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the time of AT going to press, there had been four – count ‘em, four – inquiries announced to examine the brutal demise of a strange, rotund man whose delusions of grandeur and lack of simple humanity had made the threat of violence and the smell of death as much a feature of Melbourne as the colour black. So much attention to be paid to the last moments of Carl Williams! Hey, wasn’t that supposed to be the job of the guys behind the prison CCTV cameras? So now, even in death, considerable legal, inquisitorial and intellectual resources will be applied to uncover motives and meanings from another act of brutality that, to be frank, seems like ... just another act of brutality. We have become so accustomed to these outbursts: we buy our newspapers in rhythm with their occurrence. The investigations seem to be such a waste of energy: the motives and the meanings of these murders will never be perfectly understood by most of
(CARL) WILLIAMS, AND HIS BRUTAL CONCERNS HAVE DOGGED THE CITIZENS OF THIS CITY FOR SO LONG, THEY’VE BECOME ONE OF OUR TOURIST ATTRACTIONS. us – how can they be? They are actions from a code that only makes sense when it’s wrapped up in the tinsel of TV drama. A standing commission into corruption in this state might go some way towards explaining the ledger of debt and obligation between criminals and others in this state, but apparently not quite enough has yet gone down to give us the appetite for that. This strange man, Williams, and his brutal concerns have dogged the citizens of this city for so long, they’ve become one of our tourist attractions. I was amazed – and dismayed – to find that these thugs followed me up the highway to Sydney, where we lived for three years, in the middle of the “Underbelly” fest. Everyone wanted to know: had we met any of these guys? Were the shootings really in plain sight? Did they really just hang out in Carlton? (You know very well the answers I had to give: “Err, yes.”) When the gangland stories – so crisply and unsentimentally told by my friends John Sylvester and Andrew Rule in their series of books – were then turned into a prime-time television series, I had that feeling of going Through the Looking Glass. The series was shot
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in the streets of my old Melbourne neighbourhood, on the corner at the end of my street. I sat in the living room of our apartment in the most beautiful harbour city in the world, watching my old neighbourhood become gangland central: and dammit, it all looked so completely real. I felt a sudden rush of outrage: of wanting to reclaim this city from the Dick Tracy cartoon that these thugs had turned it into – even while the TV show seemed to give my hometown a kind of seedy glamour that others found quite alluring. I don’t. And I sympathise with those who are so tired of these stories dominating the conversation. It’s understandable that so many feel that far too much attention is paid to these criminals and their vicious concerns. If the tales of these crooks are going to continue dominating the headlines, I’d rather the focus was now on the hands that fed them, rather than the way they bit. \ VIRGINIA TRIOLI Virginia Trioli is the presenter of ABC News Breakfast on ABC 2, 6-9am weekdays
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REVIEW \ KATIE NOONAN I haven’t been home as I’ve been on the road, so I have not cooked myself anything this week.
A WEEK IN THE LIFE
ATE I ate a beautiful vegetable laksa in a non-assuming flourescent-lit restaurant. It was delicious.
One thing I read that I have been disappointed about is how the racism fire seems to have flared since Obama’s health care reform in the United States. That is kind of scary because it’s really brought out all these extreme racist and homophobic idiots. I have a serious Obama and Michelle crush. To hear of the racism this debate has sparked has really disappointed me. I’m also disappointed there would be such a backlash.
LOVE SONG To be completely honest, my favourite love song is one I wrote for my husband called Love’s My Song For You. It is very much about the beginning of our journey as a married couple. Mirrorball by Elbow taken from The Seldom Seen Kid album would have to be my favourite song by another artist. I love the lyric ‘‘we kiss like we invented it’’.
Loyalty is my best trait. If you cross one of my friends, you cross me. If you cross my family, you cross me. I am Spanish and Irish so I have plenty of fire in this belly.
I indulged in an hour-and-a-half full-body, deep-tissue massage.
WORST TRAIT It would have to be my inability to switch my brain off. I am a bit too obsessive compulsive and try to do too much and am unrealistic about time. I wish I could get out of bed earlier and do more exercise too.
SONG I can’t get Imogen Heap out of my head. She has a song called Hide and Seek; it makes the most beautiful use of the vocoder (a sound effect that can make a human voice sound synthetic) that I have ever heard. \ JANE ROCCA email@example.com
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“I HAVE A SERIOUS OBAMA AND MICHELLE CRUSH”
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REVIEW\ COVER STORY
RADIO WARS MTR, WITH A LINE-UP OF AGGRAVATORS, IS TAKING ON 3AW FOR THE MOST OUTRAGED CROWN. IT WILL BE A CLOSE CALL TO SEE WHO SHOUTS LOUDEST.
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ood morning Melbourne, it is great to be back. Welcome to a brand new world of talk radio. This is history in the making.” These were the first words listeners heard at 6.05am on Monday last week when they tuned into 1377, the old 3MP signal on Melbourne AM. It was goodbye to the dulcet tones of Barry Manilow and the Starland Vocal Band, and hello to a much rowdier, louder world we now know as Melbourne Talk Radio (MTR). The new station, co-owned by Macquarie Radio Network and Pacific Star, combines some of the loudest, angriest and most unexpected voices in the business: former 2GB shock-jock Steve Price, former A Current Affair chief-of-staff and reporter Martin King, footy rascals Sam Newman and Jason Akermanis, conservative columnist Andrew Bolt, 2GB loudmouth Chris Smith and, perhaps most surprisingly, “disgraced funnyman” Steve Vizard. Sydney management denies it is transplanting that city’s “shock-jock” culture to Melbourne. But with a line-up of aggravators set to take on talk giant 3AW for the most-outraged crown, it will be a close call to see who can shout loudest. At least one thing will become clear: whether this town is big enough for the two of them.
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Swan Street in Richmond isn’t exactly Darling Harbour, but it’s a change to which the Sydneysiders at MTR might have to get accustomed. “I used to have harbour views,” Price jokes as we walk from the studio to a nearby pub, passing the grungy Rising Sun hotel. Price may appear to be a stranger to the suburb’s working-class watering holes, but he’s certainly no stranger to Melbourne. Heading the revolt against Fairfax’s commercial stranglehold as program director and presenter, Price was an on-air host and manager at 3AW for 14 years before his recent eight-year stint at 2UE. Herald Sun columnist and prolific blogger Andrew Bolt will take a seat next to him for MTR’s breakfast slot. Bolt and fellow Melburnians Vizard and Newman are in place as the local heavy-hitters. Vizard, who is making a conspicuous return to public life, is certainly the wildcard of the bunch. His mid-morning show marks the comedian-turnedentrepreneur’s return from the wilderness after an icy legal battle with corporate watchdog ASIC five years ago left his “funnyman” reputation in tatters. Observers are speculating that the station’s success could largely hinge on Vizard’s on-air performance, and his ability to redeem himself with the Melbourne public.
So far, Fairfax, the owner of rival network 3AW, has been quiet about the new venture. No changes have been announced to the station’s weekly line-up, which includes popular pundits Neil Mitchell and Derryn Hinch. The only reaction appears to be massive advertising billboards featuring 3AW faces springing up around Melbourne. The city’s other AM radio favourite, 774 ABC Melbourne, has also made little noise over the new competitor. When approached by The Weekly Review, Jon Faine, 774’s morning host, declined to comment on whether his program would make any changes in light of its new competition. But the ABC’s national director of radio Kate Dundas told The Weekly Review that any new entry into the market would be met with a degree of interest. “We’re confident that 774 ABC Melbourne has a central place in the Melbourne market and that we’ll continue to deliver the local stories, local issues and local people as we always have,” she says. But with new tough guys Price and Vizard now circling the block, will 3AW and 774 be able to stay on top of their game?
WE’RE A BIG CITY ... FOR US TO HAVE JUST ONE COMMERCIAL RADIO STATION IS NUTS ...
Steves at the double: Vizard (left) and Price, who are helping to spearhead MTR’s push into Melbourne talk-back radio.
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COVER STORY\ RADIO WARS » With 3AW virtually standing alone in the commercial talk radio market, analysts say it was only a matter of time before a media player such as Macquarie took it on. Steve Allen, a Sydney-based media analyst with Fusion Strategy, says 3AW has been living in a green pasture of advertising revenue for a long time. “(Macquarie) have been saying for years that they would like to have an opportunity in Melbourne,” he says. But timing is everything. And the timing of MTR’s entry into the market has taken advantage of the tensions simmering under the surface at Fairfax’s new Media House. Observers say the difference in political colours between conservative 3AW and left-of-centre The Age, both owned by Fairfax and now operating under the same roof, has long stood in the way of 3AW achieving the same commercial success as 2GB, which maintains a healthy cross-promotion with The Daily Telegraph. The opportunity to start a new right-wing station that was free to develop a close alliance with the Hun would entice any entrepreneur, not least astute ad man and Macquarie majority shareholder John “Singo” Singleton, says CCZ Statton Equities analyst Roger Coleman. Recent spats between 3AW regular Bolt and The Age may well have been a factor behind his decision to move to MTR. In October, online news outlet Crikey.com reported rising tensions between Bolt and Fairfax, claiming Fairfax had informed Bolt that he would need to build his own studio in the Herald Sun’s Southbank headquarters if he wished to continue his stints on 3AW’s breakfast program, hosted by Ross Stevenson and John Burns. The row followed a similar incident involving Mitchell in 2008, after Fairfax bought 3AW from Southern Cross. The broadcaster was reportedly criticised by management for scooping The Age by writing a story in the Herald Sun about, sure enough, Steve Vizard returning his Order of Australia gong. Mitchell told The Weekly Review that he was offered a spot on the new station, but says he turned it down out of loyalty to his listeners, rather than his management. “They offered me a lot of money, so I had to think about it,” he told the Review. While Mitchell doesn’t want to reveal much about his views on the new rival, he says he’s not scared of a little competition. “I’m used to it. We’ve had Jeff Kennett, Derryn Hinch … the only difference is that they’re from Sydney,” he says of the MTR boys, including former colleague Price. Mitchell says he is well aware that most of MTR’s content will be from Sydney, but declines to comment on what effect this may have on audiences. “That’s their problem. We’re proudly Victorian and proudly Melbourne,” he says. A hammering in the ratings would be detrimental to Fairfax’s radio division, which relies on 3AW for a majority share of its profits. Last year the station brought in $16 million from advertisers. Price claims the new venture “just made sense” from the outset because the advertising market in Melbourne is roughly the same as in Sydney. But he denies that MTR is employing exactly the same business model as 2GB. “We haven’t just looked at the 2GB model and thought, ‘Hey, that will work in Melbourne’,” he says. Vizard adds: “We’re not going to sound like 2GB, there is no Alan Jones and there is no Ray Hadley.” But this last fact may be more of a concern than a blessing for shareholders, given that 2GB’s dominance in the Sydney ratings occurred only after Jones and Hadley crossed from 2UE in 2002. As if aware of this, MTR says
it will be airing snippets of the Jones and Hadley 2GB shows after Ross Greenwood’s program at 8pm.
TOP 5 MELBOURNE RADIO STATIONS
ONE 3AW 14.6%
TWO 2 FOXFM 13.6%
THREE ABC774 12.5%
FOUR NOVA 100 8.3%
FIVE GOLD 8.0% (SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH SURVEY 2, 2010)
Sydney-Melbourne comparisons have been rife since Macquarie, which owns 2GB, declared its intention to open the station. “Historically, Melbourne has thought that it doesn’t have to have rampant shock-jocks [on radio],” says freelance journalist and Swinburne University lecturer Margaret Simons. “It’s a self-comforting notion – we like to think we’re more civilised.” If Simons’s assessment is true, then the success of MTR in winning over listeners may rely on how audiences perceive themselves rather than the station’s on-air personalities. When Stan Zemanek, the 2UE shock-jock who died in 2007, failed to pull ratings on 3AW’s drive program in 2002, many Melburnians took it as a win for their sophistication and cultural superiority over the ever-unrefined Sydney. Whether MTR is able to challenge Melbourne’s view of itself will probably be determined by the next rating survey in May, but some analysts say this task could be easier than many of us want to believe. “There’s a whole section of the market that want to have a say who haven’t really been having a say so far,” Fusion analyst Allen says. “It may come as a bit of a shock to [Melburnians] but there is going to be a whole group of consumers out there who will be interested to have their own voice.” Media analyst Roger Coleman points to the circulation figures for the Herald Sun as an indication of the popularity of Melbourne’s supposedly low-brow media. “Herald Sun circulation is massive compared with The Age,” he says. Indeed, Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) figures from December 2009 put the Herald Sun’s Monday-to-Friday circulation at 518,500 against The Age’s 200,800, making it Australia’s biggest-selling metropolitan daily. The “shock-jock” tag has frustrated some MTR broadcasters, despite the station boasting to the media
that it is seeking to be “confronting”, “in-your-face” and “controversial”. “It’s just a cheap slur by people who don’t agree with you,” Bolt says, referring to MTR’s competitors at Fairfax. “I just have a conservative point of view, which in the media world is seen as unbelievable even though I would gather that most Australians are not that different to where I am.” Bolt is indeed a strong conservative voice in Australia, with his regular appearances on ABC’s national program Insiders, and a popular blog, which he says gets up to 2 million hits a month. Bolt says he was hired by MTR because of his record of saying exactly what he thinks, “without being scared of the inevitable backlash”. “You don’t necessarily have to agree with me,” he says, “but you might just want to tune in.” According to Vizard, sophistication and commercial radio aren’t different sides of the same coin. “We’re a big city – a sophisticated city – and for us to have just one commercial radio station is nuts,” he says. “You go to San Francisco, you go to London, you go to New York, there’s a diversity of voices. This is what we as a city are owed; it’s what we deserve.” But it’s not only a “diversity of voices” that Macquarie plans to import from the harbour city. Steve Price admitted after the launch that much of MTR’s content – more than 50 per cent – would be lifted from 2GB to help fill the large gaps between Melbourne-based shows. Chris Smith’s show is one such program; it will be simulcast live from Sydney to occupy the afternoon slot. Other presenters to be siphoned directly from 2GB include Jim Ball, between midnight and 3.30am, Andrew Moore, on the graveyard shift, and Ross
Highlights from the first day on air MTR’s first breakfast show with STEVE PRICE (right) kicked off with interviews with Health Minister NICOLA ROXON and other MTR associates, including – significantly – 2GB shock-jock RAY HADLEY. As raging Herald Sun columnist ANDREW BOLT joined Price in the studio, discussions on KEVIN RUDD’s health plan were interspliced with regular lambastings of CHRISTINE NIXON and outrage at taxpayers paying private school fees for the daughter of late murderer CARL WILLIAMS. SAM NEWMAN finished off the slot by making some awkward and offensive jibes about the way gay men talk and Muslim women who wear the hijab while working at Bunnings hardware store. Despite the obvious parochial, reactionary tone, Bolt denies it’s right wing. “‘Right wing’ is a useful smear word to make foes of our sadly dominant left seem Nazis,” he said in a column after the launch.
