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Virginia trioli \ HOME TRUTHS ABOUT THE WAR ON DRUGS
ou don’t often hear battle-hardened generals issuing a blunt command to abandon the field of war, but that’s exactly what the former Australian Federal Police commissioner Mick Palmer did last week when he declared, with no emotion, that the so-called war against drugs in this country was a complete failure. The policies of illicit drug “prohibition” – an intriguing term – just weren’t working, he said: prices were lower, drugs were freely available, we victimise and criminalise users and, despite policing being better than ever before, a law-enforcement approach hasn’t made any difference at all – in fact, Palmer said, we’ve created more harm and damage than good. It was as comprehensive a demolition of current drug policy in this country as I have ever heard. Actually, beyond some very special interest groups, I’ve not heard such a condemnation before at all. Usually all those wearing the uniform sing loudly and defiantly from the same song sheet: that the fist of the law will crack down hard and fast on all aspects of illicit drug production, distribution and use. But Palmer, the man who once claimed ethnic crime gangs are largely responsible for
the rising rates of violent offences in our capital cities, and whose organisation fiercely prosecuted the case of zero-tolerance for all aspects of the illicit drug trade, has seen enough. He’s been waving the white flag for some time now, but this, his most recent call, coincides with another high-profile battle cry, and the contrast between the two could not be more stark. Just last month, the Crime Commission released its annual drugs report showing a number of record highs in illicit drug seizures, arrests, and weight of drug hauls. Palmer says the net result is a flawed policy that criminalises the activities of young people, forces them into buying backyard drugs that send profits into the pockets of criminals. The war is over. But in the face of this reality, Prime Minister Tony Abbott was urging his troops to remain at the ramparts. “We are ensuring that the war on drugs is fought as fiercely as we humanly can.” But then this: “It’s not a war we will ever finally win … but you’ve got to fight it.” Reformers such as Palmer don’t see the point any more, and they are prepared to enter the political death-zone of decriminalisation – but as Palmer
acknowledges, this is what you can do as a public figure when you’re no longer worried about being re-elected. I’m sceptical that the tabloid culture of this country will ever allow a sensible discussion about legalisation (and I worry about the signal this might send to impressionable users) so I am more attracted to Palmer’s general point about opening up a realistic and honest discussion with young people about their drug use. John Ryan, from the drug research centre the Penington Institute, says we can’t expect the government to solve this problem; families need to be taught the skills needed to deal with this within their families – and that requires directness, information, honesty and realism. How scary does that sound? When was the last time you had a genuinely honest discussion with your children about drug use? One that accepts a desire by some to experiment? One that acknowledges that drug use can be self-medication for undiagnosed issues of mental health? I can’t think of a more compassionate, informed place for this problem to be dealt with than within the family. It’s certainly not a problem that the guns of law and order have managed to solve. \
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\ Ben Thomas RUMINATES ON GOOD HOPS
hen it comes to beer, there are hops and there are hops. It’s fair to say you’d have to be quite the beer boffin to be able to pick the difference between Galaxy or Nelson Sauvin or your Pride of Ringwood in a beer, but boy do hops make a difference in a beer’s character. “Different hops bring different characters to beer,” says Cascade’s head brewer, Mike Unsworth. “Some are good at imparting bitterness and others contribute more to the flavour and aroma of a beer. It’s all to do with the chemical components that are contained within the hops, particularly in the glands.” Hops are added at different stages of the brewing process – for bittering at the start and for flavour and aroma towards the end – and often different hops are chosen for the characters they bring to the beer. “In hops that are good for bittering, you have what are known as alpha acids, and when they’re boiled