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y independent and resourceful niece counted may have made perfect sense once, but like many her coins and did her calculations. How long to underestimations of the size and dynamism of this walk to Melbourne Central train station? Well, remarkable city, I am not sure it reflects reality any more. not long at all … but wouldn’t it be so much closer to The population of inner Melbourne is booming in just cross the park and get a train at Flagstaff? Oh, hang a way that probably only compares to the gold rush on a minute: it’s Sunday, and for reasons sensible only to aftermath. According to always reliable Age economics the bureaucrats who make these decisions, there is editor Tim Colebatch, the population of the City of one station on that wonderful forward-thinking Melbourne grew by 5138 in 2011-12 alone, and bit of infrastructure known as the City Loop has more than doubled since New Year’s Day the state that is closed on the weekends – and that’s 2000 to 105,360. government Flagstaff station. Town hall figures are not as recent as I is kidding Public Transport Victoria tells me this is would like, but they show that the Melbourne because Flagstaff services a weekday clientele local government area with the greatest itself of city workers and there is no real demand for proportional population growth at 13 per the station on a weekend, particularly with trams cent has been West Melbourne – otherwise nearby. A reasonable argument – until you actually known as Flagstaff. spend time in the Flagstaff area and see a city park so I’ve written before about the compensations and full of families, students, young couples, older couples compromises of living with a family in the inner city. and children that it resembles a bustling mini Central Yes, I get to go virtually everywhere by foot or tram and Park. One city councillor I know tells me Flagstaff is the I am a stranger to the tyranny of the cross-town pickup/ most used park in the City of Melbourne network. drop off; but I have to live with noises, smells, people Now the park and its environs, spreading north to and situations that many would find intolerable. North Melbourne, south into the city and west towards For now, the trade-off is overwhelmingly positive, but Docklands, are being filled with large apartment as demographers and experts such as Colebatch have developments of Hong Kong proportions that are pointed out, with growth in Melbourne the fastest of any bringing thousands of new dwellers each year to place in the country, the state government is kidding this one corner of the city alone. The PTV decision itself if it believes it can cope with this population

explosion by building one major piece of infrastructure at a time. If you build it they will come? Mate, they’re here already – and there are not enough trams, trains, schools, pools, parks or libraries to accommodate them. The quaint weekend closure of a major train station is I think emblematic of a mindset that has failed to keep pace with population and popularity. The tricky intersection of politics and economics makes the vision thing difficult: you can fund the infrastructure a city needs now and for the future by borrowing, but we know how neurotic governments are about that idea. Meanwhile, there is no similar concern about population and development – that reflects a boom-time attitude not matched by our willingness to be equally expansive with our balance sheets. PTV does seem alive to the challenge, and says it will review weekend transport demand “as Docklands and the north-west corner of the CBD continue to grow and change”, but such a comment implicitly accepts there is no change and no urgency now, and that, I think, is the problem. It puts me in mind of that old cartoon about there being no point remembering that you always intended to drain the swamp when the alligators are already biting you on the arse. \

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City of Yarra, Your Community, Your Council Carols by Candlelight Warm up those vocal chords and pack a picnic rug for the annual Carols By Candlelight concert, which will take place at Richmond’s Citizens Park on Thursday 5 December from 6pm. Boasting its biggest line up to date, this free concert will feature performances by the acclaimed Australian Boys’ Choir and Fitzroy’s own community choir, The Key Tones. Students from local schools will put their unique twist on traditional and modern carols and there will be a very special appearance from Father Christmas. Candles and song books will be available for purchase and to keep things local, traders from Bridge Road will be running food and drink stalls. Catch trams 48, 75 or 78 to the event, or ride your bike. There is an accessible drop-off point located in Gleadell Street. For more information, contact Michael Ward, Civic Events Officer, on 9205 5086 or at

Australia Day Awards open Council invites nominations for Yarra’s Australia Day Awards, which recognise individuals and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to the Yarra community in the fields of sport, business, community service, the environment, arts & culture, and economic development. There are awards for Citizen, Young Citizen, Community Service and Community Event of the year.

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FIRE SPARKS QUESTIONS OVER SMART meter installation Despite this explanation, a senior MFB source has warned that Victoria could Victoria’s largest electricity supplier has experience a “spate” of fires over the next denied responsibility for a switchboard fire at decade caused by wiring that was damaged a house in Melbourne’s north, despite paying during smart meter installations. out thousands of dollars in compensation. A former tenant at the Northcote house, Citipower maintains it is not to blame for a Patrick Howes, said he raised the alarm just fire at a Northcote share house earlier this after 6am when he heard an explosion. year even though it paid to rehome “I saw huge sparks coming out of the tenants at an executive serviced smart meter near the front door,” the apartment complex and in private “i saw huge, 27-year-old accountant said. accommodation for two months “It was completely engulfed in sparks ... from after the blaze – at a cost believed to flames and melting off the wall. The the meter” be more than $23,000. house was filling up with smoke The power company also removed so we evacuated. The only reason I the charred smart meter from the was awake was because I was studying property and sent staff door-to-door for an exam. If I was asleep I don’t think I within hours of the fire to inspect would have woken up. The whole house would switchboards at neighbouring houses. have been on fire in a matter of minutes.” The fire, on July 26, spread up the side of Citipower spokesman Drew Douglas said the weatherboard house and into the roof, the company did not accept responsibility for rendering it uninhabitable. On the day, an the fire and could not have done anything to MFB spokesman said “faulty wiring from a prevent it. But the power company picked up poorly installed smart meter” caused the fire. the bill for alternative accommodation for Mr But the state’s energy regulator, Energy Howes and his flatmates for up to nine weeks. Safe Victoria, said MFB’s initial finding was Mr Douglas said the payments were made not based on an official investigation. The as a “gesture of goodwill”. He would not regulator’s spokeswoman Sharon Rainsbury say how much the company had paid out in said a fuse just centimetres from the smart compensation for electrical fires over the past meter had caused the blaze. 12 months. northcote

Up in smoke: Patrick Howes (pictured) lived in this Northcote share house until July 26, when a fire forced him and his flatmates out of their home. (STEPHEN McKENZIE)

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He said Citipower had removed the burnt smart meter from the Northcote house because it was damaged beyond repair and had inspected switchboards at other houses on the street as a “precautionary measure”. Citipower/Powercore has fitted more than 1 million smart meters across the state and began installing them in Northcote in 2010. Mr Howes said a firefighter told him the smart meter had caused the fire. “I asked him if there were problems with them and he said there had been plenty of fires started by smart meters,” he said. “And then he said something like, ‘But I didn’t say that’, or ‘My lips are sealed’. “Then a Citipower guy arrived and made an announcement in front of Energy Safe and everyone else that the wiring behind the board caused the fire and that there was no problem with the smart meter.” Energy Safe Victoria said it was called to investigate and concluded three days after the fire that it “had nothing to do with the meter”. It ruled that a service fuse, most likely fitted in the 1960s by Northcote City Council Electricity, caused the fire. ESV’s Ms Rainsbury said MFB’s comments immediately after the fire attributing it to a poorly installed smart meter were “speculation and not based on the determined facts.”

MFB communications manager Jay Gleeson said it supported ESV’s findings. But a senior MFB staff member, who asked not to be named, said firefighters were responding to an increasing number of fires caused by poorly installed smart meters. “We see it again and again. The biggest proximity to all the smart meter fires has been poor installation. Using the wrong fixings, tugging and pulling on cables that should have been extended – it all comes down to poor installation.” The MFB employee warned that pressure placed on wiring from poorly installed smart meters could lead to more fires: “In 10 years’ time we might suddenly get a spate of them.” Energy and Resources minister Nicholas Kotsiras said he had not been advised of any problems with smart meter installations. “If this is an issue or if this comes through as a major problem I will look into it but it hasn’t come to my attention yet,” he said. “When they install smart meters usually they find a faulty meter board … or other electrical defects which they rectify.” ESV said one smart meter, out of more than 2 million fitted across the state, had started a fire and 15,000 electrical faults have been fixed since the smart meter program began. \ BEAU DONELLY

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A Pascoe Vale man faces multiple charges relating to the online exploitation of more than 20 children. The 31-year-old man allegedly used fake identities to groom girls, aged 11 to 16, on social networking sites. Police said he coerced the children into sending him sexually explicit videos and pictures of themselves. The man was arrested at a business in Hawthorn last Tuesday and appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court charged with two counts of blackmail, two of stalking and four relating to transmitting child pornography. Police searched the man’s house and seized mobile phones and computers. Taskforce Astraea was established in early 2012 to crack down on online sexual crimes against children. \ BD

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A leading real-estate body has rebuffed suggestions that home owners whose properties will sit above the contentious east-west link will face lower valuations. The response follows claims from a law firm that more than 200 property owners across Fitzroy and Collingwood could be entitled to compensation from the state government. The project’s Comprehensive Impact Statement, which was released in early November, revealed 198 residential and 19 commercial properties will sit above the cross-city tunnel. Real Estate Institute of Victoria chief executive officer Enzo Raimondo said construction will “certainly” create amenity issues for home owners but rejected claims it would translate into lower property values. “If we think more long-term about this project, the increased connectivity of the east-west link does provide overall benefits to the broader community,” he said. “This may see increased capital growth in suburbs such as Kensington, Flemington and Travancore that will have more direct access to the Eastern Freeway and jobs in the eastern suburbs and vice versa.”


Law firm Slater & Gordon has advised affected residents that they could be entitled to money based on the argument that property titles extend to the centre of the Earth. Slater & Gordon practice group leader Ben Hardwick said compensation would depend on whether the property title needed to be re-issued since 1891. “For example, if a property has been

subdivided since that time, there might have been a need to create a new title,” he said. “However, we believe that property owners are probably entitled to compensation irrespective of whether their title goes to the centre of the Earth or only down to 15 metres.” He said owners would be obliged to inform would-be buyers that a major tunnel is to be located under their land, a disclosure that would result in a loss of property value. The estimated $8 to $10 billion east-west link will connect the Eastern Freeway to the Western Ring Road. A tunnel is planned to go under homes in Collingwood, Clifton Hill and Fitzroy as part of stage one to connect the Eastern Freeway to CityLink. The project is being challenged by Yarra City Council and residents. Property valuer Brian Dudakov disagreed with Mr Raimondo, saying that based on past experiences, properties affected by subterranean easements or tunnels are “considered less desirable compared with unencumbered properties, particularly prior to and during the construction phase, translating into a lower market value”. \ ALANA SCHETZER


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A week after making waves by declaring her support for equal marriage rights and Australia becoming a republic, Governor-General Quentin Bryce visited Fitzroy’s Charcoal Lane for a meet-and-greet with its trainees last Tuesday. The Mission Australia program is focused on the area’s indigenous history and present, with the menu specialising in native ingredients and the trainee program focused on disadvantaged Aboriginal youth. Mission Australia’s Corri McKenzie said it was thrilling to have the Governor-General take an interest. “Last year, more than 75 per cent of trainees went on to some other form of education or employment, which highlights the importance of alternative vocational programs like this,” she said. \ AS


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Inner-city drivers clocked up the most fines for mobile phone offences over the past year. Figures released by Victoria Police to coincide with the introduction of tougher penalties for drivers who break the law revealed almost 14,000 fines were handed out in Melbourne, Yarra and Moreland in the 2012-13 year. The data shows 7249 infringements were given to drivers who illegally used their phones in Melbourne, 3388 in Yarra and 3316 in Moreland. In Moreland there was an 82 per cent increase in phone offences year on year. Fines for drivers who break the law increased last week by almost 50 per cent to $433. Offending drivers will now also lose four demerit points, up from three. “We know distraction is a major cause of crashes and the use of mobile phones is an emerging and worrying trend,” Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill said. “I find it remarkable that so many people think they are above the law and that they are somehow immune to the risks caused by distraction.” The new laws also mean P2 drivers – who



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are in the second, third and fourth years of their probationary licence – will now be subjected to the same mobile phone rules as first year licence holders. Last year 92 fines were handed out to learner or P1 drivers for mobile phone offences in Melbourne, Yarra and Moreland. “Young drivers are the most vulnerable road users so we are taking away the temptation to use their phones while driving. We are introducing even stricter laws,” Mr Hill said. “Police will be out enforcing these new penalties, so our message to all drivers is don’t reach for the phone.” \ BEAU DONELLY

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yarra eyes off aids visitors will end with a free meal at Sircuit Bar. Yarra councillor Stephen Jolly said the The city of Yarra is set to play a key role municipality had an obligation to support its when more than 18,000 delegates descend on gay and lesbian community. Melbourne next July for a major international “I’ll be ensuring that council put up health conference. political messages and use Yarra as an area The 20th International AIDS Conference to ensure it is a model for what can be done will attract representatives from more than elsewhere,” he said. 200 countries and is expected to pump more In October it was reported that the than $84 million into the state economy national HIV infection rate had during the six-day event. increased by 8 per cent in 2011, and Scientists, policy makers and had risen 50 per cent increase in the it’s a onceindividuals living with HIV or past decade. in-a-lifetime AIDS will attend. The National Centre in HIV opportunity Social Research reported that there Yarra City Council has created what it calls the “Yarra Social Hub” were 1137 new HIV diagnoses in to lure and cater for the thousands of 2011, compared to 719 in 1999. expected visitors. Yarra mayor Jackie Fristacky said Collingwood’s Smith Street has been the muncipality was well-suited to play a designated the social centre for the conference significant role in the conference, as it has with Sircuit Bar hosting several events. the highest proportion of gay men per capita Bar co-owner Chris Driscoll said “It’s a compared to any other local government area perfect fit”. in Victoria. “We have a great public transport system “Given the significant number of people from the city to here and we have a variety living with AIDS in Yarra, this conference of experiences in Yarra, from bohemian will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Brunswick Street to edgy Smith Street and to bring world leading expertise on the social Gertrude Street,” he said. and health implications of AIDs to Yarra’s Events will include the Community Supper, doorstep,” she said. \ ALANA SCHETZER to be held on July 22, and a march in the CBD

