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

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

The organisation’s “I swear” campaign, that asks men not to stay silent in the face of violence against women, is a great one. Here is the oath: “I swear never to commit, excuse, or stay silent about violence against women. This is my oath.” And it turns out, a quiet night in actually just might be the answer. White Ribbon is holding a fund-raising event on July 26 called White Ribbon Night, in which we are asked to ask a few people over for a night in to raise money for work being done to prevent violence against women before it occurs. Victoria Police are big supporters of this cause, as early work with men at risk of perpetuating violence is the most significant way of preventing it. Details on how to register your event can be found here: http://www. And if you are experiencing or know someone who is experiencing violence, please visit www.whiteribbon. There are too many women who are now unable to speak up about the violence they experienced. We all owe it to them to talk, loudly, on their behalf. \

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

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Naomi Simson turned her distaste for excess “stuff” into a $50 million a year business. She tells PETER WILMOTH how she did it

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

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

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

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


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


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My view \ Katrina Hall says June is officially funKy-Head montH four-square for most of the time – but she was mortified. So June is officially funky-head, misery-guts month. This week I had an end-of-term catch-up with school mums that masqueraded as a coffee, but was actually the presentation of a collective inventory of the many and varied physical ailments experienced by women in their 40s. Sore hips and neck pain seemed to be a common theme, and I’m a bit embarrassed because I admitted to Googling “hot feet”, because these days my feet do get very warm and I have been wondering if it meant anything, you know, on the mid-life change or incurable disease spectrum. It doesn’t. It means I should maybe take off my socks. In some ways, I do have to admit it’s actually nice to have school holiday time looming right now, just for a break from it all. Even though getting the balance right between being too busy and not busy enough, and juggling paid work and child care and all the other stuff we need to do is pretty much impossible. And how did it get to be nearly school holidays again? We just had them, didn’t we? Surely ... \ (is to ck ph ot o



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read recently that Patti Newton is getting some tests done because she couldn’t remember what musical Bert was in at the moment, and that’s kind of how I feel all the time right now. Don’t know what Bert’s up to, don’t know what I’m up to, and I’m not really sure what day it is, although I’m hoping it’s Saturday. I’m seeing it all around me at the moment. It’s the winter blues, or activity overload, or just general seasonal affective disorder blahs. Can’t get the kids out of bed, don’t know what to cook for dinner, and everyone’s sleepy, feeling flat and lolling about watching too much bad TV. And just like at Bert and Patti’s place, everyone in my house seems to be forgetting things. We forgot bin night, which is a disaster and means a stockpiling of refuse for two long, bacteria-growing, rat-attracting weeks. It also means the other adult in this house is stressed. For him, everything needs to be put in its rightful place, which I understand. But his propensity to repeat himself is prolific at the best of times, and this week I’ve heard him tell me both bins were full about 10 times. He also reminded me that last time we forgot bin night it was Christmas and hot, and we’d had festive prawns and oysters, and our next door neighbour still won’t let us forget about it. Also in the past week we’ve mixed up lunch orders and soccer fixtures, so every day has been pretty much disaster-ridden. But I do feel slightly OK, and so should the kids, because at least one of us has remembered them, on most days, about 3.15pm. Two weeks ago, a mate forgot to pick hers up – she says she thought the other mum she car-pools with

was doing it, but she was confused about what day it was because of the Queen’s birthday weekend. Was it Wednesday or Thursday? Who knew for sure? Her kids hung around school until 4.30pm and then went to the office and said, “Please can you call our mum, she’s forgotten to pick us up”. They weren’t all that fussed about it – they were busy playing

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bARISTA \ LEANNE TOLRA REVIEWS THE RESIDENT Clare Hu first saw her dream CAfé café through the dilapidated rear courtyard area of a former pie shop near her

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home. Now it’s a smartly renovated café making a welcome impact on other residents. Hu, who came to Melbourne from China eight years ago to study commerce at Deakin University, had worked as an accountant for three years before deciding to open her own café. “I had loved coffee since I was 12 years old, so when I was looking for a place to study I knew that Melbourne was where I want to spend my most important years,” she says. Her café vision was based on recognition of a lack of specialty coffee in Ashburton and a desire to replicate the cafés serving artisan local produce that she enjoyed as a university student. “I visited as many cafés as I could to make sure that I knew what I wanted to do,” she says. Design company Foolscap Studio helped with the interior and The Resident opened in October last year. Initially a daytime café, it now opens for dinner on Friday nights too. The international menu includes breakfast dishes such as an omelet with spiced pork-mince stuffing, coriander, mint, feta and chive beignets with wilted spinach and a poached egg, while lunch might be a brioche bun with house-made fish fingers or a Turkish roll with cauliflower falafel. Five Senses Coffee and a slick Synesso Hydra espresso machine helped bring Hu’s specialty coffee dream to light – and it was this combination that attracted her head barista, Dylan Hewitt, to her café.

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Hewitt juggles a barista three-day-a-week head barista job at The Resident with five nights a week as a Brazilian jiu-jitsu trainer and a part-time law degree. Somewhere in all of that, he manages to find two days a week to roast small-batch specialty coffee at Richmond café Top Paddock. He began making coffee during work as a bartender in cafés around town, finding his first dedicated barista job at Readings Café in Hawthorn. He spent another three years at Veneziano Coffee’s The First Pour in

Abbotsford, working in the café and roastery. “I was looking for work, and as soon as I saw the coffee and the machine here, I knew I was comfortable with the equipment and the set-up,” he says. The café uses the roaster’s Crompton Road blend to create a pleasing short macchiato with a toffee-like sweetness and rich, chocolatey finish. \ To READ moRE REvIEwS

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

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

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

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

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

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Behind the facade of this former grand home, there’s a modern, monochromatic undertone – white walls and tiled floors, black furnishings and trim – that’s elevated by a stunning array of natural materials.Marble, jarrah and pale-ash timber announce big-budget expenditure. dark wall panelling and an old wine press add retro touches, while curved timber shelves and a hand-built timber bar create a sense of timelessness. the fridge window behind the curved dark-green marble-fronted oyster bar adds a sense of excitement. \

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Watching \ Shitsville Express. (ABC2) Actually, I’m not. Joe Hildebrand’s last series, Dumb, Drunk and Racist seemed dangerously close to living up to its title. Listening \ Portugal. The Man Evil Friends. Produced by Danger Mouse, this is eccentric, slightly psychedelic and rather brilliant pop. attending \ Melbourne Cabaret Festival. Twelve nights of top-notch performances in some iconic Melbourne venues. Starts June 26.

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Melbourne’s Big Scary return this week with their long-awaited second album. At first listen, the duo’s effort bears little resemblance to their debut of gloriously wonky pop. This time around, vocalist and guitarist Tom Iansek has taken over production duties and brings a sound informed by unlikely sources. Yes, there are shades of dubstep to the distant, dizzying beats and maybe the claims of hip-hop inspiration really are more than mere indie posturing. Undoubtedly, here is a band delighting in stretching their own boundaries. Gone are the perky pop songs and, in their place, the inventive, sedately epic rock of Belgian Blues – which features an impressive Jeff Buckley impression from Iansek. Mostly, Not Art recalls the likes of Grizzly Bear, drawing from a diverse palette to shape atmospheric, affecting and memorable tunes that take little time to prickle the skin. \


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This new French thriller from director François Ozon is about the dangers of a good yarn. Germain is a bored teacher who finds himself spellbound by the work of teenage student Claude. Claude’s episodic tale appears to be based on his rather pervy fascination with fellow classmate Rafa’s family. Soon Germain and his wife become obsessed with this literary intrusion into another household, speculating on Claude’s motives while hungering for the next instalment. Ozon appears to be interested in the uneasy relationship between author and reader, the fuzzy line between inspiration and theft, and the dangers of living vicariously. In Claude’s obsessiveness, there are echoes of The Talented Mr Ripley and, in his authorly manipulations, the more recent Ruby Sparks. The tone leans more towards the latter, with thriller elements taking a back seat to a winning thread of black comedy. Thankfully, In the House is a far more subtle, clever and compelling film. \

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tv Twentysomething \ ABC2, Thursday, June 27, 8.30pm » twentysomething The first season of this Melbourne comedy was a rare thing: a new ABC sitcom that was actually funny. With more and more of Aunty’s schedules given over to entertainment programs, we’ll take whatever narrative comedy we’re given. (Except Laid, obviously.) Twentysomething wasn’t always as snappy as it should have been, but it did introduce a superb comic creation in the form of Jess – a caricatured version (we hope) of writer, director and star Jess Harris. Jess works well as an embodiment of the ugliest aspects of youth. She is utterly selfish, ruthless, hedonistic and emboldened by an (as yet) undeserved sense of self-confidence. Of course, beneath this brassy exterior is a growing fear that everything has gone a bit wrong. She certainly isn’t easy to like – in fact, we’re never quite sure what platonic partner-in-crime Josh sees in her – but most of us (even those on the other side of 30) will recognise something of ourselves at that age. In the first episode, Jess and Josh return from a great overseas adventure to find little has changed. The end of their 20s is approaching fast and both are starting to wonder if they should be doing more with their lives. Admittedly, the problems of the first series aren’t really addressed. The script still needs a few more punchlines and the direction feels a bit flabby. There are echoes of the seminal Spaced, but little of its visual pizzazz. But these are mere quibbles. This is an engaging, sparky sitcom that should launch Harris into a long and entertaining career. \ (SUPPLIED)


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Made up of people who have survived some of life’s biggest curve balls, the Choir of Hard Knocks is more than just a group of people who like to give their voicebox a good workout. They are a family. The Malvern Town Hall was filled with their inspirational sound as they took to the stage.