up they impart a lot of bitterness,” Unsworth says. “What actually happens is that during the boil [of the brew] the acids change. The heat that’s imparted in the brew makes them more bitter. It’s a process known as isomerisation, where the acids become a more bitter compound.” Bittering hops are added at the start of the boil as heat and time are required for the isomerisation process to achieve maximum bitterness. “On the other hand, contained within some hops there are more volatile components and they contribute to flavour and aroma,” Unsworth says. “These are things that boil off – add them too early and you end up blowing most of their characters out the chimney.” Online only » Ben Thomas’ beer selections
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While Foster’s may be Australia’s best-known contribution to the world of beer, our development of a couple of hop varieties – Pride of Ringwood and Galaxy – may be our most important. “The Pride of Ringwood hop that was developed in the 1950s is probably the best truly bitter hop and is used worldwide,” Unsworth says. He says Cascade first trialled Galaxy hops in its seasonal First Harvest beer, which uses fresh hops, picked on the day the brew starts. Working with Hop Products Australia, which has been farming hops in Tasmania for more than 150 years, Cascade produces its First Harvest beer as a testing ground for new hop varieties. “The Galaxy hop was first used in First Harvest in 2006, when it was an experimental hop,” Unsworth says. “We use all experimental hops in First Harvest, had a good result with Galaxy and it has gone on to become a major commercial variety. We now use Galaxy in a couple of beers. And it’s quite an unusual hop – it is quite bitter but it’s also got a strong aroma.” Cascade releases its 2014 First Harvest this week and I was on hand for the picking of this year’s three experimental hops: Brooker for bittering, Argyle for flavour and the aromatic Macquarie. Later that day I added the Argyle hops to the flavour stage of the 20,000-litre, limited-edition First Harvest brew. Who knows, one of those new hops may go on to be the next big thing in beer. \ firstname.lastname@example.org Ben travelled to Tasmania as a guest of Cascade
Food \ Leanne tolra REVIEWS THE RICKSHAW
an you imagine rickshaws plying the streets of Fitzroy? Picking up customers and ferrying them to dinner? Amit Tuteja, owner of the six-month-old The Rickshaw in Gertrude Street, is considering importing a few, ostensibly to transport local customers to and from his restaurant. They’ll need to be slightly more operable than the front panel of the modern, motorised tuk-tuk that decorates his homely brick-walled, mesh-ceiling-lined restaurant. The Rickshaw sports framed images of the tiny transporters over the ages in an otherwise understated, simply furnished narrow space that belonged to Tandoori Times. Tuteja and his family also operate Tandoori Times in St Kilda and Yarraville and closed their Gertrude Street outlet for renovation late last year, reopening with the new concept in December. I’ve seen snappier fit-outs and sampled more sophisticated Asian-fusion menus in the past 12 months, but there’s something inherently likeable and approachable about The Rickshaw and its combination of window-bar, street-side and small-table seating. Families will enjoy its sharing menu, its pleasant, attentive staff and the fun of the showpiece tuk-tuk. We all love a good theme. The menu spans India and Asia and features the ubiquitous “street food” that’s so Melbourne right now. (Actually it’s a bit last year, but possibly longer to come.) It’s reasonably priced and is backed by a carefully selected drinks list that includes quality middle-brow wines, Asian beers and sake. We skipped tuk-tuk buns with wok-tossed pork neck or seared wagyu, and began table negotiations over the small bites list. DIY rice paper rolls? Duck salad? Or a Pacific oyster tri-cycle – natural, chilli and daikon with a yuzu shooter? The Penang bowl went past us, on its way to our neighbours. It was the dish of the night. A wooden board bearing a tiny bowl of pickled, shredded vegetables, another of russet-toned, coconut-rich ground chicken and aromatic spices, served with wedges of crisply toasted naan bread. Nut-free and without spice-induced heat, it’s a yin-and-yang balance of texture and flavour that’s already a menu staple. Chef Pui Cho spent seven years at Federation Square’s Chocolate Buddha and a short stint at South Wharf’s Thai street-food purveyor and bicycle-themed Bang Pop. She’s taken a free hand with the concept at The Rickshaw and experiments confidently with flavours. I liked the spice-rating warnings on her menu and her relaxed approach to dialling pungency up or down according to diner whim. The Rickshaw Feast option, four courses chosen by the chef, will help the indecisive and appeal to the budget-conscious, too. We enjoyed her chicken 65 – Indian-influenced and spiced, battered and fried bite-sized pieces of poultry served with a warning about the hot split green chilli accompaniment. Fried curry leaves, a lightly spiced yoghurt sauce and more of the shredded pickled