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centrelink streamlined Vulnerable families in Melbourne’s north will have better access to help under a program aimed at simplifying Centrelink procedures, social services say. The state government’s Services Connect program, which streamlines assessments for disadvantaged clients, is being expanded to Preston. The $12 million initiative was launched last year at test sites in Dandenong, Geelong and the south-west coast in a bid to simplify access to the welfare system. Under the changes, clients with complex needs are allocated a case worker as their single point of contact, with the aim of consolidating housing, family, health, justice, alcohol and drug treatment services. Victorian Council of Social Service chief executive Emma King said the program would help vulnerable people struggling to navigate the system. “In the past there’s often been multiple assessments that duplicate each other and people find they’re having to tell their story again and again, which is frustrating,” she said. “The idea of this program is to bring all the parts of the human services system together

and focus on shared outcomes for clients. They won’t have to deal with multiple people or if they do they’ve got one case worker who’s helping and checking that they don’t fall out of the system.” More than 20 per cent of Darebin households live on incomes of less than $600 a week. Some suburbs in the municipality have above-average rates of unemployment and youth who are not working or in school. In the federal electorate of Batman, which takes in Darebin, more than 400 families are feeling the financial sting of being forced from single-parent payments onto the lower-paying Newstart since the start of the year. Ms King said cost-of-living issues were adding to pressure facing disadvantaged families in Melbourne’s north. “If a bill comes in or if the car breaks down these people are in significant financial stress,” she said. Community Services minister Mary Wooldridge said the Services Connect model centred on planning client’s personal, social and economic goals. “Clients have told us they are looking for a simpler experience of human services,” Ms Wooldridge said. “They prefer to have one person as their main contact and for their services to be managed in a co-ordinated way.” \ BEAU DONELLY

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Artists Brady and Nathan show off their work at the opening of The Small Wonders art exhibition in Collingwood. They are part of a group of 70 intellectually disabled artists exhibiting paintings, drawings and sculptures. The artists produced their work through programs run by Araluen, one of the largest support services for adults with intellectual disabilities in north-east Melbourne. Lara Hynes, who has run the art program for five years, said pieces were noted for their fresh, original, inventive qualities. “We’re trying to give them the same opportunities that other artists get.” All art is for sale, priced from $150 to $400. At Cambridge Studio Gallery, 52 Cambridge Street, Collingwood until December 7. \ BD

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homeless find hope in the “other” world cup ever since,” she says. “When I started I didn’t know the skills but now I learn new skills Suzie looks at her passport with a sense of every time I go.” pride. She has just returned from overseas Suzie, who now lives in Albert Park, where she represented Australia at the has been one of the program’s biggest Homeless World Cup and on one passport beneficiaries, says Jill. page is a stamp from a visit to Poland. “Before she started coming, Suzie had Having been homeless for five years, never played,” she says. “She’s such a Suzie had never given much thought different person now, she’s lost a lot to going overseas. “It’s tough when of weight but, more importantly, “we always you’ve got nowhere to go and you’re grown in confidence. supported looking for somewhere to live and “She didn’t used to talk much, each other” now she is happy to talk in front of stay,” she says. It was four years ago that Suzie, groups and to the media.” who also has mental health issues, This year’s Homeless World Cup, heard something that changed her life. played in August, was the seventh Jill Murphy, a street soccer coach, visited the time Australia had fielded a team in the transitional housing where Suzie was staying, competition. Named the Street Socceroos, extolling the round-ball game. seven players from around the country went Jill suggested Suzie take up a weekly soccer to the Polish city of Poznan to compete program for women run out of the North against teams from 64 countries. Melbourne Community Centre, part of The Rather than being chosen on ability, players Big Issue’s nation-wide street soccer program. are chosen on their character. “I didn’t really want to go,” Suzie admits. “I “She [Suzie] displayed the characteristics of thought I’ll just play it once.” good teamwork,” Jill says. But once was all it took. “She’s very respectful of everyone around “I just loved it and I’ve kept coming back her and shows a real passion and commitment sport

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coming to the program. I put her forward to be nominated and it was such an honour to see her go.” Suzie was the only woman selected and although Australia won just two of 12 games, she had a successful tournament. Playing against men, she scored four goals, including a penalty against Portugal. Suzie beams with pride as she recounts her penalty kick. “The reason I scored it is that a player is not supposed to kick the ball to the goalkeeper three times,” she says. “So they gave away a penalty. I was captain of the team at the time and I just kicked it and it went right in the corner, just like I trained every week. “My coach says kick it right in the corner and I did that. Everyone celebrated and I was very proud of the goal. It was just awesome.” It wasn’t Suzie’s only honour in the tournament. She also carried the Australian sign during the opening ceremony. “I carried the big Australian sign, it’s the same size as the Olympic sign,” she says. “My legs were very tired.” Brazil won the cup, beating Mexico in a penalty shoot-out in the final. But, unlike its more prominent counterpart, the quadrennial FIFA World Cup, the Homeless World Cup is marked by a strong sense of camaraderie between competing nations. “All tournament it was friendly,” says Suzie. “We never fight, we always supported each

From the spot: Suzie lines up for goal in the Homeless World Cup. It’s in the net: Suzie (right) celebrates scoring a penalty in the Homeless World Cup. (FIONA CRAWFORD)

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other. We didn’t have any fans there but all the teams were supporting us and we were supporting them. “It was just awesome. I felt very happy.” Suzie’s positive attitude has seen her become something of a leader for the group of women who take part in the North Melbourne street soccer program on Thursday afternoons. “Suzie really sets a tone [of] ‘This is how we are, we don’t speak disrespectfully’ and people fit right in,” says Jill.

The strong sense of compassion generated by the program was evident during a visit to the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre last year, when one of the players invited the female prisoners to join the program on release. “We go out to the women’s prison once a year to play a match with them,” Jill explains, “and last year one of the players said to them all, ‘When you come out of prison you’ve got a ready-made family here if you want it, this is where you can come.’ “It was amazing. It’s a really welcoming environment and it’s terrific for women; it’s a way for them to socialise and learn new skills. “Most of the women have never played before and a lot of them have mental health issues, so this is their time for the week, it’s a regular routine. “We train 52 weeks a year, we never have a break; they know they can always come here because we’ll always be here. “Most of them have multiple appointments and commitments that they don’t necessarily want to go to. (But) this is something to look forward to.” Before running off to join her teammates in another drill, Suzie has one more message she’d like to share. “I encourage more people to try it out,” she says. “When I first started I didn’t like it and now I do. And who knows, you might end up like me and go to the World Cup!” \ DANIEL PAPROTH

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Nahji Chu is changing the way we eat, and the way we think about refugees, one rice paper roll at a time, writes FRANCESCA CARTER


n her 43 years, Nahji Chu has a been called many things – Vietnamese refugee, straight-shooting businesswoman, rice paper roll Nazi – but after hearing her incredible life story, you look at her and think one word: survivor. Chu is the dynamo behind the burgeoning MissChu catering business and chain of hawker-style Vietnamese restaurants that have taken Sydney and now Melbourne by storm. In seven short years, what started as a niche home-based supplier of rice paper rolls to a couple of Sydney catering companies has grown into a chain of eight perpetually packed takeaway and eat-in “tuck shops” in the two cities – with more to come. Last week she launched MissChu onto the world stage, opening her first international outpost in London, and there are plans to open “tuck shops” in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and a third MissChu in Melbourne. “I’ve always wanted MissChu to be an international brand,” says Chu, “and I thought London would be the best one to start with because of the success of Pret A Manger [soup and sandwich lunch bars]. But MissChu is a better version. It’s better food, it’s healthier, it’s actually a lot faster, and it’s not pre-made. It’s for the fast-working business person, and the risk of failure is very minimal.” Whether she’s eyeballing a tiger prawn or an influential businessman, Chu takes everything in her stride. She is driven, self-effacing, opinionated, and laughs openly and often. What makes her success so interesting is her personal journey. Every life experience, she says, has played a vital role in building her business. Born in Laos in 1970, Chu was the third of six siblings. Her grandparents were farmers and street vendors in Hanoi, Vietnam, but left the country after constant droughts and the threat of starvation. They eventually settled in Luang Prabang, where her paternal grandfather prospered running a hotel. In 1975, when Chu was five, her family attempted to escape the Pathet Lao communist regime. “I remember my mother said, ‘Everyone, we’re going to a festival and it’s going to be really cold’,” says Chu. “We were leaving the country with whatever we could wear on our bodies, and me as a five-year-old said, ‘Well mum, it’s not that cold, I don’t understand why we need to wear all these clothes’. “At the last minute she left with four of my siblings, and said, ‘You and you are staying at home’. I just burst out crying saying, ‘What have I done? I’ve been a really good girl. What do you mean I can’t come?’ She was crying at the door and left me there with my brother and father. I didn’t see her again for six months.” To flee Laos, Chu’s remaining family had to paint themselves with mud, buy a fisherman’s canoe and cross the Mekong River in the dead of night. Just as they thought they were in the clear, the group were pulled over by Thai police and thrown into a jail on the border. Sharing a tiny, damp cell with 30 people, Chu became sick. “We lived on one bowl of porridge and one egg to share per day,” she says. After bribing the guards, Chu’s family was released and they embarked on a long trek through the jungle,

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“IT doeSN’T feel rIGHT To Take SomeoNe’S culTure becauSe of THe food aNd leaVe THe reST beHINd”

Breaking the mould: Nahji Chu. Inset: MissChu South Yarra. (Peter BeNNettS)

arriving at Nong Khai Refugee Camp in northern Thailand. By coincidence, Chu’s mother and four other siblings were in the same camp. In four years, the family lived in three refugee camps, surviving the most meagre living conditions. Then in 1978, their number came up and Chu and her family were among the first Vietnamese/Laotian refugees to settle in Australia. Arriving in Sydney by plane, they were sent to Villawood Refugee Hostel. “Everything felt very First World,” recalls Chu. “It was all brand new and modern, and I remember having my own cubicle in the toilet and thinking it was amazing. The compound we lived in wasn’t made of sticks and mud, it was made of concrete. We had a bed with pillows and a mattress, and there was running water. “We had to learn how to eat cereal, milk, butter and speak the language. It was the first time we saw things like traffic lights. We were like monkeys in the city.” After a mandatory six months, a government agency found Chu’s father work on a chicken farm at Cessnock in the Hunter Valley. But after a year, the family piled into their Ford Falcon 500 station wagon and headed to Melbourne to join relatives. They settled in a small terrace in Duke Street, Richmond, around the corner from a renowned – but unlicensed – pho shop run by her aunt, Yen. Yen later set up Vietnamese restaurants in Box Hill – Tien Dat and then Indochine – which she still operates. When Chu was a teenager, the family joined the growing Vietnamese community in Footscray, but she continued to go to school in Richmond. “Culturally the Vietnamese stay together as a family unit, and it’s seen as quite disrespectful to go out of that tradition,” says Chu. “I broke the mould because I said, ‘I don’t want to live in Footscray, there is a stigma attached to that suburb’. I couldn’t wait to move out of home, and when I was legal it was the first thing I did ... My mum lost a lot of face out of that. “Most [Vietnamese] girls will stay and not move out of home until they’re married. So being the first Vietnamese girl to move out of home was huge, but I paved the way for my siblings.”


he studied environmental science at Melbourne University, waitressing at Yen’s Box Hill restaurants to help pay her way. It was her introduction to hospitality. Last year, the MissChu empire turned over $20 million. To keep up with the growing demand, she now employs more than 200 people, has six delivery vans, 25 mopeds and 15 electric bicycles emblazoned with her: “You ling, we bling” slogan. Each of her food outlets – which she calls tuck shops because of their makeshift vibe – is marked by a striking fit-out, incorporating many of Chu’s passions – design, music and fresh, healthy food. Green tiles, bamboo detailing, blackboard menus, wooden counters, rice bowl lampshades and alleyway-like corridors reference a south-east Asian aesthetic. “MissChu really represents everything that I am and so my personality is everywhere,” says Chu. “I’m creative naturally. I have a design eye and I understand space and timing. A lot of my Vietnamese staff don’t get it. I will come in and say, ‘The lighting is too bright, and the music is not loud enough’. It all has to be balanced out, otherwise nothing makes sense.” Chu’s creativity took flight after she dropped out of university and began experimenting with fashion design and filmmaking. But she always did catering on the side to pay the bills. After moving to Sydney and working as a credit analyst, she decided to start her own catering business. She submitted a business plan to the federal government New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS), and was awarded a basic business certificate and income support for 52 weeks.

