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Virginia trioli \ Spring iS Sprung


his is my kind of false spring. The wisteria is in for the worst and save every little drop you can. Major budburst; the silver birch is not only laden with water-retention projects have been undertaken and most seed pods but the leaves are already unfurling; are almost complete. the Boston ivy has come to life; and even the great elms Happily, they are pretty non-controversial. No de-sal in Carlton Gardens are in leaf. I think all this took place drama here. on the actual first day of spring: a romantic comedy In Fitzroy Gardens, much of the old works depot has writer could not have scripted it better. been removed and a mountain of earth of mining I think we’re entitled to exit this harsh winter company proportions has been excavated to feeling a little more optimistic than in previous make room for a 5-million-litre stormwater All tree years. Victoria’s water catchment levels are tank. The catchment will hold twice the lifespans about 77 per cent full, a figure we haven’t been volume of an Olympic swimming pool and must come to will take in water from the surrounding area. able to use for a long time, and our cherished an end public gardens have the same lush look they Like the now-restored Guilfoyle’s Volcano did when Melbourne’s early artists simply in the Royal Botanic Gardens, this will be a couldn’t resist the temptation to paint them. I bet water-storage solution for all circumstances. no one’s wanted to rush with paint and easel into the In Melbourne’s oldest park, Flagstaff Gardens, bedraggled Treasury Gardens for quite a while. new turf has been laid around some of the park’s oldest What helps charge my optimism is learning of the trees, replacing moonscapes of dry mulch that has been quiet but significant conservation work that has gone on for years a feature of the harsh times we’ve had. Is this in our major gardens even while we struggled through optimistic? A new approach to keeping cool the roots the years of drought and water restrictions. Most of us of stressed trees? In any case, it looks lovely, and adds to always had a sense that things would come good, but in the greening and glowing of our public spaces, ones that the way of any fine gardener – hope for the best, prepare have done it hard for so long.

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Other places surprise with their comeback-kid status. The important and replanted avenue of poplars along Peel Street leading to Queen Victoria Market is thriving. After less than 10 years the trees look much more mature than they are, and they hold their own in comparison to the 90-year-old giants they replaced. Yes, European trees in a continent of drought. We just can’t do without them. Unfortunately, it is also clear that many trees simply haven’t survived the tough times, and of course all tree lifespans must come to an end. There has been considerable removal of dead and suffering trees around the Shrine and the Royal Botanic Gardens: stand by for more of the usual heated arguments about which species should replace what in these post-colonial times. I have the same challenge in my garden, yet it turns out that even the flowering eucalypt is as much threatened by lack of water as is the Japanese maple. I just have to be even smarter with what falls from the sky – and once that stops being those wretched spiky plane tree seeds, I think this is going to be a most glorious spring. \

Virginia Trioli is on leave from presenting ABC News Breakfast.

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Meet the Downsizers For Brian Stacey and Rodney Smith there are no surprises in the current market trend to downsized homes. Long-time Fasham designer Brian (pictured—striped shirt) and industry veteran Rodney have not just seen this coming, they have for two decades been front and centre in the push for smaller, smarter homes as a wise, environmentally sustainable alternative to the MacMansions of the 90’s and early 2000’s. Fasham design and build individual homes for individual clients. We’ve been doing this for four decades for people at all stages of life, but our core client base has always been the baby boomer generation. And now the baby-boomers are downsizing in droves. If you are about to downsize too, you could do a lot worse than talk to Brian or Rodney. Here’s how it works. First, we suggest, you visit our website (address below) to learn something of our design beliefs. Secondly, visit our current display home (address also below). Whilst this display is a ‘grown-up family’ home we can talk to you about our next display (opening early 2013), which is very definitely a downsizers’ property. If you’re comfortable with what you’ve seen and learned then give us a call, asking for either Brian or Rodney. (At Fasham you talk direct to a designer.) Rodney or Brian will get a sense of what you’re looking for and canvass the possibilities of your land. They’ll discuss your budget too. Rodney and Brian function as a design studio embedded within a building company, which means they’re not guessing at figures—they have a very strong knowledge of construction methodology and costs. They’ll be able to tell you whether your needs can likely be met within your nominated budget or whether some reconsideration—of your brief or your budget—might be required. Depending on your site and your requirements it may be that $380,000 is sufficient, or that $650,000 is not enough. Perhaps you are in the fortunate position of living on land that could be subdivided, giving you the prospect of a new home to sell, and a new home for you. We’re presently designing and building for a number of clients in this position. Why wait another day? If you’re ready to make a move to a smaller, smarter home, why not talk directly to Brian or Rodney, designers for whom downsizing is second nature.

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this acting. At rehearsals in Sydney for the ABC’s new Dangerous thing, series of Rake, an actor has walked out into the darkness, miscalculated the edge of the stage, fallen off and broken his shoulder. Rehearsals stop while an ambulance is called.

Richard Roxburgh, the show’s star and co-creator, is sympathetic to his colleague and remembers his involvement in a slightly similar incident. “It was the last-ever rehearsal of an MTC production for The Three Musketeers,” Roxburgh says. “It kind of pre-dated OH&S (occupational health and safety). We had some guy come around and mumbled something about how they’d removed the railing up the top so don’t try and lean on it. I backed all the way up the stairs and fell three metres off on to my back.” Happily, he survived, and here he is sitting in an empty auditorium at Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Arts during a break. It’s a homecoming of sorts. Roxburgh studied economics at the Australian National University before deciding to study acting at NIDA. So amid the photos on the wall of the young hopefuls, Roxburgh returns as an established name, at the top of his craft. He looks in pretty good shape, too; good enough for the rigours of saddling up again to play the louche, dissolute barrister Cleaver Greene. “How we wish we could write that, since we last met our hero, he has found the road to Damascus instead of the road to perdition,” the series liner notes colourfully muse, “that he has learnt to love wisely instead of too often, and that going another 25 grand into debt to back a ‘sure thing’ at Moonee Valley paid off. The nag didn’t even finish the race.” Sadly, the notes lament, Cleaver Greene “has learnt nothing in this time and hasn’t changed one whit. If anything, he’s a little worse.” Which is how we like him. Roxburgh explains how Cleaver Greene came about. “(Co-creator) Peter Duncan and I had been talking about doing something. Or mainly I’d been talking at him … We wanted to create a character that would play to both of our strong suits. I’d pester him. We’d been mates ever since film school.” Roxburgh suggested to Duncan that he would write it with him. “He said, ‘As if I’d want to write something with you’.” But of course he did, and Roxburgh’s perseverence paid off. “There were various strands of characters I’ve always been attracted to, and one was this really brilliant, very mercurial, very self-destructive figure,” Roxburgh says. “There was a guy who I was at university with who was the model really for that. And I’d talk a lot to Peter about that. He was somebody who was always being beaten up by bouncers and landing on his feet and

quoting Shakespeare at them and launching into I’m Getting Married in the Morning. “If I think about it now he was almost certainly bipolar. But he was incredibly gifted, brilliant, beautiful and the funniest man you could poke a stick at. “He’d turn up at a fashion event and get absolutely wildly drunk. He’d find a piano in the room and start playing it. So I was trying to tease Pete with that and didn’t quite get there until we finally started talking about the idea of him being a lawyer, and in particular a barrister, so he was a wordsmith as well.” Did Roxburgh desperately want to be this man but was terrified? “Oh yeah, I think that’s really quite right. I would look at him and think, ‘If I could be him’.” Did he wow the women? “He did, but he’d be so drunk by the end of the night that he ended up sleeping between two sewerage pipes across a bridge. His fall was slow and ungainly and ugly.” Is he alive? “I actually don’t know. Last I heard he was living in Melbourne.” Roxburgh was born in Albury, New South Wales, and grew up in a large – six children – and fun household. His father was an accountant and his mother stayed home to raise the family. “It was great. You accepted it as perfectly normal that you had all of these siblings around you. It was a doting family; good bunch of siblings to have. I was lucky.” There was “not a skerrick” of acting blood in the family. “I always had an inkling that I liked it,” he says. “I remember doing a primary-school production of Mary Poppins and I auditioned for it and they said, ‘You can take your pick of roles’. I thought, ‘Wow, bonanza!’ “At high school we did a production of Death of a Salesman where I played Willy (Loman). I had a real moment with myself where I thought, ‘Wow, I can feel things shifting’. I liked it.” In 1995 Roxburgh shot to national fame with a superb

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performance playing corrupt NSW detective Roger Rogerson in the television mini-series Blue Murder. The role made him, and the offers started pouring in. “It probably meant there were more things sent my way, which is what you want,” he says. “The thing that you have to ward off is the natural tendency for all of those things to be dark and dangerous, so you have to kind of fight against that shift towards putting you in a particular category.” He made his directorial debut with a filmed version of Raimond Gaita’s moving childhood memoir Romulus, My Father, released in 2007 and starring Eric Bana. It was a fine piece but, when asked about it, Roxburgh reveals some insecurities and even fears of bringing such a powerful story – or any true story – to the screen. “It was so full of things that I both loved and hated in such extreme equal measure that I was left with my head spinning at the end of it,” he says. “I still can’t quite process what that experience was, in a way. I want to do it again so I can have a clearer sense of reason about what it was.” What were the good bits? “The good bits were being there in that beautiful landscape, that beautiful part of the world. Working with a story that I loved and which moved me so much. Working with the actors, I loved that. Just trying to carve out what that story was. That was the thing I was really so determined to do. “The bad bits were the timing and money conundrum that faces every director that no amount of talk can prepare you for in your first directorial effort. And the kind of horrible sense that I had every day, at every moment, that I was committing (that story) to film … it was like you were carving something out of stone and every stroke you took with a chisel meant that the stone could never be changed back; you could never get it back.” The tyranny of permanency? “That’s right. That’s a very good way of putting it. I found that almost unbearable at times because I had the thing in my head so strongly and I wanted it to be that. But of course it’s not. Film has to change and evolve with what you get on each day and you have

the rake charmer Richard Roxburgh is back for another season of Rake, and thoroughly enjoying being a late-onset father at the same time, writes PETER WILMOTH.

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“I would hesitate to spend too much time talking about the efficacy of the film itself ... but I got a very wonderful wife out of it.”

to be an accomplished enough filmmaker to change and evolve with it. And I still don’t know if I was. “And to make sure it wasn’t just a work of reverence, because that is the death of art in a way. In art you have to release something. You can’t sort of hammer its shoes to the ground. We had to navigate a way of getting it up on the screen replete with the things that we loved about it but to not turn it into a kind of museum or altar piece.” Bob Hawke was RoxbuRgh’s memorable in the 2010 mini-series Hawke. He says he didn’t meet Hawke

to prepare for the role. “I often kind of recoil from it (meeting the person an actor is portraying). I didn’t have a violently negative reaction to the idea of meeting Bob. The Bob that we were describing is a different Bob to the way that he is now. The world changes and people move and change utterly.” He mentions watching former Greens leader Bob Brown on the ABC’s Q&A just after Brown had retired. “The man seems like a totally different man, so relaxed. His face was different. He couldn’t stop smiling. I thought, ‘Wow, as soon as you quit that horrific game, everything changes’. “(With Hawke) that real larrikin complexity that he had as a man, and the darkness, has probably been smoothed over and polished over and I didn’t want to be charmed or moved by that so that I wouldn’t then be able to see what it was we were really doing.” But what an opportunity, to inhabit such a colourful character. “Frightening as well,” Roxburgh says, “because of the threat of the pastiche or the cartoon. He was not only famous for being such a visible and such an identifiable presence but also because of the cartoonery that had been done of him and the versions that existed of him, which in themselves were quite famous. Everybody’s got a Bob Hawke voice. That famous crow voice.” Roxburgh got Hawke down, but didn’t overplay the famous tics, characteristics that were so strongly identified with Hawke. “I’d get extras coming up and doing that (crow voice). I’d be getting a coffee and I’d be getting a guy coming up going, ‘Aaaaerrrghh” and pulling their cuff.” Roxburgh met his wife, Italian actress Silvia Colloca, on the Prague set of the 2004 American action horror film Van Helsing, which starred Hugh Jackman as a vigilante monster hunter and Roxburgh as Count Vladislaus “Dracula” Dragulia. The film wasn’t one he’s proud of, but it had its uses. “I would hesitate to spend too much time talking about the efficacy of the film itself,” he says, “but I got a very wonderful wife out of it.” Roxburgh and Colloca have two sons, aged five and nearly two. I ask if he is enjoying fatherhood. “It’s the best thing in the whole wide world. There’s nothing that can hold a candle to it. It answers so many things that had always been questions. It’s sort of unalloyed pleasure.” Roxburgh, 50, was 45 when his first son was born. He talks about the joys of late fatherhood, including the pleasure of introducing his sons to the American wild-man musician Iggy Pop. “The good aspects are I could never be more ready. I have a degree of wisdom I can bring to the table. And I just delight in it. When you’re changing nappies at my age you do, though, start to think, ‘For Chrissakes … if we go again am I going to be doing this when I’m 60?” The Iggy Pop album Roxburgh played his son was Lust for Life. Luckily, Roxburgh’s got that. \ we welcome your feedback @

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he other adult in this house was telling me he ran into an old friend from school the other day and while they were chatting, he kept thinking how old his mate was. And then he remembered he was the same age. It’s a grand moment, that one, when you realise you’re old. I was thinking this the other day, as I traversed the country attending another of my friends’ parents’ funerals. And I was thinking this when I was discussing ’80s music in a meeting last week with 30-year-olds. One of them said she’d only heard of Kids in the Kitchen and the Models because her parents used to listen to them. And I was thinking this when someone told me her boss brought in a cake left over from the weekend – from her mother’s 50th birthday party. And I was thinking this when someone described a male

Lady, lady, lady, that’s a big no no. You cannot ever assume such things these days. It’s like congratulating someone on a pregnancy they’re not having. You don’t go there, never, ever. And yes, we may have had our babies later, but only because no one felt grown up enough to have them in their 20s, and some of us even in our 30s. I’m waiting for the world to find out I’m not yet grown up enough to even have them now. But wait, I haven’t finished with the old thing yet. My big moment came last week when I counted the number of times friends wanted to talk about their pelvic floors. It was four. It seemed to be the common complaint of everybody, including one with a bad cough, another who had issues in an exercise class, and even, heaven forbid, my kids’ schoolteacher, who I barely know, who told me, in front of the kids, that she always felt trepidation when she attempted the stairs.


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friend, the same age as me, as that grey-headed guy over in the corner. And I was thinking this when a dad from school told me some young women were talking about the finer details of sex on the tram right in front of him – and didn’t even seem to care he was there. He was, in their eyes, either too old to hear them, or too old to be up for such things. And I was thinking this when my mate told me she kept missing the ball on the netball court. She said it was a genuine surprise to her every time she used up every bit of energy when she had to jump “really high” to intercept it, only to watch that damn ball go right past her. And she so used to be a champion. And I was thinking this when another friend, whose kids are the same age as mine, told me, in horror, that a woman who had come to her house to quote for something, congratulated her on being kind enough to take care of the grandchildren.

