Property investors flock to Oakleigh for amenities and lifestyle
Property investors are being lured to Oakleigh because of its access to amenities and lifestyle options, a local real estate agent says.
LJ Hooker Oakleigh director Peter Argyriou said 2015 saw strong sales in both houses and units in the suburb.
“The market in 2015 was quite good in Oakleigh, with the median price or entry level price being around the $900,000 to $1 million price range,” he said.
“It’s been a strong market because the interest rates are very low at the moment.
“Houses, townhouses, units and apartments (are selling) – it’s not a high turnover area, so being in that area is very sought after.
“There are no land sales; it’s very hard to get land in Oakleigh.”
According to the Real Estate Institute of Victoria, the median house price in Oakleigh in the December quarter was $1,037,500, while the median unit price was $618,000.
Mr Argyriou said only time would tell as to how the market played out in coming months.
“I think the market is slowly but surely starting to correct itself because banks are putting up their rates independently of the Reserve Bank,” he said.
“Investors are waiting to see what’s going to happen to the property prices in the area.”
Mr Argyriou said Oakleigh offered fantastic proximity to amenities such as the local shopping centre, public transport, as well as freeway access.
“The council is also spending a lot of money in Oakleigh,” he said.
“I don’t see too many young families coming into the area, they’re all people who have a sizeable deposit, people who have a bit of money behind them.
“It’s not a first home buyers’ area.”
Mr Argyriou said there was an oversupply of rentals in Oakleigh, but that was normal for this time of year.
“Once people start returning to work in the February period you’ll see them come down a bit more,” he said.
Beat the heat this summer at Oakleigh outdoor pool
Those looking to beat the heat this summer should head to the outdoor pool at Oakleigh Recreation Centre.
Situated in Park Rd, the centre features a heated 50m pool, which has eight lanes and is ideal for lap swimming. It operates from November to March.
The centre also has a diving pool with seven springboards including 1m and 3m springboards, and 1m, 3m and 5m platforms.
When the diving platform is open, children have to do a test jump and swim to the side under lifeguard supervision just to see if they are worthy.
The outdoor pool is known to frequently retro-fit the diving tower with a giant inflatable slide, bringing an extra attraction to the space.
The multi-purpose outdoor pool is heated to 31 degrees and caters for rehabilitation, the ORC Learn to Swim program and family leisure. The outdoor pool is the perfect place for a relaxing swim and is supervised by qualified lifeguards at all times.
A favourite among toddlers and children is the splash pool area which includes a beach entry, waterfall, water play fountain, bubble lay area and water jets. The splash pad is open to children under the age of 10 and they must be supervised by a parent/guardian 16 years or over.
With a shaded grass area, terrace seating and a poolside café, the outdoor pool at Oakleigh Recreation Centre is a great place to cool off this summer.
Oakleigh Recreation Centre is open from 6am – 9pm Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, and from 9am – 6pm on public holidays.
For more information, phone (03) 8567 0333 or visit oakleighrecreationcentre.com.au
Discover No Name in Oakleigh
For a venue that’s called No Name, No Name in Oakleigh has developed quite a name for itself thanks to its delicious, hearty cuisine.
Situated in Eaton Mall, the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves predominately Italian fare, with some Greek additions.
The no-nonsense interiors ooze class, and with 90-odd items on the menu, including pizza, pasta, meat dishes and seafood, patrons are spoilt for choice.
It is the perfect place to relax with friends, enjoy a mid-afternoon wine and share a small plate of chargrilled octopus with olives and lemon wedges, or lamb and dill arancini with citrus yoghurt.
The reef and beef is a top-seller, and features 450g of grain-fed rib eye, king prawns and scallops with mashed potato, seasonal greens and cream red wine jus.
Need an iron fix? Try the meat tower for two, which includes lamb, chicken and pork skewers, lamb cutlets, scotch fillet, loukaniko (Greek sausages), Greek salad and chips with dipping sauce.
For something deliciously decadent, indulge in the four cheese gnocchi, with gorgonzola, brie, cheddar and parmesan, topped off with cream sauce.
The desserts are worth a visit alone, with inclusions such as layered baklava ice cream, and No Name chocolate lava cake with Turkish delight and tahini.
So how does a restaurant end up with a title like No Name?
Owner Kon Tangalakis opened No Name five years ago, having been in the industry for two decades.
The day the restaurant opened, he had registered eight names, and planned to run a competition among customers to choose the winning title.
From the moment the doors opened, the restaurant was busy, and by the mid-afternoon, word was spreading about the new venue in Oakleigh with “no name”.
“It happened by default,” Mr Tangalakis said.
