To Market, To Market

 

Whether you collect bric-a-brac, are always on the hunt for the rare and unusual, savour epicurean delights or adore vintage clothes, you can’t beat a leisurely stroll through a vibrant, colourful market as the perfect means to unearth your treasures. And Melbourne offers a plethora of diverse markets to choose from.  Today, the Chisholm and Gamon blog shares our pick of the city’s finest markets, sure to help you find a treasure or two!

The Melbourne Flea is the latest destination for lovers of all things vintage and anyone looking for the unique. Held every Saturday, the Melbourne Flea attracts over 200 vendors, selling quirky and retro wares within the urban surrounds of Docklands. Vintage clothing, kitsch items, one-of-a kind paraphernalia and pre-loved treasures, they’re all there. Don’t be surprised to discover anything from a Dutch pendulum 17th century clock to a beaded little evening shift from the 1960’s, old bric-a-brac to rare, ‘hard to find’ parts & pieces. Treasures abound! Gourmands are also well catered for, with a buffet of culinary delights sold out of refurbished shipping containers. Just follow the delicious aroma…..

An enduring favourite surely has to be the ever-popular South Melbourne Market, still going strong as Melbourne’s oldest, continuing market in operation since 1867. Open every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, South Melbourne Market is an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of produce and products, featuring an enormous range of almost everything, including fresh and take-away food, fruits and vegetables, gourmet groceries, liquor, fashion & accessories, manchester, hardware, crafts, books and stationery.  Epicureans can sample delights through the Gourmet Market Tours and from March 1, the market’s ‘Style After Dark’ series makes a welcome return, featuring over forty fashion stalls, bars and restaurants, live entertainment and the coolest vibe under the stars!

For those that love the appeal of country, open-air markets, the Daylesford Makers’ Market offers a festival of craft and food in an idyllic setting – and only an hour and half’s drive from Melbourne. Held on the first Saturday of each month, the Makers’ Market coincides with the Daylesford Farmers’ Market, making for a lovely day out. Launched in 2008, the Daylesford Maker’s Market is a non-profit event, enabling emerging designers, artists and craftsmen from the Central Victoria region to showcase and retail their work. The market has since evolved into one of the town’s most popular attractions, drawing visitors from all over. An emphasis on hand made and contemporary design is evident, with many of the unusual homewares, unique children’s products, fashion and jewellery on offer being ingeniously created from organic or recycled vintage materials.

For more information on these and other fabulous Melbourne markets, visit the Only Melbourne website. Happy treasure hunting!

Turning Japanese, I Really Think So

Hampton residents could well have been forgiven for thinking they were walking into a scene from an upcoming Karate Kid sequel last week, when the Bayside Seido Karate School met to celebrate Kagami Biraki by the beach. Today’s Chisholm & Gamon blog reports on this special ceremony, and the prolific local Bayside Seido chapter.

Kagami Biraki is a special early morning karate ceremony, which welcomes both the New Year and offers an opportunity for karate enthusiasts to recommit themselves to the values of Seido (meaning the sincere way). Sensei Derek Lebel told the local Leader newspaper that “the values we celebrated (during the ceremony) and recommit to are renewal, dedication and spirit. It is a special but also a fun event by the water. Children and adults alike enjoyed the celebration and even a few dogs came to see what the fuss was about.” Seido Karate is a particular kind of martial arts which veers away from the ‘Hollywood-style’ antics of karate represented in popular media and attempts to connect participants with the bushido spirit of the samurai.

The Sandringham-based school provides classes for children, beginners and more advanced martial arts enthusiasts. Karate is a great alternative to other forms of exercise, and could well be the answer to improving your flexibility, strength and coordination. The Seido Karate school is enjoying great popularity with children’s classes, which aim to improve balance, range of motion and stamina in addition to self-respect, confidence and awareness of surroundings. If meditation is something you’d like to focus on, Seido Karate also incorporates elements of quiet reflection and relaxation. Click here for more details on meditation and breathing.

Bayside Seido Karate are offering free beginner’s classes to give you a taste of this unique form of martial arts. Click here for details.

C&G WIN 100% FOR ELWOOD

Bringing bright news for the local property market, we are pleased to report Chisholm & Gamon’s 100% clearance rate for the in-demand Bayside suburb of Elwood.

Here are some of the properties we sold over the weekend.

Top floor, light filled and in a boutique block of only 8, it’s little wonder that 8/11 Scott Street Elwood sold for $531,000 at auction.

