Buyers, investors keen to snap up unique shaped blocks close to CBD

first_img37 Drury St, Windsor. Photo:, a home at 37 Drury St, Windsor sold at auction for $962,000, also on a triangular 860sq m block.Mr Robson said odd shaped blocks were the new trend due to lack of supply and improved architecture and building techniques.“Buyers are much more lenient for homes that they can either renovate or remove on odd sized blocks as well,” he said. 37 Drury St, Windsor 233 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket is on an odd shaped parcel of land. 77 Outlook Crescent, Bardon is for sale and on a block of land shaped like a boat. Photo: 77 Outlook Crescent, Bardon has had a major makeover. Photo: The odd shaped block at 77 Outlook Crescent, Bardon. Photo: home is on a 961sq m block of land shaped like a boat.After spending $1.5 million in renovations, she transformed the once 1930s shoebox into a four-bedder, with the help of architect Jonathan Briggs.“We never wanted to demolish it, and we created this unique, one-of-a-kind home using the space we had,” Ms Buckley said.Annual land valuation data released by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines shows since October 2016, land values in the Brisbane City Council area increased by 6 per cent overall.Valuer-General Neil Bray said: “Residential land in some localities, such as Robertson, Wakerley and Seven Hills, reflected moderate increases in median values due to competition in these locations, with the overall median value of residential land in Brisbane increasing from $390,000 to $430,000”.Ray White — New Farm selling agent Christine Rudolph said properties built on unusual land commanded price premiums on resale.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour ago“They are usually architecturally spectacular in design and provide the owner the enjoyment of purchasing living art, which quite often feature postcard views,” she said. “Vacant lots are now incredibly rare in prime locations and when they do become available, the emotional pull of position can become an architects dream to create a grand design regardless of block size or challenges.”RQH Constructions director Tony Ramzy said more people were buying odd shaped blocks however some proved challenging to build on due to street access issues.Mr Ramzy has worked on 31 Oxley Tce, Corinda and said the block had an almost 8m slope from front to the back of the block.He said the reason buyers and spec builders looked at odd blocks was because they were more affordable, had better aspects and views, and more interesting designs.He said the downside to buying an odd shaped block was that they cost more to build on, especially with landscaping.Brad Robson, from Place — Graceville, said he had noticed an increase in western suburb buyers wanting odd shaped blocks, which up until five to 10 years ago, were difficult to sell.“The price is getting closer to the price of standard shaped blocks,” Mr Robson said.“Of course, they are still selling for less than a standard block in a similar location however the gap is the narrowest I’ve ever seen.”Recent sales results show that after just two days on the market, a four-bedder at 51 Garrick Tce, Herston sold for $1.2 million.The new build, on a triangular 313sq m block, was a record price for an allotment under 350sq m. Carina Milagros Buckley owns a home on a very odd shaped block of land. (AAP image, John Gass)DEMAND for land in inner Brisbane is so tight that even oddball blocks are being heavily contested, a move set to push up values even further.According to CoreLogic data, Brisbane median land prices saw its first ever double digit rise last year at 11.63 per cent.In 2015, the change in median land price was 8.06 per cent compared to 2014, which was at a low 3.68 per cent.And immediately after the 2011 floods, prices hit rock bottom at -8.82 per cent.As builders report an increase in unique shaped blocks being snapped up, Carina Milgros Buckley is selling her home at 77 Outlook Cres, Bardon. FREE: Get the latest real estate news direct to your inbox here The property at 233 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket.NGU Real Estate principal Emil Juresic advised buyers to do their research before building homes on an odd shaped block.“Obviously the advantage are the views but be cautious when it comes to construction costs,” he said.“The mistake buyers make is that they are not educated about how much extra it could cost than a normal block, it could blow out to be 20 to 30 per cent out of your budget and that’s when it becomes a financial burden.” Follow Reshni Ratnam on Twitter.last_img read more

