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t must be all the sugar. How else to explain the visceral and vituperative reaction by so many otherwise mild-mannered citizens to the arrival of October 31, otherwise known as Halloween? I prefer to call it All Hallows’ Eve, and it’s a tradition that I love, but we’ll get to that. That deep and unreconstructed vein of antiAmericanism in Australia that seems to coexist quite knowingly with an equally deep vein of happy pro-Americanism was knotting itself into a DVT of rage on Thursday. On News Breakfast a large number of viewers were not happy that this day was even being mentioned: Halloween was just cheap American commercialism, went the complaints, and had no connection to our culture. Where was the festival of Ned Kelly? And what does begging for lollies have to do with it? So much anger; so many questions. Let’s try to take them in order. First, a history lesson. As anyone with even a little religion in their background will know, the day of remembering those near and dear who have departed for a better place, All Souls’ Day, is a central part of the calendar – the night before All Saints’ Day. Before the idea of one single god came along, this day was simply an article of faith for pagan worship, with feasting and celebration at the end of harvest (hence the pumpkins)

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and before the long, cold winter set in – a time of death. Over many centuries, as these things always go, different elements of celebration and commemoration become combined into the one: hence the tradition of keeping vigil for lost souls becomes combined with harvest festival, which mixes with the ancient English custom of knocking at doors to beg for a shortbread known as “soul cake”, in return for which beggars promise to pray for the dead of the household. And as anyone who has travelled to Latin American countries will know, the Day of the Dead is a big deal and a hell of a festival, and its influence on the American tradition of Halloween is immeasurable. Here is where the party bit comes in. And the skeletons. And the dressing up. Which brings us up to the present day, just add the usual marketing and commercial opportunities that any quasi-religious festival brings. Halloween can also be a really terrific community, neighborhood event where – for once – you see children happily walking the street, often with parents, visiting houses and celebrating their connection to each other with costumes, sweetmeats and the kind of excitement that only children can ever bring to a high holiday. Which only leaves the Ned Kelly festival question begging, and I must admit this culturally purist argument really does bewilder me.

Apart from this country clearly being able to celebrate many different kinds of traditions and festivals at one time, I really don’t understand the resentment of a tradition that hasn’t grown exclusively from the red earth of the Australian desert. Christmas certainly didn’t; nor Easter. And those Christians who came to this country, bringing that tradition with them, would have had an equally strong connection to the All Souls remembrance from which modern-day Halloween has grown. On News Breakfast some were suggesting that we had a greater connection to Guy Fawkes night and that it should be brought back: but how is a failed English assassination plot from 1604 more meaningful than Halloween? In the end it seems to me the anger over Halloween all comes back to an anti-American resentment that many Australians just can’t get past. I’m sure they have their reasons, but to them I say … it’s just a few lollies. And pumpkins. And some truly fascinating human history. \

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It was true for her hurdling and running career – she was twice world champion in the 400-metre hurdles – true for her new career as a bobsledder, and certainly true in the way she speaks. You are not left wondering what is in her mind, a trait that has often got her into trouble.

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fter all the negative press – more on that later – I ask Pittman whether there was a moment when she decided she didn’t care any more about what people thought. “I don’t think I’d say I never care, I’m too sensitive for that,” she says. “A lot of public people get backlash and don’t care, but I wouldn’t want to change the way I am because I like my sensitivity. I’m going into medicine and that will be a good thing to show empathy.” Empathy is something Pittman, 30, clearly has a lot of. Just an hour with her and you’re pretty confident she’ll be a great doctor. A career in athletics, where you’re meant to think only of yourself, is giving way to a career where it’s all about everyone else. That’s exactly how Pittman wants it. We’re talking at the New South Wales Institute of Sport in Sydney, where Pittman is training every day for bobsledding at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, in February. In an interesting U-turn, she’s switched from athletics to snow sports and will compete in the bobsledding with Astrid Radjenovic. She chose bobsled after first considering boxing and rowing. “Mainly because it still has a running component,” she says. “I love to run. I wouldn’t have done it for 20 years if I didn’t like it.” For bobsledding, Pittman needed to bulk up. “In track and field the goal is to be your minimum body weight, very low skin folds, quite unhealthy really, if I’m being honest. In bobsled you’re encouraged to be as lean but as big as you can be – it’s all about muscle mass. “That’s hard to do clean, as a girl. Boys put on weight really quickly. Us females take a little longer to do it.” The major change in swapping sports was, she says, psychological. “I’ve always been No. 1 in the world. I’ve always been the best at what I do. And transferring to a sport where you’re rubbish, it was a real challenge to not be so hard on yourself and realise you’ve been doing the sport a small amount of time. The realistic chance of Australia winning a gold medal in the Olympics in bobsled is very, very low, whereas every time I stepped on the track in athletics I was there to win. “We don’t expect to win gold. A few sleds would have to crash. You never write it off. I think Astrid and I are very good athletes, but the German girl has been sliding for over 20 years. In Europe you get thrown in a sled when you’re 15, 16 years old. Both Astrid and I are 30. We don’t have the experience. If we come top five we will have done very well.” Pittman met Radjenovic 18 years ago when they were both hurdlers. Radjenovic swapped to bobsled when she was 18, while Pittman stayed in track and field. “She hounded me a few times last year saying, ‘Would you swap over?’,” Pittman says. “I said, ‘Absolutely no chance’. But as soon as I had a go the bug bit, it felt amazing. It’s a brilliant sport.” Pittman is a different person from the days when she was an Australian household name and in the headlines, as much for her off-track controversies as her athletic victories. Being a single mother to six-year-old Cornelis has changed her immeasurably. “For me, he’s very grounding,” she says. “I had a very turbulent career as a young person. I was world champion in athletics when I was 19, so was thrust into the spotlight, no idea how to handle it, spoke too often at times, then didn’t know what was important in life. Then you get a little boy who changes that whole thing for you.” In 2012 she did an entry exam to study medicine. “I remember the day I got the exam results, I can honestly say I was happier than when I won the world champs.”

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But things haven’t always been so happy. In 2004 she tore artilage in her right knee and underwent surgery in London a week before the Athens Olympics. She ran fifth in the 400-metre hurdles, but her teammate Tamsyn Lewis later said Pittman “loved all the drama”. Pittman responded that Lewis, who had posed for Ralph magazine, was more focused on being a “bikini babe” than running. The rivalry flared again the next year when Pittman accused Lewis of creating a “very evil atmosphere” before the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Pittman says she always hated her drama-queen public image. “I was very young and I don’t think I had a filter, so if someone asked me an honest question I gave them an honest answer. I’m still like that and I wouldn’t change that about me. It still hurts. All I’ve ever wanted to do was represent my country and be a

proud Australian. My whole goal is to help other people, which is why I’ve gone into medicine. I’ve always wanted to be a positive role model for people and it’s difficult to do that if you have somewhat negative things written.” The alleged “catfight” with Lewis saddened Pittman. “It was a very sad story. The only things that ever came out about Tamsyn and I were that we were having some kind of bicker, but the things that don’t come out was that Tamsyn was the very first friend I had in athletics. The first time I ever ran a 400 metres, I was vomiting on the start line and she carried my spikes and drink bottles to the start line, so she cared more about me than anything else and helped me get through the race. “When I did my knee in Athens, she was the one who came all the way to England with me and sat by my side while I had the operation and looked after me


out and win worlds in Osaka in ’07, seven months after having a baby. I look at a lot of people who are quite good at what they do, they can often be a little bit quirky. I am definitely not normal. I’ve got some very quirky sides to me. I’m very spontaneous, I’m very very, very passionate. I can be very single-sighted on things, so if I have a goal in mind I’m very headstrong and driven towards that. My greatest love in life is to help other people, so I will often put my foot in things when I’m trying to help someone else.”