“Everyone was on social media talking about this place with no name.
“Having a marketing background, I just jumped on the idea and we said there’s the name, No Name.”
No Name is open from 7am-10.30pm, seven days a week, and can accommodate 120 people, with outdoor seating in the mall. There is a private function room available for up to 20 people.
All images courtesy of restaurantwithnoname.com.au
Discover Vanilla Cakes and Lounge in Oakleigh
The award-winning Vanilla Cakes and Lounge in Eaton Mall offers pure indulgence in the heart of Oakleigh.
The family-run patisserie, coffee lounge and restaurant opened in 2008, and features two levels – a spacious, modern lounge area downstairs and an upstairs covered terrace with skylights.
With seven pastry chefs on deck, Vanilla has carved a name for itself in the industry for its beautifully-presented, decadent cakes, which entice patrons from the display counter.
The galaktoboureko, a Greek dessert of custard in filo with syrup, is a popular choice, as are the pastes and baklava.
The food menu is as scrumptious as the desserts and is mostly organic, with Greek and Mediterranean offerings such as lamb souvlaki, spanakopita, chicken parmesan, moussaka and fresh seafood options.
Vanilla Cakes and Lounge offer their own brand of coffee, Dukes, and the frappés, or Greek foam-covered iced coffees, are a summer favourite with locals.
On Thursday nights, there is live music in English and Greek from 8pm, and the venue caters for larger functions of up to 150 people.
Owner Helen Spanos and her husband run the business with their four children and their partners.
The family burst on to the hospitality scene in 1976, when they opened Medallion Cafe and Cakes in Lonsdale St. In August 2008, they opened Vanilla Cakes and Lounge in Oakleigh, and since then the restaurant has gone from strength to strength, extending every year to keep up with the masses.
“We eat here, we live here, we work here, so the food is what we want to eat, that’s what we offer,” said Ms Spanos.
“Everything is local, everything is as organic as can be.”
Ms Spanos said she believed their strong sense of family resonated well with the community.
“We believe in family and the time that we share together as a family is very important to us,” she said.
“We see one another every day and we all work together, and that’s our joy.
“We love doing what we’re doing because we’re together.”
Vanilla Cakes and Lounge is open from 6am to 1am, 7 days a week, all year except Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday.
All images and video courtesy vanillalounge.com.au
Visit Vanilla Cakes and Lounge in Oakleigh
Vanilla Cakes and Lounge is at 17-21 Eaton St, Oakleigh.
Food review: 5FIVE Bakehouse Kitchen in Oakleigh
What we ate
Food: We had the mushrooms with goat’s cheese and rocket, topped with a poached egg and sweet potato chips. This breakfast menu item sounded promising but it didn’t quite meet expectations. The mushrooms lacked flavour and the thick slices of slightly dry bread didn’t pair well with this dish which already had a lot of elements going on. While the goat’s cheese brought a bold and robust flavour to this dish, it became overpowering as there wasn’t a variety of other flavours to balance it out. The biggest disappointment was the sweet potato ‘chips’ – they were more like soft strips of peeled vegetable and lacked crunch. If done better, the sweet potato could’ve lifted the dish and added some complexity through a sweet flavour and crispy texture.
However, the four-cheese ravioli was a winner. Large pockets of pasta were filled with soft white cheese and topped with a rich and full-flavoured tomato sauce. The shavings of parmesan added the perfect amount of salt and savoury flavour to the dish, balancing out the sweetness in the sauce.
Drinks: The coffee was smooth, slightly bitter and creamy. The freshly-squeezed apple juice was a sweet yet refreshing drink option.
About 5FIVE Bakehouse Kitchen
5FIVE Bakehouse Kitchen is an artisan-style bakehouse kitchen located in the heart of Oakleigh. The cafe is renowned for its coffee and baked goods as well as their assortment of meals available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Atmosphere: Bustling, airy, friendly.
Value for money: 6/10 (The two meals, plus juice and coffee came to $53.70. Service was quite slow; we waited about 45 minutes for our food).
Discover Mick Adams Burger Bar in Oakleigh
UPDATE: Mick Adams burger Bar in Oakleigh is now permanently closed.
Mick Adams Burger Bar in Oakleigh successfully combines Greek, American and Australian elements with a touch of history, in a winning recipe.
The venue feels a bit like an American-style diner, but pays homage to the Greek-born Australian who started the iconic milk bar.
With its red brick walls, spacious floor plan, mood lighting, and groovy tunes, the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming.
The most popular choice on the menu is the mouth-watering Cheesy Mike, with a 180g grass-fed beef patty, double cheddar, pickles, cos lettuce, ketchup, aioli and tomato.
