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Stars heading for the hills: Celebrities in the know are embracing the tree change

first_imgFormer cricketer Matthew Hayden’s home in Chandler.Belle Property Samford and Cashmere principal Colin Hatch said location and lifestyle were the two main reasons people moved to the area, but high profile residents moved there purely for the privacy.“That’s why they live out here,” he said.“They’re not pretentious. They come out here and like the comfort of knowing they don’t have people in their backyards spying on them.“There are homes here with driveways you wouldn’t even know how to find.”Mr Hatch said many people also wanted to “live the dream of being a city farmer”.“Everyone has the dream of the five acre block with the babbling brook and being able to go down to the creek and check the yabbies,” he said.“It’s being in the country without being in the country.“A lot of people move out here to have animals … and many are very organic in terms of growing their own food.”But Mr Hatch said property had become less affordable than it was five years ago.“The average sale is around the $1.1 million mark, with land prices increasing dramatically because of the shortage of land,” he said.Brisbane Real Estate principal Benjamin Smith, who negotiated the sale of Laura Geitz’s new home, said the acreage market had been subdued for a number of years, but he had noticed an increase in demand in the past 12 months.Netball star Laura Geitz has just bought this property in Brookfield.“The market’s just starting to realise this product is there and it’s good value for money,” Mr Smith said.“It’s the realisation they can sell a timber box in Paddington for $2.5 million and buy a home on 2.5 acres with a tennis court and a pool just 30 minutes from the city.”Mr Smith said inquiry had been strong from Sydney and Melbourne, but also local residents in the high end, inner-city suburbs of New Farm, Teneriffe, Paddington and Clayfield.“It’s getting very congested in the inner suburbs, and yet you go that extra 10 minutes out and you get a totally different world.”Mr Smith has just sold a massive seven-bedroom, six-bathroom property on nearly 5ha in Brookfield, which records show was owned by local author Wendy Dartnall.Author Wendy Dartnall at home in Brookfield. Picture: Patria Jannides. Ashleigh and Alastair McLeod with their daughter Clancy and dogs at home in Wights Mountain. Image: AAP/Steve Pohlner.He loves using the fresh produce available to him in the local area and stretching west to the Lockyer Valley.Celebrity chef Alastair McLeod lives in this house in Wights Mountain.Some of the state’s highest-profile businesspeople also own homes in Brisbane’s acreage suburbs, including tech entrepreneur Bevan Slattery and billionaire businessman and former Federal MP Clive Palmer, who recently paid $7.5 million for a mansion in Fig Tree Pocket, just 9km from Brisbane’s CBD.United Australia Party leader Clive Palmer recently bought a home in Fig Tree Pocket. Picture: Kym Smith.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThe riverfront home owned by Clive Palmer in Fig Tree Pocket.The premium suburbs of Chandler and Gumdale to the south and Bridgeman Downs to the north also offer acreage lots measuring up to 4ha.Former Australian test cricketer Matthew Hayden has also embraced the tree change.He lives on a huge estate with his family in Chandler, only 14km from Brisbane’s CBD.Australian cricket legend Matthew Hayden. Image: AAP/Paul Miller. Broncos star Sam Thaiday at his home in Samford. Picture: Tara Croser.SOUTHERNERS in search of a sea change might be flocking to our beaches, but Queenslanders in the know are heading for the hills — less than half an hour from the city.The tree change is making a comeback, but time-poor professionals and local celebrities want the lifestyle without the commute.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThey’re heading to suburbs like Brookfield, Samford and Wights Mountain in Brisbane’s northwest, where the blocks of land are big, home prices still surprisingly affordable and the CBD is just a 25 minute drive away.This so-called green belt offers sprawling homes on giant estates with recreational facilities such as equestrian fields on blocks of more than 4000 sqm.Queensland Firebirds player Laura Geitz now calls Brookfield home. Picture: Peter Wallis.Some of the state’s most loved and well-known faces have embraced the area; most recently netball star Laura Geitz, who just settled on her dream home in leafy Brookfield — a historic Queenslander on acreage with a pool, tennis court and lush manicured grounds.QUEENSLAND’S GOLDEN GIRL LAURA GEITZ FINDS FOREVER HOMENetball star Laura Geitz has just bought this property in Brookfield.The median house price in the suburb is around $1 million and it’s only 12km from the city.Brisbane Broncos prop Sam Thaiday will soon be enjoying plenty of backyard bliss at his home on acreage in Samford when he retires from rugby league at the end of the year.Broncos prop Sam Thaiday with his wife, Rachel, and two children at home in Samford. Photo: AAP/Ric Frearson.He and wife, Rachel, bought their five-bedroom house on 6000 sqm for just $1 million in 2013.It reminded him of the countryside around his hometown of Townsville.PRESTIGE HOME SELLS IN JUST TWO DAYSBrisbane Broncos prop Sam Thaiday lives in this house in Samford.Former Powderfinger guitarist Ian Haug lives in Camp Mountain, where he also has a music recording studio.Members of the band Powderfinger (L to R), Darren Middleton, Jon Coghill, Ian Haug, Bernard Fanning, and John CollinCelebrity chef Alastair McLeod has lived all over the world working in some of the finest restaurants, but calls home the rural suburb of Wights Mountain, 20km from Brisbane’s CBD.Alastair McLeod, cooking at home in Wights Mountain. Image: AAP/Steve Pohlner.center_img This property in Savages Rd, Brookfield, is under contract.Ben Jacobs of Ben Jacobs Real Estate has also noticed an increase in people wanting to swap their penthouse in the city for a plot of acreage in the suburbs.“They could afford to buy anywhere, but they want the tree change,” Mr Jacobs said.“It’s a lifestyle choice.”TREE CHANGE SUBURBS WITHIN 20KM OF BRISBANE CBDSuburb Distance from CBD Median house priceBrookfield 12km $1.02mCamp Mountain 15km $950,000Pullenvale 15km $1.21mSamford Village 17km $668,000Anstead 18km $840,000Moggill 19km $590,000Wights Mountain 20km N/ASamford Valley 20km $1.025mFig Tree Pocket 9km $1.006mChandler 14km $1.49mGumdale 13km $830,000Bridgeman Downs 13km $740,000(Source: CoreLogic)last_img read more


