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’d said it before I even fully thought it. As yet another story broke of a high-profile footy player charged with rape, of a rugby league coach asked to leave a bar at the end of big drinking session, of another player charged with assault, I wondered out loud that maybe these guys should just spend more time at home. What are these blokes doing always at bars and pubs? What do they imagine will happen at the end of a long evening’s drinking? Go home, I said: you’ll just get into less trouble that way. But that’s not true, and it’s one of the most sobering statistics women and men can share with each other: that in this time of what appears to be a bewildering rise in the number of high-profile assaults and attacks, most violence against women still occurs in the home and is perpetrated by current or former partners. According to White Ribbon – the campaign to stop violence against women – at least one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner, and one in four children has witnessed violence against their mother. If it doesn’t take place in the home, then it is violence perpetrated by people that are known to

us, making the possibility just as frightening as any stranger danger. These are dismaying times in which to carefully consider the prevalence of violence against women in our society. Like so many around the country, I have endured the aftermath of the shocking rape and murder of my ABC colleague Jill Meagher. I saw the devastation of her family and the trauma of my old mates at 774. I did not know Jill, but we all felt as if we had stumbled into the path of inhuman viciousness, and some trust and faith in humanity was taken away with her lovely young life. The fact that the judge found her killer, Adrian Ernest Bayley, was not a psychopath, but a savagely cruel and dangerous man with a deep hatred of women, was even more troubling. He had a long history of wanting to hurt women, and he did. The White Ribbon campaign bookends bizarre and horrifying incidents such as this with more mundane but equally shocking facts of violence by known perpetrators and the everyday, low-key expressions of aggression and abuse that can build into a violent attack.

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f any of the more than 1000 operators who provide experiences for “experience retailer” RedBalloon happen to notice an elegant woman abseiling down a cliff or doing some rally driving or – unlikely but possible – paintballing, it might well be the group’s founder Naomi Simson doing a bit of undercover work. Hundreds of times she has road-tested the experiences her operation offers. “I will often read a description of an experience and think, ‘I’d like to do that’, and I will book in and go. I use a Gmail account, nobody knows who I am.” So far she hasn’t unearthed any problems. “All they need to do is what they said they were going to do and it’s all OK,” she says. “Afterwards I’ll review it and talk about it. If I say, ‘Here comes Naomi’, they might do something special and that’s not the view of the world. All of our team go out and about and do experiences.” Every businessperson wants that one great idea. It’s all you need. Naomi Simson had hers in the late 1990s. Noticing the propensity for people who have been given gifts they don’t want to “on-gift” or “regift” – how many copies of Mao’s Last Dancer can you own? – she started RedBalloon 12 years ago. The name was inspired by the 1956 French film The Red Balloon, about a Parisian boy who befriends a red balloon. The company offers people an easy way to give the gift of an “experience”, everything from learning to play the didgeridoo, to swimming with whale sharks, to learning to fly a helicopter, to dinner in the Daintree. Simson says it had struck her that gifting was “always about stuff”. “That’s not to say grandma didn’t give opera tickets or ballet tickets to her grandchildren – it was hard though. You had to do the right date and the right time. It’s not as if people haven’t been giving experiences, it’s just that it wasn’t easy. And how do you know if it’s good? If you give a jet-boat ride and the jet boat is kerplunk that’s no good for anyone.” Simson meets me in a café in East Melbourne. She is warm and friendly, and exhibits the confidence and calm demeanour of someone whose business started in her lounge room and now turns over $50 million annually. She re-affirms my belief that those with the least need to prove anything to anyone are always the most charming company. Simson grew up in Christowel Street, Camberwell, the street on which Barry Humphries also lived. Simson didn’t know Humphries (he had left home by then). But she did know his mother who, of course, achieved fame – if not notoriety – by making comments that became show titles (such as Isn’t It Pathetic At His Age?). She went to Camberwell High, then Korowa for the last three years of school. “As a really young person I wanted to be a clown but I grew out of that and wanted to be an artist.” Was she any good? “Well, I thought so, but apparently nobody else did. My art teacher said, ‘You’re fabulous, you’re really great, I can see you starving in a garret and famous after you’re dead’. And somehow that didn’t inspire me.” She still paints, though. Simson says she went looking for a creative career and was inspired by an unlikely source. She would watch the ’60s TV show Bewitched and while many were concentrating on the nose-twitching witch, Samantha, Simson noticed her husband,

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Darrin, who was in advertising. “I thought, ‘I’ll go into advertising’. Mum said, ‘What about you go to university before you start your advertising career?’ And marketing is sort of like advertising.” Simson went on to marketing roles at Qantas, KPMG, Apple and at Ansett, where she was marketing manager for Golden Wing and worked on the team that launched the airline’s frequent-flyer program. “Literally the day I started working at Ansett (my husband, Peter) called me and said, ‘How’s your job going, sweetie?’ I said, ‘It’s great’. He said, ‘I’m really glad, because I’ve just lost mine’.” She and Peter, who worked in accounting, moved to Sydney in 1991, when she left Ansett to join Apple. In the late ’90s she quit work and started wondering whether there might be a business using the internet. “I left corporate life when I became a mum because I wanted to spend more time with my kids,” she says. “I thought I could run a business at night and play with my kids in the day. Doesn’t quite work that way.” She was confident she had what it took to go it alone. “I believed in my own skills as a marketer, that I could create a brand, and that’s where it came from.” The internet was just taking off. “I didn’t know anything about online. In 2000 I was going, ‘Wow, what’s all this online stuff? It looks like I could do something there’. It had to be something that couldn’t be done unless there was the internet. “It had to be ‘disruptive’ – an innovation that people don’t see coming, a new way of doing business. It’s usually taking an existing idea to a new audience in a different way.” Simson’s “disruptive” idea was gifting – in a new way. She is anti-“stuff”, against material possessions floating around that nobody wants. Her vision was that experiences are often better gifts. She spent $25,000 of family savings developing an outsourced website and waited for customers. “How naïve as a marketer – to think they would just come,” she says. “They did not just come. For two months and four days they didn’t come. Longest two months and four days of my life.” Then she got her first customer. It was a $99 booking for a “stress-busting” massage. Simson did the transaction on the website and made a $9 commission. Six months later, Xerox Fuji wanted to use RedBalloon’s services as a sales incentive. It wasn’t long before companies such as Qantas, Telstra, Westpac and Commonwealth Bank jumped on. In its first year, RedBalloon processed $70,000 in transactions.

Now, 12 years on, the company has 60 employees and processes $50 million worth of transactions annually. In the past financial year it has grown 40 per cent. It has 1000 providers who offer more than 2500 experiences. Last Christmas Eve, they processed a transaction every three seconds. Simson learned her business acumen on the job, and her energy and passion helped. “I think there was a little ignorance there and if we knew everything we needed to know, we’d never get started,” she says. “One thing that I know I’m very good at is knowing what I’m not good at and also being real with myself saying, ‘You know what? I’m not good at detail, I’m not good at analysis’ – and finding those people that love that work. It makes it really easy. When you know what you’re there to do – you go home feeling like a winner.” As the business grew, Simson often went home feeling like a winner. “People want more good times with family and friends, and our job is to make it really easy for them. ‘I’ve always wanted to ride in a red balloon’, ‘I’ve always wanted to ride in a V8 Supercar’; I’m really clear about why we do what we do.” She is no longer involved in the day-to-day running of the business, but remains on the board as a “founding director”. “I’m accountable for vision, values and alignment,” she explains. “I mentor and coach people in the organisation.” Simson is a regular blogger, offering insightful thoughts on business and the world, and she has 120,000 LinkedIn followers. She says we need more female role models who are prepared to stand up and be counted. “I had great role models and I never thought it wasn’t possible to do what I do. My mother worked on the first computer in Australia. She worked with a great Australian entrepreneur, Lyndsey Cattermole, the founder of Aspect Computing. It (business) was always in our vernacular.” She passionately believes staff need to have a strong voice at work, and also to know when their work has ended and

“i don’t agree with the term work-life balance. we have one life, not two.”

rest and recreation have begun. “I’m increasingly concerned about people’s addiction to their smartphones. There is such a melding between the work day and the work weekend; I don’t think it’s healthy.” Is she good at relaxing? “Oh yes, I’m the best. I lead by example. Yoga is really important to me. For many years all of the sport I did to get fit was more stress, like long distance running and pulling weights. Now it’s meditation.”


er children – Natalia, 17, doing VCE, and Oscar, 15, who is in year 10 – are at school in Melbourne. “Oscar is very interested in rowing, rugby and sport. Loves the outdoors. Natalia is looking at science or engineering,” says Simson. Boarding school was a deliberate choice. “We wanted to teach our children resilience, responsibility and respect, and boarding is a great way for them to get that,” she says. “Both of my kids are unbelievably self-reliant and self-sufficient.” She misses them. “Oh, desperately. They will bring me to tears at any point. People say to me, ‘Oh, how could you have sent your children away?’. It makes me terribly sad but it’s not about me. It’s about providing the best for our children. Having a boarding education means they have to do their own homework, they have to find their uniform, be sure they feed themselves properly, get to their sport on time, all of that.” Does she sometimes worry they won’t do all of that? “Which parent ever stops worrying? Of course we worry about our children. I believe I gave my kids the greatest gift, which is to teach them to look after themselves. There’s not a day that I don’t wake up and miss my children and wish they were with me, but it’s not about me.” Simson and her husband separated two years ago after years of working together in the business. “We still sit on the board together. We were married for 20 years, we have two beautiful children together, created a fabulous business together, we’re still very good friends, we just no longer had a shared sense of purpose and direction. Better to part as friends.” Any conversation with Simson has plenty of philosophy in it. “I don’t agree with the term work-life balance,” she says. “We have one life, not two. There’s not work and then there’s life. We just have one life. If we don’t love what we do every day, find another job, because life’s short.” Simson shares her thoughts on her blog, which she says is a good way of engaging with people and helps fulfil her desire to be a leader and a role model for women. “I absolutely believe that the role of leaders is to make sure everybody gets the tools to get the job done. Our job as leaders is to make sure everybody gets to do their best work, that they go home feeling of having done their best work.” Simson’s own best work has been very good. Those who have been fortunate enough to move in her circles can only have learned a lot. \ We Welcome your feedback @


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alking through a vineyard recently, during the grape-growing season most well after this year’s grapes had been winemakers spray their vines to ward off picked and fermented, I noticed a the disease after heavy rains. But when the few rows of vines with bunches of shrivelled conditions are right and noble rot sets in, the grapes still clinging to the vines. resulting wines are simply a joy to drink. I picked a couple of berries and gave them You don’t need to wait until the dessert a squeeze. The juice from these brown-grey course to serve them, either; match them with grapes was rich and incredibly sweet – this pâté or foie gras at the beginning of a meal, or was for the winery’s dessert wine. a salty cheese. The grapes were infected with Some sweet wines can feel like a botrytis, or noble rot, a fungus that dessert in themselves, often weighing the wines draws moisture out of the grapes in with more than 200 grams and leaves the remaining juice rich of residual sugar per litre – the are simply and concentrated and with distinct average white wine has about four a joy to marmalade and honeysuckle notes. grams per litre. drink The best botrytised sweet wines Not all dessert wines are affected show the characters of the grape by noble rot. There’s a style known as they were made from, such as semillon cane-cut, where the canes that sprout the or riesling, plus the added dimension that bunches are severed from the vine, cutting off botrytis brings to the bottle. the flow of nutrients and causing the grapes to Botrytis on grapes isn’t always a good thing. shrivel and intensify. In fact, it’s a real danger in the vineyard while There’s also moscato. Moscato from Italy’s the grapes are growing. Just as it can affect Asti region, plus the local renditions, works the grapes to produce noble rot, it can also well with delicate, light desserts. It’s also a get hold of grapes as they’re growing, when nice alternative to tea and coffee with a slice it’s known as grey rot. Grey rot can decimate of mid-afternoon cake. \ reds and wipe out whites in a short period of time. It affects strawberries, too, making them inedible. Follow Ben on Twitter @senorthomas Botrytis needs humidity to grow, and