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he says she doesn’t know why she attracts negative publicity. “I’ve always wanted to know. If I could know I could change it and not have it happen again. Or I could teach my son not to do it … I would love to know what I did wrong so I could help somebody else not to do it.” When injury forced her out of the London Olympics, she became fed up with all the ups and downs of athletics. “It’s a horrible roller-coaster, sport. After Athens I wanted to retire, ‘I’m done, I can’t do this any more. It’s such a roller-coaster – I’ll go and be a doctor’. And then you love it and you go back to it. You stop, you start. With anything worth doing, it’s hard but with sport it’s particularly hard because the Olympics are on every four years. That’s one of the reasons I went to bobsled, because Rio was so long away. When London was over I thought, ‘Wow, I’m not waiting four years, I’ll try to find something in the interim’.” Pittman is the “brakeman” on the team, Radjenovic the pilot. “She’s the real gun on the team,” says Pittman. “I’m very substitutable, she’s not. She has to drive it. She’s the skill, I’m just the big muscle at the back.” Last year Pittman coached athletics at Haileybury College in Keysborough. “It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever done. It was another reason I wanted to go into medicine – you can lose yourself in an environment where it’s not about you at all, it’s about someone else. And they didn’t know who you were.’’ She is deeply indebted to her parents, who live close to her in Sydney. “I became an athlete because I was obsessed with my dad,” she says. “He’s like me, he’s a workaholic, very little time for anything but work and his kids, and he would always take a day off work to come to carnivals with me. I saw that as way of getting into my dad’s heart so I trained to impress him and then my body was the right shape. “Sometimes I leave at 5am and they get my little man up and give him breakfast, which allows me the time to pick him up from school. When he goes to bed, I go to physio. I couldn’t do it without them.”

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post-operatively. But nothing like that ever got said. I was told to say nothing, to shut up, not to comment in the media … and I think if I had my time over I would have said, ‘Look, she was one of my best friends’. We almost lost our friendship over it. We’re lucky we’re friends again now. What she said as a joke was played out to almost ruin a friendship. “It was something to do with who was going to beat who, said as a jesty joke and it should never have been anything more than that. Both of us got painted in a negative light and none of the beautiful side of Tamsyn came out.” A 2006 cover line in Ralph magazine said: “It’s alright Tam, we don’t like Jana Pittman either.’’ Soon after, Pittman was booed off the stage at a nightclub: “That was hurtful.”

Is she misread? “I think I’ve allowed it to happen … I was the one who answered the questions when I was asked. I was just a little young to understand the repercussions of it.” Pittman is studying first-year medicine at the University of Western Sydney, juggling full-time studies with Olympic training. She hopes to be an obstetrician. “My whole passion in medicine is in obstetrics and babies and delivery.” She started out in midwifery and transferred to medicine. “I’ve always had a real love for children and maternal health, which automatically meant when I had my own son he became very special.” Pittman, divorced from British athlete Chris Rawlinson, talks about her “turbulent” life. “On track it was brilliant. I won five world titles and was undefeated for many years. Among it all I still managed to come

Changing lanes: Jana Pittman at the NSW Institute of Sport where she is training for the 2014 winter Olympics. (MIck TSIkaS)

She’s been reflective and characteristically candid. “I did a lot of media, didn’t have a lot of support in terms of what to not do and say. I think I got caught up in the whole, ‘People don’t like you or people do like you’. I found it really hard to deal with. Then Cornelis comes along and he doesn’t care who you are. He’s far more proud that mummy’s going to be a doctor. “The other day he was asked ‘What does mummy do?’ and you’d think kids who have an Olympian mum would say, ‘Mum’s an Olympian’. He said, ‘My mummy works in a hospital’.” \ pwilmoth@theweeklyreview.com.au We WelCome your feedbaCk @

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hen asked by The Guardian a few weeks ago, had been involved in the marketing of the anti-morning “How would you like to be remembered?’’, sickness drug thalidomide – the recently retired Eric British cook, restaurateur, author and television was deeply affected by the public outrage that followed presenter Rick Stein kept it simple. “He cooked a nice bit thalidomide’s denouncement. of fish’’ was his reply. “I don’t know if the shame and horror of this scandal Stein’s new autobiography, Under A Mackerel Sky, had anything to do with either his retirement or his reveals a man of many achievements. Certainly seafood depression,’’ writes his son, who grappled with the cooking proved his passport to fame. tragedy for many years. But long before he opened his first restaurant in Like many of his generation, young Rick Cornwall in the mid-1970s, Stein’s sense of adventure, discovered rock ’n’ roll, failed his final exams and his innate curiosity about the world and its worked for a bit before hitting the international Under A people, and his gentle good humor, laid strong travel trail. Mackerel Sky: foundations for the world-famous Rick Stein At 19, he arrived in Australia and worked A Memoir it’s pure brand that evolved from a man who can cook a variety of jobs in the country that later By Rick Stein stein, “a nice bit of fish’’. became his second home. (Stein’s second wife » $34.95 and pure The second son of Oxford couple is Australian and they have a restaurant at (Ebury Press) Dorothy and Eric Stein was born in 1947. Mollymook in NSW.) magic An uneventful childhood was punctuated by Returning to Britain, Rick ran a successful regular seaside holiday trips to Trevose Head in mobile disco business and then a nightclub in Cornwall, a place of happy memories and where Eric Padstow, Cornwall. taught his son to fish. In 1975 with first wife Jill, he converted the “I loved fishing off the rocks with my dad,’’ Stein harbourside venue into a seafood bistro. The Rick Stein recalls in his first chapter. “There wasn’t a lot of food journey officially began. things I loved doing with him; I was a bit scared of Under A Mackerel Sky reminds us that humble heroes him because he shouted a lot. and effortless communicators can tell great stories. “But fishing was a time of tying knots in Although it focuses primarily on Stein’s earlier years, nylon lines and the threading of ragworms the memoir also suggests an older man’s ongoing on hooks involved us with practicalities and wonder about the world in which he lives, the dish he is I forgot my reserve.’’ tasting, the village cafés he visits, the fish he has caught. Eric Stein casts a discreet and benevolent shadow It’s pure Stein, and pure magic. \ cperkin@theweeklyreview.com.au across this thoughtful memoir. When Rick was 17, Eric killed himself by jumping off the rugged Cornish To read more reviews coastline rocks. www.theweeklyreview.com.au/books A former executive with Distillers – the company that