HAD THE OLD MOMENT LAST WEEK And then, two more conversations came at me about whiskers. One from an old mate who said her greatest fear in life was turning into an old woman with a beard, and no one ever bothered to tell her about it. And then a text from a friend, getting ready to go out, who said she couldn’t see her beard to pluck it. So the moment I realised everyone around me thought female incontinence and beards were everyday, casual sort of conversational topics, something to bring up without even whispering, possibly even within earshot of other people, over coffee, or pick-up time, that, I’m afraid to say, was the moment I realised I was old. \ we welcoMe your feedback

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a dehydrator in a rear lane and turned into fertiliser that goes back to the farms. I think my soapbox should have been a reusable plastic strawberry crate …

parent and schoolteacher) in Melbourne should check out this environmentally conscious, Sure, there are impressive six-week-old city café. And I’m not just talking about espresso machines in cafés the coffee or the food. all over town, but Silo’s head barista, Lachlan Dutch-born, Melbourne-bred sustainability Macfarlane, gets to operate an eco-friendly Wega architect and eco-artist Joost Bakker, in collaboration Concept that’s 46 per cent more energy efficient than with café maestro Danny Colls (Liaison, ex Café anything else in its class and, thanks to modifications Racer), has designed Melbourne’s first waste-free café. by his bosses, has been stripped naked to show its Recycled materials have been used wherever possible, workings behind a clear plastic screen. but with an emphasis on aesthetics. This is not just The Perth-trained barista worked at Bakker’s some hippie grunge joint. acclaimed Greenhouse restaurant for two Organic milk is delivered in stainless-steel This is years and came to Melbourne for its pop-up vats, mineral water arrives in kegs, fresh Melbourne’s version during this year’s Melbourne Food produce comes direct from farms and and Wine Festival. He’s working with a markets in reusable strawberry crates and first three-bean small-batch blend developed by grains and pulses are stacked in glass jars waste-free roaster Genovese that includes shade-grown and recyclable sacks. café coffee from sustainable farms in PNG, British-born chef Douglas McMaster Panama and Indonesia – it’s a luscious, caramelly (formerly with London’s award-winning blend. And he’s experimenting with a single-origin nose-to-tail eatery St John) has designed an bean grown in Byron Bay as a pour-over brew and eco-conscious and enviably wholesome seasonal cascara (dried coffee cherry that’s traditionally been a menu. Flour is milled on site for amazing-smelling waste product) as a plunger-style drink. bread, oats are rolled, yoghurt is cultured, butter Macfarlane and the Silo team also make their is house-churned and incredible cakes, tarts and own soy milk – soaking, grinding, filtering and muffins sit in a glass display case. pasteurising it daily. “It has a unique flavour and it Café manager Trent Heffer (ex The Old Barber steams beautifully,” Macfarlane says. \ Shop) says drinking glasses have been made from recycled bottles and ceramic-glazed earthenware crockery has been designed by Bakker To read more reviews and produced locally. visit Recycled paper napkins and food waste is treated in

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of the sheep’s cheese was a fabulous foil for the pungent, earthy taste of the mushrooms. Poco plate No.3, twice-cooked chicken wings with a peanut mole, arrived in another matte-black pottery dish, the poultry surrounded by a pungent auburn sauce and topped with ground peanuts. The wings, first given a sous vide treatment and later flash fried for colour and crunch, were moist and flavoursome, their rich peanut sauce enhanced with a subtle kick of chilli and balanced by a generous drizzle of sour cream. Of the six choices on the grande plates list ours was the Sher Wagyu rump with chimichurri, its thick slices of quality beef dressed with a verdant sauce of parsley, vinegar, coriander, sherry, garlic, shallot and olive oil. The earthy, grassy flavours of the sauce, which married well with the natural flavours of the meat, could easily have been spoiled by a hand too heavy with salt. A soft jumble of parsley and shallots added a lively final flourish of taste and texture. Finished with all four dishes by 7.50pm, and noting at least three empty double tables and two vacant tables for four inside, plus two unoccupied tables outside (one with a reserved sign). And seeing that the dessert list included items such as mandarin sorbet with pistachio nuts and crème catalan with almond crumb – which would have all been pre-made – we requested an additional course. The sternly delivered answer was no. There would not be enough time for dessert. We were offered coffee. We declined, obediently waited for our bill (marked “out by 8” with a $0 charge against it), and were out the door at 8pm sharp – leaving eight empty tables (they were probably all trying to park) behind us. An opportunity missed by us, yes. And yes, due to our own dining faux pas. But surely, not the best way for a new restaurant to win customers? What do you think? \


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et me confess to bending the rules of good-mannered dining. Etiquette breach No.1: a last-minute phone call at 5.30pm for a 6.30pm sitting at an eight-week-old restaurant. The sternly delivered condition to vacate by 8pm was accepted. No.2: A 20-minute late arrival. (This was due to the ridiculous task of parking in Glen Waverley on a Saturday night). We made an apologetic phone call during the process and arrived, with further profuse apologies, at 6.50pm. The 8pm departure deal was reaffirmed and, again, agreed to. Any good-mannered diner should be aware of their part in the occasion’s contract. A restaurant, particularly a new one in a busy suburb, deserves adherence to rules that include timely arrival and a degree of booking forethought. Despite our poor start, service was polite, friendly, informative and impressively efficient. The Black Toro is a first restaurant for young chef Garen Maskal, in partnership with two cousins who own Mexican Cantina in Narre Warren. Maskal, of Armenian background, grew up in Mulgrave and had worked in family-owned restaurants and hotels before he began as chef de partie at Ezard three years ago, leaving as sous chef earlier this year. Maskal’s restaurant and menu concept are Hispanic-themed despite his experience in Teage Ezard’s Asian-influenced restaurant, and in recognition of the dominance of that style of dining in Glen Waverley. “This is a massive learning curve for me, but I think if you can cook and you understand flavours and how they work together on the palate, you can cook anything,” he says. Maskal’s food shows respect for tradition, good technique and creativity. As a practised review team, my regular dining partner and I are not unfamiliar with tasting and taking note of a cross-section of the menu and can achieve it in a short timeframe – although generally we are better organised. Following the menu suggestion, we ordered three poco (small) plates and one grande (large) plate. A pair of potato and chorizo croquettes with manchego (Spanish sheep’s cheese) foam arrived rapidly, presented on a modern, oval-shaped black pottery plate. The fat, golden fingers rested beside creamy pools of delicate foam, dressed with baby coriander. The dish instantly showed Maskal’s willingness to play with traditional flavours, care in presentation and, in the finely wrought foam, a degree of his technique. The 14-strong poco list includes scallop ceviche, oysters with tequila and lime, a good-sounding pulled-pork taco and wagyu beef sliders. Maskal’s mushroom sope with corn truffle and ricotta salata is a dense, tartlet-style tortilla filled with garlic-enhanced fungus and topped with finely shredded ricotta salata. The salty, milky flavour

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eat this The Black Toro 79 Kingsway, Glen Waverley Cuisine \ Hispanic Chef and owner \ Garen Maskal Prices \ Small dishes $6.50-$16; large plates $27-$65; desserts $14 Open \ Thursday to Sunday noon-3pm; 6pm-late Phone \ 9561 9696


Eye-catching décor in a street replete with dining venues gives this fledgling restaurant an edge on its copious competition. Smart black signage, slick use of wrought iron in screens and chandelier-style light fittings, plus a huge mural of a charging bull with smoking, angry eyes, create the Latino vibe, drawing the attention of curious passers-by. Young, attractive staff efficiently bustling around the room add another tier of visual appeal. Polished floors and the strong use of dark timber keep the mood hip, enhanced by the soft glow of candles, gilded mirrors and pendant lights that hang over the exposed kitchen. \

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t’s been three years since London-born and Melbourne-based media entrepreneur Simon Westcott decided to globalise an international brand, bringing it to Australian audiences. Enter Mr & Mrs Smith – a lucrative business idea started by married London couple James Lohan and Tamara Heber-Percy. The pair inspired Westcott to pool his funds with theirs and start up a joint business venture. Westcott, a former global publisher and director of the Lonely Planet group – he also did a stint at The Age as marketing and circulation director – is all about bringing boutique hotel living to the minds and hearts of intrepid travellers to Australasia. “When I was the publisher at Lonely Planet I got to the stage where I wanted my little bit of real estate in a way, to own something as a business,” says Westcott, who is sitting around a large boardroom table wearing a handmade navy blazer tailored in Hong Kong, loafers by British shoemaker Loake and a shirt by Melbourne’s Andrew Chiodo. If his wardrobe is anything to go by – apart from the fact that he’s one stylish guy – Westcott maps his look from destinations all over the world, much like the business he runs. Mr & Mrs Smith is like an intellectual book club (or travel club, as they call it) filled with interesting accommodation editorials penned by savvy writers. It comes with a booking service. Travel has always inspired Westcott. He spent years on the road writing for print and online publications including The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Travel + Leisure magazine. His wide-eyed hunger for embracing other cultures and experiencing something left-field is evident in the places he has visited, from Lebanon to Morocco, Vietnam, Burma and Argentina. His family holidays included trips to Majorca, he hitch-hiked around France with a friend when he was in year 10 and spent his gap year travelling – as you do when you’re DNA-wired with a travel bug. Westcott, who moved to Australia from London in 1988, is the kind of guy who parks himself on the edge of the seat every time; his life is about taking risks, trying something new and never leaving a moment for boredom to set in. He likes to keep busy, whether it’s destination-bound or not. He’s hands-on when it comes to running the Melbourne office of Mr & Mrs Smith, and his staff happily interacts with him in the open-plan space when we meet. He plays sport after hours and owns a property with his partner in Castlemaine with horses and dogs; he was a past board member at Chunky Move and is chair of Malthouse Theatre. Westcott is also the co-founder of the Dr Ben Keith Myanmar Project in the Inle Lake area of Burma (his dentist partner was so inspired by a trip to Burma that he wanted to help out locals in the township of Nyuangshwe by offering a dental-health program to its residents). He’s someone who puts his entrepreneur skills to good use, and not just for his own benefit; Westcott believes that it is important to give something back to the community as well. “When I went to London to meet James and Tam it was pretty straightforward in terms of getting the deal signed, sealed and done,” he says as if merely signing a 24-month contract for a mobile phone. He describes himself as someone who “got to the entrepreneurial thing late”, but this well-travelled 48-year-old has his finger on the pulse. Mr & Mrs Smith covers the gamut of what’s cool, not in an unattainable hipster nod to cool, but it’s where you will rub shoulders with hotels that strike a chord with shabby-chic, eco-friendly and boutique decor. Whatever your taste in hotels, the boutique experience of Mr & Mrs Smith is designed to boost your appetite for travel. “The Mr & Mrs Smith brand is all about publishing a beautiful book and takes incredible care with each photograph that’s printed in the guides. We also have strong editorial integrity too,” says Westcott.

“When people book with us and find out what we’re about, people tend to stick with us for their onward journeys.” The decade-old British brand is all about being a trusted guidebook that comes with an online booking service and an ability to join the club and stay in the know. “We are more than doubling our figures this year,” says Westcott with a smile. “I think Aussies are intrepid travellers as a rule, but with the dollar being as good as it is, they are the new rich to some degree and putting this to good use by travelling a lot more. They’re choosing overseas locations over holidays in Port Douglas and want to be sure if they’re getting that far that what they’re picking is the best they can get access to.” Westcott admits his business is booming, thanks to travellers who previously would have booked accommodation independently or via domestic travel agents. “When either new or existing customers are booking these places with us, they are doing so less because they are reliant on our recommendation – they will have had lots of people telling them to go and see MONA in Hobart, for example, and mention a couple of interesting boutique hotels there. They book with us because of the ease with Smith and the incentives such as the Smith extras on check-in and our money-back loyalty account.” Mr & Mrs Smith prefers to write about boutique hotels with 50 rooms or fewer. The experience must be intimate, and style plays a role, too. It’s not exactly like stepping into the online pages of www.thecoolhunter. net – the company is more like Wallpaper magazine meets Vogue, as if Louis Vuitton was hanging with Andy Warhol in a hotel foyer somewhere. It’s where style and art converge, shake hands and sleep happily ever after on a delicious hotel pillow. “No matter how stylish or architecturally amazing your hotel is, if it doesn’t have a place to curl up we don’t really include it,” says Westcott. “We cover everything from relaxed bohemian tastes to tasteful antique heritage look. There’s eco-chic and shabby-chic, but we’re conscious not to overuse the term luxury because it narrows the market,” he says. “The service side is important to us, and we verify that on research trips. We tell hotels we’re coming for a site inspection but send back an anonymous reviewer – they are our tastemakers. They have to share our taste and have to take a partner, spend a minimum of two nights and we give them spending money they have to use at the hotel.” Westcott was born in London in 1964. He was adopted as a baby by Pat and Derek Westcott and has a sister, Sarah. He later discovered he has four half-siblings on both birth parents’ sides. He learnt the piano as a child and studied at Oxford University with a focus on English literature. Thanks to his godfather Roger Quiller Barrett, a former publisher at Ebury Press, he inherited money when he turned 18, with the stipulation that he had to use the trust fund for travel. “I got the travel bug early and it never really left,” says Westcott. It’s his understanding of what travellers expect when it comes to hotel culture that has made this business a success. “Our business’ obsession with quality, style and character is translated into the way we engage with customers,” he says. “We always ask hotels for little extras that speak to our customers. We’re passion advocates, and the experience people have with us means they tend to come back wanting more. It’s like travel – once you start, you keep going.” \ we welcome your feedback @ »

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arah De Bono was a finalist in The Voice this season. The fire-engine redhead who made friends with her team coach, Joel Madden, and his wife, Nicole Richie, started singing at a young age and belts out rhythm and blues and soul music like someone three times her age. What’s more, the charismatic young starlet will be touring with American pop sensation Kelly Clarkson this month to push her own career along. Now, with The Voice over and done with (until next year), De Bono says moving from her home town of Melbourne to Sydney is next. “It’s where it’s at,” she says down the phone line. Considering she spends most of her time in Sydney, it’s inevitable she will move there – to maintain her connections in the music and fashion business, that is. With Madden “only an email away”, she says the US punk rocker, who is now back in Los Angeles, often checks in via text and sees how she’s faring after the hoopla of the reality-TV show. It’s so hip to become an ambassador these days, and brands love associating with some of TV’s favourite stars. Since finishing on The Voice, De Bono has put her name to various brands, including Betts Shoes and Kiehl’s (a flagship New York label that’s been around for decades and has the Scissor Sisters and actress Julianne Moore as global ambassadors). Her bold and bright personal style – which is what helped her get noticed in the first place (OK, and her voice as well) – is what her message is all about. “Beauty is all about inner confidence,” says the 19-year-old. “When you get dressed in the morning the way you feel and your personality should be in your style. I have always been one to dress in bright colour and I love nothing more than clashing colour. I also like bold prints and patterns. Fashion is about taking risks.”