Sweet and salty When it comes to matching sweet you’ve got the holy trinity.” wines with cheese, Melbourne If blue cheese isn’t your thing, cheese champion Will Studd says there are plenty of other cheeses you can’t really go wrong with that will complement a sticky sweet wine and blue cheese. wine. “The time-honoured “Some stronger washed-rind combination is blue cheese with cheeses will match well with stickies or sweet dessert wine. sweet wine, but they’re not This is because they’re strong all guaranteed to work,” says enough to balance out the blue Studd. “There are some weird mould, plus the sweetness and wonderful combinations, Will StUdd balances out the salt. A lot of too. I was in Alsace a while blue cheeses are salty because, in ago and they had munster with order to get the blue mould, you need salt,” late-harvested gewurtztraminer, which is an says Studd. off-the-wall combination. “The classic match is sauternes and Studd advises not to be afraid of roquefort, which is my personal favourite. experimentation and to mix up what’s on the Add some rye bread into the equation, cheeseboard next time the sticky is poured. \ Online Only » Ben Thomas’ weekly wine selections

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e don’t often put the “drop everything” recommendation on our reviews, but I’m calling it on a four-week-old wine bar in South Melboune. Bellota – a sophisticated, lovingly renovated space behind the façade of a two-storey Victorian terrace – is attached through heavy, expensive glass doors to The Prince Wine Store. That means there are 3000-plus wines to choose from to accompany your bar snack, share plate or meal. I also enjoyed the most divine panna cotta. Ever. And that’s from someone who doesn’t usually even bother ordering this classic Italian because of the too-often disappointing ratio of gelatine to cream. The reason I tried it deserves another tick of approval. Our host (I could call her a waitress but her manner was so welcoming she made us feel as though we were in her home) informed me, in a manner that was neither solicitous nor smug, that there was a superb fresh panna cotta in the fridge with my name on it. How right she was – thanks Jacq Turner. The delicate, pale mound of sheep’s yoghurt, with just the tiniest addition of gelatine, baked to wobbly, silky perfection was crowned with a hazelnut, honey and red grape syrup. There are some stunningly good red grapes around and the handful scattered around this snowy knoll added an exquisite balance in texture and soft acidity. Panna cotta is not a technically difficult dish to make but the traditional “cooked cream” dessert often arrives stiffly molded and looking as though it’s been in the fridge for days. I doubt chef Stephanie Britton used cream in hers as the natural tartness of the yoghurt shone through the intense but not-too-sweet syrup and the vivid freshness of the dish was palpable. Britton lists Gingerboy, Bottega, and Maha on her résumé. She’s been at Gertrude Street Enoteca for the past four years and its co-owner, Brigitte Hafner, generously offered her to the owners of The Prince – Philip Rich, Michael McNamara and Alex Wilcox – long-time friends, when she learnt they were opening a wine bar. Hafner is consulting on the menu, which is Italian-themed and wine-sensitive, and Britton is using many of the recipes perfected in the tiny kitchen in Gertrude Street. It’s soon to be Britton’s baby and she cooks like a young woman ready for this kind of motherhood. The menu changes weekly, but classics such as the vitello tonnato are fixtures, and another example of simple finesse. The thinly sliced, meltingly tender just-cold veal is coated with a superb tuna-enhanced mayonnaise – smooth, creamy with well-balanced and carefully infused flavours – scattered with tiny caper buds and some lemon zest. It’s topped with a nest of vividly fresh rocket and whisper-thin shavings of parmesan. Britton’s lamb Abbachio alla Romana, offered as a

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special, was noteworthy too. The milk-fed lamb, cooked low and long with quality white wine, fresh herbs and tomatoes was finished with parmesan and fresh breadcrumbs. It was a delicately textured, robustly flavoured dish, served with creamy slices of potato. Our lovely host didn’t ignore my dining companion when it came to dessert either, offering a wedge of gorgeous crostata, an Italian baked ricotta tart with crumbly, buttery pastry and enlivened with candied orange peel, roasted pine nuts and sultanas soaked in marsala.

More to like about Bellota (if all that wine, delightful service and fine cooking aren’t enough) is its astute procurement of cheese, crustaceans and charcuterie. Pacific rock oysters from Pristine Oyster Farm in Coffin Bay are shucked to order. The cheese selection boasts Comte (aged hard-cooked, Gruyere style from France) and Piave (Italian semi-hard cow’s milk, aged 12 months). Freshly sliced cold meats might comprise salumi such as Gamekeepers wagyu bresaola and delicacies such as Lupi Culatello di Parma prosciutto from Italy, or Jamon Iberico Puro de Bellota from Spain. If pondering that selection and potential wine-room wobble cause angst, there’s a smart little wine list and the fabulous Ms Turner to get you through. The floor team here is led by Sylvain Taupenas (ex Vue de Monde) and there is some obvious inexperience in the room. But I’m sure that young man has been selected as someone who will watch and learn. The Prince ownership trio has been together for nine years and long considered opening a wine bar and a place to hold its Wine and Spirit Education Trust courses. The renovation of the terrace, which had been used as offices, includes an impressive, modern kitchen, an airy upstairs space for vinous learning and smartly appointed bathrooms. A pleasant bathroom earns a final tick of approval. \ To read more reviews

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THE ETHICS OF STYLE SUSTAINABLE FASHION EXHIBITION The Melbourne-based internationally renowned fashion and editorial illustrator Megan Hess has received a bit of press lately for her recent work for The New York Times bestseller, Sex and The City. But it seems her sister, Kerrie Hess, is also an incredible illustrator in her own right. The Light Factory Gallery is hosting its biggest exhibition of the year, which will include Kerrie Hess’ work, as well as other exciting Australian fashion illustrators and three sustainable fashion designers. ■ The Light Factory Gallery, 21 Brougham Street, Eltham. Until July 21, Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-4.30pm. 9439 1206.



RED CHAIR FREE TALK: RACHEL HENNESSY Melbourne-based author Rachel Hennessy was recently granted a Hot Desk Fellowship at The Wheeler Centre, and has been lauded for her most recent title The Heaven I Swallowed, which was runner-up in The Australian/Vogel Award. She has been invited to host one of Montsalvat’s popular Red Chair free

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HEALTH AND WELL-BEING EXPO: THE ALTERNATIVE WAY The City of Whittlesea has organised this health forum with the elderly in mind. It should be an opportunity for seniors to learn about and try well-known options for maintaining and improving their health. Examples include tai chi, laughter yoga, pet therapy, aromatherapy, and drumming and art workshops. Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased over the phone. In conjunction with the expo, the council will be launching “Let’s Get Physical – Active Seniors’ Guide” which lists low-cost weekly classes and activities for elderly residents. ■ Epping Memorial Hall, 827 High Street, Epping. June 27, 10am-2pm. 9407 5913.




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My favourite part of school … the extra-curricular activities are awesome. I also really love being a house leader, working with students from the different year levels. Greensborough College also offers excellent leadership opportunities across all year levels and it is fun to be involved.

My community involvement includes … netball coaching, netball umpiring, calisthenics coaching, and an annual “Politicians breast cancer tournament that I umpire and play in. can always

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The least fun part of school is … the pressure of year 12. When I finish school I want to be … a primary school teacher. Apart from class work, at school I enjoy … organising various house events, spending time with all my friends, coaching sports teams and working with teachers and peers. I really enjoy being the Cooper senior house leader and (I enjoyed) our school trip when we went hiking in Nepal during the last school holidays.

My main responsibilities in these roles are … umpiring, playing, coaching, motivating and being a positive role model.

I enjoy community work because … you get something back, as much as you give, sometimes more. I like working with the younger kids, who I coach. When I’m not volunteering, in my spare time I … study, do calisthenics and play netball. Mostly I focus on school and spending time with my family and friends. Are Australians volunteering enough? They are but their involvement is not promoted or publicised enough.



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Motoring \ Rod Easdown choosEs his favouREd fuEl


Mazda CX5 2.5 What is it? A CX5 that goes. What’s in it? A 138-kilowatt 2.5-litre with a six-speed auto. is it thirsty? I used 10 litres per 100 kilometres in the city, 8.2 in the country. The official combined figure is 7.4.


t is generally agreed among people such as me, people who drive a different car every week and never hesitate to share our opinions with anyone in the vicinity, that the Mazda CX5 is the best in its class. And the pick of the CX5s has always been the diesel. The 2.0-litre petrol just wasn’t up to the task of hauling all that bulk around. The reason was not only because it lacked power (113 kilowatts is quite modest in a vehicle of this size) but also because it was connected to an auto gearbox so single-mindedly calibrated for fuel economy that the brave little motor never really got a the cx-5 is chance to wake up. comfortable The diesel, with more power and and a heap of torque, was thus much well-made more pleasant to drive. Mazda has done something about that, but instead of recalibrating the gearbox and sacrificing an extra measure of the world’s non-renewable resources, it has shoved in a bigger 2.5-litre, with 138 kilowatts and response; the diesel is strong, willing and on tap. The gearbox calibration remains the surprisingly agile. Both are way better than same (but is much less noticeable) and there’s the old 2.0-litre. an auto start/stop to save a millilitre of fuel Let me put it like this: if you’re into the act here and there. of driving, you’ll be happier in the 2.5-litre Those with a social conscience should petrol. But then you’ll be even happier in a note that the 2.0-litre is still available, but sports car, so why are you buying an SUV? If in all-wheel-drive the choice is between the you want a fuss-free, minimal compromise 2.5-litre petrol and the diesel. Having driven SUV, then go for the diesel; the economy is both extensively, I can tell you it’s a close terrific. thing. In the diesel I used 8 litres per 100 The petrol motor has delightful flexibility kilometres in the city, 6.5 in the country. The

economy of the 2.5-litre petrol isn’t at all bad but it’s nowhere near this. The CX5 is comfortable, well made and quite compact for an SUV, despite having good interior space all around. It drives nicely, with long legs in the country and good ride quality, along with perfectly adequate handling, although it does tend to top-heaviness. It’s also nicely equipped, nicely finished and good value. Top of its class. \


thumbs up Great build quality, comfort and flexibility. thumbs DoWn it’s still not as good as the diesel CX5 and the auto start/stop is rough. * These are manufacturer’s list prices.

thinGs you DiDn’t knoW about motorinG ... Petrol gauges appeared in cars only in the early 1920s. Before then drivers had to guess how much was left.






