Designer finds the perfect brew in Collingwood
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