Kick back in the poolside cabana of this modern family home

first_imgOne of the numerous living areasMr Florentzos said the “tropical haven” outside included a covered patio with a tiled floor, fans and a kitchenette overlooking the in-ground pool and cabana. There are also landscaped gardens and a sun deck at the side of the home. “This immaculate home has a commanding street presence and provides you with superb privacy and great security,” Mr Florentzos said. The Dominion St home will go to auction on March 4 at 1.30pm. The pool and cabana at 4 Dominion St, Eight Mile PlainsA LUXURY home with six bedrooms is new to the market in Eight Mile Plains.LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills marketing agent Peter Florentzos said the property at 4 Dominion St began attracting attention as soon as it was listed. Spread across two levels, the home has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area on the ground floor. “The stellar kitchen facility is complete with a fantastic butler’s pantry, stone benches, top-end appliances and a long breakfast bar,” Mr Florentzos said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The open plan living, dining and kitchen areaThere is a home theatre off the living room and the dining area opens to the back patio. There is also a guest bedroom, bathroom, laundry and lounge room, which could be used as a sixth bedroom, on the first floor. Internal stairs lead up to another living room, four bedrooms and a family bathroom. The main bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite, while the other bedrooms have built-in wardrobes. last_img read more

Family living in a Capalaba cul-de-sac setting

first_imgThe home at 2 Aintree Ct, Capalaba is on the market.THIS property has been undergone a makeover and is in a sought after pocket of Capalaba. The home at 2 Aintree Ct is set across a single level and is on a fully fenced 881sq m block. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Inside there is an open plan layout with tiled flooring in living areas, delicate lighting, neutral tones and airconditioning.The galley kitchen merges with the living and dining areas, providing a central point for family gatherings.Outside the entertaining area overlooks the solar heated saltwater pool with spa and waterfall.The backyard is landscaped and there is room for kids and pets to play. The property is in a cul-de-sac and close to major shopping centres, public transport and the local TAFE College. The home is on the market for offers over $515,000.last_img read more

These are Townsville most sought after family suburbs

first_imgA father walking with his dog and his son in the suburbsGROWING families are increasingly shying away from popular school catchment zones in favour of acreage living.CoreLogic figures show semirural suburbs have the highest percentage of family households in Townsville. Alice River tops the list with 92.3 per cent.Mount Low and Bushland Beach follow at a close second with 89.8 per cent of residents living in a family household, followed by Rangewood (89.3 per cent) and Gumlow (88.6 per cent).At 87.2 per cent, Annandale was the only city suburb to rank in the Top 10.Explore Property sales agent Allison Gough said she was not surprised by the result, with more families making the move back to greener pastures.“People want acreage and Alice River is also in direct line with very good schools such as Ryan Catholic College, Ignatius Park and Holy Spirit,” she said.“So any property that we have that’s a quarter of an acre or above always gets a lot of interest from buyers.Ms Gough said Bushland Beach was another commonsense suburb for families.“This suburb just makes perfect sense as it’s a destination suburb,” she said.“It’s very quiet and great for families. “In fact, it’s one of those suburbs where kids still walk to the skate park and are out riding their bikes on the street. “You don’t see that very often anymore and I think that’s what people enjoy so much about the area.”On the flip side, CoreLogic figures showed non-family households clearly favoured city and beachside suburbs.Arcadia on Magnetic Island and Rowes Bay are favoured by 51.2 and 51.1 per cent of non-family households respectively, with South Townsville (49.6 per cent), North Ward (49.4 per cent), Picnic Bay (48.2 per cent) and Townsville CBD (47.2 per cent) also ranking high on the list.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 TOP 10 SUBURBS WITH HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLD S (Source: Core Logic) SUBURB % 1 Alice River                                     92.3 2 Mount Low 89.8 3 Bushland Beach 89.8 4 Rangewood 89.3 5 Gumlow 88.6 6 Annandale 87.2 7 Bohle Plains 86.8 8 Bluewater Park 86.1 9 Burdell 85.9 10 Jensen 85.8last_img read more

