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THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS The Coast’s trump card – where the green change meets the sea ISSUE 17
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19 It’s exciting times for investors. The Reserve Bank cut the cash rate again on Tuesday, down one whole per cent to 4.25 per cent, the lowest it’s been in years, making it even easier to get enticed into the market. Our lifestyle here on the Coast is so easy to brag about. We have the best of both worlds here, where majestic hinterland and sprawling acreages merge with a stunning coastline and pristine beaches. As our cover story highlights, it’s this rare combination that keeps people flocking to our region, where you really can enjoy a rural lifestyle with easy beach access – not something many other destinations can boast. If it’s space you’re after, our feng shui feature will show you ways you can bring better space, energy and flow into your home. Use these tips to attract better fortune, a quick sale or just enjoy the balanced living environment – the choice is yours. Don’t forget to monitor our market tracker each week, which reveals property sales and prices from the past week. After all, it’s our aim to keep you better informed.
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The ultimate lifestyle where land meets the sea
19 My Feature Channel your inner hippy and feng shui your home
27 My People & Places Part two of Graham Millers’ penthouse renovation
39 My Market Tracker Your guide to what’s sold recently
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Land & sand by Lou Robson
We’ve all heard of the sea change phenomenon. Now tired city dwellers are embracing its cousin – the tree change – and moving to the country in droves. But how do you decide which one is for you? On the Sunshine Coast, you don’t have to. 4 My Property Review | December 5, 2008
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quickly relocated a hemisphere away from their old home in the east English county of Lincolnshire. Ther e, says Adele, life was marred by concrete, cold weather and high crime. “Bli Bli is paradise,’’ Adele says. “We didn’t know places like this really existed. There’s the greenery of the farmland and hills, the river, the short drive to Maroochydore and the even shorter drive to the beach. “Then there’s the fact everyone knows everyone and it’s safe, friendly and community minded. Like something on TV, like Neighbours or an inland Home and Away.’’ Tanawha, at the base of Buderim Mountain, also fits the mould. It’s low-lying land is the deep green colour of northern NSW, while patches of rainforest line winding roads to the area’s one- and two-acre properties. On a
Bli Bli is paradise. There’s the greenery of the farmland and hills, the river, the short drive to Maroochydore and the beach
ife is peaceful in Bli Bli. Locals walk a small strip of shops near the two-lane bridge into town and tinnies skim a broad arm of the Maroochy River. It’s a quiet community just 10 minutes from Mudjimba Beach, an area hemmed on the west by farmland and the far-off rise of Mapleton, Montville and Maleny. On the east are the south Pacific Ocean and a 24-kilometre stretch of beach. The town isn’t that different to Pearl Bay, the fictional community in popular ABC series SeaChange. The show, in which a lawyer swapped her city life for a home in a laid-back coastal community, gave name to the 2001 to 2003 coastal real estate phenomenon. A shift where city dwellers leave the big smoke in search of a better life. The tree change, which is the inland drift driven by the popularity of seaside property and the ensuing price hike, soon followed. The Sunshine Coast has the best of both worlds. According to leading demographer and KPMG partner Bernard Salt, the region is home to a unique blend of rural and semi-rural townships close to beaches and business districts. These destinations offer tree-change seclusion with the benefits of a sea change, some areas heavily wooded, others built on former farm land or shaded by pockets of dense rainforest. These tree- and sea-change destinations include Bli Bli, Diddillibah and Tanawha – hidden hamlets less than 12 kilometres from the sea. “Traditionally, tree change doesn’t merge with sea change, certainly in the Melbourne and Sydney models,’’ Bernard says. “In Melbourne, it’s the gold fields, in Sydney the upper Hunter Valley or the southern tablelands. But in Queensland it’s different and, I suspect, on the Sunshine Coast different again in that you genuinely can find tree-change communities within striking range of the beach. You simply don’t get that geography popping up elsewhere. It’s unique.’’ English immigrants Bruce and Adele Gibbs moved to Bli Bli in 2004. The couple stumbled across the 5300-strong community while on holiday in 2003. Adele says the laid-back nature of the township and its proximity to the beach got their attention. The 32-year-old cosmetics consultant says she and her husband, a town planner,
ridge overlooking Mooloolaba and the Mooloolah River National Park, houses face the horizon, the sea a blue haze framed by tall timber and the air alive with whipbird call. Some home owners have relocated from NSW and Victoria, others from the next postcode. Nambour’s Leading Edge Real Estate principal Eric Annett says Tanawha is a popular tree-change destination for newcomers and long-term locals. “Tanawha and Diddillibah aren’t well known elsewhere but have local exposure because they lie on the southern and northern flanks of Buderim Mountain,’’ he says. “A lot of the people who bought and built residential in Buderim 10 to 12 years ago are now sick and tired of the gridlock that they’re experiencing. They feel like they’re in the inner city and want off the mountain. “In places like Tanawha, they still have access to the amenities that they’re used to – the shops, banks
and restaurants – but with the added tree-change advantage of more space.’’ Diddillibah, which is five kilometres north-west of Maroochydore, is home to half-acre, small acreage and large subdividable lots. There are old Queenslanders and farm houses, mid-level homes and multimillion-dollar mansions. But while property prices rose to a median $747,500 in the 12 months to October 2008, the low-key atmosphere remains. Roads skirt Eudlo Creek, the southern banks of the Maroochy River and large tracts of protected bush and wetland. Traffics thins where Bradman Avenue meets the David Low Way and cane fields open up on the outskirts of ever-growing Maroochydore. Other tree- and sea-change communities include Rosemount, west of Diddillibah, and Valdora and Verrierdale that lie west and northwest of Coolum Beach. Both are a short drive from the Bruce Highway and the sea. “Valdora has been around for quite some time but is becoming more popular now,” Eric says. “Previously if something lay on the north side of the Maroochy River it was harder to live there and access the rest of the coast. “But now that Coolum stands on its own as a precinct, places like Valdora are opening up. It has everything – the greenery, fresh air and country lifestyle just 10 to 15 minutes from Coolum Beach.’’ Large land parcels are still available, while others are in the process of being subdivided. Eric says, “Valdora is an area, one of the very few on the Sunshine Coast, that has what they call sustainable rural residential. That means there’s still a fair bit of area up there that’s being subdivided into smaller acreage one- to two-acre blocks. “Those blocks can be used to build and still have land to play in the dirt with the kids or house a horse.’’ However, despite their charms, Bernard says many buyers are unaware of the Sunshine Coast’s hidden hamlets. “I’m not familiar with Diddillibah and Tanawha – where are they?’’ he asks. “The fact that I’m not familiar with them suggests that they’re a little under the radar or not really in the spotlight. That’s great for the Sunshine Coast property market because they’re the places you really want to pick.”
