Highvale home with impressive views ready for auction

first_img239 Hulcombe Rd, HighvaleStargaze or watch the clouds roll by from this family home on an elevated block overlooking Samford Valley. Kay Stewart and her family have called 239 Hulcombe Rd, Highvale, home for the past four years. “We bought the house for its stunning position,” she said. “It is so elevated and the view is to die for. The beautiful breeze is so fresh, the area is so quiet and nature is all around.” Enjoy the views at 239 Hulcombe Rd, Highvale.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Mrs Stewart said almost every room in the home had lovely views, but her family preferred to spend most of their time outdoors. “We try to eat outside as much as possible and the kids are always outside,” she said. “The light changes so much throughout the day that we can watch the mountains and the trees change colour. The fog on a winter’s morning and the mist rising from the mountains after a storm are like a dragon’s smoke.“And at night, it’s pitch black and the kids are in awe of the stars.“A campfire and stargazing outside in winter is a favourite activity.” 239 Hulcombe Rd, HighvaleMrs Stewart said the home was also the “ultimate Christmas gathering house”.“You can sit so many people inside in airconditioning or you can toboggan down the grass hill or get the quad bikes out.” The family are moving due to work commitments but they will always love their Highvale home. “Whoever buys this house will be the luckiest people – they will love it,” Mrs Stewart said. The property goes to auction on March 11 at 6pm.center_img 239 Hulcombe Rd, Highvale.The home has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area opening to the patio. The kitchen has a walk-in pantry, stainless-steel appliances, a gas cooktop and water filtration.The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe, an ensuite and views across the mountain tops.last_img read more

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Is this well cared for house Brisbane’s most loved home?

first_img46 Freshwater Circ, Forest Lake.Mrs Collard said she had painted the inside of the home and added some vertical blinds. Outside she revamped the backyard.Set in an elevated position, the property at 46 Freshwater Circuit is within walking distance of the lake. 46 Freshwater Circ, Forest Lake.The property features open-plan living and dining rooms with convenient access to a covered private courtyard, perfect for entertaining.There outdoor patio overlooks the low-maintenance gardens and freestanding gazebo. 46 Freshwater Circ, Forest Lake.THIS home in Brisbane’s south west could be the city’s most loved, with local pastor Margaret Collard pouring meticulous care into it over the past year.Mrs Collard, who has found a new love having recently married, has put the Victorian-style home at Forest Lake up for sale. She said the house was too small and she was moving into a bigger, modern home in the same area.“I’ve lived here for a year and I’ve just loved it,” Mrs Collard said. “I’ve got some lovely memories here. When I first moved in the walls were avocado coloured with green drapes, but I’ve totally changed that. Everyone does it when they renovate; they make the house according to their own style.” 46 Freshwater Circ, Forest Lake.Mrs Collard said she found the style of the home very relaxing.“Everyone seems to love it when they come in. Women and men love the furnishing,” she said.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The home has a decent-sized kitchen and a grand tiled entrance leading to a hallway with lots of natural light. 46 Freshwater Circ, Forest Lake.Centenary Real Estate selling agent Leela Mendis said the home was designed for a relaxed lifestyle.“This well cared for and loved home will suit a like-minded buyer,” Ms Mendis said.“It’s within proximity to the lake, where the new owner can enjoy morning and evening walks, and feed the wildlife.”last_img read more

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Unit sold for less than 2014 price as Brisbane adjusts to new reality

