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Taste for true grit SHANE DELIA’S SPICE JOURNEY HAS TAKEN HIM FROM THE WESTERN SUBURBS TO THE FOOTHILLS OF MOUNT LEBANON

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n The Weekly Review’s photographic studio, Shane Delia is discussing the secrets of making a perfect meringue – a clean bowl, egg whites at room temperature and slowly raining in the caster sugar … Delia lives and breathes food and flavours and it’s been that way since he was 13. He grew up in a hard-working Maltese family in the western suburbs and his teenage years were a challenge. Teachers at Keilor Downs Secondary College probably didn’t have the young Shane Delia earmarked for the success he now enjoys. “I had some learning difficulties,” he says frankly. “I was diagnosed with ADD eventually but teachers just thought I was a bad kid who didn’t want to listen. They were always kicking me out of class. I wanted to succeed but I didn’t have the tools. You keep hearing ‘you’re bad, you’re dumb’ and, when you are trying really hard and getting bad marks, you think you’re stupid.” A correct diagnosis and medication turned things around for Delia, 38, but by then he already had his heart and mind set on leaving school to start cooking. “When I was given the drugs I needed, I smashed it – suddenly I was getting A+,” he smiles. “I’d come home and go to my room to do my homework. But it was too late and anyway, I’d go insane in an office all day! I wanted to cook but it wasn’t glamorous then. People who flunked out of school or who came out of prison were cooks!” Delia’s extended family were tradies – electricians, bricklayers and mechanics – but those trades lacked the creativity he craved. “My happiest times were eating and cooking with my family. Every Sunday we had lunch with Mum’s side of the family and dinner with my paternal grandfather – 50 or 60 people,” he recalls. “I had a block-release apprenticeship at the Gordon Institute in Geelong when I was 17 and Dad and my grandfather would drive me there after the family dinner. I was boarding in a dodgy place, earning a few hundred bucks a week and my grandfather would slip me a few bucks.

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“Dad came to Australia at 17 with a couple of bucks and worked in the Dunlop factory for 36 years. He began as a tyre builder, educated himself and left as a director in south-east Asia setting up new factories. He’s the most selfless person I know. Before I got my licence and I was cooking I didn’t finish work until 11.30pm and the last train home to the western suburbs was a V Line at 10.30pm. Dad picked me up every night, put on the L-plates, I drove home and he’d be up at five o’clock the next morning for work.” The structure and hierarchy he found in the kitchen suited Delia and he still seeks that structure and routine in his working day. He worked at Eden on the Park and Sofitel before becoming sous chef at Chateau Yering.

“I’m not saying I’m gifted, but I like food and I understand flavours – it’s the only thing that comes easy to me.” “I worked in pubs and pasta shops and hotels and then I realised there was another world of internationally renowned chefs who were innovators. They were highly skilled and wealthy and I wanted to be part of that,” he says. “A lot of cooks work hard and there is that pocket who work hard and they’re gifted. I’m not saying I’m gifted, but I like food and I understand flavours – it’s the only thing that comes easy to me. I see something and instantly know five things that will go with it and how I’m going to use it.” In 2008, Delia opened Maha with George Calombaris – in 2013 he became sole owner of the award-winning Middle Eastern restaurant. It’s named after Delia’s wife, whom he married in 2007 but the couple had known each other for years. “Maha worked with my sister, Sarah, as a

hairdresser. I’d see her around and would tell Sarah ‘Maha’s cute’ but Sarah would tell me to leave her alone because she had a boyfriend. Then they broke up and Sarah suggested we go out. Maha says she had to convince herself, but I was persistent. “We married in 2007 and I wouldn’t be where I am without Maha’s support. She brings it back to the simple things all the time. I find it hard to get out of bed some mornings and sometimes I find myself upset for no reason. But every time, Maha pulls me back. I would have left me five times! I


his favourite American rap artist who was shot dead in Los Angeles in 1997. He’s wearing a jacket bearing the face of the rapper that he bought in New York and couldn’t resist slipping into his suitcase. Delia discovered Biggie Smalls when he was 14 during a family trip to Detroit to see relatives. “I saw hip-hop culture for the first time and I immersed myself in this music that was so powerful but so wrong, too, then. You were a ratbag if you listened to that music,” he laughs. “But I related to the messages in the stories. I didn’t live in a ghetto but I was a kid who was under-achieving and the music gives you a voice. I heard Biggie Smalls and thought he was an amazing lyricist and many of his songs were uplifting. There’s a song called Juicy – he talks about the dreams he had of being something else and of achieving that. It’s the anthem for me.” Delia is a self-confessed perfectionist and creating Biggie Smalls became all-consuming. He spent $800,000 just on the fit-out and soon launched the Biggie Smalls Food Truck, and in September last year, another Biggie Smalls at the Windsor end of Chapel Street. “I didn’t want another kebab shop. I got excited with it and wanted it to be special. Rap has an element of bling and glamour and I wanted Biggie Smalls to feel authentic to the last detail. My favourite kebab on the menu is the Juicy kebab. It’s tasty as hell! Have it old school with hot sauce – rocket fuel!” he grins. “If I do something it has to be 100 per cent. We re-fitted Maha 12 months ago and spent a million bucks but I still wasn’t happy, so two months ago I put another $200,000 in to it.”

