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f only I could truly describe the drinking I have seen. levels that put them at risk of lifetime harm from injury I have seen young women so drunk they are on the or disease. verge of unconsciousness, utterly unaware that half Note that the organisation releasing these distressing their clothing has fallen off them, leaving them naked figures is the council on drugs. We simply refuse to and pathetically vulnerable. I have seen young men acknowledge that alcohol is potentially as dangerous helplessly vomiting into gutters while their mates a drug as many others and demonstrably costs literally howled like wolves around them. Living us more in health, monetary and social terms. it’s near a pub as I have for many years, I have We’ve all heard the hypocrisy line from our time to seen intoxication levels that are frankly mad – argumentative teens: that drugs are outlawed admit that except for the fact that they are bog-standard while booze is freely available. Well, I reckon it’s killing common. Just another Australian night out they’ve got a point. us with friends and family where if you don’t drink Like many others, I’m close to complete until you fall over you didn’t have a good night. capitulation over the entrenched and quite This is what we do, it’s what we do all the time, and terrifying drinking behaviour that is not just a part it’s time to admit that it’s killing us. of our culture, but must finally be admitted actually IS This week, the Australian National Council on our culture. Drugs released figures on youth drinking that should And we are all a part of it. It took until a friend be to our eternal shame. Figures that show a staggering admitted she was an alcoholic and started to openly deal one in eight deaths of young people can be attributed with it for me to realise just how my behaviour is part of to alcohol; that nearly two-thirds of people under 29 the problem: when someone around you stops drinking surveyed said they drank specifically to get drunk; that you finally realise how much of an alcohol pusher you half of all alcohol-related road injuries involve young are. I caught myself again and again saying, “Oh, come people. And that 20 per cent of Australians now drink at on, have a drink” to friends and visitors, unable to let

their demurral go by without … what? An argument from me? Why would I argue with someone who didn’t want to drink? A good question. I chose to change, and I hope I have now shrugged off the reflexive Australian gesture to want to pour booze down everyone’s necks. John Herron, the former federal health minister and now chairman of the council, spoke with real exasperation about how we Australians simply cannot come together for anything without alcohol – in birth, death, celebration, commemoration, commiseration. I felt defeated by my own complicity when I heard that. That’s me. Is it you, too? Do you ever sit down in celebration with friends, family and not have a drink? Are we that addicted? It’s a dreadful environment in which to raise young people, and that, I believe, is the biggest challenge. When we make alcohol and its excessive use normal, then the battle to improve our health and ensure the safety of young people is over before it begins. The Christmas season is about to begin: think about that amid all the tidings of comfort and joy. \

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he’s worth millions for her on-court wins and off-court brand endorsements and, at 32, tennis champion Serena Williams shows no sign of letting up. Known for her ferocious energy, rock-star presence and an athletic build that’s put muscly curve back into her sport, Williams is one of few women from her generation who turn up the heat on court with daring fashion ensembles. The towering star has never been shy of taking risks – she wore a faux leather catsuit at the US Open in 2002, a spot of denim and knee-high boots a few years later and, on another occasion, studded black hot pants that would make our Kylie do a backflip. The sport that has long been associated with crisp white shorts and tennis skirts gets a run for its money in the hands of Williams, who prefers to pepper her look with an assortment of colours. Williams is blessed with star appeal beyond her serve and fans are obsessed with the 175.3-centimetre beauty, always curious about what she will wear when she next appears on court. With more than 4 million Twitter followers hungry to witness her every move, the world No. 1 has inked a deal as brand ambassador with Australian underwear empire Berlei. It seems what’s worn under the outfit is just as important when you’re a sporting great. When the Australian Open comes to town in January, expect to see plenty of billboards with Williams modelling the new sports bras. Williams discovered Berlei through her mother Oracene Price, who heads to Myer every year during the Australian Open to buy Serena and her sister Venus a selection of bras. “I have been wearing Berlei bras for around five years,” Williams says. “When Berlei heard my mum was buying their bras, they contacted my management. They originally gifted the bras and then we met with Berlei designers and started to choose colours that worked with my grand slam Nike tennis outfits and matching them accordingly. When they asked me if I would be the Australian ambassador for Berlei Sports, I thought, ‘Why not?’.” This latest endorsement follows many lucrative contracts that contribute to Williams’ annual earnings of more than $US20 million a year, including prize money, according to Forbes magazine. Williams reportedly earns more than $US11 million a year with

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n 1999, Williams started a three-year fashion design course at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida. She furthered her skills in sewing and sketching, and stitched up all aspects of the fashion business. “Studying fashion design was really a great experience,” says Williams. During my time there, I spent most of my course drawing, learning the construction of garments and gaining an understanding of the manufacturing end of the design business.” At the end of her course, she launched her fashion label while still touring the world winning grand slam titles. The label, Aneres (her name spelt backwards) will relaunch in 2014, and Williams is said to be looking for an investor to help kick the brand along. “Aneres is for the independent woman who works, enjoys life and is at the prime of her life,” Williams says. “It’s designed with fine quality and personality in mind and it reflects my style at its best: complex simplicity.” The new collection focuses on women’s ready-to-wear casual pieces and swimsuits. Williams works on the brand from her home in Palm Beach Gardens in Florida, with a branch in Los Angeles, where she also has a home, and a warehouse in Florence, Italy. She also runs her accessories brand Signature Statement – a collection of handbags and jewellery that mainly sell through the Home Shopping Network in the US. “I describe the accessories as feminine, classic and statement pieces,” she says. “I am intimately involved with the brand, create the designs and choose fabrics.” When her schedule allows, she’s found sitting front row at fashion shows. She was recently seen at Burberry’s London show during Men’s Fashion Week, and counts designer and chief executive Christopher Bailey as a close friend. “I always enjoy checking out new lines and exploring other areas of fashion,” she says. “I think Christopher is a wonderful designer and Burberry’s come such a long way.”



Nike alone – a deal she signed in 2004. She also earns a pretty penny from Gatorade and OPI nail polish, and has appeared in Apple iPhone advertisements. Williams has won grand slam tournaments for 15 years and in February returned to the No. 1 ranking in women’s tennis, becoming the oldest woman to hold the top spot. She knows her power extends beyond her mighty serve, but Williams is the first to admit she worked hard to get there. While most her age might have been out partying and living it large, this Michigan-born star dedicated her teens and 20s to professional tennis. But long before she thought tennis would be a career choice, Williams wanted to be a fashion designer. She began sewing at three, curious to stitch leftover fabrics her mother had around the house. “My mother taught me how to sew and we used to make clothes for my dolls,” says Williams, who after 1993 was home-schooled with Venus by their father Richard.

Australia’s top-ranked players Samantha Stosur and Bernard Tomic, along with Lleyton Hewitt, doubles pair Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty, and rising star Nick Kyrgios have been named finalists for the 2013 Newcombe Medal, awarded to Australia’s most outstanding tennis player. “The Newcombe Medal is a special occasion that unites our nation’s tennis community at all levels,” says Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley. “As well as recognising the achievements of Australia’s most outstanding tennis player, the awards celebrate the exceptional accomplishments and contributions of the many tennis communities, coaches, clubs and schools around the country.” The awards will be held at Crown Palladium on December 2.


“MY LOOK ON COURT IS VERY MUCH WHO I AM. IT’S WHERE I CAN EXPRESS MY LOVE OF FASHION AND DESIGN” She cites British high-street brand River Island as her label of choice for day wear – she’s a fan of Rihanna, the face of the brand. And when it comes to luxury couturier houses, she says Azzedine Alaia makes her top list for his use of fabrics and salubrious cuts. Just as she is known to attract attention on court, Williams looked beautifully styled during a photo shoot at New York’s Central Park with her US Open trophy in September. Sporting a chic outfit with Lanvin gold belt, black Catherine Malandrino wool skirt and a black-and-white jumper, she looked flawless. Is fashion something she would pursue if her tennis career came to an end? “I’m not sure if I would do it full-time, but it is a serious interest and something I will do more of when I finish playing professionally,” she says. “But that’s a while off as I’m loving my tennis. I cannot wait to play the Australian Open.” While Williams won’t reveal what she will wear

during the Australian Open, she is proud of her collaboration with Nike, which customises her outfits for each tournament. “The team at Nike are amazing,” she says. “We work closely together on the designs and colours of my on-court outfits. They know me and understand my needs and know I love to mix up and clash colours. They understand my love of classic lines and work with my shape. My look on the court is very much who I am. It’s one avenue where I can express my love of fashion and love of design.” And then there is her love of fancy nails, which she showed off at the US Open; a bright-tangerine manicure with 3D nail art included. “It’s an expression of who I am and they didn’t get in the way of the US Open,” Williams says. Of course they didn’t – she won the title in a nail-biting final against Victoria Azarenka, eight years her junior. \ » WE WELCOME YOUR FEEDBACK @ NOVEMBER 27, 2013 \ The weekly review 13

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t’s occurred to me over the past couple work out the best way to distribute the funds. of years that winemakers are a generous It just has to happen quickly.” bunch. Something wine lovers don’t Gifford has visited Tacloban City, which always see is how the wine industry – from bore the brunt of Haiyan’s fury, twice to the biggest wine companies to the small review geology projects. grower-producers – rallies behind various “It’s a large town population-wise, but not causes. The support given to Yarra Valley infrastructure-wise. They often have a single wineries affected by the 2009 bushfires in the hospital, small airport and old town centre form of equipment, grapes and donations surrounded by shanty towns,” he says. “The came from all over the country. actual construction of these towns, compared When typhoon Haiyan wrecked the with Australia, is rather flimsy, and Philippines’ central islands, Margaret when they lose something they really River winemaker Mark Gifford lose a lot. It’s very difficult to get “i have to didn’t waste time trying to raise back up off the ground because money to help in the rebuilding. they don’t have a lot of back-up.” help the Gifford is a geologist by trade Ideally, the money Blue Poles locals’’ and for the past four years has raises will go towards helping a divided his time between his winery, small village get back on its feet. Blue Poles, and the Philippines. “There’s a rebuilding program that “Everyone in the Philippines knows has to come into play. There’s a lot of villages someone who was affected by the disaster; where it doesn’t cost much to get the money it’s a national tragedy. The Philippines has into them. They have a system known as been struck by loads of little disasters in padala, which is like money from the phone,” the past six months and they’re becoming Gifford says. stretched,” he says. “Once it’s set up you can get money sent “I’ve got to do something – I’ve directly to a mayor or village captain to worked there for so long that I have to help distribute the funds. They can basically give the locals.” that to people as a wage to start rebuilding. Gifford’s fund-raising plan? To sell his The village can rebuild itself quickly, but it award-winning wines at wholesale cost does need that money to be circulating again. and donate $2.50 per bottle direct to the They rely heavily on that process.” rebuilding efforts. Gifford will send updates to people who “We hope to raise two or three thousand take up the Blue Poles offer, detailing how dollars and I’ll try and use a local and where the donations have been spent. organisation and directly deal with a village Having tried Blue Poles’ entire current or location rather than go into one of the range – and with a fair amount of the 2008 bigger NGOs,” he says. Allouran cabernet franc-merlot in my cellar “Having worked there for the past four – I’m always happy to recommend all their years, you can see how that structure works wines and, on this occasion, doubly so. \ when you visit the regions and you want to support that system. Right now there’s a lot of » Visit people doing medical work and dealing with for details of the Blue Poles Philippines distraught people. We can’t be part of that fund-raising initiative – it’s too difficult – but we can be part of the rebuilding phase. online only » “One of my staff members is from the Ben Thomas’ weekly wine selections region and I’ll be able to work with him to

