Helensvale home designed to capture Queenslander beauty but comes with low-maintenance

first_img20 Warrego Way HelensvaleMore 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 Bennett family are relocating to Tasmania and say they would take the home with them if they could.“We are moving interstate so we have to say goodbye to the house,” Mr Bennett said.“The kids love the house, but hopefully we will get another acreage property in Tasmania.”The five-bedroom home at 20 Warrego Way includes New Guinea timber hardwood flooring, modern lighting and high ceilings with timber skirting. 20 Warrego Way HelensvaleMr Bennett and wife Shani bought the home in 2012 to raise their three kids. “It’s set right back from the road and it is one of the only acreage blocks on the same side of the highway as Helensvale’s shopping town,” he said. “The best part about the home is the style, because we can still have the beauty of a Queenslander-style, but it’s low-maintenance; there are no weatherboards to paint. “It is just the veranda.” 20 Warrego Way Helensvale“My wife enjoys the veranda; she usually sits up on the shaded side that faces south east and reads.” The home has three living rooms, including a games room downstairs. The pool yard has a covered area and overlooks a heated pool, manicured lawns and tropical palms. In Helensvale’s Riverdowns Acreage Estate, the property is on 4003sq m and comes with a water tank, chicken coop and 20 solar panels. 20 Warrego Way Helensvale“We modernised the bathroom and the laundry when we first moved in,” Mr Bennett said. “There are spotted-gum floors and beautiful timber finishes on the doorways.” He said his daughter had her own bathroom while he and his sons shared the man cave.“The garage space has been great,” he said. “I restore old Falcons and I’ve got a workshop with lots of storage. 20 Warrego Way HelensvaleRAIN, hail or shine, David Bennett said the windows in his Colonial-style home remained wide open.“It looks like a Queenslander, but the home is actually brick veneer with a Colonial wraparound veranda,” Mr Bennett said. “It is the best place to be when it rains; we keep the windows open and the house is filled with beautiful breezes and the smell of rain. “The veranda keeps the home sheltered from all elements, but it stays really well ventilated. The roofline covers 80 squares of the house, so as you can imagine we are high and dry.” last_img read more

Contemporary Chapel Hill setting with impressive vistas has appeal for the modern family

first_imgPristine in the afternoon light.The foyer flows into a lounge room at the rear of the floorplan with carpet flooring and sliding glass doors opening to a covered patio and access to a solar-heated infinity-edge pool.To the right of the foyer is a dining room, also with access to the patio, overlooked by a kitchen featuring stone benchtops and a breakfast bar. Both areas feature polished timber flooring. Beyond this space is a media room, also with timber flooring.To the left of the entry foyer are the majority of the sleeping quarters. 68 Tristania Rd, Chapel Hill.A STUNNING contemporary residence set on a spacious 2003sq m block boasts five bedrooms across a floorplan that works over two levels.The home at 68 Tristania Road, Chapel Hill, has floor-to-ceiling glass, taking in the impressive vistas.Adjacent to a two-vehicle garage, the main entry leads into a foyer with a voided ceiling space. So much room to explore.Also on this level is a multipurpose room with a kitchenette.High ceilings and feature lighting enhances the appeal of the property, which also features a sauna with a shower.The property, 9km from Brisbane CBD, also has a security system, Crimsafe screens, airconditioning, underground water tank and an automatic irrigation system. Ready for summer.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 agoBeyond internal access to the garage and a powder room are four bedrooms with carpet flooring serviced by a bathroom with a separate bathtub and shower.There are built-in wardrobes to three bedrooms and this wing of the floorplan also features a laundry with outside access.On the upper level, the main bedroom includes a large ensuite with twin vanities and a separate shower and bathtub. There is also a walk-in wardrobe and parents’ retreat area with a sliding door opening to an office. A nice spot for afternoon tea.Brisbane Real Estate marketing agent Benjamin Smith said the spacious home overlooked a pristine natural sanctuary, with bird-attracting fauna and rife with native wildlife.“Reminiscent of a charming country lane yet defined by some of Brisbane’s highest calibre homes, Tristania Rd exudes character, elegance, convenience and most of all lifestyle,” he said.“Flanked by a private creek in one of the most beautiful parts of Cubberla Reserve, the generous open spaces make this an ideal haven for family picnics, winter nights by the fire pit and lush green lawn for children to enjoy, not to mention mature climbing trees complete with a tree house.” The home is open for inspections by appointment with an auction to be held on site at 11am on October 7.last_img read more

