"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."
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Earlier this year Abercromby’s Charitable Fund donated towards the Royal Flying Doctors Outback Car Trek and we are very happy to report that the 2018 Trek has raised just on $1.45m - Well done to all those involved. www.outbackcartrek.com.au
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.
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Domaine Lane is an address of distinction. Accessed by an exclusive residents’ only lane, next to historic Elibanc House, this boutique collection of seven large-scale,
north-facing residences offers spaces offers scale and privacy. Click on picture to see more:
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The Abercromby's team are very proud to be offering 'Evans Court Estate' to market - A truly unique offering!
Estate in Evans Court, Toorak, priced above $45 million poised to break Victorian house price record
One of Melbourne’s most reclusive and wealthy families is selling an extravagant Toorak estate, a collection of mansions expected to fetch up to $50 million.
The six houses were amassed into one portfolio by the former head of BP, James Stafford-Fox, and his wife Moyna. The couple bought the grand mansion at 15 Evans Court and then spent nearly two decades accumulating five neighbouring properties, creating an exclusive compound in the city’s richest pocket.
After their death, the estate was bought in 2013 by the Roche family for an undisclosed sum, all of which was donated to funding dementia research.
Read more here: https://www.domain.com.au/news/estate-in-evans-court-toorak-priced-above-45-million-poised-to-break-victorian-house-price-record-20180125-h0oaks/
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Last night Abercromby's hosted an event at the 85 Spring Street, display suite. Our guest were immersed in the sights, sounds and beautiful views from this magnificent development, which is a complete work of art. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who made this a truly memorable night.
More details on this property, click here https://www.abercrombys.com.au/melbourne-ab3952/
Melbourne ’s leafy inner eastern suburb of Hawthorn and surrounds, with a run of prestige homes changing hands recently and agents tipped to stay busy until Christmas.
Good demand has been supporting prices, with buyers drawn to the convenient location and access to sought-after schools. But stock levels are subdued.
The broader residential market has been slowing, but the best homes in top locations are still drawing keen interest.
Three standout Hawthorn homes have traded in one week for a combined value of about $35 million through agency Kay and Burton.
The landmark sale was a five-bedroom residence on more than 3300sq m on Harcourt Street, Hawthorn East.
Dating to 1891 and designed by architect John Beswicke, who was also behind the Hawthorn Town Hall building, the restored home has contemporary features including swimming pool, tennis court and sauna.
The dining room has a black marble fireplace, the kitchen houses an eight-burner hotplate and double oven, while residents can enjoy a library and a conservatory.
Industry sources tipped the final sale price for the home at more than $16m.
Elsewhere, a four-bedroom home with working boutique vineyard at 32 Coppin Grove, Hawthorn, nearby former Australia Post boss Ahmed Fahour’s mansion, also changed hands.
The property is set on more than 8000sq m with Yarra River frontage and is home to family business Coppin Grove Wines, which makes Coppin Grove Sparkling from pinot noir and chardonnay grapes.
The sale price was more than $10m, industry sources say.
At 55 Hawthorn Grove, Hawthorn, a four-bedroom residence sold for a rumoured $8m-plus, with touches such as a Versailles-inspired foyer, glass spa and internal lift.
Rose gold taps, a marble kitchen plus butler’s pantry with Gaggenau ovens, a glass-walled gymnasium and six-car garage complete the home.
Kay and Burton partner Sam Wilkinson says it was “reasonably rare” to have the three landmark Hawthorn area properties on the market together but the results were a sign of a strong market.
“We’ve found the better-quality houses that have been offered to the marketplace have all sold under competition and that’s a sign that people are confident in the family homes market in and around the area,” Wilkinson tells The Weekend Australian.
“For the right property, people are willing to part with big dollars to secure those homes.”
But buyers had been “discerning and selective”, and the $2m-$4m segment of the market had “softened a touch”, with properties taking slightly longer to sell, he says.
Stock levels had been reasonable but not “over the top” as some prospective vendors were concerned about finding their next property to buy.
