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5/9 Homebush Court, Ringwood East

June 27th 2017

Stunning family home with unique bushland aspect

Hidden in a private development backing onto the popular Wombolano Park, this stunning family home exudes a relaxed and confident sense of style.

Right from the front door, your eye will be drawn through the house to the treetop aspect of the open plan kitchen, dining and living room. Relaxing on the generous, elevated balcony, or the paved patio below, you would be forgiven for thinking you were in secluded Warrandyte.

Painstakingly designed to integrate a touch of the traditional, you will find bespoke reclaimed timber features throughout including a statement island bench and shelving in the open plan living area, and bathroom cabinetry belonging on The Block.

The sensible floor plan includes master with WIR and ensuite, separate study, a bedroom zone off the main living area, and the ideal teenage retreat downstairs with separate bathroom and second living zone. Storage was a must for this family, with smart storage solutions integrated into the design of the house, garage and sub-floor area.

You will be spoilt for choice with excellent local private and public schooling options (including the highly sought after Ringwood High zone). Just a short walk to Ringwood East or Heathmont train stations.

Click for more information about 5/9 Homebush Court, Ringwood East

Alternatively, contact Michael Richardson on 0418 367 227 or Rod Burton on 0433 132 499.

Auction Snapshot: Saturday 24 June

June 26th 2017

What’s happening in the market…

The Domain Group has stated that “it’s the north of the city leading the pack” in the Melbourne real estate market. They believe that, with the changes in stamp duty for first home buyers, these affordable areas will continue to do so.

Saturday 24 June
Number of auctions in Victoria: 813
Clearance rate: 72%

The same weekend last year
Number of auctions in Victoria:

Clearance rate: 69%

Auction highlights…

19 Baratta Street, Blackburn South

This classic three bedroom home presents a wonderful new chapter for the lucky new home buyers, with potential to build new (STCA), renovate or extend in a location close to parks, primary schools and the Blackburn South shopping village. The 822 sq m (approx.) block is surrounded by leafy gardens, featuring a north-facing backyard and covered alfresco.

Number of bidders: 3
Sale price: Confidential


8 Moule Avenue, Balwyn North

The perfect site to construct their dream home (STCA), the new owners of this home will enjoy lush and elevated views over a tree-lined avenue, zoned for Koonung Secondary College and close to Greythorn and St Bridget’s primary schools as well as a selection of eateries. The 865 sq m (approx.) block currently features a modest two bedroom home.

Number of bidders: 4
Sale price: $1,453,000

91-93 Websters Road, Templestowe

An absolute dream vision, this five bedroom provincial farmhouse is all ready for the new owners to move in. Set on over an acre in a Yarra parkland enclave, the luxury home is within walking distance to Newman village and close to prestigious schools. Just a few of the features of this spectacular home are a floodlit tennis court, swimming pool, 8 person spa, wine cellar, alfresco area, barn/workshop/man cave and a fire-side lounge. Congratulations to both the vendors and purchasers!

Number of bidders: 2
Sale price: $2,880,000

Auction Snapshot: Saturday 17 June

June 20th 2017

What’s happening in the market…

The rental market is still on the rise, with The Domain Group reporting that Melbourne’s median rental price rose 5% for houses over the last year. However, Melbourne’s median rental price of $420 for houses and $400 for units remains below that of Sydney, Darwin and Canberra.

Domain highlighted that although Spring is the most popular season to sell property, vendors should not look past Winter. “Analytics reveal that selling in spring is no more advantageous than selling in winter”, they explained. Taking into account supply and demand, Winter auctions and sales have their own perks, which includes less homes to compete with.

Saturday 17 June
Number of auctions in Victoria: 869
Clearance rate: 75%

The same weekend last year
Number of auctions in Victoria:

Clearance rate: 71%

Auction highlights…

7 Lyrebird Court, Bayswater North

This stunning brick veneer family residence offers independent living spaces and expansive entertaining areas, including a covered alfresco entertaining area through bi-fold doors. Well suited to those who aim to be self sufficient, the home includes a 2100L water tank with a pump and irrigation system, solar electricity and a private backyard with Pink Lady apple trees. Just moments’ walk from a covered pavilion with seating and BBQ facilities, the lucky new home owners can cycle along the Bungalook Creek track and enjoy proximity to a range of schools.

Number of bidders: 5
Sale price: Undisclosed

21 Kingsley Crescent, Mont Albert

This Kingsley Garden-facing home oozes Californian bungalow charm, with Baltic Pine floors, leadlight windows and high ceilings complementing the beautiful residence. The stylish lounge room features an open fireplace, and the north-facing backyard is a serene oasis with a long deck, both perfect for relaxation. The home is zoned for Koonung Secondary College and Mont Albert Primary – perfect for families!