And when it comes to the humble chip, this joint must hold a record for the most interesting choices. There are truffle parmesan chips, feta chips, chili cheese fries, and the beer-battered variety.
Vegetarians, don’t despair; the menu includes a Lean Green burger with a chickpea fritter, grilled mushroom, red cheddar, spinach, caramelised onion and tomato relish.
A decadent range of milkshake options are available, such as peanut butter and butterscotch, plus sweets to die for, like the Nutella bomboloni. For those needing an afternoon refreshment, beer is available on tap.
The staff are extremely polite, ensuring everything is up to standard once meals are delivered.
Michael Koutroulis and his uncle, Theo Raptis, opened the restaurant in May 2015, following on from the success of Mr Koutroulis’ Italian restaurant and rooftop bar in Hawthorn, Santoni.
“We just thought Oakleigh needed a bit more variety in the area and we thought burgers would be perfect,” Mr Koutroulis said.
“It’s very casual, very relaxed, but a high quality product.”
The owners named the venue after Greek migrant Joachim Tavlaridis, or Mick Adams, who opened Australia’s first ever milk bar in Sydney’s Martin Place in 1932.
Based on the American-style soda parlours of the 1930s, his concept proved popular, and within five years there were more than 4000 independently run milk bars across the country.
Want to know more? Check out his story on the menu or the billboard inside the restaurant.
“Everybody remembers the corner store or milk bar from their childhood, so that’s what we are paying homage to,” Mr Koutroulis said.
He said he believed the secret to a delicious burger was high-quality meat.
At Mick Adams, they use juicy Cape Grim scotch from Tasmania, and all burgers are served medium, unless otherwise specified.
UPDATE: Mick Adams burger Bar in Oakleigh is now permanently closed.
Your guide to 2015 Christmas events in Oakleigh
Christmas is coming to Oakleigh and there are a number of local events people can get involved in.
Join the community to celebrate this festive time of year at one of these great Christmas events taking place over the coming weeks:
When: Thursday, December 3
Where: Oakleigh Library, 148 Drummond St, Oakleigh
What: Parents and children are invited to join Santa Claus at Oakleigh Library for a special Christmas-themed storytime. After enjoying stories, songs, rhymes and craft, children can meet Santa and receive a small gift.
For more details, phone Oakleigh Library on 9563 4138 or visit their website here.
Carols in Warrawee Park
When: Friday, December 4
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Where: Warrawee Park, corner Drummond St and Atherton Rd, Oakleigh
Wet weather venue: Sacred Heart Girls College Hall, Latrobe Street, Hughesdale.
What: Join this year’s Christmas festivities hosted by local churches, in coordination with the Uniting Church, which will include entertainment, local school choir performances, an appearance by Santa Claus, a sausage sizzle and much more. Pre-event activities will run from 6.30pm – 7.30pm and carols will run from 7.30pm – 9.30pm and feature the Oakleigh City Band with Mark Townsend as MC.
For more details, phone: 9568 5161 or visit their website here.
Christmas lights in Oakleigh
There’s nothing more enjoyable than going for a walk or drive through your neighbourhood in search of decorated houses and Christmas light displays.
We’ve put together this list of houses and streets in Oakleigh renowned for showing Christmas lights each year:
- 37 Estelle Street, Oakleigh
- 54 Bishop St, Oakleigh
- 15 Delos Street, Oakleigh South
- 17 Monterey Court, Oakleigh South
- Joyce Avenue, Oakleigh South
- Luain Avenue, Oakleigh South
TELL US: Have we missed any? Let us know if there are other houses or streets in Oakleigh with great Christmas light displays so we can update our list.
Oakleigh school hosts film festival to raise awareness of disability
Students at a school in Oakleigh are proving disability is not a barrier with a short-film evening.
The event is designed to raise awareness of disability and highlight the importance of inclusion for all abilities.
The screening will also emphasise accessibility to events for people with a disability by implementing the use of captions for people with a hearing impairment and audio descriptions for people who are blind or have low vision.
Australian short films selected for a primary and secondary school aged audience will show as a way to shine a light on disability and access in the community.
School Community Liaison Officer Marion Casserly said Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School was the first official Victorian school venue to host the Access All Areas School Tour.
“The tour is designed to increase cinema access for people with a disability and to raise awareness about issues of ability and access in the community,” she said.
Ms Casserly said the event aimed to teach the students to “see the ability, not the disability”.
“Leading up to the film festival, students have been focusing their learning on being inclusive, raising awareness of ability and access issues and preventing bullying,” she said.
