Indoor aviary and wall-aquarium are some of the quirky features in this mansion

first_img28 Maryland Ave, Carrara.“I think I will miss the river, especially jetskiing to get coffee at the Isle of Capri.”Mrs Stewart said while the home was packed with amazing features it was the space that blew her away. “After my daughter’s wedding reception we had about a 100 guests at the house,” she said.“You can tell this house was designed for big families. NAME the feature and there is a high probablity this sprawling mansion has it. From fireplaces and chandeliers to a luxury marble ensuite fit for royalty, the seven-bedroom house at 28 Maryland Ave even includes some quirky touches like a wall-aquarium and an indoor aviary. Not to mention a five-car garage. 28 Maryland Ave, Carrara.“Once we had eight people living here and we could all still have our own peace and quiet.“It has a very grand and sophisticated feel but at the same time it is very homely and was made to be lived in. “The kids have had some of the most amazing parties during their school and university years.” 28 Maryland Ave, Carrara.Homeowner Bronwyn Stewart bought the mansion in 2011 and said it was impossible to name her favourite part about the house.“There is so much to love about this place and the only way I can sum it up is that it is a really fun house to come home to,” she said. “You get a really wonderful feeling stepping through the doors. “It is really hard to say what my favourite thing about the property is because I love each space.“The aviary in the kitchen is really unique and we often keep it open for the birds to come and go as they please but we find they are pretty content and rarely leave.” 28 Maryland Ave, Carrara.The north-facing mansion embraces wide water views of the Nerang River on a 4007sq m block and has a tennis court, swimming pool and cabana. 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 property also includes a 14m pontoon with a boat ramp and underground boatshed. “The river frontage was the biggest drawcard for our family, we are always outside enjoying the views,” Mrs Stewart said.“I’m up early to take photos of the birds from the jetty and in the evenings my daughters and I watch the sun set. last_img read more

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Contemporary Hope Island home was built for family on large scale

first_img121 Sheehan Ave, Soveriegn Islands.The couple have worked together to use timber, stone and concrete to create a modern abode with five-bedrooms and the opportunity for a dual living lifestyle. “We wanted to accommodate my mum as well when we built it,” Mrs Curry said.“She has her own kitchen and laundry and we all hang out in the big living room.” 121 Sheehan Ave, Soveriegn Islands.Situated on a 809sq m block, the family home offers high ceilings, timber blinds and shutters as well as spotted gum timber flooring. 121 Sheehan Ave, Soveriegn Islands.THE village feel of Hope Island was a selling point for homeowners Dean and Kylie Curry who were looking north to build their family home. “It is one way in and one way out,” Mrs Curry said. “We love walking across from our home to the resort and watching live bands play.” 121 Sheehan Ave, Soveriegn Islands.“I would love to replicate this home but I don’t think it can be done. “It is such a big, spacious home and the blocks in new estates these days are no where near as big as ours on Hope Island.” Mrs Curry said it was handy having a builder for a husband. “It is a contemporary home but it has a warm feel,” she said. “I’m very fond of raw materials.” 121 Sheehan Ave, Sovereign Islands.The Currys built their stunning family home almost 15 years ago and said they were lucky to find the block. “We have been here for quite a while and we have celebrated 21st’s and 18th birthdays as well as Christmas but my husband is eager to live on the water now,” Mrs Curry said. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agolast_img read more

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Apartment buyer kickbacks set to rise as credit crunch nears