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think it’s the pressure I put on myself. When I was a cook it was just me. Now I have millions of dollars of debt and 80 employees with families to think about so I have to stay focused. “I hate the term ‘celebrity chef’ with a passion. I am at the businesses all the time. I take food out to people – I’m not peeling the carrots – but I’m there and I write every dish with my team.” That focus led Delia to Biggie Smalls Kbabs – a kebab shop with a difference on Smith Street in Collingwood. Delia named the flagship venue after

elia’s Spice Journey series on SBS brought his passion for food to a national audience and he credits the show with enhancing his culinary capabilities. It took him from Iran and Morocco to the foothills of Mount Lebanon. “I am 10 times the cook I was before I did the show,” he stresses. “I landed in Lebanon in season one with a backpack and heap of notes. I never did any training and it was hard work. There was conflict in Syria and at one point we were filming in a market in Morocco and I was p****d on by a donkey. “I’ve been told by SBS there won’t be another Spice Journey, although I’d love to do something similar in southern India where the spice trade began. And I’d like to do a Spice Journey in New York – the biggest melting pot in the world.” His success and popularity have attracted some high-profile partnerships. Delia is a proud Western Bulldogs ambassador and a supporter of Melbourne City. But one of his most rewarding partnerships is with Mercedes-Benz.

For a motorsport lover, taking part in a Celebrity Grand Prix and driving a car he never dreamed he’d own is still a bit of a surprise. “When I was young I built cars with an uncle,” Delia says. “He re-built old Holdens and he and Dad loved motorsport. My first car was a $600 piece of s**t that was in my uncle’s paddock with grass growing through the floor. I spent a year working on it – a Nissan/Datsun Pulsar. My other uncle sprayed cars as a hobby and he said he’d paint it for me. I had no money so he told me to collect his halfempty tins and mix them and that’s what colour my car would be. It was pink and he put all these metallic flakes in it – so much in that my car was all glitter. But I drove it for three years. “I still don’t understand why Mercedes-Benz wanted me. Think about that boy with ADD getting expelled from school – did you ever think he’d be a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz? Every morning I get up and there’s a Mercedes C63 sitting in my garage. How good’s that?” Delia has swapped the Sunbury home he’d lived in since his 20s for a larger family home – but he stayed true to his roots, choosing Moonee Ponds over swankier options south of the river. “We looked in South Yarra and Toorak but they’re not my home. I have to stay true to who I am,” he says. And Delia looks forward to being his true self on Sundays when he gets to spend time with Maha, his young children, son, Jude, and daughter, Jayda. “Monday nights we have dinner at Mum’s house – my brother, sister, our kids and cousins. I work Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Saturday my daughter goes to Arabic school and I pick her up and we have lunch and then I go to work. “I love Sundays. I take my daughter to Vic Market early. We have a look at what to buy, have a burek, come home and I cook brunch or late lunch. Then I’m on the couch, chilling out and holding my kids.” Away from the kitchen, Delia keeps fit and focused by boxing. He trains three mornings a week, spending another two mornings lifting weights in the gym. “I box to keep fit and manage my weight and it makes you stand up straight and confident,” he says. “I’m a bit of a recluse and like being around home or going to the supermarket in my trackies and a T-shirt. “Last night I got home about five o’clock and there was nothing in the pantry so I ran down to the shop in a dodgy pair of trackies given to me for a charity cricket match last year. I don’t care.” ● BIGGIE SMALLS \ 86 Smith Street, Collingwood; 36 Chapel Street, Windsor; check the website for food truck locations. ● biggiesmalls.com.au

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The final movie in the Fifty Shades series is complete. How would you describe the journey? It has been a hugely enriching and rewarding experience for me. It’s nice to be a part of something that so many people like.

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movie, especially when Anastasia’s old boss, Jack Hyde, comes into play and the plot turns into a thriller … and marriage is a test in itself, too.

How does Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele’s relationship continue to grow? I think their relationship grows in a more positive and relatable way. Since they do get married they become more like a regular couple.

What do you think director James Foley has brought to the second and third films? James is great and very energetic! It wasn’t easy to get on a train like this that had already left the station. Yet, he managed to elevate it all and make it his own, while also respecting what was done with Fifty Shades of Grey.

But then their relationship is put to the test? Yes, it is challenged in a major way in this third

In Fifty Shades of Grey, we saw Christian trying to enforce his control over Anastasia, only to see


her come back to him on her terms in Fifty Shades Darker. What is the situation regarding that balance of power in Fifty Shades Freed? They sort of meet in the middle and reach the kind of compromise that marriage often brings to a relationship, trying to make things work as a team, rather than have either of them call the shots.

had some time off to muck around on jet skis or swim while we were shooting the honeymoon scenes. Those were easy days at work …

And what can you specifically say about the way your character is behaving now? I think Christian is fair, understanding and more human in this third movie, compared to how he was when we first met him – when he was hard to understand and impenetrable.

You have great chemistry on screen with Dakota, but you also both get along very well. We are very fond of each other. Dakota (Johnson) and I had to have chemistry to make this work from the get-go, and now we will continue to be friends despite it coming to an end. We have gone through this journey together. I believe we will always have each other’s back precisely because of the impact these roles have had on our careers and our personalities. It is quite a bond that lasts forever.

A character that complex must be a great challenge for an actor. Yes, playing him has been a very satisfying challenge. I feel it was trickier in the first movie, as I had to strike that balance of being distant and cold, but at the same time somewhat likeable.

Apart from the two main characters, what other relevant players appear in Fifty Shades Freed? The main one is Jack Hyde, who was already introduced in Fifty Shades Darker Darker, but really shakes things up in this third film of the series. He is the source of much of the drama and action.

