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iddle me this: if you stacked one on top of the other all the “plans for Melbourne” ever commissioned and ever written, would they actually reach all the way to the moon? Or would you need Grocon to come along and add a little Eureka Tower-like lightning rod to the top to fill in that last bit? It would only be a little jump, for as sure as governments will come and governments will go, each new wave will feel the need to commission their own plan to deal with a basic truth: that this city is going to keep growing and will need an ordered approach to development, service provision and infrastructure, and a sensible plan to fund it. Now we have a new one. Previously, we had another one. Melbourne 2030, meet Plan Melbourne. To paraphrase a certain prime minister, I have said here before that I was the best friend Melbourne 2030 ever had – not that I was ever in a position to take care of my dear friend. But unlike most of the then-government members who were actually charged with the task of defending its core principles and going out and advocating them, I was always happy to argue the case for a limit on urban expansion and an increase of urban infill that was quite evenly distributed throughout Melbourne. The focus on major transport hubs just seemed smart to me: with pre-existing infrastructure that would

easily handle improvement, and solid communities that could absorb more citizens, Melbourne 2030 not only envisaged a bigger city but a uniformly developed one. High-density was not just for the suburbs that had no political leverage to argue against it. The new Plan Melbourne on basic analysis seems to see the city a little differently. Integrated transport is good. So is identifying employment zones where pre-existing institutions can be better linked in with business. (The South East Melbourne Innovation Precinct, which is aligned with Monash University, is a good example of this). But in Plan Melbourne, urban renewal is the big thing. Areas such as Fishermans Bend and E-Gate and Arden-Macaulay have been earmarked for major population growth and the choices are smart – not too far out, close to services and amenities, even while the timeline for their much-needed transport options seems way too long. But the protective cordon thrown around the suburbs is short-sighted and cowardly. The plan states: “Achieving housing and population growth in defined locations will enable local governments to protect the majority of Melbourne’s existing suburbs from significant housing densification.” Unless of course the “densification” is in your local government area … This flies in the face of all the work and research and planning that has been done over decades looking

at sensible ways to deal with Melbourne’s growth. It also squanders the opportunities that exist for building non-ghetto communities within a solid suburban setting. There IS a way to embrace higher density living within the suburbs without ruining the reason people want to be there. The older, pre-existing small-scale developments throughout South Yarra, Toorak, Prahran, Armadale, Malvern and, yes, even Camberwell, demonstrate this: with decent height restrictions and mandated open space or green building requirements, such suburbs could absorb more residents with little impact. The infrastructure requirements of the new E-Gate-style developments are significantly more than would be required in pre-existing transport hubs such as Camberwell and Box Hill. And who plans for and funds the establishment of the libraries, schools, pools and recreation centres that will be needed sooner than everyone wants to believe? I know this can be achieved, but my heart sinks at the prospect of these important requirements falling victim to another change of heart, another version of our planned future: another dusty document stacked high and shooting for the moon. \

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t’s Saturday morning in a city hotel in Melbourne and Lorna Jane Clarkson is telling her story with all the enthusiasm, excitement and brio you might expect if you’ve read her books or her blogs, or even met her, which is not uncommon given the priority she gives to connecting with her customers and fans. When your name is on 160 stores around the world, you’re No. 26 on Business Review Weekly magazine’s top 30 richest self-made women, with an estimated wealth of $50 million, and you’re on the cusp of opening a range of new cafés, stores and wellness centres, you have every reason to be excited about life. And perhaps there’s another reason for her excitement. A few weeks after our interview, media reports emerge airing speculation that the Lorna Jane empire is on the market for a cool $500 million. Clarkson, who with her husband Bill owns 60 per cent of the business (the remaining 40 per cent is owned by a private equity firm), has refused to comment on the reports but, if true, she stands to walk away a very, very wealthy woman. Today as we talk over coffee in Collins Street, there’s no mention of multimillion-dollar business deals. In fact, she says the global empire she founded 24 years ago was never about the money. “This has been about following my dreams and doing what I love to do, and I’ve got all these amazing women all over the world who love what I do and love the active-living philosophy and want the same things in their lives,” she says. Clarkson’s passion for active living has been the motivating force, not just of her business but of her life since she moved, aged 11, to Brisbane from a small town in the north of England. “It really did change my life because in England you have a different way of living, all indoors,” she says. “What I really loved about Australia was that outdoor, being-active way of living. I can thank this really amazing Australian environment for getting me excited about moving my body.’’ In Brisbane she did ballet, played netball and was a cheerleader at school. “I’ve never been this great athlete and I think that’s what’s appealing about what I do,” she says. “It’s for everybody and you don’t have to be an amazing athlete and be gifted to move your body and enjoy it. I’m a high-energy person and exercise definitely has something to do with it. I’m just your everyday girl next door who likes to hike and feel great about myself, and part of that is moving. I think moving helps you think and be positive. It makes you feel like you’re alive because all your cells are regenerating.” At school she wanted to be a journalist but her mother thought that world was a bit tough. Instead she did dental therapy for the Queensland government and was posted to Cairns to work in schools. She stayed in Cairns for four years until age 24. “I did my first marathon there but not very well. It was hot. I couldn’t move for a week.” It was while studying dental therapy, that Clarkson began teaching aerobics at night. “I was really into that ’80s fitness, Olivia Newton-John, Jane Fonda – that whole fitness thing was really big for me,” she says. “I remember in year 12 getting my hair cut off like Olivia Newton-John in the Physical video, and my ballet teacher going ballistic because you’re supposed to have long hair.” All her friends were in fitness and she began to feel the constraints of working for the government. “I felt like I was turning into this person that wasn’t dreaming big enough any more,” she says. The boundless energy was always there. “The gym I was working at nominated me to be Miss Cairns and I won, for some reason,” she says. “When I got up to get my crown [a DJ] said, ‘Wow, have you been drinking?’ because I was so excited. I said, ‘No, this is a natural high, from exercise’, because I’ve never drunk.”

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Cover Story She needed the energy for all the work she took on. She was teaching 13 aerobics classes a week, before and after work. Just for herself, she started making activewear. “I got my favourite swimsuit, unpicked it, laid it out on some newspaper and made a leotard. I started wearing them to my classes and because you’re up there and teaching – and remember, classes were huge then, there were 50 or 60 people in front of you – after the class they’d say, ‘Where did you get your outfit, it’s amazing’. I said, ‘I made it’. ‘Will you make me one?’ And that’s how it went.”

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he returned to Brisbane and soon there were hundreds of people in her classes. “It got to the stage where I was spending every waking moment making activewear. I remember waking up one day and having to go to work and thinking to myself, ‘I don’t want to go to work today’. I want to get up and make activewear. “I was talking to one of the guys who owned the fitness centre and he said, ‘Well, Lorna, if you want to do that we have room upstairs, and you can do some hours on reception if you need some extra money’.” That was 1989. She opened her first store in 1990, in Brisbane in an old building above a fitness centre. On the flight to Melbourne before our interview, she bumped into a man she knew, who reminded her of those early days in her first studio. “We were on the top floor and there were pigeons and they were pooping and the cockroaches were eating it, and when people used to jump around in the very corners of the room all the cockroach poo used to fall down. And that’s what he remembers about my first studio, that I would always be cleaning out the

ZEST FOR cockroach poo. “You forget these things. You forget things that don’t matter. It’s like when Bill and I sold our home and bought a big old building in the valley so we could have a warehouse, and we lived upstairs in this amazing apartment. People said, ‘Oh my God, you sold your beautiful home’, but at the time you’re following your dream, it doesn’t feel like you’re giving anything up. “All our friends were going on holidays, had beautiful cars and stuff, and we were still on our pushbikes, but you look back now and I feel we never missed out on anything, ever.” Any sacrifice certainly paid off. These days Lorna Jane counts 134 stores across Australia and 25 in California, as well as shops in South Africa, Britain, Canada and Dubai. There are stores planned for Texas and Arizona. I ask Clarkson if all this success has changed her. “You still want the same things in life and you still care about the same things. I don’t do anything different. I believe health’s important, family’s important, who you are at the end of the day and how you feel about yourself when you close your eyes at night are really important.’’ She’s keen to use her public profile and business

