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Sarah Marinos meets soccer supremo Ange Postecoglou
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n October 23, 2013, he was given the country’s most high-profile football role when he became head coach of the Socceroos. Ange was quick to get stuck into the job, taking the team to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2015 Asian Cup and now working through the process of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. “My own ambitions are beyond just qualifying – that’s not satisfying enough. I want us to go to a World Cup and make an impact,” he says. “I’ve stated my ambition is to win a World Cup. It’s a challenge but when you say that is your goal I think you are more likely to be appreciated for your efforts.” Ange is also determined to raise the profile of soccer in a country steeped in Australian football, cricket and rugby. “Without sounding arrogant, we are good at the game, we’ve matured as a nation, we are great at every other sport and there is no reason why we can’t be great at this one. We just need to state that ambition and not hide in the shadows,” he says. “To say you love this game in this country is not always the easiest thing to do and maybe that’s contributed to the steeliness in my character. You’re almost preparing yourself for a fight,” he says laughing. But he says a bottleneck in the game means Australia is losing the potential talent fostered at grassroots clubs across the country. “We’re giving kids the opportunity
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you see progress in certain areas and understand you’ve put the pillars in place to get there and that gives you self-belief. The players and staff know I really believe in the way I coach and lead teams. They understand I am not going to walk away and that gives them the courage to go down that road with me.” The strategic thinking that is an essential part of the game has fascinated Ange since he was a young kid waiting outside the local newsagency for the latest delivery of British soccer magazines such as Shoot. He’d spend months poring over the pages and he still has those yellowing magazines at home. From the start, he has been an unflinching coach ready to speak his mind. He describes himself as someone who likes to shake things up, rather than coach with an eye on holding on to his job. “It’s liberating when you can do your job without worrying if it will end tomorrow. I’ve never worried about contracts or if my job was in jeopardy,” he says. “Probably the one time in my career where I veered away from that is the only time I’ve left feeling unsatisfied and unsuccessful.” Ange is referring to his departure from coaching the national youth team in 2007. He won the role in 2000 after moving from his position as South Melbourne coach. But he was replaced after Australia failed to qualify for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. It still irks him. “I started doing what I thought people wanted me to do and trying to fit in with the overall agenda. That doesn’t mean I would have been any more successful but I probably wouldn’t have left with the regrets I did,” he says ruefully. Ange then worked with Fox Sports as a commentator and with Football Federation Victoria before spending most of 2008 in Greece coaching then-third division club Panachaiki. The following year he returned to Australia to coach Brisbane Roar, where he became the first coach to win back-to-back A-League championships. His stint included a 36-match unbeaten run, which remains a record across all codes of football in Australia. In April 2012, he returned home to Melbourne to coach Melbourne Victory.
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nge Postecoglou owes a lot to the world game. It brought him the tight-knit circle of friends he’s had since he coached and captained the year 7 soccer team at Prahran High School. Soccer gave him the confidence to resign from a humdrum nine-to-five banking job, and it’s also how he met his wife, Georgia, in 2000. He was coaching South Melbourne and Georgia was the club’s newly appointed marketing manager. But the game’s influence on Ange’s life and identity doesn’t end there. Since he migrated to Melbourne from Athens as a five year old, soccer has been a glue that has held him close to his parents, particularly his father. Soccer clubs and match days were social hubs for migrants craving a taste of the homeland they’d left behind. It was no different for Ange’s father, Jim. After a hard week working as a carpenter and cabinetmaker, Jim went to South Melbourne Hellas, where he met new friends and could pretend, for a moment, he was back in Greece. Sharing those moments, Ange revelled in his father’s company. “Dad introduced me to soccer and I wanted to be close to him. It was the only time I saw him relax,” Ange says. “I started to play footy and got into cricket, but my father wanted to make sure his son didn’t lose the values of the past. We were in an unknown country and he didn’t want me to go into an unknown sport that he didn’t understand. So I became obsessed with football because it gave me a connection to my father.” That connection is still a major driver for Ange as he has progressed from high school coach to playing senior soccer and then to coaching at national and international level. “We always talk about migrants coming here for a better life but I’m sure my parents did not have a better life. Things would have been hard for them in Greece but at least they would have been surrounded by family and friends. They came here to give my sister and me the opportunity of a better life,” he says. “That’s a torch I still carry. I want to make sure I achieve what mum and dad fought for, so hopefully they get some satisfaction out of that. Dad is old school. He didn’t hug me and tell me he loved me every night and he’s still a hard taskmaster today.” Ange laughs when he recalls returning home to Melbourne from Sydney after leading the Socceroos to victory in the 2015 Asian Cup. The final was a hard-fought contest between South Korea and Australia with the home side winning its first Asian Cup in extra time. “I came home and showed dad the medal and cup and he said, ‘Well done son – but if you’d made a substitution you would have done it in full time’. It annoys the sh-t out of me,” Ange says. “Mind you, mum says when I’m not around he watches tapes of my games and says how proud he is, but I’ve always felt I was never good enough. That drives me – to have dad one day say, ‘You’ve done OK’. But I almost think I don’t want him to say it so I can maintain that drive to prove myself to him.” Ange’s playing career ran to 193 senior games for South Melbourne between 1984 and 1993. But it is as a coach that he is most comfortable and confident. “Playing was always a bit of a struggle. I was aware of my limitations and that allows fear to creep in on the field. I was captain at quite a young age, and I was confident talking about the game, but I had a nervousness about my ability. I never really believed I was a top-class player,” he says frankly. “I’ve never had that lack of confidence as a coach – it’s not arrogance but just a natural belief in what I do, plus
to play and we’re selling dreams about becoming a professional footballer but we only have 10 professional teams in our competition. If you grow up in Europe or South America, there are multiple avenues to get to the top. Here those avenues are very narrow and some great kids are walking away from the sport.”
