The living area at 99 Melville Terrace, Manly“We get a lot of buyers from down south looking for something different,” Mr Woodbine said.“They want that lifestyle. “They’re after those water views and something special compared with what they can get in a city.“With all the apartments going up locally, we’re seeing a lot of empty nesters and there is also a massive market for families.“With homes on the market from the mid $400,000s to $1 million plus, there is something for everyone. “We can’t keep up with listings at the moment.” According to CoreLogic data, the median house price in Manly is $805,000. The front veranda at 99 Melville Terrace, ManlyMore from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Vendors Graeme and Marlene Lind designed and built the five-bedroom three-storey house 12 years ago on the site of their old family home.The couple designed their new home to make the most of the ocean breezes and views. Mr Woodbine said most people looking to buy in Manly were chasing that same bayside lifestyle. The home at 99 Melville Terrace, Manly sold at auctionA bid of $1 million kicked off the auction of a modern family home in Manly last week. The property at 99 Melville Tce sold for $1.27 million on February 11. Ray White Wynnum-Manly marketing agent Kyle Woodbine said the auction attracted a crowd of about 60 people and four registered bidders.“The first bid was $1 million and it was all wrapped up in about 15 minutes,” he said. “The owners were thrilled with the sale and the buyers were ecstatic. They’re a local family.”
19 Amaroo Cl, Smithfield.THEY left Perth in search of their dream tropical home and were not left disappointed.John and Dawn Hielscher have spent almost a decade enjoying this unique Smithfield property. “We had been to Cairns before and knew we one day would come back and get a house,” Mrs Hielscher said.“We flew over, saw this place, and bought it pretty much then and there.”Views of the city and ocean can be enjoyed from a sprawling timber deck, built into which is a well-kept and frequented pool.Mrs Hielscher, a part-time nurse and Bunnings employee, said their home and entertaining went hand-in-hand.“During football season we’ll put on the projector and fire up the barbecue, and everyone sits around the deck to enjoy the game,” she said. But the majestic outdoor living area, on the doorstep of tropical rainforest, can also be a haven for peace and quiet. “I sit on the deck every morning with a coffee. You see the sun coming up and catch the breeze, which really sets you up for the rest of the day,” Mrs Hielscher said. “You can look out to Green Island and watch planes coming in.“John’s family is from interstate and mine overseas, so when people come and stay in this tropical tree house they absolutely love it.” The three bedrooms have their own balconies, while timber floors and an attractive kitchen and bathroom add to its appeal. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoThe home has balconies off every bedroomOther features include airconditioning, security screens, a double carport and solar system.On a spacious 3946sq m, there is more than enough room to entertain pets and children.“The garden is quite large … we have a lot of fruit trees and attract plenty of bird life,” she said. After nine rewarding years, Mr and Mrs Hielscher were now moving to the Sunshine Coast to be closer to family. She said the decision was made with a heavy heart.“We will miss the house and the area. You can walk to shops and are only a 15-minute drive from Kuranda,” Mrs Hielscher said.“This home would suit a young family or even empty nesters who to enjoy the tropical lifestyle.” The average selling price of Smithfield homes, according to CoreLogic, is $415,000.The three-bedroom home at 19 Amaroo Close is open for inspection today from 1pm and tomorrow from 11am.Selling agent Tarren Olufson said the property had already fielded healthy interest.“It is in among the trees with balconies off every room; it’s just a lovely spot,” he said. “It would cost a fortune to build a home like this these days, so it’s quite unique in that respect.”
The home at 43 Seabrook Circuit, WestlakeNGU Real Estate CEO Emil Juresic has recorded $50 million in sales during the past eight months and he’s showing no signs of slowing down.The energetic salesman required only two days to negotiate a $750,000 contract for 43 Seabrook Circuit, Westlake. “We hit it hard with marketing and had multiple offers within the first 12 hours,” he said.“We pushed to get a good dollar for this home.”More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The outdoor space at 43 Seabrook Circuit, WestlakeThe five-bedroom, two-bathroom house overlooks a park in a family-friendly neighbourhood.It has a large media room and a covered outdoor barbecue area surrounded by lawn. Mr Juresic said the buyers, a young family with children, were an ideal fit for the property.According to realestate.com.au, Westlake’s current median house price is $711,000.Closer to Brisbane’s CBD, Mr Juresic also recently secured the sale of 52 Florrie St, Wooloowin for $1.11 million.