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alifornia native Ashley Tell moved to Melbourne 16 years ago, arriving to work as a model. But she soon found fashion had other ambitious plans for her. While she did modelling work for Myer and appeared in Marie Claire, she found her niche sourcing vintage clothes by roaming the world. Now she sells these from her Richmond shop – Global Vintage Collective. “I go back to the US every year during Melbourne’s winter to visit family and source new on-trend stock for the following season,” says Tell, who discovered her knack for vintage many years ago after sourcing cowboy boots in the US from friends and finding they sold like hotcakes at Camberwell Market. “Women want something special that’s not going to be on the high street. They appreciate items that have lasted through the years yet still look great,” she says. “I think with the overstock of mass production we live with now, people are starting to go back and savour the workmanship and detail of the years past.” Tell admits she’s always had a great sense for styling – perhaps it was her life as a model that helped prepare her for this path. Add to this her curious eye for amazing finds and you get the idea this gal can spot a quality garment almost anywhere she goes. Her decision to open a shop in Richmond was inspired by demand from customers who didn’t want to chase her at night markets and needed a bricks-and-mortar pit-stop. Tell’s partner Stefano (a physical trainer for professional tennis players) spends most of his time travelling Europe and the US and she makes the most of his busy schedule by travelling alongside him and sourcing pieces for her shop along the way. It’s a perfect way to mix business with pleasure.

With websites such as Etsy and eBay and other online

retailers jumping on the vintage bandwagon, finding There’s a story behind stock is more challenging than 10 years ago, but Tell says many women don’t have time to trawl the web and every want pieces they can access easily from a shop. garment She has taken the hard work out of the hunt and pooled pieces from places as far away as Paris, New York and Los Angeles. There’s a story behind every garment because she’s the one who has handpicked every piece.

“Because I don’t buy containers of vintage from huge wholesalers like the larger importers, it’s more challenging but also more rewarding when I do find worthy stock,” Tell says. “I prefer to have a more selective range of items on offer that I’ve hand-selected.” She is not so much focused on designer brands as she is on sourcing sturdy goods from a time we no longer waltz to.



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way to work. Like why? Why do people need to say these stupid things? I had a week full of that stuff. Just too many dicks on my dance floor and I was over it. “I was waiting to cross the road and I was listening to music – always when I’m in public I have earphones in, to give people a visual cue not to talk to me … I’m making myself sound incredibly hostile … Whoops. This woman said, ‘Dear, can I help you with something?’ I said, ‘Do I look like I need your help?’ And I just moved away from her. “I spent the rest of the weekend going, “Oh, my god, Stella, you’re an arsehole. You didn’t need to be mean to that woman’. She was well-intentioned and I understand that. But when people are so constant in their need to say something, it gets really exhausting.” Condescension? “Of course it is. It’s condescending, but it’s a constant reminder that you’re not seen as an equal. They see you as an object of pity, as an object in need of help. It’s really objectifying to be constantly engaged with in that way.”


oung, 31, grew up in Stawell, the daughter of Greg, a butcher (and record shop owner), and Lynne, a hairdresser. She was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a condition she has described as “really dodgy bones”. Her parents were told the day she was born that she was probably going to die. “When I came along and there was all this different stuff, they were like, ‘All right, let’s go with it’. They say the only time they were ever really sad about me having an impairment was very early on when they said I might not survive and that was pretty sad for them, but then I did. “My mum always says I was her easiest child because I didn’t have any independent mobility until I got my first chair at 2½. I stayed where she put me.” Life was quiet in Stawell. “It’s a sleepy little place. I started really disliking it as a teenager because I just wanted more community, more things to do.” At primary school she had an integration aid, which she would get grumpy about. “They were lovely people, but I resented the exclusion, being singled out

and having to have someone look after me, the extra attention. It made me different from other kids and all I wanted was to be the same as everyone else.” Young wanted to get out and see the world. Resilient, confident and ambitious, she never saw her disability getting in the way. “I wanted to go to uni. I wasn’t focused that much on what I wanted to study; I just wanted to live independently and get out of Stawell. “In my teenage years, I thought, ‘I want to live independently but I don’t quite know how that’s going to happen’. When I was 15, I met a woman who has the same condition as me. She’s 10 years older. She really helped me as a model of what was possible in terms of independent living.” (Young still sees her. “We had a four-hour Skype date on Saturday night. I call her the Thelma to my Louise.”) Young studied journalism at Deakin in Geelong and initially was homesick. “I thought, ‘This is terrible, what if living away from home just doesn’t agree with me? What if I have to go back and live in Stawell? It’s going to be a disaster’.” But it wasn’t. Indeed, the city was her thing. In 2003, she moved from Geelong to Melbourne and did a diploma of education at Melbourne University with a view to teaching. Arriving in Melbourne was a revelation. “I’d been here for three days and it was like my soul went, ‘Thank god’.” And she had big dreams. “I’ve always thought I’d secretly like to be a presenter on Play School,” she says, “because I think kids need to see visible difference from a really early age and we don’t see that in Australia because disabled people are not teaching in our schools and they’re not on our television screens.” For a while she worked at the Melbourne Museum. “This adorable little boy was having a really good stare and I said, ‘Is there a question that you’d like to ask me, young man?’ He said, ‘Yes. Are you imaginary?’ It was so great that kids see magic in difference. “A friend who has no arms and no legs said a kid

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once asked her if she was a genie, that vision of a genie coming out of the bottle with no arms and no legs. I think the worst thing a parent can do if a child is staring at someone who looks different is to tell them not to stare because that teaches them that difference is something to be ashamed of, and something we shouldn’t acknowledge or talk about. “One of my pet hates is when kids say, ‘What’s that? Why is she in that chair?’ And the parents say, ‘That’s a special buggy’, and it’s like, ‘No it’s not, it’s a f---ing wheelchair and I use a wheelchair because I can’t walk’. There’s no shame for me about a wheelchair but clearly you’ve got some issues going on, let’s not pass that ableism onto your children, shall we?” She says we’ve got a way to go in Australia. “When I was in the UK last year I really noticed [a difference] … It took me a couple of days to really put my finger on why I felt so different. And it was actually that no one was losing their shit that I was in a public space and I felt a real difference. “Everywhere I went had accessible toilets, every clothing shop I went into had accessible change rooms. Everyone looks so different there, it’s kind of a melting pot. But no one took sneaky photos on their mobile phones, kids didn’t freak out, everyone just goes, “OK, let’s just be cool, bro’, and it was fine.”

S “I lead this great, rich, messy life that I love and it is frightening to know that other people value that so little”

he says she was moved watching Julia Gillard be moved introducing the National Disability Insurance Scheme legislation. “The NDIS is a very big thing, but it’s also a very small thing in terms of addressing inequality for people with disabilities. What the NDIS is going to mean is that people can have enough showers in a week to hold down a job. We still have a really long way to go. “It was great to see Julia Gillard so moved by that because so many of us had told her stories about living with exclusion. I’m an incredibly privileged disabled person in Australia. I live independently, I’m employed, I’m educated. That’s not the case for a lot of people with disabilities.” She believes legislation around the right to die is dangerous. “I think in Australia we have not solved the problem of people having the right to live with dignity, so I think conversations about dying with dignity are premature … “I think that people think disability is a fate worse than death and I hear that all the time. People say, ‘That poor person had an accident, isn’t that terrible?’ even though that person is quite happy. Occasionally I overhear people sayings things. A few weeks ago I overheard a guy who looked at me and said to the person he was with, ‘Geez, you’d just top yourself wouldn’t you?’ Well, no, you wouldn’t, because I lead this great, rich, messy life that I love and it is frightening to know that other people value that so little. “And the assumptions that are made about how terrible our lives are are based on fear and hatred of disabled people in this ableist society that we live in. It’s assumed that able-bodiedness is always better and I don’t think that’s really the case.” Young lives in South Yarra and has just broken up with a long-term partner. She is as busy as ever. I ask her whether her parents are proud. “I think they think this has all worked out pretty well and I wasn’t the horrible, tough, burdensome child that doctors said I was going to be.” \ We Welcome your feedback @ NOVEMBER 27, 2013 \ The weekly review 23

TheaTre \ The new comedy from Red Stitch is a timely reminder of how far we have – and haven’t – grown when it comes to sexism, writes MYKE BARTLETT

Does everyone haVE a price? W

hen we meet outside St Kilda’s Red Stitch theatre on a very windy November morning, director Tanya Dickson tells me about a shocking altercation she recently had on a Melbourne tram. Overhearing two teenage boys loudly talking about “sluts”, she interceded, only to be told that she – like every woman – was “just a piece of meat”. It’s an experience that, unpleasant as it was, highlights some of the issues raised by Red Stitch’s new production NSFW (Not Safe For Work). Making its first appearance on an Australian stage, the British play takes a satirical look at current media attitudes towards women. Its insights, Dickson says, have particular relevance to Aussie audiences given the barely veiled contempt shown in some quarters towards our first female prime minister. “Lucy Kirkwood wrote it in 2012 around the time [Julia] Gillard’s misogyny speech erupted, when the

Jimmy Savile sex-abuse case came to the fore and when there was a huge campaign against page-three models. Now we’re recreating it in a climate where Rolf Harris is now on trial for similar crimes and supermarkets in the UK are trying to ban these lads’ mags. These issues keep rolling forward,” Dickson says. Gillard won international acclaim for her anti-misogyny speech, although local media were far more muted in their praise. Does Dickson think Australians have a particular issue with misogyny? “I think it’s a global problem. But I think we like to think we’re past it, which is naive. I feel there’s kind of this apathy around feminism among Gen Yers.” With print journalism under intense financial pressures, the sexualisation of women seems to be growing worse as publications become desperate to attract an audience and journalists find themselves putting aside principles to try to make a living. “The play asks the question: everyone has a price,