JAZ awards top $14,000 in eight IMCA divisions

first_img“JAZ Products is happy to help IMCA racers by offering contingency awards to the top contenders of each class. These racers give it their all every season and we want to do our part to give back to them to let them know it does not go unnoticed,” said Sales Manager Bradley Jewett. “JAZ would like to wish the racers the best of luck in the 2019 racing season.”  SANTA PAULA, Calif. (Feb. 7) – JAZ Products nears another sponsorship milestone in 2019, awarding more than $14,000 in product certificates to drivers in all eight IMCA divisions.  Information about JAZ-manufactured seats, fuel cells, safety equipment, pit and fuel accessories in addition to race car plumbing, as well as the company network of dealers, is available at the www.jazproducts.com web­site, by calling 800 525-8133 and on Facebook. JAZ certifi­cates valued at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $75 will go to the top five drivers in point standings for each of the five Modified regions. Product certificates in the same increments go to top five drivers in national point stand­ings for IMCA Late Models, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.  All certificates will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed from the IMCA home office beginning the following week.  Modified must display two JAZ decals in designated locations on their door panels to be eligi­ble for point fund shares or product certificate awards. The Santa Paula, Calif., company is in its 24th consecutive season as an IMCA sponsor, notably returning to the Modified national decal program. “JAZ Products has been such a constant presence for IMCA racers for longer than a good percentage of our membership has been racing,” commented Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for the sanctioning body. “We’ve always appreciated their support and continue to do so in 2019.”last_img read more