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n case you hadn’t noticed, cruising is booming. such as Cunard, Holland America and Seabourn. More than 21 million holidaymakers are forecast But that success hasn’t come without a lot of hard to set sail this year, according to the Cruise Lines work on her part. International Association, and Australians are When Sherry, a former banking executive and leading the surge. government bureaucrat, took the reins at Carnival We’re now the world’s fastest-growing market in 2007, she inherited an industry in turmoil. for holidays afloat. Last year 700,000 eager Aussies Cruising’s reputation had been rocked by headed off onto the seven seas; by 2016 that number the death of Dianne Brimble, the Brisbane is expected to hit a million. mother-of-three who died at sea This raises several questions. Chief among them aboard P&O’s Pacific Sky. A lengthy – why? What’s the big attraction of booking a coronial inquest in 2011 found Mrs holiday on board a floating amusement park Brimble had died after being with thousands of strangers? How is it that “unknowingly drugged” by three ships an industry that seems to be a magnet for fellow passengers. bad news – remember last year’s Costa In a lecture to Griffith will be here Concordia tragedy in Italy in which 32 University in May, for the passengers died, and the 4200 people adrift Sherry acknowledged oz open aboard the crippled Carnival Triumph in the scale of the task February – can still be the star performer of she faced. “To rebuild global tourism? confidence, it was clear The answer, according to Carnival Australia CEO that nothing short of total Ann Sherry, is word of mouth. Horror headlines industry transformation would apparently count for little against the goodwill be acceptable,” she said. “The spread by cruise converts. ‘anything goes’ reputation of “Even though there have been issues in the last cruising had to go. And it has.” 12 months … that’s not the experience of people Compounding what Sherry calls cruising here,” says Sherry who, as regional chief of cruising’s “reputational issues” was the world’s biggest cruise company, oversees a fleet the fact the local fleet was tired, and of six permanent ships in Australia and another four limited itineraries did little to entice seasonal vessels. Australians aboard. Thanks to Carnival passengers “trusting each She set about getting more investment, other’s word of mouth”, the line has a returning newer vessels and opening up destinations. But passenger rate of more than 50 per cent and carries her priority was “getting rid of the poor behaviour about two-thirds of all Australian cruisers on lines and poor image on P&O ships and changing the 24 The weekly review \ NOVEMBER 6, 2013


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customer demographic, changing the product”. Cracking down on anti-social behaviour was top of the to-do list. Carnival introduced closed-circuit TV, security and responsible service of alcohol guidelines, and it began making examples of passengers who behaved badly. “We take people to bed, we stop them drinking, we block their cards, we shut the bars,” says Sherry. “We are very diligent now in managing the environment for the enjoyment of all. If people are really poorly behaved and don’t shift their behaviour, then we disembark them.” Sherry also introduced Australians to new brands – such as the 2667-passenger Carnival Spirit, now based permanently in Sydney Harbour – and promoted the diversity of itineraries available. More choice of destinations, ship sizes and types of cruise. “It was about segmenting the market, getting the right product for the customers, modernising the product,” Sherry says. Australianising it, too. Carnival realised that what floats the boats of its American and British patrons would not work in Australia. Food, drinks and entertainment have all been tailored to the local market. Everything from beer to coffee has a local flavour, and dining features more Asian dishes, grass-fed rather than US-style grain-fed beef, and Luke Mangan-branded restaurants on all P&O ships. “A Luke Mangan restaurant on a ship sends a signal about the sort of product that it is,” Sherry says. Likewise, having food-and-wine cruises where

vignerons showcase local vintages attracts a different demographic to “people who once came on board to drink cheap alcohol. You change the product and that then attracts a different group of passengers”. Another key ingredient in Carnival’s turnaround has been opening new destinations in Australia and regionally. Recent additions to the ports of call include Moreton and Kangaroo islands, Exmouth – gateway to the Ningaloo Reef – Broome and, coming soon, Norfolk Island. Last month, P&O ventured into the wilds of Papua New Guinea, a stark departure from its usual destinations. The Pacific Dawn sailed out of Brisbane for nine-night adventures calling at Alotau, Milne Bay and the Trobriand Islands. A highlight was local communities banding together at Alotau to stage their canoe festival – “an incredible event”, says Sherry – and exotic tribal handicraft markets. Closer to home, in another first, Carnival will bring shiploads of passengers to Melbourne for next year’s Australian Open tennis. P&O routinely brings punters into Port Melbourne each November for the Melbourne Cup, but in January it will have three ships here for the annual grand slam. New experiences, new ships and a new attitude have contributed to cruising’s improved fortunes. “We would not have had the growth if we hadn’t built confidence in the local market,” Sherry says. \ khill@theweeklyreview.com.au » www.carnival.com.au NOVEMBER 6, 2013 \ The weekly review 25


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Jellis Craig \ 8841 4888 Price \ $950,000 – $1.05 million Auction \ November 9 at 3.30pm This two-storey house is the king of a three-dwelling development, sitting back from the street behind tall, automatic ironwork gates. Sharing the subdivided double block, twin houses sit either side of its paved driveway. This house was owner-built in 2000. On its upper storey, the main bedroom is a private domain with a walk-in wardrobe and a walk-through wardrobe that leads to a large en suite with a spa bath and granite benchtop vanity. Lesser mortals share three large bedrooms, all with built-in wardrobes, and a bathroom with pale timber cabinetry that echoes the timber used in the downstairs open-plan kitchen and family/dining area. The kitchen has Smeg appliances and a black-granite splashback and benchtops. There are two more living zones – a living room and an enormous rumpus room – and both open to one of two private terraces. A home office and study each have their own toilet. \ SUE HEWITT

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Jellis Craig \ 9908 5700

Price \ $800,000 – $880,000

Auction \ November 16 at 11am

This weatherboard house comes with a full serve of style and a side order of charm. It’s been owned by the same family for more than three decades and it’s not hard to imagine it’s going to be quite a wrench to leave. The lounge is well lit by two large sets of windows, one overlooking the street, the other with french doors to an elevated deck. This room is kept cosy by a gas fireplace set in stacked-stone surrounds and, combined with quality drapes and taupe-toned décor, there is a classic ’50s air to the space. Upstairs there are three generous bedrooms, all with built-in wardrobes. The two minor bedrooms have painted wooden floors. All have leafy treetop views of the surrounding suburbs. The enormous, gently sloping block is well shaded by several mature trees that conjure up the image of lush English countryside. The view will never be built out because the property backs on to Box Hill Golf Club. Such a large block would also be the perfect foundation to extend the house. \ JAN FISHER

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BLACKBURN SOUTH \ 35 BOYD STREET

Burwood \ 34 McComas Grove

Hocking Stuart \ 9894 8788

Barry Plant \ 9878 0222

Price \ $850,000 +

Auction \ November 9 at 12.30pm

Price \ $750,000 +

Auction \ November 9 at 3pm

Less than three years old, this brick-veneer house on 541 square metres has a five-star energy rating and north-facing living space with large windows and glass doors to a neat back garden and undercover tiled outdoor entertainment terrace. Families can gather in the open-plan family, dining and kitchen area, which has stainless-steel appliances and stone benchtops, or the adjoining living room. A double garage at the front has been converted to a theatre room with brickwork and windows blending in with the façade, but can be readily switched back if existing off-street parking for two cars is inadequate. Double doors from the porcelain-tiled hall open to the main bedroom – on the opposite side to three bedrooms sharing a central bathroom – which has a walk-in wardrobe and en suite with double vanity bowls, stone benchtops and chunky, modern stainless-steel tapware. The colour palette is neutral with off-white porcelain tiles in the living areas and taupe carpet in the bedrooms. The property is close to shopping centres and public transport. \ SUE HEWITT

This sweet Burwood property offers plenty of potential. First up through the front door is a well-lit lounge that links through a cutaway to the dining room dominated by a groovy built-in 1970s dresser and polished floorboards. This opens to the sleek kitchen, which is ready for the new owners to put their stamp on it. Four bedrooms take up one side of the house, and all are generously proportioned and have built-in wardrobes. There is a large family bathroom next to the main bedroom and a smaller bathroom off the central hall. An elevated deck hugs the back of the house and is set to be the place for summer entertaining with a barbecue connected to the gas mains. The established garden is dominated by several mature trees, including a lemon tree. Set on 817 square metres, this well-placed block would be ideal for expansion or even development given its proximity to Deakin University’s Burwood campus. It’s also close to Gardiners Creek trail and Bennettswood Reserve, the No. 75 tram line and Burwood Road shops. \ JAN FISHER

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Barry Plant Man'gham/Doncaster 9842 8888 4

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34 Twyford Street, Box Hill North ................................................................. Price: $640,000 - $700,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday November 30 at 1pm ................................................................. OFI Thur 3-3.30pm; Sat 2-2.30pm .................................................................

