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Ex-model Deborah Hutton made a nude cover-girl comeback to celebrate turning 50. Here she tells PETER WILMOTH why age does not weary her.
urning 50 can provoke all sorts of responses – maybe finally getting a sports car, having a crack at that novel, racing into the gym to re-version yourself. But taking off your clothes and being photographed for the cover of one Australia’s biggest-selling magazines is not one most of us would consider. That’s what Deborah Hutton did in January. I’m sitting having coffee with Hutton in her stylish Sydney house overlooking the ocean, so I ask her why. “It was a big moment for me, to do it nude,” she says. “I’ve gotta tell you, I didn’t do it lightly. I did it as a celebration of turning 50 and feeling good about myself. It was confrontational to a lot of women.” Many approached her to say how much they admired her decision. “They say, ‘Well done you, because I found it inspirational’. “I loved turning 40 and I loved my 40s. When I got to 48, 49, and all my friends were going through the same thing, (there was) this kind of dread to it. And as I got into my 49th year I really started to reflect on how lucky I was to still be here. I’ve lost two brothers, I’ve lost a lot of friends. I’m healthy and I don’t know what we’re so scared about. It’s simply a date, another day. “I totally embrace life. You live in the moment when you get to this point of your life and you don’t take anything for granted. Life teaches you that, with all the highs and lows, you have to get to this point.” Amid the praise for the cover, some media commentary raised concerns that a photograph meant to be “real” underwent some minor Photoshopping. “One of the conditions of me agreeing to do the body shoot was that it had to have minimal Photoshopping,” Hutton says. “I was insistent that no wrinkles were removed and my body shape was unchanged. “What I did do was to ask to have some major sun damage (and) freckles removed. For some reason or another this created a major media debate.” Hutton is about to launch a new website – Balance by Deborah Hutton – which focuses on the needs and desires of women over 40. So it’s pertinent to be discussing how Hutton conceptualises herself aged 50. “There’s a freedom about turning 50,” she says. “I loved turning 40 but I reckon turning 50 just smashes it. There’s an acceptance of who you are and you make no apologies about that: that’s who I am, so take it or leave it. I always had great insecurities about my body for many years, even through (the) modelling years. I just hated it. I was not a model’s model. Modelling really started that insecurity, because when you’re put up
against other Amazonian women – I’m not that tall, I’m not that slim, I’ve always been this way – in an industry where they’re all tall and slim and gorgeous it works on that insecurity. “I’ve made the best of what I’ve got. I know how to hide things, work on the best and hide the worst. “In my 20s I wouldn’t go to the beach. I just didn’t want to be seen in a bikini. I’d never get out of a pool without grabbing a sarong and putting it around me. I spent many years doing that – most of my life. “In my 40s a friend of mine said, ‘I don’t know why you’ve got such a hang-up because in 10 years’ time you’ll wish you had the body you have now’. And it was such a moment for me; it was so true.” “You get to the point where you accept yourself for who you are. You can’t be so critical, and I wasted all those years being so negative. You say, ‘Here I am with all my lumps and bumps and I’m excited to be turning 50’ and I’m waving the flag and saying, ‘You know what? It’s a great place to be because we are here and we’ve got a lot to celebrate’. People are living to a greater age. My mother is 75 and she’s amazing – so independent. She travels the world; she’s involved. She’s not old at 75. Fifty has a great youthfulness about it. And we don’t give up, we don’t sit back on our laurels and go, ‘Thank god, we can retire at 55’.” With her easy charm, natural style and capacity for language it’s no accident that Hutton has made a name for herself as an ambassador. For years she served as the national ambassador for the Myer Grace Brothers department store group. For 12 years she presented Qantas’ in-flight video guide seen by a million passengers a month worldwide. She also hosted several television shows and has been an editor with The Australian Women’s Weekly. For 11 years she formed a famous power couple with Sydney promoter Harry M. Miller, once her manager. Hutton noted after her famous magazine cover: “This whole media explosion … was really interesting for me because it shone the light on how women are so critical of themselves and each other. “I manage myself. Normally there would be a press release, some sort of barrier between me and the general public. In this instance there wasn’t. It allowed me to engage directly with these women and have my own voice rather than be protected as I have in the past. It was a very empowering time for me because I felt that I
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liked being here and listening and talking to people. “I got so many positive comments and letters and emails … and then they started asking questions: ‘How do you do that when you’re 50?’ There was an area I could engage with women, and help them. ‘My daughter’s getting married – what am I going to do, what am I going to wear?’ I felt there was a need to engage on a greater level with women out there.” Another trigger moment came a year ago when Hutton had a large skin cancer removed from her face. “I changed everything,” she says. “Changed diet, saw different people for advice about how to pull through it and get my health in tip-top shape. I was really engaging with kinesiologists and different doctors and herbalists.” Everything seemed to point to the need for engagement, for communication, to organise a community of women. The result is Hutton’s digital channel to be launched in October. Balance by Deborah Hutton will feature guidance and advice from coaches and advisers from several fields. There will be discussions – led by Hutton – based on several pillars including financial, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, environmental and occupational. “It’s building a digital platform about empowering women around the pursuit of finding some balance in their life,” she says. “As you get older, things change,” she says of the need for exercise guidance, for instance. “You start putting on weight. ‘Maybe I need a naturopath’ (or) ‘I’m going into menopause, how do we deal with that?’.” The spiritual guidance will help in “trying to feel like you belong, feeling engaged with the community”. The financial element will include advice on investments and superannuation. The social side will touch on personal connections and women exchanging stories. Hutton says her team will include Olympic beach volleyballer Nat Cook, nutritionist Zoe Bingley-Pullin and cultural blogger Melissa Hoyer. Olivia Newton-John has offered her support. “I’ve been in the industry since I was 16 and there are a lot of people who have grown up with me,” Hutton says. “I felt there was a need to create a platform to bring like-minded women together and help them in different areas of their life. Mia Freedman’s (blog) Mama Mia: What Everyone’s Talking About is targeting yummy mummies around the age of 30. I’m going to target the 40-plus women.” She says there is a high take-up rate for Facebook in women over 40. “What’s happening with the lives of busy women is that they’re seeing each other a lot less, which is why Facebook is so important … Women need
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advice in many different areas of their life.” Hutton left school at 16 to begin her six-year modelling career. “I did the big runner. Moved in with a guy. My poor mother. She was a bit shocked by that. I didn’t even finish my HSC. I was going to be a primary-school teacher and it never eventuated. I just wanted to get out there. “I didn’t want to be stuck. There was a whole world out there; I just couldn’t wait to get into it. Kind of unusual today when kids are still at home in their mid-20s. The guy I moved in with was the one who got me started in the modelling game. I didn’t leave to be a model. I just thought, ‘Let’s get out there and see what’s going to happen’.” Does she believe all that rejection models suffer made her stronger? “You end up finding a sense of yourself. When you’re that young you really have no idea who you are. I only really got a sense of who I am in my 30s. “You do learn about rejection in a pretty tough way. I got sick of it because I started to get to the point where I needed more stimulation and standing in front of a camera wasn’t giving it to me.”
