More Than Opera Annual Dinner

Posted on 20 May 2019, 1:52 p.m.

Last Saturday, 18th May, #Abercromby’s were proud to help support the More than Opera Annual Dinner - a fabulous not for profit bringing music to the community to help battle depression.


Ada Taylor & Hugh Hardy volunteered their services as Auctioneers for the evening, achieving a fabulous result!

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#aimhigh #staytrue

You know you’re in Melbourne, but here, you feel top of the world

Posted on 20 May 2019, 12:08 p.m.

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When you turn the car off Burwood Road, Hawthorn into Yarra Street, you find yourself in some of the most rarefied property air in all Melbourne.

The St James Park Estate and its winding, verdant loveliness is a thing to behold. On the exclusive streets here, that bend and dip to accommodate the flow of the Yarra, are a clutch of our city’s grandest homes.

Although the area is studded mostly with imposing period manors on large grounds, there’s a sort of lovely accessibility here; views that open onto the city

skyline and the river gums confer a connection, rather than retreat from the surrounding environment.

Number 26 Shakespeare Grove is a radiant case in point. This wedge-shaped block offers fine vistas from its sublime west-facing rear where the inner suburbs lay a gorgeous multi-coloured carpet up to the towers of town.

Built in about 1890, plenty of period finery has been retained and polished here, but there are generous broad spaces of a more contemporary bent too. The rear of the house, with its expansive family and entertaining spaces, was added about 20 years ago and the amenity the rooms provide is brilliant.

From the bend on Shakespeare Grove you take the gated entry up a set of stairs to a tessellated-tiled return verandah. In front, a parterre-style garden offers prettiness and privacy and provides a winning green frame. Beyond the luminous leadlighting of the arched entrance a wide foyer with parquetry flooring anchors the lofty decorative ceilings.

Bank right to the first of the majestic formal rooms. The billiard room has excellent dimensions and an entirely apposite colour scheme; deep magenta walls rise up to a charcoal trimmed coved ceiling.

A beautiful large bay window brings the light and a timber fireplace the warmth.

Cross back to the near identical dimensions and style of the media room, except here you get your own marble wet bar.

You can cross past the stair and head west to the living areas via a passage that has a powder room, neat little indoor cubby and internal access to the garage or take in the grand dining room just below the entrance hall.

A set of steps take you down into this fine space, both broad and beautiful. French doors lead onto a quiet, covered terrace with a pond.

Head further on from here to the kitchen that features a rangy walk-in pantry and a long marble preparation bench to the side.

Sitting front and centre is the lovely kitchen with a long marble and timber island bench.

Behind there’s an ornate rangehood and top-notch appliances. Across on the north wall there’s a brilliant little sun trap where a window seat looks out over a mosaic-tiled feature wall.

The spacious open-plan family room has enough space to offer another generous dining area as well as luxurious lounging. There’s plenty of leg room here centred around an angled corner fireplace and three sets of french doors over that superb west-facing rear garden.

A full-length verandah rolls down to a deep, synthetic-grass terrace. The lush borders offer excellent privacy and feature towering palms and tropical greenery.

All this flows down more stairs to surround the sparkling pool and spa. There’s plenty of paved areas down here too and a raised platform offers a terrific dining spot. Beyond there’s a pool room with a kitchenette and bathroom. You can access level one via the main entrance stair or the steps near the kitchen.

Whichever way you choose there are treats galore up here. To the easterly front are two superb, typically Victorian rooms – grand in size and with glorious views beyond the lacework balcony that wraps around to the south. You could use these as particularly fine bedrooms, or they’d be perfect as rumpus/retreat spaces. Boasting marble fireplaces, ceiling roses and bay windows, you’d be happy whatever the function.

A crisp white bathroom services this section before you do the hall split and head up more stairs. Three lovely bedrooms sit here, two on the south side are split by a sparkling shared en suite with twin basin vanity and glass shower.

Head into the main bedroom – the scope here is near perfect – large, but not overwhelming. There’s a walk-in wardrobe and a marble-trimmed en suite but the star is the balcony.

Running across the room at full stretch you can head onto it through three sets of french doors and then you’re in heaven. Sit out here and you can see the city and those gums; the Pelaco sign and St Kilda Road.

You know you’re in Melbourne but here in St James Park, on this balcony, you feel like you’re on top of the world.