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Vizard: back in the spotlight The last memory many Melburnians will have of Steve Vizard (right) is of the former businessman ducking his head in front of TV cameras outside a courtroom after a long legal battle ended his high-flying career as a director of Telstra. Others, however, will remember him more fondly as the baggy-jumpered comedian on Channel Seven’s Fast Forward in the late 1980s. Vizard’s return to public life will also mark his first stint on radio, apart from a brief attempt earlier this year when he filled in for Eddie McGuire on Triple M’s Hot Breakfast show while the Channel Nine broadcaster was in Vancouver for the Winter Olympics. But the fallen entrepreneur is not worried about his leap back into the spotlight. “It’s a funny thing. You get on with your life,” he says. “I’ve had plenty of chances to get involved in all sorts of public arenas, but nothing has particularly excited me. That’s why, when I got the call (from Macquarie CEO Russell Tate) I was genuinely excited.”
COVER STORY\ RADIO WARS » Greenwood, between 6pm and 8pm. This cost-saving strategy could run the station into trouble if Melbourne-proud listeners want the familiar local focus usually associated with talk-back. Alternatively, audiences may turn the dial when they tire of hearing Sydney references they don’t know and possibly don’t care about. Vizard’s approach to re-entering public life has been unexpectedly brazen, considering how quiet he was during his five-year stint away from the spotlight. Since pleading guilty to insider trading as a director of Telstra in 2005, he has kept an extremely low profile. He was virtually invisible. The drawn-out investigation ending in 2005 soured our memories of his philanthropic and comedy work, delivered him $390,000 in fines and a 10-year suspension from heading a commercial organisation. Since then, it’s been almost impossible to find Vizard’s name in the press without the title “disgraced funnyman”. But Vizard denies that he’s had to rebuild fractured relationships in the business and media worlds or rehabilitate his reputation in preparation for the new gig. “Life’s too short,” he says. “I’ve got good friends that I’ve known for a long time. I’ve had plenty of opportunities to get involved in.” Vizard isn’t the only one entering the show with a checkered background. The monochrome of MTR’s all-male, all-white line-up becomes a bit more colourful when you examine their pasts – or as Price calls it, their life experiences. “You can get the smartest kid in the world and put them on talk-back, but if they haven’t actually had any life experience, they’ve got nothing to talk about.” This is a big part of the MTR philosophy: you don’t have to read a book to know what’s what. But if the kind of life experiences Price is talking about include highly public falls from grace, then MTR may be right on the money – at least if listeners’ collective memory is strong enough to recall the histories of some of the cast. Last December, “bad boy” Chris Smith, who once got a tattoo on-air, was taken off the mic in Sydney after groping several female colleagues at the 2GB Christmas party. He later told the Daily Telegraph that he was a “bipolar alcoholic” and a “runaway train”. Sam Newman’s list of public controversies take up a good part of his Wikipedia entry. Last year he was sued
by a female board member of the Western Bulldogs for calling her a liar on air last year. Even “angry ant” Price has a drink-driving fine under his belt. But most of these men are more than happy to trade off the larrikin image created by their misdemeanors, and seem keen to present themselves as a pack of fallible, loveable rogues. “We’ve all done stuff,” Price says. “I’ve done stuff. Bolt’s done stuff. Vizard’s done stuff …” Vizard interrupts: “Sam’s done more than he cares to remember!” This was certainly the image on show at MTR’s blokey launch earlier this month, when no fewer than 12 of the station’s middle-age male recruits sat slickly in a phalanx across a stage at Crown Casino, competing for photo opportunities. The launch, which finished off with champagne at celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant, Maze, was so full of pretension that it managed to take Crikey’s coveted “Wankley Awards” for the week. But Price denies they are projecting an over-confident image: “People look at us and go, ‘Oh, that’s not going to work; people are rusted onto the ABC, people are rusted onto 3AW’. But people will shift if the product is good enough,” he says. Talk-back radio in Australia has always been a testosterone-driven sport, as the success of Alan Jones, John Laws and Ray Hadley in Sydney, and Neil Mitchell, Derryn Hinch and Ross Stevenson in Melbourne, attests. Like 3AW, the MTR line-up is all blokes, aside from the inclusion of executive editor of the Australian Women’s Weekly, Deborah Thomas, whose “health and wellbeing” show, which she co-hosts with a man, has been squeezed into a rather obscure Sunday morning slot. But will following this tradition give the station the edge it needs to poach listeners from all corners of the AM spectrum? Age columnist Catherine Deveny, who says she was offered a job at MTR but turned it down, recently accused the station of deliberately obscuring the voice of intelligent women from air. “I’d rather rent my children out as drug mules or slave labour or turn tricks for war criminals than help enable, in any way, shape or form, something so anti-Melbourne,” she wrote. But Price denies the station has been branded from the get-go as one big on-air sausage fest. For him, the issue is simple: “If there are good women, we’ll put them on air.” The tone, though, is undoubtedly older-white-male. While MTR says it is hoping to attract younger listeners
“IT’S A FUNNY THING. YOU GET ON WITH YOUR LIFE.”
The Vizard of Oz: Steve Vizard’s approach to re-entering public life has been unexpectedly brazen.
who are not rusted onto rival stations, its target audience is still over-40. But MTR’s narrow market – which Vizard ambitiously describes as “every bloke in his car” – has not got shareholders worried. Apart from being the main demographic for the talk market, the tightly focused audience group is also in line with advertising companies’ renewed demand for niche markets. “As mass media shrinks, you (the advertisers) need to know where the money you spend is going,” says journalist/lecturer Simons. Price is adamant that MTR’s future is buoyed by its relationship with the most successful radio station in Australia – 2GB. MTR is hoping to trade off the name of its Sydney sister station and try to mimic some aspect of its business model. “Their sales staff already sell ads nationally out of Sydney and Melbourne,” he says. But Price and Vizard say it would be hasty to expect big bucks straight away. “The prize is so big that you don’t just come in, swing a racket around for a bit and lose a couple of cents,” says Vizard. “The prize is a massive prize, which is a share in one of the most lucrative advertising markets in the world.” Price adds: “We’ve got reputations, we wouldn’t be doing this if it was some fly-by-night, into town and quickly out again job.” So will MTR be able to make a profit? Analysts say that if MTR is able to match 3AW in terms of audience and market value, the sales revenue impact could be quite immediate. This could have serious implications for Fairfax radio’s advertising revenue, according to analyst Coleman. He says that if the station is successful in reaching a predicted seven-point rating increase in May, it could see $20 million a year in revenue as soon as next year. That would be a direct hit on 3AW’s ad revenue. “Every one point that MTR gains comes straight off 3AW. Even at current ratings, Fairfax would still lose,” he says. But while it seems 3AW has everything to lose and MTR everything to gain, there are still significant risks attached to the venture. Which brings us back to the hosts. “Have the public forgiven Steve Vizard? Is Steve Price coming back to Melbourne something they’re happy about? Is Sam Newman still on the nose?” asks Sydney analyst Allen. “Melbourne hasn’t seen risk-taking like this in decades, so it will be interesting to see what appetite Melbourne listeners have for something new.” \ firstname.lastname@example.org
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REVIEW\ INTERVIEW For a school drop-out, Luke Mangan mixes with some special company ... oh, and he owns some special companies, too. He talks here to PETER WILMOTH.
t is the classic drop-out-made-good story, and Luke Mangan knows it. Not that he seems driven to prove a point. But from not learning much at school he's certainly learnt a lot since. It's no accident that his new gastropub in South Melbourne is called The Palace by Luke Mangan. This is a man who knows the value of branding. And he is a man who knows how far he's come. We are sitting in the courtyard of the once popular South Melbourne pub. Since last December, when it opened after a major refurbish, it has become Melbourne's newest fashionable gastronomic name to drop. It's the latest addition to Mangan's growing empire and his first Melbourne venture. And for the boy from Forest Hill in Melbourne's east, it is, in a way, a homecoming. “To come down and do a Salt here (his famous Sydney restaurant) there would be so much expectation – 'Here comes Mangan back from Sydney, super celebrity chef' and they'll just want to rip the shit out of you,” he says. “I'm not making a statement here. We're doing great simple food in a pub environment.” The Palace is an oasis of hip in a particularly unhip part of City Road. When Mangan was approached about the property in December 2008 he thought it was “in the middle of nowhere” and passed. Then, after learning it had been a famous pub – it started life in 1874 as Meagher's Family Hotel and for years was a popular drinking spot – he reconsidered and threw himself into the project. “I only wanted to do it if I could do it right, not just put my name to it and walk away.” The Luke Mangan story should give heart to anyone who thinks a poor school career is the end of the road. The youngest of seven boys in a boisterous Catholic family, Mangan wasn't an obvious candidate for success. A “lazy” teenager and a “cheeky little shit”, Mangan was a poor student. He left St Leo's College in Box Hill in Year 10, aged 15. “I was hopeless,” he says. “I had no future at school. I was asked to leave.” Close friend Chris Lynch remembers Mangan's discomfort. “He got picked on a lot,” Lynch says. “He was a gangly-looking kid and he was little and he had these big Coke-bottle glasses. He wasn't academic and not into sport. In the late '80s if you weren't good at sport or at school work it made it tough. It's probably why he's done so well.” Growing up one of seven boys would have toughened him up too, especially being smaller he would have “copped a few hidings”, Lynch says. “He learned to develop a thick hide which certainly would have helped him in his business.” Mangan's mother, Marie, was a good cook and the boys enjoyed their meals, but young Luke had no real interest in cooking. In Year 9 he did two weeks of work experience at the famous Two Faces in South Yarra, under chef Herman Schneider. Mangan hated it. “All I did was wash dishes and peel onions and potatoes.” Knowing his school career was finished, Mangan went back to Schneider and asked for an apprenticeship. “Without the love or passion for cooking,” he says, “I just needed something. It was an excuse to get out of school. It was a very middle-class family. “We were brought up that you had to work to get somewhere.” Schneider asked: “You sure you want to do this for the rest of your life?” Mangan said: “Yeah, yeah.” That was that. His father, Billy, a bank manager, was a tough man who struggled with his son's resistance to school, “so there wasn't a lot of love there”. Mangan was scared of telling him he'd been kicked out of school, especially since his six brothers had done very well. “I said: 'Dad, I'm going to become an apprentice chef'. “What about your schooling?” “Dad, let's focus on the good stuff.” “When he found out I'd been asked to leave he wasn't happy, but he did say: 'You can only do that if you stay in the apprenticeship and finish it.' So we had an agreement.” For the kid who'd drifted at school, working for Schneider was a rude shock. What was he like? “A prick. Firm but fair. I wouldn't be sitting here with you now if I hadn't had that apprenticeship. You would work stupid
hours. Your salary was terrible. He was just a hard man. He'd yell at you, abuse you, push you around.” Was that common in kitchens? “Not now. It was then, in '85.” Did Mangan confront him about that behavior? “No. It was something you just dealt with. It was the culture. You'd go home and tell your parents. It wasn't physically bad for you, like a Gordon Ramsay. It was 'f---ing idiot, get on with it' or a clip over the ear, which is what I needed. My Dad probably would have supported it because he was a disciplinarian. “I needed that discipline … It gave me grounding.” When Mangan was 19, in his third year of the apprenticeship, his father died, aged 63, of a rare blood disease called aplastic anaemia. Bill Mangan was never to see how well his son would do. By then, Mangan was enjoying being in the kitchen and could see a future for himself in cooking. That was fast-tracked one night when legendary French chef Michel Roux, who ran the three-Michelin-starred Waterside Inn in London, regarded then as possibly the best restaurant in the
BY AGE 33, MANGAN WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR 160 PEOPLE AND TURNING OVER $10 MILLION ANNUALLY.
world, came for dinner at Two Faces. “He'd released a beautiful cookbook and I was obsessed by it,” Mangan says. “I wrote to him saying I was coming to London and I want to work for him, can I have a job. I got a lovely letter back saying there was a two-year wait list. “I rang him up, got through to him in the kitchen. Said 'I'm coming over. What about I work a month without pay and if I'm any good you give me a job.' He said: ‘We'll see you in two weeks’. Off I went” There wasn't much of a welcome from the other young chefs. “You know how when you're a new kid in school … well, I rocked up into the staff canteen. There were all the chefs sitting there, 30 of them. I sat at a table on my own. And felt like shit. You could hear the kitchen, Mr Roux yelling out the orders in French.” At the Waterside the chefs used to live above the restaurant. The night before he started, Mangan, in his room listening to service, was so nervous he threw up. Next day, his 21st birthday, he started at 7am and finished at 1am. It went well. After a month Roux offered him a job and he stayed for two years. “Best thing I ever did,” Mangan says. Back in Australia, he made a decision to break free of the kitchen and try to make a go of running something himself. In 1999, Mangan opened Salt in Sydney's Darlinghurst. It became popular and a celebrity hotspot and was named best new restaurant in the Sydney Morning Herald's Good Food Guide. It was the beginning of Mangan Inc.
Salt of the earth: Luke Mangan says that wealth hasn’t changed him. “A lot of it is luck ... right place, right time.”
He'd learned a lot, including some of the behavior of his mentors. “When I was at Salt I was a prick,” he says. “One of the reasons I got out of the kitchen was I didn't want to be yelling at people.” Does he regret that behavior? “No, because I needed to deliver. Had friggin' big debts. ” In 2001 he added Bistro Lulu in Paddington to his growing empire and Moorish at Bondi in 2003. In 2005 hje opened glass brasserie at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney. In 2006 he went global, opening two places in Tokyo, another Salt as well as the World Wine Bar. In San Francisco in 2008 he opened the South Food + Wine bar, then in 2009 the Salt Grill on P&O's Pacific Jewel cruise liner. He was also asked to design menus for Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Airlines and cater for his private events. “I met him at Salt and things kicked off from there. He flew me over to his island.” By 33, Mangan was responsible for the livelihood of 160 people and was turning over $10 million annually, but by 35 he'd stopped cooking. “I'd been cooking for 20 years. I didn't want to be 45 or 50 years old and still tied to a kitchen.”