Working from home, before expanding into a commercial kitchen, Chu began producing a range of rice paper rolls, using no MSG, no garlic, lots of clean flavours and the best ingredients for corporate and private parties. The rolls were an instant hit. “When I started, we were right next to a girls’ school, and from the windows you could see our staff working. We used to get a lot of office workers coming over saying, ‘When are you going to open to the public, because it’s really annoying watching you guys make rice paper rolls and we’re not allowed to buy any’.” After a year, Chu finally opened her first tuck shop alongside the catering kitchen. It was here she developed her reputation as the “rice paper roll Nazi”. “It just completely went off and we used to run out of ingredients all the time,” says Chu. “We had all these catering orders so I would often have to close the shop early. It got so popular and there were just squillions of people lining up. I started to lose my temper. People would line up for 40 minutes and then get to the window and start deciding, and that’s when I was like, ‘Jesus Christ, get your shit together!’ There were a lot of people saying, ‘Have you seen that feisty lady in the window in Darlinghurst, she’s got the best dumplings but the worst manners in the world.” Myffy Rigby, chief food and drink critic for TimeOut Australia, admits she was almost reduced to tears in one encounter with Chu. “Being yelled at through a microphone fashioned out of a paper cup, and told I couldn’t have what I had asked for because I had ordered too much was certainly interesting.” Chu is the first to admit she has a short fuse, perhaps a legacy of her brutal childhood. Growing up around the corner from the Richmond commission flats, Chu was frequently victimised for her Vietnamese heritage and sometimes physically attacked. “There was a Greek family who lived in the same street who hated us,” she says. “There was lots of physical fighting. We had to walk past this house in order to get home, and it was like, ‘All right get your fists out, get your bat.’ Every day, passing this Greek house was like passing a war zone – so many times we would have scratched knees, blood noses, a black eye.” Her childhood experiences continue to influence Chu’s life and business. Today, she doesn’t just promote her Vietnamese heritage – MissChu’s main brand image replicates the photo from her refugee visa – she also uses her profile to advocate for refugee rights. “Everything about MissChu is about fitting in. It’s about me saying, ‘Hey Australia, we’re just as funky as you and in fact there is an advantage for you in having me here. You get my food and you get my stories’,” says Chu. “It’s really important to have these stories spill into mainstream so that we’re much more inclusive and forgiving as a society in accepting people from other cultures. It just doesn’t feel right to take someone’s culture because of their food and leave the rest behind.” Last year, Chu appeared on ABC’s Q&A, where she talked candidly about the Pacific and the Malaysia solution. Not long after, she was invited to be an ambassador for Refugee Week in June. As part of her role, she teamed up with General Pants Co. and launched a “dumplings not detention” T-shirt campaign, encouraging Australians to focus on the blessings of our multicultural society and raise money for the Refugee Council of Australia. “The T-shirts were about bringing awareness to the whole debate, which has been having some really negative press,” says Chu. “I was like, ‘Well I’ve lived in this country for 36 years, and I’ve tried to make being a refugee cool, and now it’s getting worse and being a refugee is looked down upon’. So I thought, let’s make it funky again, how do I do this? Make a T-shirt and make it pop. It was about getting the message out there in a fashionable, fun way.” \ We Welcome your feedback @

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decAnTer \ Ben Thomas on shiraz: when The hunTer Becomes The hunTed


CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL Come into the city to experience a very special festive atmosphere. Get into the Christmas spirit by following the decoration trail around the city and when dusk falls, watch as the Melbourne Town Hall becomes the dramatic backdrop for a spellbinding new light projection.

GET INVOLVED IN YOUR CITY PUBLIC ART COMES TO FRUITION The City of Melbourne’s newest public artwork, Fruition by Matthew Harding, has been installed in Royal Park. Made in the form of giant seed pods, the work highlights the relationship between manmade and natural environments.



ARTPLAY Artist Jim Birkett from the Bundanon Trust will visit ArtPlay in January with an Arthur Boyd and Indra Deigan book called Sangkuriang, about a legend from West Java. Inspired by this work, join in the fun of creating a giant collaborative book and learning about writing, drawing and collage.

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hen the weather warms up, “I think when those wines were produced refreshing whites and dry rosés people weren’t as educated about wine as they become the order of the day. are now and they identified those characters Nevertheless, it’s a given that when I’m as being a Hunter character, when in fact it drinking with friends there’s always someone was sloppy winemaking,” Thomas says. who wants to stick to reds. “Cellars weren’t set up properly, wine was When you’ve sacrificed valuable fridge aged in barrels in tin sheds without proper space to keep the wines cool, a red request refrigeration and winemaking didn’t have the can catch you by surprise on a hot level of attention to detail that there is these summer’s day. days. The one-percenters that are required to So here’s my tip. This summer, keep a make great shiraz just weren’t being done.” few bottles of Hunter Valley shiraz handy. Winemaking aside, the Hunter also Generally low in alcohol (13-14 per suffered from an identity crisis. When cent compared with 15 per cent-plus massive shiraz from the Barossa blockbusters), it’s medium-bodied and McLaren Vale was the order “There’s a so drinks well on a warm day. Plus, of the day, the Hunter tried to lot more savoury tannins hit the spot with compete instead of staying true freshness” meat from the barbecue. The to its terroir. “In the late ’80s and 2011 vintage, which is pretty much ’90s, people weren’t interested in the current vintage for most Hunter medium-bodied wine and as far as shirazes, was a cracker, too. I haven’t the market, wine shows and a number come across a bottle yet that is anything but of journalists and opinion-makers were delicious. concerned, Australia went through a period There’s only one problem – Hunter Valley of, ‘bigger was better’. shiraz can be hard to track down. It isn’t the “You can force the wines and try and most popular bottle on the shelf, and on a get them as ripe as possible and load them recent visit to a local chain store I found just up with oak and tweak them [to create a two examples. blockbuster], but what you end up doing is The reason for this, according to Hunter making a wine that isn’t true to itself and Valley winemaker Andrew Thomas, is feels forced. historic, and much of the explanation lies “The style of shiraz coming from our with the Hunter Valley itself. region now is a completely different wine. “I think the main problem is there’s a little There’s a lot more freshness, vibrancy hangover of an outdated perception of what and aromatic fruit purity, but without Hunter Valley shiraz is. I think the Hunter compromising that signature of Hunter only has itself to blame for people having that Valley shiraz, which is very much perception,” says Thomas. medium-bodied with that really savoury He says “sloppy winemaking” in the past tannin structure.” \ led to microbial problems that are known as brettanomyces, or brett for short. Brett’s safe to drink but imparts barnyard and sweaty online only » saddle characters to a wine – hardly what Ben Thomas’ weekly wine selections you’re looking for during a romantic meal.



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elbourne witnessed a string of “inspired by” openings in 2013 – concepts influenced by cuisine from other shores and marketed with exaggerated authenticity. I know it’s what we do best, but the trend seems a little more overt of late. There have been plenty on my review list this year – Machi, St Kilda; Mamak, city; Heirloom, city; Saigon Sally, Prahran; Bang Pop, South Wharf; Naked in the Sky, Brunswick; Acland St. Cantina, St Kilda. Melburnians are always hungry for the latest food fashion. Mostly we’re not sticklers for authenticity, provided our wallets are lightened to the same degree our interest is piqued. Burma Lane wears its “not authentic” credentials stylishly. The latest offering from Apples and Pears Entertainment Group, the people behind the successful Red Spice Road, was stimulated by its own sell-out event, Burmese Lane, held during this year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Chef Adam Trengove, who has worked with the group’s executive chef, John McLeay, since 2007, spent a week in Burma (yes, one week) researching the food. The menu was developed in September and October, and Burma Lane opened three weeks ago. I squeezed the door open for a peek as renovations were nearing completion. The space that belonged to Mahjong Black – filled with sparkling curtains of optic-fibre lighting and dramatic sculptures – has been thoughtfully recycled. The changes bring a pop-culture edge to the rather forbidding space. Chandeliers in bird cages and the Freedom to Lead image of Aung San Suu Kyi by US artist Shepard Fairey (it was stencilled on the wall by the graffiti artist and the restaurant’s “wine guy” Rhen Dodd) add chaste political comment. The restaurant supports a range of charities in Burma through umbrella organisation Pomelo. Burma Lane’s menu is worldly in its own right. Burma shares borders with China, India and Thailand, and Trengove’s experience brings in elements of other parts of south-east Asia including Vietnam and Cambodia. Don’t miss the intensely flavoured Kun Sar Thi, Thai-ish betel leaves that wrap around a zesty blend of shredded chicken, shallots and green papaya. Trengove says the idea came from the betel leaves filled with chewing tobacco that he spotted in stained teeth on the streets. His appetising filling is given heat with Sichuan pepper and piquancy with liberal use of ginger. A fiery garam masala pork skewer (skewers of all kinds are served at street stalls everywhere) was endearingly uncomplicated. A sriracha-like sauce coated the tender fillet that encased spring onions and enoki mushrooms wrapped in the pink blanket of meat. We downed plump, sesame-seed-coated broad-bean fritters, and juicy sweet soft-shell crab with a sour-chilli drizzle, and sighed over coconut-mashed potato “cakes” that encased long-cooked lamb, with crisp-fried outer edges and an icing of paprika-topped minted yoghurt.


Restaurant manager Shaun Moorhouse, who has come from Red Spice Road, gives Burma Lane style and polish. He delivered three glass jars of condiments at the start of the meal: a sweet and sour chilli and tomato relish, a tomato and coriander chutney spiced with cumin, and a salty, spicy blend of belachan (dried shrimp paste), dried ginger, shallots and garlic. “Every bite should be different,” he says, so we spoon them on liberally and experiment with flavours. Moorhouse also up-sells the pickled tea leaf salad that’s already becoming a signature dish. Imported pickled leaves have been cured in brine and chillies. They make an impact through crunchy chickpeas, fried shallots and shredded cabbage and add to the earthy texture of soy beans and yellow split peas. Tomatoes and ginger play a part in bringing the busy mix together.

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From the bigger bites, we found the funky mohinga a little lacklustre. It’s Burma Lane’s “take” on a classic, essentially fish soup. Noodles, mustard greens, boiled egg and noodles add interest. There’s an intense beef cheek curry, flavoured pickled green mango that’s given texture with eggplant, and a notable goat shoulder and pumpkin curry. Desserts such as a pleasant semolina cake with terrific rum-soaked dried raisins, and a carefully constructed sago and coconut custard pudding show that chef skill, classic techniques and a bit of offshore inspiration can unify. \ to REAd MoRE REviEws

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This two-storey dining palace dazzles at night. from the upper mezzanine, which feels like a royal balcony, downlights and chandeliers in gilded cages reflect light from sparkling mirrors. There’s a twinkling tiled pillar and radiant wall mural featuring Burma’s proud and smiling opposition and pro-democracy leader aung San Suu Kyi. Dark-timber furnishes and charcoal-toned accents provide a moody backdrop to the visual travelogue that features photographs, modern art and a collection of colourful vintage posters. \

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UNDER THE RADAR \ MYKE BARTLETT REVIEWS THE LATEST FILM The Spectacular Now \ Opens December 5, Rated M, 95 min »




Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) is the life of the party, but life is starting to pass him by. High school graduation looms and he’s more interested in boozing it up than exams or university applications. When his more ambitious girlfriend trades him in for a star athlete, Keely embarks on a record binge and wakes up on the lawn of nice girl Aimee (Shailene Woodley), who mistakes him for someone better than he is. There’s nothing surprising about the plot to this comedy-drama. Hopeless Keely is knocked into shape by his smarter, more driven girlfriend. There’s no shortage of stories in which women are cast as life rafts for drowning men. What distinguishes The Spectacular Now from similar tales is its execution. Fronted by two likeable and capable young actors, this is a film that has the slick energy of great entertainment, but doesn’t shirk from the messiness of adolescence. Keely is realistically hedonistic without the terrible, exaggerated consequence fiction usually inflicts on such indulgence. In fact, the singular sex scene here is one of the most convincing cinematic portrayals of teen sex – tender and awkward and unvarnished. Teller does a great job as a boy who isn’t quite wise to his wounds, preferring to believe his own hype. The ending might try to tie things up a little too neatly, but this doesn’t trample on the truth that precedes it. Funny and sad and pleasingly real, this is one of the finest teen flicks in years. \

WATCHING \ Bad Santas (ABC2, Tuesday 8.40pm) Charming two-part doco about unemployed blokes vying to put on the red duds and spread some seasonal cheer. ATTENDING \ National Theatre: 50 Years On Stage. Performances from the Britain’s National Theatre are always a treat. This event, featuring 100 top actors, shows in cinemas from December 5. LISTENING \ Toy Join The Dots. Excellent, swirling psych-rock from this London-based group.