You also travelled to Europe for this shoot, right? Yes, we did that towards the end of it. After wrapping up in Vancouver, we flew to France, which was nice because the schedule wasn’t too crazy. We

The movie also has humour, right? Yes, Christian gets to provide some of it as well, which didn’t happen in Fifty Shades of Grey. It all goes back to him becoming more human in this

third movie. There are moments in Fifty Shades Freed where I am hoping he gets people to laugh. And do you and Dakota have a giggle on set, too? We have to! I remember we couldn’t stop laughing during the wedding scene when we realised that the same guy who was with us in the elevator sequence of the first movie was sitting there in the front row. Life is too short and you have to enjoy it. Dakota and I make each other laugh far too easily. You have to respect your job, but also have fun because we are actors and our mission is to entertain people. So, how are you going to do that if you are not even capable of enjoying yourself? That goes for every job. My father was a surgeon, but he never took himself too seriously and is one of the funniest people I have ever met. Who is worse at keeping a straight face, Dakota or you? Dakota, because once she really laughs you just can’t stop her – to the point where she is even crying and has to step away. ● FIFTY SHADES FREED \ in cinemas nationally from February 8.

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get it: life is busy. There are only so many hours in the day and finding or making time to head to the supermarket, cook dinner and then prepare your kids’ lunch for school can be quite a challenge. Add to this family fussiness and supermarkets full of unhealthy school snacks and before you know it you’re the proud owner of the entire contents of aisle four. Or if it’s not this, it’s your child insisting that every other kid orders their lunch, which we know simply isn’t true. I know it can seem easier to let the usual culprits fill your trolley – yoghurts, roll-ups, muesli bars and fruit cups and, yes, most kids do burn through energy like there’s no tomorrow. This does not mean they should be given a lunch-box jam-packed with

sugar and salt simply because it is the easy option. Kids need to be fuelled with nutritious snacks and meals throughout the day to ensure they have the energy and brain power for all that learning and, of course, playing. My motto is all about progress, not perfection. So, don’t get me wrong; a tasty snack from aisle four or a lunch order on the odd occasion is totally fine. Ensuring your kids are eating mostly healthy foods throughout the day will help to keep them alert, focused and retaining information to assist with their learning. If you’re unsure of how to pack your kids a healthy lunch, I am here to help. Here are my top tips to ensure your kids enjoy their healthy lunches.

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Teaching your kids about the benefits of food and how certain types give them fuel for their afterschool sport, or to help them grow, will assist in establishing healthy habits early on and serve as an incentive for them to make healthier choices. Keep it quick, keep it simple and make it a game, not a lecture. If you feel like your advice is falling on deaf ears because it’s coming from mum or dad, see if their favourite teacher or sports coach can relay the same information.

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ith more Australians delaying marriage until later in life, and four out of five married couples living together before tying the knot, buying a home with your partner can seem like a great way to get on the property ladder. Although the average age of first-home buyers has remained constant at 32 years old for two decades, the median age of marriage in 2015 was 31.8 for men and 29.8 for women, compared with 29.5 for men and 27.6 for women in 2005, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. If you are already living with your partner, your finances will likely have already merged to some degree, and buying property together may have

crossed your mind. After all, it’s easier to secure and service a loan with two incomes rather than one. But considering that buying a home is one of the largest purchases you will ever make, there is much more at stake financially than signing a lease on a rental property, especially if the relationship comes to an end. While you may think that marriage would make it easier to secure a loan, or offer you more security in the event of a break-up, the reality is that the banks and the courts treat de facto couples the same as married couples. Mortgage broker and owner of Simply Finance, Fabio De Castro, says an increasing number of his

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supporting them, we needed to find a way to refinance him to be able to buy her out.” When it comes to guarantor loans, there are ways that parents can minimise their risk, according to Bounce Financial director Cara Brett. “It’s important for parents to understand whether they are guaranteeing the whole loan or just a small part of it,” she says. “Sometimes they only need to guarantee a portion of the loan.” Although it can be an awkward and less-thanromantic conversation, it’s smarter to discuss beforehand how the property will be divided if the relationship ends. It’s worth having a frank and open talk about potential scenarios, such as whether you would need to sell the home to pay off the loan or if one partner could buy the other out. If contributions made to the deposit or repayments are unequal, you should discuss how the sale proceeds in the event of a split. If a de facto couple can’t agree on how assets should be divided after a break-up, disputes can be handled in the Family Court, but it’s often costly and stressful. ●

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These are joined by a beautician, or medi-spa, on every corner – offering not just eyebrow treatments, but facelifts and micro needling. Five – I’m serious – five corner stores have been replaced by skin clinics. I’ve counted and there are four within a twokilometre radius of my home. Naturally, there is the usual oversupply of cafes. One at the end of every street, and all of them offering babycinos and toddler-sized green smoothies. Nuzzled in next to the cafes are hair salons, each offering a dizzying array of treatments and champagne, and at Christmas, there are the little parties. These are not marketed to men.

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If the gentrification of a suburb involves pushing out poor people to make way for middle-class families and their wholemeal-bread tastes, then my suburb did not simply gentrify, it gentrified in a very specific way. It “mummified”. And with two children of my own now, I can’t say I’m upset. Gone is the trophy store and the humble bakery. The old knick-knack shop is but a distant memory. Everything is geared towards my demographic, which is to say, everything is geared towards upwardly mobile mothers who like their almond latte with a teeny-tiny cupcake on the side; something for Lala to nibble on before her child-led play at the local day-care centre, which will happily nurture her obvious giftedness for the medium fee of $175 a day. And then there are the schools. Ah, yes, the schools. As any helicopter parent knows, you’ve got to be in the right catchment, so your babe can go to the right educational facility. Then she can go on to the right high school, get the highest possible ATAR and go on to lead a wildly

successful life (presumably in the same suburb you raised her). Since 2010, Australia’s birthrate has been rising, especially when it comes to older parents. The City of Wyndham has the highest birth rate in metropolitan Melbourne - last year, 3748 babies were born at Werribee Mercy Hospital. In Sydney, in 2015, the suburbs where the most babies were born were mostly in the south-west, except for one little enclave in the east (near where I live). Those little ones are toddlers now and the three new day-care centres that have set themselves up in have probably flung open their doors to receive them. Meanwhile, their mothers can busy themselves on their days off by popping in for a face refresh or keratin hair treatment. I’m not upset about this; although I’m nostalgic for the days when my little suburb was just a broken-down pub, a lonely beach and a low-ceiling florist. Back then it felt like I was on the cusp of something, and now, these days, with every single shop, child-proof playground and artisanal bakery. I no longer feel edgy; I feel pegged. ●

