Jeweller close to gem of a sale

first_img2141/32 Refinery Pde, New FarmMargot says despite the joy of living in the residence for over a decade, it’s time for new owners to become part of the property’s story.“For somebody else to love our home as much as we do will be enough.”Margot says the building is full of original features such as a fireplace, wrought iron columns and cathedral ceilings, but the new owners will enjoy modern conveniences too.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago“In that home we have the very best of apartment living with the very best of living in a home.“We drive into the carpark… we unlock the door, we walk in and that’s our home. Now that’s a very unusual in a situation when you’re living in an apartment complex.”Features include a 2500-bottle wine cellar, river and city skyline views and a three-car garage.Despite Margot’s growing international profile, there are no plans for the couple to relocate overseas.“I will never move from Brisbane,” Margot says.“But my business does take me to the US increasingly so we did find that we need something that’s more of a pit stop rather than more of a family home.” Peter Kedwell and wife Margot McKinney are selling their iconic New Farm property.Prominent Brisbane jewellery designer Margot McKinney and her husband Peter Kedwell are close to securing more than $5 million for their riverfront home in New Farm.Originally built in 1890, Refinery House is the only stand-alone residence retained as part of the 2004 redevelopment of the old CSR sugar refinery site. 2141/32 Refinery Pde, New FarmMarketing agent Brett Greensill of LJ Hooker New Farm says despite the home having been on and off the market for several year, top-end market conditions are now ripe for finalising a sale.Mr Greensill says low interest rates plus the affordability gap between Brisbane and Sydney prestige property are driving demand in the sector.“That’s giving consumers and business confidence, and confidence is a very important thing when it comes to capital growth.”Mr Greensill says negotiations will be finalised by the end of February.last_img read more

Retirement village is future-proofing to stay one step ahead of govt

first_imgHalcyon Glades at Caboolture.Halcyon joint managing director Bevan Geissmann said LHD would enhance the quality of life for many Baby Boomers as they aged. “The homes are designed to be easy to enter and to move around in, capable of cost-effective adaptation and to be responsive to the changing needs of their residents,” Dr Geissmann said. Homes at Halcyon Glades are priced from $389,000 with the sales centre at 34 Ardrossan Road, Caboolture. Halcyon Glades at Caboolture.The LHD initiative not only has the social benefit of enabling the elderly to stay longer in their own homes, there is also an economic benefit, with built-in adaptability estimated at being 22 times more efficient than retro-fitting down the track.LHD has three levels of performance — Silver, Gold and Platinum — that new homes can achieve, with the starting level, silver including eight core-design features such as including at least one step-free and level entry, a bathroom with a hobless shower recess and a continuous handrail on one side of any stairway where there is a rise of more than one metre. Halcyon is future-proofing its homes, ensuring they are ready for the Federal Government’s Livable Housing Design initiative, expected to come into affect in 2020.FUTURE-proofing is not just a new trend in retirement living. By 2020, it may be mandatory for new homes. Halcyon Glades at Caboolture is leading the way and getting a step ahead, giving its residents the chance to future-proof their homes well ahead of the Livable Housing Design initiative targeted by the Federal Government to be mandatory by 2020.Buyers in Halcyon’s lifestyle communities are given the option of incorporating design features that will meet their changing needs as they age. Halcyon Glades at Caboolture.Wayne and Marion Clarke selected a Platinum-level home when they purchased at Halcyon Glades earlier this year. “We’re not ready to retire, but we are conscious of ongoing and forthcoming health issues and thought that we should make some important decisions while we still have control,” Mr Clarke said.“My mother-in-law, who lived in an over 50s community, was making her way to the community centre when she tripped and fell over the runner of the flyscreen in the door — she was sadly unable to recover from the fall.“After experiencing this first-hand, we knew we had to make smart decisions to future-proof our home.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago Halcyon Glades at Caboolture.Downsizing from a four-bedroom home at Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast, the Clarkes are excepting to move into their new home by August.“After we saw all the plans in detail we knew it was the best option to suit all our current and future needs,” Mr Clarke said.“Our home will meet Federal Government standards and more importantly, it will meet our needs.“The internal doors will slide into a wall cavity, there will be no lip to trip over in the shower, and a seamless entry and other features that will enable our home to be more easily and cost effectively adaptable to meet our changing needs.”last_img read more