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Tropfest moves out of the cinema and into your living room for this, its 22nd season. From humble beginnings in a Sydney café, the festival has expanded into theatre screenings across the country. This year there’s no reason to leave home, as SBS2 is showcasing the 16 finalist films, alongside interviews with celebrity judges, filmmakers and red-carpet guests. The films are always a great mix of comedy, drama, artiness and animation. Past programs have launched such stars as Sam Worthington and the Edgerton brothers, Joel and Nash. Paul Fenech also began his career at TropFest, but we’re choosing not to hold that against them. The SBS coverage will be hosted by the likeable Adam Spencer, breakfast radio host Yumi Stynes and beefy film critic Marc Fennell. \


Tropfest \ SBS2, December 8, 8.30pm »


This compilation of live duets has the sweaty, rough energy of a great pub band. The 22 covers draw from scattered corners of the musical landscape, with The Rolling Stones, Supergrass, David Bowie, Roy Orbison, The Pixies, Tom Petty and Beyoncé getting a going over. The house band manage the unlikely feat of bringing consistency to this ragtag assortment, giving a slightly ragged, countrified air to tracks such as Lost Highway and I Won’t Back Down. The less faithful renditions are the most successful. Hayley Mary and Jon Stevens walk the line on a pale imitation of Where The Wild Roses Grow, while Lucie Thorne and Ronnie Charles give The Times They Are A’ Changing a raw, Springsteen-style urgency. Also on DVD, this collection works best as an enjoyable reminder of the wealth of talent in our music scene. \

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here aren’t many vehicles that have lasted longer than Volkswagen’s Beetle; 58 years and 21.5 million made. But one that has managed it is yet another Volkswagen – the almost as ubiquitous Kombi. Would you believe they are only now ceasing production in Brazil? The Beetle started down the line in 1945 in postwar Germany, although a handful were built before the unpleasantries, and the last of the Type 1s rolled out of a Mexican factory in June 2003. The Kombi began production late in 1949 and has lasted 64 years. It was Volkswagen’s Dutch importer who first had the idea of building a van based on the Beetle chassis. The company had made several flat-bed delivery vehicles on Beetle running gear to ferry parts around the factory and, inspired by this, he sketched up his idea for a van. It was essentially a big box on wheels. It looked a lot like a Kombi. With the same engine as the much smaller Beetle and aerodynamics roughly on a par with Captain Cook’s cottage, Kombis were never quick vehicles – something well known to the legions of motorists who got stuck behind them as they slowed to a crawl up just about any gradient. Contrary to what some owners swore was fact, surfboards on the roof rack never assisted the aerodynamic profile.

made there, on top of the 7.9 million made in plants in Austria, Germany, Mexico and South Africa. Kombis were it was assembled here too, along with Beetles, in Volkswagen’s Clayton essentially a big box on plant between 1954 and 1976. There have been lots of different wheels Kombis, including a ute, a people mover and a delivery van with a raised roof. Camping conversions were plentiful and there was even a special build for a hearse. The RAAF once used them as mobile air traffic control towers. By far the most sought-after among collectors is the rare 21-window van, with a split windscreen. In the 1990s Volkswagen started building Kombis with water-cooled engines, but by then the writing was on the wall. Everywhere except Brazil. Brazilians would keep on buying them if they could, but Kombis have been forced out by new safety laws over there effectively bringing 1966 Volkswagen koMbi 21-window an end to forward-control vans, or vans in which the driver sits on top of, or ahead of, Nor did replacing the VW logo at the front whack out of the rear, which meant that even the front wheels. with a peace symbol. with the generous tail gate, entry to the back Brazil’s special final edition of 1200 units, Its shape was the Kombi’s major attraction. was only from the sliding door at the side. with retro hubcaps and interior features, will It yielded a lot of internal space for its external As Brazilian production halts at the end end the Kombi forever. \ profile, despite the engine bay taking a large of the year there will have been 1.6 million

Things you didn’T know abouT moToring … Last September at Shannon’s Melbourne Spring Classic Auction, a 1966 left-hand-drive 21-window Kombi fetched $42,000.



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t’s not difficult to imagine that this house – Hanslope – must be one of the premier properties in Alphington. A grand property with a long history, it was built in 1883 by Thomas Tame, the Fitzroy bootmaker having bought 2.6 hectares of land on Heidelberg Road. Built to face across to the Yarra Valley, an 1890s watercolour of the house at the time shows an elegant homestead surrounded by green. Today, the vista is a little altered. The land was subdivided and built on in the 1920s, and the house converted into a private nursing home. It was only some five years ago that the property returned to private hands, the vendors undertaking a smart renovation that has left the grandeur of the original structure intact while converting the rest into an impressively large and open residence. And it is a “residence”: though some land was lost, its grounds stretch across 1773 square metres of landscaped gardens, taking in a beautiful self-cleaning pool, a separate Mediterranean-style open courtyard with vegetable plots and quiet lawn space, while still leaving room for parking for at least four cars, alongside a self-contained two-bedroom studio. The original section of the property is breathtaking. The ceiling height is approximately 5.8 metres, with rooms sized for impact. There are 16 rooms in all, including several powder rooms, separate laundry and four living zones. Separated by bifold doors, the formal lounge and dining rooms have ornate fireplaces (one mantel of pale marble, the other of dark-charcoal stone), with Baltic pine floorboards stained in a dark wash that adds the right touch of drama. Similar dimensions are found in the adjacent music room and, of course, the central hallway with its archway, cornice and ceiling-rose detailing. The vendor is an artist, and her profession shows in the renovation undertaken. Favouring a non-fussy approach, materials such as polished-concrete floors have been used to create a canvas served well by a few distinctive pops of design expression. In the kitchen this translates to the installation of an angular marble island bench, a dark counter-colour to the striking vermillion cabinetry and wall surrounding an Ilve stainless-steel oven and gas stovetop. A singular red-painted upright beam strikes a pose in the open-plan living and meals area that is large enough to hold a function for 80 people or more. But nature, too, has been allowed to do some of the talking; this same space, for example, overlooks the swimming pool, framing it with a glass wall. Bedrooms are contained within the footprint of the old nursing home, with renovations undertaken to open this area into six big bedrooms, just two of which side-by-side could fill the floor plan of a mid-sized inner-city worker’s cottage. The remaining bedrooms are contained within the studio, which also houses a kitchenette and meals space, along with a bathroom. But perhaps the piece de resistance is found up a set of stairs leading to the tower, converted here into a light-filled artist’s studio with views across the property and beyond. Details include hydronic heating, air-conditioning, alarm, video intercom, remote-controlled gated return driveway, dual street frontage and that north-facing entertainment area with lawn, deck and pool. \ SARINA LEWIS




we love it Hocking Stuart \ 8481 1900

Price \ $1.6 million +

Auction \ December 7 at noon

This large contemporary residence is seconds from All Nations Park and a stroll through the park reaches Northcote Plaza. Large families will appreciate the five-bedroom, three-bathroom floor plan. Ground level is made up of a bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and en suite, a study, laundry and a family, kitchen and dining area leading to a large living room. Glass doors link the dining area with an impressive outdoor entertainment room. The second storey presents three children’s bedrooms off a roomy retreat. Well zoned at the front of the house, the mammoth main suite has a false wall concealing a walk-through wardrobe and an open en suite with a designer double vanity, deep bath and glass shower. French doors open this bedroom to a wide balcony. Surfaces are modern yet earthy inside and out and the colour scheme is subtle. Heating and cooling, quality appliances and video security increase comfort, lifestyle ease and security. Outdoor areas have artificial lawn, so that’s no mowing … ever. \ KAY KEIGHERY






PARKVILLE \ 128-130 Gatehouse Street

Jellis Craig \ 9481 6800

Price \ $1.4 million – $1.5 million

Auction \ December 7 at 2pm

Stripped back to its bare Victorian bones, this classic property is the ideal blank canvas. It is impressive just how much space this house offers behind its unassuming picket fence and cream façade with wrought-iron lacework and tessellated-tiled verandah. Step through the front door, framed with red stained glass, and a long hall with twin arches runs almost the full length of the house. Three bedrooms with built-in wardrobes and a huge formal lounge up front all have marble fireplaces. A smaller fourth bedroom with high windows sits opposite two bright bathrooms, one with a shower only, the other with a shower over the bath. A vast family room to the rear of the property has yet another marble fireplace and opens to a spacious meals are and L-shaped kitchen. A separate laundry leads to a deck. The large backyard has a lock-up shed and a carport with ROW, plus there’s plenty of underhouse storage. Sitting pretty on the edge of Royal Park, it’s a short stroll into the city and close to trams. \ STEPHEN A RUSSELL





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CARLTON NORTH \ 682 RATHDOWNE STREET With its elegant frontage, Hesperia fits well in this quiet block just a short stroll from the heart of Rathdowne Village. Inside, the theme of simple elegance is carried through, courtesy of period detailing (think original decorative cornices and beautifully ornate timber-mantel fireplaces in the front bedroom and formal dining or lounge room), high ceilings and polished timber floorboards that speak to its Victorian-era architectural heritage. An update in the early 1990s remains timely, courtesy of classic materials and the open-plan format encompassing the kitchen and informal meals and living areas. Appliances are Bosch. An internal courtyard carved between the kitchen and the formal dining or lounge room lifts the mood with its use of lush greenery. It also acts as a light well. Upstairs is given over to two further bedrooms, the main with an en suite. A separate powder room services both bedrooms, while a quirky space in between has been converted into a walk-in-wardrobe. Extras include hydronic heating, and split-system air-conditioning in the open-plan kitchen and living space. With its rear courtyard and single off-street carport, there really is no box that has not been ticked for a family seeking a buy-and-move-in option with a house that still retains plenty of scope for development. \ SARINA LEWIS






Woodards \ 9347 1755

Price \ $1.46 million – $1.6 million


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Fletchers \ 9841 5788

Price \ $850,000 – $950,000

Auction \ December 14 at 1pm

Nelson Alexander Northcote 9486 1800 2





Barry Plant Preston 9478 6344 3



233 Clarke Street, Northcote ................................................................. Price: $620,000 - $680,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday December 14 at noon ................................................................. OFI Thur 5.15-5.45pm; Sat 11.45am-12.15pm .................................................................

4a Percival Street, Preston ................................................................. Price: $470,000 - $520,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday December 14 at 11am ................................................................. OFI Thurs 5.15- 5.45pm; Sat 11-11.30am .................................................................

Appealing Edwardian with two bedrooms, separate lounge/dining, updated kitchen, three fireplaces, high pressed-metal ceilings, front parking plus ROW potential.

A versatile interior layout and easy access to High Street shopping and Preston Primary School make this Californian bungalow a wonderful family home.

Let's eat lunch @ Barry, 85 High Street Let's eat dinner @ Otsumami, 257 High Street Let's drink coffee @ Penny Farthing, 206 High Street

Let's eat lunch @ Cheshire, 583 Gilbert Road Let's eat dinner @ Acqua e Farina, 544 Murray Road Let's drink coffee @ Pearl Oyster, 114 Miller Street

Auction \ December 7 at 2.30pm

The words “glamour” and “Thornbury” may not be synonymous, but this extended and renovated Californian bungalow might change that. Feature walls, decorative cornice and ceilings, jarrah floorboards, quality carpets and 11 sets of french doors (yes; all rooms open to decked or landscaped areas) render it stunning. Both front bedrooms have funky storage and doors to the verandah. The large main bedroom has a fireplace, a walk-in wardrobe and a roomy en suite. The dual-access main bathroom has marble floor tiles, Italian wall tiles and a decadent bathtub. The sprawling kitchen, dining and living area wraps the deck. With a peaked timber ceiling and a gas fireplace between picture windows, the living area gets great light. Kitchens don’t come much cooler, with black commercial-grade laminate benchtops offsetting glossy cherry cabinets. The deck meets an outdoor lounge (both with fixed umbrellas) and tucked around the back is a swim spa. Extras include off-street parking, ducted heating, cooling and vacuum. \ KAY KEIGHERY






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THORNBURY \ 73 Raleigh Street A classy renovation has spared no expense in injecting a contemporary edge to period elegance of Lyndhurst, c1910. Immediately apparent is the effort made to retain the integrity of the Edwardian features as well as a commitment to quality fittings and fixtures. A big renovation in 2007 has overhauled interiors and exteriors in a seemingly faultless manner. An immaculate façade has a water feature, a return verandah, cast-iron lacework and a stained-glass bay window. Decorative stained-glass and art-nouveau tiles in fireplace surrounds are a highlight throughout the house and bring colour to the neutral palette. One of the two front bedrooms has a spectacular corner bay window. The main next door has a box-bay window, a walk-in wardrobe and en suite. Both bathrooms have imported Italian tiles, oversized frameless-glass showers and Caesarstone-topped vanities. Two further bedrooms follow; one leads to a side deck. Sydney blue-gum floors run through the living areas and work beautifully with the neutral tones, the decorative timber fireplace mantels, the Carrara marble in the kitchen and white plantation shutters throughout. The fresh, bright interiors are at their best in the rear north-facing open-plan area where indoor/ outdoor living is effortlessly achieved. A rear deck steps down to bluestone paving and space for more entertaining. \ EMMA HOUGHTON






we love it

Nelson Alexander \ 9417 1956

Price \ $1.3 million – $1.4 million

Auction \ December 7 at 1pm

FITZROY NORTH \ 236-238 Park Street POSTCODE


Jellis Craig 9481 6800 3


1 Leonard Street, Northcote ................................................................. Price: $950,000 - $1 million ................................................................. Auction Saturday December 14 at 11.30am ................................................................. OFI Thurs 5.15-5.45pm; Sat 1-1.30pm .................................................................



Woodards Carlton 9347 1755 3


27 Dods Street, Brunswick ................................................................. Price: $690,000 - $760,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday December 7 at 1.30pm ................................................................. OFI Thur 6-6.30pm; Sat 1-1.30pm .................................................................

Chambers \ 9489 9888

Price \ About $1.5 million

Auction \ December 7 at 11am

After more than three decades in the hands of the family of boxing champ Gilberto Biondi, this huge property, on a corner block covering almost 470 square metres, is a rare offering in a fantastic North Fitzroy location. Like a lean boxer, the house is built to impressive proportions, opening on a broad hallway with wood-panelled walls. Two large, front-facing bedrooms have detailed, soaring ceilings and wide windows. Two additional bedrooms, one sitting next to a sunroom or study, mean it’s perfect for a growing family. A large living room at the heart of the residence has a ceiling rose and spills through a brick archway to the similarly spacious dining room. A second arch leads through to the spacious U-shaped kitchen with meals area. There is a central bathroom with contrasting blue and white tiles. The rear of the property has plenty of space for storage or a home office, with a powder room and separate laundry. The large, paved backyard has a covered dining area and a vast garage that can accommodate up to four cars. \ STEPHEN A RUSSELL


This Westgarth location provides an idyllic family backdrop to this delightful doublefronted three-bedroom residence. Quality conveniences and fabulous rear garden.

