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Hot property WITH some of the world’s most beautiful beaches on its doorstep and stunning weather year round, Mackay and the Whitsunday regions have long held a secret of being a wonderful place to live, work and play. The two regions work effortlessly together to provide something for everyone. Mackay blends mining, agriculture, lush rainforest and the buzz of city life with all the modern conveniences while the Whitsundays offers a tourism mecca and the luxury of relaxed tropical beach side and island living. As mines west of the major lifestyle hubs increase their activity, the positive economic flow-on effects are being felt right across Mackay and the Whitsundays with new and returning residents, as well as investors, flocking to the region. In their December quarterly report, Real Estate Institute of Queensland noted Mackay’s remarkable property market turnaround, with the region positing its

tightest rental vacancy rate in years at 2.8 per cent as well as assuming the mantle of the most affordable unit market in the state. Rent prices are following this demand and have forged an upward trend over the past year increasing between $10-20 per week. REIQ analysts said the economic fundamentals supporting regional development continued strengthening, referencing the five-year $500 million Mackay Ring Road project and Adani mine prospect. According to CoreLogic real estate data, more than 1700 residential properties sold in the Mackay region in 2017, 33 of which went for $700,000 or more. Meanwhile, in the Whitsunday region, more than 600 homes were sold and 33 went for more than $700,000. The solid sales trend is expected to continue this year with 140 properties having already changed hands across both regions between January 1 to February 8.

Property advisers Herron Todd White backed up the outlook reporting Mackay as “definitely on the improve” economically in their February monthly report. HTW analysts put the positive shift forward down to greater confidence in the resource sector and major capital infrastructure projects in the Bowen Basin being given the green light, resulting in increased employment opportunities. The region is also expected to benefit from construction projects closer to home this year with major developments given the tick of approval last year. These projects include the $20m Mackay Regional Sports Precinct Project, the $3.6m Mining Centre of Excellence, the $1.7m Whitsunday water park, the $2.2m Mackay Skate and Wheeled Sports Plaza and a $4.61m upgrade to the Mackay Showground. Another key project is the $200m Mackay Priority Development Area, laying the foundation for development along the Pioneer River and Town Beach.

5/383 Mandalay Road, Mandalay ...................................................4-5 1 Ocean View Avenue, Airlie Beach ...........................................6 5/76 Lynette Drive, Nindaroo ......7 472 Mackay-Habana Road, Nindaroo .....................................8 18 Sturt Crescent, Erakala ...........10 Find the perfect home with Ben Kerrisk .................................11 51 Logan Crescent, Erakala ..........12 41 Bourke Street, Blacks Beach .....................................................12 50 Starboard Circuit, Shoal Point ......................................................13 11 Denman Avenue, Shoal Point .....................................................14 7 Shutehaven Close, Shute Harbour........................................14 37 Logan Crescent, Erakala.....15 14/144 Shingley Drive, Cannonvale .....................................................16 26 Mount Whitsunday Drive..16 41 Harbour Avenue, Shute Harbour ........................................17 60 Beach Road, Dolphin Heads .....................................................17 4 Airlie Crescent, Airlie Beach ....18 Explore Property journey with Ben Chick...................................19 What’s your property worth? ....20 Regional markets set for revival.........................................21 19 Botha Street, Blacks Beach....22 Space and place key to dream home..........................................23 12 Whitehaven Crescent, Cannonvale .................................24 Hottest home trends for 2018 ....................................................25 49 Botanical Drive, Ooralea.......26 12 Orchid Drive, Cannonvale ..27 How to style your dream home.28 Mackay a top lifestyle location ....................................................29 Luxury property hits the market ....................................................30 Dream homes for sale .............31

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Crystal blue views meet your eye at every angle when you step inside 1 Ocean View Ave. Turn to Page 6.

Positioned among other million dollar homes in Mackay’s premier Park Residential Estate is 18 Sturt Crescent. Turn to Page 10.

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1 Opulence at its best LOT 5/383 MANDALAY RD, MANDALAY AGENT: Ray White Whitsunday PRICE: $14 million SOLD: June 14, 2017

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WITH spectacular views, private marina, Mediterranean-inspired architecture and unrivalled luxury features throughout, Mandalay House is the epitome of a dream home on the beautiful Whitsunday coast, at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Listed for sale for $19 million, it was sold in June 2017 for $14 million through Ray White Whitsunday. THE CREATION The owners worked with an open cheque book alongside their architect, who specialises in Mediterranean-style resort architecture. When you walk through the home it feels like you’re looking through a picture frame, every detail has been considered with unobstructed vistas from every angle. Mandalay House took 3½ years to build, nothing was overlooked during the construction period, with high-quality artisans and materials sourced from overseas and Australia. The owners had travelled extensively and drew inspiration from homes in Nice and Monte Carlo, they were passionate about ensuring the building materials honoured the Mediterranean style of homes, the patina of every surface and construction of the home was crafted to ensure the building gets better with age. THE DESIGN The architect and his interior designer

You get a glimpse of the pool from every room, it feels like it’s inside the home. On the ocean side a wet edge runs off continuously into the Coral Sea. partner travelled through Europe for inspiration prior to the build phase and they purchased exact furniture to suit the shape of every room. The property is opulent, a sequence of increasingly rich interiors reminiscent of the Baroque period, with most of the antiquities originating from Italy and the US. The horizon swimming pool feels like it’s part of the home, when you walk through the interior you get a glimpse of the pool from every room, it feels like it’s inside the home. On the ocean side a wet edge runs off continuously into the Coral Sea. THE LEVELS Lower level: Features a climate-controlled cellar with dining for 12, cinema, gymnasium, garage, staff quarters and utilities. Main level: Enter the home via a magnificent hall with spiral staircase and feature windows looking out over the bay. This level features a gallery, living rooms, dining,

kitchen, studio office and pool access Upper level: This level includes the 144sq m master bedroom with private sitting area and 52sq m all-in dressing room. There are four guest bedrooms, all with ensuites. A generous shared balcony runs the length of the building to make the most of the magical ocean views. PROPERTY FEATURES ■ Completely private waterfront – no public access ■ 4241sq m northwest-facing block ■ Backed by a national park ■ 2649sq m residence ■ Amazing horizon pool ■ Six king-sized bedrooms, all with ensuites ■ Nine bathrooms (including ensuites) ■ 144sq m master bedroom with lounge and separate 52sq m walk-in dressing room ■ Formal lounge and dining ■ Kitchen with adjoining casual dining plus butler’s pantry and walk-in cold room

■ Ocean-front pavilion with dining for 14 ■ Self-contained office with secretarial space ■ Climate-controlled cellar with dining for 12 ■ Cinema, gymnasium and pool room ■ Separate, fully self-contained caretaker/staff cottage ■ Multi-zone airconditioning throughout ■ Monitored security with CCTV and 24-hour recording ■ Five-car garage ■ Private 22.5m marina berth with all-weather rock wall plus two jet ski docks and boat shed ■ Private helipad (10 minutes by helicopter to Hamilton Island jet airport) ■ Uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea and nearby islands ■ Golf, fine dining, shopping and six-star resorts are just a short trip away. OWN PRIVATE OCEAN FRONT There is no public access to the water or beach front of this property. In Australia it is no longer possible to build a residence with a private ocean-front wall marina. This property is for sale via expressions of interest and is one of the most stunning mansions in Australia. Its prime waterfront location and the sheer calibre of the home makes it an opulent choice for the discerning buyer. Page 5


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2 Living up to the name 1 OCEAN VIEW AVE, AIRLIE BEACH, QLD 4802 AGENT: Sophie Carter, Sophie Carter Exclusive Properties PRICE: $7.5 million SOLD: March 11, 2017

CRYSTAL blue views meet your eye at every angle when you step inside 1 Ocean View Ave – a home that truly lives up to its address. Set on three north-facing ocean-front lots in the heart of Airlie Beach, the tropical paradise mansion is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. When the property was constructed in 2009, no expense was spared in both the purchase of the land, which has tremendous value, or the exceptional build of the home. Your breath is taken away from the moment you enter the home, as the glass front doors leading into the large, open foyer offer sweeping views across the Coral Sea and out over the renowned Whitsunday Islands. Page 6

It’s no wonder the current owners have chosen to share it with the world. The property, which was sold for $7.5 million in March 2017 by Coolangatta agent Sophie Carter of Sophie Carter Exclusive Properties, operates as a small luxury hotel and has done so through the last two owners. Earning multiple five-star reviews, the property has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, with guests raving about their experiences. While the exclusive property is often booked out well in advance, if you are lucky enough to secure a reservation a magical holiday awaits you.

