/storage area all on a 482sqm block (approx.) CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

Padbury 56 Pinnaroo Drive

SUPERSIZED If you like room to move you will love this. There’s nothing left to do but move in. Very big bedrooms and bathrooms, 3 massive living areas, huge kitchen, double garage, office, solar panels, air-conditioning, powered shed and gorgeous gardens. This beauty will sell FAST

Perth 42/208 Adelaide Terrace

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CONTACT Paul & Sue Middleton PHONE 0419 939 392 – 0422 046 457 EMAIL

From $749,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $739,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

This stunning home has been extensively renovated throughout with modern kitchen & bathrooms, timber floors & French doors separating the 3 spacious formal & casual living areas. Beautifully renovated kitchen, clever breakfast bar, all with a fabulous outlook to the pool & outdoor areas. Semi enclosed, pitched patio with quality caf blinds & extensive paving & gazebo by the pool. Great location close to primary & high schools, local shops, public transport & proposed Ocean Reef marina. Block size 773 sqm CONTACT Shane Capelli Year built 1988 PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

An outstanding opportunity has arisen to secure this beautifully presented home situated on a large 713sqm block opposite leafy parklands. With nothing left to be done, this home is sure to please. Boasting many features needed in todays lifestyle. located opposite local parklands and so close to local shops, transport and schools and only a short drive to the beach, Hillarys Marina, Whitfords Shopping Centre and freeway. CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

Situated in the sought after Pinnaroo Heights on a generous 730sqm block, this immaculate home is undoubtedly going to impress. With a floorplan expertly crafted & an outdoors just perfect for year round entertaining this home is sure to suit every familys needs. Located in one of Padburys most sought after areas close to all amenities.This property certainly offers the whole package! CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

This stylish AU Complex apartment offers an enviable lifestyle located within two striking structures that are connected by a spacious entertainment deck incorporating solar-heated swimming pool, timber lined sauna, fully equipped gymnasium, games room, air-conditioned lounge facilities & gas bbqs. Already well under way this brand new apartment is due for completion mid 2014.Be quick as this highly sought after complex had been sold CONTACT Shane Capelli out for some time. PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

FOR SALE Originally built in 1898 as a federation style warehouse and Perth used as the site for Perth's first radio station, this 44/569 Wellington Street later building has been transformed into a beautiful apartment

Piara Waters 10 Blackall Mews

bed 2 bath 2 car 1

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Offers $639K - $659K

Piara Waters 10 Blackall Mews

From $619,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Pinjarra 4 Wells Road

$519-539,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Port Kennedy 8 Pimento Circle

$380,000-$390,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

complex. Open living areas and spacious bedrooms make this an ideal property for couples with room for guests. CONTACT Ivan Helman PHONE 0421 416 144 EMAIL

A fantastic family home. Nestled in cul-de-sac tranquility, this immaculate 4 bedroom 2 bathroom residence defines modern low-maintenance living and will easily cater for everybody's personal needs within. CONTACT Marg Kudla PHONE 0457 515 007 EMAIL

Perfection plus family home in Murray River Estate. 4 double size bedrooms, 2 bathrooms PLUS study. Set on 796m2, open plan, large home, workshop, parking for a boat. Air conditioning, reticulation, tile fire, passive heating, fantastic patio area and so much more. CONTACT Kathryn Fiorenza PHONE 0427 475 661 EMAIL

Great 1st home on beach side Port Kennedy with 3 good sized bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, front lounge and family/kitchen area. Outside is a huge patio for the ultimate entertainer. Great block with loads of room for pool, workshop etc. The garage is also oversized with access through to the rear yard. CONTACT Bill Penny PHONE 0433 373 505 EMAIL

From $619,000

Piara Waters 34 Whittaker Turn

From $599,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Port Kennedy 2 Pimento Circle

$590,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Port Kennedy 26 Pimento Circle

$435,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

A fantastic family home. Nestled in cul-de-sac tranquility, this immaculate 4 bedroom 2 bathroom residence defines modern low-maintenance living and will easily cater for everybody's personal needs within. CONTACT Marg Kudla PHONE 0457 515 007 EMAIL

4x2 family home. Sep theatre room, sep study and activity room. Kitchen with loads of bench and cupboard space overlooks meals and family room. Evap air con, alarm, engineered timber floors, alfresco area is a good size for entertaining, bore retic gardens. 557 sqm block. CONTACT Christina Felton PHONE 0439 918 250 EMAIL

A one off opportunity to purchase your dream home in this coastal location. All the amenities of a country style manor cleverly positioned on a spacious low maintenance 600sqm corner block. From the moment you cross the veranda and step inside the reception room you will feel yourself transported to another time and place. CONTACT Rob Davis PHONE 0439 843 776 EMAIL

This is a great opportunity for you. This four bedroom, 2 bath home is located on a generous 604sqm Block. If you have been wanting to shift to the coastal suburbs then don't miss this opportunity. Just look at what is on offer: Massive Alfresco/Patio Combination, Central Kitchen with Dishwasher, Large Shed or Man Cave, Air Conditioning & so much more! CONTACT Rob Davis PHONE 0439 843 776 EMAIL

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FOR SALE Port Kennedy 210 Currie Street

From $495,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Quinns Rocks 6 Clarion Pass

$659,000 - $699,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Are you looking for something nice with space to park the caravan or boat or both? This home has just come on the market and is a superb choice for someone looking for an easy care set-up. Being only a few years old this property is located on a corner block so offers neighbours on 2 sides rather than 3. CONTACT Rob Davis PHONE 0439 843 776 EMAIL

Variety is the key to this home ! A traditional style grand home with character and a hideout for every family member ! 4 good size bedrooms plus theatre plus office. Neutral dcor throughout. The garden spacious! a blank canvas! With 3 different areas pool in one, decked bbq in another, plus playground for the children! CONTACTS Sara Revet/Steve Wilcox PHONE 0449 833 508/0421 277 366 EMAIL

Quinns Rocks 4 Mintaro Parade

$565,000 - $575,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Quinns Rocks 62 Camira Way

From $680,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3

Theres not many out there, so dont miss the opportunity to Quinns Rocks this lovely home. Generous Master Suite with triple 125 Santa Barbara Parade purchase floor to ceiling robes, open plan living areas, reverse cycle

Ridgewood 37 Sanctuary Gardens

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

bed 3 bath 2 car 2

From $499,000

Rockingham 2 Pavo Close

By Tender bed 4 bath 2 car 2 104

air/cond & security, are just a few of the features of this home. Fabulous 657m2 block with plenty of room for a pool, plus generous 2 car garage with drive through access. CONTACT Jan Buchanan PHONE 0408 802 381 EMAIL

Floor to ceiling tiling finished in both bathrooms Vanity units fitted to bathrooms New bath installed in family bathroom The list goes on...Features include: Jarrah floors, New hot water system, New oven waiting to be installed, New bore pump, Access to rear, ideal for boat, caravan, trailer, Extra wide lock up garage with roller door, New plumbing, 754 m2 corner block. CONTACT Graham York Tender ends 10th March '14 PHONE 0467 773 977

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$419,000 - $429,000

Rockingham 4/38 Lewington Street

$579,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Love the lifestyle this magnificent light & bright residence has to offer impeccably presented throughout lies this home featuring a brilliant floor plan including formal lounge & dining, large open plan family living room overlooking well appointed kitchen, separate activity room, not to mention spacious bedrooms. CONTACTS Steve Wilcox/Sara Revet PHONE 0421 277 366/0449 833 508 EMAIL

A newly built private glass mosaic tiled wader pool with water feature& LED lighting looks up to the decked alfresco with built in BBQ. Like to have space to work? The powered 6x4 single phase workshop would assist you whilst the triple garage with rear access allows you to park the trailer with space to spare. CONTACTS Sara Revet/Steve Wilcox PHONE 0449 833 508/0421 277 366 EMAIL

This impeccably presented Cottage combines modern style with family living. Upon entry you will be surprised by the space this property presents with a lovely formal living area, Large master with ensuite and walk-in robe, 2 generous sized spare bedrooms, Stylish open plan kitchen with top quality appliances forming part of the dining and living area and stunning patio area. CONTACT Tertius Du Toit PHONE 0416 239 306 EMAIL

