Family home on one of Gold Coast’s best streets a luxurious retreat

first_img338 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters. 338 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.“I love the layout of the house, it’s very private,” she said. “None of the bedrooms back onto each other. It is a very well thought out and planned house.”She said the outdoor entertainment area was a standout feature, with a barbecue area and pool surrounded by tropical gardens.“The outdoor area is like a little oasis.” 338 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.IT epitomises a luxury resort with contemporary interiors and tropical gardens surrounding a pool.Located on arguably one of the Gold Coast’s most prestige streets, this double-storey home is the perfect retreat.Owners Sharon and Greg Mitchell have loved every minute of the past three years they have lived in the five-bedroom home. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago338 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.It was only because their children moved out that they decided to sell their now much too large property.“We’re downsizing as all the kids have left home,” Mrs Mitchell said.She said they bought the home because of its location. “Monaco St is synonymous with class on the Gold Coast,” she said.They have since tidied it up, including repainting the outside, salvaging the garden and recarpeting inside. Mrs Mitchell said the seamless flow of the home’s floorplan was a big selling point. 338 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.last_img read more

Is this the most Australian entertainer’s backyard?

first_imgSteve and Jay Filliponi enjoy a drink at their private bar. Picture: Nicki ConnollyIT’S the entertainer’s dream backyard with a difference.From the Thai-style bar to the outdoor kitchen — and the all important thunderbox — it’s got it all.Steve Filliponi and his wife Jay have spent years transforming the garden of their four-bedroom home at 4 Falls Rd, Mt Evelyn.“When we moved here there was just dirt with overgrown trees in the backyard,” Mr Filliponi said.“But as soon as I saw the place I knew exactly in my head what I could do with it.“It’s sort of Thai and it’s a lot of Aussie in there as well.”RELATED: Altona house with Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland themes set for auction blockTwo weeks to sell first listing in middle of Nowhere in four yearsBrunswick building used as The Castle location hits the marketThe native wildlife looks a bit different at 4 Falls Rd, Mt Evelyn.The Thai-inspired outdoor bar.Steve and Jay Filliponi have created their own private retreat out the back of their home. Picture: Nicki ConnollyMr Filliponi has built most of it himself, working in housing demolition and collecting timber and recycling bits and pieces from homes across Melbourne.“I just love timber and stripping it back and making something out of it,” he said.He deliberately designed the garden into zones so guests could move from one part of the yard to another — rather than all just sitting around a table next to the barbecue.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:33Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:33 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.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 Rate1xFullscreenCheck out these hectic backyards!00:33“I like to do things differently from everyone else. I don’t see the purpose of having land if you are just going to mow a lawn,” he said.As for the thunderbox?“I got sick of everyone walking inside the house to go to the toilet,” he said.“I had everything outside already, and since it would have cost extra to plumb a toilet in, I bought a second hand building site toilet and put it in.”Guests also always have something to talk about thanks to a menagerie of lifelike animal ornaments.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoAnd it all started with a pig.“A lot of people come in and look out the window and think he’s real for a split second,” Mr Filliponi said.A few years on he’s added a crocodile, lizard and even an emu.But they’re giving it all up so they can start again, and make a few additions they didn’t have space for the first time around.“The backyard will be what I miss most,” he said.Australiana chic. Picture: Nicki ConnollyAn outdoor kitchen is a highlight.The unassuming facade.“But I wanted to buy a smaller house with bigger land and do something like this on a bigger scale. And bed and breakfast shacks.“But all the animals are coming with me … they are just too hard to come across.”Stockdale & Leggo’s Sharyn Manning said while the last time she’d seen a thunderbox had been at the house she grew up in during the 50s, the backyard at 4 Falls Rd would sell the home.“You don’t see that sort of backyard, or the outdoor kitchen in this area,” Ms Manning said.“The outside will sell the house.”The house is on a 1260sq m block with a brick facade that gives no hint of the surprising garden behind it.It’s listed for sale with a $750,000-$825,000 asking price.last_img read more