Set over two levels joined by a sweeping marble staircase, the home boasts 2000sq m of interior elegance. If you prefer not to take the stairs, there is the choice of the elevator. Whether it be by lift or stairs, when you reach the upper level you will find the master bedroom complete with walk-in robe and a marble bathroom with spa bath. Another two bedrooms can be found on this floor, each with ensuite and stunning views. The views continue when you reach the kitchens – yes, plural – there are European styled kitchens on both the upper and lower levels, which open out to the numerous living and entertaining spaces throughout the home.

Heading back downstairs you will find a further two bedrooms each with their own bathroom. There are also a further four bathrooms throughout the home, taking the grand total to nine. The true centrepiece of the home, which is ideal in both summer and winter, is the 20m wet-edge pool, perfect for entertaining at any time of the day. The landscaping and gardens surrounding the home and pool set the scene of a tropical oasis. Combine that with other stand-out features such as a bar and this dream property ticks all the right boxes.


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Opened up to good life 5/76 LYNETTE DRIVE, NINDAROO AGENT: Ben Chick, Explore Property PRICE: $1.4 million SOLD: April 10, 2017 SO WHAT MAKES NINDAROO SUCH AN ATTRACTIVE PLACE? The region has been a cane farming region for years, but Nindaroo has been isolated and remained as bushland because it was one of the few high points in the area. When developers pushed north, they were attracted to the townships and villages of Rural View, Blacks Beach and Bucasia because of the size of the parcels available without impacting on expensive cane land. They quickly turned the area into suburbs and Nindaroo escaped the urban sprawl. The rural suburb is only minutes from the city, but nestled on Mackay-Habana Rd. Nindaroo is one of the most untouched areas close to Mackay because of its elevation and the area has some of the best views.

The property might be in the millions, but it is good value.

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NINDAROO is home to some of Mackay’s most luxury addresses and this property at 5/76 Lynette Dr is no exception. The new owners can swim in a large undercover swimming pool while still taking in the stunning views over cane fields to the distant hills. Arguably this property could have the best views of Mackay and the picturesque surrounding canelands. There is also a full-sized competition tennis court with an entertainment area that can be used between sets. At just under 2.6, there is plenty of space to move around despite having a swimming pool and a tennis court and there is room to walk around the well-maintained mature gardens. On the deck you will get some idea of the space with views over the property to the Whitsunday islands. It is a unique and sought-after property. Inside, the architecturally-designed home has the living space that makes the best use of the rural landscape with huge windows to emphasise the views. There are five large bedrooms in the main building with the master bedroom including a private deck, ensuite, walk-in robe and there is an office attached to avoid disrupting the rest of the house. At the other end of the house there are four bedrooms and additional guest accommodation with a private balcony. Explore Property’s Ben Chick sold the property and said it was only on the market for three weeks and there were four buyers interested in it. He said there was an attraction to luxury property at the moment that people couldn’t go past. The property might be in the millions, but it is good value.

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4 Luxury rural lifestyle

ADDRESS: 472 Mackay-Hababa Rd, Nindaroo AGENT: Gardian Real Estate, Ben Kerrisk PRICE: $1.3 million SOLD: September 20, 2017

THE most sought-after address in Mackay is not a top-floor penthouse, it’s in the open, where capturing the rural lifestyle is paramount. That is exactly what you get with this home in Nindaroo. This is not the only home in this area that has made the list, but where else can you find these massive blocks so close to the city. This home, which was sold in October, is on close to 13ha, so the neighbours are a very long arms length away. It is only 12 minutes from the city but that is more of a convenience than a necessity, with plenty of space in the 300sq m home and even a southern wing that contains an office. The home is designed to give everyone their own space. Page 8

There are five bedrooms (plus an office), two living areas, two bathrooms, two toilets, a kitchen and a laundry. The main part of the house is separated from the southern wing. The southern wing is like its own home and has been used as a granny flat and as a teenager’s retreat. If you think there is space inside, it pales in comparison to what is on offer on the outside. There is over 12 hectares of land, with a lot of space between neighbours. There are also mature and well-maintained gardens right around the home. And they are easy to maintain with an irrigation system, two rainwater tanks and bore water on the property. This is truly a luxury property in all the

sense of the word when bigger is better. Some of the many other features of this magnificent property include: ■ Separate living areas – open-plan living plus a theatre room ■ The classy master bedroom features a spacious ensuite with floor-to-ceiling tiles and his and hers vanities ■ Split-system air conditioning ■ 9ft ceilings ■ Covered, tiled outdoor entertainment area ■ Single lock-up garage plus a separate double lock-up garage ■ Three-bay powered shed plus another single-bay shed ■ Solar panels


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A taste of Hollywood 18 STURT CRESCENT, ERAKALA AGENT: Ben Kerrisk, Gardian Real Estate PRICE: $1.2 million SOLD: July 30, 2017 THIS property is ideally positioned among other million dollar homes in Settlers Rise, Mackay’s premier Park Residential Estate. The estate has been designed to make the most of the region’s relaxed lifestyle with integrated parkland and open space, walking tracks, landscaped overland waterways retaining the natural landscape of the countryside. And all five minutes from town. Set in Settler’s Rise, on offer is this glamorous showcase of innovative contemporary design and premium living. This immaculate residence provides a haven of luxury and style and covers an impressive 400+ square metres. Built by renowned local builders, the home was the star attraction for these master craftsmen until it was sold for $1.2 million in July. The bedroom is fitted with the best, including a semi-open ensuite featuring a free-standing bath and his and hers vanities. The spacious walk-in-robe has more than enough custom-built cupboards to house even a movie star’s wardrobe. At the hub of the home is the stylish open Page 10

living area with gourmet kitchen, all opening on to an expansive entertainment zone. The area includes an outdoor kitchen overlooking the swimming pool and large backyard, complete with cubbyhouse for the kids. The whole area was designed to cater for the largest of get-togethers, parties that end up with friends staying the night. Guests can choose to stay in one of the many rooms inside or reside in the self-contained granny flat, which makes up part of the 15 x 10m rendered block shed. Some of the many other features of this glitzy property include: Five generous bedrooms plus an office with the back bedroom seconding as a beauty salon; three internal living spaces including a lounge; open plan living area and a state-of-the-art theatre room; the gourmet kitchen featuring the very best of European appliances and a walk-through pantry as well as stone bench-tops. The finish is also matched in the outdoor kitchen and the bathroom vanity units. Gardian Real Estate agent Ben Kerrisk sold

One cannot go past the beautiful master bedroom, it’s like it belongs in Hollywood the property and said the new owners were lucky because it had interest from a lot of different groups. He said the quality of the finishes and size of the home was what you would expect from a builder’s home. “Sellers were happy with the purchase and the buyers were also happy with the purchase,” he said.


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Finding the perfect home FOR Ben Kerrisk, getting the person into their perfect dream home can be a long process, particularly when that home is valued at more than a million dollars. He said sometimes that relationship could last up to 12 months, so that’s why Gardian Real Estate has employed a buyers’ consultant, Mick McLeod. “I’m been a buyer’s consultant here for the last three years and its something that is quite common in (real estate) the southern states,” Mr McLeod said. Mr McLeod can work with buyers and take them to properties that might not be on the market, but fits the profile of what the buyer wants. “I come to Ben and say, ‘hey do you know someone who wants to sell?’ and Ben knows just about every house in town,” he said. Mr Kerrisk, who has been working in Mackay since 2008, said that process didn’t happen overnight and it could take six or even 12 months to find the home. “It just happened recently, I had a buyer that was looking for a property and I asked Ben and he sources a property for me,” Mr McLeod said. “And we matched them up, and that didn’t happen overnight. The right property just wasn’t coming up,” Mr Kerrisk said. Mr Kerrisk said when a buyer was looking for a property more than a million dollars they wanted something that was just right, and

finding that home could be difficult. He said, just like the more common properties, one of the big requirements was the location. Settlers Rise and Erakala is where most of the interest is because of the big houses, big sheds and pools. “A majority are local and just upgrading,” Mr McLeod said. “We also have passive buyers, who are not actively out there looking they just see something on Facebook, or someone sends them a link to a video of one of the homes,” Mr Kerrisk said.