angan was Channel Nine's Today show's resident chef for eight years, he released cookbooks and a range of food products and became known outside food circles when the chef-as-rock-star phenomenon began to dominate our TV screens. The role suited him well. Mangan's wealth is, he says, a recent thing and hasn't changed him. “A lot of it is luck – right place, right time. Someone approached me to do a restaurant in Tokyo, Australian-style, and I ended up selling half the brand of Salt to a Japanese group. I own 50 per cent of that. “I never think about (money). I never got in it for this. Until I sold half the Salt brand (at age 35) I was on Struggle Street. It was tough. That was five years ago.’’ The Mangan empire includes Luke Mangan Providores, a range of oils, spices and condiments, launched last year. He also endorses Lilydale Freerange Chickens, an uncontroversial role, unlike his fellow celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who was called a “whore” by Clarissa Dickson Wright, one of the 'Two Fat Ladies', for endorsing smoked salmon from the UK supermarket giant Sainsbury. “It's a bit harsh (on Jamie),” Mangan says. Jamie probably did believe in the product.” Travelling between his home in Sydney's CBD and The Palace in Melbourne gives Mangan a good perspective on each city's relative gastronomic merits. “Melbourne has always been a step ahead. It's got that beautiful European feel about it, the cosy little laneways and the cafes. There seems to be more attention to detail. It doesn't feel as though it's competitive, where Sydney does. They just get on with the business. The pub culture here is so much better than Sydney.” The Mangan empire continues to grow. He plans to open this year a Salt Grill in Singapore and another in Hong Kong. He has a new grill restaurant planned for P&O cruise ship Pacific Pearl, to open in May. For a businessman who never stops doing business, Mangan, 40, should probably look more harried than he does. He's a good story teller, his stories spiced with the language of the kitchen. While business dominates his life, there's always time for a catch-up. Mangan recently had dinner with Herman Schneider and a few drinks with Sir Richard Branson. For the school drop-out from Forest Hill, having a mate who owns an island is just another surreal moment he can enjoy. \ email@example.com
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There’s sure to be something you miss on a first visit to Colonel Tan’s. It probably won’t be the array of chandeliers dripping from the ceiling near the bar, the upside-down ’70s floor lamps hanging opposite them, or the massive caricature of Colonel Tan himself, but it could be the Thai pop images and record covers or the empty gilded photo frame near the tiny kitchen. The vibe at Colonel Tan’s is part-’60s diner and part-’70s lounge room. The mismatched velour couches, low lighting and shag-pile rugs are the first things you take in, but later it’s the cigar boxes holding the cutlery, the laminex tables with vinyl fruit-patterned cloths and the nostalgia-invoking pinball machines. There’s a poster wall that changes monthly too. This month’s stunning black-and-white image is by Melbourne-bred, LA-based graffiti artist team Dabs Myla. Opening hours: Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday 6pm-late; Friday noon-late
Above: The cavernous space has broad appeal, left yellow fish curry. (DARRIAN TRAYNOR)
Batson has been pleased and somewhat KAREN surprised by the customers who have frequented her latest cooking venture, Colonel Tan’s. “The Colonel” was established as an adjunct to the Revolver Upstairs nightclub and intended to appeal to the nocturnal Chapel Street crowd, of a certain age. Its cheap and cheerful American diner theme with a Thai food twist was pitched at the young and ravenous. The grungy, retro décor is part-nostalgic and part-tongue in cheek. But the appeal of this cavernous space, owned by nightclub royalty Camillo Ippoliti and Thai music star Tan Punturaumporn, aka Colonel Tan, has turned out to be broader. Customers have included older couples, family groups and dedicated diners, rather than solely the clubbers. Batson has headed the kitchens at sibling restaurants The Toff in Town and Cookie for almost 13 years. The Colonel’s nine-month-old menu is familiar Thai hawker-style, but it’s lighter, tighter and loads of fun. Words such as burgers, fries, fritters and fried chicken are on the list, but on closer inspection pack a punch. The burgers feature chicken and kaffir lime, the fries come with chilli and mayo sauce and the fried chicken is five-spiced and served with a serious green-chilli dipping sauce. More traditional fare can be found in the betel leaf salad, a hotbed of ginger, chilli, peanuts and diced snapper designed especially for tucking inside fleshy green betel leaves. Or in the yellow fish curry – a light, golden broth bobbing with chunks of tender snapper and rafts of green papaya. It’s served with a mound of rice and a pretty dish of shredded omelette, coriander and chilli.
Other options include stir-fries, noodle dishes, dumplings and salads. And it’s all produced in a kitchen that the chef proudly announces has just one wok, a four-burner stove, a tiny deep fryer and a baby grill. How they manage to plate everything so elegantly on earthy ceramic dishes of varying shapes is an additional mystery given the dimensions of that kitchen. But perhaps the nicest feature of the generally delightful package that is Colonel Tan’s, is the staff. Sure they’re busy, and as the night lengthens they get busier, but they are the kind of diligent, cheerful people who will keep patrons of all ages and persuasions climbing those steep stairs to enjoy Batson’s terrific Thai food. \ LEANNE TOLRA firstname.lastname@example.org
VERDICT Excellent value for money: first-class, cheerily presented, Thai hawker-style dishes are accessibly priced. Yes, they’re smallish (but cheap enough to order a few). There’s novelty appeal in the décor, and something on the menu that will please everyone. Be warned. The stairs into the building are hideously steep and the music is LOUD. If the decibels grate, there’s little you can do – the DJ, and the top-shelf alcohol, are protected by industrial-strength cyclone-wire cages.
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REVIEW\ COFFEE The Haralambopoulos brothers – Jim, CAFÉ Peter and Con – have opened a café at the top end of Exhibition Street, a quiet and accessible part
of town. It’s a welcome change for coffee lovers who battled the Richmond gridlock to grab a caffeine hit at 7 Grams, their former haunt in Swan Street. They’ve been roasting their own coffee, aptly labelled Gridlock, for about 18 months and soon will have a gleaming new roaster in a corner of the café. New baristas are on the agenda too, and, after more than a decade in the hospitality industry, the brothers know exactly the traits and skills required of their staff. Speed, coffee extraction finesse and pride in presentation – all abilities that have added to the brothers’ reputation and popularity – are top of the list. Their first café was named after the recommended amount of coffee in a single espresso shot and the new café’s title refers to the next step – the ideal temperature at which milk should be added to that shot.
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Barista: Con Haralambopoulos
For five years, Con Haralambopoulos BARISTA (right) has dominated the barista competition scene, succeeding in Australia and overseas. His titles include World Espresso Champion 2006, World Latte Art Champion 2008 and Australian Fair Trade Latte Art Champion 2009. Latte art – etching milk patterns – requires precise coffee extraction, milk texturing (or steaming) and a steady hand. The new café, a baby son and a fresh focus on roasting coffee mean Con is retiring from competition. His latte art will be on show at the espresso machine at 65 Degrees, which also is expertly operated by twin brother Peter and a team of house-trained baristas. \
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Vertical timber paneling, rustic metal stools and glossy black menu boards are signs of the future at 65 Degrees. Stained-glass windows, well-trodden floor tiles and simple timber tables echo this city café’s past. Carpenter and part-owner Peter has a confident eye for how the split personalities will merge. The vivid cherry-red espresso machine, brother Con’s trophies and a new roasting machine will add soul. A rotating coffee menu is planned and this week’s blend, a Mexican Huatusco, is the subject of animated staff and customer discussion. But the house blend, which incorporates Colombian, Indian and Balinese beans, is popular too. It creates a sharp, bright ristretto, with notes of raisins and hazelnuts and a rich, smoky aftertaste. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 6am-4pm
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Food match: Steak, chips & béarnaise sauce This wine comes from vines planted in the 1950s, was hand-picked and fermented with wild yeasts. A lot of TLC has gone into this wine, which has aromas of blackberries, leather and clove spice. It’s silky smooth and has great structure, with flavours of blackberry, plums and white pepper. Only 180 cases made, this should be going strong in 10 years’ time. PEWSEY VALE EDEN VALLEY RIESLING 2009 (Eden Valley) $14-$18; 12.5% a/v +++++
Food match: Cold prawns & aioli Year in year out, this is an excellent wine and 2009 proves no exception. It’s fragrant, with hints of quince and vanilla, while it tastes of lime, green apple and grapefruit. It feels really smooth in the mouth and has a dry finish with good length.
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REVIEW\ SNIPPETS is the most popular and BLONDE controversial hair colour in the world. Why? Because it gets women into trouble. The choice of blonde denotes who is attracted you, and their emotive responses. For instance, ice-blonde hair is standoffish and cold, telling you to speak to the hand. A warm blonde, meanwhile, says: “Invite me over, sit beside me. I’m free to tell you my name.” There’s far more to it, of course, but there are so many feelings and emotions intertwined with blondes. Today’s column looks at popular blondes through the various glamour eras of Hollywood. No one does it bigger than Hollywood blondes – there’s Rosalind Russell in the film Gypsy, not to be confused with The Women starring Russell and Joan Crawford, in which women got themselves in all types of trouble, especially with men. \
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1930 \ MARLENE DIETRICH Marlene Dietrich identifies with a high-bleached, singular-tone stark blonde. Her hair was never blow-dried, but set in pink curls and waves with lacquer under heat, then brushed out for this great image.
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L’Amour blondes 19 4 0 \ AVA G A R DNE R This decade was all about elegance and sophistication, epitomised by Ava Gardner. Again, we love the use of bleach, but here it’s used to suggest softer tones, a more relaxed imagery, not quite tousled but not stark either.
1950 \ M A RILY N MONROE We can’t seem to take bleach out of this equation. Her hair is large, plenty of volume, white as a tone, somewhat the ditzy blonde. She’s very much the iconic figure of this era – and gentlemen really do prefer blondes.
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Twiggy: the 1960s blonde model was a trend-setter.
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It’s the era of the beach blonde and the sky-high bouffant hair-dos. The ’60s were characterised by Bardot, represented by sun-kissed hair, and gave birth to shades of honey and gold. More than that, it said hello to hair extensions and teased dos.
We can’t look past Charlie’s most beautiful angel, Farrah Fawcett, who was the iconic blonde of the decade. She had the ultimate mane of hair, and everyone wanted it; clients would walk out of salons with brushes still in their hair to guarantee the flip.
The voluminous hair of the ’80s does not move – it is sprayed on like concrete. No one did it better than Evans as Dynasty’s Krystle Carrington, but she competed with the royal blonde, Princess Diana. Madonna also bleached her way into the decade.
The end of the century gave rise to unstructured, somewhat try-hard cuts, a la Jean-Paul Gaultier. Hello Pamela Anderson, hello Meg Ryan; this decade showcased a crossover, encapsulating all the other eras. It let you pick a do from any era and relax it.
This was the era of the intelligent blondes, and no one underlines clever shades of blonde better than my favourite actress, Sarah Jessica Parker. She forever shows off complexity in tone, moody hues and blazed edges, and constantly works with variation in her hair.
Once a woman decides on their shade and season of blonde, they stick to it; their whole life is built around that choice. IN NEXT WEEK’S COLUMN: We look at how blondes can match different seasons, with clothing and hair maintenance advice.
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If they’re good enough for Kate Moss, over-the-knee boots are for you too.
legs are in demand this LONG winter, and keeping them warm with over-the-knee boots is the hot
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seasonal must-have; at least that’s the word from international design houses. Prada, Marc Jacob, Louis Vuitton, Chloe and Givenchy embraced the over-the-knee boot in their autumn/winter collections in Europe and the US. When teamed with fitted leggings, denim, tailored jackets, blousy shirts, scarves and loose cardigans they help to channel the ’70s and ’80s woman within. With designers focusing their retro eye on the era of free-loving hippies and structured ’80s new wave, comes the influence of both periods on our winter footwear. There’s everything from matt-black finishes to earthy browns and cream tones. Marc Jacobs opted for purple suede and platform-heeled boots in his Paris collection, Chloe went for the masculine in the scrunched/military style and Dr Martens for Jean Paul Gaultier clearly had Lady Gaga in mind when the
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and warm knees over-the-knee boot fused shiny black leather with a military conformist and cheeky dominatrix theme. But with the new winter must-have come a few essential dos and don’ts that every woman should keep in mind. A minimum height of 172 centimetres (5’ 8”) is required to make the over-the-knee-boot work (let’s be honest here) and keeping the look chic and casual is the key. It is not appropriate to wear them with an ultra mini (you are not Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman) but endorsing them with feminine A-line skirts and shorter dresses or a vintage T-shirt and dark leggings makes for a sophisticated statement. While the over-the-knee boot looks cozy on the catwalk, its street-level adaptation can conjure all sorts of mishaps, so wearing them with a fine sense of discretion is the key to success. Remember, what celebrities get away with on the catwalk and rock divas in video clips, won’t necessarily work on Melbourne’s streets and laneways. The Black Eyed Peas’ Fergie and Rihanna have been spotted in a pair
of over-the-knee boots in New York’s winter – but keep your look gracious and manicured by day and add dazzle by night with shimmering fabrics, but limiting bold jewellery and fishnets. If the thought of the over-the-knee boots frightens you, there are ankle boots aplenty and those that settle just under the knee as well. Matched with tight leggings or worn with jeans or a fitted skirt they make for an elegant touch to an outfit, which can either be dressed up or down. Former supermodel Kate Moss has the right idea when it comes to over-the-knee boots and wears hers appropriately with loose-fitting boyfriend button-up shirts or blazer-style jackets over fitted denim jeans. It’s important to keep those earthy tones close to your heart and within a hand’s reach of your boots in your wardrobe – think creams, olive, grey, navy and, of course, black and you most certainly can’t go wrong. \ JANE ROCCA email@example.com
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MUSIC BONOBO \ BLACK SANDS (INERTIA) Blending ’70s soundtrack riffs, oriental chimes and shuffling drums, Black Sands offers a refreshing alternative to all those tarnished chill-out CDs. The fourth album from UK trip-hop artist Bonobo promises to be just as good an accompaniment for a Friday night as a Sunday morning, slipping easily between upbeat and downbeat across its dozen tracks. Vocals mostly lurk behind bass hooks and layered soundscapes, while an unusual mix of instruments hop between genres. Animals starts somewhere close to rock, then edges towards classical and finally abandons the listener in jazz territory. While the melody lines are catchy, the real triumph is in the atmosphere. Most memorable is the title track, which begins as a fragile, ghostly thing, before a clarinet lures us into a Latino-tinged fairground where a full band leads a slow waltz. Promising to reveal hidden depths with each listen, Black Sands is haunting, beautiful and surprising.
FILM THE CONCERT \ OPENS APRIL 29, LIMITED RELEASE This entertaining new Franco-Russian fi lm from director Radu Mihaileanu (Train of Life) sees a shambolic cast of characters chasing broken dreams and lost opportunities. When disgraced conductor Andrei (Alekseï Guskov) intercepts an invitation intended for the Bolshoi Orchestra, he isn’t the only one to catch the scent of a second chance. Andrei hasn’t been on stage for 30 years, but he and his equally-fallen comrades soon set off to perform in Paris, armed with forged passports, borrowed instruments and a worrying amount of vodka. When no one turns up to the first rehearsal, disaster seems inevitable. True redemption for this motley collection comes in the gorgeous form of violinist Anne-Marie (Mélanie Laurent, Inglourious Basterds), whose secret past ultimately provides a means for others to make peace with their own. This shared, if unlikely, triumph makes for a genuinely moving climax to a fi lm that tackles weighty themes with an appealing lightness of touch.
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Preppy pop wonders Vampire Weekend are in town for two shows, touring their sophomore LP Contra. The painfully young New York four-piece have been drenched in acclaim worldwide, so it’s little wonder the second of gigs had to spill from The Palace to Festival Hall (May 5). The band can expect a huge turnout from the Triple J crowd, but that shouldn’t dissuade the post-adolescent punter. Drawing equally from indie rock and world music, the shows promise to be eclectic, energetic and, from all reports, a bloody good time. Still, if all that youthful exuberance sounds exhausting, the more discerning rock fan may be happier checking out Spoon at Billboard (30 April). With five more records under their belt than the young vampires, these Texan minimalists will be touting a fine selection of tight and jaunty tunes guaranteed to get under your skin. Last seen here supporting Arcade Fire, Spoon’s sets are precise, gutsy and endearingly odd. \ MYKE BARTLETT firstname.lastname@example.org
Th is new Melbourne-made comedy isn’t the sort of scathing industry exposé you might expect from a former journalist, but is instead a charming, if crude, character-based piece. Pitched halfway between Extras and Frontline, the series falls somewhat short of both, lacking the incisive brutality of the latter and the genuine celebs of the former. Still, we can forgive its failure to draw big names given the carefully drawn characterisation of the regulars. The show’s co-creator and writer Adam Zwar (of Wilfred fame) is likeable as bumbling, broken-hearted hack Alex, while Paul Denny’s photographer Bob – always on hand to offer a hug, cordon bleu cooking or aromatherapy oils – is an endearing foil. With an equally appealing supporting cast, The Lowdown seems set to earn a somewhat grubby place in our affections.