Confident with flavours: Pui Cho is the chef at The Rickshaw in Fitzroy. (darrian traynor)
vegetables – carrot, daikon, cucumber, red capsicum one, it’s ideal to share. Spice-lovers will probably choose and sliced red chillies – rounded out the myriad the drunken noodles with wild ginger and Yamazaki flavours admirably. whisky. That comes with a double chilli heat warning. But I liked the next dish less, mostly because of the To finish, there’s lemongrass crème brûlée and repetition of the pickled vegetables, but also for its coconut sago pudding that we can’t tell you about. But overcooked main protein. Four cubes of slow-cooked don’t miss the Thai tea panna cotta – the just-wobbly pork belly, drenched in a very fine, rich, dark cream jelly sets in a pretty, golden infusion of bitter Chinese-style soy and ginger stock, were black tea, ginger, sugar and honey. The flower served with said vegetables and stock-braised garnish changes, but the edible pineapple sage “WE ALL soft-boiled egg. It missed the mark, but might flower on ours added a delightful intensity to be better on another night. LOVE A GOOD the dish. Flawless floor service is overseen by Yordan The Rickshaw works for drinks and a THEME” Rusev, who didn’t frequent our table but could quick bite, solo diners and feast-sharers, be heard charming other diners. alike. Choose carefully to avoid ingredient and The Rickshaw Ma Po, a take on a Sichuan accompaniment repetition (I think we ended up classic, contains little heat and could be one for the with too much minced chicken) and be adventurous dial-up list. It’s a colourful combination of minced with requests for spice alteration. chicken, eggplant, firm tofu, onion and capsicum in a Oh, and honk the tuk-tuk horn (or have your photo soy-based stock. It’s served spilling out of a section of taken in the vehicle) on the way out. \ email@example.com hollowed eggplant and soaks deliciously into rice. Order the Malaysian-influenced char kuay tiew – To read more reviews stir-fried rice noodles, a few tiger prawns and ground www.theweeklyreview.com.au/food chicken, served under an omelette blanket; too much for
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My view \ katrina hall leaves competitive cooking to the ottolenghi clan
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he only people I know who understand Ottolenghi cookbooks are coming for dinner tomorrow night. Actually, not only do they understand them, they’ve managed to find all the ingredients for one of his salads in a single day of shopping. These people are serious about food. They’ve been known to marinate lamb three days before a casual mid-week dinner. They parboil potatoes before they roast them. Their kids will sit down to a plate of stuffed onions and fattoush. Their cupboards are filled with jars of things I’ve never heard of – dukkah, harissa and zhoug, which one could be forgiven for thinking are the names of people they know except that they’re condiments from the Ottolenghi cookbook. How am I going to pull off dinner for them when my signature dish is roast chicken stuffed with herbs from a Donna Hay book someone gave me 15 years ago? I find working with more than four ingredients a challenge. I overcook lamb. My most ambitious dessert is Eskimo Pies with strawberries. And I like fennel but avoid it because I’m not sure how to cut into it. How can I tell my food-literate friends that I once spent an afternoon in the IGA looking for garam masala in the booze section? That I wouldn’t know a stick of lemon grass if I fell over it. That I manage my cooking anxiety by being hyper-organised and peaking early, so by the time guests arrive everything’s dry and overcooked and I’m ready for bed. I can sense a competitive-cooking dinner-party cycle brewing, and I need to put a lid on that dutch oven before it starts to simmer. I have no time for upping the ante every time someone cooks a nice dinner for me,