Set yourself up for many fun and relaxing times ahead as we celebrate and enjoy our beautiful, pristine coastline. Imagine a location approximately 300 metres from of our crystal clear beaches and a 5 minute walk to an exciting and vibrant cafe, bar and restaurant strip. Sounds too good to be true...but it's on offer here, at an incredibly realistic price! CONTACT Jodie Lindner PHONE 0408 518 514 EMAIL

FOR SALE Rockingham 7 Parkin Street

$575,000-$600,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

Rockingham 17 Leo Place

$356,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 2

Rockingham 185B Kent Street

$499,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Scarborough 11/59 Hasting Street

From $659,000 bed 2 bath 2 car 1

An amazing opportunity awaits you the lucky buyer. I am instructed to immediately sell this unique converted 1950's now 2 storey property - as is where is. Property has views to Palm Beach approximately 350m away 809m - Duplex Potential Block. 5 Bedroom Options, Side Access, Alfresco, Gardens, Lots of Off Street Parking. CONTACT Rob Davis PHONE 0439 843 776 EMAIL

Dont miss this one as its location is superb being close to primary school and Rockingham shopping centre, situated in a quiet cul-de-sac with park across the road for kids to play in or exercise the dogs. There are not many 4b/r homes so close to amenities and in particular this one as it is being freshly painted inside and out, has a new fence and good size living area inside. CONTACT David Lomax PHONE 0409 084 940 EMAIL

Quiet rear block home just around the corner from sparkling Rocky Beach. Fantastic 3 bedroom home with 2 living areas, beautiful parquetry flooring, air con to family room. High ceilings throughout with ceiling fans. Outside there is a double lock up garage and a large alfresco for the entertainer. CONTACT Bill Penny PHONE 0433 373 505 EMAIL

Sunsets forever Comfortable townhouse designed with a spacious living area & kitchen. Windows to ensure you never miss a sunset, priced perfectly for anyone who loves the extra charm that life on the coast has to offer. CONTACT Jesse Bullied PHONE 0422 335 594 EMAIL

Rockingham 15 Highlander Parade

$660,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Rockingham 42 Flinders Lane

Buyers Over $799,000 bed 3 bath 3 car 2

Safety Bay 5 Cowan Place

From $399,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Scarborough 26 Manning Street

From $979,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Situated on a quiet corner block is this stunning 3 bedroom home with magnificent lake views. All the bedrooms are king size, 2 with ensuites and walk in robes. Huge kitchen overlooking family room and decked private alfresco, double lock up garage with lock up workshop/store room. Sit back and relax on the front porch and enjoy the view. CONTACT Bill Penny PHONE 0433 373 505 EMAIL

Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy strolls along the beach, this is what this home offers its new owners. Here is you chance to secure this generously proportioned 3 bedroom, plus study, 3 bathroom, 2 storey home situated across from lovely park lands. Features include ducted reverse cycle air-con, solid Tasmanian Oak floors, lovely kitchen with stone bench tops, Miele appliances CONTACT Julie Pym & built in coffee machine. PHONE 0411 436 537 EMAIL

Very neat and tidy 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom home plus a study in a super quiet cul-de-sac location in beautiful Safety Bay. The home itself has a spacious front lounge, formal dining, study and family room. The kitchen is a good size, it has double basin in the sink, built in pantry, wall oven, gas hot plate, with tiled splash back and sizeable fridge recess. CONTACT Mitch Russell PHONE 0430 574 655 EMAIL

Immaculate four bedroom two bathroom tri level townhouse in an outstanding beachside location, with outstanding views to Rottnest. Newly renovated kitchen, spacious dining, and separate living with balcony and great views. Outside the generous private rear courtyard provides many options, with the Filburn street entrance providing easy access for caravans/boats or tradesman vans, for that valuable secure off street parking. CONTACT Paul Kettle PHONE 0403 177 680 EMAIL

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FOR SALE Take an easy stroll to exciting Scarborough beach from this Scarborough and stylish street front north facing home. 29c Southbourne Street functional Combining a quality finish and functional floor plain together

Scarborough 102a Duke Street

bed 3 bath 2 car 2

bed 3 bath 2 car 1

From $829,000

Scarborough 131 Duke Street

From $699,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

with an excellent coastal location all help to make 29c Southbourne Scarborough a must inspect. CONTACT Paul Kettle PHONE 0403 177 680 EMAIL

Are you looking at leaving that large garden and high maintenance home behind, or maybe moving up to an exciting brand new home with all the modern conveniences, either way be quick to take advantage of this first class street front home with all the extras. CONTACT Paul Kettle PHONE 0403 177 680 EMAIL

$629,000 - $659,000

Scarborough 187 Westview Street

From $995,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

WOW..... What great value this two bed apartment in Scarborough Rise Scarborough, with incredible views of R410/183 West Coast Highway Observation Scarborough, Trigg and Hillary's spectacular beaches. Located

Secret Harbour 6 Jims Crescent

bed 2 bath 2 car 2

bed 4 bath 2 car 2


Secret Harbour 11 Three Bears Loop

$849,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 106

on the top floor, with NINE FOOT ceilings to give an amazing feeling of space; this apartment is simply awesome. CONTACT Mick Evans PHONE 0417 933 620 EMAIL

The top end is on the move..Faultless design and presentation, clean lines, high ceilings, stunning solid Tasmanian oak floors add to the appeal. Ocean views from upstairs balcony off the lounge. Great position top of the hill with pleasant views and natural sea breezes. Quality finishes and impeccable presentation.

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CONTACT Julie Pym PHONE 0411 436 537 EMAIL

From $449,000

Singleton 1 Treasure Place

Buyers Over $749,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

A fantastic opportunity to secure a cozy duplex with a new backyard. A wonderfully presented canvas to make your very own. Private & secure setting in the heart of Scarborough. CONTACT Jesse Bullied PHONE 0422 335 594 EMAIL

Looking for land in a fabulous location commanding Great Ocean and Valley view’s then look no further. Be quick to secure this 690sqm block zoned R30 with DA conditionally approved for “two” side by side townhouses. CONTACT Mandy Bizzaca PHONE 0409 915 210 EMAIL

Beautifully finished, cleverly designed and with plenty of extras this 4 bedroom 2 bathroom family home will widen your eyes and tick all the boxes. Entertaining will be a pleasure inside and out. The decked alfresco and gable patio area will be perfect for those balmy nights and the theatre room will impress any guest. CONTACT Michelle Dasborough PHONE 0403 939 430 EMAIL

Quality family home built by Sidewalk construction with four generous bedrooms. Situated on a 994sqm plot with The Lot. Only seconds to beautiful Singleton beach and offering a fantastic array of goodies for the discerning buyer.Amazing outdoor entertaining with superb pool and gorgeous extended timber lined alfresco. CONTACT Julie Pym PHONE 0411 436 537 EMAIL

FOR SALE Sorrento 1 Frobisher Avenue

From $1.795 million bed 4 bath 2 car 8

Mary Peard 0407 151 153

OFTEN SOUGHT RARELY FOUND! Custom designed & built by respected Hollywood Builders, this contemporary young, light & bright under croft home offers all the practical benefits of a quality, spacious single storey home with a huge secure 8 car garage & storage space beneath. This home combines the best of quality, luxurious living with a casual, relaxed beachside lifestyle. With meticulous attention to detail in design & finish & quality fittings throughout including solid timber floors (Messmate), double glazed windows at front of home, glass balustrading this home is sure to please the most discerning of buyers. The huge open plan kitchen (with scullery) dining, living room is light & airy with soaring ceilings & access to the generous balcony allowing for seamless indoor / outdoor relaxing or entertaining with delightful views through the tree canopy. A second living / media room is available through double glazed doors from the breakfast / informal meals area. The timber lined alfresco area with built in kitchen includes Beefeater Barbeque & rangehood plus a view to the pool. Green title block, 680 sqm.

Sorrento 2 Anitra Court

From $899,000 bed 5 bath 3 car 2

Sorrento 3B Cervantes Place

$795,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Be quick to secure this competitively priced family home - so close to the Marina, opposite Seacrest Park on a 739sqm corner block. Both renovated & extended it has a beautiful big kitchen, dining, family room & adjacent north facing alfresco area which overlooks your below ground pool & out into the park. It is light & bright with ducted A/C, exquisite timber floors & alternate living areas plus of course a wealth of accommodation for your extended CONTACT Les Lindsay family & guests.