Last month De Bono was styled and photographed for the latest spring/summer 2012-13 Betts campaign. She is wearing metallic shoes and bright colours in a bid to encourage other young women to do the same – her neatly coiffed red hair might be her trademark, but she’s got the world staring at her feet now. “It’s a brand I love to wear and always wore before I became an ambassador,” says De Bono. “When it comes to footwear you can wear a bright statement shoe, but you need to know how to pair the look with your outfit. I would say try bold pants but a plainer top or vice versa,” she says. “You can break up your look with a great pair of bright shoes. It’s a great way to embrace fashion.” De Bono says she didn’t really care for designer labels growing up. “I didn’t grow up in a wealthy family so fashion for me was about finding things I could afford and making my own style – it could be vintage or something simple tricked up.” These days, she’s cosy with Australian designers such as Romance Was Born, Ginger & Smart, Sass & Bide and Bec & Bridge. “I am really drawn to those designers who take the extra bold step to embrace colour, offer something edgy and really let me make the most of colour blocking,” she says. \ »

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This spring/summer is all about metallic shoes – be on trend with a sparkly dash of gold, silver and other pearly sheens. They come in stiletto and wedges – everyone from couture names like Christian Louboutin to Jimmy Choo have gone metallic mad. Now Betts brings the trend to the street at an affordable price.

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Emerging Melbourne jewellery designer Hannah Chambers turns to music for inspiration. She’s all about guitar-pick pendants with precious stones and quirky animal cufflinks. Chambers-JewelleryDesign/316315201714853 Stocked at Lord Coconut in Melbourne’s CBD.

Nothing reminds us summer is around the corner more than a pair of cropped shorts – we love the bright colours for summer, including gelato-pink short \ $74.95 this gelato pink from Sass Clothing. Aimed at those young fit things, these shorts are for warm days ahead. Stockist 9412 5222

Polka dots continue to make inroads – in fact, there’s always room for a spot of action. We love this quality long-sleeve top by Feathers – ideal with summer skirts, cropped pants and worn with on-trend loafers. www.shopfeathers.

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isley Paris Tropical Orchid Collection (from $50) in selected David Jones stores. Recently Sisley’s much-respected make-up artist, Christian Guglietta, graced our shores. After eight years as a banker, he turned to make-up artistry and has had an illustrious career for 22 years. Guglietta says Sisley’s make-up is different because it is more of a treatment, an extension to your skin care. It not only delivers on-trend colours but the compositions are botanically based and have skincare benefits. The new collection for spring/summer 2012 is truly a sight to behold and is aptly named Tropical Orchid. The colours in the range reflect the nuances of the majestic orchid, from glowing amethyst to glittering pink to mysterious emerald. Colour is going to be massive this spring, and the Sisley Paris collection shows that you can wear colour in a dignified, fun way. I am personally addicted to Phyto Kohl Star in dark amethyst ($62), a terrific eye pencil that glides effortlessly and will convert anyone to wearing liner, and Phyto Ombre Éclat Ultra Violet ($55), which is a very versatile shade.

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ertrude Stein penned “A rose is a rose is a rose” in her 1913 poem Sacred Emily, declaring things are what they are. I used to substitute “a lipstick” for “a rose”, simply because whatever spin you put on a lipstick, it is still just a tube of lipstick. Well not any more, drum roll please. We now have liquid lipsticks. Liquid lipsticks have the strength of colour (read heavily pigmented) and staying power of an ordinary tube of lipstick but they have the consistency of the much-favoured and convenient gloss. It is like having your cake and eating it. This, however, is not a new idea. Stage and fashion make-up artists have mixed pigments for years, but these formulas were not user-friendly. They dried the lips, stained them – not in a good way – and tasted awful. This new category in the beauty market is every girl’s dream come true. Powerful pigments, smooth texture, terrific smell and yummy taste – yes, we ingest up to 500g of lip products in a lifetime, so taste and ingredients should be up there. So be a leader, not a follower, and drench your lips in these all-new liquid lipsticks. \

BECCA Ultimate Colour Gloss SPF 15 ($42) is a beautiful formula that is just so chic and the campaign is just brilliant.

Hourglass Opaque Rouge ($42) is simply the best: light, richly pigmented, long-wearing and beautifully packaged.



Bite Beauty Lip Shine ($26.95). These tubes are fantastic. Each lip shine contains the same amount of resveratrol found in five glasses of red wine.

bareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lipcolor ($22.95) is just that – pretty amazing – and the colours are so rich and long-lasting.

David Jones Liquid Lipstick ($14.95). A tubeful of excellent glossy colour.

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss ($50). Ultra-shiny and concentrated with pigments, this is one black tube you will want to have.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain ($50) is decadent, luxurious and so totally sublime.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge ($50). Inspired by Japanese lacquer artistry this formula is potent, light and so darn shiny – the perfect combination.



am sure you have heard people saying that hands are the first to show the signs of ageing. The simple reason is that the skin on the back of our hands is much thinner than that on our face. There is virtually no fat on the backs of our hands and what little collagen we have begins to break down with the first onslaught of natural ageing. Added to this mix is the daily rough treatment of our hands, sun exposure and constant washing. So there’s no surprise there’s a noticeable impact on our hands. The only way around it is to treat your hands with TLC and even extend your anti-ageing treatments to your hands, especially before turning in for the night. Just spread leftover potent serums on the backs of your hands and during the day try these hardworking hand creams.

Elemis Pro Collagen Hand & Nail Cream (100ml, $67). With patented ingredients and technology, this cream provides a shield for mature skin to the first signs of ageing. The rich, easily absorbed formula takes care of thinning and crepey skin, soothes redness and soreness and targets discolouration and age spots. Alpha-H Age Delay Hand and Cuticle Care Cream (100ml, $37.95). This non-greasy hand cream with 10 per cent glycolic acid and keratin is everything the doctor ordered for weather-worn hands. A little dollop is all it takes. Aveeno Intensive Relief Hand Cream (100g, $9.95) is an unscented and non-greasy unique formula that lasts through handwashing and keeps hands moisturised for the whole day. september 12, 2012 \ The weekly review 17

performance MADE TO FIT \ NICA National Circus Centre, 41 Green Street, Prahran, September 12-22, $27/$22 » Given that misfits once ran away to join the circus, it seems appropriate that a circus should ponder the lengths folk will go to in order to belong. This energetic performance from 27 Circus Arts students will see acrobats and dancers push social boundaries while testing their physical limits. We’re promised balancing acts, jumping through hoops and extraordinary feats of contortion – all the things we tend to do when trying to fit in. \

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Watching \ Hemingway and Gellhorn. Clive Owen, Nicole Kidman and an impressive budget fail to inject life into this dull film about two fascinating characters. (Showcase, September 12, 8.30pm) Listening \ How To Dress Well. Total Loss. Twitchy, falsetto-laden ethereal pop. Something like Bon Iver with a bunch of loops and a drum machine, but much better than that sounds. attending \ Pinocchio. A snappy retelling of the classic tale as a rock musical. One for the whole family. (Malthouse Theatre, until September 28.)

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TiTle This \dirty fairytale has inspired a lot of excited industry gossip Details andmonths. lcase Certainly, Benh Zeitlin’s low-budget in theUpper past few » debut is a remarkable film. It’s also enigmatic enough to alienate

as many audiences as it wows. I didn’t have quite the Descript \ transcendental experience shared by other reviewers, but Zeitlin leaves so much room for interpretation that any response has to be acutely personal. Hushpuppy and her father live in the Bathtub, a forgotten swampland shantytown in America’s deep south. From his boat, carved from the back end of a ute, they peer up over the concrete levees at the outside world. “Isn’t it ugly?” dad asks, before assuring his daughter they live in “the most beautiful place”. To the rest of us, the Bathtub looks post-apocalyptic – a (barely) floating colony forged from, and inhabited by, flotsam and jetsam. Zeitlin’s greatest achievement is to make this fantastical world seem utterly real. Key to this is his use of non-professional actors. It’s easy to mistake these unshowy performers for the self-conscious stars of a documentary. Young Quvenzhane Wallis is astonishing as the stroppy Hushpuppy, who believes she has brought about armageddon through a single selfish act. The film is centred on this childish belief in interconnectedness. One wrong deed can unravel the universe and collapse ice caps. Here, everything is always precarious. There are echoes of the devastation wrought by hurricane Katrina, but the film also hooks into underlying fears about climate change. We’re reminded that it won’t take much to edge us all back into the wild. It’s a film that succeeds more in world creation than storytelling. Perhaps Zeitlin hopes we will be too hypnotised by his world to notice that we’re simply drifting from one scene to the next. Maybe he’s right. Certainly, it’s a truly original, striking film that, like the stench of the swamp, lingers long after we’ve left it. \

music COMe OF AGe \ The Vaccines (Sony) » Bono has a lot to answer for. Reinventing U2 for Achtung Baby, he adopted the persona of the Fly – a manufactured rock star, assembled from the trappings of other music icons. This kind of self-conscious thievery has since become de rigueur for rock bands. Any pretence of originality is abandoned in favour of baldly borrowing from the past. There’s nothing wrong with that when it’s done well. But British band the Vaccines seem so preoccupied with attempting to be a rock band that it’s hard to wholly take them seriously. Indeed, single Teenage Icon features singer Justin Young worrying that he’s not quite rock enough. Which is a shame, as this is definitely a rock album. The group are, like the Arctic Monkeys before them, seeking to abandon their indie roots in favour of a heavier, vaguely American sound. For the most part, they do it well. There’s recurring hints of the Pixies, Bob Dylan and a splash of surf-pop. It’s certainly a more eclectic approach to music-making than their debut, but this might be the problem. We’re left with the sense of a band trying so hard to be a band that they’ve forgotten who they are. \

With arts coverage evaporating from terrestrial networks, it’s reassuring to find cultural chat alive and well on C31. Despite being community television, this is an extremely polished production. It looks and sounds great, even if some of the presenters have a style perhaps more suited to children’s telly. This is a trifling matter, however. The in-depth interviews with local wordsmiths – be they novelists, animators, musicians or picture-book writers – are thoughtful and revealing. \

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he Rolling Stones’ first gig was on July 12, 1962, at the Marquee Club in Oxford Street, London. “At the time I said, ‘I hope they don’t think we’re a rock’n’roll outfit,” Mick Jagger recalls in a new book, Rolling Stones 50. “We weren’t back then. We were mostly playing the blues.” I was one year old when the Stones played their first gig. Like everyone around my age, I have grown up as the band has grown older. Our parents were shocked by the lyrics of Mother’s Little Helper (1966). We shared our first teenage kisses to Angie (1973). The music at every 21st in the 1980s kicked off with Start Me Up (1981). And now, as grown-ups going to the weddings of our friends’ children, we are straight onto the dance floor and singing word perfect when the DJ plays “an oldie but a goody”, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (1965). The Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary has prompted a frenzy of activity in the book-publishing world, and in recent months we have seen several titles move through our shop. Our favourite is Rolling Stones 50, a must-buy for anyone who loves the Stones specifically, and rock music history generally. This outstanding Thames and Hudson

The Rolling Stones 1963: Keith Richards (left), Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts. (TeRRy O’Neill / GeTTy iMaGeS)

publication was produced in conjunction with the band. It features more than 1000 photos and illustrations, and includes quotes from band members and extended captions. “This is our story of 50 fantastic years,” Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood explain to readers. “We started out as a blues band playing the clubs

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and more recently we’ve filled the largest stadiums in the world with the kind of show that none of us could have imagined all those years ago.” The photos track the Stones’ history, from that first gig in Oxford Street to the super-sized concerts of recent years. There are plenty of performance shots – many of them brilliant in their execution and taken by some of the world’s finest photographers. But what really gives this book its soul are the images of band members in the quiet times. An impromptu visit to the Beau Gentry men’s wear store in Hollywood during their 1964 US visit; backstage at the London Palladium in January 1967; Keith playing with his little son Marlon in the gardens of the Nellcôte manor house in France in 1971. They reveal great insights into the friendships that have sustained the Stones for half a century. “While I have never been a person who looks backwards, preferring to explore new ideas and concepts in everything from music to staging,” writes Mick, “I cannot help but do it now that we have reached this amazing milestone in our career.” Stones fans around the world are pleased that Keith, Charlie and Ronnie agreed with their lead singer. The result is a truly great pictorial essay. \ ROLLING StONeS 50 by the Rolling Stones » $49.95 (Thames and Hudson)



A WANteD MAN by Lee Child » $27.95 (Bantam Press)

AFteR tOASt: ReCIPeS FOR ASPIRING COOKS by Kate Gibbs » $29.99 (Fairfax Books)

Lee Child’s 17th Jack Reacher novel hit the bookstands a few days before Father’s Day and, based on early sales figures, its Australian distributors expect it to do well until at least Christmas. What’s not to love about this latest instalment? Our hero is back, this time hitch-hiking across Nebraska, where he is picked up by a carload of dodgy travellers. Reacher realises his three companions are connected to the police road blocks. But what do they want with him? The plot thickens … \

wine WINeRIeS: A VISUAL JOURNeY edited by emma Peacock » $39.95 (Think Publishing) Indie bookshops such as ours are regularly asked for coffee-table books depicting an aspect of Australian life. Sadly, there are too few choices, which is why this new A4-on-its-side hardcover will do exceptionally well. The book, which is more of a pictorial essay, is divided into states, then wineries. Each winery is introduced by a 250-word overview; the photos follow. And while the images are outstanding, it’s a shame they are not accompanied by a powerful narrative about the growing regions, various grape varieties, the wineries and their labels. Still, it’s a great gift for friends who live in other countries, wine aficionados – or both. \

Sunday Life food columnist Kate Gibbs has produced an attractive and affordable softcover cookbook designed to appeal to those who are starting out in the kitchen, or who have been muddling around in one for years but have failed to improve their culinary skills. Gibbs takes some of the Australian kitchen’s basic dishes and gives them a modern twist: seeded orange scones, spiced roast pumpkin, lentil and feta salad, spaghetti pesto and chocolate fudge sauce cake are just a few of our favourites. \

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hen Rufus Wainwright’s mother, Kate McGarrigle, was dying of a rare clear-cell sarcoma, the acclaimed and somewhat flamboyant singer found great consolation in lighting candles. In Candles, which is easily the most heart-felt song on his seventh album, Out of the Game, Wainwright documents the experience. “I had a lot of questions in terms of how to capture it,” the 39-year-old says slowly on the phone from New York. “It was the very first take I took in the recording process, and one of the first songs I laid down in general. I wanted to get it away because it was so sad. Luckily, all the spirits joined up and it very naturally came out.” Described by critics as a “gem of the record,” the almost eight-minute song delves into the vulnerability of watching a loved one succumb to illness, and to the ensuing guilt for not having been able to do more to avoid a fatal outcome. Travelling from church to church in search of a wick, Wainwright finally lights his memorial at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame in Paris. “I thought maybe she was just waiting for a better venue. She didn’t like the crappy little church on 23rd Street,” says Wainwright on the DVD The Making of Out of the Game. “When I go there, there is this full-blown Mass happening, the organs blaring, incense everywhere. And I light the candle, and it was a beautiful moment, very operatic … as I was leaving I had this epiphany from whoever or whatever, that you have to be grateful. That’s the only way you are going to make it through this.”

