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Melbourne Market - Where You Need To Be

Boroondara - Inner East of Melbourne

Now you are looking at the big blocks, big homes and big prices.

Apart from some Bayside suburbs this covers Melbourne most expensive areas. You have the freeway, leafy green wide streets, an incredible tram network, many diverse religious and non religious private schools; parks and some of Melbourne best shopping strips.

The East is a lovely place to be and there are also many smaller quaint period homes - they are not cheap - nothing is - but they have stood the test of time. These Victorian and Edwardian cottages are great first homes for the children, "almost last homes" for downsizers and we often recommend these as solid to investors.

Bit of Trivia - even though our first office was in Brighton we have bought more $2M+ homes in this area than Bayside.

Great Places to live in that we have bought recently

Kew (fair amount off market as well), Hawthorn (fair amount off market as well), Balwyn, Canterbury (fair amount off market as well), Surrey Hills

Comments by Simone and Mal

Best Places to have coffee and get a feel of life here

1. Drive around the Sackville St area (bigger money) Kew - Elgin St area (smaller money) Hawthorn and have a coffee at Osso's at 80 Burwood rd Hawthorn.

2. Then go up Power St for a drive around Linda, Chrystobel, Kinkora Roads for (bigger money) Hawthorn and get some chocolates from Haig's - 715 Glenferrie Road - big shopping strip.

3. For Canterbury go to Maling Road (really lovely shopping strip that takes you back in time) and Browns has the best coffee, although a couple of doors up is another great chocolate shop serving coffee. Maling Road to the North is one lot of Canterbury. Another part to get a feel of Canterbury is the go towards the CBD along Canterbury Road from Balwyn Road and drive north up and down roads between Canterbury and Mont Albert. You need to have multiple millions to be buying anything in these areas.

4. Surrey Hills at its best is away from the CBD along Canterbury Road until you get to Union Road. Turn left at Union, (coffee at the purple cookbook shop on the left first) over the railway line and then take any street for the next ten streets on the left. These are great streets in Surrey Hills.

Simone Clarke
Simone Clarke
0400 304 111
simone@james.net.au
Mal in the Hat
Mal in the Hat
0408 107 988
mal@james.net.au

 

11 WILLANDRA AVENUE
526
/1000
CANTERBURY
9 GOLDING STREET
730
/1000
CANTERBURY
6 ST HELENS ROAD
662
/1000
HAWTHORN EAST
30 CAMPBELL STREET
709
/1000
KEW
42 RAMSAY AVENUE
726
/1000
KEW EAST
40 MOODY STREET
663
/1000
BALWYN NORTH
8 AMY STREET
552
/1000
CAMBERWELL
9 CURRAJONG AVENUE
788
/1000
CAMBERWELL

Stonnington - East of Melbourne

Now you are looking at the big blocks, big homes and big prices.

Apart from some Bayside suburbs this covers Melbourne most expensive areas. You have the freeway, leafy green wide streets, an incredible tram network, many diverse religious and non religious private schools; parks and some of Melbourne best shopping strips.

This is Establishment Melbourne having some of Melbourne's earliest developments (mid to late 1800's). However it is also New Melbourne because many of its larger blocks have been turned into multi million dollar townhouses and low rise apartment set ups. There are many jokes about lawyers (almost as many as about buying and selling agents) however in these areas they have done a good job keeping many developments in line with the surrounding neighbourhood character.

Great Places to live in that we have bought recently

Toorak (fair amount off market as well), Armadale (fair amount off market as well), Malvern (fair amount off market as well), Malvern East (fair amount off market as well), Glen Iris

Comments by Gina and Mal

Best Places to have coffee and get a feel of life here

1. Toorak - let us show you but if you want a quiet lunch - try The Rose Gallery - Rose St Armadale - just off Beatty Ave - Hawksburn Railway Station - its quirky.

2. Malvern, Armadale - If you must be seen and we must then Oska Whytes (best sandwiches) on High St (nth side) couple of doors up from Kooyong Rd corner. Malvern and Armadale and what it is; can been seen by driving north, south, east and west for about a kilometer from here. You need to have a few million to a lot to buy in this area - even the single fronted cottages are well over a million.

3. Malvern East - Central Park - Wattletree and Burke Road corner is the lead into the Gasgoine Estate - take a footy and have a kick in the park and then drive around area surrounded by Wattletree, Tooronga, Waverley, Darling, Malvern Roads. We like having a bruschetta and coffee at Neills in Burke Road next to Central Park.