Traditionally, tree change doesn’t merge with sea change, certainly in the Melbourne and Sydney models. In Melbourne, it’s the gold fields, in Sydney the upper Hunter Valley or the southern tablelands. But in Queensland it’s different and, I suspect, on the Sunshine Coast different again in that you genuinely can find tree-change communities within striking range of the beach. You simply don’t get that geography popping up elsewhere. It’s unique.
Bernard Salt, Demographer
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13 Properties SOLD in just 12 weeks IN THE HOT SEAT WITH...Chris Pace & Rebecca Smeeton hris Pace and Rebecca Smeeton are a force to be reckoned with. In the last 12 weeks, this dynamic duo has sold almost $8 million worth of real estate on the Coast, and according to Rebecca, the secret to their success is based on good old fashioned customer service and honesty, as well as keeping their vendors up to date with the current market. So what else sets them apart from the rest? Here is ¿ve minutes with Ken Guy Maroochydore’s hottest double act.
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You’ve recently achieved almost $8million of sales in just 12 short weeks. What sets you both apart from other real estate agents? Communication and honesty is the key to our success. We try to ensure that our vendors remain realistic with their prices and are educated with what’s happening in their area. Working as a male-female team has also helped a lot with different strategies and negotiations. Men and women think and communicate differently so by teaming up we have all bases covered. You’re known for being Àexible and working hard on projects - both big and small, what bracket of the market do you think is performing well? At the moment we are ¿nding that a range of properties under the million dollar mark are moving quite well. Obviously the ¿rst home-buyer’s grant has helped the lower end which has a domino effect on sellers upgrading to the next level.
Where do you think the next hotspot on the Coast is? We believe Maroochy Waters is the sleeping giant. It is so close to the CBD but yet so quiet and peaceful, and it’s within walking distance to the Maroochy River. With all the renovations going on in the area we believe it is yet to boom and is set for great growth in the coming years. You have had great success in this challenging market, what’s your secret? Remaining positive and if something isn’t working we try something else. You need to ensure you are directing your marketing to the correct demographic and to ensure the property is in the correct price range by listening to the market.
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MAIN RIVER MOOLOOLABA – AUCTION NEXT WEEK 43 Neerim Drive, Mooloolaba An extremely rare opportunity to secure a prime main river home with all of the hard work already done for you. This position gives stunning wide water views across the width of the main river with virtually no other homes as far as the eye can see. With such an enviable position taken care of, the home will certainly not disappoint. The one level home provides for 4 spacious bedrooms, media room, 2 bathrooms and the grand oversized ceilings provide the living area’s with a wonderful feeling of light, space and a calming ambience embracing the surrounding water. Fantastic indoor pool and covered entertaining area’s to make the most of the waterfront lifestyle. There is 3 car garaging and, importantly, a 12m pontoon with unrestricted ocean access.
Auction: On site 13th of December at 12pm. Inspect: Saturday 2-2.45pm. Contact: Anthony Gorman 0417 587 758. Ken Guy Maroochydore 1300 KEN GUY. Internet Code: MCHY807
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BEST VALUE 23M NORTH-FACING WATER-FRONTAGE 55 Glenlea Drive, Maroochydore This is a prime opportunity to pick up a very sought-after, north-facing waterfront property in Maroochydore! Relax on the deck overlooking the water & enjoy the serenity with a 23m frontage. This comfortable four-bedroom, 2 bathroom home is positioned in a quiet cul-de-sac, just a hop, skip and a jump to the beautiful Maroochy River. Boasting gorgeous granite 2-pac kitchen that feeds onto wonderful outdoor entertaining areas. Sit back, relax and watch your investment grow.
Price: Buyers in the $800,000’s should inspect. Inspect: Saturday 3-3.45pm. Contact: Rebecca Smeeton 0404 866 358, Chris Pace 0417 196 600 Ken Guy Maroochydore 1300 KEN GUY. Internet Code: MCHY686
MILLION DOLLAR VIEWS WITHOUT THE PRICE TAG Juneau Apartments, 128 Duporth Avenue, Maroochydore
Enjoy spectacular water views across Maroochy River and of the Pacific Ocean from these stunning, brand-new three bedroom apartments in ‘Juneau’. This chic residentialonly building is perfectly positioned to take in fabulous captivating turquoise blue water views from each three-bedroom apartment on every floor. Boasting absolute high quality throughout, these residences offer the ultimate waterfront lifestyle, where the CBD’s conveniences are just a short stroll away. The spacious water-view balconies provide the ideal place to alfresco dine and entertain, while the gourmet two-pac kitchen services the open-plan living and dining rooms and boasts deluxe Miele appliances and self-closing cabinetry. Come and experience the million dollar views.