The agency has now listed 58 Mary Street, Hawthorn, with expectations of $4.9m-$5.39m, and 6 Oak Street, Hawthorn, with expectations of $3.5m-$3.85m.
The average house price in Hawthorn is $1.985m, according to realestate.com.au figures, up 43 per cent since 2014.
With the market picking up, vendor expectations have also been rising and homes were still selling for hefty premiums, RT Edgar Boroondara director and auctioneer Paul Walker says.
“It is pretty competitive and we’d usually run to auction. There’s been about three to four bidders at every auction, sometimes more,” Walker adds.
Buyers are drawn to the area’s proximity to the CBD, nearby private schools and cafe culture, he says, adding he expects to be busy until the summer break with new listings still coming online.
The agency has listed the former wedding venue at 867 Glenferrie Road, Kew, on the Hawthorn border, which last traded for $11.3m one year ago and now has expectations of $13m-$14.3m.
Abercromby’s director Jock Langley says homes in the area that had sold less than five years ago for $2.5m-$3m were now trading for $5.5m and $7m.
The agency sold the six-bedroom Victorian home at 49 Lisson Grove, Hawthorn, this winter for $7.65m and has now listed 42 Hawthorn Grove, Hawthorn, with a price of $6.2m-$6.82m.
Jellis Craig co-founder Alastair Craig says off-market sales had been stronger than usual, an average of about two a week in the Boroondara council region over the past 12 months. Banks are more willing to lend to buyers in areas such as Hawthorn that are considered more of a “safe bet” than other parts of the city, he says.
Melbourne property market showing signs of slowing. Jock Langley talks to @recondaily about Melbourne's property market. CoreLogic's final auction numbers show that Melbourne's clearance rate fell below 70 per cent to 69.2 per cent last week, the city's weakest result since July 2016. Jock Langley of Abercromby's Armadale in inner Melbourne told SCHWARTZWILLIAMS, the market he services is still "pretty strong". He said in some areas in Melbourne might be seeing "less action" because there is a "smaller buyer pool", but Abercromby's Armadale's clearance rates have been "as good as you could ask for". Read more here: https://therealestateconversation.com.au/2017/11/17/melbourne-property-market-showing-signs-slowing/1510871840
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What to see this weekend: The best properties on show in Melbourne.
1/1 Alexandra Avenue, South Yarra - $1.55 million-$1.7 million
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 car spaceThe triple-A ring to this address underlines its enviable location on a prominent corner. The elevated ground-floor apartment, newly renovated, looks west from an enclosed sunroom to the Botanic Gardens and north, from a secure porch and through the living room’s picture window, to the 1899 Morell Bridge over the Yarra. Step from the kitchen to a courtyard with pool and barbecue area shared with others in the boutique 1920s building.Auction: 11.30am, November 18
Agent: Abercromby’s, Ada Taylor 0428 058 880
152 O'Sullivans Lane Kerrie.
Equestrian, lifestyle property in a beautiful setting less than an hour from Melbourne as featured in the property section of the @TheWeeklyTimes
SOMEONE could be about to discover their dream home in the pages of The Weekly Times, just as David Yunghanns and his wife did 17 years ago.
“We’d been looking for a long time, then I was working in Melbourne ... and my wife is a country girl, so we needed to be a commutable distance,” David said.
“Through The Weekly Times we saw this property. Back then we really hadn’t even thought to look in Macedon Ranges. We came up here and it was, ‘Wow’.
“We just loved it from the day we saw it.”
Posted on 22 Sep 2017, 10:41 a.m. in News
Great article about Abercromby's in the media today.
Real estate is an industry that often seems wed to the notion that “he who makes the most noise wins”. But an elite Melbourne agency is defying this trend by continuing to deliver extraordinary sales while staying deliberately discreet.
