Cairns couple aims to create 12-storey ‘showpiece’ near Munro Martin Parklands

first_imgArtist’s impression of Mark and Donna Turnbull’s proposed Aria on the Park development across the road from Munro Martin Park in the Cairns CBD. PICTURE: SUPPLIEDCAIRNS home loan specialists Mark and Donna Turnbull have been sitting on land for a decade, waiting for just the right time to launch Aria on the Park.The 12-storey project is predicted to cost $53 million, with the couple looking to sell units off the plan from mid-2017.Mr Turnbull, director of Horizon Financial, said he had been biding his time for the adjacent Munro Martin Parklands to be redeveloped.“My feeling was it was always going to be a showpiece in the middle of town,” he said. “We’ve been waiting for a proactive council to come along and make it the fantastic place it is now.” The couple says the complex will incorporate tropical design, vertical gardens and extensive mature landscaping.“It’s not just a big concrete box,” he said. “It’s something very functional that people will want to live in and enjoy.”A communal podium-level pool is included in the design, with each apartment on the podium level also sporting private courtyards and swimming areas.Four rooftop terrace penthouses will feature wet-edge pools overlooking the city, with stairs leading up to a bar, kitchen, barbecue facilities and bathroom.The 77 apartments will be a mix of one, two and three bedrooms, with each of the penthouses featuring four sleeping spaces.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoMark and Donna TurnbullMr Turnbull said “pretty much all” the retail area on the ground floor was already spoken for, including an Italian-style deli and convenience store.The development will target suburban residents wanting to “live the Esplanade lifestyle” without having to spend a million dollars on a home.“There’s a big demand for people moving from Edge Hill, Whitfield and the suburbs to have an inner-city lifestyle,” Mr Turnbull said.“There is no indication that we will be doing any holiday letting – it’s more owner-occupied and investors that we’re looking at.”Finalising pre-sales will determine how quickly construction begins, but Mr Turnbull said he was resolved not to waste time.“We will push ahead as quickly as we can,” he said. “We didn’t want to get this development application and just sit on it.”He was certain the time was ripe for a development of this size and scope.“We’re very busy on the home loan side of things,” he said. “We tend to see the increases before everyone else does.”last_img read more

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Gold Coast property that’s been home to 500 winning horses has hit the market

first_img16 Ascot Drive.“I gave up training but these have to be some of the luckiest stables on the Gold Coast,” the 73-year-old said. “There is a pattern of winning horses.Located two blocks away from Magic Millions, the 3858sq m property is opposite the Gold Coast Turf Club. High profile horse trainer Kevin Butcher is selling his horse stable and house in Bundall currently being used by fellow horse trainer Dave Kelly, who’s pictured with one of the race horses at the property. Picture by Scott FletcherYOU’LL be on to a winner if you take a chance on this Bundall property.More than 500 winning horses have trotted through the gates of the property that has hit the market for offers over $3 million. Dubbed the ‘Lucky Horse Shoe’, 16 Ascot Drive in Bundall comes with a four-bedroom house, 38 stables, an equine pool and horse walker — plus a very good chance of winning the next race. 16 Ascot Drive, Bundall.Magic Millions race winner Warrior Girl, who was trained on the property, scooped more than $250,000 in 2010, according to owner Kevin Butcher who bought the property 30 years ago.Mr Butcher, who retired from racing in 2009, has since rented his home to horse trainer Dave Kelly.Mr Kelly said several winning horses were stabled on the property, including thoroughbreds Aldini, Camillo and Hison. “The horses bring in a really good turn-over and my clients who come anywhere from Japan to New Zealand are pretty happy with the big bucks the horses are making,” Mr Kelly said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago 16 Ascot Drive, Bundall.“It comes down to how relaxed the horses are on the property, it is really private and peaceful.“The stables are tucked away behind the house and the open areas and breezes make for very comfortable stables.”The home was built by Mr Butcher six years ago and has high ceilings, cedar shutters and an ensuited main bedroom with a spa. 16 Ascot Drive.Knobel and Davis Property Services agent Brett Laws is marketing the property and said it was one of the Gold Coast’s few remaining blue chip operational stables. “It is an ideal home for the next top trainer or to lease out,” Mr Laws said.“There are two round yards, a sand roll, tack rooms, a feed shed and a manager’s office. It’s fully operational.”last_img read more

