Gold Coast real estate: ‘My family wanted Utopia — so I built it’

By on October 6, 2020

first_img11 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.center_img 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.” last_img read more

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LA Lakers’ Kobe Bryant sluggish in 108-95 loss to Spurs

By on August 26, 2020

first_imgThe images of Kobe Bryant’s greatness played like an endless loop, as he scored in every way imaginable. He sank countless baseline and elbow jumpers. He made 3-pointers with nearly as much frequency as foul shots. Bryant also converted on a few reverse layups and dunks.But on the same night the Lakers played a beautiful video tribute of Bryant’s career-high 81-point performance against Toronto exactly 10 years ago, they offered something less pretty on the court.A 108-95 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday at Staples Center marked the team’s fifth consecutive loss. The Spurs (38-6) secured their 13th consecutive win by mixing in a blend of their old (Manu Ginobili had 20 points) and new (newly minted All-Star Kawhi Leonard had 18 points). The Lakers (9-36) featured Bryant, who had five points on 2-of-9 shooting and six assists in 27 minutes before having his right shoulder and knees wrapped during the entire fourth quarter. Bryant even left the game early, though the Lakers insisted he will be fine for tonight’s game in Portland.“I’m fine,” Bryant said “I’ve done that the last few games now when I’m done for the night. I get a head start on treatment.” If only Bryant could say the same thing about his game. Both Lakers coach Byron Scott and Bryant described himself as “OK.” But he looked far removed from his 81-point performance. Bryant has scored only five points for the third time in the past four games. He made his first field goal with 5:29 left in the second quarter. By that point 10 years ago, Bryant already had 17 points. On Friday, he did not make another shot until sinking a 25-foot, step-back 3-pointer at the 5:13 mark of the third quarter. He had 45 points by that point 10 years ago. And Bryant spent the entire fourth quarter Friday night sitting on the bench with a heat pad wrapped around his right shoulder and ice around his knees. During that time 10 years ago, Bryant scored 28 of his 81 points. Bryant received a pleasant reminder of that with the Staples Center scoreboard showing highlights of his 2006 game during timeouts.“I could hear it,” Bryant said, laughing. “I caught some of those 81 clips.” The Lakers’ Smush Parker (13 points) and Chris Mihm (12 points) marked the team’s lone double-digit scorers 10 years ago on Bryant’s record-setting night. Bryant had more help on Friday from D’Angelo Russell (18 points), Lou Williams (16), Jordan Clarkson (16), Roy Hibbert (10) and Julius Randle (10 points, 14 rebounds). But that made little difference against a Spurs team that also featured Patty Mills (15 points), Danny Green (12), Tony Parker (10) and plenty of points in the paint (44). That prompted Scott to admit the losses are becoming harder and harder to process.“After the games, I’m annoyed by it and sometimes (ticked) off,” Scott said. “I’ll go home and wake up the next day and get ready for another day of work. I have to forget about it. Just like everything else, you have to forget about the night and work on some of the things you have to continue to improve on. Right now that’s a little bit of everything. “When I wake up in the morning and go to the gym, I’m excited and I love what I do. I want those guys to be that way as well. If you are a competitor and a guy who is used to winning, absolutely it bothers you. If it doesn’t, you shouldn’t be here and you probably won’t be.”But some of the frustration was assuaged amid the nostalgia surrounding the 10th anniversary of Bryant’s best game, which did surprise Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. He offered a terse “no” on if it seemed unfathomable to see Bryant record the second-highest scoring performance behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in 1962. But it became hard to see Bryant labor on Friday against the Spurs, a stark contrast to when he averaged a career-high 35.4 points per game 10 years ago.“When he gets it going, there’s not a whole lot you can do besides throw the kitchen sink at him,” Scott said about Bryant’s record-setting night beforehand. “But watching the highlights, I was watching, just shaking my head. I was amazed at how somebody could score that many points today.” Could someone do that again?“I think so,” Bryant said. “It’s just a matter of you have to believe it’s possible. You have to be in tip-top shape to do it, too. It takes a lot of energy to carry that energy for the duration of the game.”If only Bryant could have shown the same on Friday against the Spurs. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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