Surfers Paradise home built in the 1960s hits the market for the first time

first_img6 Paradise Place, Surfers Paradise was the second house to be built at Budds Beach.A BUDDS Beach property once earmarked as part of a site for Sea World has hit the market.It was 1962 and the late Phon and Margaret Blondell bought a 506sq m block on the riverfront in Surfers Paradise.The pair paid developer Keith Williams about £3000 for the land. 6 Paradise Place, Surfers Paradise is going to auction on October 28.They built the second house on Budds Beach – a modest two-storey three-bedroom brick home for themselves and their daughters – Jackie Blondell and Gabrielle Pollock.“Apparently (tourism figure and resort developer) Keith Williams was going to put Ski Gardens (now Sea World) there,” Ms Pollock said.“But people there at the time decided they didn’t want fast boats in the area so they put in a speed limit.” The house is largely in original condition..Ms Pollock said putting the house, in mostly original condition, on the market was bittersweet for her family.“We’re finding it really difficult,” Ms Pollock said.“But we thought we want someone to take advantage of the fantastic position.“Whether they keep the house or knock it down, we just want someone to enjoy it as much as we did.” 6 Paradise Place, Surfers Paradise.Instead, the sisters enjoyed an “amazing childhood” by the river.“We were one of the only brick houses there as most people were building houses out of timber and fibro,” Ms Pollock said.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 villa23 hours ago“It was a great childhood – we would run straight down the jetty and jump off into the river every afternoon after school.” 6 Paradise Place, Surfers Paradise- the jetty remains there today.The family even has a street named after them in Budds Beach – Blondell Ave.“Surfers Paradise will always be our home,” Ms Pollock, a grandmother-of-one said.“People always look at it with outside eyes but to us it’s home and like anybody else’s home town.”center_img The late Phon Blondell (left) with daughters Gabrielle Pollock and Jackie Blondell on their jetty at their Budds Beach property in the 1960s.Their father Phon could see the potential of the area – he was an earth mover and heavily involved in developing Chevron Island and Isle of Capri.“Dad helped dredge the sand and made a lot of the bridges,” she said.“He was involved in building a lot of what it there now.” The bathroom.Ray White Prestige Gold Coast agent Glen Williams is taking the property at 6 Paradise Place to auction on October 28. It is one of only nine waterfront blocks on Budds Beach. 6 Paradise Place, Surfers Paradise.last_img read more

Big sale for sprawling Carrara property

first_img3 Garden Grove St, Carrara.The house is on a 956sqm block across from the main river.Garden Grove features a range of houses on the riverfront and dry blocks.The highest sale recorded on the street is $1.735 million for No. 42 in 2008. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours ago3 Garden Grove St, Carrara.“This is the highest sale ever for a dry block in the street,” Mr Genc said.“Even higher than some waterfronts that have sold in the street as well.”The renovated split level home features high ceilings, aluminium shutters and plenty of entertaining areas. 3 Garden Grove St, Carrara sold for $980,000 – a record for a dry block on the street.A CARRARA property has sold for $980,000 — the highest sale in the street for a dry block.The residence at 3 Garden Grove St was on the market with Genc & Co agents Isaac and Maria Genc.last_img read more