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best green belt

properties agents index Barry Plant Bundoora


Barry Plant diamond Creek


Barry Plant eltham, ivanhoe & rosanna


BuCkingham & Co


darren Jones




hoCking stuart


Jellis Craig


kingsFord ProPerty


love real estate




morrison kleeman


nelson alexander


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editorial suBmissions ProPerty editor \ maria harris m \ 0409 009 766

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dePuty ProPerty editor \ Jo davy \ 0411 388 365 writers \ liam Carter BianCa villarosa emma houghton advertising inQuiries regional sales manager \ Jason williams m \ 0422 145 390 The real estate cover story (right), We Love It property reviews on the following pages have been visited by TWR journalists. Agents’ Choices and Out of Town are promotions provided by the selling agent.

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final word “a breathtaking, modern-day owner-built home where quality, imagination, functionality and style have been powerfully incorporated.” John Haley – agent Barry Plant \ 9431 1222

Price \ $1.5 million +

sale by set date \ July 9 at 6pm

Fast facts \ 4046-square metre block; new 746-square metre house; eight-car garage; workshop with studio and kitchenette; two bedrooms with en suites; stone and Smeg kitchen with butler’s pantry; home cinema; rumpus; study; outdoor entertainment area; stunning stone fireplace; 10,000-litre water tanks. Plenty \ 21kms from city

GREENSBOROUGH \ 35 Booyan CresCent


ntil not long ago, Plenty was a little-known place hidden halfway between suburban St Helena and rural Yarrambat. Where the golf course had put Yarrambat on the map, Plenty remained almost intentionally out of the spotlight. At the general store, the shopkeeper knew customers’ names, and at the tennis and football clubs, kids would play on teams with the kids they took the school bus with each day. Over post-match barbecues, locals might let you in on the secret of where you could find the brilliant blue mineral lake in Yellow Gum Park, but only if you were lucky. Today, it’s not the simple life, but the high life, that you can expect in Plenty. New planning laws – which allowed land to be subdivided into 4046-square metre blocks – attracted a flurry of interest and development to this once-sleepy part of the world. The prospect of building a dream home on a big block in the green wedge proved popular among Melbourne’s well-heeled. So they came for a life among the trees. The millionaires’ mansions that today line the landscape have put Plenty front and centre as a postcode of choice. The aptly named Grange Avenue is one of Plenty’s newer blue-chip boulevards. It is home to large and luxurious houses spread out among the old river gums. No. 25 has just been completed. With 745 square metres of space under roof, the house is larger than most residential blocks. You can smell the money, alongside the fresh paint, as you step inside. The house impresses instantly with high ceilings that only a mansion would have. Although devoid of ornate cornices or ceiling roses, the ceiling heights give the house an amazingly luxurious appeal. The ceilings dwarf the king-size bed in the main bedroom. Perhaps better described as a presidential suite, the bedroom has a dressing room of almost comparable size. It also has a private patio and en suite with a freestanding stone bath, twin vanities and double shower. The other three bedrooms, all at least 14 square metres each, are hidden from the parents in another zone. The largest of these bedrooms has an en suite and walk-in wardrobe, while the others share a central bathroom with bath and separate powder room. The family-sized laundry and covered drying area are conveniently nearby. While noteworthy, it’s not really the accommodation at this property that demands your attention. This house was built to share with – and show off to – guests, who may be reluctant to leave. The entrance hall guides visitors up the stairs to the truly expansive living and entertainment hub. Although modern, the space has been beautifully dressed from top-to-toe. The exquisite grey tiles remind of a stately French country house. The beautifully crafted rock wall surrounds of the fireplace takes you all the way to Aspen. The space is served by a stylish kitchen with stone benches, Smeg appliances and a butler’s pantry with second sink. What’s more, the hub is wrapped in windows and flooded with light. Clerestory windows offer views of the gums. With a block this size, having a house as big as this makes so much sense. Here, you never have to worry about looking straight into your neighbour’s window or feel guilty about robbing the kids of outdoor play space. From the north-facing outdoor entertainment area, you can’t even see the back fence. The block stretches back up the hill and is flush in age-old trees. A mansion wouldn’t be a mansion without such beautiful grounds. Nor would it be a mansion without a full home cinema, a rumpus room, study, workshop, studio and eight-car garage. \ LIAM CARTER




wE LOvE It Darren Jones \ 9432 2544 Price \ $420,000 – $480,000 Sale by Fixed Date \ July 1 at 7pm This elevated, three-bedroom house has several living areas and can easily accommodate a growing family. The L-shaped formal living and dining area is off the entrance. It has cream-coloured carpet, timber vaulted ceilings and opens onto a balcony. The informal living area, with pale-pink tiles, looks out to the backyard. The timber kitchen overlooks the meals space, which opens onto decking. This covered outdoor zone has a spa. The backyard offers space for the kids to play and there’s a cubby house. Back inside, there’s a rumpus room downstairs. It has exposed-brick walls and a wet bar. The main bedroom has built-in wardrobes and an en suite. Two other bedrooms, with pale-green walls and built-in wardrobes, share a separate toilet and a bathroom. Other features include ducted heating and underhouse storage. Set in the Apollo Parkways Estate, the property is close to shops, schools and the Plenty River trail. \ BIANCA VILLAROSA






BELLFIELD \ 36 Wilkinson CresCent

Hocking Stuart \ 9499 5611

Price \ $540,000 – $560,000

Sale by Negotiation

If you’ve been looking to downsize or are a first home buyer, then this three-bedroom townhouse could be just what you’ve been looking for. It has been recently completed and has never been lived in. The only thing left for you to do is tend to the garden. The open-plan main living area has bamboo floors, white-coloured walls and square-set ceilings. The kitchen has CaesarStone benchtops, a Smeg oven, plenty of cupboard space and a large pantry. Sliding doors from the living area and meals space lead onto a covered deck and the backyard, where there’s room for a veggie patch. All three bedrooms, with charcoal-coloured carpet and built-in wardrobes, are upstairs. The main bedroom is the pick of the bunch. It’s the biggest and is next door to the bathroom, which has a shower with a rainhead, bathtub and additional storage. Other features include a lock-up single-car garage and heating and cooling. The house is minutes from Northland Shopping Centre, La Trobe University and transport. \ BIANCA VILLAROSA





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WaTTLE gLEN \ 11 Bateson Road Wattle Glen is a tightly held pocket of Melbourne, and it’s easy to see why. The blocks are big, the houses offer a high level of privacy and local visitors include kangaroos and birdlife. Designed by Ross Henry, this north-facing house was built 35 years ago and has never changed hands. Set at the end of a no-through road, Finchley Manor covers 1½ hectares. Two distinct living zones open to covered outdoor areas. The designated outdoor entertainment zone can be reached from the main hub of the house. It has timber-lined cathedral ceilings and clerestory windows. The renovated kitchen has 2pac cabinetry and overlooks the meals area. Double doors separate the nucleus of the house from the parents’ retreat. It has an open fireplace and opens to a private outdoor area. The main bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and an en suite. Three other bedrooms, with built-in wardrobes, are at the other end of the house. They share a separate toilet and an updated bathroom. A study can be set up as a guest bedroom. The property has a double carport and lots of off-street parking. There’s also three fenced paddocks, a chicken coop, vegetable garden and a fruit orchard with apple, grapefruit and pear trees. Wattle Glen Primary School and Wattle Glen station are nearby. \ BIANCA VILLAROSA







Morrison Kleeman \ 9431 2444

Price \ $790,000 +

LOWER PLENTY \ 1/179 Main Road

Auction \ June 29 at 1pm



Darren Jones 9432 2544 3





Barry Plant Eltham 9431 1222 6



21 Collingrove Crescent, Doreen ................................................................. Price: $340,000 - $380,000 ................................................................. EOI Closing July 8 at 7pm ................................................................. OFI Sat 11-11.30am .................................................................

6 Paphos Court, Plenty ................................................................. Price: POA ................................................................. Sale by Negotiation ................................................................. OFI By appointment .................................................................

This family house is just a kilometre from schools, childcare and all the benefits of Laurimar Village, offering a lifestyle of comfort and convenience.

A remarkable lifestyle paradise on more than two hectares, this inviting Englehart house offers 55 squares of luxury living with many special features.

Let's eat lunch @ Laurimar Café, 25 Hazel Glen Drive Let's eat dinner @ Uday Indian Restaurant, 95 Hazel Glen Drive Let's drink coffee @ Bean About, 95 Hazel Glen Drive

Let's eat lunch @ Rivers of Yarrambat, 28 Kurrak Road Let's eat dinner @ Cielo Blue, 206 Yan Yean Road Let's drink coffee @ Urban Grooves Café, 99 Grimshaw Street

Buckingham & Company \ 9435 0999 Price \ $360,000 + Sale by Tender \ Closing July 9 at 6pm The owners of this petite beauty treasured their first house, and rightly so. It’s the ideal home for young families or perfect for those seeking to downsize. It opens to the generous lounge, which leads through an arched doorway to the meals area, which is flooded with natural light, and is connected to the newly appointed kitchen. It has stainless-steel appliances, a walk-in pantry and a well co-ordinated colour scheme. The two bedrooms are large and have built-in wardrobes. They are close to the updated bathroom. There is a separate toilet, as well as a laundry. The back courtyard is easy to maintain and well-kept. There is ducted heating and reverse-cycle cooling and heating, as well as storage space. Extra space to fit another car in front of the garage, as well as visitors’ parking, adds convenience. It’s walking distance to shops, buses, Montmorency station, schools and parks. \ PRISCILLA MOCA






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lOwEr plENty \ 3 MontpeLieR dRive The winding driveway up to this four-bedroom house creates the feeling of a bush estate and, once ensconced inside, it proves to be a private hilltop refuge. The wonderful bush surrounds are highlighted throughout the house with well-positioned windows and a glass-enclosed central atrium. The use of exposed-brick feature walls and natural timbers enhance the harmonious interaction between indoors and outdoors. An elevated first-floor entry is from a wraparound deck. A tiled living and dining room is made cosy by a large gas log fireplace set in an exposed-brick wall. The external wall of windows is complemented by the central atrium that further brightens the space. A large rumpus room with a bar is heated by a wood-burning fire. The kidney-shaped pool has brick-paved surrounds complete with a built-in barbecue can be accessed through the rumpus room. In the kitchen, timber cabinetry has a limewashed appearance, while a Franke gas stove, Miele dishwasher and Westinghouse wall oven add easy functionality. The two bedrooms on this level are zoned with a main bathroom and laundry. Downstairs, another two bedrooms share a living room and a bathroom. This lower ground floor is perfect for teenagers. There is easy access to schools, public transport and parklands should you choose to leave the hill. \ EMMA HOUGHTON






Fletchers \ 9430 1111

Price \ $860,000 – $980,000

Expressions of Interest \ Closing July 9



Miles Real Estate 9497 3222 3



27 St Hellier Street, Heidelberg Heights ................................................................. Price: $490,000 - $540,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday July 13 at noon ................................................................. OFI Wed 5.15-5.45pm; Sat 11-11.30am .................................................................



Morrison Kleeman Eltham 9431 2444 3



1a Andrews Street, Eltham ................................................................. Price: $500,000 - $550,000 ................................................................. For sale ................................................................. OFI Sat 2.30-3pm .................................................................