he work she did for Myer Grace Brothers was, she says, “a very long and fruitful association which gave me all the grounding and educated me in the ways of being a public figure. That gave me my biggest break”. I ask about her domestic scenario. “I’ve got a very special man in my life. It’s exciting. I’ve had amazing relationships in my life. Harry would be the biggest influence on my life.” She reflects on her time with Harry M. Miller. “It was an interesting relationship. He was managing me and it started out as a mentoring thing and it just sort of grew into having a relationship. What an extraordinary relationship we had, and a time we had, because he’s just an amazing man who did some amazing things. I had a great journey with him.” Hutton lives alone in this beautiful home, which reflects its owner’s passion for design. “I’m a very independent person. I have lived by myself for a long time. Billy and I, my little dog, we’re in a good space. Who knows what’s going to happen in the future? “I have friends who haven’t been dating for a long time and they think it’s all too hard. I think it’s important as you get older to not get too set in your ways. There’s nothing greater than having someone to share with. If you close that off, that’s fine, but I don’t think you can actually experience the true joy of life. “I have two beautiful nephews, Jack and Josh. They’re divine. I have a great godson who’s 18. He and I get along famously. I basically see myself as Aunty Mame. I have never been a parent. With Harry’s kids I was their mate. I love kids. I always thought I was going to have them but it never quite eventuated.” How does she reflect on that? “I’m OK. I have to say for a number of years I wasn’t. I felt regret around that.” Did that stop? “It did, because my life really filled out in other directions. I make the most of my life now. I can travel and do things and I have a certain freedom that others don’t. “It makes me quite sad, these friends of mine who are really struggling with having children. I think it’s very difficult for a lot of women, a lot of families, the time restraints, and everything is taken off you. Mothers are the last on the list. I see it and I think it’s really tough for some (working women).” Hutton’s energy and positive outlook is infectious. She’s fit, fabulous and 50, and in a great place. She leaves me with this philosophy: “Let’s celebrate that we’re still here and we’re healthy and still looking good and doing what we want to do. Every day is a bonus. My motto is, ‘Live each day as if it’s going to be your last because one day you’re going to be right’.” \ firstname.lastname@example.org we welcome your feedback @
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et’s call this one to watch. Just over four months ago an established but relatively low-profile South Melbourne restaurant took on an attractive contestant from a popular television cooking show as its head chef. It’s an experiment that has the potential to be repeated in restaurants around the country – and it’s surprising it hasn’t happened more. Recognising his three-year-old restaurant needed to change direction, restaurateur John Ghionis (who also owns Trapezi in Fairfield) renovated Spitiko – which means homely or homemade – and announced a new business partnership with 2010 MasterChef contestant Philip Vakos. Vakos, who made the top 24 on the popular television show, is a part-time model who was nominated for the Cleo bachelor of the year award in 2011. The clever revamp has made the most of its attractive new chef’s presence, setting him up centre stage in a separate kitchen at the front of the restaurant. Spitiko “Take Two” offers home-style Greek food, a selection of tapas-style sharing dishes that it has labelled spitaki, meaning little house, and an extremely laid-back approach to service (more on that later). There’s seating indoors, outdoors and at the souvlaki bar near Vakos’ station, and the restaurant is doing a strong takeaway trade. The house specialty is whole beasts slow-roasted over a charcoal mallee-root grill, with spit lamb available on Thursdays only, suckling pig available with a week’s notice and whole lamb ordered four days ahead. Vakos has taken a pragmatic approach to the operation of his first restaurant, listing traditional
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dishes on the regular menu and offering more creative choices such as scallop saganaki and a watermelon and ouzo panna cotta via his specials board. “I suppose 90 per cent of the menu is traditional,” says Vakos. “And 10 per cent of it I put on there to see what people will love. Because this is my first restaurant I want to see what dishes customers will enjoy and order before I commit to putting them on the menu.” Unfortunately this wasn’t well conveyed and the specials were rattled off rapidly and without enthusiasm (the panna cotta wasn’t offered at all when we were looking at desserts). So with little guidance – admittedly our waiter was preoccupied by an altercation at the front door – we stuck to the main menu. Spitiko’s wine list features a mix of Greek and Australian wines, but our attempts to gain advice were met with flippancy: “It’s Greek, what else do you need to know – you’re not from The Age, are you?” So from the red-wine choices we took a stab and selected an Orthi Petra Kotsifali (’08 Greece). I suspect it was a cabernet sauvignon by its bright ruby colour and rounded berry notes – it was a pleasant, uncomplicated food wine. A plate of calamari landed on the table beside us. Its must-have appearance – plump, wide wedges of golden-dusted flesh – was an instant decision maker. Our own version looked just as good and its flesh was meltingly tender, with a lovingly created fine flour coating. The mezze list sticks firmly to the classics – eggplant, caviar and tzatziki dips, chargrilled octopus, fried haloumi and kefalograviera and dolmades. We selected the kataifi prawns – a quartet of tangled angel
hair-coated shellfish served on a medley of greenery. The plump, firm prawns were of excellent quality and their pastry coating was respectfully treated. The share menu is short: lamb gyros, lamb cutlets, mini pork and mini chicken skewers and our pick, a mixed grill, which included most of the above plus some Greek sausage. It was a plate of quality meat, again lovingly treated, all of it gently charred. With the help of our now less-distracted waiter we also also chose a plate of lamb cutlets (minimum of four), grilled, coated in olive oil and parsley with a wedge of lemon. This was accompanied by lemon roast potatoes – tender kipflers in their skins in a lemony, garlicky oil – and a bright salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, onions and feta. The desserts list includes loukoumades (Greek doughnuts), pagoto (Greek-inspired ice-cream) and baklava, and the special we weren’t offered. The ice-cream was halva-flavoured – I can’t think of a much better combination than halva and ice-cream – and was divine. The disc of house-made baklava arrived with its own bowl of fig ice-cream, which was drizzled with a honey and brown-sugar syrup. All of this was simple food, based on quality ingredients – Spitiko imports many traditional products – and it was certainly well executed. However, for me, it gave little indication of the chef’s talents. I suspect they will grow and become a featured part of the menu, with time. \ firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cuisine \ Greek Chef \ Philip Vakos Prices \ Mezze $8-$17; share plates $17.50-$29; dessert $7-$8 Open \ Tuesday to Sunday, 5.30pm-late Phone \ 9690 2600 » www.spitiko.com.au The VerdiCT \ Worth a look
eat this A trio of large monochrome photographs of a lined and pensive yiayia grace the mushroom-toned main wall here. The images are part of an array of family memorabilia around the room. Glossy walnut-brown panels sit behind padded banquettes with matching timber bistro chairs and tables covered with brown paper. Warm, earth-toned floors and ceilings with low, subtle lighting create a soft ambience, while in the rear kitchen, efficient staff move rapidly under dazzling lights. There’s another section at the front where the attractive head chef works in a pizzeria-style open kitchen.\ AUGUST 29, 2012 \ The weekly review 13
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hen Melbourne Spring Fashion Week rolls into town in the first week of September, you can rest assured the emphasis will be on bright and bold colours. Nothing says spring and summer better than those who will take the front line – think fire-engine reds, tangy orange and zesty lemon shades. There will
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» lucy Folk, 1a Crossley Street, city, 9663 6829 www.lucyfolk.com
hat does a love of food and a love of jewellery produce? Well, in Melbourne designer Lucy Folk’s case, it’s corn-chip necklaces, pasta bracelets, peppercorn rings and a whole lot of gastronomically gorgeous jewellery. The latest fruit (excuse the pun) of Folk’s labour is her new range, Spices, which hit her flagship Crossley Street boutique in the city and stockists around the world inApril. Earthy colours, textures and shapes are used to create woven bracelets with silver and sapphire charms, talismanic necklaces and precious rings in her delicious new collection. A self-confessed foodie, Folk grew up playing in the kitchens of her father’s restaurants, where she developed a sense of fun around food. “We used to run around in the kitchen, helping where we could and eating cake mixture,” she says. But at the same time she was developing a strong interest in jewellery. “Once a week after school I would head to Patsy Meares’ house, a great jeweller. My best friend and I would tinker away on projects that Patsy created. We drank glasses of cordial while making very basic things in metal.” Meares proved to be quite the mentor for Folk, supporting her emerging gold and silversmithing skills. “My first steps were learning to saw, pierce metal and filing, soldering and all the basics … all under Patsy’s command!” Folk says. After school Folk studied for a bachelor of fine arts at RMIT with a major in gold and silversmithing, then upped sticks to travel and intern with Chicks on Speed, a multidisciplinary music and arts performance group based in Berlin. Now creating from her studio at the Pieces of Eight workshop in Fitzroy, Folk’s focus remains on food pieces. She credits her family with the inspiration and support for her ongoing work. “We are foodies and we love to go out to dinner and cook delicious meals at home. Nothing beats a scrumptious meal shared with friends and family. My family is full of creativity and we all help each other. This gives me the confidence to make wearable food jewellery.” With cult shops such as Harvey Nichols and Matches in London, Colette in Paris and Alice Euphemia in Melbourne, Folk is rightly proud. “I am thrilled with my stockists. This came about from a lot of hard work, I have been at it for seven years now and it has finally paid off. The key international stockists have had a huge impact on my business. Once you get into some of the top international boutiques, people tend to take your brand more seriously.” So where does her inspiration for new ranges come from? Folk shares, “My inspiration is always the support and talent of the people around me. I always design when I am away at the beach or in the country – where it is quiet and there are no distractions.” Folk loves to wander the city for inspiration too. “My favourite Melbourne thing to do is to head to the city and peruse the laneways, especially Crossley, which is right where my little boutique is postioned!” \ Stephanie WilliamS email@example.com