Price: from $660,000. Inspect: Saturday and Sunday 11-12.30pm, twilight viewing 5.30-6.30pm. Contact: Rebecca Smeeton 0404 866 358, Chris Pace 0417 196 600. Ken Guy Maroochydore 1300 KEN GUY. Internet Code: MCHY626U
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PENTHOUSE LIVING WITH CAPTIVATING 3000 OCEAN VIEWS Unit 51 â€œCatalinaâ€? Sixth Avenue, Maroochydore
The sparkling ocean views will captivate you from your very first step into this superbly positioned Penthouse. Wrap around balconies and a multitude of living spaces enable you to take in the ever changing panorama of ocean, river and mountain vistas from sunrise to sunset, views that you will never tire of or lose. Living spaces include a combined lounge/dining, stylish entertainers kitchen, timber bar, huge enclosed undercover dining/BBQ area, sunbathing deck and your own inground pool. All 3 bedrooms open out to the balconies and the 2 bathrooms have quality fittings. Secure garaging is provided for 2 cars plus storage space. Offering an enviable Penthouse lifestyle with some of the best views available on the Sunshine Coast.
Inspect: Saturday 10-10.45am. Contact: Rebecca Smeeton 0404 866 358, Chris Pace 0417 196 600. Ken Guy Maroochydore 1300 KEN GUY. Internet Code: MCHY821
RARE BEACHFRONT DUPLEX - BUDDINA! 1/117 Pacific Boulevard, Buddina
This is one prime piece of oceanfront real estate - the chance to buy a rare, duplex apartment along the exclusive beachfront Pacific Boulevard strip in Buddina. Enjoy fabulous ocean views from this solid brick-construction duplex apartment which has three bedrooms and open-plan living spread over two floors. A huge garden shed and lush fenced lawns make this ideal for a small family or those wanting apartment living that is also suitable for a pet. A large terrace-style entertaining area faces east and takes in beautiful views across the ocean which is less than a 30-second stroll from your front door. Spend every day watching the sun rise over the Pacific and enjoy the fabulous boardwalks that lead up to the lighthouse.
Auction: Saturday 13th December at 2pm. Inspect: Saturday 12-12.45pm. Contact: Anthony Gorman 0417 587 758. Ken Guy Maroochydore 1300 KEN GUY. Internet Code: MCHY820
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FAMILY LIVING MEETS ENTERTAINER’S DELIGHT 12 Serena Close, Buderim This residence is just under ¼ acre and located in a quiet cul-de-sac in the sought-after Mountain Creek school zone. From its high ceilings, multiple living areas, four large bedrooms, two bathrooms, home office and ample storage through to the child-friendly yard and outdoor entertaining area all on a 970sqm block – this spacious home has it all. Spend all summer lazing by the tropical inground pool and outdoor shower or relax in the eightseater spa, the choice is yours.
Inspect: Saturday 1-1.45pm. Contact: Rebecca Smeeton 0404 866 358, Chris Pace 0417 196 600. Ken Guy Maroochydore 1300 KEN GUY. Internet Code: MCHY813
BEST OCEAN-VIEW VALUE ON BUDERIM 92 Dixon Road, Buderim Fresh breezes and ocean views are just two key features of this 4 bed + study, 2 bath Buderim residence, which boasts a diverse design and contemporary architecture. The property is centrally located just minutes from elite schools, shops and it’s only 6-7 minutes from Alex Beach. Multiple living zones are spread throughout the spacious split-level home, which also boasts an elevated dining platform, an ocean-view lounge room and high ceilings. A parent’s retreat occupies the entire top level and boasts ocean views – even from the ensuite spa!
Inspect: Saturday 2-2.45pm. Contact: Rebecca Smeeton 0404 866 358, Chris Pace 0417 196 600. Ken Guy Maroochydore 1300 KEN GUY Internet Code: MCHY515
PRESTIGE DUAL-LIVING WATERFRONT RESIDENCE 9 Imara Court, Mountain Creek A quiet cul-de-sac address and absolute north facing waterfront position complete with deep water access, boat house and ramp make this the ideal lifestyle residence. The added bonus of fully self-contained, one-bedroom dual living adds extended family/guest accom. The main residence has spacious multiple living zones complete with a media room and built-in wet-bar and extensive decking around the inground pool and built-in BBQ area. Everything is here including king-size bedrooms, air-cond, spa bath, and low maintenance landscaping.
Inspect: Saturday 3-3.45pm. Contact: Chris Pace 0417 196 600, Rebecca Smeeton 0404 866 358. Ken Guy Maroochydore 1300 KEN GUY Internet Code: MCHY705
BEST VALUE DEEPWATER 4 Coomaroo Crescent, Minyama This property must be sold at auction – here’s a chance to buy a deepwater property in the very exclusive ‘Minyama’ at an entry-level price. This well-presented residence is in original condition and offers the ultimate opportunity for some renovation flair. Immaculate throughout, there are tiled open-plan living areas and a formal lounge and dining, plus level lawns which sprawl to the water’s edge. The private jetty can moor a large watercraft where you can access the ocean in minutes.
Auction: On site Saturday 13th December at 10am. Inspect: Saturday 3-3.45pm. Contact: Anthony Gorman 0417 587 758. Ken Guy Maroochydore 1300 KEN GUY. Internet Code: MCHY803
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BUDDINA’S BEST WATERFRONT BUY! – AUCTION THIS SATURDAY 11 Aroona Avenue, Buddina
Owners committed to sell their beachside waterfront giving you the perfect Christmas present. You’ll be surprised at just how easy life would be in this quiet, cul-de-sac location an easy walk to the Kawana Shopping centre, the golden sands of Point Cartwright and the State school. The home is a real surprise with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, an oversized lock up garage and pitched ceilings in the main living space, giving the feeling of light and space. The oversized 837m² block is fully fenced and has remote gates for privacy and security and the inviting in-ground pool is perfect for Summer or enjoy the soft sandy beach at your back door. Ocean access via the main canal is just around the corner and this location is also well sheltered to protect your vessel. This area in our opinion is incredibly undervalued, so get in now before everyone else catches on.