Jellis Craig \ 9481 6800

Price \ $600,000 – $650,000

Auction \ June 29 at 2pm

Tucked behind an attractive fence is this gorgeous Federation-inspired house set at the front of the block. Fresh from a new lick of paint and new carpet, it has a stylish neutral colour scheme. Three bedrooms line the south wall of the house. The main bedroom has an en suite and walk-in wardrobe, and the other two bedrooms also have spacious built-in wardrobes. The living room is generously sized and has full-length windows and glass doors, which lead out to the front courtyard. It adjoins the meals area, which connects to the rear modern kitchen. The well-lit kitchen has plenty of bench space, and leads through to a large laundry or utility room. The bathroom is pretty and spacious. There’s a double garage and low-maintenance rear courtyard, as well as ducted heating and air-conditioning to ensure year-round comfort. It’s close to local primary and high schools, Ivanhoe station and the bus, Darebin Creek parklands and a leisurely stroll to Ivanhoe shops and the Ivanhoe Aquatic Centre. \ PRISCILLA MOCA


This stylish modern 1950s house has a smartly renovated kitchen, updated bathroom, a low-maintenance garden and a two-car carport.

This renovated, character-filled weatherboard will impress. On 732sqm (approx) of landscaped gardens, the extras include a garden shed and ducted heating.

Let's eat lunch @ Fish n Chips, 39 Southern Road Let's eat dinner @ Jade Kingdom, 235 Waiora Road Let's drink coffee @ Scooters, 133 Lwr Plenty Road

Let's eat lunch @ Volumes, 70 Commerical Place Let's eat dinner @ Hamlets, 720 Main Road Let's drink coffee @ Pierross, 5/9 Dudley Street




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mAcLeOd \ 18 Breckenridge Place The residents of the Springthorpe Estate love it for its green spaces, community atmosphere and its proximity to schools, public transport and shops. This four-bedroom Darnley Homes house is also at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac surrounded by parkland. Its family-friendly credentials include a floor plan of multiple living zones, an easy entertainment environment and a location with no-through-traffic with bike and walking tracks on its doorstop. A grey rendered façade is softened by landscaped greenery and the use of timber in its double garage door and fencing. A large formal lounge and dining room is carpeted and has french doors to a side garden. Long vertical windows provide bush views dominated by towering eucalypts. A rear kitchen, meals and living area is a contemporary space with polished floorboards, white interiors and walls of windows to its north-facing aspect. The central kitchen has stone benchtops, stainless-steel Smeg appliances and a walk-in pantry. The dining area gets a corner position. A carpeted rumpus room provides a third living space that also has a north-facing aspect. The undercover patio is a pleasant private setting screened by greenery. The four bedrooms upstairs include a main with walk-in wardrobe and an en suite with a double vanity. \ EMMA HOUGHTON






Miles \ 9497 3222

Price \ $950,000 – $1 million

ALPHINGTON \ 3/2 Miller Street

Barry Plant \ 9499 7992

Price \ $550,000 +

Auction \ June 29 at 1pm

One of four units, this two-bedroom contemporary residence offers low-maintenance living and a high level of comfort. Positioned towards the rear of the block, it’s well away from the tree-lined street and is extremely quiet. The modern unit has a practical open-plan design and a neutral colour scheme. The front tiled lounge has floor-to-ceiling windows and it looks out to a north-facing courtyard. A high fence ensures maximum privacy and there’s room to entertain; a bonus given there are three other residences on the block. The kitchen is nearby and has a tiled splashback, Blanco oven and two skylights. It overlooks the meals area. The two large bedrooms, with timber floors and built-in wardrobes, are upstairs. They each open onto a balcony. Both bedrooms have en suites, which offer a frameless glass shower and mosaic-tile detailing. Additional features include block-out blinds, a powder room, full laundry and under-stair storage. Alphington station, Ivanhoe shops and private schools are nearby. \ BIANCA VILLAROSA






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Private sale

HEIDELBERG WEST 1-4/25 Timor Parade

4 Imposing Townhouses

Stamp Duty Savings While Under Construction.




In an outstanding location, minutes to LaTrobe University, Northland Shopping Complex, Haig Street Primary and NMIT Heidelberg Campus. Featuring: -Unit 1: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, street frontage

-Unit 2: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, street frontage

-Unit 3: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

-Unit 4: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

Great first home/investment opportunity to purchase one or more of these quality townhouses. 1st Home Owners Grant Available T.A.P FOR SALE PRICE CONTACT

From $349,500 Arthur Torpatzis 0419 353 440 LOVE Reservoir 307 Spring Street ph: 9460 6511

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IVANHOE 8 Buchanan Street EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY SETTING Impeccably renovated with sympathetic modern style, this distinguished Rockbeare Park Edwardian presents premium up to four bedroom accommodation amid fully landscaped surroundings. A commanding presence overlooking leafy views to Kew, generous single level proportions offer gracious family living and entertaining in an environment defined by rich traditional character, superior stone finishes and multiple alfresco spaces. Includes high decorative ceilings, ornate leadlight features, ducted heating/ cooling and vacuum.

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Saturday 13th July at 2.00pm


By Appointment


997 m2 approx.


James Davis 0405 687 817 Damien Carter 0438 850 166


9497 3222 | 9459 5666

3 1 2 2

EAGLEMONT 103 The Eyrie FAMILY REFINEMENT IN AN ICONIC LOCATION A superb tribute to the enduring family appeal of 1930s quality, style and space that showcases a renovation of absolute perfection, this outstanding 4BR solid brick residence perfectly befits its esteemed address on the corner of The Righi. A glorious landscaped garden setting, Art Deco splendor and craftsmen-built enrichment complement a prestigious location near private schools.


Saturday 20th July at 2.00pm




Thu 4:30-5pm, Sat 12-12:30pm


Damien Carter 0438 850 166 Gordon Whale 0419 335 459


9497 3222 | 9459 5666

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IVANHOE 19 Abercorn Avenue SINGLE LEVEL CHARM ENSURES SUCCESS Immaculately presented two bedroom spaces offer exciting low maintenance lifestyle advantages in this appealing 1940´s delight just meters from Darebin Creek parklands and walking trails. On a sunny 348 sqm approx. corner, perfectly peaceful surroundings enjoy brilliant northern light, a modernised kitchen and bathroom, easily managed garden and shared carport.


Saturday 29th June at 11.00am




Thu 4:30-5pm, Sat 10:30-11am


James Davis 0405 687 817 Helen Witchell 0413 741 158


9497 3222 | 9459 5666

MACLEOD 18 Breckenridge Place

For Sale

SPRINGTHORPE - UNRIVALLED FAMILY EXCELLENCE Surrounded by adjoining parkland, this elegant four bedroom plus study contemporary residence beautifully showcases an exceptional family living and entertaining environment where serene bush land views complement an exclusive Springthorpe location just a short walk from Country Club amenities, Macleod Station, bus links and La Trobe University.


9497 3222 | 9459 5666

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Wed 5:15-5:45pm, Sat 11-11:30am


Sue Lacey 0412 898 202 Paul Carbone 0418 541 169

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HEIDELBERG 11 Cleve Grove PERFECTION IN A PRIZED POCKET An outstanding landscaped rear garden and sun-drenched terrace with views provide exceptional alfresco entertaining options for this impeccably renovated 4BR, 2 bathroom residence. Close to schools, Burgundy Street, parklands, trains and medical precinct featuring elegant sitting room, open-plan living and dining, excellent kitchen (Smeg appliances and dual-drawer dishwasher), ducted heating, refrigerated cooling, raintanks and remote-control double garage.

HEIDELBERG HEIGHTS 50 Myrtle Street THE EXCEPTION RATHER THAN THE RULE Establishing a local benchmark in executive style family living, this sleek and stylish builders own residence presents a flawless collection of contemporary spaces specifically designed for the discerning low maintenance lifestyle seeker. An extraordinary commitment to quality has created an immediately superior living and entertaining environment individually defined by such luxuries as CBD skyline views, stone finishes, smeg appointments, including a four car garage/ workshop and alfresco entertaining with Jacuzzi.


Saturday 29th June at 2.00pm




Thu 5:15-5:45pm, Sat 1:30-2pm


680 m2 approx.


Damien Carter 0438 850 166 Sue Lacey 0412 898 202


9497 3222 | 9459 5666




Saturday 6th July at 11.00am




Thu 5:15-5:45pm, Sat 12-12:30pm


James Davis 0405 687 817 Damien Carter 0438 850 166


9497 3222 | 9459 5666

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Saturday 13th July at 12.00pm

SUNNY SPACE AND STYLE Stylish modern function takes full advantage of a northeast corner position in this single level three bedroom 1950´s home just minutes from Burgundy Street, Zone 1 transport, the Hospital precinct and La Trobe Uni. Includes spacious living and dining, smartly renovated kitchen & updated bathroom, low maintenance garden, shed and remote double carport.




Wed 5:15-5:45pm, Sat 11-11:30am


532 m2 approx.


Gordon Whale 0419 335 459 Paul Carbone 0418 541 169


9497 3222 | 9459 5666


Saturday 20th July at 12.00pm



HEIDELBERG HEIGHTS 3 Sackville Street CLASSIC COMFORT WITH AN EYE TO THE FUTURE Peaceful on a wide, tree lined street, this delightful two bedroom home´s bright, carefully maintained proportions offer immediately comfortable first home or single level investment accommodation. Nestled within a manicured 594 sqm (approx) garden an impressive frontage precedes gracious sitting and dining domains, a spacious original kitchen featuring abundant storage and family meals zone, an updated bathroom, separate rear studio, polished timber floors, lock up garage and abundant gated off street parking.

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Sat 10-10:30am


594 m2 approx.


Brad Pearce 0409 679 414 Paul Carbone 0418 541 169


9459 5666 | 9497 3222

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ROSANNA 37 Ellesmere Parade FLAWLESS FAMILY FUNCTIONALITY OPPOSITE PARKLANDS Position, proportion and stylish presentation are brilliantly brought together with effortless family entertaining in this renovated c. 1950 home close to the Village, trains and local schools. Impeccable proportions include main bedroom with WIR/ ensuite, ILVE stone kitchen, covered alfresco patio, landscaped garden, remote double garage, roller carport, off street parking.

IVANHOE 1/58 St Elmo Road

Saturday 13th July at 11.00am




Thu 2:30-3pm, Sat 2-2:30pm


750 m2 approx.


Brad Pearce 0409 679 414 Greg Taylor 0409 090 611


9459 5666 | 9497 3222

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IVANHOE 6/45 St Elmo Road

FAMILY CHARACTER, SUBSTANTIAL LIVING, 569 M2 APPROX. Extensive family accommodation on a surprisingly spacious allotment defines the exceptional appeal of this superb 4BR and study double-storey 1920s residence commanding impressive street presence on a block of only two. For Sale Inspect Thu 3:30-4pm, Sat 2-2:30pm Contact James Davis 0405 687 817


ESR $1,200,000 Office 9497 3222 | 9459 5666 Damien Carter 0438 850 166

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SPOILT FOR CHOICE Located in an envied location, this apartment is walking distance to Ivanhoe´s shopping strip. This tastefully refurbished two bedroom apartment comprises an updated bathroom, spacious lounge/dining with heating, contemporary kitchen and car space. Auction Inspect Contact

Saturday 20th July at 1.00pm Thu 5:15-5:45pm, Sat 11-11:30am Paul Carbone 0418 541 169

ESR $390,000-$430,000 Office 9459 5666 | 9497 3222 Damien Carter 0438 850 166

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ROSANNA 58A Greville Road

VIEWBANK 4 Haystack Place

SECLUDED, SECURE & SPACIOUS OASIS Large proportions, security and privacy, great views, impressive garden, exclusive block and perfect position all contribute to the well-rounded appeal of this superbly-maintained 3BR, 2 bathroom home. Footsteps to shops, schools, transport and River Gum Walk.