Construction on new Gainsborough Greens recreation hub has kicked off

first_img“The new recreation centre will further add to the array of amenities available in this precinct of Gainsborough Greens, giving residents resort-style facilities to entertain, socialise and stay fit within a short walk of their home.” The new facilities will complement an existing recreation centre in the precinct. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoA 25m lap pool, basketball court, gym and barbecue area will be among its facilities. MORE NEWS: Acreage estate raises the bar Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenDifferences between building in new or established estates01:50 Construction has started on a $2 million recreation centre and pool at Mirvac’s Gainsborough Greens community in Pimpama.GAINSBOROUGH Greens residents will soon have access to a 25m lap pool, basketball court, gym and barbecue area.The facilities are part of a $2 million recreation centre and pool being built for Mirvac’s Pimpama community. Construction has started on the architecturally-designed centre, which will be next to the latest premium golf-side land release. Mirvac Queensland residential general manager Warwick Bible said the lifestyle available to residents in the exclusive Forest Green release had been a major drawcard. “Buyers are seeing the unique opportunity offered by our golf-side land, with access to these exclusive resident facilities and an idyllic outlook to match,” he said. MORE NEWS: Million-dollar home profit to go to charitylast_img read more

Paddington: Sold on the views

first_img40 Garfield Dr, PaddingtonIt was the views that really clinched the deal for Peter Marles when he first looked at this beautiful Paddington property in 2005.The hilltop home, which was built between 1939 and 1941 in the English revival style, has panoramic city and suburban views, which can be enjoyed from many areas of the house, including the master bedroom. 40 Garfield Dr, Paddington Designed by renowned architect of the time, Eric P. Trewern, the three-level home still retains many of the art deco features he included.“I remember I walked up the front steps and I just went ‘wow’, the views blew me away. I remember it quite vividly,” Mr Marles said.After living in the home for a couple of years Mr Marles renovated it to suit a more modern lifestyle.“We have done a significant amount of work since then to make it much more contemporary,” he said.“There was minimal garage space, we improved that. The house was really a series of smaller rooms, so we took all the walls out and suspended the roof, so it is all open plan now.“We added a family room on the back and two decks and a new swimming pool. We retained all the chandeliers and all the art deco ceilings and things.” Mr Marles said one of his favourite parts of the house was the back deck, which had 270-degree views as far as Moreton Bay. “That is how high up the house is and there is always a beautiful breeze up there,” he said. Each of the bedrooms on the upper level of the home has built-in storage. One of the bedrooms has a bay window and another has a juliette balcony.Downstairs is a separate airconditioned apartment and living area which has a kitchenette and bathroom. The home has a three-car garage and lock up storage area. HOTW 40 GARFIELD DVE PADDINGTONcenter_img After enjoying the home and its location for 14 years, Mr Marles is downsizing.He said the house was one of the few to be built during World War II and it had really stood the test of time.It had polished timber floors, high ceilings, a fireplace and original chandeliers. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe kitchen was renovated with Wyer and Craw cabinetry, stone benchtops, Miele dishwasher, Ilve oven, six-plate gas cooktop and a butler’s pantry. There are bi-fold doors which open onto the entertainment area which overlook the swimming pool.The main bedroom has high ceilings, plantation shutters, and city views. It has an ensuite with a traditional clawfoot bathtub and a rainwater shower.last_img read more

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate sells main river mansion

first_img124 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters.Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate and wife Ruth have sold the main river mansion they picked up at a bargain price on one of the city’s elite streets. A local family splashed just under $4.5 million to secure the Paradise Waters mansion at 124 Commodore Drive.The Tates purchased the point position property in August, 2018 for $3.55 million, in what was widely considered to be a good deal. RELATED: Top end buyers splash their cash on main river Life inside a floating island palace Tech-savvy southern buyers bypass the border The two-level residence at 124 Commodore Drive enjoys a wide water position.The property changed hands in 2007 for $4 million and again in 2015 for $4.1 million.The Tates first put the holding to market in January for $4.55 million in a move designed to cash in on the $9.4 million sale of an adjoining three-lot riverfront site. Amir Prestige principal Amir Mian said a local family signed a contract for just under the asking price a month ago. “The family, who are from the Gold Coast, are looking forward to moving in,” he said. Improvements have been made on the property, pictured here in 2018.The Tates, who had freshened up the interior with new paint, carpet, window furnishings and kitchen benchtops, are on the hunt for a smaller home, Mr Mian added. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThe five bedroom house sits on a 1105sqm site at the end of elite Commodore Drive. Facing northeast, the plot boasts 50m of wide water frontage with a pool, manicured gardens, and a sandy beach where a jetty and pontoon cater for boat owners. Commodore Drive is regarded as one of the city’s elite streets.The main river residence is the ninth the Tates have owned at Paradise Waters since 2002, with an apartment on Commodore Drive still in their portfolio.The sale is the latest in a string of deals along main river during the COVID-19 period as buyers at the top end of town show confidence in prestige property.Mr Mian said there was a lot of movement among locals looking to upgrade their lifestyle and buy to better match their needs. “People are spending more time at home and thinking hard about where they want to live which is triggering the market,” he said.last_img read more