Auction on-site Saturday at 1.00pm. Inspect from 12.30pm. Contact: Anthony Gorman 0417 587 758. Ken Guy Maroochydore 1300 KEN GUY. Internet Code: MCHY588
MOOLOOLABA DEEPWATER 12 Carwoola Avenue, Mooloolaba
Let your dreams of living in a waterfront property in the heart of Mooloolaba be realised. Offering stunning water views and 22 metres of frontage this deepwater property is a must-see and screams ideal lifestyle opportunities. The three-bedroom plus study residence is ideally located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, close to Mooloolaba beach, clubs, restaurants, public transport and Kawana Shopping World. There’s also a large yard and an alfresco dining area that is perfect for those who love to entertain all year round. Enjoy the privacy of large separate living areas that open onto the outdoor living zones or sit back, relax and bask in the afternoon sun while you take in the gorgeous view from your waterfront patio. Interstate investor selling up, grab your position now.
Inspect: by Appointment. Contact: Anthony Gorman 0417 587 758, Jodie McDonell 0419 762 309. Ken Guy Maroochydore 1300 KEN GUY. Internet Code: MCHY778
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5 BED, STUDY, 11/2 ACRE - WALK TO PRIVATE SCHOOL 33 Lara Drive, Buderim If you want the best of both worlds - a rural-type lifestyle close to schools, shops and restaurants - then gorgeous family home - tucked away on a whopping 5979m2 block, is for you. Five bedrooms, two bathrooms and a study spread throughout this family residence which also features a large granite kitchen, multiple living and dining zones plus air conditioning to keep cool through summer. Relax in the parentâ€™s retreat and enjoy vistas over the sprawling acreage or unwind on the tiled alfresco deck.
Auction: On-site Saturday at 11am. Inspect: From 10.30pm. Contact: Damien Michael 0413 024 124. Ken Guy Maroochydore 1300 KEN GUY. Internet Code: MCHY719
EMPTY HOUSE â€“ MOVE YOUR FAMILY IN FOR XMAS 7 Whitehaven Drive, Buderim This Buderim family home is perfectly positioned in a quiet street close to schools and public transport. With four bedrooms and two bathrooms, this property boasts tiled open-plan living and dining areas plus a games room that opens onto a large alfresco dining area and salt-water inground pool - perfect for entertaining friends and family. The master bedroom features a spacious ensuite and flows on to the outdoor entertaining area. Relax and dine outdoors or laze by the pool all summer for the ultimate family lifestyle.
Inspect: Saturday 12-12.45pm. Contact: Damien Michael 0413 024 124. Sasha Flint 0410 778 869 Ken Guy Maroochydore 1300 KEN GUY. Internet Code: MCHY794
EXCEPTIONAL BEACHSIDE LIFESTYLE! First Avenue, Mooloolaba
This superb apartment located in the heart of Mooloolaba will meet all your requirements for convenient residential beachside living. Capturing beautiful North-east ocean views to Mt Coolum from the spacious balcony complete with built-in BBQ and wet bar makes for ideal alfresco entertaining. The master bedroom features deluxe ensuite with spa while the other two bedrooms are spacious. Features include stunning gourmet kitchen, study/media room, air-conditioning, double car accommodation, secure intercom access and room to move. Love the lifestyle!
Inspect: By appointment. Contact: Steve Horridge 0419 805 032, Jodie McDonell 0418 762 309. Ken Guy Maroochydore 1300 KEN GUY. Internet Code: MCHY763
STATEMENT IN STYLE 28 Anchorage Circuit, Twin Waters Only 10 months old, this home has been designed to maximise the position on the block to enjoy the views over the water and beyond to Buderim mountain. The home features 4 very large bedrooms, a huge open plan lounge and dining area with a stunning gourmet kitchen boasting stone benches and a chefs dream of an oversized gas double oven all leading out to the large entertaining deck overlooking the sparkling inground pool.
Price: Offers over $900,000. Inspect: Saturday 2-2.45pm. Contact: Kim Barrios 0411 195 949 Ken Guy Maroochydore 1300 KEN GUY Internet Code: MCHY733
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TRANQUILLITY AND LUXURY IN BUDERIM 46 Andriana Drive, Buderim
Colourful landscaping and verdant bushland fill the low-maintenance acre block where this stylish contemporary home is located, only minutes from Buderim Village. Enter through cedar doors to the main living zones: a spacious TV./media room and sundeck with a leafy outlook on one side and an open plan lounge/dining with undercover outdoor entertaining area and inground pool to the other. A chic and practical cook’s domain is central to the living areas and features top quality design and fittings. Three queen sized bedrooms and study, 2 full bathrooms and laundry are also on this level. Upstairs boasts the master retreat with generous lounge, bedroom, walk-in robe and sumptuous ensuite with spa. Offering a luxurious family home with ducted air, Vacuumaid and security in a private and tranquil setting.
Price: On Application. Inspect: Saturday 12-12.45pm. Contact: Damien Michael 0413 024 124. Ken Guy Maroochydore 1300 KEN GUY. Internet Code: MCHY819
354 SQUARE METRE GROUND FLOOR PENTHOUSE 102/50 Picnic Point Esplanade, Maroochydore
2008 QMBA Winner for Best Residential Development. You are sure to be impressed in this property located in the prestige complex “Waterline On Maroochy”. Boasting 354m² of living (157m² internal and 197m² external “exclusive use” area), in an elevated position overlooking the beautiful Maroochy River. The huge terrace with built-in BBQ is perfect for your small pet, combined with private access to the pool area. Inside boasts two separate living areas, three bedrooms and stunning kitchen with European appliances. Other features include ducted air-conditioning, smart wiring and double car garaging. As if all these features aren’t enough, the apartment comes complete with a Jimmy Possum furniture package.
Inspect: Saturday 2-2.45pm and Wednesday 4.30-5.30pm. Contact: Loren Wimhurst 0415 380 222, Jodie McDonell 0419 762 309. Ken Guy Maroochydore 1300 KEN GUY. Internet Code: MCHY563
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WATERFRONT PENTHOUSE – GROUND FLOOR! This palatial penthouse encompasses deluxe waterfront living at its best. Open-plan living areas, high ceilings, two courtyards, a private 15-metre pool and glass French doors that open onto a wide over-water deck – this place was made for entertaining. The gourmet kitchen comes complete with a stone breakfast bar, gas cook tops and first-class Miele appliances. This ground floor residence has three spacious bedrooms, an office and two bathrooms plus a powder room. The master bedroom has an ensuite with a spa, water views and private balcony while the second bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe that connects to the main bathroom and the third has its own courtyard. Enjoy fully ducted, reverse-cycle air-conditioning and the convenience of the Smart System. Throw in a line and fish right from the deck or sit back and bask in the ambience of your prime waterfront property. This is absolute luxury, near North Shore Beach.