This captivating Edwardian beauty with north-facing courtyard offers a rare three-bedroom house in a quiet, non-thoroughfare location.

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Let's eat lunch @ Wide Open Road, 274 Barkly Street Let's eat dinner @ Tom Phat, 184 Sydney Road Let's drink coffee @ Choukette, 318 Sydney Road




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CARLTON 34 NEILL STREET CORNER THE CARLTON MARKET WITH A BOLD INVESTMENT! Snap up one of these 30 brilliant apartments in this highly attractive boutique building in Carlton, ready to be lived in and all to be sold separately. Ideal investment opportunity for buyers seeking to develop their portfolio or ready to start living in this vibrant precinct. Offering brilliant rental returns potential, perfect for your selfmanaged super fund. All have been repainted and refreshed. Apartments offer large open plan living/dining, modern kitchen,

crisp separate or ensuite bathroom, large floor-to-ceiling picture windows and great storage. 25 apartments with secure car space on title Secure access with remote-controlled gated entry, plus intercom. Complete lifestyle location in walking distance to the city, Lygon St cafe scene, CBD universities and shops. Also just moments to the leafy Carlton gardens, trams and with the Eastern Freeway access in minutes, this is a first class location.




$295,000 - $360,000 Every Sat, Sun & Wed 12-12:30pm Maarten Bruin 0418 365 410 Ollie Preston 0402 702 568 Sunil Tolley 0434 633 696 Ground floor, 448 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 9867 1444

KENSINGTON 168 BELLAIR STREET ’ISLINGTON’ - LANDMARK RESIDENCE IN THE HEART OF KENSINGTON VILLAGE Undoubtedly Kensington´s most recognized & historically significant property, this late-Victorian masterpiece (circa 1891) stands proud as a showpiece of Melbourne´s nineteenth-century opulence and prosperity. Designed by Edward Owen Hughes, one of Melbourne´s prominent architects of the time, the grand structure has been remarkably well-respected retaining its superb period details inside and out. • 4 large bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 2 kitchens

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• Elegant formal lounge and spacious living room with access to the




front balcony and tower

• Spectacular views of the CBD and beyond • Enormous front reception/living area with towering domed ceiling,

adjoining office and safe room • Marble-mantel open fireplaces, ornate ceilings and lead-light windows, grand staircase • Expansive backyard complete with original stables/guesthouse and secure off-street parking


Saturday 7th December at 12:00pm As advertised or by appointment David Thiessen 0418 840 299 Tony Downward 0418 884 755 178 Bellair Street, Kensington 9376 8000

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Sale By Tender

A Victorian-era 6-bedroom home intricately restored in consultation with heritage experts, you will think you have walked back in time. However, don’t let the authenticity fool you. Mathoura is also a modern home streets ahead for inner-city living. C-Bus, networking & audio visual cabling, multi-zone audio system, monitored security system, ducted heating/refrigerated cooling and ducted vacuum provide for every want at your fingertips. 1217m2 block (2 titles) with landscaped gardens, chefs kitchen, bluestone cellar & only minutes to the CBD.


Closing: 18th December at 1pm By Appointment Only

Agent George Errichiello 0425 853 145 Pat Latorre 0408 882 223

Raine&Horne Ascot Vale

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Superbly located iron roof single front timber home requiring extensive renovation comp

We offer this well presented double front Dwelling superbly located comp Ent.hall, 2 bedrooms,

Passageway, 2 bedrooms (main open fire place, Ceiling rose) loungeroom, kitchen Ideal

loungeroom, Diningroom, spacious kitchen/familyroom. Features built in rear verandah, storeroom,

opportunity to purchase in this select residential area. Suit renovator etc. Land 26’x 108’9”approx

Rear access to double garage. Suit 1st home buyer Investor etc Land 33’5”x 131’4”approx

Contact Tom: 0409877645 or Drew: 0409877646 e:

Contact Tom: 0409877645 or Drew: 0409877646 e:

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On a unique corner block, diagonally opposite Royal Park, discover this 2 bedroom house with separate self-contained 1 bedroom apartment. Well-equipped kitchen with a servery into the dining/lounge room. Charming fire place, box bay window and stained glass. Detailed ceiling rosettes and polished floorboards downstairs. Ducted refrigerated cooling/heating. Self-contained apartment includes bathroom/ laundry with provision for a kitchen. Back and front yards surrounding the property. Other features of the property include a security alarm system, tram stop at your door and just 500m to zoo. Here it is, home.

Auction Saturday 14th December at 11.30 am

Inspect: Tues 5-5.30 pm & Sat 11-11.30am


AH: David Sowersby 0419 311 775 Peter Sowersby 0408 383 118 Michael Sowersby 0418373907 Jane Sowersby 0438 530 080


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Royal View

established 1889

701 Sydney Rd Brunswick 3056 ph: 9384 1400 web:

AUCTION Thursday 12th December 2013 1pm Invest or Occupy 483 High St Northcote

OFI – Every Thursday Between 12:30 – 1pm

• Impressive corner property • Fully renovated, partitioned ,and air conditioned • Ready for immediate occupation • Building area 62m2*

• Ideal retail/office space • Vacant Possession • Close to Northcote Plaza Shopping Centre • Fully self contained

Paul Gervasi 0418 313 847

Mario Passaro 0419 323 049


Level 1, 53-57 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

NORTHCOTE 34 Emmaline Street

Sunday 15 December at 11am

Uncompromising Excellence Newly constructed to impeccable standards standards, this superb home presents three bedrooms plus a large studio/office/retreat or fourth bedroom. Spacious living/dining/Miele kitchen, with bi-folds accessing bluestone-paved northerly c/yard, featuring landscape design by international awardwinner Mark Browning of Cycas Landscaping. Three double bedrooms (BIRs) incl one with city views, stunning bathrooms showcasing designer Caroma Liano fixtures. Slim line refrigerated cooling/ducted heating, study nook, ducted vacuum and remote-controlled garage adjoining rear ROW.

Wed 6-6:30pm, Sat 12:30-1pm & Sun 11-11:30am Photo ID required


Sandra Brizzi 0404 078 567 Gino De Iesi 0418 328 062

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Stunning New Executive Abode Emphasizing excellence in workmanship and materials, this new three bedroom residence embodies refined contemporary living. Generous open gourmet kitchen/dining/living, complete with Miele appliances. First-class landscape design by renowned Mark Browning of Cycas Landscaping, includes an entertainers’ courtyard, boasting a northerly aspect. Three sizeable bedrooms (BIRs), two fully tiled bathrooms with premier fittings including ensuite, ducted vacuum & slim line ducted heating, refrigerated cooling, and secure OSP to rear ROW.



NORTHCOTE 124 Emmaline Street






Wed 6:45-7:15pm, Sat 12:45-1:15pm & Sun 11:45-12:15pm Photo ID required


Sandra Brizzi 0404 078 567 Gino De Iesi 0418 328 062

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$820,000 - $870,000



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Anthony De Iesi 0407 803 501 Gino De Iesi 0418 328 062

THORNBURY 127 Mansfield Street Free Standing Period Gem Gracing one of Thornbury’s most superbly located streets, this two/three bedroom freestanding Edwardian highlighting a desirable northerly rear aspect offers a very exciting opportunity to enter the fashionable locale. Featuring a large central living area with OFP and wall heater, polished floors, and a light filled and spacious kitchen with separate dining area all leading out to a rear pergola and North facing garden. Along with the bonus of the optional 3rd bedroom, the property also features a generous sized updated bathroom.


Sweet Sophistication Superbly presented, this beautifully renovated three bedroom period home is ready to delight. An open living/dining and stylish kitchen presents sliding glass door access to a substantial deck and large rear garden. Bedrooms are a good size and offer BIRs, whilst the sleek bathroom makes a chic impression. Ducted heating and split system cooling boosts comfort, and there’s a side driveway to park in. Stroll to schools, large parks, transport and local shops; popular High Street and Station Street shopping and dining precincts are just a quick trip away.


THORNBURY 84 Wilmoth Street

Saturday 21 December at 2pm




$590,000 - $640,000



Thur 6:45 -7:15pm & Sat 11-11:30am Photo ID required



Luke Brizzi 0417 324 339 Anthony De Iesi 0407 803 501

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$820,000 - $880,000 Thur 6-6:30pm & Sat from 12:30pm Photo ID required Anthony De Iesi 0407 803 501 Luke Brizzi 0417 324 339

NORTHCOTE 15 Beavers Road Streamlined Sophistication Sophistication defines this residence comprising a spacious living/dining/kitchen domain boasting s/steel appls & a courtyard aspect. Master with WIR, dual-basin ensuite, second bathroom with spa. Vid intercom, alarm, R/C air-cons, ducted heat, ROW & remote gge.

Sunday 15 December at 12pm PRICE INSPECT CONTACT

$650,000 - $690,000 Thur 6-6:30pm & Sat 11-11:30am Photo ID required Janelle De Iesi 0403 783 537 Gino De Iesi 0418 328 062


NORTHCOTE 129 Jenkins Street Great Location with Large North Facing Rear Yard Amazingly versatile with an allotment of approx. 619m2, this comfortable three bedroom plus office residence also offers an in-ground pool plus enhancement/ extension and development potential, (S.T.C.A.).

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Consummate Modern Living With Dazzling Views Panoramic views of Melbourne in this four bedroom home in desirable Ruckers Hill. Living/dining/Smeg kitchen, entertainers’ terrace & northerly balcony. Open study, dual bathrms incl ens, heat/cool, alarm, video intercom & two basement gge spaces.


NORTHCOTE 8 Campbell Grove

THORNBURY 1/267 Rossmoyne Street

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Wed 6- 6:30pm & Sat from 1:30pm Photo ID required Michael Divito 0403 739 393 Gino De Iesi 0418 328 062

Luxuriously Large Inner City Living Large ground floor aptmt, 5 star energy, open plan living, kitchen & dining with stone bench tops, s/steel appls. Terrace, BIR’s, modern bathrm, Euro ldry & heat/ cool. Video intercom, storage cage & sec covered parking with remote access.


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Thur 6:15-6:45 & Sat from 10:30am Photo ID required Michael Divito 0403 739 393 Gino De Iesi 0418 328 0622

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CARLTON NORTH 773 Rathdowne Street



MAGNIFICENT VICTORIAN WITH CONVERTED STABLE In a prized location, this elevated Victorian includes three bedrooms, stylish ensuite and main bathroom, lounge and dining rooms, open-design living area and quality kitchen with Bosch appliances. Features include ducted heating, split system A/C, high ceilings, plantation shutters, plus a fabulous courtyard complete with ROW access and self-contained studio (with bedroom, ensuite, lounge and kitchenette). Stroll to Rathdowne Village cafes and shops, Lygon Street trams, primary and secondary schools.

FITZROY 3 Cremorne Street



Sat 14 December at 12pm Wed 12-12.30 & 7-7.30/Sat 2.45-3.15 $1,300,000 - $1,450,000 Carlton North | 9347 4322 Tom Alexiadis 0417 030 452 Luke Sacco 0407 528 040


Sat 14 December at 1pm Thu 6-6.30 & Sat 1-1.30 $870,000 - $940,000 Fitzroy | 9417 1956 Luke Chisholm 0439 392 887


STUNNINGLY RENOVATED, SUPERBLY LOCATED This 1880s terrace, renovated to the highest standards, offers light-filled low maintenance living minutes from the Carlton Gardens and Brunswick St. Redesigned in cool contemporary style, it offers a versatile floor plan comprising 2 BRs, formal living room/3rd BR, high-ceilinged living and dining zone opening to sunny alfresco entertaining area, state-ofthe-art kitchen and designer bathroom. This exceptional property features polished concrete floors, generous storage, split system air conditioning and premium appointments.

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CARLTON NORTH 29 Wilson Street




VICTORIAN MAGNIFICENCE ON PRINCES HILL This landmark property, undoubtedly one of the area´s finest residences, is set on a mature garden block (840 sq.m. approx) bordered by charming studio/guest accommodation and 2 garages. ´Avely´ offers superbly-proportioned principal rooms, including expansive living and dining areas, a stunning conservatory, main BR/retreat, 3 further BRs, newly-fitted kitchen, 2 bathrooms and laundry/utility room. With fine modern appointments, this historic property features opulent period detail and polished timber and marble floors.


This Saturday at 1pm Thu 12.45-1.15 & 6.45-7.15 & Sat 12.30-1 404 Rathdowne Street Carlton North | 9347 4322 Tom Roberts 0418 553 680 Janine Ballantyne 0400 182 710

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KEW 28 Walpole Street




A MODERN MASTERPIECE TO BE ENJOYED! This exceptional new residence is the result of a brilliant collaboration between IMA Architects & Matherson Construction Group. Designed around a spectacular pool & BBQ area, it comprises separate living, family & dining zones, a music room linked to a home office, premium kitchen, guest/teenager´s retreat with bathroom, opulent main bedroom & bathroom suite with balcony, 2 further bedrooms (WIRs), & upper level sitting room. The basement houses a home theatre & gymnasium. Including a laundry, double garage & storage room.

PRINCES HILL 2 Arnold Street EXCLUSIVELY LOCATED 3BR VICTORIAN This charming residence close to Princes Park and Rathdowne Village offers family-scale living, with spacious living/dining flowing to sun-filled courtyard with OSP, spa bathroom, laundry, hydronic heating and fine period detail.

