The stunning kitchen in the Shea Residences at St. Lucia, also showing the exclusive lift from the basement carpark.Back in its time the property boasted five bedrooms, six bathrooms, several kitchens, multiple living rooms and lots of fame.By the end of this year it will be home to an approximate $50 million, 28 luxury three-bedroom villa development, each with their own private lift from the basement.Scott and Karen Amos and their two teenage children, have recently purchased a three-bedroom residence at Shea Residences, with the thought of potentially downsizing when they reach retirement age.“We’ve purchased it as an investment but we also have it there if and when we decide to downsize and the kids leave home,” Mr Amos said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago“From an investment perspective I think it will do pretty well because of its location, elevation and quality of the developer.”Mr Amos said he heard about the development through a contact with some expert knowledge and having grown up in St. Lucia he was more than happy with the location.“Parts of St. Lucia are quite elevated, so you get some very good city views and I think it’s one of the picks of the western suburbs and is a lot closer to the city than most people think,” Mr Amos said.Sunland managing director Sahba Abedian said construction was on track for completion later this year, with the development set to bring an entirely new housing typology to Brisbane.“The historic sandstone pavilion has been preserved and will be transformed into a stunning resident amenities building complete with a private cinema, lounge and entertaining kitchen overlooking the pool,” Mr Abedian said.More than 100 years ago the pavilion formed the main entrance to the administration building of what is now known as the Queensland University of Technology in the CBD.It was relocated in the 1980s by the original builders of the “Pink Palace” to the extensive gardens.Established in 1983, Sunland’s landmark projects include the Palazzo Versace at Main Beach and Q1 at Surfers Paradise. IF LAND sites could talk then this one would have a very long and intriguing story to tell, but the book hasn’t closed yet as it adds another chapter to its pages.Construction has started at Shea Residences at St. Lucia, what was once home to the “Pink Palace”, a popular stopover for rock stars such as Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Cher and Billy Joel.
14 Westminster Court, Paradise Point.IT comes fully-equipped with an automated theatre room and the armchairs to match, but there is something even more dramatic to sit back and watch at this mega home — the views. The sprawling mansion at 14 Westminster Court, Sovereign Islands was designed to take advantage of the spectacular outlook, according to homeowner Mark Sutcliffe. The home was inspired by Jared Poole’s mammoth house designsThe wine cellar is one of the standout features in the home which Mr Sutcliffe said is also the biggest talking point.“When we have guests or friends over they comment on two things as soon as they enter, the view and then the wine cellar, in that order too,” he said. “I have been running a trucking business in Brisbane for the past 15 years and the traffic is taking its toll so I have decided to move to Brisbane with the family. Sit down and enjoy theatrical sunsetsMr Sutcliffe said he and his family first moved to the Soveriegn Islands in 2007 and this home was their latest project. “It was designed by Jared Poole,” Mr Sutcliffe said.“I’ve always been a big fan of his work and have seen some of his designs on the Island so when my wife and I found this block we got him to help bring our ideas to life.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe homes was designed around big open spaces and high ceilingsMr Sutcliffe said the dream was to open the front door and see the view throughout the house and build a wine cellar that would act as an art piece. “I spent a lot on engineering to perfect the clean lines and big open spaces with the soaring ceilings,” he said. “That was our vision, to have a home that was a little more squared and open.” Views captured perfectly from the bedrooms.“I have a feeling we will be back on the Sovereign Islands in the future.” One of these mega features includes a commercial-grade sliding door. The sliding door opens to reveal an entertaining area and provides a seamless open plan living space. There’s enough space to moor a boatThe 2014-built home is poised on a 752sq m block and has five ensuites bedrooms including a spa with views and custom wardrobe in the main bedroom.
Render of Sequana community in Logan Reserve.VILLAWOOD Properties is helping first home buyers break into the property market with a package that could give future residents of its Sequana community a $40,000 headstart. First home buyers could be eligible for a $5000 boost from Villawood Properties, on top of the State Government’s $20,000 grant on land and home packages sold at Sequana in Logan Reserve before June 30, 2017. Sequana is a boutique $55-million riverside community at Logan Reserve.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoIn addition to financial incentives, Sequana’s partner builders — Simonds, Metricon Homes and BOLD — are offering more than $15,0000 worth of upgrades. “We know it can be difficult to make the leap from renting to owning and the lack of affordable land options in desirable areas is a real concern,” said Villawood Properties executive director Tony Johnson. “At Sequana we are offering $5000 to first home buyers to give them the extra top up they need to get into the property market.” Adam Minisini from Metricon Homes said offering value-adds allowed first home buyers to get the home they want without compromising on inclusions and quality. “Many owner/occupiers think they need to hold off on certain items for their first home because most of their cash is locked up in the deposit,” Mr Minisini said. “Gifting first home buyers’ upgrades to finishes and appliances means they can afford luxury extras like a pool or an additional bedroom.”