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The B180 Mercedes, although small, is surprisingly roomy inside, writes KEVIN NORBURY
couple of weeks ago my wife watched an elderly gent trying to parallel park a red Mazda in Hawthorn when he got a bit over-enthusiastic, mounted a back wheel on the kerb and propped the car’s backside against a tree. He sat for a while, pondering his dilemma. The thought later crossed my mind that this would not have happened had he been in the new, boxy little Mercedes-Benz B180 with CVT transmission. This damned thing parks itself. It works like this: drive slowly past two cars fore and aft of a parking spot to allow the B180 to measure the gap. Put the car in reverse and a little arrow appears beside a P on the dash, pointing to the park, letting you know it’s ready to do its trick. Press ‘Yes’, let go the steering wheel and accelerate, preferably keeping your other foot lightly on the brake, the steering wheel turns by itself and you back into the space. Put the stick in drive and the steering wheel straightens. Drive forward and, bingo, you are parked. Simple as that. The active parking system, as Benz calls it, has a CVT six-speed automatic transmission and electro-mechanical power steering. The car also has cruise control, speed limiter and Bluetooth, so you’ll never be pulled over by Mr Plod for talking on the mobile. The B-Class Mercedes was introduced in 2005, face-lifted in October 2008, and in January this year a new 1.7-litre petrol model was introduced. At $36,990 for the five-speed manual, plus dealer and onroad costs, it’s Benz’s most affordable model and $910 cheaper than the axed A180 five-door it replaces, coinciding with a reduction on January 1 of import duties, from 10 per cent to 5 per cent. The B180 tested here, came with the Metro package, which includes the CVT transmission option, parking assist, parking sensors, comfort-tuned suspension and chrome package, so add $4160 for that, plus the sports pack, which includes 17-inch five-spoke AMG alloy wheels, ARTICO sports seats and stainless sports pedals, adding another $2327, to bring the total to $43,477, plus onroads. Other features include the audio 20 sound system with six-disc indash CD and UCI media interface for iPod and other music devices.
It’s safe, too. When you shut a door you get this solid thunk, so you are left in no doubt that it’s well built. As for the occupants, they are encased in a cabin with eight airbags. The engine, too, is designed to go under the car in the event of a head-on crash. From behind the wheel you are sitting up high for a small car and get quite a panoramic view.
The B180 Benz. It simply parks itself Max headroom: The Mercedes B180 has room for the kids, a bike or two and the shopping. (KEVIN NORBURY)
The electro-mechanical steering takes a bit of getting used to. It feels a tad stodgy at first, but the car handles well, it’s quiet and smooth, and for a 1.7-litre it’s quite zippy around town and easy to park. Certainly, no one could complain about the headroom and the amount of space inside. Because of its sandwich platform design you sort of slide into it rather than step into it. One B180 owner, the recipient of two new hips, calls hers “a hip-replacement car of choice”. Take it to the supermarket and there’s room for the kids, maybe a bike or two, and several bags of shopping. Drop the back seats flat and you could probably carry a new refrigerator home. ECONOMY
For a 1.7-litre engine, though, I expected its economy around town to be better. It certainly doesn’t guzzle fuel, but don’t expect much better than 10L100 or so. Some of the time it was up about 14L100. Get it out on the road, though, and it’s a different story. The manufacturer’s figure is an average 7.4L100.
M O D E L S A N D P R ICE S * There are four B180 models, two petrol and two diesels. The 1.7-litre 4-cylinder petrol produces 85kW and 155Nm. The five-speed manual costs $36,990, plus dealer and onroads. The CVT auto transmission is an option.
OTHER MODELS AN OWNER’S OPINION
Jane Mann, a farmer from near Bannockburn, has had a B180 for four years. She bought it to downsize, has five children and needed a small car with space. “I’ve always had four-wheel-drives and I liked the idea that it (the B180) was high off the ground,” she said. Her car is a 2.0-litre diesel. It’s now done 130,000km. She gets 1100km to a tank of fuel. She had a Lexus RX330 before that. “That was very good, but I prefer this one,” she said. “If I had to fault it, it’s got quite small tyres (it has16-inch wheels). On dirt roads it’s not very good. But it’s a very good little car.” \ KEVIN NORBURY firstname.lastname@example.org
B200 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol,
B180 CDI, 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel,
B200 Turbo, 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol,
THUMBS UP Solid build, safe, lots of room.
THUMBS DOWN Electro-mechanical steering a bit stodgy.
*These are manufacturer’s list prices and exclude dealer delivery and onroad costs.
REVIEW\ HEAR THIS
www.wearehunted.com This site keeps track of track after track. â€œThe 99 most popular songs in the world.â€? â€“ A remarkably simple description for one of the webâ€™s most creative music sites. Aussie built WeAreHunted.com has successfully rewritten the way music charts are crafted. A BETTER WAY TO DISCOVER MUSIC
By sifting through online news, blogs and social media sources, WeAreHunted has managed to create playable music charts that track what songs and artists people are presently enjoying on the web. Most of the charted songs are fully playable in full for free. You can also view links to artists' websites and social media pages, and view recent articles about each artist. For the really inquisitive, there are also statistics on media coverage and sentiment. OLD VS NEW
Traditional music charts have sometimes been described as ineffective in measuring the true popularity of music. After all, sometimes the marketing machine does work. Weâ€™ve all bought music that has overstayed its welcome after just a few plays. WAH sorts the treasure from the trash and is great if youâ€™re tired of radio advertisements and DJs. Just select your favourite chart and hit play; it couldnâ€™t be simpler. If you donâ€™t like any of the charts on offer, you can create your own.
Top dogs: Dr Dog are making their mark as top emerging artists.
Well, the quality of the music speaks for itself.
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While WAHâ€™s technology is complex, founder Nick Crocker described the importance of simplicity. "So many websites are too complex, too wordy, too long. I wanted this to be digestible in seconds ... to deliver users what they want â€“ amazing new music, every day." FIND NEW ARTISTS
The most special aspect of WAH is its emphasis on emerging music. Itâ€™s difficult for artists not to get lost in the deep digital sea if they don't have major record labels and expensive marketing campaigns. Great music is often overlooked by the public but WAH does a remarkable job of compiling an amazing portfolio of popular emerging music. How do we know theyâ€™re not just making it up?
SEE HOW THEY STACK UP
Dr Dog, Gauntlet Hair and Melissa Auf der Maur make their mark as top emerging artists. Itâ€™s not all new names though; UK rockers Radiohead sit atop the mainstream chart alongside The Black Eyed Peas and Gorillaz. With several genre specific charts, you donâ€™t need to be a music aficionado to find something worth listening to on WAH. \ http://twitter.com/we_are_hunted http://www.facebook.com/WeAreHunted
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CORRIE PERKIN firstname.lastname@example.org LOVESONG by Alex Miller, $39.99 (Allen and Unwin)
Each week The Weekly Review invites readers to take part in our online book club. We’d love to know what you think about a book, its characters and plot, and whether you think the author has created a work of art or a lemon. This week’s book for discussion is Melbourne writer Christos Tsiolkas’ 2008 award-winning novel The Slap. Go to www.weeklyreview.com.au and follow the book link to join in.
SOLAR By Ian McEwan $32.95 (Jonathan Cape)
Michael Beard is over 50, overweight, unhealthy, self-absorbed and selfish. He’s an unlikely leading man, but British writer Ian McEwan places Beard firmly at the centre of Solar, his much-anticipated new novel. Readers squirm regularly as the Nobel Prize-winning scientist deftly adopts climate change as his new (and highly topical) field of research. Despite some lukewarm reviews, Solar is a vivid and clever story that uses eco-politics as its backdrop. It may not reach the dramatic heights of Atonement, nor unsettle us a la Enduring Love, but McEwan fans will not be disappointed.
THE SECOND-LAST WOMAN IN ENGLAND by Maggie Joel $32.95 (Murdoch)
SUSPENSE On Coronation Day, May 1953, British upper middle-class housewife Harriet Wallis walks into the parlour of her South Kensington home and shoots her husband Cecil six times in the chest. Maggie Joel’s new book travels back one year before the murder, and before Mrs Wallis – a fictional character – becomes the second-last woman to be hanged in Britain. What led Harriet to such an extreme action? How did Cecil lose her trust? And who was the strange man she met in the park that day – a meeting witnessed only by the Wallis’ gloomy nanny, Jean?
OTTOLENGHI: THE COOKBOOK by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi $70 (Random House)
In 2002, Israeli-born chef Yotam Ottolenghi and his Palestinian friend Sami Tamimi opened their London café-food store to immediate critical acclaim. Six years later they published a cookbook that, in recent weeks, has become a darling of Melbourne foodies. The Ottolenghi philosophy resonates strongly with Australian kitchens – as the chefs explain in their opening chapter, “regional descriptions just don’t seem to work, there are too many influences and our food histories are long and diverse’’. Try their fennel and feta salad with pomegranate seeds and sumac, or harissa-marinated chicken with red grapefruit salad, and you, too, will become an Ottolenghi convert.
MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND by Helen Simonson $32.99 (Allen & Unwin)
It only arrived in shops last month, but already the book club tom-tom is beating loudly about Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. But please ignore reports that it resembles The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Certainly, they share quaint English village settings, but resistance by friends and families to the widowed Major Ernest Pettigrew’s growing affection for Mrs Ali, the Pakistani owner of the local milk bar, raises 21st century-relevant questions about love, family, belonging, racism and violence. Buy it, read it, talk about it, and welcome Ms Simonson’s first novel and her arrival on the literary scene.
I’M READING ... PETER GARRETT, Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts
“I read Garry Disher’s Blood Moon over Easter – nicely done Aussie crime genre, a genre I don’t usually consume. At present I’m mid-way through Tom Keneally’s The People’s Train with The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk on the bedside table. I expect it will be a while before I get to it.’’
readers and it is already a popular choice for many Melbourne book clubs. Lovesong is our tip for this year’s Miles Franklin Award, the winner of which will be announced on June 22. Miller may find some resistance within the publishing industry, however, because he has won it twice (in 1993 with The Ancestor Game and in 2003 with Journey to the Stone Country). In his previous books, Miller (right) treks comfortably across a landscape dominated by the bush, the outback, nationality and Aboriginality, belonging and finding one’s true home. Lovesong explores different themes – passion, maternal longing, trust and betrayal – but its author is certainly at home and writes with enormous insight. More love stories from Alex Miller, please! \
the opening chapter of Alex Miller’s latest book, Lovesong, a recently widowed author called Ken tells his 38-year-old daughter he plans to retire from writing. “That’s it, no more novels,’’ Ken declares, then takes flight to Venice for a month before returning to his Carlton home to face life as an aimless and at-times lonely suburban widower. The writer befriends the owners of a new local pastry shop, John Patterner and his Tunisian-born wife Sabiha. Over occasional cups of coffee, Ken encourages John to talk about how he met Sabiha in Paris many years earlier. Ken becomes fascinated by John’s life, his courtship of Sabiha, the small Paris café they ran together and their struggle to have children. Inevitably, the writer’s creative spirit is awakened and he starts writing John’s story. Lovesong was published late last year and it has already sold more than 17,000 copies in hardback (the paperback will be released in September). Three years ago, while writing the book, Castlemaine-based Miller told this columnist he was having a lot of fun working on his first major love story. The ease with which he writes, the book’s structure and its engaging characters have struck a chord with
KENDALL HILL looks at whatâ€™s new on the Island of the Gods.
BALI Alila: Views across the rice paddies (top) make al fresco lounging a breeze.
St Regis: It has 123 suites where lush fabric (right) and local art take pride of place.
ecord numbers of Australians are holidaying in Bali. It seems the wounds of the ’02 and ’05 bombings are healing because last year more than 400,000 of us were lured back by the siren call of Seminyak. We’re now their No.1 tourist market, ahead of Japan and China. Bali has matured immeasurably in the wake of the terrorist attacks and the tourism emphasis now is on upmarket stays, unique experiences and flat-out luxury. Begone, cornrows. Here’s a look at what’s new on the Island of the Gods. BANYAN TREE UNGASAN
The renowned Banyan Tree group chose the isolated village of Ungasan for its 77-villa resort with vertiginous views of the Indian Ocean. The keywords here are privacy and pampering – guests could easily idle away days holed up in their walled sanctuaries waited on by round-the-clock butlers. Each of the airy and sumptuous villas has its own infinity pool, ranging in size from 10 to 25 metres. The glamorous Ju-Ma-Na restaurant (open for dinner only 6.30-11pm) with its cliff-edge cocktail bar opens this month and despite the remote location, it’s destined to become a magnet for the Bali set. banyantree.com
Banyan Tree Ungasan: The key words are privacy and pampering.
PARTY TIME AT KU DE TA Ku De Ta, the famed Seminyak beachfront bar, restaurant and club, turns 10 in August, so expect a bigger-than-ever party season this year. Details at kudeta.net
The US-owned St Regis group, known for its perfectionist hotels and resorts, has opened in the gated resort enclave of Nusa Dua. There are 123 suites and villas and even the entry-level St Regis suites provide a generous 92-square metre playroom impeccably decorated with lush fabrics and local art. The resort has a handsome swathe of snorkel-friendly beachfront and a vast lagoon pool for freshwater types. The setting is magical at dusk, especially by the Kayuputi restaurant, which shimmers like a candle-lit temple above the lagoon. starwoodhotels.com ALILA VILLAS SOORI
Alila, which took over the legendary Chedi and now operates it as Alila Ubud, has launched its latest resort about 40 minutes north of Denpasar. Alila Soori’s 46 villas are set between rice paddies and the sea and range in size from one bedroom to three, so they’re perfect for families and small groups of friends as well as couples. It’s about the outdoors as much as the indoors here – internal courtyards open to the stars and there’s a breezy pavilion for al fresco lounging; infinity pools blur into endless ocean and the beachfront is lined with butler-serviced pavilions. alilahotels.com
Alila: its 46 villas range from one bedroom to three and its infinity pool blurs into endless ocean.