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or drily didactic. For example, Kirkwood stresses that the choice to model semi-naked is one of self-expression and resists pointing the finger at one gender or another. “Lucy uses the tools of satire and wit to look at difficult issues, such as internalised misogyny and the pornification of youth culture. The comedy of it is really important. It’s a lot of fun, but we’re trying to pitch it with a shiver underneath the laughter,” Dickson says. NSFW is Dickson’s first production for Red Stitch, although she has already worked widely at home and abroad. She admits female directors and playwrights struggle to match their male counterparts in terms of attention and acclaim, but says things have improved in recent years. “Major theatre companies such as Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse and MTC have started doing female director internships. But I’ve just been in the UK, and that made me think we still have a long way to go.” In the spirit of the Bechdel test, Dickson poses me a question that she often asks friends who deny a gender bias: can you name any female directors? “You kind of have to struggle to think of their names. I use that example with film directors all the time, when people say there’s equality.” \ » NSFW runs until December 21 at Red Stitch Actors Theatre, 2 Chapel Street, St Kilda. Tickets $20-$39. »


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n the ’90s I explored my guilt and anger and why I’m not crazy about cats – the pet or the musical – and decided that a little bit of denial can go a long way to minimising psychiatrists’ fees. Given a choice between owning my anger or a luxury yacht, I’d choose the latter. My generation was bottle-fed (that’s a whole other workshop!) on good conduct and the life-wasn’t-meant-to-be-easy mantra, so it’s not surprising that in recent years science has invested more time and money in the anatomy of melancholy than the understanding of joy. Experts agree (even you and I know this) that consistent surges of adrenalin, noradrenaline and cortisol searing through our bodies will eventually deliver burnout, depression, anger and, in my observations, bad breath. They “suspect” that sensations such as optimism, joy, curiosity and laughing until our faces ache not only make life worth living but also prolong our lives. But where to find that hit of endorphins without ingesting any substances? Comedy venues will have you bent in half and laughing, yoga will have you bent in half and feeling euphoric, but for a one-stop, all-over body and mind experience I’d visit the Abbotsford Convent. What first struck me was the sense of space – it’s profoundly comforting and mysteriously fulfilling.

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Chapel Off Chapel The main theatre here is a former church built in 1859 in the neo-Gothic style; it became part of the Uniting Church in the 1970s before being bought by the City of Stonnington in the 1990s and converted into an arts venue. It’s impossible to know what influence the twin pinnacles at the front of the building or the elaborate leadlight window have on audiences, but I’ve noticed that people linger and take their time when entering the space. The meditative vibe may even encourage audiences to turn inward and have a more impactful theatre experience. I once turned inward during a performance of a contortionist playing the trumpet at the same time. \


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Designed by William Salway and built in 1870 (and extended in 1884) for Edward Latham of the Carlton Brewery, Raheen was also owned and occupied by Sir Henry Wrixon, a prominent barrister and solicitor. But Raheen is most famous for being the official residence of Archbishop Mannix and four other Catholic archbishops of Melbourne. Bought by the Catholic Church in 1917, it didn’t become a private residence again until 1981. This Italianate-style house exudes a sense of religious order. Perhaps that’s why, whenever I’ve peeked through the gates for a glimpse of its grandeur, I want to put my hands together and say, “let us pray”. \

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Of course, the gardens are tranquil, as are the riverside flats and the flowing river, but it’s also the opportunity to look at the sky without obstruction, the “miracle of infinitude” that’s uplifting and makes me smile. The only time most city folk look up at the sky is when there’s a fireworks display. Although the convent site is now mostly secular – the Sisters of the Good Shepherd still own and operate the Good Shepherd Chapel (recently reopened) – there’s a sense of place here, an opportunity for stillness. Even the sounds of snapping cameras and squealing children are diminished if you walk away slowly (I usually run) and move around the complex. There’s also the neighbouring Collingwood Children’s Farm (established in 1979) for a more rural encounter. The site was chosen by four Irish sisters from the Good Shepherd’s mother house in Angers, France. They arrived in Melbourne in 1863 to establish the order on what had been two large estates, St Heliers and Abbotsford House. From the late 1860s, the site accommodated the Magdalen Asylum, a women’s refuge, a reformatory for young offenders and an industrial school complex for disadvantaged children. By the late 1870s a Catholic day school was added, more land was bought in the 1880s and 1890s, and the institution was providing care for thousands of women and girls through welfare, rehabilitation and protection programs. The convent became one of the largest self-sufficient convent and farm complexes in Australia. A community battle in the late 1990s prevented a proposed redevelopment, with the area south of St Heliers Street being transferred to the Abbotsford Convent Foundation for the community in 2004. There are now more than 280 people based at the convent and it is a historically rich, diverse and supportive environment with plenty of space for boundless joy. \

All Saints’ Anglican Church in Chapel Street, St Kilda East, opposite the Astor Theatre, is one of Melbourne’s oldest Anglican churches. The foundation stone was laid on November 8, 1858, and the first service was held on December 8, 1861. It is said the building is the largest Anglican parish church in the southern hemisphere. On the same corner in a building closer to Dandenong Road, and perhaps originally part of the church complex, you’ll find Chapel Fitness, a gymnasium with high ceilings and vaulted windows where you can get fit and feel virtuous about it. Check out the sign out the front, a cross with dumbbells – heavens above. \

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t’s difficult to avoid making the mental association between Kensington Place and Kensington Palace. Just an “a” separates this secluded enclave in Templestowe from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Jacobean mansion in west London. However, a regal appearance is perhaps all it shares in the flesh. Seven years ago, boutique luxury retail developer Spec Property divided a large area of land just off Browning Drive into 22 blocks. This house is one of four in the innermost part of the subdivision, and it is also one of the most private. It has the feel of a gated community (or royal enclave) with quiet, narrow streets and no through traffic. The block of land measures just shy of 300 square metres. An orderly front garden of rose bushes and lavender shrubs adds warmth to an otherwise imposing, steely grey rendered façade dominated by columns and floor-to-ceiling window recesses. A powder-coated front door – in matching steel grey – leads to the entrance, which leads into the lounge on the left and a study or fifth bedroom via french doors on the opposite side. This would make the ideal guests’ bedroom because it also has a walk-in wardrobe. Richly hued parquetry floors feature throughout the ground floor, aside from the two rooms bookending the entry. Another set of french doors open the lounge room to an outdoor courtyard and garden beds beyond. There’s a bathroom with a shower and toilet that can be conveniently entered through either the fifth bedroom-cum-study or the hallway. To the rear of the house is the kitchen, family and meals area. In the kitchen you will find speckled brown-granite benchtops, Smeg stainless-streel appliances, country-style powder-coated cabinetry and white-tiled splashbacks. There’s plenty of bench space, and an additional nook suitable for a telephone or desktop computer. Double doors lead to a large courtyard, which is ideally positioned for lunchtime and afternoon sunshine. Tucked behind the kitchen is a laundry with plenty of room to move. It opens to the side courtyard and around the back of the house so you can hang your washing out of sight. Another four bedrooms are upstairs. Three generously sized rooms feature entire walls of built-in wardrobes and large windows. They share a family bathroom with a bathtub and separate shower, and a toilet next door. The main bedroom is almost 4.5 metres long, with enough space for a king-size bed and a lounge suite or chaise from where you can enjoy the morning sun. It also has its own deep walk-in wardrobe and huge bathroom next door. There’s more than enough room to swing a proverbial cat in here. The vanities are topped with marble and there’s a spa bath and separate shower. The house has been fitted with all the modern trappings, including ducted heating, evaporative cooling and vacuum, an alarm system and an internally accessible remote-controlled double garage. This quiet location is also close to Pineview Park and Browning Drive Reserve, both just off Browning Drive and a mere 50 metres away. The Pines Shopping Centre is not even a five-minute drive away. The same goes for Serpell Primary School, St Charles Borromeo Catholic Primary School and East Doncaster Secondary College. While these walls haven’t been privy to the musings of the royal court, who says 12 Kensington Place isn’t fit for a king? \ LEXI COTTEE




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Price \ $1.2 million – $1.3 million

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A feng shui expert deemed this property’s large, front west-facing windows were its “eyes” and a sign of prosperity. It doesn’t take a guru to appreciate this light-filled family house, which is designed for entertainment with a long terrace at the front and an elevated deck overlooking the secluded backyard. At ground level is a double carport and store room. The first floor’s large living/dining room has pale timber floorboards, which are used throughout the house, and an ethanol-flame fire. It connects to a kitchen with stainless-steel European appliances, including a built-in Miele coffee machine. Also on this floor are three bedrooms – the main with en suite – and a bathroom. The top level crowns the property with views through extensive windows from a retreat and study at the front, while at the rear is a secluded bedroom, a home theatre and a separate bathroom. Set on 645 square metres, there are quality finishes, including porcelain tiles and stone benches, as well as evaporative cooling and ducted heating. \ SUE HEWITT







Marshall White One \ 9822 9999

Price \ $700,000

Auction \ November 30 at 10.30am

The owner of this semi-detached house is clearly an advocate for beauty and order. A perfectly sculpted French garden of box hedges, a central cherry blossom and rows of camellias, azaleas and roses create a verdant welcome. The three-bedroom brick house was built in the late 1960s or early 1970s but has since been extensively renovated and extended. Tiled floors feature throughout the house except in the carpeted bedrooms. A covered porch leads into the living room, where an electric fire provides warmth. The kitchen has plenty of bench space and shares the open-plan space with the family room. Two bedrooms line the western side of the house, with a third at the rear near the laundry. The main bedroom has its own tiled en suite and walk-through wardrobe; the two minor bedrooms share a large bathroom. The laundry has access to a covered, brick-paved seating area. Beyond this is the double garage and plenty of space to extend or house additional cars. \ LEXI COTTEE





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Price \ $750,000 – $820,000

Auction \ November 30 at noon

Price \ $1.3 million +

Auction \ November 30 at 3pm

This rendered two-storey property is low maintenance and has small gardens at the front and rear of a sloping block with high-quality interior finishes valued by young families and empty-nesters. It has its own title on a north-facing block divided into two residential lots, and it fronts the street with its own driveway to a two-car garage. Newly built with high ceilings, it has front and rear living zones downstairs, where there’s a carpeted living room looking to the street. At the rear there’s an open-plan family space with a meals, dining and kitchen area that has stone benchtops, a stainless-steel Baumatic 900-millimetre cooker with rangehood, glass splashback and L-shaped island bench. The accommodation upstairs includes a main bedroom with a walk-through wardrobe to an en suite with porcelain tiles, Caesarstone vanity and walk-in shower. It has ducted heating and vacuum and is close to the Eastern Freeway, Bulleen Plaza shops, bus transport, primary and secondary schools, and parkland. \ SUE HEWITT

Before the automatic gates were erected at the front of this property, it was common for passersby to drive in and enjoy a picnic on the grounds. With tens of 35-year-old palm trees, a grand circular driveway and the expanse of a 4215-square metre block, it is easy to see why it was mistaken for a public estate. The six-bedroom house is nestled into the rear of the block, where it has views of the park-like grounds at the front and of the private, more intimate, backyard. With an elevated site, the double-storey house is appropriately imposing and provides plenty of versatility. A formal lounge with a marble fireplace leads to an informal kitchen and meals area. A front bedroom could also make a great study. A rear self-contained unit has its own kitchen, bathroom, living area, two bedrooms and external entry, making tenanting an easy option. Upstairs, two bedrooms share a large spa bathroom. There is plenty of scope for renovation here, or a complete redevelopment of the block. Hopefully, the established trees will feature in its future. \ EMMA HOUGHTON











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28 Barnesdale Drive, Vermont ................................................................. Price: $590,000 + ................................................................. Auction Saturday December 14 at 11am ................................................................. OFI Thur 2-2.30pm; Sat 3-3.30pm .................................................................