16a Acacia Street, Doncaster East ................................................................. Price: $720,000 - $790,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday November 23 at 3pm ................................................................. OFI Thur 12.30-1pm; Sat 11.30am-noon .................................................................

4 Romoly Drive, Forest Hill ................................................................. Price: $550,000 - $600,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday November 9 at 2pm ................................................................. OFI Thur 2-2.30pm; Sat 1.30-2pm .................................................................

19 Burgundy Drive, Doncaster ................................................................. Price: $880,000 - $970,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday November 16 at 12.30pm ................................................................. OFI Wed 1-1.30pm; Sat 2.30-3pm .................................................................

For the first time in 34 years, this family house will excite buyers. Renovated and extended, features include two living areas and a north-facing backyard.

You'll be hard-pressed to find a setting offering greater convenience than this classically elegant townhouse, located within walking distance of Jackson Court.

Well maintained and with a friendly feel, this house will offer young families entry into a well-serviced location within a short stroll of schools, shops and transport.

An idyllic position directly overlooking the extensive green fields of Burgundy Drive Reserve, this immaculate house has a wonderful family dimension.

Let's eat lunch @ Café Rubix, 519 Middleborough Road Let's eat dinner @ Kerrimuir Noodle Bar, 523 Middleborough Road Let's drink coffee @ Latte Café, 539 Middleborough Road

Let's eat lunch @ The Pancake Parlour, 550 Doncaster Rd Let's eat dinner @ Brunelli Restaurant, 87 High Street Let's drink coffee @ Grainstore Bakery, 260 Blackburn Rd

Let's eat lunch @ Lazy Moe's, 320 Canterbury Road Let's eat dinner @ TGI Fridays, 270 Canterbury Road Let's drink coffee @ Coffee Club, 270 Canterbury Road

Let's eat lunch @ Café Greco, 619 Doncaster Road Let's eat dinner @ Bruneli Bar Restaurant Café, 87 High Street Let's drink coffee @ Max Brenner, 619 Doncaster Road

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TEMPLESTOWE \ 18 BAMFIELD CLOSE The symmetrical façade of this Georgian-style two-storey property is as striking as its interior features are impressive. A tiled foyer has a dramatic staircase with a wrought-iron and timber balustrade curving skywards, while columns define the entrance to the formal dining and living room that, like all street-facing rooms, have plantation shutters. The large open-plan family, meals and kitchen area at the rear overlooks a timber deck, heated pool and the valley beyond. There is also a levelled spot on the almost 4000-square metre sloping block that’s ready for a tennis court. The kitchen has everything, including built-in detergent dispensers and filtered-water taps. A games room could be a bedroom or home-theatre, while two downstairs bedrooms, one with a walk-in wardrobe, are secluded. High-gloss merbau timber flooring is used upstairs, where the main bedroom has a huge walk-in wardrobe and en suite. Features include a spa bath and a stone-topped double vanity with funky stainless-steel tapware set into a bevelled mirror feature. A toilet and shower are hidden by floor-to-ceiling, tiled partition walls. A huge fourth bedroom with built-in wardrobes on either side could be divided. Exterior floodlights turn on when the alarm system is triggered and the property has water tanks and solar heating. \ SUE HEWITT

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Barry Plant \ 9842 8888

Barry Plant Man'gham/Doncaster 9842 8888 4

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12 Darryl Street, Bulleen ................................................................. Price: $990,000 - $1.1 million ................................................................. Auction Saturday November 16 at 1pm ................................................................. OFI Thur 6.30-7pm; Sat 3.30-4pm .................................................................

22-24 St Georges Avenue, Templestowe ................................................................. Price: $1.6 million + ................................................................. Auction Saturday November 9 at 1pm ................................................................. OFI Sat 12.30-1pm .................................................................

54 Hibiscus Road, Blackburn North ................................................................. Price: $650,000 + ................................................................. Auction Saturday November 9 at 2pm ................................................................. OFI Thur 2-2.30pm; Sat 1.30-2pm .................................................................

16 Dunlavin Road, Nunawading ................................................................. Price: $420,000 + ................................................................. Auction Saturday November 16 at 1pm ................................................................. OFI Thur, Sat 11-11.30am .................................................................

Everybody loves a touch of glamour in their lives and there's nothing quite like this executive house with panoramic views of Melbourne's CBD skyline.

A rare opportunity to secure two separate residences on more than 4000sqm with a picture-perfect garden views and a meticulously renovated house.

This well-located brick-veneer house is currently leased at $455 per week. It has a stunning kitchen, bathroom with separate toilet and a double garage.

This three-bedroom house will excite homebuyers searching for a new house site and developers desiring space in a great location for their next project (STCA).

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Kangaroo Ground 155 Kangaroo Ground St Andrews Road Perfect by Day - Brilliant by Night! Overwhelmed by space with a "no expense spared" attitude this extraordinary residence provides a nurturing habitat to raise your family. A multitude of indoor/outdoor living options centre around the resort style pool domain with an additional 2+ bedroom home, self contained home office wing, 600m2 machinery shed and 20 acres of landscaped grounds with spectacular city views.

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Saturday 30th November at 12pm Thursday 5:30 - 6pm & Saturday 3:30 - 4pm In Excess of $1,800,000 Tristan Messerle 0438 176 416 Graham Morrison 0417 101 997 968 Main Road, Eltham 9431 2444 morrisonkleeman.com.au

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AUCTION SATURDAY

Doncaster east 2/7 Bullen Street Brand new lifestyle in a convenient location! In a block of two, this new rear villa delivers absolute style and space – moments from Jackson Court shops and public transport. Bathed in natural light, the home’s free flowing design highlights 3 double bedrooms (master with WIR and ensuite), main bathroom and separate powder room, vast open plan living/dining area, stone-bench kitchen with Bosch/AEG appliances. Other features include ducted heating, split system a/c, ducted vacuum, hardwood floors, internally accessed double garage (remote controlled) & private rear garden with decked area. Close to schools and parks, Westfield Shopping Centre and freeway access. Perfect!

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2.5 B

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Thursday 4:00-4:30pm & Saturday 10:30-11:00am Saturday 9th November 11:00am 47 K1 In Excess of $600,000 Travis D’Altera 0401 338 619 Ken Chappell 0412 295 316 Doncaster 9842 1188

Introducing... the property market report WIth Lee SaLCe

Travis D’Altera

Director | 0400 770 099 hockingstuart Doncaster

WHAT IS THE VALUE OF LOCAL KNOWLEDGE? How does local knowledge help sell my home? Buyers know what they’re looking for. It might be space for a growing family and proximity to schools, or a low-maintenance apartment close to lifestyle and entertainment options. Knowing how to find likely buyers for your property, what your property’s attributes are and how to promote them, is the key to a successful sale.

How do agents use their local knowledge? A sound knowledge of buyer types and experience in negotiating property sales with buyers in your area allows your agent to discuss the various merits of your property and its suburb with great appeal, presenting an argument that buyers will find difficult to ignore.

