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hen the 18-year-old debutante Elisabeth as she really seemed to be the most fulfilled of souls. Greene resolved to marry the “dark-eyed and Nothing more needs to be said about Dame compelling” Keith Murdoch, a man 24 years Elisabeth’s generosity: it’s all true, and her gifts live on her senior, her former headmistress warned her against in institutions, large and tiny. Some will say – and they the match: “I know someone who sadly married a man did – that when you are that wealthy you should give 20 years older than herself, and after 20 years a great deal away, but that’s too glib, and frankly she was a widow.” Elisabeth, already a young crass when you consider the extent of Dame She woman of remarkable character, replied: “I giving, and the very little she spent really seemed Elisabeth’s would rather have 20 years with Keith than 40 on herself. to be the most years with any other man.” I was fortunate enough to meet her on fulfilled of And so it was to be. Dame Elisabeth, one many occasions and interview her many of the greatest figures in the history of this times, too. My last interview with Dame souls state and this country, had four children and Elisabeth in 2009 at her lifelong home, Cruden 24 years with her beloved Keith, and spent the rest Farm, revealed that apparently no creature comfort of her long, productive and generous life a widow, and had been added since my first visit there with her seemingly without a moment’s regret. granddaughter, Kate, in 1983. It was a cold day, and the There’s an extraordinary peace, calm and resolve only heating in the slightly shabby lounge was the wood that seems to come from knowing your own mind, and fire. Her extravagance, if that’s even the right term, was Dame Elisabeth always did. She was direct but never on the garden, and that was something for all to enjoy, rude; blunt but not offensive. not just herself. She was simply sure of herself, entirely happy with her But what I most admired about Dame Elisabeth was choices and lived them accordingly. Her death last week not the chequebook she opened, but the front door she at the age of 103 was something to celebrate, not grieve, walked out of, over and over again and the presence she
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here are very few guarantees in normal life, but lots who can be sure grandma hasn’t got it for them already? And, for when it comes to Christmas. sure there’ll be an argument in our house about where we have I am pretty sure that grandma bought the kids’ lunch and who drives. It’s usually grandma who starts it, the old presents in an insane panic in September, and the list of soak. And if it’s at mine, someone will always arrive an hour late things I still need to do before Christmas will be as long despite the fact that I got up at 6am to start cooking. as my arm. I can also be sure that, by the time it’s done And I so know someone on the in-laws’ side will bring a and I can relax, I’ll get sick. fried-rice salad and someone else will bring the dried noodle I also can guarantee that all through this month one, and I’ll never be quite sure who brought which, but I wish I we will be forced to watch the same Christmas did because both those salads are really weird. movies featuring snow and sleds, but I absolutely know for sure it won’t be long until the “Well, at Christmas Day in Melbourne will be other adult in this house sends me a cheesy video of an least either 40 degrees or it will pelt with hail elf dancing. But his head will be transposed onto the all day long. elf’s head, if you know what I mean. Hysterical. Oh so you got Last year was so torrential we had to many hysterics we have at Christmas! a taxi.” move the entire clan of in-laws inside – But I love the end of the year. I love the catch-ups and all 50 of them. the end-of-year concerts and sitting around on picnic We put towels over drenched outdoor chairs eating sausages. And the barbecues! Last year, after chairs and brought them indoors so everyone we’d been to a really good one, my daughter wrote in her weekly could have a seat while the kids sang Monday morning what-I-did-on-the-weekend school journal, Christmas songs. That’s something you the following delightful missive: “On the weekend we went to a really do need to sit down for. barbecue. It was great! Mum and dad had too much to drink so I also know there’ll be a series of articles we caught a taxi home.” Mortified, I had to explain the situation in all the weekend newspaper supplements to the teacher, and she said: “Well, at least you got a taxi. And offering advice on avoiding hangovers and don’t worry, I do it all the time.” weight gain during the silly season (water Anyway, the whole Christmas thing is ubiquitous and between alcoholic drinks, no cocktails and overdone but it’s all we’ve got, really. And I know not all people canapés), all of which I will ignore. No who live in this country are into it, and that’s OK too. Whatever cocktails? As if. rocks their boat. But it’s still the end of the year for everyone, and I also know there’ll be loads and loads that’s a big achievement in itself. We got there. Phew! of chain-store catalogues in the mail that And I’ve only been looking forward to it since January. \ email@example.com I will put straight in the recycling bin. No need for the kids to know there is we welcome your feedback such a thing as a Teenage Mutant Ninja www.theweeklyreview.com.au/my-view Turtle Secret Sewer Lair Playset. Plus
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barista \ LEANNE TOLRA REVIEWS UCAN CAFÉ with Down syndrome, is heading to Tasmania with his family and a resumé praising 12 months’ work experience in a profit-making café. It’s exactly what a mother with her own disabled son had hoped to achieve when she conceived the idea for the supported café just over a year ago. UCAN café, funded by Yooralla and Hobson’s Bay Council, employs two full-time managers who work with 11 people with a range of disabilities. The café boasts Melbourne’s first blind barista, Aaron D’Altera, a former plumber who six years ago contracted a brain infection that destroyed 90 per cent of his vision. Off-site catering gives the business extra income and the young people who work there the camaraderie that comes with preparing for events. This month the big event was the launch of the UCAN Blindfold Barista Challenge, catering for 150 people on the Fox FM rooftop in South Melbourne. Some of Melbourne’s top baristas, including Rhea Caldwell from Auction Rooms, Mike Sullivan from Three Bags Full and Matt Perger from St Ali, have taken up the challenge to prepare coffee without the aid of their vision faster
than the enthusiastic and passionate D’Altera. His best time for a caffé latte is one minute and 11 seconds. Perger, an Australian champion barista who placed third in the world championships in 2001, made his blindfolded coffee in one minute and 33 seconds.
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» www.ucancafe.com.au In the high-ceilinged foyer of this modern, bright library, the neat, well-organised café is a welcoming space. Smart white tables sit on textured grey tiles and look out to an atrium with lush plants in big yellow pots. There’s outdoor timber seating with a view back into the library. A well-kept stainless-steel espresso machine sits in the centre of the counter beside a selection of colourful house-baked cakes, slices and muffins to rival any inner-city café. For breakfast, enjoy baked beans on toast or croissants with jam. For lunch there are wraps, toasted sandwiches, soups and salads. \
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he woman at the table next door appears to be channelling Pocahontas. She’s rocking a headband and a fawn-coloured outfit that may or may not be made of buckskin. Sitting opposite her is another 30-something female done up like a game-show hostess. Can I have an E please, Adriana. If they’d read Rosetta’s website beforehand they would have noticed the dress code at Neil Perry’s new restaurant says “smart”. It does not say, “Come as your favourite fantasy character”. You can hardly blame them for wanting to dress up. With her glossy mahogany walls, ruched linen curtains and glittering Murano chandeliers dangling from domed ceilings, Rosetta fairly shrieks special occasion. Diners – perhaps, like us, sipping icy sgroppinos to enhance the Latin mood – recline on white leather thrones and red velvet banquettes, eyeing off marble floors and black-and-white photos of Italian stars. Rosetta completes a hat-trick of Perry-themed restaurants fronting the river. Australia’s best-known chef now has his ducks in a row beside the Yarra: hot and numbing duck at Spice Temple; confit duck at Rockpool Bar and Grill; wood-fired duck at Rosetta. The menu, a pretty pastel document with scalloped edges, is as irrepressibly Italian as the interiors. It lists crudi and carpacci, antipasto, pastas prepared in-house and a choice of classic, meat-heavy main courses. The wood-fired oven and char-grill is a highlight of the Rosetta cucina, deployed with pleasing effect on everything from marinated mushrooms muddled with pecorino to a special of 200-gram wagyu sirloin from Darling Downs. That steak costs $110, which is precisely double what you’ll pay for Rosetta’s fish stew. Two of the pastas clock in at $65. Staff will recommend you order a couple of sides, too, so that’s another $20 on the tab. Kerching! Rosetta is not cheap, by any reckoning, but the 700-strong wine list does offer a fair choice of Italian varietals in the $40-$70 range. There’s even an aglianico for $35 but, equally, you could blow close to $1000 on a half-bottle of single-vineyard Gaja barbaresco. We tread the middle ground with a versatile Argiolas vermentino ($75) that keeps us company throughout the meal. Great balls of fire explode from Crown’s riverfront columns as we tuck into those more-ish mushrooms and a ribbed dome of ricotta – made fresh daily on premises – teamed with roasted and herbed tomatoes, all drizzled with olive oil. It’s freshness on a plate, the ingredients presented confidently on their merits. The same goes for fleshy crescents of raw scampi meshed with orange slices, mint and pistachio, and splashed with excellent olive oil. You don’t need to fiddle with produce this good. On a second visit for lunch we try the black risotto of squid with seppia (ink) and lemon. The rice and fish are both absolutely al dente and there’s a welcome hint of chilli that livens things up. This is a Neil Perry restaurant, so precise cooking
is par for the course – the man has high standards to uphold. That said, not all dishes leave us impressed. A bowl of pea pod-shaped cavatelli pasta – perfectly cooked once more – has a rustic “sauce” of mushy zucchini that tastes mostly of mint and salt, except when you bite into a clove of garlic. Too much tomato overwhelms the Roman-style trippa. Plus, it’s $39 – steep for cow’s stomach. As my lunch companion says: “You can get more tripe and less tomato at Grossi Cellar Bar for $24. Not great value.” The only defect of the wood-fired porchetta, served dense and juicy with a cracker crust of crackling, is that it’s not very exciting. The advertised mustard fruits are no more than a garnish and we choose badly with the sides; roasted rosemary potatoes and carrots tossed with salted ricotta do little to relieve the plodding heaviness of the meat. We should have had the salad. Or, better still, the osso bucco – cross-cut chunks of veal shin are braised in vermentino for what must be hours, judging by the way the gelatinous meat sighs off
the bone and slumps into juices laced with lemon zest. I find myself cursing the size of the bones and wishing (a) there was more meat to inhale and, (b), some bread to sponge the sauce. I make do with a spoon but have to stop myself running a sly finger around the bowl. I’d come back to Rosetta just for this dish. On the desserts front, I plead negligence. We didn’t have room. But Rosetta offers seven sweet endings, including chocolate torrone, panna cotta and tiramisu. Crown already has a pretty fine Italian restaurant in Giuseppe Arnaldo & Sons (I slobber at the mere thought of Robert Marchetti’s prosciutto). But Melbourne loves a good Italian restaurant – and Rosetta definitely is one – so maybe there’s room for two on this strip. It’s expensive, sure, but an appealing option on those days when you feel like dressing up. \ email@example.com to read more reviews
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DECANTER \ BEN THOMAS’ 12 wiNES Of CHriSTMAS 1
(McLaren Vale) $16; 14.5% ★★★★
Chapel Hill Parson’s Nose Shiraz 2011
Blueberries, plum, blackberry, fennel seeds and white-pepper aromas lead to vibrant flavours of cherries along with red and black berries. It has got energy, zip and a fine line of acid. Tannins are nice, too, carrying cherry and raspberry flavours to a lengthy finish. It’s light and bright rather than dense and rich like many shirazes from McLaren Vale. A bargain at $16. Food match \ Rare eye fillet