170 Surrey Road, Blackburn ................................................................. Price: $690,000 - $760,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday November 30 at 11am ................................................................. OFI Thurs 2-2.30pm; Sat 10.30-11am .................................................................

31 Caroline Crescent, Blackburn North ................................................................. Price: $680,000 + ................................................................. Auction Saturday November 30 at 11am ................................................................. OFI Thur 2-2.30pm; Sat 10.30-11am .................................................................

12 Francis Street, Blackburn ................................................................. Price: $690,000 - $750,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday December 7 at 12.30pm ................................................................. OFI Thur 2-2.30pm; Sat 10-10.30am .................................................................

Perched on an elevated allotment within the Vermont Secondary College zone, a higher standard of living defines this exceptional family house.

This delightfully renovated weatherboard house offers convenient and comfortable modern family living with an overlay of warm period ambiance.

A well-maintained brick veneer with flexible accommodation, an open-plan living/dining and modern kitchen. An ideal floor plan for extended families.

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BOX HILL NORTH \ 10 LAWFORD STREET While this three-bedroom house looks every bit the 1950s weatherboard common to the area, step inside and the amenity and luxury of the 21st century is immediately apparent. Little has been altered of the endearing façade aside from a fresh coat of paint and a lush front garden. But once inside, nine months of comprehensive renovations becomes obvious, from new polished Victorian ash floorboards to freshly laid carpets and stone surfaces. The main bedroom is at the front and has its own walk-in wardrobe and en suite. All the bathrooms have been modernised, with polished stainless-steel tapware, Caesarstone benchtops and showers with rainheads. Another three bedrooms line the southern side of the house, and look out onto a private courtyard. They share a spacious bathroom with a separate shower and freestanding tub. Years ago the house was extended, but in the most recent round of renovations all rear rooms were combined into one large, open-plan family room. Here Caesarstone appears again – in the kitchen, alongside Bosch appliances. An island bench doubles as a breakfast bar with seating for three or four. A pair of sliding doors opens this room out onto merbau decking with a great expanse of lawn ringed with a lilly-pilly hedge and bluestone pavers beyond. \ LEXI COTTEE








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9 Wahine Court, Templestowe ................................................................. Price: $1 million - $1.1 million ................................................................. Auction Saturday December 7 at 2pm ................................................................. OFI Thur 3.30-4pm; Sat 4.30-5pm .................................................................

44 Milne Street, Templestowe ................................................................. Price: $680,000 - $740,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday December 7 at 11am ................................................................. OFI Thur noon-12.30pm .................................................................

2 Rigani Court, Blackburn North ................................................................. Price: $680,000 + ................................................................. Auction Saturday November 30 at 3pm ................................................................. OFI Thur noon-12.30pm; Sat 2.30-3pm .................................................................

24 Wooddale Grove, Donvale ................................................................. Price: $760,000 - $830,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday December 7 at 3pm ................................................................. OFI Thur 12.30-1pm; Sat 2.30-3pm .................................................................

Set in a leafy court, bask in a house of truly grand proportions with its glamorous living areas and stunning outdoor entertainment options.

Beautifully appointed and sun-drenched, this townhouse epitomises lowmaintenance sophisticated living set in a sought-after leafy pocket of Templestowe.

Facing north in a private enclave near Old Orchard Primary School, this house is absolutely delightful and will appeal to families, downsizers and professionals.

If your house says something about you, this is your chance to make a stylish statement with the purchase of this new executive residence.

Let's eat lunch @ Senses Restaurant & Bar, 124 James St Let's eat dinner @ Carluccis of Templestowe, 134 James St Let's drink coffee @ Harry's Café, 21 Anderson St

Let's eat lunch @ Harry's Café, 21 Anderson Street Let's eat dinner @ Senses, 124 James Street Let's drink coffee @ Degani, 25 Anderson Street

Let's eat lunch @ The Cats Reply, 18 Chapel Street Let's eat dinner @ Blackburn Hotel, 111 Whitehorse Road Let's drink coffee @ Hahndorf's Fine Chocolates, 150a Springfield Road

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Family Living with Options Galore Move right in or redevelop (STCA) this smart single-level home with spacious lounge, rumpus, sunny kitchen/meals and entertainerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s backyard. Across from a reserve and near schools, shops and Eastlink, this updated family home on approx. 532sqm is packed with perks.

Doncaster East 2/1052 Doncaster Road Low Maintenance Comfort, Steps from it All

Auction Inspect Call

Sat 14th December at 2:00pm (if not sold prior) Thur 6:00-6:30pm Sat 11:00-11:30am Scott George 0410 753 549

Close to transport and Tunstall Square, this well-maintained, easy-care unit offers a convenient lifestyle. Set at the rear of two, it features a large lounge, kitchen/ dining, wraparound courtyard, large shared bathroom, ducted heat & s/s cooling.

Auction Inspect Call

Sat 7th December at 10:00am (if not sold prior) Thur 4:00-4:30pm Sat 3:00-3:30pm Scott George 0410 753 549

Doncaster East 4A Thea Grove Single Level, Affordable Living! This welcoming unit close to Jackson Court and Devon Plaza, is in a peaceful street backing on to parkland and Eastlink is around the corner. Lots of light, high ceilings and attractive polished boards highlight the generous lounge and kitchen/dining areas. The family/living area opens to sunny, alfresco dining overlooking the park. Three robed bedrooms share a massive bathroom and two toilets. With accomm for 2 cars, gas ducted heating and evap cooling, this low-maintenance property is a solid investment, ideal downsizer or first home.

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3 A 1.5 B 2 C Auction Sat 14th December at 11.00am (if not sold prior) Inspect Thur 5:00-5:30pm Sat 2:00-2:30pm Call Scott George 0410 753 549

WHAT MAKES BOTANIC SO MUCH BETTER? ► No uncertainty Botanic Doncaster is already UNDER CONSTRUCTION so you can plan your move with certainty. ► HUGE Stamp Duty savings still available Be quick to reserve your preferred apartment while SAVINGS OF UP TO $25,000 still apply! ► Superb quality Built up to a standard not down to a price. Your architect-designed Botanic apartment includes top quality fittings and appointments like Miele appliances, Caesarstone benches, double glazing on every window and much more. ► 7-Plus star energy rating Botanic is the first apartment including solar boosted electricity and hot water, rain water storage, etc. ► A healthier environment ventilation system, (rarely seen in Australia) will maintain a healthy flow of temperature adjusted clean filtered air ► A lifestyle to be enjoyed Generous outdoor living spaces are enhanced by fully landscaped gardens with mature plantings including spectacular Canary Island Date Palms. ► Fantastic choice A wide range of well designed 1 and 2 bedroom floorplans still available. ► Extra inclusions Your Botanic apartment comes complete with integrated refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, not to mention generous storage facilities. 872 - 874 DONCASTER ROAD, DONCASTER EAST



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DONCASTER EAST 25 Gaudion Road SUBSTANTIAL FAMILY ADVANTAGES A commitment to family lifestyle excellence resonates throughout the superbly zoned spaces of this outstanding 5BR modern residence. A quiet family-focused pocket just footsteps to parkland provides idyllic environs for this quality-appointed home featuring large living area, family/meals, stunning granite kitchen, 2 travertine bathrooms and remote-control double garage. Near schools, The Pines shopping and transport.

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Thu 3:30-4pm, Sat 3-3:30pm


Gordon Whale 0419 335 459 Stewart Oldmeadow 0412 119 277


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Watsonia 10 Huntley Street Your Real Estate Future Is Here Investors and first time buyers will rejoice at the opportunity to secure this three bedroom brick home at a price point that´s very rarely available. Astute purchasers with a keen eye for value will appreciate the opportunity to lift up the carpets and polish the floors, update the kitchen and bathroom and re-paint to reap real estate rewards. Central to Greensborough and Watsonia, and on a 515 m2 allotment (approx) it may be the ideal spot for your dream home, or suit redevelopment (STCA).

North Warrandyte 57 Research - Warrandyte Road Sought After Lifestyle In A Serene Setting Set on 20 undulating acres, (approx) "Tyntynder", meaning "song of the birds", is indeed true to its name. This much loved five bedroom homestead draws on Fasham Johnson design principles, and combines them with old time practices of verandahs all around to ensure winter warmth and summer shade; and deliver spacious relaxed living, all the while taking advantage of inspired valley views. Shops and the bus close by, the space to spread out and the scope to improve make this a must see property for those seeking a serene family sanctuary. Expressions Of Interest: Offers Close Tuesday 10th December at 6pm (Unless Sold Prior)

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3 Auction Inspect Contact Office Web



Saturday 14th December at 11am Saturday 10:30 - 11am Lucas Peressini 0458 016 868 968 Main Road, Eltham 9431 2444




Expressions of Interest Inspect Thursday 6:30 - 7pm & Saturday 3:30 - 4pm ESR $980,000 - $1,080,000 Contact Alvy Buffon 0412 674 461 Contact Graham Morrison 0417 101 997 Office 968 Main Road, Eltham 9431 2444 Web NOVEMBER 27, 2013 \ The weekly review 35

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DONVALE Illawong Drive

Located on the beautiful Mullum Creek and only 20km from Melbourne´s CBD. An exclusive land opportunity in Donvale that offers a refreshing suburban lifestyle, inspired by environmental sustainability. Lots ranging from approximately 1000sqm-3000sqm. This is the last available land in the City of Manningham, with almost 45% of the development dedicated to open space and reserves. Design guidelines developed for homes and landscapes to achieve the vision of a sustainable and beautiful estate.