be room for pretty pastels, a seat saved for baroque dreaming and even a hint of Aztec. Melbourne designer Arthur Galan, who is a regular participant in the Designer Series Runways, says this summer is all about colour – and yes, you’ll be the odd one out without it. His spring/summer 2012-13 is all about turning up the volume without touching the stereo dial. “This season will see an explosion of colour,” says Galan. “At the forefront is neon yellow, kingfisher blue and deep coral to create a vibrant palette and landscape.” He insists summer is all about letting the imagination take you to a desired destination and, in his case, he’s happily leading his followers to central Mexico to embrace the Aztec ethnic prints that he launches this season. Yes, Mexican fever takes over with “Don’t busy prints in bright colours – sure to be a just comply favourite this summer. with what’s From the romper to the skinny pant and on trend.” fitted-jacket combo – bright geometric meets tribal hippy is all the go on international runways and looks set to take off here. Of course, where would Aztec be without the humble help of celebrities wearing it, including Kim Kardashian, Gwen Stefani and model Miranda Kerr. “Some of my favourite pieces for the upcoming season are the Aztec jacket, singlet and pant all worn as one,” says Galan, who also designs with the spring racing carnival in mind. “Dresses in tourmaline emerald and tourmaline pink in flowing, sexy silhouettes will also be a winner.” Denim label Nobody – which launched more than 10 years ago – makes its debut as part of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. It will participate in the Designer Series Runway 3 alongside Leopold, Friend of Mine, Limedrop and White Suede, among others. According to the label’s marketing manager, Ben Esakoff, it will be all about double denim (don’t run just yet), tonal colours and the buzzword of the season – kaleidoscope prints. “This season, the Nobody collection pays homage to past trends of denim on denim and colour blocking and explores the idea of uniqueness through wash and finish,” says Esakoff. “We love the Melbourne vibe, attitude and
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tHe LOOK Spring is all about colour – from pastel mood swings, bold Aztec fever and bright neons to stop traffic – give black a break and embrace the shades that will make your heart smile and people stop to take notice. Night time is all about art deco elegance, too. desire to be unique and individual and are excited to be a part of this by participating in Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. Melburnians have a strong appreciation for quality and respect for brands that are produced in Australia. The local support is inspiring, and we see MSFW as a celebration of this.” Melbourne’s Gwendolynne Burkin, who has been running her label for the past 15 years, defies trends and sets her own theme every year. She’s all about preserving elegance, vintage glamour and celebrating fashion that suits your body. “Timeless vintage glamour is my key message,” says Burkin, who is a regular participant in MSFW. “Don’t just comply with what’s on trend,” she says. “Dress in a way that celebrates the good things about your body rather than focusing on the bad.” Her spring/summer is all about gowns that shimmer, shine and sparkle. The emphasis is on silk georgette dresses, satin and tulle netting in neutral colours of nude and white, with a hint of colour for contrast. “There’s also exquisite bespoke beading combinations in gold, crystal and misty shades,” Burkin says. “It’s bespoke handmade gorgeousness. I’m obsessed with art deco. The intricate beading detail of the period is a constant inspiration. Each line on the embellishment of a dress is considered to highlight the form of a woman. MSFW represents the beginning of spring and a break from winter. Like the light that shines through the dark, it’s a time to dress up after hibernation. It’s when the magnolias come out and it’s a shift in everyone’s spirit.” The festival is packed with business series seminars, emerging designer showcases and other guided-tour events – such as the Romance Was Born Meets William Johnston exhibition, which features a series of installation works by Kate Rohde in an East Melbourne residential area or rare postwar illustrations from French fashion couturier Jacques Heim at MiFA Gallery – with an emphasis on French couture timelessness. Some events are ticketed, others are free. Whatever, it’s time to embrace fashion; there is no excuse. \ firstname.lastname@example.org » Melbourne Spring Fashion Week runs September 3-9. » www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Whatson/Festivals/ MSFW/MSFW2012/Pages/Home.aspx
o matter how long we soak in a bath, our skin does not absorb the water. But have you ever wondered what would happen if our skin was not waterproof? We would be doomed. An article in a recent New Scientist has found that the fat content between the layers of skin moderates how much water is absorbed by the skin. The structure of the fat acts as a tight barrier that allows in only the tiniest amount of water or moisture. That natural process can be enhanced by the use of moisturisers to keep us hydrated. Moisturisers act as a barrier by lubricating us and locking in the moisture so that we don’t lose water rapidly through our pores. It is with this understanding that Dr Horst Spiller developed his revolutionary skincare products in 1965. Although trained in food technology, he was fascinated at how oil and water worked on the skin. He found that water-based creams were not very effective in maintaining hydration. Oil-based solutions such as petroleum jelly are quite uncomfortable to wear in normal temperatures. Our skin’s natural acid mantle is an emulsion of sebum and perspiration, and for a moisturiser to work it has to have the strength of oil and the lightness of water. Spiller came up with an oil-based range that had only 19 per cent oil content. He made the impossible possible – skin care that was light but effective and
all according to his principle of oil-based emulsions. The range was introduced to me by Sue Dann, an industry stalwart of three decades. She has educated many industry professionals and used many brands but she fell in love with this one “because this just works”. Dann is a no-fuss consummate professional – passionate, dedicated and genuine. She prescribed a simple regimen of wash and moisturise, and after eight weeks I saw results. Not instant, but long-lasting results. After two months of daily use the Cucumber Cleanser ($65) is only a quarter finished, I am still going with the Vitamin C Plus Day Cream ($159) and am addicted to Jojoba Peeling Cream ($64), a brilliant exfoliant. This is a professional range and you would need to see a therapist to get the best value and results. Choice is our greatest luxury, and having a brand that speaks commonsense must be celebrated. There are no bells and whistles here, just honest-to-goodness products, packed beautifully and minimally, and made with a balance of nature and science. \ email@example.com » If you are in the market for a new skin care range, give Dr Spiller Biocosmetic a go. Dr Spiller Biocosmetic, 1300 301 007 www.dr-spiller.com.au
ather’s Day is the first Sunday in September, and if you still have not thought of a gift for dad or are planning to give him another voucher, think again. He may have tools, DVDs and CDs, and I am sure he has a drawer full of jocks and socks. What he probably needs is some skin care, and god forbid he will ask for some. So make it your duty to get your father some much-needed skin care so that he can start doing something for himself. After all, isn’t he supposed to be the dad for the new ages? No one wants to look his age these days. So help your father and get him one of these all-in-one packs.
To all the dads out there, happy Father’s Day – the skin care is my idea, so quit complaining and start applying. Lush Cosmetics Dirty Gift Set ($21.95). I agree. Not quite skin care but a good step to get him accustomed to taking care of himself. Has everything he needs for his daily ablutions. Personally, I love the brilliant Toothy Tabs, the most revolutionary and ethical toothpaste. Clinique Great Skin for Him ($52). It’s a three-piece set that will take care of all his skincare needs, or you can buy two individual products from the men’s range to receive a ripper six-piece gift set.
SKINN Pure Indulgence Pack ($218). This is Australia’s best-kept secret. Coveted all over the world, this pack has everything your dad will need to see his skin health reach its optimum. The Fatigue Rescue cream is just miraculous. Biotherm Homme Aquapower 1.2.3 Quench set ($59) has a trio of products to cleanse, tone and treat – simple uncomplicated and brilliant. Pure Fiji Mana’ia Travel Bag ($55). A range that is much revered in the best spas in the world has released a nifty man’s pack that has everything he needs to pamper his body. \
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\ RACHEL BERGER TAKES A PUNT BUT CAN’T BEAT THE ODDS
t’s 5.30pm on a Friday, or a Wednesday. As a matter of fact, it could be the same time any day of the week these days. I’m trapped in my car, hoping that my horoscope is in a favourable conjunction with whatever the planet is that rules traffic. But this is not the case; Scorpio is in the house of congestion and I’m under restraint in peak hour between a car blasting soppy country music to my right and a chorus line of wheelie bins on the nature strip to my left. I’m on Punt Road and wondering whether the traffic will ever flow again. This is my idea of hell. The steering wheel is sticky beneath my sweaty hands and I’ve decided I loathe the woman in the car in front of me because she’s got a car deodoriser disguised as an owl hanging from her rear-vision mirror. I put the car into gear and move forward a few metres along the tantalising tar, wondering how I came to be in this hell. Did I miss a turn somewhere back before I got sucked into the endless sea of red tail-lights leading to the underworld? I want to smash through the window of the car in front and tie a noose around my neck with the perfumed owl. The only thing stopping me is a sense of universality; I know somewhere in my frontal lobes that we’re all in this together. In the meantime, the prehistoric limbic part of my brain wants to screech ferociously like a hyena. Melbourne’s highway to Beelzebub has three names: Hoddle Street, Punt Road and Hoddle Highway. Hoddle Highway is the highway linking CityLink and