Newlyweds Alan and Sarah Gould opted to convert to natural gas from electricity for their hot water service and cooktop.FOR most renovators, changing wall colours and old fixtures might be the first thing they think about when renovating, but one Brisbane couple it was all about the energy.Newlyweds Sarah and Alan Gould were determined to turn an old house they bought in Enoggera into the perfect entertaining space, and flicked the switch on a gas conversion.“We bought this beautiful old house to renovate, and it was obvious that the previous owners had made some strange choices — the purple walls were one, not using natural gas was another. So upgrading to gas appliances was an easy choice for us,” Mrs Gould said.“We love to entertain, so our kitchen was one of the first things on our renovation list. “We chose a lovely pastel blue tile that pulls together the modern layout with the softness of a traditional Queensland home, and a fantastic five-burner natural gas cooker with a giant wok burner.”The couple converted their home to natural gas while renovating and became the 100,000th customer in Queensland for Australian Gas Networks, a major milestone for the firm.Their hot water and cooktop flicked over to gas as well as their outdoor cooking.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago“For us it was a no brainer,” Mrs Gould said. “When we upgraded to natural gas cooking, it just made sense to get continuous hot water too. Then we found out we could run a BBQ off natural gas, which we’d never even considered. It’s such a great idea. We spend so much time living on the back deck, and that outdoor area is next on our renovation list.” “We’ve installed a natural gas BBQ point, and can’t wait to get our new natural gas BBQ with the reno. We’ll never have to run out for bottles in the middle of a party.”A love of gourmet cooking was expected to see more Queenslanders look at energy choices during renovation work.“I love cooking, and I really like to cook French food,” Mr Gould said. “But I kept burning everything with the old electric cooktop — if I had something on a high heat, then turned it down, it took ages to adjust. It just didn’t work — we just had to have gas when we upgraded the kitchen.”Australian Gas Networks chief customer officer, Mr Andrew Staniford said the varied benefits of natural gas was what was driving up new connections.“More and more homeowners are starting to enjoy the benefits of natural gas in their homes, while also reducing their carbon footprint compared to energy from the electricity grid.”The firm has over 1.2m households on its list across the country, via 25,000km of natural gas distribution networks and 1,100 kilometres of transmission pipelines and spends $250m a year reaching new areas and replacing old gas mains.
11 Jarema Drive, Mudgeeraba is going to auction on February 21.JOHN and Caroline Carrett develop resorts for a living so it’s no surprise their family home resembles one.From a tennis court, lap pool, spa, soccer field to a built-in aquarium, billiard room, gym and cinema, their Mudgeeraba mega mansion is more resort-like than house. 11 Jarema Drive, Mudgeeraba. Fancy some tennis? The kitchen. The property is a sight to see from the air.From a sewing room library, cloak room and separate studio pavilion, no expense has been spared. “It’s a lovely house with plenty of room,” he said. “Everyone has their own space.”Most of the living areas are on the ground floor and flow outside with alfresco areas overlooking both the tennis court and pool. The kitchen offers a raft of luxury features including breakfast bar, island bench topped in hi-tech solid surfaces, walk-in pantry, two dishwashers and a bar with a bi-fold window server. The in-built aquarium.With five children, the location was paramount. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Our kids were at Somerset College and Caroline was driving many miles each day from Palm Beach. Living here has been so convenient; we’re two minutes to the school and two minutes to Robina Town Centre yet we are surrounded by wallabies.” The house took 15 months to build and another 12 months to finish the landscaping.Upon entry to the 9841sq m acreage retreat, it’s obvious it’s is something special. Relax poolside.There are also two ensuite bedrooms on the ground floor. The remaining four bedrooms are upstairs along with the library and another sitting area. Entertaining has played a big role for the Carrett family with birthdays and graduation parties popular. The library. Relax in one of the nine living areas. Relax poolside.“We have had rock bands down on the tennis court as well as jumping castles. It’s been a great family home with a lot of good times.” The family are selling, with plans to downsize on the Coast.The pair are taking the property to auction on February 21 through Katrina Walsh of Harcourts Coastal. There is no shortage of space in this kitchen! Another living area features the aquarium as a feature. Another courtside living area.A winding driveway through a “rainforest jungle” creates a sense of tranquillity while a Port cochere entry provides a grand welcome. The huge 1343sq residence has six bedrooms including four with their own private lounges, a commercial-scale kitchen, bar, 10-car basement and nine different living areas.High ceilings, wide hallways, hardwood flooring and floor-to-ceiling glass enables the interiors to combine with the tropical setting. The sprawling property is more resort-like than house.The initial house brief was simple: “I promised the kids Utopia many years ago and I had to deliver on it,” Mr Carrett said.“Our background is in motel resort development so we just wanted to build something along those lines.”The pair bought the 9841sq m block at 11 Jarema Drive in 2007; they had the first pick of exclusive Jabiru Estate.“We bought the first block here,” Mr Carrett said. “When we first bought it there was just a sign out the front that said ‘interested?’ with a phone number.”