LOTS AVAILABLE FOR RESERVATION NOW ____________________________________________________ INSPECT By appointment only ____________________________________________________ PRICE LAND FROM $690,000 ____________________________________________________ CONTACT

Adam Wright 0477 006 925 Andrew Keleher ____________________________________________________

WEB ____________________________________________________

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WARRANDYTE SOUTH 115 Brysons Road 5





Positioned for spectacular lifestyle benefits and sprawling over 10 approx glorious open acres, radiating warmth and luxury from the outset with its unique red gum entrance, this magnificent abode is primed for an idyllic and private family lifestyle. Elaborate finishes and state of the art technology place this residence in supreme standing. Full length windows welcome unparalleled views to the Macedon ranges in an open plan layout with 4 distinct living domains, zoned for casual and formal occasions with a large deck to enjoy effortless alfresco entertaining.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST CLOSING 10th December at 5pm ____________________________________________________ INSPECT By appointment ____________________________________________________ ESTIMATE PRICE ON APPLICATION ____________________________________________________ LAND 42,000 sq. metres approx. ____________________________________________________ CONTACT

Dallas Taylor 0408 217 778 Fabio Forlano 0409 313 531 ____________________________________________________

OFFICE Doncaster 8841 4888 ____________________________________________________

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WARRANDYTE SOUTH 521 Ringwood Warrandyte Road 4






The ultimate in resort style living, this outstanding residence could equally be at home in the mountains of Aspen Colorado. Designed and built by Darren Bailey Builders to the most exacting standards. The living, family and dining spaces all have views to the landscaped gardens and the kitchen has all the desired appliances with large butler´s pantry. The 2.5 acres in this beautiful area of Warrandyte includes resort style pool and pool house with kitchen and barbeque plus a large barn with accommodation. Close to top private schools, shops and Eastlink.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST CLOSING Tuesday 10th December at 5pm ____________________________________________________ INSPECT By appointment ____________________________________________________ ESTIMATE PRICE ON APPLICATION ____________________________________________________ LAND 2.5 acres approx ____________________________________________________ CONTACT

Dallas Taylor 0408 217 778 Peter Batrouney 0419 005 236 ____________________________________________________

OFFICE Doncaster 8841 4888 ____________________________________________________

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Healesville 24 Deering Avenue




Saturday 30th November @ 1:00pm


$750,000 Plus buyers


By appointment


Greg Gibb 0419 566 373


9-11 Wray Crescent, Mount Evelyn

This outstanding 2 storey, 30 square Tudor Style 4 bedroom residence is ready for the astute purchaser to consider. Evoking feelings of relaxation and calm, this character homestead with its 5 acres, nestles at the foot of the majestic Mount Toolebewong. Everything is at your fingertips, just a few minutes drive to Healesville Village, wildlife sanctuary and a plethora of Yarra Valley attractions such as Domain Chandon and Rochford just to name a few. With the cosmopolitan feel of the many surrounding cafes and restaurants you could have a weekend away every weekend just moments from your doorstep! The land is mostly cleared with some English deciduous trees, ornamental pond, and large in ground salt chlorinated pool with Bali style hut area to relax in. The large workshop is ideal for tinkering and adjacent is plenty of room to convert the available space for horse agistment or maybe keep a few animals by fencing any area as you wish. The magical views will entrance you. An inspection is a must. Terms 10% deposit 60/90 days



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Saturday 30th 14th November December at 2pm 3pm PRICE GUIDE

Contact Agent $1,800,000 - $1,980,000


Wed4.30-5pm Thu 5.30-6pm,&Thu Sun1.30-2pm 11.30-12pm & 6.30-7pm Photo & SatID2.30-3pm required Photo Kocuk ID required Sam 0419 311 222


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Adele Kocuk 0412 Spiro Drossos 0425255 709919 479 Doncaster Adele Kocuk9842 04128888 255 919

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BlackBurn 14 Heath Street The ultimate Blackburn lifestyle awaits Designed around family living with its sprawling single-level layout and located in a peaceful pocket on the footsteps of Furness Park, enjoy a quintessential Blackburn lifestyle inside this exceptional family residence. For the grand entertainer, a stunning formal arrangement comprising lounge, dining and separate wet bar permits one to entertain in pure class. A flowing open-plan setting and separate rumpus take up residence towards the rear of the home, integrating with the landscaped backyard that accommodates an inviting in-ground swimming pool with spa. As the future occupant, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also be treated to five-star convenience with walking distance access to Blackburn Station Village, Blackburn train station and Blackburn Lake.

Saturday 14th December at 2pm PRICE GUIDE

More Than $1,300,000


Thur 5-5.30pm & Sat 10-10.30am Photo ID required


Adam Harris 0433 521 380 Terry Burgoyne 0404 842 771 Blackburn 9878 0222

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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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Saturday 30th November at 2pm PRICE GUIDE

Contact Agent


Thu & Sat 1.30-2pm Photo ID required


Chris Defteros 0408 428 888 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn Road

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TemplesTowe 9 wahine Court A Grand Family Home In A Distinguished Court setting Set in a leafy court of distinguished homes, bask in a family residence of truly grand proportions with its arrangement of glamorous living areas, stunning outdoor entertaining options and modern comfort. Not only does this home present a sizeable upgrade in terms of living space, but also an upgrade in terms of style, luxury and everyday convenience. An idyllic arrangement of formal and communal living spaces also caters for all your living needs.

Saturday 7th December at 2pm PRICE GUIDE INSPECT CONTACT

$1,000,000 - $1,100,000 Thu 3.30-4pm & Sat 4.30-5pm Photo ID required Spiro Drossos 0425 709 479 Adele Kocuk 0412 255 919 Doncaster 9842 8888

Donvale 24 Wooddale Grove The epitome of Modern Style This brand new Executive home offers the best of modern living, with sharp architectural lines, polished timber floorboards, high ceilings and abundant natural light. Ground-floor Master bedroom will appeal to downsizers, while a striking open-plan setting impresses with its radiant nature and seamless integration with a North-facing courtyard. A second living area basks in total seclusion upstairs, while everyday convenience is assured with easy access to Tunstall Square, transport and the Eastern Freeway.

Saturday 7th December at 3pm PRICE GUIDE

$760,000 - $830,000


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


Theo Politis 0415 030 088 Michale Steenhuis 0400 499 601 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn Road

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Vermont 28 Barnesdale Drive An outstanding Home In A Five-Star Setting Serenely perched on an elevated allotment within the Vermont Secondary College zone and a short stroll from Bellbird Dell, a higher standard of living is what you can expect as the next resident of this exceptional family home. With a growing family, you need not fear the lack of space any longer, for this home has plenty of it. In terms of everyday living, enjoy the practicality and functionality offered by two separate living areas. In terms of entertaining, take your pick from two outdoor areas to stage summertime BBQs. And in terms of storage space, a large storage area under the house certainly promotes clutter-free living inside!

Saturday 14th December at 11am PRICE GUIDE

More Than $590,000


Thur 2-2.30pm & Sat 3-3.30pm Photo ID required


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

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Bulleen 22 White Way A Taste Of north Balwyn living, But Without The Price Tag! Whether it’s the peaceful setting, the walking distance access to amenities or the chance to experience a coveted North Balwyn lifestyle without the price tag, there’s much to love about this exceptional home. Four bedrooms upstairs (with an established home office or fifth bedroom downstairs) blend with three separate living areas to offer a spacious living experience, while a firstclass, renovated kitchen and in-ground swimming pool with spa adds further appeal.

Saturday 14th December at 1pm PRICE GUIDE

$800,000 - $860,000


Sat 10.30-11am & Sun 12.30-1pm Photo ID required


Mark Di Giulio 0407 863 179 Lisa Yeung 0422 677 033 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


Thu 2.30-3pm & Sat 11.30-12pm Photo ID required


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

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TemplesTowe 6 Kelvinside Drive The Family Upgrade You’ve Been waiting For A cleverly designed floorplan complemented by contemporary style and zoned bedrooms make this flowing, single-level residence the perfect suitor to the growing family desiring a spacious upgrade within moments of Templestowe Village, St Kevin’s Catholic Primary School, Finns Reserve and transportation. Such is the home’s versatility that a generous-sized study presents a fourth bedroom option should the need arise, while a stunning arrangement of two separate living areas means there’s a place for the adults, play areas for the kids and a space where everyone can come together as one.

Saturday 14th December at 11am PRICE GUIDE

$640,000 - $690,000


Thu 1.30-2, Sat 10.30-11 & Sun 1.30-2 Photo ID required


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

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BlackBurn South 1 aldinga Street renovated to absolute Perfection! Completely renovated where no expense has been spared, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very much a case of brand new living inside this stately two-storey residence. From its rendered exterior to the versatile fourth-bedroom downstairs, every corner of this top quality home has been touched by the renovatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brush to now showcase strong contemporary appeal. Light-filled living areas are versatile in their use with their ability to act as formal and informal settings, while convenience is assured with easy access to the Eastern Freeway, schools, transport and Forest Hill Chase.

Saturday 7th December at 1pm PRICE GUIDE

More Than $610,000


Thur 5-5.30pm & Sat 10.30-11am Photo ID required


Brian Leeson 0488 606 868 John Stack 0402 443 312 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 South Parade

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TemplesTowe lower 3 riordan place A single-level stunner! Set in a private cul de sac, nothing short of a stylish lifestyle awaits the savvy buyer desiring low maintenance living with strong contemporary appeal. Its flowing, single-level layout will be of great benefit and appeal to downsizers still requiring space but not the maintenance, while executive professionals or the young couple with plans to begin a family in the future will be attracted to its zoned floorplan featuring two living areas and indoor-outdoor living.

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Saturday 7th December at 11am PRICE GUIDE

$700,000 - $770,000


Thu & Sat 1.30-2pm Photo ID required


Theo Politis 0415 030 088 Michael Steenhuis 0400 499 601 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

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TemplesTowe 350 porter street where space And everyday Convenience Combine Positioned for excellent convenience and designed for spacious living, welcome to the Townhouse that’s set to give your lifestyle a real boost. With fantastic access to transport, the Eastern Freeway and The Pines, its attractiveness as a solid investment is clear to see. Package that with two living zones, generous-sized bedrooms and a low maintenance courtyard and a host of buyers will also be keen to become the newest members of the coveted neighbourhood.