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The road from Sydney can lead back of Burke and to royalty the Eastern Freeway, but the name “Hoddle Highway” is almost completely unknown to most drivers, who know it better as Hoddle Street, Punt Road or The Arterial Sclerosis. Hoddle Street was named after Robert Hoddle, architect of Melbourne’s Hoddle Grid, the street layout of our central business district. Punt Road was named after the punt that used to cross the Yarra River before a bridge was built. It’s impossible to believe that in the 1850s Punt Road was a quiet dirt road that met the Yarra on the outskirts Sydney Road, Brunswick of the then-new settlement, Melbourne. If you’re stuck behind a tram on Sydney The road was surrounded by some of Victoria’s Road, wind your window up immediately, first commercial vineyards and was linked across the because if the delicious aromas from river by a punt that would ferry people and goods to the The Mediterranean supermarket or the other side. A1 Middle Eastern Bakery waft in and I bet the passengers on the punt got across the you can’t get out, you could chew river faster and with less medication than we through your dashboard. The Victorian do today! Got an gold rush in the 1850s prompted According to Melbourne Miles: The Ironic Iconic businesses to flourish on Sydney Story of Melbourne’s Roads, by Max Lay, Road, especially hotels. Several Robert Hoddle got a lot of pleasure from idea? were built during that time, possibly the fact that with Barkly Street (St Kilda), Email me to supply the miners on their trek Punt Road, Hoddle Street and High Street north to the goldfields. They include the (Northcote) he had created a 25-kilometre length of straight north-south road from Epping Brunswick, the Cornish Arms, the Sarah to the bay at Point Ormond. Sands and the Cumberland Arms, all of And when Mr La Trobe pointed out to Hoddle that them still trading today. In the 1920s the no street had yet been named in his honour, he chose clothing and textile industries grew, which Hoddle Street, because it was the longest street in the possibly explains the overabundance of town. Clearly length mattered more than width to wedding-gown shops. \ Robert Hoddle. \ firstname.lastname@example.org Follow Rachel on Twitter @boom_berger
Burke Road, Camberwell
Burke Road is another major north-south thoroughfare in Melbourne that runs from Ivanhoe to Caulfield, delivering further opportunity for head-banging rage and crazy hand gestures. It’s all cupcakes and window drapes until you get to Camberwell Junction, where three roads intersect and, like the three-headed dog of the underworld, Cerberus, things can get a little nasty. Luckily, due to the hilly topography of this route, many east-west streets have an excellent view of Melbourne’s CBD. My suggestion is to mimic the laughing clowns at Luna Park and turn your head from side to side to avoid the mayhem happening in front of you. Be sure to keep your mouth shut and I promise the giddiness will pass once you’re beyond Canterbury Road. \
King Street, city
Beginning at Flinders Street, King Street continues through the CBD and ends at the intersection of Hawke and Victoria streets in West Melbourne. Driving its length is like taking a ride on the Scenic Railway at Luna Park; up, down, up, up, down, up, down. Considered the hub of Melbourne’s nightlife and home to many nightclubs, topless bars and restaurants, it’s easy to forget that in terms of architecture there are many notable buildings on King Street. It crosses Melbourne’s financial heart and several of the city’s tallest office towers line both sides of the street. And at the end stands St James Old Cathedral, the oldest church in Melbourne. Sex, money and religion all in a single ride along King Street. Who needs the Scenic Railway? \
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Fiona lynch & Mardi doherty
developIng our cIty \ Shortlisted for three IDEA Awards, Doherty Lynch is pushing the boundaries in its unpretentious, playful designs, writes FrAncEScA cArtEr.
t’s not often that a dream project is born out of The home, known as Finnon Glen, features four tragedy. But for interior designers Fiona Lynch bedrooms, three bathrooms, a study, bunk room and a and Mardi Doherty this is exactly what happened. central living/dining/kitchen area. In February 2009, Lynch lost her family farm to The bunk room is at one end of the house, accessed the devastating Black Saturday bushfires. The extended via a wide hallway and zoned off with an acoustic 1970s A-frame house, had doubled as a weekender for sliding door. It has two decks, one facing north and the six siblings and cousins. Yet all that was left was the other south, providing light, ventilation and spectacular front fence. views over Healesville. “It was devastating,” says Lynch. “The farm had been “The interiors create a mixture of practical space with in the family for 45 years. But we had the opportunity to clever design. It’s a farm at the end of the day and there rebuild, so we took it.” are also lots of family members that like to go up there As part of the We Will Rebuild program – a Victorian and entertain,” says Lynch. government initiative that invites architects to design Design firm Doherty Lynch mimicked the strong affordable, sustainable housing to suit new bushfire lines and simplicity of the architecture and paired it building regulations – Lynch’s family were presented with organic materials such as timber. with a series of designs from a collection of An exterior entry nook in spotted gum matches Melbourne’s top architecture firms. the JCB materials on the eaves. The timber The house With so many family members involved wraps inside to the entry foyer via a large also has – four families and 17 grandchildren – the purple-painted pivot door, extends into the house had to meet certain requirements: it main living area and wraps up the front of the touches of had to have a flexible floor plan; noise control; island bench in the kitchen. whimsy durable surfaces; and meet the requirements of The house also has touches of whimsy, a tight budget. such as a white Japanese-style splashback in After looking over the plans, Lynch’s family the open-plan kitchen and a hexagonal feature selected a simple yet functional design by Jackson wall in the bathroom. Add the piano-key handles in Clements Burrows Architects (JCB). A strong the wide hallway and the embellishments serve to rectangular structure, clad in metal roofing sheet, create character and visual interest while softening the provided the perfect canvas to unleash the two minimalism. designers’ creativity. Finnon Glen is an example of what Doherty Lynch “It’s not some grand architectural statement,” says does best. Working with architecture, the designers Doherty. “It’s really just a corrugated black shed. But create spaces that are comfortable, sophisticated and it’s the connection to the landscape that is just so infused with a sense of the unexpected. beautiful. There are windows everywhere, and there is Although it might sound clichéd, you get the feeling a real simplicity of materials. We really used this as a that Doherty and Lynch were destined to come together springboard for ideas.” creatively. Separated by a year at Loretto Mandeville
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Hall girls school, from a young age both were inquisitive about materials and crafted styles from the past. For Lynch, it was the house she grew up in – a 1940s house with steel-framed windows. “In the ’70s my parents ripped out the existing kitchen and put in a bright-yellow kitchen with green, oak-stained cupboards. It had this amazing wallpaper, crocheted curtains and beaten-copper lights. It was fantastic,” says Lynch. “Unfortunately my mum had to put up with it through the ’80s, where everyone would whitewash everything. But growing up in that period, people were far more adventurous.” Engulfed in splashes of colour and playfulness, Lynch developed a passion for art and completed a bachelor of fine art (honours) – painting at RMIT, followed by a bachelor of arts in interior design. Working for John Wardle Architects, Lynch used her artistic intuition for residential and commercial projects, including the award-winning Vineyard House, City Hill House, Dock 5 Apartments and The Urban Workshop. Doherty had a completely different design experience. Discovering early that she had a love for 1950s architecture, Doherty pursued a bachelor of arts in interior design at RMIT. After working on projects such as Melbourne Wine Room and the Calibre and Fig retail stores for Chris Connell Design, Doherty moved to London, where she worked for Conran Group and David Collins Architecture Studio. She was lucky enough to design the interior of Madonna’s London home in Belgravia, and a retail concept and roll-outs for Victoria’s Secret in New York. Upon returning home, Doherty worked with Lab Architecture Studio for three years on the interior
design of Federation Square. The day the iconic gallery opened its doors to the public is one of Doherty’s proudest career moments. “What I loved most about that job was that it was predominantly architects working on the job. I think there were 40 architects and four interior designers, and the crossover between architecture and interior design has always really interested me.” The architectural quality of space has definitely evolved since the formation of Doherty Lynch. With a strong philosophy in collaboration, the duo successfully work with architects, engineers, graphic designers and builders to produce interiors where artistry blossoms. “Both of us have a passion for architecture,” says Doherty. “We often talk about going back and studying it. We love working with projects that allow us to consider the exterior of buildings as well as the interior.” Lynch adds: “Especially the renovations. We sort of find a lot of people come to us because it’s probably not on a grand enough scale to use an architect, but they want to get the interiors right and then do it from the inside out.” One of their first projects, Toorak House, best outlines this design philosophy. Working with acclaimed architect Neil Clerehan, their brief was to ensure that each room was infused with its own individuality. “Neil is one of the great modernist architects, so we got the most fantastic shell to work with. One of the things he’s just so good at is being able to catch that beautiful natural light. We made sure the interiors reflected this,” says Doherty. Adapting each space around the modern artwork and the generously scaled courtyard, Doherty Lynch created interiors that were fashionable and intellectual, suiting their clients’ tastes. In the living room, for example, a lavender couch and a hot-pink lamp bring to life the colourful, child-like figures in a Charles Blackman painting. Confidently layering textures and colour, the
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designers permit certain objects to become a centrepiece, while simultaneously revealing the hidden personality of the client. This is assisted by an almost fanatical commitment to collaborating with clients. In what can be a lengthy briefing process, they ask their clients to bring in everything from memories, to pieces of fabric, to magazine clippings. And, like detectives, they piece together their favourite things. “When we first meet with a client, we usually we go to their house. This is an important part of the brief to go and see how they live and what sort of things inspire them. It might be you go there and they’ll say, ‘I hate everything in my house’, or everything might be a hand-me-down. But there are still elements we pick up on,” says Doherty.
n an award-winning residence in Willoughby, Sydney, Doherty Lynch proposed its whole design scheme around a yellow penny tile. “We have always loved the colour yellow,” says Doherty. “But not many clients are prepared to use it in their home. The fact she gave us a yellow mosaic tile as her inspiration is just pretty amazing.” As well as using the much-loved tiles in the guest powder room, yellow was used in the otherwise natural colour scheme to create fresh and youthful accents. Working with reclaimed timber flooring and oak veneer, they installed a yellow feature wall, yellow pendant light fittings, cushions and joinery surfaces. “We used the yellow on surfaces that could change, so if the owner got sick of it in a few years’ time, she could change it easily. The feature wall in the living room can be repainted and the yellow lights in the kitchen re-powdercoated,” says Doherty. “Whenever we have used colour, it’s often the things that people are most nervous and most fearful about, but when the project is finished that’s the piece they love the most. It’s about overcoming your fears and going for it.”