Price: $1,000,000 plus buyers should enquire. Inspect by appointment. Contact: Bree Charles 0416 435 391, John Skerlak 0413 441 834. Ken Guy Maroochydore 1300 KEN GUY. Internet Code: MCHY810
GOLFER’S PARADISE PRESTIGE LIVING 19/115 Peregian Springs Drive, Peregian Springs Overlook the pristine 18th fairway of the Peregian Springs Golf Club from this luxurious residence located at the exclusive ‘Sentosa’ gated community. This gorgeous living space has an emphasis on light and space, with exceptional attention to detail throughout. The master retreat has a tranquil ‘green’ outlook and a deluxe marble ensuite to match, while the magnificent kitchen boasts Meile appliances and granite benches. For those who love the outdoors, there’s even an alfresco dining area and tropical pool. This is the ideal low-maintenance living.
Inspect: Saturday 10 - 10.45am. Contact: Richard Scrivener 0416 799 188, Matt O’grady 0414 317 374. Ken Guy Noosa. 5447 4155 Internet Code: NSA009
BIG, BRAND NEW – ¼ ACRE
IT’S ALL ABOUT LIFESTYLE AND POSITION
96 Country View Street, Woombye
26 Yorlambu Parade, Maroochydore
Absolute attention to detail and first-class quality is themed throughout this superbly built brand new residence. Sitting on a block size of just over 1000m2, this four bedroom, open-plan home separates the children’s wing from a deluxe master bedroom suite. Cook up a storm in the five-star kitchen with its superior European appliances, ultra modern cabinetry and Essa-stone™ bench-tops. Centrally located between the Range and the beach you can access almost everything within 15 minutes.
A low maintenance lifestyle close to the beach and shops awaits. This sought after street is so central yet quiet and elevated to capture those afternoon sea breezes. Perfect for a broad range of buyers, the home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a separate large office, air-conditioning and a newly constructed double lock up garage. Timber floors, light colour tones and several large east facing windows provides a warm and friendly living environment. Does this suit your lifestyle?
Price: $649,000. Inspect: Saturday 2.15-2.45pm. Contact: Damien Michael 0413 024 124. Ken Guy Maroochydore 1300 KEN GUY. Internet Code: MCHY758
Price: $499,000. Inspect: By appointment. Contact: Damien Michael 0413 024 124. Ken Guy Maroochydore 1300 KEN GUY. Internet Code: MCHY768
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20 LEVEL ACRES – URBAN FOOTPRINT 163 Sippy Creek Road, Tanawha This is a very prime piece of real estate, which would ideally suit those wanting a rural-type lifestyle that is 4 km from the university! This property boasts 20 flat acres incorporating multiple paddocks, a sprinkling of rainforest, a dam and lush level sprawl - run heads of cattle and horses, or create the ultimate hobby-farm – the choice is yours. Tucked away in Tanawha – you wouldn’t even realise this property is here! There are multiple machinery sheds, plus a family residence with triple car accommodation and a large separate guest bedroom. The property also features a lagoon-style inground pool and fabulous poolside entertaining area with views over the property.
Price: Offers in early $1,000,000’s. Inspect: Saturday 2-2.45pm. Contact: Gaby McEwan 0401 781 116. Ken Guy Maroochydore 1300 KEN GUY. Internet Code: MCHY743
ONE OF A KIND IN BUDERIM 2 Goodwood Court, Buderim This BRAND NEW home is one of a kind and offers a dual living option – incredible in this price range! Featuring a modern, contemporary design with a neutral scheme, multiple living areas, including outdoor alfresco dining, a beautiful forest backdrop and a grassed area, this is perfect living for everyone. With four bedrooms and three bathrooms, a double garage and an additional undercover carpark, inspection is a must!
Price: Buyers in the $500,000’s. Inspect: Saturday 1-1.45pm. Contact: Gaby McEwan 0401 781 116, Minka Jenkins 0488 550 063. Ken Guy Maroochydore 1300 KEN GUY. Internet Code: MCHY771
PELICAN WATERS LAND - WALK TO BEACH! 406 Airlie Crescent, Pelican Waters
This 700m2 block of land is ready for you to stake your claim on it. With building plans and quotes for a stylish home, you’ll be ready to start on your next project! Situated in the Northern part of Pelican Waters, this is eastfacing, level 700m2 block is exactly what you are looking for. Approximately 400m to the beach, you’ll enjoy wonderful weekends, walks and won’t have to go on holiday! Buyers in the high $200,000’s must inspect, as genuine vendors want this SOLD!
Price: High $200,000’s. Inspect by appointment. Contact: Gaby McEwan 0401 781 116, Ken Guy Maroochydore, Russell Smith 0418 996 111 Realway Caloundra. Internet Code: MCHY824
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Feng shui for beginners Whether you are buying, selling or renovating, applying feng shui principles to your house can create a harmonious environment. Follow our feng shui guide to give your property, and your bank balance, some positive vibes.
1 What is feng shui?
2 Find your power spots
3 Unclog your cash flow
Ever walked into a house and sensed a bad ad d energy you couldn’t quite put your fingerr on? You may have experienced bad feng shui. Feng shui means ‘wind water’ and iss a way to understand how energy moves in in ec t ec our surroundings and how buildings affect us. By applying feng shui, you can create opportunities to improve your life.
Do you know where your financial power spots are? The contemporary methods of feng shui associate prosperity issues with the back left corner of any space. Stand at your front door facing into the house – your wealth area is at the back of the house on the left-hand side. Ther e’s also a wealth area within each room – the corner area in the back of the room on the left.