26 Shakespeare Grove, Hawthorn

5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 car spaces

Agent : Abercromby’s, Jock Langley, 0419 530 008

Expressions of interest: close 5pm, June 4

Need to Know

The Yarra River winds its way along the bottom part of this precinct. Access to Richmond and the city is a skip away over Hawthorn Bridge. The 75 tram services the area and Melbourne Girls’ College and a range of private schools are within a few kilometres.

What the Agent Says

“The St James Park Estate is arguably the pinnacle of Hawthorn with wide, leafy streets and magnificent architecture. Only eight houses on the west side add to the prestige of this location.” Jock Langley

MEET OUR TEAM- Introducing Jock Langley

Posted on 15 May 2019, 9:42 a.m. in Abercromby's, News

"I was brought up on a large station in New South Wales and you often watch sheep as a mob, trotting off across the paddock. One sheep will lead and the rest of the flock will follow. I always thought why do they do that? Coming up with the concept of a private auction was not necessarily my idea. It was more of my client’s idea. The client had been through a bereavement and had a beautiful home with a magnificent art collection and really did not want the invasion of a public campaign. And I thought lightbulb moment, we can work with this idea. It is how do we turn that into reality for this particular client and talk more about what our clients want rather than what I want as an estate agent. I remember my grandmother always used to print these beautiful invitations for parties she used to host on a regular basis. So, I thought maybe we could use the idea of a nice invitation with the right clientele, still publicise and promote the property, and then at the end of the exercise have an auction by invitation. That success story was fabulous. I think we got a really good outcome for our client. I think a lot of our peers were pretty surprised in the way we carried that through. It certainly got the marketplace talking. You know that you are in a dominant marketplace and if you don’t dare to do things differently and think outside of the square, then you are likely to get squashed. And I have that fighting instinct, so I am always looking for new ideas and concepts that are going to help us develop."

LISTEN to Jock's story here:

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AustCham Singapore Business Connects

Posted on 27 Feb 2019, 10:21 a.m.


Abercromby's Real Estate director Jock Langley networking at AustCham Singapore Business Connects event last Thursday 21st Feb at The Stamford Brasserie.

#buildingrelationships #networking #abercrombysrealestate #aimtrue #betrue #aimhigh #relationships #melbourne #realestate #property.

Abercromby’s. Aim True.

Posted on 27 Feb 2019, 9:19 a.m.

When we started Abercromby's over fourteen years ago, we wanted to set new standards in the marketplace; to be the brand of choice for Luxury & Lifestyle property. We've stayed true to the beliefs that have guided us from day one, and continue to grow and impact the market in new and exciting ways.

Our promise to clients is always to Aim True. We do this by providing clear advice, drawing on our collective knowledge and always placing the client's needs, at the centre of everything we do. Poise and precision count, in ever-changing times.

We appreciate that people don't just buy people, they buy character. After all, you're selling a home full of stories, and a significant asset. Having partners you can talk and connect with is crucial. We've produced a series of videos that share our team's stories, what they value and what makes Abercromby's, distinctively Abercromby's. We hope they instil the confidence required to have a conversation with us; whether you're listing a property for sale or looking for a better set of hands to manage your properties.

Abercromby's. Aim True.

Questions? Andrew would be happy to help

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#luxuryandLifestyle #premiumproperty #melbourneproperty #propertymarket

#realestate #luxuryandlifestyleproperty #luxurylifestylerealestate #abercrombys #luxuryhomes

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Maddie’s Shield #3 Celebrity T20 Match

Posted on 21 Feb 2019, 2:38 p.m.

Last Sunday, 17th of February, Abercromby’s were proud to help support the Maddie's Shield #3 Celebrity T20 Match. Hugh Hardy volunteered his services as the Auctioneer for the day, achieving a fabulous result!


Overall the day was a great success, with all monies raised going to Maddie Riewoldt's Vision

Happy Holidays

Posted on 14 Dec 2018, 11:29 a.m.


Our office will be closed for business from 5.30pm Friday 21st December 2018 and will re-open 9.00am Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

If you have any EMERGENCY maintenance issues during this time, please call the appropriate 24 hours tradesperson below. Please also ensure you notify us via email that you have contacted them.

Plumbing – Esteem Group ph: 1300 791 780
Electrical – Master Maintenance Property Services ph: 0488 725 566
Electrical – Esteem Group ph: 1300 791 780
Other Maintenance – Master Maintenance Property Services ph: 0488 725 566
Other Maintenance – Esteem Group ph: 1300 791 780
Flood Restoration – Flood Emergency Services ph: 0421 554 338
Flood Restoration – CBD & Mega Property Services ph: 0402 174 463

From all of us at Abercromby’s: drive safely, swim safely, love each other, and raise a glass to this wonderful country.