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here’s been a lot of talk recently about parents behaving badly at their kids’ sports games. Screaming on the sidelines, having punch-ups and hissy fits when their kids’ teams don’t win. Apparently some grown-ups need to be told it’s not OK to yell abuse at small children or punch each other in front of them. In defence of all those parents across Melbourne who brave freezing cold weekend mornings to take their kids to sport, who have long ago cast aside the idea of a warm cuppa in bed with the papers on a Sunday so they can stand on a muddy oval and cheer on small people running around after a ball, I would like to say this: Good on you. Not all parents care if their kids win or lose. Some of us are just delighted to see them giving it a go, being brave enough to run around in the rain, enjoying their jumpy fit bodies while they can before running becomes painful. Most of us are thrilled to see just one goal. Just one. We take the time to learn all the other kids’ names so we can cheer them on, too. It is possible for parents to have hour-long discussions about fitness levels and how so-and-so’s skills have developed so much this season, but not for a second even imagine criticising any

of the kids, the other team, or the coach. He’s a parent, too; he gave up his Sunday as well. All around me on Sundays I see parents donating their time and energy to coach, organise, bring oranges and put up goals. Everyone’s smiling, even if it’s very early and they

were up late the night before and haven’t had coffee yet. We are also happy to clap the other side when they get a goal, as much as we are beyond pleased when we turn up to an away game to discover they, too, have a weekly sausage sizzle. Most of us are happy to car pool, to take it in turns to work out where the hell Gisborne is or Thomastown, or to stand around in the dark on a weeknight after a long day at work while the kids train. I’m doing it right now, working on the laptop in the car where it’s a bit warmer. Can’t see a thing, though. On match days, I don’t mind if one of mine is on the sidelines. One of them usually is. But I’m really thrilled when they come off with muddy knees, all fired up about the team song or because someone got a goal. We’re all learning stuff, too. My oldest that she doesn’t always get to be striker now she’s gone up an age group. After not winning a single game last year, she’s also learnt it is possible that, with experience and lots of training, eventually you might even win occasionally. Now it’s finally happening. And my youngest has learnt kicking a ball can feel just as good, if not better, than kicking her sister. I’ve learnt some stuff, too. After two seasons, I know I really should insist, no matter how hungry or tired everyone is, that soccer boots be extracted from feet and put in plastic bags before everyone gets in the car. I’ve also learnt that gumboots are extremely useful, even if they’re animal-print and kind of ugly, but dinner parties involving dancing the night before a match are not. \ khall@theweeklyreview.com.au

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’ve rarely seen a chef work the room like Carmine Costantini. He’s in the kitchen, he’s cruising tables, checking on diners and basking in their enjoyment. He prepares food at the front counter, plates dishes out the back, delivers meals to tables, observes wine choices and charms his customers, encouraging them to feel more like guests. The floor and kitchen staff at this rustic eatery are hardly tardy, so he’s not compensating for anyone. The passion element of Osteria La Passione is writ large on its chef and owner – and in his food. Respect for produce, and integrity of flavour, is delivered via a daily degustation menu: three courses or six at dinner, an antipasto and pasta option mid-week and an express lunch menu. Don’t expect fancy; it’s all about honest, bold flavours. And the skills of the chef. Sardines au gratin is dish one of our six-course banquet which, at $85 a head, sounds more costly than it felt when time came to pay. The sardines arrive with tails intact in a sepia-toned broth that delivers flavours of earth and sea. A light hand has tucked breadcrumbs, garlic and parsley under their shimmering scales and they rest on a radicchio and rocket salad, softly wilted by the heat of the oven-baked fish. Bottarga – salt-cured roe – adds the golden “au gratin” element to the finish and a flourish of Sardinia. We have only a handful of places in Melbourne that coin the term osteria. It’s the Italian version of a bistro: inexpensive, modestly furnished and homely. Here is feels like the real deal transported to Bridge Road. Italian-born Costantini came to Melbourne nine years ago. He lists Caffé e Cucina, Tea Rooms of Yarck and Stefano’s on his résumé and has a selection of international culinary awards on his restaurant’s walls. His father’s butchers knives, lined up on a hessian background, take pride of place there too. Furnishings in the two-room restaurant are mostly timber, tables wear starched white cloths, and brick walls are exposed. A layer of emotion is added via mosaic floors, framed photographs and a mural in the outdoor amenities. Dish two comes from the chef’s garden: a broad bean, pea and artichoke soup. It’s spring bounty rendered winter comfort food. Costantini picks, cuts, cooks and vacuum seals his garden’s finest to bring them together in a protein-infused (beef and chicken) stock that becomes a mossy pool of textural contrast. He appears next at a meat slicer behind the front counter. Promptly, a waitress bears a plate of cured porcine cuts: from the belly there’s lipid, creamy pancetta. From the shoulder is a vivid, spiced salami; from the legs a wafer-thin slice of prosciutto and, from the neck, a nutty and lightly floral capocollo. The free-range pigs are farmed on the chef’s property at Arthurs Creek and house cured. Course four is always pasta. Pale plates of gnocchi glide by. But the chef presents us with a tagliatella ragù and a beaming smile. He has no idea we are reviewing his food and, when I ask later why our pasta was different, his answer is matter-of-fact: “I matched it to your wine.” We were drinking a Lana Il Nostro Gallo, from Pizzini Wines in the King Valley. The marriage of

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sardines au gratin OSTERIA LA PASSIONE 486 Bridge Road, Richmond Cuisine \ Italian Chef \ Carmine Costantini Prices \ Express lunch $25; three-course degustation $55; six-course degustation $85 Open \ Tuesday to Saturday 6.30pm-9.30pm; Thursday to Saturday noon-2.30pm Phone \ 9428 2558 The verdict \ Somewhere special

» www.osterialapassione.com.au this savoury, earthy wine, predominantly sangiovese, blended with canaiolo and colorino, and the chef’s intense, aged beef, pork and veal ragù was brilliant. I owe my colleague Ben Thomas a thank you for the referral to Osteria La Passione. It was on a list of places that allow BYO wines – BYO is welcome here on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. If he’s impressed by your choice, Costantini might just deliver you an extraordinary match. It was probably no coincidence either that our next course was a red-wine-friendly skewer of venison, wrapped in pancetta and chargrilled. The salt and fat of the cured meat added complexity to the game meat, accompanied by balsamic vinegar-enhanced red onions, griddled polenta and farm-grown kale, dressed in a

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Right at home: Osteria La Passione chef and owner Carmine Costantini. (chris hopkins)

complex, buttery olive oil. I think that same dish landed at the other six-course degustation tables in the room, but I was too intent on savouring the flavour balance and combination of my own meal to be certain. A dark cocoa bonet – a chocolate crème caramel from the Piedmont region – given richness and texture with amaretti biscuits, also went superbly with our final sips of wine. \ ltolra@theweeklyreview.com.au To read more reviews www.theweeklyreview.com.au/food oNLINE ONLY » Ben Thomas extols the

virtues of BYO and lists some local restaurants

The Good Food & Wine Show \ This weekend at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

See your favourite chefs, including Matt Moran, Adam D’Sylva, Matt Stone, Jacques Reymond, Alla Wolf-Tasker and Adriano Zumbo. Friday May 30, 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 10am-5pm. Tickets: $34. » www.goodfoodshow.com.au

CHINA BAR SIGNATURE, 380 BURWOOD HIGHWAY, BURWOOD EAST 9887 8011

China Bar Signature in Burwood East has been dishing up tasty Asian delicacies for about five years. Until June 27, China Bar has added the finest selection of wagyu beef to their menu. Grilled fresh to order for all dinner sessions, the

beef has been a huge hit since it was added to the menu a month ago. The head of the sushi department, Simon Yip, is overseeing the beef nights and trains the staff to cook the beef to perfection. Shoun Shong, head of Western food, initiated the idea and Yip put the plan into action. The cook-to-order wagyu beef option is at no extra cost when you indulge in the buffet dinner session. If you head along for lunch, the crowd

favourite is the butter crab, fresh oysters and sashimi. Also available for both lunch and dinner is the cook-to-order stir-fried noodles, where guests can choose their own ingredients and watch the chefs whip up their tasty plate. The wagyu beef promotion is also running at other China Bar Signature locations, including Chinatown CBD and Epping Plaza. Bookings welcome. Open every day 11.30am-10pm. \

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BLACKBURN \ 21 FUCHSIA STREET