first_imgGreat spot in the communal pool to soak up some sun – and the views.According to agents Kirsten Braun and Colin Walsh of Tessa Residential Brisbane CBD, the property was “priced to sell”.The 10th floor 90sq m unit is in the up-market River Place complex which was built in 2002.“Situated on the 10th level and currently owner occupied, this apartment will represent brilliant value and is suitable for the owner occupier looking to renovate and add value.”Both bedrooms were air conditioned, and the master also has a study nook and small balcony, and the apartment also has secure storage space on the same level. River Place was built in 2002.The home has the potential to secure $580 a week in rent fully furnished and residents have access to building “facilities including a riverside pool, spa and BBQ area, a sauna, gymnasium and private access to the famous river boardwalks that lead to the Eagle St Pier, Howard Smith Wharves and New Farm”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK The apartment was owner-occupied before the sale. 80/82 Boundary Street, Brisbane City, has amazing river bend views.MAJOR price adjustment in the older segment of the Brisbane apartment market has seen a unit with stunning river, city and bridge views sell for less than the owner paid four years ago.The two bedroom, single bathroom, single parking space apartment at 80/82 Boundary Street, Brisbane City, was listed as having sold for $537,000 on Thursday.According to the property timeline, it last sold for $11,000 more four years ago or $548,000 and just seven years ago it sold for $512,000. How many people you know can boast a view like this off their balcony?More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agolast_img read more

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Sales strong at summer auction event

first_img5/20 Marine Pde, Miami changed hands for $1.105 million.A three-bedroom Miami apartment on Marine Pde sold for $1.105 million.Mr Henderson said his team had set the tone for the city’s large other auctions to follow. 27 Cessnock Cl, Mermaid Waters sold at auction for $1.38 million. The Cessnock Cl property was one of 13 to sell under the hammer.John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach director Luke Henderson said their agentsMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agohad negotiated a further two sales after the auction and were now negotiating potential dealson the remaining two properties.“We had some outstanding results during the auction and it was exciting that thebidding wars on some of the properties were particularly intense,” Mr Henderson said.“For example, the auction of one particular property attracted more than 40 bids from fivedifferent potential buyers.“Buyers have shown they are out in force for the start of 2018.” 36 Santabelle Cr, Clear Island Waters also sold at auction, for $1.012 million.Four residential properties sold for more than the magic $1 million mark including a four-bedroom waterfront home at Cessnock Cl, Mermaid Waters that sold for $1.38 million.Two of the million-dollar sales were on Santabelle Cr, Clear Island Waters with both four-bedroom waterfront houses changing hands for $1.012 million and $1.025 million respectively.center_img The 300-strong crowd at John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach’s Hot Summer Auction Event.The GOLD Coast’s summer real estate auction season has started strongly with buyers snapping up 13 of the 17 properties under the hammer at a ‘Hot Summer Auction Event’.The John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach’s event attracted a crowd of more than 300 people to the Mermaid Beach Bowls Club on Tuesday night as the properties were auctioned off for a combined value of more than $10 million. 14 Santabelle Cres, Clear Island Waters went under the hammer for $1.025 million.last_img read more

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Luxury car dealer finds $4.15m digs to park his money in

first_imgMartin and Renee Roller have a new home at Clayfield.It has a tennis court, formal and informal living areas and is on a large 1179 sqm block of land. It also has a swimming pool.At the time of listing the Windermere Rd, home Mr Roller said he struck by how impressive the three-bedroom home was.“I thought, ‘wow, what a house’, but it was way too big just for my new partner and I, six bedrooms, 2000sq m, two levels, living areas everywhere, a 3000-bottle wine cellar. I thought ‘nice place but wrong guy’. Anyway, a month later I owned it,’’ he said. Martin Roller’s new home at Clayfield.WELL known, Brisbane luxury car dealer Martin Roller, has been revealed as the buyer of the Clayfield home of BDO managing partner Tony Schiffmann.Mr Roller, who has also listed his home at 30 Windermere Rd Ascot, for sale paid $4,150,000 for the Hamptons style home.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoThe home was listed through Dwight Ferguson of Ray White Ascot, who also has the listing to sell Mr Roller’s former home at Windermere Rd.The Clayfield home has five bedrooms.last_img read more