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It’s not me, it’s you BREAKING UP WITH YOUR SMART DEVICES MIGHT BE THE RIGHT CALL, WRITES MYKE BARTLETT

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e’ve all made new year’s resolutions about eating better or exercising more – most of which don’t last beyond January 3. But a new resolution is shooting to the top of the selfimprovement charts. Author Catherine Price says almost everyone she talks to is resolved to spending less time on their smartphone. Her book, How To Break Up With Your Phone, is designed to make this split as painless as possible, offering a step-by-step guide to unplugging your life in a tidy 30 days. While Price doesn’t think any of us should bin our smartphones (they’re incredibly useful tools, after all), she hopes the book will help people question whether all that screen-time is really making them happy. “It’s starting to be acknowledged that they’re bad for us,” she says. “There was a time when people didn’t acknowledge smoking was bad for you and a lot more people were hooked. I don’t think you have to get off Facebook, but I think you should get the app off your phone and make sure you’re using it because you want to, not on reflex.” She points out that most Silicon Valley tech

designers keep their own children far away from devices, aware of their addictive powers. The late Steve Jobs, for one, wouldn’t let his brood handle an iPad. Even if you think you’ve got your phone under your thumb, you’ll likely be surprised by the addiction survey Price includes in the opening chapter. For her, it was becoming a parent that made her realise she had a problem. “The motivation for me in writing the book was that we’d just had a baby and at some point I was feeding her and looking at my phone. I saw her looking at me while I was looking at my phone and had one of those out-of-body moments. I thought, ‘Oh my god, I don’t want that to be my daughter’s experience of what her mother is’.” Although Price has no interest in being that judgmental parent, she does reveal that her research revealed a spike in playground injuries when 3G service was made available to parents. Wounded kids aside, she’s found taking control of her phone has made a real and positive difference to her life. She’s used the free time to finally begin guitar lessons, finding a new “real-life” community of friends she now sees once a week.

Breaking up is never easy, but the book helps the reader create new habits to resist the phone-check reflex. In addition, Price has built a website offering helpful downloads, an amusing video “intervention” for phone-addicted friends and a 30-day email support program. Her experience is that addicts will notice a positive difference straight away. “I think the moment you start thinking about it, you will notice a change. Just reading this article is going to change people’s attitude to their phone. Just reading the title of the book. If you have that tiny Emperor’s New Clothes moment, I think the change will be pretty profound.” ●

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FEATURE HOUSE HEIDELBERG \ 25 BRONTE STREET 3

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esidents would have to have gotten out of the wrong side of their beds, bypassed the bathrooms, eschewed the kitchen and ignored the green scenery NOT to be coloured happy by this house. Imbued with family-friendly spirit and loved-up by extension and renovation, it’s one vibrantly endearing individual. The original build occurred in the 1950s. In 2010, the owners employed NMBW Architects and John French Landscaping to transform the house and garden. Incorporating Asian aesthetics and tailored to the block, the indoor/outdoor outcome marries east/west appeal with remarkable poise. There’s a double carport attached to the low-slung timber facade. Three bedrooms and an open retreat provide serene quarters off the entrance hall. Reached through the retreat, a split-level hall presenting attractive storage and two wall-mounted basins backed by multi-hued tiling announces two similarly eye-opening bathrooms. Rendering morning queues a thing of the past; one bathroom has a shower, and the other a bath. Take the steps from the entrance foyer down to the large living room, where there’s an open fireplace in bright-red surrounds and a fitted study nook. Pale timber wall-andceiling detail complement the dark-stained timber floors here, while floor-to-ceiling windows donate natural light. A cutaway links the living area with open kitchen and dining areas. Again embellished by a timber-lined ceiling and invigorated by red tiling, the kitchen comes with quality stainless-steel appliances. Glass doors in the dining area give on to a covered deck, beyond which the feature-packed backyard awaits. Out here, the covered deck heralds an open-air terrace with security fencing to a circular spa pool. Ensuing stone seating around a firepit, an attractive shed and a cute cubby around green lawn add to the amenity, and the back gate opens to V.C. Henderson Reserve. Looking for a laundry? It’s tucked away on the lower level with the generous under-house storage. Zoned heating and cooling, double glazing, a water tank and 3KW of solar power sit well with the modernised attitude. Close to Rosanna station, cafes and schools, the property aligns a casually-welcoming air with easy access to all points required for an effortless family lifestyle. ● KAY AY KEIGHERY property@domain.com.au

FINAL WORD “INSPIRED ADDITIONS TO THIS MODERNIST HOUSE, ALONG WITH A BRILLIANT BACKYAR CKY D, ASSURE EVERYTHING IS IN PLACE FOR CKYAR CONTEMPORARY FAMILY LIVING.” LIZ WALKER – AGENT

AGENT \ Nelson Alexander 9490 2900 PRICE \ $1.3 million – $1.4 million AUCTION \ February 17 at 11am Scan the code Thoughtful makeover marries the past with the present