Armadale Primary School students and parents are getting on their bikes and scooters as part of the Ride2School program. Alex Hender, Ride2School program co-ordinator, said the program would help get kids active as they look to rack up 60 minutes of exercise a day. “It’s important for the kids to get used to leading active lifestyles,” he said.

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Ripponlea Estate mansion stands tall and proud, It’s stunnning archtecture, a reminder of the past. And, for now, the structure boasts a roof with a view. The leaky roof of the heritage listed mansion is being patched up after years of bucket fixes.

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Drawing on the inspiration of her nine-year-old son, Bic Walker has penned a children’s book that she hopes will encourage youngsters to follow their dreams, despite what their friends may think. The Ashburton mum is seeking support through a crowd-funding website to get the book published.


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Balwyn played at home for the first time in a month on Saturday, taking on a Knox side coached by one of their own. Fomer Balwyn twos coach John Knight led Knox against the undefeated Tigers, who returned from the bye hungry to keep their fantastic EFL season rolling.

Youngsters at Surrey Hills Primary School are learning to save lives thanks to St John Ambulance. The students are taking part in the organisation’s free community program, which aims to train 67,000 students this year.

Boroondara noticeboard Melbourne Cabaret Festival Melbourne’s own boutique cabaret festival is making its way once again to Boroondara from 27 June to 7 July. Kew Court House will host eight fabulous shows including Last of the Red Hot Mamas, Wrongtown Brothers, Storm in a D Cup and Exposing Edith. Don’t miss this chance to see some of Australia’s hottest cabaret acts. Bookings - . More information - 9278 4770.

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Bookings are open now for the libraries’ July school holiday program featuring mime Anthony Verity performing Head for the Clouds and Cha Cha Sam in Up in the Sky. There’s also a range of creative activities for school-aged children including rocket and robot making. Bookings are essential for all events except for the family storytimes.

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You may know you live in Boroondara, but do you know what state district and region you are in? On 27 June, the Electoral Boundaries Commission (EBC) will release a report on new proposed state electoral boundaries for Victoria. You can participate by inspecting the maps in the report and sending suggestions or objections directly to the EBC in July.

Ever wanted to be a published author? Entries for the 2013 Boroondara Literary Awards are open now, with a prize pool of $2,000 available in the Young Writers section and close to $3,000 available in the Open Short Story section. Budding writers have until Friday 30 August to submit their entries. Winning entries will be published in the annual anthology, Word You Up.

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Join author Kate Constable at our special About the Girls event at Kew Library on Thursday 27 June from 7pm to 8pm. Kate is the author of the acclaimed fantasy series Chanters of Tremaris, as well as the winner of last year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year (Younger Readers) for Crow Country. About the Girls is a special event for girls aged 10 and over and their mums. Carers or dads are also welcome. This event is free but bookings are essential.

The Fire Services Levy is a Victorian Government Levy that will be collected by councils, including Boroondara, via our rates notices. The Fire Services Levy will be removed from insurance premiums from 1 July and replaced by a property-based levy collected with council rates. This means all property owners will contribute their fair share to our fire services, not just those with adequate insurance. More information - State Revenue Office, 13 21 61 or .

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arehouses, silos and factories provide perfect sites for exciting architectural renovations. With their industrial detailing, large open spaces and colossal ceiling heights, these buildings appeal to people with courage, creativity and wild imaginations. Enter Lynda and Paul Newton. In 2008, the Newtons were looking for an alternative to their double-storey period home in Camberwell. With their two adult children, Tom and Katherine, recently out of school, the couple were seeking a project – one that would allow them to get their hands dirty. “Paul had the bug to move and I just felt it would be great to find something that was a bit different to what we had,” says Lynda. “I thought the chances of finding what we wanted were quite slim. But then one day Paul was driving down a street and he saw a little sign in the window of a warehouse saying ‘Forthcoming Auction’.” Built in 1940s, the Hawthorn East building had operated as a smelter before being taken over by

a blind-manufacturing company. Lynda says that although the exterior had good, solid bones, and was positioned on a decent-sized block with northern orientation, the inside was a shambles: dangling wires, false ceilings, dark offices, tiny bathrooms. “We didn’t walk in and think, ‘Oh my gosh this is beautiful’, as it was in pretty rural condition, but we could see it had potential,” she says. The couple employed Gail Long, from Stoll Long Architecture, but project-managed the job themselves, working hard at transforming the derelict site into a three-bedroom family home. After taking the whole warehouse apart and reassembling it in a different order, the renovation features steel girders that support a mezzanine. Towards the back, where the sewing machines and fabric once were, is a gigantic kitchen and two open living spaces. New walls house a pantry, scullery, bedroom and office, and the false ceiling has gone, exposing the original oregon beams and trusses. continues » P23 june 26, 2013 \ The weekly review 21

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to find harmony in the juxtapositions, Lynda opted for a monochromatic colour palette

Artefacts: Tribal treasures adorn the front entrance Earth charms: Wicker, timber and tribal dhurries ground the lofty space. Open plan: Oversized windows and lowered ceiling levels define the living areas. Metallic mix: Industrial style pendants and seating are a nod to the home’s former life. From  P21

All possible materials were salvaged, and reincarnated in the new design. Bricks were reused underneath the steel-framed windows, while left-over timber was recycled to create furniture. Due to an undulating corner, a concrete slab was jackhammered up, and dark-stained hardwood floorboards were laid over the top. Other major alterations included the installation of a small courtyard framed by glass on three sides. Sandwiched between the living area and the study, the courtyard is centred with three deciduous trees. While the trees infuse the space with greenery, they also animate the light, and serve as a connection to nature and the changing seasons. Surrounding the courtyard is a garden of herbs. With their large proportions and ceiling heights, warehouses can provide a real challenge in creating intimate areas. Luckily, however, the Newton family had an advantage. As a director and fashion designer

of her own company, All for Kat, Lynda has an intuitive understanding of colour and pattern. Add this to her history in interior styling, and the result is a sophisticated warehouse that subtly blends in smaller, beautifully layered spaces. Opting for a New York loft-inspired aesthetic, Lynda and Paul spent many months scouring vintage furniture shops, markets, auctions and trade fairs. Their findings have produced carefully choreographed interiors that celebrate the architectural bones: high ceilings play off pendant lighting while dark-stained floorboards are lined with colourful rugs. Original brickwork provides a textured backdrop for contemporary artwork, and a cowhide rug visually anchors the black-and-white themed bathroom. To find harmony in the juxtapositions, Lynda opted for a monochromatic colour palette – dark floors, white walls, black aluminium framing for the glazing and sliding doors. By keeping the backdrop uncomplicated, Lynda allows for the vaulting proportions to gather intimacy with materials and sculptural elements. june 26, 2013 \ The weekly review 23

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The kitchen is where the project truly comes to life. A deep breakfast bar is finished in crisp white, allowing the stainless-steel bar stools, glass splashbacks and industrial pendant lighting to pack a punch. An antique bottle stacking rack and two framed coffee bags hark back to the industrial nature of the building. “Although the spaces in the house are big, it doesn’t feel sparse and unlived in,” says Lynda. “This is because we have chosen colours and fabrics that are earthier and more natural. And the way it’s all set out makes the house feel warm and cosy.” Retaining the character and charm of the original architecture, this warehouse successfully balances the old with the new. And the result is simply timeless. \ FRANCESCA CARTER

Street style: The former curtain and blind manufacturing warehouse has a strong presence on a leafy suburban street. Lofty ambitions: Double height ceilings and celestial objects make for an ethereal main bedroom.

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Gower in the city’s Exhibition Street seven years ago, Exhibit Interiors stocks pieces that are new but have a mid-century, timeless feel. Staff are happy to source products for customers from the shop’s extensive brand list and advise on how to accessorise interiors using homewares and ornamental items. Clients often bring in photos of spaces that need an expert touch in styling.

what’s in store If it’s collectable tableware you’re after, you’re in the right place. Exhibit stocks a large selection of the face-focused label Fornasetti, along with the quirky Seletti Hybrid range, which features plates with different patterns on each half. Glassware is also well represented in the form of rainbow-hued bowls and vases by Italian brand Salviati and works by Australian artists, their colours made all the more vibrant by the glow from the shop’s unique imported lamps, chandeliers and light fittings. Upstairs caters to those with tribal tastes, thanks to a sofa kitted out in leather and a wall of wooden masks from Guinea and Ethiopia. Cushions by local label Bonnie & Neil sport screen-printed kangaroos and fringing in hot pink, adding to the eclectic mix. who’s visiting Exhibit’s range of customers is as varied as its selection of homewares. Stylists and architects call in to shop for clients or look for inspiration, while locals visit to browse and find gifts – with items priced from $10 to $2000, there’s something to suit every budget. \