and no interest in getting up at dawn to get started on a pork belly and iron the linen. I’ve been in a competitive-cooking dinner-party cycle before, and it’s vicious. It was a while ago, back in the day when we were in share houses and cooking was a novelty. Actually, eating anything other than dim sims and spaghetti bolognese was a novelty. They were heady days. We dined high on the hog – well, actually dinners were more nostalgic for our mums’ cooking than grand, as we mastered old Kooka stoves with one operating burner and ovens that no one ever cleaned. We ate corned beef with mash and tuna bake, and sometimes punched higher than our weight with pesto made from scratch. And then we’d smoked a couple of Benson & Hedges between courses. Right now, I’d do anything for a plate of my old roomies’ hand-crumbed chicken schnitzels, which she garnished artistically with warm avocado and hollandaise. Sadly, we fell out after I accidently dropped a plate of her hand-crafted tiramisu when I pulled it out of the fridge. She called it sabotage, but the truth is that the tiramisu’s demise was caused by too many glasses of Houghton’s White Burgundy on my part. It’s not hard to see where my anxiety comes from. Anyway, someone suggested I do a beef burgundy because it’s safe, reasonably simple, and slow-cooked for long enough you can’t tell if I burnt the onion and garlic a bit at the start. And no lemon grass. \ firstname.lastname@example.org
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John Lennon THE UNSEEN BEATLES In three short years, beginning in Melbourne in 1964, Robert “Bob” Whitaker managed to compile a remarkable photographic dossier on one of the biggest musical phenomena of the 20th century. A selection of Whitaker’s rare, signed photographs of The Beatles from behind the scenes will be exhibited for sale at Marios café beginning May 21. Whitaker photographed The Beatles in a thousand moods. A highlight of Way out the exhibition is Whitaker’s famous 1966 shot of The Beatles covered in meat, the infamous “butcher” cover, now considered a rare collectors’ item as it was deemed too distasteful and pulled from distribution shortly after its release. ■ Exhibition opens May 21, Marios café, 303 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. www.marioscafe.com.au
CASTAWAY WITH KITTY FLANAGAN Your top five films of all time can say a lot about who you are. The Australian Centre for the Moving Image’s Desert Island Flicks program invites cinephiles to join celebrity “castaways” as they reveal the personal stories behind their top five flicks – the only films they could pack if they were banished to a desert island. The latest castaway in the series is one of Australia’s best comedians, Kitty Flanagan, who will be stranded at ACMI for the evening of May 22. The host, Media and Communications Professor Deb Verhoeven, will draw out little-known insights into Flanagan’s life. ■ Thursday, May 22, 7pm. ACMI Studio 1, Federation Square. Tickets: $15/$12, ACMI members $11. www.acmi.net.au
includes music that promises to transport audiences to a Russian speakeasy. A collection of nine animated short films will screen – relics of a totalitarian past, they’ve since fallen into obscurity. With hypnotic soundtracks, these films will take viewers on a journey to the most pivotal conflicts and heated ideological wars of the 20th century. ■ May 17, 2pm. Bella Union Level 1, Trades Hall. Corner Victoria and Lygon streets, Carlton South Cost: $12/$10. www.hraff.org.au
ANNE FRANK, FROM DIARY TO BOOK Anne Frank is one of the most enduringly iconic figures to be associated with the Holocaust. Her famous diary has sold more than 30 million copies and has inspired countless other creations. In Anne Frank Unbound: Media, Imagination, Memory, New York-based editor and Jewish culture expert Jeffrey Shandler explores the ways in which the text has provoked responses from writers, artists, filmmakers and historians. In this lecture, presented by the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Professor Shandler examines how Anne Frank’s story has been converted into a book of essays that challenge perceptions while still affirming the power of her diary as a physical symbol of connection. ■ May 15, 6.15-7.15pm The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Free. Bookings essential. www.wheelercentre.com THE MARGARET LAWRENCE ORATION Mural Hall will showcase a night of music, dance, film and philanthropic inspiration as part of the Give it Up for Margaret festival. The Margaret Lawrence Oration will be delivered