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Privacy and direct access to parkland boost the easy draw here. Positioned at the rear of the development, the two-storey dwelling is up for large-family living, with a generous spread of living areas on ground level and five bedrooms upstairs. A run of white roses announces the pale brick facade. The living area to the right of the open foyer is carpeted, while open-plan kitchen, dining and family areas to the left display spotted gum floorboards. A glass door in the meals area slides away to large north-facing deck and garden, and there’s a powder room off the laundry. All but one of the bedrooms have wardrobes. The main has a walk-in next to a compact en suite. The main bathroom has a bath and corner shower. The location puts buses, shops, and schools in walking reach. With Research Park out the back gate and a bike path at the front, fitness buffs will be in their element. ● KAY KEIGHERY

AGENT \ Jellis Craig 9431 1222 PRICE \ $780,000 – $830,000 EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST \ Close February 13 at 6pm Scan the code The great escape: two-storey home has parkland at the back gate

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Designed by the owners with intergenerational living in mind, this house feels like two-in-one. The lower level has three bedrooms including one with en suite, an open-plan hub, a study and a spa-bathroom to boot. The street-level floor has a powder room, bedroom with en suite and another spacious hub. Both levels open to massive entertainment areas looking over the terraced backyard. Fittings and fixtures are top-shelf, and the colourful kitchens make for stand-out style. The garage has a workshop. Solar panels, keyless entry, zoned climate control and closed-circuit television security figure in the many inclusions. ● KAY KEIGHERY

This sprawling residence sits on roughly an acre. Big on exposed timber, raw brick and terracotta, it’s earthy. A foyer announces a semi open-plan kitchen, dining and family area. The huge living room has a cathedral ceiling, bar and open fireplace. To the right are a study, rumpus room and home office. To the left, a bedroom wing offers one with walk-in wardrobe and en suite and another that could become two with the addition of a wall. The rear verandah is ideal for enjoying the garden scenery, and the lower-ground level increases flexibility, with self-contained quarters of bedroom, bathroom and kitchen/living. ● KAY KEIGHERY

AGENT \ Morrison Kleeman 9435 7666 PRICE \ $1.2 million PRIVATE SALE

AGENT \ Buckingham & Company 9439 4022 PRICE \ $1.5 million – $1.6 million AUCTION \ February 10 at 1pm

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Lower Plenty 4 Keating Court Flexible Family Lifestyle Easy care native gardens introducing an elevated alfresco deck to the front and an expansive paved entertainment area to the rear, surround this outstanding residence, delivering the space to easily meet the needs of the largest of families. With a family friendly layout designed for effortless, flexible living and a sought-after location ensuring stress free access to the primary school, transport, golf course, hotel and local village with its cafes and eateries, it´s ready to impress with its fabulous family credentials.

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Saturday 17th February at 11am Thursday 5:30 - 6pm & Saturday 11:30am -12pm Graham Morrison 0417 101 997 Lachie Ay A len 0430 709 674 w w.2of5glengarriffcres.com ww

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Saturday 24th February at 10am Thursday 11:30am - 12pm & Saturday 10 - 10:30am $1,050,000 - $1,150,000 Gayle Blackw k ood 0408 776 070 kw 9431 2444 w w.4keatingcrt.com ww

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Eltham 4/2A Doodson Court Spacious Living In A Substantial Garden Setting A private garden that´s landscaped with easy care natives and includes a large entertainers deck spaces, wraps around this delightful home set on a house size 618 m2 allotment (approx.) in a peaceful enclave of perfectly presented properties. An easy walk to Main Road with its station, cafes, restaurants supermarkets and shopping options, immaculate air conditioned interior spaces include three bedroom served by two bathrooms, formal and casual living, study/ y dining room and a new kitchen and laundry, both finished in stone. y/

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Macleod 2/62 May Street The Perfect Appeal Of A Perfect Location An inspired investment or an enviable lifestyle choice, this single level home, a mere 250 m from Macleod College (P-12) and the edge of Macleod Village´s delivers easy-care living in one of Macleod´s most sought-after pockets. Fresh paint complements an interior introducing two bedrooms served by an updated bathroom and expansive open plan livingmeals. Integrating a modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances, it enjoys a seamless transition to a very generous north facing entertainers deck in a low maintenance rear yard.

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Saturday 24th February at 11am Thursday 5:30 - 6pm & Saturday 11:30am - 12pm $750,000 - $800,000 James Newton 0421 733 914 Sasa Buncic 0413 826 847 w w.4at2adoodsoncrt.com ww

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Saturday 24th February at 11am Thursday 6:30 - 7pm & Saturday 10 - 10:30am $600,000 - $650,000 Craig Parker 0404 354 686 Scott Hardiman 0430 555 013 9435 7666 2of62maystreet.com

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Eltham 16 Fay Street Craftsman Mudbrick in a Leafy Court Set on a 993m2 allotment (approx.) amongst easy care, bird attracting landscaped gardens which include two generous alfresco areas, this craftsman constructed mudbrick at the end of a whisper quiet cul-de-sac is a surprise package bursting with lifestyle appeal. Repurposed red brick floors, exposed beams across timber lined ceilings, and a mix of mudbrick and exposed brick internal walls add warmth and character to a light filled interior introducing four living zones, three bedrooms, two contemporary bathrooms, chef´s kitchen and a study.

Arthurs Creek 610 Hurstbridge-Arthurs Creek Road Uncompromising Quality. Exceptional Views Floor to ceiling picture windows framing uninterrupted hillside views, which stretch all the way to the distant ranges in an ever-changing landscape, are just the start of the fabulous lifestyle on offer with this architect designed four bedroom, two bathroom haven on 26 rolling acres (approx). Form and function work hand in hand in a stylish, sophisticated interior where every living space opens to the shady veranda and the sparkling pool and gazebo which provide the perfect place for easy outdoor entertaining against a spectacular back drop.