Number of bidders: 4
Sale price: $1.565 million

24 Andersons Creek Road, Doncaster East
The perfect place to raise a family, this four bedroom home has impressively large living areas throughout, with a clever layout providing excellent separation between areas. The residence features high ceilings, an open fireplace, a large timber kitchen and an under-cover alfresco area. A highlight of this property is Milgate Park seamlessly joining the backyard lawn. Congratulations to the lucky buyers!

Number of bidders: 5
Sale price: $1.6 million

Top cafés in Yarra Ranges

June 14th 2017

As voted by the Fletchers Yarra Ranges office

Well known for the wineries and spectacular views, Yarra Ranges attracts people from all over Victoria, whether it’s for a day trip, country getaway or a real estate move. Putting aside the views and wineries, the cafés in the suburbs surrounding the Fletchers Yarra Ranges office also hold a special place in the staff’s heart, with the friendly small-town-feel and delicious food that is sure to satisfy the fussiest of food cravings.

Fletchers Yarra Ranges director, Scott Allison explains, “Yarra Ranges has such a variety of cafés and restaurants. From fine dining at Wild Oak, to pub meals at the Pig and Whistle, Kellys, Dudleys, or Micawber Tavern, while getting breakfast and coffee at Brunch, Ranges or Mount Dandenong Deli – this area has everything you need!”

Although it’s hard to pick one, the staff at the Yarra Ranges office have each narrowed down their favourite place to eat or grab a coffee, and what they love to order when they’re there!

Ranges at Olinda (5 Olinda-Monbulk Road, Olinda)

Pulled pork & slaw
“Ranges at Olinda has provided a high quality experience in both food and service over many, many years. They were the first to bring the inner city café to the Dandenongs!”

Glenn Gardiner, Director & Auctioneer

Brunch Café (1365 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Mount Dandenong)

Pan Breakfast
“This stunning café is within a 1920s weatherboard home, set on half an acre of gardens.”
Scott Allison, Director & Auctioneer

Earthly Pleasures (1627 Burwood Highway, Belgrave)

BLT, raspberry coconut muffins & hand crafted beers 
I love this café because of the beautiful building, grounds, ethically focused food and amazing owners and staff!
Suzie Brannelly, Senior Property Consultant & Auctioneer

Source: Earthly Pleasures’ Instagram

Blacksmith Café (1/1700 Burwood Highway, Belgrave)

Cake & coffee
“Casual and friendly café – great to meet clients or friends at!”
Karen Malerba, Senior Portfolio Manager

Café 1551 (1551 Burwood Highway, Tecoma)

“I love attending their burger night! They announce when they’re having it on their Facebook page, so keep your eyes peeled!”
Frank Kouzi, Senior Property Consultant & Auctioneer 

Salmon Patties
“Friendly staff who go out of their way to deliver great food and service.”
– Rebecca Wilson, Administrative Assistant Property Management and Sales

Source: Cafe 1551’s Instagram

Dudleys (540 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Olinda)

BBQ chicken pizzas
“Modern and funky meets old world charm. Cozy in winter with open fireplaces, and live music on the deck throughout the summer months. Definitely the most happening café/restaurant in the area. You will always receive great service from Mary and the team!”
David Mckay, Property Consultant

Pan seared chicken breast stuffed with semi sundried tomatoes & fetta wrapped on prosciutto
“Delicious food! The chicken is my favourite, but their pizzas are also great!”
– Tara Tonkin, Sales Secretary

The Patch Store (16 The Patch Road, The Patch)

Pulled pork & coleslaw slider
“Delicious food, friendly staff and a great place to catch up with the locals. They also have an excellent range of gluten free products.”
Jenni Nash, Property Consultant

Source: The Patch Store’s Instagram

The Olinda Café (17 Olinda-Monbulk Road, Olinda)

Olinda take away long rolls & coffee
“A cheap meal with lots of variety made to go. My favourite is the ham, brie cheese, salad and quince jam. The coffee is also great – three shots in a long takeaway mug revs one up!”
Richard Wines, Property Consultant

The General Food Store (377 Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Emerald)

The Breakfast of Champignon
“Fried brioche, pan fried mushroom and spinach, porcini butter, chives, tarragon, poached eggs and Annie Baxter cheese. Their beautiful menu always complements seasonal produce, they source their ingredients from local suppliers and they use direct trade coffee. Winning!”
– Sue Colic, Office Assistant

Source: The General Food Store’s Instagram
Facebook Image Source: The General Food Store’s Instagram

Grunge Café (1696 Burwood Highway, Belgrave)

Café Latte
“This café is a popular spot to catch up with friends for a coffee, with the old style record player providing a relaxed ambience.”
– Julia Peeters, Finance Manager

The Deli Platter (1/1514 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Olinda)

All of their sandwiches & rolls
“I love The Deli Platter’s pre-made selection because they always make them fresh, the bread is always perfect and the ingredients are always really high quality. Never a boring meal!”
– Arianna Elswyk, Administrative Assistant

Source: The Deli Platter’s Instagram

Have we missed any of your favourite cafés? Comment below so we can try them out!