“I’m very much just translating the human experience.” In fact, it was his distaste with America, particularly the subsequent war on terrorism and the invasion of Iraq, that inspired Wainwright to create his Grammy-nominated re-creation of Judy Garland’s fabled Carnegie Hall concert, often considered “the greatest night in show business history”. Dressed by the Dutch designers Viktor & Rolf and backed by a 40-piece orchestra, Wainwright performed such hits as Get Happy and This Can’t Be Love. “There are kind of two Americas now,” explains Wainwright, somewhat philosophically. “There’s the idealistic, good, positive, spirit of freedom and openness which I think still exists and it still has the potential to really form a bit of the world. But then that is matched with the capitalist orgy that is also taking over. It is completely sinister and diametrically opposed to what this country stands for. It’s once again a firestorm of a scenario, between good and evil.” On his last visit to Australia, Wainwright stated in an interview with the ABC that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to be a gay male performer in America due to the “seething underbelly of hatred” that exists as “a backlash to Obama”. Two years on, does he still find it as difficult being a minority? “I’m now finding it a little easier,” says Wainwright. “When Barack Obama admitted, or should I say declared, that he was in support for gay marriage, that was a big deal. There has been more thrust over here in terms of rights and promises and so forth. Where I do find it a little odd now is in Europe … so I’m never quite happy with everybody.” In August, Wainwright wed his long-term partner, artistic

It’s not about becoming straight, it’s about evolution,” he says. Last year, the couple had a daughter Viva Katherine with Lorca Cohen, daughter of Leonard. In the song Montauk, Wainwright imagines Viva is older and comes to visit their house by the beach, and gets to know her two dads as they live their lives, wearing kimonos, pruning roses, playing the piano. It also envisions departure and the inevitability of distance and separation: “You have stayed, don’t worry, I know you’ll have to go.” This need to translate every feeling, thought and desire into a very public arena is a Wainwright family tradition, which perhaps all began with Wainwright’s father, the prolific folk singer, Loudon Wainwright III, who earned a cult following with his humorous and nakedly honest autobiographical songs. Loudon regularly communicated with his family through song, and Rufus was the subject of two of his father’s more famous releases, the breastfeeding ode Rufus is a Tit Man and the retrospective A Father and a Son.


n the 2001 album Poses, Rufus covered his father’s self-recriminatory ballad of independence, One-Man Guy. Without changing a word, Rufus turned it into a visceral account of solitude. On his next album, he also confronted his father in the song Dinner at Eight – “Daddy, don’t be surprised / If I wanna see the tears in your eyes” – which addresses the bitter memories of Loudon leaving when Rufus and Martha were children. Rufus states that his mother used to cry every time she heard it. Although Out of the Game has all the uninhibitedly

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director Jörn Weisbrodt, in Long Island in front of guests Alan Cumming, Julianne Moore, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, Lou Reed and Carrie Fisher. Wainwright, who has previously said that he loves the whole “old-school promiscuous Oscar Wilde freak show of what being gay once was”, says his opinion of marriage changed when he met Weisbrodt, whom he proposed to rather casually over an Indian meal. “It had to do with this conversation I had with the Dyke Parks, of all people,” says Wainwright. “They were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary and I casually asked Sally, ‘so, did you ever think you would be married for over 30 years?’, and she turned to me and said, ‘Rufus, when you get married it’s forever; that’s the whole idea’. And it kind of struck me in that moment the concept of forever. It really doesn’t exist in my inner vocabulary. “Gay men, especially, are not brought up to have that idea. And we should be able to at least aim for forever. “But at the same token I don’t think gay marriage is the same as straight marriage. There is a history and a tradition in gay life and a left-of-centre ideology that should also be protected.

self-confessional material, it is somewhat of a departure stylistically. Produced by Mark Ronson, the Grammy Award-winning producer of hits for Amy Winehouse and Christina Aguilera, the new album is a smooth, easy-going collection, heavily informed by ’70s soul and punk rock. “A pop record is something that sounds good at a party but it doesn’t necessarily clear the room, and that’s what this album is. It’s something you can play and it will improve the jovial spirit of the evening,” says Wainwright. “But we do live in a tenuous industry at the moment in the world of recording, so in terms of actually selling records, my biggest strategy now is to call my next album Adele.” Although the two concerts at Hamer Hall this weekend may not be mainstream pop, fans can certainly expect all the trademarks of Rufus Wainwright – a performer whom Elton John once described as the “greatest songwriter on the planet”. Tantalising, spine-chilling melodies, big instrumental sounds, moments of a capella, and of course a little bit of that Rufus-style unpredictability. \

Performed with Kate’s sister Anna McGarrigle, who provides an elegant accordion line, and backed by his entire family of singers – father Loudon, sister Martha, half-sister Lucy, aunt Sloan and friends Jenni Muldaur and Chaim Tannenbaum – the song is all-engrossing, and deeply moving. Not unlike Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen, Wainwright’s lyrics have always been intensely personal, with moments of darkness. In 2002, while in the grips of addiction, Wainwright released Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk, addressing the spiritual and physical struggles of drug dependency with lines such as: “Everything it seems I like a little bit sweeter / A little bit fatter, a little bit harmful for me.” He has also conveyed his experiences as being an openly gay man – perhaps most notably on the dark and broody album Want Two: “I can’t say that I’m cruising … not that I don’t like cruising”. And he has expressed his bitterness with America, in the poignant song Going to a Town. “I write about my life. There are a few songs where I dip into fantasy but on the whole what you hear is what is happening in my world.

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on Draffin has manufacturing in his blood. He’s spent close to 50 years with Draffin Manufacturing, crafting everything from beer taps to caravan pumps and, more recently, street and parkland furniture. As the company’s managing director, he’s seen the highs and lows of the business – but not literally, of course; Draffin has been legally blind since 1979. Draffin and his younger brother John are victims of a hereditary condition known as retinitis pigmentosa, a malfunction stemming from the union of their parents, who were cousins. “A lot of diseases can come of a family history,” says Draffin, shrugging. “The key is not to reflect on the negative. I don’t.” It’s difficult to find a trace of bitterness in anything Draffin says, particularly when it comes to his work. Every weekday he will make the 50-kilometre round trip in a taxi from his house in Glen Iris to the company’s Bayswater headquarters. If you’ve parked yourself on a park bench in Melbourne of late, chances are it has the Draffin name attached to it. The family-owned company produces drinking fountains, picnic tables, wheelie bin surrounds and anything else you might find in a public space. “A few years ago, there was a small selection of different styles to choose from for each product,” says Draffin. “Now, there are more types of seats than hot dinners.” The business has certainly grown from humble beginnings in what Draffin remembers as “a rusty old tin shed in Ringwood”. Don Draffin and his brother joined their father in that rusty shed in 1966 and 1967 respectively. “We had a go at a variety of different projects,” Draffin says with a chuckle. “Some we wished to god we’d never tried.”

Street cred: Making furniture for public spaces has been a resounding success for Draffin Manufacturing. (supplieD)

Positive outlook: Don Draffin may be blind but he always looks on the bright side. (CATHRYN TReMAiN / THe Age)

They struck gold in the late 1980s with an offer to no limit to the scope of products in demand from start making street and parkland furniture. Draffin says Draffin Manufacturing. the potential for their products to go into every school With the help of so-called JAWS (Job Access With and council in Australia was obvious. Speech) programs on his computer, Draffin is able to “We looked at it, studied it from every angle, play a significant role in the design and development of borrowed $350,000 to get into it and, blow me down, we custom solutions for his clients. struck a good one.” The voice-recognition software translates text from Draffin Manufacturing’s increasing profits meant that emails and documents into audio. Draffin can also others started to take notice and today the brothers face speak into the device, and has it transcribe everything some serious competition. into text format. It’s an industry that has experienced huge growth, He also credits the support of his staff as a huge and much of it stems from councils spending reason for his continued ability to work. more on their public spaces. “There’s a real family atmosphere in the team; “There are Draffin points out that the increasing has been since we started,” he says. more types of demand from some councils can be partly Outside work, Draffin is a regular at Vision attributed to their own policies. seats than hot Australia’s woodworking workshops. He Each new land development in Boroondara, has built TV cabinets and bedside tables. dinners.” for example, must contribute 4 per cent of Accidents during class are a rarity, he says. that space towards the council’s stable of public “You don’t get nearly as many mishaps when parks and gardens as part of its open-space strategy. you’re working with blind people because we’re all The City of Melbourne released a report in June so scared we’ll hurt ourselves,” he says, laughing. “On this year, outlining an increase in the compulsory the other hand, you’ve got sighted people mowing their contribution from developers, up to 8 per cent of land lawns in thongs who cut their bloody toes off.” from all future projects. It’s clear that Draffin runs rings around many people The policies forcing an increase in the amount of with 20:20 vision but he says it’s a case of working with space available for recreational purposes are part of a the hand you’re dealt. wider aim to make Melbourne even more liveable. “A lot of people don’t realise this but when you’re However, they often result in a lot of small pockets impaired, you can still be extremely active in business of land and increased public pressure on councils to and in everyday life.” maintain them. There certainly don’t seem to be enough hours in As Melbourne’s population grows, the industry calls the day for Don Draffin to reflect on the negatives of for creative solutions to make better use of these public his blindness. spaces, and Draffin says that street furniture can often But that’s just the way he likes it. \ be the answer. From shrines with built-in benches in cemeteries » to the development of fireproof wheelie-bin surrounds to prevent vandalism in parks, there seems to be september 12, 2012 \ The weekly review 27 #15464

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don’t go to the cinema nearly as regularly as I’d like to. I make mental lists of all the movies I’d like to see, get overwhelmed and stay at home in front of the television holding a book and the newspaper so that I don’t feel like I’m wasting my life. Then on a random weekend, without anyone squeezing my cheeks, I go and see a bunch of movies, one after another. I’m a binge cinema goer. Maybe I’m not good at pleasure. Woody Allen has a word for it: “anhedonia”, the inability to have pleasure. And without question, sitting in a cinema waiting for a movie to begin is an immeasurable pleasure, unless an irritating ringtone changes the feng shui or half the cinema is lit up by SMS users. Can someone please manufacture a big stick with a fist on the end of it so I can lash out at these savages! The actual cinema itself is a finite world that we enter for a designated amount of time in order to suspend reality; the rows of identical seats, the silent carpeted floor and our eyes staying focused only on the screen all combine to seclude us from our regular lives. And I believe it’s this childlike passion to enclose ourselves and to settle in (remember doona tents, huts and tree cubby houses?) that helps us suspend belief and become part of the cinematic experience. The Rivoli Cinema in Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East, is elaborate and sumptuous. Everything from the seductive grand staircase to the rooftop garden invites you to enjoy the unique physical experience about to unfold when the lights dim. Designed by cinema architects Taylor & Soilleux, it’s

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one of the most sculptural and inventive examples of mixing jazz or streamline moderne style with art deco. This style is strongly associated with cinemas, and the Rivoli is architecturally the most unusual and distinctive of the small number of jazz or streamlined moderne-style cinemas remaining in Victoria. Melburnians have enjoyed the Rivoli’s decoration and atmosphere since October 11, 1940, when it opened with Ray Milland, in what seems the perfect film title, French Without Tears. If God is in the detail, then the Rivoli delivers a heavenly experience, inside and out. On the exterior you’ll notice the unusual bold modelling, while inside the extensive use of curves and circles is almost hypnotic. There’s the unique patterned plasterwork in the form of overlapping leaves in the wall panels, and if you look up in the main auditorium, you’ll find mechanical cogs in relief in the ceiling. Thankfully, this remains largely intact despite subdivision of the area under the balcony to create a second cinema in 1968. On a technical level, the Rivoli was the first cinema in Victoria to employ the “suspended and floating” method of internal-wall construction, where the ceiling and walls of the main auditorium were independent of the main structure and were shaped as required to provide the best possible acoustics. Staying at home is unthinkable (as are those blinds with that couch) when you could be having a cinema experience at the Rivoli. \

8 Ballarat Street, Yarraville It’s worth taking the trip across the West Gate to go to the movies at this western suburbs icon. The Sun opened in 1938 and was a single-screen 1050-seat cinema, the most luxurious in the area. This cinema was, and is again today, a much-loved venue for the local community, and to cater for the new generation there are six boutique cinemas. all detailed in the original art-deco style. Unique to this cinema was the pram room, where babies in their prams were placed and you were given a number, if your baby started crying, your number was flashed on the screen. \

The Astor

1 Chapel Street, St Kilda The Astor is the last single-screen cinema of its kind in continuous operation in Melbourne since its grand opening more than 75 years ago. There was one winter in my life when every new relationship started with a first date at the Astor. The second date would be predicated on which film the potential boyfriend had suggested the first time; oh, and how well he could toss a salad. I sat through a lot of double features at the Astor that winter, alone, and loved it. The foyer continues to be full of enigmatic characters as diverse as the classic and cult films projected on screen. \

The Balwyn Palace Cinema

231 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn Perhaps it’s the selection of quality commercial films alongside provocative art-house cinema that makes for a diverse and loyal following at this venue. The Palace Cinema first opened as a single-screen theatre in 1930. It has entertained and been a rendezvous location for several generations. In the 1990s it was converted into a multiplex, and recently when the foyer was restored, the original 1930s tiled floor was uncovered. Again, we get the best of both worlds: a state-of-the-art, comfortable venue that retains the charm and aesthetics of its long and fond history. \

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rise to the challenge developing our city \ Rooftop gardens and vertical greenery are a growing trend in the hunt for building sustainability, writes HELEN GRIMAUX.