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Saturday 24th February at 1pm Thursday 5:30 - 6pm & Saturday 11 - 11:30am $1,050,000 - $1,150,000 Gayle Blackw k ood 0408 776 070 kw 9431 2444 w w.16fayst.com ww

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Hurstbridge 190 Boyds Road Three Fabulous Homes. 20 Wonderful Acres This Robert Marshall designed mudbrick home, set around a central courtyard that works as an entertainment area, lightwell and stunning entrance lies at the heart of this remarkable 20 acre Hurstbridge property (approx.) A two bedroom, selfcontained cottage and a contemporary interpretation of an Amish Barn with enormous open plan dimensions and mezzanine complement the main house and introduce options for in-laws, guests, teens, rental income or as a base for your home business.

Nutfield 365 Chapel Lane Chapel Lodge Quarter Horses The location is wonderful, the perfectly presented three bedroom, two bathroom with its deluxe kitchen and expansive indoor outdoor living and entertaining options house is superb - but it will probably be the infrastructure that clinches the deal here! With its impressive facilities, Chapel Lodge, sitting pretty on 5 easy to manage acres (approx.) delivers a rare, sought after combination of an exceptional equestrian property and an ideal family home.

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Private Sale Inspect Saturday 1 - 1:30pm Price $1,400,000 Contact Christian Marchetti 0400 233 946 Contact Laura Rodgers 0425 312 56 Office 9717 8780 Web 365chapelln.com

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Now selling from $375,000

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Heritage Apartments from $510,000 Townhouses from $735,000

Lunar offers newly released upsized floor plans and upscaled finishes for those seeking secure, stylish and modern living. Residents will enjoy warm timber flooring throughout the living and dining spaces, stone bench tops, spacious balconies and terraces for entertaining and ample storage throughout the apartments.

Artist’s impression – Townhouses

Located just steps from the Polaris 3083 Town Centre,

Eclipse is a unique project set on the northern point of the Polaris 3083 estate. Adjoining an established community and thriving Town Centre, Eclipse is a unique offering in only 19 Dual level townhouses each with their own title, and only 10 light filled and spacious heritage apartments.

Lunar is a boutique development of 41 one, two & three bedroom residences and secure underground car parking.

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Diamond Creek

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Family Living In The College Zone Make the most of an enticing family opportunity and enjoy generous accommodation, poolside entertainment and a great location, within the St Helena College zone and just moments from Campbell Street Reserve and tracks and trails along the Diamond Creek to the centre of town. A generous 1003m2 allotment (approx.) complements four bedrooms, two bathrooms, huge kitchen and three living areas. With a long list of extras, it introduces perfect family prospects just moments from the park. auction address price contact

24th of February 1:00pm 11 Moray Street $740,000 - $790,000 Lynn White - 0419 434 111 or Diamond Creek Office – 9438 4422

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Premium Living. Prized Position Everything has been carefully considered to ensure contemporary excellence and long-term liveability in this new town residence. With its thoughtful choice of exceptional fittings, fixtures and finishes, exquisite craftsmanship and clever layout introducing study, two living areas and three bedrooms, it delivers Diamond Creek a new level of stylish sophisticated, low maintenance living.

Tradies Take Note This three bedroom, two bathroom home delivers chic, stylish living while making the most of a position sought after for its close proximity to the station, shopping, dining and café options of Diamond Creek. It will be sold with a building defects notice which will be up to the purchaser to rectify. To make sure this property is right for you contact Scott Chambers on 0409 660 321

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2/44 Patyah Street $760,000 - $820,000 Brenday Thorneycroft - 0418 396 495 or Diamond Creek Office – 9438 4422

Diamond Creek 9438 4422

Shop 10/67 Main Rd, Diamond Creek

Hurstbridge 9718 2222 784 Main Road, Hurstbridge

31 Haven Lane $370,000 - $390,000 Scott Chambers - 0409 660 321 or Diamond Creek Office – 9438 4422

Kinglake 5786 1199

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187 GRANDVIEW GROVE

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Fabulous ‘Grandview Grove’ address, high on the hill with outstanding views to the Dandenong Ranges.

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Huge potential with this corner site that has two existing driveways. Options a plenty to renovate the existing four bedroom, comfortable family home, or explore new home and development options (Subject to Council Approval) Expressions of Interest by 4pm February 22nd (range $1m - $1.1m)

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Eltham 3 Bainbridge Drive

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Slip away into relaxation on 888sqm (approx.)

AUCTION Sat, 10th Feb at 2:00pm

Feel a million miles away in this five bedroom, two bathroom brick residence which is peacefully tucked away from the streetscape and offers a sought after lifestyle to envy on a generous elevated allotment of 888 (sqm approx.) Your search is finally over!

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Watsonia 1/24 & 2/22 Peters Street

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Brand New Stylish Residences in Central Watsonia!

PRIVATE SALE

Stunningly built to include your choice of 2 or 3 robed bedrooms, central bathroom, quality open kitchen, dining and living with abundance of natural light. Perfect home, location and everything Watsonia has to offer. Fantastic opportunity for first home buyers, downsizers & Investors, inspect today.

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CONTACT David Moxon 0413 673 636 Leanne Joyce 0411 275 131 Bundoora 03 9467 5444


Watsonia 286 Nell Street West

Just Listed.

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AUCTION Sat, 24th Feb at 11:00am

Features include ducted heating to complement the wood fired heater as well as evaporative cooling, attic storage accessed via a pull-down loft ladder, laundry with workbench, speaker system on the deck, an elevated cubby house plus a garden shed/workshop in the rear yard, extensive brick paving and a single carport.