Aveo boss answers questions about controversial Newmarket project

first_imgAveo Group CEO Geoff GradyDeveloper Aveo is confident of winning any appeal against its plans to redevelop its Newmarket retirement community, saying the majority of objections were from people with no connection to the site.Home put a series of questions to Aveo Group chief executive Geoff Grady after those opposed to the $150 million redevelopment spoke out.The redevelopment, which was approved by the Brisbane City Council in December, is now the subject of an appeal.Mr Grady said that while there had been 800-odd objections, there had also been a lot of support.“Many of these 800 submissions were identical, signed by people who are not locals, resided in suburbs as far away as in Kippa-Ring or who do not frequently visit the Newmarket area on a regular basis,” Mr Grady said.“A large group of Aveo Newmarket residents have signed a letter in support of the redevelopment, stating that they wish to have their voices heard over others in the community who have differing opinions.“We have also received, and havebeen notified of, many letters of encouragement sent to the Aveo Group and to government officials.”Mr Grady said the redevelopment would start later this year, once the appeals process was exhausted.Artists impression of the Aveo Newmarket redevelopmentSeventy-five units at Aveo’s Newmarket retirement village will be demolished to make way for 262 units in buildings up to four storeys.Mr Grady said Aveo had already bought 35 of the 75 older units, with 12 of 40 residents required to move for stage one of the redevelopment.“These residents are all happy to move into one of the 35 newly refurbished units, which will be provided at no additional cost to them,” he said.“We are currently working closely with all 28 remaining residents, providing them with various options at some point in the future including temporary relocation within Aveo Newmarket to one of the Aveo-owned units, or relocation to another Aveo community.“The residents are free to choose any option or indeed to remain in the unit where they currently reside. Our number one priority is to ensure all our residents are supported during this time of transition.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoA contractual agreement means that each resident has the legal right to reside in their unit until they wish to move, a clause that could halt the redevelopment if a resident refuses to budge.“All Aveo Newmarket contracts state that each resident has the legal right to reside in their unit until they wish to move. This means that if a resident wishes to stay in their unit, Aveo must honour their agreement and wishes. Redevelopment is not possible unless they agree to move. Aveo has been clear about this entitlement at all times.”– Aveo Group CEO Geoff GradyMr Grady said the developer had been clear about this entitlement and no pressure had been placed on any resident.“Any resident who moves does so only after agreeing on a valuation of their unit and the payment of relocation costs,” he said. “For those who wish to leave the community due to the redevelopment, an exiting agreement is negotiated with each resident.”The redevelopment will take place over seven stages, with Mr Grady saying he was confident it would get the green light.Stage one will see 20 existing units demolished and the construction of 51 new independent living units and a new community centre.The existing community centre will remain open during construction.Once completed, the revamped retirement community will include a health and wellness centre, a cafe and dining facilities, a swimming pool, a cinema and outdoor barbecue areas.“The redevelopment will replace an out-of-date community with a state-of-the-art retirement lifestyle capable of meeting consumer demand well into the 21st century,” Mr Grady said.A hearing date for the appeal has not been set, but Aveo is confident construction will start before the end of the year.Aveo Group plans to redevelop its Aveo Newmarket site.Stage one is expected to take 15 months to complete.last_img read more

Abusive Father’s Increased Sentence Welcomed

first_imgMedia Release 8 Nov 2012Family First NZ is welcoming the increased sentence for the father convicted of repeated assaults on his infant daughter that resulted in her legs being broken in five places. Family First had written to the Solicitor-General regarding James Hall and asked for them to appeal the original sentence of home detention. “It was a pathetic sentence that sent a dangerous message that we don’t value the life and protection of our vulnerable young children,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “This was a cold, calculated and grotesque abuse of a four month old. To put a value on that as a ‘homestay’ for 12 months was insulting and pathetic.” “As a community, we are trying to say that the abuse of our young and most vulnerable is completely unacceptable and that our responsibility as adults is even greater around these young children – yet the consequences given out by the courts can completely undermine that message.” “It is significant that the consequences for attacking a police officer or prison guard are being increased. It is time that children were guaranteed the same increased level of protection,” says Mr McCoskrie. “People who murder and maim our children need to know that children will be afforded greater protection by the judiciary.”ENDSlast_img read more