Wow. This has to be one of the best-value wines going around. A good sparkling for less than $10 is hard enough to find, and this is not only bottle-fermented, it’s complex, intriguing and better-structured than many sparklings three times the price. Apples and pears, lemon zest, biscuit, and honey characters are complex and tasty, while on the palate there’s a fine mousse and gentle, grippy acidity. Food match \ Fresh-shucked oysters
The pinot meunier grape, usually the workhorse of Champagne, gets a star role here, making up 40 per cent of the blend with chardonnay and pinot noir. New-season apple, lemon zest and honey bouquet leads to a mineral-laced palate of citrus pith, pear and peach. Cattier offers about the cheapest proper Champagne experience you’ll find. Food match \ Mushroom risotto
6 Williams Crossing Chardonnay 2010
(Central Ranges, NSW) $14.99; 11.5% ★★★★
(Macedon Ranges) $26; 13.3% ★★★★½
smooTh Williams Crossing is Curly Flat’s range of declassified wines. In Curly Flat’s case, declassified doesn’t mean the wines are no good – they’re usually quite impressive – but they don’t fit the style that winemaker Phillip Moraghan is looking for in his flagship wine. In the running for bargain of the year, this is rich and complex, with citrus, white stonefruit, vanilla and spice characters. It’s smooth and creamy, with balanced acid and a bright, juicy finish. Food match \ Roast chicken
TExTuRAl Portuguese Berardo Group is part owner of Cumulus Estate and this is a collaboration between Cumulus’ Debbie Lauritz and Berardo’s Francisco Antunes. It’s a 50/50 blend of grenache and mourvedre that smells of summer berries and cream – simple and effective. There’s some sweetness to the strawberry, raspberry and watermelon flavours but a line of citrus-flavoured acid keeps the wine fresh and balanced. It’s textural, too, with a rich finish. Food match \ Tapas
7Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz 2010
8 Innocent Bystander Moscato 2012
Creek Estate 9Hoddles Blanc de Blancs 2010
Here’s a good rendition of an Aussie classic – the cab-shiraz blend. On the nose, cabernet contributes dusty cedar oak, black and redcurrant aromas, and the cherry and blackberry notes come from the shiraz. Similar flavours are found on the palate, along with vanilla oak and bright acid and powdery tannins lead to good length and a bright finish. A rather well-composed wine, this has drinkability written all over it. Food match \ Roast lamb
Made from old-vine muscat, this now comes in kegs, bottles and cans. The sample I tasted came in a can and I wasn’t sure whether to pour it into a glass or simply pop in a straw. Poured into a glass, it reveals bright grape, strawberry juice, musk and lychee aromas and flavours. It’s sweet but balanced with nice acid and a chalky grip and has a lengthy finish. For the record, this goes just as well with a straw. Food match \ Pavlova topped with strawberries
(Victoria) $20 (Four-pack of 250ml cans); 5.5% ★★★★
$37; 11% ★★★★½
10 Pierrepoint Pinot Noir 2011
11Stanton & Killeen NV Classic Topaque
The 2011 vintage marks Pierrepoint’s 10th pinot noir. Pinot noir is often described as being layered and this wine’s cherry, plum, spice and stalk aromas are delivered in distinct waves. There’s intensity and complexity on the palate, with bright cherry, raspberry, plum and earthy notes, while fine, well-used French oak plays a supporting role, adding cloves and toasty elements. Silky smooth, its fine, drying tannins carry the flavours to a lengthy finish. Give it a good decant. Food match \ Chicken-liver parfait
A dessert in itself, Rutherglen topaque (formerly known as tokay) is the wine I look for when the brandy flames the Christmas pudding. Made from muscadelle grapes, this is clean and complex, with cold tea, caramel, malt, honey and earth flavours and aromas. Its unctuous texture, all slippery and smooth, leads to a long finish of raisins, honey and malt. Serve fortifieds such as topaque cold – their texture is enhanced and the high alcohol is kept in check by the temperature. Food match \ Christmas pudding
(Henty) $39.50; 13% ★★★★½ silky
(Champagne) $48; 12.5% ★★★★½
5Cumulus Estate Luna Rosa Rosado 2012
(South Australia) $38; 14.5% ★★★★ bRighT
3Cattier Brut Premier Cru NV
(Western Australia) $15; 13% ★★★★
The 2012 vintage marks the 75th consecutive release of Houghton White Classic. It’s said that style never goes out of fashion, and this is a label we’ll be drinking in another 25 years. In the glass, it’s all tropical fruit, citrus and pear, with a smooth texture and even, crisp flow along the tongue. Great cold straight from the fridge and weighty enough to stand up to barbecue food. Food match \ Monkfish kebabs
Nottage Hill Pinot Noir 4 Hardy’s Chardonnay NV (Australia) $10; 11.5% ★★★★
Pick of the week
Houghton White Classic 2012
12 Campbell’s Sparkling Shiraz NV
(Rutherglen) $30 (500ml); 18% ★★★★½
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5★ Outstanding 4★ Really good 3★ Good
From a vineyard in the upper Yarra Valley, not far from Gembrook, comes this sparkling made of 100 per cent chardonnay. It’s an elegant wine, as many chardonnay-based sparklings are, with complex aromas and flavours of white stonefruit, lemon (zest and juice) and almond biscuits. There’s finesse, too, with a creamy mousse and refreshing, drying acid. It finishes with a burst of briney, yeasty grapefruit and peach flavours. Food match \ Crayfish
(Rutherglen) $30; 14.5% ★★★★
smooTh Sparkling shiraz is the ultimate match for roast turkey, but it’s too good to be opened at Christmas time alone. This is loaded with blackberry, blackcurrant, dark cherry, chocolate bullet and spice characters. Smooth, bright and grippy, this is rather food-friendly. Drink it in a big glass – a flute is a no-no – and don’t serve it too cold. Food match \ Roast turkey
2★ OK ★ Not worth it
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WindoW to Wonder
agic hurts. Just ask visual merchandiser John Kerr, the man who for the past 19 years has overseen the iconic Myer Christmas windows. Five weeks ago, just before the opening of the windows, Kerr had a major accident at the studio. “I was doing the last of the snow flocking, (which is) a paper pulp and you spray it with this big gun thing and it looks like snow. It gets atomised with water and gets really wet and slippery but then sets like a rock. “I was there at one in the morning and the floor was covered with wet flock and I (fell) and knocked myself out. I was there by myself. The studio was locked. I came to. I’d landed on another client’s gingerbread house. So I felt like the wicked witch of the west because I’d landed on a gingerbread house and smashed it, flat on my back.” The queues of people lining up to see the Myer windows – this year the theme is Russell the Sheep from the children’s book by Rob Scotton – are witnessing the magic of John Kerr who, for 19 years, has found the book upon which to base the windows and managed a team of as many as 45 artisans working for nine months, right up until opening day in the first week of November. Kerr’s future was rather pre-ordained. “At age 11 I stood in front of the Christmas windows as a true Melburnian and said to mum, ‘This is what I’m going to do’. I was a kid who always worked with shoeboxes making scenes with cotton wool, cellophane over torches. This was just the bigger model.” The Myer department store has produced ornate windows based on a theme – often around Christmas – since 1956. The first was Father Christmas arriving in the Olympic stadium. For a window dresser it’s like having a production on Broadway, with thousands passing by each day. But in year 10, the Myer windows were just a dream to strive for. Kerr enrolled in the Melbourne College of Decoration and studied visual merchandising. “The minute I walked in there (was) the smell of paint, cardboard, foil, screen-printing ink. I knew this was it, this was just magic.” He was dux of his year. Kerr started work at Suzanne’s as a window dresser, moved to David Jones for a year and moonlighted dressing windows on Whitehorse Road, Balwyn. A retiring window dresser got in touch. “He’d spotted me and my talent so he gave me his run of windows, which was about 50 stores,” Kerr says. “I took the leap at age 20 and went out by myself.” He formed a company, Stage One, a highly specialised production house of which he is creative director. “I’d been knocking on Myer’s door since ’91 trying to get the gig,” he says. “My first gig with Myer was in 1991 to supply a Valentine’s Day package to Myer Melbourne. Quilted love hearts. And that grew to every surburban store. That got me in the door at Myer.” In 1993 he was invited to tender for the Christmas windows with the theme The Wizard of Oz. The audition didn’t go well. “I went to all this trouble of producing these scale models, presented it in the old oak boardroom in Lonsdale Street. I found out years later I had a screw hanging out from under one of the scale models and I scratched the old oak boardroom table, gouged it. It had to be totally disassembled, taken out of the building and French polished. Hence I didn’t get the job. It was only six years ago that (a Myer executive) broke the news to me.” A year later, aged 25, he got the job. His first theme was Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
interview \ PETER WILMOTH TaLks TO jOHn kERR
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picture \ robert banks
(window courtesy of myer)
“i strive to excel each year. That feeling i got when i was 11 years old standing in front of the windows, that magic that i felt.” We are talking in an office inside Myer, having dodged eager children enjoying Santaland – the area he designed for children, including a ride-on train – to get here. Kerr describes the long process towards opening day. In late November the search for a theme begins. “We’re scouting for books at the moment,” Kerr says. “It’s always been based on a book. In the past 10 years it’s been a Christmas theme, which makes it quite hard because there are not that many Christmas-themed kids books out there but we somehow find something new each year. “I come up with about 10 options. I have a list of my favourites which I will keep pitching until I get it.” Last year he felt he had scored gold when he discovered a children’s book called Russell’s Christmas Magic. “I saw it in a bookshop, grabbed it and thought, ‘Ooh, hello’. I was so excited I rang (two Myer executives) and said, ‘Coffee, now’.” In December it’s narrowed down to two options. He presents hand-drawn illustrations. “Once we’ve got artists’ impressions and a sign-off from Myer and everyone’s happy, it’s into production we go, and that normally kicks off about April.” Kerr needs to apply for copyright with the publishers. “It’s not hard to get but it’s about finding the right person,” he says. “This year we were in contact with HarperCollins, New York, and then the author direct.” The copyright process takes two to three months. Only once were they required to pay royalties, and that was to a charitable foundation which owns the rights to the Gumnut Babies. And then Kerr immerses himself in the book. “I’ll read that book over and over again. I’ve got a sign next to my desk which says, ‘Close your eyes and see’. It’s true. As when you’re designing for stage you have to embed that story into your mind. And then you just let it sit there and forget it, and the ideas will start coming at two o’clock in the morning. Up I get and start drawing. Then a team of 45 artisans start work. Among them are creative, technical and digital production managers, set builders, scenic carpenters, set detailers, scenic artists, sculptors, casting and mould technicians, costume designer and make-up artists. “At any given time there are 20 staff working on it, for six months a year,” Kerr says. “It’s a big undertaking.” How much does all this cost? “I always answer that because it’s Myer’s gift to the public, it’s rude to ask what a gift is worth.” It’s a boon for the author of the book upon which the window is based as sales increase because of the promotion. “I went over for a visual merchandising conference and had dinner in New York with the publisher.” Kerr called this “an appreciation dinner”. Sometimes an author gets quite involved. “Rob Scotton, this year’s author, has been monitoring all the blog sites and feedback sites and he’s been in there talking and responding.” Kerr says a window themed around Olivia the Pig three years ago was his most difficult. “Technically it was a huge job. I was watching it on YouTube just the other day and I thought it really was spot on. But there was mixed reaction from the audience. Anyone who knew the theme loved it. But for the passerby – or what I call the streakers, streaking by who just take a quick glace – what they see is a very plain stylised window and didn’t get it.” How does he know? “Blog sites. People can be nasty.” How did he feel about that? “I guess they’re allowed to have an opinion.” Does he take notice of it? “Oh it greatly affects
me. Things like, ‘The budget must have been cut’. Well, no, it wasn’t. If you have a look at it, it is so complex and so detailed and is so faithful to Ian Falconer’s work.”
