By Design: 11 Bates Street Malvern East

Posted on 23 Jan 2014, 5:27 p.m. in Abercromby's, News, Sold

The renovation of East View, a grand Victorian mansion in Malvern East,
Victoria, was never going to be easy. But for Janene Young and her
family it was a challenge they were willing to take.


An interior designer by profession, Janene Young was the perfect candidate to manage the immense task of renovating East View – her company Inhabiting Flair specialises in “transforming private homes into welcoming and comfortable spaces that suit modern day living without foregoing the character and integrity of the traditional features that anchor and give soul to the residence,” she explains. But the huge overhaul was always going to be a big commitment in time, funds, energy and emotion.


Built in 1894, East View is an expansive two-storey Victorian home located in the Gascoigne Estate in Malvern East. The Young’s purchased the property in 1999 and began the renovation two years later, which would be done in two major stages and eventually completed in 2009.

To read the full article see “The Period Home Renovator Buyer’s Guide 2013″.

Season’s Greetings

Posted on 18 Dec 2013, 5:42 p.m. in Abercromby's, General Interest


We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our valued clients for their on-going support in 2013 and wish everyone a very happy and safe Christmas.

May 2014 be a wonderful year for you all and we look forward to assisting you in any real estate matters you may have.

Please note our office will be closing for Christmas at 12noon on Tuesday the 24th of December and re-opening at 9am on Thursday the 2nd of January

A Career at Abercromby’s!

Posted on 10 Dec 2013, 5:44 p.m. in Abercromby's, General Interest, News


Abercromby’s Real Estate is always on the look-out for, and ready to employ, experienced sales people who have a proven track-record of success.

Our family-oriented company is firmly ensconced within the niche luxury markets of Stonnington, Boroondara, Port Phillip and Yarra, as well as the premium rural and seaside lifestyle property market.

Not only does our boutique size provide the pinnacle of service and outstanding results to our exclusive clients, it is the ideal workplace where flexibility, training and leadership pathways are readily available.

Are you at a point in your successful career where you want to focus on new challenges and advancement? Are you a dynamic and friendly team player who has established an effective network and database of long-term clients?

If this describes you, then it’s time to step up to a role which will position you at the peak of the real estate industry. Working alongside elite clients who expect only the best, our directors will provide you with the support to succeed and you will forge an exciting future.
Please contact Andrew Harlock on 03 9864 5300 if you would like to discuss these opportunities further.

The Askew House

Posted on 5 Dec 2013, 5:45 p.m. in Abercromby's, Just Listed

Sublime Design In A Highly Sought After Setting
62 Park Street, South Yarra
Rich in architectural integrity, equally memorable for its contemporary renovation, this landmark residence achieves a brilliant balance of indoor luxury and outdoor allure throughout a series of superb spaces – flexible, family focussed, beautifully appointed and linked by lift access to three levels.

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Inspection Times: Sat 7th Dec, 11:00am-12:00pm

Property Agents:
Hugh Hardy 0407 339 807
Jock Langley 0419 530 008


Posted on 3 Dec 2013, 5:45 p.m. in Abercromby's, General Interest

A day in the life of Hugh Hardy.


A local resident his entire life, this convenient positioning close to his clients, as well as his children’s schools and extra-curricular activities allows Hugh to be well-organised and achieve a healthy work/life balance.

Rising early, he likes to take the time to properly prepare for the day. Some days he will start off with exercise, while other mornings can be dedicated to focusing on his two daughters before they head off to school.

Hugh begins his work day by calling clients to discuss current market conditions and answer any questions they may have.

After attending internal sales and strategy meetings, his focus returns to making further calls. Touching base with buyers, he seeks their feedback on homes they have inspected with an aim to understand their property requirements.

A Toorak and South Yarra premium property specialist, Hugh is very hands-on with all aspects of the marketing process. Every day he reviews the progress of each campaign, refining any strategies to ensure success.

His preparedness and attention to detail comes to the fore with each individual property. In consultation with his clients, he isolates and highlights the home’s important nuances and unique features to deliver a compelling sales campaign.

Always at the cutting-edge of emerging technologies and social media, Hugh is always researching and considering how these innovations can be applied to real estate.

Although a large part of Hugh’s business comes from a loyal following of referrals and repeat clients, he enjoys setting aside time every day to meet new, prospective clients.

