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The Peer Review

THE PLACES, SPACES & FACES OF YOUR COMMUNITY

2023 was a lot of things. Unexpected yet exciting. Challenging yet rewarding. Never-ending yet now gone – as if in the blink of an eye.

So, as we welcome 2024 and all the weird and wonderful things we’re sure it’ll bring, let’s take the time to check in with ourselves – mind, body and soul.

Need a hand with that? This edition of The Peer Review will do the trick. 

Meet your newest fitspo – and hype friend – in Chloe de Winter, the star on our cover. A Pilates pioneer, Chloe is the proud founder of the online sensation Go Chlo Pilates. And two lucky readers could win a one-year subscription to her platform and a Wild Mingo Workout Mat.

In this issue, we reveal the surprising (and sentimental) story behind our Gary Peer coffee vans – along with nine top tips to add value to your home. Plus, we shine a light on the legends behind St Kilda PCYC – an incredible local organisation dedicated to helping youth in need.  

Our Sales, Property Management and New Projects teams are also back to share the latest market updates. This time, we’re reflecting on the impact of 2023 – and predicting how 2024 will shape up.

So soak up the last of that summer sun, put your feet up and take a squiz!

Download our latest issue or pick up a hard copy at our offices, auctions and open for inspections.

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In the latest issue

Where to seek food, fun and fitness in Oakleigh and Hughesdale

Flanked by Caulfield East and Glen Huntly to the west, Wander 14 kilometres southeast of the CBD, and you’ll find Oakleigh and Hughesdale. Nestled amongst the residential reverie of Murrumbeena and the sleepless spending sprees of Chadstone – Oakleigh and Hughesdale have noisy neighbours, but their own distinct identity. And it’s Hellenic – with the suburbs’ shared Greek history having profoundly influenced the local food culture. So, where can you go for food in Oakleigh and Hughesdale? What should you order there? And, when you’re done, where can you go to work up a sweat – or kick your adrenaline levels up a notch? Let’s find out.

From mat to screen: The story of Go Chlo Pilates

Engage your core, lengthen through your spine, focus on your breath. It’s not what most of us say during our typical 9–5. But for Chloe de Winter, work is far from typical. A Melburnian turned New Yorker, Chloe’s career in Pilates instructing was just taking off – before COVID came along and brought everything back to ground. So, back in Melbourne, crashing with her parents and brainstorming with her husband, Chloe sat on her computer and asked herself, ‘How can I keep working with my passion during a pandemic?’ And that’s when she realised, the answer was right in front of her.

9 practical ways to add value to your home

Are you preparing your home for sale and wondering how to maximise its value – and ultimate selling price? Or perhaps you’re simply looking for ways to make your home feel bigger, brighter and altogether better? Either way, we’ve got good news: upgrading your home doesn’t have to mean spending months on expensive renovations and replacements. Read on to discover some practical solutions that will add instant appeal to your home.

Meet Leor Samuel: ‘Some kids worked at McDonald’s. I worked the weekend markets.’

Leor Samuel’s upbringing was the tale you’ve heard a million times before. Mum, dad, Leor and his three younger brothers. A house in Caulfield. Time spent with family. Sport, friends… and the odd venture to the basement of an Egyptian bazaar to buy gold. Okay, maybe you haven’t heard this one. The truth is, Auctioneer and Carnegie Office Director Leor Samuel’s childhood was anything but ordinary. We sat down with him to find out more.

The story of St Kilda PCYC’s suburban safe haven

As a not-for-profit charity, St Kilda Police and Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) has acted as a beacon of hope for at-risk youth for over 70 years. One such way they’ve been able to do this is through their Inkerman Street rooming house – offering safe and cheap accommodation for young people. Cradling stories of resilience and triumph, the walls of 175 Inkerman Street have borne witness to countless rekindled dreams and reimagined futures. But the time has come to close its doors and move it on to a new chapter – and a new owner. As St Kilda PCYC’s time with this Inkerman icon ticks down, we caught up with CEO Christine Fitzherbert and Gym Manager Donny Pelsoczy to reflect on its profound impact – and the lives forever changed within its embrace.

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