Saturday 30th November at 1pm PRICE GUIDE

$660,000 - $720,000


Thu 3.30-4pm & Sat 12.30-1pm Photo ID required


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

Box Hill NortH 16 Marshall road Stylishly Updated And the Perfect Upsizer! Generating instant appeal with its contemporary rendered façade, you stand to benefit from the current owner’s creative vision and modern tastes that has crafted a fully renovated, single-level residence of grand and stylish proportions. A magnificent arrangement of two separate living zones — one being a sensational open-plan setting boasting gourmet kitchen and direct alfresco access with Jacuzzi — are on hand to deliver a practical family lifestyle and the perfect upsizing option for the growing family demanding space.

Saturday 30th November at 1pm PRICE GUIDE

More Than $700,000


Thur 1-1.30pm & Sat 12.30-1pm Photo ID required


John Stack 0402 443 312 Adam Harris 0433 521 380 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 South Parade

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Box Hill SoutH 4 Peppermint Grove A Secluded treasure It’s debatable as to whether downsizers are likely to find a setting more serene as the one that accommodates this light and bright three-bedroom Townhouse. Wonderfully positioned in a secluded enclave decorated with green leafy trees that’s within easy access of shops and transport, a life of tranquil bliss and supreme convenience is yours to own once you decide to call this address “home”. The close proximity of the Eastern Freeway and a host of local schools (including Laburnum Primary School) is also appealing to city professionals and the young family.

Saturday 30th November at 3pm PRICE GUIDE

More Than $580,000


Thur 12-12.30pm & Sat 2.30-3pm Photo ID required


John Stack 0402 443 312 Adam Harris 0433 521 380 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 South Parade

Donvale 4 Mulsanne Way Grand and Spacious With a Carefree Donvale lifestyle Designed around practical family living with its fantastic offering of three separate living zones, make this manicured two-storey residence your own, and with it, a carefree Donvale lifestyle. Abundant in space, grand in presentation and conveniently located in an upmarket enclave within moments of Tunstall Square shops, the Eastern Freeway, bus transportation and schools, it’s the perfect bundle for the young family desiring space to grow into and everyday convenience.

Saturday 30th November at 2pm PRICE GUIDE

$670,000 - $740,000


Thu 11.30-12pm & Sat 1.30-2pm Photo ID required


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 with its gas ducted heating and spacious living areas, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an attractive proposition for the young couple or seasoned investor, yet the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original interior exudes blank canvas appeal and lends itself well to a modern makeover.

Saturday 30th November at 11am PRICE GUIDE

$600,000 - $660,000


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


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

Forest Hill 7 Bristow Drive the Dream Family lifestyle Begins Here Experience the great Australian dream for yourself with the purchase of this outstanding family residence, meticulously presented and flawlessly updated to present a home of truly grand and spectacular proportions on a landscaped 766sqm (approx.) allotment. From the plantation blinds that adorn the windows to the new carpets underfoot, modern comfort and style adorns every corner of the flowing interior, which comfortably accommodates five generous-sized bedrooms, three bathrooms and two separate living areas.

Saturday 30th November at 11am PRICE GUIDE

More Than $700,000


Thur 5-5.30pm & Sat 10.30-11am Photo ID required


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

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BlackBurn north 15 kurrajong Way Stylish Family living Looking for a home that matches your lifestyle? This elegant two-storey, four-bedroom Townhouse in an enviable, upmarket location will make your family life a joy. Set back from the traffic of the urban landscape and within walking distance of schools, North Blackburn Shopping Centre and scenic Cootamundra Walk, this large yet low maintenance home is ideal for a family looking for room to grow. With three separate living zones, there is a space for everyone to inhabit, whilst retaining that warm family environment.

Saturday 30th November at 11am PRICE GUIDE

More Than $590,000


Wed 5-5.30pm & Sat 10.30-11am Photo ID required


Adam Harris 0433 521 380 John Stack 0402 443 312 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 South Parade

TemplesTowe lower 71 rose Avenue Grow Into This Family Home Ready to step up? This single-level home is designed to handle the demands of a busy family life, with zoned generous-sized bedrooms, a light-filled family lounge and large grassed backyard on hand to cater for your daily needs. Updated kitchen packs plenty of wow factor with its quality stainless steel appliances and stylish presentation, while the close proximity of schools, the Eastern Freeway and Bulleen Plaza make it the perfect upsizing option or investment opportunity.

Saturday 7th December at 12pm PRICE GUIDE

$600,000 - $660,000


Thu 10.30-11am & Sat 4.30-5pm Photo ID required


Spiro Drossos 0425 709 479 Sam Kocuk 0419 311 222 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


Thu & Sat 12.30-1pm Photo ID required


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

Box Hill NortH 557 Middleborough road renovate or Detonate — the Choice is Yours! There’s the location. There’s the sizeable allotment. And there’s the blank canvas. All that’s required is your vision to transform this potential-laden property into a sparkling gem by developing (STCA) within easy reach of schools, the Kerrimuir shopping strip, transport and the Eastern Freeway or modernising with some contemporary flair! For the renovator, there’s plenty of scope to restore this home to its former glory. With two separate living zones, spacious bedrooms and a large backyard, the bones are there to create something really special.

Saturday 14th December at 3pm PRICE GUIDE

More Than $510,000


Thur 11-11.30am & Sat 10-10.30am Photo ID required


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

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Bulleen 174 Bulleen Road An Oasis Of Opportunity! Secluded behind high fences in a location delivering abundant convenience hides this oasis of a home, ideal for the first-time buyer and even more so for the savvy developer (STCA). The large 763sqm (approx.) allotment lends itself well to development opportunities, but for the buyer wishing to call this residence home, enjoy the comfort of radiant living spaces, zoned generous-sized bedrooms and the potential to make your mark.

Saturday 14th December at 12pm PRICE GUIDE

$530,000 - $590,000


Thu 1.30-2pm & Sat 2.30-3pm Photo ID required


James Hatzolos 0418 518 694 George Pangalos 0430 060 123 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn Road

GreensborouGh 3 Marino Way The Developer’s Dream, the renovator’s Delight - 4215m2 Property! Perfectly located in the choice, leafy St Helena ‘catchment’ area (residential 1 zoning),this unique property provides a plethora of inspiring possibilities- multiple unit development (STCA),nursing home/retirement potential (STCA),or grand palatial,shared/family accommodation for the discerning renovator. The generous allotment encompasses a 26.7m frontage with an approximate depth of 150m extending to the north boundary & 33m at the rear.The existing two-storey residence offers seclusion in suburbia & a comfortable,tranquil lifestyle-featuring 6 bedrooms (upstairs master with WIR),3 bathrooms (plus spa),2 spacious,quality (custom-built) kitchens with sizeable pantries & large, separate living areas with dual occupancy options (self-contained unit or income-producing tenancy).

Saturday 30th November at 3pm (unless sold prior) INSPECT

Tues 6pm-6.30pm & Sat 2.30pm-3pm Photo ID required


Loretta Khoo 0437 751 641 David Moxon 0413 673 636 bundoora 9467 5444 4/1177 Plenty road

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A Low maintenance Gem Located within a tranquil residential development within a short stroll of Brentford Square, this superbly positioned single-level unit offers a low maintenance lifestyle ideal for the busy professional, empty nester, firsttime buyer or the seasoned investor.

Saturday 30th November at 2pm PRICE GUIDE INSPECT CONTACT

More Than $290,000 Thur 4-4.30pm & Sat 1.30-2pm Photo ID required Brian Leeson 0488 606 868 Terry Burgoyne 0404 842 771 Blackburn 9878 0222

Doncaster 1/173 High street Live the High Life! Thanks to the current ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meticulous attention to detail and appreciation for contemporary style, the future occupant can look forward to a lifestyle delivering the absolute best in modern living with this fully renovated, single-level unit.

A 3 B 1 C 2 E 1

Saturday 7th December at 11am

More than $450,000 Thu & Sat 2.30-3pm Photo ID required Jack Li 0430 133 425 Chris Manolopoulos 0439 478 825 Doncaster 9842 8888

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low maintenance Templestowe living Securely positioned within a multi-unit site, this neat and tidy single-level unit ticks all the boxes for first homebuyers, downsizers or the investor. Nestled on the footsteps of trendy Templestowe Village, a lifestyle of convenience is certainly on the cards!

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TemplesTowe 1/114 parker street


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$540,000 - $590,000 Thu 12.30-1pm & Sat 3.30-4pm Photo ID required Mark Di Giulio 0407 863 179 Jason Stepanow 0405 159 650 Doncaster 9842 8888

MitchaM 5/7 Doncaster East Road itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Unit Living, But Not as You Know it! Offering the size and comfort of a family home on a remarkable 443sqm (approx.) allotment, this single-level unit is ready for you to move in. With a roomy kitchen, two light-filled living areas and huge backyard, space is very much at a premium!

A 3 B 2 C 1 E 3

Saturday 7th December at 3pm PRICE GUIDE INSPECT CONTACT

Contact Agent for Price Thur 3-3.30pm & Sat 12-12.30pm Photo ID required Brian Leeson 0488 606 868 Terry Burgoyne 0404 842 771 Blackburn 9878 0222

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MitchaM 2/55 Percy Street architect designed 3 bedrooms plus study NEW contemporary design 24sq townhouse with 6 star energy rating boasts higher ceilings & features quality fittings/fixtures throughout. Accommodation comprises living room, 3 bedrooms plus study - main with WIR/ ensuite, family bathroom/powder room/3 WCs, stunning modern kitchen with stone benchtops & stainless steel appliances, casual meals/dining & family room - all with polished hardwood floors & access to private paved alfresco area plus double garage with remote/internal access. Features gas ducted heating/air conditioning, security, ducted vacuuming, instant hot water system, water tank & more! Walk to Mitcham/Rangeview shops, schools and train with further easy access to Eastlink. 3A


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Thurs 4.00-4.30pm & Sat from 1.30pm Saturday 30th November - 2.00pm 48 / K10 In excess of $650,000 Tony Tuccitto 0407 144 390 Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Blackburn 9894 8788

NuNawadiNg 11 Brenda Street imposing 4/5 bedroom wB home near Blackburn Lake Set in idyllic garden surrounds & located in a quiet court near Blackburn Lake, this imposing two storey WB home boasts exceptional family accommodation. Comprising of downstairs formal living/dining, further living rm/potential 5th bedrm with polished Baltic Pine floors, modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances, family rm with access to undercover entertainment deck overlooking a remarkably private, landscaped rear garden with original garage - suit conversion to hobby rm/studio/home office. Upstairs; 4 generous bedrms main with access to private balcony/WIR & semi-ensuite access to period style family bathrm/2 WCs. 4A