Sorrento 3B Cervantes Place

INVEST or NEST! The choice is yours with this stunning park location, spacious 3 bedroom duplex. Situated directly across from Seacrest Park & walking distance to the beach & the Hillarys Marina this brick & tile duplex offers plenty of living areas including a spacious formal lounge & dining, kitchen meals plus a family room. Outdoors there is a good sized garden area (room for a small pool) & double drive through carport. Be quick!

Sorrento 8 Nuytsia Avenue

PHONE 0407 420 384 EMAIL

CONTACT Kathy Clement PHONE 0403 539 820 EMAIL

$795,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

From $949,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3

INVEST or NEST! The choice is yours with this stunning park location, spacious 3 bedroom duplex. Situated directly across from Seacrest Park & walking distance to the beach & the Hillarys Marina this brick & tile duplex offers plenty of living areas including a spacious formal lounge & dining, kitchen meals plus a family room. Outdoors there is a good sized garden area (room for a small pool) & double drive through carport. Be quick! CONTACT Kathy Clement PHONE 0403 539 820 EMAIL

Located in Leafy Old Sorrento oozing with charm & character opposite stunning parkland close to excellent primary schools, Sacred Heart School, public transport, Hillarys Marina, restaurants and cafe strips. Double door entry, formal Dining, large Spacious Lounge with door to pool area, brand new Kitchen / Family/ Meals area, upstairs new carpet to stairway, balcony overlooking parkland, northern aspect, ideal for those quiet nights. Block size 791 sq metres CONTACTS Maggie Pawlik/Paul Sharry PHONE 0438 876 727/0417 174 180 EMAIL march 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Sorrento 26 Delambre Place

Offers bed 4 bath 2 car 4

Sorrento 27 Helsall Court

$1,495,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Sorrento 114 High Street


Wow! Pristine condition family home in one of the best located streets in Sorrento. Practically across the road from the beach & the Hillarys Marina not to mention Sacred Heart College just around the corner, can this location get any better? This home features both elegant formal living & spacious open plan living areas. The granite kitchen is just perfect for entertaining. Outdoor patio entertaining area, landscaped lawns & gardens plus a very large 4 car garage all on a generous 709sqm block. CONTACT Kathy Clement PHONE 0403 539 820 EMAIL

Sorrento 26 Hocking Parade

Awesome tri-level design capitalising on fantastic location while giving every consideration to the large family offering a large number of separate living zones. Looking out & adjoined by sliding doors from the main living & games is a very large alfresco dining, bar pizza oven, pool with a yard big enough for a game of footy. This is Aladdins, cave dont just drive buy, make the effort to get inside as the size, space, floor plan & yards will just blow you away you just cant judge from the street. CONTACT Jeff Coghill PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL

Sorrento 67a Ashmore Way

BUILD BY THE BEACH Fantastic Old Sorrento Location Don’t miss out on this rare 569 sqm block with rear lane access. Four have been sold and there is only one left. Build your dream home and live the beach-side lifestyle. Retaining walls are already in.

Southern River 3 Trumpet Street

CONTACT Paul & Sue Middleton PHONE 0419 939 392 – 0422 046 457 EMAIL

Southern River 4 Michigan Turn

$799,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 108

Stunning display home opportunity in Bletchley Park Estate! Summit Homes ‘The Geisha’ features 4 huge bedrooms, palatial bathrooms, huge kitchen and living areas, luxurious theatre and bar space. All the finishings you'd expect from a high quality display home! Rent back options!

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CONTACT Alexander Moss PHONE 0423 919 066 EMAIL

From $1,750,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 4

$989,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

$920,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Southern River 11 Pedalstone Drive

From $899,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3

With a lease in place at $7,300 per month until January 2016, this stunning executive residence, is sitting on a 717sqm block & boasts sensational views to Rottnest. The enormous size of this 6 bed, 4 bath family home allows for both integration & separation throughout the 4 different levels. Kitchen, dining and lounge have beautiful ocean views & also look over the below ground swimming pool & entertaining veranda. Take sunset walks to the beach, Hillarys Marina & Yacht Club, cafes & CONTACT Paul & Sue Middleton more. PHONE 0419939391 - 0422046457 EMAIL

Large, quality European built home, easy care low maintenance yards, all been beautifully cared for. When this home was designed & built 20 plus years ago, they were built to last with a ageless floor plan, the fittings are slightly dated but in excellent condition & have been spotlessly maintained. Presenting an opportunity for a new loving owner to renovate over time, while enjoying its comforts & the fantastic location, within an easy stroll of the Hillary's Boat Harbour, beautiful beaches, parks, schools & transport. CONTACT Jeff Coghill PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL

The Pagoda – Webb & Brown-Neaves display home, represents a pinnacle of modern building and design excellence. The property features; a master chef kitchen, dishwasher, theatre room & an abundance of storage.Effortlessly live everyday like it’s a luxury holiday in this 4 bed, 2 bath + study home. CONTACT Alexander Moss PHONE 0423 919 066 EMAIL

For this huge Lakefront two storey Atrium home offering four large double bedrooms, large spacious kitchen with walk in pantry and plenty of bench and cupboard space, shoppers entrance to the triple garage plus storage area with built in cupboard space and rear access for undercover parking for a trailer, boat or 2 extra cars. CONTACT Jemima Botha PHONE 0416 406 410 EMAIL

FOR SALE Southern River 32 Malachite Avenue

From $679,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Stirling 16 Amelia Street

From $649,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

Tapping 16 Merrivale Circle

From $549,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

The Vines 111 Pavilion Circle

$589,000 - $619,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

When big is number # 1 on your list, look no further than with this near new huge family home in a fast paced growing suburb only minutes from shops, cafes, parks & transport. Featuring: four queen size rooms, activity room, study, two glistening bathrooms, ducted reverse cycle air conditioning, large theatre room. CONTACT Jemima Botha PHONE 0416 406 410 EMAIL

Entertain in style with this 3bed, 2bath family home. The lounge room has a built in bar and the huge patio area overlooks the inviting fully fenced pool area, perfect to relax with family and friends. Family room with built in gas fire. Large laundry with double trough and plenty of storage & Ducted evaporative air conditioning. CONTACT Shaun Pettit PHONE 0411 725 511 EMAIL

Fabulous family home in this sought after suburb. Plenty of space both inside and out for everyone to enjoy! Stunning wood flooring, well equipped kitchen, theatre room, lots of outdoor entertaining space & plenty of space for a pool or spa, decked undercover entertaining area, water feature & outdoor lights, approx 197sqm of floor area, block 606sqm approx. CONTACT Berny Wales PHONE 0407 994 052 EMAIL

Presented in absolutely pristine condition, this very elegant contemporary home is generously proportioned, beautifully appointed and offers a perfect lifestyle for time poor families, executives and retirees. The Vines Resort & Country Club golf driving range being just across the road might be a nice little bonus as well. CONTACT Jennifer Jones PHONE 0409 684 213 EMAIL

With the new Port Coogee Marina only up the road, shopping Spearwood only a short walk away and the ocean less than 10 2/15 Josip Gasper Close centre minutes drive – this home just makes sense. This well

$550,000 - $590,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Tapping 6 Colwyn Loop

$599,000 - $629,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Tapping 41 Tandara Fairway

Offers over $529,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Thornlie 15 Dryandra Way

$529,000 - $549,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

appointed, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom with large double garage home is now on the market, but, don’t delay as it will not stay. CONTACT Matthew Quinn PHONE 0434 396 025 EMAIL

Look no further! This fantastic 4x2 + 3 wcs, In vogue home is easy care, opposite a lovely leafy park and within walking distance to local schools, shops & bus route. The four bedrooms are double and all have their own reverse cycle split air conditioners. Situated on an easy care cottage block. CONTACT Sandy Watts PHONE 0412 448 891 EMAIL

DON'T DELAY!! Make your move to Tapping! Enjoy being close to shops/schools, 10 mins to Joondalup City Shopping Centre & only 15 mins to lovely beach in Burns Beach! Enjoy this lovely Scott Park built home. Freshly painted living areas, reverse cycle ducted air con, roller shutters to front of home. 8 solar panels which saves you heaps CONTACT Name on your electricity bill !! PHONE 0412 448 891 EMAIL