Not a hotel but a private house for rent, Villa Sungai is in a small rural village where roosters sound a daily reveille and the sleepy river Penet sets the pace of life. The main villa is a three-bedroom affair with indoor/ outdoor ensuites for all; a separate owner’s villa called Sungai Gold sleeps four more. An 18-metre horizon pool caters for exercise and play in between wonderful fresh meals prepared by charming staff. Susan Kurosawa, travel editor of The Australian, described Sungai Gold as “a picture of the idealised Balinese holiday villa”. \ bali-villasungai.com email@example.com
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The Pretzel in Me yoga on every street corner, you almost feel WITH like you’re on the outside if your inner world isn’t being toned. Everyone seems bent on finding the pretzel inside. Most depictions of yoga, from promo fliers to YouTube, offer the human paperclip as inspiration. But where does that leave the lawyer fossilised by 16-hour days or the chronically fatigued mum? How does the average, flex-free, joint-jarred, physically disproportionate student overcome that invocation, to grasp the subtler gifts of yoga? Over a 15-year, once-or-twice-a-week journey as a student, the glitter in my path began to sparkle. That may sound like a slow train to nowhere in particular, but little by little yoga’s revelatory influence dramatically altered my life perspective and path. As the philosophy of the mat unrolled, I learned the sanctuary of that rectangular space and how to use it to sustain me. PHILOSOPHY OF THE MAT
On the mat, at first, I struggled and forced, often leaving depleted and disillusioned. But with acceptance, patience and growing self-responsibility, the mat became an expansive place where I could lose all sense of time and place and the worries I’d heaped upon me. RULES OF THE MAT 1+2 ONE: You need to explore several classes to find the right
When your hamstrings refuse to fold perfectly in half from a standing position, welcome acceptance. No amount of forcing your limbs into submission or allowing the inner critic to judge is going to progress you quickly or safely. Accept your limitations on the mat and work gently to see whether they are blockages that may be freed with regular, self-nurturing attention. PATIENCE
You know it, something worth having takes time ... From the Sanskrit “yug”, meaning “union”, “yoga” invites you to unite the mind, body and spirit (the inner self, the divine within and without). This profound union is accessible to the patient student, which is why yoga persists over millennia – since 5000 BC and counting. At first, the union lingers in moments. Ultimately, it can underpin your state-of-being, informing all you do. All you need is openness to self-exploration. SELF-AWARENESS
Those crooked and recalcitrant parts of you provide a golden opportunity to grow in self-awareness. The real management of my own journey of stress-induced chronic illness began by applying yogic philosophy to life off the mat. Embracing yoga doesn’t mean you won’t get sick but it equips you with a vast toolkit to navigate the ups and downs of life. Hmm … how so?
match of tradition and teacher, the one that opens your body and mind the way you imagined yoga might. TWO: Ignore Flexy Pants who flops effortlessly into postures. Your body, and the emotional and mental layers that inform it, is unique. So too is your yoga journey. Immerse yourself in your own space ... fully.
Lisa Mitchell is a hatha yoga teacher, relaxation instructor and freelance writer/editor.
Instructions to focus on a particular muscle or to bring the breath to your big toe offer the first steps towards self-awareness. We spend 99% of life focused externally on people and tasks. Your teacher asks you, repetitively, to move internally in order to become acutely aware of the messages your body, emotions and state-of-mind are pumping out. Once we learn to truly witness and act appropriately on those messages, we manage ourselves and pilot life’s journey more smoothly.
Your teacher may be an expert guide, but the final arbiter on the mat is you. Can you be strong enough to take a breather, rather than force a posture or repetitions for pride’s sake? If you show up for a commando-style class undernourished and overtired, then awake leaden and strained the next day, who is responsible?
Take one thing from your favourite class and practise it for a few weeks – that’s a five-minute daily yoga practice. (Ask your teacher if it’s OK to bring a pen/ paper to write it down.) As a dear mentor, Lucille, always says: “If you can’t find five minutes for yourself, who’s running your life?” \
By all means, challenge your body to become lighter, looser and stronger, but consider that beyond
physicality is a labyrinth of thoughts, attitudes, habits and emotions to tame, should we choose, through exploring our inner Pretzel. Try a mantra to keep on track next class: “What do I feel, where do I feel it? “My breath guides my limbs. “My body opens slowly, gently.”
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REVIEW\ SAILING shivering in wet Gore-tex, then the sound of a yacht’s hull crashing IMAGINE down the face of a wave and into the sea. Conversation is made by yelling at stony faces. That was part of the journey on catamaran Orange II, which broke the round-the-world sailing record in March 2005 and won the Jules Verne Trophy. Australian water sports legend Nick Maloney was part of the crew of 13, which circumnavigated the world, 50,000 kilometres, in 50 days, 16 hours and 20 minutes. They crossed the finish line near the island of Ouessant off France’s west coast at 3.23am on March 16, 2005. Orange’s record stood until last month, when Frank Cammas broke the record on trimaran Groupama 3. The Weekly Review caught up with the 42-year-old in Torquay where he was pursuing another one of his passions, surfing. He relived a harrowing evening near the Agulhas Shelf, off the coast of South Africa. “I thought we would capsize,” he said. “The wind was just howling and I had not clipped on to deck and was smacked by a huge wave. “I was completely engulfed and knew I was airborne. “The water subsided and I landed on the trampoline and thanked my lucky stars. “I committed one of the cardinal sins of sailing and it made me very vulnerable. I still remember it clearly; it still haunts me. I just wasn’t meant to die that day.’’ Nick, who now lives in France, continues to sail for a living and said he got into the sport as a teenager by sailing dinghies around Ocean Grove and Port Phillip Bay wearing his much loved Cats footy jumper. Sailing wasn’t so serious then. Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron head instructor Leigh Brennan-Smith said many elite sailors start in dinghies and are bitten by the sailing bug from a very early age. He said sailing in Port Phillip Bay is very safe, enjoyable and suitable for people of all ages. “Many recreational sailors who have passed through our school have discovered the sport later in life and then get involved,” he said. “I have taught a few students and they have gone on to crossing the Pacific. They generally do it after a few years and building up their confidence with trips like Melbourne to Sydney and Melbourne to Tasmania.” Richard Hewitt, who is chief executive of Melbourne’s largest sailing club, the Sandringham Yacht Club, said they teach 3000 people a year to sail. “There are not many Nick Maloneys out there and we have some members that compete at state level but the majority get into a boat and just have fun,” he said. For Maloney, sailing has lost the fun element that first drew him to the sport, only because he spends eight months of the year out at sea. “It has been 23 years I have been sailing for a living and doing it as a business takes away the fun element. “I love the activity and being on boat. The power of wind and a modern day boat is explosive. “I’m happiest on the water but I need to be racing, it is either full on or nothing for me. “When I come home now I enjoy mostly going surfing and windsurfing.” But this is another pursuit that Maloney has also taken seriously. In 1998 he spent 22 hours and 11 minutes harnessed to a windsurfing mast to be the first to cross Bass Strait. It’s an achievement he describes as one of his most challenging. \ GEORGE IERODIACONOU firstname.lastname@example.org
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REVIEW\ CHEQUES & BALANCES
A life saver young girls still believe or indeed hope that finding a man will keep them in a manner they would like. Relying on a relationship to secure your financial future is flawed for several reasons. First, you never know where love may find you. The struggling artist with whom you fell in love will not want to hear the words “can you go and get a real job”. Love will take a back seat and your financial plan based on a relationship may now lead you to a life of unexpected poverty. Secondly, divorce may be a ticket to a life of luxury for some, but for most it means whatever money there was now has to finance two lives, two homes and the expenses that come with them. And don’t forget legal fees . This can often mean a huge drop in living standards for women. Thirdly, marriage or partnership may never happen; Mr Perfect may not eventuate and, with no alternative financial plan to speak of, you may find yourself with few assets and a superannuation plan that will see you spending your retirement in a bedsit. Many women are notoriously bad savers, even worse investors and excellent spenders. These are the three key elements that result in statistics showing there are more than 1.5 million Australian women who, if they lost
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Australia’s divorce rate ranging from WITH 42%-46% and about one in four women never marrying, it is astounding that many women and
their jobs tomorrow would after their usual expenses last one week on their current savings. A scary statistic. Coupled with this, a staggering 38% of women do not have superannuation and those who do are retiring with an average payout of about 50% of what men retire on. I have often heard young women say: “I’ll buy property when I get married.” Regardless of the difficulty of entering the property market (that is another story) there is a mindset with some women that financial security and fiscal management starts with a relationship. I am not saying a relationship cannot
provide financial benefit. It can. There are economies of scale that come with a relationship, but it is the reliance on them as financial security that is the problem. I would be hard pressed to find finance at the top of any woman’s priorities, including mine. Kids, good food and wine and that must-have pair of shoes often take priority over money spent or time allocated to saving and investing. Therefore, once in a relationship, some women hand the responsibility of financial security to partners. They have some control of the household budget, but no understanding of the bigger picture. Some have a fair idea of what is going on, but don’t know details and are generally not interested. Others have no idea. So all this needs to change and change now. It is imperative that girls are taught from an early age the importance of being financially literate. They need to understand the importance of living within their means. That $1 today, invested wisely, can be worth so much more in 10 years. You need to have a plan to meet your goals and you must control that plan. A financial planner from one of the major advisory firms in Melbourne recently told me that the firm encourages spouses (usually wives/female partners) to join them when meetings are held to discuss the family finances and investments. Not before time. Be interested, get involved, and start saving and/or investing. And then if you happen to be lucky enough to marry a Murdoch … well that will just be a bonus. \ CAROLINE ELLIOTT BEC. CA Financial And Commercial Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org
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First, buy the artwork of ink has been used on the subject of the A LOT preciousness of art. But really: what’s a piece of art worth? Much like real estate or any other commodity, artwork is worth what the market will bear. When I was a fresh-faced art student – I had not even mastered the curled lip – a faded rusk of a painter addressed the question to a lecture hall of first-year students. He pulled from his pocket a small wad of paper. It unfolded into a page torn from the Trading Post, and he read out the classifieds: “For sale: Framed oil painting, landscape, 20 inches x 28 inches, $60. For sale: Abstract painting, 42 x 36 inches, red and blue tones, $45. For sale, two small watercolours …” It was a chastening experience for us would-be artists, though not the last, nor the most severe. For art to be worth anything, first it has to exist. Most art does not survive the test of time because it doesn’t survive at all. The bulk of art requires constant care, generation after generation – or it ends on the scrapheap. In times of political and social stress, especially wars, art is often the first thing to go. Even the most cultured are not immune to beating up on art when the going gets bad. Take the Pantheon, for example. Built in the first century AD (or CE if you will) the temple for the gods is a stunning piece of architecture and engineering. Apart from losing some marble and a few statues of Jove and Diana and their ilk, it remained pretty well intact for 1400 years, until Pope Urban VIII needed the bronze on the roof to
cast some cannon. A bit of unpleasantness called the Thirty Years War was going on. It’s claimed that after everyone calmed down, the metal was melted again and turned by the sculptor Bernini into the massive bronze canopy that stands over the crossing in St Peter’s. Even vandalism results in good … sometimes. Most art is lost not through deliberate destruction, but through neglect. There are a few things you can do to save art. Buying it helps. Once you have your art, try not to ruin the work. A few simple precautions. Don’t position art where furniture or people are likely to bump into it. Keep works on paper – drawings, prints and photographs – out of direct sunlight. Colour photography is especially sensitive to light, causing bleaching and shifts in the colour spectrum. And a lot of sketches and studies are done with poor inks and paper. If high light levels are unavoidable, at least have them framed behind UV filtered glass or acrylic. Another good reason for using acrylic sheet (most of us know it by its trade name Perspex) to protect delicate work is that it is hard to break. Any painting in oil or acrylic can be assumed to be quite stable so long as the painter hasn’t been slumming it at a schools’ art supplier. Sculpture tends to be robust, which is not to say that it can be parked out in the weather. If in doubt, talk to the gallerist or the artist – they’ll appreciate your interest. \ CLIFF BURTT email@example.com
Not Titled (JD) 2008 (COURTESY ARTS PROJECT AUSTRALIA)
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Julian Martin is the sort of artist for collectors who like to think outside the box. Martin specialises in works on paper; his preferred medium is pastel, often over a light marking out in graphite. Through successive layers of applied pastel, Martin builds areas of saturated colour shaped into pared-down forms that may be purely abstract or derived from objects – say, a fan blade or a set of spoons. One of a group of artists working at Arts Project Australia, Martin has exhibited widely and regularly at APA’s exhibition space. Keep an eye out for his work at this year’s art fair.
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Channel Nine is finally staking its digital territory with the launch of a new online player. Hoping to muscle in on the popularity of the ABC’s iView, Fixplay offers viewers a chance to catch up on missed episodes of Underbelly, V or Gossip Girl. Where Fixplay differs from other catch-up services is its impressive back catalogue. Deals with producers such as BBC Worldwide and Warner Bros mean hundreds of hours of programming are available on demand, including shows that have never appeared on Nine or its digital offshoot Go!, such as Doctor Who, The Mighty Boosh and Spooks. At least, that’s what the press release says. One week after launch, these shows are still waiting for their online debut. The videos appear a little soft when played full-screen, which doesn’t bode well for early adopters of internet-capable televisions. More popular videos can take a couple of attempts to load and, even then, watching the pilot of V was distinctly shuddery. The inclusion of advertisements before, during and after shows can also be frustrating, however, the ad breaks are mercifully short and the sole price of admission to an increasingly diverse video library. The odd niggle aside, there’s no denying that Fixplay is a genuine innovation in Australian broadcasting. It might not be a match for Hulu, a US-based service providing a single point of access to output from countless networks and studios, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
If you’re a voracious reader, chances are you’ve heard of the Book Depository. Mention its name and watch booksellers tremble. With bestselling titles at $10 a pop, the site makes sending your next book on a round-the-world trip more sensible than walking down to the street. CD Wow has been offering similar, postage-free deals on CDs and DVDs for more than 10 years, but it has also elbowed its way into the book market. Prices are generally cheap and, once you’ve signed up, few weeks will go by without discount vouchers arriving in your inbox. For purists, the site offers a broad range of vinyl – again free of shipping charges, although shipping is slow at 2-3 weeks. It’s worth an extra 50 cents for insured delivery.