A charming free standing double fronted 3 bedroom period home, situated in one of Elwood’s most sought after streets, between Ormond Road and Elwood beach, 25 Vautier Street sold after auction for $1,377,500.

A spectacular 4 bedroom 2 bathroom Edwardian brick family home, 225 Brighton Road sold after auction.

5 Broadway, a timeless home on a prime parcel of land located on Elwood’s premier boulevard sold privately.

C&G On: Moomba 2012

Intending to stay in Melbourne on Labour Day Weekend rather than jetting off to the beach or country? Consider making a day of it by participating in the fun and frivolity of the Moomba festival. Today’s Chisholm & Gamon blog looks at the highlights of this quintessentially Melbourne festival.

The Moomba Parade has long been a spectacle which attracts masses of people into the city. This year the parade entitled ‘Melbourne is Delicious’ is to be held on St Kilda Road, beginning at the Shrine of Remembrance and finishing before Flinders Street Station. The embankment along Melbourne Boulevard will provide increased viewing positions – those planning on attending the parade are advised to get there early to ensure they secure a good vantage point – particularly important for those who can’t sit on Dad’s shoulders anymore!

The highlight of the parade is the celebration of the Moomba Monarchs – this year actor and musician Natalie Bassingthwaighte and footballer Harry Kewell have been chosen to reign. The parade will be held on Monday 12 March 2012 at 11am. For further details, click here. The nomination of Moomba Monarchs has been a somewhat controversial part of the Moomba celebrations over time. In the past there has been either a King or a Queen of Moomba, and in the period between the years 2000 – 2009 there were no Moomba Monarchs at all. It has been suggested that the original inauguration of monarchs in the Moomba celebrations was intended to ridicule the concept of royalty rather than uphold it. If you consider some of the personalities that have been included in the Moomba Monarchy over the years – ranging from Mickey Mouse and Con the Fruiterer to Dame Edna Everage as the Queen Mother – this theory may hold some truth.

Moomba has come to be recognized for its promotion of both local and international music, and this year there is a wide range of talent that will be exhibited on the Main Stage. Performances will span genres such as indie, pop, rock and funk. Headlining acts include Josh Pyke, The Panics and Darryl Braithwaite. Performances begin on Saturday at 1pm. For information on performances and times, click here.

For those seeking action and excitement, head over to the banks of the Yarra River to witness the awe-inspiring expertise exhibited in the water skiing events. There will be men’s and women’s events and death-defying tricks on display (all at high speed!) for your entertainment. For event times, click here.

If you’re making it a family day out, there are activities and entertainment to cater specifically for kids. There is a stage with music, dance and magic performances which children can participate in. Some particularly exciting events for kids include building The People’s Float at Artplay and learning circus tricks. To see the range of activities on offer, click here.

 

Bayside Trends Prove Positive

This week, The Age newspaper published an interesting article which debated the upwards trend exhibited in the past few weeks of auction activity around Melbourne. Today’s Chisholm & Gamon blog looks at some of these trends, encouraged by recent buyer activity in the bayside region.

Since the beginning of the year’s trade-in-earnest, we’ve noticed a substantial up-swing in the amount of buyers coming to market. Not just Mum and Dad investors, we’re now happily seeing the return of first home buyers to the unit market – the perfect first step on the property portfolio rung. Industry commentators have also noticed a similar trend, with robust auction attendance and consistent clearance rates across Melbourne. (Last week of 546 properties auctioned, 58% sold under the hammer - and the week before a 64% clearance was noted for nearly half the amount of properties brought to auction.) As we gear up to the heavy auction period prior to Easter, this Saturday’s 880-odd auctions will be a good testing ground for market sentiment. The Age recognised that inner-city and bayside property sales are a ‘barometer’ for demand in the wider market, given that historically the desire for more expensive property takes off before less expensive properties begin their climb up in capital value. As such, demand for inner-city properties at auction is beginning to spike, with the overall clearance rate for homes in metropolitan Melbourne reported to be 71.4%, and the inner east clearing at 83.3%. Comparatively, homes in the outer east are at 62.1%, whilst the west is only at a 41.7% clearance rate.

Our bet? With busy open for inspections bayside and super-high clearance levels continuing, we can’t wait to see our inner-city trend beginning to have a spill-on effect in neighbourhoods further out. The next two weeks’ results (and tenor of subsequent media reportage) will undoubtedly set the tone for the rest of the first quarter of 2012. Hold onto your hats, and if your intention is to buy a property in 2012 – make it now rather than later!

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