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Watsonia 261 Nell Street West

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AUCTION Saturday 17th Feb at 12:00pm

Features include a well-fitted laundry, ducted heating, split-system heating/cooling, dust free attic storage and garden shed. An easy walk to Primary Schools, Secondary Colleges, cafes, shops, supermarket and amenities at Watsonia shopping strips, while very convenient to public transport, La Trobe University, Greensborough Plaza and with easy access to the Metropolitan Ring Road

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Bundoora 33 Boston Road

A Classic In Style and Comfort This clean and tidy 3 bedroom home is perfectly positioned to appeal to first home buyers or those with a young family. A classic in style and comfort offering 3 generous bedrooms including the master and 2nd bedroom with built-in robes and all with ceiling fans, new family bathroom, living room with gas wall heater, and an updated kitchen with dining space. The kitchen has plentiful bench space including breakfast bar, excellent cabinetry, Andi gas cooktop, Andi oven and Miele dishwasher.

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CONTACT David Moxon 0413 673 636 Shaun Zhang 0432 475 518 Bundoora 03 9467 5444

INSPECT Tuesday 6:00-6:30pm Saturday 1:00-1:30pm

Auction this Sat.

Diamond Creek 31 Bishop Avenue

It already feels like home! Beautiful gardens frame this cottage-style home, providing a lush leafy backdrop to a well-considered interior showcasing stunning ornate plasterwork, gleaming timber floors and a gorgeous picture window that highlights the solid timber kitchen. The design delivers generous dining room and vast lounge with treetop views and a cosy wood fire. Outdoors reveals a covered entertaining area plus a secure carport/ garage. Enjoys air conditioning, ducted heating and a short walk to schools, bus, shops and sporting facilities.

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Sat 10 Feb 10.00am PRICE $730,000 - $760,000 INSPECT Thurs 5:00 - 5:30pm Sat 9:30 - 10.00am

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Watsonia 292 Greenwood Drive

Perfect As Is With Loads Of Potential Ideal for first home buyers or investors this delightful 3 bedroom home is beautifully presented and comprises open plan living/dining with a renovated kitchen featuring Samsung and Bosch appliances, master bedroom with builtin robes, stunning bathroom with frameless shower. Features gas fire, split system air conditioning, double glazed windows, updated laundry, paved alfresco bbq area and single lock up garage.

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Sat, 24th Feb at 12:00pm

INSPECT Wednesday 6:00-6:30pm Saturday 12:00-12:30pm

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CONTACT David Moxon 0413 673 636 Chloe Mcgrath-Hudson 0437 193 037 Bundoora 03 9467 5444

Just Listed.

Watsonia North 27 Byrne Crescent

Split Level And Zoned Family Living With soaring timber ceilings in the living and dining areas, the character of exposed brick, zoned bedrooms and a big rumpus/games room on the lower level there's plenty of space for the whole family to enjoy. The master bedroom is set to the front and includes a walk-in robe and ensuite bathroom with 3 additional bedrooms,2 with built-in robes are zoned to the rear and share a charming family bathroom with shower and bath. A galley style kitchen adjacent to the casual dining area is perfect for family meal time.

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Sat, 24th Feb at 2:00pm

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Watsonia North 7 Chappell Drive

Simply move straight in!! Landscaped gardens lead to a double door entrance providing an inviting foyer while formal lounge and dining are complimented by a central meals area, large kitchen plus rumpus room which all flow out to your pergola setting, perfect for entertaining. The downstairs bedroom offers convenience while upstairs features a large main bedroom including walk in robe, ensuite and retreat area with those stunning views. Add to this two further bedrooms, central bathroom with corner spa plus study nook.

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Sat 17th Feb at 11:00am

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CONTACT Michael Egan 0409 416 546 Belinda Iulianella 0419 419 343 Bundoora 03 9467 5444

Just Listed.

Bundoora 12 Gordon Street

A rare find!! Walking distance to primary schools, secondary schools, parklands, shops and transport ensure this location will suit your family's needs. An impressive 22m frontage coupled with a total of 590m2 provides a great canvas for the ideal family home. In an area where renovations, redevelopments and rebuilds are growing ever so frequent, yet opportunities oh so scarce, the time to act is right now!

AUCTION

Sat 17th Feb @ 12:00pm

CONTACT Michael Egan 0409 416 546 Belinda Iulianella 0419 419 343 Bundoora 03 9467 5444

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MONTMORENCY 50 Adam Crescent

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Enjoying elevated treetop views from a quiet cul-de-sac, this family home on 1098m2 (approx) allotment enjoys a flowing floor plan complete with fireside lounge, kitchen/meals zone with quality 900mm s/steel cooker and balcony access, 4 bedrooms (master with ensuite), zoned family bathroom, study nook and a fabulous decked balcony that is ideal for alfresco entertaining surrounded by leafy natural beauty. With ducted heating, split system air conditioning, fresh paintwork, new carpet and a large garden complete with shed, BBQ zone and more – it is just minutes to the train, bus, Were Street and more

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MACLEOD 8/25 Pottage Circuit

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This immaculate Springthorpe home offers the ultimate in stylish low maintenance living, featuring a spacious lounge room, kitchen/dining zone with stone benchtops and stainless steel appliances, 3 robed bedrooms (master with walk-in robe, ensuite and Juliette balcony), bright modern bathroom, powder room and open study nook. A paved courtyard with pretty garden borders is certain to appeal, while ďŹ nishing touches include ducted heating/refrigerative cooling, European laundry and remote garage with extra car space. A short walk to the bus and train station, you have full use of Springthorpe amenities.