t 44, Kerr says he wants to keep doing the Myer windows but it can be quite a physical challenge. “The windows are a really tight environment. You have to put your legs over your head and twist and contort to get in and around things. At some point I’m going to do my hip or something. Imagine putting a disc out and going, ‘Oh no’, stuck in the middle of a window.” The characters might look cute but they can be dangerous. “We’re working with a lot of chemicals to create magic. The characters are produced from urethane. We run a safe studio, but at the end of the day it might look pretty but don’t chew it. “A lot of people ask what happens to the sets and characters afterwards, and that’s the problem. They are a little bit too dangerous to be given away to children to chew on. Some characters are archived; we and Myer both keep a set.” Fabrics and glitter are made available to school teachers. The windows are a big operation. Kerr also oversees the Myer windows in Brisbane and the Santalands in five other cities around Australia. “That all opens the same day. Then you’ve got every other retailer in Melbourne wanting their windows changed. I’ve definitely built an amazing niche market but it’s also a very cyclic niche market, and when retail wants a change, it’s full-on.” Kerr sometimes goes out into Bourke Street to listen to what the people in the queue are saying. “The other night I was running in and out of the windows, we were doing some fine-tuning with programming … and people were stopping me and congratulating me and I thought, ‘How does everyone know who I am” and Emma (Myer executive) was there and she said, ‘John, you are covered in glitter’.” “The magic has to disappear,” he says. “More and more with retail we are night-display gypsies. When everyone leaves we are coming in and doing the night shifts for things to magically appear the next morning. Making magic’s not easy. That’s what I keep telling everyone.” It’s not the only project Kerr works on, but is the one that takes the most out of him. At the end of the cycle he suffers from what he calls “the post-window blues”. Kerr and his partner Brendan will next month celebrate 25 years together. “We’re planning an intimate dinner for 50 friends.” Away from work he winds down with his garden. “I have a beautifully manicured Japanese garden. Japanese gardening is very much like window dressing. It’s so anal, and it has to be perfect and it suits me perfectly. When you’re sweeping away cobwebs off your dwarf pine trees …” How many more windows will he do? ”I’ll keep doing it until some little young buck knocks me off my perch.” His motivation lies in the dream he had as a child. “I strive to excel each year. That feeling I got when I was 11 years old standing in front of the windows, that magic that I felt. I still want to get back to that point, and I’ve never got back there. And that’s what drives me; to improve the window, to get to that point where I can go, ‘Wow’.” \ firstname.lastname@example.org we welcome your feedback @ www.theweeklyreview.com.au/interview
celebrate » The Myer Christmas windows can be viewed in Bourke Street, city. This year the theme is Russell the Sheep from
the children’s book by Rob Scotton.
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Beauty ScriBe \ Spread Some cheer thiS chriStmaS, SayS dhav Naidu
wo weeks before Christmas can be a good place to be if you have been planning for that one fateful, exciting and crucial day in December. Yes a lot is at stake: the food, the drinks, the family, the weather and, of course, idiosyncrasies of everyone and everything. If you are the master planner it is up to you to save the day and be judge, jury, babysitter, friend, emotional coach, chef, sommelier, bartender and fortune teller – this is especially significant for the
all important gift giving – get it right and you will be lauded. One wrong move and you will be remembered for it for the next 12 months. The pressure is on but, hey, it is the silly season so you could take the bold step and get everyone the perfect beauty gift pack (they are great value because they are usually worth more than what you will pay at this time of the year) or you can put your feet up and tell everyone you have generously donated on their behalf to various charities – the catch is to make sure you actually donate to the charities as you really do not want to be on the naughty list for next year. Have a jolly, merry, stress-free, safe festive season and spread some beauty around. \ email@example.com to read more reviews
Lush Christmas gift offerings are legendary; make up your own sets or buy one of the many available. I love the shower/bath packs such as Lush Festive Cheer ($13.95) and the festive limited-edition Snow Fairy and Twilight shower gels (from $8.95 each).
If money is no object or you know someone who is obsessed with Crème De La Mer, this limited-edition half-a-litre cream is just the treat – La Mer The Definitive Crème (500ml, $2500).
Estée Lauder this year has collaborated with famed designer Michael Kors to come up with the perfect make-up bag filled with desirables valued at $275 but retailing for $125.
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Stella McCartney the Print Collection, eau de parfum (30ml, $80) is Stella fragrance packaged in McCartney’s eponymous prints from her 2012 fashion collections. There are three to collect. Philosophy’s The Bake Shoppe Set (2 x 240ml/$30) of bath/shower gel and body lotion will make the heart flutter and melt.
Ecoya Botanicals Mini Metro gift box ($39.95) has three superbly fragranced mini soy wax candles.
For the lip savvy, either indulge them with a Clinique Whole Lotta Colour pack ($60), which contains five award-winning, lust-worthy mini chubby sticks, or spoil them with Burt’s Bees Bee Kissed ($14.95) three lip-balm set.
Aurora Spa has put together some nifty beauty gift packs. I am in love with its season slogans, ‘Wish Big’ ($85) and ‘Dream Bright’ ($49). Each pack contains the brand’s firm favourites.
Stila Cosmetics Limited-Edition Brush Set ($50) is a collection of professional brushes that will bring much joy and satisfaction to any make-up enthusiast.
Natio for Men Hydrate ($14.95) pack is a good way to get any guy to pay attention to his face, especially during the hotter months.
Kiehl’s has teamed with legendary iconic pop artist Kenny Scharf to create its amazing limited-edition Crème De Corps range (250ml, 500ml, 1L/ $38, $68, $98) – 100 per cent of the proceeds from sales of this collection will benefit 40 children’s causes worldwide. In Australia the proceeds will go to The Reach Foundation, www.reach.org.au
STOCKIST » Aurora \ www.aurorasparetreat.com.au Burt’s Bees \ www.burtsbees.com.au Clinique, Estée Lauder, Stella McCartney \ Myer/David Jones Ecoya \ www.ecoya.com.au Kiehl’s \ www.kiehls.com.au La Mer, Philosophy \ selected David Jones Lush \ www.lush.com.au Natio \ www.natio.com.au Stila \ www.meccacosmetica.com.au
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\ jane rocca DIScoVerS WHaT HaPPenS WHen BaLLeT anD FaSHIon MeeT
(national gallerY of ViCtoria, melBourne)
fashion designer \ Valentino garavani Costume for \ morgenblätter waltz (morning newspaper’s waltz) 2010 new Year’s Concert 2010. Choreographer \ renato Zanella, Vienna. state Ballet. 2010. austrian Broadcasting Corporation Collection, austria
designer \ Collette dinnigan Costume for \ tutu 2003 tutu, parade Choreographer \ adrian Burnett. the australian Ballet, 2003 the australian Ballet Collection, melbourne
designer \ akira isogawa dress 2005 (detail) Costume for \ grand. Choreographed BY \ graeme murphy, sydney dance Company, 2005 arts Centre melbourne, performing arts
allet and fashion have always been closely linked, but it was the 1920s collaboration between Coco Chanel and Sergei Diaghilev, the artistic director of Ballets Russes, that showcased how the two can work together. Theirs was a world in which fashion and movement could live in harmony on a stage, adding a new dimension to each craft and, in turn, inspiring other collaborations. Coinciding with its 50th birthday, the Australian Ballet has teamed with the National Gallery of Victoria to showcase three decades of dance costumes that shifts from classical to avant-garde in the exhibition Ballet & Fashion, which runs until May 19. These wonderful partnerships have seen international and Australian designers bring their contemporary genius to the stage in ways they never have before – from Akira Isogawa to Christian Lacroix, ballet and fashion skirt on the daring and left-field, always pushing a bold and contemporary line. The silk crepe de chine, silk lace and nylon tutu of Collette Dinnigan’s 2003 collaboration with the Australian Ballet reminds us of the delicate durability required in ballet – she created dance costumes in black lace with nude undertones that appear feminine and demure but can endure the defiant moves of ballet dancers. NGV international fashion curator Roger Leong, who co-curated the exhibition with Yvonne Gates, director of special projects at the Australian Ballet, says the exhibition was all about choosing pieces that would work in a gallery space. “Ideally, we could have gone back to the 1920s and included the collaboration between Chanel and Sergei, but those costumes are fragile and expensive to borrow, so I felt it was important to give it a more contemporary feel,” says Leong. “I think the public associate fashion with the here and now, and anything else is perceived as historic costume. Historical breadth was important but we wanted … to give people a sense of variety and strength from the various decades. It was important to have a global and international perspective, too.”