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uilt in the 1970s, when apple orchards in Vermont South were well on their way to being turned into housing allotments, this double-brick house is in original condition. Entry to the property is via a long driveway that meanders through sprawling gardens and arrives at a wide verandah, which looks over a pool to the south and a tennis court to the east. It’s a great start. Externally, clinker bricks give this two-storey house its rock-solid look and feel. Internally, most of the rooms have wallpaper below the picture rails and painted sections above. Ceiling roses in many of the main rooms add a subtle flourish, while the white trimming on door frames, cornices and skirting boards add the finishing touches. Exposed internal brickwork is to be found only in the informal meals area, which has multipane doors and windows punctuating its north- and west-facing walls. This zone has a brick-tiled floor laid out in a basket-weave pattern. The smooth face of floor bricks and the rugged texture on the internal clinker-brick walls provide for an interesting contrast. The family room is carpeted and has a Jindara log fireplace set into bricked surrounds. To the right of the entry is the formal lounge, dominated by an open fireplace installed with a timber mantel more than 2.5 metres long that has brickwork framing its firebox. This is a large, charismatic room, with double-hung, multipane windows flanking the fireplace, decorative light fixtures above the mantel and a single urn-shaped pendant light hanging from the ceiling rose. The formal dining room has north-facing bay windows and a similar pendant light. This room is next to the kitchen, which has polished timber benches and cabinetry and a 900-millimetre freestanding Ilve cooker. Also on the ground floor is a study or home office. This room has built-in wardrobes and can be turned into a bedroom, if required. It has independent access from the front verandah and a delicate leadlight panel depicting roses to one side of its entry door. Another “room” with independent access is a self-contained unit that is currently fitted out as a man cave, complete with bathroom, wet bar and home theatre. This unit has a polished concrete floor with a lacquered finish and dado walls with tongue-and groove wood panelling below the dado rail. The second storey of this house is accommodation only – three bedrooms, including the main, which has a walk-in wardrobe, dressing area and en suite. Almost every window on this floor has views of the trees in the garden. It really feels like the country from this level. The garden is well treed and secluded. This property is, however, less than a kilometre from the Vermont South shopping centre and other amenities. A tram runs from this shopping centre into the CBD. It is rare, indeed, to find a place so seemingly remote but actually close to the main facilities of this suburb. Interestingly, this property that stands on more than 4000 square metres of land can be subdivided to a minimum of 2000 square metres, subject to council approval. \ SIEW-CHING GOH property@theweeklyreview.com

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Auction \ May 31 at 10am

The potential of this weatherboard house in the heart of Blackburn was not realised when it was built in about 1935. It is no longer in Melbourne’s backblocks, but right in the middle of the Blackburn High School zone, near a train station and shopping complexes and ripe for renovation or redevelopment. Its original rooms retain glorious features from yesteryear including rich, dark timber doors, skirting boards and windows and art deco ceiling roses. There is an open fireplace in a formal sitting room opening to a living room looking out to a large backyard with a liquidambar tree. The north-facing rear garden includes a shed and a double carport. The main bedroom has french doors to the mature front garden. A small fifth bedroom or nursery has the potential to become an en suite to the main bedroom. A rear extension includes a kitchen, which could be updated but is ready to use, and other bedrooms sharing a central bathroom. It has ducted heating, evaporative cooling and a laundry. \ SUE HEWITT

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Barry Plant \ 9878 0222

Price \ $670,000 +

Auction \ June 7 at noon

This renovated brick veneer house follows the classic L-shaped configuration, with bedrooms down one arm and the social areas down the other. It sits on an irregular-shaped block at the end of Nives Court, a small street of five houses off Lorraine Drive. The house is about 40 years old, but it has been renovated in the past three years. The kitchen was the first cab off the rank. It was gutted and replaced with Smeg appliances, Caesarstone benchtops and powder-coated cupboards. The rest of the house followed and is now new aside from the brick façade. A big bay window in the kitchen ensures this north-facing room is bright. There’s also a gas fireplace, timber venetian blinds, a resort-like ceiling fan and polished floorboards to add character to the room. The dining room has double doors to the decking and a pretty, low-maintenance garden. Lawn covers most of the garden down the other side of the block, providing a green outlook for the three bedrooms along this north-western wing. \ LEXI COTTEE

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BOX HILL NORTH \ 22 MARSHALL ROAD This house would most likely have been built when suburbia spread eastwards after World War II. While Box Hill was established as a postal town in 1861, it took almost 100 years for its northern neighbour to gets its own post office. Nowadays the suburb is full of pretty mid-century houses much like this one. The suburb is leafy, with mature trees and deep nature strips. It is well serviced by public transport, with Laburnum and Blackburn train stations not far away. This house was built in 1957 and has been comprehensively renovated. Its solid bones are particularly evident in the living room, which has the original brick fireplace, cornices, picture rails, timber floors and a big bay window. On the other side of the entrance is the kitchen and family room, where you’ll find granite benchtops, lots of workable space and glass bricks. This L-shaped space opens to a covered courtyard decorated with copper panels. There’s also a study, big laundry and renovated bathroom on this floor. All four bedrooms are upstairs, as are a shared bathroom and separate toilet. Three of the bedrooms have built-in wardrobes while the main has two walk-in wardrobes and a retreat. There’s off-street parking for two cars; in the driveway and in the single-car carport. \ LEXI COTTEE

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Price \ $759,000

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Barry Plant Blackburn 9878 0222 3

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Fletchers 8833 8888 4

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hockingstuart Doncaster 9842 1188 4

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Jellis Craig 8841 4888 3

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4/25 Quentin Street, Forest Hill ................................................................. Price: POA ................................................................. Auction Saturday June 14 at 11am ................................................................. OFI Thur 2-2.30pm; Sat 4-4.30pm .................................................................

19 Wilpena Place, Vermont South ................................................................. Price: $880,000 - $950,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday May 31 at 2.30pm ................................................................. OFI Thur 10.30-11am; Sat 2-2.30pm .................................................................

8 Thomas Walk, Doncaster East ................................................................. Price: $800,000 + ................................................................. Auction Saturday June 14 at 11am ................................................................. OFI Thur 5-5.30pm; Sat 11-11.30am .................................................................

12 Mulsanne Way, Donvale ................................................................. Price: $640,000 - $700,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday June 14 at 12.30pm ................................................................. OFI Thur, Sat 2-2.30pm .................................................................

The address may imply unit living, however the space offered inside this sizeable residence suggests it's anything but.

This substantial family residence sits in a quiet, treed position favoured with mountain views. It is immaculately maintained with lush gardens.

This two-storey, four-bedroom-plus-study house set in expertly landscaped gardens and close by schools and shopping districts is picture perfect.

Impeccably presented throughout with refreshed interiors and lovingly tended gardens, this secure house is ideal for professionals, investors and empty nesters.

Let's eat lunch @ The Jolimont, 73 Jolimont Road Let's eat dinner @ China Bar Signature, 380 Burwood Hwy Let's drink coffee @ The Roasted Coffee Bean, 495 Burwood Hwy

Let's eat lunch @ Chapman's Café, 1003 Doncaster Road Let's eat dinner @ Black Copper, 6 Mitchell Street Let's drink coffee @ The Coffee Club, 181 Reynolds Road

Let's eat lunch @ Home of Delicacies, 9 Tunstall Square Let's eat dinner @ La Porchetta Donvale, 72 Tunstall Rd Let's drink coffee @ Coffee Connection, 20 Tunstall Square

Let's eat lunch @ The Farm Café, 338 Springvale Road Let's eat dinner @ Persian Flavours, 338 Springvale Road Let's drink coffee @ Gloria Jean's, 270 Canterbury Road 30 The weekly review \ MAY 28, 2014


PARK ORCHARDS \ 21-23 GOSFORD CRESCENT This property is home to all the entertainment a family needs, with recreation and communal living areas inside and out. Set in the hills of Park Orchards, the rendered-brick house is on a surprisingly flat block of 4122 square metres, guarded by tall pines on the perimeters. North-facing rear living areas flow to two substantial undercover entertainment areas designed to catch sunlight and complement the year-round action in a solar-heated pool and floodlit mod-grass tennis court. A modern kitchen with stone benchtops has a servery window with glass doors to the vaulted-ceiling family room, warmed by a gas log fire in a stone chimney. The cook has views through the room’s large rear windows. Built for a family in the 1980s, the central living zones separate the parents’ domain from the children’s wing, where four bedrooms share a rumpus room and main bathroom. The main bedroom’s walk-through wardrobe leads to a new, porcelain-tiled en suite where parents view the pool while soaking in a stand-alone bath. This bedroom joins a carpeted formal living room, large enough for a billiards table and lounge, that leads to the tiled dining room. It’s on the Yarra Valley Grammar and Luther College bus route and close to Park Orchards Primary School, and has a double garage and a large portico. \ SUE HEWITT

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Jellis Craig \ 8841 4888

Fletchers 8833 8888 4

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Price \ $1.55 million – $1.7 million

hockingstuart Blackburn 9894 8788 2

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Jellis Craig 9908 5700 4

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Barry Plant Man'gham/Doncaster 9842 8888 4

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7 Byron Street, Box Hill South ................................................................. Price: POA ................................................................. Auction Saturday May 31 at 1pm ................................................................. OFI Thur 6-6.30pm; Sat 12.30-1pm .................................................................