This home certainly has a whole lot to offer! 4 beautifully finished bedrooms, 2 (recently finished) bathrooms, double garage, plus a great big salt water pool out the back set out before a large outdoor entertaining area, all perfectly placed on your own large block of land in Forest Lakes estate. CONTACT Matthew Quinn PHONE 0434 396 025 EMAIL march 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Great opportunity this ground floor apartment is very well Thornlie & offers the astute purchaser value buying in this 36/17 Southdown Place presented secure complex that's a stone's throw from Thornlie train station,

Two Rocks 12 Caley Place

bed 2 bath 2 car 1

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $349,000

Waikiki 13 Frigate Close

$465,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

Wanneroo 7 Srebreno Road

$479,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Wanneroo 75 Donnelly Ramble

From $749,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 110

shops & restaurants. Located within a well maintained and secure apartment complex and even features a resort style pool with gazebo and BBQ facilities. This home would suit both home buyers and investors alike! CONTACT Simon Neilson PHONE 0403 909 256 EMAIL

Positioned in a peaceful beach side cul de sac is this wonderful 4x2 family home. This great home sits proudly on an incredible 752sqm block and will allow you so much room to move and play. You can design your backyard just the way you've dreamt about. With the ability to create unrestricted side-access this is an outstanding opportunity. CONTACT Jodie Lindner PHONE 0408 518 514 EMAIL

PICTURE PERFECT STARTER Quality built by Ross North Homes in 2005, this home ticks all the boxes with a study and casual living area, built in robes to all bedrooms, ducted air conditioning throughout and a double remote garage - all on an easy care 451sqm block !! CONTACT Todd Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

WHAT A PACKAGE! Located opposite Yellgonga Regional Parklands, this spacious and immaculately presented home includes a huge home office, theatre room, spacious open plan living area and solar heated pool. This one is a real gem - secure today !!

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CONTACT Todd Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

From $439,000

Waikiki 14 Etchell Mews

$549,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Charming, a little different and surprisingly spacious... This beautiful family home has been built around a central atrium which gives it that extra green, light&bright and very special ambience. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city you will enjoy coming home to this tranquil place. Located only minutes to Two Rocks marina, shops, restaurants and the pristine beach! CONTACT Peggy Middelveld PHONE 0415 566 825 EMAIL

Well, well, well...Waikiki has its own water world! New to the market is this outstanding family residence, positioned in a private cul de sac in one of the most prestigious pockets of beach-side Waikiki. This home is truly gorgeous! It exudes a welcoming warmth on entering, with exquisite wooden marri flooring throughout and quality fixtures and fittings in abundance. CONTACT Jodie Lindner PHONE 0408 518 514 EMAIL

LAKESIDE LOCATION Wanneroo a lake frontage and opposite Yellagonga National Park, 36 Banyandah Boulevard With this this lovely home boasts a prime location and excellent

From $525,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

Warnbro 5 Dawlish Way

$449,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 3

features. Includes 3 beds, 2 bath, swimming pool, workshop and ducted air conditioning - all on a spacious bore reticulated 701sqm block!! CONTACT Todd Utley PHONE 0417 910 967 EMAIL

5b/r-Quiet location you must inspect this beautifully presented home in a great location with Warnbro Primary School at one end of street and a park at the other end. Not far from the beach in quiet street and lawn bowling club in next street you will be impressed with internal layout giving you two family areas off the well equipped kitchen. CONTACT David Lomax PHONE 0409 084 940 EMAIL

FOR SALE Warnbro 7 Delray Close

$429,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 4

Warnbro 26 La Seyne Crescent

Offers over $1.05 million bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Warwick 6 Hillwood Avenue

From $725,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Warwick 573 Beach Road

$759,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This immaculately kept light and airy home has everything you need. Featuring an extra high patio that extends from the back of the house and to the side, with drive through access, large enough to park a boat, caravan or trailer. Fruit and vegetable patches and the meandering gardens compliment the lovely lawns in the back yard. CONTACT Graham York PHONE 0467 773 977 EMAIL

Warnbro 8/25 Penang Loop

Buyers Over $279,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Statement property perched in elevated position in the unique Bay of Warnbro. Exclusive large blocks next to the ocean provide peace, solitude and the sound of the ocean. All this but still very close to all facilities and infrastructure.This property occupies a 2,223sqm beachside plot with side access surrounded by astounding substantial homes. CONTACT Julie Pym

Warnbro 50 Dress Circle

An absolute pleasure to present this spacious & immaculate family home has all the room you will need both inside and out. This much-loved home welcomes you from the moment you step through the door & with its elevated outlook from the big 725sqm corner block (proposed re-zoning precinct) within this quiet dress-circle location. Outdoor entertaining with colourbond patio overlooking the pool & complimented by the poured limestone paving plus timber decked surround. You have found CONTACT Belinda Lawrence your new home. PHONE 0432 547 921 EMAIL

Warwick 32 Ballantine Road

Welcome to this BIG family home on a 700sqm proposed R20/R60 rezoning site. In original condition, this superbly built home with its roomy & well-designed floor plan, provides the perfect opportunity for the savvy renovator to add their modern touches & prosper today; or demolish and develop in the future. The spacious interior boast three alternate living areas, Formal Lounge & Dining, Casual Family & Meals, under croft Games Room, double garage with secure internal entry & a sun-drenched CONTACT Belinda Lawrence below-ground pool. Inspect today! PHONE 0432 547 921 EMAIL

Watermans Bay 20 Margaret Street

PHONE 0411 436 537 EMAIL

$439,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $559,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

All Offers Presented bed 5 bath 2 car 2

Suitable for1st Home buyers or FIFO workers Fresh paintwork has brightened the interior of this delightful unit. 3 bedrooms, with the main bedroom being a great queen size with a walk in robe and semi ensuite. A very functional kitchen over looks the open plan dining and family room which leads out to the patio area with paving all around the house. CONTACT Graham York PHONE 0467 773 977 EMAIL

Quality built 4 x 2 tucked away in a great part of Warnbro in a very established area. Features include large master, quiet front lounge, large kitchen and family room with ducted air conditioning throughout. Outside is a massive entertaining area with room for a workshop or pool. There is also side access. Very clean home on a large 728m2 block. CONTACT Bill Penny PHONE 0433 373 505 EMAIL

Well built, original and simply fantastic 3 bedroom x 1 bathroom home in highly-sought Warwick with housing prices tipped to rise ... the potential is HUGE! Perfectly located within close proximity to local schools, shops and public transport; and placed on a generous 723sqm block this spacious property with its functional floor-plan including formal lounge and dining, family/TV room, BIG central kitchen plus room to move in the big yards front and rear - offers its new owners a wonderful opportunity to CONTACT Belinda Lawrence create their dream home . PHONE 0432 547 921 EMAIL

This spacious double storey home with 4/5 bedrooms is positioned on a 1024sqm duplex potential block located in a whisper quiet street one minute from the Indian Ocean. This elevated location offers ocean views & tranquil surroundings, an excellent lifestyle with room to grow & potential to add value over time. This wonderful property has quality features throughout with 3 large living areas & stunning alfresco deck, a true family home. This is an ideal opportunity to acquire a piece of fine real estate in this quality CONTACT Carl Freeman suburb of Watermans Bay. PHONE 0408 793 037 EMAIL march 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Watermans Bay 44A Margaret Street

From $1,595,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Wembley 35/54 Moondine Drive

From $459,000

This double storey treasure has an elegant atmosphere, ideal layout & quality finishes throughout, an exquisitely appointed home featuring solid timber floors, stone bench tops & quality appliances in the well equipped kitchen. With appealing views & classic lines this has to be seen to be believed. Secure one of the most attractive real estate opportunities available on the Sunset Coast & enjoy this World- Class location in Western Australia. 593 sqm block approx CONTACT Carl Freeman PHONE 0408 793 037 EMAIL

Wembley Downs 28 Maisie Crescent

This is the perfect package, an immaculately presented street front villa, in an outstanding location opposite parkland, walking trail, close to shopping, transport and much much more. quick to snap up this fantastic opportunity to buy into West Leederville suburb that everyone is talking about. In a popular 17/50 Cambridge Street the complex in one of the best locations this apartment features 1

bed 2 bath 1 car 1

West Leederville 18C Clune Avenue

End Date Sale

CONTACT Paul Kettle PHONE 0403 177 680 EMAIL

An opportunity like this is a once in a lifetime. This stellar piece of West Leederville land, with stunning views of Lake Monger, is being offered for sale. Like no other, not only is the land parcel for sale but also the council approved plans that have been drafted and personally designed by the award winning and nationally renowned Yael Kurlansky. CONTACT Ivan Helman PHONE 0421 416 144 EMAIL

This light, bright and very spacious two bedroom apartment West Perth the 5th floor of this West Perth apartment building takes 21/572 Newcastle Street on in commanding views over the City. Located on the northern

Offers $299K + bed 2 bath 1 car 1 112

side of West Perth close to Leederville and Northbridge means you will have public transport and entertainment options galore.

