Apartments for trainspotters (part 2)

Longtime readers of this blog may recall that back in 2010 an apartment block was being advertised at Caulfield, smack bang between where the Frankston and Dandenong lines diverge. It was never built. Google Street View shows by 2014 the site was still empty, and the advertising sign was covered in graffiti. Around 2016 the site was taken over by the Level Crossing Removal Authority for use

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Real estate agent signs – improving but some need more work

I've written before about blockages on footpaths: overhanging trees, motorcycles, cars and real estate agent advertising. There's at least been some pogress with real estate. It seems some agents, perhaps realising that blocking the footpath is illegal, have got newer, smaller flags. During my walk on Saturday morning, I spotted these: Buxton seem to have solved the problem. Their new sig

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Signs blocking bike lanes and footpaths

This is not the first time I've spotted something like this: real estate agent signs blocking bike lanes. I'm not sure why anybody who thought about it for more than a second would think it was a good idea to leave signs there. Cyclists would either be forced out into traffic, or if they didn't notice the signs, collide with them. In this case, I decided to move the signs out of the way. The

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A day in Maldon

A day (and night) in the countryside began by heading out of Melbourne in the car. I learnt a lesson on the way, somewhere near Sunshine: if you're going to try and overtake (well, "undertake") a truck on the left from a standing start, be at the front of the queue at the lights AND have plenty of space. The lane ended sooner than I thought, and the cars in front took off slowly. Thankfully the

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House prices in Bentleigh top $1 million – I couldn’t afford it here now

I mentioned the other day that it's coming up on ten years since I bought my house in Bentleigh (hence the flurry of maintenance). In that time, the prices here have gone through the figurative roof. (Source: RealEstateView) I didn't think to save the data at the time, but this document tracks median house prices around Victoria from 1998 to 2008. In 2005, the median in Bentleigh was $501,00


House-hunters: Still seeking zone 1 for cheaper fares? Don’t bother

I was chatting on Friday to a colleague who has just bought a house with her husband. They ended up in an area they are familiar with and like, and as a bonus, she said, it's in zone 1. I was the same when I bought my house back in 2005 -- it wasn't necessarily the highest priority, but I wanted zone 1. Anybody familiar with Melbourne's public transport fares will know why. For trips into th


For sale: Idyllic home

What do you think of this house for sale? Inner-city location, described by the real estate agents as an "Idyllic home/Office". Very cute. Wait a minute. Zoom out. Zoom out a bit more. Turns out it's on Kings Way, dwarfed by surrounding buildings, and almost drowning in passing traffic. It reminds me a bit of three properties in Caulfield: the last house resisting the


Perfect for a train-spotter

Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for a train-spotter? Got a budget of hundreds of thousands of dollars? Then splurge and buy them a home in this new development in Caulfield East. Urban Art Apartments is an artistic, inspired residential development in Caulfield East which is surrounded by lush greenery and designer art pieces. The development will feature a range of 34 architect

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It's time for a cleanout of links and half-written/baked posts. Fascinating for MSM watchers A former Fairfax staffer is starting his own free magazine in collaboration with real estate agents and is expected to win millions in advertising revenue away from Fairfax. Webber's nanny state During the recent furore over Mark Webber's claims Victoria was a nanny state, I remember being puzz

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Spot the odd one out

The Saturday Age's property section has a bit on pages 2-3 called Private Property, where they highlight various homes for sale, and note who is selling them, and their claim to fame, such that it is. Spot the odd one out from yesterday's edition: Frankston car dealer and philanthropist Gary Lechte Maryann Jesudason and her husband Mohan, the chief executive of gaming at Tabcorp Holdings