Gold Coast family home offers waterfront lifestyle

first_imgThere is plenty of space to entertain in this apartment.With 180-degree views of the Broadwater, the apartment is more like a house in size with an expansive open plan living, dining and entertaining terrace that overlooks the Broadwater. There are three bedrooms including the main with a stunning water vista, spa bath and walk-in wardrobe.While not an interior designer by trade, it’s obvious Mrs Sangster has a passion for design with stunning finishes throughout. “Over the years we have added to it bit by bit — I only just finished wallpapering the bedroom.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe kitchen has plenty of bench space.Mrs Sangster said one of the highlights was the accessibility to the sandy beach.“My husband has a ski so he goes paddling most mornings. “You can pick it up and walk straight to the beach. “We’ve also got bikes so we can go straight out the front and there’s plenty of paths. It really opens up a nice lifestyle.” She said the pair hopes someone else will enjoy it as much as they have.“It’s perfect for anyone who wants to downsize from a house,” she said. Homeowner Debbie Sangster said she “only just finished wallpapering”.ON THE MARKET7107/323 BAYVIEW ST, HOLLYWELLAgent: Charmaine and Paul Ledgerwood, Ray White, Sovereign IslandsFeatures: Master ensuite with spa and walk-in wardrobe, remote blinds, Caesarstone benchtops and Miele appliances in kitchenArea size: 323sq mPrice: $1.695 millionInspections: Saturday and Sunday, 11-11.30am 7107/323 Bayview St, Hollywell — on the market at $1.695 million.WHEN Debbie and Michael Sangster walked into the Allisee Apartments display 10 years ago little did they know they would walk out owning an apartment. The Cairns-based couple said they were drawn to the waterfront location and high-end finishes of the development. The bathroom also has a designer feel.“I know we’ve enjoyed it and I hope someone else enjoys it as much as we have.”The pair said they were only selling to accommodate their boat.“We decided our ideal would be to have the boat where we are,” she said. “It was a big decision and it was a boating decision so we have bought at Sanctuary Cove where we can have the boat out the front.” The complex has lap pools, a sauna, steam room, tennis court, library, barbecue and gym. It is also a short stroll to schools, shopping centres and restaurants. What a view.“We walked in and I said ‘I could live here’,” Mrs Sangster said. “We bought it within an hour. Because we bought off the plan we were able to do quite a few variations before it was built.” The ground-floor residence has been a holiday home for the couple who tried to get down more than a dozen times a year. “It’s our getaway and it’s nice and relaxing,” Mrs Sangster said. “We would stay for a week or two every couple of months.” last_img read more

Lure by Mosaic is sure to be a lure to Newport for luxury terrace living

first_imgMosaic Property Group is extending its reach in South-East Queensland with luxury freehold terraces in Newport on the Redcliffe Peninsula.A LUXURY enclave of 36 freehold terraces is set to sit in Stockland’s $590 million masterplanned community at Newport on the Redcliffe Peninsula. Lure by Mosaic will be built in one of the last greenfield sites left on the Peninsular, with three precincts now registered by Mosaic Property Group.Construction of the terraces will start after individual lots have settled, with an approximate build time of 20 to 24 weeks.Mosaic managing director Brook Monahan said the Newport project was a prime opportunity to showcase Mosaic’s high quality built form capabilities within a first-class masterplanned community. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoLure by Mosaic, at Newport.“Our decision was supported by Stockland’s sound reputation for delivering highly successful master planned communities, and their genuine commitment to environmental and social sustainability, objectives that reflect Mosaic’s own philosophy,” Mr Monahan said.“The panoramic views of Moreton Bay, cooling ocean breezes and an expanse of green, open space underpin real estate values in this area. “The direct rail line from Newport to the Brisbane CBD, coupled with the fact that new residential opportunities of this quality and scale are becoming more scarce, make Newport one of the most highly sought after communities in Southeast Queensland.”Mosaic plans to deliver two-storey, luxury freehold terrace homes, incorporating a mixture of 20 three-bedroom homes and 16 spacious four-bedroom residences. The price for three-bedroom homes start from $520,500, with four-bedroom homes starting from $570,500 and ranging in total size from 204sq m to 252sq m.Each terrace will include a multipurpose room, double garage, separate laundry, internal courtyard-style patio, open-plan living and a large deck space. The Newport masterplanned community has been designed, developed and evaluated against the Green Star rating system to meet standards of excellence across a wide range of environmental, economic and social sustainability measures. This will include a proposed 2.9ha eco-corridor and five parks and playgrounds, four of which are on the waterfront.last_img read more