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designer \ akira isogawa Costume for \ amy Harris in costume for lady capulet 2011. Romeo & Juliet. Choreographed by \ Graeme murphy, the australian Ballet, 2011. the australian Ballet collection. © akira isogawa
Escape the summer heat at the NGV look and witness the theatrical beauty that is Ballet & Fashion. Set in a dimly lit space, this exhibition highlights fabulous collaborations in both mediums – including Comme Des Garcon, Viktor & Rolf, Toni Maticevski and Richard Nylon – in the space where fashion and movement meet.
Bec Bennett has launched a new line of eyewear called Sticks. She’s an advocate for all that is eco-friendly and works with sustainable alternatives when it comes to making sunglasses. She uses bamboo in her latest collection – they come in eight colours and shades, including Climate Natural. www.stickseyewear.com.au
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International labels adored for their ballet collaborations, such as Comme des Garcons, Valentino and Lacroix, can be seen in the exhibition. In fact, Lacroix’s showgirl-inspired costume as part of this show comes complete with vaudeville stripes and polka-dot tights that suggest Toulouse-Lautrec influences as much as they do Hollywood glamour. “We needed to find couture that looked dynamic in a display,” Leong says. “There were so many dance costumes we loved, like Giorgio Armani and Donna Karan, but those costumes were very ‘drapy’ and they wouldn’t have hung with the dynamism we were looking for in a static display. “When we chose Australian designers, we did so based on that criteria, too.” \ firstname.lastname@example.org
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\ See the big picture
hotography is Ken Duncan’s method of translating the messages of the universe. “Everyone has a story to tell,” he explains. “When you look at the beauty of nature, it does something to you. There’s something bigger out there and it gives you hope.” Now its Melbourne’s turn to appreciate the work of leading lens men at Wild Frontiers, a month-long gallery stint that features the work of Duncan and fellow landscape photographer Steve Fraser. Photographs the duo has captured on travels around the world will be on display in the centre of the CBD. Duncan says its position is no coincidence – he wants the gallery to provide a haven in the business district, similar to what he has achieved in his Sydney gallery. “In Sydney, people just come in, they are so stressed and just sit there and stare; it’s a sanctuary to come and gaze.” The partnership initially stemmed from mutual interests and a desire to achieve the same objectives in photography, all the while ensuring not to stomp on one another’s territory. “It’s not every photographer that I could work with. I needed someone who has confidence and won’t copy my story … someone with their own way of seeing things.” While Duncan and Fraser are respectful of each other’s artistry, after studying their photographs it’s clear their vision is aligned. So just like Champagne and caviar, or chocolate and strawberries, Ken Duncan and Steve Fraser are a classic combination not to be missed. \ ELIZABETH ANILE email@example.com
» www.kenduncan.com www.stevefraser.co » Wild Frontiers, Ken Duncan & Steve Fraser Gallery, 500 Collins Street, city. Until December 23. 9999 7255
1 The Boom Gate, Melbourne by Steve Fraser 2 Weeping Willow, Yarra Valley by Ken Duncan 3 Blair’s Hut, Alpine National Park by Ken Duncan 4 Copper Sky, Bells Beach by Steve Fraser
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Under the radar
\ Myke bartlett reviews the latest
HOLY FLYING CIRCUS \ UKTV, Sunday December 16, 8.30pm » www.uktv.com.au
It’s God versus Python in this inventive docudrama, detailing the furore sparked by the release of Monty Python’s Life of Brian. When furious Christians protest outside the American premiere, the comedy troupe is divided about how to tackle its British release. Will the film, as religious leaders suggest, inspire violence? Will young viewers, as Cleese suggests, start copycat crucifixions? As society turns on the Pythons, they begin to turn on each other, leaving them in no fit state to defend their film in an infamous television debate. The real thrust of the drama here revolves around the tense friendship between neurotic John Cleese (Darren Boyd) and sensitive Michael Palin (Charles Edwards). They can barely agree on what their film means, let alone how to defend it. Happily, the film manages to capture much of the wit and irreverence of its subject. Instead of being a straight drama, this is a wilfully skewed comedy. Key facts are set in stone, but there’s plenty of fun to be had messing about with the details. Cleese is portrayed as Basil Fawlty, whereas Palin is married to Terry Jones in drag. The cast, particularly Boyd and Edwards, do a superb job of breaching the gap between the human beings and their public personas. Cheeky, controversial and surprisingly poignant, Holy Flying Circus is a reminder that some things are too important to be taken seriously. \
Watching \ Louie. A new series of this wonderful, uncomfortable comedy series starts December 18 on ABC 2. Listening \ Motion Sickness. Eclectic bunch of remixes featuring some of Domino’s best acts, including Blood Orange, Hot Chip, Tricky and Four Tet. attending \ The Key of Sea, Volume 2. Another celebration of Australian music at the Hamer Hall, featuring Tim Rogers, Chet Faker and others. (December 14.)
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PARIS-MANHATTAN \ Opens December 13, Rated PG, 75 min » www.palacefilms.com.au/paris-manhattan/
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Parisian pharmacist Alice (Alice Taglioni) has been obsessed with Woody Allen since she was 15. She talks to a large poster of the director on her bedroom wall (a voice cameo from Allen ensures he answers back) and dispenses copies of his films as medicine to any troubled customers. A problem that can’t be remedied by another viewing of Annie Hall is truly insoluble. Really, this gentle romcom is a sweet portrait of the dangers of fandom. Alice is so obsessed with Allen that she can’t relate to anyone who isn’t. It takes non-fan Victor (Patrick Bruel) to show Alice that real life is just as messy, complex and interesting as Hannah and Her Sisters. Unfortunately, Paris-Manhattan sets itself a massive task — can it be anywhere near as insightful, witty and engaging as its inspiration? It doesn’t help that its premise draws so heavily on Play It Again, Sam, in which Allen’s protagonist seeks romantic advice from an imagined Humphrey Bogart. It’s pleasant enough, but the viewer spends much of the film looking forward to rewatching something older, funnier and, frankly, better. \
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When it comes to music, December is more about retrospection than innovation. Fortunately, there are a few treasures to be found among the flurry of re-releases. Recent top pop albums from Nicki Minaj, Florence + the Machine and Lana Del Rey are back on the shelves, each bolstered by a bonus disc. Lana comes out on top, with eight new songs on a par with anything she’s released to date. If any of these repackages can be considered essential, however, it’s the superb Trilogy from Canadian R&B act the Weeknd. While the three mixtapes collated here have been freely available online, this is the first time they’ve been committed to disc. Really, it’s the bringing together that’s the important thing here. Embellished with a handful of new material, the three mixtapes create an impressive, inventive and utterly immersive concept album. Sounding something like a fusion of James Blake and Massive Attack, the Weeknd’s world is a slightly sinister realm of nocturnal nefariousness. It’s party music, yes, but only for parties that have run on far longer than they should have. Which probably makes it quite a timely release, even if it lacks the traditional seasonal cheer. \
gig KUTCHA EDWARDS \ Thornbury Theatre, December 14, $12/$10 (advance), $17, $15 (door) » http://thethornburytheatre.com Kutcha Edwards is a man unafraid to tackle weighty topics in his music. His 2002 solo debut Cooinda tackled alcoholism, racism and Edwards’ experiences being torn away from his parents as part of the stolen generations. Yet, like the best of musicians, Edwards has always been able to find light in the ashes. His new record Blak & Blu is a soulful, bluesy blend of covers and original tracks sharing the man’s sometimes troubled journey. This week, he stops in to share his tales (and music) for one night only at the Thornbury Theatre. \
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What’s on \ bayside Workshop DAVID NOONAN AT AUSTRALIAN TAPESTRY WORKSHOP The Australian Tapestry Workshop is a leader in contemporary Australian tapestry. Its philosophy is to invite leading artists to collaborate with weavers to create their own tapestry using the same techniques practised in Europe in the 15th century. It has had some of Australia’s most prolific artists on board, including Arthur Boyd, Jon Cattapan, John Olsen and Sally Smart, among others. At the moment Ballarat-born, London-based artist David Noonan is collaborating for the second time with resident weavers. ■ Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park Street, South Melbourne. Until December 21, Tuesday to Friday, 10am-5pm. 9699 7885
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sharpening to keep your kitchen tools in shape. ■ Trey Bit Reserve, Jetty Road, Sandringham. DJ NU-MARK December 15, 8am-1pm. Many would be familiar with the on-stage www.baysidefarmersmarket.com.au persona of DJ Nu-Mark as part of ’90s hip-hop group Jurassic 5. The band broke up in curley questions 2007 just after the release of their fourth LP, Feedback. Mark Potsic, as he’s known to his MASTERCLASS AND SHOW WITH IAN CURLEY OF friends and family, has been experimenting THE EUROPEAN with unusual sounds for decades. Some British-born Ian Curley is the of his tricks include attaching a quintessential chef, which has rubber band to his turntable’s earned him stints on the needle and playing it like an ever-popular MasterChef, upright bass or tapping on Channel Ten’s The Circle, the turntable’s dust cover to and Channel Seven’s simulate a bass drum. He’ll Conviction Kitchen. He be covering a wide range began his training in of styles, from soul, funk, London, before moving to hip-hop and samba. By the Australia and working in way, this is a free event! ■ Gershwin Room, Espy some of the best kitchens Hotel, 11 The Esplanade, in the country. He’s now St Kilda. December 29, 8pm. executive chef at The European dj nu-mark 9534 0211 Group venues, which includes The European, City Wine Shop and Siglo. british invasion revisited In this class, he’ll demonstrate how he goes about creating his favourite dishes with a focus THE SUBSTITUTES on fish. Guided by his traditional approach to With bands such as the Who, the Rolling Stones cooking, you’ll learn how he keeps his food and the Beatles, the 1960s is considered a honest, simple and above the cooking fads. musical heyday for the Brits. About 50 years These classes sell out quickly, so get in early. ■ The Pantry, 1 Church Street, Brighton. after their release, the songs that defined the March 27, 6.45pm. 9591 0393 decade come alive once more at the hands of the Substitutes, paying tribute to some of category the greats. ■ Carnegie Hall, 60 Rosstown Road, Carnegie. December 15, from 7.45pm. THE MASTER IN 70MM PRINT FORMAT 0418 395 343 The Astor Theatre is one of the few venues in the world with the capacity to show movies in market 70mm print format, and it just so happens Paul Thomas Anderson, director of recently released BAYSIDE FARMERS’ MARKET film The Master, decided to shoot the movie You won’t have to worry about parking as in this long-obsolete format. So come and see there’s an abundance of spots nearby. So the movie the way it was intended to be seen. meander over for a relaxing Saturday morning It’s a full-on, hypnotic film that follows the on a diet of organic eggs and bacon courtesy traumatised life of a naval veteran who ends up of Sandringham Rotary Club, and then wind caught in a cult-like society. Joaquin Pheonix is your way through more than 50 stalls selling mesmerising in his harrowing role. ■ The Astor Theatre, corner Chapel Street and everything from beer, cheese, honey, bread, Dandenong Road, St Kilda. December 16-22. herbs, seedlings and jam, as well as the 9510 1414 \ usual range of fruit and veg. There will be COMPILED BY LEXI COTTEE a petting zoo on site for the kids, and knife Want your event listed?