nge’s commitment to the game that helped him ease into life beyond Athens is clear and he’s made plenty of sacrifices. Time away from Georgia and his three sons, James, 17, Max, two, and seven-month-old Alexi, are the biggest personal wrench. “My wife and I love going to the movies for our switch-off time and we love travelling back to Greece when we can. I also enjoy watching a game without being a coach. I can watch Liverpool play a game on TV and get as frustrated as any other supporter. “I missed a huge chunk of James’ growing up and I’m missing chunks of the two young ones growing up – I think that’s harder for me than for the boys. My father was working all the time and there weren’t many hugs and I overcompensate that with my kids. I worry that I am bringing them up too soft,” he says with a smile. James has taken up the game but Ange is careful to keep a low profile when his son plays – he usually hides in a remote corner of the field. “I’ve taken James into the dressing rooms at games when I am working and he understands what I do. He sees it’s a great job, but he sees the pressures.” Ange copes with those pressures and making the hard decisions that come with the national head coach role by keeping players at a respectful distance. While he’s empathetic, he maintains a professional remoteness. “People know that’s my personality so at any time if I say, ‘Let’s go for a coffee’ to a player or staff member they say ‘What’s going on, Ange?’. But I make tough decisions on a daily basis, so I need that barrier,” he says. That barrier means he’s not the greatest travel companion. He’s hears the stories of his players and staff trying to switch boarding passes when they realise they’ve drawn the seat next to the head coach. “Nobody wants to sit next to me because I don’t speak. A couple of times I’ve chuckled when young players are oblivious to how I am and start chatting to me and I shut that down pretty quickly. Eventually they realise it’s not personal. But I’m not that serious at home. I’m softer when I’m “I’ve always felt relaxed, like my father. I wasn’t good When he was with his friends and family, he enough. That was the life of the party, and that’s me. drives me – I enjoy being around to have Dad say, people who are close to me, telling the stories and ‘You’ve done OK’. cracking the jokes. If the players saw me then, they’d do a double take.” The focus now is on Russia and the 2018 World Cup, but what does the game hold for Ange beyond that? He’s never been one to plan too far ahead but says his next role will be overseas. “I want to coach abroad as an Australian. If I can go to Europe and have some success then people will say, ‘Well, hold on, maybe the Aussies do know something about the game’. That’s the next step for me.” ● email@example.com
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“I am calling it my sea change,” the Channel Seven Weekend News presenter jokes of her move from Stonnington to Bayside. “I grew up in Essendon, then for the whole of my working and personal life I was very much inner-city South Melbourne, South Yarra, Toorak. I never, ever saw myself living bayside, but as I got older the idea seemed more appealing. “There was a definite campaign from family and friends who had moved this way. Visiting them, I found I really enjoyed it – just going for a walk along the foreshore made me feel like I was on holidays. “Now, going to work, I drive along Beach Road looking at the water every day, and it is very relaxed compared to travelling from Toorak through the tunnel.” Nonetheless Jennifer was anxious not to disrupt the lives of her teenage sons, James and Zander, without being sure the move was in all their best interests. “It was definitely a case of try before I buy. So we rented before I bought. During that time I explored bayside quite a bit and knew I loved the Elwood end. Things move at a slower pace here. People chat when they put their bins out; they don’t run out scared someone might see them. They strike up a conversation. “It is actually really nice to have a change, but I think it takes courage to say, ‘You know what, let’s try something different’.” ●
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A 73/19/4/4 blend of cab sav, merlot, malbec and shiraz, this is a super wine that got better the longer the bottle was open. There’s a minty, cedar character plus rich blue and black fruits on the nose. It’s smooth and rich in the mouth, with blackberry, spice and earth, balance and glossy, dense tannins. Delicious now, but wait a few years if you can. ●
The crew at Chandon in the Yarra Valley made their own orange-based bitters and added a dash to the sparkling. This is the result. It’s designed to be drunk over ice and there’s a heady set of aromas, including orange marmalade. It’s creamy smooth, slightly sweet without ice and full of complex citrus and stonefruit flavours. It’s the perfect drink for a hot night. ●
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BRUNCH \ Ascot Food Store in Ascot Vale. It’s my local and the menu is great. Eggs benedict with the pork belly is a winner. If you feel like something sweet, they do great doughnuts, too.
ABOUT CHRIS TO SEE AND BE SEEN \ Oter is the perfect place for a great dinner or even a quick business lunch – French food as we don’t know it. Make sure you keep some room for dessert; those beautiful daily baked tarts are not to be missed.
A FANCY DINNER \ Amaru in Armadale. I love Clinton [McIver’s] food. It’s the perfect example of contemporary Australian cuisine. It’s fine dining but with a casual approach and not intimidating.
A DATE \ Bistro Vue The setting and the food is always consistent. David Wilson [restaurant manager] makes you feel special.
A QUIET DINNER \ La Tortilleria in Flemington. It’s close to my home and the outside tables are perfect on a nice Melbourne day. It’s authentic, tasty Mexican food and they always have great Mexican cocktails to choose from.
A BIG GROUP \ Mister Jennings The mezzanine level upstairs is perfect for a big group. The atmosphere of a private dining room makes any occasion feel special. You’re sure to be blown away by Ryan [Flaherty’s] food creation.
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magine a warm, savoury custard, floating beneath a layer of thick, mushroomy broth – wobbly, but still firm enough to put a spoon through so you can watch it yield satisfyingly to your whim, revealing unexpected seafood delights floating beneath. Chawanmushi feels like an entirely appropriate dish to begin with at this unassuming Japanese bistro. Especially when theirs is some of the best I’ve had – not only in depth of flavour and texture, but also in its generous portion size, packed with scallop, prawn and shiitake. I can’t decide whether this or the agedashi tofu – deep fried silken tofu served in a silky broth with crab – is my favourite, so I order both. Also on your list should be the tororo-isobeage, which might read like an easy way of using up all your vowels in Scrabble, but is actually a kooky yam-filled nori-wrapped dumpling – kinda crunchy and briny, but also slightly sweet. Sashimi fans will love the slick knife-work and artful array of fresh fish, including some chubby scallops that almost started a chopstick war. Don’t be surprised by the smaller portions – just order more than you’d think. Bring family, bring friends, bring your sumo pants. ● firstname.lastname@example.org
COOKING \ prawns are great right now, especially those coming out of Skull Island in the Northern T Territory. For perfectly poached prawns at home, simply cover with boiling water and leave to cool. ● READING \ I’ve loved getting to know Rick Stein better while in Margaret River this month and his book Under a Mackerel Sky (Penguin Books) is back in my handbag – so insightful and honest, just like the man himself. ●
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THE CROWD \ Young families and retirees enjoy some breakfast while local professionals grab a coffee and a treat, either to go or to stay.