“Our students have been fortunate to have Jim Asimakopoulos O.A.M. come to our school for a day of inspirational talks to the children from grades F – 6. Jim has lived with Cerebral Palsy all his life and his talks encourage people to believe in themselves.”
The Access All Areas School Tour is on Thursday, November 26 at Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 2 Mora Ave, Oakleigh.
It will begin with a sausage sizzle at 5.30pm, where gold coin donations are appreciated, followed by a screening of short films at 6.15pm and the feature film at 7pm.
For more details, contact the school by phoning 8574 4500 or visit aaaff.com.au
Find the venue
Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 2 Mora Ave, Oakleigh
Do you want a multi-level carpark in Oakleigh?
People are encouraged to have their say on a proposal to build a new multi-level carpark in Oakleigh.
Monash Council has proposed two levels of parking, providing 195 parking spaces, be added to an existing ground level carpark in Atkinson St.
The $8.7 million project seeks to meet the demand for carparking in central Oakleigh following recent growth of the area.
Mayor Paul Klisaris said the proposal had been recommended to the council by the Oakleigh Parking Steering Committee, which included Oakleigh Ward Councillors Stefanie Perri, Bill Pontikis and Theo Zographos, representatives of the Oakleigh Traders and Oakleigh Rotary Club, and local Members of Parliament Anna Burke and Steve Dimopoulos.
Cr Klisaris said about $1.6 million in funding for the carpark would come from contributions made by local businesses (in lieu of providing car spaces on-site at their businesses) and council would consider funding the remainder of the project in its 2016-17 budget.
To raise funds, consideration would be given to selling two council-owned sites in Oxford St.
Cr Klisaris said the centre of Oakleigh had grown into a popular, thriving place, where people liked to catch up.
“The success of Oakleigh means that the demand for car parking is outstripping the supply,” he said.
“According to the traffic experts, once car park occupancy rates exceed 85 per cent, motorists experience significant frustrations in circulating for an available car park.
“Our studies have found that many of the existing car parks in Oakleigh are 100 per cent occupied during peak periods.
“Residents and traders are experiencing a great deal of frustration with parking in Oakleigh and have asked council to do something to address this problem.”
Monash Council is seeking community feedback on both the overall project and a recommended construction timeline.
Under the council’s proposal, an Expression of Interest for construction of the carpark would be advertised in early 2016 and construction would begin mid-2016. The carpark would then be expected to open in mid-2017.
While this timeline would result in the carpark opening as early as possible, the drawback would be that the existing carpark may not be available for use over the Christmas 2016 period as it will be a construction site.
Submit your feedback online via a survey by December 4, attend a ‘listening pod’ in person at Eaton Mall on Saturday, November 14 from 12noon-2pm or on Thursday, December 3 from 3pm-5pm. Alternatively, attend a meeting for local traders and residents at the Monash Seminar and Training Centre at 1A Atherton Rd on Thursday, November 26 from 5pm-6.30pm.
Discover Giannis Jewellers in Oakleigh
Giannis Jewellers in Oakleigh has carved a name in the industry for its beautifully handcrafted jewellery.
Award-winning owner Yianni Lambropoulos has more than 30 years’ experience in designing quality, custom-made pieces, as showcased in the shopfront windows.
Giannis Jewellers also provides on-the-spot jewellery repairs, soldering, resizing, claw re-tipping, gem setting, polishing and rhodium plating.
Mr Lambropoulos said he knew he was destined to become a jeweller from the age of 11. Three of his uncles were jewellers, and Mr Lambropoulos became fascinated with the craft from an early age. During school holidays, he would spend countless hours in their workshops, learning the trade.
“I got a bit of a head start,” he said.
In 1983, Mr Lambropoulos began a four-year jewellery apprenticeship, and he never looked back. Since then, he has traded under the Giannis Jewellers business name for several years, but officially set up shop in Eaton Mall two years ago.
Mr Lambropoulos said many of the mainstream jewellers made their products as cheaply as possible, but he ensured his pieces were top quality, sourcing materials from all over the globe.
“Today’s jewellery is made in countries like India and China and they’re made with the cheapest materials they can get, to cut corners and cut price,” he said.
“I use premium materials, and you get it custom-made to your desire.
“We specialise in custom-made jewellery, so whatever the customer wants, we can make it to their desire.”
Mr Lambropoulos has won several awards throughout his career – the most recent being on September 1.
In what he describes as the jewellery equivalent of a MasterChef Australia cook-off, participants in the Young Jewellers Group competition were tasked with creating something original that showcased their craftsmanship.
They were given the same materials to work with, and two days to see where their imagination took them.
