Month: October 2020

first_imgA wise use of storage spaceSales agent at Calibre Real Estate, Marlene Baker, said the size, convenience, outlook and livability of the penthouse combine to make it a very attractive proposition.The sellers bought the penthouse in 2009 so they could take full advantage of their retirement.“They used to live in Clayfield and were looking for something easy and low maintenance that they could basically lock up and go cruising.”Of course if you decide to stay home instead, you’ll probably feel like you’re on holiday anyway.“The balcony looks directly to the city and up and down the river — it’s spectacular there in the evenings,” Ms Baker said. Secure lift access and Christmas gift storage areaWhile your average apartment can feel cloistered, you’ll have no such concerns here.The main bedroom is its own retreat with a study, dressing room, ensuite and balcony ensuring there’s a getaway for the new buyer. Your private main-bedroom suiteThe layout and four private car spaces would even suit a modern family, said Ms Baker.“I have a family (interested) … they have three teenage kids.“They thought the teenage kids don’t need as much outdoor yard space. It’s convenient for them and there’s enough parking for all of their cars.”If entertaining is your style, then guests won’t have pay to park either.“At Portside there’s parking underground which you’d ordinarily have to pay for, but if you have a large party of guests then each of them can get a pass to go down and park in there in Portside as well — that’s part of the Penthouse deal.”Ms Baker said she’s enjoyed having the chance to sell the apartment, and it seems the owner’s lifestyle is influencing her as well.“The owners do love their cruises so whenever we talk, we’re always talking about where they’re thinking of going next. I said to my own kids, ‘When we sell it, we’ll book a cruise.’”The penthouse is for sale now by private treaty through Calibre Real Estate Brisbane. Not a bad view for your dinner each eveningMore 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 investor7 hours agoThe lush decoration and printed wall paper may strike some online viewers as busy, but Ms Baker said once you’re in the apartment, you’ll understand what the owners have achieved.“They had a stylist come up from Adelaide who did help them with the decoration.“With the heights of the ceilings and light from outside, it all works in together.”One of the central pieces is also used very effectively by the owners each year.“That tree that’s in the atrium they end up decorating at Christmas time, then put all the Christmas presents in there and the grandchildren can’t touch them because it’s all glassed (in).” The penthouse is opulent and hugeWith almost 600sq m of living, you’ll forget this Portside sky mansion is part of an apartment block.But you’ll need around $5.5 million to secure the dream.The penthouse of Infinity Apartments located at 132/37 Harbour Road Hamilton has hit the market and it’s every bit as opulent as you’d imagine.Built in 2005, you enter the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home directly out of the secure lift.Take a couple of right-hand turns and you’re walking through the home theatre and into a 2000 bottle wine cellar — a handy detour to make before bee lining to the monster balcony and its city view.last_img read more

first_img77 Commodore Drive Paradise WatersTHIS Commodore Drive mansion commands the most attention in its waterfront neighbourhood, with a dramatic design built around a central atrium and a glass roof. The 1989 home has been through a succession of high-profile hands including the Sunland and Raptis groups, a rich Japanese businesswoman and a company with Malaysian links. 77 Commodore Drive Paradise WatersMr Collie said he added solar panels, a veranda, new double doors to the front entry and repainted the home.“It was originally black and grey,” he said. “I never imagined changing the home structurally because it has such a unique and beautiful design.”77 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters4 5 4Price: $4.85 millionFeatures: Outdoor kitchen, swimming pool and atrium Area: 870sq mAgent: Elie Fakhri and Paula Fakhri, Joseph Douglas Realty, Surfers Paradise 77 Commodore Drive Paradise Waters“Over the years I have made some of my own upgrades and put our own style to it.“I have lived in a number of homes, some of them were the same size as this but the design was nowhere near as clever as this home.“It is a very easy home to live in, and it is comfortable while still being elegant.” 77 Commodore Drive Paradise WatersThe current homeowners, Kiwi couple Wayne and Elaine Collie bought the residence in 2004 after they looked at almost 100 homes between Noosa and Coolangatta. “We were living in New Zealand at the time and looking for a home on the coast which was close enough for our daughter Nadia to go to Bond University,” the businessman said. 77 Commodore Drive Paradise Waters“It was important to find a home that was well located in the middle of town and had a good neighbourhood, but this property also had a certain jaw-dropping presence about it.“When we stepped inside, the foyer really captured our attention.” Floor-to-ceiling glass in the lounge provide views of Main Beach and Southport.Dolphins are regular guests at the waterfront property, swimming up to the pontoon. 77 Commodore Drive Paradise WatersMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoDespite its luxurious style, Mr Collie said it was a practical home above all. “I can be in the study while we have a full house and I won’t notice it because of the space and clever floor plan,” he said. “There are always friends or family over.” The home is designed with two separate wings with bedrooms on either side. 77 Commodore Drive Paradise WatersThe four bedrooms have a hotel style and the main bedroom features a private balcony. Mr and Mrs Collie have not had to pay an electricity bill in eight years.“For a luxury home it is sustainable too,” Mr Collie said.last_img read more