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CONTACT Ivan Helman PHONE 0421 416 144 EMAIL

Auction bed 3 bath 3 car 2

Offers Mid $200ks bed 1 bath 1 car 1

West Perth 17/1 Coolgardie Street

$539,000 - $569,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Woodvale 2 Phillips-Fox Terrace

From $1.099 million bed 5 bath 3 car 2

In one of the areas highest points this two storey home has been lovingly maintained by the original owners. An easy stud frame installation on the top floor would give you a 4th bedroom and still leave you with two good size living areas on the top floor. It offers a rare chance to secure a substantial home on a full sized block of 754 square metres in this most sought after suburb. Approximately a 500m stroll to Hale School & close to the Wembley Downs CONTACT Chas Paridis Tennis Club & Golf Club, this is blue chip property. PHONE 0418911289 EMAIL

bed, 1 bath 1 secure car bay. Complex features pool and lawn area & onsite caretaker who ensures it is well maintained. CONTACT Ivan Helman PHONE 0421 416 144 EMAIL

This adorable 2 bedroom apartment in the heart of West Perth. Located on the 5th Floor, Apartment 17 boasts open plan living with city views from every window, a modern kitchen with floating island, 2 bedrooms, European-Style laundry, a full bathroom incl a bath, separate toilet & a generously sized balcony giving you full enjoyment of the magnificent view. CONTACT Ryan Benade PHONE 0451 070 945 EMAIL

This 2 storey family sized residence offers an abundance of living areas & accommodation options to match! plus plenty of room outdoors to enjoy & entertain. Welcome to 2 Phillips-Fox Terrace, a home situated within the borders of the impressive Woodvale Waters estate on a huge 1047m2 block. Stroll to the lake to feed the ducks & swans or meander along the walkways CONTACT Rob Nicholls within Yellagonga regional PHONE 0407 442 222 park! EMAIL

FOR SALE Woodvale 4 Teak Court

Mid-High $800's bed 5 bath 2 car 2

CHARMING COLONIAL….YOU WON’T WANT TO LEAVE Quality, style and a whole lot of special features adorn this classic family home. Set in a wonderful part of Woodvale on the cusp of the Yellagonga regional park and conveniently located in a quiet court, you will certainly appreciate this property and all that CONTACT Rob Nicholls it has to offer. PHONE 0407 442 222 EMAIL

Yanchep 6 Board Street

From $559,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

TOP SPOT - sooo close to the beach! Located at sought after Lindsay Beach pocket of the Capricorn development this beautiful home is just meters away from the the new beach access leading to famous Yanchep Lagoon Beach. Its perfect for those families who want to live the ultimate beach lifestyle with all the benefits of a modern quality home. CONTACT Peggy Middelveld PHONE 0415 566 825 EMAIL

Woodvale 11 Mahogany Court

From $739,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Yanchep 15 Shannon Street

from $449,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

TRADITION, POSITION & FUNCTIONAL FEATURES This one truly is a family home with a wonderful floor plan providing a central hub to integrate the day to day activities of a busy family as well as quiet zones to just sit back and relax, welcome to 11 Mahogany court. CONTACT Rob Nicholls PHONE 0407 442 222 EMAIL

Nest or invest - this property is only 6 months old and ready for you to move into - why would you build, all done for you and nothing else to spend here! If youre after a solid, spacious home thats well designed & with a practical floor plan then this is the property for you!Beautiful kitchen & bathrooms and yes, all bedrooms are very spacious as well! CONTACT Peggy Middelveld PHONE 0415 566 825 EMAIL

THINKING OF SELLING? Yanchep 123 Moorpark Avenue

From $419,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 2

Located close to Sun City Golf Course and surrounded by established trees and parkland, this property has been built for those who enjoy nature and outdoor living! Extra bonus: super wide side access, ideal to store caravan, boat or drive through the back area. Priced to sell, so dont miss out. CONTACT Peggy Middelveld PHONE 0415 566 825 EMAIL


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$3,000,000 ✓ Secure income stream - 30+ year lease term! ✓ Programmed rental growth ✓ Niche market opportunity - rare tavern licensee ✓ High quality fit out ✓ Extremely tightly held precinct ✓ Perfect superfund investment Wayne Mitsikas

0413 599 655

Matthew Hopkins

0410 724 972

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Suburban Office Leasing Opportunities

3 Richardson St, West Perth

151 Herdsman Pde, Wembley

69 Walters Drive, Herdsman

Available areas 151.8 – 995.6m2

Available areas 69 – 110m2

Available area 234m2

“Lease Entire Building”

“Landmark Building”

“Quality Partitioned Office”

243 James St, Northbridge

195 Grt Eastern Hwy, Belmont

142 Hasler Rd, Osborne Park

Available area 475m2

Available areas Up to 610m2

Available area 515m2

“Stylish HQ in CBD Fringe”

“5 Star Greenstar Building”

“Newly Refurbished Building”

256 Stirling Hwy, Claremont

254 Rokeby Road, Subiaco

3 /61 Flynn Street, Wembley

Available areas 514 -1,575 m2

Available area 655m2

Available area 96m2

“Claremont’s Finest Building”

“Premium Grade Office”

“Modern Offices”

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Chalgrove Ave, Rockingham

145 Walcott Street, Mt Lawley

162 Colin Street, West Perth

Available areas 334 -820m2

Available Area 106.01m2

Available Area 88m2

“City Centre Location”

“Prime Corner Office”

“Transport at your Doorstep”

20 Colin Street, West Perth

198 Stirling Street, Perth

817 Beeliar Drive, Cockburn

Available area 230m

Available area 131m

Available area 86m2

“Loads of Parking”

“Fully fitted CBD Fringe Office”

“Prime Ground Floor Office”



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Sizeable land area of 828m²* Building area (NLA) – 995m²* Quality three level improvements incorporating a functional design Excellent natural light and column free floor plate provide a highly professional office environment Generous car parking allocation of approximately one bay per 47m²* of NLA. Walking distance to West Perth’s retail/banking precinct on Hay Street

* Approximately

Matthew Hopkins

Wayne Mitsikas

0410 724 972

0413 599 655

9321 2770

Adjacent to Native Bush Reserve



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WHY I LOVE . . . Bunbury

A city

on the grow

Bunbury is just an hour and a half from Perth on the new Forrest highway but for local girl and Stocker Preston sales associate Rosemary Lynch, it's a world away from the bustling CBD

As third largest city in WA after Perth and Mandurah, Bunbury and its port is certainly an area to watch. Since it was first spotted by French explorer Captain Louis de Freycinet aboard his ship the Casuarina in 1803, the area originally named Port Leschenault, has attracted those keen to lay down roots. From its early days with a population just under 3,000, Bunbury has grown to become the Greater Bunbury area with new subdivisions spreading to the north and south of the city. Thanks to its proximity to transport connections in nearby Busselton, many FIFO workers have made the area their home, while newer areas like Dalyellup are proving to be very popular with young families with new schools, a college and a lifestyle which makes the most of the beach on their doorstep. There are plans too for a major new shopping centre to be built here later in the year. It's no surprise then to see some lovely mansions springing up along the beachfront strip, attracting a mix of retirees and families keen to


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enjoy the famous Geographe Bay sunsets. Meanwhile for those who prefer living at the heart of town, there are upmarket residences on the beach area known as Marlston Hill - perfect for those seeking an executive style of living, just a short stroll to the city centre and its attractions. Bunbury is well known for its collection of coffee shops as well as some terrific restaurants - the hugely popular Mojos for instance won Gold Plate awards this year. There's a cinema and the Bunbury Entertainment Centre, currently in the middle of being extended, attracts its fair share of visiting performers for concerts, ballet, musicals and comedy shows. Reflecting Bunbury's long history, the mix of housing is just as diverse as its population. From inner city, older style character homes, so appealing to so many buyers keen to flex their renovating muscles, to Carey Park, once the home of big quarter-acre blocks which has now been re-zoned with an abundance of units and townhouses - perfect for investors or small families who want to live close to town.