45 Ardoyne Rd, Corinda.THIS timeless 1930s Queenslander has been renovated to preserve its original features while embracing contemporary flair with a range of sophisticated additions. Nestled on an 810sq m double block, the home at 45 Ardoyne Rd, Corinda, has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and two car spaces.The house’s traditional elegance shines through a single-gable facade highlighted by a butterfly staircase, timber balustrade, fretwork, hedging and a wraparound balcony. A decorative arched front door invites entry into the first floor, where VJ walls, polished timber floors, 3m-high ceilings and ornamental archways accentuate the residence’s grandeur. 45 Ardoyne Rd, Corinda.This level also includes a shared bathroom with a Lemurian Blue stone vanity and second bedroom with built-in wardrobe.Polished marble floors feature throughout the ground floor, including a second living room with built-in speakers. Bi-fold doors open out onto an expansive covered patio with a saltwater pool surrounded by established gardens. 45 Ardoyne Rd, Corinda.With its antique chandelier, the dining room presents a semi-formal environment matched by a nearby library featuring plantation shutters and a built-in bookshelf. Floor-to-ceiling mirrored wardrobes feature in the main bedroom, along with an original leadlight bay window and private north-facing balcony. Its well-appointed ensuite has a Lemurian Blue stone vanity and feature wall, Victoria & Albert freestanding bathtub, double shower and granite tiles. 45 Ardoyne Rd, Corinda.Designed to attract natural light and breezes through an array of windows and bi-fold doors, the house promotes year-round indoor and outdoor living. Dark granite benchtops contrast with white cabinetry in the kitchen, which also boasts high-end appliances, a tile splashback, breakfast bar and built-in rangehood. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoAdjacent, a living room flows out to a wraparound timber deck that captures glimpses of the Brisbane River. 45 Ardoyne Rd, Corinda.A large laundry and family bathroom with a Villeroy & Boch bathtub are next to three bedrooms, including one with an ensuite and private entry. Multiple storage rooms, a generous workshop and two-car garage are nearby. Agent Ann-Karyn Fraser of Place New Farm said this was a flawless property that spoiled buyers with privacy, immaculate renovations and an enviable location close to the Brisbane River, restaurants, shops and prestigious schools.The home goes to auction at noon on May 18 at Level 1, 33 Lytton Rd, East Brisbane.
57 McIlwraith Ave, Norman ParkON the market for the first time in more than 15 years, this character house offers two levels of living on a north-facing 810sq m block.Restored with high-end appointments while retaining its classic period appeal, the gabled Queenslander at 57 McIlwraith Ave, Norman Park, offers a wealth of space for outdoor entertaining, including a large back yard and front and rear timber verandas. On entry to the upper level is a central sitting room, with a living room beyond.To the right of the floorplan is the main bedroom, spanning the width of the residence and including a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite, along with enough space for a lounge setting.The left side of the level houses a dining room and kitchen, the cooking space making a statement with its black granite benchtop and mix of white and timber cabinetry.57 McIlwraith Ave, Norman ParkMore from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020From the dining room there is access to the front veranda, a lovely spot for relaxing with its ceiling fan and suburban views and city glimpses.Beyond the dining room is a bathroom, along with another bedroom with built-in wardrobes.Varying features in the bedrooms include ceiling fans, airconditioning and either carpet or timber flooring, with timber flooring, VJ walls and white plantation shutters decorating the main living areas.Downstairs, a rumpus room offers access to front and rear patios, the rear overlooking the leafy yard and the front enjoying views to established gardens.57 McIlwraith Ave, Norman ParkTo the left of the rumpus room are a study, a bathroom and a bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and double doors to the rear patio, while to the right is another bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and a laundry that connects to a double garage.Ray White Stones Corner marketing agent Ben Cannon described the residence as a desirable family home, located in a sought-after area close to parks and cafes.“The kitchen is centrally located for year-round entertaining, the main bedroom has high feature ceilings, an array of barbecue facilities can be found on the rear veranda, and there is ample storage space throughout,” Cannon said.“This character home with exquisite appointments is also close to some of Brisbane’s best schools.”