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aking the garden path with fellow New company of about 12, Tyler talks of large-scale rooftop Zealanders Geoff Heard and Philip Mack has led installations, such as Victoria’s desalination plant at Stuart Tyler to scale walls and survey rooftops Wonthaggi, the largest water treatment plant and, at across Australia’s eastern seaboard to tap the potential 26,000 square metres, the biggest green roof in the of plants to make city buildings work better. southern hemisphere. Tyler joined the Somerville-based Fytogreen team in Almost 100,000 specifically chosen coastal ground 2004, two years after its conception as one of Australia’s covers, lilies and shrubs “create a living tapestry” first rooftop garden and green-wall specialists, with 14 metres above ground. The roof is contoured to credentials proofed by the global pioneers represent and complement the secondary sand of sustainable building codes, Canada and dunes now reinstated as part of rehabilitation the US. “Technology work across the entire 250-hectare site. Flower power is now coming up trumps for really is a case of where technology has embraced has“This this collaboration of entrepreneurs. embraced design as the primary project design.” They have turned a shared passion for concept,” Tyler says. low-impact, environmentally smart technology On a lesser scale, but just as impressive, is into a new approach to building cities of the Fytogreen’s rooftop garden at Tasmania’s Museum future, adding affordable and engaging design elements of Old and New Art, which is set into a cliff face of the to the ever-growing suite of sustainable building Derwent River near Hobart. services for which Melbourne itself is gaining More recently the company shared credits with new credits. Jamie Durie’s Patio team for the vertical greening of a In the past couple of years, this new market niche multilevel car park at Southbank’s new 29-level Triptych has become a highly sought-after “must-have” addition apartment complex, developed by the Stable Group and to contemporary creations and, just as interestingly, a 2011 winner of the Urban Development Institute of sustainability retrofit solution for existing buildings. Australia’s Victorian environmental excellence award. Now national sales manager of this tightly knit At 206 square metres, this is not Fytogreen’s biggest

vertical wall to date; that honour goes to the 377 square metres of greenery now adorning 1 Bligh Street in central Sydney. But the Triptych project certainly shows the possibilities of plants to ameliorate climactic extremes. “Triptych is south-facing, so direct sunlight is minimal; also, winds can be strong,” Tyler says. “The main thing is garden design, putting the right plant in the right place, and you cannot disconnect the design from the maintenance; then everything is manageable.”

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Green works The greening of cityscapes not only acknowledges the aesthetics of plants in predominantly concrete and steel environments. Rooftop gardens, green walls and rain gardens are also protective mechanisms against extreme weather events such as drought, and the torrential downpours that are increasingly pushing urban stormwater systems to breaking point around the world. Green walls and rooftops insulate buildings, they absorb and convert common greenhouse gases through photosynthesis to produce oxygen and, in the case of rooftop gardens, they provide fertile growing fields for restaurant and domestic high-rise herbs and salads, even olive and fruit trees. “My personal passion starts with being an environmentalist,” Tyler says. “But the commercial reality is that the client must get a return for their investment in a green wall or a roof garden.” Fytogreen’s custom-made green wall panels are constructed from a soil-less growing medium, a special long-lasting foam polymer into which plants are inserted, allowing roots to take hold. This growing medium balances air and water flow,

preventing dry and wet zones developing across the wall, and each panel has an built-in automatic drip irrigation system for water and fertiliser. This prevents overwatering and makes Fytogreen panels one of the most water-efficient garden set-ups on the market. The half-metre square-based panel construction means vertical installations are limited only by the size of the wall space available, and building them into recycled rainwater systems makes real sense. At a domestic level, the system works out at about $1100 per square metre for a vertical panel. “Anything less than a 10-square metre (garden) surface, we use a slightly different design,” Tyler says. “One of our domestic self-watering systems stands about two metres tall and 800 millimetres wide and is ideal for balconies – it only requires a power point.” Getting to the roof brings in more variables – the first being whether the roof can take the “traffic” required for a veggie plot or lawn, or whether the garden is to be a permanent and self-sustaining installation. “Trafficable roof gardens are what most people call intensive roof gardens, and they typically have hardscapes and softscapes; hard is for paving and furniture and soft for garden and turf areas,” Tyler says. “Extensive roof gardens, intensive roof gardens and edible roof garden beds are all three very different types of roof gardens with different budgets, profiles, soil types and maintenance requirements.” Tyler says a basic “non-trafficable” extensive roof garden costs about $220 to $250 per square metre, not including the waterproof membrane. Costs can go up from here but it’s worth checking the offset benefits in energy savings. \ HELEN GRIMAUX »

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iddle Park is more than its name suggests. It is the middle suburb that, along with St Kilda West and Albert Park, makes up this linear urban development. Development started at Emerald Hill (South Melbourne), then leapt across the swamps to high land at St Kilda. The house at 36 Park Road, Middle Park, represents the earlier settlement of the area; the unique spindly architectural style that distinguishes it was a few years away. Treble brickwork around the front window openings speaks of a builder who, back in the depressed 1890s, gave a little extra to his job. When the decision was made to upgrade the house, our tough planning controls could have produced low, conforming spaces. By lowering the ground floor, the architect, Matt Gibson, managed to produce two levels at the rear with generous ceiling heights. It’s this kind of thinking that landed the property in an edition of Monument magazine earlier this year. The two front rooms, refurbished and enhanced, remain, giving new occupants a link with the history of the house. Three rooms back, a sybaritic bathroom has been slotted in. Its fixtures, set into Carrara marble slabs, are white (what else?). Tiles are grey, accessories are imported and bright chrome: but there’s more. A wide sliding window extends down to the edge of the bathtub, allowing the bather to look out on to a small, well-planted light court. The new ground floor contains kitchen and living/dining areas, with the kitchen defined by its slightly lower ceiling. It contains, in addition to built-in equipment (including an integrated refrigerator) an extraordinary assembly of meticulously detailed cabinetry. Every cherry stoner and strawberry huller is sure of a place in these 2pac-finished self-closing drawers. Benchtops and splashbacks are marble. A rare row of cupboards forms a top hamper: a reminder that the man of the house was a 1.98-metre tall AFL star.

MIChELLE OSTROw zUkERMAN M: 0414 226 068

fINAL wORd “REnOvAtIOns DOn’t cOME Much bEttER thAn thIs. shORtLIstED fOR thE 2011 ARchItEctuRAL AwARDs, thIs hOME Is ARchItEctuRALLy sPEctAcuLAR AnD bEAutIfuLLy fInIshED In A bLuE-chIP LOcAtIOn.”

ADvERTISINg INQUIRIES REAL ESTATE SALES DIRECTOR \ jOhN IOANNOU M: 0418 323 009 The real estate cover story (right), By the Bay and We Love It property reviews on the following pages have been visited by TWR journalists. Agent’s Choice and Out of Town are real estate promotions provided by the agents unless tagged as written by a TWR journalist.


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The timber floor of the living room, including sliding-door tracks, lines up with the terrace boarding – no mean feat, and usually found only in architect-designed houses. One step down from the terrace, a maintenance-free lawn extends to a garden shed. Planning laws required the new rear section to be set back from its northern boundary, but this restriction was turned into an advantage. The resultant strip of roof has been glazed, bringing light into the kitchen and living area. With the new upper floor starting two rooms back from the street, the integrity of the house – and the character of the street – is preserved except from viewers that take the trouble to cross the street and look back. The new floor contains an office, a single bedroom and, at the rear, a main suite consisting of a double bedroom, dressing wardrobe and a second bathroom. The office is compact but contains a wall of file storage and tucked in between the end of the original slate gable roof and the office is a small terrace with built-in seating. It has a full-circle view of sky and a rooftop view of the suburb. It also has the now-mandatory view of Eureka. The main bedroom and office are air-conditioned by cassette units. A hydronic heating system and a Jetmaster fire warm the house. The upper passage has another set of glazed roofing. The glass west wall of the main bedroom could have presented a privacy problem for either neighbours or occupants. However, the council’s concern was handled in an imaginative way. The window is covered with a pierced-metal screen and a decal partially covers the glass. Both patterns represent the foliage of a mature tree that would have hindered the building operation. This area is well served with transport: the light rail (tram route 96) is two blocks east, tram route 112 two blocks west. Middle Park Beach is just one block further. \ Neil clerehaN

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Cayzer \ 9699 5999

Price \ $1.7 million +

Auction \ September 16 at noon

Fast facts \ Victorian terrace with a contemporary extension designed by architect Matt Gibson; short-listed for the 2011 Victorian architecture awards; Carrara marble benchtops and European appliances, including an integrated refrigerator in the kitchen; Jetmaster fireplace in the living room; covered outdoor dining and artificial grass; rear right-of-way access. Middle Park \ 4 kms from the city

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Sandringham Designed to maximise the triangular block, the imposing double frontage of this residence looks as if two separate houses are overlooking the easy-care front gardens. Once inside, polished floorboards, plantation shutters and a crisp, white backdrop elegantly frame any style of furniture. French doors open off the formal sitting room to the front paved outdoor dining and mod grass areas. Nearby, the open-plan heart of the house has a kitchen with timber benchtops and stainless-steel appliances, plus french-style tiled splashbacks. Three sets of french doors lead from the meals and family room through to a substantial rear timber deck surrounded by flowering jasmines. Upstairs, chocolate-charcoal carpets juxtapose the white walls throughout, save for the first bedroom, where angled walls are a soft grey. The main bedroom has a wall of built-in wardrobes and has french doors leading to a breakfast balcony; its also has an en suite with white and yellow tiles and a timbertopped vanity. Two bedrooms with built-in wardrobes share a central bathroom with a shower over the bath and a timber vanity. A fourth room also has a balony and could be used as a rumpus room or for guests. \ MICHELLE OSTROW ZUKERMAN



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Hocking Stuart \ 9521 9800 45 Bamfield Street Price \ $975,000 – $1.075 million Auction \ September 15 at 11am





Marshall White \ 9822 9999 33 Wolseley Grove Price \ $2.5 million + Auction \ September 15 at 12.30pm

Within five minutes of the beach and two minutes from Were Street shops and schools, this Stonehaven Homes residence offers palatial living inside and out. The sitting room, with a Jetmaster fireplace, and the adjoining dining room are spacious and relaxing. Nearby is a cellar under the stairs. The open-plan family areas are inviting, with the lounge space having a wall of built-in cabinetry and open fireplace. The timber kitchen has granite benchtops and Miele appliances while, off the meals area, several french doors open to perfectly manicured north-facing gardens where limestone paving surrounds the pool and spa. Upstairs, french doors lead to the main bedroom with a walk-behind wardrobe, a marble en suite with double shower, double vanities and spa bath. Three other bedrooms share a bathroom and an incredible retreat. \ MICHELLE OSTROW ZUKERMAN






This new executive town residence has been architecturally designed to marry modern lines with rustic features. French grey oak floors and stone make an appearance throughout and the result is sleek yet warm. The entry of stained Pacific pine leads past a European laundry and powder room to the entertainment hub. Stone Italiana benchtops are a textured highlight in the kitchen, with Japanese-tiled splashbacks, timber-veneer cabinetry and a suite of Miele appliances. Upstairs is a study zone, where the treeprint wallpaper changes colour depending on where you stand. The main bedroom has floor-to-ceiling windows, a wall of built-in wardrobes and an en suite with stone-topped vanity, charcoal and white tiles and Rogerseller tapware. Two other bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and share a hotel-style bathroom with a bath. \ MICHELLE OSTROW ZUKERMAN




Chisholm & Gamon \ 9531 1245 2a Robert Street Price \ $1.4 million – $1.5 million Auction \ September 15 at 11am

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Beaumaris Elements of classic 1960s architecture reign in this earthy family residence wrapped in landscaped gardens. The front sitting room with a brick feature wall, high-set windows and a pitched timber ceiling are all testament to a style always in fashion. French doors lead to a north-facing, Balinese-inspired front garden where timber decking surrounds tropical plants, the pool with a waterfall, in-ground spa and sitting areas. The kitchen, featuring black granite benchtops and Ilve appliances, sits at the hub of an L-shaped living area between the dining area and the lounge room, which has high-pitched ceilings. A sliding door leads off this to a substantial decked side garden with a banquette. Past a large bedroom or rumpus room are a central bathroom, laundry and a double-height family room that opens out to an entertainment deck built around a mature eucalypt and surrounded by native gardens. The main bedroom, accessed through walk-in wardrobes, also opens to the deck and features a fully tiled bathroom. Upstairs, three bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and one has a built-in desk. All have leafy vistas and share a large bathroom, which has a bath and terracotta-tiled floors. \ MICHELLE OSTROW ZUKERMAN






Hodges \ 9589 6077 28 Clonmore Street Price \ $1.15 million – $1.25 million Auction \ September 15 at 11am

Agents’ cho i ce POSTCODE


Buxton Brighton 9592 8000 5





Cayzer Real Estate Pty Ltd 9646 0812 3




Hocking Stuart Albert Park 9690 5366 2


1 Arthur Avenue, Brighton ................................................................. Price: $1.825 million ................................................................. Private sale ................................................................. OFI Wednesday 1.30-2pm .................................................................

37 Loch Street, St Kilda West ................................................................. Price: About $2 million ................................................................. Auction Sunday September 16 at 2pm ................................................................. OFI Wednesday 1.30-2pm .................................................................

343 Princes Street, Port Melbourne ................................................................. Price: $650,000 + ................................................................. Auction Saturday September 15 at 12.30pm ................................................................. OFI Saturday from noon .................................................................

Gracious period house with central heating offers ground-floor master suite, first-floor kids´ quarters and up to three living zones plus home office and double carport.

Freestanding family home with established front garden, period detail and exceptional accommodation on a larger-than-usual allotment.

Updated and comfortable double-fronted Victorian featuring two bedrooms and north-facing courtyard. Close to Bay Street shops, light rail and more.

Let's eat lunch @ Milano's, 4 The Esplanade Let's eat dinner @ Half Moon, 120 Church Street Let's drink coffee @ The Baths, 251 Esplanade

Let's eat lunch @ West Beach Bathers Pavilion, 330a Beaconsfield Parade Let's eat dinner @ Di Stasio Café, 31 Fitzroy Street Let's drink coffee @ Cowderoy's Dairy, 14 Cowderoy St

Let's eat lunch @ Ciao Cielo, 171 Bay Street Let's eat dinner @ Olarndo Thai, 321 Bay Street Let's drink coffee @ Café Zest, 55 Beach Street

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Agents’ cho i ce POSTCODE


Marshall White Albert Park 9822 9999 3



194 Pickles Street, South Melbourne ................................................................. Price: $1 million + ................................................................. Auction Saturday September 15 at 11.30am ................................................................. OFI Thur noon-12.30pm, Sat 11-11.30am .................................................................



RT Edgar Brighton 9592 9299 4



29 Hornby Street, Beaumaris ................................................................. Price: $1.555 million - $1.7 million ................................................................. Auction Saturday September 15 at 10.30am ................................................................. OFI Wednesday & Saturday 1-1.30pm .................................................................

Brighton This captivating Victorian residence showcases a scintillating blend of original charm and state-of-the-art contemporary style in an enviable location.

This four-bedroom, two-bathroom house offers formal and informal living zones, a study, upstairs retreat and a pool. It is near parks, schools, cafés and the bay.