North of the city you'll find Leschenault Inlet and Estuary, with plenty of one-acre blocks and picturesque homes along the water, just minutes from the Australind shopping area and ten minutes to Bunbury itself. Other subdivisions to watch include Galway Green, Kingston and Treendale which already has its own major shopping centre. The whole of Bunbury is a great place to invest your property dollars, with lots of opportunities to snap up older homes on a big block, subdivide and develop. Prices start from $200,000, rising to the $3million mark. But of course Bunbury isn't all about just offering lovely places to live. It also has some of the area's best beaches, with the calm waters of Koombanna Bay, home to the local yacht club, proving a popular spot for visits. There's a restaurant here too as

well as caravan and motel accommodation across from the beach itself, and a very safe spot for families to take a dip. Mention Bunbury to most people and they'll immediately think of dolphins. The city's Dolphin Centre along the end of the beach, has plenty of information for dolphin lovers and many are thrilled to be joined for a swim by the local pod of dolphins that populate our seas. Surfers also flock to the area to chase those big breaks along the back beach area and in an area known as Jetty Baths, little ones practice their aquatic skills in calm waters, while a little further along water skiers show off their skills in front of a row of coffee shops, filled with punters watching the world go by. If you're considering moving the whole

SWEET SPOT Bunbury is the perfect place to lay down roots and raise a family with plenty of seaside residential spots and recreational opportunities.

family to Bunbury, then the area has plenty of schools to choose from in both the public and private sectors. There's a south west TAFE college, Curtin University and an additional colleges in the area. Bunbury Cathedral College is a well-known and respected private school and, on the edge of Bunbury in the Gelorup area, there's the Bunbury Grammar School. We're proud too of our new South West Health Campus, built on the edge of the city, hosting St John of God Hospital, Bunbury Regional Hospital, an emergency department and home to many specialists who have consulting rooms on the second floors. For the shopaholic, there's no need to panic about being out of Perth with its wide collection of boutiques. There are several major shopping centres with plenty to spend those hard-won dollars on. A short drive south from Bunbury take you to the world famous Margaret River area, and half an hour to the east will introduce you to the beautiful Ferguson Valley (see p28 for Gabi's story about the area). Here you'll find the famous Wellington Dam which overflowed

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Why I love . . . Bunbury last winter giving locals and visitors a spectacular treat. For those who prefer to commute to Perth, there's a twice-daily train service, as well as many bus options for those who are travelling to and from Perth or down to Albany and the south west corner. But if you choose to live in Bunbury it's likely you'll turn your back on the CBD for good. The people are friendly, there's a great mix of cultures and, with cruise ships weighing anchor in the harbour throughout the summer months, you'll feel like our city is the centre of your world. So make the move - and enjoy a life packed with opportunities from yachting to fishing, crabbing to surfing - Bunbury has it all. If you'd like to discuss Bunbury and its surrounding area, contact Rosemary and her team at 14 Stirling Street, Bunbury, call (08) 9792 1810 or email rosermary.lynch@ stockerperston. for their current collection of property listings. PL

FLIPPER Bunbury's dolphins are famous for their friendliness, so a visit to meet these intelligent sea creatures is a must. Below, the city is definitely experiencing growth and represents a great opportunity for investors, says Rosemary Lynch.

If you choose to live in Bunbury, it's likely you'll turn your back on the CBD for good


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Your South west Lifestyle Awaits

$499,000 Location And Views Superb location with wonderful river views. Quiet street only a couple of mins from town centre. Lovely home with spacious lounge/ dining, separate kitchen, 2 bedrooms, master has walk in robe and semi ensuite, brick garage, solar HWS, R/C A/C, wood fire, easy care gardens and extensive paving, new carpets and wood flooring. This one is well worth a look. Augusta

Gordon Junor M: 0427 552 017 P: 9758 0300

$885,000 Old Flinders - Oh So Special If location is paramount to your property search then this property opposite Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park with ocean views to die for that cannot be built out is a must see. The property is in a very exclusive holiday spot just a short stroll from Granny’s Pool and has a simple renovated yet elegant 3 bedroom beach shack. This property can be considered as a Blue Chip investment. Alf Fandry M: 0407 441 140 P: 9758 0300


$749,000 Prestigious ‘Clifton Park’ Australind This is an immaculate 4 bed home backing onto the tranquil Collie River. Enjoy relaxing days in your own secure paradise. An abundance of features including high ceilings, 3 living areas, study, extra walk in storage cupboards, chef’s delight kitchen with views to the river. Great outdoor entertaining area and low maintenance gardens. A must see home. Australind

Digby Shepherd M: 0411 611 957 P: 9792 1888

$469,000 Deluxe Broadwater Residence A fresh palette of interior decor, generous living space plus a stylish and well finished design including crisp porcelain tiles, feature recessed lighting, cool ducted A/C and custom white slatted blinds. This sparkling near new residence provides a perfect laid floor plan offering 4 spacious bed, 2 bath, gourmet kitchen, secure double garage with internal shoppers entry and water wise landscaping. Broadwater

BUNBURY 9792 1888


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Tony Farris M: 0417 951 838 P: 9756 8888


$699,000 Views, Space, Serenity What a home! Cook’s kitchen, sun room, big dining, huge activity room, 3 bed, 2 bath, private lounge area, second kitchen, wine cellar, cupboards galore, peaceful deck area, good river views from both up and downstairs, 3 car carport, garage/workshop, share in private jetty. The list and the home are extensive. Make sure this one’s on your list. Augusta

Gordon Junor M: 0427 552 017 P: 9758 0300

$455,000 Glamour in Clifton Park Australind This 4 bed, 2 bath home is in a quiet area of Clifton Park with harbour views and estuary glimpses. With a fresh makeover of new kitchen, classy bathrooms with floor to ceiling tiles, open plan family/meals area, separate formal lounge/theatre plus rear patio and fernery and ducted R/C A/C. There is a small workshop, garden shed and low maintenance gardens. Just move in and enjoy the comforts. Australind

Digby Shepherd M: 0411 611 957 P: 9792 1888

$949,000 Luxury, Lifestyle, Location and Water Views Magnificent 3 storey, 6 bed, 3 bath, 5 WC’s residence has everything that your heart desires including the biggest theatre room outside of Hollywood. Master suite with corner spa. Top floor has panoramic views to Bunbury, the Estuary and the hills. Outdoor entertaining area with outdoor kitchen and huge powered workshop. There is plenty of parking at the front for boats, caravans and cars. Australind

Rosemary Lynch M: 0418 932 546 P: 9792 1888

$460,000 Large Unit in Dolphin Bay Now this is good buying. 227sqm, 3 level apartment with 2 balconies, spacious living areas, pool and gym facilities plus undercover parking for 2 cars right at your door. Offering the best in convenience and comfort with large alfresco/entertainment area, central atrium, extra large general purpose room on the lower level. The main bedroom has a pleasant outlook to Apex Lookout. Bunbury

COWARAMUP 9755 5123

Alf Mainstone M: 0402 026 608 P: 9792 1888


AUGUSTA 9758 0300

Your South west Lifestyle Awaits

$539,000 Northern Light, Gardeners Delight Exceptional offering for those seeking affordability and rural charm, and all within easy reach of Capel Town is this beautifully tranquil family home on just over 4477sqm (1.1ac). 2 generous sized living and lounging areas, one which flows onto a large sunny decked alfresco area capturing northern light, summer breeze and bird song, with tranquil views over lush established gardens, lawn and tall timbers. Capel