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Saturday 24th February at 1.00pm $760,000 - $820,000 Wed 5 - 5.30pm Sat 10.30 - 11am Peter Don 0410 609 006 Shane Leete 0419 118 302 Jeremy Cleaver 0403 199 511 1004 Main Road, Eltham 9439 4022

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MONTMORENCY 1 Gordon Grove

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This spotless family home on 732m (approx) corner allotment delivers 3 robed bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, spacious lounge, open living/dining and timber kitchen with s/steel appliances. A covered alfresco zone creates a seamless indoor/outdoor link, with a leafy garden providing a lovely green backdrop. Finishing touches include timber floors, ducted heating/ cooling, double carport and gated single carport ideal for caravan/boat or the car enthusiast. Central to both Montmorency and Eltham amenities. 2

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ELTHAM 83 Kalbar Road

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This crafstman-built Federation-style home is picture perfect featuring 4 bedrooms (luxurious master suite), spa bathroom, 3 living zones, study and quality Caesarstone kitchen. French doors lead outside to the heated in-ground pool, entertainer’s gazebo and landscaped gardens, while a double garage/workshop, powder room and ducted heating/ cooling/vacuum add to the home’s practicality. Moments from quality schools, bus, train and central Eltham shops. What a standout!

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Saturday 24th February at 10.00am $790,000 - $830,000 732m2 approx Wed 5 - 5.30pm Sat 9.30 - 10am Peter Don 0410 609 006 Shane Leete 0419 118 302 1004 Main Road, Eltham 9439 4022

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Saturday 17th February at 1.00pm 965m2 approx Thur 5 - 5.30pm Sat 12 - 1.00pm Jeremy Cleaver 0403 199 511 Peter Don 0410 609 006 1004 Main Road, Eltham 9439 4022

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ELTHAM 14 Rockliffe Street

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Offering all the space and functionality you could want, this home delivers 5 bedrooms, 2 modern bathrooms, study, music room/studio (with separate entrance), lounge, large rumpus and a beautiful open kitchen/dining/living zone with adjoining deck – the perfect indoor/ outdoor format. The rear courtyard is well established and easy to manage, while other highlights include ducted heating/cooling, air conditioning, ducted vacuum, rich bamboo flooring & lovely leafy surrounds.

ELTHAM 1/64 Pitt Street

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Saturday 24th February at 12.00pm 630m2 approx Wed 4 - 4.30pm Sat 11.30 - 12.30pm Kevin Davy 0438 069 138 1004 Main Road, Eltham 9439 4022

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This designer home in central Eltham home delivers open plan living/ dining with gas log fire, well-appointed Caesar stone kitchen, 3 robed bedrooms, 3 deluxe bathrooms, powder room and a separate studio ideal for a private 4th bedroom or home office. A large alfresco deck overlooks the stylish easy-care courtyard, while extras include ducted heat/cool/vac, security system, double garage, attic storage and much more. A short walk to cafes, shops and public transport.

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AUCTION Saturday 24th February at 11.00am INSPECT Thur 5 - 5.30pm Sat 11 - 11.30am CONTACT Ryan Buckingham 0423 506 187 Cate Li 0439 209 545 OFFICE Cnr Rattray Rd & Were St, Montmorency PHONE 9434 6666

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ST HELENA 3 Sun Orchid Circuit

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Style and quality combine to create this beautifully appointed residence featuring open-plan kitchen/meals/living zone, 4 robed bedrooms (ground floor master), 2 modern bathrooms, powder room and a private upstairs living zone. A sunbathed deck set amid landscaped gardens is a highlight, along with split system heating/cooling, solar hot water and integrated double garage. Positioned within SHSC zone, you’ll love the easy access to local schools, shopping centres, Ring Road and more.

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GREENSBOROUGH 42 Kanowindra Crescent This freshly renovated home is brimming with modern appeal, featuring a light-filled lounge, brand new kitchen/dining with s/steel appliances and stone benchtops, 3 robed bedrooms, 2 new bathrooms and a huge rear garden with plenty of lawn for family playtime. Additional highlights include split system heating/cooling, LED lighting, new carpet, garden shed and carport. Just a short walk from local schools and shops, you are close to the Ring Road, Greensborough Plaza, bus and train.

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Saturday 17th February at 12.00pm $900,000 - $950,000 355m2 approx Thur 5 - 5.30pm Sat 11.30 - 12pm Shane Leete 0419 118 302 Peter Don 0410 609 006 1004 Main Road, Eltham 9439 4022

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Saturday 17th February at 11.00am 651m2 approx Thur 6 - 6.30pm Sat 11 - 11.30am Stuart Buckingham 0411 743 336 Ashley Maggs 0437 767 765 104 Grimshaw St, Greensborough 9435 0999

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MONTMORENCY 2/45 Para Road

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This attractive 1st home or investment opportunity features fresh modern dĂŠcor throughout a good-sized lounge, updated kitchen/meals with soft-close cabinetry, 2 robed bedrooms and a modern central bathroom. An alfresco deck is the highlight of a sunbathed courtyard garden, providing a private retreat for outdoor dining and entertaining. Extras include split system heating/cooling, garden shed, and easy access to amenities in Greensborough, Lower Plenty and Montmorency.

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AUCTION THIS SATURDAY YALLAMBIE 9/6 Borlase Street

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This designer home is perfect for downsizers and investors looking to purchase in a blue chip location within the highly sought after Viewbank College zone. Featuring 3 bedrooms, stainless steel appliances, stone bench tops, polished hardwood timber floors in the living area, carpet in bedrooms, tiles in bathrooms, ducted heating, split-system heating/cooling, landscaping & remote-controlled double garage. Situated just moments from shops, schools, bus, Macleod train station, parklands and easy access to freeways.

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AUCTION Saturday 10th February at 11.00am INSPECT Saturday 10.30 - 11am CONTACT Lee Murray 0428 119 262 Peter Don 0410 609 006 Shane Leete 0419 118 302 OFFICE 1004 Main Road, Eltham PHONE 9439 4022

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The Weekly Review Ivanhoe & Valley  

February 7-13, 2018

The Weekly Review Ivanhoe & Valley  

February 7-13, 2018

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