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ealm Camberwell’s mix of high-end contemporary floor plan includes integrated indoor and outdoor living on the architecture with sustainable, low-maintenance living in an ground floor, along with formal living, fitted study, separate integrated landscaped development has proved irresistible for laundry with external access and powder room. time-poor professionals seeking new homes. The home features wide oak floating floors in living areas, with The $80 million, 2.55-hectare estate is under construction in a quiet stacking glass doors opening onto timber decking. A large island pocket of Camberwell and, when stages are complete in mid-2014, bench divides the kitchen from dining, which continues into the will comprise 22 freestanding homes and 56 duplex and terrace living space with a wall of windows. The formal living and fitted townhouses with three and four bedrooms in park-like surrounds. study are at the front of the house, with laundry and powder room First-stage owners began moving in during June. dividing formal and informal zones. Developer Cedar Woods has just released the final home for Miele stainless-steel appliances, CaesarStone benchtops, LED sale, a freestanding four-bedroom design customised to make strip lighting, glass splashbacks and a choice of joinery are the most of parkland on two boundaries. Including this kitchen features. Bathrooms will have full-height tiling final release, just four of the 78 homes remain available. with large format and narrow feature tiles, and porcelain postcode Cedar Woods Victorian state manager Nathan tiling will be used in all wet-area flooring. Blackburne says the idea of a new home designed by Upper-level bedrooms are zoned, with the family award-winning architects RotheLowman has been bathroom, stairs and a retreat dividing parents from highly attractive to prospective buyers. children. The main bedroom has windows on two sides, “Camberwell has many older homes that require a walk-in wardrobe and en suite with twin vanities, renovation. Our homes have been designed for the way people freestanding bath and walk-in shower with frameless screen. live these days with optimised natural sunlight and aspects. Also available is a three-level 178-square metre townhouse “Many buyers are time poor but want an architecturally with double garage, priced from $995,000. It includes main suite, designed home. They don’t want to go through the building laundry and powder room on ground level; mid-level open plan and planning process. At Realm they get a guaranteed result,” kitchen, dining and living with a balcony and an entertainment Blackburne says. terrace; and two bedrooms and a bathroom on the top level. Realm homes feature light, airy and uncluttered interiors, using Cedar Woods Properties has a long track record of creating a combination of natural palettes, built-in joinery and flexible premium residential developments, which includes apartment open-plans. Every home has a minimum six-star energy rating. projects, integrated housing developments, mixed-use The final home – released for sale for $1.65 million – has direct developments and large scale master-planned communities. private access to Back Creek’s native bushland and trail from its Its current portfolio in Melbourne includes Banbury Village, backyard, and also fronts Realm’s new 900-square metre park, a Footscray development of 400 townhouses and apartments designed by MDG Landscape Architects as part of Realm’s 6.5 kilometres from the city, and the Williams Landing overall landscape plan. In keeping with Realm’s architecture, the development of 2500 home sites and town centre 19 kilometres double-storey home features a mixture of timber and rendered west of the city. \ façades with pitched and flat roofs. Its 220-square metre internal

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ast week was the winter solstice; a time of delving into the ancient rituals of death and rebirth, loss and hope, represented physically by the reversal of long nights and shorter days. It’s always a time of intensity, even if you think this is oonga boonga bunkum, it’s likely you’ll feel a little bizarre at this time of year. Let me thicken the plot – Melbourne has several vaults and tunnels, and if you love dark unknown places, this is the perfect time to explore below our roads and footpaths. A little trepidation is a good thing. We don’t explore much any more; we’re too anxious about our bills, getting the kids to school, making sure we do our job well, what to wear, what to eat and deciphering the ingredients on the back of the packet of whatever it is we’re eating. Sure we’re encouraged to explore our “inner world” and “deeper self” but these days I try to lie down and wait until the feeling passes. Caves, tunnels and vaults are exhilarating places because we’re not sure what we’re going to find, where they will lead us and whether there will be light at the end. Most of us worry about tunnels, understandably; you need to worry about walking down a dark place – don’t go alone. I admit I get more anxious about getting stuck in a lift with someone who starts a singalong. But if you’re nervous about getting lost under our city streets, I suggest you leave a trail of yellow ribbons; this will help to retrace your steps but hopefully not offend any local fauna or fashionistas. There’s no need to mark your trail when visiting

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Banana Alley – the vaults under the viaduct built to link Spencer Street Station (now Southern Cross) with Flinders Street Station. Designed by W. H. Greene and built in 1891, the vaults are divided into 33 spaces, with the first tenants recorded in 1893. Originally occupied by fruiterers to store produce before going to market, it was named Banana Alley because banana merchants stored and ripened bananas in the vaults using ethylene gas. Imagine the scent of bananas along Flinders Street on a hot night. When Spencer Street Bridge was built (1930), Queens Wharf became inaccessible to cargo ships and the vaults were empty, apart from a couple of cafés; one opened in 1936, the other, the Pieteria café, sold pies 24 hours a day from the 1950s. Hearns Hobbies occupied a vault from 1946 before moving into the Flinders Street Station basement. After years of neglect and disuse, followed regrettably by a period during the 1970s and ’80s when several attacks and murders took place there, the state government invested in a $4.5 million refurbishment in 1987. Currently the only things ripening in these vaults are body-builders’ muscles and kick-boxers’ reflexes. There’s a gym and a martial arts academy; if you look from across the road into the long tunnels of people lifting dumb-bells and throwing each other around, it’s like a scene from a pirate ship – but without the scurvy. \


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You need to focus when searching for this underground treasure trove but it’s worth unearthing. You’re on Flinders Street; now look for the stairs that lead down to the subway that takes you from Flinders Street Station to Degraves Street. Campbell Arcade is undoubtedly one of our coolest shopping precincts; a world of temptation beneath a railway station. Built in 1956 as a subway, the salmon mornay-pink tiled corridor and shiny black pillars lead you through a variety of designers, artists and underground culture. Not unlike a sideshow alley – but without the rides, games and concession booths – the arcade is run by a community of independent operators. \

The fright factor here might not include cadavers, snakes, spiders, and nasty villains, but the idea of a tunnel under Victoria Parade is a little like an episode of Get Smart. It’s true. Since 1983 there has been a tunnel between the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear and St Vincent’s hospitals. It’s used mostly to transport in-patients and pick up and deliver pathology samples. The tunnel also featured in a low-budget science-fiction film and a music video for the song Falling for You by the Whitlams. It may indeed be useful to avoid the traffic, but does this tunnel help break up the signals from the taps government agents place inside all potato-based products? \

domain & burnley Tunnels Driving through the Domain Tunnel I’m always a little twitchy about the fact that I’m under the Yarra River; engineers moved the immovable, enabling us to travel in a sandwich of land, car and water. More than 600,000 cubic metres of earth was removed to construct the 3.5-kilometre Burnley and 1.6-kilometre Domain tunnels. The Burnley Tunnel is the deeper, reaching 60 metres at its lowest point. After the controversy about tolls, fumes and leaks, I thought I’d have to medicate the first time I drove into the Domain Tunnel. Not any more. The tunnels provide a bypass from a traffic perspective – thereby preventing bypasses from a coronary perspective. \

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Developing our city \ Melbourne’s newspaper buildings have a rich heritage, writes Cheryl CritChley

that housed The Argus, the famous newspaper that kept Melbourne informed from 1846 to 1957, through the gold rush, depression and two world wars. It still sits on the corner of La Trobe and Elizabeth streets, but has been empty for many years. The 1926 building has changed hands several times in recent years. The latest owner, Melbourne Institute of Technology, has started renovations that will introduce ground-floor retailers and prepare the building for internal fit-outs for MIT’s campus. MIT spent $3 million on consultation and planning. “Its grandeur and structural appeal is what drew the owners to the building,” a spokesperson says. The Argus building is not on the Victorian Heritage register but was recently given City of Melbourne level heritage protection. It is classified by the National Trust but that has no legal standing. Listing on the heritage register means a place cannot be altered without authorisation. National Trust classification has no legal or binding effect, but listing on a local council’s heritage overlay program provides legal protection for places of local significance. The Argus headquarters is one of 99 buildings that were assessed in the Central City (Hoddle Grid) Review 2010 and recommended to be protected under a heritage overlay. A state government-appointed planning panel recommended that 98 of the buildings,

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he thrilling whir of newspaper presses pumping out the day’s headlines has not been heard in the CBD for years. But some of Melbourne’s most significant buildings from the halcyon days of newspaper production remain in various guises. In some cases their future is uncertain, like the newspaper industry itself, but most are protected in some way, except the old Age building in Spencer Street, long considered an eyesore. The four-storey 1960s box-like structure was dubbed “the Spencer Street Soviet” by former premier Jeff Kennett. Age journalist Geoff Strong called it “a cross between a chocolate layer cake and a military bunker”. Fairfax reporters now tap out their yarns in the modern comfort of Media House, which opened next to Southern Cross Station in 2009. Their old haunt is destined to become a massive residential development. Latest reports have the Industry Superannuation Property Trust planning up to six skyscrapers. The old Herald and Weekly Times building, on the corner of Flinders and Exhibition streets, is another story. The iconic 1920s neoclassical Chicagoesque newspaper building, with exterior glass poster boxes, was preserved when the site was redeveloped in the early 2000s. The five-storey HWT building was built in stages from 1921-1928 and, among other things, became home to The Herald, The Sun, The Weekly Times, Sporting Globe and, later, the Herald Sun. In 1930 a steel radio tower was added for the radio station 3DB. After HWT moved to Southbank in 1995, the old building was incorporated into a high-rise residential and commercial development. But the façade remains, reminding passersby of a bygone era when paperboys stood on street corners yelling “read all about it”. The old Flinders Street building is considered of “state significance”; it is on the Victorian Heritage Register and classified by the National Trust. Less obvious, but equally important, is the building


