Designer finds the per­fect brew in Colling­wood

Herald Sun - Property - - COVER STORY -

IT’S de­scribed as vi­brant, avant garde, even a melt­ing pot. But it was a chance sight­ing of a bill­board that lured designer Simon Lys­si­o­tis to Welling­ton St, Colling­wood, and an offthe-plan townhouse.

The two-bed­room, one bath­room, two-storey townhouse cost $695,000 but stamp duty sav­ings helped seal the deal for Mr Lys­si­o­tis, who runs men’s fash­ion la­bel, Fon­taine.

“I’ve been on the look­out for a new prop­erty for years now, I just haven’t been able to find one I was com­fort­able with, one that was re­ally me,” he said.

“I was driv­ing down Welling­ton St on my way home and by chance saw the York­shire’s bill­board.

“I thought that looked nice be­cause it had this kind of old fash­ioned sta­bly-slash-euro cob­ble­stone-slash New York lofty kind of look to it,” he said.

Mr Lys­si­o­tis said he was drawn to the quiet, leafy sub­urbs like Cam­ber­well or Malvern but his Colling­wood townhouse of­fered peace and quiet.

“I liked the idea of hav­ing the city close. (Colling­wood’s) got an artis­tic flair to it, it’s got good restau­rants and an in­ter­est­ing kind of com­mu­nity,” he said.

“The prop­erty I bought is not fac­ing the main road, it’s in the com­plex so I can have peace and soli­tude when I want it and when I go out (I) can get a bit of noise and see peo­ple,” he said.

The stamp duty sav­ings by buy­ing off the plan helped Simon Lys­si­o­tis to buy an apart­ment in The York­shire

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