6/20a Laburnum Street, Blackburn ................................................................. Price: $450,000 + ................................................................. Auction Saturday June 7 at 12.30pm ................................................................. OFI Thur 11-11.30am; Sat 10-10.30am .................................................................

74 Glenburnie Road, Vermont ................................................................. Price: $950,000 - $1.05 million ................................................................. Auction Saturday May 31 at 2pm ................................................................. OFI Thurs 5.30-6pm; Sat from 1.30pm .................................................................

1 Apricot Lane, Doncaster East ................................................................. Price: $990,000 - $1.05 million ................................................................. Auction Saturday June 7 at 1pm ................................................................. OFI Thur 4.30-5pm; Sat 10.30-11am .................................................................

A modern fusion of premium comfort and three living zones, this exceptional residence has an upstairs vista that stretches all the way out to the Peninsula.

A well-presented rear unit currently leased at $1436pcm that is an ideal first house, ongoing investment or retirement property.

Solely owner-occupied and in the Vermont Secondary zone, this exquisite Federation home features a covered outdoor haven, backing onto secluded Buckanbe Park.

Afford yourself the luxury of indulging in a dream executive lifestyle in a trendy Manningham neighbourhood with this exceptional two-storey residence.

Let's eat lunch @ J.S. Lunch Spot, Shop 18, Brentford Square Let's eat dinner @ Persian Flavours, 338 Springvale Road Let's drink coffee @ Latte Lounge, 502 Canterbury Road

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

Let's eat lunch @ The Lazy Larder, 203 Elgar Road Let's eat dinner @ Simon's Peiking Duck, 197b Middleborough Road Let's drink coffee @ Peta's Café, 164 Elgar Road

Let's eat lunch @ Gourmet Girl Café, 21 Salisbury Avenue Let's eat dinner @ Enrik's Café, 25 Railway Road Let's drink coffee @ Bean & Baker, 71a Railway Road

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Doncaster 3 Link street an architectural Masterpiece that could Be Doncaster’s Best Everything about this architecturally designed masterpiece is first class. The fortunate buyer of this luxurious residence located in a prestigious address is therefore not just buying a contemporary home that’s at the forefront of modern design, but a five-star abode that’s one of Doncaster’s best. Formal and informal living arrangements deliver a practical approach to everyday living, while luxurious bathrooms create an escape usually associated with an upmarket day spa. Open-plan living that incorporates a gourmet two-pack kitchen also connects with a trendy alfresco to deliver idyllic indoor-outdoor entertaining options.

A4 B3 C 5 D1 E3 Saturday 31st May at 12pm PRICE GUIDE

More than $1,400,000

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Thu 5.30-6pm & Sat 11.30-12pm Photo ID required

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

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Burwood East 5 Nives Court a red Clinker stunner! Standing proud at the top of this house-proud court with its manicured front gardens, have your breath taken away as you discover this simply stunning red clinker brick home that successfully blends the charm of yesteryear with the luxuries demanded by today’s modern lifestyle. Masterfully renovated into what is essentially now a brand new home, this vibrant single-level home offers the ultimate in luxurious, stylish living with plenty of space for the young growing family. And in an added bonus for homebuyers desiring a carefree way of life, the home is within moments of the 75 tram, Burwood One Shopping Centre, schools and Deakin University!

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Saturday 7th June at 12pm PRICE GUIDE

More Than $670,000

INSPECT

Thur 5-5.30pm & Sat 12.30-1pm Photo ID required

CONTACT

John Stack 0402 443 312 Stuart Davies 0497 582 456 Blackburn 9878 0222

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Doncaster east 15 the Pines outlook Grand Living With Views to Match! Harmonious living is at the cornerstone of this architecturally-designed, Feng Shui-inspired home that embodies the luxury, high quality craftsmanship and grand proportions you’d expect from a prestige home within this illustrious enclave. And thanks to its graceful placement atop an elevated allotment, spectacular views of the surrounding landscape are yours to savour. Apart of the innovative oriental design and premium Doncaster East location, your family will be treated to the ultimate entertaining and living experience on a daily basis.

Saturday 21st June at 3pm PRICE GUIDE

$1,100,000 - $1,200,000

INSPECT

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

CONTACT

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

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BlackBurn north 28 anne Street a Dream Family lifestyle Is Yours For the taking! End your family’s growing pains with the purchase of this proud family home, offering two levels of spacious living within walking distance of North Blackburn Shopping Centre, schools and transport. Such is its charming nature that you can immediately picture yourself sipping an afternoon tea on the front verandah, or curling up in front of the gas log fireplace in the formal lounge. You’ll be able to see your family enjoying sit-down dinners together in the formal dining, and when you discover the large undercover setting, you’ll fantasise about the sensational gatherings you could host in grand fashion, any time of year. This dream family lifestyle could be your reality.

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Saturday 21st June at 2pm PRICE GUIDE

More Than $750,000

INSPECT

Thur 6-6.30pm & Sat 11-11.30am Photo ID required

CONTACT

Adam Harris 0433 521 380 Terry Burgoyne 0404 842 771 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 South Parade

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TemplesTowe lower 54 lynnwood parade A premier setting For First-Class Family living Located in one of Lower Templestowe’s premier settings, this grand two-storey home meets every lifestyle demand required by your growing family. An exciting blend of radiant living areas is a hallmark of the home, offering versatility for every occasion given their suitability for formal entertaining, informal gatherings and casual everyday living. With a focus on space and styled with floating timber floorboards, classically designed cornices, Colonial-style windows, gas ducted heating, ducted vacuum and split-system cooling, family members can be assured they’ll each have a spacious setting to call their own.

Saturday 14th June at 11am PRICE GUIDE

$900,000 - $990,000

INSPECT

Thu 5.30-6pm & Sat 11.30-12pm Photo ID required

CONTACT

Ericka Wong 0411 472 849 Jack Li 0430 133 425 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

A4 B 2 C 3 D 1 E 2

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Doncaster east 2 tulip court an entertainer’s Paradise With a Practical approach to Family Living Brilliant in design and captivating with its diverse angles and soaring high ceilings, upgrade your family to a higher standard of living with this entertaining Mecca in a prestigious court location. Perfectly positioned within moments of The Pines Shopping Centre, sprawling parkland, bus services and Milgate Primary School, the home’s light-filled living areas are impressive on their own, but packaged with its generous-sized bedrooms, superb outdoor entertaining set-up and quality fixtures, it’s a home designed to deliver a constant dose of wow factor.

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Saturday 14th June at 2pm PRICE GUIDE

$800,000 - $880,000

INSPECT

Thu 2.30-3pm & Sat 10-10.30am Photo ID required

CONTACT

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

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TemplesTowe lower 4 Heather Grove A View of A spacious Family lifestyle Capturing a Northerly aspect on a slightly elevated 739sqm (approx.) allotment, the appeal of this spacious double-storey family home extends beyond the spectacular views of rolling hills offered by its top-floor bedrooms. A superb collection of three separate living areas illustrates the home’s suitability for the large family desperately seeking size, space and modern comfort, a theme enhanced by the presence of four spacious bedrooms and a ground-floor study. A location offering fantastic access to schools, parks, transport, Templestowe Village and the Eastern Freeway is also sure to delight.