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AUCTION This Saturday at 3pm INSPECT Thu 5.45-6.15 & Sat 2.30-3 GUIDE $870,000 - $950,000 CONTACT James Keenan 0418 580 620 Mark Verrocchi 0413 135 935 Carlton North | 9347 4322


Sat 14 December at 1pm Wed 2.45-3.15 & Sat 11.15-11.45 Fitzroy | 9417 1956 Roland Paterson 0417 367 997

FITZROY 7 Henry Street A HISTORIC TERRACE TRANSFORMED This architect rebuilt residence includes 3 BRs (ensuite, WIR and balcony to main), study, expansive living/dining flowing to northerly courtyard and garaging, Miele kitchen, 2 further bathrooms, utility room and extensive storage.




AUCTION Sat 7 December at 2pm INSPECT Thu 6-6.30 & Sat 11.45-12.15 GUIDE $1,100,000 - $1,200,000 CONTACT Luke Sacco 0407 528 040 Tom Breen 0437 175 677 Fitzroy | 9417 1956

CARLTON NORTH 471-475 Lygon Street




FAMILY LIVING ON A LARGE GARDEN ALLOTMENT ´Ratho Lodge´- This imposing double fronted 2-storey family residence showcases a host of original Arts and Crafts period features and has been sympathetically renovated throughout to offer a wonderful modern day living environment on a large garden allotment. Spacious & versatile accommodation - 4 bedrooms (master suite d/s), 2 bathrooms, expansive formal living & dining rooms, study + informal living areas, renovated family sized kitchen & meals leading to an undercover outdoor entraining area & beautifully manicured established gardens with garage/studio & carport (ROW). Plus excellent parking for 3 cars & a very convenient Princes Hill location. A must see! Land 14.63m x 36.58m

FITZROY 50 Westgarth Street




Sat 14 December at 2.30pm Thu 12-12.30,6.15-6.45 & Sat 3-3.30 $1,800,000 - $1,950,000 Carlton North | 9347 4322 Nicholas West 0418 559 494 Shayne Mooney 0407 549 148


Sat 14 December at 2pm Thu 12.45-1.15 & Sat 3.30-4 $950,000 - $1,050,000 Fitzroy | 9417 1956 Rick Daniel 0409 737 985 Arch Staver 0417 515 802


SPACIOUS VICTORIAN IN THE HEART OF FITZROY This wide terrace sitting on 200sq.m (approx) has been brilliantly redesigned to invite maximum light and to merge wellzoned indoor spaces with a deep landscaped courtyard garden. A versatile floor plan incorporates a beautifully proportioned living room, 2 large BRs (ensuite to main), spacious study/retreat, superbly-fitted kitchen/meals, new granite - tiled bathroom and laundry. Featuring fine period detail, stringybark floors, Cannon gas log fire and reversecycle airconditioning, this exceptional property includes 2-car OSP.

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FITZROY NORTH Rear 404 Queens Parade




A CONTEMPORARY TAKE ON THE LONDON MEWS! This ultra-stylish townhouse designed on energy efficient principles by William Orr Architecture combines serenity and security with elegantly playful contemporary style. Tucked away in a bluestone lane in the heart of North Fitzroy´s vibrant café strip, this stunning property has a versatile floorplan comprising a spacious open-plan living and dining zone, two bedrooms, state-of-the-art kitchen and designer bathroom, plus a magnificent north-facing landscaped terrace with North Fitzroy´s finest views. Including garage, this superbly appointed residence features sustainable-energy fittings, solar hot water and generous storage.

FITZROY 375 Napier Street NORTHERN EXPOSURE This terrace has more than most boasting a side block, 3 beds,1 bath, Generous living to a North facing courtyard and the bonus of a garage and storage. Rare find in a fabulous spot.

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AUCTION Sat 14 December at 11am INSPECT Thu 6.45-7.15 & Sat 11.45-12.15 GUIDE $900,000 - $990,000 CONTACT Sonya Laferla 0419 230 985 Peter Stephens 0418 104 214 Fitzroy | 9417 1956


Sat 14 December at 10.30am Wed 1.45-2.15 & Sat 1.15-1.45 $760,000 - $830,000 Fitzroy | 9417 1956 Roland Paterson 0417 367 997

FITZROY NORTH 452 Rae Street DESIRABLE ADDRESS! This 5-roomed Edwardian on deep land close to St Georges Rd and the Edinburgh Gardens offers unlimited potential to renovate or to create a fine contemporary residence (STCA).




AUCTION Sat 14 December at 11am INSPECT Thu 12-12.30 & Sat 9.30-10 GUIDE $850,000 - $920,000 CONTACT Luke Chisholm 0439 392 887 Fitzroy | 9417 1956

THORNBURY 73 Raleigh Street




STATELY AND SOPHISTICATED EDWARDIAN LANDMARK! ´Lyndhurst C1910´ A luxurious family landmark with grand, period details, this gorgeous late-Edwardian residence offers a wonderful innerurban lifestyle. Comprising four bedrooms, superb ensuite and main bathroom, formal lounge, vast open-plan living/ dining area and designer marble-bench kitchen, laundry and powder room. Features include heating and cooling, ducted vacuum, alarm, plantation shutters, finest-quality fittings, plus a fully-landscaped north-facing backyard garden with decking, bluestone paving and secure carport.

THORNBURY 27 Kelvin Grove EDWARDIAN CLASSIC This charming home comprises two double bedrooms (BIRs), central spa bathroom, separate lounge, kitchen with meals, formal dining area, private rear yard with established garden and ROW access. Features timber floors, high ceilings, OFPS and split system heating. Close to High Street trams, shops and cafes.



AUCTION Sat 14 December at 1.30pm INSPECT Wed 6-6.30 & Sat 11-11.30 GUIDE $640,000 - $700,000 CONTACT John Karr 0419 522 328 Lorey Whelan 0407 541 923 Northcote | 9486 1800


This Saturday at 1pm Thur 12-12.30 & 7-7.30/Sat 12.30-1 $1,300,000 - $1,400,000 Northcote | 9486 1800 Tom Alexiadis 0417 030 452 Spiros Karagiannidis 0413 348 793

THORNBURY 45 Flinders Street STYLISH AND SPACIOUS! This freestanding Edwardian beauty comprises two bedrooms and study, updated bathroom, wide lounge, equally-spacious dining area and superb kitchen, solar power, plus a delightful north-facing backyard with workshop/storeroom, ROW access.




AUCTION Sat 14 December at 11am INSPECT Thur 5.30-6 & Sat 11.30-12 GUIDE $660,000 - $730,000 CONTACT Grant Leonard 0407 323 181 Northcote | 9486 1800

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CARLTON 22 Canning Street 3BR VICTORIAN, SUPERBLY LOCATED This inviting residence close to the Carlton Gardens includes central courtyard, 3 double BRs, sitting room, well-fitted kitchen/meals, tiled bathroom and study area, plus hydronic heating and period detail.


AUCTION This Saturday at 11am INSPECT Thu 5.15-5.45 & Sat 10.30-11 GUIDE $1,300,000 - $1,400,000 CONTACT Janine Ballantyne 0400 182 710 Tom Roberts 0418 553 680 Carlton North | 9347 4322

PRESTON WEST 35 Jacka Street

FITZROY 35 Gore Street



BOLD PROPORTIONS, BEST ADDRESS! This modern balcony terrace on large land with ROW access offers vast living/dining, large kitchen, 2nd living area, balcony ensuite BR, 2-3 further BRs and main bathroom. This exceptional property features high ceilings, clerestory windows and airconditioning.





AUCTION Sat 7 December at 12pm INSPECT Thu 12.45-1.15 & Sat 11.3012 GUIDE $1,400,000 - $1,500,000 CONTACT Luke Chisholm 0439 392 887 Fitzroy | 9417 1956


A STUNNING TRANSFORMATION! Renovated and extended, this gorgeous home showcases three bedrooms (master with WIR and deluxe ensuite) and study/4BR, main bathroom and powder room, formal lounge, gourmet kitchen with butler´s pantry, open-plan living/ dining area with feature fireplace and bi-folds to a fabulous al-fresco entertaining deck. Highlights include ducted heating and cooling, stone benches/vanities, superb Blackbutt solid timber floors, plus delightful garden surrounds and tandem double garage.

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Thur 19 December at 7pm Thurs 6.45-7.15 & Sat 1.15-1.45 $740,000 - $795,000 Preston | 9478 5000 Michelle Portelli 0414 758 541 Colin Abbas 0414 659 635

BRUNSWICK 117 Weston Street




QUALITY VICTORIAN QUALITY LOCATION Beyond this handsome Hawthorn brick facade is a quality 2 level contemporary home that has been cleverly renovated offering the perfect inner city lifestyle in a 1st class residential location. The spacious & inviting accommodation includes 3 bedrooms (incl. master suite), 2 bathrooms (ensuite), study area, gourmet kitchen, full width living & dining zones opening out to a north facing courtyard (ROW) - perfect for entertaining or relaxing. A quality home in a quality lifestyle location!

BRUNSWICK EAST 25 Jarvie Street SURPRISINGLY SPACIOUS! In an enviable location, this solid-brick terrace comprises three bedrooms (upstairs master/retreat with WIR and ensuite), main bathroom, separate lounge, open-plan living/ dining/kitchen area. Other highlights include gas heating, jarrah floorboards, plus a sizeable north-facing courtyard garden with direct access to Methven Park behind.



AUCTION Sat 14 December at 12pm INSPECT Thu 6-6.30 & Sat 11-11.30 GUIDE $780,000 - $850,000 CONTACT Peter Jones 0411 249 965 Brunswick | 9388 0088


Sat 14 December at 11am Wed 5.30-6 & Sat 3.45-4.15 $800,000 - $880,000 Brunswick | 9380 0088 Nicholas West 0418 559 494 Andrew De Angelis 0402 039 342

BRUNSWICK WEST 422 Albert Street VERY INTERESTING VICTORIAN Character filled, this newly carpeted two bedroom brick Victorian home delivers a fantastic city fringe locale. High ceilings, deep cornicing, decorative archway, open fireplace with grate and timber mantel. Central lounge, brand new quality kitchen with sleek stainless steel appliances, two large bedrooms, neat bathroom, garden with ROW.




AUCTION Sat 14 December at 11am INSPECT Wed 5-5.30 & Sat 9.30-10 GUIDE $560,000 - $615,000 CONTACT Carl Sacco 0404 468 258 Matthew Layburn 0431 011 376 Brunswick | 9388 0088

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THORNBURY 41 Speight Street



STRIKING CONTEMPORARY STYLE Superbly designed by Point Architects to promote free flows between indoor and outdoor living spaces, this finely appointed 3 BR residence comprises a dramatic open plan living/dining area flowing to a multi-zoned landscaped courtyard, designer kitchen, 2 ensuite BRs (dressing room to main), 3rd BR with study/retreat, tiled main bathroom and fitted laundry. This exceptional property features bespoke joinery, generous storage, ducted air conditioning and stylish landscaping.

CARLTON NORTH 572 Rathdowne Street CLASSIC EDWARDIAN This charming residence with deep courtyard and excellent ROW offers separate formal and informal living areas, 2 double BRs (BIRs), well-equipped kitchen and tiled bathroom, plus vast attic storage and period detail.

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AUCTION This Saturday at 2.30pm INSPECT Thu 6-6.30 & Sat 2-2.30 GUIDE $900,000 - $990,000 CONTACT Janine Ballantyne 0400 182 710 Tom Roberts 0418 553 680 Carlton North | 9347 4322


Sat 14 December at 3pm Thu 5-5.30 & Sat 4.15-4.45 $750,000 - $825,000 Northcote | 9486 1800 Rick Daniel 0409 737 985 Arch Staver 0417 515 802

CARLTON NORTH 639 Station Street FABULOUS CITY-EDGE LIFESTYLE This distinctive terrace comprises two bedrooms and study, updated bathroom, central lounge, dining area and kitchen with quality appliances, heating/cooling, plus an outdoor deck, private leafy courtyard and gates to ROW. Close to cafes, trams and everything else that makes this sublime location so enviable.




AUCTION Sat 14 December at 3pm INSPECT Thu 6-6.30 & Sat 2.45-3.15 GUIDE $720,000 - $790,000 CONTACT James Pilliner 0405 106 421 Shayne Mooney 0407 549 148 Carlton North | 9347 4322

IVANHOE 5 Riverside Road




EXPANSIVE RETREAT ON VAST RIVER FRONTAGE Set on a huge landscaped and parkland block (1743 sq.m approx) with an absolute Yarra frontage and salt-chlorinated pool/spa, this immaculately maintained Fairy Hills residence has been designed to optimise river and golf course views. It includes formal sitting and dining rooms, high-ceilinged family room, conservatory, well-equipped kitchen/meals, 4 BRs (ensuite, dressing room to main), fitted study, tiled family bathroom, powder room, 3rd bathroom/laundry and wide deck. This unique property includes dual garaging, hydronic heating and premium appointments.

CARLTON NORTH 417 Station Street CLASSIC VICTORIAN GREAT LIFESTYLE Instantly appealing Victorian home displaying fine period features & a pristine interior in one of North Carlton´s favourite streets. Immediately comfortable & inviting - two bedrms, central lounge, bathrm, kitchen/meals, large west facing c’yard garden with excellent off-street parking via roller door & wide ROW. A terrific opportunity as a home or investment!




AUCTION Sat 14 December at 1pm INSPECT Thu 5.30-6 & Sat 9.30-10 GUIDE $800,000 - $850,000 CONTACT Nicholas West 0418 559 494 Andrew De Angelis 0402 039 342 Carlton North | 9347 4322


Sat 14 December at 12pm Wed 6-6.30 & Sat 2-2.30 POA Ivanhoe | 9490 2900 Liz Walker 0412 659 140 Arch Staver 0417 515 802

CARLTON NORTH 462 Canning Street SIMPLICITY WINS With minimalist echoes this uncluttered and understated renovation provides 3 bedroom, two bathroom accommodation and a kitchen open living space overlooking a garden and garage.