Call Gina
Call Gina
0457 835 255
gina@james.net.au
Mal in the Hat
Mal in the Hat
0408 107 988
mal@james.net.au

 

65 DARLING STREET
571
/1000
SOUTH YARRA
50 KERFERD STREET
610
/1000
MALVERN EAST
99 STANHOPE STREET
684
/1000
MALVERN
15 LAMBETH AVENUE
680
/1000
ARMADALE
53 VINCENT STREET
754
/1000
GLEN IRIS (Stonnington)
2/1 MARNE STREET
648
/1000
SOUTH YARRA
40 THE BOULEVARD
562
/1000
MALVERN EAST
13A MOORHOUSE STREET
714
/1000
ARMADALE

Port Phillip - Inner Bayside Melbourne

For a completely unbiased view on living by Port Phillip Bay don't read this because we love it here and we have the "blinkers" on when it comes to how good life is.

6 months of the year swimming (longer if you are an iceberger). Rail transport that is safe and regular and an abundance of quirky restaurants, shopping strips and interesting places.

Great Places to live in that we have bought recently

Port Melbourne, Albert Park and South Melbourne, Middle Park, St Kilda, Elwood

Comments by Gina and Mal

Best Places to have coffee and get a feel of life here

1. Port Melbourne - Café Zest - interesting breakky and lunch menus. 55 Beach St Port Melbourne. Watch the Ferries come in. Get a feeling for the High Rise and then compare to Docklands - at this stage we think Port Melbourne has more going for it. Traditionally a lot cheaper than neighbouring Albert Park - no longer the case.

2. Albert Park - Go to Bridport St - south side on the weekend is packed with the go set. However the highlights are Andrews Hamburgers (round the corner from the Hocking Stuart office) and Jocks Ice Cream - go the Turkish delight - which is on Victoria Avenue (an extension of Bridport St running down towards the sea)

3. Middle Park - Go to Armstrong St food store and take a good walk in all directions - everything any good is over a million and most home are period. We have bought a lot of home over the years in Middle and Albert Park.

4. Going South along the Bay try Fitzroy St and Acland Streets St. Kilda - if you don't like it here forget these suburbs and also Elwood but hey what is wrong with you. Only joking - these suburbs are "alternative".

Actually all these above suburbs are more orientated towards younger couple and probably no kids. But they are great places to spend your 20 and 30's in or as we are increasingly finding your later years after the children have left home.

Call Gina
Call Gina
0457 835 255
gina@james.net.au
Mal in the Hat
Mal in the Hat
0408 107 988
mal@james.net.au

 

217 DANKS STREET
672
/1000
ALBERT PARK
54 RICHARDSON STREET
602
/1000
ALBERT PARK
8 CINTRA AVENUE
601
/1000
ST KILDA
73 ASHWORTH STREET
700
/1000
ALBERT PARK
142 KERFERD ROAD
647
/1000
ALBERT PARK
68 MILTON STREET
675
/1000
ELWOOD
21 MARY STREET
663
/1000
ST KILDA WEST
46 BRUNNING STREET
722
/1000
BALACLAVA

Bayside - South East Melbourne

For a completely unbiased view on Bayside living don't read this because we love it here and we have the "blinkers" on when it comes to how good life is.

6 months of the year swimming (longer if you are an iceberger). Rail transport that is safe and regular and an abundance of quirky restaurants, shopping strips and interesting places.

Can't afford the big money of Brighton or inner Bayside then you really have to look at Black Rock, Beaumaris, Mentone, Parkdale, Mordialloc.

Cycle "nuts" will love Beach Road and we often take our families fishing on the little putt putt boats out from Mordialloc pier. Black Rock is home of the best golf courses in Melbourne - make that Australia - actually the world. Beaumaris has a few transport issues but has really come on in recent times

Great Places to live in that we have bought recently

Brighton, Hampton, Sandringham, Black Rock, Beaumaris

Comments by Gina and Mal

Best Places to have coffee and get a feel of life here

1. Brighton - One of Melbourne's Jewels. Pricey - yep but that is because there are lot of people wanting to get in and only a few wanting to leave. Try Pod or Italy on the Bay in Bay St for great coffee or even a quick meal at Vivace - all near the railway line. Something a bit more upmarket then Church St and you have some classy alternatives at either end. Down the beach end anybody who is anybody has to be seen latteing at the Pantry or for a great formal atmosphere try Vera's near the railway line (but you will have to book for dinner) Finally next to Brighton Beach Railway Station is our favourite comfort food coffee shop - BLOSSOM and VINE on South Road.