Saturday 21st June at 3pm PRICE GUIDE

$780,000 - $850,000

INSPECT

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

CONTACT

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

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Doncaster 35 soderlund Drive the Home You Want In one of Doncaster’s Best streets From the growing family searching for the total family package to the empty nester still desiring space for the grandkids, a host of buyers will find it easy to visualise living in this charming singlelevel home that boasts one of the best Doncaster locations. Macedon Square and Manningham Medical Centre are only a short stroll down the road, while the Eastern Freeway, schools and Westfield Shoppingtown are minutes away.Offeringtwo living areas, fantastic outdoor entertaining options, zoned bedrooms and private backyard for kids, this is the home you want.

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Saturday 7th June at 1pm PRICE GUIDE

$750,000 - $820,000

INSPECT

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

CONTACT

George Pangalos 0430 060 123 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

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Doncaster east 34 roderick street DD08 Potential In Doncaster east’s Best street on 740 sqm (approx) It’s hard to ever put a foot wrong here, such is the outstanding opportunity for one very lucky and savvy buyer. For starters, a glamorous renovation and a sensational location combine in perfect fashion to present a home you can move straight into and get on with enjoying a coveted Doncaster East lifestyle immediately. And then there’s the huge, 740sqm (approx.) allotment that offers desirable DDO8 zoning, which you can take advantage of now or in the future (STCA)!

Saturday 14th June at 1pm PRICE GUIDE

$720,000 - $790,000

INSPECT

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

CONTACT

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

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TemplesTowe lower 24 Horsfall street Feel The serenity, love The location! Exceptional outdoor entertaining options amongst the treetops combine with a natural interior enhanced by its timber features and scenic glimpses to present a compelling case for tranquil family living in a hugely convenient setting. Standing proud on a leafy elevated allotment, the manner in which the spacious living areas capture the natural light isn’t the only alluring facet to this beautifully presented home. The sizeable, two-level floorplan offers a multitude of living areas, along with bedrooms of generous proportions that will comfortably accommodate the growing family.

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Saturday 21st June at 12pm PRICE GUIDE

$690,000 - $760,000

INSPECT

Thu & Sat 12.30-1pm Photo ID required

CONTACT

James Hatzolos 0418 518 694 Michael Latkich 0401 469 844 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

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Doncaster east 6 Leura street a red clinker stunner With DDo8 Zoning Classic architecture and modern design elements unite to present this renovated red clinker brick home, located in a premium Doncaster East setting that’s within walking distance proximity of Jackson Court shops, Devon Plaza, the trendy Donburn shopping strip, bus services, Ruffey Lake Park, East Doncaster Secondary College and Donburn Primary School. Yet for the astute buyer looking at the bigger picture, its five-star setting combined with a 740sqm (approx.) allotment that’s DDO8 zoned ticks all the boxes from a development point of view (STCA).

Saturday 21st June at 11am PRICE GUIDE

$650,000 - $720,000

INSPECT

Thu & Sat 11.30-12pm Photo ID required

CONTACT

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

A3 B 1 C 2 E 2

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TowNhouse 3 TemplesTowe lower 1 & 3/20 parker street Brand New living At Its Best A premium location trendy buyers and investors will love, give your social life a real boost with the purchase of one of these brand new Townhouses. With the best of Templestowe Lower at your door, it’s fitting that you’re treated to the best in modern living inside. Hallmarked by their strong contemporary appeal, premium-grade fixtures and walking distance access to Templestowe Village. Where these Townhouses differ from the rest is the generous offering of space and luxury they strive to deliver, which they do in superb fashion.

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Saturday 31st May at 11am & 11.30am PRICE GUIDE

T/H 1 $680,000 - $750,000 T/H 3 $650,000 - $720,000

INSPECT

Thu 1.30-2pm & Sat 10.30-11am Photo ID required

CONTACT

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

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TemplesTowe 8/224-226 Foote street live In The Heart of It All If you’re the type of person that loves being at the centre of everything, here’s the perfect home to reflect your personality. Bus services that link to Westfield Shoppingtown, The Pines, the airport and CBD all stop at your front door, while trendy Templestowe Village is also only a short stroll away. Two Master bedroom options — one zoned on each level — offer fantastic multi-generational living requirements, while a radiant open-plan setting, entertaining deck, large family living and a ratio of four bedrooms to four bathrooms adds further appeal.

Saturday 21st June at 12pm PRICE GUIDE

$680,000 - $750,000

INSPECT

Thu 1.15-2pm & Sat 2.15-3pm Photo ID required

CONTACT

Theo Politis 0415 030 088 Belinda Mc Diarmid 0431 287 117 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn Road

A4 B 4 C 4 D 1 E 2

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Doncaster east 34 Bellevue avenue Virtually Brand new Living! Thanks to its fully renovated nature, there’s nothing left for you to do but move in and enjoy this essentially brand new home in a location boasting outstanding access to East Doncaster Secondary College, Ruffey Lake Park, Donburn shops and the Eastern Freeway. Invite friends and family over for gourmet dinners prepared in the trendy kitchen, while a comfortable lounge with scenic views, luxurious family bathroom with a soaker bath as its centrepiece, bedrooms of generous proportions and chic styling combine to make a very fashionable statement of family living.

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Saturday 21st June at 2pm PRICE GUIDE

$650,000 - $715,000

INSPECT

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

CONTACT

James Hatzolos 0418 518 694 Ericka Wong 0411 472 849 Doncaster 9842 8888 250 Blackburn road

A4 B 2 C 2 E 2


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Doncaster 7 Ballamore crescent a Grand approach to Doncaster Living Ruffey Lake Park is virtually at your door, bus services are within walking distance, while the home itself is grand in every sense, offering the complete package for your growing family. An idyllic blend of formal and informal living settings illustrates the home’s stately persona, while a mix of tiled flooring, polished timber floorboards and soft carpets underfoot adds further class to what is an impressive and dignified home. Popular amenities are also within easy reach of this graceful residence that’s big on space yet extremely low in maintenance.

Saturday 21st June at 2pm PRICE GUIDE

$880,000 - $950,000

INSPECT

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

CONTACT

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

A5 B 3 C 3 D 1 E 2

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Bulleen 68 Bourke Street A Rare Opportunity To Secure One Of Bulleen’s last Remaining Vacant Blocks! Set in a desirable Bulleen pocket elevated on the crest within walking distance of Bulleen Plaza, schools and transport, here’s the blank canvas you’ve been waiting for: a rare 560sqm (approx.) vacant allotment with rear views towards the Dandenong Ranges that presents the lucky buyer with a magnificent opportunity to build their dream family home in a sought-after neighbourhood (STCA). Measuring 50f x 120f (approx.), the North-facing block is one of the last remaining vacant allotments in Bulleen, so given its extremely rare status, you’re advised quickly to secure this chance of a lifetime.

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Saturday 14th June at 3pm PRICE GUIDE

Price On Application

INSPECT

Sat 2.30-3pm Photo ID required

CONTACT

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


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Doncaster east 1 apricot Lane number 1 For a reason! Designed for an upmarket way of life in a five-star location, afford yourself the luxury of indulging in an executive lifestyle in a trendy Manningham neighbourhood. A contemporary palette, open living spaces and premium-grade fixtures and fittings delivers a radiant interior that’s fashionable as it is practical for everyday living, courtesy of a two-storey layout that comfortably accommodates three living areas, outstanding indoor-outdoor entertaining options and zoned bedrooms of a very generous nature.

Saturday 7th June at 1pm PRICE GUIDE INSPECT CONTACT

$1,000,000 - $1,100,000 Thu 4.30-5pm & Sat 10.30-11am Photo ID required Mark Di Giulio 0407 863 179 Lisa Yeung 0422 677 033 Doncaster 9842 8888

Box Hill NortH 14 Mitta Street Your own Botanic Wonderland! Beyond the high fence hides one of the area’s best-kept secrets — a home that’s so natural, so peaceful, so tranquil that once inside, it’s hard to believe you’re only minutes away from Box Hill’s bustling hub. A flowing interior personified by its earthy features and copious amounts of light gets its inspiration from its leafy surrounds, with magnificent native gardens providing the next lucky occupant with their very own botanic wonderland. Two open fireplaces offer the perfect tonic to fend off those winter chills, while two living zones, bedrooms of generous proportions and a host of storage options delivers the space required by today’s young family.