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Weighing up pros and cons from having multiple offers

first_imgFile photo.GETTING multiple offers should be a great result for the seller and the agent. It means the hard work to prepare the property for sale, market it and present it to buyers has paid off. And it is, but there is a down side for agents, writes REIQ Townsville Zone Chairman Wayne Nicholson. Often what happens is one or sometimes all buyers pull out because they don’t want their offer to be used to increase the other buyers’ offer or vice versa. Many people are deeply suspicious when it is revealed they are in a multiple-offer situation. They may not believe there is another offer on the table and they are being hustled to increase their offer. So here are some facts to help blow away the myths. Agents are required to present all written offers to the seller and the appointed agent has a fiduciary responsibility to act in the seller’s best interests at all times. 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 2020It is strictly illegal to misrepresent a multiple-offer situation. In a multiple-offer situation, many agents will use the REIQ Multiple Offer form, although they are not legally required to do so. If you are advised that you are in a multiple- offer situation it is an opportunity to put your best offer forward.Bear in mind you may not get another chance and you should also be aware that it’s not always the highest offer that is most attractive to the seller. Sometimes the seller may be more interested in other things, such as a fast settlement, unconditional cash offer, or waiving of the cooling off period. Last week we had three buyers interested in one property. We issued all potential buyers with a contract and a Multiple Offer form and told each one to put their best foot forward. In this case, the asking price was $370,000. Buyer 1 offered $367,000 subject to finance, settle in 30 days. Buyer 2 offered $370,000 cash unconditional, settle in 60 days. Buyer 3 offered $371,000 subject to finance, settle in 30 days. The seller accepted Buyer 2’s offer, which was not the highest price but included more favourable terms. Sometimes it’s about presenting an offer that is more appealing in other ways in order to be successful.last_img read more

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KTT expresses to link Kowloon and Guangzhou

