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Room to breathe at the Bend

Timeless design and modern amenity define this spacious townhouse in Alphington, Victoria.

By Belinda Aucott
Fri, Nov 10, 2023 10:43amGrey Clock 3 min

Escaping the city may have become a priority for many in Melbourne, but sacrificing the joys of city living is not.

Less than 10 kms from Melbourne Mills Townhouse at YarraBend, deftly balances the best of both worlds. It has a location with easy access to nature trails and community gardens, but also offers all the modern convenience of city living.

Located just 6.5 km from Melbourne, it’s close to Heidelberg Road shopping precinct for essential groceries, plus generous fitness options. Want to improve your tennis game? You can practice at Tennis Lessons Melbourne. What about a quick nine holes of golf of Friday morning? There’s a great course at Yarrabend.

While going out is easy, there’s still plenty of room to cocoon at home.

Designed by Conrad Architects the interiors are crisp and timeless. Natural, high-quality finishes make this home a blank canvas to stamp your style on.

An urban floor plan is split over three levels. The ground floor allows access to the home via a rear, secure double garage and up above there are three bedrooms and three bathrooms to play with. Thanks to a clever floor plan, there’s plenty of space to unwind and cocoon.

One of the best features is the sense of privacy on each level.

A cinch for weekend entertaining, the sleek island kitchen is a highlight. Here you’ll find dual Miele ovens, stone marble benchtops and splashbacks, as well as a double sink and lots of storage. Wide engineered floorboards in living areas keep the interior clean and fresh, while soft, plush carpet in the bedrooms, make it cosy in the more intimate spaces. A separate laundry room, study nook, and ensuites in two of the bedrooms – including a master with bathtub and walk in robe – give it the feel of a full-sized house without the high maintenance.

The location is also, close to an emerging dining precinct called The Bend which has already attracted hot chef talent like Adam Da Sylva from Tonka, on Flinders Lane.

Need to drop children to school? The hood is blessed with a quick drop off for the kids at Alphington Primary school or, Alphington Grammar.

As part of the YarraBend area, residents can also look forward to easy access to future amenities, including casual laneway eateries and a wellness centre with yoga and massage room, private pools, and on site co-working spaces.

Attractive to remote and hybrid workers Alphington is on the doorstep of a burgeoning hub, where purchasers will enjoy green spaces to breathe in and plenty of distraction around The Bend.

Uncover a new lifestyle mix here.

The listed price is $1.525m, but email property@kanebridge.com.au for developer discounts.



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Whether you call it charisma, charm or magnetism, some people seem like naturals. Good news: It can be learned.

By Rachel Feintzeig
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Great leaders have it. Gen Z has a new word for it. Can the rest of us learn it?

Charisma—or rizz , as current teenage slang has anointed it—can feel like an ephemeral gift some are just born with. The chosen among us network and chitchat, exuding warmth as they effortlessly hold court. Then there’s everyone else, agonising over exclamation points in email drafts and internally replaying that joke they made in the meeting, wondering if it hit.

“Well, this is awkward,” Mike Rizzo, the head of a community for marketing operations professionals, says of rizz being crowned 2023 word of the year by the publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary. It’s so close to his last name, but so far from how he sees himself. He sometimes gets sweaty palms before hosting webinars.

Who could blame us for obsessing over charisma, or lack thereof? It can lubricate social interactions, win us friends, and score promotions . It’s also possible to cultivate, assures Charles Duhigg, the author of a book about people he dubs super communicators.

At its heart, charisma isn’t about some grand performance. It’s a state we elicit in other people, Duhigg says. It’s about fostering connection and making our conversation partners feel they’re the charming—or interesting or funny—ones.

The key is to ask deeper, though not prying, questions that invite meaningful and revealing responses, Duhigg says. And match the other person’s vibes. Maybe they want to talk about emotions, the joy they felt watching their kid graduate from high school last weekend. Or maybe they’re just after straight-up logistics and want you to quickly tell them exactly how the team is going to turn around that presentation by tomorrow.

You might be hired into a company for your skill set, Duhigg says, but your ability to communicate and earn people’s trust propels you up the ladder: “That is leadership.”

Approachable and relatable

In reporting this column, I was surprised to hear many executives and professionals I find breezily confident and pleasantly chatty confess it wasn’t something that came naturally. They had to work on it.

Dave MacLennan , who served as chief executive of agricultural giant Cargill for nearly a decade, started by leaning into a nickname: DMac, first bestowed upon him in a C-suite meeting where half the executives were named Dave.

He liked the informality of it. The further he ascended up the corporate hierarchy, the more he strove to be approachable and relatable.

Employees “need a reason to follow you,” he says. “One of the reasons they’re going to follow you is that they feel they know you.”

He makes a point to remember the details and dates of people’s lives, such as colleagues’ birthdays. After making his acquaintance, in a meeting years ago at The Wall Street Journal’s offices, I was shocked to receive an email from his address months later. Subject line: You , a heading so compelling I still recall it. He went on to say he remembered I was due with my first child any day now and just wanted to say good luck.

“So many people say, ‘Oh, I don’t have a good memory for that,’” he says. Prioritise remembering, making notes on your phone if you need, he says.

Now a board member and an executive coach, MacLennan sent hundreds of handwritten notes during his tenure. He’d reach out to midlevel managers who’d just gotten a promotion, or engineers who showed him around meat-processing plants. He’d pen words of thanks or congratulations. And he’d address the envelopes himself.

“Your handwriting is a very personal thing about you,” he says. “Think about it. Twenty seconds. It makes such an impact.”

Everyone’s important

Doling out your charm selectively will backfire, says Carla Harris , a Morgan Stanley executive. She chats up the woman cleaning the office, the receptionist at her doctor’s, the guy waiting alongside her for the elevator.

“Don’t be confused,” she tells young bankers. Executive assistants are often the most powerful people in the building, and you never know how someone can help—or hurt—you down the line.

Harris once spent a year mentoring a junior worker in another department, not expecting anything in return. One day, Harris randomly mentioned she faced an uphill battle in meeting with a new client. Oh!, the 24-year-old said. Turns out, the client was her friend. She made the call right there, setting up Harris for a work win.

In the office, stop staring at your phone, Harris advises, and notice the people around you. Ask for their names. Push yourself to start a conversation with three random people every day.

Charisma for introverts

You can’t will yourself to be a bubbly extrovert, but you can find your own brand of charisma, says Vanessa Van Edwards, a communications trainer and author of a book about charismatic communication.

For introverted clients, she recommends using nonverbal cues. A slow triple nod shows people you’re listening. Placing your hands in the steeple position, together and facing up, denotes that you’re calm and present.

Try coming up with one question you’re known for. Not a canned, hokey ice-breaker, but something casual and simple that reflects your actual interests. One of her clients, a bookish executive struggling with uncomfortable, halting starts to his meetings, began kicking things off by asking “Reading anything good?”

Embracing your stumbles

Charisma starts with confidence. It’s not that captivating people don’t occasionally mispronounce a word or spill their coffee, says Henna Pryor, who wrote a book about embracing awkwardness at work. They just have a faster comeback rate than the rest of us. They call out the stumble instead of trying to hide it, make a small joke, and move on.

Being perfectly polished all the time is not only exhausting, it’s impossible. We know this, which is why appearing flawless can come off as fake. We like people who seem human, Pryor says.

Our most admired colleagues are often the ones who are good at their jobs and can laugh at themselves too, who occasionally trip or flub just like us.

“It creates this little moment of warmth,” she says, “that we actually find almost like a relief.”

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