With bespoke finishes, rooms of generous proportion and a beachside location, this outstanding property is a Bucasia landmark. Here at Walters Avenue you can immerse yourself in quality, ambience, style and character. This estate sized, two storey home boasts over 400 square metres of living space and rests on an established 2024 square metre allotment (2 titles).The east facing residence offers views to the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands beyond with beautiful Bucasia Beach just footsteps away. For your consideration the home boasts four internal living areas, formal entry, five bedrooms, three bathrooms, study, granite and timber kitchen (two ovens), thirteen metre in ground pool, spacious al fresco entertainment area plus double lock up car accommodation (remote doors) attached to the home. In addition, there are a few of the host of features that the property offers: Ducted and split system air conditioning, Bose lifestyle home entertainment system, raked ceilings with exposed beams, feature panelled timber ceilings, internal oak French doors, wine chiller, cold room, utilities/linen room, 200 year old imported Mahogany balustrade, South African slate flooring, handmade terracotta Mexican floor tiles with Quila inlay, Norseman wood heater, first floor sun deck with ocean views, Crimsafe doors (lower level), three bores, two detached garages (one with remote doors), extensive landscaped gardens, automated irrigation system, chicken coop and boundary fencing. This is a commanding property that offers the quality, features and presentation you would expect of a home of this calibre. Location is paramount and with the land content being over two titles this rare find at a most desirable address is now for sale by negotiation. Call Sally Richards to Inspect. 0417 605970

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6 Outdoor living rivals inside 51 LOGAN CRESCENT, ERAKALA AGENT: Ben Kerrisk, Gardian Real Estate PRICE: $1.12 million SOLD: September 20, 2017 STYLISH in design, this remarkable residence is the ultimate in modern-day living. Only a couple of years old, the expansive home has been carefully put together to create a place which anyone would be proud to call their own. Intricacy of form, sleek lines and volumes converge with inspiring effect. The open plan living area is filled with light and is the centrepiece of the home, bringing all of its magnificence together. The owners, who bought the property for $1.12 million in September, would no doubt be spending most of their time outside with the alfresco dining area complete with outdoor kitchen and nearby fire pit. This entertainment space is surrounded by a beautifully kept yard and gardens and is simply perfect for hosting large gatherings. Priceless in position, this rare lifestyle opportunity is only moments from the Mackay CBD and all that this wonderful city has to offer.

7 Seaside delight 41 BOURKE STREET, BLACKS BEACH AGENT: Ben Chick, Explore Property Mackay PRICE: $1.1 million SOLD: June 14, 2017

SETTING the benchmark for properties that simply offer it all is the stunning home at 41 Bourke Street, Blacks Beach. Sold for $1.1 million by Explore Property Mackay agent Ben Chick, the property makes you feel like you’re on holidays rather than in your own home. Perched on a little more than 1ha at the top of hills over looking Black Beach and sprawling a huge 570sq m under roof, Mr Chick said the rare home had won numerous building awards. “The views to the Whitsundays and along Blacks Beach are breathtaking,” Mr Chick said. “Private, prestigious and positioned to capture all the surrounding aspects of Mackay whilst designed to see the very changing landscape our region offers, rarely has a home been built with this outlook.” Constructed in 1999 and offered for sale for the first time last year, the property includes four bedrooms on the upper level. The master bedroom has an ensuite with Page 12

spa and views over the ocean as well as a walk-in robe while the other three large bedrooms include built-ins. Upstairs you will also find a designated office with views, large lounge and dining areas, a stunning kitchen with granite tops and oodles of cupboard space, and a separate games room that flows directly out to the entertaining area and pool. The entertaining area includes an outdoor kitchen with Onyx top and built-in barbecue and dishwasher while the in-ground pool is highlighted by a bar with ocean views where you can relax and enjoy a few cocktails or just soak up the beautiful North Queensland sunshine. Head down a level and you will find a granny flat which is ideal for the extended family. With nine foot ceilings, the entire home is airy and embraces the cool, sea breezes off Blacks Beach. There is also space for three cars on the property and a three bay shed is located at the bottom of the block which is ideal for a boat or extra storage.

The illustrious Settlers Rise Estate provides an exclusive setting for this accomplishment from these master builders. The beautiful home has four bedrooms and an office, a wonderful kitchen with modern finishes, stainless steel appliances, stone bench-tops and walk-in pantry. There are multiple living areas as well as the now compulsory with any million dollar property, a home theatre room. The master bedroom has a wrap-around robe and ensuite with his and her vanities. While this home doesn’t have a pool, it has an extensive shed which really ties into the home. “The shed has the same kind of roof as the home, little bit different, but it is all consistent with the property, Gardian Real Estate agent Ben Kerrisk said. He sold the property and said it was popular with potential buyers but at the end of the day only one couple was able to waltz into it.


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8 Private French elegance 50 STARBOARD CIRCUIT, SHOAL POINT AGENT: Ben Chick, Explore Property PRICE: $1.1 million SOLD: November 21, 2017 wardrobe and private deck. The home has a further three bedrooms with built-in wardrobes as well as a guest bedroom with walk-in robe and ensuite that is perfect for when family come to stay. Other features of the home include a formal lounge, formal dining room, a marble tiled foyer, a study, a huge laundry, ducted Vaccumaid, fireplaces in the lounge area and on the back deck and the security system. The large kitchen boasts French Provincial style cabinetry, a huge walk in butlers pantry and a Caesarstone top island bench, which flows effortlessly to the dining area and directly outside to a back deck perfect for entertaining. Outside you will also find an in-ground lap pool with a designated spa area off the back

deck, a section of the home Mr Chick said many hours and fun times would be spent. This area is surrounded by manicured gardens, hedges and lawns backdropped by native parkland creating a secluded, quiet atmosphere. Mr Chick said the most appealing part of the property was the close proximity to the beach. “There’s no doubt that the appeal of coming home to a masterpiece of design is attractive, that walking through your own home and having that sense of pride is fulfilling and to top it off, being able to walk to the beach out your back gate is impressive,” he said. The is completed by an oversized garage with ample space for two cars and a boat or trailer plus plenty of room for storage.

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CHANDELIERS, a fireplace, a butler’s pantry and oodles of marble puts 50 Starboard Circuit, Shoal Point at the top of its class. From the ornate wrought iron balustrade to the towering cream pillars and lush shrubbery surrounds, the home has all the hallmarks of a classic upmarket home. Sold for a neat $1.1 million on November 21 by Explore Property agent Ben Chick, the five bedroom, three bathroom property has been built in French Provincial theme and is certainly a one of a kind masterpiece. November was the first time the property had been listed for sale since it was built in 2009. With more than 500sq m of opulent living under roof, the home offers all the luxuries of life and in 2009 was a Master Builders

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9 Dream come true for buyers 11 DENMAN AVENUE, SHOAL POINT, QLD 4750 AGENT: Ben Chick, Explore Property PRICE: $1.05 million SOLD: July 4, 2017 A PRESTIGIOUS Shoal Point home a stone’s throw from the surf has sold for $1,050,000 two years after it hit the market. Listing agent Ben Chick, of Explore Property, described the two-storey residence on 11 Denman Avenue as a piece of paradise – and quite a rare find. He said the absolute beachfront location, facing both north and west, provided an unobstructed view directly out to the Whitsundays. The four bedroom, four bathroom home, measuring 2799sq m, includes a resort-style pool just metres from the sandy shores of Shoal Point. Mr Chick described the sale of the home – built in the 1980s and only sold once before – as a dream come true for the lucky new owners. “It’s a lifestyle so many people dream of but can never have the chance to own,” he said. “The home offers direct and unobstructed access to the gorgeous Shoal Point beach.

“Be the envy of everyone as you enjoy the sheltered north-easterly aspect, watch the tide come and go each day and sit and relax ... ” The very special piece of real estate, in one of the Mackay region’s most loved beachside hideaways, includes a large formal dining room and an enormous lounge area. It’s perfect for entertaining guests, or for a large family to stretch out in. “Space is at a premium here and for the large family this home gives you the space to do it all,” Mr Chick said. “The large concrete in-ground pool will keep your guests entertained and the views from it are to die for.” The sprawling home is only a short drive from Mackay city centre, but feels a lifetime away from the stresses of many bustling beachside locations. Shoal Point is a quiet seaside suburb, with a natural environment which acts as a home to a range of wildlife, such as possums and rainbow lorikeets.

