Revealed: The biggest home sales of 2019 in Queensland

first_img These blocks at 67 and 69 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, have sold. Photo: Supplied.A beachfront double block on the Gold Coast’s so-called ‘millionaires’ row’ was a late addition to the list for 2019 — fetching a whopping $10.3 million earlier this month. Drilling business veteran Peter Mitchell sold the neighbouring properties for almost double the price he paid.Property records show Mr Mitchell paid $200,000 for No. 67 in 1981 and $5 million for No. 69 in 2005.The land parcel, comprising 810 sqm, was one of the last remaining double blocks on the beachfront at Mermaid Beach.It was offered for sale for the first time in nearly 40 years by the drilling tycoon.Mr Mitchell also owns a mansion in the same street, which he bought for $17 million in 2009.Surrounded by luxurious homes, the development site with 20m beach frontage was originally advertised for $10.5 million through marketing agent Tony Velissariou.Two houses are currently on the block, but will likely be demolished to make way for the new owner’s dream home. The front of the house at 69 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach. 4. 6/55 HASTINGS ST, NOOSA HEADS Sold: February 2019 Sold: March 2019 Sold: August 2019 Sold: March 2019 The view from the pool at the apartment at 2/23 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads.Another absolute beachfront apartment on Noosa’s popular Hastings Street was one of the biggest sales of 2019.The unit at 2/23 Hastings Street has multimillion-dollar views to go with its $8.25 million sale price. The apartment occupies an entire floor, spanning 227 sqm, with luxurious appointments, three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Tom Offermann Real Estate also negotiated the sale of this apartment, which occupies an entire floor, spanning 227 sq m, with luxurious appointments, three bedrooms and three bathrooms.Noosa experienced Queensland’s highest price growth in the past year, with the median house price sitting at $730,000, according to CoreLogic. Inside the apartment at 2/23 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 7. 7/3533 MAIN BEACH PDE, MAIN BEACH Brisbane Broncos chairman Karl Morris. Image: AAP/Glenn Hunt.The riverfront mansion owned by the chairman of the Brisbane Broncos sold to another high-profile chief executive in October.It’s understood Canstruct International CEO Rory Murphy paid about $17 million for the property at 1 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson.Canstruct International, a construction and services company operated out of nearby Yeerongpilly, was awarded the lucrative contract by the Federal Government to run the immigration detention centre on Nauru. Rory Murphy, CEO of Canstruct International.The house sits on a whopping 4224sq m and has seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, garaging for six vehicles, a pool and a championship-size tennis court. It also boasts possibly Brisbane’s biggest private pontoon at 50m, plus 98m of river frontage and unobstructed northern views up the Brisbane River to the Walter Taylor Bridge. Karl Morris and his wife, Louise, bought the property in 2008 for $6.8 million, public records show.They then tore down the original home, rebuilding a Bayden Goddard-designed, Tuscan-style home in its place in 2010. This house at 1 King Arthur Terrace, Tennyson, has sold for about $17m.It comes close to being the most expensive home ever sold in the city, but that title is still held by the clifftop mansion at 1 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point, which recently came back on the market. It sold for $18.48 million in 2017. Vendor: Tony Burnett and Toni Ferguson Sale price: $10.3 million New owner: Ka Yee Choi Sale price: $11 million Sold: November 2019 This mansion at Sovereign Islands sold for $11m in 2019.A Sovereign Islands mansion sold for a whopping $11 million in September, making it the highest residential sale on the Gold Coast this year. The sprawling residence at 37-39 Brittanic Crescent is in the affluent gated community within Paradise Point.The deal was inked before the property even had a chance to hit the market.The residence is the epitome of opulence with soaring ceilings, feature lighting and luxury detailed finishes throughout.It has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms while a ‘Gold Lounge’ cinema room, wet bar and outdoor entertainment pavilion with pool are among its highlights. Inside the house at 37-39 Brittanic Cres, Sovereign Islands. 3. 