Saturday 14th June at 11am PRICE GUIDE

More Than $650,000

INSPECT

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

CONTACT

Adam Harris 0433 521 380 Jack Stack 0400 434 030 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 South Parade

A4 B 2 C 3 D 1 E 2

A3 B 1 C 1 E 2

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TemplesTowe 8 Aumann Drive A modern Glamour Living the high life is literally the case with this extravagant family home, perched on the high side of the road that allows panoramic views to be captured and treasured. Glamorous living zones total two in number and are distinguished by their formal appearance and suitability for the everyday family lifestyle, while the seamless integration between the large deck and open-plan living delivers the indoor-outdoor set-up that’s highly sought amongst modern homebuyers. A world of convenience also awaits thanks to the close proximity of The Pines, schools and transport.

Saturday 14th June at 12pm PRICE GUIDE

$1,100,000 - $1,200,000

INSPECT

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

CONTACT

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

Burwood 27A Peacock Street The Five-Star Treatment! Picture-perfect presentation defines this brilliant architecturally-designed attic-style Townhouse, which belongs to a higher class of living. Clear nights under the stars or tucking into breakfast as the morning sun rises are best enjoyed among the open-air and North-facing courtyard, which integrates with the vast open-plan setting to offer the entertainer at heart with a sensational indoor-outdoor haven. A first-class kitchen impresses with its premium fit-out, and upstairs, the wow factor is left to the luxurious family bathroom that appears straight out of an upmarket home magazine. A dedicated home office with its own entrance and waiting room also presents a professional set-up for your home practice.

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Saturday 31st May at 2pm PRICE GUIDE

More Than $760,000

INSPECT

Thur 4-4.30pm & Sat 1.30-2pm Photo ID required

CONTACT

John Stack 0402 443 312 Nikki Campbell 0421 829 044 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 South Parade

A4 B 2 C 3 D 2 E 2

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Forest Hill 4/25 Quentin street every Bit the spacious Home! The address may imply unit living in an established residential block, however the size and space offered inside this spacious residence suggests it’s anything but, delivering a vast floorplan that you’d expect to find in a conventional three-bedroom house! As the future owner, you’re also saved from the burden of high maintenance gardening thanks to a landscaped courtyard that’s the epitome of low maintenance living. Surrounded by schools, the area is fantastically serviced by transportation given the easy access to bus services and Nunawading train station, while Forest Hill Reserve, Brentford Square and Forest Hill Chase are only moments away.

Saturday 14th June at 11am PRICE GUIDE

More Than $480,000

INSPECT

Thur 2-2.30pm & Sat 4-4.30pm Photo ID required

CONTACT

John Stack 0402 443 312 Nikki Campbell 0421 829 044 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 south Parade

Doncaster 4 Meadowbank street Delivering space, style and Location For Your Family Rising majestically from its corner allotment stands this stately family home that’s full of elegant charm and space for the growing family. Unwind in pure comfort in front of the open fireplace in the spacious lounge, while an entertaining terrace allows you to entertain under the stars. A versatile living area with adjoining room downstairs offers further living space and is tailor-made for a teenager’s retreat or home office. Conveniently located within minutes of Westfield Shoppingtown, local schools and the Eastern Freeway.

Saturday 7th June at 2pm PRICE GUIDE

$680,000 - $740,000

INSPECT

Thu 1.30-2pm & Sat 10.30-11am Photo ID required

CONTACT

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

A3 B 1 C 1 E 2

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Doncaster 2/13 Finlayson street Loads of space and a carefree Lifestyle Minimal upkeep, a premium location and a generous amount of space are the three pillars on which this impressive Townhouse is built upon to offer trendy professionals, savvy investors and the young family a standout opportunity in every sense of the word. Peacefully set back at the rear of a twoproperty site, everyday convenience is assured thanks to the superb access to the Park + Ride, the Eastern Freeway, Westfield Shoppingtown and Birralee Primary School.

Saturday 7th June at 11am PRICE GUIDE

$600,000 - $660,000

INSPECT

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

CONTACT

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

Forest Hill 9 lernes street low Maintenance living With House-like Proportions! Be surprised, be very surprised by the generous amount of space that resides inside this light and bright single-level home, sub-divided on a low maintenance corner allotment yet delivering the space and comfort associated with a conventional three-bedroom home. A fantastic combination of two separate living areas, three zoned bedrooms and a study is proof of the home’s incredible size and space, perfect for downsizers still requiring space for the grandkids and the young couple with an eye on the future. This wonderfully presented residence is also located within a short stroll of Brentford Square and Forest Hill Chase and moments away from Nunawading train station and schools!

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Saturday 31st May at 11am PRICE GUIDE

More Than $520,000

INSPECT

Thur 1-1.30pm & Sat 10.30-11am Photo ID required

CONTACT

John Stack 0402 443 312 Nikki Campbell 0421 829 044 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 south Parade

A4 B 2 C 3 E 2

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Box Hill 41 Thames Street Develop A Corner Block in The Heart of Box Hill! If you’re the type of buyer that looks at the bigger picture, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Standing on a large 863sqm (approx.) corner allotment right in the heart of Box Hill, you’ll be able to instantly visualise the first-class development opportunity that comes attached with this golden property (STCA). The flat allotment currently accommodates two units on the one title, meaning the astute buyer can easily modernise both properties and put them up for rent in exchange for a handy rental return. But with the chance to build brand new Townhouses with their own frontages, it could be the development opportunity of the year (STCA)!

Saturday 21st June at 11am INSPECT

Thur 12-12.30pm & Sat 3-3.30pm Photo ID required

CONTACT

Adam Harris 0433 521 380 Jack Stack 0400 434 030 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 South Parade

A2 B 1 C 1 E 2

Doncaster east 2/10 Franklin road Move straight In and enjoy the Lifestyle! Presented in a fashionable light and located for premium everyday convenience, here’s an exciting opportunity for the first-time buyer, empty nester or savvy investor, all of whom will be attracted to the property’s easy-to-maintain, single-level layout, pristine presentation and outstanding access to Jackson Court, Devon Plaza, schools and bus transport. Such is the magnificence of the unit’s appearance that the lucky buyer also has the luxury of moving straight in with total peace of mind.

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Saturday 14th June at 11am PRICE GUIDE

$420,000 - $470,000

INSPECT

Thu & Sat 1.30-2pm Photo ID required

CONTACT

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

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BlackBurn South 6 o’Brien crescent Spacious Family living With a low Maintenance aspect! Delivering on all aspects required by today’s modern lifestyle, this spacious four-bedroom home is the perfect solution to the increasing needs of your young, growing family. Set in a desirable pocket within moments of Deakin University, the 75 tram, schools and Burwood One, everyday convenience is also very much assured. L-shaped lounge makes an instant impression with its lightfilled appearance, while a large kitchen has been designed to cope with the demands of a hungry household. With so much appeal for the space-seeking family plus modern comforts such as splitsystem cooling and gas ducted heating, make this home your own before someone else does!

Saturday 14th June at 2pm PRICE GUIDE

More Than $750,000

INSPECT

Thur 2-2.30pm & Sat 4-4.30pm Photo ID required

CONTACT

Adam Harris 0433 521 380 Terry Burgoyne 0404 842 771 Blackburn 9878 0222 88 South Parade

A4 B 2 C 2 E 2

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Doncaster 29 Winbrook court Proposed Plans For 2 DD08 Development Potential on 738 sqm approx Packaging one of the best addresses in Doncaster with a sizable 738sqm approx allotment and DDO8 zone, opportunities are bountiful with this potential-laden property located within minutes of Westfield Doncaster.

A 5 B 2 C 2 E 2

Saturday 7th June at 11am PRICE GUIDE INSPECT CONTACT

light And Bright And Full Of life! Located at the rear of a two residential site within moments of Bulleen Plaza, Macedon Square shops, Manningham Medical Centre, the Eastern Freeway, parks and schools, the joys of carefree Bulleen living can be yours to savour with the purchase of this exceptional Townhouse.

Saturday 31st May at 10am PRICE GUIDE INSPECT CONTACT

$570,000 - $630,000 Thu 10.30-11am & Sat 9.30-10am Photo ID required Sam Kocuk 0419 311 222 Adele Kocuk 0412 255 919 Doncaster 9842 8888

a Picture of Perfect Family Living If first impressions count, you’ll want to make a play for this picturesque family home the moment you experience its beautiful presentation, inside and out. The home’s light-filled interior excites with its outstanding indooroutdoor entertaining options and suitability for the growing family.