AUCTION Sat 14 December at 2pm INSPECT Thu 6-6.30 & Sat 12.30-1 GUIDE $1,100,000 - $1,210,000 CONTACT Peter Stephens 0418 104 214 Sonya Laferla 0419 230 985 Carlton | 9347 4322

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ALPHINGTON 801 Heidelberg Road




MAGNIFICENTLY-SCALED CHURCH CONVERSION Utterly spectacular! The former Alphington Methodist Church (1916) is now a vast residence combining Gothic dĂŠcor with clean-edged contemporary style. A versatile floor plan incorporates a stunningly proportioned living and dining room, expansive family area flowing to paved courtyard, luxurious main BR with ensuite and dressing room, 2 further BRs, upper level retreat and large 4th BR, library, study, well-appointed kitchen, travertine-tiled bathroom, fitted laundry, gym/spa/steamroom and huge storage space. This unique property includes a double garage and 4000 bottle climate controlled cellar, airconditioning, alarm and security systems.

FITZROY NORTH 1/9-19 Miller Street BRILLIANT CITY-EDGE LIVING! This sensational Miller Park townhouse features two large bedrooms (BIRs) and stylish bathroom, open-plan living/ dining and stone-bench kitchen, heating and cooling, plus a private north-facing rear courtyard with secure off-street parking. Ideally situated, Nicholson Street trams and cafes, local parks and Fitzroy North Village are all close by. 44 The weekly review \ DECEMBER 4, 2013




AUCTION Sat 14 December at 11.30am INSPECT Thu 12.30-1 & Sat 11.15-11.45 GUIDE $620,000 - $680,000 CONTACT James Pilliner 0405 106 421 Shayne Mooney 0407 549 148 Fitzroy | 9417 1956


Sat 14 December at 4pm Wed 6.30-7 & Sat 1.30-2 $1,650,000 - $1,750,000 Ivanhoe | 9490 2900 Annalise Newell 0402 937 607 Gordon Hope 0403 613 577

COBURG 138 The Avenue SPECTACULAR MODERN LIVING! This stunning 4BR home features two deluxe bathrooms, open-plan living/dining and granite-bench kitchen with Miele/ Smeg appliances, ducted heating/cooling/vacuum, plus outdoor entertaining deck with spa, drive-through garage (remote), landscaped gardens. Close to trams, local primary schools, Sydney Road shops and restaurants.




AUCTION Sat 14 December at 3pm INSPECT Thu 6.45-7.15 & Sat 2.30-3 GUIDE $1.1m - $1.150m CONTACT Steven Shaw 0414 347 751 Damian Ponte 0419 158 982 Coburg | 9353 8444

PRESTON WEST 31 Robeson Street




STYLISHLY RENOVATED FOR FAMILY LIVING This immaculately presented 1920s residence close to schools, transport, Merri Creek Parklands and shopping offers 4 double BRs (ensuite to main), vast living and dining room flowing to deck and beautifully landscaped native garden, designer kitchen (stone benchtops, custombuilt joinery), main bathroom with dual shower and bath, fitted laundry and powder room. Featuring split-system airconditioning, polished Baltic floors and generous storage, this inviting home includes off-street parking and garden storage.

NORTH MELBOURNE 142 Curzon Street CONVENIENT FAMILY LIVING This alluring DF family home updated over the years to offer modern day amenity with period appeal in this convenient position. 3 bedrms, central living, bathrm, lrge kitchen, adjacent family/dining to c’yard with parking - 2 cars (ROW). Perfect for young families, those looking to live over one level or investors searching for a quality home in a growth area.




AUCTION Sat 14 December at 3.30 INSPECT Thu 12.45-1.15, Sat 3.45-4.15pm GUIDE $850,000 - $900,000 CONTACT Nicholas West 0418 559 494 Andrew De Angelis 0402 039 342 Carlton North | 9347 4322


Sat 7 December at 2pm Thu 5.45-6.15 & Sat 1.30-2 $800,000 - $900,000 Preston | 9478 5000 Monique Verga 0424 584 759 Colin Abbas 0414 659 635

PRESTON 9 Caroline Court


CLASSIC 1950S - A GREAT START! This delightful residence in an elevated cul de sac offers 3BRs, spacious living and dining areas, neat kitchen and bathroom plus garage, with wonderful potential to update and extend (STCA).



AUCTION Sat 14 December at 10.30am INSPECT Thu 6.30-7 & Sat 12.45-1.15 GUIDE $530,000 - $580,000 CONTACT Monique Verga 0424 584 759 Luke Sacco 0407 528 040 Preston | 9478 5000

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EAGLEMONT 117-123 Banksia Street




LANDMARK EDWARDIAN WITH VAST GARDEN ´Coverley´, an expansive hilltop residence (ca 1907), set on a magnificent corner block (3065 sq.m. approx) has the potential to become one of Eaglemont´s finest executive residences, close to the hospital precinct, leading schools and parkland. With unrivalled views and extensive landscaped gardens, this grand home includes impressive reception and living areas, a conservatory, full-size billiard room, several large bedrooms, butler´s quarters and a stunning Deco-style bathroom. Fittings include extensive wood panelling, a fine staircase, German chandeliers, open fireplaces and original bespoke joinery

NORTHCOTE 233 Clarke Street INSTANTLY APPEALING! This charming home comprises two double bedrooms (BIRs) and central bathroom, separate lounge and dining, updated kitchen, polished timber floors and high pressed-metal ceilings, front off-street parking, plus a delightful north-facing backyard garden. Close to Westgarth Station, primary school, as well as High Street trams, shops and cafes. 46 The weekly review \ DECEMBER 4, 2013




AUCTION Sat 14 Dec at 12pm INSPECT Thu 5.15-5.45 & Sat 11.45-12.15 GUIDE $620,000 - $680,000 CONTACT John Karr 0419 522 328 Lorey Whelan 0407 541 923 Northcote | 9486 1800


Expression of Interest Closes 17 December at 5.00pm Thu 12-12.30 & Sat 2.45-3.15 POA Ivanhoe | 9490 2900 Gordon Hope 0403 613 577 Liz Walker 0412 659 140

FITZROY NORTH 566 Rae Street 4



CONTEMPORARY HEART BEHIND A GRACEFUL FACADE You won’t believe what’s behind the picket fence! This wide block and the Victorian that fronts it have been transformed into an ultra smart two-storey entertainer’s home with 4 large bedrooms. Dark timber floors provide focus on the ground level. A matching feature staircase rises past an angular ceiling, up to master (with stylish en suite & WIR), 2nd bedroom and luxury bathroom with bath. An open-plan kitchen (with Euro appliances), dining and living room have floor-to-ceiling glass doors accessing a deck and double car space (accessed via a streetwidth ROW). Get your gardening gloves on and watch this house bloom.

Auction Open Mel Ref Contact

Saturday 14th December at 12.30pm Thursday 5.15 - 5.45pm 30 A12 Steven Scalise 0439 660 334 Office Level 1/252 St Georges Road Fitzroy North 9489 9888 Website

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FITZROY NORTH 236-238 Park Street




PERFECT POSITION! UNLIMITED POTENTIAL! This large corner block has elegant Edwardian bones with amazing potential. Offers four bedrooms, towering ceilings, large rooms and four-car garage/studio/workshop. Steps from bike path and North Fitzroy Village. North facing rooms, double street frontage and possible rear lane access. Refurb? Redesign? A range of subdivision opportunities (STCA).

FITZROY NORTH 115 Fergie Street





Auction Saturday 7th December at 11am Open Thursday 6 - 6.30pm Saturday 10.30 - 11am Mel Ref 30 A11 Contact Steven Scalise 0439 660 334 Office Level 1/252 St Georges Road Fitzroy North 9489 9888 Website

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This spacious 3 level townhouse in the heart of Fitzroy North, offers family accommodation and the potential to work from home. Comp: 3 bedrooms, ( main with ensuite), kitchen adjoining large open plan living opening onto private terrace, lounge, home office, internal courtyard and retreat, 4 car garage and excellent ROW access at rear.

Auction Open Mel Ref Contact

Saturday 14th December at 11am Thursday 6 - 6.30pm 30 B11 John Costanzo 0418 990 457 Office Level 1/252 St Georges Road Fitzroy North 9489 9888 Website

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COLLINS SIMMS FITZROY NORTH 3 Melville Street The carefully considered renovation of this spacious four bedroom and study Edwardian places impressive emphasis on energy-efficiency, excellent quality and indoor-outdoor family living and entertaining. A substantial contemporary living/dining zone is complemented by two bathrooms, granite kitchen, double-glazing, alarm, heating, cooling, sun-drenched deck, private garden, raintank and garage. Close to schools, trams, parks, cafes and shops.


Saturday 14th December at 12:30pm


Thursday 6.30-7pm Saturday 1-1.30pm


Andrew Simondson 0412 999 128 Gary Fitzpatrick 0437 920 972


286 Queens Parade Clifton Hill 9488 0688

Web Part of the Marshall White Group

COLLINS SIMMS CLIFTON HILL 9 Clifton Avenue A unique opportunity is offered of a separate home and self-contained studio apartment. Renovated free-standing Edwardian home flooded with natural light, comprising wide entry hall, two double bedrooms, sparkling central bathroom, mezzanine study area above open plan gourmet kitchen and entertaining area leading to large deck and sunny Japanese themed courtyard. Storage area in roof, foxtel, cable internet connections, ducted heating, ceiling fans, solar power and plumbing in place for substantial size water tanks to be connected. Tools and garden shed.


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Thursday 6.30-7pm Saturday 2-2.30pm


Peter Bennett 0419 502 466 Vincent Taylor 0417 586 271


286 Queens Parade Clifton Hill 9488 0688

Web Part of the Marshall White Group

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COLLINS SIMMS CARLTON NORTH 474 Park Street Perfectly positioned for those that love a lifestyle to be exciting, diverse, relaxing and incredibly convenient, come and experience it all at your doorstep with this superb tuckpointed brick two bedroom Edwardian. Secluded and directly opposite parkland, this well-proportioned home opens to a wonderful, sunny courtyard garden just moments to Capital City Trail, Lygon Street eateries, Rathdowne Village, trams and Melbourne Uni.

Auction Sat 7th Dec at 12.30pm Inspect Thursday 12.30-1pm Saturday from 12pm Contact Nicholas Corby 0418 512 978 Andrew Simondson 0412 999 128 Price Guide $750,000 - $820,000 Office 286 Queens Parade Clifton Hill 9488 0688 Web Conjunctional Agent: Clear Property Solutions Part of the Marshall White Group

COLLINS SIMMS CLIFTON HILL 499 Hoddle Street Put yourself at the very hub of Clifton Hill - just metres to the Darling Gardens, Collingwood Leisure Centre & Clifton Hill Primary School, Clifton Hill station & Queens Pde shopping precinct are also just moments away. Generously proportioned accommodation includes exceptionally spacious living room with bay window, formal dining room, 4 double bedrooms & well-appointed kitchen with adjacent meals area & sparkling bathroom. Features include four K.V. solar panel system, attic storage & a host of period details.

Private Sale $1,050,000 Inspect Saturday 11.30-12pm Contact Peter Bennett 0419 502 466 Vincent Taylor 0417 586 271 Office 286 Queens Parade Clifton Hill 9488 0688 Web Part of the Marshall White Group


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89 Roden Street, WEST MELBOURNE Unrivalled Apartment Living Illura perches in an enviable location to the west of Melbourne’s spectacular city skyline. The dramatic combination of skyscrapers towers and sports stadia offer a vibrant backdrop to your life. Ideally situated on Roden Street between King and Spencer Streets these superbly designed apartments offer a convenient base to work, study and play due to their proximity to the CBD and educational facilities such as Melbourne University, RMIT, State Library of Victoria . No stressful city-bound commutes are required here. City destinations are a short tram, train, bike ride or walk away. Use your time to savour the diversity and dynamism of this rapidly flourishing neighbourhood. • 2 bedroom apartments starting from $485,000 • Immaculate finishes throughout

• Close proximity to a wide range of boutique retail and dining options

• Only 1km from CBD (approx)

• Remaining apartments selling quickly

• Designed by renowned architects Elenberg Fraser

• These are a must see for any city dweller


Saturday 2.30pm – 3.30pm Sunday 11am - 12pm

Contact Bryson Cameron 0434 608 316 Office Mezzanine Level, 367 Collins St, Melbourne 03 9940 7222

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HEIDELBERG 1A Burgundy Street

For Sale

ARTISAN APARTMENTS - REGISTER YOUR INTEREST NOW • Only 8 apartments left • Choose from 2 or 3 bedroom complete with terrace, lift access & storage • 80-125m2 internal floor areas • 2.9m ceiling height • 8.5+ star energy rating efficiency • Secure undercover car parking

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Central Heidelberg location Austin/Mercy Hospitals Zone 1 transport Expansive Warringal Parklands Walking tracks Parkland outlook


$675,000 - $785,000


By Appointment


Greg Taylor 0409 090 611 Brad Pearce 0409 679 414


9459 5666 | 9497 3222

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ABBOTSFORD 248 Johnston Street

IVANHOE EAST 14 Gruyere Crescent

AFFORDABLE SHOP & DWELLING! Live and work from home in this well presented retail/office plus 2-3 bedroom dwelling. Metres from Hoddle Street and situated on an allotment of 105 sqm (approx). Ideal to occupy or as an investment in this evolving retail precinct. To be sold with Vacant Possession.