10 Picturesque and serene 7 SHUTEHAVEN CLOSE, SHUTE HARBOUR AGENT: Ray White Whitsunday PRICE: $1.03 million SOLD: March 2017 WAKING up with Hamilton and South Molle islands in front of you, and 50 years of busy city life behind you, is an idyllic way to start the day for Sue and Joe Perakovic. The couple, who moved to Ayr from Canberra two years ago, last year bought a dream holiday home 10 minutes from Airlie Beach when they purchased 7 Shutehaven Close, Shute Harbour. “When we looked at the house, we walked out on to the upstairs balcony and just loved the views, the peace, and the serenity, as well as looking at the islands and watching the ferries go past,” Mrs Perakovic said. “I could sit out there all day. “That is my favourite spot. Or lying in bed, because from there I have the same views. I don’t draw the blinds so that view is the first thing I see in the morning. “If I stand up, I can see Hamilton Island and, in front of us, is South Molle island.” Mrs Perakovic said the couple’s first trip to Page 14

the iconic Whitsundays last year was a house hunting mission, and they fell in love with the region instantly. They now live in Ayr and look forward to holidays in their new house. The couple, who have three adult children and two grandchildren, said North Queensland’s “sunshine and heat all year round was too good to resist”. “It’s such a relaxed feeling. It feels like you’re in holiday mode non-stop. Everything is causal and relaxed and very friendly, especially coming from the city where everything is rushed. “We’ve bought a jet ski so we jet ski around the islands which is fun.” Mrs Perakovic said the modern five-bedroom house, which sold for $1,035,000 through Ray White Whitsunday, had been damaged during Cyclone Debbie last March — the same time as the couple were finalising the contract on the sale of the property. “The whole house had to be gutted because

water got in under the roof, and came in through the roof. And all the floorboards had to be redone. “The previous owners were there taking out their personal possessions when the cyclone hit.” She said the inside of the home was completely repaired and restored during last year and the couple had their first sleep in their new home in September. “It was so beautiful inside so I didn’t change

a thing!” The house — with three bathrooms and two living areas — has a neutral colour scheme. “Also, in the middle of the house, there is a concrete store room where the previous owners huddled for eight hours when Cyclone Debbie came through,” Mrs Perakovic said. Ray White currently has the house available for holiday let. Bookings can be made by calling 07 4948 8500.


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11 Country style close to town 37 LOGAN CRESCENT, ERAKALA AGENTS: Ben Kerrisk and Mick McLeod PRICE: $1.022M SOLD: December 8, 2017 GRACING an impressively spacious 2000sq m block, no expense was spared in the construction of this Settler’s Rise home – especially since the man who built it also lived there for a time. The single-level, ultra-modern home on Logan Crescent in Erakala boasts a high clearance garage with space for seven vehicles (boats included), with a connected granny flat complete with kitchenette and ensuite for the more private of guests. Serenely situated in one of Mackay’s most sought after rural addresses, the new residents will be surrounded by similarly prestigious houses and it is only a short drive to town – a country feel with city conveniences close at hand. Agent Ben Kerrisk, from Gardian Real Estate, said buyers were drawn to the polished concrete floors. Although still a relatively rare flooring

choice in Mackay, the element is starting to gain popularity among home owners. The large 2000sq m allotment was also a major draw card, with the ability to build a large home, garage, pool, and shed, with space leftover for the children to play in. Some of the finer touches used to form this masterpiece include pendant lighting, timber features and recycled crate shelving. Built four years ago by local builder Clinton Smith of Smith Services Pty Ltd, the home has wide hallways and space for every family member thanks to its 300sq m of living space. This magnificent residence has been hand-crafted to the most exacting standards and is the result of an impressive marriage of form, function and location and has created a place of luxury for each and every member of the family to enjoy. The luxury home sold for $1.022 million last November.

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12 Stunning apartment living 14/144 SHINGLEY DRIVE, CANNONVALE AGENT: LJ Hooker Whitsunday PRICE: $950,000 SOLD: 2017

SUE Woolman’s favourite holiday destination is the Whitsundays, her favourite past-time is fishing, her favourite fish is coral trout, and her favourite place to be is the deck of her new apartment overlooking the comings and goings of Abell Point Marina. Mrs Woolman, with her husband David, bought their Airlie Beach Peninsula Apartment last November. “It’s awesome,” she said. “I can’t believe I get to look at this view over the marina all the

time. We can watch all the boats come in and out. My favourite space is the balcony because that’s where the view is.” She said the balcony also had cyclone screening, making it usable in varying weather conditions. “I love it.” Mrs Woolman said each apartment at 14/144 Shingley Drive, Cannonvale, had a different floor plan, and the complex was about 10 years old.

13 Vista magic 26 MOUNT WHITSUNDAY DRIVE AGENT: Steve Marks, Ray White Whitsunday PRICE: $940,000 SOLD: February 27, 2017 Page 16

“This apartment was bought and renovated by the previous owners about three years ago. “They did such a fantastic job. There’s not a lot I’d change if I had the choice to do it again. “It’s quite homely and has such a nice feel to it.” Mr and Mrs Woolman bought the three-bedroom property — which also has a study — through LJ Hooker Whitsunday for $950,000 and use it as a bolthole when taking a break from their lives in Victoria.

“We live in Torquay on the surf coast so this is our holiday home. I have two kids and a granddaughter so they also come and spend time here.” Keen fisher people and owners of the BIG4 Bowen Coral Coast Beachfront Holiday Park, Mrs Woolman said the Airlie Beach apartment allowed the couple to combine work and rest. “What’s not to love about the Whitsundays? There’s so much to do, or you can do nothing.”

JUTTING out of the landscape at 26 Mount Whitsunday Drive is an architectural masterpiece. In perfect contrast with the blue ocean beyond is Elementa, a stunning ocean view villa, incorporating natural materials. Throughout the home, Australia hardwoods kweila and blackbutt are used in everything from staircases to cabinets and flooring to offset the industrial style structure. Sold by Ray White Whitsunday agent Steve Marks on February 27 for $940,000, the villa features clean, sharp lines balanced by an abundance of greenery and raw, earthy features. Upon first glance at the home from the driveway, the eye is drawn to the window feature carved into the right-hand corner of the property which provides a clear view

through the home and to the sparkling sea in the distance. Step inside the stand-alone villa and you will find three bedrooms, two of which are suites with their own private bathrooms and walk-in robes, as well as a third, main bathroom. All three bathrooms feature free-standing Picasso natural stone baths that continue the raw, industrial feel of the property. In the master suite, the stone bath, which overlooks the Port of Airlie, is complemented by matching stone basins and a shoji privacy screen that divides the bedroom from the bathroom. Breeze through the main section of the home, much like the reverse cycle air-conditioning, to discover two living areas which open out on to large decks that boast views over the Coral Sea and a stylish fan to keep residents cool all year round. Outside there is also a magnesium mineral water infinity pool, which is shared between the seven villas, surrounded by an entertaining area with a teppanyaki grill. Off the living areas is a large kitchen complete with 50mm Corian raincloud benchtops with waterfall ends and a large island bench allowing for six people to gather around and charge their mobiles through the built-in wireless charging station. The kitchen is also where you will find the signature window feature, which from the inside displays as a frameless corner window which combined with a serious of pendant lights overhead casts a warm light over the various top-line appliances. These include a pyrolytic self-cleaning electric oven, gas hot plates, a Vintec wine cooler and a double draw dishwasher. The luxury digital features of the home extend as far as the light switches, which are LED Zen with pictogram icons and include dimmers, fan controllers and USB ports. Located just a stone’s throw away from the Port of Airlie, a mere 500m in fact, the property is situated in an ideal location for those looking to easily duck into town or to the marina for a trip out to the islands.


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14 Perfect getaway 41 HARBOUR AVENUE, SHUTE HARBOUR AGENT: Ellen Kerr, Ray White Whitsunday PRICE: $940,000 SOLD: February 2017

NESTLED among tropical palms in the exclusive Shute Harbour, 41 Harbour Avenue is just a stone’s throw away from the Great Barrier Reef. Located just five minutes away from Shute Harbour marina, the upmarket property, built in 2001 and owned by a Western Australian couple, is the perfect gateway to the 74 stunning Whitsunday islands that catch your eye from every room within the home. This property, sold for $940,000 in February 2017 by Ellen Kerr, of Ray White Whitsunday offers the ultimate in Whitsunday living, Set over two levels and designed specifically to take in panoramic views of the Coral Sea, the home boasts three bedrooms and two bathrooms on a 587sq m slice of paradise. Polished timber floors greet you on the

upper level along with a designer kitchen, a spacious living area, an office, a powder room and two balconies. Wind your way down the elegant spiral staircase to the lower level and you will find the ultimate master bedroom. The suite includes its own balcony and generous ensuite. Also included in this level are two more bedrooms, a main bathroom, laundry and a second living area complete with built-in bar. The bar is the perfect place to whip yourself up a cocktail before walking out to the deep, cool swimming pool which includes a cascading water feature and wooden deck that ties in seamlessly with the surroundings. It is here where you can really immerse yourself in the beautiful North Queensland coast weather, as the home and pool is almost hidden in the lush surrounds.