Once you have worked out where the wealth areas are within your office, living room, kitchen and bedroom, it’s best to clear out any clutter from these important areas. Clutter is a sign of stagnant energy, and clutter in your money power spots can clog up your cash flow.
4 Feng shui fix it
5 Be prosperous
6 Go green & purple
7 Manage money
Anything that doesn’t work as it should is a sign of something wrong in the area of your life that corresponds to that part of your space. Examine each of your money power spots to look for any appliances or things that need repair.
Enhance your power spots with symbols of prosperity, such as a bowl of coins (add your loose change to it every day), a ‘lucky bamboo’ plant, or anything that symbolises success and prosperity to you.
Accent your money areas with the colours green and purple. Green symbolises vitality and growth, and purple is the colour of wealth. Place a bowl of green and purple grapes (real or artificial) in the wealth area of your kitchen, to symbolize abundance filling your home.
Pay attention to how you handle money. Do you keep your notes neatly sorted in your wallet or are they jammed in? Clean the clutter out of your wallet and start handling your money as though you value it.
8 Be generous
9 Be grateful
11 Make an entrance
Money is a form of energy, and it needs to flow through your life, not just into it. Hoarding and scrimping work against more coming in, while giving generously within your means makes space for more abundance.
Take a few moments every evening to think about all the good things that happened to you today and to express your gratitude for what you have received. It’s not what happened that’s important; it’s getting in the habit of focusing on the positive side of things every day that matters.
There are hundreds of principles of feng shui, relevant to each room of your house. Do your research h or consult a professional so that you understand the importance of feng shui in each of these rooms.
The energy coming through the front door is the most important factor that determines how prosperous you will be. Place two wide-leaved plants (such as peace lilies) next to the main door to help entice the energy in. This door should open inwards into a wide space to invite the qi (positive energy) and therefore opportunities into your life.
12 Feng shui the bedroom
13 Feng shui the kitchen
The bed head should be against a solid wall, as this will provide you with a sense of security. Avoid placing the foot of the bed in direct alignment with the door. Bedrooms in the east are said to be auspicious as they catch the rising sun. This entices the occupants to get up and make something of their lives.
The kitchen should be protected from the front entrance. This means that it is best not to have an unobstructed view of the kitchen – particularly the stove. The stove is considered to be the most important object in the kitchen and its correct placement – against a solid wall – is essential to ensuring good health. For more information visit renovate.realestate.com.au www.fengshuishop.com.au or www.spiritual.com.au My Property Review | December 5, 2008 19
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Proudly marketed by Doug
KINGS BEACH - Elevated with expansive ocean views… This unique location allows you to enjoy fabulous views of the Pacific Ocean, Kings Beach, Pumicestone Passage, Bribie & Moreton Islands and the magnificent Glasshouse Mountains. • 9th level apartment in elevated position overlooking the beautiful Kings Beach area • Expansive views of the Pacific Ocean, Kings Beach, Pumicestone Passage, Bribie and Moreton Islands • Two spacious bedrooms with ensuite to main
• Well appointed kitchen and dining with ocean views and ample storage throughout • Security parking under building with separate storage • Complex boasts fantastic on-site management, lift, pool-spa, sauna and tennis court
Auction: Friday 19th December onsite at 4pm Inspect: Sat & Sun 1-1.45pm, Wed 4-4.45pm Address: Unit 93 ‘Burgess’, 70 Albert Street, Kings Beach henzells.com.au property code: burge93 Agent: Doug Wilson 0417 734 592 Agent: Peter Crowe 0409 644 455
CALOUNDRA - Instructed to sell at public auction - urgent result needed Revel in your ideal lifestyle as you soak in the delicious views of Caloundra. This top floor apartment commands dramatic, uninterrupted views of the beautiful waters from the Pacific Ocean ... to the shimmering waterways of Bribie Island and the Pumicestone Passage. • Extremely rare opportunity to buy absolute waterfront in the heart of Caloundra and it could be yours, for a steal! • Panoramic views of the Pumicestone Passage, Bribie Island and the ocean beyond • Top floor unit with three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus 2 car parking
• Private jetty area which is ideal for a spot of fishing, crabbing or just relaxing. There’s even a private boat ramp to complex with deepwater access. • Enjoy lazing in the pool whilst enjoying the beautiful turquoise waters • Located just strolling distance to the heart of the CBD
Auction: Friday 19th December onsite at 1pm Inspect: Sat & Sun 2-2.45pm, Wed 5-5.45pm Address: Unit 15 ‘Pumicestone Lodge’, 26 Maloja Avenue, Caloundra henzells.com.au property code: pumi15 Agent: Doug Wilson 0417 734 592
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LITTLE MOUNTAIN – OH NO! The owners have made a massive mistake! They can’t believe they have done it! They’ve bought their dream block of land, but they need to sell their current home – or they’ll miss out! • Four bedrooms, a large private office downstairs and built over several easy levels, full advantage is taken of the elevated position • Character abounds with modern design elements throughout the construction, there is even a breakfast bar through the window on the deck
• Enjoy a few drinks and a BBQ on the deck with friends, savouring the cool breezes looking out through the trees as the kids play in the backyard • Large 800sqm block provides room for the kids to play and pets to roam • Make no mistake, these owners want their dream to turn into a reality – or the consequences could be disastrous!