1-4/549 Brunswick St, New Farm. 1-4/549 Brunswick St, New Farm.FOUR one-bedroom apartments on the ground floor of an Art Deco complex have hit the market in one of Brisbane’s most popular inner-city suburbs.The boutique apartments at 1-4/549 Brunswick Street, New Farm, have the same layout, with open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining room, hallway storage, bedroom and contemporary bathroom with laundry. Each residence captures charming old-world elegance with classic architectural elements, including polished timber floors, high ceilings, decorative cornices and ornate windows.Modern refurbishments complement the apartments, particularly in the kitchens which have been updated to include ample cabinetry, tiled splashbacks and quality appliances such as gas cooktops and ovens. 1-4/549 Brunswick St, New Farm.A nearby CityCat terminal ensures easy Brisbane River transport to the CBD, while New Farm Park is a stroll away.Listing agent Aaron Woolard said these four apartments offered the perfect chance for new buyers or experienced investors to gain reliable residential properties with considerable returns.“Graced with enduring sophistication and an unbeatable locale, each apartment meets all the living requirements of young professionals and couples seeking Brisbane’s alluring inner-city lifestyle,” he said. Mr Woolard said it was a once-in-a-lifetime find in the current housing market, and these apartments were proven investment properties with future potential. 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 ago1-4/549 Brunswick St, New Farm.A central hallway ties the floorplan together, separating the lounge and dining space from the bedroom. The well-lit bedroom has a bright palette and enjoys convenient access to the bathroom and laundry. The bathroom features decorative tiles as well as a combined shower and bathtub and mirrored vanity. All four apartments have access to a covered car park at the rear of the complex. Surrounded by established gardens, the apartment complex has a serene living atmosphere and timeless grandeur. It is close to New Farm’s renowned restaurants, shops and bars, along with the James St entertaining precinct and Brunswick Street Mall. 1-4/549 Brunswick St, New Farm.
Leader Newspapers real estate Hot Topic — things to do before you sell — Peter Koulizos — iStock-179216364 Closeup of man counting payments for homeMEDIAN unit prices have jumped 14 per cent in Townsville during the June quarter and the property market is predicted to strengthen with millions being poured into the region through public and private investment.REIQ have released their June quarter of the Queensland Market Monitor which shows in the last three months up to the end of June the median unit sale price jumped 14 per cent from $235,000 in March to $268,000 in June.Despite the recent rise, median unit prices dropped during the last financial year by 10.5 per cent.House prices dropped in the June quarter by 4.6 per cent to $315,000 while annually the house market recorded a 3 per cent drop.Sales of units were mainly below $250,000 while sales of houses were predominantly below $350,000.The report states that the Townsville house and unit market had struggled due to a weak economy and limited employment opportunities but this was expected to improve in the third quarter of the year.REIQ Townsville zone chairman Damien Keyes said Townsville’s strong renovators market where property flippers were snapping up cheap homes had impacted they city’s low median house price.“They are buying homes at that lower price point so it’s not surprising that has driven that median house price to lower levels,” he said.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“We’re certainly seeing the transaction volumes spiking and you only have to look at the high-end listings in North Ward that are getting lot of attention and I think that is going to help turn things around in the third quarter.“I think unit prices are just the result of the mix of stock available at the time and you really need to look at rises in back to back quarters to see any decent results.”The report states that the mining industry stabilising would help strength Townsville’s economy.“Conservative coal price forecasts are supporting stability in the mining sector over the coming few years,” the report stated.“Adani’s decision to headquarter in Townsville is a key driver for economic recovery in the region.” The report also stated that projects such as the North Queensland Stadium, $6 million expansion of Domain Central and $56 million proposal to expand the ferry terminal were “real examples of economic prosperity flowing into the region”.Rental vacancies have fallen for the second consecutive quarter to 5 per cent despite a rise in rental supply of 2.2 per cent according to the number, Tenancy of bonds lodged with the Rental Tenancy Authority.Despite a drop in vacancy rates Townsville rental market is still classified as weak.A typical three-bedroom house in Townsville achieves weekly rent of about $285 a week while three-bedroom townhouses were more expensive at $300 per week.
The entrance to the new Pebblestone land release at Willowbank.NEW land has been released at the hugely popular Willowbank estate for the first time in two years.Pebblestone is the latest offering by Parkside Development comprising 10 lots ranging from 680sq m to 1070sq m, located off Willowbank Drive in Kirwan. The new land release is aimed at the premium market with lots starting at $231,000 and going up to $269,500.Parkside Development land sales manager Paul Fotinos said the 10 blocks could be the last land released at Willowbank for some time and they had already sparked the interest of potential buyers.“As soon as we started putting signs up and doing earthworks in here we had interest,” he said. “The difficulty is people that aren’t in the market don’t know what land is worth.“This is not traditional first homebuyer land unless they are in their late thirties or forties with a good income, then this could be their first home. It would more suit people wanting to upgrade to their second or third home.”The estate is surrounded by high-quality homes and has mountain views. It’s close to shops, schools, sporting facilities and the Avenues Tavern.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 master plan for Willowbank featuring the new Pebblestone land release.Parkside Developments marketing manager Fiona Montgomerie said Pebblestone filled a gap in their offerings by serving the premium market. “It’s aimed at the premium market because the price will dictate that but also the size of the land and the quality of the homes that are around it,” she said.“The existing estates we’ve got are Greater Ascot, Cosgrove and Liberty Rise, so this would complement that mix because Greater Ascot and Liberty Rise generally have blocks smaller than 800sq m.“Now if a buyer comes to us we have several estates that can help them and adding this to the mix adds a premium option for those people who aren’t looking for the smaller, downsizer lots and want something bigger.”Mr Fotinos said unlike many other estates in Townsville, Pebblestone would exclusively feature large lots, helping the homes to retain their value.“The thing about Willowbank that makes it work so well is that it’s big lots all together,” he said. “Parkside went in with the belief of keeping the block sizes large and giving people confidence that when they build, the people around them are going to build something similar, which helps with property values.”For more information visit willowbankestate.com.au.