Brisbane rental vacancies continue to tighten in landlords’ market: SQM

first_imgRental vacancies fell nationally in August, according to SQM Research.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoNationally, vacancies fell slightly in August to 2.2 per cent.The country’s tightest residential market is Hobart, where the residential vacancy rate slipped to just 0.4 per cent last month — the lowest recorded for any capital since SQM started tracking the figures in 2005. Rental vacancies have tightened in Brisbane, according to SQM Research.RENTAL vacancies continued to tighten in Brisbane over the past month, improving conditions for landlords but spelling bad news for those struggling to buy into the market.Brisbane recorded a vacancy rate of 3.1 per cent for August — down from 3.3 per cent in July, according to the latest figures from consultancy SQM Research.The tightening vacancy rate comes despite Brisbane already suffering a glut of apartments. SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher.SQM managing director Louis Christopher said he expected dwelling completions to peak early next year and rents to rise at a faster pace than in 2017.“Overall the current rental market is a moderate landlord’s market,” he said. “There is nothing in our numbers to suggest the market is about to be hit with oversupply. “We now have mounting concerns for significant rental shortages in 2019 in Sydney and Melbourne.”Brisbane’s asking rent also rose during the month. The asking rent for a house in the city rose by 0.3 per cent in August to $446 a week, while the asking rent for a unit fell 0.3 per cent to $367.last_img read more

Sprawling Hamptons style house on Gold Coast comes with best of both worlds

first_img18 Boolama Place, Mudgeeraba.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours agoThe couple said they found the perfect in-between at Mudgeeraba’s Jabiru Estate. “From the moment you drive in you feel like you’re in the countryside. It was a win-win situation for both of us,” the mother-of-two said. “Our guests who have been living on the Gold Coast for years always mention how private the estate is.” 18 Boolama Place, Mudgeeraba.Sandstone and timber flooring create stylish spaces while a fireplace adds a touch of luxury. “You can be in the kitchen and hear the sound of the fireplace crackling. It’s beautiful,” Mrs Booth said. 18 Boolama Place, Mudgeeraba.“We had moved from Sydney to Mermaid Waters when my husband got an itch for acreage living,” Mrs Booth said. “But I wanted to stay in suburbia.” 18 Boolama Place is a sprawling mansion only steps away from the actionIT MAY feel like it’s a world away but this acreage property is only a short walk to Robina Town Centre. That was the idea according to homeowners Jodi and Kris Booth, who bought the block 13 years ago. center_img 18 Boolama Place, Mudgeeraba.The family built the six-bedroom house with American architecture in mind. Mrs Booth said the house was designed for entertaining, with enough space to raise her two sons. 18 Boolama Place, Mudgeeraba.“The gardens are my favourite part and we did a lot of landscaping to get the property to feel like a slice of tropical paradise instead of a farm, ” she said. last_img read more

Proud owners will be sorry to leave this epic Redlynch estate

first_imgNutmeg Grove in RedlynchONE of Redlynch’s most treasured estates is on the market for the first time since it was built more than 20 years ago.Set against rainforest, the 1ha property at 18-20 Woodridge Cl known as Nutmeg Grove is listed for $1.5 million.It has allowed an idyllic Far North lifestyle for Terry and Ingrid Douglas, former Sydneysiders who decided to build a masterpiece in the tropics.“In the winter of 1992 we came up here and lived in a tent while we built the garage,” Mrs Douglas remembered.“We then arrived here again in December 1994. We lived in the garage, it was our first wet season and all we had were fans.“But I just remember the excitement about taking on a new adventure.”The four-bedroom steel-frame house was finished towards the end of 1995.With polished timber floors and ample living space, the “colonial Queenslander” was architecturally planned by the late Sydney designer Chris Chalmers.The sprawling yard is replete with tropical trees, while a swimming pool and gazebo add to the appeal.The property operated as a successful bed and breakfast for many years.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“It was very popular. We had to cross days out just so we could take a break occasionally,” Mrs Douglas said. The property is listed for $1.5 millionShe said the home was named after the abundance of native nutmeg trees.Other features of the property include a steel and concrete reinforced cyclone shelter – which can also be used as a home gym – an art studio and a large five-car garage.The property is just a short drive to popular swimming spot Crystal Cascades. Mrs Douglas said the home had been “magnificent”. “It has been the most beautiful place we’ve lived in,” she said.“We had 25 years living on the waterfront, and now we’ve had about 25 years in the rainforest.”She said the property was now too big for just the two of them, and they are now looking to downsize.“I think this is just a perfect home for families, with two or three children,” Mrs Douglas said. Nutmeg Grove is open for inspection by appointment only. Call Donna Waldman on 0408 788 221.last_img read more