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invited to the theatre before, and they came, all over Australia.” And not just all over Australia. The show was a huge hit at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at fringe fests in Dublin and Adelaide. “We have so much beautiful talent that is just not getting an opportunity to be seen,” Kim says. “We’ve worked with so many Honeys around Australia, from amazing drag queens to B-girls to amazing circus performers. We decided to write ourselves and these people onto the stage.” These so-called Honeys include beatboxers, storytellers, singers, circus performers and dancers from Tongan, Indonesian, Samoan, Maori, South African and Kamilaroi backgrounds. Together they’ve created a genre-bending production that Kim describes as a cross between a night at the theatre and a Beyonce concert. “The arts have the capacity to change culture and we’re in a culture that needs changing,” Kim says. “Laughter is the best way of breaking preconceptions. We laugh a lot and the audience gets to laugh a lot.” ● email@example.com
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ighting the good fight was never this sweet. Or this much fun. The cheekily named Hot Brown Honey comes storming in from the fringes this week and Australian theatre might never look the same again. The group’s act is a furious mix of everything from cabaret to hip hop, designed to show Australian audiences exactly what we’ve been missing. MC Kim “Busty Beatz” Bowers says their success has proved there’s an appetite for adventurous and diverse theatre. “There was a statistical thing done in Australia that showed if you put a woman of colour on a poster, people won’t go to your show,” Kim says. “We just went, this is how we look, this our show, here we are. We found our people, people who had maybe never been
» December 6-11 Arts Centre Melbourne, $50-$55 hotbrownhoney.com
NATURE LOVERS POWERFUL OWL PRESENTATION Deakin University honours student Nick Bradsworth has been researching Australia’s largest owl species, the powerful owl, which can be found in parks, gardens and open land in the City of Manningham. With the increase in human population and urban areas, it is important to understand the home range and habitat use of species such as the powerful owl to ensure their future survival. At this special event, Nick will present his research, which includes observing pairs in local areas. ■ December 7, 7.20pm for 7.30pm start (runs until 9pm). Bull and Bush Room, Grand Hotel, 110 Yarra Y Street, Warrandyte. Cost: free, no bookings required. Information, email eepadmin@ manningham.vic.gov.au or phone 9840 9326
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PARK ORCHARDS COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CAROLS Attracting up to 7000 people from local neighbourhoods and beyond, the Park Orchards Community Christmas Carols is a great opportunity for children and other community members to perform traditional and contemporary carols and songs to an audience of family, friends and neighbours. The event has been held for more than 30 years, making it a much-loved local tradition. Pack a picnic blanket and snacks and bring the family along to join in the singing and catch up with friends from your community. ■ December 4, 6.30-9.30pm. Domeney Reserve, Knees Road, Park Orchards. Cost: free. ONE OUT OF THE BOX Situated in the historic Gospel Chapel by the banks of the Yarra River, Stonehouse Gallery showcases work by local and Australian artists. The final exhibition for the year, One out of the Box, presents handcrafted, unique art that makes great gifts, including interior items,
jewellery, leather bags, handwoven throws and cushions. There are also cute and cuddly knitted animals, ceramics for the garden and decorations to bring an artistic touch to your Christmas tree. ■ Until December 31. Stonehouse Gallery, 103 Yarra Y Yarra Street, Warrandyte. 9844 3629 PARTY THE VENETO CLUB TURNS 43 Established in the 1960s, the Veneto Club is a hub for the Veneto and wider Italian community of Melbourne. This year marks the 43rd anniversary of the club’s official opening in 1973. It took place before a crowd of 3000 and was attended by Billy Snedden and the Italian ambassador to Australia. The president and committee invite the community to celebrate with them, starting in the Gondola area and followed by lunch in the Sala Venezia. ■ December 4, noon-5pm. The Veneto Club, 191 Bulleen Road, Bulleen. Cost: $70 members, $80 non-members (price includes four-course menu and drinks). Bookings essential, phone 9850 7111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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also get their Christmas wishes down in writing in a Santa letter-writing session. Please note: supervision of children is required at all times. ■ December 2, 9 & 16, 3-5pm. MC Square Civic Plaza, 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster. Free, no bookings required. Information: phone 9840 9405 or email email@example.com ● COMPILED BY LEEYONG SOO
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two decades). Actually, this golden anniversary show features only two of the original rock apes – Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. The celebratory, fan-pleasing affair features clips from their cultish TV series and performances of all their best-known hits. ■ Palais Theatre, December 7, $89.90-$249.90, monkees.com
DANCE, DANCE! THE WIGGLES BIG SHOW! KIDS Perennial kids’ favourites (and purveyors of near-fatal earworms for adults), The Wiggles are marking 25 years in the business with a national stadium tour. Even a ONLINE \ Watch the trailer change of cast hasn’t dented their appeal for young ’uns. If anything, the addition THE MONKEES of Emma Wiggle has won That other the group an army of new GIG fab four fans (and added a certain are still soap opera frisson, via monkeying her recent wedding to around. Even a daydream her purple peer). They’re believer wouldn’t have performing three shows this THE MONKEES expected, some 50 years on, Saturday, with a little help to see the Monkees embark on from their friends. ■ Rod Laver Arena, December 3, an Australian tour with a brand new $35.55, thewiggles.com.au album under their belt (their first for
Reg Mombassa has left an indelible mark on Australian pop culture. Leaving aside his countless chart hits with band Mental As Anything, his design work for Mambo still characterises ’80s Australian pop art – coming second only to Ken Done. And let’s face it, Reg’s stuff looks better on a T-shirt. This enchanting collection of his landscapes is packed with art displaying a uniquely Aussie blend of irreverence, warm-heartedness, surrealism and earthy simplicity. Your coffee table will thank you. ●
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The Hollow Crown \ SBS December 4 & 7, 8.30pm. sbs.com.au
This star-studded sequence of Shakespearean plays looks back to when being monarch was a far bloodier affair than it is these days. The cast list is a veritable Who’s Who of British acting aristocracy. The monarchical Richards and Henrys are played by Tom Hiddleston, Ben Whishaw, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jeremy Irons. This is stunning, classy telly. I’ll take Plantagenets and Lancasters over Windsors any day. ● ONLINE \ Watch the trailer
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Sydney’s Nicole Millar is best known for singing on other people’s songs. Most famously, she co-wrote Peking Duk’s High, which came close to topping triple j’s Hottest 100 last year. Her new EP is driven by a similar, summery fusion of pop and electronica. Single Signals is a jittery kind of anthem, as spooky as it is seductive. ●
PHILIPPE PARRENO: THENABOUTS For almost 30 years, French artist and filmmaker Philippe Parreno has toyed with the line between art that moves and art that doesn’t. His first Australian solo exhibition arrives at ACMI following a triumphant installation at London’s prestigious Tate Gallery. Thenabouts is a retrospective of his filmic works. As with many of his previous exhibitions, it changes with every visit. A gallery technician controls the display of images and sounds to create an immersive, interactive experience. ■ ACMI, Opens December 6, Free, acmi.net.au EXHIBIT
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BURNING DOORS What happens when making art makes you an enemy of the state? Belarus Free Theatre is the only theatre company in Europe to have been outlawed by its government. Not that the company has let that stop it standing up for human rights across the globe. For this fierce work of performance art, it teams up with the equally controversial Maria Alyokhina (of Pussy Riot fame) to share real life stories of artists who refuse to be silenced. ■ Arts Centre, November 29-December 3, $30-$69, artscentremelbourne.com.au THEATRE
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QUEEN OF KATWE We all love an underdog. This FILM feel-good flick from Disney follows the unlikely (if true) rise of chess champion Phiona Mutesi, played by newcomer Madina Nalwanga. Phiona hails from the poverty-stricken slum of Katwe in Uganda, where there are few options for self-improvement, let alone escape. Missionary Robert (David Oyelowo) invites her to join his chess club, where she soon proves to be a prodigious player. The world championships beckon. ■ Opens December 1, rated PG, 124 minutes, queenofkatwe.com
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Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic treads softly on the memories of generations. While it’s a bit too sentimental and reverent to capture Dahl’s wickedness, powerful performances from the two leads bring it to life. Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall, Bridge of Spies Spies) oozes charm, while newcomer Ruby Barnhill is brainy and bold as orphan Sophie. ● MB THE BFG
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O V E R H E A R D … 1pm, Thursday @ vet clinic, Blackburn “It’s all fun and games until someone ends up with their head in a cone.”
LALEH MOHMEDI Formerly in the medical recruitment industry, Laleh Mohmedi now has an international following after starting a blog showcasing the food creations she made for her son, Jacob. While the blog, Jacob’s Food Diaries, and the career opportunities it has created – along with motherhood – keep Laleh busy, she continues to enjoy culinary explorations of Box Hill and its neighbouring suburbs.