Let's eat lunch @ Montague Park Food Store, 406 Park St Let's eat dinner @ The Palace, 505 City Rd Let's drink coffee @ Sin & Simone Café, 334 Bay St

Let's eat lunch @ The Lobster Cave, 16-18 North Concourse Let's eat dinner @ The Beaumaris, 472 Beach Road Let's drink coffee @ Malt Café, 23-25 South Concourse




Kay & Burton \ 9592 6522 1 Foote Street Price \ $1.95 million + Auction \ September 15 at 12.30pm

It was about five years ago when this 1930s red-brick house had an interior renovation. Interestingly, the combined kitchen-meals area is the first room on the left, an area of the house usually reserved for the back. The meals area overlooks the street and receives much of the afternoon light. Chocolate-coloured curtains, white walls and polished floorboards contrast against the period exterior. The kitchen has Miele appliances and wooden cupboards. On the other side of the hall is a formal dining-living area with a fireplace, chocolate-coloured walls and rose-patterned blinds. This leads to the lounge, with timber-panelled ceiling and french doors to the terrace. The four bedrooms are upstairs, with the main the first as you walk up. It has an en suite and a built-in wardrobe that extends the length of the wall. A few more steps lead up to the other bedrooms and central bathroom. \ ELIZABETH ANILE




he first weekend of spring we saw a 75 per cent clearance rate across the 28 $1 million-plus auctions that we attended in Melbourne’s inner east and bayside. The really big news is that a lot of it was sold under the hammer. For a while we’ve been seeing only about one in five properties selling under the hammer, but on that weekend it was more like one in two. Every second auction we went to had two, three or four bidders. In fact, Bidderman (bidders per auction), at an average two across all million-dollar-plus auctions, was the strongest it has been this year. There were six bidders for the Californian bungalow at 69 Willis Street, Hampton (James Paynter, Hodges), which sold under the hammer for $1,405,000. In Surrey Hills, three bidders vied for 53 Croydon Road (Tim Heavyside, Fletchers), which sold under the hammer for $1,730,000. 67 McGregor Street, Middle Park (David Wood, Hocking Stuart), also sold under the hammer, for $1,150,000, with two bidders. It is important to emphasise that while the lift in clearance rates is encouraging, it was on very low auction numbers. With only about 50 auctions (when 100 is a

solid weekend), we may just be seeing an anomaly or a spike. But the upper end, which we reported as being nearly on life support a week ago, also did an about-face. Among the cracker auctions was that for 15 Torrington Place, Canterbury (James Tostevin) – a mid-1930s house on 1678 square metres. With an opening bid of $2.6 million, five bidders took the final sell price to $3,250,000. Space for a north-south tennis court probably explains this very good result of land value at $2000 per square metre. We’ve even seen some strong action in Brighton, where nothing at all has been happening all year. There were four sales for more than $3 million in Brighton last week, and another in Middle Park. A contemporary four-bedroom house with a tennis court at 36 Normanby Street, Brighton (Regina Schmidt and Brian Devlin, Buxton), has sold via private sale for $4.8 million. The property had been advertised at $5 million-plus, but the vendor was clearly prepared to meet the market. After being passed in at auction a few weeks ago at $3.3 million, the Edwardian house at 22 Normanby Street, Brighton (Campbell Cooney), which is in need of some work, has been sold for between the pass-in price and what the

sold $1.73 million 53 croydon road, surrey hills

sellers initially wanted – about $4 million. The $3,980,000 paid for 7 Park Street, Brighton (also Regina Schmidt and Brian Devlin), is a good result for 2012 and down about 10 per cent on the 2008 result. Given our gloom just a couple of weeks ago, what can this mean? Well, as we’ve been saying all year, the market has quality buyers, it’s just that for quite a while many of them have had very different ideas from the sellers on what represents current market value for a home. So when good-quality agents are able to convince enough clients into accepting the market position, houses at almost all levels change hands, pushed along by the Mexican wave or domino effect. Despite what the textbooks say, property

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mAl jAmes \ Plenty of life on the first day of sPring markets are not slow-moving ships. And, especially when numbers are low, they can be very dynamic. It’s a bit like the footy. Mid-season, North Melbourne was looking weak, culminating in a thrashing by Hawthorn – but since then it has turned around and put on a strong run, lifting its confidence each week. So too goes the market at times. On the other hand, what happened this past week is also a bit of market déjà vu. This time last year, there was also a late winter rush, with 11 houses bought in just one week for a total of $55 million. But the rest of spring and summer 2011 was a bit like Essendon throwing away its promising start to the season that year. This past week we saw sellers and buyers agreeing on price for the first time in good numbers since May. What we saw may just be a spike. But maybe not. Maybe this is the start of some solid, consistent, longer-term activity. With spring’s first big-auction numbers test coming this weekend, we will find out soon enough. \ Mal James Principal Buyer Advocate 0408 107 988 \ 9804 3133 We Only Buy Homes september 12, 2012 \ The weekly review 41

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Hocking Stuart Albert Park 9690 5366 6


79, 80 & 81 Station Street, Port Melbourne ................................................................. Price: $1.4 million + ................................................................. Auction Saturday September 22 at 12.30pm ................................................................. OFI Saturday 3-3.30pm .................................................................





Buxton \ 9592 8000 6a Lindsay Street Price \ $1.3 million + Auction \ September 15 at 1.30pm

It’s not surprising that every inch of this house is immaculate – the vendor is a renowned interior designer. The house was refurbished 19 years ago: the carpets replaced, the walls painted and the garage converted into a formal lounge area. A classical cream colour palette complements the red-brick, double-storey façade. Inside, a lounge and dining area with cream, textured carpet is on the left. The staircase separates this room and the meals-kitchen area on the right of the entrance. The kitchen has granite benchtops and white cupboards. A double doorway opens to the converted garage space, which has a large bookshelf expanding across one wall and leads to a courtyard and storage space. The three bedrooms are upstairs. The main, on the left, has an outdoor deck area, walk-in wardrobe and en suite. The two other bedrooms both have built-in wardrobes and en suites. There is also a study alcove on the landing and a powder room. \ ELIZABETH ANILE



A brilliant renovation and development opportunity (STCA) with three brick Victorian houses on one title in one of Port Melbourne's finest locations. Let's eat lunch @ Ciao Cielo, 171 Bay Street Let's eat dinner @ Olarndo Thai, 321 Bay Street Let's drink coffee @ Café Zest, 55 Beach Street

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AVENUE BOOKSTORE 127 Dundas Place, 9690 2227 Avenue Bookstore is a vast, light-filled haven for book lovers craving the tactile experience of visiting one of the few real-life bookstores remaining in Melbourne. This one buzzes with customers, seemingly unaffected by the online revolution. Over its 26 years of operation, it has become a community hub of Albert Park. Plus, with the second-largest range of arts and design books in Melbourne, not to mention myriad other titles, this is a destination bookshop, its modern décor setting it apart and adding to the experience. \ 42 The weekly review \ september 12, 2012


ALBERT & VICTORIA 86 Bridport Street, 0429 355 112 With an interior adorned with an eclectic collection of fixtures and homewares, Albert & Victoria offers a fascinating retail experience. It stocks one-off clothing and accessories personally sourced by owner Melissa Langford, whose vintage and handmade selections draw clientele from all around Melbourne. The shop may appear small, but don’t be fooled; it holds all manner of treasures crafted all over the world, from Vietnam to Turkey. Each piece stocked subscribes to the shop’s style mantra of “classic with a twist”, and the shop holds wide appeal. \




THE CUPCAKE QUEENS 140 Bridport Street, 1300 972 827

SKINOLOGIE 160 Bridport Street, 9699 2999

PALOMA BLEU 176 Bridport Street, 9699 7303

When you enter The Cupcake Queens you are transported to a girly world of pink walls, fancy furniture and cupcakes. They’ve created a whimsical experience within their shop, echoing the confections on display. The Cupcake Queens has made a name for itself through its sweet offerings since opening in Bridport Street less than a year ago. The range of flavours is hard to ignore, from cookies’n’cream to marshmallow or peanut butter. Not to mention the statement piece – giant cupcakes that serve 10 to 12 people. \

Skinologie is known for delivering high-tech skin care. Passionate about results-driven facials, the therapists mean business with high-quality products and equipment. They offer a wide range of treatments from waxing, tanning and body treatments, but their specialty is high-tech facials – which they can tailor to your individual skin concerns. For a different facial experience, Skinologie offers the “oxygen blast” facial, which floods the skin with vitamin C and oxygen. It’s exclusive to them and one of the most popular treatments. \

The all-white minimalist décor of Paloma Bleu makes the colourful clothes the focus. For owner Laura Williamson, clothes are a passion, and she makes sure to stock lesser-known labels, such as Rag & Bone, Josh Goot and Karen Walker, with pieces to suit all sorts of women. Also featuring on the racks is Annelore, a New York label exclusive to the shop. The hand-picked collection will have you returning again and again, and the high turnover means you’ll find something new every time. \ AMy CASSELL



Kay & Burton Albert Park 9252 1800 2





Marshall White Brighton 9822 9999 5


RT Edgar Albert Park 9699 7222









Buxton Brighton 9592 8000 3



155 Clark Street, Port Melbourne ................................................................. Price: $910,000 - $1 million ................................................................. Auction Saturday September 22 at 11am ................................................................. OFI Thursday 5-5.30pm .................................................................

14 Shasta Avenue, Brighton East ................................................................. Price: $2.1 million + ................................................................. Auction Saturday September 22 at 2.30pm ................................................................. OFI Thur 2.45-3.15pm, Sat 2-2.30pm .................................................................

64/85 Rouse Street, Port Melbourne ................................................................. Price: $950,000 + ................................................................. Auction Saturday September 22 at 11am ................................................................. OFI Sat 10.30-11am, Wed 5.30-6pm .................................................................

3/101 Martin Street, Brighton ................................................................. Price: $830,000 - $900,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday September 22 at 1.30pm ................................................................. OFI Wednesday 2.15-2.45pm .................................................................

Features two bedrooms with BIRs, and an open-plan gourmet kitchen with granite benchtops. Includes rear courtyard overlooking living/dining spaces.

Hard-to-find offering of five to six bedrooms for real families in this soughtafter Brighton East precinct.

Sixth-floor HM@S apartment with views of the city and the sea. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, granite kitchen, garaging, secure storage and resort-style facilities.

Three-bedroom townhouse with marble and Smeg kitchen, formal area, study space and sun-filled casual living opening to a walled, decked, north-facing courtyard.

Let's eat lunch @ Simple Affair, 224b Bay Street Let's eat dinner @ Waterfront Resturant, 1 Station Pier Let's drink coffee @ My Sister Says, 118 Bridge Street

Let's eat lunch @ The Pantry, 1 Church St Let's eat dinner @ Thai Saffron, 135 Church St Let's drink coffee @ Balmains Brighton, 117 Were St

Let's eat lunch @ Third Wave, 189 Rouse Street Let's eat dinner @ The Pier Hotel, 1 Bay Street Let's drink coffee @ Ibella 143 Victoria Ave, Albert Park

Let's eat lunch @ Fox in the Box, 169 Martin St Let's eat dinner @ Safi, 146 Martin St Let's drink coffee @ Martin St CafĂŠ & Providore, 147 Martin St

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1 Blairgowrie Crt 1/10 Black st 2a Belle Ave 1 Foote st 1/198 The esplanade 35 North rd 27 William st

Albert PArk 40/156 Beaconsfield Pde Cayzer 37 Foote st Buxton 2 Kerferd rd Marshall White 64 st Vincent Plc North Marshall White 111 Beaconsfield Pde Greg Hocking 238 danks st Greg Hocking 101 dundas Plc Kay & Burton 32 Barrett st Hocking Stuart 5 durham st Hocking Stuart

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beAumAris 29 Hornby st 2/9 Tramway Pde 33 Pacific Blvd 22 Towers st 26 deauville st 363 Balcombe rd 11 Hilton st

RT Edgar Hodges Hodges Buxton Buxton Buxton Kay & Burton

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brighton 36 Were st

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Marshall White Marshall White Marshall White Kay & Burton Kay & Burton Hocking Stuart Hocking Stuart

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200 dendy st 7 st Georges Crt 8 Locke st 3/12 raymond Crt 4 Marriage rd 14 shasta Ave 58 Milroy st 144 Thomas st

elsternwick 320 Glen eira rd

elwood 2a robert st 50 spray st 36 Byrne Ave 1a Tennyson st

Chisholm & Gamon Chisholm & Gamon Hocking Stuart Woodards

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RT Edgar Hodges Buxton Buxton Buxton

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64/85 rouse st 409/216 rouse st 144 Albert st 18/50 Johnston st 143 ross st 92 Beach st 155 Clark st 55 Albert st 103/115 Beach st 343 Princes st 143 station st

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151 Farrell st Buxton IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

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Brighton 50 Cochrane Street Auction Price Inspect Office Contact

Sat 22nd September at 12noon Contact Agent Wed 11.30-12noon & 6.00-6.30pm, Sat 11.30-12noon 251 Bay Street Brighton 9596 6066 Sam Paynter 0413 531 888 Russ Enticott 0431 526 636

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3 Entertain in Style and Splendour Magnificently renovated, this imposing Hawthorn brick Victorian residence (c1894) blends original period features and rooms of substantial proportion with stunning contemporary refinements to create a wonderful family environment. Featuring classically elegant interiors, a vast open plan living and entertaining



domain with a lavish gourmet kitchen plus brilliant alfresco entertaining and eating areas, the home is set in landscaped designer gardens with a fully tiled pool on a substantial 843sqm (9,075sqft) approx allotment.

Brighton East 200 Dendy Street Private Sale Price Contact Agent Inspect As advertised or by appointment Office 251 Bay Street Brighton 9596 6066 Contact Julian Augustini 0418 558 408 Romana Preston 0401 066 909

Boutique Living Available for pre-purchase, this release of boutique apartments beside Brighton Golf Course offers a choice of 13 apartments from 1 bedroom, to 3 bedroom & study with CaesarStone or Calacutta benchtops, Miele appliances kitchens & Travertine bathrooms. With lifts to basement garaging & a courtyard or

balcony, this is leading-edge opportunity. Minutes to the beach with Church St even closer, this Course-side opportunity has Dendy Park within 500m, schools within blocks & the city just down the Hwy.

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Beaumaris 2 & 4/9 Tramway Parade Auction Inspect Office Contact

Sat 22nd September at 11am Wed at 4.30-5.00pm, Sat at 11.15-11.45am 12 East Concourse Beaumaris 9589 6077 Michael Cooney 0418 325 052 Paul Farrelly 0418 358 998

3 Bayside Opulance • New Boutique 4 Apartment Complex • Three Bedrooms Each • 2 Basement Car Spaces Each • Studio/Home Cinema/Storeroom • High Quality Finishes

Brighton 100 Dendy Street Private Sale Price Inspect Office Contact

Contact Agent Wed & Sat at 1.00-1.30pm 251 Bay Street Brighton 9596 6066 Sam Paynter 0413 531 888 Russ Enticott 0431 526 636

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Lift Access Apartment 2 - Ground Level Garden Apartment 4 - Large Rooftop Terrace

4 Friedrich-designed Master-built Luxury This 3 bedroom plus study, 2.5 bathroom streetfront home features family & north-facing family zones & a balconied master domain with spa-ensuite & WIR...all with French doors at every turn. With parquetry, CaesarStone, Emporite & a full Miele kitchen, this heated, air-conditioned & alarmed home has




a gas-fire, auto-watering, a double auto-garage & a distant city glimpse. This is lock-and-leave luxury or a no-fuss family lifestyle within a walk of Church St, station & schools.