A 4 B 2 C 2 D 1 E 2

Saturday 31st May at 2pm

$700,000 - $770,000 Thu 3.30-4pm & Sat 10.30-11am Photo ID required Mark Di Giulio 0407 863 179 Lisa Yeung 0422 677 033 Doncaster 9842 8888

Bulleen 2/10 Cuthbert Street

Doncaster east 43 Banool Quadrant

PRICE GUIDE INSPECT CONTACT

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$680,000 - $750,000 Thu 12.30-1pm & Sat 1.30-2pm Photo ID required Ericka Wong 0411 472 849 Adele Kocuk 0412 255 919 Doncaster 9842 8888

Doncaster east 16/213 Blackburn road Blackburn rd Living, Yet so Quiet Under instructions from State Trustees.Don’t be fooled by the implication of ‘Blackburn Rd living’ with this spacious unit, which is tucked at the rear of a quiet enclave to offer the astute buyer with the serenest of lifestyles in a property requiring minimal upkeep.

A 2 B 1 C 1 E 1

Saturday 14th June at 1pm PRICE GUIDE INSPECT CONTACT

$400,000 - $440,000 Thu & Sat 10.30-11am Photo ID required Chris Defteros 0408 428 888 Doncaster 9842 8888

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barryplant.com.au In 2013 the Barry Plant team were named as the Australia’s Number 1 Property Management Company. We contribute this to our high levels of customer service, expert knowledge, professionalism and attention to detail. Landlords can feel secure that their valuable investment property is in expert hands when they entrust it to the Barry Plant Blackburn team. For first class property management, contact our team on 9878 0222 Vermont 587 Canterbury road Pretty As A Picture! Experience the captivating nature of this breathtaking weatherboard beauty. Everyday convenience is also assured with easy access to shops, Eastlink and schools.

A 3 B 2 C 2 E 2

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BlackBurn 6/20A LAburnum Street Well presented unit at rear of development currently leased at $1,436PCM - ideal first home, ongoing investment, retirement property or city base comprising living, 2 bedrms, kitchen, bath/ shower/WC, single carport & paved courtyard garden.

Yvonne Ma

2A

Ashleigh Biviano

1B

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1C

Thurs 11-11.30am & Sat 10-10.30am Saturday 7th June - 12.30pm 47 / H10 In excess of $450,000 Fiona Everett 0402 049 407 Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Blackburn 9894 8788

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PRICE GUIDE INSPECT CONTACT

Contact Agent for Price Thur 1-1.30pm & Sat 2-2.30pm Photo ID required Adam Harris 0433 521 380 Terry Burgoyne 0404 842 771 Blackburn 9878 0222

NuNawadiNg 33 Morden Court Attractive weatherboard home on 740m2 approx Blackburn Lake Precinct. Generous block suitable for extending dwelling or subdividing land (STCA). Formal living/dining with OFP, 3 bedrms with BIRs, kit/meals, familyrm with access to entertain deck orientated to preferred northerly aspect.

3A

1B

View Auction Mel Ref EPR Contact Office

2C

740 (Approx) D

Thurs 2.45-3.15pm & Sat 11-11.30am Sat 7th June - 11.00am 66 / E11 $690,000 - $750,000 Gordon Openstein 0402 303 508 Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Blackburn 9894 8788

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MitchaM 427 Springfield road First impressions count! The recently rendered exterior and sealed roof create a very attractive facade and a strong first impression but it’s inside the property you’ll truly appreciate the time/ effort/money involved in transforming this property with expansive open living/dining areas with newly polished HW floors, stunning new kitchen leading to an alfresco entertainment deck, 3 brms with new carpets, ensuite and family bathroom and SLUG. Located only minutes to Mullauna SC/Mitcham PS and extensive parkland with further easy access to thriving Mitcham shopping centre and new train station this would make the ideal first home, superb investment property or retirement alternative.

3A View Auction Mel Ref EPR Contact Office

2B

1C

603 (Approx) D

Thurs 2.00 - 2.30pm & Sat from 10.30am Saturday 31st May - 11.00am 48 / H6 $590,000 - $640,000 Fiona Everett 0402 049 407 Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Blackburn 9894 8788

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Forest hill 2 Fisher street BV family home - leased at $1,717PCM ‘til Jan ‘15 - offers exciting potential as your family home, ongoing investment or new home site (STCA). Comprising living/dining, 3 bedrms, new kitchen & family bathrm/2 WCs, bungalow & dble carport.

3A

1B

View Auction Mel Ref EPR Contact Office

2C

640 (Approx) D

Thurs 2-2.30pm & Sat from 12.00pm Sat 31st May - 12.30pm 62 / A7 In excess of $630,000 Gordon Openstein 0402 303 508 Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Blackburn 9894 8788

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AUCTION SATURDAY

BlackBurn south 17 holland road Spacious, comfortable 3 bedrm BV home on extraordinary allot approx 924m2 offers exciting potential as family home - refurbish/extend, outstanding investment or prime development site for one or more new properties (STCA) within easy reach of shops, train & schools.

3A

1B

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Office

924 (Approx) D

Thurs 4-4.30pm & Sat from 12.30pm Saturday 31st May - 1.00pm 61 / K2 In excess of $800,000 Helen Yan 0404 078 588 Brad Ellis 0418 394 062 Maurice Di Marzio 0419 182 276 Blackburn 9894 8788

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Doncaster east 68 Deep Creek Drive

4A

Brilliant family home superbly zoned for entertaining

View Auction Mel Ref EPR Contact

Occupying a generous 1600 sqm (approx) allotment within an esteemed estate, this 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom (plus powder room) home offers a sublime family lifestyle, featuring 3 living zones, a north-facing backyard with a pool and a triple garage. The large, well-appointed kitchen has modern Kleenmaid stainless steel appliances (gas cooktop, double wall oven and dishwasher) and views of the backyard, deck and pool. A study accesses the triple garage with remote doors, adjoining an office/workshop, while under the house is a cellar/office with storage. Further inclusions: ducted heating, ducted vacuum, evaporative cooling, intercom, alarm, new pool filter, water tanks and a sprinkler system, near Deep Creek Drive Reserve and Mullum Mullum wetlands. 58 The weekly review \ MAY 28, 2014

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2B

3C

Thurs 11.00 - 11.30am & Sat 1.00 - 1.30pm Saturday 14th June 12:30pm 34 F4 In excess of $1,200,000 Bimal Abeysiri 0418 100 144 Lee Salce 0400 770 099 Doncaster 9842 1188

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Doncaster east 29 Bowen Road

3A

Just wait until you see inside!

View Auction Mel Ref EPR Contact

Full of surprises, this distinctive family home is set to impress with its stunning renovations, versatile design and immaculate garden surrounds. On an elevated block, the home’s light-filled interior highlights three bedrooms, modern bathroom and additional powder room, open-design living and dining areas, stone-bench kitchen with dishwasher. Features include heating and cooling, hardwood floors, Euro laundry, plus undercover outdoor entertaining area, north-facing backyard garden and double carport. In a popular Doncaster East location, it offers easy access to local parks and primary schools, Tunstall Square Shopping Centre, public transport and Eastern Freeway.

Office

1B

2C

Thurs 5.30-6.00pm & Sat 2.00-2.30pm Saturday 14th June 2.00pm 48 C4 In excess of $690,000 Stasi Adgemis 0401 640 853 Lee Salce 0400 770 099 Doncaster 9842 1188

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Doncaster east 8 Thomas Walk

4A

exciting opportunity close to everything!