In Hawthorn House, the savvy duo used bold bursts of persimmon and charcoal to add vitality and appeal to the owners’ sense of humour. “We try to create texture and spaces that you want to be in and that make you feel good. Creating all white doesn’t do much for your senses,” says Doherty. Colour and interesting tactile surfaces are also translated into their retail and hospitality designs. Working for luxury French brand Paul & Joe, the designers successfully installed in the company’s three shops a sense of French heritage as well as their own love of quirkiness in bespoke detailing, enabling each shop to have its own identity and charm. French gold blossom wallpaper, gold paint, custom-made light fittings, antique amber glass display boxes and retro furniture immediately infuse the space with a richness and glamour, referencing design styles from another era. “Paul & Joe were interesting projects, because they have stores all over the world, and they use local designers in each of their stores. They do have a certain look, but they like to tweak it all over the world … This project allowed us to be bold,” says Doherty. This year is proving to be a significant milestone for Doherty Lynch. The staff has grown from two to seven in just three years and it has already been commissioned to redesign 29 existing and 31 new shops for Flower, a Perth-based fashion label. The company has nearly completed five more residential projects. It has also been shortlisted for three awards at the Interior Design Excellence (IDEA) Awards. The winners will be announced in November. With plans to add an architect to the team, it makes you wonder just what will be next. \ email@example.com » www.dohertylynch.com » www.idea-awards.com.au AUGUST 29, 2012 \ The weekly review 19
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o say the houses that line exclusive Kambea Grove are tightly held is an understatement. The vendors of number 4 moved in more than 20 years ago, along with many of their neighbours, and now they’re the first to leave. A lot of living has been witnessed over those 20 years, and even more renovating. Regular updates to the house, inside and out, have produced family living on a grand scale. A sweeping circular driveway surrounded by manicured lawns goes some way to preparing you for the impressive interiors of the house, which begin with a formal entry hall. From here, parquetry floors extend into the master bedroom, where high, decorative ceilings add depth to the already impressive size. The en suite is cleverly hidden by a built-in-wardrobe, creating a wall of doors opposite a large window overlooking the front garden. Across the hall, a sleek formal lounge area has glass doors leading out to the veranda and a fireplace set against the backdrop of a charcoal-coloured feature wall. The adjacent dining room is something of a banquet hall, with enough room to seat 20 comfortably. North-facing bay windows, an open fire place and more
decorative ceilings create the perfect space to entertain. Two more bedrooms, a main bathroom and separate powder room are tucked away to the left of the hallway before it expands into a spacious open-plan kitchen, informal living and meals area. Glass double doors lead out from here to the timber deck, which forms an L shape against the back of the house. Ideal for outdoor entertaining, the deck overlooks the pool and its paved surrounds as well as the border of greenery beyond it. Back inside, a rumpus room is off the informal living zone and completes the ground level of the house. Multipurpose in its uses, the room has built-in bookshelves over a large desk, opposite a black wall for screening movies. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms with vaulted ceilings and built-in desks below dormer windows. One has an en suite, while the others share a central bathroom and separate toilet. An opportunity like this probably won’t come around for another 20 years and, with this long list of features, it’s easy to see why. \ jo Davy firstname.lastname@example.org
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Multiple living spaces over two levels makes this family home perfect for all occasions. A marble entry leads to the first of four separate living and entertainment zones, a formal lounge and dining room. Windows spanning almost the entire length of two walls flood the space with light and sit either side of an open fireplace. A second, equally expansive living area is further down the hallway, where the kitchen, informal living and dining room share an open floor plan. A clever meals area has been created off the kitchen in a wing surrounded by bay windows – perfect for a round dining table. The advantage of this 120-degree view is the backyard, which is so impressive it affords the label of third living zone. Bone-coloured pavers are a brilliant contrast against the deep-blue pool and spa, and their colour is echoed in a covered outdoor dining area, kitchen and a separate pergola towards the rear. Back indoors, the ground level also has a sauna, a study (or fifth bedroom), indoor access to the double garage, a powder room, large laundry and storage space. Upstairs the property’s fourth living zone is a rumpus room, surrounded by bedrooms to create an out-of-sight play area or teenager’s retreat. The main bedroom is also on this level – away from the rumpus zone – and features a walk-in-wardrobe, en suite, and views out to the pool below. \ jO DAvY
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Rodney Morley Persichetti \ 9525 9222 17 Powderham Road Price \ $2.5 million + Auction \ September 16 at 1pm
final word “This house is The perfecT marriage of arT Deco appeal anD sweeping enTerTainmenT spaces; iDeal for family living on any scale.” sally zelman – agenT
Gary Peer \ 9526 1999
Price \ $1.9 million +
Auction \ September 9 at 3.30pm
Fast facts \ Grand family living over two levels; close to Caulfield Grammar, Mount Scopus and Shelford secondary schools; two spacious open-plan living and dining areas for formal and informal entertaining; European appliances; parquetry floors; poolside entertainment area; outdoor shower; rumpus/media room; vaulted ceilings in upstairs bedrooms; circular driveway; excellent storage. Caulfield North \ 8 kms from the city
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Hocking Stuart \ 9557 7733 1/36 Bonny Street Price \ $620,000 – $680,000 Auction \ September 1 at 11.30am
This sleek and stylish family house was built in 2008 in a quiet street off East Boundary Road. Elevated from the street, stairs lead from the garden path to the porch. Inside, polished floorboards link the combined living, dining and kitchen areas, while white walls maintain the modern vibe. The return kitchen bench doubles as a breakfast bar. A wall of concertina doors open the living area up to a deck and a landscaped garden area, while a door between the laundry and powder room leads to the double garage. The bedrooms are all upstairs. Two at the front of the house have built-in wardrobes and shutter blinds and overlook the street. These share a bathroom with a bath plus separate toilet. A hallway heads through to the lovely main bedroom at the back, which has an en suite with a double vanity and a walk-in wardrobe. \ ELIZABETH ANILE
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Thomson Real Estate \ 9509 8244 456 Dandenong Road Price \ About $1.25 million Auction \ September 9 at 12.30pm
Vintage-inspired interiors have long since made a resurgence in home decorating, but this family home is the 1970s, pure and (not so) simple. Tucked behind bluestone garden walls away from the hustle and bustle of Dandenong Road the property’s corner position offers a second frontage on Kooyong Road, making the most of its 770 square metres. Inside, it’s a riot of texture, colour and pattern; every room has a different wallpaper print, the most memorable being classic French posters in an upstairs bedroom. Northern light floods through large bay windows in the formal lounge. A more informal living zone is at the rear of the house and includes a kitchen with an exposed-brick arch over a bench topped with handmade terracotta tiles. There are two bedrooms on the ground level and another two upstairs, including a main bedroom with en suite and walk-in-wardrobe. \ JO DAVY
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agents’ cho i ce
It’s rare to come across a new house in the heart of Bentleigh these days. It’s also rare to come across a house that combines class and style with the ease of 197 Jasper Road. Nestled in the McKinnon College zone, a rendered grey exterior and a timber garage door create a modern façade. The earthy colour palette continues inside with spotted-gum floorboards, dark carpet and white walls. A sitting area is the first room on the right, followed by a study and the staircase. All four bedrooms are upstairs. The main bedroom overlooks the street and has a walk-in wardrobe and en suite. Next is the bathroom, with a bath, for the other three bedrooms to share. Each bedroom has a built-in wardrobe. Downstairs, the hallway leads through to the airy kitchen, dining and living area. CaesarStone benchtops, white cupboards and Bosch appliances are fitted in the kitchen. Sliding doors open up to a large decked area with a built-in barbecue. \ ELIZABETH ANILE
Price \ $750,000 – $800,000 Auction \ September 1 at 10.30am
Gary Peer & Associates 9526 1999 4/5
Century 21 On Centre 9559 0888 4
6 & 8 Sassella Street, Bentleigh East ................................................................. Price: Two dwellings: contact agent ................................................................. Auction Saturday September 15 at 11.30am & 12pm ................................................................. OFI As Advertised .................................................................