Abercromby’s Real Estate is the agency of choice for discerning locals, expatriates and international buyers seeking to transact significant Melbourne property away from the spotlight. Almost 84 per cent of the firm’s business is by referrals, including an increasing number of foreign investors seeking access into the world’s most liveable city. With agents fluent in Putonghua and Cantonese, Abercromby’s conducts private meetings worldwide and serves as a personal fitting guide for Australian expatriates and Chinese and Asian buyers. “We regularly travel to mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore and London to sit down with clients in their own environment,” says director Jock Langley. “When you respect someone’s time and privacy, it builds trust and transparency. It has allowed us the privilege of being invited to represent the kind of property and people that make for extraordinary opportunities.” Abercromby’s is preparing to unveil several campaigns, certain to continue its outstanding run for Melbourne’s prestige market. Among them is an unrivalled six-dwelling gated community on a 5,000-square-metre block in blue chip Toorak. The agency has also been appointed to the exclusive Residences at 85 Spring Street overlooking Fitzroy Gardens and Parliament House. These properties sit in the legacy bracket and vendors wish to attract buyers who like to acquire rare and significant property.
Launched 14 years ago, Abercromby’s was the first to introduce the private auction where leading homes are offered to a gathering of only pre-approved bidders. Though ultra discreet, these events deliver valuable results.Langley and fellow director Andrew Harlock, however, would rather not discuss any recent sales, deferring instead to the benefits of the strategy. “Property excels when you put it in front of the right people,” Harlock says. “It takes time and discretion but the results continue to speak for themselves.”
Article as featured in the South China Morning Post on Friday 22nd September.
Last Thursday evening Abercromby's hosted an event at Quaff restaurant raising money for our chosen charities Secondbite and beyondblue. Amanda Elliot who is the first female Chairman of the Victorian Racing Club in its 153 year history was our guest speaker and she regaled our 40 odd female clients/advocates of Abercromby’s.
A special thank you to Amanda Elliott and milliner Penelope D’Alton who both helped provide an entertaining evening for all to enjoy.
Posted on 25 Aug 2017, 12:13 p.m. in News
Well done to Sam Goddard, Winner of the Domain Rising Star 2017.
“For me, the extra mile should not be an extraordinary event but it should be an everyday one,” he says.
Goddard has mastered digital channels to stay connected to his clientele, but has never strayed from old-fashioned approachability. He reaped success with a letterbox drop of an “a bit about me” flyer with three new listings and nearly $200,000 in fees.
“I went to a school with all traditional paths that were just not for me. I wanted to be in real estate. This is a huge achievement.”
Posted on 18 Aug 2017, 10:25 a.m. in News
We are pleased to announce a significant new addition to the Abercromby’s sales team, with the appointment of well-regarded Stonnington agent Ada Taylor as a Senior Sales Executive.
Having been a part of the Stonnington community since birth, Ada has spent many years working in the local market during which she has assembled an impressive list of excellent results and a strong client network.
Her arrival comes during a period of outstanding success for us, having so far recorded one of our strongest winters on record, with a string of noteworthy sales achieved through our market-leading strategies in the private auction and off-market space.
Director Jock Langley welcomes Ada’s appointment as adding yet more strength and diversity to the Abercromby’s offering.
“Ada has a superb reputation for building a strong connection with vendors and buyers alike, as well as an excellent understanding of how to present and market prestige homes at the highest level.”
“We know her skills and style are going to resonate extremely well with the people and property we represent.”
Ada says she is extremely excited with the opportunity to embrace what is already an impressive “white glove” approach.
“Women are key decision makers in real estate transactions and I believe it can be extremely helpful to have another woman negotiating that process with them.”
“I admire Abercromby’s high care approach to real estate and I am very excited at the prospect of helping to further grow their reputation as the genuine boutique leader in Melbourne’s top end.”
Posted on 28 Jul 2017, 10:40 a.m. in News
Congratulations to our own 'Sam Goddard' who has been nominated again as a finalist in this year Domain's Rising Star Awards. Click the link to read more: http://www.domain.com.au/group/agent-news/announcing-the-2017-domain-rising-star-finalists/
Posted on 13 Jul 2017, 12:08 p.m. in News
Moving to a new home can be one the biggest changes that a family can face.