67 & 69 HEDGES AVE, MERMAID BEACH Vendor: Mitchell Services founder Peter Mitchell Vendor: Nicole Marie Pty Ltd Sale price: $7.975 million New owner: Undisclosed Sold: October 2019 This property at 39 Griffith St, New Farm, sold for $7.75m in 2019.When a multi-level home on the Brisbane River sold under the hammer in March for $7.75 million, it made headlines for breaking the Brisbane auction record. But that was later eclipsed by the sale of 95-99 McConnell Street, Bulimba.The New Farm property at 39 Griffith Street was bought by Ben Seymour, the grandson of Queensland rich-lister and developer Kevin Seymour. The Seymour Group has since constructed a luxury development on the site called The Oxlade, in which one of the penthouses sold for $7 million this year — just missing out on making the top 10 list. Ben Seymour and Kevin Seymour at 39 Griffith St, New Farm. Image: AAP/Attila Csaszar.Marketing agent and Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire said it was a “great sale for Brisbane and the prestige market and a good sign of things to come”. Eight bidders registered for the auction, with four actively bidding.The property’s medium density zoning attracted homeowners, investors and developers from Melbourne, the Gold Coast, and Brisbane including the neighbouring Gambaro family.Developers, Allan and Glenice Mein, raised their children and eight grandchildren at 39 Griffith St, with two families living with them at one time. Sale price: $8.4 million Sold: September 2019 Sale price: $8.25 million New owner: Richlister and former Darrell Lea owner Tony Quinn Sold: December 2019 Sale price: $8.1 million New owner: Interstate buyer Sale price $8.25 million This house at 60 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters, sold for $8.1m in 2019.A waterfront mega-mansion known as The Palms in Broadbeach Waters sold in August after languishing on the market for more than 500 days.Kollosche director Michael Kollosche and agent Ryan Ward sold the sprawling property to a family within days of taking over the listing.Property records show it had previously been on the market with another agency and had an $8.95 million asking price.The palatial home has five bedrooms and six bathrooms spread over three levels.Standout features include an Art Deco-inspired theatre with starlit ceiling, wine cellar, internal lift, eight-car underground garage and multiple terraces and balconies overlooking the manicured gardens, pool and Nerang River.It was built by Dr Michael Kazacos over two years from 2008, but he has lived on the property since 1988, previously in another house that was built by a friend of his. Dr Michael Kazacos. Picture: Mark Cranitch. 9. 22 ADMIRALTY DR, PARADISE WATERScenter_img Vendor: Karl Morris, Brisbane Broncos chairman Vendor: Michael Kazacos Vendor: Xin Chen Sold: July 2019 New owner: Undisclosed Vendor: Louis Zenonos New owner: Canstuct International CEO Rory Murphy This property at 37-39 Brittanic Cres, Sovereign Islands, was one of the biggest sales in Queensland in 2019.SOME serious cash was splashed at the top end of the housing market in southeast Queensland in 2019. Despite a tumultuous year, plagued by the fallout from the banking Royal Commission and APRA’s tightening of lending guidelines, the prestige property market racked up some impressive home sales. Using data from, CoreLogic and industry sources, The Courier-Mail has compiled a list of the top 10 highest, reported home sales of the year. Sale price: About $17m, pending settlement New owner: Undisclosed Sale price: $7.75 million Tony Quinn is the former owner of Darrell Lea confectionary.The man who brought Darrell Lea back from the brink got his chequebook out earlier this year to buy a waterfront, five-bedder on the Gold Coast for nearly $8 million. Tony Quinn splashed some of his candy shop cash on the mansion at 22 Admiralty Drive, where there is plenty of room for his collection of Aston Martin cars in the six-car garage.The lavish home also features a soundproofed cinema, 12m indoor pool, 24m serviced pontoon, library, boathouse, games room, entertaining terrace and two decks. The view from the house at 22 Admiralty Dr, Paradise Waters, which sold in 2019. Picture: director Michael Kollosche negotiated the sale of the home, which was formerly owned by pub prince Tony Burnett, whose TB’s Hotels business owns a number of pubs across Queensland.The house was originally built for the Matsushita family of the Panasonic Electronics empire.Mr Quinn and his estranged wife, Christina, bought the collapsed confectionary manufacturer eight years ago and sold the business to private equity for about $200 million last year. Pub prince Tony Burnett sold this waterfront home in Paradise Waters in 2019. Picture: 10. 