An experienced agent can also help you make important decisions regarding how to best present your property for sale. Their advice might include rearranging rooms, moving or removing furniture and decoration tips to attract buyers.

How does it affect the marketing? Experienced agents follow buyer trends over years, taking note of what it is that attracts buyers to certain properties. They know the area’s demographics, the type of people moving in, why they’re moving and how they interact with the area’s amenities.

How do I find an agent with local expertise?? Look for an agent that has a proven track record in your area. It will be a great indication that he or she knows where to find your buyers, how to make your property attractive to those buyers and ultimately, how to deliver the result you’re looking for.

With experience as a Customer Service Manager before following his passion into Real Estate, Travis D’Altera is well versed in the art of client care and a welcome addition to the hockingstuart Doncaster team. Dedicated and knowledgeable, Travis offers both buyers and sellers professional, tailored service and great attention to detail. There are two aspects of Travis’ work he enjoys the most - ‘I like achieving a fantastic result for our clients’, he says, ‘and assisting purchasers in finding the perfect home, to suit their needs and budget’. Travis’ exceptional customer service and naturally personable nature provides our clients with a superior level of service, synonymous with the hockingstuart brand. This commitment saw him announced as a finalist in the coveted ‘hockingstuart Sales Rookie of the Year’ award in 2010, for exceptional performance during his first two years as a Sales Consultant. Outside of work, Travis enjoys a range of active interests including football, cricket and wake boarding.

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BlackBurn South 3/11 Holland Road

3A

Elegant and decidedly spacious single storey unit

View Auction Mel Ref EPR Contact

Located in one of the suburb’s best developments this immaculately presented property is larger than many homes and boasts exceptionally generous living areas enhanced by the addition of a superb undercover alfresco area abutting the family room and two landscaped courtyard gardens. Comprising of living/dining, three bedrooms or optional study, main bedroom with WIR/ensuite, further family bathroom/2nd WC, modern kitchen with granite bench tops and stainless steel appliances overlooking casual meals and family room with polished hardwood floors plus double garage with internal access and remote. Easy access to bus, Blackburn South and Forest Hill shopping and train at Blackburn Village.

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AUCTION SATURDAY

Vermont 34 Adele Street Privacy, Security and Space! Walk down the driveway with this unique development and discover a modern BV home boasting considerable character courtesy of a return verandah lending an Australian Colonial appearance. Accommodation comprises of spacious living/dining room with feature open fire place, kitchen with generous meals/family area and polished hardwood floors, three bedrooms with BIRs, family bathroom with semi-ensuite access, separate WC and double lock up garage with remote. This is the ideal 1st home, retirement or superb investment property. Enjoy easy access to local and major shopping, Rangeview Primary School, parkland and Eastlink access.

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AUCTION SATURDAY

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Thurs 10.00-10.30am & Sat 10.30-11.00am Saturday 9th November 11.00am 63 / B1 $490,000 - $540,000 Fiona Everett 0402 049 407 Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Blackburn 9894 8788

BlackBurn South 35 Boyd Street Modern 4 bedroom family home Stunning ‘as new’ 2.5yo single storey BV family home with 5 star energy rating orientated to the northerly aspect boasting a real sense of light & space featuring quality fittings & fixtures throughout. Accommodation comprises of living room, four bedrooms plus study main with large WIR & ensuite, family bathroom/powder room/2nd WC, expansive open plan meals & family room with direct access to undercover alfresco area, modern kitchen with stone benchtops & stainless steel appliances & expansive theatre room originally designed as double garage. Easy access to bus on Blackburn Road, Blackburn South & Forest Hill shopping & train at Blackburn Village. Photo ID required. 4A

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View Auction Mel Ref EPR Contact Office

541 D

Thurs 1.00-1.30pm & Sat 12.00-12.30pm Saturday 9th November 12.30pm 62 / A3 In excess of $850,000 Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Fiona Everett 0402 049 407 Blackburn 9894 8788

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BlackBurn north 54 Hibiscus Road 3/4 bedroom BV family home Boasting four bedrooms or three plus an optional study/ parent’s retreat and stunning kitchen, this immaculate BV home is ready for an enterprising purchaser keen to secure a family home in this increasingly popular locale. Currently leased at $455pw until July 2014, this property would make a superb, ongoing investment now and a sound investment in your future. Accommodation comprises of living/dining room with polished hardwood floors and provision for open fire place, 3/4 bedrooms, modern kitchen with stone benchtops and stainless steel appliances, renovated family bathroom/separate WC and double lock up garage. Only minutes from Blackburn North Square shops, Blackburn High and Eastlink. 4A

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Thurs 2.00-2.30pm & Sat 1.30-2.00pm Saturday 9th November 2.00pm 47 / J5 In excess of $650,000 Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Fiona Everett 0402 049 407 Blackburn 9894 8788

BlackBurn 35 Jeffery Street 4 bedroom family home in Blackburn lake precinct Architect’s original home in coveted Jeffery Street - only minutes walk to Blackburn Lake with further easy access to Blackburn Village shopping and train. Identified by City of Whitehorse as a ‘significant streetscape’ - self evident on inspection - this elevated BV family home comprises formal living with views across the treetops, 2nd living room, kitchen with adjoining dining, three bedrooms downstairs, family bathroom/separate shower room/WC and north facing family room whilst upstairs (with separate access) you’ll find a 3rd living area/4th bedroom/2nd WC; currently used as home office or ideal teenage accommodation plus double garage and carport/workshop. 4A

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Expressions Of Interest By 8th November Mel Ref 48 / B12 EPR In excess of $830,000 Contact Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Gordon Openstein 0402 303 508 Office Blackburn 9894 8788

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Burwood East 20 Benwerrin Drive Beautifully maintained BV family home boasts a real sense of space courtesy of open plan living/dining, modern kitchen, casual meals, 3brms with BIRs, renovated family bth/2 WCs & larger than usual SLUG with schools in the MWSC zone.

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1C

607 D

Thurs 2-2.30pm & Sat 11-11.30am Saturday 16th November 11.00am 61 / H7 In excess of $590,000 Gordon Openstein 0402 303 508 Stuart Svec 0412 475 294 Mount Waverley 9807 9522

BlackBurn south 4/241 BlackBurn road (facing Monash gve)

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A beautifully presented 3brm single storey unit facing Monash Gve with side street access. Comprising of open plan living/dining, north facing undercover entertainment deck, modern kitchen, family bathroom/separate WC, SLUG & workshop.

Auction Mel Ref EPR Contact Office

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Thurs 11-11.30am & Sat 11.45-12.15pm Saturday 23rd November 11.00am 62 / A4 In excess of $490,000 Gordon Openstein 0402 303 508 Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Blackburn 9894 8788

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MitchaM 8A Moresby street Only 7yo with driveway on title/no Owners Corporation. Comprising of open plan living/dining, modern kitchen, 2 bedrooms with BIRs, ensuite and family bathroom/2 WCs, north facing entertainment deck and single lock up garage with remote/internal access. HOCKINGSTUART.COM.AU

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Thurs 12.30-1pm & Sat 12.45-1.15pm Saturday 23rd November 12.30pm 48 / K6 In excess of $490,000 Gordon Openstein 0402 303 508 Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Blackburn 9894 8788

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Waiting to be explored and for the discovery of potential to be made, this corner property brings with it enormous possibilities to extend or renovate (STCA). features: 3 Bedrooms, 2 with BIRs, original kitchen, bathroom, hardwood floors, gas heating, air-conditoning, lounge/dining & single carport.