Auction: Friday 19th December onsite at 3pm Inspect: Saturday & Sunday 11-11.45pm & Wednesday 4-4.45pm Address: 8 Timbertop Court, Little Mountain henzells.com.au property code: timb8 Agent: McLean Henzell 0438 620 007
PELICAN WATERS – Urgent sale required! Sellers dreams force immediate sale! Dreaming of the ultimate family indulgence? Then this is the waterfront home for you, don’t miss this chance to secure your piece of paradise… • Oozing style and space in a highly sought-after location
• Spacious triple garage, plenty of room for the boat
• Pure essence of style this home has magnificent open plan living with water views at every turn
• Open plan kitchen with absolute quality throughout
• Four king sized bedrooms, master with chic ensuite and massive walkin robe with your private balcony and water views
• An added emphasis focuses on outdoor living with alfresco dining areas
• Stunning 11-metre lap pool • This luxury home must be sold immediately
Auction: Friday 12th December onsite at 4pm Inspect: Saturday 12-12.45pm Address: 3 Hazeldyne Court, Pelican Waters henzells.com.au property code: haze3 Agent: Christine Hamley-Wilson 0409 575 361 My Property Review | December 5, 2008 23
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CALOUNDRA WEST – Seriously motivated!
CALOUNDRA WEST – Caloundra’s cheapest land
• Immaculate low maintenance four bedroom home on 450sqm of land • Huge ensuited master with WIR • Spacious tiled open plan living/dining and private carpeted lounge • Huge outdoor entertaining overlook estab gardens • 9ft ceilings t/out ensures cool climate year round
• Take advantage of the $21,000 government kick back Auction: Wednesday 17th December • Directly opposite conservation parkland, this 641sqm onsite at 4.30pm corner block offers privacy and brilliant positioning Inspect: Call agent for details • Local school, parks and playgrounds a couple Address: 27 Northcote Crescent, minutes walk away Caloundra West • 7 minutes drive to Caloundra CBD and 45min to Brisbane henzells.com.au property code: nort27 Agent: Matt Glynn 0404 315 066 • Sell at all costs!
Auction: Sunday 21st December onsite at 1pm Inspect: Saturday 12-12.30pm Address: 23 Northbrook Street, Caloundra West henzells.com.au property code: nort23 Agent: Matt Glynn 0404 315 066
GOLDEN BEACH – Circumstances require urgent sale! Don’t miss this amazing and rare opportunity to secure one of the last remaining properties that falls into the local business centre zoning…
• Beachside weekender with a bonus
• Air-conditioned, weathershield blinds, timber floors
• The bonus – zoned local business, huge potential
• Cross the road to patrolled Golden Beach
• Two bedrooms, solidly constructed home
• Central to all amenities, submit all offers!
Auction: Wednesday 17th December onsite at 5.30pm Inspect: Saturday & Sunday 11-11.45am Address: 28 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach henzells.com.au property code: LAND28 Agent: Stuart Cordingley 0419 769 894
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BOKARINA – Private beach lifestyle!
KAWANA ISLAND – Executive island family home
• Located in one of the most sought-after beach court Price: $1,000,000 + addresses on the coast Inspect: Saturday 1-1.45pm • Just metres from the unspoilt beach & oceanside lifestyle Address: 6 Seafarer Court, Bokarina • Two storey residence with multiple living and dining henzells.com.au property code: PLA652H zones plus a large tiled pool and huge outdoor Agent: The Ian Howcroft Team entertaining area 0402 246 791 Agent: Bill Howcroft 0431 354 076 • Owners want immediate action
• Four large bedrooms – master with massive ensuite plus two bathrooms • Three huge living areas plus a media room • Double lock-up garage plus side access with 2nd driveway • Large covered outdoor entertaining overlooking pool with northerly aspect
KAWANA ISLAND – Unbelievable - High $400,000’s
KAWANA ISLAND – Space and splendour!
• Four large bedrooms, master with ensuite and outside entertaining area, two separate living areas Price: High $400,000’s • Open plan kitchen with living area flowing onto Inspect: Saturday 2 - 2.45pm large outdoor entertaining area Address: 20 Malta Place, Kawana Island • Large side access for boat and caravan on a rare henzells.com.au property code: PLA623H 663sqm level block Agent: The Ian Howcroft Team 0402 246 791 Agent: Greg Collis 0432 639 689 • Unbeatable value in A1 condition!
• Four separate and spacious living areas • Four extra large bedrooms and a full working office or fifth bedroom • Two covered outdoor entertaining areas and immaculate kitchen overlooking the inground pool with a north-easterly aspect • Owners say present all offers!
Price: Make an offer! Inspect: Saturday 2-2.45pm Address: 4 Jersey Place, Kawana Island henzells.com.au property code: PLA640H Agent: The Ian Howcroft Team 0402 246 791 Agent: Bill Howcroft 0431 354 076
Price: Present all offers Inspect: Saturday 1-1.45pm Address: 33 Bahamas Cct, Kawana Island henzells.com.au property code: PLA556H Agent: The Ian Howcroft Team 0402 246 791 Agent: Bill Howcroft 0431 354 076
OPEN FOR INSPECTIONS SATURDAY 6TH DECEMBER AROONA 12-12.45pm Saturday 8 The Parkway
Ian Howcroft Team 0402 246 791
CURRIMUNDI – Vendors are on the move - don’t miss out!
12-12.45pm Saturday 8 Fitzroy Court
13 Maui Court
Waterfront Masterpiece Ian Howcroft Team 0431 354 076
U1&2/126 Grand Pde River Glimpses
• Impeccable 4 bedroom family home • 2 big separate living areas, open plan design • Tranquil garden, self watering, water feature • 870m2 block, dual access, shed, water tank • Close to schools, shops, beaches
Ian Howcroft Team 0431 354 076 Ian Howcroft Team 0432 639 689
LITTLE MOUNTAIN Price: high 400,000’s Inspect: Saturday 11 - 11.45am Address: 7 Alstonville Way, Currimundi henzells.com.au property code: PLA660H Agent: Samantha Anning 0415 151 762 Agent: Lisa Storey 0418 247 020
10-10.45am Saturday 27 Elvena Ct,
Brad Bower 0408 243 011
MINYAMA 1-1.45pm Saturday
24 Oak Court,
Geoff Ohmsen 0412 103 147
MOUNTAIN CREEK 12-12.45pm Saturday 2/111 Bundilla Blvd
Ian Howcroft Team 0432 639 689
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A guide to buying off the plan. by Karen Neuendorf uying off the plan has many advantages. It can represent a low-fuss solution for those who prefer to leave the hard work of co-ordinating a building project to the experts and it often has cost advantages. Builders and developers are usually keen to secure early investors, so you can pick up a more affordable property, while often still being able to have the plans altered to suit your needs. When selecting an off-the-plan home, think carefully about what you are buying. Perusing a plan is very different from walking through the finished product. You must visualise all aspects of the plan and this may include measuring out spaces so that you fully understand sizes. Use the scale ruler to calculate the available space in each room, the garage and the storage facilities. Consider whether you will have enough privacy and if the outlook will be pleasant. Will you suffer from blustering winds or a cooling breeze, morning sun or blasting western heat? Check the position of windows and entrances to each room and the types of doors included in the design. Check the electrical plan to ensure your lighting needs are met. If in doubt, seek a professional interior designer’s advice to ensure that when you receive the keys to your new home, you won’t be disappointed.