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ick Grellet is invariably among the first to arrive at St Kilda’s Sacred Heart Mission dining hall. Every morning without fail, Grellet slams his walking stick down on the closest table with gusto, a wry grin creeping across his face. For almost two decades, his lighthearted heckles have signalled opening time at the mission. “Are the coffees going to be cold again this morning?” he says jokingly. Over a cup of hot coffee, Grellet explains he loves stopping by Sacred Heart each day. “Coming in is a great opportunity to chat to a range of people from vastly different walks of life,” he says. “For a lot of people, if this place wasn’t here, they’d have nowhere else to go.” Soon, tea and coffee flow freely and the busy hall is abuzz with chatter. Before long, Sacred Heart Mission storeman Ben Mackenzie makes his way over for a reviving cup. Bleary-eyed, he has recently returned from an early-morning trip to the Footscray Wholesale Market. Each Friday, Mackenzie collects donations from up to 60 stallholders on a donated tuk-tuk, amid a “riot” of colour and movement, before loading the offerings on to a truck and returning to the mission. Satisfied, he marvels at the truck’s struggling rear suspension. He estimates that today’s bounty weighs more than a tonne. “It’s definitely rewarding, knowing this haul of fruit and veg, with the skill of the kitchen team, will soon become a week’s worth of meals for those who need it most,” Mackenzie says. “All this produce represents an invisible economy for invisible people.” According to a 2011 audit, in any given week Sacred Heart Mission receives almost four tonnes of food and beverage in donations. Over the course of one week, in additional to a tonne of fruit and vegetables, donations included 280 kilograms of meat, 176 kilograms of bread, crumpets and muffins, 60 dozen eggs, 432 litres of milk and 350 kilograms of potatoes. In the kitchen, Sacred Heart Mission meals program co-ordinator Suzanne McDonnell is hard at work preparing several hundred portions of cannelloni, which will feature on the day’s lunch menu. A former journalist and restaurateur, McDonnell has been involved in the dining hall for more than six years. Bouncing busily around the kitchen, she seems comfortable with the frenetic pace. “There’s excitement in the air, and there’s always something happening,” McDonnell says. “Phone calls, deliveries and donations never stop.” She smiles broadly when word arrives of the amount of fresh produce being lugged out of the truck. “I am continually amazed by the generosity of people,” McDonnell says. She explains that this spirit has become synonymous with Sacred Heart. “Our suppliers are incredibly giving, our volunteers love getting involved, and our clients appreciate everything we do,” she says. “These individuals I see every day, who have so often fallen on incredibly hard times, can teach us a lasting lesson about positive attitudes.” Volunteer Frank Phillips brushes past, removing his motorbike helmet and pulling on a baseball cap in anticipation of his rostered shift. Seven professional kitchen staff members are supported by a team of 15 volunteers in preparing lunch each day. Obtaining his motorcycle licence at the tender age of 81, Phillips is firmly of the belief “you’re never too old to try something new”. He and a friend from his local parish started volunteering at the mission a few years back. His mate’s since passed away, but he continues to come every
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all heart second Friday. “This is a happy time for me,” he says. “It’s fantastic to have an opportunity to meet and greet so many like-minded people. “It’s been a truly eye-opening experience, and I’m proud to play a small role in helping nurture St Kilda’s colourful social fabric.” Sacred Heart Mission chief executive Cathy Humphrey’s office is on the upper floor of the presbytery, where Father Ernie Smith first opened his doors to share a meal with a homeless man 30 years ago. Within a year, more than 70 people were arriving each day for lunch. The meals program has grown exponentially over its lifespan. Hundreds of free, hearty lunches are served every day of the year. But Humphrey says the central values of the Sacred Heart Mission remain intact. “Our approach has always centred on a sense of welcome and community, reaching out to some of our society’s most isolated and disadvantaged people,” she says. “Our role is to ensure everyone can connect and belong in a meaningful way.”
“It’s been a truly eye-opening experience.”
Humphrey explains the dining hall is a central hub where people can gather and gain access to essentials such as clothing, emergency relief, accommodation and companionship. She says there is a palpable sense of anticipation in the lead-up to Christmas. “Often among our clients the festive season represents isolation, grief and loss,” Humphrey says. “We want to be a consistent, positive presence for those who want or need our services. “Most importantly, we strive to ensure Christmas is a special, joyful experience.” Between 300 and 400 people are expected to attend Christmas lunch at the mission. Table service will replace cafeteria-style meal delivery for the auspicious occasion, and boughs of holly will deck the halls. Warm, welcoming, generous smiles will be in abundant supply. \ email@example.com » www.sacredheartmission.org
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\ kendaLL hiLL enjoys bangkok’s bright Lights The Big Mango has had a couple of difficult years – riots, then floods – but the Thai capital has bounced back more confident and exciting than ever. Take a bite of the New Bangkok.
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drink at … Trendy Thonglor is the epicentre of Bangkok’s cocktail revolution with cool, character-filled bars such as Iron Fairies (theironfairies.com) and the hipster WTF (it stands for ‘’Wonderful Thai Friendship’’, apparently – wtfbangkok.com). Banyan Tree’s 61st-floor Moon Bar is still the go-to terrace for a brew with a view (banyantree. com) but newcomers such as Hotel Muse’s Speakeasy (hotelmusebangkok.com) and Sofitel So’s Hi So bar (sofitel.com) offer chic alternatives for getting high in the City of Angels. \ firstname.lastname@example.org hotel muSe’S SpeakeaSy
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A faux colonial mansion of eight rooms with an eclectic soul. Stuffed zebras and model aeroplanes adorn the Joy Luck Club bar, Thai Lao Yeh restaurant caters to spicy palates and the rooftop pool is a godsend in the sticky season. \ www.cabochonhotel.com
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This lavish hotel of 39 stately rooms (including 11 villas with pools) feels like an urban resort with its riverfront location, gorgeous interiors, fine food and brilliant guest activities. \ www.thesiamhotel.com
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For a more vibrant, streetfood-style take on trad Thai, head to American food writer Jarrett Wrisley’s lively Thong Lor shopfront. The cocktails aren’t bad either – have a Bangkok Bastard with Beefeater, bourbon and kaffir lime. \ www.soulfoodmahanakorn.com
Funky izakaya and sake bar in the upscale Wireless Road neighbourhood. Menu highlights include seafood in sake jelly, shabu shabu kurobuta and superb salmon sashimi. \ facebook.com/oguogusakebar
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Australian chef David Thompson holds his own with the best chefs in the world by dishing up whoop-ass Thai in the refined surrounds of the Metropolitan Hotel. \ www.comohotels.com
Two of Thompson’s protégés are behind this elegant dinner restaurant, where the focus is on impeccable produce, prepared beautifully. \ www.bolan.co.th
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Sanctum Brighton Address \ 4 Dudley Street, Brighton Developer \ Sanctum Pty Ltd Building and interior design \ dKO Architecture Landscaping \ Jack Merlo Design Sales \ Matt Bracken, 0402 098 888 Display suite \ 18/3 Male Street, Brighton Open \ Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 11am-1pm; Thursday 5-6.30pm; or seven days by appointment » www.sanctumbrighton.com.au
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obody likes to be first to the party, but since Sanctum just put timber floorboards in the masters,” he says. “These are Brighton turned the soil on its two-storey development at nothing kind of things, but they’re changes that developers don’t 4 Dudley Street on November 8, sales manager Matt Bracken’s move on and for us, it’s proving to be instrumental in getting phone has been ringing off the hook. people across the line.” “Now that people know the project is going ahead, they’ve been De Keijzer agrees. quick to jump in and express interest,” Bracken says. “The customisation aspect is huge, particularly in an affluent The block of 18 luxury apartments is targeted towards baysiders market where people are used to getting what they want.” looking to downsize, without compromise. It’s a refreshing change from the uniformity generally Bracken says a huge point of difference for Sanctum Brighton associated with apartment living, particularly in bayside region. is the developer’s willingness to alter plans to meet the needs of “We did our research on the area and what’s available, and we prospective buyers. found a lot of the apartments are quite boxy and pre-casty,” de “We’re not precious about it,” Bracken says of tweaking Keijzer says. “We wanted something a little more crafted.” a design to suit individual households. “We know He points out that while the development has a total of PoStcoDE it’s a big decision for people who are coming from a 18 apartments (perhaps fewer if interest in the supersize 40-odd-square metre home they’ve been living in for option continues), they are distributed across two 20 to 30 years.” buildings to create a boutique atmosphere. Architect Koos de Keijzer is the drafting pencil “You’re only looking at two, three at the most, behind Sanctum Brighton, and says the project is unique neighbours on each floor,” he says. “It creates that real for its bespoke approach to delivering exactly what the sense of intimacy.” customer wants. “It’s almost a tailoring,” he says, thoughtfully. Another advantage of dividing the apartments across two “Like, as opposed to buying a suit off the rack, you’re getting one structures is the number of “flow-through” dwellings, running tailored. Here, you’re tailoring a dwelling to suit a person’s needs.” from west to east with natural light for most of the day. Most At this early stage, buyers have the opportunity to make apartments have corner positions and few, if any, are landlocked. structural and aesthetic changes to individual apartments. The Facilities for residents have been kept to a minimum to reduce option to “supersize” is particularly enticing. body corporate fees, largely because no residential pool could “We’ve got a whole series of different overlays so that people can hope to compete with the Middle Brighton Sea Baths, just a short buy two and amalgamate into one, and in doing so, you’re getting walk along The Esplanade. an apartment that exactly suits your needs,” de Keijzer says. Yes, the party at Sanctum Brighton is looking more and more One buyer has already taken Bracken and his team up on appealing, but Bracken warns that the window for buyers to the offer, choosing to combine two apartments to create a deliver their own personal stamp on apartments is closing fast. three-bedroom dwelling of house-like proportions. “Now that we’re really getting stuck into it, there’s probably only “Two two-bedders gets you a three-bedder with a study and two a few more months of customisation left,” he says. “There’s going major entertainment areas,” de Keijzer says. “It’s a nice equation.” to be a point, probably around March/April next year where we’re Bracken cites another example of the company’s willingness to going to have to draw a line in the sand.” adapt to individual circumstances. Until then, the options are endless. \ “We have a client we’re talking to at the moment who doesn’t JO DAVY want carpet in the bedroom because they’re asthmatic. So we’ll email@example.com
