League legend Darren Lockyer kicks new career goal in real estate

first_imgMr Lockyer, who joined the Ausmar team as an ambassador last year, was presented with about 40 different home designs, picking about a dozen to “tweak my way”. The collection was then narrowed to six designs, which Mr Lockyer altered mostly for functionality.“In the past eight years I have gone from being married with no kids to the father of three active boys and with a fourth child due in 10 weeks,” he said. “When we designed our Brisbane house, it was with the kids at the centre of the brief. We wanted to connect the outdoors with the indoors.”Mr Lockyer said that same approach had been applied to The Lockyer Collection by Ausmar Homes. He said connecting the kitchen and dining spaces and the use of robust materials – a must for any home with kids – were also a key focus.Mr Lockyer also chose the bricks used in the collection, with the early discussions about whether to include a brick etched with the league immortal’s signature in each home. “We are still talking about that … a way to signify my subtle influences,” he said.The Lockyer Collection can be viewed at ausmarhomes.com.au. Just one of the designs from The Lockyer Collection.Are you a diehard footy fan? Now you can live like a player. Sunshine Coast-based Ausmar Homes has joined forces with NRL legend Darren Lockyer to create The Lockyer Collection – six bespoke homes designed in collaboration with the rugby league great. Five of the six homes come with four bedrooms, with one three-bedroom home design available. Footy legend Darren Lockyer has teamed up with Ausmar Homes to create The Lockyer Collection.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoMr Lockyer, who retired from football in 2011 and now works as a rugby league commentator, said architecture and design had always been an interest.“When I finished Year 10 I did my first year of a carpentry apprenticeship,” he said. “I always enjoyed manual arts at school but footy got in the way and I didn’t finish (the apprenticeship). Then this opportunity came along.”last_img read more

Graceville Hamptons honey an eyecatching abode

first_imgThe house at 52 Kew Rd, Graceville, is for sale.AN ENCHANTING hamptons abode that lies on a 810sq m Graceville block is sure to catch the eyes of passersby.Bordered by a white picket fence, the 52 Kew St home has received a luxurious makeover since Ryan Junni purchased it at the beginning of 2018. A semi-enclosed alfresco area looks over the pool.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:04Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:04 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenFebruary: Brisbane CoreLogic RP Data market update06:05 There is a fireplace and feature lighting.An alfresco dining area, which is off the open-plan living space, is one of the standouts for Mr Junni.“With the alfresco area we added a wood fireplace and semi-enclosed it,” he said.“We created a dining space there and that has been one of the nicest transformations at the house.”Mr Junni said the whole house had been remodelled, from the kitchen and bathrooms to floors and structural changes.“My touch is added with lots of glass.” The open-plan kitchen, living and dining area.Mr Junni purchases properties and flips them while living in them, before selling, only to do it all over again.“I build it for me, everytime I build my forever home,” Mr Junni said.“You put your heart into it and then I put it up for sale and we try find another house to do it again.”center_img The kitchen is hamptons in style.The property was nine years old, and while not terribly dated, Mr Junni took it to the next level.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019French oak parquetry floors now flow through the two-storey home, and the bathrooms have floor to ceiling tiles.The first floor has an open-plan kitchen, living and dining room, and there is a butler’s pantry behind the kitchen. The media room has parquetry floors.There is also a formal living and dining area on this level, a separate media room, laundry, study, two-way bathroom and a bedroom.Upstairs are four bedrooms – three of which have walk-in wardrobes.Three bedrooms share a single bathroom and a separate powder room, while the master has an ensuite with a double vanity.last_img read more