Karen Neuendorf is from Neuendorf Interiors.
Around the World
The northern hemisphere’s the place to be with this week’s unique properties. $1 $8.780m,0ill00 ion
$$222..88 m $4illimonillion
This st ation ho use was b uilt in 1840 a nd is now a four-bedroom home set on a quarter of an acre of grounds. It is on an active rail line.
This r enovated palace da tes bac k t o 1870 and operates as a B&B . It has six a partments, 20 rooms, restaurant and bar.
$13300,0 $1 $100 5.5 million
$1 $6.455m,0ill00 ion
Aberystwyth, Wales This five-bedroom fa rmhouse si ts o n a c liff with sp ectacular o cean vie ws. The isolated location means that privacy is assured.
New York, USA Set o n 373 acr es, t he st one f ort o n F ort Montgomery I sland d ates b ack to t he first half of the 19th century and has 70 fireplaces.
Source: www.property.org.uk/unique org.uk/unique
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people & places
photos: brad filliponi
Building a dream PART 2
by Alli Grant
When MPR first met Graham Miller in August, he had just demolished the interior of his huge Mooloolaba penthouse. So how’s the renovation going? We find out. raham Miller, a retired engineer from Sydney, has When we last visited his penthouse, it was a construction enjoyed a long love affair with Mooloolaba. It began site, with rubble everywhere and a distinct lack of internal in the 1950s when he was just a child. Born and bred walls. Graham and his demolition team gutted the entire in Brisbane, Graham’s family frequented the then sleepy level, leaving nothing, says Graham, “but an external town for regular holidays. He couldn’t have known then carcass”. Today, it’s almost a home again, with walls, that he would spend his retirement overlooking the very doorways, bathrooms and a kitchen taking shape. same beach he once built sandcastles on as a child. Passionate about the location of his Mooloolaba Our architect said that doing our penthouse but bored with the dated interior, Graham needed a change, but he was so in love with the area that renovation was like designing and rather than sell his Peninsular Apartments two-level building a boat, as we have utilised penthouse, he decided to give it a hefty facelift instead. The top level was renovated two years ago, and by the time the every square millimetre in the design lower level renovation is complete, Graham’s reconstruction costs will pretty much total what he bought the penthouse Tradesmen are busily trying to meet Graham’s deadline for eight years ago. But the decision to stay put and to have the apartment completed by Christmas. renovate was a no-brainer for Graham. With views from “There were two things we wanted to Noosa to Caloundra, who would want to move? aachieve,” Graham explains. “The object was “Mooloolaba Beach is to fit in three double bedrooms with ensuites one of the nicest beaches as it’s important that everyone has their in Australia and you pretty own bathroom. We also wanted to ensure much have everything you If everyone had their own air-conditioning and need here,” Graham says. “If ew temperature controls in their rooms, which I tried to buy something new was an unbelievably difficult thing to do.” I would find it hard to get on Each of the three bedrooms feature ocean something as good – position se views and will be decked out in the finest and size-wise [the penthouse quality imported furniture which has been boasts 372 square metres]. rth, custom-made for his apartment and features This property faces due north, a palette of neutral colours highlighted with it’s opposite the beach and shades of black, gold, orange and brown. even when you’re upstairs on almost finished king Graham’s Christmas present to himself is In keeping with his hands-on approach the deck there’s no one looking to the apartment’s design, Graham has taken on the in on you; it’s totally private.” responsibility of selecting all of the furniture and fabrics for My Property Review has been tracking the progress of the home, under the watchful eye of wife Gaye, a qualified Graham’s renovation, or rather, complete rebuild, since we colour consultant. “Gaye has been great,” says Graham. first met the renovation-obsessed retiree in our first issue.
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“She knows this is truly my passion and she’s totally supportive of my decisions.” The home is only a matter of weeks from structural completion, with the new furnishings to be brought in over the next few weeks in time for the festive season. Graham’s new kitchen features everything that opens and shuts, including a completely flat induction cook-top, imported cupboard handles from Denmark and self-closing drawers. “We wanted a look that wouldn’t date so went for a neutral finish in the kitchen, but it had to be practical. I’ve been planning this renovation for four years, so I have had plenty of time to think about the details,” Graham says. “Our architect said that doing our renovation was like designing and building a boat, as we have utilised every square millimetre in the design. I’ve even instructed the builders to cut out a hole in the back of the kitchen so that you can see the ocean and feel the breeze as soon as you walk down the stairs from the upper level,” he adds proudly. Outside, the spectacular views from the main balcony have become more accessible. The old doors have been replaced with glass concertina doors (double-glazed, of course) that bring the outside in and the inside out. Graham and Gaye plan to spend at least three months of the year in their refurbished apartment. For the rest of the year, the penthouse will be available for holiday letting. “When it’s finished, you’ll find it’s going to be on the top of the tree on the Sunshine Coast,” says Graham. “I really have no idea [what it would be worth], but if someone offered me $10 million for it I wouldn’t take it.” Though you can’t buy it, at least you can holiday in it. MPR will pay a final visit to Graham’s completed apartment in early 2009. My Property Review | December 5, 2008 27
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