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Thurs 2.00-2.30pm & Sat 12.15-12.45pm Saturday 7th December - 12.30pm 48 / E11 In excess of $790,000 Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Gordon Openstein 0402 303 508 Blackburn 9894 8788

MitchaM 2/110a HeatHerdale road 2 bedrooms plus a study Beautifully presented single storey BV unit at the rear of only two will surprise all who inspect with generous living areas, bright, modern kitchen, two excellent bedrooms with BIRs plus a genuine study/home office, modern bathroom/separate WC, entertainment deck and single lock up garage with remote. A rear gate takes you to parkland at Heatherdale Reserve with further easy access to Rangeview Primary School, Heatherdale train station, EastLink and your choice of local and major retail shopping centres. Previously leased at $360pw, this immaculate property - newly carpeted throughout would make the ideal first home, retirement alternative or superb investment property. 2A


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Thurs 1.15-1.45pm & Sat 10.30-11.00am Saturday 7th December - 2.00pm 49 / D12 In excess of $390,000 Gordon Openstein 0402 303 508 Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Blackburn 9894 8788

Burwood East 179 Holland road a surprise awaits - inside and out! With sweeping views across parkland on two boundaries this individually designed BV home combines an inspirational outlook with the added convenience of a short walk to Kmart shopping complex and tram on Burwood Hwy. Accommodation comprises entry hall, step down to a split level living/dining room with doors to large entertainment deck overlooking an inground pool and the adjoining parkland, kitchen/meals, three bedrooms - main with ensuite/WIR plus further family bathroom - both newly refurbished, 2 WCs, downstairs storage/potential home office/4th bedroom plus workshop and double carport.



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Thurs 4.45-5.15pm & Sat 10.00-10.30am Saturday 7th December - 3.30pm 61 / K6 $630,000 - $690,000 Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Stuart Svec 0412 475 294 Mount Waverley 9807 9522

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BlackBurn 6 Wright Street an imposing presence - inside and out! Set behind a scrolled wire fence this stunning 8yo WB residence must rate as one of the prettiest homes to be offered in recent times in the suburb with outstanding family accom comp elegant formal living rm with dble drs to private nth facing porch, stunning modern kitchen with island bench, adjacent dining area & capacious familyrm opening to an uâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;cover entertainment area - more like a room in its own right - overlooking a magnificent ingrd pool, 4 excellent brms plus study/5th brm, main with ens/WIR, further family bth/pwdrm/2 WCs plus DLUG with remote & internal access. Walk to Laburnum train station, buses, cafes & leading schools.



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Wed 5.00-5.30pm & Sat 11.30-12.00pm Saturday 14th December - 11.00am 47 / H8 $900,000 - $990,000 Gordon Openstein 0402 303 508 Maurice Di Marzio 0419 182 276 Blackburn 9894 8788

BlackBurn 49 Pakenham Street 4 bedroom family home Much loved BV home on a very generous allotment approx 788m2 offers excellent family accommodation in this highly convenient locale; walk to Laburnum Primary School, Blackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Walk/Blackburn Creeklands, Laburnum train station and local shops. Accommodation comprises living/dining room, modernised kitchen overlooking very large family room, four bedrooms with BIRs, main with ensuite bathroom, further family bathroom/2 WCs and expansive double garage. Enjoy further easy access to Blackburn Village and Blackburn South supermarkets/ restaurants, Box Hill High school, playing fields and more!



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Thurs 11.00-11.30am & Sat 1.00-1.30pm Saturday 14th December - 2.00pm 47 / H11 $760,000 - $840,000 Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Gordon Openstein 0402 303 508 Blackburn 9894 8788


BlackBurn north 31 Caroline CresCent Well maintained BV home with flexible accom & planning permit on approx. 761m2. Currently comp open plan living/dining, mod kit, family bth, 3brms plus 4th brm with own entry/2nd bth/2WCs - ideal for teenage children or extended families.

MitchaM 3/18 Warnes road Within easy reach Mitcham/Eastland shopping, train & Eastlink. Currently leased $295pw comp living, kit/ meals, 2brms, bth/sep WC, SLUG & entertain patio. Ideal 1st home, retirement or superb invest ppy.



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Thurs 2-2.30pm & Sat from 10.30am Saturday 30th November 11.00am 47 / J5 In excess of $650,000 Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Fiona Everett 0402 049 407 Blackburn 9894 8788



Thurs 3.45-4.15pm & Sat 2.45-3.15pm Private Sale EPR In excess of $400,000 Contact Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Fiona Everett 0402 049 407 Office Blackburn 9894 8788

Burwood 191 HigHbury road Within easy reach of Deakin University and Burwood Highway tram, currently used as a rooming house returning approx $47,000 pa. Comprising of living/ dining, kitchen, 5 bedrooms/2 bathrooms/2 WCs, carport and garage.

Box Hill NortH 1/21 Clyde Street Ticking all the right boxes, this fabulous property will certainly impress. Stylish and modern throughout, the contemporary finishes and clever floor plan have created superb light filled open spaces with formal and family living and private courtyard.




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View Sat 10.00-10.30am Private Sale Mel Ref 61 / B7 EPR In excess of $750,000 Contact Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Stuart Svec 0412 475 294 Office Mount Waverley 9807 9522



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2 Thurs 1.00 - 1.30pm & Sat from 11.30am Sat 30th November - 12.00pm 47 / D7 $580,000 - $640,000 Mark Purdey 0428 946 683 Toby Parker 0413 581 104 Balwyn/Hawthorn 9830 7000

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Lower TempLesTowe 19/246-256 HigH Street


spacious, stylish and 3 bedrooms!

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In a beautifully-maintained community setting complete with residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tennis court, this elevated townhouse comprises three upstairs bedrooms (all with robes), stylish ensuite and main bathroom with spa, front balcony with views. Downstairs: opendesign lounge/dining area and stone-bench kitchen with stainless steel appliances, separate laundry and additional powder room. Other features include ducted heating and cooling, ducted vacuum, new carpets, plus a full-width rear courtyard garden and single garage. Easy access to public transport and Macedon square Shopping Centre, primary and secondary schools â&#x20AC;&#x201C; simply move in and enjoy!

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Thursday 4:00-4:30pm & Saturday 10:00-10:30am Saturday 7th December 11:00am In Excess of $460,000 Lee Salce 0400 770 099 Sam Babalis 0419 513 197 Stasi Adgemis 0401 640 853 Doncaster 9842 1188


TemplesTowe 20 Lawanna Drive Impressively spacious indoor / outdoor family living! On an expansive block of land in one of Templestowe’s premier pockets, this light-filled home offers a ready-toenjoy lifestyle close to transport, shops & Ruffey Lake Park. Versatile floorplan showcases 3 upstairs bedrooms (with balcony access to enjoy the views), ensuite and main bathroom. Downstairs: study/4th bedroom and big lounge/rumpus area, formal dining room, updated kitchen and open-design meals/living area, additional powder room, laundry. Features include ducted heating and split-system a/c, vaulted ceilings, hardwood/ parquetry floors, big north-facing garden complete with paved entertaining areas and solar-heated pool, plus single garage and double carport. 4A


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Wednesday 2:00-2:30pm Saturday 10:30-11:00am Saturday 30th November 11:00am 33 G7 Price On Application Travis D’Altera 0401 338 619 Lee Salce 0400 770 099 Doncaster 9842 1188

TemplesTowe 12 Kensington Place spacious, luxurious and wonderfully secluded In an exclusive residential enclave, this outstanding 4BR plus study home presents a versatile family environment with easy access to all the area’s renowned lifestyle attractions. Sumptuous interior comprises 4 upstairs bedrooms (large master with WIR, superb spa ensuite) and equally stylish main bathroom. Downstairs: 5th bedroom or study, semi-ensuite (3rd) bathroom, formal lounge, vast open-plan living/dining area and granite bench kitchen with all Smeg cooking appliances and dishwasher. Additional features include a family-sized laundry, storage, ducted heating and cooling, ducted vacuum, alarm and video intercom, as well as a double garage and private courtyard. 5A


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Thursday 2:00-2:30pm & Saturday 12:30-1:00pm Saturday 30th November 1:00pm 34 B8 In Excess of $780,000 Lee Salce 0400 770 099 Ken Chappell 0412 295 316 Doncaster 9842 1188

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Doncaster 9 Wilton Way Flexible family living in a quiet court location! On a substantial block (approx 772sqm) this enormous home offers a family-focused lifestyle in an enviable Doncaster locale. Versatile interior comprises 3 upstairs bedrooms (master with WIR, ensuite and retreat), main bathroom and front balcony to enjoy the valley views. Downstairs: 4th bedroom, 3rd bathroom, formal lounge and dining, kitchen/meals, additional living room, office and workshop/storeroom, huge double garage (remote). Features include ducted heating, a/c, ducted vacuum, north-facing backyard with undercover BBQ/entertaining area, as well as easy access to Koonung Creek Linear Park, Wetherby Road buses, Eastern Freeway, schools, Westfield Shopping Centre. 4A


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Wednesday 4:00-4:30pm & Saturday 3:00-3:30pm Saturday 7th December 2:00pm 47 H3 In Excess of $800,000 Stasi Adgemis 0401 640 853 Lee Salce 0400 770 099 Doncaster 9842 1188

TemplesTowe 17 TaTTerson CourT Fabulous family living in a prized location! In a quiet cul-de-sac, this immaculately-presented home offers a ready-to-enjoy lifestyle in prestigious Hemmingway Estate. Ideal for growing families, the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inviting interior comprises four upstairs bedrooms (large master with dual robes and ensuite), main bathroom. Downstairs: study, elegant formal lounge and dining, granite-bench kitchen with stainless steel appliances, adjoining meals area through to a vast open living/family area. Features include ducted heating and split-system a/c, separate laundry, powder room, double garage, plus a delightful north-facing backyard with outdoor entertaining area. Close to parks and schools, public transport and The Pines Shopping Centre. 4A


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Wednesday 4:00-4:30pm & Saturday 3:00-3:30pm Saturday 7th December 3:30pm 34 B7 In Excess of $850,000 Lee Salce 0400 770 099 Ken Chappell 0412 295 316 Doncaster 9842 1188

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What is a property condition report?

the Property Manager will generally be happy to include it, or even arrange to have the problem fixed before you move in.