On some days, to balance out any evening client meetings and to foster positive family relationships, he spends quality time with his two daughters straight after school.

A long-standing Kooyong Tennis Club member, he plays regularly, seeing it as a great outlet for exercise. His interests in golf, surfing and bike riding combine perfectly with his lifestyle property at Flinders. Passionate about the arts, Hugh can be found absorbed in the broad range of galleries and music found on offer throughout Melbourne.

Abercromby’s partnership with SecondBite

Posted on 20 Nov 2013, 3:25 p.m. in Abercromby's, News


It is with great pleasure to announce Abercromby’s partnership with SecondBite – food for people in need.
SecondBite redistributes surplus fresh food to community food programs around Australia. Food is donated by farmers, wholesalers, markets, supermarkets, caterers and events. This high-quality surplus food is redistributed to community food programs that support people who are in need.
In 2012/13 SecondBite aims to redistribute 3.5 million kilograms of surplus fresh food by providing 7 million nutritious meals for vulnerable people to over 500 community organisations across Australia.

A BIG thank-you to everyone who attended the Ladies Lunch supporting SecondBite last week! — at Quaff Restaurant.


The event raised an amazing $7,025.  With most sincere thanks.

November Sales Market Update

Posted on 14 Nov 2013, 3:49 p.m. in Abercromby's, Market Updates

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The Residential real estate market has shown no sign of waning from the solid results it has produced this year despite being fully tested with a high number of listings.

Suggestions of a boom market remain premature with auction clearance rates well below those recorded at the peak of the market in 2010.

Despite the overall evenness of the market, the strongest prices growth is being recorded in the middle to upper end of the market, indicating the strong contribution of buyers trading up or down.

Not all properties offered for sale make it to our website as 71% of our business is by private sale. A selection of our forthcoming campaigns includes the following:

•           62 Park Street, South Yarra
•           5 Turner Street, Malvern East
•           184 Beaconsfield Parade, Middle Park
•           18 Hornsby Street, Malvern

If you are looking to sell or buy, quietly and discreetly contact one of our team on 98645300 to discuss your real estate matters further.

November Rental Update

Posted on 14 Nov 2013, 3:47 p.m. in Abercromby's, Market Updates, Property Management


With the sales market in full swing we have seen the rental market also hit its straps, as tenants enter the rental market in unprecedented numbers.

It has been a terrific November so far. We have already leased a number of properties priced from $1200per week through to $3000per week. Our vacancy rate continues to remain lower than average because of our strong relationships with relocation agents and our ability to place clients into executive properties off the market.

We currently have unprecedented demand for quality well located 3-5 bedroom family homes throughout Stonnington & Boroondara and we expect this to continue well into the New Year.

If you are thinking of leasing your property now is the right time to contact Myles Crowhurst on 98645353 or 0433916155 to take advantage of the influx of inquiry prior to the commencement of the new school year.

“Landscape” has rich past

Posted on 30 Oct 2013, 4:18 p.m. in Abercromby's, Just Listed, Luxury & Lifestyle, News

A property where Hume and Hovell camped on the banks of the Goulburn River in 1824 now features decidedly modern comforts.


365 Upper Goulburn Road, Tallarook

As well as an 1838 homestead, the Tallarook property was famously owned by the late BHP chairman, Essington Lewis, and features stables which are leased to Carlton & United Breweries who house their Clydesdale horses there.

First settled by Joseph Hawdon, an ”overlander” from New South Wales, it is also where explorers Hume and Hovell camped at Christmas 1824.

Owner Peter Gillooly bought it in the early 1990s and extensively renovating the six-bedroom homestead about the year 2000 under the guidance of Stuart Rattle.

”There’s a lot of us in there,” says the ex-Tattersalls chief executive, who, along with wife Sandra, lives in East Melbourne, but has owned a farm in the area since 1984. The homestead, at 365 Upper Goulburn Road, comes with a horizon swimming pool and tennis court and mature gardens.

The 162-hectare property, plus about 16 hectares lease, has three kilometres of Goulburn River frontage, a 4.9-hectare vineyard, three cottages and machinery sheds.

An expressions of interest campaign closes on November 25 at 5pm. Jock Langley, of Abercromby’s, says the most recent sale of unimproved land with Goulburn River frontage was $5065 a hectare. ”This will sell for considerably more given the fantastic improvements,” he said.


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