FINE FAMILY DISCOVERY IN PRIZED COLLEGE ZONE An idyllic location ensures that this delightful 3BR, 2 bathroom residence is an excellent choice. A generous, light-filled, family home featuring study or 4th BR, living room, family meals area, quality kitchen, ducted heating, evaporative cooling and carport.

ESR $580,000-$630,000 Office 9459 5666 | 9497 3222 Brad Pearce 0409 679 414

Auction Inspect Contact

Saturday 29th June at 11.00am Thu 4:30-5pm, Sat 10:30-11am John Levingston 0410 978 144

ESR $530,000-$560,000 Office 9459 5666 | 9497 3222 Brad Pearce 0409 679 414


Saturday 29th June at 12.00pm Thu 5:15-5:45pm, Sat 11:30-12pm John Levingston 0410 978 144


Auction Inspect Contact

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VIEWBANK 2/92-94 Winston Road

SINGLE LEVEL FAMILY SURPRISE Beautifully bright and spacious, this home boasts generous four bedroom proportions in an easy single level format just meters from Olympic and Darebin Creek parkland. Additional highlights; low maintenance garden, alarm, ducted heating and cooling.

PERFECTION, PRIVACY & PEACE OF MIND This modern 3BR, 2 bathroom townhouse enjoys an excellent position with auto gates, video intercom, central heating, A/C, alarm, ducted vacuum, kitchen with European appliances, living, dining, outstanding north-facing deck and alfresco area, auto DLUG.

Auction Inspect Contact

Saturday 29th June at 12.00pm Thu 5:15-5:45pm, Sat 11:30-12pm Stewart Oldmeadow 0412 119 277

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ESR $470,000-$510,000 Office 9497 3222 | 9459 5666 Peter Scott 0459 223 994

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Auction Inspect Contact

Saturday 29th June at 1.00pm Thu 3:30-4pm, Sat 12:30-1pm John Levingston 0410 978 144

ESR $440,000-$470,000 Office 9459 5666 | 9497 3222 Brad Pearce 0409 679 414

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HEIDELBERG WEST 35-37 Mologa Road TIME TO STEP UP! A quality office/warehouse of 885 sqm (approx) with land area of 1,347 sqm (approx). Perfectly located in this tightly held estate, the property is in excellent condition throughout, offering ample office accommodation, good natural light and generous on-site parking for 9 cars. Zoned Industrial 1. Well designed for a variety of uses. To be offered with Vacant Possession.


Thursday 18th July at 3.00pm


By Appointment


Paul Evans 0408 144 181 Damian Wilson 0414 339 733


9497 3222


IVANHOE 1/9 Langs Road




Easy Ivanhoe At Its Most Inspiring This attractive 3 bedroom (WIR), 2 bathroom front villa unit is a sheer delight slotting perfectly into a friendly street with its Federationinspired façade and glorious garden frontage. Offers heating, cooling, north courtyard and DLUG. Walk to blue chip amenities.

Auction Inspect

Saturday 29th June at 2pm Thursday 6-6.30pm & Saturday from 1.30pm Estimate $600,000 - $650,000 Contact Rod Watson 0407 848 599 Anthony Lapadula 0401 655 005 Office Northcote 9481 0633

MONTMORENCY 78 Buena Vista Drive




Serene Surrounds and Spectacular Views Blending perfectly with its bush surrounds while offering great functionality and balanced separation, this home comprises multiple living areas including a Rumpus/Teen Retreat. Close to schools, transport and the Montmorency Village shops.

Auction Inspect Estimate Land Contact Office

Saturday 29th June at 2pm Thurs 12-12.30 & Sat from 1.30 $410,000-$450,000 708 sq. metres approx. Chris Savvides 0417 599 664 Matt Van Schaik 0438 167 827 Doncaster 9851 3888 june 26, 2013 \ The weekly review 33

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GREENSBOROUGH 136 Plenty River Drive Standing Proud In Ideal Family Location Affording breathtaking vistas from its elevated position, this family-friendly residence offers impressive street appeal on 670m2 (approx). The clever layout boasts three zoned living spaces including meals / family warmed by a Coonara wood heater, lounge / dining and upstairs kids´ retreat. Features include a large timber kitchen, good-sized laundry, upstairs laundry chute, polished timber floors, ducted heating and vacuum, evaporative cooling, ample storage and quality fittings and fixtures. Outside hosts a vast paved, under-cover entertainment area with relaxing spa gazebo, established gardens plus lock up garage. This private pocket is close to Greensborough´s schools, buses, shops and trains.

Saturday 13th July at 11:00am PRICE GUIDE

$580,000 - $650,000


Thursday 5:30 - 6:00pm & Saturday 11:30 - 12:00pm Photo ID required


Jeremy Cleaver 0403 199 511 Peter Don 0410 609 006 Eltham Office 9431 1222

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MACLEOD 61 Ernest Jones Drive Tranquil Park Aspect Springthorpe Home on 700m2 (approx) A statement in sophistication, this superb contemporary entertaining haven makes a lasting impression with its focus on alfresco living and generous proportions. With a highly sought after park-side aspect, features of the home include four bedrooms, two with built-in-robes (master with walk-in-robe and en-suite), study, bathroom, formal living and dining room, open plan kitchen and meals area, spacious family room, powder room, laundry and covered alfresco deck. Offering a relaxed family lifestyle, the property is within short walking distance to all Springthorpe Country Club´s facilities, parklands, shops and schools.

4 Tue 16th July at 6:00pm (unless sold prior) PRICE GUIDE

$890,000 - $990,000


Thursday 5:00 - 5:30pm & Saturday 9:45 - 10:15am Photo ID required


Alex Morgan 0401 524 119 Kieran Whaley 0410 587 072 Ivanhoe Office 9499 7992

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IVANHOE 85 Marshall Street Stunning Edwardian, Grand Proportions, Exclusive Locale Immediately inviting, this c1914 Edwardian home with prime Ivanhoe position, offers a delightful blend of modern comfort and classic period features all set on a 700m2 (approx) allotment. Inside you are welcomed by an arched hallway leading to three bedrooms, two of which include open fireplaces, the third with built-in-robe and desk. Additional features include the large lounge with box bay window and cosy open fireplace, open dining/family room, fully equipped kitchen, central family sized bathroom, separate laundry and private rear gardens. The property is within walking distance to trains, cafes, parks and elite private schools.

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


Thursday 4:15 - 4:45pm & Saturday 12:00 - 12:30pm Photo ID required


Alex Morgan 0401 524 119 Kieran Whaley 0410 587 072 Ivanhoe Office 9499 7992

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RESEARCH 35 Maroong Drive A Real Surprise Packet! See it to fully appreciate it! Zoned living and accommodation areas, stunning views, landscaped gardens and a peaceful, private sanctuary are all here! On over 1/3 acre, the property comprises separate lounge/ dining, family and rumpus rooms, 4 spacious bedrooms (master with en-suite), study, beautiful kitchen, magnificent deck affording treetop views plus double carport. Features include slate flooring, evaporative cooling, ducted heating, open fireplace, ducted vacuum, two water tanks (47,000 litres) and lots of storage. Close to shops, public transport, schools including Eltham College and Research Park is moments away.

4 Tue 16th July at 6:00pm (unless sold prior) INSPECT

Saturday 10:00 - 10:30am Photo ID required


John Haley 0417 352 312 Aaron Yeats 0400 067 024 Eltham Office 9431 1222

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ELTHAM 3 Falconhurst Court The Family Entertainer - Land Size 3389 (approx) An attractive family home offering more than just street appeal, this brick-veneer residence sits at the head of a quiet court on a manageable 3389m2 (approx) in a serene pocket. Not only does it cater for busy family living, it also presents a fantastic opportunity for guests, adult children or tradesperson with a separate studio and ample off-street parking for boat/caravan. Boasting 3 zoned living areas plus zoned bedrooms, modern granite kitchen, home office, alfresco entertaining, private patio and deck plus landscaped gardens with tree-house and 2 cubby-houses, it truly provides a wonderful family environment.

4 Saturday 13th July at 1:00pm



$580,000 - $630,000


Thursday 5:30 - 6:00pm & Saturday 12:30 - 1:00pm Photo ID required


Peter Don 0410 609 006 Jeremy Cleaver 0403 199 511 Eltham Office 9431 1222

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VIEWBANK 5 Clovelly Court Courtside & Family Friendly Living! In a peaceful, courtside setting opposite "Clovelly Park", lies this fabulous family home providing an imposing street presence and all the comfort you´ll ever need! Updated in all the right areas, this fresh, light and bright residence provides four spacious bedrooms (master with en-suite and parents retreat), family bathroom, downstairs study and powder room, generous kitchen/meals, lounge/dining room and remote double garage. Features include ducted heating, evaporative cooling, polished timber floors, a sensational alfresco area and extensive gardens. This superb family home awaits your inspection!

4 Tue 23rd July at 6:00pm (unless sold prior) PRICE GUIDE

$590,000 - $650,000


Saturday 2:00 - 2:30pm Photo ID required


Aaron Yeats 0400 067 024 John Haley 0417 352 312 Eltham Office 9431 1222

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BRIAR HILL 8 Law Street As Good As It Gets! There´s so much to enjoy here! The home comprises 3 bedrooms (master with en-suite), study, spacious lounge, large timber kitchen (walk-in pantry) and family room, whilst outside there is a double carport, very expansive flat back yard, plus a very comfy games room that can easily be converted back to a garage or workshop. Features include ducted heating, cooling, polished floors, plus extensive storage in the large loft. A superb position awaits with the peaceful environment and the convenience of public transport, schools, Greensborough Shopping Centre and Western Ring Road just moments away. Hurry to inspect!

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$510,000 - $560,000


Saturday 3:00 - 3:30pm Photo ID required


John Haley 0417 352 312 Aaron Yeats 0400 067 024 Eltham Office 9431 1222

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ALPHINGTON 3 / 2 Miller Street Mortgagee Auction Set in a boutique development this immaculate and ultra-modern, executive style two bedroom townhouse offers the most discerning buyer a low maintenance and convenient lifestyle. Downstairs comprises the north-facing, open plan living area (floor to ceiling windows) combined dining and kitchen area, separate laundry and powder room. Upstairs features two large bedrooms with built-in-robes with their own private en-suites and sunny balconies. Extras include north-facing courtyard, one off street car park and all this in close proximity to train stations, Station Street and Ivanhoe shopping, quality schools and parklands.


Wednesday 5:00 - 5:30pm & Saturday 1/2 hour prior to Auction Photo ID required


Alex Morgan 0401 524 119 Josh Saunders 0407 011 901 Ivanhoe Office 9499 7992

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BELLFIELD 145 Oriel Road

Prominent Position with Potential - Land 640m2 (approx) Neat, tidy and ready to occupy, this charming timber cottage provides entry, lounge (gas heating), kitchen/meals, two bedrooms, bathroom, laundry, split system A/C, rear deck, garage and more. Redevelopment potential (STCA).

Tue 2nd July at 6:00pm (unless sold prior) INSPECT CONTACT

Thur 1:00 - 1:30pm & Sat 12:00 - 12:30pm Photo ID required David Kelly 0410 426 311

Eltham 9431 1222 1022 Main Road

Ivanhoe 9499 7992

153 Upper Heidelberg Road

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Corner Opportunity In Ever Popular Location This well maintained residence offers excellent potential for future development (STCA) or ideal investment. Set on a corner 588m2 (approx) block it features spacious bedrooms, generous lounge, kitchen/meals, bungalow and garage.