Mr Lambropoulos took out second place with his creation.
“I love the passion, it’s what I’ve been doing all my life – making jewellery at the highest standard I can achieve,” he said.
Your guide to beauty salons and services in Oakleigh
Are you in need of a beauty treatment but not sure where to go for specific services?
To help you in your search for beautiful brows, hair-free legs and glowing skin, we’ve put together this helpful list of beauty services available in Oakleigh.
Whether you’re looking to beautify yourself in time for the warmer months or simply want to be pampered with a relaxing treatment, we’re sure one of these beauty salons in Oakleigh can help you out.
Experience a massage with a difference at A Beautiful Mind and Body in Oakleigh. The salon offers treatments in Vibrosaun machines which simulates the effects of exercise in a reclined position in a dry sauna environment. You’ll feel as though you’ve had a massage but with the added benefits of increased blood flow, relief of arthritic pain, aches and pains, and more. The business also offers counselling services and can assist with a range of issues including self-confidence, anxiety, stress, personal goals and more.
Located in the Oakleigh Central shopping centre, Alpha Nails and Waxing is open to men and women for nail and feet care and waxing treatments, while White Wax offers waxing, threading, spray tanning and eyelash extension and tinting services.
Omorfo Face and Body is a boutique beauty salon with a European atmosphere. They offer a comprehensive selection of face and body treatments such as skin analysis and consultation, facials, waxing, massage, manicures and pedicures. The salon is also renowned for their brow shaping and make up artistry services.
Pamper yourself at beautytheque, a salon that offers a range of beauty services including waxing, tanning, manicures and pedicures, relaxation massage, facials and IPL skin treatments.
For premium waxing and laser hair removal, get yourself to Brazilian Butterfly in Oakleigh. The salon also offers a range of other services to complement your beauty regime including eyelash tinting, eyebrow shaping and spray tanning.
For a salon that specialises in skin treatments including IPL and hydro microdermabrasion, J & T House of Beauty is the place to go. They also offer Reiki, makeup artistry and massage services.
For a one-stop beauty shop located in the heart of Oakleigh, Yota All About Beauty provides a relaxing atmosphere for a host of treatments including massage, body wraps and scrubs, eyebrow threading, waxing, manicures and pedicures, as well as Dermalogica facial treatments.
For details on hairdressers or hair salons in Oakleigh, view our Guide To Hairdressers In Oakleigh.
Discover Risk Bar in Oakleigh
Nestled in the heart of Oakleigh’s Eaton Mall, Risk Bar oozes suburban chic.
Grey and orange leather chairs sit against a backdrop of cool stone tiling, modern mirrors and eye-catching lighting effects. This is the perfect location for a sneaky afternoon beer and burger, or a refreshing mid-evening cocktail with friends.
Plenty of seating in the mall allows patrons to watch the world go by in the sunshine. Groovy lounge tunes serenade diners during the daytime, while on Friday and Saturday nights a DJ spices things up with a medley of pop music from 7pm.
Open 7 days a week, from 11am to 1am, Risk Bar has a selection of convenient tapas options, such as the Risk Bar Trio of Brioche Sliders, with soft shell crab, slow-cooked beef brisket and peri peri chicken.
Based on demand, the owners expanded the menu to include mains, ranging from char-grilled chicken breast and eye fillet medallions, to pan-seared salmon and a seafood platter.
The drinks menu has a quirky catch – the origins of each cocktail are included.
Patrons can read about how the lychee martini originated in San Francisco in the 1860s, or how the mojito, which dates back to 16th century Havana, was believed to be a remedy for tropical illnesses and scurvy. The 2014 Risk Signature Cocktail features fireball cinnamon-flavoured whiskey, zesty lime juice, sugar syrup and apple juice.
The clientele is as diverse as the cocktails, from young families enjoying a meal on the weekend, to retirees indulging in a bottle of red and a cheese platter. On weekends, the venue comes alive with younger crowds taking in the live music and often late at night, the DJ will bust out a few Greek tunes in honour of the owners’ heritage.
The venue is also available for function hire.
New to hospitality, business partners Foni Strintzos and Con Nianiakas opened Risk Bar last December.
Mr Nianiakas’ wife, Tina Gobjias, said Risk Bar allowed locals to experience what Chapel St in South Yarra had to offer, right in the heart of Oakleigh.
“It’s that boutique chic brought to Oakleigh, where someone can go and have beer on tap or a glass of champagne” she said.
“Who could ever imagine that you’d go down to Oakleigh for a bottle of Cristal or Moet?
“It’s somewhere where you can have a nice cocktail, enjoy a meal and soak up the atmosphere.”