File imageOONOONBA, Balgal Beach and Wulguru have topped the list of suburbs where Townsville homeowners hold on to their properties the longest.According to the latest CoreLogic figures, homeowners in Oonoonba hold on to their homes for 16.3 years before selling, with a hold time of 14.7 years in Balgal Beach and 14.6 years in Wulguru.Meanwhile, homes in Bohle Plains are put on the market every five years, making it the suburb with the shortest hold period in Townsville, followed by Rosslea at 5.8 years and Bluewater Park at 6.3 years. The average hold period in Townsville for houses is 10.8 years.REIQ Queensland regional director and owner of Keyes & Co Property Damien Keyes said while Oonoonba had plenty of new homes in The Village Estate, there were still many older homes with long-term residents.“It’s likely older people who are hanging on to their homes in Oonoonba and it’s taking time for them to downsize or move into a retirement village,” Mr Keyes said.“With Fairfield Central nearby as well, that has just added to the lifestyle for people living in those homes.” 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 2020All three of the suburbs with the longest hold periods have residents with a median age of more than 35. In Oonoonba the median age is 41, in Balgal Beach it is 51 and in Wulguru it is 37.All three suburbs also have median house prices below the Townsville average of $340,000, with Wulguru being the cheapest at $265,000, followed by Balgal Beach at $310,000 and Oonoonba at $315,000.RE/MAX Excellence agent Rob Levy – who is selling 2 Combe Crt in Wulguru, which has not been on the market in 17 years – said lifestyle was the key factor in people staying in a suburb like Wulguru.He said properties there were usually sold to someone who was living or had previously lived in the suburb.“Wulguru is surprisingly close to the city time-wise, even though in distance it’s a bit further and at the same time it’s a nice, peaceful suburban area great for families,” Mr Levy said. “What many people don’t realise, it gets the best breeze of any suburb in Townsville because it’s close to Cleveland Bay so that breeze just wraps around the hill. “The customer satisfaction of the people I’ve put in Wulguru has been extremely good and they are very happy with the purchase and the value.”
Wooroonooran Falls at BabindaA SLICE of Far North paradise can now be purchased for Bitcoin, a digital currency that has soared in value over the past 12 months.In a move rarely seen in Australian real estate, the owner of the majestic 32ha property known as “Wooroonooran Falls” has made his home available for 100 Bitcoin (BTC).At the foot of Mt Bellenden Ker, the property has an asking price of $1.2 million. “After extensive research the seller has decided that the digital currency offers significant chance of appreciation over the coming weeks, and buyers at the current price would get a discount on the asking price by paying in Bitcoin,” said selling agent Cheyenne Morrison, of LJ Hooker Cairns South. The value of Bitcoin has increased dramatically recently, and at the time of going to press was more than $10,700 for 1BTC.Mr Morrison said listing the property through Bitcoin opened up a whole new market of potential buyers.“I believe this will be the first property advertised for sale via Bitcoin in Cairns,” the agent said.“The seller and I are both big advocates of Bitcoin, and have personally invested in the crypto currency. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“It was my idea to offer the property for 100BTC because of the recent swath of publicity about Bitcoin, and the seller was enthusiastic about the idea.“Up until six months ago the value of Bitcoin was just bouncing along, and now it has gone through the roof.“There’s a lot of people in Australia who have Bitcoin, so you just never know who might come along.” Bitcoin is a digital currency.Mr Morrison said the property, which includes its own waterfall and a Queenslander-style house, had attracted a foreign buyer but the deal fell through.Owner Rod Overell previously told the Cairns Post that he felt like a “custodian” of the property.“I want to let it go to someone else who will be able to appreciate it,” he said. “It’s just a wonderful place – all you can hear in the afternoon is the chorus of bird life.” For more information about “Wooroonooran Falls”, call Cheyenne Morrison on 0479 054 972.