Saturday 13th July at 11:00am PRICE GUIDE INSPECT CONTACT

Rosanna 9459 8111 131 Lower Plenty Road

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$420,000 - $460,000 Saturday 10:00 - 10:30am Photo ID required Thomas Bechelli 0413 181 461

Doreen 9717 8801

Shop 2, 101 Hazel Glen Drive

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ELTHAM 28 Kerrie Crescent

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Majesty and Charm in Secluded Pocket Boasting rustic charm, this family-friendly home promises peace and privacy on 818m2 (approx). It features bright living, timber floors, cathedral ceilings, mezzanine main bedroom, timber kitchen plus separate studio/home office.


ELTHAM 1 / 23 Cecil Street

Tue 16th July at 6:00pm (unless sold prior) PRICE GUIDE INSPECT CONTACT

Saturday 2:15 - 2:45pm Photo ID required Kim Jarvie-Pridham 0412 237 123

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Unparalleled Convenience and Style For unparalleled style and sophistication, this inviting modern townhouse cannot be overlooked. The property offers an easy carefree lifestyle with no sacrifice on quality, convenience or accommodation. Walk to all amenities. $580,000 - $640,000 Thur 4:00 - 4:30pm & Sat 2:00 - 2:30pm Photo ID required Tom Kurtschenko 0417 502 944 Romeo Rigoni 0412 126 646


IVANHOE 6/2 Salisbury Avenue Avail 28 Jun $260PW 1BR, living/dining, heating, gas cooking & OSP x1. Contact Jaci ELTHAM NORTH 14A Orchard Ave Avail NOW $300PW 2BR, w/mach, fridge, A/C & OSP. Utilities inc, no pets. Contact Bill MONT ALBERT 3/17 High Street Avail NOW $320PW 2BR, elec heater, lounge/living & single carport. Contact Louise MACLEOD 6/7 Strathallan Rd Avail NOW $340PW 3BR, PFBs, A/C & dble gge. No pets-gardener incl. Contact Bill DOREEN 1 Nash Grove Avail NOW $340PW 3BR, ensuite, study, D/H & single garage. Contact Amanda HEIDELBERG 1/148 Hawdon Street Avail 20 Jun $350PW 2BR, kit/meals, D/W, laundry & double garage. Contact Jaclyn ELTHAM 3/60 Bible Street Avail NOW $350PW 3BR, living, gas htd, A/C, shed & double garage. Contact Bill VIEWBANK 23 Myddleton Drive Avail NOW $370PW 3BR, living/OFP, D/W, D/H, alarm & tandem carport. Contact Di H’BERG HEIGHTS 4/7 Dresden St Avail 2 Jul $370PW 3BR unit, D/H, s/system & single garage. Contact Jaci DOREEN 7 Ballam Way Avail NOW $370PW 3BR, ensuite, entertaining area & double garage. Contact Amanda H’BERG HEIGHTS 72 Porter Road Avail 16 Jul $370PW 2BR, robes, sunroom, bungalow & single garage. Contact Di H’BERG HEIGHTS 75 Lloyd Street Avail NOW $380PW 3BR, lounge, kitchen gas cooking & single garage. Contact Jaci ELTHAM 8/36 Beard Street Avail NOW $390PW 3BR, wood fire, s/sys, FBs, D/W & single garage. Contact Sarah


ROSANNA 152 Rosanna Rd Avail NOW $390PW 4BR, 2 living areas, dining, PBs & single garage. Contact Meaghan H’BERG HEIGHTS 179 Waiora Road Avail NOW $390PW 3BR, lounge, kit/meals, D/H, A/C & shed. Contact Louise MERNDA 40 Geranium Grove Avail NOW $390PW 4BR, ensuite, D/H, cooling & double garage. Contact Amanda ELTHAM 21/167 Pitt Street Avail 1 Jul $415PW 3BR, ensuite, D/W, D/H, FBs & double garage. Contact Sarah H’BERG HEIGHTS 11 Myrtle Street Avail NOW $430PW 3BR, PFBs, new carpet, A/C, carport & OSP. Contact Steven ELTHAM 24 Beard Street Avail NOW $440PW 4BR, OFP, D/W,ensuite, D/H, & dble carport. No Pets. Contact Di H’BERG WEST 13 Ramu Parade Avail NOW $460PW 5BR, D/H, cooling, s/s appl & double carport. Contact Steven ROSANNA 9/218 Lwr Plenty Rd Avail NOW $495PW 3BR, D/H, ensuite, study area & tandem garage. Contact Jaclyn IVANHOE 1/3 Kenilworth Pd Avail NOW $495PW 3BR, s/s appl, s/sys, 2 car spaces & storage. Contact Steven VIEWBANK 19 Casey Crescent Avail 1 Aug $500PW Dble storey 3BR, ensuite, D/W, D/H & double garage. Contact Di ELTHAM 15A Glenister Dv Avail NOW $570PW New 3BR, ensuite, PFBs, D/H & single garage. Contact Sarah MACLEOD 4/84 Strathallan Rd Avail NOW $585PW 4BR, study, ensuite, D/H, s/s appl & garage. Contact Jaclyn MACLEOD 23 Gresswell Rd Avail NOW $700PW 4BR, D/H, A/C, PFBs & dble gge. Cntry Club Mship incl. Contact Di


ELTHAM 33 Brougham Street Avail NOW $7,800PA Office space approximately 25sqm, complete with one car space. Contact Steven H’BERG HEIGHTS 1/108 Bell Street Avail NOW $14,000PA 3 offices, approx 80sqm, communal kitchen & ample street parking. Tenant pays 50% electricity. Contact Steven ELTHAM 8/10-18 Arthur Street Avail 1 Jul $15,000PA Excellent 55sqm corner shop, sink, carpet & available for multiple uses. Figure excludes GST & Outgoings. Contact Steven WATSONIA 2A Lambourn Road Avail NOW $17,000PA Approx 65sqm office suite incl reception, storage, heat/cool & OSP. Rental figure incl Outgoings. Does not incl GST. Contact Steven MACLEOD 38 Springthhorpe Blvd Avail NOW $18,500PA Approx 80 sqm shop opposite Springthorpe CC, outdoor area, toilet & parking. Figure excludes GST & Outgoings. Contact Steven ELTHAM 4/13 Brougham Street Avail NOW $24,000PA Neat warehouse/office, 253sqm approx, large mezzanine area & 6 car spaces. Figure excludes GST & Outgoings. Contact Steven ELTHAM 736 Main Road Avail NOW $38,000PA Combined shop/dwelling (approx 165sqm) kit/lunchroom, heating/ cooling & OSPx8. Rental is plus GST & Outgoings. Contact Steven


Sarah Craigie 0409 945 774

Eltham 9431 1222 1022 Main Road

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Meaghan Fennell 0401 019 859

Ivanhoe 9499 7992

Jaclyn Pasquini 0412 249 576

153 Upper Heidelberg Road

Bill Diamantopoulos 0431 401 720

Rosanna 9459 8111 131 Lower Plenty Road

Louise Ericksen 0413 720 244

Amanda Dow 0437 011 495

Doreen 9717 8801

Shop 2, 101 Hazel Glen Drive

Jaci Underwood 0434 100 225

Steven Haigh 0401 241 070

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DIAMOND CREEK 38 Phipps Crescent

Neat as a Pin & Close to Everything With transport, schools and shops all within easy walking distance this home is sure to appeal to the astute buyer. Perfectly maintained over the years there is very little to do in this much loved family home. PRICE GUIDE INSPECT CONTACT

$410,000 - $450,000 Saturday 11:00 - 11:30am Photo ID required Justin Booth 0417 034 369 Robyn Johnson 0417 387 890


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DIAMOND CREEK 29 Main Street

Rose Cottage 100 + Years Old CUTE, COSY & AFFORDABLE! This original old cottage is very livable but will benefit with some TLC. The old country farmhouse was home to the areas early pioneers. A large garden makes good use of the block that´s approx 700m2.

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Tues 16th July @ 5pm (unless sold prior) PRICE GUIDE INSPECT CONTACT

$320,000 - $350,000 Saturday 10:00 - 10:30am Photo ID required Peter Koiker 0418 382 959 Warren Grace 0407 335 937

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Diamond Creek 9438 1133 62c Main Hurstbridge Road


Heidelberg Heights 1/17 Burns Court Ultimate Low Maintenance Lifestyle Package Peacefully located in a quiet cul-de-sac, this attractive freestanding home enjoys a stunning contemporary renovation with a favoured street frontage. Bright interiors with polished floors comprise large air-conditioned lounge & master bedroom, designer Blanco kitchen with plenty of storage opening to sunny family room incorporating casual meals, 3 bedrooms with modern family bathroom & laundry. Tranquil rear courtyard offers alfresco entertaining, remote garage & shady gardens. Comforts of ducted heating, A/C & quality appliances. Only 3 on the block with schools, transport & shops close by.

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Ivanhoe East 499 The Boulevard Rare Blend of Inner City Living with Peaceful Country Surrounds Buyers will be excited from the first impression of this unique offering, with captivating views into the distance & the endless opportunities that arise to call the prestigious â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Boulevardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; address home. With dual street frontages from The Boulevard & McCubbin Street the lucky purchaser will enjoy the peaceful surrounds of this exclusive pocket of Ivanhoe East, close to walking tracks, parklands & exclusive lifestyle. Surrounded by generously proportioned gardens the home offers large lounge, kitchen & dining area, 3 good sized bedrooms, main bathroom, separate laundry, triple car accommodation & storage area all on a prized allotment of 1096m2 approx. 44 The weekly review \ june 26, 2013

1096 (approx) > VIEW Thurs & Sat 1.00 - 1.30pm > AUCTION Sat 6th July - 12.00 noon > MEL REF 32 / B8

POA Ivanhoe 171 Upper Heidelberg Rd > TEL 9499 5611 Greensborough 106 Grimshaw St > TEL 9432 1988 > CONTACT Christopher Macey 0411 330 311 Nick Gibbs 0430 131 904 > EPR > OFFICE



8 Keith Court


With sensational indoor-outdoor options at hand, separate living areas and poolside entertaining, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wonderful environment that guarantees growing families a lifestyle they will cherish for many years to come, within close proximity to Eltham Township and Eltham College. Features: Three Bedrooms, Master bedroom with WIR & ensuite, Forth Bedroom/ Study, Formal lounge with cosy open fire, Formal dining room + sitting area, Blackwood kitchen (St George s/s stove), Family/meals area, Three more bedrooms, Fully tiled bathroom with spa bath, Vine draped alfresco entertaining, Solar heated IG pool, Ducted heating, Evap. Cooling, Auto 4-car garage/workshop & storage.




18 Albany Court

Quote Melway Contact Office Phone

$750,000 plus buyers 22:G4 Land size 4020m2 approx David McFarlane 0418 319 831 1004 Main Road, Eltham 9439 4022

AUCTION Saturday 20th July at 1.00pm

Making a stunning impression with its open plan design, stylish features and emphasis on outdoor entertaining, this engaging home has been totally transformed in a quiet cul-de-sac, handy to shops, schools, public transport & Elder Reserve. Flowing contemporary spaces spill onto an expansive undercover decking and landscaped garden to complement the modern-day family lifestyle and delight the entertainer at heart. Features: Open living and meals area, Updated s/s kitchen, lots of cupboards, Large family room linked with alfresco setting, Master bedroom (WIR & stylish ensuite), Two zoned bedrooms with BIRs, Study area, Modern family bathroom, Ducted heating, 3 split-system air-cons, Large single garage.