2. Hampton and Sandringham - Brown Cow at the southern end of the Hampton Street Shops and Limoncello in the middle of the Sandringham shops serve the best coffee in these areas.

3. Black Rock - Balcombe Road shopping strips.

4. Beaumaris - The Concourse Shopping Strips.

5. Mentone - A lot of really good cheaper units around Mentone.

6. Parkdale and Mordialloc - We really like lunch at Windows on the Bay. Take the kids out on one of the putt putt boats or walk along Mordialloc pier.

Call Gina
Call Gina
0457 835 255
gina@james.net.au
Mal in the Hat
Mal in the Hat
0408 107 988
mal@james.net.au

 

33 SERVICE STREET
857
/1000
HAMPTON
15 COLE STREET
738
/1000
BRIGHTON
28 ABBOTT STREET
517
/1000
SANDRINGHAM
20 COLE STREET
713
/1000
BRIGHTON
58 VINCENT STREET
504
/1000
SANDRINGHAM
137 MALE STREET
635
/1000
BRIGHTON
121 SANDRINGHAM ROAD
697
/1000
SANDRINGHAM
5 MCCARTHY STREET
752
/1000
HAMPTON

Glen Eira - South East of Melbourne

These are real family suburbs with areas such as Caulfield and Elsternwick having strong Jewish influence and Bentleigh, Ormond and McKinnon being regarded almost as cheerleaders for preservation of Calfornian Bungalows (style of house).

Good sized blocks, good schools (public Mckinnon Secondary College as well as many private such as Caulfield Grammar). Being slightly cheaper than neighouring Brighton and Malvern has seen strong demand for family homes resulting in major infrastructure improvements to such an extent that house demand now regularly (each weekend) sees houses over a $1million in all these suburbs.

A quick comment on Carnegie and Murrumbeena - if you can't afford Malvern then buy in these suburbs and be patient and enjoy the shopping and other amenities that are already there because these suburbs are fast becoming like Malvern East, Glen Iris.

Great Places to live in that we have bought recently

Caulfield, Elsternwick, St Kilda East and Balaclava, Ormond, Bentleigh, McKinnon, Carnegie, Murrumbeena.

Comments by Gina and Mal

Best Places to have coffee and get a feel of life here

1. If you are a bit quirky like a lot of us then try Balaclava shopping strip either side of the railway bridge on Carlisle St. Too many great little bistros to name but the "Whole in the Wall" coffee shop one back on the corner of Nelson and Balaclava serves great coffee. Lots of single fronted workers cottages either side of Carlisle St. Lower end budgets.

2. Elsternwick and Caulfield is best checked out via a long walk along Glenhuntly Road perhaps starting at the Classic cinema near the railway and working your way east for as much as a couple of kilometers.

3. Go East far enough and you will run into Carnegie and Murrumbeena. We think the Koornang Roads shops have not quite caught up with the sophistication of the area - but here you can find good 600-800sq m blocks with some quality homes built in the 30's and 40's. Sure many under a million need work but if you do it well then you will join the many homes over a million.

4. Bentleigh, Ormond and McKinnon is best understood by coffee at quite a few places in Centre Road and then drive up and down the streets running of Centre Road between say the railway line and Nepean Highway.

Call Gina
Call Gina
0457 835 255
gina@james.net.au
Mal in the Hat
Mal in the Hat
0408 107 988
mal@james.net.au

 

10 LONG STREET
733
/1000
ELSTERNWICK
40 ALDER STREET
602
/1000
CAULFIELD SOUTH
4 WAIORA ROAD
712
/1000
CAULFIELD NORTH
14 KOORINGA ROAD
625
/1000
CARNEGIE
11 LEARY AVENUE
651
/1000
BENTLEIGH EAST
46 PARK CRESCENT
681
/1000
CAULFIELD NORTH
39 GODFREY STREET
654
/1000
BENTLEIGH
49 BENT STREET
631
/1000
BENTLEIGH

North of the City of Melbourne

If you want to see the full range of smaller North Melbourne Property We Buy period homes in cosmopolitan and alternative inner Melbourne then you must look at Carlton and Fitzroy (5 mins to city). Want the Mediterranean influence? Then have a look at Brunswick and surrounds. Still want to be north and near the Airport and in a grander period and new home - think Essendon.