Converted churches make for heavenly retreats

first_imgThe ceilings are so high they accommodate a mezzanine level. Lot 124 Barron St, Hendon Qld 4362 28 Jones Street, Goomeri Qld 4601 Very spacious indeed. Loads of space to play with.“As well as beautiful cottage style gardens (with original lychgate) and off street parking for three cars, you get all the grandeur you would expect from a previous place of worship.”He said original features could be seen everywhere from the lead glass to heavy oak entry door, pointed stained glassed windows, original timber floors, and soaring 6.3m vaulted ceilings.Another church on the market was at lot 124 Barron Street, Hendon — nicknamed The Vatican — that’s priced at $250,000.The three bedroom, two bathroom, three car space acreage property was 116 years old, according to agent Mark Mauch of Southern Downs Realty — Warwick. Heavenly entrance. The original windows are celebrated.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago 2B Allan Street, North Toowoomba Qld 4350WANT to get away from it all? Renovated church homes could be your own slice of heaven with cathedral ceilings and light-filled stained glass windows — and the price is a Godsend too. Three on the market in Queensland right now were priced from $150,000 — for a fixer-upper church three hours from Brisbane, to $250,000 two hours away and about $660,000 an hour and a half away from the capital.Among the oldest renovated church homes on the market right now was a five bedroom, three bathroom property built in 1885 which is on the market for offers over $659,000. The former church is a substantial size for a house.“Built in Warwick in 1901, and named Williams Hall the building was moved to its current location from the Uniting Church grounds in Guy Street Warwick in 1998,” was how he described it in his listing.The former church was on a large 1.9 acres across three titles 15 minutes north of Warwick and 40 minutes south of Toowoomba.Among the original features that are outstanding were the original arch doors and stained glass windows.In Goomeri, three hours northwest of Brisbane, a renovated church that was built in 1950 has hit the market. Agents Margaret and Gary Long of Murgon Real Estate — Murgon were looking for a price of just $150,000 for the property at 28 Jones Street. That’s a long way up to dust for cobwebs. The lychgate is being used as a gazebo.The former “St Thomas” Church at 2B Allan Street, North Toowoomba, was being marketed as being “a sign from above” by agent Robbie Witt of Colliers International Residential — Toowoomba.“If you are sick and tired of spending your Saturdays looking around the same brick boxes, and feel like you’re a square peg being forced into a round hole, this property is the answer.”He said it was a “multi-year renovation that saw the home also end up with a separate office and four living spaces. The former St Thomas church towers over surrounding homes. The back veranda.The four bedroom, two bathroom, triple car space converted church home was on a large 1,012sq m block of land.“This church has been carefully converted and extended to a comfortable four bedroom home,” was how it was described. Some original features were retained and the home has polished timber floors, large open plan living, a rear deck and a two bay lockable garage with carport.last_img read more

This Upper Mount Gravatt home offers chic and modern living

first_img44 Kempsie Rd, Upper Mount GravattMaking the most of the limited space available was Linda and James Bambrick’s sole mission when designing their home.The result is this modern and spacious abode at 44 Kempsie Rd, Upper Mount Gravatt.The four-bedroom home, which was built in 2016, sits on a 405sq m block. 44 Kempsie Rd, Upper Mount GravattThe master bedroom has an ensuite with a double basin and walk-in wardrobe.The other three rooms each have built-in wardrobes.The home also has ducted airconditioning, a caravan or boat pad, and double remote lockup garage. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 202044 Kempsie Rd, Upper Mount GravattDouble glass sliding doors at the back of the house lead to a covered outdoor entertaining area overlooking a grassy backyard.Mrs Bambrick said this was her favourite part of the home.“I love the backyard – it’s over 90sq m of grass area, which is perfect for our children,” she said. 44 Kempsie Rd, Upper Mount Gravatt“It’s just nice to be able to see from the kitchen the whole backyard.”Upstairs, there are four bedrooms and a large family room.center_img 44 Kempsie Rd, Upper Mount GravattBut its open-plan living design makes it feel much bigger than it is.“Someone showed us the design and we modified it to make it our own,” Mrs Bambrick said.“For example, we redesigned the bathrooms just to create more usable space.”Upon walking through the front door, a spacious living, kitchen and dining area expands before your eyes. 44 Kempsie Rd, Upper Mount GravattMrs Bambrick said they had always loved the area and its friendly people.“My husband and I grew up locally,” she said.Mrs Bambrick said the property was close to schools, Westfield Garden City shopping centre, public transport and Brisbane city.last_img read more

Peek at aircon future

first_imgBuilder Darren Finlay is installing a revolutionary aircon in a display home at North Shore which can be controlled with a phone app. Picture: Evan MorganA FUTURISTIC airconditioner that purifies air and eliminates bacteria will be featured in the Innovation House 2.0 giving a glimpse into the future of home cooling technology.The house by Finlay Homes will have the latest in innovative and sustainable products and serve as the North Shore Sales and Information Centre.It’s the first time the technology has been installed in a domestic setting after it was originally used to keep fruit at ideal temperatures.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 2020The Thermosphere airconditioning system uses infra-red and ultra violet to eliminate mould and has a medical-grade filtration to improve air quality. The product will be trialled as a dehumidifier with the collected water used to water the garden. Builder Darren Finlay said he was excited that Innovation House would be the first home to have the technology.“It does what you would expect an airconditioner to do but it also does all these other things as a result of using better technology,” he said. “This is a look into the future into how we condition the air quality and temperature in our home.“It will be the first time in the world this technology has been used like this.”The system also helps to ventilate the ceiling, reducing the need for insulation and it’s more efficient because it uses a closed-loop air system.last_img read more