Pick n’ mix auctions this Saturday

first_img68 Lewin Street, BardonAt the polar opposite end of the scale is 33 Joynt Street, Hamilton where a stunning five-bedroom, four-bathroom architectural wonder will be calling for an opening bid. 144 Boundary Road, Bardon Qld 4065The three-bedroom, three-bathroom cottage provides comfortable accommodation so the buyer could move in immediately, but there’s room for a little improvement too.Bardon has certainly been on buyers’ radars over the past 12-months with plenty of great results, so don’t be surprised to see this one sell on the day.You can follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair or Facebook at Kieran Clair — journo 33 Joynt Street, HamiltonThere are some cool tips of the hat to retro design in the in the contemporary extension with timber architectural features, a black-and-white colour scheme and a sunken living space that enters onto the pool area.The original home was given quite the treatment as well with VJ walls and polished timber floors contained within its classic facade.If you prefer the warmth of a fireplace set in a stone wall, then come along to 31 Addison Road, Graceville at 11:00am 31 Addison Road, GracevilleYet again, it’s five bedrooms on offer over two levels with a seriously good standard of workmanship throughout, particularly to the contemporary extension.The home also has a pool with adjacent studio containing kitchenette and bathroom — so getting the kids out of the house shouldn’t be a problem.At midday, 144 Boundary Rd, Bardon will get underway. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour ago6 Lancaster Street, CoorparooThis home was renovated by a builder who used a little ‘bespoke inspiration’ to get the best out of the original structure.It’s also a five-bedroom, three-bathroom home, proving Brisbane’s family buyers are spoiled for choice at present.Set on 405sq m and with a really, really cool kitchen and ensuite, it’s worth checking out this Saturday.There’s more 10:00am action when 68 Lewin Street, Bardon comes up for auction.This is a true renovator’s delight, with three bedrooms and one bathroom on offer in this original cottage.center_img There’s something for everyone at this Saturday’s auctions.DON’T stay in this weekend. Brisbane is serving up an array of auction options to cater for every buyer type.For starters, there’s a stunner at 36 Wilmington Street, Newmarket up for grabs at 9:00am.This two-level, gabled cottage has been immaculately finished. 54 Agnes Street, AuchenflowerThis is a beautifully renovated five-bedder with a stunning internal finish that balances contemporary upgrades, such as in the kitchen, with more traditional features like the original timber flooring.The home also has picture-perfect suburban views from its deck and a 604sq m block to boot.South of the river and 6 Lancaster Street, Coorparoo is going to be up for a bid at 10:00am too. 36 Wilmington Street, NewmarketWith five-bedrooms, three-bathrooms and a flat usable yard all set on a monster 1338sq m of land, the home makes for a very attractive family option.Your auction-watcher dance card will be full at 10:00am, so choose wisely.Perhaps 54 Agnes Street, Auchenflower is your style.last_img read more