15 Beachfront beauty 60 BEACH ROAD, DOLPHIN HEADS AGENT: Bev Woosley, Blacks Real Estate Mackay PRICE: $885,000 SOLD: August 25, 2017

PROUDLY perched on the shores of Dolphin Heads Beach is an opulent home with magical views. The absolute beachfront property, built in 2006, changed hands for the first time last year after a long stint on the market and the new owners have a gem on their hands. The home has also been in the local rental pool since 2013. A local couple purchased the property through Blacks Real Estate Mackay agent Bev Woosley who described the home as “luxury living”. “The astute buyer will find an architecturally-designed home that could not be replaced for sale price,” Ms Woosley said. The four-bedroom, four-bathroom property set over two levels on a 752sq m block allows for relaxed open plan living. “All living areas flow onto a covered alfresco area and open timber deck,” Ms Woosley said. “Split level floors provide spacious sleeping zones; the main with its separate dressing room, luxury ensuite and private balcony.”

Ms Woosley noted the high quality, modern kitchen as a stand-out feature of the home. “The home has a large 2pac kitchen with stone bench tops, Meile appliances, glass splash backs and wine storage,” she said. Another key feature of the property is the pool area, which was added to the home in 2008. “A water edge pool with swim jets and spa, takes in the true character of the natural coastline,” Ms Woosley said.

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16 A whole lot of house 4 AIRLIE CRESCENT, AIRLIE BEACH AGENT: Robert Taylor, PRDnationwide Whitsunday PRICE: $887,500

SPRUIKED as the most incredible buy in Airlie Beach when it hit the market, 4 Airlie Crescent certainly lives up to the hype. Towering on its perch in the tightly held crescent locale, the 2005-constructed property has all the hallmarks of an upmarket home. With its eye-catching yellow render block finish, tough Colorbond roof and touches of earthy wood tones and lush sprawling greenery, the property draws you in with its inviting presence. The home, sold for $887,500 by PRDnationwide Whitsunday agent Robert Taylor to a local couple, delivers incredible value. When size matters, the property is up to the task, with five bedrooms, four bathrooms, two Page 18

living areas, two kitchens and a massive rumpus room just to start. Set over three levels, the potential of the home is massive, with each level able to be self-contained should the owner choose to head down the Airbnb or holiday home path. The master bedroom is the main attraction, fittingly located on the uppermost level, with an ensuite featuring two separate vanities and a walk-in wardrobe with custom-built shelving to hold all the shoes, clothes and accessories you can dream of. Spectacular views overlooking the Whitsunday Islands and Abell Point Marina and a private balcony are the cherry on top of the package.

The suite, and a further two large bedrooms on the upper floor, share and enjoy their own massive, adjacent living area with bathroom, which leads to an entertaining deck with great views. Head downstairs to the second floor and you will find a further two bedrooms, generous laundry room with plenty of storage space and a white modern kitchen with black bench tops that opens out to a second deck, perfect for entertaining or relaxing. The expanse of the home continues on the ground floor with a gym, which could be used as a home office or even a sixth bedroom. There is also a double lock-up garage with internal access. An enormous rumpus room is located

on the ground floor and leads out to a sparkling in-ground pool through a handy storage room. Alongside the pool area there is plenty of room to park a boat or for visitors to park their vehicles – but if you’re heading into town you won’t need a vehicle. Located in the heart of Airlie Beach, it is just a short walk to the main street and marina. Despite all the bells and whistles, the home is not over the top – rather it is elegantly finished inside, with spotless cream tiles and white walls throughout. The render block exterior and tropical yet hardy garden is very low maintenance. For the price, this is a whole lot of house.


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“The buyers are a mix of locals upgrading and out-of-towners.” He said there were a lot of buyers from down south as the good news about the Mackay region continued to spread. And the activity is set to continue through 2018. “The market is moving fast,” he said. “I think the start of last year it was slow, but the pace has picked up.” He said in one weekend at the start of February, his team showed 35 properties to about 110 groups of people. “The top end of the market is still just about 1 per cent of the buyers, it’s pretty tiny,” he said. But unlike a few years ago, buyers were now contacting the Explore agents, scouting for the property they wanted and not necessarily what was presently on the market. “We’re getting more and more of those people,” Mr Chick said. He said a lot of them were out-of-towners. “I think there is a volume of good news coming out of Mackay – and that’s important. (Buyers) have seen enough evidence that things have turned around.” Mr Chick said one of the key indicators was the vacancy rates.

During the height of the downturn, the vacancy rate in Mackay was hovering about 11 per cent and was one of the worst in the state. In only 18 months, that figure has dropped to less than 3 per cent, and recent arrivals will soon be increasing the sales activity after renting initially. ■ Explore Property Mackay is at 224 Victoria St, Mackay. ABOVE: Some of the Explore Property team, Natika Daniel, Kellie Hooper, Letitia Mackay, Ben Chick, Tanya Smith and Jodie Mogford. RIGHT: Ben Chick, Alan Finch and Jordan Miller directors of Explore Property Commercial.

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WHAT’S YOUR PROPERTY WORTH Suburb

Property Type

Number Sold 12 months

Median Sale Price 12 months

Change in Median Price 12 months

Change in Median Price past 3 months

Change in Median Price 5 years

ANDERGROVE

H

91

$315,000

3.3%

-0.4%

-24.3%

ANDERGROVE

U

17

$262,500

n.a.

7.1%

-13.9%

ARMSTRONG BEACH

H

15

$275,000

n.a.

-1.6%

-24.0%

BAKERS CREEK

H

14

$402,500

-2.1%

-3.9%

26.6%

BEACONSFIELD

H

57

$345,000

1.5%

0.0%

-19.8%

BLACKS BEACH

H

32

$340,000

0.0%

n.a.

-32.3%

BUCASIA

H

66

$323,250

0.2%

0.0%

-29.7%

DOLPHIN HEADS

U

24

$54,000

n.a.

20.0%

n.a.

EAST MACKAY

H

29

$310,000

-10.3%

-13.9%

-28.7%

EIMEO

H

36

$334,500

-1.5%

5.0%

-27.3%

GLENELLA

H

58

$450,000

4.7%

0.6%

-17.4%

GRASSTREE BEACH

H

10

$327,500

-18.1%

n.a.

-31.2%

HAY POINT

H

16

$307,000

0.7%

0.7%

-22.0%

MACKAY

H

28

$274,000

8.5%

5.4%

-30.6%

MACKAY

U

49

$280,000

-3.4%

0.0%

-24.3%

MACKAY HARBOUR

U

16

$400,000

n.a.

n.a.

-27.1%

MARIAN

H

55

$426,000

6.5%

6.5%

-8.8%

MIRANI

H

18

$261,500

-14.3%

-8.2%

-38.5%

MOUNT PLEASANT

H

49

$320,000

-8.3%

-1.8%

-28.3%

NORTH MACKAY

H

74

$258,500

5.5%

2.0%

-31.1%

OORALEA

H

29

$433,000

3.6%

0.7%

-10.2%

RICHMOND

H

10

$574,000

n.a.

2.9%

n.a.

RURAL VIEW

H

61

$400,000

8.1%

0.0%

-19.0%

SARINA

H

49

$260,000

-16.5%

-4.6%

-29.6%

SEAFORTH

H

16

$338,500

n.a.

2.3%

-13.2%

SHOAL POINT

H

12

$426,500

-10.2%

1.2%

-20.3%

SLADE POINT

H

34

$272,500

-8.2%

-0.9%

-26.4%

SOUTH MACKAY

H

71

$276,000

6.2%

0.4%

-27.4%

SOUTH MACKAY

U

24

$199,000

n.a.

n.a.