by Dr Barry Jones AO with an introduction by Jan Cochrane-Harry. The evening will be hosted by comedian Hannah Gadsby with performances by St Martins Youth Arts Centre, Somebody’s Daughter Theatre Company, music and dance students from the Victorian College of the Arts and film content created by Aphids. ■ May 19, 6.30-8.30pm (doors open 6pm). Mural Hall, Level 6, Myer Building. Bourke Street Mall giveitupformargaret.com MUSIC THE TOPP TWINS Identical twin sisters Lynda and Jools Topp are New Zealand national treasures who have performed around the world as an original comedy-music duo for more than 30 years. The Topp Twins are masters of reinvention on stage, changing character, musical style and gender with ease. The duo return to Melbourne armed with guitar, mouth harp and spoons, ready to deliver original songs and character comedy with their trademark style. ■ May 22-24, The Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio. Tickets: $30-$49 www.artscentremelbourne.com.au \ COMPILED BY ISABELLE LANE
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a high note ANDRA JACKSON meets jazz singer Fem Belling
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or jazz singer and violinist Fem Belling, the proverb that every cloud has a silver lining rang true after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had just finished performing the role of Liza Minnelli in the musical The Boy From Oz to great acclaim in 2011 when the bad news came. At 32, Belling was told she had a particularly rare and aggressive cancer. “The tumour doubled in size in 15 days,” she says. Once over the initial shock, Belling resolved to stare down the cancer. The tumour, caught in the early stage, was removed. “Then came the long journey; I did the whole thing of chemo and radiation.” But she refused to let the cancer take over her life. “I was very firm with everyone,” she says. “I went to my band and I told them, ‘Don’t you dare not book me’.” There were days when she wanted to retreat but
Belling found that, when she had a jazz gig, her spirits she met and later married South African jazz pianist revived. “Performing was the only thing I could do.” Howard Belling. She bought some wigs but sometimes she just Their talented daughter attended an arts school while performed bald. “It really wasn’t a big thing,” she says. growing up in Johannesburg, where leading South Her boyfriend, skier Casey Macrae, was her rock, she African jazz musicians such as Hugh Masekela were says, and two years down the track “everything is back” frequent visitors to the family home. In 1993 she came However, there is one lasting change and that is to Melbourne for three years to study ballet with in her voice: “From the stress and the chemo, my the National Theatre. voice had gone up at the top.” Returning to South Africa, she was “From the The treatment left her with the unexpected rehearsing for Swan Lake when asked to chemo, my bonus of an extra three high notes in her audition for a stage production of Oklahoma voice had range. People began remarking they could that needed a singer, dancer and musician. gone up” hear shades of the great American jazz vocalist Belling was selected and found herself drawn Blossom Dearie in Belling’s new voice. “It gives to musicals. you more control, especially for jazz ballads,” she With the lifting of sanctions against apartheid, says of her extended range. South Africa hosted its first Broadway musical As a performer with a dual career in stage musicals tour, Cats. Belling joined the cast for its world tour. and jazz singing, the idea came to her of devising a Afterwards she settled in London for seven years theatrical work about Dearie. performing in West End shows, including Fame. I meet South African-born Belling, who migrated She kept up her jazz career, performing at clubs such to Australia in 2009, at a café in Glenferrie Road, as the famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. Hawthorn. It is a suburb with many connections for her. She excels at scat (wordless) singing. “I am so excited It’s where her late grandmother lived so it was natural about how the voice can sound without words.” for Belling and her family to gravitate there on moving Belling never saw Dearie perform live, but felt a to Australia. connection to the great American chanteuse when she Just up the road is Methodist Ladies’ College, where discovered that Macrae’s father had been Dearie’s tour her mother was a student. A flamenco dancer, her manager for her Australian tours. mother also worked as a croupier on a cruise ship, where “He gave me a few insights into her,” she says.