Beauty and character go under the hammer in Brisbane

first_imgThe living room at 95 Hows Rd, Nundah.The house has a wraparound porch, pressed metal ceilings, timber floors, and original VJ walls.There is also a double-sided brick fireplace to the kitchen and living room. The home has three bedrooms, with two opening to sleep outs that can be used as dressing rooms, and two bathrooms.There is a separate family room, open dining and lounge area and a big kitchen with timber cabinetry. The kitchen at 118 Bell St, Kangaroo Point.The master bedroom has a walk-through robe and ensuite, and there is a second bedroom with built-in robe. Both bedrooms look out to the front balcony. The home retains a number of original features including high ceilings, timber floors and breezeways. The restored Queenslander at 95 Hows Rd, Nundah.LOVERS of character homes will be spoiled for choice this weekend with plenty of Queenslanders going under the hammer in Brisbane. At 95 Hows Rd, Nundah, a beautifully restored home built in the 1900s is going to auction.Marketing agent Brandon Wortley, of Ray White New Farm, said the home had sense of grandeur.“The wide frontage, bullnose roof, lattice gate and feature balustrading are just a small sample of the extensive pre-war character charm that has been preserved throughout the home,” he said. The home at 118 Bell St, Kangaroo Point.The five-bedroom property at 118 Bell St has been redesigned by renowned architects Mode Design. Marketing agent Karen Pierce, of Ray White Brisbane CBD, said the home offered “modern contemporary living, with an abundance of natural light and airflow”.“This stylish character home is in a class of its own, with the perfect north facing aspect and (an address) in Kangaroo Point’s most sought after location,” she said. The spacious character home at 25 Bride St, Wynnum.The two-storey Queenslander at 25 Bride St has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area opening to an outdoor living area. The kitchen has Caesarstone benchtops, stainless steel appliances and soft close drawers. There are also two bedrooms, laundry and bathroom on the bottom level of the home. A timber and glass spiral staircase leads to the second level with timber floors, ornate ceilings and VJ walls.The master bedroom has an ensuite, there is a bay window in the family room and the sunroom leads out to the front balcony. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by The master bedroom at 25 Bride St, Wynnum.Outside there is a shed and in-ground swimming pool. Marketing agent David Lazarus, of Belle Property Manly, said the property was moments from the bay in one of Brisbane’s up and coming suburbs. “The stately Queensland home offers the comfort and style of today with the ambience of yesteryear,” he said.In Hendra, the Queenslander at 18 Rous St is on an 839sq m block on tree lined street. The upstairs living area at 18 Rous St, Hendra.Upstairs, the modern kitchen has Caesarstone benchtops, breakfast bar, and a 1200mm freestanding, black enamel double oven with gas stovetop and teppanyaki plate. The open-plan living spaces flow out to the veranda and the master bedroom has a walk-in robe. There is also a bathroom on this level. The property will go under the hammer at 10am on Saturday. In Kangaroo Point, a completely made over character home will also go to auction at 10am on Saturday. The fireplace at 95 Hows Rd, Nundah.Under the house there is plenty of multipurpose space.The north facing home is on a 908sq m block with wide frontage and side access. The property is going to auction at 10am on Saturday, October 21.Head to the bayside and you will find a recently renovated five-bedroom beauty going under the hammer in Wynnum at 10am on Saturday. The interior at 118 Bell St, Kangaroo Point.On the ground floor of the home there are two bedrooms, study, bathroom, laundry and a patio flowing out to the in-ground pool and deck. Upstairs, bi-fold doors completely open the living, dining and kitchen area to the back balcony. The kitchen has stone benchtops, stainless steel appliances and an island bench with breakfast bar. The renovated Queenslander at 18 Rous St, Hendra.Marketing agent Jon Finney, of Ray White Albion, said the home was a perfect mix of modern luxury and original charm.“The polished timber floors and VJ panelling on the walls have been expertly blended with state-of-the-art inclusions such as commercial grade Wi-Fi, solar power and a kitchen that will take your breath away,” he said. The two-storey property has a wraparound veranda, a traditional facade and dual living. On the ground floor there is open-plan living, dining and kitchenette, three bedrooms, study, laundry and bathroom. last_img read more