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including the Argus headquarters, be protected. This month Planning Minister Matthew Guy announced local heritage protection for 87 CBD buildings including the Argus building. “the Melbourne Heritage Action spokesman Rupert Mann, who had been lobbying hard grand hall to protect the Argus building, says the move entrance is is positive but does not cover the interior. He intact” says the “wonderful building” has a grand entrance hall, marble floors, ornate plaster walls and recoverable mural that should be protected also. “We are calling on the city of Melbourne to move immediately to seek interim controls on the Argus interior until the owner can provide plans showing its retention,” he says. Another historic publishing gem is the Napier Waller mosaic, “I’ll put a girdle round about the earth”, still visible on Newspaper House, a former HWT building at 247-249 Collins Street. The building is classified by the National Trust and included in the City of Melbourne’s heritage overlay. Waller, a leading neo-classical mural painter, designed the mosaic in 1932. It was commissioned as part of a new façade for the original 1884 building, which had been acquired by HWT. “The Newspaper House mosaic is aesthetically significant as a rare example of the use of wall mosaic for decorative purposes on the façade of a Melbourne building,” Heritage Victoria says. “The fusion of art and architecture to this extent is rarely apparent in a commercial building in Victoria.” Whatever happens, as Melbourne’s newspapers battle to survive in an internet-driven media environment, at least some of their cultural heritage should remain for future generations. \ »

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custom centre of attention Developing our city \ A design and information centre brings new homes and customers closer together


ncreasing demand from new home buyers in Malvern, Malvern East, Glen Iris and Ashburton has prompted custom home builder Comdain Homes to open a new design and information centre in Glen Iris. People interested in building a new home can walk in and talk to a qualified home designer at no charge to find out about the building process, get information about their block and likely options and costs. “We are getting many more inquiries for knock-down rebuilds in this area. We have built many houses in this vicinity over the years but we noticed an increase, so we decided to bring our services closer to our customers,” says Comdain Homes general manager John Coen. Coen says people are finding that many existing homes in the area don’t offer the contemporary design, family-friendly layouts and modern technology that they’re looking for, and that major renovations have similar costs to knock-down rebuilds, without the rewards of a new custom-designed home. “A lot of older homes have no heritage value and don’t suit the way people live now. There isn’t much merit in renovating them and they’re sitting on valuable sites.” Best known for designing and building award-winning luxury custom homes from Brighton to Ivanhoe, Comdain Homes is a family-owned business started by Coen 26 years ago as part of his father’s civil construction business. “We have always been about quality rather than quantity, and we design and build no more than 30 new custom homes a year to ensure we give them the

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affect building on your home site, such as required setbacks, overlays and planning permission. You can get an introduction to what is involved in building a new home and the factors you need to consider, such as soil classification, fall of the land, aspect and infrastructure. You can walk out with a full package of information. “We will start with a blank piece of paper and turn it into a concept home designed specifically for what your family needs. You don’t have to trail around 1000 display homes looking for one that will suit you. Our clients are designing and building homes to live in for a long time, so their homes need to be flexible and provide the right spaces for the future.” glen iris design & information centre Coen says he and his team often help home buyers to identify the best block to build on, to get the best results attention they deserve. We are a true custom builder.” and to avoid what can be costly pitfalls. The Comdain Homes service includes access to “Excavating rock for a basement can add a lot of cost. a full list of industry professionals, including And replacing infrastructure can add significant costs – architects, interior designers, building engineers, town in a recent project, storm water work added $40,000 to planners, landscape designers, landscapers the cost of the home. We also look at a block’s aspect and demolition contractors. and land fall to see if it will suit the type of home our “A lot of older Coen says with increasing inquiry and demand clients want to build.” homes don’t suit from the Malvern and Glen Iris area, Comdain Ashburton couple Alex and Kara Smith had a the way people considered opening a new display home but decided 1950s brick home with a traditional layout that live now” on a new initiative to help people understand the didn’t provide the spaces they wanted for raising building process and their options. their young children. The couple considered all “Our design and information centre at 1616 High options thoroughly and had plans drawn up to Street gives people an opportunity to speak with our renovate and extend before realising the costs involved home designer, Joanne Crawley, who is based there. were close to knocking down and rebuilding, without You can come in and find out what local regulations delivering the benefits of a new home. They also looked


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at selling their existing home and moving but found few suitable homes were available. “We realised we could go through a renovation, pay a lot of money, and still not have what we wanted, or we could build a new house and have something designed to suit us,” Alex says. After considering various builders, the couple decided on Comdain and designed a contemporary double-storey brick, four-bedroom home with a study and integrated outdoor living areas. They recently moved into their new home and say the building experience with Comdain was positive. “We have the home we wanted. The design suits the

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street and our neighbours are happy. We knew how much it would cost and how long it would take to build. At the end of the project we were only 0.5 per cent over budget and on time. We brought in an independent builder to check the work at various stages and he was so happy with the quality that he said Comdain could build his house,” Alex says. “We felt we were in a safe pair of hands. “We could have chosen a cheaper builder but for us it was about balancing cost with results, and Comdain gave us the best value.” \ liz Mclachlan

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developing our city \ Clever thinking can save you money this winter, writes Lexi Cottee

Shop around

Because we’re the only state in Australia with a fully deregulated electricity market, there’s no stopping Victorian energy consumers from shopping around. Consumer advocacy group Choice encourages consumers to compare plans and providers online. Choice spokesman Matt Levey says the official government website is a good starting point for your research. He says commercial comparison websites such as Go Switch may also help you find a good deal. “It’s a really good way to see all the offers on the market, and see them in a way that’s very transparent around any sorts of discounts and late-payment fees,” he says. “But it’s important to not take the first deal you’re offered.” Consumer network One Big Switch calls itself a “for profit-with-purpose business”. It takes a commission every time one of its members switches to an offer it has negotiated. You may have heard of it last year when more than 250,000 Australians signed up to its “One Big Energy Switch” campaign,

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the heat’s on to beat chill bills which negotiated a group discount of 18.5 per cent on Victorian members’ energy bills. That particular deal has expired, but One Big Switch is offering another one with Power Direct. To take advantage of it, all you need to do is provide your postcode, name and an email address. One Big Switch also has an energy comparison website, although it compares plans from just six of Victoria’s 16 electricity retailers.

Some old-faShioned advice Some ideas seem simple, but can deliver big rewards over a long winter. Before central heating became widespread and affordable, an extra layer of clothing was the solution to winter-time chills. Reaching into the wardrobe rather than adjusting the thermostat will save more money than many realise. Sustainability Victoria’s Krpan says we need to be aware of the staggering costs each time we fiddle with the thermostat. If your heating is normally set between 18 and 20 degrees, “every extra degree adds 10 per cent to your heating bill”. “when we fiddle You don’t have to be a physicist to with the thermostat, understand the unique molecular properties of every extra degree adds water make a hot-water bottle the equivalent 10 per cent to the of a small furnace. Water can retain heat heating bill.” for a long time, making the basic rubber or PVC “hottie” a simple alternative to an energy-intensive heater.

USe yoUr Smart meter The smart meter rollout was a costly exercise for Victorians, so we may as well make the most of them. Almost 80 per cent of the state’s households have now had their analogue meters replaced, and it’s only a matter of months before the Flexible Pricing Scheme becomes available. These digital machines track energy use in half-hour intervals. This data is then sent to your electricity supplier, which will display it 24 hours later on a free web portal. Energy and Resources Minister Nicholas Kotsiras says the technology upgrade will provide households with a greater level of control over their power bills. “Many of the households already using these tools are finding they can make significant savings on their bills by using the detailed information from their smart meters to understand which of their appliances is sucking up the most power,” he says. If you don’t mind doing your washing after 9pm, the Flexible Pricing Scheme will certainly save you money. It’s expected to come into effect around September. Should households opt to be billed according to the new voluntary pricing model, consumers’ energy rates will fluctuate during peak, shoulder and off-peak times.



he thermometer usually makes its first dive into single-digit figures each May. It came late in the piece this year, when the temperature dipped below five degrees in the dying days of autumn. Heaters purred to life after a deep slumber, and the heads of Victoria’s power companies may well have been purring too, for the day most likely represented a sharp spike in your utility bills. Melburnians have an ambivalent relationship with the coldest season of the year. Unlike our northern neighbours, the months in between autumn and spring in Melbourne are cold enough to warrant European-style winter fashions. For most of us, those long and tedious months are spent trying to keep warm. Sustainability Victoria CEO Stan Krpan says heating costs account for almost one third of the average household’s energy bill. For most, that’s enough to prompt a change of habits, and perhaps encourage others to take the carrot from the Government’s outstretched hand by way of green incentives. However small or simple those changes may be, our gas and electricity bills – not to mention our environmental conscience – will be all the better for it. We’ve enlisted some expert help to come up with a handful of energy-saving and cost-effective ways to keep warm this winter.

energy Saver incentive Scheme The Energy Saver Incentive, also known as the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target, was created in 2009 to make energy-efficiency more affordable. To this end, it offers discounts and incentives through registered retail outlets. Your purchases must be made through an accredited retail outfit and the amount you get back will depend on your postcode, how energy-efficient the product is, and whether the purchase is for commercial or residential use. Residents of Melbourne’s inner-east are eligible for rebates when upgrading appliances. A Malvern resident who buys a new $2200 LCD Samsung television is eligible for a $72 rebate from the state government. To find out how much you’re entitled to receive check out the online VEEC calculator. \


