When Kebrasca King and his wife moved to Melbourne eight years ago they had $5,000 in their account to start building a new life. They both worked in jobs they hated just to pay the bills. It wasn’t until they reconnected with one of their old clients from New Zealand that they were able to launch their media company and start living the life they had envisioned when they first moved here.
We spoke to Kebrasca about what led him to start his own business, King Creative, and what drew them to Victoria Harbour to work and live.
Why did you start your business in Victoria Harbour?
When we first came to Melbourne, we got a two-bedroom apartment in Victoria Harbour that gave us easy access to the CBD and allowed us to get to know our new home. It’s a very convenient lifestyle, with a doctor, dentist and supermarket nearby, so we have everything we need right on our doorstep.
Once we decided to start our business, setting up shop in Victoria Harbour just made sense. Not only was it a great location just 500m from our home, but the office was kitted out with the latest technology. The building is also eco-friendly with solar panels on the roof, which helped with our decision to be more sustainably-minded in our business.
Why do you love living and working in Victoria Harbour?
Victoria Harbour allows businesses to have a full view of Melbourne and our clients from all over the world are blown away by the location. Developers have done a great job of creating a space that’s truly vibrant, with the corporate environment of the area growing to become quite energetic.
While it can be fairly hyper during the 9-5 workday, after hours it’s quiet and there’s a real sense of community which we adore – especially since all our family are back in New Zealand. We have a number of friends who are business owners as well as residents, so it’s great for us to be able to have it all in one place. We’ll probably end up staying here for a very long time.
How do you spend your leisure time?
There’s so much to do here. Every morning we visit the local gym and have also started sessions at the new MMA gym as well, who happen to be one of our clients! We ride our bikes around Victoria Harbour and into Melbourne, and of course we frequently visit all the local cafes, bars and restaurants that the area has to offer.
What are some of your favourite places to take people for lunch?
Since we’re in marketing a lot of our job involves taking our clients out, so it helps to have a range of different restaurants so close by.
Our favourite Japanese is Akachochin, but we also like Tap and Pok Pok – although they’re always packed at lunch time so it’s best to go in after the rush.