Character and charm on offer in Wynnum

first_imgThe home at 305 Tingal Rd, Wynnum.A CHARACTER home believed to be one of the original homes in the area is on the market in Wynnum. Owner Scott Indian said he and his partner bought the property at 305 Tingal Rd five years ago as a family home. “It’s a beautiful home,” Mr Indian said. “It’s got original timber floorboards and VJ walls, and it’s phenomenally solid. 305 Tingal Rd, WynnumDownstairs, there is a big multipurpose area that could be used as a rumpus room or a place for visiting friends and family to relax.There is also a lockable storage room, laundry and powder room. Mr Indian said the home was perfectly located. 305 Tingal Rd, WynnumMore from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 two titles. The home has timber floors, VJ walls, high ceilings and sash windows. Upstairs, there is an open-plan kitchen and dining area, a living room, and a traditional bathroom with claw foot bathtub. The kitchen leads out to the big timber deck that overlooks the backyard. Back inside, there are five good sized bedrooms. The home at 305 Tingal Rd, Wynnum.“We believe it’s one of the original houses of Wynnum“We haven’t done much to it ourselves, apart from putting in an internal wall to separate a very large bedroom into a lounge and bedroom. “We’ve just been custodians and done what we’ve needed to ensure it gets passed on to next owners in a great condition.” The five-bedroom house is on a 923sq m block spread across 305 Tingal Rd, Wynnum“It’s close to Wynnum Central, two blocks from the waterfront, over the road from the train station and close to the Waterloo Hotel,” he said. The property already has development approval in place for a subdivision.last_img read more

So many living spaces in Camp Hill Queenslander

first_img20 Akala St, Camp Hill THIS beautifully presented Queenslander is in a desirable pocket of Camp Hill. Owners Raechel and Chris Isted bought 20 Akala St 11 years ago and have transformed it into their perfect family home. “It was a three-bedroom, one-bathroom house when we first got it,” Mrs Isted said.“After our first child was born, we renovated downstairs and added two bedrooms, a bathroom and two living areas. The home at 20 Akala St, Camp Hill.On the ground floor of the home there are two bedrooms, bathroom, laundry, storage room and front patio. There is also a media room and a rumpus room, which opens to the back patio. Upstairs, there are three more bedrooms, a family bathroom and a front deck. The home at 20 Akala St, Camp Hill.The open-plan living, dining and kitchen area flow out of the big back deck. The kitchen has stone benchtops, quality appliances and a servery to the deck. The inground swimming pool is heated and the home comes with solar panels to help lower the power bill. Mrs Isted said the home was perfectly located close to parks, cafes and schools. “The home is on a really quiet street with friendly and supportive neighbours,” she said.center_img The home at 20 Akala St, Camp Hill.“Our two kids were upstairs with us when they were little and moved downstairs as they got older.” Mrs Isted said the separate living areas, swimming pool and big back deck made the home perfect for family living and entertaining. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“We do lots of entertaining on the deck. The doors from the kitchen, lounge and dining area open right up, creating one big space.“We’ve also got blinds and louvres on the back deck so you can sit out there in winter with an outdoor heater and still be warm.” last_img read more

House and land packages under $300,000 tempt first home buyers

first_imgHouse and land packages under $300,000 – BurbankThe packages come as the developer releases its first 250sq m lots at Flagstone – the $6.7 billion satellite city development taking shape between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoPeet CEO and managing director Brendan Gore said the smaller lots were new to Flagstone’s second neighbourhood, which has just been released.“Each neighbourhood in Flagstone has a distinctive blend of housing product and the new Gateway neighbourhood has been carefully planned to give first homebuyers an even bigger choice,” he said. “There will be a select number of compact lots integrated with bigger homesites up to 720sq m and located close to parks and green space.“This gives homeowners the benefits of smaller, more affordable blocks of land without compromising Flagstone’s distinctive outdoor lifestyle and airy streetscapes.”The three-bedroom, two-bathroom and single-garage designs come with floor coverings, light fittings and free front garden landscaping on a 250sq m lot. House and land packages under $300,000 – Burbank FacadeCould this be southeast Queensland’s cheapest new house and land package?Flagstone developers Peet Limited and MTAA Super have worked with five builders to put together an early Christmas present for first home buyers — house and land packages from $298,000.The packages have been released ahead of the First Home Owners Grant deadline on December 31, when the grant was scheduled to reduce from $20,000 to $15,000. However, the grant is now expected to be extended for another six months after Labor was re-elected for a second term. There are currently three packages on offer for less than $300,000. House and land packages under $300,000 – BurbankThe new Gateway release is close to the future Flagstone city centre — a 126-hectare CBD with provision for a future hospital, tertiary campus and train station. It is also walking distance to a massive $12 million regional park now being developed around the city centre. Over the next four years, the 10-hectare Flagstone Central park will become an exciting recreation zone, with facilities being progressively built as the community grows. A water play dog park opened earlier this year and a designer skate plaza is being completed. The skate plaza will open today, coinciding with the Flagstone Christmas Wonderland, a free family extravaganza with skating elves, Santa DJ, giant games, food vans and market stalls starting from 4pm. Flagstone, one of the biggest new satellite cities being built in Australia, was made a suburb in its own right, with the area expected to hold 12,000 homes within the Peet development alone once completed. It is the central hub of the Greater Flagstone region, a Priority Development Area, and is expected to eventually be home to 120,000 people, comparable to Toowoomba or Cairns.last_img read more