This Newport home showcases waterfront living at its best

first_img129 Griffith Road, Newport“It’s like having three blocks,” Mr Beedham said.He built the gazebo next to the pool with outdoor kitchen and upgraded the entertainment area with adjoining firepit.There is also a large lawn area that extends to the canal with a private pontoon. 129 Griffith Road, NewportTHIS waterfront home embraces outdoor living, with three separate spaces to relax and entertain guests.The abundance of space was part of the reason Robert Beedham bought the property at 129 Griffith Rd, Newport, two years ago. 129 Griffith Road, Newport“That flows off the bar room too. We love sitting there on the back lawn with bean bags looking up at the canal.”The home sits on a 955sq m corner block.It has four bedrooms on the top floor, all of which have built-in wardrobes. 129 Griffith Road, NewportThe ground floor has a combined lounge and dining area that connects to the kitchen and flows through to the meals and family room.The family room opens up to the outdoor patio.An office on the ground floor has the potential to be converted into a fifth bedroom.center_img 129 Griffith Road, NewportMore from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019Mr Beedham said the canal side was his favourite spot to spend time with his wife.“Definitely the canal side entertainment area with the outdoor kitchen and TV,” Mr Beedham said. 129 Griffith Road, NewportMr Beedham has renovated the property extensively since moving in to bring it up to a more modern standard.“I did downstairs a year ago – I just finished upstairs two weeks ago,” Mr Beedham said.He and his wife have moved to a property closer to his parents.“Otherwise, I was happy to live there forever,” Mr Beedham said.The home also has a three-car lockup garage, side access and airconditioning.last_img read more

Qld cricketer Peter Forrest has signed a substantial contract

first_imgPeter Forrest playing in a match against New South Wales. Picture. Phil HillyardThe split-level home is on 405sq m of land. The original external elements of the home have been retained including timber casement windows and leadlight inserts in the front door. There are polished hoop pine floors throughout the home and a modern kitchen.Marketing agent Glenn Bool of Place Estate Agents said it sold at auction. He said two offers had been made for the home before auction.The buyer was Brisbane-based and had been impressed with the character of the home, he said. Peter Forrest and his wife Rachel have sold their Cannon Hill home.QUEENSLAND cricketer Peter Forrest has secured a contract worth $895,000 and he won’t have to hit a single ball to get it.Mr Forrest and his wife Rachel have sold their home at 52 Aster St, Cannon Hill after listing it for an auction a few weeks ago.The couple, who have a 10-month old son, bought the house in 2012 and renovated it into a five bedroom home.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoHe said they felt with properties moving fairly fast in the area and securing good prices, it was a good time to sell.last_img read more

Former Paddington art gallery could be the perfect home for art lovers

first_imgART ATTACK: This Paddington home doubled as an art gallery.A PADDINGTON home that is going to auction this weekend has been modified to be the perfect pad for art lovers.The four bedroom home at 16 Collingwood St, Paddington once doubled as a prominent art gallery. Inside 17 Valetta Street, Manly“It is a really solid construction,” Mr Sorrentino said.The home has a three-car garage, three balconies and two loungerooms.It will go to auction on Saturday, May 12 at 10am. 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 Perfect views of the harbour.Place agent Marc Sorrentino said the home was designed with a lot of outdoor and indoor living area. Prime Paddington property.Owner Emilia Seibold used to run the Higher Art gallery on the ground floor of the home from nine years. Classic style.The home will go to auction on Saturday, May 18 at 11am. Over in Manly a triple storey home going to auction offers some of the best views of the Harbour.center_img 17 Valetta Street ManlyThe nine year old home at 17 Valetta St, Manly is just a street behind the water. The home has city views from the deck.Despite renovations that expanded the home, it retains the character of the time of its construction with its french doors and VJ walls. The ground floor was modified for extra hanging and art storage space.She closed the gallery in 2011 after the GFC shrunk art sales, but much of the home is still set up to display and store a lot of art. The ground floor has removable display walls, which can give 30 metres of space for displaying art.“It is such a lovely space, it really lends itself to that,” Ms Seibold said. The home is close to Paddington’s cafes and shops and it will go to auction on Satrurday, May 12 at 3pm. Over in Auchenflower a historic Queenslander will hit the market for the first time in 35 years. The home at 20 Rathdonnell St, Auchenflower is set on an elevated 1022 sqm block that has views of the CBD.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago20 Rathdonnell Street, Auchenflower.Agent Alan Woo from Harcourts Solutions said the home, which was built in the 1930s, sat on two titles. “Having such a sizeable land holding in that street is rare, there are only one or two homes larger,” Mr Woo said.“Most are 600 sqm blocks.”last_img read more