first_img2 Pademelon Pass NerangA LOVE for traditional Queenslanders inspired homeowners Andrew and Melanie Rollison to build their own – and the result is stunning.Set on a 6,084sq m block, the home is tucked away from street view, surrounded by picturesque bushland. 2 Pademelon Pass NerangThe backyard has a tropical-style pool with a Bali hut that adds a twist to the uniformed style. “One of my favourite parts about the home is that all the living spaces open out onto the veranda,” the father-of-two said. “The timber deck is 70sq m and it is probably the most used area, we have all our meals out there when we can.“In winter we would close up all the doors and start the fireplace, it just transforms from an open space to a cosy one.“There are always king parrots on the deck and the girls love seeing them, it really feels like you’re living with nature.”Mr Rollison also built an American-style barn chicken coop in the backyard which is home to 20 chickens. 2 Pademelon Pass Nerang“I grew up in north Queensland and every house was basically a Queenslander from Brisbane upwards,” Mr Rollison said.“It made sense to build one because of the sloping block and it really just suited the nature of the property.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe Bali hut adds a tropical twist at this stunning propertyMr Rollison said the home was 16-years in the making.“We were living in Molendinar when we found it, we always had plans to build a Queenslander but we just needed the right location,” he said.“When we did build it we kept adding more and more traditional features on to the house.”The central kitchen has timber finishes on doorways that are quintessential to the classic design.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:08Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:08 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Dream Home: Buderim02:08 Related videos 02:08Dream Home: Buderim00:32Mediterranean style mansion with wine cave02:10Dream Home: Manly01:31Lana’s Dream Home: favourite rooms01:19Dream Home: Buderim Qld01:36Dream Home: BrookfieldA wraparound veranda with a bullnose style roof sets the scene while a wood fireplace adds ambience in the living rooms.“The land is just less than two acres so there was a lot of landscaping to do as well,” Mr Rollison said.last_img read more

first_imgNick Ryle uses energy stored in the Tesla Powerwall to recharge the Mland BMW i3 electric car at Harris Crossing Display Village. Picture: Shae Beplate.Does the thought of scrounging up the money to pay your energy account fill you with dread? If you live in Harris Crossing, those budget-blowing bills could be a thing of the past.Maidment Development Group, the developer behind Harris Crossing, is offering home buyers the option to install a Tesla Powerwall 2 Home Battery System for a fraction of the normal retail price.“Purchasing your new home at Harris Crossing not only means you’ll be building your future in Townsville’s newest premium estate, you’ll also have access to state-of-the-art technology that allows you to generate, store and use your own power, making skyrocketing energy bills a thing of the past,” said Nick Ryle, sales and marketing manager of Maidment Development Group.With an average of over 300 days of sunshine per year, Townsville is the perfect place to harness the sun’s energy.Yet without a Tesla Powerwall, solar users are limited to daylight hours to make the most of the energy produced by the sun.With a Tesla Powerwall, however, the storage system enables you to capture and store excess solar energy produced during the day for use at night, so consumers can enjoy the energy-saving advantages of the unit 24/7. In a great coup for Townsville, the Harris Crossing display village features the largest installation of Tesla Powerwall 2 in the country. “We are ahead of our southern counterparts and leading the way in the solar home battery technology revolution. This is the culmination of a lot of hard work from local suppliers and our partnering display village builders, who have come together to help put Townsville on the map,” said Nick. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Maidment Development Group’s new initiative is all about thinking outside the box. We don’t just take into consideration where people live, but how they live. Most Australians are looking for ways to beat the rising cost of energy bills. This offer is a great solution to that problem.” The Tesla Powerwall 2 allows homeowners to: -Store the solar energy your home harnesses during the day so you can use it at night, putting an end to skyrocketing energy bills-Use stored energy during an electrical outage-Generate revenue and turn your solar power into profit by exporting excess energy back to the grid, or potentially redistributing it to other consumers in your area-Recharge your electric car while you sleep, eliminating high fuel prices and trips to the petrol station-Take control of your own energy behaviour, understanding the how, when and why of powering your own home-Live a truly energy-independent lifestyle and save thousands of dollarslast_img read more

first_img111 Barclay St, Deagon. Pic supplied.A TWO-BEDROOM house once home to a family of eight has sold for the first time in nearly eight decades.The property at 111 Barclay St, Deagon, sold before auction for $440,000 after attracting four offers in the first two weeks of the campaign.The post-war home on 607 sqm was built in 1939 and has been in the same family for three generations. Original features like high ceilings, fretwork and VJ walls have been well maintained.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The living room at 111 Barclay St, Deagon. Pic supplied.Selling agent Siobhan Cowell of Jim McKeering Real Estate said the vendor’s father had built the home and raised six children in it.“It’s quite a sizeable two-bedroom home so interest was really high,” she said.Ms Cowell said the sale price was a good result for Barclay Street.“I think prices are on the move in the area and Deagon is quite popular because its close to Sandgate and has a train station so it appeals to investors and families alike.”The buyer plans to rent the property out before moving in.Deagon has a median house price of $432,000.last_img read more