1/31 Lancaster Street, Bentleigh East ................................................................. Price: $910,000 to $960,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday September 15 at 11am ................................................................. OFI Saturday as advertised, Wednesday 2.45 to 3.15pm .................................................................
Choice of one or both original brick-veneer houses on a combined block 1272sqm (approx). Backing onto Yarra Yarra Golf Course. Rare opportunity.
This four-bedroom, three-bathroom house with two living zones and an outdoor area has a gas-fire, spa, air-conditioning, double garage and a barbecue kitchen.
Let's eat lunch @ La Porchetta, 1017 Centre Road Let's eat dinner @ Fong's Chinese, 725 Centre Road Let's drink coffee @ Jerry's Cafe, 741 Centre Road
Let's eat lunch @ Elfresco Cafe, 458 Centre Rd Let's eat dinner @ Fabulous Fine Food, 161 McKinnon Rd Let's drink coffee @ DiMarko's Off Centre, 340 Centre Rd
197 Jasper Road
Buxton \ 9563 9933
Buxton Bentleigh 9563 9933
Hocking Stuart Caulfield 8532 5200 2
Buxton Bentleigh 9563 9933 4
27 Curraweena Road, Caulfield South ................................................................. Price: $1.3 million - $1.43 million ................................................................. Auction Sunday September 9 at 2.30pm ................................................................. OFI Sat 12.30-1.00pm & Sun 12-12.30pm .................................................................
23 Remuera Street, Caulfield South ................................................................. Price: $610,000 - $670,000 ................................................................. Auction Saturday September 22 at 11:30am ................................................................. OFI Saturday & Sunday as advertised .................................................................
7 Scotts Street, Bentleigh ................................................................. Price: $1.3 million - $1.4 million ................................................................. Auction Saturday September 8 at 11.30am ................................................................. OFI As advertised .................................................................
This house reveals luxury throughout. It is balanced for entertaining and casual living with formal and informal zones, hostess kitchen, media room and pool.
A captivating two-bedroom art deco house with north-facing lounge (OFP), delightful dining room and gorgeous gardens with a heated spa, paved patio and garage.
A contemporary four-bedroom, threebathroom house featuring formal and family zones, a luxe master-suite, Smeg and CeasarStone kitchen, pool and spa.
Let's eat lunch @ Café D´Lish, 269 Bambra Road Let's eat dinner @ Portifino, 884 Glenhuntly Road Let's drink coffee @ Fress, 239 Bambra Road
Let's eat lunch @ Cafe D'Lish, 269 Bambra Road Let's eat dinner @ Bombay by Night, 355 North Road Let's drink coffee @ Fress Cafe, 239 Bambra Road
Let's eat lunch @ El Fresco, 458 Centre Road Let's eat dinner @ Red Pepper, 457 Centre Road Let's drink coffee @ Marlo's, 268 Centre Road
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Hocking Stuart Bentleigh 9557 7733 4
6 Marylin Court, Bentleigh East ................................................................. Price: $900,000 + ................................................................. Auction Saturday September 15 at 12.30pm ................................................................. OFI Wed 4-4:30pm & Sat as advertised .................................................................
ELSTERNWICK This newly-renovated four-bedroom family house enjoys a wealth of indoor-outdoor space and features formal and casual living zones, deck and double carport.
Biggin Scott \ 9523 9444
Let's eat lunch @ Mr Burch, 129 McKinnon Road Let's eat dinner @ Marlo's Kitchen, 268 Centre Road Let's drink coffee @ The Boundary Hotel, 730 Centre Road
19 Hartington Street Price \ $850,000 + Auction \ September 1 at noon
Single-fronted and spacious aren’t words you’ll often see in close company. However, this truly is a spacious and immaculately presented single-fronted, freestanding Edwardian house. The wide entry and hall is beautifully accentuated by Baltic pine floorboards and elevated ceilings. They invite you into the first of three large and bright bedrooms, all of which exude a sense of space and comfort. The main bedroom has a large walk-in wardrobe and bathroom with his-and-hers basins. The next two bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and one has built-in shelving. Attic storage adds to this property’s appeal. The sitting room, with a gas log fire, leads to a side deck. The kitchen’s vast black granite benchtops, a manicured backyard and barbecue area are highlights of the rear of the house. Several living zones and the sheer spacious feel of this property make it a golden opportunity for young couples or families. \ JULIAN HEALEY
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5 Brennan street, McKinnon agent \ Hodges, 9557 7891 auction \ septeMBer 8 at noon price \ $1 Million – $1.1 Million
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Bentleigh East 20 Argyle Street Family Size Bliss In Contemporary Period Beauty. A rare gem! Quality built, this is modern contemporary family living, at its best. This expansive 3 bedroom 2 bathroom townhouse is surprisingly large, boasting 2 living areas, dining & separate meals. Gleaming Jarrah floorboards, high ceilings and a love of the northern sun, this engaging home enjoys a beautiful lounge flowing to the timeless granite kitchen & dining area. Plus a fabulous rear entertaining area, with double doors opening onto a covered deck & private sun drenched courtyard. Fantastic family living with ducted heating/refrigerated cooling, alarm, auto garage & auto carport, itâ€™s low maintenance living with enviable warmth, moments to Mackie Rd shops, bus, parks & GESAC. 26 The weekly review \ AUGUST 29, 2012
> VIEW > AUCTION > MEL REF > EPR > OFFICE > TEL > CONTACT
2 Wed 1.30 - 2.00pm & Sat as advertised Sat 8th September - 11.30am 69 / B10 $570,000 - $620,000 Bentleigh 390 Centre Road 3204 9557 7733 Anton Zhouk 0430 224 438 Nick Renna 0411 551 190
Bentleigh East 15 Tasman Road Stylishly Spacious 4 Bedroom Bliss. Tastefully renovated to create a home of endless family comfort, this single level 4 bed 2 bath home is filled with spacious family warmth & plenty of natural light. Loving the zoned layout, this inviting home enjoys lovely main bedrm (BIRs, WIR & ensuite), charming lounge & dining rooms (gas log fire), modern classic kitchen (Ilve & Smeg s/steel appls) overlooking the north facing entertaining area, sparkling bathroom & laundry. The sun filled rear garden is low maintenance with a covered deck & paved landscaping. Finished with polished boards, ducted heating, air cond, alarm, timber blinds, shed, dble LU garage & workshop/store room. Quiet family locale, moments to schools, bus & parkland.
> VIEW > AUCTION > MEL REF > EPR > OFFICE > TEL > CONTACT
Wed 12.00 - 12.30pm & Sat as advertised Sat 15th September - 12.30pm 78 / B3 $670,000 - $730,000 Bentleigh 390 Centre Road 3204 9557 7733 Anton Zhouk 0430 224 438 Nick Renna 0411 551 190
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Caulfield North 15A Kooyong Road Brand New Inspiration That Impresses On All Levels. Superbly spacious with unrivalled flair and vitality, this stunning new 3 bed 2.5 bath street front residence provides excellence in living. Brilliantly designed creating a zoned family floorplan, this exquisite showpiece features a downstairs main bedroom (fitted WIR & lavish tiled ensuite), open plan entertaining with designer stone kitchen (Smeg s/steel appls) & stacker sliding doors to a covered deck, huge upstairs rumpus room (balcony), 2 further bedrooms (WIRs) & stylish bathroom. Enjoying a flawless finish, it boasts Black Butt floors, R/C ducted air cond, ducted vac, alarm, video intercom, solar hot water & dble auto garage via rear lane (3 street access). Paris end of Kooyong Rd, near Alma Village. 28 The weekly review \ AUGUST 29, 2012
> VIEW Sat & Sun as advertised > PRIVATE SALE > MEL REF 58 / K10 > EPR POA > OFFICE Caulfield 616 Glenhuntly Road 3162 > TEL 8532 5400 > CONTACT Todd Newton 0412 568 313
Marshall Rushford 0418 396 981
Caulfield North 26 Otira Road Premier Living With A Prized Address. Modern elegance defines this classical 4 bedroom 2.5 bathroom family beauty with its exquisite taste and impeccable class. A great family entertainer, this timeless abode enjoys a stunning lounge (gas fire), north facing sitting/dining, striking kitchen in the casual living/dining (gas fire), superb main bed suite (WIR, retreat area & spa ensuite), 3 further bedrooms (WIRs/BIRs), semi ensuite bathrm & fitted laundry. Enjoy the views of the symmetrically landscaped garden with covered and open air alfresco areas, while loving the ducted heating, air cond, ducted vac, alarm, French windows, quality drapes, cubby & double auto garage. Exclusive private school locale, metres to tram.