-33.7%

WALKERSTON

H

42

$375,500

7.3%

2.2%

-16.6%

WEST MACKAY

H

94

$295,000

2.3%

0.0%

-24.4%

WEST MACKAY

U

11

$245,000

19.5%

8.9%

-16.9%

SOURCE: CoreLogic Market Trends January 2018 report Page 20


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EGIONAL Queensland property markets are starting to make a comeback as the flow-on effects from the resources downturn finally start to ease. In recent years many of the state’s regional centres dominated lists of areas where investors shouldn’t park their property dollars as values dropped and vacancy rates skyrocketed. But that has all started to turn around now, according to property analyst Terry Ryder of Hotspotting. He said for the past several years regional towns with economies focused on resources or tourism alone had struggled. Many were frequent entrants in his No Go Zones report, which listed the areas not to invest in. In a sign of steady improvements across the board, his latest report does not warn against investing in any of Queensland’s regional towns. Outside of southeast Queensland, Townsville was the market Mr Ryder liked best. “If you look at the current statistics it looks quite unattractive because vacancies are still a bit high and in the last 12 months there has been prices going backward, but we are always looking to the future and Townsville has got absolutely massive things coming up in its near future,” he said. Mr Ryder said there were major infrastructure and property developments under way and the economy had evolved with the expansion of the education sector.

The military economy was another big benefit to Townsville. “As the resources sector continues its revival, a number of major enterprises are basing themselves out of Townsville and seeking fly in-fly out workers from Townsville, so it is going to get a boost,” he said. There had also been a revival in the property markets in areas including Moranbah, Gladstone and the towns of the Surat Basin. “Many projects that were on the backburner are now being brought back on line and new projects are being proposed,” Mr Ryder said. “We are seeing an increase in sales activity in regional centres like Mackay and Emerald, Dalby ... even Moranbah has had a big uplift in sales in the last six months and vacancies in many of those locations have been dropping steadily. “Gladstone two years ago had a 10 per cent vacancy, and it has been steadily declining until right now it is probably around about 4 per cent. So it’s still a bit high, but it’s not far off the point where vacancies will be back to acceptable levels and rents and prices will start to rise.” Mr Ryder said investors still needed to be a little careful with these resources-related markets, which were always a bit volatile and high-risk, but the worst was over for them. “Anyone who owns property in places like

Gladstone, Mackay and Dalby can look forward to better things and some growth in coming years.” A fresh wave of interstate migration has helped drive demand on the Sunshine Coast. Real Estate Institute of Queensland figures reveal Noosa was the state’s top performing market in the three months to September, recording annual house price growth of nearly 10 per cent. During the past five years, Noosa’s median house price has jumped by more than 40 per cent. Tom Offermann Real Estate principal Tom Offermann said the company ended 2017 with eight sales averaging $5.9 million each. And he predicted the market would now continue to improve with Noosa the standout performer. The agency sold a sprawling waterfront home with a drive-through boatshed, two jetties and a boat ramp at 29-31 Wyuna Dr, Noosaville, for close to $11.9 million late in 2017 – a record for the area. “It’s not just the prestige properties that buyers are targeting,” Mr Offermann said. “There are good opportunities for buyers at all levels who want to invest or live here.” According to the latest CoreLogic Pain and Gain report, the number of loss-making sales in Queensland’s regional areas has slowed. In the September quarter, 92.6 per cent of houses and 90.2 per cent of units in regions sold for more than the owners paid for them.

Ipswich was another region that began to show improvements in 2017 and was tipped to continue improving. In the past 12 months the region recorded 3731 house sales and 603 unit sales. According to CoreLogic its median house price has moved into positive territory again, up 0.9 per cent in the past quarter to $343,000. The median unit price also increased by 0.7 per cent to $377,500. In the September quarter 85.6 per cent of properties sold in the Ipswich council area sold for more than their owners paid for them with a median profit of $63,500 and a total profit within the council region of more than $51 million. Further north the Fraser Coast chalked up 2410 house sales and 319 unit sales in the past 12 months. The median house price dropped slightly, down 0.8 per cent to $320,000, while the median unit price rose 3.6 per cent to $259,000. In Gympie there were 1070 house sales and 70 unit sales in the past 12 months. The median house price rose in the past quarter by 1.6 per cent to $310,000 and the median unit price was up 4.3 per cent to $240,000. Bundaberg had 1438 house sales in the past year and 178 unit sales. Its median house price rose 0.2 per cent in the past quarter to $295,500 and median unit price rose by 0.4 per cent to $247,000.

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19 BOTHA ST, BLACKS BEACH AGENT: Angela Pietzner, Ray White Mackay City PRICE: $505,000 SOLD: October 2017

A SEA change and a boost to her health have made Kym Harman glad she made the decision to slow down and start again in Mackay. Mrs Harman, who with her husband left Brisbane and bought a new property in Mackay last October, said moving to North Queensland has revitalised her and been the lifestyle change she needed. She said her new home was “peaceful, quiet and tranquil, just like a paradise”. Through Angela Pietzner, a real estate agent with Ray White Mackay City, Mrs Harman bought a property at 19 Botha St, Blacks Beach, for $505,000. She said being near the water and being able to drive to the beach in the mornings was an inspiration. Page 22

“You can take in the scenery at the start of the day and be appreciative of what’s around you. It’s very calming,” she said. “Nothing is rushed here and people are very helpful and friendly.” Mrs Harman said she ensured she created “downtime” for herself and enjoys walks to the local pub and eateries. “We never had anything like that before,” she said. “Everything is in walking distance here.” She said the four-bedroom home had two living spaces, two bathrooms and a pool. “We didn’t have a pool in Brisbane and it’s beautiful to sit outside and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle and the amazing views from our back deck,” she said. “You feel like you’re on a little resort.”


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Space and place key to dream home Needs and priorities change as kids get bigger and the need to supervise is driven out by their noise. Kirsten Craze reports....

H

OME may well be where the heart is, but it turns out what Australians want in a dream home is not stuff, but

space. While some house hunters desire all the bells and whistles from pools to private gyms, most of us just want enough room to settle down, spread our wings and add our own personal style. THE SPACE RACE The recently released Ikea Life At Home Report 2017 shows that Aussies want their dream home to tick four boxes; space, place, relationships and things. Tabitha Krygsman, interior designer with Ikea Australia, said her team used the motto “together apart” to describe contemporary home life. She added that one simple design solution, the open plan living space, allowed households to achieve many dream home goals. “We’ve found this is the heart of the home, where all the action happens, where people want to share their space,” she said. “You’ve got this technology movement where there’s a 12-year-old over in the corner on his tablet, you’ve got mum over in the kitchen and someone else is watching television. All of these activities are happening but you’re all together in this one space.” Veronica Morgan, principal buyers’ agent at Good Deeds, said while she agreed house hunters counted space as a top priority, that desired extra room at home depended on stage of life. “I don’t think a lot of people fully understand how a home needs to adapt or how their needs are going to change. When you’ve got little kids you want them to be visible, so you want your big open plan kitchen/living/dining area where it flows directly outside so you can see everything. Whereas when they’re older, you start to think they’re noisy, they could do with

watching their movies in the separate room, thanks very much! All of a sudden the idea of a separate living spaces becomes important. So, a dream house for many needs to be able to adapt to those changes,” she said. A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING According to the Life At Home report, one in three Australians feel social pressure to live minimally, but find the reality of a minimalist existence a real challenge. A surprising 42 per cent of those surveyed said they had thrown away things at home that didn’t belong to them in order to achieve a sense of minimalism. As part of the annual study, Ikea staff visited more than 500 Australian homes and one significant outcome was how mess led to stress. “People tell us their living room completely stresses them out when they get home because they just don’t know how to store

everything in the best way possible. Can you imagine if they actually were able to solve that frustration, how much that would impact their mood and the way they feel about their home?” However, Ms Krygsman said our human desire to collect possessions could co-exist with a minimal approach to home life with savvy storage solutions. “It’s something that is important to everyone from every type of lifestyle and every type of family. It’s the dream actually, to have a place for everything,” she said. ADDRESS TO IMPRESS Ms Morgan is also the co-host of The LifeStyle Channel’s Location, Location, Location. She said place was also key to the great Australian dream home. “At the very beginning of a search we’ll actively explore what’s really important; the

property or the location. Because for every search often something’s got to give,” she said. “A lot of the time people think they’ll give on location but when push comes to shove they actually won’t. And other times they think they’ll forego that pool or another bedroom in order to stay in the ideal location, but when they see their dream house in another place they’ll go there.” And Ikea’s study showed 36 per cent of respondents considered the surrounding neighbourhood as part of their “home”. “Australians are telling us that they live past the four walls of the home. This whole dream home element includes the location and the surroundings. It could be that mum and dad live 20 minutes around the corner, friends are nearby, or maybe it is about food and lifestyle because home stretches past the house,” Ms Krygsman said.