39 GRIFFITH ST, NEW FARM Sale price: $9 million-plus, pending settlement Sold: September 2019 Vendor: Brisbane lawyer Bill Boyd The view from a balcony at the home at 95-99 McConnell St, Bulimba. Photo Supplied.Brisbane achieved a new residential auction price record in September, with the sale of a stunning riverfront property for $8.4 million representing the highest price ever paid for a home under the hammer in the city.Two local buyers battled it out for the five-bedroom European-style mansion at 95-99 McConnell Street, which was owned by local lawyer, Bill Boyd. Inside the home at 95-99 McConnell St, Bulimba, which sold under the hammer for a Brisbane auction record.Place Bulimba agent Sarah Hackett, who marketed the showstopping residence, said there were three registered bidders at the auction, but ultimately it was a “two horse race”.The property consists of a 1473 sqm north-facing, riverfront block over two titles, and a 32m river frontage.Other features include a media room, a lounge room with a corner bar and commercial bar fridge, a concealed wine cellar, and two deep-water mooring pontoons. Place managing director Sarah Hackett at the property at 95-99 McConnell St, Bulimba. Photographer: Liam Kidston. 6. 2/23 HASTINGS ST, NOOSA HEADS 2. 37-39 BRITTANIC CRES, SOVEREIGN ISLANDS This apartment at 6/55 Hastings St, Noosa Heads, sold for $9m-plus.The highest price ever paid for an apartment in Noosa was achieved when a beachfront unit sold in November.The property at 6/55 Hastings Street, which was sold by Tom Offermann Real Estate, was listed with a price guide of $11 million and is understood to have sold for more than $9 million in a cash unconditional deal.The three-bedroom, three-bathroom apartment is literally footsteps from Noosa’s glamorous Main Beach and is the size of a penthouse at 250 sqm. The view from the property at 6/55 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads. 5. 95-99 MCCONNELL ST, BULIMBA Vendor: Allan and Glenice Mein New owner: Gregory and Wendy Rix 1. 1 KING ARTHUR TCE, TENNYSON New owner: LL Group Investment Pty Ltd New owner: Ben Seymour 8. 60 SOPHIE AVE, BROADBEACH WATERS Gold Coast developer Greg Rix. Photo: Richard Gosling.The skyhome topping Main Beach’s boutique ‘Sea’ building sold for $8.25 million earlier this year to Gold Coast developer Greg Rix. Designed by acclaimed Gold Coast architect Bayden Goddard, the two-storey residence has four bedrooms and four bathrooms, plus a powder room. This penthouse at 3533 Main Beach Pde, Main Beach, sold for $8.25m in 2019.Marble, limestone, travertine, timber and stone are featured throughout, while floor-to-ceiling windows frame uninterrupted ocean views.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoFormer owner Louis Zenonos developed the eight-storey building on Main Beach Parade.He moved into the skyhome not long after construction. Kollosche director Michael Kollosche negotiated the sale. Vendor: Pamela Roselast_img read more

Tornadoes, Fires, Floods: Are You Ready for a Disaster?

first_imgExperts say advance preparation can help people better respond to and recover from the impacts of a disaster or other emergency. Preparedness Month is a good time to make or update those plans. (Image: Jane M. Sawyer/morguefile.)INDIANAPOLIS – Tornadoes, fires, floods and other disasters can strike at almost any time, and during Preparedness Month, state leaders are reminding residents about the importance of being ready for an emergency.Households should gather supplies they would need in the event they find themselves without power, heat or clean running water, said John Erickson, senior public information officer for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. It’s also wise, he said, to have a family plan of action that includes how to contact one another.“Whether that’s text-messaging, whether you are going to designate an out-of-state contact – because sometimes, long distance calls are easier to make, because local lines can be congested with 911 calls and other urgent phone calls,” he said.Important items for an emergency kit, Erickson said, include one gallon of drinking water per person per day, nonperishable foods that can last up to three days, flashlights, blankets and first-aid supplies.Erickson sais schools, businesses and community organizations also are encouraged to have contingency plans, so everyone is aware of what to do and where to go in order to stay safe.“They’re very important to help with situations where bad things happen,” he said, “and they’re going to help you react to those situations in the best way possible.”When talking to children about disasters, Erickson said focusing on safety can help them to feel better about the situation.“If they know how to get out of the house if there’s a fire, if they know where you’re going to meet, those things help them feel like they are helping the household, they are helping themselves,” he said. “They know what to do in those situations, and it gives them more confidence.”Preparing ahead of time, Erickson said, can help people better respond to, recover from and lessen the physical, emotional and financial impacts of a disaster or other emergency.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more