> VIEW > AUCTION > MEL REF > EPR > OFFICE > TEL > CONTACT
2 Sat & Sun as advertised Sun 16th September - 11.30am 58 / J12 POA Caulfield 616 Glenhuntly Road 3162 8532 5400 Todd Newton 0412 568 313 Eyal Malica 0414 778 837
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Caulfield South 23 Remuera Street An Art Deco Haven With A Mesmerising Heart. Step into a world of inner warmth and garden bliss within this captivating 2 bedroom Art Deco home. Charming as is with extensive room to extend into the deep garden block, this cherished treasure is more like a relaxing retreat with its north facing living room enjoying a toasty open fireplace, its delightful dining room, modern kitchen (Bosch appls), 2 lovely bedrooms (main - BIRs), stylish bathroom, laundry & sep toilet. The gorgeous gardens feature a heated spa & paved entertaining to enjoy all year round. Complete with ducted heating, ceiling fans, security door entry, garage & further parking, itâ€™s a tranquil oasis in this leafy street, minutes to shops, bus, school & Spring Rd gardens. 30 The weekly review \ AUGUST 29, 2012
> VIEW > AUCTION > MEL REF > EPR > OFFICE > TEL > CONTACT
Sat & Sun as advertised Sat 22nd September - 11.30am 68 / B8 $610,000 - $670,000 Caulfield 616 Glenhuntly Road 3162 8532 5400 Max Pisano 0418 378 900 Marshall Rushford 0418 396 981
McKinnon 28 Chalmers Street Character & Comfort In The College Zone. A rare offering, this heartwarming 3 bedroom timber home is charmed with original class and comfort. Adorned with timber detail and high ceilings, this well-tended for home enjoys a comfortable north-facing living room, spacious dining room, modern timber kitchen/meals, 3 bright bedrooms (2 with BIRs) & tasteful bathroom. Ready for a stand-out renovation to make it a dream home, this proud classic also enjoys ducted heating, air cond, ceiling fans, a huge rear garden, double LU garage & a carport. In the sought after McKinnon Sec College zone, in a peaceful tree-lined cul de sac with a small walk-thru park at itâ€™s end leading to schools and Joyce Park. Within easy reach of McKinnon Village and train.
> VIEW > AUCTION > MEL REF > EPR > OFFICE > TEL > CONTACT
Wed 3.45 - 4.15pm & Sat from 10.00am Sat 1st September - 10.30am 68 / F10 $720,000 - $790,000 Bentleigh 390 Centre Road 3204 9557 7733 Calvin Reid 0413 878 860 Andrew Summons 0418 321 604
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Murrumbeena 2/5 Howe Street Where Your Dream Home Becomes Reality. Contemporary townhouse living should always be this exciting! Brand new & pushing the envelope of masterful design & construction, this superb home has been finished & fitted with remarkable attention to detail. Luxury, class & style - it’s all here, along with gorgeous spotted gum flooring, sculptural water feature, high ceilings & doorways (& that’s just the start.) Put this one at the top of your “must see” list. Expect openness, light & space plus a lavish list of inclusions. Fall in love with a brilliant open living room (with superb kitchen), 3 big bedrooms (fitted WIR/BIRs), 2 deluxe bathrooms, retreat, powder room, deck, landscaping - everything. It’s a dream home come true! 32 The weekly review \ AUGUST 29, 2012
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Wed 4.45 - 5.15pm & Sat as advertised Sat 8th September - 2.30pm 69 / B6 $780,000 - $850,000 Carnegie 59 Koornang Road 3163 9569 3666 Kosta Mesaritis 0412 117 529 Nick Renna 0411 551 190
Bentleigh 2/20 Marquis Road Tucked away haven with modern flair. Absolute serenity can be found in this tranquil 3 bedrm 2 bathrm single level townhouse. Highlighted by slate floors, gorgeous garden aspects & a fantastic open plan feel, this relaxed retreat enjoys beautifully flowing living & dining zones, contemporary kitchen (s/steel appls including 900mm stove), 3 light-filled bedrooms with BIRs (main bed with lush ensuite & WIR), & a stylish bathroom. Perfect for busy professionals or empty nesters wanting a place to escape, this superb entertainer enjoys ducted heating, R/C air cond, a fabulous undercover deck for entertaining & single lock-up garage. Boutique group of two, just minutes to parks, schools, local shops and transport. 3
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1 Wed 4.30 - 5.00pm & Sat from 1.00pm Sat 1st September - 1.30pm 77 / F4 $530,000 - $590,000 Bentleigh 390 Centre Road 3204 9557 7733 Calvin Reid 0413 878 860 Nick Renna 0411 551 190
Bentleigh East 24 Almurta Road All the home comforts! Built to stand the test of time, this beautifully maintained 2/3 bedroom home offers tremendous scope for improvement on a generous garden allotment of 677m2 approx. Warm and cosy, this classic blonde beauty is traditionally-appointed boasting formal lounge room, separate dining room, handy modern kitchen and meals area opening to alfresco deck and deep rear gardens. Add to this, all the home comforts including tidy main bathroom, ducted heating, split system A/C and garage. Positioned to please in this central location, with schools, parks, transport and Centre Roads shops and cafes nearby, this property will excite home owners and investors alike. 3
> VIEW Wed & Sat as advertised > PRIVATE SALE > MEL REF 78 / A2 > EPR > OFFICE > TEL > CONTACT
$630,000 - $670,000 Bentleigh 390 Centre Road 3204 9557 7733 Trent Collie 0425 740 484 Calvin Reid 0413 878 860
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Bentleigh East 2/58 Deakin Street Designer lifestyle living with an enviable finish. Quality built in timeless contemporary style, this brilliant new 3 bed + study 2.5 bath street front residence offers superb spaces in effortless style. With loads of warmth accentuated with timber detail, this well designed home enjoys a north facing study, captivating lounge (deck), open plan entertaining with designer stone kitchen (6 burner gas stove) & bi-fold doors to a deck & terraced rear garden, 3 large bedrooms (fitted BIRs, main with vogue ensuite), matching bathroom & fitted laundry. Flawless with its Sydney Blue Gum floors, porcelain tiling & stone benchtops, it boasts ducted heating, evap cooling, alarm, ducted vac, solar hot water & an auto garage. Easy walk to shops, bus & GESAC. 3
> VIEW > AUCTION > MEL REF > EPR > OFFICE > TEL > CONTACT
Wed 5.30 - 6.00pm & Sat as advertised Sat 8th September - 12.30pm 69 / A11 $700,000 - $760,000 Bentleigh 390 Centre Road 3204 9557 7733 Kosta Mesaritis 0412 117 529 Jason Collie 0403 191 453
Bentleigh East 6 Marylin Court A great sense of style and family living! Blissfully positioned in this quiet cul-de-sac & showcasing a newly completed renovation, this stylish sanctuary of family-focused living offers tranquil privacy set in stunning surrounds. Elegantly appointed, offering generous proportions, this 4 bed family home has all your entertaining covered. Discover formal lounge room adjoining separate dining room, striking gourmet kitchen with stone & stainless steel appliances, free-flowing informal space incorporating living & dining opening through double sliding doors to outdoor haven featuring vast covered deck & private secure gardens. Add to this, bright bathrooms, sumptuous ensuite, polished floorboards, ducted heating & cooling, double carport, large garden shed & contemporary landscaping. Close to shops and transport. 4
Wed 4.00 - 4.30pm & Sat as advertised Sat 15th September - 12:30pm 77 / H5 > EPR POA > OFFICE Bentleigh 390 Centre Road 3204 > TEL 9557 7733 > CONTACT Kosta Mesaritis 0412 117 529 Kate Padley 0438 086 901 > VIEW > AUCTION > MEL REF
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Bentleigh East 1/36 Bonny Street Environmental innovation with spectacular style. An imposing contemporary residence with a quality finish, this stunning 3 bed 2.5 bath street front residence is a winning combination of style, position and low maintenance living. Elevated from the street in designer gardens, this sun splashed sensation features north facing living & dining areas with bi-fold doors to a relaxing deck and private garden, an entertainerâ€™s kitchen (Euro s/steel appls), 3 double bedrooms (BIRs, main - WIR & ensuite), stylish bathroom, powder room & laundry. Like new, this energy efficient design enjoys polished boards, stone/marble benches, ducted heating, evap cooling, solar hot water & a double auto garage. Located in a quiet pocket near shops, bus & schools. 3
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Wed 12.45 - 1.15pm & Sat from 11.00am Sat 1st September - 11.30am 77 / J4 $620,000 - $680,000 Bentleigh 390 Centre Road 3204 9557 7733 Anton Zhouk 0430 224 438 Nick Renna 0411 551 190
Caulfield South 9/5 Duke Street A savvy stylemaker in secure surrounds. Add a little funk in your life with this groovy 1st floor 2 bedroom security apartment. Stylishly renovated with polished concrete floors, this contemporary retreat enjoys light filled open plan living & dining with modern kitchen and balcony, main bedroom with BIRs & air conditioning, 2nd double bedroom (BIRs) & porcelain bathroom with laundry facilities. In a quiet block with tranquil aspects, this fabulous first home or investment boasts ducted heating, security door, intercom entry, good storage and auto gate to undercover parking. In this leafy cul de sac location, within easy reach of Glen Huntly Road shops, cafes and tram, moments to Princes Park, schools and sporting facilities. 2
Sat & Sun as advertised Sun 9th September - 11.30am 67 / J5 > EPR $370,000 - $400,000 > OFFICE Caulfield 616 Glenhuntly Road 3162 > TEL 8532 5400 > CONTACT Eyal Malka 0414 778 837 Marshall Rushford 0418 396 981 > VIEW > AUCTION > MEL REF
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Elsternwick 3/2 Yorston Court One bedroom, one car space & one great location! What a great opportunity for an investor or an owner occupier!!! Situated in the heart of vibrant Elsternwick with all amenities practically at your doorstep! Attractive block, ground floor apartment with open plan kitchen/meals/living (Stone & S/Steel finishes) ideal for entertaining. Bright lounge with heating and air conditioning. Large bedroom, ensuite style bathroom with laundry facilities. Security entrance, remote control secured parking adds to this already brilliant opportunity.