Adtranz scoops RZD three-phase deal

first_imgON FEBRUARY 14 Russia’s Ministry of Railways signed a contract with ABB Daimler-Benz Transportation (Schweiz) AG for the development of three-phase-motored electric locomotives for the country’s 1524mm gauge network. Adtranz is to provide complete traction packages for an initial build of 21 six-axle locos, worth around SFr80m. Designated Class EP10, the 132 tonne Bo-Bo-Bo locos will have proven GTO-based control equipment. Mechanical parts will be assembled at the former Soviet electric loco works in Novocherkassk. The EP10s will be equipped for dual-system operation on both RZD’s 25 kV 50Hz and 3 kV DC networks, although the initial build is mainly intended for the October Railway main line between Moscow and St Petersburg which is now being modernised. The locos are designed for operation at up to 160 km/h in ambient temperatures ranging from -50 to +40°C. Continuous rating at the wheels will be 7200 kW, with a tractive effort of 375 kN when starting and 315 kN at 120 km/h.Adtranz expects the initial prototype to be rolled out ’in two years from now’, with the first of the 20-strong series build entering service a year later. There is provision in the contract for Novocherkassk to build further batches of EP10s, although no details have been released about any technology transfer for local manufacture of the electrical equipment. olast_img read more


first_imgBYLINE: Nariyasu MatsuokaChief Engineer, Rolling Stock DepartmentWest Japan Railway CoECONOMIC and financial circumstances facing JR-West mean that the Rolling Stock Department must give its highest priority to providing passengers with high-quality trains at low cost. Plans are well in hand to develop better trains for the Sanyo shinkansen (RG 5.97 p308), but it is just as important to improve services on the 4425 km network of 1067mm gauge lines. The narrow gauge routes are centred on Osaka and cover the regions of Hokuriku, Kinki,and Chugoku. Rail services in these areas are designed to meet specific local needs, but there are also important inter-city links between major cities such as Kyoto, Kobe, Wakayama and Nara.Services are being enhanced by introducing direct limited expresses on regional routes so that fewer passengers have to change trains. Timetable changes have added extra trains on urban networks, and there are promising signs of growth in traffic volume.Regional routes in each area account for about 35% of total route-km, and most services on these lines carry commuters to and from work. However, increased use of private cars in recent years has led to a decline in traffic volume on regional lines.In an attempt to revitalise them, we are giving local managers more freedom to run their own businesses. This entails setting up regional railway operations departments as part of a policy based on using the management style of small private railways. Such independent management is intended to introduce a programme of measures to ensure efficiency while retaining features specific to each railway zone.Given that background, JR-West’s rolling stock department is faced with the need to develop vehicles that exploit the latest advances in technology. The aim is to raise speeds and improve services by enhancing the whole fleet, which currently comprises 4400 EMU vehicles and 770 diesel cars.Inter-city routesJR-West operates trains at 140 km/h on certain sections of the 1067mm gauge network, but this requires special authorisation. Elsewhere, the maximum operating speed is limited to 130 km/h because of a Ministry of Transport regulation requiring stopping distances to be 600m or less.JR-West’s Series 681 Limited Express dual-system train has a design speed of 160 km/h, and we plan to exploit this on the level crossing-free Kosei line linking Hokuriku and Kinki. Before we can do this, we will have to ensure that we meet all the government’s regulations for operation at the higher speed – these include improving the visibility of signals.Before high speed running can be introduced more widely, we need to carry out more research and development into braking equipment and control systems that will ensure trains can