AuCTioN Auction Saturday 16th November at 11.00am Quote $370,000 plus buyers Melway 62:G2 Contact Terry Gazelle 0438 196 480 Office Cnr Were & Rattray Rd, Montmorency Phone 9434 6666 InsPeCt ThuR 5 - 5.30pm SAT 11.00 - 11.30am

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A Frontrunner in Manningham Since 1966 When choosing an agent, you want to back someone with experience, consistency and a passion for coming out on top. Parkes Property has been a leader in Manningham real estate for almost 50 years. With a legacy of thousands of happy vendors, we like to think our track record speaks for itself. If you’re thinking of selling, call us on 9840 1111 for a free consultation. Happy punting!

Bulleen 16 Yarraleen Place Rare Gem in the Yaraleen Estate Set in Bulleen’s prestigious Yarraleen Estate, this grand family home offers expansive accommodation, a sunny northern outlook and approx. 864 m2 of level land. Fantastic as-is, this potential-packed home may be redeveloped to a multi-unit site (STCA). It comprises a spacious formal lounge, formal dining and enormous kitchen/meals opening to the generous backyard. Upstairs, four large, light-filled bedrooms (master with ensuite), family bathroom and balcony. Walking distance to schools, Bulleen Plaza and reserves, this idyllic family home in a tightly-held setting has it all - an inspection will not disappoint!

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TemplesTowe 18 Bamfield Close High-end Class And style Commanding in street appeal and located in an exclusive Templestowe precinct, a coveted lifestyle brimming with class and refinement awaits beyond the automatic front gates of this breathtaking luxury residence. Set on a sprawling acre with scenic views, this architecturallydesigned masterpiece delivers two levels of spectacular living for the family with a taste for the finer things in life. Completing the perfect picture for family living is the convenient access to Templestowe Village, Ruffey Lake Park, Serpell Primary School, transportation, Westfield Shoppingtown and the Eastern Freeway.

Tuesday 12th November at 6pm (unless sold prior) PRICE GUIDE

$2,000,000 - $2,200,000

INSPECT

Thu 4.30-5pm & Sat 9.30-10am Photo ID required

CONTACT

Spiro Drossos 0425 709 479 James Hatzolos 0418 518 694 Doncaster 9842 8888

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TemplesTowe 20 little Valley Road A Touch of Canterbury In Templestowe Set in a beautiful half-acre (approx.) garden allotment at the top of a secluded cul de sac in the coveted Serpells Road acre precinct and surrounded by some of Templestowe’s best prestige properties, this very special residence delivers the idyllic acre lifestyle — without the maintenance! Built to a standard rarely seen today, this unique single-level clinker brick residence evokes the charm of quality homes in Canterbury and Balwyn, ensuring its standing as a ‘one of a kind’ property in Templestowe.

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Contact Agent

INSPECT

Thu & Sat 1.30-2pm Photo ID required

CONTACT

Chris Defteros 0408 428 888 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn Road

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Donvale 34 Murndal Drive a Grand entertainer You’ll never require the services of a travel agent ever again, such is the magnificence of this luxury family residence inspired by a resort lifestyle. Set on a sprawling allotment decorated with blossoming gardens and lush lawns, the home itself is largely single-level and exceptionally well maintained, comfortably accommodating four separate living zones that offer formal settings of a bygone era and communal areas catering for today’s modern lifestyle requirements. Outdoor entertaining options are also abundant and link with the gorgeous in-ground swimming pool (with spa) that’s nestled in privacy.

Saturday 16th November at 12pm PRICE GUIDE

More than $1,150,000

INSPECT

Thu & Sat 12.30-1pm Photo ID required

CONTACT

Theo Politis 0415 030 088 Michael Steenhuis 0400 499 601 Doncaster 9842 8888

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Doncaster east 30 Huntingfield Drive It’s aLWaYs about the Location! (close to eDsc) If space is an issue your family desperately needs to resolve, this fantastic two-storey home with three separate living areas, a generous collection of spacious bedrooms and a large backyard for kids & pets is destined to be the peacemaker. Summer-time entertaining is made easy beneath the sheltered outdoor area, and with the presence of a gas mains connection, just bring along your BBQ and away you go! Fitted with gas ducted heating, air-conditioning and ducted vacuum, the home also enjoys convenient access to The Pines, schools, transport and the Eastern Freeway.

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Saturday 9th November at 11am PRICE GUIDE

$900,000 - $990,000

INSPECT

Thu 11.30-12pm & Sat 10.30-11am Photo ID required

CONTACT

Theo Politis 0415 030 088 Spiro Drossos 0425 709 479 Doncaster 9842 8888

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Donvale 21 William Street The Difference Is In The Detail Hidden away in a secluded pocket resides what could very well be one of Donvale’s best-kept secrets: an exclusive luxury residence architecturally designed and built by boutique builder, Concept Build. Contemporary design, spacious living areas and high-end finishes are key features of this ultra-modern home, generating instant appeal with its imposing street presence and delivering five-star luxury with its premium-grade fit-out. The close proximity of the Eastern Freeway/Eastlink and Tunstall Square adds further appeal.

Saturday 16th November at 11am PRICE GUIDE

$850,000 - $920,000

INSPECT

Thu 11.30-12pm & Sat 4.30-5pm Photo ID required

CONTACT

Theo Politis 0415 030 088 Michael Steenhuis 0400 499 601 Doncaster 9842 8888

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Bulleen 12 Darryl Street Great living & Outstanding Views of Melbourne’s CBD Skyline Everybody loves a touch of glamour in their lives and there’s nothing quite like the gloss and glamour showcased by this executive home with panoramic views of Melbourne’s CBD skyline. Every stylish inch speaks of quality and the unmistakable charisma of contemporary designer living. While the home displays absolute credibility as an exclusive entertainer, it’s also very much about generous family living, with three living zones plus a gorgeous alfresco deck showcasing versatility for the modern growing family.

Saturday 16th November at 1pm PRICE GUIDE INSPECT CONTACT

More than $990,000 Thu 6.30-7pm & Sat 3.30-4pm Photo ID required Mark Di Giulio 0407 863 179 Lisa Yeung 0422 677 033 Doncaster 9842 8888

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Doncaster 24 Fairway road a Private resort In a Blue chip Location An idyllic location in a serene setting sets the tone for the tranquil lifestyle you can expect to lead once you call this private paradise home. Expansive living areas are hallmarks of this flowing twolevel home, offering practicality for everyday living and magnificent indoor-outdoor entertaining options when the occasion arises. Village Ave shops, the Park + Ride, Westfield Shoppingtown, Macedon Square, the Eastern Freeway and local schools are only minutes away.

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Saturday 23rd November at 3pm PRICE GUIDE INSPECT CONTACT

$800,000 - $880,000 Thu 2.30-3pm & Sat 11.30-12pm Photo ID required Spiro Drossos 0425 709 479 George Pangalos 0430 060 123 Doncaster 9842 8888

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TemplesTowe lower 18 Toulon Drive Grand And spectacular In every sense Close your eyes and visualise that grand family home you’ve always yearned. Open them up to 18 Toulon Drive and your dream can now be a reality. Calling a coveted neighbourhood home and offering the quintessential family lifestyle with its formal and communal living, bedrooms of large proportions and spectacular outdoor entertaining options, this exceptional residence has played host to memorable family moments in the past and is now freshly painted and pristinely presented and ready for your family’s next chapter of lifelong memories.