Don’t celebrate RBA flatlining rates, prepare for a rise: Experts

first_imgThere’s never been a better time to lock in a low rate mortgage, but experts warn homeowners must prepare for rises within coming months.Experts are warning homeowners to prepare for a rise in mortgage rates within months, despite the RBA holding rates at 0.25pc today.The latest Finder RBA cash rate survey saw 57 per cent of experts expect that mortgage rates will rise by 2021, whether the cash rate remained at 0.25 per cent or, as some warn, even if it flatlines at zero. MORE: Demand for affordable housing set to soar QLD postcodes lead first home loan deposit scheme take-up MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS The RBA board has decided to keep the official cash rate on hold at 0.25 per cent.The RBA last moved to drop the official cash rate to a record low 0.25 per cent in March this year as the coronavirus crisis began to spread, and had since refused to touch it, even in the face of the market swinging towards a decrease to 0.00 per cent in late August.On Monday the ASX 30 Day Interbank Cash Rate Futures September 2020 contract was trading at 99.885, “indicating a 56 per cent expectation of an interest rate decrease to 0.00 per cent at the next RBA Board meeting”, according to data on the Australian Stock Exchange.Finder insights manager Graham Cooke warned against complacency either way, saying “a flat cash rate does not mean homeowners are in the clear”.“We learned this during the most recent period of cash rate stagnation. While the rate held at 1.25 per cent for 34 months starting in 2016, banks increased their variable rates seven times,” he said.“This means that homebuyers considering a variable mortgage should still factor in a potential repayment increase of 2-3 per cent to their budget to prevent rate shock.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Canstar’s Steve Mickenbecker called for homeowners to look for better deals off lending institutions.“There are likely better rates out there for you. We know lenders have been moving rates out of step with the Reserve Bank, and the moves have been largely cuts with just one variable rate increase since July, and widespread rate rises still seem a while off,” he said.Canstar data showed that eight lenders hiked fixed interest rates while none increased variable ones in August.At the same time, 17 lenders cut variable rates and 12 cut fixed rates, it found. The data was based on based on owner occupier and investment loans in Canstar’s database available for $400,000, 80 per cent LVR. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoExperts are warning that the RBA cash rates flatlining are not something to celebrate.Pandemic-induced pressure on banking profits was driving the prediction, with half the experts on Finder’s survey bracing for rises in the first half of next year.Economist Cameron Kusher of REA Group said RBA statements indicated “it remains reluctant to cut official interest rates”.“On the other hand,” he said, “their forecasts would seem to indicate they remain a long way away from achieving their economic goals which would put them in a position to start increasing rates”.Matthew Peter of QIC told the survey that “RBA has signalled that it will keep rates on hold for around three years”.“Governor Lowe has also indicated that the RBA is highly unlikely to shift rates into negative territory. It is more probable that the RBA will lower the cash rate to 0.10 per cent if the outlook deteriorates. However, at this point, the RBA is likely to remain on hold for the foreseeable future”. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:37Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Welsh marine test site gets funding boost

first_imgWelsh government has awarded £1.2 million for the development of a Marine Energy Test Area (META) project in the Milford Haven Waterway.The funding will support the work of Marine Energy Wales in developing a network of pre-consented areas of seabed that will support research, component testing, innovation, deployment techniques and scaled device deployment.The £1.9 million META project is set to contribute towards Wales’ plans to play a key role in a growing global market and will add to the UK’s network of test sites.David Jones, Project Director of Marine Energy Wales, said: “Marine energy has already had a positive impact upon our peripheral economies in Wales, supported local supply chain clustering and diversification, and we see META contributing to the continued cost reduction being delivered by the sector at the moment.”Stephen Wyatt, ORE Catapult’s Director of Research & Disruptive Innovation, said: “Its [META’s] pre-consented areas of waterway, will provide for quick and efficient testing of components, sub-assemblies and complete devices, and allow developers to practice installation and O&M methodologies, within easy reach of an extensive, and supportive, engineering supply chain.“META fits well with ORE Catapult’s emerging plans for engagement with the region, and we look forward to working closely with the team.”META forms part of Pembroke Dock Marine, a £76 million project to develop a world class center for marine energy development, fabrication, testing and deployment in Pembrokeshire.The project has also received funding through the Coastal Communities Fund earlier this year.The next steps of the project will build on previous work to select the most appropriate sites within the Waterway, continue to engage with stakeholders and formally begin the leasing and licensing process.last_img read more