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Location is streets ahead

first_imgOne of the family’s favourite places to relax Mr Reece said the home’s entry was the photographic backdrop for many important family events.The new owner will also benefit from the couple’s fastidious nature. What started as a lick of external paint in February evolved into a six-month project that included a full internal paint, floor polishing and a kitchen upgrade. While they’ll be sorry to bid the home farewell, there’s one thing Mr Reece said the new owners can rely on — friendly neighbours. 15 Craig St, Wishart, is being auctioned on site by Kosma Comino from LJ Hooker at 10.30am today.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair or Facebook at Kieran Clair — journo Andrew and Tracy Reece are auctioning their home this weekend, but love the street so much they built just up the road. Photo: AAP image/John GassWhen Andrew Reece and his wife, Tracy, bought 15 Craig St, Wishart, more than a decade ago, the location convinced them to sign on the dotted line.Now it’s time for a change and they aren’t going to leave the street.“The best part of the house is the outdoor area that leads onto the park at the back — it’s very private,” Mr Reece said. “It runs straight down to the Bulimba Creek park area — it’s the reason we bought the property and hence why we’re only moving five doors away.”The five-bedroom, two-bathroom home on 774sq m has been the backdrop to the family’s formative years. Its expansive floor plan and outdoor areas have hosted several neighbourhood events.An upstairs retreat was a great escape for the family as well.“We had everything from Monopoly challenges up there, where a Monopoly game could go for a week, to the most amazing Lego Land you’ve ever seen,” Mr Reece said. “You could make a mess there and it wouldn’t affect the rest of the house.”There are high ceilings and ducted airconditioning, a media room, salt water swimming pool and gym zone.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 agoThe home combined a great high-end finish with a brilliant family locality.Mr Reece said the home continued to adapt as the family grew up.“As the kids got older, they had their end of the house and we had our end, and we’d sort of meet in the middle at the entertainment area,” he said.last_img read more

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Family living in Idalia

first_img23 Somerville Pl, IdaliaTHIS well appointed two-storey house in the heart of Idalia would make the perfect home for a large family.23 Somerville Place is on the market for $698,000 and has five bedrooms and three bathrooms.The spacious home has 389sq m of under-roof space and is located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. Selling agent Janice Gallagher said the home would suit a large family. 23 Somerville Pl, IdaliaOwner Mary Connor said the home had plenty of room for a family to spread out and was also great for entertaining.“It’s a big home and we had a wonderful Christmas celebration there,” she said.“I love the downstairs level of the home because you have a huge living room which leads out to the patio and the pool, which is great for entertaining.“Idalia is also a lovely, family-friendly suburb and it has wonderful walking tracks.” 23 Somerville Place will be open for inspection on Sunday from 1pm-1.45pm. For more information call Ms Gallagher on 0418 778 333. 23 Somerville Pl, Idalia“It has a large veranda upstairs which would be perfect for entertaining,” she said.“The home is immaculate, so you wouldn’t have to do anything to it and you could move straight in. 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“The suburb of Idalia is also really popular with families and there is plenty of things to do with the kids.“Most of the interest we have received for this property has been from families.”The home also has a separate kitchenette downstairs and outside there is an in-ground swimming pool, three-car garage and garden shed.The house is on a low-maintenance 568sq m block with landscaped gardens and an automated sprinkler system.last_img read more

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Burbank home has the best of relaxation and adventure