first_imgINTRO: Deliveries are due to begin this month of rolling stock for Kowloon – Canton Railway Corp’s 160 km/h KTT service, which will start running between Kowloon and Guangzhou later this year THIS MONTH is due to see the delivery of the first rolling stock to work 160 km/h inter-city expresses on the 181 km Kowloon – Guangzhou corridor. Kowloon – Canton Railway Corp and Guangzhou Railway (Group) Corp are working to upgrade the corridor to world class standards, and before the end of the year they expect to launch KTT express services targeted at business travellers and international tourists at the top end of the market.KCRC is buying one trainset, which is expected to be able to operate a maximum of three return trips a day between Kowloon and Guangzhou, with an end-to-end journey time of around 1h 40min. In order to offer high seating capacity during peak periods, on a route that is already busy with commuter traffic at its southern end, double-deck coaches have been specified. Each train will comprise two first class and 10 standard class coaches, with an electric locomotive at each end. To increase service frequency at a later date, the 2+12 formation may be split into two sets of 1+6, using an optional driving trailer at one end.Following international tendering, a contract was awarded in November 1995 to a consortium led by Itochu Corp of Japan. Adtranz is responsible for the two locomotives and Kinki Sharyo is building the 12 double-deck coaches. With deliveries due to be complete by August, it is hoped to begin revenue services between October and December. The exact date will depend on the completion of 25 kV 50 Hz electrification work on the GRC section from Lo Wu to Guangzhou.Operational and safety requirementsKTT is designed for 160 km/h operation, the highest speed possible on the Hong Kong – Guangzhou route without recourse to tilting. High-capacity double-deck trains carrying 50% more passengers than conventional rolling stock were considered preferable to 200 km/h tilting equipment despite the possibility of an 11% reduction in journey times.In view of the prospects of KTT trains running through the long tunnels on the projected West Rail route (RG 5.96 p259), the coaches have been designed to meet stringent fire safety standards. Adopting standards for underground railways wherever possible, materials were chosen and equipment designed so that fire and smoke levels would be as low as reasonably practicable.A half-hour fire rating was specified for equipment cabinets and inter-car doors. Smoke detectors are installed at strategic locations throughout the train and dampers are fitted to the air-conditioning system to prevent smoke proliferation. Should a fire break out in a tunnel, the train can be divided at the mid-point, where AAR-type couplers have been fitted. The unaffected half would then be used to evacuate passengers.Wherever possible, proven technology has been chosen for KTT to minimise design and manufacturing start-up costs. The electric locomotives, for example, are members of the Adtranz/SLM Lok 2000 family.Bogies for the double-deck coaches, combining coil spring primary and air-bag secondary suspension, have been developed from a Kinki Sharyo design for shinkansen high-speed trainsets. For the interiors, seats, air-conditioning and sliding plug doors have been chosen from a range of proven products. KCRC is expecting 100% service availability from its trainset, with routine maintenance undertaken outside service hours. Major overhauls requiring the removal of a vehicle from service will be carried out during periods when traffic is low. The train will be able to operate with only one loco, and all coach equipment has been designed on the principle of modular redundancy. With the exception of static converter and air-conditioning unit replacement, all equipment maintenance can be undertaken from within the coach. A full train management system, incorporating diagnostic functions, has been specified for KTT.Passenger coachesThe bodyshells are all-welded stainless steel structures, spray painted in KTT colours, but retaining the brushed steel background finish. KCRC appointed the Roundel Design Group to develop the branding and livery. Interior design was carried out by Jones Garrard to a modern, businesslike theme, with a note of luxury suggested by rich colour patterns derived from traditional Chinese costume.First class coaches will each seat 74 passengers, and standard class 112; all seats can recline. Of the 1 268 seats in a 12-car train, around 30% will be arranged in facing pairs with tables. The remainder will be in airline-style rows, with a seat pitch of 1000mm in first class and 925mm in standard class. First class seating is 2+1, and standard class 2+2, with the seats cantilevered from the floor to facilitate cleaning and provide under-seat luggage space; seat supplier is Compin. Four video monitors per coach are provided for passenger entertainment. A range of audio channels will be available in first class, where passengers will be provided with headphones.A Stone UK Ltd air-conditioning unit at each end of the coach roof feeds treated air into the passenger areas via grilles running the complete length of each deck. The interior temperature will be a constant 25°C with 55% relative humidity, whereas external ambient temperatures can climb to 35°C with 90% humidity. Static converters on each vehicle take power at 1·5 kV 50Hz AC from the locomotive to supply 380V 50Hz AC for air-conditioning, lighting and catering equipment, and 110V DC for battery charging, control equipment and the emergency supply. If a static converter fails, its dependent equipment can be supplied from an adjacent coach. In the event of a complete power supply failure, battery power to the brushless DC evaporator fan motors will maintain emergency ventilation for an extended period.Each coach has two vestibules, one for passenger use during boarding and alighting and the other for staff use. The entrance floor height is designed to allow level boarding from the high platforms at both Kowloon and Guangzhou; steps are provided for use at intermediate stations and for emergency detrainment. The entrance vestibule contains luggage stacks and two card-operated pay phones. There are two lavatory compartments with vacuum toilets, one each of Asian and western style.The service vestibule area contains a multi-purpose compartment for a passenger in a wheelchair, bulky luggage or two seated passengers. There is also a pantry containing a refrigerator and two microwave ovens, where food will be prepared for at-seat trolley service; drinks will be complimentary, but food served only to order.The lower deck of each first class car will be provided with a train manager’s compartment containing a control console for the public address, train management and video passenger information / entertainment systems.LocomotivesThe two Lok 2000 electric locos being supplied by Adtranz and SLM will be equipped with both KCRC and Chinese Railways ATP equipment. When operating on KCRC tracks, a current limiter will ensure that the amount of current drawn and the time it is drawn for do not exceed the requirements of a KCRC commuter EMU. Locomotive pantographs will have a reach of almost 2 m to operate on West Rail where the contact wire has been set at 6700mm above rail height to accommodate double-stack container trains in the future. The standard Swiss cab air-conditioning capacity has been increased to 7·6 kW to cope with the sub-tropical climate of south China. oCAPTION: Interiors of the 12 KTT express double-deck coaches being built by Kinki Sharyo. Above: first class with 2+1 seating, and second class with a 2+2 layoutCAPTION: Fig 1. KTT double-deck coach design. First and second class are in separate coaches; the cross section shows both layoutsCAPTION: Fig 2. KCRC has chosen a 25 kV version of Lok 2000 as motive powerLocomotive detailsTABLE: Wheel arrangement Bo-BoGauge 1 435 mmWheel diameter new/worn 1 125/1 055 mmDistance between bogie centres 11 000 mmBogie wheelbase 2 800 mm Length 18 500 mmWidth 3 000 mmHeight 4 310 mm Power supply 25 kV 50 Hz ACContinuous rating at motor shaft 5 000 kWContinuous tractive effort at wheel rim at 91 km/h 210 kNWeight 84 tonnesKTT: l’express de grande capacité de Hong KongLes livraisons de matériel roulant pour le service KTT de la Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp, qui reliera Kowloon et Guangzhou en près d’une heure quarante minutes à partir de fin 1997, doivent commencer ce mois-ci. Deux locomotives électriques de 160 km/h et douze voitures de voyageurs à deux niveaux ont été fournies par un consortium de fabricants suisses et japonaisKTT: Hongkongs HochleistungsschnellzugIn diesem Monat soll die Lieferung von Schienenfahrzeugen für den KTT-Verkehr des Kowloon-Canton Railway Corps beginnen, der von Ende 1997 an Kowloon und Guangzhou in etwa 1 Stunde und 40 Minuten verbinden wird. Zwei Elektrolokomotiven mit einer Hlast_img read more