Sanctum residents will be in one of Melbourne’s most exclusive residential enclaves, Brighton’s fabled golden mile. It will be a 200-metre stroll to the bay and off-road walking and cycling trail, and a few minutes’ walk along the beach trail to Royal Brighton Yacht Club. Brighton’s favourite gathering places are all close by, including Bay Street and Church Street shops and cafés and the Middle Brighton Sea Baths. \
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The ground floor has been extended to the side boundaries of the block. The middle rooms (dining room, cloakroom and kitchen) receive light and air from a small garden court. The original stairs have been retained but built-in to provide a separate laundry and storage space. The living area, with its modern kitchen set into the inner corner, stretches to a glazed western end and out to a Jack Merlo-designed courtyard. Being single-storeyed, the room has remote-controlled skylights. They can limit summer sun or increase winter insulation: all done from your Jason recliner. The island bench is topped with a slab of good old red gum, a welcome change from imported marble or granite. Smith Street is the western boundary of the property. Today a parade of garage doors, this peaceful, well-landscaped street will one day be discovered and redeveloped. The staircase returns on itself to give higher ceilings to the two front rooms on the ground floor. It serves two double bedrooms, both with built-in wardrobes and original open fireplaces. The main has the added advantage of a private balcony – the ideal spot for a sleepy Sunday breakfast. A large family bathroom (with spa) and a third bedroom open off the rear passage. This air-conditioned, audio-wired house combines the charm of the traditional Victorian terrace with open planning, outdoor living and the high level of physical comfort demanded today. Albert Park is well serviced by public transport, with trams trundling along several major arteries. A well-regarded primary school is across the road, but the great attraction of the suburb is surely nearby Bridport Street. With its incomparable collection of bistros, bookshops and boutiques, it holds the title of one of Melbourne’s prime suburban villages. \ NEIL CLEREHAN firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fast facts \ 1870s two-storey Victorian terrace with a renovation and extension designed by architect Brad Hooper; open-plan contemporary kitchen, meals and living area with french doors leading out to a Jack Merlo-designed courtyard; stainless-steel appliances beneath stone benchtops in the kitchen with a red-gum island bench in the centre; formal dining room and sitting room provides the option of a fourth bedroom; three bedrooms with built-in wardrobes upstairs including the main with a private balcony; audio-wired; reverse-cycle air-conditioning; rear entry from Smith Street; close to Bridport Street and city-bound trams. Suburb \ 3kms from the city
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BENTLEIGH EAST Shrouded by trees, this deceptively large, character-filled Tudor-style property combines the best of modern-day living with period detail. Behind the leadlight-framed door, a spacious study on the left leads directly out to the carport, while across the spotted gum-lined hallway, a large formal lounge with bay window has a gorgeous gas fireplace. Move through a squared arch to the sprawling dining room, abundant with natural light from a wall of almost floor-to-ceiling windows, and you can appreciate the finer detail of the ceilings, with both rooms featuring ornate chandeliers. This room leads through to a huge kitchen in the north-western corner, which offers a warm welcome with bold red splashback, stainless-steel and contrasting sturdy blackwood finishes, with pale tiles underfoot. The laundry sits to one side. Moving through, a relaxed family area to the rear looks fantastic, thanks to parquetry flooring, with a grand meals area encompassed by a large bay window. Two generous bedrooms with built-in wardrobes and ceiling fans sit either side of a luxurious bathroom in a palette of mocha and cream tones, with spa bath and double vanity. Two further bedrooms upstairs both have soaring, sloped roofs, built-in wardrobes and share an immaculately tiled bathroom with shower. The backyard is a treat, with raised terrace leading down to a covered deck with spa, then a paved courtyard and large lawn sweeping back to a gazebo and cascading water feature. \ STEPHEN A. RUSSELL
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Hocking Stuart \ 9557 7733 45 Lancaster Street Price \ $1 million + Auction \ December 15 at 1.30pm
Marshall White \ 9822 9999 24 Philipson Street Price \ $1.35 million + Auction \ December 15 at 11.30am
Every inch of this house was sleekly renovated less than two months ago. If it wasn’t for the original exterior, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a new house. Albert Park Beach is visible from the front and Kerferd Road and Victoria Avenue are a walk away. The main bedroom is the first room at the front, and contains a walk-in wardrobe and an en suite, where there is a modern open shower, marble double vanity and freestanding bathtub. A decorative rose adorns the ceiling and shutter blinds decorate the window. Past the study is the open-plan kitchen, dining and living area. The kitchen is made of fine Italian marble and contains Miele appliances. Hanging lights descend over an island bench. Two more bedrooms are upstairs, both with built-in wardrobes, a shared bathroom and balconies. The decked backyard has a concealed storage area and the built-in seats double as storage. \ ELIZABETH ANILE
Buxton \ 9563 9933 1/1 Bewdley Street Price \ $950,000 – $1.05 million Auction \ December 15 at 12.30pm
Maximising sunlight was obviously a big part of the brief handed to Prahran-based architectural firm Michael Factor. There were three design teams working on this newly completed house. Landscaping team Landscape Matters tended to the gardens, while the interior design was left to South Melbourne-based practice RCI Designs. They’ve injected life into the space with richly coloured messmate timber flooring, light granite benchtops in the kitchen, some creative tiling in the bathrooms, and designer pendant lighting hovering over the island bench. The combined kitchen, family and dining area is a knockout, with doors that open up to a large decking area. The kitchen has a long window running the length of the bench that looks out onto the street and garden. Of the four bedrooms upstairs, one could be used as a study. The main bedroom has a wall-mounted plasma television, walk-in wardrobe and en suite. \ LEXI COTTEE
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BLACK ROCK While its twin is receiving finishing touches, the new town residence at 44 First Street is dressed in display-home style and ready to impress. Local people looking to downsize and young families figured in the demographic at the first open for inspection. The architect-designed two-storey residence has a twocar basement garage with a handy turntable. As the front half of the building is taller than the rear; the ground-level living room and second-storey retreat are elevated. Both spaces are carpeted and have glass walls to the street. The retreat adds a wall of custom storage and a gas log fireplace. The main bedroom suite is central to ground level and has a walk-in wardrobe and spacious en suite with marble double vanity, glass shower and freestanding bath beneath a skylight. Three upstairs bedrooms come with built-in wardrobes and share a bathroom with bath and shower. The rear of ground level comprises a laundry and openplan kitchen, dining and family area. Pristine in snowy CaesarStone and glossy white cabinetry, the kitchen has a big walk-in pantry and Miele appliances. The family and meals area has a pebbled gas fireplace, spotted-gum floorboards, air-conditioning and a glass wall that slides away to reveal the covered deck with built-in barbecue and fridge. Concluding the effective use of space, the glass-fenced pool area incorporates a timber deck for lounging about in the sunshine. \ KAY KEIGHERY
Buxton Brighton 9592 8000 4
Hocking Stuart \ 9521 9800 44 First Street Price \ $1.675 – $1.825 million Auction \ December 15 at 1.30pm
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Hodges Brighton 9596 1111 4
23 Norwood Avenue, Brighton ................................................................. Price: $2.05 million + ................................................................. Private sale ................................................................. OFI By appointment or as advertised .................................................................
10 Bevan Street, Ormond ................................................................. Price: $1.049 million ................................................................. Private sale ................................................................. OFI Saturday as advertised .................................................................
32 Letchworth Avenue, Brighton East ................................................................. Price: $1.65 million - $1.75 million ................................................................. Private sale ................................................................. OFI As advertised or by appointment .................................................................
Period house on 740sqm (approx) features three living zones, outdoor entertainment area, central heating with A/C and two-car garage with loft storage.
Two living zones, CaesarStone kitchen, cathedral ceilings (OFP) and paved outdoor area. Upstairs second living and study, pol boards, htg/cool & LUG.
Designed for modern living, this near-new craftsman-built house offers innovative design featuring vast living spaces, undercover outdoor area and a pool.