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Built to impress 12 WHITEHAVEN CRESCENT, CANNONVALE AGENT: PRDnationwide Whitsunday PRICE: $775,000 SOLD: December 2017 WHITSUNDAYS chef and owner of La Marina Italian Restaurant and Bar, Joe Panuccio, reckons that if there was a worldwide meatball competition, he and his wife would have a pretty good chance of winning. Armed with a recipe that’s been handed down through the generations of his Italian family — “we do home-made meatballs from my grandmother’s recipe which was passed down from her mum” — he is passionate about good food and his new life in idyllic North Queensland. “We should start a meatball competition here! They enjoy their food up here and a lot of people go out to eat regularly. The weather plays a big part in that,” Mr Panuccio said. Mr Panuccio and his wife Deanna Lisina — also a chef at La Marina — moved to the Whitsundays from the Mornington Peninsula just more than a year ago, and last month moved into their new home at 12 Whitehaven Crescent, Cannonvale. The couple, who were married on Hamilton Island five years ago, now run the popular restaurant and the gelato shop next door, and have plans to open another restaurant at Page 24

Funnel Bay later this year. “The new restaurant will have Greek and Spanish influences, and lots of entertainment with tribute shows, comedy nights and movie nights. It’s an exciting time for us.” The couple love boating, fishing, and “cruising through the islands”, and plan on making the Whitsundays their home. Their new, well-elevated house, bought for $775,000 with PRD Nationwide Whitsunday, has four bedrooms, two outdoor dining and living areas, a pool, a theatre room, and impressive marble bench tops. Mr Panuccio said his wife loved desserts the most and would soon be introducing a new bomb alaska with Italian meringue and home-made ice-cream to the La Marina menu. He said he was also excited about his first trip to Italy in June to visit the regions of Sicily and Calabria where his parents were from, and bring back plenty of new ideas for the kitchen from his travel. PRDnationwide Whitsunday senior salesman Robert Taylor said he had been intent on finding just the right property for the couple in the area.

And, as for the delectable family meatballs, the ingredients remain a closely guarded secret. “People will just need to keep coming back and see if they can work it out.”

They enjoy their food up here and a lot of people go out to eat regularly. The weather plays a big part in that.


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Industry experts say it’s all about detail, smart technology and a shift towards colour as homeowners embrace unique designs and luxurious finishes. Courtney Todd has more....

EN rooms and statement windows are in, while granite benchtops and skillion roofs are out when it comes to home trends in 2018. Industry experts have predicted homeowners will move more towards colour, detail and smart technology while continuing to love current big trends such as luxury bathrooms, butler’s pantries and relaxed coastal style. Amanda Harris of Oliveaux Interiors said detail would be big in Queensland homes this year. Think statement windows and doors and amazing joinery and panelling. “It’s all about the detail and more complex designs,” she said. “Green is making a very strong comeback and lots of handprinted linen fabrics, colour and textures. Florals are still big.” The Brisbane-based interior designer said 2018 would see the end of granite and all-white colour schemes in kitchens. “There is a definite move towards more colour – shades of blue, black and green are stunning and big in both contemporary and classic homes,” she said. “Stainless steel appliances are moving towards use of different coloured and/or vintage-inspired stoves. “People are still requesting the butler’s

pantry in all our projects for the coming year.” Ms Harris said many of her clients were moving beyond the Hamptons style. “They are still embracing some of the details but ... trying to make it all unique,” she said. “Demand is strong for spa/hotel-like bathrooms and accessories – large and luxurious finishes, marble, handmade tiles, terrazzo and mixed metals. “This extends into the walk-in robe – they are becoming statement rooms as well. Clients are rating this as important as the kitchen.” Metricon design director Adrian Popple agreed that luxury bathrooms and butler’s pantries would continue to be in demand this year. “Freestanding baths, large double-basin vanities and separate water closets are proving to be must-haves,” he said. “Butler’s pantries will continue to be a popular trend with secondary cooktop appliances in these spaces. “The island bench continues to evolve as the central hub of the home and we are seeing kitchen designs that include large islands featuring cabinetry and integrated dining elements.” Mr Popple said study nooks, zen rooms for meditation, drop zones for school bags and

charging hubs were also growing in popularity. “Dare I say it, but I think the skillion roof is on its way out being replaced by more contemporary coastal themes with both cubic forms and open truss-style gable features,” he said. “There is also definitely a trend of homeowners looking to build smart home technology into their new homes, particularly if it’s focused around saving money in the long term.” Archicentre Australia director Peter Georgiev said while smart technology was popular, it was changing rapidly. “With the advent of Wi-Fi, hard wired solutions are diminishing,” he said. “More occupants are seeking to adapt smart home technology to existing homes or implement it in new homes or in their home additions. “Subsequently, architects are incorporating much more smart home technology in their designs.” Mr Georgiev said he hoped to see less use of ‘trendy’ colours, such as white, grey and charcoal in 2018. “Instead, clients should be asking their architect to celebrate life with a little colour, texture and imagination to reflect the individual client’s personality,” he said.

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49 BOTANICAL DRIVE, OORALEA AGENT: Maxine Richardson PRICE: $860,000 SOLD: November 24, 2017

BOLD symmetry meets intricacy of form in this stunning modern home on the outskirts of the city. Described as a property fit for royalty by agent Maxine Richardson, visitors enter the elegant residence through stylish glass doors and into the high-ceilinged expanse of the main living area. The young home is only two years old, and situated in the popular suburb of Ooralea, only minutes away from the Mackay CBD. Straddling the outer suburbs and the Page 26

inner-city, homes in the area are being snatched up by families who want to marry convenience with space. Inside the sprawling home, the sleek sophisticated kitchen is complemented by a massive games and entertainment area which includes extra bathroom facilities. The master suite has its own private sanctuary, with spacious walk-in-robe containing multiple drawers and hanging spaces complete with an open ensuite with a luxurious bath.

Three further generous bedrooms are located on this upper level which also includes another living area and a two-workstation office space. Built by local builders, the home is 463sq m and has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a garage with enough space for two cars. It comes complete with a home theatre room and an outdoor tiled entertainment area with built in barbecue facilities and retractable glass doors caters for all family gatherings both inside and out.


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Living in a dream 12 ORCHARD DRIVE AGENT: Robert Taylor, PRDnationwide Whitsunday PRICE: $744,000 SOLD: 2017 SHE has worked as a wild land firefighter, a nanny, and a paramedic, and now Jen Frisby is spending her days taking tourists to experience the exquisite beauty of the Whitsundays. Ms Frisby, who is originally from Oregon in America, said she met her husband David Young just more than six years ago in Airlie Beach. “I was a traveller, and when I came over to Australia I was working on a boat and that’s how we met. He was a deckhand and I was working with Fish D’vine.” The couple soon moved to Melbourne, however missed the Whitsundays so bought a boat which they lived on and travelled back to the region. “We lived on the boat which was called The Spirit of Ozz for two years. “We were on the boat for Cyclone Dylan in 2014 so we were cyclone buddies for that.” Ms Frisby said they had now settled in the region and just bought their dream home at 12 Orchard Drive for $744,000. They also created and now run Whitehaven Adventures Pty Ltd

operating two-day, one-night adventures around the Whitsundays on their boat, SV Whitehaven. She said they had been looking for a property, before they found their “dream home” with Robert Taylor, a senior sales consultant with PRDnationwide Whitsunday. “Every single day we say, ‘This house is awesome’. We just walk around and say how amazing it is. “The care and the love the previous owners had put into the property is really evident and the area we live in is like ‘tropical country’,” she said. “I’ve got country living with goats next door and horses down the road and there’s plenty of space for my dog to run in the yard.” Ms Frisby said the staff at PRD were “nothing but kind, considerate and fully attentive” which she said helped during a stressful time which involved a big life change. Whitehaven Adventures runs its popular tours from 8.30am on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and the trips included a visit to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, snorkeling, sailing and kayaking.

Every single day we say, ‘This house is awesome’.

