Living Local…with Melissa Hoyer

In a new monthly blog, Iggy Damiani talks to local personalities about their property history, what they love about where they live now and the best things about living local.

For the month of February, Iggy caught up with media communicator and commentator Melissa Hoyer, a long time Eastern Suburbs resident and editor-at-large at

With a no-nonsense, believable and down-to-earth style, Melissa has proved a popular communicator in all avenues of the media whether she's commenting on the news of the day, fashion, film, travel or lifestyle.

You can find Melissa on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and

ID: How long have you lived in the Eastern suburbs?

MH: I moved into the Eastern Suburbs from the Southern Suburbs when I was 20 years old, first renting an apartment in Doubly Bay with two girlfriends before moving to Woollahra. At that time I bought an investment apartment in Kings Cross, followed by one in Darlinghurst.

I then bought a home in Paddington with my then partner and father of our teenage son, and that is where I still reside.

ID: What do enjoy the most about living here?

MH: It literally is close to everything and everywhere. I know that sounds like a cliché but when time is of the essence it's important to be as close to where I need to be especially for work. It is also very close to the CBD and any of the eastern beaches.

It just has a really great vibe as well. Relaxed and much more family-friendly, especially in the precinct I live in - it used to be a little bit dodgy.

ID: What is your favourite eatery in the east? What would you recommend ordering there?

MH: I like Bistro Moncur (the best steak or crab omelette) Chiswick (the amazing Moran lamb) and Fratelli Paradiso in Potts Point for their lasagnetta or fish of the day.

ID: What is your favourite place to relax?

MH: At home. It is my little sanctuary that I can close off to the rest of the world.

ID: If you could live on any street in the Eastern Suburbs what would it be?

MH: Well, that's a toss-up between Wunulla Road, Point Piper (ha!), Paddington Street, Paddington or I have always liked View Street, Woollahra. Potts Point has become a favourite over the last five years so down the 'Paris' end would be fantastic, from Macleay Street and into Wylde Street.

ID. Would you rather go to a football game or to a gallery opening? Or, both?

MH: Both. I am a Gemini after all!

ID. Where would you have a holiday home anywhere in the world?

MH: While it may sound incredibly parochial I still think Palm Beach in New South Wales is my preferred local holiday home destination. But if I was thinking globally, it would have to be smack, bang looking over the water somewhere!!!

ID. If you had overseas guests visiting where would you take them in the east?

MH: The Art Gallery of NSW, the MCA, Centennial Park, Rushcutters Bay, definitely Watsons Bay, Vaucluse and Nielsen Park. And there are million restaurants, bars & cafes that you would need a year to munch through!

ID. Now, you can ask me one question…

MH: Ok, if I was looking to buy an investment apartment at this state of the market, where would you suggest that I get the best return and has good potential for capital growth? Yes, it is a bit of a crystal ball question!

ID: My pick for an investment property at the moment is Coogee. The current vacancy rates in for Coogee is 1.1% which is very low considering Sydney metro is around 2.1%. Coogee has become a very popular area for the under 30’s with the new Coogee Pavilion and other great restaurants in the area.