The Gold Coast suburbs tipped to be property gold mines

first_imgRunaway Bay is also tipped to grow steadily. The property at 7 Wau Ave recently sold for $1.6 million.“Broadbeach Waters, I feel that’s been increasing (because of) the amount of new buildings that are being built in the area and a lot of the older ones are disappearing,” he said.“Miami is very similar.”He said the Coast’s strong economy, jobs growth and quality infrastructure would help keep the property market alive.Ray White Broadbeach Waters-Mermaid Waters principal Mitch Palmer said the wave of construction meant there was confidence in the area, but its position was ultimately what attracted buyers.“When you look at the lifestyle benefits the suburb provides, the big priority for buyers is waterfront living and the beach,” he said.“That’s where this suburb being so central ticks those boxes.” Burleigh WatersCarraraCoomera There are five suburbs on the Gold Coast tipped to have steady price growth in the near future. DECLINING ArundelAshmoreBenowaBiggera WatersBonoginBroadbeachBundallBurleigh HeadsClear Island WatersMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoCoolangattaCoombabahCurrumbinCurrumbin WatersElanoraHelensvaleHollywellHope IslandLabradorMain BeachMaudslandMermaid BeachMermaid WatersMerrimacMolendinarMudgeerabaNerangOrmeauOxenfordPacific PinesPalm BeachParadise PointParkwoodPimpamaReedy CreekRobinaSouthportSurfers ParadiseTugunUpper CoomeraVarsity LakesWorongary (Source: Hotspotting Price Predictor Index) STEADILY RISING Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 Broadbeach WatersHighland ParkMiamiRunaway BayTallai HOMEOWNERS in five Gold Coast suburbs are sitting on property gold mines with prices tipped to climb while others across the city plateau.Broadbeach Waters, Highland Park, Miami, Runaway Bay and Tallai have been identified as the Coast’s hottest growth suburbs by national property analyst Terry Ryder.Mr Ryder, the founder and director of Hotspotting, revealed the suburbs in his latest Price Predictor Index.It tracks rising sales in suburbs across the country and identifies the places likely to deliver strong price growth in the near future.While the Gold Coast was identified as one of the most steady regional markets in Queensland, Mr Ryder said it had fallen short of expectations.“The post (Commonwealth) Games boost predicted by some has not eventuated on the Gold Coast,” he said. Broadbeach Waters is tipped to see steady growth in the near future. The property at 3 Nootka Court recently sold for $1.635 million.“This market was strong from 2015 to 2017 because of the pre-Commonwealth Games construction boom. “Since then the growth has subsided and we can find only five growth suburbs in Gold Coast city, but 41 suburbs classified as either ‘plateau’ or ‘consistency’ markets and three ‘decline’ markets.”Burleigh Waters, Carrara and Coomera were identified as declining markets.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said the types of properties on offer and asking prices might be causing some suburbs to fall into declining markets.However, he said properties in rising markets were popular because they were changing. PLATEAU OR CONSISTENCYlast_img read more

First-ever New Jersey state champion Haggenbottom sprints into IMCA record book

first_imgLEVITTOWN, Pa. – A racer through and through wrote his name in the IMCA record book this season.Mike Haggenbottom finished second in the national point standings for IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars. A four-time feature winner, he finished outside the top five twice in just 21 sanctioned starts in earning Tri-State RaceSaver Series and New Egypt Speedway titles.He also became the first driver in any sanctioned division to win an Allstar Performance New Jer­sey State championship.“I had no clue how the IMCA point system worked,” admitted the Levittown, Pa., pilot. “A friend, Cody Mallicoat, texted me and said I was in the top two nationally. That’s pretty neat.”He’s raced Sprint Cars since 1991 and has won a championship of some sort in each of his four RaceSaver seasons.“I started racing quarter midgets when I was five years old and have driven just about every kind of race car in the last 40 years. It’s a neat feeling to wheel an open-wheeled car. With the way the tracks are, you have to finesse them,” Haggenbottom said. “I like the affordability of RaceSaver. It brings back the fun because you don’t have to spend a lot of money.”“I don’t come from a family that had a lot of money. I thought my racing was going to end at 16,” he added. “To look back now at what we’ve been able to do and at some of the (more than 60) tracks we’ve raced at has been great.”Haggenbottom ran 360 sprints and then dabbled in 410s before starting his RaceSaver career. The big dirt oval at New Egypt is some 25 miles from his doorstep.“I like being able to race close to home and the majority of my races are on dirt,” he said. “Asphalt is a bonus. I enjoy both. I’m a racer through and through.”He’s so much of a racer, in fact, that Haggenbottom and fiancée Tracey Page are waiting until area race schedules come out before setting a wedding date.His crew includes brother and car owner John, his parents Walt and Mary, Bob Kashady, Bob ‘Jesse’ James, Tony Matyi, Andy Hiddemen, Joe Miles, Zach Dunkelberger and Glenn Vedder.Haggenbottom’s sponsors are Speed Equipment Corp. and Kashady Automotion, both of Ben­salem; Belmont’s Garage in Langhorne; Harris Blacktopping of Yardley; W.D.B. Landscaping and Plant Preservation, both of Morrisville; Valley Forge Inc. of Valley Forge; Mach-1 Chassis of Mechanicsburg; ASI Racewear of Patchogue, N.Y.; and Lucas Oil.last_img read more