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Styling is key to turning a house into a home THE look, feel and style of a house can easily make it feel like a home. With social media and a rise in trends, particularly in interior design, people have become more interested in styling their homes. Interior stylist Debbie Goodwin said the furniture and design industry is very similar to fashion – it changes depending on the season. Bright colours in homes are popular during summer but coming into winter, warmer, richer colours and textures are on trend. “At the moment texture is very popular,” Mrs Goodwin said. “Lots of different textures, whether it be in the form of texture with your different timbers or we have artwork, like the juju hats for example. They are made from feather, so they are very texture-orientated. “Black is very popular right now, we are seeing a lot of black come through in tables, chairs and mirrors. “With the new change of season we are approaching the winter shop, so there are lots of gold and metallics and lots of beautiful deep purples and olive greens.” Despite different styles and trends being seen each season, some do continue to reappear. “Greenery has been really popular in the summertime but will also be popular in the winter,” Mrs Goodwin said. “In a lot of the interior design blogs now it is about bringing the indoors out and the outdoors in in forms of greenery.” Ms Goodwin says when styling homes she likes to work around one particular piece, such as a lounge suite, dining table or a piece of art. “If you have picked your biggest piece out first and then you are accessorising around it, it is a lot easier than picking your smaller accessories and working the bigger furniture around them,” she said. Page 28

“It’s not necessarily about following a particular trend, it is about finding a piece that is going to be classic and timeless and you want it to look good now but also in 10 or 15 years’ time. “It’s trying to hone in on your style rather than following trends.” She said even rugs were a great piece to put in a room to bring another texture into a particular space. “Rugs are really quite popular,” she said, “The rug can act as an anchor in your lounge room, it can pull your whole look together. “They are important in lounge rooms for the design aspect.” Seven years ago, Mrs Goodwin and husband Barry noticed a market for interior styling in Mackay but there was a lack of places for people to go. So the couple decided to open local home wares store L’Amour Home, which provides people with items that are on-trend and will continue to be stylish in future years. Most people come into Mrs Goodwin’s store with an idea of how they want their home to be styled. With social media and websites like Pinterest, it is easier for people to know what is on-trend and how they would like to incorporate it with their unique style in their home. “By mixing up your accessories, it is an affordable way of changing the complete look of your room but not changing the big pieces like your lounge or your dining tables and your chairs,” Mrs Goodwin said. “With cushions in particular they might have a different look for summer and then a different look for winter and that is quite an affordable way of changing the look and feel of your room with just cushions.” Despite all the different trends, people still want the different spaces and rooms in their houses to flow and incorporate their

Debbie and Barry Goodwin are the owners of L'Amour Home.

own individual style. “People in general want the flow-through effect,” Mrs Goodwin said. “They want the entry to flow onto your dining room, to your lounge room, to your kitchen and everything works in unison together. “It is being able to capture your own style but have one room flow onto the next so that you are telling a really nice, harmonious story.” Using a matching dining room table and

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entertainment unit is an example of how people can make different areas in a house compliment one another. Mrs Goodwin believes people love to style their homes because it is a rewarding experience. “They want to have people over and entertain guests and be proud of their house,” Mrs Goodwin said. “There is a certain amount of appreciation you get when you’ve put a lot of work into your interiors.”


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Mackay a top lifestyle location GOOD fishing, a relaxed atmosphere and a great climate are making Mackay a sought-after location that prioritises lifestyle and laid-back living. Angela Pietzner, real estate agent with Ray White Mackay City, said the region was attracting buyers who were looking for a life and work balance, and who wanted to live somewhere without long commutes. Ms Pietzner, who recently finalised the sale of 16 Katie Court, Ooralea, Mackay, for $545,000, said the new owners had chosen the property because of its quality, and location and convenience to their work. “They are a young couple, and both locals,” she said. “It’s an executive-style home and an ex-display home so it is in good condition.” The house, which has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, an in-ground pool, shed, and solar panels, is also in a quiet cul de sac in a residential suburb and close to the university. “Mackay is moving upwards,” Ms Pietzner said. “It’s a changing market, and moving in positive direction. “Currently, it’s attracting a few more

investors over the last two months. There’s a lot more buyer enquiry around now and a lot more positivity.” She said Mackay was ideal for raising children without the “hustle and bustle of city life”. “The northern beaches are good for fishing and we’ve got the Great Barrier Reef, with access from Airlie Beach. “People come here because they want a slower pace of life and to rear children. We’ve got good schools and good education.”

People come here because they want a slower pace of life...

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Pristine condition in a prime location

A SPECTACULAR home overlooking one of Queensland’s most iconic locations at Abell Point Mariner has been sitting patiently for the past 10 years, awaiting just the right time to return to the market and the keen embrace of a new owner. Ray White Whitsunday sales associate Steve Marks said the property’s developer loved the location so much, that a decade ago he built two houses on the Airlie Beach hillside. Mr Marks said the Melbourne property owner kept one for himself, while putting the second home on the market for six months. He took the house back off the market as the industry suffered the first blows of 2007’s global financial crisis. However, Mr Marks said, the timing was now “just right”, and the remarkable 22 Kara Crescent home was up for grabs, with expressions of interest more than $2 million. Mr Marks said the house had never been rented out, and was in pristine condition. “It’s a 10-year-old brand new home. “In my opinion, this is the best time in real

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estate for the last seven years. Right now, it’s a very fair market, and there’s a great equilibrium about what a property is worth and what people are getting.” Mr Marks said inspections had started on the three-level, four-bedroom Kara Crescent home, and he believed “the market has recovered enough to support a property of this calibre again”. “When I started in real estate 10 years ago, this property had just been built. And I’ve been in constant contact with the vendor over that time.” The property has more than 400sq m under-roof, and an “impeccable” level of quality throughout with stainless steel fittings and gutters. “When it was built, it was really contemporary and it hasn’t dated at all,” Mr Marks said. He said the house was “breathtaking” on the inside, with a stunning staircase and a nine-metre glass panel window on the northern side. There’s also three living spaces, two decks and an inground pool.


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253 Smith-Cross Road, Devereux Creek: Showcasing a striking visual statement inside and out, this breathtaking property has all the goods to entice you in and make you stay. This stunning residence is on a tremendous 29ha of lush, fenced pastures, providing you the perfect opportunity to experience running cattle or creating an idyllic hobby farm. Adding to the uniqueness of this property is a modern second dwelling, comprising open plan living spaces, kitchen, two bedrooms with built-in robes, bathroom and separate toilet, laundry and gas hot water. In the main house, a classy industrial look effortlessly takes in the surrounding rural views. Bright open plan living zones connect seamlessly with the outdoors, while high ceilings enhance the living space. The impressive kitchen is complimented by stylish concrete flooring throughout. Five bedrooms grace the property, with an ensuite and walk-in robe featured in the large master suite. PHOTO: REALESTATE.COM.AU

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16 Bonsai Court, Glenella: Listed for auction, this home has the size to cater for the largest families with five bedrooms and multiple living areas. Despite its size, it maintains the polish of a chic New York apartment. Recent renovations have transformed the home into a contemporary masterpiece. The main living area is the centrepiece and is complemented by dining expanses and a beautifully sleek modern kitchen. From here the home flows outdoors for memorable alfresco enjoyment, the spacious patio sits in the private entertainment zone with relaxing outdoor spaces overlooking the pool; perfectly balancing inside and out. PHOTO: REALESTATE.COM.AU

17 James Croker Drive, Mount Pleasant: Listed for $749,000 this home is situated on the crest of the hill in a golden enclave of Mt Pleasant. The executive home overlooks peaceful parkland and boasts sweeping views of the city down to Hay Point and over our picturesque Pioneer River in between. Set over two levels, the open plan design and light, airy feel of the home will impress anyone who is looking for a low maintenance home that has great separation and is in a wonderful flood-free location. PHOTO: REALESTATE.COM.AU

FROM industrial warehouse chic homes to sprawling estates, an abundance of luxury properties are on the market across the Mackay and Whitsunday region at the moment. If flipping through the Top 20 Dream Homes sold across the district in the past 12 months featured in this publication piqued your interest in the property market, you may be interested in these luxury homes. One such property is 2 Kiwi Court, Ooralea (right) which is listed for $899,000. Character filled, this very large and spacious five bedroom Queenslander has to be seen to be appreciated. Long afternoons and nights playing tennis, parties around the enormous pool and a real feel of being away from it all and yet so close to everything. If you’re not captivated by the formal lounge, you will be by the size and functionality of the Rosewood kitchen, the multiple living areas and the open and airy feel.

17 Kinnon Street, Glenella: Elevated in one of Mackay’s most desired locations, this family residence, listed for $825,000 is all class and appeal and awaits new owners who desire an upmarket life. Set on 3256sq m and with views back to Mackay, the West and down to Hay Point, this property captures all the necessary breezes for this summer while also being witness to a stunning display of lights at night. Five large bedrooms, office, formal lounge, dining, rumpus room and built over multiple levels, this fully air-conditioned home is a combination of immaculate renovation and original masterpiece. You’ll always be caught entertaining as you not only take in the views from the back deck but enjoy the sprawling landscape and lush established gardens. The master bedroom has an ensuite, walk-in robe, sitting area and a balcony which offers beautiful views. PHOTO: REALESTATE.COM.AU Page 31


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