Have a Merry Christmas and a happy, successful 2019.

Treasure Chest Charity's "Touch of Red" lunch.

Posted on 21 Nov 2018, 12:57 p.m.

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Last Saturday, 17th of November, Abercromby’s were proud to help support the Treasure Chest Charity at their "Touch of Red" charity lunch. Ada Taylor volunteered her services as the Auctioneer for the day, achieving a fabulous result!

Overall the day was a great success, with all monies raised to go towards the Cancer Breast Care Services.
Abercromby’s are so proud to be able to support such a wonderful charity through the Abercromby's Charitable Fund.

2018 Melburnian of the Year

Posted on 19 Nov 2018, 10:12 a.m.

Congratulations to Ian and Simone Carson from SecondBite who were jointly awarded the City of Melbourne 2018 Melburnian's of the Year on Saturday!

Secondbite is one of our preferred charities that we support. A terrific recognition for the work Ian and Simone do.


Sir Robert Menzies’ Kew home looks for popular vote at auction

Posted on 31 Oct 2018, 10:42 a.m.

THE one-time Kew home of Australia’s longest-serving prime minister Sir Robert Menzies is looking for a vote of confidence from the market.

The four-bedroom mansion at 10 Howard St will poll homebuyer interest under the hammer just days after the next state election.


A piece of Barwon River frontage has sold at private auction.

Posted on 31 Oct 2018, 10:37 a.m.


A CHARMING beach house with absolute river frontage in Barwon Heads has sold at private auction.

The property, known as Bundella, at 2 Riverside Lane sold within the price guide of $3.3 million to $3.63 million.

Abercromby’s, Armadale agent Emma Pierson would not reveal many details about the sale as it was a private auction but did say there were four bidders.

Sam Goddard: The real estate director also a women’s AFL coach

Posted on 19 Oct 2018, 10:20 a.m.

Fiercely proud redhead Sam Goddard was born in Geelong and grew up behind the counter of his father’s Subway store. When he’s not selling property in Melbourne’s poshest suburbs, including Toorak and Armadale, he can be found on a golf course or coaching a women’s AFL team. Goddard lives in Richmond with his long-time girlfriend.


Tell me about your childhood.

I was born in Geelong. It was a sporty household; fiercely competitive, because I grew up with two brothers. When I was three I was in a car crash. My father was T-boned at an intersection, and I had internal bleeding. It was touch and go. We spent a few months in hospital.

What was your first job?

Dad owned Subway stores. I worked with him from when I was 14 as a sandwich artist. I was also on the meet and greet. I loved it. You’re dealing with a lot of people and that’s what I enjoy.

How did you get into real estate?

I’d done work experience with a real estate office when I was 15, so I knew that’s what I wanted. After school, I spoke with all the top agents in Geelong. I asked them, if I were their son, what would they recommend I do? That led to a small boutique firm offering me a cadetship; I worked there for 15 months. In 2012, I moved to the city, to Armadale.

What do you love about real estate?

The people. I just love meeting them and learning their journeys and developing long-term relationships with clients. That’s probably the most rewarding aspect. Plus, I love the chase, especially coming from a competitive family.

Read more about Sam HERE:

You know the expression, 'bigger than Texas' ? This place is that to a T.

Posted on 16 Oct 2018, 1:41 p.m.

No expense spared" on this rural retreat with a price guide of $13.5 million to $14 million

On the edge of the Great Dividing Range, this 315 ha rural retreat 'Shadow Creek' is for sale via an Expressions of Interest campaign closing tomorrow, through Jock Langley and Robert McArthur of Abercromby's Real Estate.

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“Domaine Lane” Cocktail launch

Posted on 19 Mar 2018, 10:49 a.m. in Just Listed, Luxury & Lifestyle, News

Last Thursday evening, we celebrated the launch of @Domaine_lane at Wilson & Market in South Yarra
A boutique collection of seven large-scale, luxury residences, designed by award winning architects Jackson Clements Burrows.
Register your interest -

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#domainelane #wilsonandmarket #offtheplan #comingsoon #southyarra #prestige #abercrombys #registeryourinterest #realestate #property #melbourne #abercrombysrealestate

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