Brighton East 7 St Georges Court Auction Price Inspect Office Contact

Sat 22nd September at 1pm Contact Agent Wed at 11.45-12.15pm, Sat as advertised 251 Bay Street Brighton 9596 6066 Jason Gill 0411 801 831 Kate Schuster 0410 587 286

3 Earthy sophistication with a soothing ambience Serenely nestled within a somewhat secretive cul de sac, this single level 3BR + study home exudes charm and character. Enjoy a front living and dining room with OFP, home office overlooking fernery/water feature, master BR with WIR, ensuite & sliding door to outdoor spa, central bathroom, guest powder

Brighton East 8 Locke Street Auction Price Inspect Office Contact

Sat 22nd September at 11am $670K - $750K Wed at 11.00-11.30am, Sat as advertised 251 Bay Street Brighton 9596 6066 Jason Gill 0411 801 831 Kate Schuster 0410 587 286


room, vast family living zone with OFP, OP kitchen with stainless steel Smeg appliances. Also includes manageable rear lawn, alfresco zone & LUG. Close to top schools, Hampton St & Dendy Village.

3 Nestled within quiet cul de sac near local amenities, this uplifting 3BR home is perfectly poised to embrace the Brighton East lifestyle. Enjoy the character enriched façade and landscaped front garden - whilst Inside there´s a spacious lounge room, sky-lit dining room, separate kitchen with Blanco




appliances, master BR with ensuite & huge bathroom/laundry. Also incl split system AC units, a delightful rear alfresco courtyard & OSP.

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Beaumaris 33 Pacific Boulevard




Brighton 3 York Street




Private Sale Inspect Wed at 12.45-1.15pm, Sat as advertised Office 12 East Concourse 9589 6077 Contact Michael Cooney 0418 325 052 Jennifer Middleton 0402 319 403 Garry Murphy 0418 597 241

Private Sale Price $900K - $970K Inspect Wed at 5.30-6.00pm, Sat as advertised Office 251 Bay Street 9596 6066 Contact Russ Enticott 0431 526 636 Julian Augustini 0418 558 408

Celebrate the convenience. Savour the lifestyle. Celebrate the convenience and savour the lifestyle, right in the heart of Beaumaris. This brand new 4BR home, just over the road from the Concourse, offers superior comfort with home office/4th BR with dual access ensuite, stunning OP living/dining area with showpiece kitchen.

Sun, serenity & state-of-the-art single-level living With lounge/dining beneath a soaring ceiling & an al fresco zone beneath a retractable umbrella, this quality home stars a Blanco kitchen, fully-tiled bathroom & stone benchtops for both. Revcycle air-con´d & alarmed, deep gardens ...& one last surprise - approved plans to extend!


Brighton East 3/12 Raymond Court Auction Price Inspect Office Contact




Sat 15th September at 11am $500K - $550K Wed at 2.00-2.30pm, Sat from 10.30am 251 Bay Street 9596 6066 Russ Enticott 0431 526 636 Romana Preston 0401 066 909

Elevated, appealing & so well-addressed This property has style, space & an elevated Brighton East´s cul-de-sac address! Upsized with large lounge plus dining & st-steel app kitchen & a fully-tiled bathroom, this stylish 2 bedroom home has rev-cycle a/c, polished boards & c’yard access garage. PLUS train & bus within a walk.

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Hampton 5/21 Linacre Road Auction Price Inspect Office Contact




Sat 22nd September at 11am $530K - $580K Wed at 5.45-6.15pm, Sat at 1.00-1.30pm 10 Bay Road 9598 1111 Mark Eddy 0408 198 308 Ben Smaczny 0408 070 863

Stylish and sunny sanctuary in peaceful surrounds Chic, stylish villa unit with quiet sanctuary a walk to Hampton Street and Beach. Sunny decked and grassed courtyard, am sun for open living and dining, robes for 2 bright bedrooms, Blanco/ stone kitchen, sep. w.c., polished boards, ducted heating and double carport.

live. thedesign Make your selection froM either the one or two bedrooM luxury apartMents in this exclusive developMent of only eight. Enjoy spacious open plan living combined with spectacular marble finishing’s, beautiful sun filled balconies, lush courtyard gardens and excellent security throughout. Complementing the great features this property has to offer is the easy access you have to Carlisle Street shops, trams and all the wonders of this bayside location! now is the perfect tiMe to secure your new hoMe or investMent property and optiMise your staMp duty savings. •

One bedroom, one bathroom apartments from $320,000

Two bedroom, two bathroom apartments from $579,000

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C AY Z E R Middle Park





• One of Middle Park’s finest streets • Fabulous indoor and outdoor entertaining areas • Stunning architect-designed double storey extension Short-listed for the 2011 Victorian Architecture Awards, this sophisticated residence of timeless appeal offers an expansive interior combining old world character with 21st century style. This innovative light filled home comprises: Four bedrooms, two bathrooms, study, rooftop retreat and rear lane access. Features: Carrera marble bench tops, Jet master fireplace, European appliances, extensive high quality cabinetry, security system, hydronic heating and air conditioning. This exquisite residence combines position, presentation and perfection.

AUCTION: Sunday 16th September at 12pm VISIT: Geoff Cayzer 9690 9782 Michael Szulc 0417 122 809

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Immaculate first floor apartment offering spacious accommodation plus dual outdoor entertaining areas. Comprising: Two excellent double bedrooms (main with walk-in robes & ensuite), access to private north facing terrace with CBD aspects, central second bathroom, separate laundry, functional kitchen with adjacent dining and large open plan living area leading to full-width balcony overlooking courtyard garden & pool.

This spectacular three bedroom home over two exciting levels is sure to impress with its sharp contemporary design and “Dress Circle” location. Comprising: Arched entrance, main bedroom (with built in robes and open fire place), central bathroom, laundry, stunning designer kitchen (stone bench tops and stainless steel appliances), open plan living / dining leading to paved courtyard complete with built in BBQ and ROW access. Upstairs: Two double bedrooms, exquisite second central bathroom and enormous storage room/study or children’s play room.

AUCTION: Saturday 22nd September at 11am ESR: Contact Agent Simon Carruthers 0438 811 601 Paul Weston 0438 500 032

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AUCTION: Saturday 15th September at 12.00pm VISIT: Simon Carruthers 0438 811 601 Max Turnbull 0419 137 338

310 Bay Street Port Melbourne 9646 0812

C AY Z E R St Kilda West

37 Loch Street

Bayside’s Best! Port Melbourne 409/216 rouse Street

3 2 EDWARDIAN ELEGANCE Freestanding family home on a large allotment. Comp: Ornate entry, front sitting room (OFP), 3 bed (main with ensuite), formal dining (OFP), open plan liv/din. Feats: Stain glass windows, high decorative ceilings, Baltic timber boards & storage. AUCTION: Sunday 16th September 2pm VISIT: Simon Carruthers 0438 811 601 Geoff Cayzer 9690 9782

330 Montague Street Albert Park 9699 5999 310 Bay Street Port Melbourne 9646 0812

This perfectly positioned modern 2 bdr, 2 bthrm apartment is a stones throw to the ever popular Bay St shopping, cafes and the beach. Feat: Sec. entry, o/p living/dining, mod kitchen (DW), s/s appl, generous sized balcony off lounge, main bdr with WIRs and ens bthrm, 2nd bdr with BIR and access to balcony, 2nd bthrm with bath, sep laundry, aircon/heat, secure u/c carspace and storage cage. This fantastic modern apartment is giving you the perfect opportunity to live the Bayside lifestyle!

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Agent Zac Leontiades 0412 137 949 Craig Corby 0418 396 266 209 Barkly Street, St Kilda 9593 6777





2B2b4c UNSURPASED GOLDEN MILE LOCATION … ABSOLUTE BEACH FRONTAGE Exciting & rare opportunity to secure a magnificent piece of Brighton’s finest real estate with absolute beach foreshore & parkland frontage • Spectacular bay & city views • Magnificent sunsets over the ever changing moods of the bay • Approx 548m2 of prime land • Quiet cul-de-sac position • Existing 2 bed, 2 bath home set above sub-floor garaging • Perfect to build your dream home or develop (subject to council approval). • Endless potential - one lucky buyer • Arguably the best position along Brighton’s foreshore Auction

Saturday 22nd September at 11.00am


Sat and Wed 12.00 -12.30pm


Marcus Gollings 0422 236 990 Jonathan Dixon 0408 100 067






316 Bay Street Brighton 9596 7411


Middle Park

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Albert Park 37 Foote Street Oh I Do Like to Live Beside the Seaside Fill your lungs with sea air, immerse yourself in Vic Ave and South Melbourne Market and make the most of this beautiful, solid brick, 3 bedroom, Victorian Terrace with wonderful features and amenity. Begging to be refreshed/extended, the well built home sits proud in a street of equally blessed, period homes…a sound investment in a brilliant location. Large land size of 220 square meters. Located 1 block from the beach.

Auction Price Inspect Contact Office

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Elwood | 2A Robert Street




The Art of Designer Living! Brand new designer 3 bedroom home sets the benchmark for modern brilliance. Impeccably designed by ‘Chamberlain Javens’ with expansive living/dining, French Grey oak flooring, large courtyard, Miele kitchen with Jaipur stone benchtops, light filled 1st floor with luxurious master suite, 2 further bedrooms, bathroom and study. Walk to Tennyson St shops, train, tram, Elwood village & beach. Auction: Sat 15th September 11.00am

Contact: Sam Gamon 0425 702 574 Torsten Kasper 0428 454 181

Elwood | 50 Spray Street




Seaside Retreat with Sparkling In-Ground Pool This is the perfect freestanding double fronted 3/4 bedroom period home. Low maintenance in a quiet street only minutes to the beach, offering expansive living & alfresco entertaining area with inground pool and delightful garden setting, teenager’s retreat/bungalow at the rear, off street parking for 2 cars & stylish street presence complement the brilliant location. Auction: Sat 22nd September 11.00am Contact: Torsten Kasper 0428 454 181 Kylie Hill 0415 742 942 Guide: $1,350,000 - $1,450,000

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BRIGHTON 1 Blairgowrie Court World-class architecture makes this one of Brighton´s most impressive homes. Its brilliance lies in its visionary design by Frank Macchia and state-of-the-art construction, crowned with a magnificent rooftop terrace with bay, city and Dandenong Ranges views. Deluxe living spaces are large and free-flowing, there´s 4 zoned bedrooms, a downstairs guest wing, separate media room/gym, heated floors, a 25-metre lap pool and every indulgence. A superb hideaway location, footsteps from the beach, Middle Brighton Baths and pier, and near Church St. Land: 660sqm ( approx. )


Saturday 22nd September at 12.30pm


Thursday 6-6.30pm & Saturday 1-1.30pm




Sturt Hinton 0408 788 789 Barb Gregory 0419 568 370




312 New Street Brighton 9822 9999


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BRIGHTON 10 Black Street At Residence 1, the magnificent ´Bramber´ reveals Victorian splendor and today´s perfection, with large-scale living spaces, 4 generous bedrooms, 4 deluxe bathrooms, and the finest prestige fitout. Light-filled luxury with a gourmet Miele kitchen, hydronic heating, plantation shutters, 3 marble fireplaces, C-Bus lighting, north-facing indooroutdoor living, full-width wrought iron veranda, and treetop views. A beautiful stately residence with a prestigious address, metres from Brighton Grammar School, Church St´s cafes and shops, and the beach.


Saturday 15th September at 1.30pm


Thursday & Saturday 1-1.30pm


Kate Strickland 0400 125 946 Gerry Gordon 0418 144 000





312 New Street Brighton 9822 9999


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ALBERT PARK 2 Kerferd Road The compelling allure of this Victorian residence´s period charm and north-facing aspect is matched by its sensational location. Parquetry floors distinguish beautiful sitting and dining rooms while northern light streams through the modern Ilve kitchen and casual meals opening to northfacing courtyard. Master bedroom with stylish en-suite/WIR and balcony is accompanied by a further bedroom plus study and designer bathroom. Features plantation shutters, ducted heating, alarm, powder-room, laundry and 2 side by side carpark via ROW.


Saturday 22nd September at 1.30pm


Wednesday 6.30-7pm, Thursday 12.45-1.15pm & Saturday 12.45-1.15pm




Oliver Bruce 0409 856 599 Lisa Jarrett 0408 053 623




119 Bridport Street Albert Park 9822 9999


ALBERT PARK 64 St Vincent Place North In arguably Melbourne´s most desirable location, this gracious north-facing c1880´s Victorian terrace combines period elegance with modern style. Classic arched hallway leads to elegant sitting room (OFP), stylish Ilve kitchen, generous dining room and light-filled living opening to north-facing courtyard. Beautiful main bedroom with OFP, balcony and BIR is complemented by two further bedrooms, mezzanine study and marble bathroom. Features alarm, plantation shutters, 4xRC/air-conditioners, powder-room, Euro-laundry and ROW.


Saturday 22nd September at 11.30am


Thursday 1.30-2pm & 6-6.30pm Saturday 1.30-2pm




Oliver Bruce 0409 856 599 Lisa Jarrett 0408 053 623




119 Bridport Street Albert Park 9822 9999


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BRIGHTON 2a Belle Avenue Prestige living starts here, one door from the top of Church St and metres from Billilla historic mansion. James Rigneydesigned masterpiece reveals generous light-filled living spaces, 4 large bedrooms and a study, a spa in the luxury north-facing courtyard, and quality-driven design. Premium features in every room, with a granite kitchen, 2 spa bathrooms, double garage, security, and herringbone parquetry floors. Easy-care indulgence a few blocks away from shops, schools and Middle Brighton station.


Saturday 22nd September at 3.30pm


Thursday 12.15-12.45pm & Saturday 11.15-11.45am




Rob Strickland 0437 076 069 Kate Strickland 0400 125 946




312 New Street Brighton 9822 9999


BRIGHTON EAST 14 Shasta Avenue Hard to find, rare 5/6 bedroom for real families! Take the next step and experience indulgence with a prestige address. This is one of the newest homes in prized Shasta Avenue, near schools and Church St. Make this yours and you´ll be living in a home customised for executive living, with 5 bedrooms, a study, and 5 living areas. The beauty of this home is it works wonderfully as a family home, then comes alive as a palatial entertainer´s retreat. Parents´ zone, designer kitchen, auto gates, professional landscaping with outdoor living room and easy-care surrounds.


Saturday 22nd September at 2.30pm


Thursday 2.45-3.15pm & Saturday 2-2.30pm




Kristen Hatt 0408 625 965 Gerry Gordon 0418 144 000




312 New Street Brighton 9822 9999


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SANDRINGHAM 47 Fernhill Road Magnificent beachside home sits in 1656 sqm (approx) of beautiful Sandringham grounds. Built with longevity and timeless beauty in mind, 4-bedrom house boasts classic living areas, a library/study, 3 bathrooms, and a Caesarstone kitchen. Enhance this iconic address or start a new era in a prestige location (STCA) near the bay, Firbank´s Sandringham House, Village shops, and transport.