first_img39 — 49 Curtis Place, Anstead.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019A six-bedroom, five-bathroom home at Anstead has hit the market and is perfect for those wanting to embrace a country lifestyle.The property at 39 & 49 Curtis Place has an in-ground swimming pool, tennis court and the possibility to expand.Activerealestate.com.au selling agent Colin Searl is selling the property via expressions of interest.He said there was the opportunity to buy the house or combine it with the adjoining 10,000sq m of vacant land, both on separate titles.last_img read more

first_img23 Blackmore Street, WindsorTHIS old Queenslander in Windsor showcases picture perfect elegance.Owners Stacey and John Marshall bought the early 1900s workers cottage at 23 Blackmore St in 2014 as a renovation project.Mrs Marshall said it was in desperate need of some tender love and care.23 Blackmore Street, Windsor“That was our goal – to make it feel a little bit more loved,” she said.However, retaining its heritage features, including the timber floors, some of the original windows and two of the retro cupboards in the kitchen, was always a priority.23 Blackmore Street, WindsorMrs Marshall said they tried to retain the home’s classic style even with the new features.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019For example, they found a tile that was similar to the original lino in the kitchen.The home, which sits on a 405sq m block, has three bedrooms and one bathroom. It also has an open living and dining area, a large kitchen, a study and sunroom.23 Blackmore Street, WindsorDownstairs, there is a tandem lockup garage with laundry and plenty of storage space.Mrs Marshall said the grassy backyard offered plenty of space for young kids.“It’s just an amazing area for the kids – they just absolutely love running around out there,” she said.23 Blackmore Street, WindsorThe kitchen was one of her favourite parts of the house because of its size.“That and the pink door, I love that,” she said.Mrs Marshall said the front door as well as its Woody Woodpecker doorknocker, which was ordered from the US, was a defining feature.23 Blackmore Street, WindsorShe said the family was going to miss Windsor and its friendly neighbourhood.“There’s a real sense of community in this pocket of Windsor,” she said.last_img read more

first_img16 Kokoda Street, Darra might not be the fanciest home, but it could be the best value.THERE is a tiny pocket in Darra where people can pick up a bargain. With a median house price at $412,000, the suburb is already one of the more affordable suburbs across the southwest.Earlier this week however, a three-bedroom home sold for much lower than the median at just $299,000.The home at 16 Kokoda St is in a pocket of Darra known as Centenary Village, which was used for defence housing. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoAccording to the agent for the sale, Jan Laing at Innovation Real Estate, the homes were sold off to the general public about 21 years ago. “So people bought them up and slowly it has become a nice little family area,” Ms Laing said. The homes are usually very basic, but they are on large blocks, and located close to Darra train station. “People have extended them and put balconies on them, some newer homes have been built there as well,” she said.The house was sold to a young couple from Brisbane who work nearby after it was on the market for just a week.“They could see the value and made a quick decision,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgTENDERS will be called by German Railway this month or next for the first three of seven Advanced Train Control Centres that will ultimately take over train operations from thousands of existing signalboxes. These will be turnkey projects of substantial size, with around 150 workstations each, and great complexity, especially in terms of software development. They will take many years to complete, not least because of the need to replace mechanical signalling and other devices incapable of being operated remotely. DB’s initiative is all the more remarkable because, until recently, signalbox control areas had been very limited in Germany. Michael Kant of Alcatel SEL told last month’s AIC signalling conference in London how the ATCC has been developed with DB to control directly every aspect of hour-by-hour running of the operational railway, including maintenance. This will embrace passenger information, and even escalators at stations. Notable exceptions are the railway’s exclusive 16·7Hz traction power network and the S-Bahn in Berlin and maybe other cities.Railtrack is launching this year development of up to seven Management Control Centres, with the first probably at Eastleigh. These will play a similar role to the German ATCCs in operating Britain’s 16000 km network, although the initial remote control task to be transferred (from Woking) is expected to be the 750VDC traction power supply broadly covering the area of the South West Trains franchise.The conceptual jump from the dispatching function to integrating hands-on management of the complete railway operation in a single building takes some grasping, but the logic is compelling. The cost of reliable data transfer over wide-area networks has become negligible. Much operating and commercial data currently collected for different purposes can be merged, producing major cost savings and raising efficiency. Automatic route setting backed up by conflict resolution algorithms is already turning dispatchers into short-term timetable editors.Staff reductions in prospect are formidable. Union Pacific led the way in 1989 with its Harriman Dispatching Centre (RG 3.90 p186) controlling and managing the entire network from Omaha. BNSF and CSX built similar facilities at Fort Worth and Jacksonville – the latter is currently being upgraded to perform more functions, with more lines to be added when Conrail is split.While UP and BNSF are 20% bigger than DB in route-km, the passenger-oriented European networks with their much higher train densities pose an altogether more complex and formidable task considered to be beyond the capacity of a single control centre. Paul Carroll, Engineering Manager for the Railtrack project, explained that the Management Control Centres will not spring into being overnight. Rather, there will be ’migration of control’ as new management information systems are created and interfaces with relay-based signalling up to 40 years old are put in place. Nonetheless, train control in Europe is going to look very different five years from now. olast_img read more