first_imgInner-ring suburbs were definite targets for the credit crunch but high apartment supply was also exposing the middle ring. Picture: Jodie RichterBRISBANE apartment buyers are in the “boxseat” for kickbacks as a looming credit crunch sees developers warned to go all out to ensure contracts don’t fall over.This as a dozen Brisbane postcodes were named in a lender’s blacklist, which included bluechips like Hamilton, New Farm, South Brisbane and Brisbane City.Prominent corporate recovery firm Ferrier Hodgson warned that “crunch time looms” for the Brisbane apartment market, advising funding partners and developers to prepare for multiple scenarios.“With all the headwinds facing the residential apartment sector in Brisbane, we anticipate sales prices for new apartments will decline, as will sales volumes for off-the-plan apartments, with settlement risk being a significant concern,” Ferrier Hodgson’s new report on the Brisbane apartment sector said. Million dollar sales at record levels Fainga’a brothers sell Brisbane Home 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 ago Get The Courier-Mail’s real estate news in your inbox FREE Inner-ring suburbs were definite targets for the crunch, but the contagion was expected to spread to the middle ring because of the high level of apartment supply going in.“While inner city areas such as Newstead and Fortitude Valley, West End and South Brisbane will face these pressures, we have heightened concerns for developers and financiers with exposure to middle ring suburban areas such as Albion, Nundah, Cannon Hill and Chermside where significant apartment projects are completing now and throughout the rest of 2017,” the report said.“Financiers exposed to the larger residential projects in this sector need to be prepared to work closely with developers where they have an exposure to mitigate the risk of loss.”Developers were going to great lengths to keep investors on side, drawing on an array of incentives to drive up tenants for newly finished buildings, including up to four months rent free to secure 12 month leases.“This is to fill vacancies during 2017 and into 2018 where rental guarantees have been offered to investors by developers, as part of their purchase.”In the arsenal developers have been advised to consider “monetary incentive to settle rather than default”, helping buyers obtain loans, finding alternate buyers early, giving buyers extra time to settle, looking at first and second mortgages and in worst case scenarios, terminating contracts and pursuing buyers for any shortfall.Lenders have responded by creating multiple classes of borrowers, with some of Brisbane’s most affluent suburbs on lending blacklists — where they would be forced to pay higher deposits and face more conservative apartment valuations.last_img read more

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Developer unveils new Sunshine Coast project after two earlier ventures sold out

first_imgDrift by Mosaic – An artists impression showing the bedroom.A developer has unveiled their third boutique apartment project on the Sunshine Coast after its two debut ventures sold out at Caloundra.Mosaic Property Group will construct its $52 million Drift at Coolum Beach, as building on its two earlier developments, Cyan and Solis, both at Kings Beach, continues.Drift by Mosaic will comprise 56 luxurious one, two and three-bedroom apartments, sub-penthouses and penthouses across four levels, and will be the developer’s biggest Sunshine Coast project to date. Drift by Mosaic – An artists impression showing the living space Drift by Mosaic – An artists impression showing the pool area Drift by MosaicFloor plans range from 91sq m to 355sq m.Mosaic Property Group managing director Brook Monahan said Coolum was the ideal location for the company’s next project. “It’s a surfing and golfing mecca, with pristine beaches for year-round swimming, coastal walking trails for whale watching and turtle spotting and community sporting clubs offering an abundance of outdoor activities,” Mr Monahan said. “Coolum is unique because it has managed to remain ‘under the radar’ and avoid the hustle and bustle that you see in other parts of the Sunshine Coast.“This laid-back character has made Coolum a coveted location for people wanting the best of beachside living and that’s what we plan to deliver with Drift by Mosaic.”Drift will be built at 1722 Coolum Esplanade, with each apartment featuring a gourmet kitchen, spacious bathrooms and free-flowing open-plan interiors. Classic neutral styling will blend with contemporary design. High ceilings and large windows will promote natural light and ventilation while enhancing the feeling of space, with each apartment positioned to take advantage of the stunning beachfront location.Mr Monahan said Drift would pay homage to Coolum’s relaxed and low-key charm.Each apartment will boast a gourmet kitchen with designer appliances, luxurious bathrooms and generously-sized rooms.Construction is scheduled to start in February 2018 with completion by May 2019. Drift by Mosaic – An artists impression showing the penthouse living and outdoor spaces.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agolast_img read more

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Renovated character homes popular at auction