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> PrIVatE SalE > MEl rEF 67 / H3 > PrICE $325,000 > OFFICE Caulfield 616 Glenhuntly Road 3162 > tEl 8532 5400 > CONtaCt Max Pisano 0418 378 900
Marshall Rushford 0418 396 981
Mckinnon 10 Graham avenue a class act with entertaining warmth. Quality built in timeless period style, this elegant 3 bed + study 2 bath home is a low maintenance family treasure. Rich in charm & warm timbers, this stylishly presented home enjoys a beautiful lounge, north facing casual living/dining, Jarrah/ granite kitchen, zoned main bedrm (WIR & heritage style ensuite), gorgeous bathroom (claw foot bath), 2 further bedrooms (BIRs) & fabulous mezzanine study/play room/BR. The north facing courtyard has split level entertaining from the deck onto the paved area and is covered in traditional style. Complete with ducted heating, evap cooling, outdoor speakers & double auto garage. In the McKinnon Sec College zone, a casual walk to shops, train & Joyce Park. 3
Wed 5.30 - 6.00pm & Sat as advertised Sat 8th September - 12.30pm 68 / E10 > EPr $670,000 - $730,000 > OFFICE Bentleigh 390 Centre Road 3204 > tEl 9557 7733 > CONtaCt Trent Collie 0425 740 484 Nick Renna 0411 551 190 > VIEW > aUCtION > MEl rEF
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Moorabbin 2 Ronald Street Entertain with an abundance of family flavour. A fantastic renovation on a single level, this beautiful 4 bedroom 2 bathroom clinker brick charmer has the right balance of original warmth and fabulous family style. Warm with polished boards & a touch of character, this great family home enjoys north facing lounge (fireplace), dining room/study, designer stone kitchen (Euro s/steel appls), open plan family room, 4 large bedrooms (3 - BIRs), 2 vogue bathrms & fitted laundry. Outdoor entertaining is bliss with its covered deck & paved alfresco area in private tranquility. Completely secure, it boasts ducted heating, R/C air cond, video intercom, electric shutters, cubby, 7000l water tanks & auto garage. Quiet cul de sac, walk to schools, shops & train. 4
> VIEW > AUCTION > MEL REF > EPR > OFFICE > TEL > CONTACT
1 Wed 3.15 - 3.45pm & Sat as advertised Sat 15th September - 1.30pm 77 / F5 $700,000 - $750,000 Bentleigh 390 Centre Road 3204 9557 7733 Trent Collie 0425 740 484 Kosta Mesaritis 0412 117 529
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"ENTLEIGH 3COTTS 3TREET #ONTEMPORARY #ALIFORNIAN ON SQMS 9ESTERDAYS BEAUTY MEETS TODAYS LIFESTYLE IN THE ULTIMATE FAMILY LOCATION "EHIND A FLAWLESS #ALIFORNIAN "UNGALOW FAÂ ADE THIS CONTEMPORARY HOME FEATURES FORMAL NORTH FACING FAMILY ZONES A LUXE MASTER SUITE A REAR KIDS WING WITH HOME OFFICETH BEDROOM /FFERING MORE FAMILY COMFORTS INCLUDING A 3MEG KITCHEN SPA BATHROOM MORE LIVING IN A STATE OF THE ART ENTERTAINERS PAVILION WITH RD BATHROOM BESIDE THE GLASS FENCED TILED HEATED POOL SPAx MORE LUXURY WITH JARRAH FLOORS #AESAR3TONE EVERY PRESTIGE APPOINTMENT INCLUDING AUTO GARAGE
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!UCTION 0RICE )NSPECT #ONTACT /FFICE
3AT 3EPTEMBER AM 7ED PM PM 3AT AS ADVERTISED #RAIG 7ILLIAMSON 3IMON 7OOD "ENTLEIGH B b C
"ENTLEIGH "REWER 2OAD 0ERIOD "EAUTY WITH A &AMILY &OCUS 'RACIOUS SPACIOUS SO WELL LOCATED THIS BEDROOM BATHROOM HOME FEATURES FORMAL FAMILY KIDS LIVING ZONES PLUS DECKING IN LUSH REAR GARDENS 7ITH A DELUXE MASTER SUITE A SUBLIME SPA BATHROOM IN A REAR KIDS WING THIS CENTRALLY HEATED COOLED HOME WITH CARPORT OFFERS PERIOD PERFECT FAMILY LIVING n CLOSE TO THE 0RIMARY 3CHOOL 6ICTORY 0ARK #ENTRE 2D
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3AT 3EPTEMBER PM 7ED PM PM 3AT AS ADVERTISED #HRIS (ASSALL 3IMON 7OOD "ENTLEIGH B b C
"ENTLEIGH *ASPER 2OAD "RAND .EW "RILLIANCE IN THE :ONE *UST OFF THE #ENTRE 2D STRIP IN THE #OLLEGE :ONE THIS JUST COMPLETED BDRM BTHRM TOWN RESIDENCE GOES ABOVE BEYOND WITH FORMAL FAMILY LIVING PLUS AN ENORMOUS DECK AN ELITE "OSCH KITCHEN FULLY TILED BATHROOMS COOL #AESAR3TONE BENCHTOPS DUCTED HEATING AIR CON x EVEN A BONUS STUDY NOOK 7ITH AUTO GARAGING FROM A SEMI CIRCLE DRIVE LANDSCAPED GARDENS WITH A , TANK THIS IS THE PLACE TO :ONE IN #ENTRE YOURSELF IN BRAND NEW BRILLIANCE
!UCTION )NSPECT #ONTACT /FFICE
3AT 3EPTEMBER AM 7ED PM PM 3AT AS ADVERTISED #HRIS (ASSALL 3IMON 7OOD "ENTLEIGH B b C
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"ENTLEIGH ! 0ASCHAL 3TREET 3INGLE LEVEL ,IFESTYLE WITH 4IMELESS 3TYLE "EYOND A #ALIFORNIAN "UNGALOW INSPIRED FA ADE THIS BEDROOM BATHROOM HOME SHOWCASES OUTSTANDING ATTENTION TO DETAIL n FROM ITS RICH 3YDNEY "LUE 'UM FLOORING TO ITS MARBLE BATHROOMS TO ITS FITTED STUDY NOOK 4HE CLEVER DESIGN IS CAREFULLY CONSIDERED TOO n WITH A DOUBLE DOOR MASTER #3TONE .EFF KITCHENMEALS SEPARATE DINING A GAS FIRE WARMED LOUNGE 7ITH AN AUTO GARAGE OUT FRONT A HEDGED BACKYARD BEHIND THIS IS TIMELESS STYLE FOR TODAYS LIFESTYLE
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3AT 3EPTEMBER PM 4HURS PM PM 3AT AS ADVERTISED *OHN 'ORMAN #LAUDE -ERY "ENTLEIGH B b C
"ENTLEIGH %AST %AST "OUNDARY 2OAD #OURT #ORNERED 0OTENTIAL WITH (UGE 'ARAGE 4HIS "6 FAMILY HOME IS SO WELL LOCATED YOU WONT NEED A CAR TO ACCESS SHOPS TRANSPORT OR LOCAL EATERIESBUT WITH A LARGE AUTO DBLE GGE FRONTING QUIET /MEO #T THERE IS PLENTY OF SPACE FOR SEVERAL CARS OR TRADESMANS TOOLS #NR SITED ON M§ SQFT WITH A M FRONTAGE BEDROOMS $ECO INSPIRED BATHRM BATH HEATED LOUNGE VINTAGE KITCHENDINING A REAR UC PERGOLA BESIDE COTTAGE GARDENS
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3AT 3EPTEMBER AM 7ED PM PM 3AT AS ADVERTISED !NDREW #HISHOLM 3IMON 7OOD "ENTLEIGH B b C
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