Saturday 23rd November at 12pm PRICE GUIDE

$900,000 - $990,000

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Spiro Drossos 0425 709 479 Mark Di Giulio 0407 863 179 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

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TemplesTowe lower 8 esther street A Class Above the rest Epitomising high-end luxury with its focus on quality, meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail, this executive two-storey residence stands in a class above with its sophisticated sense of style. Boasting its own frontage, two separate ground-floor living areas, zoned bedrooms, premiumgrade finishes and a warm, neutral palette, a lifestyle filled with contemporary class and everyday convenience is assured the moment 8 Esther St becomes yours. Conveniently located within minutes of the Eastern Freeway, Bulleen Plaza shops, Macedon Square and transport.

Saturday 30th November at 12pm PRICE GUIDE

$750,000 - $820,000

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Thu 11.30-12pm & Sat 9.30-10am Photo ID required

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Spiro Drossos 0425 709 479 Adele Kocuk 0412 255 919 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

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Doncaster east 16a acacia street classic style With Modern convenience You’ll be hard-pressed to find a setting offering greater convenience than the one that accommodates this classically elegant Townhouse, offering a low maintenance lifestyle within walking distance of Jackson Court, schools and transport. Indulge in a fantastic mix of formal and informal settings that are versatile and practical, suitably designed to entertain in grand style or offer the idyllic escape from the daily grind. A wonderfully landscaped courtyard caters for indooroutdoor entertaining options, while a ground-floor bedroom with shared ensuite is suitable for guest accommodation or a potential Master bedroom.

Saturday 23rd November at 3pm PRICE GUIDE

$720,000 - $790,000

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Thu 12.30-1pm & Sat 11.30-12pm Photo ID required

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Mark Di Giulio 0407 863 179 Lisa Yeung 0422 677 033 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

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TemplesTowe 7 mintaro Court A lucas morris Inspired masterpiece Those seeking a custom look needn’t search any further than this incredibly unique, architecturally designed Lucas Morris inspired gem, perched majestically atop a quiet court setting that’s conveniently within minutes of an assortment of lifestyle options. The successful separation of the home’s two living zones and sleeping areas ensure those private sanctuaries remain exactly that, while the fantastic depth of ceilings and full length doors add an element of size, height and openness throughout the layout. Conveniently located within moments of Westfield Shoppingtown, Ruffey Lake Park, schools and the Eastern Freeway.

Saturday 23rd November at 12pm PRICE GUIDE

$720,000 - $790,000

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Thu 1.30-2pm & Sat 4.30-5pm Photo ID required

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Mark Di Giulio 0407 863 179 Lisa Yeung 0422 677 033 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn Road

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Bulleen 14 Rocklea Road Renovated With Style And Sophistication A graceful façade implies elegant living; a fully renovated interior delivers exactly that. Beautifully updated to accommodate your modern lifestyle needs, bask in a single-level layout blending grand open-plan living with bedrooms of very generous proportions. A breeze to maintain and very easy on the eye, the light-filled interior boasting both formal and informal living areas is as beautiful to look at as it is to relax in. It’s also fabulously located thanks to its close proximity to schools, Bulleen Plaza, parklands, the Eastern Freeway, transport and Macedon Square shops.

Saturday 16th November at 2pm PRICE GUIDE

$690,000 - $750,000

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Thu 2.30-3pm & Sat 10.30-11am Photo ID required

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Mark Di Giulio 0407 863 179 Lisa Yeung 0422 677 033 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn Road

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Doncaster east 39 schafter Drive a tropical Getaway In Doncaster east! Few things are guaranteed in life, however tranquility, serenity and five-star luxury are pretty much assured with this fully renovated and superbly positioned family home, nestled on the footsteps of Currawong Bush Park and within a short stroll of The Pines. Dressed with a strong contemporary character, both formal and communal settings are present in the zoned single-level layout, so too updated laundry, family bathroom and gourmet kitchen. The star of the show, however, awaits outside in the form of a spectacular lagoon-style swimming pool with cascading waterfall and spa.

Saturday 16th November at 3pm PRICE GUIDE

$680,000 - $740,000

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Thu 6.30-7pm & Sat 12.30-1pm Photo ID required

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Mark Di Giulio 0407 863 179 Jason Stepanow 0405 159 650 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

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Doncaster east 21 acacia street opportunity Beckons In a Premium Doncaster east setting on 723 sqm Your blueprint for future success begins here with the purchase of this potential-rich home, dressed with the opportunity to update or develop (STCA) in a location that delivers a premium level of convenience. Comfortably livable as is, it’s an attractive proposition for the young couple or investor, yet the home’s original interior exudes blank canvas appeal and lends itself well to a modern makeover. The combination of a large 723sqm (approx.) allotment and a coveted location are also the ingredients savvy developers look for when considering a future-proof development site.

Saturday 30th November at 11am PRICE GUIDE

$600,000 - $660,000

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Thu & Sat 11.30-12pm Photo ID required

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Sam Kocuk 0419 311 222 Adele Kocuk 0412 255 919 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

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Burwood 34 McComas Grove Space And opportunity on 817sqm Space, modern comfort and location combine in superb fashion to offer the growing family and the astute buyer with a home exuding plenty of appeal, potential and convenience at every turn! A radiant single-level layout is characterised by its incredible warmth and zoned living, while an L-shaped timber deck with gas mains BBQ adds further appeal. Sitting on a flat 817sqm (approx.), opportunity also beckons for the savvy developer keen to capitalise on the exceptional location that’s within walking distance of Deakin University, the 75 tram and local shops (STCA).

Saturday 9th November at 3pm PRICE GUIDE

More Than $750,000

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Thur 2-2.30pm & Sat 2.30-3pm Photo ID required

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Kane Penhalluriack 0406 556 445 John Stack 0402 443 312 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 South Parade

TemplesTowe 38 Hillcroft Drive A proud Family Residence A premium location within a short stroll of Ruffey Lake Park packaged with a captivating two-storey floorplan is the ideal combination for the modern family in search of space to grow and convenience living. An intelligent zoned floorplan sees a superb collection of spacious living areas adorn the ground-floor layout, defined by a sense grandeur and remarkable quality as it provides radiant, lightfilled settings that are perfect for unwinding, entertaining and spending with the family.

Saturday 23rd November at 11am PRICE GUIDE

$780,000 - $850,000

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Thu 11.30-12pm & Sat 4.30-5pm Photo ID required

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Jack Li 0430 133 425 Chris Manolopoulos 0439 478 825 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn Road

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Doncaster east 364 serpells road Grand Living Inside, Pleasant Views outside! Stately in appearance and welcoming in nature, this appealing family home complements its prestigious Serpells Rd address by offering a grand interior with contemporary style. Striking architectural elements and fresh, flowing living areas enhance the sense of space that defines the functional layout, while outstanding outdoor entertaining settings is a treat for families that love to entertain. The desirable location also enjoys convenient access to transport, The Pines, schools, parks and the Eastern Freeway.

Saturday 16th November at 3pm PRICE GUIDE

$700,000 - $770,000

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Thu 4.30-5pm & Sat 3.30-4pm Photo ID required

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Jack Li 0430 133 425 Spiro Drossos 0425 709 479 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

BlackBurn north 53 hibiscus road carefree Family living at Its Best! Playing host to two separate living areas, bedrooms of a generous nature and a show-stopping kitchen that instantly delights, this welcoming three-bedroom, single-level home offers the perfect start to family life. Add to the mix a stellar location that’s within a short stroll of Old Orchard Primary School, Blackburn High School, North Blackburn Shopping Centre, bus transportation and scenic Cootamundra Walk and within moments of the Eastern Freeway and Blackburn Station Village and family living doesn’t can get any better!