ELEGANT OASIS IN PRIZED PEACEFUL ENVIRONS An ambience unlike any other where beautifully presented living and country quiet merge with tranquil views; this 3BR, 2 bathroom residence is set within glorious garden surroundings with rear lane access and versatile home office/studio.

Auction Inspect Contact

Thursday 12th December at 1.00pm ESR $595,000 - $650,000 Sat 11am-11.30am, Thur 12.30pm-1pm Office 9497 3222 Paul Evans 0408 144 181 Tim Mitchell 0417 339 986

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Auction Inspect Contact

Saturday 7th December at 2.00pm Thu 2:30-3pm, Sat 1:30-2pm Helen Witchell 0413 741 158

ESR $1,380,000 plus Office 9497 3222 | 9459 5666 Damien Carter 0438 850 166

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CARLTON NORTH 682 Rathdowne Street



Hesperia-illustrious, inviting, irresistible! Period aesthetics, interior spaces rich in personality, an elegantly landscaped facade & a position that puts Rathdowne Village

Auction Sat 14 Dec, 1.00

& Princes Park just moments away - from every perspective this evocative boom style Victorian delights the senses! Refined

Quoting $1.46M - $1.6M

sitting or third bedroom & dining rooms lead to an expansive central open plan kitchen & charming living space opening to an

View Wed 6:00 - 6:30; Sat 2:45 - 3:15

irresistibly romantic, perfectly private courtyard that concludes with a convenient right-of-way from Waterloo Street. Upstairs

Lisa Roberts 0413 265 362

city sights. Hydronic heating, double glazing, polished floor boards & Cathedral ceiling. Undeniably desirable!

Carlton 9347 1755

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BRUNSWICK 27 Dods Street Enduring three bedroom beauty, enticing location



CARLTON NORTH 17 Newry Street



Immediately - and endlessly - appealing

This captivating Edwardian beauty offers a rare 3

Auction Sat 7 Dec, 1.30

This 2 bedroom Victorian balances period traditions

bedroom home in a quiet, non-thoroughfare

Quoting $690K - $760K

& modern elements amidst tree lined proximity to

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location. Polished floorboards, high ceilings & ornate

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Nicholson Street. Open plan living/dining blends

Sam Abboud 0401 434 329

fire places complement the welcoming floor-plan,

Lisa Roberts 0413 265 362

beautifully with the private courtyard of a cottage

Ian Rye 0418 302 458

which opens out to a modern open-plan living area

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that's retained its relevance to contemporary

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& kitchen, completed by a north facing courtyard.

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PARKVILLE 26/92 The Avenue The park is the perfect neighbour




PRESTON 82 Pender Street



A classic with a contemporary attitude

This spacious apartment is a fabulous reminder of


Californian traditions and contemporary elements

Auction Sat 14 Dec, 11.00

the lifestyle appeal of living by parklands. Two large

Quoting $599K

form the compelling combination that defines this

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bedrooms with built-in robes are complemented by

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inviting family home, close to High Street, Preston

Lisa Roberts 0413 265 362

a generous living space and fully renovated separate

Jason Sharpe 0438 847 700

Station and the market, enhanced by a north facing

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kitchen with adjacent laundry. Brilliant natural light

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rear garden. Enjoy bright central dining and sunny

and hardwood floors feature throughout.

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separate living spaces. Engaging, enticing.

Carlton 393 Rathdowne Street 9347 1755

BRUNSWICK WEST 2 Turnbull Court




The Right Move For First Homebuyers/Investors You certainly won’t regret it if you’re the new owner of this recently refurbished home given its close proximity to shops, Melville Road tram, schools, cafés, restaurants, CityLink and bike tracks. It’s the perfect opportunity for those looking to make a move in the property market or astute investors. Filled with abundant light, it features fireside lounge, dining, modern kitchen/meals, 3 large bedrooms, central bathroom, huge upstairs rumpus/4th bedroom, gas ducted heating and roller door to double off-street parking/entertaining area.

9480 1277

764-766 High Street, Thornbury


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Wednesday 5.30-6.00pm & Saturday 12.00-12.30pm


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Carlton 83 Palmerston street Wide and handsome: a prime Carlton terrace. With a wider than usual frontage, a courtyard to 2 sides and generously proportioned rooms, this immaculately presented 1880s terrace offers tranquil living within walking distance of the CBD, Lygon Street and Melbourne Uni. Overlooking peaceful tree-lined Palmerston Street, the property comprises 3 double bedrooms (BIRs), a formal living room, an expansive living/dining zone flowing to the bluestone-paved courtyard, well-equipped kitchen and tiled bathroom with spa bath and separate shower. This fine period residence features polished Baltic pine flooring and ornate period detail (including two open fireplaces).



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thurs 6.00 - 6.30pm & sat 1.45 - 2.15pm sun 15th December - 11.00am 2B / g6 $790,000 - $850,000 Ben harrison 0430 457 234 Will Walton 0412 511 717 carlton 9340 1900

Fitzroy north 1b Grant street all your Christmas wishes... Granted... Located in a brilliant parkland fringe position this stylish contemporary residence offers all the hallmarks of great inner city living. Appointed with the owner occupier in mind and designed by Techne Architects there is little to do but move in and enjoy wonderful design, accommodation and brilliant appointment throughout. Comprises 3 bedrooms with BIR (master with ensuite), study area, European appliance kitchen, American hardwood timbers & joinery, generous open plan living opening up onto two balcony areas, 2 bathrooms, 2 car spaces and more. Just moments from Edinburgh Garden parklands, Fitzroy North Village, Brunswick St & more.



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2 thurs 6 - 6.30pm, sat 9.15 - 9.45am & 12.30 - 1.00pm sat 14th December - 10.00am 2c / E3 michael amarant 0411 144 569 charlie atkins 0405 287 112 carlton 9340 1900

Northcote 10 Kellett Street A truly magnificent home in an excellent locale. A meticulously designed beautifully presented contemporary home offering unparalleled accommodation and excellent locale. Featuring an alluring variety of living spaces and superb kitchen/ meals/entertaining zone opening to a private alfresco area, perfectly appointed to accommodate the entire family with ease. All bedrooms feature loads of storage, spacious bathrooms including 3 ensuites. The lifestyle on offer continues with an oversized double garage, numerous living zones and a magnificent location on the cusp of All Nations Park, Northcote Plaza and a galaxy of cafes and shopping opportunities to choose from.



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Northcote 20 GeorGe Street This picturesque terrace close to Westgarth cafes and transport offers 2 double bedrooms, spacious living/dining, neat kitchen, tiled bathroom/laundry, sunny landscaped courtyard, plus OFPs, split-system air conditioning and exciting potential for further renovation.



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Wed 5.00 - 5.30pm & sat 12.30 - 1.00pm sat 14th December - 3.00pm 30 / E10 $600,000 - $660,000 sam rigopoulos 0425 834 583 george theocharis 0415 578 809 northcote 8481 1900


503 (approx)

thurs 7.00 - 7.30pm & sat from 11.30am sat 7th December - 12.00pm 30 / g7 Please contact agent Eric Brown 0404 012 483 sam rigopoulos 0425 834 583 northcote 8481 1900

PrestoN West 8/39 Mt PleaSant road Tucked away in one of the most sought after pockets of Preston West. A contemporary home that is feature packed all complemented by the close surroundings of inner city action. This spacious south of Bell Street townhouse with its clever design across three levels will leave you nothing short of breathless.



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thurs 7 - 7.30pm & sat from 12.00pm sat 7th December - 12.30pm 30 / B1 Please contact agent Joe Ledda 0418 176 858 andrew Luzza 0401 319 622 Preston 9471 1100 DECEMBER 4, 2013 \ The weekly review 57

Carlton 42/108 Elgin Street From Here To Eternity Offering lofty views to forever, this penthouse apartment at prestigious ‘La Terrazza’ in Carlton by architects Fender Katsalidis defines palatial urban living. Featuring a promenade balcony with room for leisurely alfresco dining and views from the city to the mountains, the apartment enjoys a flexible floorplan centring around a large living and dining zone enhanced by gleaming polished boards and bespoke storage. The designer kitchen with quality appliances, stainless steel splashback and plentiful storage is a pleasure to entertain from. Sleep soundly in a choice of three bedrooms with storage, the master suite offering balcony access, a walk-in-robe in addition to an ensuite finished in luxury. A central bathroom similarly fitted features a deep bath for relaxing soaks in addition to a uniquely ‘curved’ shower. Other benefits of this exceptional home include full laundry room, heating and cooling, double carpark and secure entry. Close to the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Lygon Street’s haute dining and culture precinct, you’re but a stroll to the lush Carlton Gardens, Fitzroy’s nightlife and public transport to the best of Melbourne.


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inspect Thursday 5th December 6:00pm - 6:30pm Contact David Barnes 0418 325 323 Adam Blanch 0488 012 044

98 Rathdowne St Carlton

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116 Rene Street, Preston

This large stylish 1920’s family home on 555sqm block has sunny northerly rear aspect, side drive AND rear access. Garage too. Comprising: 3 bedrooms plus teenager’s retreat, study, Kitchen/ living, meals and lounge areas. Move straight in, and there is scope for the dream renovation. Near Plenty Road public transport and shops. This not to be missed.

Unbeatable value! Be sure to inspect.

Northcote 4/34 Boothby Street




Contemporary Class And Convenience • Two double bedrooms (BIRs) including rear bedroom accessing courtyard • Spacious first floor: quality kitchen/dining, big living & northerly balcony • Bathroom, powder/rm, Euro/ldry, intercom & inverter heating/cooling

AUCTION Saturday 14th December 11.00am Inspect Thu 6.00-6.30pm Sat 12.00-12.30pm Charles Bongiovanni 0414 339 644 116 Errol Street, North Melbourne

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199 Roden Street WEST MELBOURNE

WITH BLAZING CITY VIEWS!! This one has it all...and then some. Comprising 4 bedrooms (OFP’s), retreat (or 5th Bedroom)with panoramic city views, two bathrooms and spacious courtyard great for entertaining or just kicking back.

Whilst situated walking distance to cosmopolitan lifestyle icons Vic Market, Errol Street, Docklands and CBD, the location has a country town feel on weekends. Immediately liveable and rentable, there is scope for the dream renovation, too. It just doesn’t get better than this! Be sure to inspect. Ray Nardella 0418 348 530

Flat 7/43 Haines Street, North Melbourne

First time offered in nearly forty years, this two bedroom flat has just been painted and carpeted and is ready for you to live in or rent out. It takes advantage of a bright and sunny northerly aspect and comes with car park title. Don’t miss this one! Ray Nardella 0418 348 530

Unbeatable value! Be sure to inspect.

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Brunswick 18/10-12 Breese Street

with large courtyard garden and decking

Position Style & Price! Suitable for $400,000 plus buyers.

area. Only minutes to cafes/shops and

This two bedroom apartment is located in a fabulous location close to all amenities including Sydney Road shops, cafes, restaurants and transport. Hosting two good size bedrooms with mirrored built in robes, central bathroom with (bath, vanity, shower), kitchen with stone bench-tops equipped with stainless steel appliances and dishwasher. Open plan modern living, genuine solid timber flooring from entry through kitchen and living to deck, tiles to wet areas. Other features include split system, quality fixtures and fittings, intercom system with remote access, secure sub ground car parking and a lift servicing all floors.

station. Features: open plan living and kitchen area with washing machine and refrigerator, bedroom with walk-in robe, car space (on title). Ideal first residence or secure investment. Excellent Opportunity to enter the market at an affordable price range.

Auction Saturday 14th December at 12.00pm Contact Vince Carnevale 0414 478 847 Office 5/350 Taylors Road Delahey (03) 9364 6900 |

9489 0555


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Yarra City Council (Council), acting under clause 3 of schedule 10 to the Local Government Act 1989 (Act), proposes to discontinue the road known as Henty Street, Richmond shown hatched on the plan below, being part of the land in contained in certificate of title volume 9296 folio 682 (Road). The proposal is that Council discontinue the Road and transfer the Road to the adjoining owner.

PROPOSED ROAD DISCONTINUANCE PUBLIC NOTICE INVITING SUBMISSIONS UNDER SECTION 223 Yarra City Council (Council), acting under clause 3 of schedule 10 to the Local Government Act 1989 (Act), proposes to discontinue the road abutting the Richmond Plaza Shopping Centre (off Church Street), shown hatched on the plan below, being the whole of the land in contained in certificate of title volume 5859 folio 770 (Road). The proposal is that Council discontinue the Road and transfer the Road to the adjoining owner.

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Any person may make a submission on the proposal. Any person wishing to make a submission under section 223 of the Act must do so in writing by Wednesday, 8 January 2014. All submissions will be considered in accordance with section 223 of the Act. Submissions should be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, and can be hand delivered to Council’s Municipal Office at 333 Bridge Road, Richmond or posted to the following address: Vijaya Vaidyanath Chief Executive Officer Yarra City Council PO Box 168 RICHMOND VIC 3121 Any person requesting to be heard in support of his or her submission is entitled to be heard before Council (or its committee established by Council for this purpose) or be represented by a person acting on his or her behalf, and will be notified of the time and date of the hearing. Following consideration of submissions Council may resolve not to discontinue the Road or to discontinue the Road and then either sell the land from the Road to the adjoining owner or transfer the Road to itself. Vijaya Vaidyanath Chief Executive Officer Yarra City Council


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