Let's eat lunch @ The Pantry, 1 Church Street Let's eat dinner @ Milanos Tavern, 4 Esplanade Let's drink coffee @ Café Florentine, 22-24 Church Street
Let's eat lunch @ Café El Fresco, 458 Centre Rd Let's eat dinner @ Formosa's Kitchen Star, 317 Centre Rd Let's drink coffee @ Bent Espresso, 2/385 Centre Rd
Let's eat lunch @ The Pantry, 1 Church Street Let's eat dinner @ Half Moon, 120 Church Street Let's drink coffee @ The Little Ox, 452 New Street
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Hocking Stuart \ 9690 5366 17 drysdale Street price \ $1.1 million – $1.2 million auction \ December 15 at 12.30pm
Luxury and low maintenance are cornerstones of this new townhouse, minutes from bustling Bay Street. A considered floor plan permits a spacious living and entertainment area at ground level, with accommodation zoned upstairs. The galley-style kitchen is tucked behind a staircase so as not to encroach on the large, open-plan living and dining space. Despite this, a clever configuration ensures there are Miele appliance and marble benchtops aplenty. A floating ceiling defines the meals area without disturbing the flow of the room, which opens to a private courtyard. At the top of the stairs, the landing has been turned into a compact study nook with a built-in desk. The main bedroom is positioned at the front of the house and has a marble en suite and private terrace. Two more bedrooms, both with built-in wardrobes, bring up the rear and share the main bathroom. \ Jo daVy
Hodges \ 9596 1111 1/6 Stanley Street price \ $1.34 million private sale
It’s the minor details that make this house so appealing. Beautiful herringbone timber parquetry flooring compliments dark granite benchtops in the kitchen, and rich ochre marble tiles in the bathrooms. It was designed by a local architect, who clearly had a penchant for curvy walls and arched windows, which feature throughout. Classic references include the Doric columns on the façade. The house was built in 2001, and has since been recarpeted, repainted and the floorboards have been replaced. The dining and living room are at the front of the house, and have been kitted out with fashionable drapes. The kitchen is part of the family and meals area, and is a great communal space that looks out onto the courtyard. There are three bedrooms upstairs. The main is huge and has a balcony and a walk-through wardrobe. The en suite has a spa bath and separate shower. \ leXi cottee
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In 2½ years, Scout has developed a loyal following of treasure hunters keen to find something new each visit. Owner Orlando Mesiti has created a nostalgic space where discovery is king, and quality is paramount. Vintage toys nestle beside art deco globes, neon wrought-iron beds and French industrial shelving units in an effortless fusion of old and new. Expect to find the unexpected, such as a taxidermy red deer head, a giant abacus or a reclaimed fire extinguisher lamp. \
This nine-year-old business has become a St Kilda institution. Owner Colin likes to keep it simple. Each beautiful, 1920s European-inspired bike is built to order. There are two prices, $595 for one-speed, and $695 for three-speed. A lot of love is put into constructing these simple, classic designs – and no two bikes are the same. Colin supplies period parts and accessories for enthusiasts restoring bikes of generations past, but nothing gives him more joy than catching a glimpse of one of his unique creations roaming the neighbourhood. \
No matter what you label these designs – mid-century, modern, retro, vintage -– there’s no disputing every piece of furniture at Red Rider is a labour of love. For 15 years, the team here has committed themselves to keeping quality high and prices low, restoring each item in-house. Australianand Danish-made pieces are showcased throughout, waiting to be cherry-picked by people wanting to individualise their homes and offices. Look out for teak sideboards alongside leather and oak daybeds. \
Nurturing emerging and established artists in this prized double-frontage for more than 12 years, the Jackman has become synonymous with Melbourne’s contemporary art scene. A current stable of more than 80 painters, sculptors and photographers is represented. Free exhibitions feature in a sprawling, modern gallery, rotating every three weeks or so. Next door, the stockroom collection houses pieces of art to fit any budget, with staff happy to offer in-house consultations. A sunny rear sculpture garden offers a slice of serenity in bustling St Kilda. \
SacRed HeaRt miSSion op SHop 87a Grey Street 9536 8437 Incense wafts through this impressive church hall seven days a week, as a mix of staff and volunteers bop around to funky soul music. Donations from fashion-conscious locals maintain an enormous selection of men’s and women’s clothing. Homewares, books and bric-a-brac are in no short supply, either. But what really excites the team is the arrival of unique furniture, “stuff you’d pay and arm and a leg for”, that people can snap up for a bargain. Proceeds go towards providing hundreds of free meals each day next door. \ daniel mccullocH
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Chris Bell \ 9764 0077 68 Comer Street Price \ $1.7 million + Private sale
Almost the entire northern side of this residence is glazed and opens to a private sundeck and tropical gardens. The deck and pool back on to Brighton Golf Course and the main bedroom suite, which occupies the second storey, has a big balcony with views over the green. All three ground-level bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and doors to fresh-air areas. The study has garden views. Living, dining and kitchen areas are semi open-plan. The living area has a fireplace, the dining is defined by a contemporary chandelier and the kitchen makes the chefâ€™s job a pleasure with the full kit-out of Miele appliances, stone benchtops and wine-storage facility. At the rear is a large family room with a fireplace and concertina glazing to the timber deck, outdoor kitchen and glass-fenced, solar-heated pool. The main suite has a large walk-in wardrobe and an en suite. \ KAY KEIGHERY
Hocking Stuart \ 9569 3666 12 Beena Avenue Price \ $720,000 â€“ $790,000 Auction \ December 15 at 11am
Inside this 1910 Edwardian, its gorgeous 3.3-metre ceilings are picked out with delicate cornices and ceilings roses, with wooden fretwork high above dark, polished timber floorboards. A spacious formal lounge to your left features an open fireplace in one corner, with dark mantel over floral tiled detail. Pale-cream carpets pick up the delicate floral theme, with an elaborate frosted-bowl chandelier above. Glass french doors open to what could be either a formal dining or a large bedroom, also with a fireplace. Across the hall, two further bedrooms are on either side of a bright bathroom, with a handy linen closet outside. Beside the large, north-facing living space, a large C-shaped kitchen offers plenty of worktop space, a large pantry and stainless-steel appliances. To one side is a laundry and more storage, while the backyard has paved courtyard, lawn and a brick shed. \ STEPHEN A. RUSSELL
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A stone’s throw from all of the shops, cafés and restaurants in Elwood Village, this warehouse-style townhouse is one of two. A navy and silver façade with a carport sets a precedent for the sleek design inside. The two bedrooms are on the ground floor. They each have a built-in wardrobe and share a bathroom with a bath and marble vanity. The rear room also has a courtyard. A combined kitchen, meals and lounge area is upstairs. Exposed steel beams cross the apex-shaped roof, while polished timber floors, granite benchtops and white walls complete the look. Large windows allow the area to fill with natural light and flow seamlessly into the balcony, which has views over the street. This house is ideal for couples or those looking to downsize but still wanting to be in the thick of the action. Elwood Beach and parklands are nearby, as is Elwood College. \ ELIZABETH ANILE
Chisholm and Gamon \ 9531 1245 80 Spray Street Price \ $730,000 – $780,000 Auction \ December 15 at 1pm
Hocking Stuart Bennison Mackinnon \ 9596\ 9864 7055 5000 272Cambridge 30 North RoadStreet Price \ $850,000 $840,000 – $930,000 $920,000 Auction \ December 15 at 1.30pm 11.30am
Updated period living is on offer in this renovated Edwardian that’s within walking distance of Landcox Park, Bay Street shops and Hawthorn Road trams and in the Gardenvale Primary School zone. Three bedrooms (two with fireplaces and two with built-in wardrobes) and a dining room make up the front half of the single-level floor plan. A central foyer leads to a bathroom, a long powder room and a roomy kitchen. The bathroom design combines a timber vanity, glass shower and a vertical mosaic frieze in the bath area. The dining room has Baltic pine floorboards, a fireplace and a cutaway to the kitchen. The kitchen has sea-green floor tiles, Formica benchtops and Blanco appliances. Stretching the width of the house, the carpeted living room presents two glazed exits to the rear balcony. With garage, shed and a cottage-style cubby, the backyard offers peaceful garden privacy. \ KAY KEIGHERY
mal james \ Optimistic OutlOOk despite 2012’s knOcks and blOws
fter a year of ups and downs, 2012 has ended on a positive note – even if the clearance rate of 58 per cent on the 31 auctions we attended for our final auction weekend seems a little subdued. However, there were very strong results at some auctions, with Bidderman, which indicates the average number of bidders per auction, up at two. There were eight keen bidders for the tastefully updated brick dwelling at Grace Park Estate. Auctioneer Scott Patterson was at the helm of the auction, with about 60 people in attendance. Bidding started strongly at $2.6 million and bidders kept joining the contest, until eight bidders fought it out to take the final bid to $3.11 million. This was not the only cracker of an auction. Two others had six bidders: 5 Urquhart Street, Hawthorn, which sold under the hammer for $2.17 million, and 3 Martin Road, Glen Iris, which also sold under the hammer for $1.455 million. We are certainly feeling more optimistic about going into 2013 than we were about going into 2012. There was a feeling then that things were not going to go well, and this was reflected
in the lack of quality houses on the market selling under the hammer, albeit on a and through buyers being reluctant to smallish number of auctions. extend themselves price-wise. After the school holidays and the footy The top end, the $3 million-plus market, finals there was a definite shift to a positive was in particularly dire shape – especially note – we noticed more people at open days in the inner east. At that time, Bayside had and much stronger competition when we a bit more oomph but it wasn’t travelling were bidding. particularly well, either. The Super Saturday of October 27 was a The first bit of life we saw was the sizzler, with more than 150 auctions slated pre-Easter weekend of March 31. In what for the day. It was a big test of the market, was the first of our Super Saturdays, and the clearance rates of more than we saw a 79 per cent clearance rate 70 per cent and a Bidderman rate of That’s on the 34 auctions we covered. what makes 1.8 showed a big improvement on Bidderman was almost at two year’s equivalent, which had Melbourne’s last bidders per auction. a clearance rate of just 43 per cent top end so Easter also saw a surprising and a Bidderman rate of just 1.3. interesting burst of energy at the top of the There was a bit of a stumble top end, with five homes changing after the Melbourne Cup, with more hands for about $10 million. subdued clearance rates of 60 per cent. However, it all went into a downward For a moment we thought that maybe the spiral for winter, with buyers staying away, Super Saturday result was just a dream. even while vendors courageously held out But by the end of November, it was back on price. on, with clearance rates of 75 per cent and During one week in August, almost Bidderman at two. two-thirds of auctions had one or no There was no longer any doubt that the bidders. Clearance rates were down to underlying improved market strength 55 per cent and the situation did not bode sensed in October was still there. well for an exciting spring. There was a feeling of urgency out Then suddenly, as soon as spring arrived, there, as if buyers suddenly realised that there was a welcome turnaround, with Christmas was just around the corner and a 75 per cent clearance rate recorded in they had to act if they wanted a home. early September and one in two properties That sense of driving excitement
even filtered through to the top-end $3 million-plus market. After a dramatic increase in sales in this segment in October, by November the top end could officially be removed from life support. There were about 50 sales of more than $3 million in the inner east and Bayside, making it a very big month and a much stronger finish than 2011. So we will enter 2013 with quite a bit more optimism. Of course, it hinges on so many things: what happens overseas; interest-rate cuts; and job security. But, having survived a few knocks and blows, overall the market feels like it has reached a stage of resilience this year and there’s reason to feel more optimistic for the market during the next 12 months. But, hey, who really knows? That’s what makes the Melbourne top end so interesting! \
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Beyond the original Victorian façade is a fully renovated contemporary house with the finest of everything, such as automatic lights, keyless entry, a built-in speaker system and Foxtel wired throughout. This is an good example of fusing old and new architecture. The right-hand half of a semidetached Victorian, the bricks were sandblasted and tuck-pointed to achieve its look. The main bedroom is on the right. It has a large walkin wardrobe and luxurious en suite with a freestanding, modern bathtub, marble vanity and porcelain tiles. The hall leads through to the combined kitchen, meals and living space. The kitchen features marble benchtops, Smeg appliances and a walk-in butler’s pantry. The backyard doubles as car space and can be entered from Little Greig Street. A timber staircase leads up to two more bedrooms with built-in wardrobes and a bathroom, while the front bedroom has a deck. \ ELIZABETH ANILE
Cayzer \ 9699 5999 7 Greig Street Price \ $1.75 million + For sale
Hocking Stuart Bentleigh 9557 7733 3
Kay & Burton Brighton 9592 6522 4
This quiet cul-de-sac close to Fitzroy and Acland streets is an ideal environment for this contemporary apartment by renowned Melbourne architect Nonda Katsalidis, also responsible for Eureka Tower. Located on the third and top floor, apartment eight is reached via intercom security and arty stairwell. The living area has custom storage, timber floors and a glass wall to a big, street-facing terrace angled for full city views. The kitchen has timber and stainless-steel benchtops and integrated appliances, and the adjoining dining area has a cleverly designed, hideaway study. Glass doors in the dining zone open to the L-shaped rear terrace, where views extend eastward. There is a powder room on this level. The second level has three bedrooms, a laundry and a bathroom. The main suite has a walk-in wardrobe and an en suite, while the two other bedrooms have built-in wardrobes. There are two basement car parks and a storage cage. \ KAY KEIGHERY
Buxton \ 9536 7222 8/16 St Leonards Avenue Price \ $1 million – $1.1 million Auction \ December 15 at 1pm
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Hocking Stuart Caulfield 8532 5200 4
1/43 Lahona Avenue, Bentleigh East ................................................................. Price: $620,000 - $680,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday December 15 at 2.30pm ................................................................. OFI Wed 4.45-5.15pm; Sat from 2pm .................................................................