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lose to the Yarra River, and home to some of Melbourne’s most beautiful late-Victorian architecture, South Yarra has been a drawcard for Melbourne’s bourgeoisie ever since it was established as a suburban retreat in the mid 1830s. Despite an increase in commercial development and multi-residential buildings, it’s still considered Melbourne’s most liveable suburb, according to The Age newspaper. Minutes from South Yarra Station, Prahran Market, Chapel Street and just a short walk from the Royal Botanic Gardens and Fawkner Park, this property allows you to enjoy the best of South Yarra’s assets. The land size is exceptional for the suburb, and there is off-street parking and a north-facing, flat backyard. But the real beauty is the house itself. The double-fronted facade, made from traditional bichromatic brickwork, features a tessellated tile verandah that is trimmed with black cast-iron lacework and is supported by black-painted timber posts. A traditional, symmetrical front garden, with box hedges and perfumed roses, adds to the stately appeal and is indicative of the level of maintenance that’s been invested in its presentation. It will, no doubt, appeal to garden-lovers. Although this Victorian house has been renovated to provide flexible and relaxed spaces, it has not lost the elegance of the original home. Attention to detail and sympathetic finishes and features are the hallmarks in every room, and herein lies its greatest charm. The first impression of the house from inside the entry hall is of stairs winding up to a seemingly endless interior. The front two rooms, which both have double doors that open up to a hallway, reflect the grandeur and wealth of the late 19th century; high ceilings play off dramatic chandeliers, polished floorboards complement ivory-coloured walls and skirting boards, while tall french windows with timber frames juxtapose with elaborate marble fireplaces. At the

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end of the arched hall, tucked under the stairs, is a bar with open shelving – it’s a perfect spot to create a cocktail. The hallway leads to the newer part of the house, which consists of a kitchen and meals area and an open-plan living room, laundry and powder room. The graciously proportioned kitchen wraps around a freestanding breakfast bar. Granite benchtops sit above open display cabinets that have feature lighting inside. This is just one of the many references that hark back to the Victorian era – when displaying family heirlooms and beautiful crockery was not only fashionable but a way of showing one’s wealth and status. The meals area and the living room, which has built-in bookshelves, both spill out to a walled garden with a saltwater gas-heated swimming pool. A paved patio is perfect for summertime soirées. The elegant Victorian staircase – a celebration of the history of the house – leads to the first floor, which has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a study with built-in bookshelves. Every bedroom features windows that look across the surrounding pitched rooftops. Looking down on smaller homes, you realise the extent of the ceiling heights below. An elevated spa bath, surrounded by natural-coloured tiles and framed by two columns, is a luxury in the upstairs bathroom. The main bedroom has an en suite that has a pedestal vanity and a bidet. The bedroom at the front, which features two identical french windows, opens on to a typical Victorian verandah, which has lovely views overlooking South Yarra and Fawkner Park. Each room of this house has its own little surprises, such as ceiling roses and rosettes, chandeliers, and tassels. It is these details that keep the feel and flavour of the era, making it in a winner on all accounts. \ Francesca carter

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Fast facts \ Two-storey Victorian terrace; fully renovated interiors with rear extension in heritage style; formal dining and lounge at front; meals/family/kitchen at rear; intricate period features in most rooms, including ceiling roses, rosettes, four fireplaces and deep skirting boards; high ceilings; paved patio with saltwater gas-heated pool; three bedrooms plus study upstairs; main suite with walk-in wardrobe and large en suite; central bathroom with spa bath; hydronic heating; off-street parking; air-conditioning; alarm system and automatic sprinklers. south yarra \ 4kms from the city




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KEW \ 22 WILLS STREET In about 1880, the beautifully wooded paddocks that bordered the Yarra River were sold in small allotments. Before this large-scale auctioning off, a large portion of present-day Kew was owned and farmed by Thomas Wills, after whom this street was named. This house bears no resemblance to the residences that ones dotted the landscape in the 19th century, but step out the back gate and the original streetlamps that line Main Drive provide a glimmer of their world. It’s a thoroughly modern house that now stands at No. 22. The residence is just 10 years old and, despite its short life, it’s already undergone several transformations. Its sleek, columned façade gives no hint as to what lies within. The Mediterranean was the original inspiration for the interiors, but this look has been replaced by plantation shutters, rich drapery and a chandelier in the entrance. Both front and back gardens were completely reinvented three years ago. Ashtown Landscapes are responsible for turning a sloping backyard into a multizoned family and entertainment area with a pool, deck, children’s play area and sandpit. The main bedroom is downstairs and overlooks the pool. Meanwhile the kids have their own floor upstairs, where you’ll find three bedrooms, a large retreat and a bathroom. \ LeXi Cottee






marshall White \ 9822 9999

Price \ $2.25 million +

Auction \ June 29 at 1.30pm



Fletchers \ 9859 9561

noel Jones \ 9830 1644

Price \ $900,000 +

Auction \ June 29 at 1.30pm

Price \ $1.05 million +

Auction \ July 13 at 11am

There are three living areas and even a photographer’s dark room at this recently renovated house. Timber floors run throughout the top level and help combine the kitchen, living, dining and lounge rooms and even the back decking into one magnificent space. The kitchen has a vast marble benchtop, plenty of storage and modern appliances. The back timber decking faces west and looks out over a canopy of trees. The main bedroom has an en suite and walk-in wardrobe, while the remaining bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and share two bathrooms. Downstairs is the darkroom and maybe the biggest laundry you have ever encountered. Located in the Balwyn High School zone and around the corner from shops and primary schools, this house iterates just how perfect this area is for growing families. \ eddie morton

This single-level house is perfect for those looking to downsize while staying in one of Balwyn’s most desirable neighbourhoods. Just minutes from Balwyn and Belmore roads shopping strips, it’s safe to say that getting around is as easy as going for a short stroll. Sitting behind a high fence, the low-level street noise is immediately eliminated. The house has three bedrooms, a huge living area, separate lounge room and a beautiful dining room. The east-facing living room is perhaps the highlight, with its fireplace and windows; it looks out to a standard weeping cherry tree. The kitchen and meals area is a very light and open space thanks to the north-west-facing, arched bay window. A rear, paved courtyard is bordered by foliage and has space for a dining setting. The main bedroom has an en suite and a huge walk-in wardrobe, and the remaining two bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and share the central bathroom, which has a separate shower and bathtub. There is also a large laundry and a double lock-up garage. \ eddie morton







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east melboUrne \ 28 CHARLES STREET

on paper this historic stable conversion over three levels, located just a drop kick from the mcG, is an opportunity. Looking up at it from charles street, it’s a breathtaking example of the aesthetic value a sensitive and inspired renovation can bring to a property. originally built in 1865, the property was renovated last year.

a linear exterior of cedar and glass is given gravitas by exposed structural beams; elements that all complement its angular framework. the divide between outside and inside spaces is minimal, courtesy of the myriad picture windows framed high and long on walls throughout, each offering a view over green gum trees. the overall effect is to create a feel of luxuriously rustic living reinforced by the raw


Caine Real Estate \ 8413 8000





appeal of exposed brick walls. Natural materials enhance this glamorous abode. a dramatic floating timber staircase appears as the building’s spine in the glass-walled foyer that soars as open space to the property’s full height. an open-plan study area is below and bathroom, bedroom and european laundry complete this floor. Lavish finishes also do their bit: the kitchen

Price \ $1.65 million – $1.8 million

on the first floor juxtaposes stainless-steel benchtops with a white marble-topped island bench veined in deep grey. Highlights include the mid-level living room with statement gas log fireplace, bifold windows that open to the roar of the ‘G, and the top-level main bedroom with plush en suite and custom built-in-wardrobes. \ sARinA lEwis

Auction \ June 29 at 11am


here’s been a bit of talk lately about the result of 3 Crossakiel Court, Hawthorn, which sold on June 1. This was one of those bellwether auctions that tells us a lot about what’s happening on the wider market because we have the opportunity to compare it to a very similar auction less than 12 months ago. In August last year, No. 2 Crossakiel, a solid 1930s two-storey house, near Scotch College in a quiet cul-de-sac off Kooyongkoot Road, sold after passing in at auction with just one bidder for $2.125 million (Scott Patterson, Kay & Burton). We rated this and its neighbour fairly highly, but No.2 had bigger bones, bigger land and a better floor plan flow. A few weeks ago, about 100 people gathered under a sea of umbrellas to witness seven bidders take No.3 to a final sale price of $2.76 million (John Manton/ Justin Krongold, Marshall White). Wow! That is a $600,000 difference for a very similar property in the same location! Why the big difference? Both were marketed well and had very good agents. First there’s the fact that even in this cold winter, clearance rates have been up in the high 70 per cent range. (In August last

year it was just 44 per cent.) Our bidders per auction measure, Bidderman, has been about 2 (last year it was 1.4). Last August more than a third of auctions had no bidders, and 28 per cent had just one. Then there is the increasing number of bidders who have been beaten badly at other recent auctions and are determined they’re not going to miss out on the next one. At 22 Evelina Road, Toorak, for example – at least one of the three bidders had already missed out on buying at a few auctions, according to the managing agent, Madeline Kennedy, (Marshall White). This person missed out again, but they helped to push up at least $100,000 more than its on-the-market price of $1.675 million. When there are multiple disappointed and “damaged” buyers out there, you have the recipe for a volcano. With so few properties on the market even B and C graders are getting multiple bidders. In Brighton, 60 Well Street, a property on a busy street we had rated as a major renovation, sold under the hammer with six enthusiastic bidders for $2.29 million (Greg Costello, RT Edgar). At a townhouse at 124 Esplanade West, Port Melbourne, there were five bidders ranging from a young family to an older couple, even though the small living areas and multiple levels indicated it was