Cargo Volumes On the Rise at World’s Top Ports

first_imgCargo throughput at major ports globally maintained an upward trend in the third quarter of this year, according to the Global Port Development Report issued by Shanghai International Shipping Institute (SISI).As informed, cargo volumes at major ports in the world recorded a growth rate of 6.4 percent during the three-month period, compared to the same period a year earlier.Seaborne volumes rose rapidly thanks to the continuous recovery of the global economy and the rising of global trade, according to the report.Specifically, Chinese ports’ cargo throughput stood at 3.23 billion tons in Q3, up by 7.9 percent year-on-year. This was the highest growth since 2014 and is 5.8 percent higher than that seen in Q2, the report says.During the third quarter, major ports in South Korea reported a cargo throughput of 385 million tons, up by 8.8 percent year on year, yet slightly down quarter-on-quarter.Furthermore, cargo throughput in Europe saw a year-on-year growth rate of 1.1 percent, which was down compared with the 1.2 percent seen last year.Cargo volumes at American ports also sustained the growing trend. In Q3, major US ports saw an 8 percent growth rate for cargo throughput.Finally, growth rates of cargo throughput at Australian ports rose as well. Major ports including Port of Port Hedland, Port of Hay Point and Port of Brisbane recorded increases of 1.1 percent, 8.8 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively.last_img read more

James Fisher forms joint venture with Chinese offshore service provider

first_imgGlobal subsea excavation specialist James Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE), part of James Fisher and Sons, has formed a joint venture with Ocean Team Asia Pacific (OTAP), a specialist Chinese offshore project, vessel, and marine equipment provider.James Fisher said that the JV, named James Fisher Ocean Team, was formed to provide an enhanced service to clients in China.Creation of the JV is a result of an existing four-year cooperation between JFSE and OTAP with the companies working together on several projects.The company added that equipment would be positioned permanently in the country to enable efficient mobilization. Local operational and project management personnel will be delivering JFSE’s mass / controlled flow excavation (M/CFE) services in the oil and gas sector.Apart from servicing the oil and gas sector, the new company will be focused on establishing M/CFE as a solution for projects in the offshore renewables sector.JFSE’s team has had a presence in the region for eight years and has already completed numerous projects for Chinese clients including pipeline and cable trenching, deburial, and free span correction works.Richard Beattie, JFSE APAC regional director, said: “China is an important and growing marketplace. Increasing our presence here is part of our strategic development plan for the continued growth of our business.“We are confident our M/CFE tools and expertise will play a vital role in increasing the time and cost-efficiencies on a wide range of projects emerging in the oil & gas and renewables sectors.”Roger Wang, CEO of OTAP, added: “This is an important step for us to increase and enhance how we can develop JFSE’s M/CFE offering in China. Establishing a local company, contacts and equipment base in China is vitally important to truly realize the potential of our growing marketplace.”last_img read more

ITF Condemns ACP’s Sanctions against Tug Captains

first_imgThe International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has strongly criticized the Panama Canal Authority’s recently launched process of issuing sanctions against tugboat captains.The ACP launched the process last week to sanction certain tug captains that refused to transit ships through the expanded canal, saying that the captains’ refusal affected the traffic through the Neopanamax locks and “caused a negative economic impact on the country.”In a statement, ITF informed that the captains are “refusing to perform operations in the canal because they have serious concerns regarding health and safety after the ACP’s unilateral decision to reduce the number of crew on the tugboats.”This is compounded by concerns they have previously raised regarding the excessive overtime being required of tugboat captains, which has led to fatigue and is having a grave impact on their health and wellbeing, ITF continued.“The ITF is astonished and disappointed that the ACP has taken such an adversarial position against the workers and the Union de Capitanes y Oficials de Cubierta (UCOC) when all they want is to ensure safe operations in the canal.”ITF has urged the ACP to withdraw the sanctions and enter into a constructive dialogue with the unions.UCOC earlier said that the Panama Canal Authority is deploying a reduced number of crew members to the tugboats as a way of cutting costs.last_img read more