Belling’s one-woman tribute show, Dear Blossom, was unveiled in last year’s Melbourne Cabaret Festival. The response led to its booking for next month’s Melbourne International Jazz Festival. It will be staged at the Malthouse Theatre where, coincidentally, Dearie also performed, Belling says. Dearie, who died in 2009, had a fragile, little-girl voice with a high reach. She was an exponent of the vocalese style of singing which sets words to famous instrumental solos. Her lyrics were often satirical and her best-known songs are Peel Me a Grape and I’m Hip. Belling describes her show as weaving a dramatic story based on her research into Dearie’s career. The story is told from the perspective of a fan, but the songs are all Dearie’s. For Belling, the call of South Africa and its infectious rhythms remains. She returned two years ago to perform in Dance For a Cure, a fund-raising cancer awareness campaign. The irrepressible Belling also performs in Melbourne as a singer and dancer with her brother, Zvi, in the Public Opinion Afro Orchestra. As well, she leads her own trio, performs in the Joe Ruberto Trio and in a family group with her father and brother. \ email@example.com
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37 South Wharf Drive The Pinnacle Of DOcklanDs living Stunning sophisticated elegance coupled with a vibrant Docklands location makes this 4 bed, 2.5 bath home one that will be admired by many. Over 3 fantastic levels, this light-filled haven boasts an expansive central lounge, dedicated dining room, state of the art kitchen with Miele appliances, 4 sizeable bedrooms on the ground level including the master retreat (WIR, ensuite), entertainment room, ground floor courtyard, separate decks on the 2 other levels, and double remote garage. • Great zoned living including huge central lounge and dining room • Uber modern kitchen boasts Miele appliances and a breakfast bar • Master retreat features a large walk-in robe and double vanity ensuite • Fabulous and flexible entertainment room located on the top level • Ground floor courtyard and 2 further decks with stunning city views
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we love it Most people at a recent inspection of this extended Californian bungalow were astounded by the space on offer. With three bedrooms on the ground level, another three upstairs and a choice of living areas, it puts a deep block to excellent use. The front garden is cleverly designed, with
exotic greenery, a parking area and a carport. Painted olive green, the weatherboard façade has shingled gables and moulded cement detail. Two of the downstairs bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and the other has a bay window. The central living room has a cutaway to the hall and ornate ceiling detail. Crowd enthusiasm gained volume as those inspecting took the dog-leg hall to the vast, semi
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open-plan kitchen, dining and family area. With granite benchtops and integrated appliances, the huge kitchen zone impresses. Glass doors in the dining zone open to the rear patio, which has covered and uncovered areas creating significant outdoor entertainment space. The paved patio extends to neat gardens with a cubby house.