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BIZARRE I PAT YOUR DOG \ ipatyourdog.blogspot.com The mysterious owner of this Australian blog warns that “inside every dog beats the heart of a wolf”, but that doesn’t deter him in his quest to pat as many strange dogs as possible. It’s hard to tell how earnest the writer is, but there is a quaint sort of poetry in the descriptions of the canines. One is “softer than clouds” while another reminds him of a “hardened scone”. At times, it’s hard not feel voyeuristic and uncomfortable, as the disembodied hand homes in on another victim. Perhaps I Stalk Your Dog would have been a more appropriate title?
he Australian artist Rosalie Gascoigne began collecting abandoned farm machinery and fencing wire to use in Ikebana floral arrangements in the early 1960s. This led her to construct the assemblages (created from materials such as old road signs and lino) for which she became internationally famous. Similarly, in East Malvern there is a gardener whose main source of inspiration is stuff that has been relegated to the nature strip. Pauline Torrance can spot the decorative potential in a tired cane chair or an unwanted iron gate at a hundred paces. The entrance to her garden is through a pair of wrought-iron gates with more curls than a Leunig cartoon. Step inside and you’ll find a veritable museum of old chairs, tables, gates and doors in every shape, size and colour, and plant holders galore – these will remind you of your grandmother. A large black wrought-iron gate adorns a red-brick wall and a white panel acts as a support for the tendrils of the newly planted sweet pea. One smaller piece embellished with scrolls hangs in its own picture frame, itself a discarded window pane complete with leadlight grid. A painting picked up at a fair sits in a quiet interlude of green clivia leaves, while an out-of-date firescreen comes into its own again as a backdrop to a twisting grapevine. When Pauline isn’t finding a corner for her latest discovery, she is rearranging the outdoor furniture. A wicker lounge positioned under the old apple tree is charming and so appealing. Another tableau formed by a small café table and chairs invites “arvo tea anyone?” My favourite creation is the “dining room” where, above the table, a chandelier dangles from an overhanging branch and a shuttered screen hints mysteriously at something beyond. This is no designer garden. Instead it is an assemblage constructed from salvaged items and gifts of cuttings and rejectamenta from friends. Pauline says her garden is “a kind of memory bank ... When I’m watering in the morning, I’m constantly reminded of people and places”. Her most treasured find to date is the grand wrought-iron gates that appeared in a dumpster next door. For many years they’d graced the entrance to the home of Mr Schooling, the elderly man who was the Torrance’s neighbour when they first arrived in East Malvern. “I love the look of them,” Pauline said “but it’s the fact that they’re part of the story of our street which is most important to me.” Like Rosalie Gascoigne, the history of the objects collected adds meaning to her creative work. Pauline’s gift is that she wants what we think we don’t ... until we recognise it, lovingly restored in her garden.\
Art for the taking It’s a bonus for gardeners that we are a throw-out society. Decorative gems, from old wrought-iron gates to a tired old cane chair to an unwanted firescreen, can transform your garden’s look, writes JUDITH HUGHES
email@example.com The gatherer: Pauline Torrance can spot potential at 100 paces. (SHANNON MORRIS)
Apples ... take it as red
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ooks mean a lot if you’re an apple (Malus domestica). You’d have to be red (most prefer red to pink, green, yellow or brown apples), smooth (people prefer smooth to coarse-skinned apples) and shapely (not lop-sided). The apple’s success as a supermarket star has largely been linked to its visual appeal and marketers still believe that fruits have to look right, in order to sell well. Taste, they say, is of little consequence. From that viewpoint, commerce has been good for the apple’s survival: they are the third most widely produced fruit worldwide, after bananas and grapes (according to figures from the US-based fruit-market analysts Belrose Inc). It is remarkable that apples as we know them today have so successfully colonised the orchards of the world far from their place of origin, which is said to be somewhere on the border of Kazakhstan and north-west China. That success is good news for agriculturists, but bad news for conservationists because for every apple that has become a household name, thousands have fallen by the wayside, diminishing the apple gene pool. But it’s not all doom and gloom. The fallen have not been forgotten. Old-style apples, often referred to as heirloom or heritage apples, are making a comeback. Peter Allen, vice-president of Heritage Fruit Society Inc, says the demand for heritage apples from his Monbulk farm increased almost seven-fold from 2002 to 2007. That figure, says the former supermarket manager, is based on the number of plants he has been grafting for home gardeners, and also for nurseries, over those years. The apple revival rides a tsunami of interest in home-grown food, which has gained so much momentum that even the National Trust of Australia (Vic) is in on the action. Last month the trust opened to the public its trove of about 130 heritage apples from the Rippon Lea Estate, Elsternwick. Rippon Lea’s head gardener, Justin Buckley, says that 250 saplings, which were grafted in-house, sold out in about 15 minutes. The 20 varieties chosen for this first sale comprised a selection of dessert and cooking apples, early and late-fruiting apples and some with unique flavour, such as Winter Banana. “Many of our visitors ask for Cox’s Orange Pippins,’’ he says, “but I suggest they should look at more than one before they decide.” An eye-opener is the Coral Crab, a deep red crab apple the size of a small chestnut, with a strong, sweet flavour. Unlike other crab apples, it can be eaten fresh and its vigour and medium size (being grafted on semi-dwarfing M102 rootstock ) makes it suitable for backyard duties, Buckley says. Heritage apples come in a range of shapes, sizes and colours, not all pretty. But what they might lack in looks they make up for in taste and texture. The hardest part about planting a heritage tree, I reckon, is selecting one that you’ll be happy with for many years. So before you buy, think about the sort of apple you want – dessert, cooking, cider making, decorative crab? How big a tree do you want? Single graft? Multi-graft? Nowadays, with pole-type grafted plants you can have an apple tree in a pot, nowadays. Most heritage trees, however, are grafted to rootstock that would determine their size. An apple tree on M9 rootstock will grow to about 2.4 metres. M26 will give you a three-metre tree and MM102 and MM106 should let trees reach about 3.6 metres. The choice of rootstock and pruning would keep any tree in check. When you have an idea of what you want you can then check out the heritage varieties from Rippon Lea or
HERTITAGE APPLES COME IN A RANGE OF SHAPES, SIZES AND COLOURS, NOT ALL OF THEM PRETTY.
from the 400-plus varieties in the collection of heritage plant buffs such as Peter Allen. Heritage apples can also be found online at nurseries such as Diggers Club (secure.diggersgardenclub.com. au) and Stun’Sail Boom River Nursery (nurseriesonline. com.au/StunsailBoom).
ippon Lea is likely to have more trees ready for sale next year, while Allen, from his Telopea Mountain Nursery in Monbulk, can build you a tree, so to speak. Tell him your requirements and he can advise if your choices match your intentions. Peter Allen, aka Pete the Permie, is building his website and attends his stall at the Abbotsford Convent slow-food market on the fourth Saturday every month. Once you have decided on your tree, the going is easier. Apples are known to fare well in Melbourne’s temperate climate. They, along with plum trees, are about the easiest to grow as they are not particularly demanding when established. All an apple tree needs is lots of sun, some moisture at its roots and shelter from strong winds. There might be a problem, though, if there are no apple trees in the vicinity. You see, apples cannot reproduce themselves; the majority need pollen from another apple variety in order to produce fruit. Playing match-maker to apples means you should choose plants with overlapping flowering seasons. A mid-season apple, for example, could cover both ends of the flowering spectrum. Plant your tree in winter and reap your rewards two or three years later. It’s a win-win endeavour: gardener gets the apple of his eye and apple gets to keep its heritage to fight another day. \ SIEW-CHING GOH firstname.lastname@example.org
HEIRLOOMS ABAS (early season, dessert). Medium sized, dark red striped skin, crisp, sweet white flesh. Fruits biennially. AKANE (early, dessert). Medium sized, crisp with hints of strawberry and a good balance of sweet and sharp. BLENHEIM ORANGE (late, dual purpose). Orange, with red stripes. Sweet taste, crumbly texture, good with cheese. COX’S ORANGE PIPPIN (below) (late, dessert). Orange-red flush, red stripes, greenish yellow background. Sweet, aromatic, with a subtle flavours. EGREMONT RUSSET (mid-season, dessert). Brown, rough skin with gold streaks. Nutty flavour, balance of sweet and sharp. FAMEUSE CANADA aka SNOW (mid, dessert). Bright red with snow-white flesh. Sweet, spicy, juicy.
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hen the owners of this Edwardian villa decided on extensive renovations, they thought long and hard about the design of their home. They took their ideas to a draughtsman to draw up and to provide the construction drawings. Once construction was under way and they were able to see their plans taking shape, it became evident that some of their design decisions were not the best, so they employed an architect to assess the design and suggest changes.
CLIENT’S REDESIGN OF ORIGINAL FLOOR PLAN
As the house was under construction, it was important that any new design had to: O involve minimal changes to any work already done
PROBLEM Irregular design to all bi-folding doors and windows, failing to take advantage of ceililng height preventing a better use of light and view of garden.
O have a minimal impact on the progression of work O ensure work could continue even if council approval
was needed for any of these changes. Design changes suggested by the architect included: FAMILY ROOM
O In the original design the stair to the upstairs main
bedroom was accessible through the dining room. This made the dining room a circulation space with a cramped area left-over for dining.
PROBLEM Awkward kitchen design with non-continuous benches. PROBLEM Stairs only accessible through dining room.
SOLUTION Glazing height increased with fixed windows above bi-folding doors. Morning light is now maximised especially during the winter.
REVISED GROUND FLOOR PLAN KITCHEN More user-friendly and economical design in updated layout.
O The revised plan moved the stair towards the back of
the house between the dining room and kitchen. The dining room is now an elegant, well proportioned room unencumbered by circulation. Another benefit of moving the stair is that it would now be easy to convert the dining room into a fourth bedroom. Although not a requirement of the owners, the potential to do so will be beneficial for resale.
DOOR AND WINDOWS With the regular proportioning a cohesive look is now achieved.
O By moving the stair, the lengths of the kitchen
and family rooms were reduced. They are still well proportioned, however. The move also provided room for a small laundry under the stair, whereas the original design had the laundry in a cupboard accessible from the main hallway.
O The architect revised the layout of the bathroom; the
new design showcases the new bath against a feature wall. It brings the bath closer to the fireplace and window, hides the toilet behind the feature wall and creates a generous-sized shower recess.
O The bi-folding doors in the family and living rooms
were redesigned, their widths were made consistent. Fixed windows were added above each door to take advantage of the generous ceiling height and to relate to the proportioning of the existing windows in the front section of the house, thereby providing a cohesive design throughout.
PROBLEM Uninspired bathroom design
E X P E N DI T U R E H E A D L IN E Revised planning drawings + council fees
Estimated cost to rectify existing built work
Estimated cost of extra work
Architect’s fees Estimated time delays due to changes ESTIMATED INCREASE IN VALUE OF HOUSE DUE TO REVISED DESIGN
$ 3000 3 WEEKS
Because of potentially unknown conditions, it is important to have realistic expectations when renovating. So it is smart to allow for a 20% overrun in budget and construction time. It is recommended an architect be involved from the design stage. An architect should be able to take the needs of the client and, working within the limitations of the site, existing structures, council and building code requirements, as well as the budget, to create a living environment beyond the client’s expectations. \ GRAY SMITH email@example.com
DINING ROOM The new room is now unencumbered with the removal of stair access. With this alteration this room may revert to a fourth bedroom adding significant value to the home. BATHROOM The addition of a feature wall behind a central bathtub conceals the toilet and shower recess. An existing fireplace is now better situated for a long soak in the tub.
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KAY & BURTON
KAY & BURTON 9820 1111 23 Fawkner Street, South Yarra Price: $3 million plus Auction: May 8 at 11am
CHRISTOPHER RUSSELL 254-255 ABERCROMBY’S
OUT OF TOWN\ KEATINGS
Fast Facts: High ceilings, central hall, four open fireplaces, en suite, walk-in wardrobe, study, north-facing living and dining, luxurious stone finished kitchen, butler’s pantry, underfloor hydronic heating and air-conditioning, C-bus system, outdoor living room, built-in barbecue, spa, sauna, outdoor bathroom, established gardens, off-street parking, walking distance to Toorak Road.
WHERE TO LIVE TEAM\ EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS PROPERTY EDITOR \ MARIA HARRIS firstname.lastname@example.org M: 0409 009 766 PROPERTY WRITER \ HARI RAJ email@example.com M: 0415 346 906 ADVERTISING INQUIRIES REAL ESTATE SALES DIRECTOR \ JOHN IOANNOU firstname.lastname@example.org M: 0418 323 009 The real estate cover story (right) and WE LOVE IT property reviews on the following pages have been visited by TWR journalists. AGENT’S CHOICE are real estate promotions provided by the agents unless tagged as written by a TWR journalist.
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“NEW YORK COMES TO MELBOURNE.” ROSS SAVAS – AGENT
SOUTH YARRA 4KM FROM THE CBD Home to one of Melbourne’s best shopping strips. Famous for historic mansions, Victorian homes large and small, significan apartments, trendy cafe culture and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Also home to Melbourne Girls’ Grammar and Melbourne Boys’ High School.
How this suburb has moved: +12.5% (2004-2009) * REIV stats
t is six o’clock on a Monday night and the lights are on at 23 Fawkner Street, South Yarra. Unlike many other inner-city homes that hide behind high brick walls, this one embraces the street. Before you even reach the gate in the iron picket fence you are mesmerised by the chandeliers in the two front rooms and the light reflecting off the foil wallpaper. You don’t get more Victorian than this. Yes, it is a double-fronted brick home, with a tuck-pointed facade and tessellated tiled veranda. The typically Victorian floor plan has rooms off the central hall, but this place is no homage to the past. The owners, an architect and a stockbroker, engaged BE Architecture to transform the house into a sophisticated environment with great design and functionality. After two years in design and construction, the result owes as much to New York as it does to inner-city Melbourne. It was a bold move to turn a four-bedroom house into a two-bedroom home, but they did it with aplomb. Along the way, the owners fulfilled the need for large-scale entertaining spaces inside and out, with room for friends and family to stay. There are two bedrooms (the main has an en suite), a front room (den), a large living and dining room, a study, two bathrooms and a kitchen with enough space to hold a crowd, plus a vast covered outdoor living room with an open fireplace and seating. The north-facing rear of the property is an oasis of greenery. Tucked behind the outdoor living room is a spa and a timber boardwalk leading to a sauna and an outdoor bathroom. The front of the house is true to its Victorian roots with texture and richness in the foil wallpaper, velvet drapes, hand-plastered ceilings, original open fireplaces
and a white marble mantelpiece. As you head north towards the back of the house, the finishes become more natural and contemporary. The central hall, with its typical arch at the mid-point, has new floorboards stained a rich mahogany. Off the main bedroom, the walk-in wardrobe – lined with burnt-sienna coloured emporite cabinets – leads to the mocha-tiled en suite, an oversized shower and a bath that looks to a private garden. Also off the hall is the second bathroom, with fittings and finishes that match the en suite. Then comes a study with built-in cabinets, a desk and overhead storage for CDs.
K&B PARTY Kay & Burton kicked off the campaign for 23 Fawkner Street with a cocktail party for more than 30 guests to see how the house worked for entertaining. “We wanted a house with a great scale for entertaining,” said Jarrod Haberfield and David O’Connell. Dishing up the finger food on the night were Sophie Cooke and Nicole Debono, of Cookes Food, Toorak.
Vendors David O’Connell (left) and Jarrod Haberfield.
Just back from London, glamour couple Emily Spiro and Chris Alcock.
A door in a wall of sleek dark cabinets opens into the butler’s pantry, which has another stone bench and sink. A trapdoor reveals a purpose-built cellar. Floor-to-ceiling glass forms the rear wall of the kitchen, which allows natural light to enter and provides winter warmth. The greenery of the garden keeps the heat out in summer. A heavy glass door slides from the side of the kitchen to the paved outdoor living room, which has a Balinese-style thatched roof, built-in open fireplace, barbecue (neatly out of sight) and sofas. This house makes big promises – and delivers in abundance. \
Main pic The kitchen looking to the garden. From far left to right The sitting room; outdoor entertaining looking back to kitchen; entry hall showing two front rooms
Kay & Burton’s Ross Savas and consultant engineer David Atkins.