A stunning hillside home at Balmoral has sold under the hammer for $3 million

first_img29 Ryan Ave, BalmoralA STUNNING hillside Balmoral home has sold under the hammer for $3 million.Three bidders registered to try to secure the home, at 29 Ryan Ave, Balmoral, which was owned by John and Danielle Bateman.The five-bedroom house has extensive views of the Brisbane city skyline and Mount Coot-Tha. 29 Ryan Ave, Balmoral“The record price on the hill is $4.2 million,’’ she said.“In that street the highest sale price is $4 million which we sold four years ago, so it is a good price for (this) home.’’ 29 Ryan Ave, BalmoralIt has high ceilings and skylights throughout and a large granite paved deck with built-in barbecue and frameless glass balustrades overlooking the pool.Marketing agent Sarah Hackett of Place – Bulimba said the home was painted, gardens were dug up and replaced and some cabinetry replaced in anticipation of the sale.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours ago 29 Ryan Ave, BalmoralMrs Hackett said stock was low at the moment, in the area for this type of property.She said a good floorplan for hilltop properties was vital and this home had a very good layout.center_img 29 Ryan Ave, BalmoralShe said bidding came down to two parties, one local and another on the Gold Coast. It paused at $2.99 million before being placed on the market at $3 million and selling.Mrs Hackett said the buyers had a young family and were very keen to buy. 29 Ryan Ave, Balmoral.last_img read more

DIY dedication on 1950s pad pays off for young couple

first_imgREAL ESTATE: 49 Nicholson Street Mitchelton was a passion project for one young couple.A YOUNG couple came close to doubling their money when a 1950s era home they did up sold at auction. 49 Nicholson Street Mitchelton floorplan.Kelly and Scott Summers bought the single storey, three-bedroom home at 49 Nicholson St, Mitchelton, back in 2011 for $517,000.After several years of transforming it into a modern, Hamptons style double-storey home, it sold under the hammer for $935,000.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago The auction attracted a crowd of bidders and onlookers. Photo AAP/ Ric FrearsonMrs Summers said they always saw that there was great potential in what could be done to the home.“I felt that we created a house that would appeal to many people,” Mrs Summers said.“I don’t think we went too crazy in any particular direction.”The home was elevated and built out, with extra space for entertaining inside as well as two extra bedrooms. center_img 49 Nicholson Street Mitchelton“He (Scott) did the floorplan and I did the interior design,” she said.They were happy with the price and had even bought their next fixer-upper in Ashgrove.“We didn’t overcapitalise and we were always very conscious of the suburb we were in,” she said. She said that popular additions to the home were the dressing room and the barbecue area.last_img read more

Last chance to secure your waterfront lot

first_imgCova Hope IslandJust seven lots have been released in the final stage of Cova, a marina-centred community at Hope Island.Developer Frasers Property Australia recently unveiled Northwater Land – waterfront lots located on Cova’s northern peninsula, where each land parcel boasts a coveted northeast orientation and frontage to the Hope Island Canal. The lots range from 376sq m to 443sq m, and it’s the final chance to secure waterfront land at Cova.Frasers Property Australia Queensland Residential general manager Cameron Leggatt said the Northwater Land release was arguably the best land ever offered at Cova. “We expect these parcels to sell quickly because of their superb location within the community and the spectacular waterfront outlook that they offer,” Mr Leggatt said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Northeast facing waterfront land is an increasingly rare and prized proposition.“This is the final opportunity to build your dream waterfront home at Cova. Built product such as villas and terrace homes will be released in future stages.”Mr Leggatt said the recent Promenade Waterfront Villas precinct had sold out within months and would be followed mid-year by another release of marina-front villas.“The Villas have proved extremely popular with buyers and we anticipate the next phase of these outstanding marina-front homes will replicate that demand,” he said.The Northwater Land parcels are priced from $550,000. Residents can also purchase a freehold marina berth.Residents’ facilities include a recreational club, freehold marina, landscaped parks, more than 5km of cycle and walkways, 5ha of community open space, and free fitness classes. The new Cova Boathouse recreational club will be completed early in 2019.last_img read more