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Where do you go for a gift for a friend? Endota Eastland [for a voucher] – as mothers we can never get enough massages and treatments. For a big night out? Dinner and a movie is considered a big night out for me. I love to eat at this little Iranian restaurant called Tahchin Persian Cuisine in Doncaster. My favourite dish would have to be the koobideh; it’s so delicious. Hoyts at Eastland is our favourite cinema as the seats are amazingly comfy.
For a sneaky takeaway? Pizza Works – Box Hill North – honestly, the best pizza in the area. For some peace and quiet? Box Hill Library, it is so peaceful and calm. For a good book? Again, the library. Jacob and I go there together and pick our books for the fortnight. Recently I read Marching Powder Powder, it was an amazing book. For a new outfit? Zimmermann at Westfield Doncaster. The last piece I bought from Zimmermann was the Plunge one-piece bathers for my recent trip to Dubai, where I hosted food art workshops. For a family lunch? Baowie in Forest Hill for the best noodle soups ever. We just love their chicken and pork dumplings too, Jacob eats about five dumplings a sitting. ● LEEYONG SOO
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Who’s behind the counter? A family-run business since 1965, Templestowe Cellars is independent and staffed by wine aficionados. “Given the opportunity, we’ll chat about wine all day,” says long-serving store manager Michael Condon, adding that locals rely on the shop for services such as home delivery. Staff are also called on for party services such as recommendations about wine quantities and varieties. All the wine in stock is tested, regardless of brand reputation, Michael says. “We’re not brand snobs, just quality snobs,” he says. “If the quality’s not there, we won’t stock it.” What’s in store Rows of bottles of wine and beer line the shelves at the front of the shop, with international alcohol and more exotic drops such as tequila and sake behind the counter. Beyond a brick archway in a large whitewashed room, high-quality wines lie ageing gracefully in a feature wall of shelving. This retro, tavern-like space hosts weekly tastings and exhibitions of wines such as chardonnay and pinot noir from Coldstream Hills and wines from regional areas such as Coonawarra.
On the grapevine: Cellars manager Michael Condon behind the counter. (STEPHEN McKENZIE)
Who’s buying Michael describes the cellars’ customers as loyal wine lovers who enjoy a chat about wine in-store and at regular meet-the-winemaker dinners at a local restaurant. ● LEEYONG SOO
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The promise Eastland is promising magic in the lead-up to the most wonderful day of the year, in the form of interactive installations, craft opportunities for the kids and a chance to meet Santa and even receive a letter from him. There is also Elf Help, which offers advice about presents and gift wrapping for the cost of a gold coin donation to Vision Australia. The reality I gather some friends and set out to discover the festive offerings, with Santa’s grotto as the first stop. More comfy lounge room than grotto, it’s decked out with Christmas stockings hanging over an (LED) open fireplace – the perfect setting for a snap with Santa. There are more photo opportunities throughout the centre, with a picture booth at the Crystal Snowstorm installation and the Town Square’s shimmering, sculptural Christmas tree making an impressive backdrop, plus various “forest glades” with shiny metallic mushrooms and woodland creatures grazing on green beds of moss. Kids
Valley hosts sessions where children make decorations, while the 3D-printed Sensory Bells provide a seasonally fitting soundtrack. The pay-off Surrounded by so much wonder and magic, we feel as if Christmas has come already. The pain factor I wish it could be like this all year round. Who should do it? This isn’t just for families with young kids, it’s something for all ages to enjoy. The bill Photos with Santa start from $20.95. Other activities are free.
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Yes. I saw the Christmas tree during the day but can’t wait to see it all lit up at night. ● Eastland’s Sensorium, various locations at Eastland, 175 Maroondah Highway. 9870 8377. eastland.com.au/christmas
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t was a bit like the Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon movie The Trip: two old friends driving (in our case in a new Porsche 718 Boxster) from winery to restaurant, riffing about life, food and wine – three topics with a lot of range. My friend Matthew knows a lot about wine (he makes it) and food (he loves eating it), and life (he is generous sharing his thoughts on it). So that was handy. Oh, and there were impersonations, too (bad ones – don’t ask me to do Michael Caine) and phone calls home, just like the movie. To the journey … What a car I found myself in hitting the highway towards the peninsula’s fabled wineries. I was road-ready in seconds. I touched a button and the roof came down (it takes just a few moments). And with just a touch of the accelerator came the sound of the car’s throaty growl. Where have you been all my life? ● firstname.lastname@example.org
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Peter Wilmoth visited the Mornington Peninsula as a guest of Visit Victoria. Porsche Boxster courtesy of Porsche Centre Brighton, part of PM Automotive Group.
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We headed to OCEAN EIGHT WINERY and, at its delightful cellar door, tasted their pinot noir, chardonnay and rose. Exceptional. We took home a bottle of the 2016 rose, which was perfect summer drinking. ● 271 Tucks Road, Shoreham ● oceaneight.com.au
PORT PHILLIP ESTATE offers six exquisitely appointed suites featuring black sofas and reindeer pelt sofa throws, artworks by Bill Henson and sumptuous bedrooms. There’s a private terrace looking out over the vineyard towards Westernport Bay, perfect for a glass of wine or coffee, or in our case a breakfast in the sunshine of toast from a fresh loaf, muesli with yoghurt and fruit, and several coffees from the DeLonghi machine. Perfect digs to de-brief on our wine tour. The Dining Room offers a delicious menu: think Queensland spanner crab with nero pasta, puffed rice and crustacean crumble and charred John Dory with confit lemon, octopus and macadamia. And what a view to enjoy it with – the vineyards rolling out in front of us and Westernport beyond. ●
The next day we headed the Boxster towards TEN MINUTES BY TRACTOR winery/restaurant, where we had lunch after an excellent at-table wine tasting from a highly knowledgeable sommelier. We settled in to taste the Estate Chardonnay 2014 and the McCutcheon Pinot Noir 2013. Outstanding. The winery restaurant’s casual country-house setting belies its serious ambition as a fine diner in the country (with an Age Good Food Guide hat). You will be guided to wines matching the food or mood. We tried the Tasmanian rabbit ballotine, the roasted breast of Great Ocean Road duck, and finished with slow-roasted blueberries and a blueberry mousse with lemon aspen ice cream and marscapone snow. Large wow factor. ●
We dropped in on the MAIN RIDGE DAIRY, a secluded haven producing handcrafted goat cheeses (delicious and we’re told excellent for cholesterol management). It’s a great place to bring youngsters to see the cute goats and gamboling kids (they are gamboling responsibly). ● 295 Main Creek Road ● mainridgedairy.com.au Over in Flinders (via Point Leo to check the surf), we visited GEORGIE BASS, a cafe and cooking school with good food and a great vibe. ● 30 Cook Street ● georgiebass.com.au Meanwhile, over in nearby Dromana, CRITTENDEN ESTATE is always a great option for wine tastings. ● 25 Harrison’s Road, Dromana ● crittendenwines.com.au
PORSCHE 718 BOXSTER STARTING FROM \ $112,800 plus on-road costs. Our model $143,301 driveaway. COMBINED FUEL CONSUMPTION \ 7.4/100km, 6.91/100 km (with PDK). ENGINE \ 2.0 litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged horizontally opposed aluminium alloy engine. MAX POWER \ 220k (300 hp) @ 6.500 rpm. MAX TORQUE \ 380 Nm @ 1950-4500 rpm.