INSPECTION THURSDAY 6.00 - 6.30pm SATURDAY 12.00 - 12.30pm

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1/6 Batman Avenue

AUCTION Saturday 20th July at 11.00am

An elevated position with front verandah taking in the most appealing treed views, this duplex townhouse (no body corporate) is an instant draw card for low-maintenance conscious buyers or investors. The ease of its single level layout is defined by the light, bright appearance and open nature of its living area, complemented by a private courtyard for unwinding or socializing with access to shared grass court for tennis enthusiasts. Features: Bright open plan living/dining area, Adjoining solid timber kitchen, Master bedroom accessing large bathroom, Second bedroom with mirrored robes, Driveway to double garage, Ducted heating, R/C air-conditioner, Handy to Village shops, cafes & train station, Swim school and buses.

INSPECTION THURSDAY 5.00 - 5.30pm SATURDAY 2.00 - 2.30pm

Quote $360,000 plus buyers Melway 21:C3 Contact Sue Stone 0416 055 159 Stuart Buckingham 0411 743 336 Office 104 Grimshaw St, Greensborough Phone 9435 0999

Tender closing 2nd July @ 6.00pm ELTHAM NORTH


186 Zig Zag Road

SALE BY TENDER Closing Tuesday 2nd July at 6.00pm (Unless sold prior)

Magnificent 1.3 acre (approx) parklike grounds and scenic valley views are undeniable hallmarks of this family residence, guaranteeing an amazing lifestyle of space, comfort and serene country freedom, within the coveted St Helena Secondary School Zone. Features: Three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Large rumpus or 4th bedroom/home office, Formal lounge with open fire, Open family area to covered alfresco entertaining, Updated modern timber kitchen with Blanco 900mm stove, Ducted heating, R/C air-conditioner, Double iron gate entry to carport, IG lit salt chlorinated solar heated pool, Established gardens & variety of fruit trees, Approx 9m x 7mtr powered workshop with mezzanine, Monitored alarm system & more.

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Quote Melway Contact Office Phone

$840,000 - $950,000 12:B10 Land size 5360m2 approx Adam McWatters 0404 489 266 1004 Main Road, Eltham 9439 4022



76 Mayona Road

AUCTION Saturday 20th July at 2.00pm

Offering bright open plan living, this charming weatherboard presented in refreshed and serviceable condition holds strong appeal for first homebuyers and investors sitting in a convenient locale, a few doors up from St Francis Xavier primary school and walking distance to cosmopolitan Were Street and train station. Three bedrooms each with their own bathroom makes this charmer, with scope to stamp your style, ideal for families or tenants. Features: Fireside living/ dining & kitchen, Three bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, All bedrooms open to paved courtyard, Sizable yard for kids & pets, Double carport (auto roller door), Ducted heating.

INSPECTION THURSDAY 5.00 - 5.30pm SATURDAY 1.00 - 1.30pm

Melway Contact Office Phone

21:D5 Land size 660m2 approx Stuart Buckingham 0411 743 336 104 Grimshaw St, Greensborough 9435 0999

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8 Medbury Avenue

Providing the perfect opportunity for astute buyers to exercise your creative vision and convert this original home into a contemporary classic. Features: Spacious lounge/dining, old kitchen with new s/s stove & dishwasher, 3 bedrooms, tidy bathroom, sep toilet, sun room, R/C air-conditioning throughout, good-size backyard & single garage.

AUCTION Auction Saturday 20th July at 12.00pm Quote $360,000 plus buyers Melway 20:G4 Land size 560m2 approx Contact Stuart Buckingham 0411 743 336 Office 104 Grimshaw St, Greensborough Phone 9435 0999 INSPECT THUR 6 - 6.30pm SAT 11 - 11.30am



8/171 St Helena Road

Tailor made for discerning young families, young at heart downsizers or those leading busy lifestyles, handy to Greensborough Plaza, schools, transport & parklands. Features: Master bedroom access to stylish 2-way bathroom, Second bedroom with BIRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Formal lounge, Gourmet granite & s/s kitchen, Family/meals area under high ceiling, GDH, R/C air-conditioner, security camera intercom, Auto single garage/storage, 2100 Litre water tank, Plenty of visitors car parking spaces.


Quote $390,000 plus buyers Melway 21:D1 Contact Adam McWatters 0404 489 266 Office 1004 Main Road, Eltham Phone 9439 4022 INSPECTION SATURDAY 12.00 - 12.30pm june 26, 2013 \ The weekly review 47



299 St Helena Road

Quote $430,000 plus buyers Melway 11:F10 Land size 660m2 approx Contact Scott Anderson 0412 855 775 Sue Stone 0416 055 159 Office 104 Grimshaw St, Greensborough Phone 9435 0999 INSPECT THUR 5 - 5.30pm SAT 11 - 11.30am



8/12 Shalbury Avenue

This single-level property with idyllic treetop views presents a standout opportunity for first homebuyers, empty nesters and astute investors, located within easy reach of buses, schools, Eltham Village shops, cafĂŠs & train station. Features: Spacious lounge room, Kitchen/ meals area, 2 robed bedrooms, Walk thru bathroom, Elevated deck with lovely views, Ducted heating, airconditioner, Single garage & ample visitor parking.

PRIVATE SALE Quote $390,000 plus buyers Melway 22:A3 Contact David McFarlane 0418 319 831 Office 1004 Main Road, Eltham Phone 9439 4022 INSPECTION SATURDAY 11.00 - 11.30am


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Set within the highly sought after St Helena school zone only minutes to Greensborough Plaza & St Helena Marketplace shopping centre, should place this high on the priority list of properties to inspect. Features: 3 Bedrooms all with BIRs, full ensuite to main bedroom, kitchen with large meals area, D/H, open sunlit lounge, updated bathroom, DLUG & workshop.




10 Wattle Avenue

Wonderfully positioned stands this remarkable property that lends itself to an assortment of opportunities for the astute buyer. Put the neat weatherboard up for rent and capitalise on the 1008m2 approx allotment by developing a set of luxury townhouses or that dream home (STCA). Features: Lounge/dining with gas heater & a/c, 3 bdrs, tidy kitchen/meals area, central bathroom, huge backyard and under-house storage.

AUCTION Auction Saturday 6th July at 1.00pm Melway 21:D5 Land size 1008m2 approx Contact Scott Nugent 0438 054 993 Simon McEvoy 0412 319 046 Office Cnr Were & Rattray Rd, Montmorency Phone 9434 6666 INSPECT THUR 5 - 5.30pm SAT 1 - 1.30pm



1/179 Main Road

Superbly positioned in a small group of 3, walking distance to local shops & buses and minutes away from Were Street, Montmorency cafĂŠs and train station, this lovely single level unit has been tastefully updated. Features: Open lounge with split system air-con, sunfilled s/s kitchen with WIP & meals area, 2 bdrs, master with access to modern bathroom, garage currently converted to office space, car space & visitor parking. 48 The weekly review \ june 26, 2013

SALE BY TENDER Closing Tues 9th July at 6pm (Unless sold prior) Quote $360,000 plus buyers Melway 21:C8 Contact Sue Stone 0416 055 159 Stuart Buckingham 0411 743 336 Office 104 Grimshaw St, Greensborough Phone 9435 0999 INSPECT THUR 4 - 4.30pm SAT 12 - 12.30pm

Auction this Thursday GREENSBOROUGH


8 Hopkins Street

Great investment opportunity with a dual income. The property comprises of a shop of approximately 50sqm currently running as a finance company and returning $9,480 per annum plus 50% of outgoings. There is also a 2 bedroom dwelling at the rear with its own access returning $10,920pa. That is a combined rent of $20,400pa plus half the outgoings paid. Both are solid long term tenants or perhaps you want to owner occupy.

AUCTION Auction Thursday 27th June at 1.00pm Quote $300,000 plus buyers Melway 20:K4 Contact Terry Gazelle 0438 196 480 Office Cnr Were & Rattray Rd, Montmorency Phone 9434 6666 INSPECTION By Appointment



37 Vantage Point Boulevard

You’ve always wanted to live on easy street right! Well on this low-maintenance corner block you’ll find out exactly what it’s like. This modern home is the perfect choice for a young family or down-sizers. Features: Open plan living/dining, stylish s/s kitchen, master bedroom with WIR & ensuite, 2 additional zoned bedrooms with robes, large study, family bathroom, split system a/c, auto DLUG with int. access.

PRIVATE SALE Quote $340,000 - $370,000 Melway 391:A11 Land size 510m2 approx Contact Craig Frost 0413 018 033 Stuart Buckingham 0411 743 336 Office 104 Grimshaw St, Greensborough Phone 9435 0999 INSPECTION SATURDAY 12.00 - 12.30pm

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14 Getaway Drive

Young families starting out or down- sizers who seek a home that’s young, fresh and exudes modern appeal should head straight for this 3 years young home. Features: Light & airy open living/dining area, stylish Caesar stone kitchen, master bedroom with WIR & ensuite, 2 privately zoned bedrooms, full family bathroom, D/H, evap cooling, auto SLUG with int access, extra parking, double gate access for caravan, boat or trailer.

PRIVATE SALE Quote $340,000 plus buyers Melway 391:A11 Land size 450m2 approx Contact Craig Frost 0413 018 033 Stuart Buckingham 0411 743 336 Office 104 Grimshaw St, Greensborough Phone 9435 0999 INSPECT THUR 5 - 5.30pm SAT 1.00 - 1.30pm

If you have the desire to succeed, are self-motivated, well presented, benefit from continued training, excellent customer service skills, hold an Agent Representative Certificate, have a drive for outstanding customer service and are willing to work with a fantastic team, we would love to hear from you! Please call Stuart Buckingham in confidence on 0411 743 336 or email june 26, 2013 \ The weekly review 49


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Contemporary Living At Its Finest in the Prestigious Mariposa Estate PRICE GUIDE OFFERS CLOSE LAND INSPECT CONTACT

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Diamond Creek

Great Start in the St Helena School Zone






Easy, Enjoyable, Entertaining And Living




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Approved Development or Family Home















EaglEmont 18D Ashby Grove


ElEgant modErn dEsign at a primE addrEss This tasteful residence close to Eaglemont Village, station and AUCTION LAND


leading schools offers large formal and informal living areas, private entertaining deck, stylish kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, powder room, separate laundry, secure dual garaging and quality fittings.




auction This Sat at 11 am inSPEct Thurs 5-5.30 & Sat 29 June 10.30-11 guidE $550,000- $600,000 contact Annalise Newell 0402 937 607 Liz Walker 0412 659 140

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Research 1 Joslyn Drive Captivating Family Entertainer Perfectly positioned on 5.4 acres (approx) in a prestigious court, this stunning family home offers resort style living with tennis court overlooked by a thatch roofed gazebo and a heated, palm fringed pool enjoying a Balinese inspired relaxation platform. Inside the living is easy with two enormous living areas, gourmet granite kitchen, study, main bedroom with luxury granite ensuite and two bedrooms sharing spa bathroom providing a superior lifestyle, whilst extending warmth and contentment to family and friends.