So with weeks to go before the big move, here is a check list of things to do:
- Dispose of garden chemicals, paints, fuel and other flammable items in the correct manner.
- Check: The garden, The garage, The shed, Under the house, In the roof.
- Label boxes clearly including which room they belong to and maintain a register of everything you pack.
- Don’t pack too much weight into each box as you may not be able to lift them. Always use sturdy boxes. Rule of thumb goes — pack heavy items in small boxes and light items in big boxes.
- To reduce the possibility of breakage, pack plates on their sides and glasses with their rim down.
- Start Packing. Try where possible to pack room by room.
- Check the manufacturers instructions for moving various appliances (e.g. washing machines, dryers, stereos, televisions, fridges, computers).
- If you are moving a long distance, it may be a good idea to organise to have a full service carried out on your car.
- Take into account whether or not you would like to use a dog/cat minding service for the day and/or days leading up to your move. If you do, start enquiring.
- Consider organising someone to look after your children during moving day.
- Organise a storage facility (if you require one).
- If needed, make arrangements for parking or access for the removalist, to your home. Some councils require you to hold a permit for removalist parking over a certain size and number of hours.
- Ensure your removalist is booked and confirmed.
- You will need some basic essentials to get you through the first couple of days of your move. We suggest a short trip to the supermarket to purchase the following: Toilet Paper, Spare light globes, Tissues, Cloths & Cleaning Products, Soap, Napkins, Rubber Gloves, Plastic cups, Band Aids, Coffee, Tea & Sugar, Strong tape, Water, Garbage Bags.
- Also make sure you keep handy: Vacuum cleaner, Hammer & Nails, Screws & Screwdriver, Tea Towels, Mop & Broom, Double Adaptor, Extension Cord, Torch, Scissors, Kettle / Mugs / Teaspoons.
- If any furniture needs to be dismantled before moving, begin to do this this week. Put all bolts and screws and other small attachments to make up this furniture into a small self sealing bag and tape to the base of the item, or, label clearly and place in one box that will contain all items of this kind.
- If you purchased through Abercromby’s Real Estate, call us on 9864 5300 and arrange a time for a ‘Final Inspection’ at your new property.
- Confirm from where you are to collect your keys upon settlement.
- In your current home, clean and repair any curtains and carpets that may need it. Apply for your redirection of mail.
- Organise to connect & disconnect your utilities.
And remember, keep packing!
If you would like any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our office on 9864 5300 as we would be more than pleased to help you make your move as trouble free as possible
A converted apartment in Collingwood's former Foy & Gibson factory, close to cafes and trams, is for sale through Sam Goddard and Simon Curtain of Abercromby's Armadale.
he neon art says 'awesome', and the description is fitting for this converted Collingwood factory.
Paying respect to its heritage as part of the Foy & Gibson factory, this two-level apartment has unique character and charm.
The original floorboards have been polished, and soaring ceilings define the space. The living/dining area is accompanied by a beautifully designed, open-plan kitchen. The downstairs bedroom has its own bathroom.
Sam Goddard of Abercromby's Armadale told SCHWARTZWILLIAMS, "Not only is the location of this unique apartment fantastic, but it has an overwhelming sense of space as soon as you walk in the front door."
The huge main bedroom is complemented by a stylish second bathroom; the space has an undeniable 'feel-good' factor.
The property also has secure side-by-side garaging for two cars and a generous storage cage.
'Bohemia' is only moments from Collingwood's countless cafes, and close to tram transport into town.
Tickawarra, on 20 hectares, offers a gracious house – and upmarket accommodation for horses. The corrugated iron and timber house is built in wings, with guests catered for in a series of one-bedroom studios, all with en suites.
The main living area and the main bedroom are in the central wing and the huge living area is a delight. It has a muted blue-and-mustard kitchen, a wood fire and it connects to a stylish loggia.
Expressions of interest: close on June 20 Abercrombys Real Estate, Jock Langley 0419 530 008
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