Leon Frangos, Kay & Burton agent Michael Armstrong and George and Victoria Floratos. (EVENT PICTURES / DARRIAN TRAYNOR)
The large living and dining room harks back to the notion of the “good room”. While far from stuffy or formal, it has no television and the fireplace burns real wood to create a warm, inviting atmosphere. This room also looks to the outdoor entertaining room and garden. The kitchen is functional – both vendors love to cook – and has a very large, long stone island bench that extends to a timber benchtop, which can easily have eight people sitting around it. On the far wall another stone benchtop with matching splashback has a 900-millimetre-wide Smeg oven and cooktop. Floors are made of terrazzo tiles.
Gerard Warrener, whose Melbourne Style 5 is about to hit bookshops and Kay & Burton director Jason Scillio.
WHERE TO LIVE\
WE LOVE IT
Everything in this peninsula stunner points to luxury.
Everyone in Mornington knows The Point, the three-storey house that grips a cliff top overlooking Port Phillip Bay. It would look right at home on the Mediterranean. The Point’s 5337 square metres of land extend to within 30 metres of the water and it has uninterrupted views across the bay, past Mornington pier to Portarlington, and on to the You Yangs and the city skyline on the horizon. Fishermen and yachties use The Point as a marker when they are on the water. The Point was commissioned in 1991 by Brian Della-Pietra, founding partner of construction group Consulere, who died before it was completed. Present owners Jeff and Carolyn Mannering, of Oasys IT, bought it eight years ago and have lavished care, attention and plenty of money on it. That includes importing three fully grown palm trees for the garden, creating a granite
MARSHALL WHITE, 9822 9999 Agent in conjunction: James Crowder Community Real Estate, 9708 8667 The Point, 61 Kalimna Drive, Mornington Price: About $12 million Expressions of interest close May 3 at 5.30pm. cobble-stoned driveway and formal drive lined with pear trees and gardens edged with magnolia hedges. Nearly every room of this exclusive home – almost a resort in its own right – on Mornington’s Golden Mile has water views. A massive entrance leads to the marble entry hall with formal living and dining rooms ranged around it. Four bedrooms, all with balconies, have lavish green marble en suites. The formal
living and dining rooms are the stuff of film sets and include a sunken marble bar. There are two kitchens – one with granite benches, one with marble benches – a butler’s pantry, commercial refrigerator, home cinema and study. The list goes on. An infinity pool on the lower level overlooks the bay. There are terraces, al fresco areas, a spa, sauna and plunge pool. The lower level features a mod-grass tennis court and a path down to the beach. \ MARIA HARRIS
RT EDGAR, 9826 1000 172 Kooyong Road, Toorak Price: $8 million plus Auction: May 8 at noon
This Christopher Doyle-designed home has a grand entry hall, formal and informal living rooms, four bedrooms (each with a marble en suite), a vast white Calacutta marble kitchen and butler’s pantry, limestone and European oak floors and a study. And that’s just inside. Outside the all-green Italian-style garden and pool connect to the al fresco living area. Life in Toorak doesn’t get much better than this – a fact not lost on selling agent Jeremy Fox, of RT Edgar. On auction day he will be out the front spruiking the position, which is close to some of the most expensive homes in Toorak. “The floor plan is sensational, every room leads to the next and it’s full of light,” says Fox. The owners, who have lived in the house for just over a year, are moving their young family to Italy. \ MARIA HARRIS
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BENNISON MACKINNON, 9864 5000 76 Mason Street, South Yarra Price: $1.8 million-$2 million Auction: May 1 at 11.30am
This house is a knockout in a secret pocket of South Yarra. Mason Street is part of that privileged patch west of Punt Road. Architect Bill McCorkell has created a surprisingly large and light-filled house with city skyline views, which makes it ideal for inner-city living. Only the facade, with lace-trimmed veranda and two front rooms, belies its Victorian origins. The rest is new – and has the “pure gold” of a two-car carport. A central living room is surrounded by two lightwells, one with a water feature. The separate dining room and kitchen are all style with stainless steel benches, stainless steel oven, ceiling height cabinets, walk-in pantry and integrated fridge. Two bedrooms upstairs include the main with storage and desk and walk-in robe leading to minimalist en suite. At the front, a timber deck has a built-in barbecue and hidden fridge. \ MARIA HARRIS
WE LOVE IT
A new level of luxury comes to life.
This new five-bedroom house brings to life a new level of luxury in the eastern suburbs private-school belt. From herringbone parquetry floors to internal emporite doors, a white marble kitchen and five white marble en suite bathrooms, nothing has been overlooked in the quest for total comfort. Spacious formal rooms and a study are matched by a large open-plan area at the back of the house, which is made up of the kitchen and meals area, living room and rumpus room. Glass doors slide open from the informal living area to the paved al fresco zone with solar-heated swimming pool and spa. Back inside, a guest suite downstairs has a large en suite and study. Four upstairs bedrooms are grouped off the rumpus room. Heating, cooling, ducted vacuum, security, barbecue area and a double garage complete the picture.\ MARIA HARRIS
JELLIS CRAIG, 9818 2222 55 The Ridge, Canterbury Price: $3 million plus Auction: May 8 at 2pm
HOCKING STUART, 9944 3888 26 Thomas Street, Kew
Price: $3 million-$3.3 million Auction: May 8 at 1.30pm
The owners regularly travel to France – and it shows. They commissioned Armadale interior designer Jean-Pierre Heurteau to bring his flamboyant style to their grand home and the result is sheer opulence where rich décor is embellished with layer upon layer of patterns and texture. Vibrant wallpaper – or in the case of the sitting room, silk cut to measure – adorns the walls of the formal rooms. Built for the rich circa 1930, this double-storey home of 11 main rooms has an old-style porte cochere at the entrance. The formal rooms are off a large entry foyer. The kitchen, with white marble benches and a butler’s pantry, overlooks the informal meals area while the family room opens to an al fresco area and swimming pool. All four bedrooms and a study are upstairs, including the parents’ bedroom (with sitting room), walk-in dressing room and en suite bathroom. \ MARIA HARRIS
FLETCHERS, 9836 2222 6 Mernda Road, Kooyong Price: $4 million plus Auction: May 15, 11am
Any property going under the hammer in Kooyong is worth a sniff; it’s one of Melbourne’s smallest suburbs and this is one of its newest houses (see www.6merndaroad.com.au). Completed less than two months ago, the three-storey house has a sleek contemporary interior and a facade that matches its heritage-listed neighbours. The main bedroom is on the ground floor, which opens onto a deck and an outdoor sitting area; around one corner is a his-and-hers walk-in wardrobe, with double-sided storage. The lap pool has a water feature gurgling next to a bluestone-paved courtyard, the kitchen has granite benchtops and Gaggenau fittings, and the bathrooms are sheathed in chequerboard Turkish marble. A lift connects the top floor to the basement, where you’ll find a double garage, another bar/kitchen space and a private space that can be used as a gym or theatre room. \ HARI RAJ
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10A Monomeath Ave 10A Monomeath Ave 117 Canterbury Rd 14 Compton St 174 Mont Albert Rd 191 Mont Albert Rd
1/9 Hoyt St 26 Holyrood St 6 Wave St
SOLD FOR $1.515 MILLION 21 Evelina Road, Toorak. 32 Monomeath Ave 34 Stanley Grove 55 The Ridge 844 Burke Rd
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CAULFIELD 1/15 Newlyn St 1/412 Glen Eira Rd 24a Fallon St
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10 Marlborough St 19 Hart St 3 Morrice St 40 Eskdale Rd 48 Northcote Ave 66 Bambra Rd 70 Balaclava Rd 8 Malakoff St
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DOCKLANDS 2104/80 Lorimer St
Williams Batters 211
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IVANHOE EAST 6 Keam St
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Marshall White 204
KALLISTA 69 Ridge St 69 Ridge St
Hocking Stuart 262 Hocking Stuart 263
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MACEDON 26 Marshall Avenue
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Marshall White 185
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MORNINGTON 61 Kalimna Drive
Marshall White 161
MURRUMBEENA 12 Melbourne St
Marshall White 205
NEWHAM 79 Bryce’s Lane 96 Dons Road
Keatings 288 Keatings 288
RT Edgar 225
NUNAWADING 6 Patterson St
Noel Jones 287
Woodards 251 Gary Peer 80
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QUEENSCLIFF 27 Hesse St Richmond 38 Gardner St
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Buxton 262 Buxton 261
SOMERS 110 Miramar Road 11 South Sea Road
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403/315 Beaconsfld Pde Kay & Burton 158
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SOLD FOR $1.6 MILLION 43 Foam Street, Elwood.
287 255 277 129 116 243 117 284 234 203 129 242 235 230 231 284
SANDRINGHAM 13A Tennyson St 6/388 Bluff Rd
Ben Mac 68 Marshall White 168 RT Edgar 224
ST KILDA WEST
ORMOND 1-6/25 Holloway St 2/21 Wheeler St
76 Mason St 81 Caroline St 9/209 Domain Rd
SOLD FOR $1.4 MILLION 16 Green Street, Camberwell.
ST KILDA EAST
NORTH MELBOURNE 105/150 Peel St
PASSED IN AT $1.2 MILLION 40 Wheatley Road, McKinnon.
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PASSED IN AT $1.91 MILLION 52 Athelstan Road, Camberwell.
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Hi, I’m Mal James and I’m a buyer agent/advocate. Let’s imagine I’m with a prospective buyer, Mike, having a latte at my favourite café, Treat, in Armadale.
as well. And, to keep it moving along, I suggest you structure the questions around PPP. Mike: PPP is structure? Mal: Yes, structure. Price, Property and Position. Mal: Good day, Mike. With so much information, I have found a useful Mike: How much? technique is to categorise all info into Price, Property Mal: One of the deeper questions I usually get three and Position. It allows me to assess things more easily minutes after the “how much” question is “how do I – it gives me structure. You may want more land – know what to buy?” that is a Property thing. To get more land, you need Mike: Yeah. Do I buy next to a train line, with or more money (Price) or you go further out (Position). without the renovations, is land content important, It’s the old “for every action there is a reaction” kinda has this suburb got better growth than the next? thing. You want less Price (lower mortgage and more Mal: Whoa, hold up. The real question is: what will holidays), then it affects Property and Position. make you happy? If we can work this out well, it Mike: I’m starting to get it, Mal. can result in you buying the right home in a week, a Mal: Good. So on a piece of paper, just draw up three month, a year – a home that will make you happy. boxes. Allocate the info you collect to either the Price We suggest a three-step process. The first we call or Property or Position box. clarity and let’s not worry about the others yet. With Mike: For me, almost everything is the Price box – I clarity comes an easier and more meaningful way don’t care that much. I just want the best deal. But my forward, and it’s the same in home-buying, wife, Janet, she wants the best and to live in Hawthorn which for almost all of us is seriously intertwined near the kids’ schools and her mother. But she with happiness. doesn’t seem to realise that it costs a packet Happiness is the only true measure that to get what she wants and I’m not sure of BUYING. counts in my 50 or so years of searching capital growth. I think compromise – could THE FUN CAN – you can find happiness in a material we buy a house to fix up, further out, and possession and you can find a lot more in BEGIN ANY TIME put in some sweat equity? one you like. Mal: I have no answers for the YOU LIKE. Mike: This clarity and happiness thing: does mother-in-law but, broadly, what you are it include the kids and the spouse? talking about is happiness and, whether you Mal: Yes, and depending on gender, clarity also know it or not, you are looking at outcomes. covers the kitchen, storage, en suite or garage, shed Good outcomes will give you happiness. and cellar. Mike: Yes, I want good outcomes. Mike: Can happiness and mortgage appear Mal: Good outcomes for you lead to your happiness in the same sentence unless the word nil and they come from good decisions. I have found also appears? splitting outcomes into two simple categories really Mal: It can include whatever you want. It’s your way useful. There are financial outcomes and there is forward: your home and your happiness – not mine. the rest – the feelings stuff, which we call emotional My happiness comes from you being satisfied and outcomes. You want good growth – that is a financial giving me a cheque, which in turn keeps my wife, kids outcome to make you happy. Janet wants to feel and banker happy. No, Mike, it’s your process and secure and the kids safe – a nesting instinct – that’s an there is no right or wrong start, mid-point or finish the emotional outcome that will make her happy. same for everyone. And there in a nutshell it is. A goal – happiness. Some Mike: So, my big concepts in the home-buying process building blocks – emotional and financial outcomes. are not granite and growth, they are clarity and The fun can begin any time you like. happiness. Where do we go from here? Mike: Fun? Mal: I think structure is the next step. The happiness Mal: Yeah, the fun of seeing everything you wanted and clarity thing without guidelines seems to send overruled by the wife and kids. Didn’t I tell you – many into a wilderness that can ultimately lead to home-buying for blokes is not about compromise, it’s poorer decisions. about submission. Mike: Structure? Mike: How much did you say you cost again ... ? \ Mal: Yep, structure, and here is a bit of the structure I like. Happiness is a desire. Happiness for you, in my MAL JAMES opinion, will come from child and spouse happiness. James Buyer Advocates Mike, we have a saying, “Happy wife – happy life”. So www.jamesbuyeradvocates.com.au part of your job should be to find out what they want
Sarah Murdoch, Ambassador.
WHERE TO LIVE\ AGENTS’ CHOICE POSTCODE
Marshall White 9822 9999
Buxton Brighton 9592 8000
Bennison Mackinnon 9864 5000
Fletchers Kew 9817 6551
1 Mary Street, Malvern ................................................................. Price: $2.7 million - $2.97 million ................................................................. Auction: Saturday May 1 at 11.30am .................................................................
1 Montgomery Street, Brighton East ................................................................. Price: $1.6 million + ................................................................. Auction: Saturday May 15 at 12.30pm .................................................................
1 Redcourt Avenue, Armadale ................................................................. Price: $2.4 million - $2.65 million ................................................................. Auction: Saturday May 15 at 11.30am .................................................................
1/15 Elm Grove, Kew East ................................................................. Price: $1 million - $1.1 million ................................................................. Auction: Saturday May 8 at noon .................................................................
An impeccable sense of style distinguishes this architect-designed family residence. Streamlined contemporary design characterises the home. Featuring Ilve kitchen, solar-heated pool, home-theatre, DLUG. Let's eat lunch @ Giorgios, 1235 High Street Let's eat dinner @ Sukhumrit Thai, 1258 Malvern Road Let's drink coffee @ Bellezza Italina, 1413 Malvern Road
Above a sweeping 35m frontage approx, this architectural four-bedroom & study, 3.5 bathroom home stars four living zones, a cornerstone kitchen & a high-tech finish including C-BUS & surround-sound. Broad brilliance with a Brighton East address! Let's eat lunch @ Moi, Shop 1 259-279 Bay Street Let's eat dinner @ Vivace, 317 Bay Street Let's drink coffee @ Zest in Food, 59 Landcox Street
Completely comfortable in its current state, this substantial four-bedroom, threebathroom residence invites the addition of its new owners´ own signature style.
The front town house of two in a secluded street among the golf courses, three bedrooms, study, four bathrooms and every convenience. Fastidious design, perfect finishes, reverse cycle air-con. Near bus, shops and school. Let's eat lunch @ Kew Nursery and Cafe, Cnr High and Gladstone Streets Let's eat dinner @ Di Palma's, 684 High Street Let's drink coffee @ Xocolatl, 11 Strathalbyn Street
Fletchers Canterbury 9836 2222
TBM Toorak 9826 0000
231 Mont Albert Road, Surrey Hills ................................................................. Price: $1.1 million - $1.2 million ................................................................. Auction: Saturday May 1 at noon .................................................................