Great Places to live in that we have bought recently

Essendon
Moonee Ponds
Carlton
Fitzroy
Brunswick
Parkville (fair amount off market as well)

Comments by Adam and Mal

Best Places to have coffee and get a feel of life here

1. We love Rathdowne St shops in Carlton - back in time.

2. Brunswick St Fitzroy anywhere but try Marios - near corner of Johnston St..

3. Take a walk around the Edinburgh Gardens in Fitzroy

4. For Essendon and Moonee Ponds we suggest you go with somebody who knows the areas or give us a ring.

Call Gina
Adam Gardner
0438 312 164
adamg@james.net.au
Mal in the Hat
Mal in the Hat
0408 107 988
mal@james.net.au

 

114/350 ST KILDA ROAD
689
/1000
MELBOURNE
902/150 CLARENDON STREET
605
/1000
EAST MELBOURNE
27/50 BOURKE STREET
602
/1000
MELBOURNE
207/283 SPRING STREET
593
/1000
MELBOURNE
6/30 OLIVER LANE
603
/1000
MELBOURNE
603/2 SLATER STREET
634
/1000
MELBOURNE
271/299 QUEEN STREET
621
/1000
MELBOURNE
125-139 RATHDOWNE STREET
613
/1000
CARLTON

North East of Melbourne

We love buying homes in Fairfield, Ivanhoe and Alphington and till 5 years ago we could buy them at very good value.

The world however has woken up to these suburbs that lie along the Yarra river and have beautiful period homes interspersed with some "groovy" townhouse developments. We are often asked is this a couple or a family area - truth is - its both and that is what makes it lovely to live here.

Great Places to live in that we have bought recently

Fairfield, Ivanhoe, Alphington, Clifton Hill

Comments by Adam and Mal

Best Places to have coffee and get a feel of life here

1. Station St Fairfield - near the pedestrian lights are 3 or 4 places. Walk around the streets to the West or left hand side of your directory page.

2. In Upper Heidelberg Road Ivanhoe there is this great coffee shop near the traffic lights on the east side - very classy presentation. Take a car from here and go for a drive south and east to get a feel on the area.

Call Gina
Adam Gardner
0438 312 164
adamg@james.net.au
Mal in the Hat
Mal in the Hat
0408 107 988
mal@james.net.au

 

2 ROCKBEARE GROVE
521
/1000
IVANHOE
33 WILFRED ROAD
695
/1000
IVANHOE EAST
30 RUSSELL STREET
597
/1000
IVANHOE
114 GREEN STREET
569
/1000
IVANHOE
128 HAWDON STREET
571
/1000
HEIDELBERG
2-4 ROSEBURN COURT
602
/1000
LOWER PLENTY
98 UNION STREET
630
/1000
NORTHCOTE
42 CHARLES STREET
648
/1000
NORTHCOTE

Melbourne Peninsulas

Great Places to live in that we have bought recently

Sorrento (fair amount off market as well), Portsea (fair amount off market as well), Torquay, Queenscliff

Comments by Gina and Mal

Best Places to have coffee and get a feel of life here

1. Best way to get a feel about all these places is to take a trip from Melbourne - about an 1 to 1.5 hours down to Sorrento and then onto Portsea. Back to Sorrento and take the car ferry (runs hourly) across to Queenscliff and then the fast improving Torquay. Make it a full day trip.

2. We have bought many fantastic holiday homes in these areas - and most have had a view. However please note holiday homes can provide great happiness but they can also be financial disasters. The market in these areas is flat for a lot longer than the Melbourne markets and while the agents will tell you of all the "whopper" sales they won't tell you about the hundreds that don't sell. By all means buy the lifestyle but lets buy it smart.

3. We are happy to send you a detailed email that outlines what you need to look for in a great holiday home and how you should negotiate and buy in a "flukey" price market.

Call Gina
Call Gina
0457 835 255
gina@james.net.au
Mal in the Hat
Mal in the Hat
0408 107 988
mal@james.net.au

 

 

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