halt in the specified stopping distance. This will avoid the need to seek special authority from the Ministry of Transport.More tilting trains As many of JR-West’s lines have a high proportion of curved track, lifting the maximum speed has only a small effect on journey times. For this reason we are introducing more trains with tilting bodies, allowing faster speeds through curves and hence shorter timings.For example, the combination of tilting trains and higher line speeds on the Kinokuni line has cut timings by about 20min between Shin Osaka and Shingu. Series 283 Super Kuroshio trains (RG 12.96 p796) have provided three daily round trips since March 22. In some places the curve radius on this 280 km scenic route is just 200m, and there are about 60 locations where it is less than 300m. This is the longest JR route where tilting trains are used.Raising speeds further will require even better bogie designs and low cost tilting equipment. We will also seek to reduce car body weight, so achieving a lower centre of gravity.In the long term there may be opportunities to make more fundamental changes. One possibility would be mixed-gauge tracks to allow through running from Shinkansen lines, but this would depend on local governments being willing to contribute to the development costs.Urban networksRolling stock used for urban services has to cater for passengers travelling on business, sightseeing or simply commuting to work and school. We have sought to design trains that will appeal to commuting passengers because they are bright, spacious, quiet and comfortable.On the busiest commuting routes we are currently operating Series 207 trains with four pairs of doors on each side of each car, longitudinal seats, and a maximum speed of 120 km/h. These trains also offer rapid acceleration.Within the next few years we plan to introduce more Series 223 trains able to run at 130 km/h and with only three pairs of doors per side plus transverse seating.Series 223 has two trailer cars for each motor car and VVVF traction control. This formation allows capacity to be matched more easily to traffic volume. We have recently developed trains where the formation can vary from a single car to the maximum number permitted on individual routes.We are now intent on cutting the weight of traction equipment and are working with suppliers so that the price of electrical and electronic components can be reduced. Local servicesFor the moment old rolling stock cascaded from urban routes forms a large proportion of the trains used on regional lines. Within the next few years we plan to invest in new short formation trains which can be easily operated by regional departments.This development process will see us investigate technology for automatic couplings, driver-only operation, and equipment to permit different types of train to run in multiple. Also essential is a comprehensive programme to bring costs down. On non-electrified lines services are worked by diesel-mechanical railcars, which are costlier to maintain than electric trains. We are therefore looking at diesel-electric units. In February 1996 tests were carried out with a prototype. Although the initial cost is higher, there are many advantages, especially if it proves possible to reduce the cost of components.Finally, we are seeking to make local lines more attractive, and to this end we are investigating the potential for low-floor cars similar to those developed for trams and light rail.It is imperative that we continue our efforts to ensure that society is given the kind of rolling stock that will prove, with the passage of time, to have played a vital role in our cultural history oCAPTION: JR-West has rebuilt a number of its older trains to give passengers a panoramic view throught the driver’s cabCAPTION: Series 283 Super Kuroshio (Ocean Arrow) EMUs connect coastal resorts between Shingu and Gobo with Osaka and KyotoCAPTION: A fleet of 48 Series 223 trains was built quickly after the Great Hanshin earthquake to meet demand on busy commuter routesCAPTION: Super Raicho Thunderbird sets have introduced higher standards of comfort on JR-West’s longer inter-city routeslast_img read more