T H E W R A P \ It’s been a great escape, and the Boxster is a treat. The windy and undulating roads of the Westernport side of the peninsula are perfect to test it out and, in terms of control, manoeuvrability and sheer open-roof fun it felt magnificent. I’m only sad I have to give it back.
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swatch of fabric spied through the window of an antique shop in Rouen, France, on one of Catriona Rowntree’s many journeys was the starting point for her lovely conservatory. “There it was, my dream fabric, and I kind of matched everything from there,” says the much-loved presenter of the Nine Network’s Getaway program, plumping a cushion covered in a Pierre Frey Aloha print. The result is a room that is at once lush and light, and the undisputed centrepiece of the home Catriona shares with farmer husband James Pettit and their “two rambunctious sons” Andrew, 7, and five-year-old Charles. The 1870s bluestone house – the former manager’s cottage of a still thriving sheep and grain farm on the western plains outside Geelong – was somewhat dilapidated when the then-newlyweds took it on. “When you live in a property like this you are custodians, and we wanted to revel in the history of it, but apart from that we disagreed on just about everything,” Catriona laughs. “The result is a combination of my husband and me trying to come together with the pretty meeting the practical.” ● SARAH HARRIS email@example.com
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I was forever looking for fabric the colour of grass because, for me, living here is about appreciating the outdoors. Adelaide Bragg (of Adelaide Bragg & Associates) sourced this Pierre Frey Shanghai fabric (a blend of cotton, linen, viscose and silk). The colour is Prairie. It’s perfect and won’t show Vegemite.
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It began with a couple of pieces, but then I went to an auction at Rene Rivkin’s home and a friend said, “Why don’t you put a bid on all the Lalique?”, and I accidentally got everything. Now I love to source pieces from auctions. I like the thrill of the chase.
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AGENT Jellis Craig 8841 4888 PRICE $1.25 million – $1.35 million AUCTION December 3 at 11am OFI December 1, 3-3.30pm; December 3, 10.30-11am SCHOOL ZONES + Marcellin College + Belle Vue Primary FAST FACTS Open-plan living; tiled infinity pool; double garage with remote-controlle door; deck; see more domain.com.au PROPERTY ID 2013195640
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his modern house has been designed, landscaped and constructed to a standard scarcely offered in outereastern properties. The house was built in 2012, along with an identical neighbour on a subdivided block. Despite appearing as one large residences, the two are separate. Each has its own driveway, garage and – best of all – street address. “There’s nothing else in the area like them. Other people have tried to copy them but they haven’t quite nailed it,” agent Dallas Taylor says. Designed by a Sydney architect who specialises in luxury homes, both houses show off high-end materials throughout, including Italian stone, travertine and Caesarstone. On the ground floor, the oversize pivot entrance door to No.28 opens to a wide hallway, creating a feeling of spaciousness before even setting foot inside. The house has been designed to offer views to the outdoors at every opportunity, complemented by a deliberate use of clean lines, glass and a neutral colour palette. “Because of that, there’s a lot more light and feeling of space than in traditional compact home,” Dallas says. The hallway leads past the double garage (with internal entrance) to the open-plan hub, made up of the kitchen and dining and living areas. Added features such as a walk-inpantry, Bosch appliances and an integrated gas fire make this an inviting and comfortable place to inhabit. The living area opens to a deck and impressive saltchlorinated glass mosaic infinity pool that overlooks Trinity Grammar’s sportsfields. The bedrooms are all upstairs, including the main with en suite and walk-in-wardrobe. The inclusion of a rumpus room and bathroom in this upper floor creates a more private domain from the open-plan living and entertaining areas on the ground floor. It also allows parents the options of entertaining downstairs while children sleep or play above. Throughout the house, decoration is intentionally minimalist. The exceptions are the carefully considered feature pendant lights that offer a contemporary elegance and extra point of interest. Additional features include reverse-cycle heating and cooling and a double garage with remote-controlled door. This house has been designed primarily with downsizers in mind. However, with three bedrooms (each with a built-in wardrobe), a study, that rumpus room, the pool and a location not far from the Kew school buses, it could just as easily appeal to a growing family. The house is close to the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen Plaza and the surrounding parkland of Bulleen. ● AMELIA BARNES firstname.lastname@example.org
AGENT Fletchers 8833 8817 PRICE $1.35 million – $1.45 million AUCTION December 10 at 10.30am OFI December 1 & 8 at 6pm; December 3 & 10 at 10am SCHOOL ZONES + Box Hill High see more domain.com.au
PROPERTY ID 2013209255
14km from Bourke Street
Box Hill’s Combarton Street precinct is considered to have considerable architectural significance, with the best collection of Californian bungalows in the City of Whitehorse. This house plays against type because it is one of the precinct’s few Edwardians. It has been renovated throughout. Some period features, including original fireplaces, remain but overall the interior is now a contemporary blend of polished floorboards, white paintwork and indoor-outdoor flow. It starts with the traditional central hallway, with bedrooms and the bathroom on either side. At the rear is a light-filled open-plan living area that opens to a deck. Also on the property is a versatile separate unit with its own bathroom. ● AMELIA BARNES
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AGENT RT Edgar 8888 2000 PRICE $1.5 million + AUCTION December 10 at 12.30pm OFI By appointment SCHOOL ZONES + Whitefriars College + Ringwood Heights Primary
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NOTHING ELSE IN BULLEEN COMES CLOSE TO THIS.” DALLAS TAYLOR – AGENT
19km from Bourke Street
This 1980s house on 4047 square metres has exceptional outdoor amenities that include a pool, oversized spa, deck and a new tennis court. Indoors offers a sprawling assortment of living rooms. Off the main living area – kitchen, meals and family space – is an al fresco room with 3.5-metre-high glass walls. Stacker doors make for a seamless merger with the paved pool and outdoor dining area. There’s also a rumpus room with bar, a home theatre and formal dining room. The main bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and en suite gets a corner to itself near a small second bedroom or nursery. Two more bedrooms share the family bathroom and the fifth is downstairs. Other features include open fireplaces and a sauna. ● AMELIA BARNES
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BLACKBURN SOUTH \ 16 SAMUEL ROAD
AGENT Noel Jones 9877 1855 PRICE $1.4 million + AUCTION December 10 at noon OFI December 1, 6pm; December 3, 1pm; December 8, 5pm; December 10, 11.30am SCHOOL ZONES + Orchard Grove Primary School
Built in 2011, this double-fronted Edwardian reproduction has the look of a period home but with the contemporary amenities that appeal to modern buyers. The house combines design features typical of an original Edwardian, such as high ceilings and Sydney blue gum floorboards with a contemporary floorplan to offer its owners the best of both worlds. The bespoke kitchen is the hero of the ground floor open-plan living area. It has red gum benchtops, a
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19.5km from Bourke Street
walk-in pantry and breakfast bar, along with quality appliances such as a 900-millimetre Ilve oven, Miele dishwasher and Schweigen rangehood. The adjacent living and meals area is illuminated by floor-to-ceiling windows that invite the northerly light indoors. From the main living area, three sets of french doors open to the rear verandah, where there’s a sizeable deck and integrated surround-sound system. The main bedroom is at the front on the ground
floor, with an en suite and walk-in-wardrobe. The remaining three bedrooms are upstairs. All have builtin-wardrobes and air-conditioning. The central bathroom, study nook and retreat make this an ideal zone for teenagers. Adding to the sustainability factor are double glazing, a water tank, retractable flyscreens and ducted heating. The house is a short walk from Eley Park and Orchard Grove Reserve. ● AMELIA BARNES
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17 Verbena Street, Blackburn North 4
16 Chateau Rise, Bulleen 4
Agent: Barry Plant Doncaster 9842 8888 ................................................................. Price: $1.25 million - $1.375 million ................................................................. Auction: Saturday December 17 at 11am ................................................................. OFI: Thu 2.30-3pm & Sat 1.30-2pm .................................................................