Methods how to clean up oil spill

first_imgA Shoreline Clean-up and Assessment Technique (SCAT) which is an international standard method of surveying and documenting the impact of spills on shorelines, effectiveness of clean-up activities and conduct of post-cleanup inspections and evaluations will be employed by the corporation. Fertilizer dispensing – a type of cleanup for oil spills on water using fertilizer which develops specific microorganisms that disperse the spill by eating into it. It’s a more natural and eco-friendly oil spill cleanup method. Oil skimming – is method using a specialized tool to collect and remove oil from the water surface and usually work for lighter oils. Reports verified by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) had shown that 268,948.61 liters of bunker oil got spilled and about 95 percent of the oil had been recovered by the clean-up conducted by AC Energy Corporation. Oil booms – one of the most well-known and common method for controlling and cleaning up oil spills.  There are different types, shapes and sizes of oil booms were designed to use depending on the area where the spillage happened. Oil absorbents – are type of sponges and other porous materials used to absorb oil from the oil spill area during the cleanup. An aerial view of oil spill caused by an explosion in Power Barge 102 at Bo. Obrero, Lapuz in Iloilo City (PENRO-ILOILO) The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in Region 6 discussed with AC Energy the different mitigating measures and actions for efficient and fast clean-up operations.center_img The DENR-EMB 6 has issued a Notice of Violation was issued to the corporation for violating Section 27.a of DAP 2005-10, or the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 9275 for “Discharging, depositing or causing to be deposited material of any surface water, where the same shall be liable to be washed into such surface water, either by tide action or by storm, floods or otherwise, which could cause water pollution or impede the natural flow in the water body is strictly prohibited” on July 6, 2020 by the EMB-6. Manual removal – is a method where people assist in the cleanup by using shovels, spades and other tools to remove the spill. It is ineffective in large spills cleanup but the small acts could make a difference as it helps contain spills and prevent from spreading on surfaces. AN EXPLOSION in Power Barge 102 triggered an oil spill in Iloilo Strait last July 3, 2020. It affected coastal areas in Bo. Obrero, Lapuz where it is located and has reached other communities and even Guimaras Island Province. To contain the oil spill, AC Energy installed 750 meters of non-absorbent oil spill boom to contain an area in the bunker with an estimated area of 3,000 square meters. They also deployed six oil skimmers, 12 bales of absorbent pillows, 20,000 sorbent pads and hired people utilizing eight motor bancas for the manual oil spill collection. The PCG also deployed two skimming vessels with additional two skimmers from Petron and another one from Shell. But how are dangerous oil spill get clean up? There are different oil spill clean-up methods and here are some common ways:  “Oil spill incidents should be responded with resiliency and with AC energy clean-up procedures, it is closely controlling the spillage. However, oil spill prevention is the best way to control spillage and effective oil spill preventive measures and plans should be put in place to avoid its harmful effects in the environment,” said regional executive director Francisco E. Milla, Jr.(DENR6)last_img read more

Tips to battle the ‘Holiday Blues’

first_imgIndianapolis, IN— For many people the holiday season is full of celebrations and cheer but, for some, this season can bring more misery than merriment. With high expectations around gift-giving, decorating, feasting and family gatherings, feelings of disappointment, sadness, fatigue, frustration or being overwhelmed are not unusual.Psychologists point out that there is a difference between the holiday blues, which are often temporary and go away once the season ends, and more serious conditions such as depression, seasonal affective disorder and anxiety disorders.“If people are already experiencing stress or sadness in their life, they may be especially vulnerable to these feelings during the holidays,” says Dr. Natalie Dattilo, a clinical psychologist and IPA spokesperson. “But the holidays can also be a great time to enhance psychological well-being and coming together as a community.”The American Psychological Association’s 2016 Stress in America survey found that three in 10 Americans say that their stress has increased in the past year and 1 in 5 reported experiencing extreme stress. However, there are steps we can take to lessen the “blues” and ensure a worry-free holiday season.Indiana Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association offer these tips to combat the holiday blues:Take time for yourself — There may be pressure to be everything to everyone. But people should remember that they’re only one person and there are only so many hours in a day so it’s important to prioritize. Take care of the activities and traditions that are the most important to you and remember that sometimes self-care is the best thing people can do. Go for a walk, hang out with a friend, watch a movie or take time out to listen to music or read a new book. Everyone needs time to recharge their batteries — by slowing down, people will actually have more energy to accomplish their goals.Volunteer — Find a local charity, such as a soup kitchen or a shelter where families can volunteer together and support their community. Not only is giving back a great way to spend time with loved ones during the holidays, but helping others has been shown to reduce stress and improve overall mood.Have realistic expectations — No holiday celebration is perfect. View inevitable missteps as opportunities to demonstrate flexibility and resilience. A lopsided tree or a burned brisket won’t ruin the holiday; rather, it will create a family memory. If the children’s wish lists are outside the budget, talk to them about the family’s finances this year and remind them that the holidays aren’t about expensive gifts.Remember what’s important — The barrage of holiday advertising can make people forget what the holiday season is really about. When the holiday expense list is running longer than the monthly budget, scale back and be reminded that what makes a great celebration is loved ones, not store-bought presents, elaborate decorations or gourmet food.Seek support — Talk about the anxiety, stress or sadness with friends and family. Getting things out in the open can help people navigate their feelings and work toward a solution for the holiday blues. If the feelings persist, consider seeing a professional such as a psychologist. They are uniquely trained to understand the connection between the mind and body. They can offer strategies as to how goals can be adjusted so they are attainable as well as help people change unhealthy behaviors and address emotional issues.Dr. Dattilo agrees. “This time of year doesn’t have to be difficult. For many, it offers a time to reflect, gather with friends and family, and celebrate traditions. But for those who do struggle, know that you are not alone. Take care of yourself and reach out for help if you need to.”To learn more visit the American Psychological Association at and follow @APAHelpCenter. To find out more about the Indiana Psychological Association visit and follow @IN_Psych_Assoclast_img read more