Saturday 16th November at 11am PRICE GUIDE

More Than $550,000

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Thur 1-1.30pm & Sat 4-4.30pm Photo ID required

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John Stack 0402 443 312 Kane Penhalluriack 0406 556 445 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 South Parade

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Forest Hill 1/12 everglade Avenue Masterfully renovated And Conveniently located! Completely re-wired, re-stumped, re-furbished roof and fully renovated, it’s very much a case of brand new living with this modern single-level unit, which offers stylish living with a splash of modern luxury within walking distance of Forest Hill Chase, Brentford Square and parkland. From modernising the bathroom and upgrading the kitchen to replacing the windows and installing down lights, every corner of the light and bright layout now exudes strong contemporary appeal, making it an easy choice for the young professional, couples or empty nester.

Saturday 23rd November at 11am PRICE GUIDE

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Thur 6-6.30pm & Sat 12-12.30pm Photo ID required

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John Stack 0402 443 312 Kane Penhalluriack 0406 556 445 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 south Parade

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TemplesTowe 8 Cricklewood Drive A Family Home with Ruffey lake park As Its playground Ever dreamed of living on the footsteps of Ruffey Lake Park? Well, here’s your chance. Magnificently located across the road from Manningham’s most popular park, the idyllic family lifestyle you’ve always yearned is now a possibility with the availability of this remarkable family home. Playing host to radiant living areas that are grand in size and stately in appearance, there’s a space for every occasion and member of the growing household.

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Saturday 16th November at 1pm PRICE GUIDE

$750,000 - $825,000

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Thu & Sat 11.30-12pm Photo ID required

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James Hatzolos 0418 518 694 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn Road

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Doncaster 22 Lauer street Move Your Family straight In! Upsize your home and upgrade your family lifestyle with this fully renovated family residence, set on a private flat 650sqm (approx.) allotment in a coveted Doncaster address. With friendly neighbours all around and modern convenience at your every turn, it’s the total package for families desiring a modern home updated to perfection and a location within walking distance of Westfield Shoppingtown, bus transportation, Ruffey Lake Park, Doncaster Gardens Primary School and Doncaster Secondary College!

Saturday 9th November at 11am PRICE GUIDE

$700,000 - $760,000

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Thu 6.30-7pm & Sat 10.30-11am Photo ID required

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Jack Li 0430 133 425 Chris Manolopoulos 0439 478 825 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

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NuNawadiNg 16 dunlavin Road Build Your dream Home Or develop Your Future Right on the border of highly sought-after neighbourhoods Nunawading and Mitcham within walking distance of Mitcham Shopping Centre and Nunawading train station lies this three-bedroom home that will excite homebuyers searching for a new home site (STCA), offers great development potential (STCA) and appeals to someone looking to move right in and make their mark. There’s no secret as to why this location is popular among buyers; don’t miss your chance to be in the running for what is a true gem!

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Saturday 16th November at 1pm PRICE GUIDE

More Than $420,000

INSPECT

Thur & Sat 11-11.30am Photo ID required

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John Stack 0402 443 312 Kane Penhalluriack 0406 556 445 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 South Parade

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Doncaster 17 Maralee Place a Hollywood Lifestyle In Doncaster’s Finest Pocket Instantly revealing the “wow” factor, this spectacular residence that’s reminiscent of the homes gracing America’s Hollywood Hills captures the essence of classic grandeur and timeless elegance. Filled with the charm of yesteryear yet offering the convenience the modern lifestyle craves, indulge in an architecturally designed masterpiece crafted specifically for the needs and desires of its former occupants yet now destined to appeal to downsizers and first-time buyers demanding a prestigious home in a five-star setting.

Saturday 16th November at 2pm PRICE GUIDE

$680,000 - $750,000

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Thu & Sat 12.30-1pm Photo ID required

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George Pangalos 0430 060 123 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

Bulleen 13 edgevale Road Modern, Spacious And With Great Views This generously spacious family home with panoramic views is bound to impress. Nestled in a quiet street on an elevated block with easy access to the Eastern Freeway, prestige schools and shopping centres. Open living and dining rooms overlooking the Koonung Creek Reserve, modern kitchen, three bedrooms plus study and large family room /rumpus room flowing out into an easy to maintain back yard with the potential to build up a level and enjoy the city views (STCA).

Saturday 23rd November at 11am PRICE GUIDE

$660,000 - $730,000

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Thu 12.30-1pm & Sat 2.30-3pm Photo ID required

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Mark Di Giulio 0407 863 179 Lisa Yeung 0422 677 033 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn Road

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TemplesTowe lower 22 Hazel Drive renovate or redevelop Under Instructions From State Trustees. Boasting a dream location and an outstanding 783sqm (approx.) corner allotment that yearns for development, you’d want to act quickly to secure this diamond in the rough. The flat allotment currently plays host to a three-bedroom home that presents the ideal blank canvas for the renovating warrior, however with dual street frontages and fantastic access to Macedon Square and the Eastern Freeway, its true destiny possibly awaits in redevelopment (STCA).

Saturday 16th November at 11am PRICE GUIDE

$650,000 - $700,000

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Thu & Sat 11.30-12pm Photo ID required

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Chris Defteros 0408 428 888 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

Doncaster 21 thiele street a red clinker charmer With DDo8 Zoning! Every now and then, along comes an opportunity that changes your life for the better. This is one such home. Whether your desire is to move in and enjoy its timeless character or capitalise on its 659.9m2 (approx.) corner allotment that’s DDO8 zoned (STCA), you won’t put a foot wrong. Should development not be a priority right now, sit tight and enjoy fantastic living inside this character-filled home that caters for your every need.

Saturday 23rd November at 1pm PRICE GUIDE

$620,000 - $690,000

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Thu & Sat 3.30-4pm Photo ID required

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Mark Di Giulio 0407 863 179 Lisa Yeung 0422 677 033 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

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Doncaster east 7 Dundas court start Your next chapter of Memories In the eDsc Precinct Instantly welcoming with its premium court location ideal for young families, the delights of this spacious single-level home, spans from its pristine interior and generosity of space to its meticulous, yet low maintenance, backyard and East Doncaster Secondary College precinct. Welcoming in its appearance, it’s a home that ticks all the boxes amongst the young, growing family looking for a home to embark on a new chapter of lifelong memories.

Saturday 30th November at 1pm PRICE GUIDE

$590,000 - $670,000

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Thu 1.30-2pm & Sat 3.30-4pm Photo ID required

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James Hatzolos 0418 518 694 Adele Kocuk 0412 255 919 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

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TemplesTowe 27 Kenman Close A Timeless Beauty Blending timeless elegance with modern comfort defines this period-inspired two-bedroom residence, nestled in a secluded cul de sac within moments of The Pines, parks and transportation. Wonderful high ceilings accentuate the space and height of the single-level layout that offers two separate living areas along with two generous-sized bedrooms, each with its own ensuite. Offering modern convenience, the home also enjoys refrigerated cooling and heating, alarm, video intercom and ducted vacuum

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Saturday 9th November at 1pm PRICE GUIDE

$550,000 - $600,000

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Thu & Sat 12.30-1pm Photo ID required

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Theo Politis 0415 030 088 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn Road

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