Let's eat lunch @ Grapeseed, 1084 High Street Let's eat dinner @ Barca, 1007 High Street Let's drink coffee @ Oscar Whyte, 1013 High Street
801/15 Queens Road, Melbourne ................................................................. Price: $1.6 million + ................................................................. Auction: Saturday May 1 at 1pm .................................................................
KEW Charmingly updated in a prestige position, this five room Federation style timber home boasts high ceilings, Baltic flooring, leadlights and decorative woodwork, a sunny modern kitchen and period style bathroom. Let's eat lunch @ Watts Cooking, 147 Union Road Let's eat dinner @ King & I Thai Restaurant , 613 Whitehorse Road Let's drink coffee @ Zimt Patisserie Bakery, 38 Hamilton Street
"Royal Albert" -Breathtaking views from this stunning two-bedroom and study, north-west sub-penthouse. Huge private entertainment terrrace, state-of-the-art finishes, double remote garage, heated pool and resident caretaker. Let's eat lunch @ Balencea, 454 St Kilda Road, Let's eat dinner @ The Botanical, 169 Domain Road, Let's drink coffee @ Cafe Vue, 401 St Kilda Road,
WOODARDS, 9818 3456 5 Yarra Street, Kew
Price: $2 million Private Sale
It’s peaceful on Yarra Street. The river is a stone’s throw away and Kew’s amenities are just down the road; nestled in between is this opulent three-storey brick house. Situated on a sloping block, the house was built in 1953 by the architect Geoffrey Danne. The entrance is through what used to be a garage, now converted into a long bar and wine cellar. The house is prevailingly formal, but surprises abound – panels flip and open to reveal bars and shelves, and a goods lift and powder room are hidden in unobtrusive nooks. The prominent sandstone west wall used to prop up Melbourne University’s Wilson Hall until a 1952 fire; relocated to Kew, the wall is now studded with glass recovered from the hall’s ashes. \ HARI RAJ
WHERE TO LIVE\ AGENTS’ CHOICE POSTCODE
Noel Jones Glen Iris 9885 3333
Marshall White 9822 9999
Jellis Craig Hawthorn 9818 2222
Williams Batters 9866 4411
4 Hazeldine Road, Glen Iris ................................................................. Price: $1.2 million - $1.3 million ................................................................. Auction: Saturday May 8 at 1pm .................................................................
83 Manningtree Road, Hawthorn ................................................................. Price: $1.8 million - $1.98 million ................................................................. Auction: Saturday May 1 at 10.30am .................................................................
104 Harcourt Street, Hawthorn East ................................................................. Price: $2.5 million + ................................................................. Auction: Saturday May 15 at 3pm .................................................................
2/5 Stanhope Court, South Yarra ................................................................. Price: $580,000 - $620,000 ................................................................. Auction: Saturday May 1 at 11am .................................................................
This renovated four bedroom, two bathroom, Californian classic successfully combines the stylish original living and dining areas with a large modern family room. Enjoys period features, polished floors and ducted heating. Let's eat lunch @ Glen Iris Milk Bar, 106 Glen Iris Road Let's eat dinner @ Perrins Restaurant, 32 High Street Let's drink coffee @ Thread Cafe, 1373 Malvern Road
Classic Hawthorn brick Victorian residence boasting superb period features. It comprises four bedrooms, architectdesigned north-facing kitchen/living/dining plus deck perfect for entertaining. Includes Miele appliances, remote OSP. Let's eat lunch @ Canvas Restaurant, Level 1 / 302-320 Burwood Road Let's eat dinner @ Choi's Chinese, 186 Riversdale Road Let's drink coffee @ Browns Bakers, 675 Glenferrie Road
The elite environs of the Harcourt Estate are perfect for a refined family lifestyle that is fully appreciated from this Victorian-style residence.
A spacious ground floor two-bedroom apartment in a small block of six with secure undercover parking, plus a large living area. Comprising two bedrooms, a bathroom, sitting and dining room plus a kitchen. Let's eat lunch @ Harveys, 10 Murphy Street Let's eat dinner @ Cosi, 68 Toorak Road Let's drink coffee @ Coffee Darling, 2 Darling Street
Marshall White 9822 9999
Williams Batters 9866 4411
Let's eat lunch @ Italy 1, 823 Burke Road Let's eat dinner @ Orsini, 205 Camberwell Road Let's drink coffee @ Coffee Max, 742 Burke Road
Kay & Burton South Yarra 9820 1111
Jellis Craig Hawthorn 9818 2222
7 Power Avenue, Toorak ................................................................. Price: $3.9 million - $4.29 million ................................................................. Auction: Saturday May 8 at 2.30pm .................................................................
2/5 Stanhope Court, South Yarra ................................................................. Price: $580,000 - $620,000 ................................................................. Auction: Saturday May 1 at 11am .................................................................
12 Flintoft Avenue, Toorak ................................................................. Price: $2.1 million + ................................................................. Auction: Saturday May 8 at 11am .................................................................
10A Monomeath Avenue, Canterbury ................................................................. Price: $2.7 million + ................................................................. Auction: Saturday May 1 at 2pm .................................................................
Family priorities receive superb modern treatment throughout this landmark home´s formal dimensions, light-filled living/ dining, sensational recreation room and separate study. Terrace overlooks northwest garden. Double lock-up garage. Let's eat lunch @ Croutons Fine Food, 475 Glenferrie Road Let's eat dinner @ Koots Restaurant, 479 Glenferrie Road Let's drink coffee @ Cibo Bakehouse, 477 Glenferrie Road
A spacious ground floor two-bedroom apartment in a small block of six with secure undercover parking, plus a large living area. Comprising two bedrooms, a bathroom, sitting and dining room plus a kitchen. Let's eat lunch @ Harveys, 10 Murphy Street Let's eat dinner @ Cosi, 68 Toorak Road Let's drink coffee @ Coffee Darling, 2 Darling Street
A beautifully presented period home, oozing character and set amidst stunning manicured gardens in a most sought after location on the doorstep of Toorak village.
A home of distinction in one of Melbourne´s finest avenues, this architect designed three bedroom home is a sanctuary of quality and style amidst easily managed garden oasis with cascading rock-pool/spa. Let's eat lunch @ The Maling Room, 206 Canterbury Road Let's eat dinner @ The Wildflower Restaurant, 1 Theatre Place Let's drink coffee @ Cafe Eden, 78 Maling Road
Let's eat lunch @ Orita´s, 34 Jackson Street Let's eat dinner @ Romeo´s, 450 Toorak Road Let's drink coffee @ Luscious Affairs, 9/501 Toorak Road
Marshall White 9822 9999
6 Keam Street, Ivanhoe ................................................................. Price: $1.7 million - $1.87 million ................................................................. Auction: Saturday May 1 at 10.30am .................................................................
Jellis Craig Hawthorn 9818 2222
55 Broadway, Camberwell ................................................................. Price: $2 million + ................................................................. Auction: Saturday May 1 at noon .................................................................
SURREY HILLS Luxurious residence superbly renovated. Includes light-filled living areas, state-ofthe-art kitchen, outdoor living, four bedrooms (main/WIR/en suite), bathroom, upstairs views. Also ducted heating/ cooling/vacuum and DLUG. Let's eat lunch @ Condotti Restaurant, 237 Lower Heidelberg Road Let's eat dinner @ Barr'd Wine & Tapas Bar, 240 Lower Heidelberg Road Let's drink coffee @ Vita Bella Cafe, 236 Lower Heidelberg Road
A magnificent outlook opposite historic Reid Gardens provides prized lifestyle inspiration with this superb Victorian villa c1888 gracing a fine corner position in the prestigious Tara Estate. Let's eat lunch @ Georges Restaurant, 819 Burke Road Let's eat dinner @ Magic City, 871 Burke Road Let's drink coffee @ Brunetti, 1/3 Prospect Hill Road
Gary Peer & Associates 9526 1999
Kay & Burton South Yarra 9820 1111
70 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North ................................................................. Price: $1.75 million + ................................................................. Auction: Sunday May 9 at 12.30pm .................................................................
Price: $1.25 million-$1.35 million Auction: May 1, noon
76 Caroline Street, South Yarra ................................................................. Price: $ 3.2 million + ................................................................. Auction: Saturday May 1 at 11am .................................................................
ARMADALE Magnificently proportioned family home, graced with an ambience of sophistication. Contemporary open-plan living incorporating an Ilve kitchen and family/ meals room extending to north-facing deck, pool and granny flat. Let's eat lunch @ Las Chicas, 203 Carlisle Street, Balaclava Let's eat dinner @ Chez Olivier L'Epicerie, 256 Glen Eira Road, Elsternwick Let's drink coffee @ Wall Two 80, 280 Carlisle Street, Balaclava
207 Union Road, Surrey Hills
This red-brick Californian bungalow’s excellent use of zoning is an immediate standout. The main bedroom, with en suite bathroom and study, is in a separate wing divided from the rest of the house by a small corridor. The effect blends proximity and privacy; close enough to keep an eye on the kids, but at a distance that ensures peace and quiet. That’s probably a good thing – French doors in the lounge and dining rooms open onto the north-facing garden’s two sitting areas, perfect for children or party guests to wander through. Utilities are tucked away so as not to spoil the clean lines, bedrooms occupy their own zones as well and working fireplaces and cool stone benches in the kitchen top it off. \ HARI RAJ
NOEL JONES, 9885 3333
A picture-perfect Victorian in the heart of cosmopolitan South Yarra Hill. A wonderful blend of period features and modern functionality, the home is awash with light and offers a delightful private garden. Let's eat lunch @ Lynch´s, 131 Domain Road Let's eat dinner @ France-soir, 11 Toorak Road Let's drink coffee @ Cosi, 68 Toorak Road
R T EDGAR, 9826 1000 9 Seymour Avenue, Armadale Price: About $2 million Auction: Saturday May 15, 1pm
Tucked away on a quiet street near the High Street shops and eateries, this double-fronted Victorian is surrounded by perfectly manicured hedges and greenery. The main bedroom’s en suite and walk-in robes are massive, accounting for almost as much space as the room next to it. The bedrooms, in fact, make this house ideal for a large family; they’re well-spaced throughout and they’re flexible too. One is set up as an office, with desk and storage space enough for multiple users; another, accessible via the double garage, is a lovely studio illuminated by skylights. In fact, natural light is a consistent feature – it pours in from the floor-to-ceiling windows all along the family room, which opens onto one of those enormously popular north-facing terraces. High ceilings and working fireplaces all contribute to this home’s appeal. \ HARI RAJ
WHERE TO LIVE\ AGENTSâ€™ CHOICE
Jellis Craig Glen Iris 9809 8999
Marshall White 9822 9999
11 Fakenham Road, Ashburton ................................................................. Price: $1.5 million - $1.6 million ................................................................. Auction: Saturday May 15 at 1pm .................................................................
13 Lyndhurst Crescent, Hawthorn ................................................................. Price: $3 million - $3.3 million ................................................................. Auction: Saturday May 1 at 3.30pm .................................................................
PRAHRAN A superb north-facing family home of generous proportions, smart design and slick interior fit-out. Enjoy an easy walk to the Village shops/cafes, local parklands and schools. Train at the end of the road. Let's eat lunch @ Corner Deli, 229 High Street Let's eat dinner @ Sergios, 201 High Street Let's drink coffee @ E'Latte, 204 High Street
A magnificent Hawthorn brick Victorian residence comprising two formal sitting rooms, five bedrooms, north-facing kitchen/dining/living, entertaining area, private garden. Including hydronic heating, aircon, IG pool and DLUG (ROW). Let's eat lunch @ Laurent, 703 Glenferrie Road Let's eat dinner @ The Greek Spot, 559 Burwood Road Let's drink coffee @ Replete Providore, 302 Barkers Road
Jellis Craig Balwyn 9830 5966
Gary Peer & Associates 9526 1999
ABERCROMBYâ€™S, 9864 5300 2 Willis Street, Prahran
Price: $1.7 million plus Auction: Saturday May 1 at 11.30am
The row of banana trees providing a respite from the sun lends a hint of the exotic, but hides the cast-iron latticework of its Victorian facade; itâ€™s a combination of clean lines and tropical allure further demonstrated by the contrast between this houseâ€™s cool ceramic floors and its warm Merbau deck. Yes, itâ€™s open-plan, but seldom are plans more open than this â€“ the kitchen and lounge occupy the same large area and sliding doors allow almost the entire house to be opened up into a cavernous, airy expanse, extending all the way to the back deck. The upstairs study and main bedroom use space similarly well, as does one of the downstairs bedrooms, which doubles as a home theatre. Likewise, the garage is surprisingly well-fitted, containing a third bathroom and the equivalent of a second kitchen/ bar area, easily accessed from the plunge pool. \ HARI RAJ
Marshall White 9822 9999
Hocking Stuart Hawthorn 9944 3888
16 Lower Drive, Kew ................................................................. Price: $2 million + ................................................................. Auction: Saturday May 8 at 1pm .................................................................
18 Glenview Avenue, Malvern ................................................................. Price: $1.7 million + ................................................................. Auction: Saturday 15 May 12.30pm .................................................................
56 Ferndale Road, Glen Iris ................................................................. Price: $2.35 million - $2.58 million ................................................................. Auction: Saturday May 8 at 11.30am .................................................................
69 Ridge Road, Kallista ................................................................. Price: $1.5 million - $1.6 million ................................................................. For Sale: Private .................................................................
A northern ranges panorama is enjoyed from the sophisticated architect-designed spaces of this stunning contemporary residence set amidst native garden on a prime Main Drive, Kew, corner allotment.
Indulge in a luxurious family lifestyle inside and poolside. Featuring formal lounge and dining, family/meals, study, granite kitchen, terrace and heated pool. Brilliant location near parkland, schools, shops and cafĂŠs. Let's eat lunch @ Woodstock Espresso Bar, 1150 High St Let's eat dinner @ Nicosia's Kebab House, 250 Glenferrie Rd Let's drink coffee @ Cafe La Via, 252 Glenferrie Rd
Sensational 10-year-old Stonehaven residence with tennis court and pool. Generous proportions define sitting/dining room, kitchen, living/dining opening to solar-heated pool, terrace and mod-grass north-south oriented tennis court. Let's eat lunch @ Crust, 293 High Street Let's eat dinner @ Melati Indonesian Restaurant, 629 Camberwell Road Let's drink coffee @ Freshly Baked, 172 High Street
On top of the world! 45 acres and 45 minutes from CBD. Stunning Mt Gambier stone residence with panoramic views from every window as well as from the swimming pool and spa, self-contained cottage and stables. Let's eat lunch @ Friends on the Hill, 104 Main Street Let's eat dinner @ Paradise Valley Hotel, 249 Belgrave-Glenbrook Road Let's drink coffee @ Kiss The Sky Cafe, 288b Belgrave-Glenbrook Road
Let's eat lunch @ QPO, Corner High Street & Cotham Road Let's eat dinner @ Di Palma's, 684-686 High Street Let's drink coffee @ Via Verona, 193 High Street
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