View Auction Mel Ref EPR Contact

Picture perfect as you walk in this 2 storey, 4 bedroom plus study home set in expertly landscaped gardens. Featuring an enclosed sunroom off the meals area. The gardens include synthetic grass for low maintenance and a rear outdoor entertaining area . Solid timber floorboards are a feature of the downstairs level of this impressive home, uniting the open lounge, living/meals and sunroom. Upstairs the 4 bedrooms enjoy tree top outlooks, the main offering a walk in robe and ensuite, plus large family bathroom and rumpus room featuring pure wool carpets. Downstairs powder room, laundry and internal access to the double auto garage complete the family friendly floorplan, complemented by ducted heating and evaporative cooling, Walking distance to Beverley Hills Primary School and close to St Peter, St Paul’s Primary & East Doncaster Secondary College, Tunstall Square, bus services on Blackburn & Doncaster Road and the Eastern Freeway. 60 The weekly review \ MAY 28, 2014

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2B

3C

Thurs 5.00 - 5.30pm & Sat 11.00 - 11.30am Saturday 14th June 11.00am 48 C4 In excess of $800,000 Stasi Adgemis 0401 640 853 Tim Zhang 0433 031 299 Doncaster 9842 1188

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Balwyn north 153 Bulleen Road Brilliantly-maintained family home In an elevated position moments from freeway access, Bellevue Primary School, shops and cafes, this 3 bedroom family home is an exceptional entry into a prestige suburb with future potential to renovate or extend (STCA). The carpeted lounge with Japanese-style screens extends to a tiled meals area and kitchen with a stainless steel La Germania cooker. A sitting room may suit a study or 4th bedroom, as 3 bedrooms (2 with BIRs) share an inclusive family bathroom with a spa bath. A shower in the laundry and another toilet are valuable separate additions. Highlights: separate 2nd shower and toilet, garage, ducted heating, evaporative cooling, built-in cabinetry and a covered veranda.

4A View Auction Mel Ref EPR Contact Office

1B

2C

Wed 3.30 - 4.00pm & Sat 10.30 - 11.00am Saturday 31st May 11.00am 32 D12 Contact Agent Trent Sinni 0401 574 882 Laurence Murphy 0421 829 028 Doncaster 9842 1188

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WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO SELL? CAN I SELL RIGHT NOW?

For a start, let’s just assume you’re in a secure job and you can meet your mortgage repayments otherwise the best time to sell is probably right now, if that will help reduce your expenses. Ultimately, the ideal time to sell your property will depend on your reasons for selling, the style of property and its location.

WHEN SHOULD I MOVE HOUSE?

If you are planning to buy as well as sell property, the same market conditions will apply to both transactions. So relatively speaking, it shouldn’t matter when you sell: winter or spring, rising or falling market, the advantages or disadvantages you encounter with your sale will also apply to your purchase. The perfect time to sell is when you’ve found somewhere to buy.

WHEN SHOULD I SELL MY INVESTMENT PROPERTY?

If you want to sell and not purchase property - that is, your prime motivation is to make a profit a few factors might influence your decision. Spring has long been considered as the best time to sell Buyer activity is at its peak as new properties flood the market. Family homes tend to perform well in spring, however good properties in prime positions will do well regardless of the season. Conversely, less impressive properties might actually be disadvantaged by a spring sale, as buyers have greater choice and may look elsewhere.

CAN I SELL IN A FLAT MARKET?

Obviously a flat market is less likely to deliver the results you may achieve in a rising market. but even in flat periods, quality properties generally perform well. Apartments close to the CBD and houses in well-established inner-city suburbs will always be in demand, while high-end, multi-million dollar homes may lose value and properties on the outer fringes of the city may struggle to sell.

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In arguably one of Templestowe´s most convenient and highly desired locations, sitting prestigiously on its 4148sqm approx allotment, this impressive renovated home delivers spacious living throughout for all the family. Premium appointments in all its living and entertaining domains; Lounge Dining, Family Kitchen Meals. An inground pool, court and alfresco gazebo with northerly aspect add entertainment value. Host additional guests or extended family in your self contained 2 Bedroom, 1 bath accom. Close to parkland, schools, shops, buses and freeway.

AUCTION Saturday 31st May at 11am ____________________________________________________ INSPECT

Thursday 12-12.30pm

& Saturday from 10.30am ____________________________________________________ ESTIMATE $1,250,000 - $1,350,000 ____________________________________________________ LAND 4148 sq. metres approx. ____________________________________________________ CONTACT

Andrew Keleher 0417 599 135 Lewien Gallus 0418 343 908 ____________________________________________________

OFFICE Doncaster 8841 4888 ____________________________________________________

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BLACKBURN 21 Fuchsia Street Brilliantly located in one of Blackburn´s best street in the highly prized Bellbird District and in the Blackburn High zone, near Blackburn Village and station, this charming c1935 timber residence´s original allure offers significant scope to renovate while its deep north-facing garden provides the perfect site to build a new family home (STCA). Displaying enormous period character, the entrance hall introduces a graciously proportioned sitting room (OFP), formal dining, light-filled living room and well-equipped kitchen opening to the deep north-facing garden. Five good sized bedrooms share two bright bathrooms.

Auction

Saturday 31st May at 10am

Inspect

Thursday 10-10.30am & Saturday from 10am

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Désirée Wakim 0412 336 266 Jack Stean 0434 588 664

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Brand New Display Homes Open Now! Berwick Waters & Casiana Grove Open Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues & Wed from 12-5pm

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TEMPLESTOWE LOWER 2/326 Thompsons Road CONTEMPORARY ENTERTAINER IN QUIET ENVIRONS A hidden gem distinguished by excellent quality, stylish spaces and a peaceful ambience, the unmistakable allure of high-standard, low-maintenance living is evident all the way through this outstanding as-new 2BR, 2 bathroom townhouse. Auction Inspect Contact

Saturday 31st May at 11.00am Thu 3:30-4pm, Sat 10:30-11am Damien Carter 0438 850 166

Office 9497 3222 | 9459 5666 Peter Scott 0459 223 994

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With its shady verandah, impressive Colorbond roof and decorative gables, the Bradford oozes country charm. Step inside and you’ll discover a home with all the comforts and conveniences of a well designed home. A spacious openplan family/dining/kitchen area with walk in pantry, sliding doors that open wide to the alfresco to bring the outside in, a convenient study, a home theatre and rumpus room. The stunning timber floors add to the quality finish. Everything you want in a family home.

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AMORE

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Box Hill South

33 Birdwood Street

Captivating ClassiC With loads of potential An outstanding original on 919 sqm (approx.) of prime land, this 4 bedroom home is your blank canvas. First time offered since 1951 and an ideal situation for those looking to subdivide or redevelop (STCA), this excellent prospect features spacious casual and formal living zones, retro kitchen with meals, 4 bedrooms, neat bathroom, laundry, 2nd toilet, storage room, immense east-facing rear garden, and a large double auto garage with extra storage. Superbly positioned close to Kingswood College, Presbyterian Ladies College, Deakin University, Surrey Park, Box Hill Golf Club, Box Hill Central, and transport. •

On a huge block and ready to be subdivided or redeveloped (STCA)

Inviting and spacious formal and casual living areas

4 well-sized and comfortable bedrooms

Vast east-facing rear garden & huge double garage w/ bonus storage

Near Surrey Park, Deakin Uni, schools, shops, & transport

auction 31st May 2014 2:30pm (on site) ask: $800K-$880K inspect: Thursday 1:30pm - 2:00pm Saturday 2:00pm-2:30pm Contact: Ivan Wu 0431 236 686 Tim Chee 0433 188 828 www.amorerealestate.com.au

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1/4 Bennett Street Forest Hill Spacious, Light & Convenient With only two on the block & in a fabulous position, this outstanding property is perfect for young families, downsizers, first home buyers & blue chip investors. Forest Hill Chase shopping centre is easily accessible through a private walk way - as is the local parks, amenities & public transport. Featuring a magnificent open plan lifestyle, you will be amazed by the natural light beaming through from every angle. Space becomes a luxury with three living areas, a large tiled bathroom, kitchen with pantry & an abundance of cupboard space, three large bedrooms all with BIRs & a centrally located laundry providing access outside to the private courtyard.

A3 B1 C1 Auction Price Inspect Agent

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Saturday 21st June @ 12:00pm In Excess Of $475,000 Sat 31st May 12-12:30 Thurs 5th June 4-4:30pm Frank Molinaro 0418 390 988 Sam Wen 0413 185 322

98 South Parade Blackburn

Lower Plenty 75 Rosehill Road Get Set For Unforgettable Summers Set on a 1.5 acre approx allotment this exquisite five bedroom, two bathroom home delivers resort style living, understated elegance and a touch of grandeur. From the enormous formal lounge to the casual living room overlooked by the granite kitchen and the expansive rumpus stretching out to the sprawling rear yard every entertaining and accommodation option is covered. Expansive decks, terrace, paved poolside precinct with lawn and gazebo ensure extra outdoor options deliver gracious living in a gilt-edge location. Expressions Of Interest : Offers Close Wednesday 11th June 5pm (Unless Sold Prior)

Eltham / Greensborough / Doreen

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