(courtesy James market News)


sold $2.29 million 60 well street, brighton

best suited to a younger single or couple (Michael Paproth, Marshall White). It sold for $1.33 million. Matters are not being helped by the fact that there are few auctions slated until at least August. I have never understood why vendors won’t put their property on the market in winter. Sure the garden doesn’t look as pretty, and you might get rain, but buyers are still out there competing hard with less choice. That’s particularly so this year. We had really been hoping that with the stronger prices we’ve been seeing lately, a few more vendors might be feeling more emboldened to put their houses on the market. Meanwhile, the off-markets keep selling

like hotcakes. Three of the five properties we bought on behalf of clients a couple of weeks ago were off-markets: Surrey Hills (Zali Booker); Essendon (Paul MacDonald) and Hawthorn (Scott Patterson). It seems that while some vendors aren’t prepared to go through the auction hoopla in winter, they’re happy enough to have agents send interested buyers their way, and to take the considerable sums they’re bringing with them. A large modern house in Kew, for instance, was recently sold by James Tostevin (Marshall White) for under $7 million, off-market. So what are buyers to do? What we don’t advise you to do is lower your standards, just in order to get into the market. You don’t want to settle for a house that meets less than seven or eight out of 10 of your key buying criteria, just to avoid a small percentage price increase. That is not a good long-term emotional and financial decision, and you do wonder how many of houses bought with that kind of thinking will be on the market again sooner rather than later. \ Mal James Principal Buyer Advocate 0408 107 988 \ 9804 3133 We Only Buy Homes june 26, 2013 \ The weekly review 41



WE lOvE iT Kay & Burton \ 8862 8000

Price \ $750,000 +

auction \ June 29 at 2pm

abercromby’s Real estate \ 9864 5300

Price \ $2.7 million +

Forthcoming auction

With multiple living areas, indoor and outdoor dining spaces and features such as ducted central heating throughout, this single-level family house has a comfortable and calm ambience. The central living room is a spacious affair; double doors to the hall serving the bedrooms accentuate its proportions, while its neutral colour palette of cream and brown are lit beautifully by french windows in a bay setting. At the northern end of the house, the main bedroom features a double-door entry, split-system air-conditioning, walk-in wardrobe and en suite bathroom. The two other bedrooms, either side of the bathroom and separate toilet, feature built-in wardrobes. At the other end of the house, you’ll find a large family room, kitchen, laundry, powder room and remote-controlled double garage. In between are a dining room and enclosed study or fourth bedroom. The family room also features split-system air-conditioning and opens to a rear timber deck – all this on the doorstep of Kew’s historic Willsmere Estate. \ julian healey

Built in 1965, this modernist masterpiece is set on the curve of a peaceful cul-de-sac. The home’s timeless, pure, mid-century architecture is often sought, yet hard to find. Here, split-level living integrates with nature. Ample sliding windows and floor-to-ceiling glass doors flood the house with light and glimpses of the gardens. Large rooms lend a clean simplicity, while timber feature walls create warmth. A step leads down to the dining room with timber walls and cathedral ceilings; a bar is nestled into a dividing wall. The lounge has a low-set, brass, open fireplace. Both rooms open to the rear garden, while the lounge opens to the front deck. The kitchen has a ’70s vibe. The main bedroom has a walk-through wardrobe and classic en suite with mini cream-and-gold mosaic tiles – plus the original crystal vanity handles. The second bathroom is similar, save for a bath. There’s a nursery or office, and second bedroom with a sliding door to the entry. The third bedroom has built-in cabinetry and another brass fireplace. \ MiChelle OSTROW ZuKeRMan











AgEnTs’ ch O i cE POSTCODE


RT Edgar Toorak 9826 1000 3





Fletchers Balwyn North 9859 9561 4





Marshall White Hawthorn 9822 9999 4





Jellis Craig 9810 5000 3



34 Bayview Street, Prahran ................................................................. Price: $900,000 + ................................................................. For sale Forthcoming auction ................................................................. OFI Wed noon-12.30pm; Sat 11-11.30am .................................................................

161 Gordon Street, Balwyn ................................................................. Price: $1 million - $1.1 million ................................................................. Auction Saturday June 29 at 11am ................................................................. OFI Thur 11-11.30am; Sat 10.30-11am .................................................................

1 Barnard Grove, Kew ................................................................. Price: $1 million + ................................................................. Auction Saturday June 29 at 11.30am ................................................................. OFI Thur noon-12.30pm; Sat 11-11.30am .................................................................

25 Macartney Avenue, Kew ................................................................. Price: $2 million + ................................................................. Auction Saturday June 29 at noon ................................................................. OFI Thur 12.30-1pm; Sat from 11.30am .................................................................

A large light-filled north-facing town residence close to Chatsworth and Hawksburn village cafés, restaurants and public transport.

This stylish town residence is the ultimate in private, easy-care living and is situated in the sought-after Balwyn High School zone.

This stunning new architect-designed residence is brilliantly designed to provide the versatility demanded by modern families.

Reflecting the pride and joy of three generations, lovely Linton, c1927, is a warm and welcoming family house on a generous allotment.

Let's eat lunch @ Spoonful, 543 High Street Let's eat dinner @ Mount Erica Hotel, 420 High Street Let's drink coffee @ Husk, 557 Malvern Road

Let's eat lunch @ Sip & Chat, 226 Whitehorse Road Let's eat dinner @ Jazz Ria, 228 Whitehorse Road Let's drink coffee @ Snow Pony, 95 Whitehorse Road

Let's eat lunch @ Orita's, 34 Jackson Street Let's eat dinner @ The Manhattan, 448 Toorak Road Let's drink coffee @ The Cheese Cave, 431 Toorak Road

Let's eat lunch @ St Katherine's, 26 Cotham Road Let's eat dinner @ DiPalma's, 684-688 High Street Let's drink coffee @ Cru, 916 Glenferrie Road

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Jellis Craig \ 9810 5000

Price \ $1.3 million +


Auction \ June 29 at 11am

Woodards \ 9805 1111

Price \ $850,000 +

Auction \ July 6 at noon

Built after the peak of Melbourne’s Edwardian phase in 1932, this two-storey house in Balwyn’s east has many architectural features from that style. Inside, attention has been paid to the maintenance of its interior, which features polished timber floors, square art-deco ceiling roses, architraves and cornices. To the right of the entrance, three bedrooms with built-in wardrobes are opposite a central bathroom with twin vanities and separate toilet. To the left, a cast-iron fireplace with tiled inserts warms the living room, which opens to a large formal dining room. The main bedroom is upstairs and has a balcony and walk-in wardrobe. It is next to a bathroom and another bedroom with a built-in wardrobe. The extension offers a modern contrast and encompasses a laundry, separate toilet, large kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and a family and meals area with an open fireplace. Outside is a pool, games room and undercover dining area with its own kitchen and barbecue. Extras include a double-car garage, garden shed and workshop. \ JuLIAN HeALeY

Perfectly positioned between High Street and Malvern Road, this solid red-brick residence has potential to become extraordinary. Behind its handsome façade is a house underscored by period charm, with polished floorboards, high ceilings and white walls. Beautifully crafted ceiling roses, architrave moulds and cornices are elegant additions. An elevated front verandah with tessellated tiles overlooks a front garden, while an intricate stained-glass door makes an enchanting first impression. Lining the eastern side of the house are three carpeted bedrooms with garden views. Two bedrooms have ornate fireplaces served by a central chimney and all share a bright, white bathroom. Beyond sleeping quarters flanking the entrance hall, twin marble fireplaces take centre-stage in an inviting living and dining room area filled with natural light. The functional kitchen has a vast breakfast bar and floor-to-ceiling windows, and is a more recent addition. Outside is a separate toilet, workshop, brick courtyard and raised gardens. \ dANIeL McCuLLoCH












Jellis Craig Bennison Mackinnon

armadale 10 Fetherston st

Marshall White

south melBourne


65 Coventry st Kay & Burton Noel Jones Fletchers Fletchers Marshall White Jellis Craig Jellis Craig Christopher Russell

45 46 50 50 59 66 68 63

sold $1.71 million 86 roBinson road, hawthorn

Balwyn north 163 Maud st 12 Highview rd 3 Millicent Ave 288 Balwyn rd 281 Belmore rd

Fletchers Fletchers Fletchers Jellis Craig Jellis Craig

47 48 49 70 71



Buninyong 6934 Midland Hwy





Marshall White Jellis Craig

61 67

Noel Jones


Burwood 19 Loudon rd

57 Glen st Kay & Burton 1/8 Coppin Gve O’Donoghues First National 62a Illawarra rd Jellis Craig 5/2 Grattan st Marshall White One