Saturday 15th September at 12.30pm


Thursday 12.30-1pm & Saturday 12-12.30pm




Robin Parker 0409 336 282 Kate Strickland 0400 125 946




312 New Street Brighton 9822 9999


SOUTH MELBOURNE 50A Howe Crescent Any opportunity to acquire property in Howe Crescent is notable. This elegant Victorian style residence demonstrates why. Refined entertaining areas lead to a separate informal living/dining domain accompanied by a sky lit kitchen and huge full width tinted concertina doors to a landscaped courtyard. Three luxurious upstairs bedrooms are complemented by two superb bathrooms and a romantic balcony. Walk to St Vincent Gardens, Bridport Street cafes, MSAC and the Albert Park Lake precinct. Secure off street parking.


Saturday 22nd September at 12.30pm


Thursday 12-12.30pm & 6-6:30pm Saturday 1-1.30pm




Adrian Wood 0404 861 508 Michael Paproth 0488 300 800




119 Bridport Street Albert Park 9822 9999


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1 Foote Street Brighton

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Period Panache, Family Focus Instantly appealing, immediately inviting, this delightful 2-storey 4bedroom plus a study 1930s solid-brick residence with a remote garage is an excellent entry point for a family in a fabulous address near the beach, leading schools and the beach. Period detail highlights the formal living and dining rooms; while the updated Miele kitchen has a meals area and a family room features four sets of French doors to a northern alfresco entertaining terrace.

CALL Justin Follett Ian Jackson

VIEW Wednesday 4 - 4.30pm, Saturday 12 - 12.30pm

0405 996 822 0419 593 663

1/198 The Esplanade Brighton

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Closing Wednesday 3rd October at 5pm

“Pirrotta-Carr-Bangay” - A Symphony Of Melbourne’s Design Masters This ground floor home offers an opportunity to secure a low maintenance, luxury lifestyle and only one of two residences. Providing three bedrooms (all with ensuite’s), study, formal dining and sun drenched, stunning open plan living with beachfront terrace. The state of the art cinema and cabana with gourmet kitchen and pool complete the package, culminating in a truly unique beachside lifestyle, magnificently complimented by 3 car basement parking.

CALL Stewart Lopez Miranda Leeden

VIEW Wednesday 1 - 1.30pm

0418 377 757 0499 475 616

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155 Clark Street Port Melbourne

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Victorian Elegance On A Grand Scale Occupying a substantial allotment of over 200sqm (approx) this impeccable fully renovated and extended Victorian home features 2 double bedrooms with open ďŹ replaces and built in robes and a separate sitting room which can be easily converted to a third bedroom. Comprises, central bathroom, open plan kitchen, living and dining, polished timber ďŹ&#x201A;oors, hydronic heating, split system air conditioning and off street parking (carport).

CALL John Simpson Alex Schiavo

VIEW Thursday 5 - 5.30pm

0428 857 821 0419 239 549

11 Hilton Street Beaumaris

AUCTION Saturday 22nd September at 12noon

A Fabulous Family Home Set high on the hilltop with views all around, this substantial 2-storey 4-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom residence with lock-up garage and offstreet parking offers extensive family accommodation and a botanical garden with a pool and spa in a sought-after address just two blocks from beautiful Beaumaris beach. Instantly inviting, this long-held home features warm and welcoming living areas, a custom designed chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen with a Lacanche stove and a parental retreat with bay views.

CALL Stewart Lopez Justin Follett Miranda Leeden

VIEW Wednesday 5.30 - 6pm

0418 377 757 0405 996 822 0499 475 616

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Robert Broadhurst 0488 300 900

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Black Rock 11 Stanley Street Family Indulgence At Its Finest. Experience the space, style and superb location of this exceptional home, with 3 levels of luxury and quality. It’s got everything you’ll ever want. 3 living zones including a home cinema, 4 bedrooms, a self-contained guest house, designer gardens, automated 6 metre awning and pool. Every room reveals something wonderful, including the parents’ retreat with its own deck and garden, the top-floor bedroom/study with balcony & bay glimpses, beautiful bathrooms and state-of-the-art kitchen with twin Smeg ovens. Seeing is believing this feature-packed home, perfectly positioned close to the beach, Black Rock shops, Royal Melbourne Golf Club and a choice of schools.





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Wed 1.00 - 1.30pm & Sat from 12.00pm Sat 15th September - 12.30pm 85 / K3 $1,700,000 - $1,850,000 Sandringham 62-64 Station Street 3191 9521 9800 Jenny Dwyer 0418 528 988 Warren Smith 0408 738 664 september 12, 2012 \ The weekly review 75

Albert Park 32 Barrett Street Original Victorian Brick Home Offering A Brilliant Opportunity To Improve, Enjoying Two Street Frontages And Land Approx 43m Deep. Positioned in one of Albert Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best locations, just minutes to Victoria Avenue, Gasworks Park and the beach. Much of the home is in very original condition and comprises two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and living. Note: easy car access and land approximately 5m x 43m





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Wed 12.15 - 12.45pm, Sat & Sun as advertised Sat 22nd September - 10.30am 57 / D4 Albert Park 29 Victoria Avenue 3206 9690 5366 Justin Holod 0411 669 161 David Wood 0418 315 114

Albert Park 5 Durham Street Recently Renovated, Light Filled Three Bedroom Victorian With Internal Courtyard in Prime Position. Superbly blending modern architectural design with Victorian features, this lovely 3 bedroom Victorian terrace is just a short distance to Gasworks Park, Albert Park Village and Albert Park Primary School. Light filled, this home features formal living (OFP), kitchen/dining with stone benchtops, Miele appliances and French doors opening to internal courtyard, 3 upstairs bedrooms all with BIR, 2 bathrooms, 2nd rear living area also opening to courtyard, double glazing, split system heating & cooling throughout, ample storage and more.



Sat from 10.00am Sat 15th September - 10.30am 57 / E3 > OFFICE Albert Park 29 Victoria Avenue 3206 > TEL 9690 5366 > CONTACT David Wood 0418 315 114 Michael Coen 0418 353 110 > VIEW > AUCTION > MEL REF 76 The weekly review \ september 12, 2012

Brighton 35 North Road “Moroka” reveals a grand past & a fine future. Executor’s Auction. Situated amongst some of Brighton’s finest homes, on North Road’s wide tree lined boulevard, this gracious circa 1910 Edwardian is full of period beauty & potential & metres to the Golden Mile. Original leadlight, finely crafted oak timberwork, polished floorboards & open fireplaces are in treasured condition, ready to be embraced & enhanced for today’s living (STCA). 3 formal & casual living spaces, 3 bedrooms & a study/4th bedroom, and 2 bathrooms offer space & scope to extend into a wider, sun-filled, north-facing garden. Double-brick & well-maintained, this is an outstanding opportunity to own a prestigious address near waterfront cafes, schools, transport, shops & beautiful beach. 4



1 Wed 12.30 - 1.00pm & Sat 12.00 - 12.30pm Sat 22nd September - 1.30pm 67 / D7 Price on application Brighton 307 Bay Street 3186 9596 7055 Peter Kennett 0418 318 284 Tamara Whelan 0409 532 606

Brighton East 58 Milroy Street Outstanding Opportunity to Renovate or Rebuild. Tantalising options present with this appealing Californian Bungalow that’s perfectly positioned within moments of Landcox Park, Bay St shopping village, many fine schools & North Brighton train station. Set on a large 700sqm approx allotment, the possibilities include renovating & extending, demolish & replace with the family home of your dreams that’s built exactly to your requirements STCA, or leave it alone as an investment with 4 bedrooms available for rent. The home comprises a spacious entry, dining room, open plan living room & kitchen (an earlier renovation) that opens to a large west/north facing garden with double carport. 4



700 (approx)

Wed 11.00 - 11.30am & Sat 1.00 - 1.30pm Sat 22nd September - 2.30pm 67 / H9 > EPR $720,000 - $790,000 > OFFICE Brighton 307 Bay Street 3186 > TEL 9596 7055 > CONTACT Nicholas Carr 0419 120 018 Leanne Belt 0414 344 144 > VIEW > AUCTION > MEL REF september 12, 2012 \ The weekly review 77

Middle Park 13 Fraser Street Affordable Beachside Brick Victorian, Ideal For First Home Buyers/Investors Just Metres From The Beach. Enjoy the character filled, sun drenched delight of this two bedroom home in a fantastic position just metres from Middle Park Beach, Albert Park Lake and minutes away from the restaurants and cafes of Fitzroy Street. Comprises 2 bedrooms (both with OFPs), central bathroom and generous living area. Features include high ceilings, ornate fittings, timber floors and loads of storage. Comfortably refurbished, this home is ready to move in or refurbish if required (STCA) to further capitalise on your astute investment.




Wed 12.00 - 12.30pm, Sat & Sun as advertised Sat 22nd September - 12.30pm 57 / J7 $750,000 - $800,000 Albert Park 29 Victoria Avenue 3206 9690 5366 Shane Siemers 0418 501 941 Scott McElroy 0411 889 972

Port Melbourne 55 Albert Street Stunning Inner Urban Retreat Boasting Generous Proportions, Four Bedrooms And Multiple Living Zones. Beautifully presented and designed for stylish family living, this freestanding double fronted home is just a short walk to parks, light rail and Bay Street shops, restaurants and cafes. This urban retreat is built for relaxed living with 4 generous bedrooms â&#x20AC;&#x201C; master with large WIR, ensuite and Juliet balcony, formal living with marble gas fireplace, open plan family/dining area with gas log fireplace opening to paved alfresco area, gourmet kitchen with s/steel appliances, DW and stone benchtops, stunning timber floors, plantation shutters, R/C air conditioning, decadent outdoor spa and water feature plus much more. 4


Wed 1.30 - 2.00pm & Sat from 11.00am Sat 15th September - 11.30am 57 / A2 > OFFICE Albert Park 29 Victoria Avenue 3206 > TEL 9690 5366 > CONTACT David Wood 0418 315 114 Michael Coen 0418 353 110 > VIEW > AUCTION > MEL REF 78 The weekly review \ september 12, 2012

Port Melbourne 103/115 Beach Street Luxury Two Bedroom, Two Bathroom Beachfront Apartment With Sweeping City Views and Fabulous Northern Terrace. Enjoying sun drenched living, separate dining, gourmet kitchen, huge northern terrace ideal for alfresco dining, master bedroom with extensive robes and ensuite, second bedroom, central bathroom and separate laundry. This superb, single level beachside home with secure car parking offers the ultimate bayside lifestyle living.




Wed 12.45 - 1.15pm, Sat as advertised & Sun from 11.00am > AUCTION Sun 16th September - 11.30am > MEL REF 57 / A3 > OFFICE Albert Park 29 Victoria Avenue 3206 > TEL 9690 5366 > CONTACT David Wood 0418 315 114 Kendall Bares 0417 837 879 > VIEW

Port Melbourne 343 Princes Street Updated Double Fronted Victorian Featuring Two BRs & North Facing Courtyard In Prime Bayside Location. Enjoying a brilliant central location this comfortable home features two good sized bedrooms, separate living & dining areas and updated kitchen and bathroom. With floorboards throughout, this quaint home is just minutes to the Bay Street shopping district and light rail providing easy city access. With the addition of a sun drenched paved courtyard with a northern orientation, this is the perfect opportunity for the savvy investor or first home buyer.



Wed 1.45 - 2.15pm & Sat from 12.00pm Sat 15th September - 12.30pm 57 / C2 > OFFICE Albert Park 29 Victoria Avenue 3206 > TEL 9690 5366 > CONTACT Justin Holod 0411 669 161 David Wood 0418 315 114 > VIEW > AUCTION > MEL REF september 12, 2012 \ The weekly review 79

Black Rock 60 Bluff Road Karinga - Indulge in a world class lifestyle. Live a lifestyle of beachside luxury in these impressive new 1-3 bedroom, 1-2 bathroom security apartments, each featuring Miele stone kitchens, open plan entertaining, bi-fold doors to a terrace, lift access & security basement parking.

Brighton 27 William Street Looking for an impressive entry-level Brighton residence, with scope for a fine future? Then this is it, near parks, Church St, Bay St and Brighton Primary. Renovated 2-bedroom residence off Male St is perfect for now or extend (STCA) for the future. 80 The weekly review \ september 12, 2012

> VIEW Wed & Sat 3.00 - 4.00pm > PRIVATE SALE > MEL REF 85 / K3 > EPR From $745,000 > OFFICE Sandringham

62-64 Station Street 3191 > TEL 9521 9800 > CONTACT Warren Smith 04098 738 664

Kate Smith 0419 135 849



Wed 11.30 – 12.00pm & Sat 11.15 – 11.45am > AUCTION Sat 22nd September - 11.30am > MEL REF 67 / F10 > EPR Price on application > OFFICE Brighton 307 Bay Street 3186 > TEL 9596 7055 > CONTACT Peter Kennett 0418 318 284 Tamara Whelan 0409 532 606 > VIEW

Black Rock 24 Stevens Parade Overlooking the 14th & 15th fairway of Sandringham Golf Course, this immaculate brick home offers a great chance to renovate, extend or rebuild (STCA) in a very exclusive, tranquil and leafy pocket, surrounded by golf clubs, schools, & beaches.

Elwood 36 Byrne Avenue A sophisticated family friendly hideaway by the bay. Bathed in northern sun, this sophisticated 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home is a lowmaintenance dream with formal & informal zones, granite kitchen, study, rumpus room, courtyards & balconies. Paces to the bay & cafes.




607 (approx)

Wed 12.00 - 12.30pm & Sat from 2.30pm > AUCTION Sat 15th September - 3.00pm > MEL REF 86 / A1 > EPR $850,000 - $920,000 > OFFICE Sandringham 62-64 Station Street 3191 > TEL 9521 9800 > CONTACT Andrew Edwards 0410 353 632 Jenny Dwyer 0418 528 988 > VIEW




Wed 12.30 - 1.00pm, Sat & Sun as advertised > AUCTION Sat 22nd September - 11.30am > MEL REF 67 / B3 > EPR $1,500,000 - $1,650,000 > OFFICE St Kilda 204-212 Barkly Street 3182 > TEL 9593 8733 > CONTACT John Manning 0416 101 201 > VIEW

Sandringham 45 Bamfield Street A private world of style and serenity. Welcome to a wonderful oasis, designed for easy living near the beach, parks and Sandringham Primary School. Stylish 3+ bedroom residence with zoned living, hydronic heating, plantation shutters, a north-facing garden and a large deck.




Wed 12.00 - 12.30pm & Sat from 10.30am > AUCTION Sat 15th September - 11.00am > MEL REF 76 / H8 > EPR $975,000 - $1,075,000 > OFFICE Sandringham 62-64 Station Street 3191 > TEL 9521 9800 > CONTACT Jenny Dwyer 0418 528 988 Lachlan Hosking 0414 999 689 > VIEW

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