first_imgThe home at 38 Annie St, Paddington. Photo: suppliedCHARACTER, a top notch renovation and location have proven to be the winning combination for Brisbane homes going under the hammer this weekend. In Paddington, a beautifully renovated 1920s home, in the Milton State School catchment, sold under the hammer on Saturday for $1.7 million. Marketing agent Judi O’Dea, of Space Property Agents, said the property at 38 Annie St attracted strong interest. The master bedroom at 153 Alexandra Rd, Clayfield.“The sub-million dollar market in Clayfield is really popular,” he said. “This particular property offered buyers an entry-level cottage on a slightly bigger than normal 536sq m block.“It had that renovation so you could move in and live comfortable or renovate further to add value.“We had buyers looking at both options.” The master bedroom at 38 Annie St, Paddington. Photo: supplied“They’ve been renting in the area for about 12 months and they fell in love with Paddington,” she said. “They wanted a sophisticated Paddington lifestyle and they were so in love with this home. They had been to see it five times before auction.” Ms O’Dea said the quality of the four-bedroom home, the 506sq m block and the Paddington address attracted buyers. “It’s getting harder and harder to purchase blocks bigger than 405sq m in Paddington now,” she said. In Grange, a renovated Queenslander also sold under the hammer on Saturday.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoThe home at 48 Montpelier St, Grange. Photo: suppliedMarketing agent Debora Sutton, of Belle Property Wilston, said the home at 48 Montpelier St sold for $1.7 million at auction. “We had four registered bidders and an opening bid of $1.2 million,” she said. “It was a very quick auction. “We had (active) bidding up to $1.535 million and then we got an increase to $1.7 million.” Ms Sutton said the five-bedroom, two-storey home was purchased by a local owner-occupier looking for a family home. The home at 153 Alexandra Rd, Clayfield.The property at 153 Alexandra Rd was sold by Alexander Shean and Dwight Ferguson of Ray White Ascot for $900,000. “It went to a young couple who live in the same street,” Mr Shean said. “It was the first home they’d purchased together.” Mr Shean said about 60 groups inspected the three-bedroom property and three offers were submitted prior to auction. center_img Inside the home at 48 Montpelier St, Grange. Photo: suppliedThe property has VJ walls, timber floors, high ceilings and city views. There is a balcony and a porch at the front of the home and a balcony at the back. The home is on a 615sq m block on the crest of a hill, and is in the Wilston State School catchment. In Clayfield, a renovated cottage with pool sold before it could make it to auction. Inside the home at 38 Annie St, Paddington. Photo: suppliedSix buyers registered to bid at the auction and a crowd of about 40 people watched on. “The opening bid was $1.5 million and we had two bidders who got straight into it,” Ms O’Dea said. “We had a couple who had sold their home in New South Wales bidding against a local couple.”The interstaters came out on top.Ms O’Dea said the new owners were “absolutely delighted” with their purchase and were keen to move in with their three sons. last_img read more

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Does this northside home have the best view in Brisbane?

first_imgA very modern kitchen.The striking view, which overlooks the ranges and the CBD, was one of the original selling points when he made an impulse purchase on the property in 2012.A tradesman and renovator by trade, he bought the home from a liquidator’s sale at a time when it had sat unoccupied for seven years.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoA near perfect view.Despite its dated aesthetics he looked at the Art Deco design and eye-catching view and set out to renovate the house in a way that would restore the home’s former glory. “In its day it would have been very flash,” he said. “What we did with this house is very true to its Art Deco features.”An extra bedroom was added, and a large deck was built to take advantage of the generous view. The home was updated and modernised.The bathroom and kitchen was completely renovated and Mr Kerr worked tirelessly on finding materials that would suit the Art Deco design. “We got recycled posts from Bundaberg and we used Spanish tiles downstairs,” he said.Perhaps the most expensive addition was the backyard swimming pool which came at a very high cost due to the steep hill it needed to be built on. Modern bathrooms.Now that the time has come to sell he said he will miss living in the home but added he would feel like “Leonardo da Vinci not painting” if he did not move on to his next project.“It is truly a unique property. I think we have done a good job of keeping with the Art Deco heritage,” he said. The home at 39 Barokee Street in Stafford is on the market now through Belle Property – Wilston.center_img Not a bad view.COULD this be the best view in Brisbane?It is a bold claim, but one that Gerard Kerr sticks by as he talks up the Stafford property that he spent years making it into what it is today.“I won’t get a view like this again,” Mr Kerr said.last_img read more

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Wonderful new take on bygone era