44 64 71 74

314 riversdale rd

RT Edgar


Kay & Burton RT Edgar Marshall White Jellis Craig Jellis Craig

45 55 60 69 72


caulfield 388 Glen eira rd

55 68

hawthorn east

canterBury 21 Balwyn rd 8 elphin Gve

RT Edgar Jellis Craig


Box hill south 12 Byron st

sold $1.515 million 8 the Boulevard, hawthorn

glen iris 1663-1665 Malvern rd 10-12 High st

13 Hutchinson dve 3/22 Childers st 22 Wills st 32 Walpole st 15a Argyle rd


Balwyn 4/132 Yarrbat Ave 1/43 Yerrin st 161 Gordon st 59 Fitzgerald st 13 Freeman st 2 Kinsale Cres 3/5 Cherry rd 8 Monash Ave


25 Macartney Ave 12 rossfield Ave 186 Wiltshire dve

Jellis Craig Jellis Craig Woodards

72 73 75

5A White Ave



5 John st 70 MacGregor st

Marshall White Marshall White

62 62

Marshall White One


12 Lennox st



Hunt Real Estate


mount macedon 47 Taylors rd


9 Loch st

RT Edgar


RT Edgar


Jellis Craig




14 Martin Crt

Marshall White


632 Toorak rd

Marshall White


80 Grange rd Williams Batters listings provided by campaigntrack.


28 Norfolk rd 1/7 View st

Hocking Stuart




Prahran richmond


saturday’s auction results online @

mornington 17-31 Tanti Ave



melBourne 6.1/15 Collins st

72a Broughton rd

34 Clyde st

sold $2.692 million 148 Kooyong road, tooraK

110 Buckingham st

malvern east


surrey hills

40 Chatsworth rd

Kew east


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Simply awless on Scotch Hill An exemplar in lifestyle excellence, this luxurious 3 bedroom/2 bathroom town residence provides stunning sanctuary in which to indulge, unwind and entertain. Dean Dugdale’s Award Winning expertise takes you on an aesthetic journey where monumental glass walls fuse gallery-style expanses with 2 night-lit al fresco terraces (including city-viewing rooftop terrace, BBQ, wine fridge). Also study, Miele kitchen/ dining, large living zone, glazed cellar, CBus2 home automation and double auto garage. VIEW Thursday 12 - 12.30pm, Saturday 10.30 - 11am

CALL Daniel Bradd Scott Patterson

0411 347 511 0417 581 074


13 Hutchinson Drive Kew

AUCTION Saturday 29th June at 2pm

4/132 Yarrbat Avenue Balwyn

AUCTION Saturday 29th June at 1pm

Sun, space and elegant style Serenely sited in the coveted Willsmere precinct just moments to Yarra parklands, Junction, quality schools and freeway, this lovely family home flaunts spacious sunswept living areas amidst easy-to-manage al fresco surrounds. The broad cottagegarden frontage and rear northern ranges vistas create picturesque scenery throughout the immaculate 3 bedroom/2 bathroom layout comprising study/4th bedroom, refined lounge and dining areas, open-plan kitchen/living adjoining sunny deck. Also powder room and double garage VIEW Thursday 11 - 11.30am, Saturday 1.30 - 2pm

“The Manors on Yarrbat” Crowning the top floor of an exclusive group of 4 set amidst majestic grounds, this prodigious 3 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment offers luxurious low-maintenance living on the area’s finest boulevard. Launched by grand foyer, video entry, lift and 2 car basement parking (plus storage room), elegant grandeur sets the tone throughout library/exec study, lavishly attired refined and relaxed living expanses (Euro/stone kitchen) all enveloped by picturesque verandahs with glorious mountain-ranges views. VIEW By Appointment, Thursday 11 - 11.30am, Saturday 12.30 - 1pm

CALL Tim Picken Scott Patterson

0419 305 802 0417 581 074

CALL Judy Balloch Scott Patterson Michael Liu

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Northcote 12 Lennox Street An exceptional renovation and a prime address. This charming block-fronted Edwardian has been renovated in clean-edged contemporary style to provide a flexible floor plan comprising three double bedrooms (ensuite to main), fourth bedroom/sitting room, a delightful living room with OFP, an expansive dining and informal living area flowing to a private courtyard deck, a superbly equipped kitchen (stone benchtops, walk-in pantry and concealed laundry), a sleek two-zone main bathroom, and large fully-lined cellar. Featuring polished timber floors, period detail, evaporative cooling, ducted heating and extensive bespoke storage, this remarkable property is close to neighbourhood cafes, High Street transport and parkland. 4



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SURREY HILLS 9 Loch Street Still with its original charm in downstairs rooms but now with ultimate modern living space this is a home for a family to enjoy. There is space for everyone in its five bedrooms, private study, library and two living areas. Windows in the cathedral-ceiling tower over the spacious modern family living and dining room with floor of timber. Open plan kitchen is a master of space and storage, stainless steel appliances and two pantries! Outdoor living provides covered decking, paved and grassy play area and luxurious solar heated pool in amazing sandstone surrounds. Bedrooms and bathrooms are arranged to suit a growing family with two bedrooms, one bathroom downstairs and three more bedrooms upstairs with city views. Large main bedroom has big walk-in robe and ensuite to match. Located in a small quiet cul-de-sac of a friendly neighbourhood close to Mont Albert Village, two train stations, Union Road shops and Whitehorse Road trams. 52 The weekly review \ june 26, 2013

Auction View Call Office Web

Saturday 29th June at 10.30am (Unless Sold Prior) Thursday 12.00-12.30pm & Saturday from 10.00am Glen Coutinho 0409 779 399  Anne Mackie 0417 034 212  1153-1157 Burke Road, Kew 8888 2000

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TOORAK 14 Martin Court "Sienna" Apartments - now complete "Sienna" is a luxury boutique development, around the corner from Toorak Village. Whilst the design expresses understated elegance, the sophisticated finishes & luxurious fittings will charm & surprise. PENTHOUSE - The full floor, three bedroom plus study penthouse overlooks the picturesque Toorak Park and enjoys full northern orientation for optimum natural light. APARTMENT 1 - An exquisite garden apartment featuring two bedrooms and a study and enjoying large open plan living area.

Private Sale



Thursday 2-2.30pm & Saturday 12-12.30pm



Mark Harris 0414 799 343 Justin Long 0418 537 973


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1111 High Street Armadale 9822 9999

TOORAK 632 Toorak Road Commanding an impressive presence on a deep allotment, this elegantly presented period residence represents an outstanding opportunity to renovate, rebuild or develop (STCA). Dramatic proportions distinguish gracious sitting room (marble OFP), music room, formal dining (marble OFP), living, casual dining & well equipped kitchen opening to garden with heated pool & cabana/gym. Five generous bedrooms (WIR/BIRs) are accompanied by two bathrooms & two powder rooms. Features alarm, heating/cooling, double garage. Land size: 1,564sqm/16,833sqft approx.


Saturday 13th July at 1.30pm


Thursday & Saturday 1-1.30pm


Madeline Kennedy 0411 873 913 James Redfern 0412 360 667




1111 High Street Armadale 9822 9999



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KEW 22 Wills Street Luxurious contemporary Studley Park residence showcases generous proportions & a lavish level of finish within a beautiful garden & pool setting. Reception hall introduces impressive sitting & dining area, light-filled living/dining & gourmet kitchen opening to north-facing garden with heated pool. The main with en-suite/WIR is accompanied by 4 further bedrooms, large retreat & bathroom. Feat. DH/ cooling, alarm, video intercom, ducted vacuum, powderroom, water tanks, irrigation & double garage.


Saturday 29th June at 1.30pm


Thursday 2-2.30pm & Saturday from 1pm




Duane Wolowiec 0418 567 581 Stuart Evans 0402 067 710



266 Auburn Road Hawthorn 9822 9999



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BALWYN 13 Freeman Street Instantly appealing is this charming Californian Bungalow c1930, brilliantly situated in a leafy area in the coveted Balwyn High School zone, within a short stroll of Whitehorse Rd shops, Balwyn Cinema, parks & transport. Presented in immaculate condition inside & out, comprising an entrance hall, formal sitting & adjacent dining, sparkling bathroom (spa bath), 2 bedrooms (BIRs & one opening to rear deck), central kitchen & meals overlooking generous living area w/ full-height glass windows & doors opening to paved outdoor entertaining area. Incl. DH, roof storage & off-street parking.


Saturday 29th June at 10.30am


Thursday 2.45-3.15pm & Saturday from 10am




Duane Wolowiec 0418 567 581 Stuart Evans 0402 067 710



266 Auburn Road Hawthorn 9822 9999



CANTERBURY 21 Balwyn Road Exquisite c1932 English-style four bedroom family residence in spectacular garden and pool setting impressively blends original charm with contemporary designer style. Timber floors and high ceilings are highlighted through sitting room, study and light-filled living/dining served by gourmet European kitchen opening to covered deck and deep landscaped northwest garden with pool. Main bedroom (ensuite) is complemented by three further bedrooms, study area and bathroom. Features heating/cooling, alarm, powder-room, 2 x carport and auto gates.


Saturday 29th June at 11.30am


Thursday 1.30-2pm & Saturday 11-11.30am




Nicholas Franzmann 0412 247 175 Wayne Tyson 0409 864 814



266 Auburn Road Hawthorn 9822 9999



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MALVERN EAST 70 MacGregor Street This gracious Ardrie Estate Federation-style 14 year old residence´s exceptional dimensions impeccably cater to every modern family requirement. High ceilings distinguish central hallway, beautiful main bedroom (en-suite), three spacious bedrooms and bathroom. Supremely spacious living room, dining area and billiards/recreation room are served by a large gourmet kitchen all opening to deep north oriented garden. Features ducted heating/cooling, ducted vacuum, powder-room, security intercom and double garage. Land: 769sqm (approx.)