Agent: Ben Williams 0409 367 997 ................................................................. Price: POA ................................................................. Auction: Saturday December 3 at 10am ................................................................. OFI: Thur 4-4.30pm; Sat 9.30-10am .................................................................
Agent: Anthony Pittas 0400 079 408 ................................................................. Price: POA ................................................................. Auction: Saturday December 10 at 2pm ................................................................. OFI: Thu noon-12.30pm; Sat 3-3.30pm .................................................................
First-class in convenience and rich in potential, this three-bedroom house will make its new owners some of the luckiest in Doncaster.
With an array of gleaming living spaces and outstanding options for entertaining, this impressive family home is a haven complemented by gorgeous gardens.
Elegant and grand, this luxurious three-storey residence offers generous dimensions and an exceptional family environment.
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BOX HILL \ 3 ALEXANDER STREET This double-fronted Victorian house has been beautifully maintained, and offers many original design features alongside modern amenities. The street view of the house showcases all the charm of a historic Victorian, complete with weatherboard facade, iron lacework, verandah, rose garden and white picket fence. Inside, the high ceilings, ceiling roses and original fireplaces remain, serving as decorative features for the two living areas and bedrooms. The front door opens to a central hallway, with a floor of polished Baltic pine boards. Off it are the three bedrooms (each with a built-in-wardrobe) and a sitting room. The main bedroom has an en suite, next to the home’s main bathroom. The hallway leads to a large open-plan living area that includes the renovated kitchen with Caesarstone benchtops, an island bench, stainless-steel appliances, adjacent laundry and storeroom. Large doors open to the rear of the property and another verandah, decked seating zone, outdoor dining area and lawn edged with ornamental trees. Other features include ducted heating and evaporative cooling, a cubby house and tandem off-street parking. The house is on a residential street next to similar Edwardian and Victorian homes. The location offers a family-friendly, quiet lifestyle within walking distance of key amenities such as Surrey Park, Box Hill Central station and the shopping centre. ● AMELIA BARNES
AGENT Marshall White 9822 9999 PRICE $1.2 million + AUCTION December 10 at 12.30pm OFI December 1, 2-2.30pm; December3, 12-1512.45pm SCHOOL ZONES + Kingswood College + Box Hill High + Surrey Hills Primary see more domain.com.au
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Doncaster 14 Ballamore CresCent the picture-perfect presentation of this alluring triple-storey, four-bedroom plus study home will immediately strike a chord among those searching for the quintessential family setting. add to the mix a large yet easy-to-maintain allotment with a resort character, renovated bathrooms, multiple living areas, renovated kitchen, quality appointments and peaceful setting only a stoneâ€™s throw from ruffey lake Park and youâ€™ll be hard-pressed to find a better environment in which to raise your growing family. located within moments of Westfield shoppingtown, templestowe Village, aquarena leisure Centre, nearby schools and the eastern Freeway.
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saturday 10th December at 4pm Contact agent for Price thu 12.30-1pm & sat 10.30-11am Photo ID required robert Di Giulio 0428 273 739 mark Di Giulio 0407 863 179 Doncaster 9842 8888
MitchaM 48 Creek road Sophisticated luxury is on offer, with 4 generous bedrooms, (including two master rooms both with ensuite and walk in robes), polished hardwood floors, huge front formal lounge and downstairs master room, with ducted heating and cooling throughout. Two modern and functional kitchens are a bonus with a gigantic rear rumpus room providing a multitude of uses! Upstairs contains three bedrooms, plus study and a quiet retreat, two bathrooms, and basement leading to double garage and store room. The home has a second double garage, plus covered carport for boat trailer or caravan, with Mitcham train station just a short, 3 minute walk away!
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Saturday 10th december at 12.30pm Contact agent for Price Thur & Sat 1-1.30pm Photo ID required allan Smith 0419 522 440 Julie Lu 0432 442 666 BlackBurn 9878 0222
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Doncaster 39 Corella Street First class in convenience and rich in potential, there’s no question that you’ll become one of the luckiest homeowners in the City of Manningham with the purchase of this excellent three-bedroom residence. Backing onto Schramms reserve, located within walking distance of ruffey lake Park, Westfield Shoppingtown and schools and set on a sizeable 755sqm (approx.) allotment with DDo8 zoning, an outstanding development opportunity beckons (StCa). Boasting fantastic presentation, vast open-plan living and zoned accommodation, the young family will also be enticed to move straight in and call it “home”.
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Saturday 17th December at 11am $1.25m - $1.375m thu 2.30-3pm & Sat 1.30-2pm Photo ID required Juliette Zhou 0456 999 669 Doncaster 9842 8888
BlackBurn north 27 Marchiori road Wish every day was a holiday? Well, becoming the next owner of this private and peaceful four-bedroom family residence makes that dream a reality. Showcasing the charm of a coastal hideaway with its calming interior, stunning in-ground swimming pool and multiple pockets of peaceful sanctuaries amongst leafy surrounds ideal for that morning ‘cuppa’ or entertaining friends and family, this home instantly appeals as it does relaxing the mind. offering a complete family lifestyle, this excellent family home also enjoys walking distance access to bus services, Whitehorse and St Philip’s primary schools, Nicoll Park and cafes.
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Saturday 10th december at 11am More Than $1,000,000 Thur 6-6.30pm & Sat 12-12.30pm Photo ID required Monica deehan 0413 131 714 John Stack 0402 443 312 BlackBurn 9878 0222
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MitchaM 5 Yendon Close Raise the kids in peaceful and private surrounds inside this excellent family home, which enjoys pristine presentation in a quiet cul de sac attracting minimal traffic flow moments from scenic parkland, Mitcham train station, Mitcham and eastland shopping centres, numerous schools and eastlink/the eastern Freeway. An alluring open fireplace delivers warmth to the split-level formal lounge/dining, while size and space are hallmarks of the sun-kissed open-plan living featuring a well-appointed timber kitchen. Complete with fantastic outdoor entertaining, zoned accommodation, open study, underhouse storage room, ducted heating and evaporative cooling, why consider living anywhere else!