first_img28 Chapman Drv, Mysterton 28 Chapman Drv, MystertonTHIS well-appointed home combines the character of a classic Queenslander with all the comforts of modern living.The home, at 28 Chapman St, Mysterton, has been extensively renovated to transform it to a luxurious property with 500sq m of under-roof space. 28 Chapman Drv, MystertonIt’s for sale for between $990,000 to $1,050,000 and has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, three-car accommodation, a study, three living areas and in-ground pool.Owner Kylie Murphy said the home had been meticulously renovated to create their dream family home but they were now reluctantly selling it to relocate to South Australia.“You could say it was a renovator’s delight when we bought it,” Ms Murphy said.“It took us a couple of years to get the plans sorted and then it took another two years to do the renovations from start to finish.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 202028 Chapman St, Mysterton“We wanted it to still look like a Queenslander on the outside but then you go inside and have it all beautiful and modern.“When we had the renovations done we had no intention of leaving, so we renovated it to turn it into our forever home.”The home is on a 911sq m block with well-established lawns, garden and a bore.The new pool also has an undercover pavilion, while an oversized timber deck connects the indoor and outdoor areas.center_img 28 Chapman St, MystertonAll bedrooms except for one are located on the top level with the master suite featuring his and her walk-in wardrobe along with a luxurious ensuite.The downstairs bedroom has its own external entrance.The stylish kitchen is fitted out with quality appliances and has a walk-in pantry.Selling agent Keyes & Co principal Damien Keyes said the home had been turned into one of Mysterton’s finest Queenslanders.“It still has the genuine Queenslander element but it’s been blended with the new,” he said.“Mysterton always has that prestige element because there has been some significant Queenslanders renovated there over the years.“This home would be great for a family looking to put down roots and buy their forever home because it certainly offers that.”last_img read more

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Luxury penthouses hit the market in Mermaid Beach

first_imgMore 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 agoThe $88 million Naia Apartments project will be topped by two glass-wrapped sky ‘palaces’.“One of the penthouses faces northeast and takes in spectacular views of the ocean, Surfers Paradise and surrounds,” Mr Chen said. “The other takes in the Gold Coast hinterland, Nerang River and canal estates south to Burleigh Heads. Both exude laid-back elegance while offering luxurious comfort and effortless functionality.”Each penthouse has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and three car parking spaces.   The master bedrooms come complete with a walk-in wardrobe, an ensuite with freestanding bath, and private balcony. The $88 million Naia Apartments project will be topped by two glass-wrapped sky ‘palaces’. Each penthouse offers more than 90sq m of external space, including a roof terrace and a north-facing balcony. The penthouses are priced from $2.5 million. Released to the market in early January, Naia has achieved more than $15 million in sales and is expected to start construction in the third quarter of 2018.Designed by Gold Coast architects TVS, Naia’s 97 apartments will be wrapped in a seaside-inspired design. Project manager Eastview (Australia), is overseeing Naia’s development at 28 Alexandra Ave, Mermaid Beach. The $88 million Naia Apartments project will be topped by two glass-wrapped sky ‘palaces’.TWO penthouses, each with their own private rooftop terrace and spa pool have been unveiled at the luxurious $88 million Naia project in Mermaid Beach.With soaring ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive balconies, the penthouses embrace sweeping city or ocean vistas and a feeling of endless space.Marketing agent Steven Chen, of The Agency, said the scale and finish of the 23rd level residences created a contemporary beach house vibe just metres from the city’s beachfront millionaire’s row, Hedges Ave.last_img read more

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Cashmere home with retreat vibe has hit the market

first_imgThe pool is resort-style.Outside is an enclosed entertaining area with a bar, a deck and a pool.Separated from the house by a double lock-up garage is a granny flat, which has a living room, bathroom and bedroom, as well as its own wet bar outside. The kitchen is classic yet up-to-date.She was attracted to the property because it gave her privacy, and the home was on one level which was essential because she had an aged dog.“I was after something private with a bit of land that wasn’t high maintenance,” she said. “It’s not an estate home like others in the area and I fell in love with it so I hope someone else does, too.”The main house has four bedrooms, the master with an ensuite and two other bedrooms sharing a Jack and Jill bathroom. There is a media room with tiered seating.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019There is a combined kitchen and dining area, two other indoor living spaces plus a media room with tiered seating. The home at 6 Bracken Ct, Cashmere, is for sale.THIS home on acreage has retreat-like living in leafy Cashmere.Julie Edwards has owned the 6 Bracken Court home for 18 months, living there with her two teenage daughters, and is only moving after unexpectedly finding love.“I bought this home expecting to live here for many years but we’re moving for a very great reason,” Ms Edwards said.center_img The master suite is huge.The home is conveniently located, with Cashmere Village shopping complex a five-minute drive away.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), 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.Close Modal DialogThis 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 Rate1xFullscreenMichelle Hele’s May market wrap03:17 There is a semi-enclosed outdoor area with wet bar.Ms Edwards loved the layout of the home, with the master bedroom separated from the other rooms.“I can be down my end of the house and the kids down the other, with plenty of areas for them to muck around with friends,” she said.“Having a granny flat is also great because my parents and friends could come over and sleep out there.”last_img read more

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