Saturday 29th June at 1.30pm


Thursday 12-12.30pm & Saturday 1-1.30pm




Dean Gilbert 0418 994 939 Daniel Wheeler 0411 676 058



1111 High Street Armadale 9822 9999



MALVERN EAST 5 John Street This enchanting solid brick c1915 Edwardian residence combines ornate period elegance with modern comfort through spacious family dimensions. A wide Baltic pine hallway introduces an elegant sitting room & charming dining room both with open fireplaces. The main bedroom with bay window & open fireplace is accompanied by 2 further bedrooms, a bathroom & powder-room. The lightfilled kitchen & living area open to a private north-facing garden with covered terrace. Features ducted heating, RC/ air-con, laundry & OSP. Land: 412sqm/4,433sqft approx.


Saturday 6th July at 10.30am


Thursday 11-11.30am & Saturday 12.30-1pm




Daniel Wheeler 0411 676 058 Madeline Kennedy 0411 873 913



1111 High Street Armadale 9822 9999



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ARMADALE 10 Fetherston Street No 10. By Martino Group Meticulously designed and custom built home exemplifies modern style, featuring 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom accommodation and is luxuriously appointed and fitted throughout. No compromises, clever storage solutions, stone kitchen, bathed in natural light, gas log fire, steele framed windows down stairs, excellent security and car garage.

Private Sale $1,950,000



Thursday & Saturday 1-1.30pm


James McCormack 0410 503 389 Dean Gilbert 0418 994 939




1111 High Street Armadale 9822 9999




SOUTH MELBOURNE, 1401/65 Coventry Street Premium Penthouse Lifestyle in outstanding South Melbourne pocket





This chic top level 3-bedroom apartment is available for sale in the brand new and highly acclaimed Sunday Apartment building.


Thursday 27th June 2013 4pm

Located within minutes to the city, Botanic Gardens and Port Phillip Bay, this apartment combines high end living with a perfect


Wednesday 26th June 5 - 5.30pm

location. Sunday Apartments offer a high level of design quality and a truly unique approach to urban living.


• 129m² internal area (approx.)

• Designed by renowned architect Woods Bagot

• 21m² balcony (approx.)

• High quality fixtures and appliances


Bryson Cameron 0434 608 316

• Spectacular city views

• Access to unbelievable pool and entertainment area

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SURREY HILLS 1/7 View Street FRONT VILLA UNIT Under Instructions: Equity Trustees Lovingly cared for and with an array of extras, colonial style two bedroom unit in attractive development of only four. Features ample natural light, private courtyard, lock up garage and second driveway for guest parking. Value add with easy cosmetic makeover. | 159-161 Toorak Road, South Yarra | 9866 4411 64 The weekly review \ june 26, 2013

278 High Street, Kew


This Saturday at 11 am


Thursday 2-2:30 pm & Saturday 10:30-11 am


9854 8888

John Cokalis 0411 184 124 & Bruce Bonnett 0418 333 042




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BALWYN 8 Monash Avenue

Auction: Price: Open: Contact:

More Than What Meets The Eye This brick Deco home boasting 4 bedrooms with BIRs and ensuite to main, 2 living rooms, formal & informal dining rooms, main bathroom & powder room is more than what meets the eye. Features polished hardwood floors, polished timber windows & picture rails, decorative ceilings throughout plus heating & cooling. Within Balwyn High School Zone, close to 109 Tram and shops with approx. 671sqm land.

Office: 72A Doncaster Road, Balwyn North 9859 9517

5/2 Grattan Street Hawthorn



Saturday 29th June at 2.00pm $1.1 Million plus Thursday 2 - 2.30pm & Saturday 1.30 - 2pm Anthony Panayi 0402 911 117 Chris Ewart 0419 897 979 Andrew Maung 0410 233 787


6.1/15 Collins Street Melbourne




Just a stone´s throw from the Yarra River, this stunning garden apartment has been stylishly refurbished through spacious living/dining room, gourmet kitchen, two double bedrooms & stylish bathroom with laundry facilities. Features RC/air-conditioning & car-port. INSPECT AUCTION Thur 1-1.30pm & Sat 10-10.30am Saturday 6th July at 12.30pm

At the Paris end, this stunning apartment offers significant lifestyle appeal through gourmet kitchen, spacious living/dining room, north-facing balcony, double bedroom with balcony & stylish bathroom. Features heating/cooling, lift access, laundry & basement car-space. INSPECT AUCTION Thurs 2-2.30pm & Sat 11-11.30am Saturday 6th July at 2.30pm

Daniel Bustin 0410 550 811 Todd Braggins 0424 552 238

Daniel Bustin 0410 550 811 Kaine Lanyon 0411 875 478 74 The weekly review \ june 26, 2013

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PRAHRAN 40 Chatsworth Road Heavenly Hawksburn This beautiful late-Victorian home is a real gem. Sitting & dining rooms, functional kitchen & bathroom and spacious yard. Lofty entrance hall with ceiling features, polished floorboards and lead lighting. Hawksburn Village at your door.



KEW 186 Wiltshire Drive



Unique living in history-rich surrounds Auction Sat 06 Jul, 12.00 View Thu 5.00 - 5.30, Sat 10.00 - 10.30 Jason Hearn 0409 828 590 Tony Nathan 0412 285 066 Caroline Hammill 0418 334 561

Set within the secure, manicured grounds of the historic Willsmere Estate, this beautifully presented 2 bedroom tri-level residence allows occupants expedient access to Yarra River parkland, the CBD, the Eastern Freeway and Kew Junction.

Camberwell 273 Camberwell Road 9805 1111

Auction Sat 06 Jul, 2.00 View Thu 12:00 - 12:30, Sat 2.00 - 2.30 Tony Nathan 0412 285 066 Caroline Hammill 0418 334 561




MounT Macedon

5428 2544

47 Taylors Road

 Macartans Place 17-31 Tanti Avenue, Mornington

A stellar combination of seaside position and high-end product, Macartans Place offers an exceptional series of architecturally designed apartments with breathtaking water views and prime land lots with house plans available. Meticulously designed to embrace comfort and functionality, the apartments at Macartans Place offer luxurious timber floors accenting the design features of each residence, while sound proofing and double glazing ensure your privacy. With an array of layout options available from 2 bedroom to 3 bedroom + study, varying colour schemes and differing aspects, each apartment caters to individual desires. Fitted to international standards, each apartment features polished timber flooring, Smeg and Miele appliances, stone bench tops, fine Italian tiles and an abundance of well-appointed fittings. *Full inclusions lists available on request.

“Braeside” on 27 acres approx. (10.9ha) an australian Farmhouse Residence/cafe plus 3 Quaint Bed & Breakfast cottages. Offered as walk in, walk out business or a versatile family property. Part of Mt Macedon Village & convenient to popular hospitality & tourist attractions. Serene natural environment. Superb mature gardens. This thriving income producing property offers a lifestyle/business opportunity or just an escape to the country. Within 1 hour Melb. CBD/Airport 40 mins.The choice is yours!

Ranging from $750,000 to $1,030,000 ONLY 8 OF 20 REMAINING Open For Inspection: Display Suite 5 Wednesday: 4 - 5pm I Saturday: 1 - 2pm I Or By Private Appointment

PRivaTe Sale: PRice: $1,500,000 vieW: By Appointment

Aqua Real Estate Mount Eliza 86 Mt Eliza Way, Mount Eliza 9775 2222

33 Brantome Street, Gisborne

Michelle Skoglund 0416 119 444 Kent Skoglund 0408 508 733

Wilma Grumont 0409 138 472 / Trevor Hunt 0418 550 832 /

Brian Hunt 0418 320 412

Gripping value across a wide range of quattro® all-wheel drive models.

Free CTP Insurance

Free Registration

Free Stamp Duty

Free Metallic Paint

Exceptional value on a wide range of quattro® models*

Offer ends June 30, while stocks last. Visit Audi Centre Doncaster today.

Audi Centre Doncaster | 576 Doncaster Road, Doncaster Tel. (03) 9840 8600 | LMCT444 *Offer of free CTP insurance, free registration, free stamp duty and free metallic paint is available on new Audi quattro® stock vehicles (excluding Q5 and RS4 models) ordered and delivered between 1 May 2013 and 30 June 2013. While stocks last. Excludes fleet, government and rental buyers. Not available with any other offer except the advertised 0.9% comparison rate offer on A4 quattro® models. ^0.9% p.a. comparison rate available to approved personal applicants of Audi Finance** for the financing of new Audi A4 quattro® stock vehicles over 36 or 48 months. Balloon restrictions apply. Vehicles must be sold and delivered between 9th May and the 30th June 2013. While stocks last. Standard fees and charges apply. Full conditions are available on application. Not available in conjunction with any other offer except the advertised free CTP, free registration, free stamp duty and free metallic paint offer as it applies to A4 quattro® models. Excludes fleet, government and rental buyers. Audi Finance** reserves the right to extend or change this offer. **Audi Finance is a trading name of Volkswagen Financial Services Australia Pty Limited ABN 20 097 071 460, Australian Credit Licence Number 389344. Comparison rate based on a 5 year secured consumer fixed rate loan of $30,000. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.

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