29 Cosham Street, Brighton ................................................................. Price: $2.7 million + ................................................................. Auction Saturday December 15 at 3pm ................................................................. OFI Wed 1.45-2.15pm .................................................................
41-43 Little Leveson Street, North Melbourne ................................................................. Price: POA ................................................................. Auction Private auction December 20 at 7pm ................................................................. OFI By registered appointment only .................................................................
21 Mitchell Road, Caulfield North ................................................................. Price: $1.849 million ................................................................. Private sale ................................................................. OFI By appointment .................................................................
Striking three-bedroom, two-bathroom stunner with rich timber floors, north-facing living/dining, two decks and secure double auto parking on own title.
Original and unrenovated period house on a 930sqm (approx) allotment, offers spacious living areas, decorative ceilings, floorboards and north-facing garden.
One day, perhaps, lots of inner-city residences will look like this. Until then, this stunning house, moments from great cafés and trams to town, will lead the way.
The perfect family home, with four bedrooms, open-plan study and three living areas. In a fantastic location, you will be amazed by this stunning house.
Let's eat lunch @ AJ's Bakery, 243 East Boundary Rd Let's eat dinner @ Little Thai, 699 Centre Rd Let's drink coffee @ Espresso Affair, 688 Centre Rd
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Families wanting to buy into the prized McKinnon College zone will be instantly attracted to this four-bedroom renderedbrick townhouse. It has everything a big family could wish for. To make the most of its north-south orientation, the combined living and kitchen area has been placed at the back of the house. Sun pours into this room throughout the day, and windows have been installed along the westerly wall to capitalise on the sun. Bifold doors open up to outside decking, which leads to lawn below. The kitchen is an expanse of ochre-coloured granite benchtops and stainless-steel Blanco appliances, including a double oven and a five-burner stove top. There’s another internal decked courtyard in the middle of the house. One bedroom is downstairs and three more are on the first floor. Art deco fans will fall in love with the curves on some of the internal walls upstairs; two bedrooms have unusual rounded corners. \ LeXI COTTee
Hodges \ 9533 0999 17a Wicklow street Price \ $895,000 – $995,000 Auction \ December 15 at 11.30am
Sprawling over 1150 square metres on a double block, this contemporary residence is your gateway to luxury. Polished floorboards stretch throughout the living areas, with inlaid detail at the entrance hall. The formal living and dining areas are left of entry, with an open fireplace and plantation shutters. A generous study is just to the right of the main door. The huge kitchen and meals area in the north-east corner is a fantastic space with granite and sparkling metal finishes. A curved island bench faces a large Smeg oven. Bifold doors reveal a family room that continues through, past the laundry and powder room, to the bedrooms. All four are spacious, with built-in wardrobes and plantation shutters. The main has a marble-appointed en suite with corner spa bath raised on a tiled plinth. The second bathroom is also spacious, with tessellated tiles. A huge backyard is paved and includes a four-car garage and home office. \ sTePHeN A. rUsseLL
Buxton Bentleigh \ 9563 9933 24 Mackie road Price \ $960,000 – $1.04 million Auction \ December 15 at 11.30am
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Bentleigh East 1/43 Lahona Avenue Single level living the lifestyle! A striking home with dramatic style, this quality 3 bedroom 2 bathroom stunner accessorises your lifestyle. Beautiful with its rich timber floors, high ceilings & luxury porcelain bathrooms, this open plan haven enjoys 3 double bedrooms (fitted BIRs, main with ensuite), north facing open plan entertaining with custom workstation, designer stone kitchen (Euro appliances) & a fitted laundry. Enjoying two sun drenched decks to escape to in stylishly landscaped gardens, this idyllic home features ducted heating, air cond and internal access to secure double parking via auto door. On its own title, moments to Tucker Rd shops, schools, parks & bus, minutes to Centre Rd cafes & train. 3
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2 Wed 4.45 - 5.15pm & Sat from 2.00pm Sat 15th December - 2.30pm 77 / H3 $620,000 - $680,000 Bentleigh 390 Centre Road 3204 9557 7733 Trent Collie 0425 740 484 Nick Renna 0411 551 190
Bentleigh East 45 Lancaster Street A Tudor infusion of designer family luxury. Transformed into a contemporary family lifestyle haven, this engaging 4 bedrm + study 2.5 bathrm Tudor classic has all the designer touches. Rich with character, this inviting home enjoys a stunning lounge (gas fire), north facing dining, downstairs main bedroom (BIRs & spa bathroom), Blackwood kitchen with s/steel benchtops, sun filled casual living with bay meals area & fully equipped theatre room. The rear garden is a place for family leisure with a covered deck (spa), gazebo, basketball hoop & gorgeous gardens. Complete with Spotted Gum floors, ducted heating, evap cooling, video intercom, alarm & carport. In the McKinnon Sec College zone, easy walk to schools & bus. 4
Wed 4.30 - 5.00pm & Sat from 1.00pm Sat 15th December - 1.30pm 68 / H10 > PRICE POA > OFFICE Bentleigh 390 Centre Road 3204 > TEL 9557 7733 > CONTACT Rob Manning 0414 895 745 Nick Renna 0411 551 190 > VIEW > AUCTION > MEL REF
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Moorabbin 9A Matilda Road Contemporary excellence at its exceptional best. Architect designed with spectacular style. This stunning new 4 bedrm + study nook, 2.5 bathrm masterpiece by Lilley Building Group impresses with its quality interiors & dramatic facade with extended eaves. Stunning European Oak timber floors, high ceilings, & full height 2-pac doors, this eye-opening sensation showcases 3 entertaining zones (gas fire), luxury marble/stone Bosch kitchen (& butlerâ€™s pantry) & a designer pergola over the bluestone alfresco area with BBQ kitchen in manicured gardens. Fully fitted with R/C ducted air cond, ducted vac, alarm, video intercom, LED lighting, great storage & auto garage, itâ€™s the new suburban benchmark, close to schools, parks, bus & Waves. 4
Wed 5.30 - 6.00pm, Sat as advertised & Sun from 2.00pm > AUCTION Sun 16th December - 2.30pm > MEL REF 77 / J7 > EPR $700,000 - $780,000 > OFFICE Bentleigh 390 Centre Road 3204 > TEL 9557 7733 > CONTACT Trent Collie 0425 740 484 Nick Renna 0411 551 190 > VIEW
Murrumbeena 487 Neerim Road Mortgagees auction. On the beautiful Riley Reserve in this most coveted pocket in Murrumbeena, this enormous 3142sqm (33,765sqft) approx of land is possibly the most sought after parcel of development land in Melbourne. With the potential for all homes in your plans to have magnificent park views, this enviable block will set a precedence in designer lifestyle living. Brilliantly located to Murrumbeena Village, train, gorgeous bike/walking trails and the shopping, gastronomic & entertainment mecca at Chadstone Shopping Centre.
3142 (approx) Sat as advertised Thurs 20th December - 6.30pm 69 / A5 > PRICE POA > OFFICE Carnegie 59 Koornang Road 3163 > TEL 9569 3666 > CONTACT Gary Walton 0407 597 498 Mark Staples 0411 527 174 > VIEW > AUCTION > MEL REF
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Black Rock 44 First Street Contemporary luxury on a grand entertaining scale. Imposing, impressive, inspirational - this architect designed 4 bedroom 2.5 bathroom showpiece defines luxury living on so many levels. Set back from the street with a boardwalk walkway, this contemporary masterpiece provides 3 stylish living areas (gas fire) including a remarkable open plan entertaining area with pebble fire & dramatic ceilings, showcasing a stunning stone Miele kitchen (WI pantry), downstairs main bedroom (WIR & divine ensuite), sliding doors to a sublime solar heated pool & alfresco garden (BBQ kitchen). Flawless with its finishes, it boasts Spotted Gum floors, R/C air conditioning, ducted vacuum, alarm, keyless entry & double auto garage. Walk to beach, golf clubs & Village. 46 The weekly review \ DECEMBER 12, 2012
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Wed 2.00 - 2.30pm & Sat from 1.00pm Sat 15th December - 1.30pm 86 / A5 $1,675,000 - $1,825,000 Sandringham 62-64 Station Street 3191 9521 9800 Lachlan Hosking 0414 999 689 Jenny Dwyer 0418 528 988
Hampton 7 St Kilian St (cnr Margarita St) With a sense of space and serenity, this impressive single level home is filled with light and design excellence. Formal and informal living areas with north facing private entertaining terrace, 3 bedrooms plus study/4th bedroom. Prestige style near the beach, Hampton St and train.
Wed 11.30 - 12.00pm & Sat from 11.30am > AUCTION Sat 15th December - 12.00pm > MEL REF 76 / F4 > EPR $1,490,000 - $1,590,000 > OFFICE Sandringham 62-64 Station Street 3191 > TEL 9521 9800 > CONTACT Jenny Dwyer 0418 528 988 John Clarkson 0408 153 045 > VIEW
Elsternwick 1/33 Hartington Street A unique 1st floor residence of penthouse proportions, this outstanding 4 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment enjoys a marble foyer, magnificent open plan living & dining, modern kitchen/meals, 2 marble terraces & 2 auto garages.
Sun from 12.00pm Sun 16th December - 12.30pm 67 / H5 $590,000 - $650,000 Caulfield 616 Glenhuntly Road 3162 > TEL 8532 5200 > CONTACT Max Pisano 0418 378 900 Marshall Rushford 0418 396 981 > VIEW > AUCTION > MEL REF > EPR > OFFICE
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DECEMBER 12, 2012 \ The weekly review 47
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