Larisa Tomuli M: 0438 272 932 P: 9792 1888

$475,000 Magic 3 Bed, 2 Bath and a View, Too Terrific family home in quiet Cowaramup cul-de-sac. With only 2 neighbours, this 3 bed, 2 bath home has a good-sized private back yard and entertaining area. There is a soaring high ceiling with central bush pole in the light and bright open plan living area. 2 bedrooms open onto the brick-paved verandah with the main bedroom also including a walk in robe and ensuite. Plenty of features to intrigue. Cowaramup

Jill Turton M: 0418 933 345 P: 9755 5123

$625,000 Permanent Living By The Sea Superbly presented owner occupied 3 bed, 2 bath villa only metres to the golden sands of Geographe Bay. With A/C family areas and master bedroom, easy care private gardens at rear and side of the villa, shaded patio area and double bay carport. Conveniently located within a short stroll to coffee strip and shops. Hard to find a permanently liveable villa this close to the ocean. A gem. Dunsborough

Tony Branch M: 0408 921 812 P: 9756 8888

$1.75M A Stunning Beach House with Panoramic Views This well maintained 2 storey, 4 bed, 2 bath luxury beach house has a fabulous kitchen/dining/living area that opens onto a spacious timber deck balcony entertaining area with magnificent outlook to the ocean and Eagle Bay beach. Situated on a 855sqm block only approx 450m from beautiful Eagle Bay beach, it’s a wonderful property for permanent or holiday living. Currently rented on a holiday basis for up to $3,500pw. Eagle Bay

BUNBURY 9792 1888

Peter De Chiera M: 0418 931 206 P: 9756 8888


$195,000 to $205,000 Amongst the Trees Choice of 3 lightly timbered, fully serviced blocks from 814sqm to 883sqm in beautiful Parkwater. Honeysuckle Glen is a quiet cul-de-sac, very close to walk and cycle trails that loop through and around Parkwater, plus the ‘Rails-to-Trails’. On the West side of town, these sites provide all the delights for building a fantastic family home. It’s not the coast, but it’s close. The beach is just 8mins away. Cowaramup

Jill Turton M: 0418 933 345 P: 9755 5123

$475,000 PSAV Dunsborough Hardware Mitre 10 Mitre 10 Dunsborough is an iconic local business providing the public with an extensive range of hardware, paint, homewares, plants, garden and outdoor products. Situated on Commonage Road, the business has high visibility with the added benefit of street access to the rear of the building. Long term secure lease in place. Profitable business with potential to grow. Full financials are available upon inspection. Dunsborough

John Reid M: 0418 931 100 P: 9756 8888

$775,000 Close to Town with Ocean Views This 4 bed, 2 bath home plus separate study sits at the upper end of Galley Ramble and takes in views of Geographe Bay. The features include large open plan living area with double sided wood fire place and high ceilings as well as an additional living area on the mezzanine level. The kitchen is well equipped with quality stainless steel appliances. Situated in a quiet yet easily accessible location. Dunsborough

Chris Stott M: 0477 091 371 P: 9756 8888

$419,000 Wise Buyer, First Home Buyer or Investor Neat and tidy 3 bed, 1 bath with polished floors currently tenanted at $320/week. House is sitting on 1045sqm of land, zoned R20 and has the potential for subdivision (subject to Shire approval). Investors buy, collect the income and develop the block. First home buyers buy, enjoy and invest in your future. Close to schools, main shopping areas and transport. East Bunbury

COWARAMUP 9755 5123

Rosemary Lynch M: 0418 932 546 P: 9792 1888


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Your South west Lifestyle Awaits

Nearby Gnarabup Beach

Family Beach House with Studio $879,000 This 5 bed, 2 bath home is tucked away behind the dunes and is only a short walk to Gnarabup Beach, White Elephant Cafe and Gnarabar Restaurant and Bar. A self-contained studio with spa provides a number of additional options including short stay accommodation for added income. A well-priced property in a tranquil location close to the beach and providing many living options. Call today to enquire. Gnarabup

Clare Andrews M: 0448 023 265 P: 9780 5777

Cowaramup Bay Road – N/W Ocean Views Offers over $975,000 2.5ha!!! The ultimate lifestyle location if you love nature and the beach! Situated on the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge, so close to the ocean you can hear the waves. From a cleverly designed new home, you will see the sea nicely too. With an existing 3 bed, 1 bath home to have or have it serve you to live in while you build. There’s space here for your boat, and your mate’s boat. Gracetown

Mark Murray M: 0427 030 301 P: 9755 5123

$598,000 A Park, a Pool and a Beautiful Home This beautifully built home opposite Farmhouse Park is full of quality features. 4 bed, 2 bath, 3 living areas and a pristine pool it’s the ideal home for entertaining your friends and family or just enjoying your own private retreat. This immaculately maintained home is the perfect place to raise a family, entertain your friends, establish your down south base, or simply enjoy the pleasures of a low-maintenance home. Margaret River

Chris Jarrott M: 0402 609 726 P: 9780 5777

Sweeping Forest Views $1.28M Outstanding multi level, 2 storey residence with 4 large bedrooms, 3 living areas and 2 bathrooms. There is also a separate self contained cottage and spacious studio above the garage, with amazing north light. On 3675sqm in one of Margaret Rivers most prestigious residential areas, the elevated position offers uninterrupted forest views, and close proximity to ‘Rails to Trails’ walk/cycle paths, and the Margaret River. Margaret River

Susan Millar M: 0417 958 028 P: 9780 5777

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A Signature Beach Style Home $1.095M Located in the world renowned beach location Gnarabup, is this stylish 4 bed, 2 bath family home. On a spacious 1072sqm block on a very popular street, this breezy beach home will fulfill your lifestyle dreams. Comprising of an open plan format with the living, kitchen and dining as the main area and spacious decking comes off this area. It also has a theatre room, double lock up garage and shady luscious gardens. Gnarabup

Shane Galbraith M: 0407 579 286 P: 9780 5777

$1.795M 180° Bay View The Bay is laid out like a stage, from Huzzas to North Point to Cow Reef and beyond. The view is available from the deck, the entire open plan kitchen/living/dining area, and 2 of the 4 bedrooms. The well kept 1975 home has been renovated and extended, with polished timber floors and big windows. Downstairs is the utility, storage and barbeque zone, with plenty of room for cars and toys, and a possible Granny Flat. Gracetown

Bob Scott M: 0438 907 656 P: 9780 5777

$665,000 Prestigious Family Retreat Offering tranquillity and privacy for the growing family located only 100m from the river in a quiet and leafy family friendly pocket of Margaret River. The 4 bed, 2 bath home with a well considered floor plan is bathed in light featuring an open plan living area that cascades out to alfresco area. Well established gardens, side access and a separate workshop/studio all on a 1069sqm block! Margaret River

Ken Preston M: 0418 932 747 P: 9780 5777

Fantastic Tourism Options $1.4M Fabulous 4.29ha with Tourism - Chalet and Camping Zoning located in excellent position halfway between the town and the beach. Stunning lakeside position with options for 1 chalet or 2 guest house rooms per/ ha or 10 caravan bays or camping sites per/ha. Additional use right for a managers residence and restaurant. Margaret River

COWARAMUP 9755 5123

Morena Bamber M: 0407 203 072 P: 9780 5777


AUGUSTA 9758 0300

Your South west Lifestyle Awaits

Neat as a Pin – Eco Friendly Cottage $379,000 Nestled in with nature this delightful eco-friendly rammed earth cottage offers a true holiday getaway close to the wonderful waters of the Blackwood River and adjacent to pristine bush reserve. The appealing cottage is neat, tidy and compact yet offers an amazing amount of accommodation if required. The property is being offered on WIWO basis so all the furniture as well as 2 kayaks are included. Alf Fandry M: 0407 441 140 P: 9758 0300

Oceanside Elegance, Luxury and Privacy $1.495M A smart design showcasing exceptional quality, attention to detail and the flexible use of a floor plan to suit various lifestyles are all things you would expect in a ‘one off’ designer built home – and you won’t be disappointed here. Embracing ocean and suburb vista’s from this elevated, private locale, the high level of quality workmanship is evident throughout this 5 bed, 3 bath residence. Peppermint Grove Beach Larisa Tomuli M: 0438 272 932 P: 9792 1888

$695,000 So Close to the Beach! Fantastic opportunity to acquire the only property for sale this close to the beach in Prevelly. 1196sqm corner block with self contained bedsit beach cottage. Walk over the dunes, throw a line, dive for a cray, take on the surf at some of the best breaks around or just take a stroll along the beach and grab a coffee. Location and lifestyle can’t get any better.