Annie leads Mares’ Hurdle hopefuls

first_imgAnnie Power tops a list of 48 entries for the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle which will be run as a Grade One contest for the first time at this year’s Cheltenham Festival. Her trainer Willie Mullins saddled Quevega to win the race for the last six years and Annie Power is even-money favourite with most bookmakers to pick up the baton and land the contest once again for the Irish champion trainer. She is also entered in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, in which she finished second last year, but connections have indicated the mares’ event is the favoured option. Mullins also has last year’s runner-up Glens Melody, Analifet, Gitane Du Berlais, Lyrical Theatre, Morning Run, Upsie and Vroum Vroum Mag in what is a record entry for the race. Aurore D’Estruval appears likely to lead the home defence for John Quinn after winning a Listed event at Wetherby in November before going on to finish second to Irving in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle. She returned to winning ways last time out with a comfortable two-length victory over fellow Cheltenham hopeful Dark Spirit in a Listed event at Sandown on January 3, when stepping up to two and a half miles for the first time. Quinn said: “We are very pleased with Aurore D’Estruval. She is in good fettle and won’t run again before Cheltenham. “I was very happy at Sandown. The ground was barely raceable but she proved she gets the trip and we know she is better on nice ground. “She is a good mare, who is young and going forward. She has improved and will go to Cheltenham with a decent chance.” The Robert Walford-trained Carole’s Spirit is another leading chance after scoring an impressive eight-length victory on her seasonal reappearance at Kempton in November, while Carrigmoorna Rock won a Grade Three mares’ event at Leopardstown over Christmas for Robert Tyner. The third and fourth from last year’s race, Alan King’s L’Unique and the Tim Vaughan-trained Hidden Identity, are entered again, while Nicky Henderson’s two entries are Listed scorers Polly Peachum and Mayfair Music. Champion trainer Paul Nicholls has just one entry in Tara Point, who has gained three victories in four starts including a Listed race at Taunton on December 30. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Mark Hughes shares in relief as Stoke strike late to earn first league win

first_img The Potters were on course for victory over Bournemouth at half time in the contest at the Britannia Stadium, enjoying a 1-0 lead courtesy of Jonathan Walters’ 32-minute goal, but were then pegged back by Dan Gosling’s 76th-minute equaliser. A week on from drawing 2-2 at home with Leicester after being 2-0 up at the interval, it seemed Hughes’ men might have once again blown the chance to get the monkey off their backs. Press Association However, nerves among Stoke fans around the ground subsequently turned to joy and relief as substitute Mame Biram Diouf headed in with seven minutes to go before the final whistle confirmed a 2-1 victory. Hughes said: “In the second half we probably played with a little bit of apprehension and tried to protect the lead more than we should have done. “I think that allowed Bournemouth to have a little bit more of the play and get back into the game. “It is understandable, to a certain extent. “But I thought we showed good courage after that, because it could have been very easy for Bournemouth to gain momentum after the equaliser, but we didn’t allow that. “It showed courage and determination to make sure we got at least a draw – and we actually went down the other end to try to get a winner, and were thankfully able to do that through a great ball from Glen Johnson and good finish by Mame Diouf.” Bournemouth suffered a significant early blow when their top scorer Callum Wilson was carried off on a stretcher in the 17th minute having sustained what appeared a serious knee injury. While unable to say how long Wilson might be out for, Cherries boss Eddie Howe admitted afterwards that things did not look good for the striker. And he says he cannot believe the bad luck the club have had on the fitness front. Howe has already lost Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel to major knee injuries this term, and said: “It is a difficult one for the players – we have had that three times now this season, which is unbelievable luck from our perspective. “To get three in one team, to key players as well, is mystifying really. “There is nothing you can do about it – it is just one of those things that happens on a football pitch from time to time. “But to get three similar ones… I don’t know what to say about it really.” He added: “They (his players) didn’t react very well to it (at first) – we lost our momentum and flow. “But credit to them, they showed good adaptability and came out for the second half looking to put things right. For me, we deserved to win the game.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes praised his team for battling through a bout of anxiety to claim their first Barclays Premier League win of the season on Saturday.last_img read more

MDI Trojan girls dominate at Presque Isle Invitational

first_img Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com Bio Latest Posts Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all)center_img PRESQUE ISLE — With all seven runners placing among the top 15, the Mount Desert Island Trojans dominated the girls’ varsity competition at Saturday’s Presque Isle Invitational.The Trojans finished with just 18 points, well ahead of runner-up Washburn with 71 points.MDI’s Maggie Painter left the rest of the field behind with her winning time of 19 minutes and 49.03 seconds over the three-mile course.Also for the Trojans, Isabel Erickson was second in 20:11.20; Waylon Henggeler was third in 20:15.06; Olivia Erickson was fifth in 21:21.67; Caroline Driscoll was seventh in 21:52.09; Lydia Dacorte was 10th in 22:03.22; and Eli Hinerfeld was 13th in 22:21.63.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Trojan varsity boys also turned in a strong performance with six of seven runners placing among the top 20.But that wasn’t good enough to overcome the John Bapst Crusaders, whose top five runners finished in the top 12.The Crusaders finished with 37 points and the Trojans were runners-up with 60.Jordan Harris led MDI with a fourth place finish of 18:21.79 in the field of 62 runners.Other Trojans included Ralph Magnani, 11th in 18:57.44; Ethan Craigo, 14th in 19:05.51; Peter Philbrook, 15th in 19:06.54; Dylan Harris, 16th in 19:13.82; William Richard, 20th in 19:30.24; and Ransom Burgess, 46th in 21:55.45.Find in-depth coverage of local news in the Mount Desert Islander. Subscribe digitally or in print. Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017last_img read more