Wildcats Tennis Results

first_imgThe Franklin County Boys Tennis team held its home opener on Thursday, August 23 against Oldenburg Academy. Despite #3 Singles Evan McMillin winning the first match of the night, the Wildcats fell to the Twisters 4-1.Individual scores are as follows:#1 Singles Jack Stirn 1-6, 1-6 vs. Michael Wanstrath#2 Singles Kurt Oetzel 2-6, 0-6 vs. Drew Wagner#3 Singles Evan McMillin 6-2, 6-1 vs. Henry Meyer#1 Doubles Will Wade & Lonnie Schwartz 0-6, 2-6 vs. Ethan Back & Patrick Thompson#2 Doubles Ethan Ball & Brandon Snyder 2-6, 1-6 vs. Jacob Sheets & Riley ScheblerThe Franklin County Boys Tennis team played its first match of the season against Richmond High School on August 21. The team fought hard but ultimately fell to its much more experienced opponent 5-0.Individual scores are as follows:#1 Singles Jack Stirn 0-6, 0-6 vs. Ryan Hollingsworth#2 Singles Kurt Oetzel 0-6, 0-6 vs. Kyle Hollingsworth#3 Singles Evan McMillin 1-6, 0-6 vs. Josh Jones#1 Doubles Will Wade & Lonnie Schwartz 0-6, 0-6 vs. Jake Miller & George Dickman#2 Doubles Ethan Ball & Brandon Snyder 0-6, 0-6 vs. Joey Chimenti & Luke Hayslast_img read more

Premier League chief urges fans to ‘stay away’

first_img Aware of the scrutiny the league will be under, Masters has issued a plea to fans not to gather around stadiums during matches. “Please stay away and enjoy the matches at home. By turning up to the game you are putting things at jeopardy,” Masters told the BBC on Tuesday. Loading… Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has warned fans to stay away from stadiums once the top-flight returns behind closed doors on Wednesday. Fans have been told to stay away from Premier League stadiums Read Also: Bundesliga: Awoniyi rules self out of Dortmund clash There will be no fans allowed into any Premier League games this term, but Masters is optimistic there could be some eventually given entry next season. “We’re hopeful fans will come back on a phased opportunity. Discussions have started, but it is not appropriate for me to put a timescale on it,” he said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Premier League resumes after a three-month hiatus with Aston Villa’s home game against Sheffield United and Arsenal’s trip to Manchester City. A full programme of matches follows over the weekend, including Liverpool’s potential title-clincher at Merseyside rivals Everton. There are fears some supporters will ignore social-distancing rules by congregating outside the grounds where their teams are playing. But after talks between the league’s key stakeholders and police, it was agreed not to move any of the remaining 92 matches to neutral venues at present.last_img read more

Easter bunny travels through 3 Counties with travel advisories to see kids

first_imgSoutheastern, IN—The COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions didn’t stop the Easter Bunny from driving around in Batesville, Oldenburg, Sunman and even in Greensburg after the City announced the event was canceled. In Batesville and Oldenburg, the Easter Bunny was waving from the Oldenburg Eagle Company Fire Engine.  Sunman residents saw a police and fire escort for his travel.  In Greensburg, a private citizen, along with a passenger, drove around with the Easter Bunny in the bed of a pickup truck.last_img

High school wrestling teams wrap up regular season campaigns

first_imgBUCKSPORT — Local wrestling teams wrapped up the 2018-19 regular season Saturday with Bucksport hosting Mount Desert Island as part of a dual meet and Ellsworth traveling to Belfast.Bucksport had a spectacular team performance on Senior Day with Kaleb Nightingale (113 pounds), Hunter Robichaud (170 pounds) Gavin Billings (220) and David Gross (285) placing first in their respective weight classes. Ricky Perkins (160) added a second-place finish for the Golden Bucks, and Alex Burbank (106), Travis Hutchinson (120), Jacob Ames (195) and Jacob Coghill (220) took third.In Belfast, Ellsworth competed against Lincoln Academy, Morse and Penobscot Valley in addition to the host team. The Eagles beat Lincoln Academy and Penobscot Valley in the head-to-head contests, earned a tie against Belfast and lost to Morse.The three Hancock County teams will head to Piscataquis Community High School in Guilford for the Penobscot Valley Conference championships Saturday, Feb. 2. The meet begins at 9:30 a.m.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more