What is it for? Before moving in to a new property, most tenants are required to sign a Property Condition Report. This document explains in various degrees of detail the condition of the property and its contents, including fixtures and fittings, furniture, white goods, heating units and even window sashes. It is a reference document to be used when your tenancy ends, to ensure everything is in the same condition as when your tendency commenced. What if i disagree With the report?

hoW important is it really? Taking care to ensure the report is accurate will reduce the possibility of arguments arising when your tenancy ends and you want to claim your bond back. If, for example, a broken window sash is discovered by the Property Manager when you leave, they could reasonably claim that you broke it and the cost of fixing it would be deducted from your bond. It also makes it easier for you to ensure you leave the property in the same condition as when you moved in.

Before signing the report, it’s a good idea to check every item in the house yourself and make your own condition report. Then you can compare your report to the Property Manager’s and make sure you’re both in agreement. If you find something not listed in the Property Manager’s report, HOCKINGSTUART.COM.AU

6/25 Quentin Street FOREST HILL Impressive Single Level This charming and lovely presented single level unit must be seen to be appreciated. Comprising of 3 robed bedrooms, the master with a walk in, gourmet style fully equipped kitchen with gas cooking and dishwasher large family area, separate formal lounge, central bathroom with a separate toilet. Highlights include polished floorboards throughout, gas ducted heating, evaporative cooling, double remote control garage and a spacious rear backyard.

9894 2044

7/41 Peter Street BOX HILL NORTH A3 B1 C2

Close proximity to schools, parks & shopping.

Auction Sat 7th December @ 12:30pm

This stunning unit is sure to impress immediately upon entry. With natural sunlight flowing throughout & all the hard work already done & dusted, it’s perfect for the downsizers, investors & 1st home buyers. Featuring 3 large bedrooms, spacious lounge room, modern kitchen with meals area, laundry with access to the low maintenance courtyard, centrally located bathroom with dual basins & the added convenience of a separate toilet.


In Excess Of $475,000

Inspect Thurs 2-2:30pm Sat 12-12:30pm Agent

Sam Wen 0413 185 322 Frank Molinaro 0418 390 988

A3 B1 C1 Auction Sat 7th December @ 2pm Price

In Excess of $450,000

Inspect Thurs 4-4:30pm Sat 2-2:30pm Agent

Sam Wen 0413 185 322

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32 Golden Way

Good luck GettinG anythinG done......

with this amazing uninterrupted city view. Extensively renovated, new kitchen with S/S appliances, fresh paint, new carpet and polished timber floors amongst other improvements. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even a rumpus suitable for a self contained granny /teenage flat. Ground Level; Entry foyer, private study or ground floor bedroom, formal living, separate dining room, new stone topped and S/S kitchen, meals area, family/rumpus room accessing a entertaining deck. Powder room, laundry. First Floor; Main bedroom suite with its own spa and WIR, 2 additional double bedrooms fitted BIR's (the 3rd bedroom is a double room that can be converted back to a 4th), bathroom. Lower Ground Floor; Self contained flat/ rumpus with kitchenette and bathroom, Storage/workshop.

Selling or Leasing? Contact Landfield for a free market appraisal 9841 4433 102 The weekly review \ NOVEMBER 27, 2013

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Tues 10th Dec 5:00pm (unless sold prior) Offers above $950,000 Thurs 5.30 - 6.00pm & Sat 1.00pm - 1.30pm Francis Van Gulick 0418 310 907 DONCASTER EAST 284 Blackburn Road 03 9841 4433

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6 Deloraine Close

The Bold and The BeauTiful

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BIG and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely very BEAUTIFUL, a very extensive renovation and remodel by a multi Award winning builder. Nothing is left undone from the gleaming stone topped kitchen to the 4 totally new bathrooms to the polished porcelain floors, new carpet and all new Bosch appliances. Set on a high corner lot of 755m2 in established landscaped gardens. Ground floor; Formal entry, massive formal living room, formal dining, family meals and living room, kitchen, rumpus room, study, powder room with shower, Al fresco with BBQ and bar. 3 car garage with internal access. - Upstairs; Master with en suite and WIR, another bedroom with full en suite plus 2 additional bedrooms sharing the main bathroom, home theatre and an open studio/study/sitting area.

Selling or Leasing? Contact Landfield for a free market appraisal 9841 4433

offers By: PriCe: oPen: ConTaCT: offiCe:

5:00pm Tues 17th Dec (unless sold prior) Interest above $1,300,000 Saturday 3.30 - 4.00pm Francis Van Gulick 0418 310 907 DoNcASTER EAST 284 Blackburn Road 03 9841 4433

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Melting Touch, $40, 7 days. 191 Springvale Road, Nunawading. Please call 9877 6838.


Deep tissue & relaxation massage. 10am-8pm, 7 days. 0478 813 368. 116 Canterbury Rd, Blackburn.


Grand Opening Promotional offer from $35 2nd Dec - 31st Dec 2013 for an unforgettable massage.

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Traditional Thai massage, relaxation oil massage Thai foot massage and four hand massage. 79 Whitehorse Rd, Blackburn. Open 7 days, 9:30am until 9pm. 8819 2593. 0439 337 291.



Own transport, ABN, tools and experience necessary. Work in western suburbs & city. Phone 0433 019 194.

WHITE 1 TONNE VANS AND TRAYS 6T-8T TAUTS/TRAYS • No start up costs • Work in all areas • Guaranteed Minimums Must have excellent communication skills

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Specialist Fastener Company established in 1989. An exciting opportunity exists for high achieving sales professional to join the team. You will be responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities. Excellent selling, negotiation, communication and organisational skills are essential, Computer literacy is required for this role as well as a technical background. Also includes quoting and preparing PSWs for Automotive customers. An attractive salary package including base, super, company vehicle and an uncapped commission structure is available to the right applicant. You must be able to convert enquiries into orders. So if you think that you have what it takes to excel in this position:



Motoring Auto Services


$40, 7 days, 10am-8pm. 4/150 Wattletree Road, Malvern. Private & clean. 0452 208 873.

Drainer & Apprentice

Experienced Drainer and 1st Year Apprentice required for domestic work in northern/western suburbs. Ph Peter 0419 366 295. Hollywood Plumbing.

Discover unique loop hole to make profits from corporate bookmakers over Spring Carnival.

Full Body Massage

New girls, new technique. Dancing on your skin. 4/54 Atherton Road, Oakleigh. $40. 0438 001 994.

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ADVERTISING FEATURE To advertise in this page call Anna on 9238 7529

Taylor Francis & Company

Italy 1 Camberwell

Craft Markets Australia

With only 4 weeks until Christmas come and discover the petit

Taylor Francis North Pole box. We look forward to seeing you.

Since reopening in 2012, Italy 1 Camberwell has established a humble philosophy: To create a simple menu that has an honest approach to rustic Italian food. With our dedicated team sourcing the finest local, imported produce and wine. Join us at our Warm, Intimate and Inviting restaurant. For your next dining experience or if you’re looking for a Christmas booking now is the time to secure your date. For more information, give us a call, visit our website or email us.

Yarra Glen Racecourse Market, entry to the racecourse is via Armstrong Grove off Healesville-Yarra Glen Road. Sunday 1st December, 9am - 2pm. Parking $4. Beautiful country vistas, wide walkways, leafy surrounds and ample parking available make this venue the perfect destination for a day out with the family. Everything sold at the new market has to be fresh, home-made, good value and above all exceptional quality. Dogs prohibited.

WAS Hairdressing

Beauty By Geraldine

Definition Hair Design Team

Warren Ansell Salon is a unique salon specialising in colour,

Nunawading locals have a secret. Beauty By Geraldine offers

hair-straightening, wigs, hairpieces and extensions. This month, you

services such as facials, waxing, tanning, electrolysis, gel nails,

can have a 1/2 head foil highlights and style cut and blow-dry for

botox and filler. With over 20 years experience in the beauty

$139. Also the famous Bio ionic hair-straightening with a free colour

industry, owner and operator Geraldine Hassall offers her clients

or treatment for $599. A huge range of wigs and hair extensions, also

undivided, individual service. Please call Geraldine: 0400 988 978

irons and blow-dryers. Or shop online at:

to book your appointment.

Definition Hair Design welcomes Caitlin to the team. Alicia, salon owner of 9 and a half years is so excited to have Caitlin on board. With her 3 years experience, I have never met anyone with as much passion as I do for hairdressing. Caitlin who is experienced in all aspects of hairdressing works full time and is exceptional with her creative colour work. Book in with Caitlin for our Christmas Special for a half head of foils for $115 and receive a free haircut!

Blackburn Hotel

Eyes Of Adonia - Gift Packs Available Almara Cabinets Unit 5, 46-48 Buffalo Road, Gladesville NSW. 0419 489 503

Melbourne-wide. (03) 9793 8233

What’s Happening at the Blackburn Hotel. With a “New Chef and

deals. Like us on Facebook now to get all our latest deals.

Eyes of Adonia is an Australian aromatherapy supplier that specialises in handmade natural scented candles including soy candles and palm wax candles, olive oil soaps and essential oils. The aromas and colours of our products will enhance the atmosphere of your home and enrich your life. Find out more about our soy wax candles, essential oils, olive oil soaps and more of our products by visiting our website. Please check Christmas promotions on our website.

Almara Cabinets is a family business established in 1995 with several years previous experience in the wardrobe industry. Almara’s core business is the manufacture and fitting of primarily wardrobes, however, they manufacture other products in the line of custom-built wall and entertainment units, desks, cabinets, laundry cupboards, shelving and garage storage. Have an experienced designer come to you, for a no obligation quote. They also deal direct with builders.

3 Salisbury Avenue, Blackburn. (03) 9878 9955

treasure trove of wonderful gift ideas at Taylor Francis. With a fabulous choice for Kris Kringle, gifts for women, men and children with prices starting at $1.95. Santa is also waiting for the children’s letters and a return note will be sent to all letters posted at the

915 Burke Road, Camberwell. (03) 9882 5311

111 Whitehorse Road, Blackburn. (03) 9894 2966

New Menu” have you checked us out lately. With our $15 specials on Monday to Thursday choose from Curries, Fish and Chips, Reef and Beef or Hearty Pies. Check out our website for more information. Starting from Monday 9th September. “Free Trivia” with great meal

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All aboard for a fun-lled evening of entertainment and ne food with live arƟsts in a delighƞully decadent, inƟmate and slightly naughty atmosphere.

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Friday 17th January, Friday 7th February, Friday 21st February, Friday 14th March, Friday 28th March and Friday 11th April.

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Friday 29th November 2013, Friday 6th December 2013, Friday 13th December 2013, Saturday 14th December 2013. Only $99 per person when you book on the web.

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40% OFF STOREWIDE Sale ends 8th December 2013.

Shop 2/ 302-304 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading

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