Son double sinks Villa to send Spurs fifth

first_imgLONDON: Son Heung-min struck a stoppage-time winner after a dreadful error from Bjorn Engels as Tottenham Hotspur won 3-2 at Aston Villa on Sunday to move up to fifth in the Premier League.In an enthralling match, Villa went ahead in the ninth minute when Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld turned an Anwar El Ghazi’s cross into his own net.But the Belgian center-half made amends for that mistake when he fired Tottenham back on level terms with a superb shot on the turn from inside the box.VAR intervened to award the visitors a penalty after reviewing a challenge on Steven Bergwijn by Villa defender Engels and ruling that he had brought down the Spurs forward.Son’s weak penalty, after a stuttering approach run, was saved by Pepe Reina but the South Korean was quickest to react as he bundled home the loose ball to send Spurs in ahead at the break.Then it was the turn of Engels to cancel out his error – the Belgian rising to meet a Jack Grealish corner and power in a header to make it 2-2.Villa’s Spanish keeper Reina made three fine saves to deny the impressive Son but the South Korean was to strike the decisive blow in the final moments of the game.Engels ended the match in despair as he mis-kicked a long ball forward and allowed Son to race clear and fire past Reina to take the three points.”We were 1-0 down so we showed our character and we didn’t give up. I felt bad because I had a couple of chances to score but I got the winning goal which makes me very happy and I think the lads deserved the win,” said Son.The defeat left Villa in 17th place, just a point above the relegation zone, but victory was a major boost for Spurs in their bid for Champions League qualification.Spurs are a point behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who host Manchester United on Monday.Fifth may be enough to secure Champions League football if second-placed Manchester City’s two-year ban from the competition is upheld.The ban was imposed by UEFA on Friday after an investigation into alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play rules but the club are appealing the decision. AgenciesAlso Read: Leander Paes has given a befitting farewell at Bengaluru OpenAlso Watch: BJP State President Ranjeet Dass lays foundation stone for erosion protection work at Safakamarlast_img read more

Women of Troy closing on a victory in Pac-12 championships

first_imgThe No. 1-ranked USC women’s golf team will take a commanding 11-stroke lead into Wednesday’s final round at the Pac-12 championships, erasing any doubts that might have surfaced after a disappointing fifth-place finish at last week’s PING/ASU Invitational.The Women of Troy came out on fire in Monday’s opening round, placing five players in the top 10 and immediately distancing themselves from the competition. Junior Sophia Popov led the squad with a first round 6-under 66, a career best. Her round included an eagle on Valencia Country Club’s par-5 ninth hole. Freshman Annie Park shot an impressive 2-under 70 on the day while sophomore Doris Chen and junior Rachel Morris tied at even par.Popov slowed down during Tuesday’s second round, but her combined two-day 3-under is just one stroke behind the leaders. The junior is looking for a USC-record sixth career individual win. Park’s second consecutive round of 70 tied her with Stanford’s Mariah Stackhouse for the two-round lead at 4-under. Chen’s 1-under 71 on Tuesday moved her to just three strokes back of the lead, putting her within striking distance for an individual title as well.Barring an epic collapse, the team title appears to be solidly in USC’s hands. No. 8 UCLA currently holds a one-stroke advantage over No. 14 Washington for second place, while No. 6 Arizona and Arizona State round out the top five.The individual race, on the other hand, is more compelling. Park, Stackhouse, Popov, Chen and Colorado’s Jennifer Coleman all have a solid chance at victory. Only three strokes separate the tournament’s top-eight players, setting up an exciting final round.If Park can hold on for the win, she would become the third consecutive USC freshman to win the event, following in the footsteps of Popov in 2011 and Chen in 2012. The final round can be followed on GolfStat.com.last_img read more

Thurles Sarsfield’s Munster Semi Final clash is postponed a week

first_img+++ The Munster Council took the decision following the sudden and tragic death of Jack Griffin, who was part of Thurles Sars management team.The match has now been re-fixed for Sunday November 15th in the Gaelic Grounds at 2 pm.Tipperary GAA has thanked both the Munster Council and Na Pairsaigh for agreeing to the postponement. last_img