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saturday 17th december at 11am More Than $820,000 Thur 2-2.30pm & sat 3-3.30pm Photo ID required John stack 0402 443 312 Monica deehan 0413 131 714 BlackBurn 9878 0222
Ringwood noRth 3-5 Wonga Road designed to amalgamate exquisitely with its magnificent, century-old gardens, this 1941 Early Colonial residence boasts an extensive list of timelessly charming elements, modern benefits and high-end fixtures/fittings, with multiple access points to gardens, three living spaces, six luxury bedrooms and a study plus two deluxe bathrooms. Highlights include; ducted and hydronic heating, two evaporative cooling units, free-form swimming pool, an abundance of storage, boxed veggie gardens, gazebo, automatic watering pumped from 26,000lt water tanks, plentiful off-street parking and two garages. a home of undeniable prestige and intrinsic charm, call to register your interest today!
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Box Hill NortH 7A Boxleigh grove Showcasing intelligence in design, excellence in craftsmanship and maximum use of light and space, this brand new Townhouse is a celebration of contemporary living in a dream location. With no Body Corp fees, you’re already winning before you even set foot inside this glamorous four-bedroom abode, positioned between the bustling hubs of Box hill and Doncaster. enjoy the integration between the open-plan living and North-facing alfresco, while a downstairs Master bedroom is ideal for downsizers.
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Bulleen 2 NirvaNa CresCeNt every bit the blank canvas that exudes so much potential, feel inspired to create Bulleen’s latest development showpiece (stCa) on a fantastic 529sqm (approx.) block or build a luxurious residence for your family’s enjoyment (stCa) that will stand within walking distance of Bulleen Plaza, bus services, st Clement of rome Primary school and Yarraleen reserve and moments to the eastern Freeway, Macedon square, Westfield shoppingtown, the Yarra valley Parklands and elite private schools. Currently occupying the rewarding allotment is a solid three-bedroom home, which also presents as a true renovator’s delight.
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Doncaster 5/333 GeorGe Street Boasting a location that’s within walking distance of Westfield Shoppingtown, transport, ruffey Lake Park, Aquarena Leisure Centre and St Gregory the Great Primary School, this single-level three-bedroom villa unit presents an opportunity to enjoy a coveted Manningham lifestyle. Neat as a pin with abundant natural light, zoned accommodation, living and a kitchen/meals area that connects with the paved courtyard, it’s perfectly liveable — or rentable — from the very outset.
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Burwood East 24 Sheraton CloSe attention to detail and stylish design start with the stately facade of this impressive and dignified architecturally designed home, nestled on a manicured allotment and delivering a first-class family lifestyle in an exclusive cul de sac. a life of pure luxury therefore awaits the lucky buyer of this majestic home, which impresses with its three separate living areas, five generous-sized bedrooms (including Master bedroom with ensuite and downstairs guest accommodation with ensuite), breathtaking alfresco entertaining area with an open fireplace and fernery and picture-perfect gardens that complement its prestigious setting.
Saturday 10th December at 11am Contact Agent for Price thu & Sat 11.30-12pm Photo ID required George Pangalos 0430 060 123 ray rui 0431 544 575 Doncaster 9842 8888
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NuNawadiNg 24 Dunlavin RoaD The dream of developing (STCa) in a prized nunawading location could soon be a reality should you become the next occupant of this perfectly positioned home set on a huge 759sqm (approx.) allotment. Your future development stands to benefit from the walking distance proximity of Mitcham Shopping Centre, nunawading train station and nearby parks. The property is currently leased for $340 per week, which should provide some financial security whilst plans and permits are being approved if you wish to develop at a later date.
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Doncaster east 2/1 Harry Street enjoying pristine presentation, low maintenance appeal and convenience at every turn, enter the City of Manningham in stylish fashion with this fantastic single-level unit. On itâ€™s own title with no body corp fees, youâ€™ll be sure to appreciate its lovingly maintained condition, spacious lounge, quality timber kitchen equipped with european appliances, deceptively large courtyard, three zoned bedrooms and convenient access to tunstall Square, parks, transport and eastern Freeway/eastlink.
Saturday 10th December at 3pm Contact agent for Price Thur & Sat 2-2.30pm Photo ID required John Stack 0402 443 312 Monica Deehan 0413 131 714 BlackBurn 9878 0222
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Vermont 116 Purches street Own one of the best gardens in Vermont with this peaceful four-bedroom family residence, breathtaking in its blossoming beauty within the coveted Vermont educational catchment area. colonial-style windows invite views of the picturesque front gardens into the formal lounge/dining, and admire the spectacular backyard botanic wonderland from the outdoor undercover area or comfort of the radiant open-plan living inside. complete with a central kitchen with stainless steel appliances, fully-tiled bathroom and versatile workshop, picture-perfect family living awaits.
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NuNawadiNg 1/229 Springvale road enter a world of picture-perfect beauty with this smartly updated three-bedroom residence. enjoy the peaceful park-like front garden from the comfort of the large undercover deck whilst entertaining friends or sipping on your morning coffee, and delight in the strong contemporary appeal of the radiant single-level interior featuring polished timber floors, renovated kitchen, modern bathroom and light-filled living. located within walking distance of Blackburn lake, nunawading train station and bus services and minutes to Forest Hill Chase, schools and the eastern Freeway.
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Saturday 17th december at 12pm More Than $550,000 Thur 3-3.30pm & Sat 11-11.30am Photo ID required Morena vallese 0497 682 185 BlackBurn 9878 0222
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There’s no limit to what you can do once the keys to this rewarding three-bedroom home are in your hands. Set on a flat 610sqm (approx.) block with blank canvas appeal, there’s obvious scope to develop multiple Townhouses (STCA). It’s also a perfect opportunity to start again and build your dream home (STCA) within minutes of parks, Burwood Highway trams, excellent schools and Burwood One. The existing single-level home is also bursting with potential, and therefore ideal for the homebuyer inspired by The Block and motivated to create their own modern masterpiece.
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Keep Your Home Fresh The fresher the home, the higher the price that buyers will pay for it.
Fresh homes get high prices; stale homes get lower prices.
There are two ‘types’ of fresh.
So, please, do not make the mistake that many sellers make of refusing to consider early offers. Do not think that if you get an early offer, that you’ll get a higher offer if you wait a few more weeks. In most cases, the highest offers come early.
The first type of fresh is the ‘mood’ in the home, its cleanliness or, most important, its atmosphere.