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ELWOOD \ 3/49 Broadway
The main bedroom is at the rear of the second storey. With a door to a side balcony, a walk-in wardrobe and direct access to a bathroom with an open-shower-and-bath chamber, it makes for secluded retreat. Plenty of attic storage, heating and cooling and a leafy location moments from Merri Creek parklands, cafes, trams and shops add to the property’s appeal. \ KAY KEIGHERY
Auction \ May 17 at 10.30am
PORT MELBOURNE \ 193 Princes Street
With its classic art deco façade, this building looks like it belongs in Miami Beach, Florida. Designed by architect James Esmond Dorney in 1936, Windermere is a two-storey block of apartments. One of Melbourne’s most famous examples of this style of architecture, the building has wraparound balconies, horizontal planes and intricate brickwork. One of just six apartments, No. 3 still has many of its deco details such as fireplaces, ornate ceilings and steel-framed windows. A red door opens to a small entry hall, which leads to the living room. Around the corner is the kitchen, which has an interesting interplay of colour and texture. Timber cabinetry frames a green mosaic splashback and there are stainless-steel appliances and stone benchtops. The apartment has two bedrooms. The main, which is particularly spacious, has built-in wardrobes. Towards the back of the building there is an external staircase that leads up to an enormous rooftop terrace that residents have decked out with furniture, barbecues, plants and barrels of herbs. \ FRANCESCA CARTER
Just a block from Bay Street and Port Melbourne beach, this contemporary townhouse is in a ripper spot. The cement-rendered façade is classic ’90s minimalism, with clean lines, a contrasting grey palette and box-like forms. Inside, the clean design continues with a straightforward floor plan – living areas are on the ground floor and sleeping quarters are upstairs. Whether you come through the garage or the front door, the house’s entrance opens to a spacious family living, dining and kitchen area. Textured floorboards soften the fresh, white palette throughout the ground floor. The kitchen has stainless-steel appliances and a white-tiled splashback. It looks over the living area and the landscaped courtyard. Upstairs are three generously sized bedrooms, each with a coloured feature wall and built-in wardrobes. The main bedroom has a tiled en suite and a grey feature wall. It also has french doors leading out to a Juliet balcony, which overlooks the quiet streetscape. Accessed from upstairs is a rooftop timber deck with views of the city skyline. \ FRANCESCA CARTER
Chisholm and Gamon \ 9531 1245
Price \ $580,000 – $615,000
Auction \ May 24 at 11am
Biggin & Scott \ 8671 3777 Price \ $1 million + Auction \ May 24 at 12.30pm MAY 15, 2014 \ The weekly review 15
Melbourne Level 2/9 McKillop Street THE EXCELSIOR â€“ ART DECO SPLENDOUR Rare opportunity to secure a WHOLE FLOOR in this gorgeous Art Deco building that sits on the corner of Little Collins and McKillop Streets. With the lift opening directly into the apartment, you will want to make this one yours. Comprising a well proportioned sparkling kitchen with quality stainless steel appliances, 2 well proportioned bedrooms with plenty of built in robes, 2 bathrooms and generous open living area with doors opening onto your own balcony. You will see for yourself why this striking apartment has been so greatly loved and enjoyed by its owner for many many years. With its quaint laneway location, a stroll in any direction reveals delectable cafes, eating places and boutiques all a heartbeat away, this is Melbourne living at its very best. This one needs to go to the top of your viewing list. QUALITY LIVING IN A UNIQUE AND BOUTIQUE BUILDING. | 7th June at 1pm | $530,000+
Inspect | Thursday 15th 12-12:30pm & Saturday 17th 1-1:30pm Contact | Gina Donazzan 0412 430 326 / Mark Connellan 0413 370 281
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Melbourne 2905/87 Franklin Street Franklin loFts Penthouse This two level apartment with Multi-Million dollar views will be sure to please. With views to the Carlton Gardens and the Exhibition building and surrounds. This Penthouse paints a pretty picture that enhances as evening draws near. The evening display of lights on the eastern skyline is breathtaking indeed. Downstairs has beautiful timber floors throughout, the designer stone kitchen overlooks the living area and boasts an oversized gas cook top with 5 burners plus a wok burner. The oversized oven also ensures you can cook up a storm. Stainless steel appliances, a double sink and dishwasher, complete the picture of this lovely kitchen with plenty of work space and storage too. Upstairs to the generous carpeted bedrooms, the master is simply huge, both with well proportioned built in robes. The sparkling fully tiled main bathroom is easily assessable with a great design. Enjoy the full length private terrace where you may entertain your friends, barbeque and share a bottle of wine as they take in the glorious views on offer. Reverse Cycle heating and cooling, separate laundry, powder room and 2 car parks and store room on separate titles. This is a superb building with on site building manager, fully equipped gym with sauna and heated pool. This one has it all. | 31st May at 11am | $720,000+
Inspect | Thursday 15th 5-5:30pm & Saturday 17th 12-12:30pm Contact | Gina Donazzan 0412 430 326 / Mark Connellan 0413 370 281
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