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4 Auction Inspect Contact Office Web



Saturday 29th June at 1pm Saturday 12:30 - 1pm Peter Kleeman 0419 002 103 968 Main Road, Eltham 9431 2444

*Indicative location only

Eltham North 40 Liddesdale Grove Exceptionally Rare Opportunity A development opportunity exists with this huge 6974 sqm allotment (approx) which will suit astute investors seeking to take advantage of its outstanding dimensions and sought after location. Close to schools, shops, transport and parklands and within the coveted St Helena College Zone, it offers an exceptionally rare opportunity for an exciting and innovative development of up to 12 dwellings (STCA). Expressions of Interest: Offers Close Thursday 4th July at 6pm (Unless Sold Prior)

Eltham North 15 Manning Road Fabulous Flexibility For Family Living Set among 2224m2 (approx) of landscaped gardens, the home offers three seriously large living areas including a theater room/rumpus, two studies, three bedrooms, two with ensuite bathrooms, two further bathrooms and a gourmet kitchen. A multi-purpose room with its own bathroom and entry would suit teen accommodation or a home based business. With a pool and spa in paved and decked surrounds, huge decked outdoor area and abundant storage behind roller doors this is one you´ll be proud to call your own.

Eltham / Greensborough / Doreen

Expressions of Interest Contact Peter Kleeman 0419 002 103 Office 968 Main Road, Eltham 9431 2444 Web





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Wattle Glen 11 Bateson Road Picture Perfect Lifestyle Package Perched on an easy to manage 4 acres (approx) this family home designed by architect Ross Henry delivers an amazing family retreat to relax and enjoy a wonderful country feel. 10 minutes walk from the station, school, and general store, and a short drive from Diamond Creek, it is an easy commute to the CBD. Graced with fruit trees and relaxing views and offering four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas, north south tennis court and covered outdoor area, this is the perfect lifestyle property.

4 Auction Inspect Contact Contact Office Web




Saturday 29th June at 1pm Saturday 12:30 - 1pm Jon Michael 0438 988 096 Dayne Kleeman 0419 504 576 3/101 Hazel Glen Drive, Doreen 9717 8780


Lower Plenty 92 Old Eltham Road Eclectic. Unique. Exclusive. Distinctive Eclectic. Unique. Exclusive. Distinctive. They all sum up this very impressive home on a 1383sqm (approx) allotment, just a few minutes stroll from the Lower Plenty Village. Wrapping around a central courtyard that offers a peaceful retreat at the end of the day, this warm and welcoming home introduces a free flowing floor plan that will entice and delight. Along with the bonus of a one-bedroom self contained unit under roofline, it offers three further bedrooms, spa bathroom, dining, two living areas and a choice of outdoor zones including one with spa.

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4 Auction Inspect Contact Office Web



Saturday 29th June at 12pm Saturday 11:30am - 12pm Rocco Montanaro 0412 379 171 968 Main Road, Eltham 9431 2444

Watsonia North 4 Berkerley Court Sensational, Substantial Family Living This substantial family home in a very quiet court provides a sought after mix of quality and quantity. Across two levels it introduces three very generous living rooms including rumpus with built in bar, four bedrooms, (main with ensuite and balcony access) family spa bathroom and a huge solid timber kitchen. Add in outdoor area, heating, cooling, four-car garage and a location moments from Binnak Park, and within easy reach of schools, Watsonia Village and the station; and you have family living that ticks all the boxes.

4 Auction Inspect Contact Office Web



Saturday 13th July at 12pm Saturday 1:30 - 2pm Leigh Maher 0400 663 599 2/86 Grimshaw Street, Greensborough 9435 7666


Montmorency 14 Wilson Avenue Ultra Appealing Location. Ultra Accommodating Floor Plan Family style meets lifestyle in this immaculate home just 150 metres from the Montmorency station, and with a gate in the rear that leads to the shops on Were Street. Pick up fish and chips when you get off the train, they´ll still be hot when you get home. Along with an ultra appealing location, is an ultra accommodating floor plan that offers formal and casual living spaces served by an updated kitchen, four bedrooms, a study and three bathrooms complemented by a private alfresco and two relaxing balconies.

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Saturday 29th June at 11am Saturday 10:30 - 11am Leigh Maher 0400 663 599 Peter Kleeman 0419 002 103 2/86 Grimshaw Street, Greensborough 9435 7666 june 26, 2013 \ The weekly review 57

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Montmorency 1-7/22 Rattray Road TWENTY TWO RATTRAY ROAD Be one of the first to experience modern contemporary living in Montmorencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest and most exciting new development. With a choice of 2 or 3 bedroom, brand new townhouses being built in a prime and highly sought after location, these homes are sure to be in high demand.

Private Sale Contact Ben Flannagan 0403 591 678 Contact Tristan Messerle 0438 176 416 Office 968 Main Road, Eltham 9431 2444 Web

Prices ranging from $499,000 to $599,000

Yarrambat 2 Clarke Road This luxury home on 6.1 acres (approx), introduces a stunning blend of quality & quantity. With a floorplan introducing abundant living and accommodation spaces, garage & huge workshop it will suit those looking to live in peace & privacy, with equine interests, or just seeking space for the kids.

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Eltham 86 Napolean Street

Saturday 1:30 - 2pm Christian Marchetti 0400 233 946 Shane Leete 0419 118 302 3/101 Hazel Glen Drive, Doreen 9717 8780

This renovated haven offers four bedrooms sharing two bathrooms, stunning stone kitchen with retro range, two living areas & a separate studio/retreat/office. Located on one of Eltham´s most sought after streets, only a few minutes walk from school, sports grounds, parklands & the centre of Eltham.


Private Sale Inspect Contact Contact Office Web




Private Sale Inspect Contact Contact Office Web



Saturday 12:30 - 1pm Max Bevacqua 0408 002 488 Jon Michael 0438 988 096 968 Main Road, Eltham 9431 2444

Montmorency 23 Nokes Court This original four bedroom, three bathroom home on a 857 m2 (approx) allotment is just a short walk from Were Street shops and the station. Ready for a contemporary update, it provides an exceptional opportunity to enjoy family living, or take advantage of the position & proportions & redevelop (STCA).

Eltham 1a Andrews Street Auction Inspect Contact Office

Montmorency 2/6 Graeme Avenue Designed for effortless living, this 3 bedroom town residence delivers the perfect blend of style & space! Offering large open plan living, deluxe kitchen, 2 luxury bathrooms, private courtyard, & the year round comfort of split system heating & cooling, it is just a short walk from local shops.

Eltham / Greensborough / Doreen

Private Sale Inspect ESR Contact Office Web

This renovated character filled weatherboard will impress. On approx 732 sqm of landscaped garden with two entry points & a circular driveway for extra parking. The private front yard is fully fenced. Features double robes, garden views, French doors & paved outdoor entertaining area.

Saturday 6th July at 2:30pm Saturday 11:30am - 12pm Max Bevacqua 0408 002 488 968 Main Road, Eltham 9431 2444



Saturday 10:30 - 11am $470,000 - $500,000 Alvy Buffon 0412 674 461 968 Main Road, Eltham 9431 2444 propertyinprofile/2of6graeme



Private Sale Inspect ESR Contact Office Web



Saturday 2:30 - 3pm $500,000 - $550,000 Gayle Blackwood 0408 776 070 968 Main Road, Eltham 9431 2444

Montmorency 122 Para Road This 791sqm (approx) allotment delivers exciting options for astute investors and developers. A short walk from the station and shops, it provides an opportunity for a complete rebuild with a current planning permit for two homes, future offices or an innovative combination of both (STCA).

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Saturday 6th July at 11am Saturday 10:30 - 11am $380,000 - $420,000 Ciaran Brannigan 0410 544 478 968 Main Road, Eltham 9431 2444 Agent In Conjunction june 26, 2013 \ The weekly review 59

BUNDOORA 88 Bramble Crescent An Entertainer´s Paradise!! All your desired living zones are on offer including formal lounge and dining, open plan family and meals area with huge kitchen, rumpus room plus teenage retreat upstairs while stepping outside sets this place alight. Perfectly positioned on a huge 738m2 (approx) allows for two separate outdoor living zones, both overlooking the expansive lawn area with room for a pool if desired. The decked lounge area with stunning water feature provides a great place to unwind while the fully equipped, stainless steel BBQ/kitchen including natural gas, hot/cold water and fridge will surely cater for any sized gathering. Four double bedrooms feature upstairs with the main boasting impressive parkland views, huge walk in robe plus ensuite with spa overlooking further parklands.

4 Saturday 6th July at 1pm INSPECT


Thursday 7:00-7:30pm Saturday 1:00-1:30pm Photo ID required Michael Egan 0409 416 546 Bundoora Office 9467 5444

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BUNDOORA 27 Velvet Avenue "All Class" Boasting sublime open plan living with quality class design and fit out! Large inviting formal lounge, all elegance to formal dining, stylish large modern two-Pac kitchen with (SS) appliances, granite bench tops, featured sliding glass door paneling to extended light filled open family/ meals, adjoining large rumpus allows for total versatility, quality sliding doors lead out to amazing entertaining zone with feature wall and manicured gardens providing the perfect backdrop for alfresco dining. Upstairs 4 great size bedrooms, with huge ensuite and WIRs to master, further living area or kids retreat and quality central bathroom. Further features include ducted heating & cooling,centerpiece double sided open fire place,double garage & high ceilings (2.7m). Simply impressive!

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Saturday 2:00-2:30pm Photo ID required


Michael Egan 0409 416 546 Bundoora Office 9467 5444

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MACLEOD 59 Sugarloaf Drive Springthorpe Modern Luxury! The epitome of elegance and stylish flair, this extraordinary masterpiece, built by Executive Builders (built by "Inform Builders") is quite simply, an absolute stunner. A spacious formal lounge, large study and a beautiful, sophisticated kitchen, adjoins the elegant family and meals area and is surrounded by a sublime undercover alfresco. Also provided on the ground floor: a powder room, large laundry and under-stairs storage. The first floor accommodates a huge rumpus with gorgeous views of the reserve and Dandenongs, 4 huge robed bedrooms; both the master and bedroom 2 enjoying extremely generous proportions, main bedroom with split- air-conditioning, walk-in robe and a large ensuite, separate powder room and family bathroom with twin basins, separate bath and shower.

4 Tuesday July 2nd at 6:00PM (unless sold prior) INSPECT


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Cathy Liu 0402529753 Michael Egan 0409416546 Bundoora Office 9467 5444

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BUNDOORA 11 Yaltara Avenue Lifestyle Plus in Prime Location! Perfectly located only 100m from Balaka Place this impressive 4 bedroom (or 3 plus study) home offers great living options. Polished hardwood floorboards line the entry, boasting 2 large separate living areas with inviting formal lounge, great size bedrooms and spacious bright kitchen, this magnificent home offers it all. Superb externals include an undercover entertainment area set amongst a private rear yard. Further features include gas wall heater and reverse cycle split system, new carpet in bedrooms, alarm system, 8 solar panels 1500 watts converter, lock up garage and carport, impressive street facade, and just a short walk to shops, buses, trams and schools - all of Bundooraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine amenities.

4 Saturday 13th July at 12pm INSPECT



Thursday 5:15-5:45pm Saturday 12:00-12:30pm Photo ID required


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