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JR East launches Akita Shinkansen

first_imgEAST JAPAN Railway President Masatake Matsuda was up early on the morning of March 22 to give the first Tokyo-bound train on the Akita mini-shinkansen a high-level send-off from the northeastern city. Also present on the platform to flag away the 06.12 Komachi departure was Akita Governor Kikuji Sasaki.In Tokyo the first Komachi for Akita departed at 06.50 (centre right) after a ceremony attended by Minister of Transport Makoto Koga and JR East Chairman Suichiro Yamanouchi.Replacing a service requiring passengers to change between standard gauge Tohoku Shinkansen and 1067mm gauge trains at Morioka, the five-car Series E3 trains forming the Komachi services use standard gauge tracks over the former 127 km narrow gauge route between Morioka and Akita. They run at 275 km/h on the Tohoku Shinkansen coupled to E2 sets working Yamabiko services, and after dividing at Morioka, at a maximum speed of 130 km/h on the former narrow gauge route.There are 13 services a day, the fastest linking Akita with the capital in 3h 49min, saving 48min compared with the previous fastest timing.Work on the Akita mini-shinkansen project began in April 1992 and was carried out in stages. This entailed adding a parallel standard gauge single track to the 51·7 km section of the Ou line between Omargari and Akita, and addition of a third running rail to one of the two narrow gauge tracks over the 13 km between Jinguuji and Mineyoshikawa. The last stage was conversion of the 75 km narrow gauge Tazawako line from Morioka to Omagari and construction of a ramp at Morioka to connect with the Tohoku Shinkansen. This was finished last December.The total cost of the conversion was around ¥97bn.last_img read more

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first_imgCAPTION: Union Carriage & Wagon has rolled out the first of 44 three-car stainless steel EMUs for KTMB’s Komuter services on Kuala Lumpur suburban routes. Three-phase traction equipment is supplied by GEC AlsthomCAPTION: Berlin mayor Eberhard Diepgen formally opened a new rolling stock assembly works for Adtranz at Berlin Pankow on April 11. The DM50m plant is equipped to assemble U-Bahn and S-Bahn trainsets, light rail cars, diesel railcars and loco-hauled passenger coachesCAPTION: The Hungarian city of Debrecen last month took delivery of the last of 10 six-axle tramcars built by Ganz-Hunslet with DC chopper drives and regenerative brakinglast_img

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