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First class in location and opportunity, discover what’s possible with this exciting threebedroom home. Measuring an impressive 837sqm (approx.) there’s scope to develop on a grand scale (STCA) or move in and update. METHOD PRICE INSPECT CONTACT
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There is seldom any need to spend thousands of dollars ‘staging’ your home - most buyers can sense ‘fake’ and ‘falseness’ - but there is a need to present your home in as fresh a condition as possible. And that means everything from keeping it naturally clean - while still allowing it to be ‘lived-in’ - to having, say, fresh flowers on a dining room table. One of the most important ‘attractors’ in a home is its smell. Stinky homes do not sell for the best prices; so, if necessary, invest a few dollars in scented ‘plug-ins’ to be sure that your home has a pleasant scent. The second type of fresh refers to the time that a home has been for sale. The longer a home is on the market, the lower its likely selling price. It’s a simple real estate rule:
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Buyers often flock to a home that’s fresh on the market. And they are often willing to pay a premium price to beat other buyers; but when a home has been for sale for a few weeks (more than, say, three weeks) the buyers know that many other buyers have ‘rejected’ the home. They start asking the value-destroying question: “What’s wrong with this home?” and the answer they usually come up with is, “It’s too dear.” Yes, the longer a home is offered for sale, the lower the price. So, to get the best price, always try to sell your home within the first two (maximum three) weeks of offering it for sale. Neil Jenman – Author and Real Estate Consumer Advocate
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This immaculate home delivers modern living with an entertainers edge. Situated in walking distance of EDSC and SPS zone it offers split level easy family living. Soaring ceilings, sun washed spaces and a living dining and kitchen as the heart of the home you can enjoy views of the hills from every window. The kitchenâ€™s opulent granite island bench and European appliances including steam oven, together with the alfresco built-in bbq and gas cooktop allow easy entertaining all year around. With 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, rumpus, ample storage, evaporative cooling, central ducted heating, air purifying system and internal access from the double remote garage thereâ€™s nothing more to do in this perfectly located home.
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This classic family home captures a sought after Wheelers Hill lifestyle with it’s well maintained gardens and sparkling in ground pool (ready for the summer months). Placed within walking distance of Wheelers Hill shops, Jells Park, Caulfield Grammar, Jells Park Primary and Buses. In addition it’s close to The Glen & Eastlink. Beyond the foyer is a large formal lounge and separate dining area with a north vista. At the heart of the home is the stunning kitchen complete with a butler’s pantry, opening to a generous adjacent family/meals plus a large north/east leisure room. These rooms open to a balcony that overlooks the pool and capturing mountain views. There are also 4 bedrooms including a main with pristine ensuite plus walk in robe and a renovated family bathroom.
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Yarrambat 4 Golf Links Drive Grand Design For A Grand Lifestyle Architect designed, owner built and expertly crafted with the finest materials, extraordinary attention to detail, and a visible commitment to quality over cost, this stunning home is a unique combination of refined finesse, expansive living and accommodation spaces and family functionality. With expansive poolside alfresco living, luxury bathrooms and ensuites, stunning stone and timber kitchen and a myriad of desired extras, this is more than a home; this is an investment in a lifestyle!
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Do What You Want With Me Set on a corner block of approx. 831sqm and an opportunity to good to refuse, consider the choice that comes with buying this fabulous home. Architecturally designed in its time some 57 years ago, and the 2nd allotment to be sold in the street, this one owner home is now on the market for the very first time. Featuring over 9ft ceilings, two spacious bedrooms both with built in robes, open plan dining and lounge, kitchen/meals and laundry leading you to the alfresco area and the established garden setting ensuring privacy is secured.
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FIRST TIME ON THE MARKET! Set in a beautiful cul-de-sac court, north facing and well-built this solid home ticks all the right boxes. Perfect for the established and growing families and in a prized position ensure you embrace and take advantage of this outstanding opportunity. Comprising four spacious bedrooms, the master with a semi ensuite and walk in robe, family bathroom with separate toilet, galley kitchen, large lounge room, family/meals with access to the alfresco area and an extremely well-manicured rear garden. Highlights include gas ducted heating, polished floorboards, stainless steel appliances, double garage, large shed just to name a few.
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Comprising timber floors, porcelain marble bench tops, bedroom with sliding mirrored robes, split system heating/cooling & video intercom.
New 2 & 3 bedroom apartments comprising stone bench tops, plush carpets, timber floors & includes lift, common BBQ area & security.
Comprising carpeted lounge, newly renovated laundry, GDH & air con, covered alfresco area & single lock up garage.
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Comprising high ceilings, open fire place in lounge, separate laundry, spacious backyard with decking, GDH & double remote garage.
Features bedrooms with BIRs & brand new roller blinds, brand new vanity in bathroom, gas cooking & brand new floorboards.
This unit comprises 2 spacious bedrooms with double robes, reverse cycle air con, gas heating & private rear courtyard.
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ENTERTAINERS HOME IN SOUGHT AFTER LOCATION This imposing brick residence set in a quiet court would suit the family that enjoys entertaining. Upon entry you will be impressed with the generously proportioned lounge & dining rooms. For more relaxed times adjourn to the family room with its large windows overlooking the crystal clear pool and your very own private landscaped oasis. The main bedroom is larger than most & enjoys great panoramic views, ensuite and walk in robe. The other 3 bedrooms all feature built in robes & huge rumpus. Downstairs comprises large lounge/dining, family room, gourmet kitchen & study with direct access into double remote garage. The in ground solar heated pool will be the hub of family activity during the warmer months and is certainly picturesque with its surrounding landscaped gardens. Other attributes of the home include ducted heating & evaporative cooling throughout, security system & relaxing undercover entertaining area. Daniel Minuzzo 0409 407 603 Tim Siatos 0438 425 069
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௭ 4 º2 Ê2 CLOSING DATE SALE 8th December 5pm VIEW Thurs 6-6:30pm & Sat 1:30-2pm CONTACT Rupa Mane 0479 151 750 Tong Wu 0430 009 158 OFFICE 544 Whitehorse Road Mitcham 03 9873 1888 STANDS ALONE IN A CLASS OF ITS OWN This magnificent, double storey residence accommodates the requirements of formal entertaining and all the comforts of a large luxury family home. The home comprises - Entrance hall, formal living room capturing fabulous views of the landscaped garden, dining area sweeping through to the informal living and open plan kitchen with stone bench tops with lots of cupboards space, powder room, storage room and Master Bedroom with ensuite & walk in robe. Upstairs 2 large bedrooms with full length mirrored robes, study/retreat, full family bathroom incorporating long-bath and separate WC. With heating & air-conditioning throughout, superb modern bamboo floors, double remote garage & triple sliding doors incorporating undercover alfresco entertaining. Close by is Nunawading's famous 'Golden Mile' of shopping, public transport and eastern freeway access. Rupa Mane 0479 151 750 Tim Siatos 0438 425 069
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BRAND NEW, EXCEPTIONAL LIVING This Luxury 2 bedroom plus study, double storey town house offers an outstanding low-maintenance living environment featuring street views and completely separated by large single remote garage. The excellent floor plan is designed to maximise natural light and the courtyard provides a great outdoor entertaining area. Comprises: Wide entrance hall, formal lounge room, 2 well proportioned bedrooms with full length robes and main with view, study, informal meals area and adjacent gourmet kitchen complete with stone bench tops & walk in pantry, central spacious bathroom, laundry and north/west outdoor entertaining courtyard. Features: Tile flooring, reverse-cycle heating and air-conditioning, abundance of storage cupboards, automatic garage and great location with Nunawading station a short walk with its choice of both bus and train services to many parts of Melbourne. Close by is Nunawading's famous, 'Golden Mile' of shopping with its numerous specialty outlets and Brandsmart.
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