first_imgThe back deck looks over the pool.Mr Ham grew up in the suburb and the adventurous couple made frequent use of the many adjoining horse and mountain bike trails.“There are hundreds of acres of horse riding and mountain biking trails,” Mr Ham said.“You can ride to Daisy Hill Conservation Park mountain bike track while hardly crossing any roads.”Ms Stubbersfield is an avid horse rider, and the couple built a dressage arena and horse stables on the five-acre property. This kitchen comes with a butler’s pantry.The home has three separate living areas and a kitchen with a butler’s pantry.There is also a granny flat with it’s own street entry and double car garage.Mr Ham said the house offered a point of difference, not just due to the endless list of amenities, but the modern flavour of the home.“It’s a different kind of house to what people are used to seeing in our suburb,” he said.“A lot of the houses are pushing 30 to 35 years old, with only a limited number of new houses.” The master bedroom is spacious. This in-ground pool is sure to keep you cool during summer.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019There is also an in-ground pool, chicken coop, bird aviary and cubby house.There are five bedrooms sprawled across the 388sq m house, with a massive his and hers wardrobe off the master.center_img The home at 237 Leacroft Rd, Burbank, is up for sale.This home offers the best of both worlds for those who love luxury living but also like an adrenaline rush.Clinton Ham and his partner Megan Stubbersfield are selling their 237 Leacroft Rd property at Burbank after building the home five years ago. The open plan living area spills out to the back deck.While the family still love the property, they unfortunately do not have the time they would like to dedicate to it.“We’ve got two young children under three so we’re trying to downsize, just for a little while until they’re a bit older and we get more time,” Mr Ham said.last_img read more

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QLD houses lead building approvals growth

first_imgTrend approvals figures for private houses in Queensland jumped 1.6 per cent in latest data.NATIONAL detached house approvals have jumped to their strongest level in 15 years, and private houses in Queensland are leading the trend.Australian Bureau of Statistics trend figures showed that over the three months to April, 31,562 new detached houses were approved for construction.Housing Industry Association senior economist Shane Garrett said it was the most in any three-month period since 2003. Huge drop in Brisbane land prices Beach shack sells for record $11.2m Brisbane home values stay strong Where to buy for under $500,000 “The volume of approvals for new detached houses is at its strongest in 15 years,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago“The performance of the detached house building market is remarkable. The volume of house approvals during the three months to April was 9.9 per cent higher than a year ago – a time when it was already elevated.” The volume of house approvals in the three months to April was 9.9 per cent higher than a year ago.Private sector house approvals were up highest in Queensland, rising by 1.6 per cent, followed closely by Victoria (1.5 per cent) and then New South Wales (0.6 per cent). Western Australia (0.9 per cent) and South Australia (0.4 per cent) also saw positive growth through April.“Strong demand for new houses is being sustained by healthy rates of population growth – itself a product of robust labour markets in Australia’s largest cities.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:28Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:28 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 Rate1xFullscreenPrestige property with Liz Tilley07:29 Queensland’s poorer showing in the apartment sector saw its overall building approvals fall by a massive -11.5 per cent though over the year to April, followed by the NT (-6.6 per cent), NSW (-5.4 per cent) and WA (-3.0 per cent). “The apartment market remains under pressure due to the stiffer tax burden on foreign buyers in most states as well as tighter regulatory conditions. These interventions represent a real risk for the house building industry,” Mr Garrett said. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

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Industry

first_imgGermany: GE Capital Services has agreed to purchase Cargowaggon GmbH from Brambles Industries Ltd and Danzas Holding AG. Retaining its present name, Cargowaggon will become the first European component of GE Capital’s Railcar Services business.Great Britain: Construction group Miller has set up a specialist railway company called Miller Rail. It will aim to lift rail-related turnover from £10m a year to £25m over the next two years.Hungary: Adtranz Hungary has increased its shareholding in MAV Adtranz Dunakeszi Wagon Manufacture & Repair Ltd to 64·9%, following an agreement with Hungarian State Railways signed on August 22 .Italy: Door systems manufacturer HP Srl has been acquired by Westinghouse Air Brake Co for US$5·6m.last_img

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Régions invest

first_imgTRACK RENEWAL work on the night of December 10 marked the start of a Fr293m upgrading of French National Railways’ 34 km Strasbourg – Haguenau route. Alsace région is meeting 57.5% of the cost, and Bas-Rhin département 17%. Speeds will be raised to 160 km/h, and a third track will be laid on the 10 km Strasbourg – Vendenheim section used by Paris services.Seine-Maritime département has announced a Fr800m transport programme, including a Fr235m upgrade of the Rouen – Dieppe line and modernisation of the Blangy – Le Tréport, Rouen – Elbeuf and Le Havre – Fécamp routes. Champagne-Ardenne is to invest Fr13m in modernising stations around Reims. Rhlast_img

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