King of the mountain

Art Deco house Bukit Raja is one again for sale in East Ivanhoe for any of you lucky enough to have deep pockets.  Mr Rosanna and I had a look pre-renovation over five years ago and I’m glad the owners have done a fairly simple and subtle update keeping all the period features intact and enhancing what was already there.

Bukit Raja image via Real Estate View

Speaking of architecture, there is an Archi Tour at co-housing estate Murundakah in Heidelberg Heights on Friday.  I work with a number of people in their twenties and there’s a lot of discussion at work about the lack of housing affordability for young people.  I do wonder whether we need to re-think housing in Australia and perhaps try more innovative solutions such as this.

Image via Cultural Diversity Week

It is Cultural Diversity Week next week and there will be a free Multicultural Music Festival & Market on Tuesday 21 March in Bell Street Mall from 11 am – 2 pm.  Before that of course, is the annual Twilight Sounds free music event this coming Saturday featuring headline act Ella Hooper, which will be followed the next day by the Kids ArtyFarty Fest.  We did make it down to the Festival fairly late in the afternoon last year, which was a nicer time to go given the crowds had dissipated.

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Alphington Primary is holding its school fair on Saturday while on Sunday, you might like to try the Melbourne Tomato Festival at All Nations Park in Northcote, Wild About Melbourne Makers Market in Thornbury or catch some live music at the Kingsbury Bowls Club.  There’s definitely lots happening around the place!  Have a great week.

Image via Banyule Council

The living is easy…

Given we’ve had a staycation these summer school holidays, we decided an impromptu day trip to St Kilda was in order this past weekend.  It’s not in the north-east but it definitely still is the star of the southern suburbs.  There’s something about being by the water, palm trees and beautiful Art Deco buildings from another time, which make you feel like you’re on holiday (plus the fact that a lot of international tourists are there).img_5287 Continue reading “The living is easy…”