$615,000 Beachside Character Abode Do you enjoy living by the ocean? Craftsmen 4 bed, 2 bath residence combining heritage features with modern conveniences. Includes north facing living, fully ducted A/C throughout, slow combustion winter fireplace, solid Tasmanian oak timber floors, elevated decked verandahs, generous high ceilings throughout, delightful landscaped and reticulated gardens plus there is plenty of parking space.

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John Mondy M: 0427 440 671 P: 9780 5777

$695,000 Ferguson Lifestyle ‘NITTARNI’ is located 2kms from ‘Gnomesville’ at Wellington Mill. This 2.39ha property has a renovated north facing home with separate studio and workshop in an elevated position with year round views. Includes R/C A/C, dishwasher, solar HWS, spacious living areas, polished jarrah floors, high ceilings, picture rails, wide verandahs and a hint of leadlight. Wellington Mill

Alf Mainstone M: 0402 026 608 P: 9792 1888

The Executive Location $365,000 A short walk from Brookland Valley’s cellar door and Flutes Restaurant, we have two 5000sqm strata blocks to choose from, in exclusive Flutes Estate, with gorgeous views of the babbling Wilyabrup brook. Here’s the ideal opportunity to house the executives, create a short-term rental investment, capitalise on the wedding industry that exists at 2 neighbouring lots or build your own holiday getaway. Wilyabrup

BUNBURY 9792 1888

Mark Murray M: 0427 030 301 P: 9755 5123



Tony Farris M: 0417 951 838 P: 9756 8888

Superb Family Home, 1205sqm block in West Busselton $679,000 Looking for a spacious family home close to the beach? A large, 2 living, 4 bed, 2 bath home with pool and huge shed. West Busselton, a popular and sought after location in Busselton. The area features world class beaches, wineries, restaurants and tourist attractions. Walk to the beach. West Busselton

Debbie Bridges M: 0417 186 018 P: 9756 8888

“Butterly Farm” $3.5M Owned by the current family since 1945, this truly is a once in a generation opportunity to purchase this stunning 40ha in a wonderful Yallingup location only 10-15mins drive from Dunsborough and world class beaches and wineries. Property has subdivision potential and amazing water including 5 dams and winter creek. Numerous potential home sites on the property with valley vistas and ocean views. Yallingup

COWARAMUP 9755 5123

Louis De Chiera M: 0418 909 899 P: 9756 8888


AUGUSTA 9758 0300

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images by Matt Jelonek

Our very own PRIMOLife Magazine was launched in style at bamBOO in Mount Lawley. The party had a Las Vegas theme, mirroring the magazine’s exclusive cover story featuring the stars of new movie Last Vegas. Guests were welcomed to the venue by showgirl, Ginger Le Minge as they celebrated WA's newest lifestyle, entertainment and property

publication in style. Pianist Ben Matthews provided the music backdrop as guests sipped on PRIMOLife cocktails, enjoyed delicious Las Vegas inspired canapĂŠs, and were treated to macarons made by the team at JP Sancho Bakery as well as yummy juice shots from Pure Glow Cleanse. The Kiss Photobooth provided some extra entertainment for the night.

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Peard Real Estate Managing Director Maree Overton, CEO Peter Peard, Marketing Manager Katie Bullied and PRIMOLife Editor Gabi Mills

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Adam & Jessica Barrell

Tony McManus & Emily Parish

Lee Hutchinson and Jess Zampogna

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Jacinta Balestra & Rita Bonivento

Meg Coffey

Rayne & Andrew Embley

Dale Alcock

Gorgeous macarons by JP Sancho Bakery

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home truths

by matthew mills

Simple pleasures Hoop and a stick, that’s what I had in my day – and I was damn lucky to have even that.


ell, perhaps it’s not quite that severe, but if you’ve got kids right now, you probably know what I mean. Back when I was a lad, you see, my bedroom was packed with the kind of toys that didn’t do much unless you had a bit of imagination. The toy cars would only perform tricks if I laid flat on my stomach, eyed them from ground level, made various vroom noises and launched them across the floor into the wardrobe. My action men, Star Wars figures and plastic jungle animals wouldn’t go on any kind of adventures unless the red bit of the rug became a desert and the giant lion was artfully manoeuvred into an attack position in front of Luke, Boba Fett and the one-armed helicopter pilot. Yes, we watched TV – three or four channels with five or six programs a day of any interest to a grubby eight-year-old – and, yes, we had a VCR with a lot of tapedoff-the-telly films next to it (could anyone back then actually afford original copies of Superman II or The Jewel in the Nile?). Today, however, just a few busy decades from those halcyon days, I pad around my house, in and out of my kids’ bedrooms and see a very different world. Games consoles, tablets, PCs, Macs, smart phones, the odd DS – these are the trinkets of choice that decorate my children’s space nowadays. Even some of their actual toys are packed full of microchips. Any of your daughters got a Furby? Those things are scary, especially if you pick them up at the end of the night to put them away and the blessed things ‘wake up’, open their eyes and emit some demonic squawk pleading for a cuddle or some such nonsense. Yes, PrimoLifers, it’s a different


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world nowadays. Still, you can’t just blame the children. My wife and I are as much at fault, even if we do kid ourselves that ‘we need the technology for work’. We boast smart phones, a tablet or two, the work desktop and the pretty little laptop. In fact, let’s do a quick inventory of the gizmos our suburban home currently contains – one desktop Mac, three PCs (admittedly one is very, very old and clunky), two tablets, three Iphones, one Nokia, two laptops (one’s school-issued to our 11-year-old, so I suppose that’s not too bad) one 3D-DS, one not-3D DS, at least three Ipods, an Xbox and the latest Nintendo. A list of shame, I’ll grant you – and it gets worse. Our five-bedroom house has six televisions, four of which are hooked up to Foxtel. I am literally hanging my head in shame writing this. In mitigation, I can offer that we have five children, so we have a tiny excuse for stocking up on so much hardware, but, still, that’s one heck of a lot of money this household alone has thrown at Gates, Jobs, Murdoch et al. And, I realise now that it’s quite a recent thing. Our eldest turned 18 last year and I can vividly remember the conversation my wife and I had a week before his 15th birthday after she suggested his main present should be a laptop of his own. “Why?” I asked, honestly bemused. “We’ve got the PC in the family room, he can use that. Surely that’s enough?” But she cited the frustration of child one wanting an hour on World of Warcraft when child three needed to catch up on Mathletics, the angst when I had to submit 800 words on Rudd’s leadership woes at the

same time that she had to sort out the credit card bills. And, despite my main concerns – the internet’s, shall we say, more raunchy side and our boy’s unfathomable ability to bypass just about anything parental controls could throw at him – I eventually relented and that moment, I know now, was when the floodgates opened. Now, then, I kid myself that we’re not too tech-dependent a family. Dropping round friends’ houses and clocking their surround-sound bedecked theatre rooms with tennis court-sized tellies before sitting outside listening to Springsteen on their array of hidden Bluetooth speakers makes me feel like we still have a way to go until we’re the opening scene of a science fiction movie. But, still, is it too much? Are our children missing out on the thrill of innovation and imagination in favour of negotiating Mario through Bowser’s castle or swapping status updates on Facebook? It is a worry – and one with a darker side that’s not for a backpage columnist to dwell on, but you know what I’m saying. In truth, though, I think not. I’m writing this in the backyard on a hot Saturday afternoon while my wife has coffee with her mother in the city. Our eldest is getting ready for Birds of Tokyo on the beach this evening, child two is at the skatepark. My middle boy is in the pool and my little girl is over the road braiding her hair with her bestie. My littlest, five and full of wonder at everything, is chasing a battered Matchbox RV across the kitchen floor with a plastic Donkey Kong. In fact, it turns out that the only one on a computer is me. Time to hit shutdown and get on with the day. PL

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