Poyet issues challenge to Defoe

first_img “First, he wants to get back into the Barclays Premier League, prove that he can keep scoring goals, help us and then it’s up to Mr Roy Hodgson. “But that’s the second step. The first one is to get back into business.” Defoe headed back to England having served just 11 months of his four-year MLS contract with homesickness and injuries having played their part in his decision. However, he managed 11 goals in 16 league appearances for Toronto, and while the Premier League may represent a sterner test of his enduring ability, he is delighted to be back. Defoe said: “I am delighted to be here and I’m looking forward to the challenge. It is a great club and I’ve always enjoyed coming up here and playing against Sunderland because of the stadium and the supporters. It is a great place to play and I’m really looking forward to it.” His arrival could hardly be more timely for Poyet, who both played with and coached the striker during their time together at Spurs. Sunderland have managed a paltry 18 goals in 21 league fixtures to date this season, a return which has left them flirting with yet another battle for top-flight survival. But having seen at close hand exactly what Defoe can do, Poyet is convinced he has found the missing piece of the jigsaw. Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has challenged striker Jermain Defoe to fire his way back into the England squad after his return home as part of an almost “perfect deal”. The 32-year-old Toronto frontman completed his swap move with Jozy Altidore on Friday afternoon and goes straight into the Black Cats’ squad for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to former club Tottenham with Poyet insisting international football should still be in his sights. He said: “I haven’t talked to him about that, but that’s a consequence. If he plays and he’s fit and he scores goals, I’m sure that any manager of the national team is going to try to get him. He said: “I have got no doubt. I don’t like excuses – I know every now and then, something comes out of me, because it’s natural, because there are plenty of things, unfortunately, that happen in football and they can sound like excuses. “Now I hope there are no more. That means that we have got as many players fit as possible, we can be organised but at the same time, we can score goals because we have got a proven goalscorer at the club, so there are no excuses. “I played with him, so I was on the pitch with him and the training ground every day, and he’s a player you want in your side because you know he is going to score goals and then if the rest of the team do their jobs, you have got a better chance of winning.” Defoe’s arrival signalled the end of a frustrating time on Wearside for 25-year-old United States skipper Altidore, who managed just three goals in 18 months and only one in the league following his £6.5million switch from AZ Alkmaar. The Black Cats, and in particular sporting director Lee Congerton, beat off stiff competition to land Defoe with a lucrative pay packet, and Poyet admitted it had worked out well for all involved. He said: “It’s nearly, with all respect to Jozy, the perfect deal. I’m a believer that those perfect deals don’t happen quite often in football. They are practically impossible, so we are in a great position. “Of course, the Jozy situation was simple: unfortunately, it didn’t work out for him for whatever reason. “He is going to go back home as a very, very important player and as the captain of the national team, and on the other hand, we are getting a proven Premier League goalscorer, so it was a good option for everybody.” Press Associationlast_img read more


PCP: What to do at QB?

first_imgMason:After the football team’s loss to Ohio State Saturday night, much blame was put on the shoulders of senior quarterback Allan Evridge. In the team’s two losses on the season, Evridge has not impressed. He’s missed a number of passes to open receivers and seems to lack that overall poise a quarterback must have.Head coach Bret Bielema said Monday that Evridge will be the team’s starter against Penn State this weekend but also alluded that junior quarterback Dustin Sherer will be breathing down Evridge’s neck.For Evridge, this Saturday should be his last chance to prove himself.While I am of the belief that Sherer should have probably started the season under center, it would be silly to throw him into the fire against the No. 6 Nittany Lions — a nationally televised game against a top-ranked opponent isn’t the ideal time to throw in a new starter.Teams want the players on the field that give them the best chance to win. And as hard as it may be to believe, Evridge gives UW a slightly better chance Saturday than Sherer does this weekend. But that’s solely based on experience.Should Evridge struggle again, however, it will be time to change things up. If the Badgers lose, it’s clear they can’t win with Evridge at the helm. Why not get a different captain to steer this ship around?Get Sherer the experience now so he’ll be ready for next season. UW can’t afford to have what happened to Evridge happen to him too.Zetlin:Close, Mason, you’re very close.At this point, I think we’ve seen enough of Evridge. He’s had his chance, underperformed, and now it’s time to move on, as all hopes of a Rose Bowl berth are gone.Throwing a replacement in against No. 6 Penn State may seem cruel, but how else is he supposed to gain the experience needed down the road?It was obvious that Evridge lacked poise because he lacked experience. When the Badgers lost to Illinois and Penn State last season, Evridge should have replaced Donovan so he’d be that much better this season. Interestingly enough, Wisconsin went on to play both Michigan and Ohio State after that, two teams Evridge lost to this season.You’re right, Evridge’s end is near, but you’re wrong about who his replacement should be. Should Dustin Sherer take over, that would mean next season would be the fourth year in a row the Badgers would start a senior quarterback.That said, throw the freshman from Tennessee, Curt Phillips, under the gun Saturday and build for the future. He’s more mobile than the rest, which would ultimately give UW the change of pace it needs on offense.Is he ready to win now? No, but when the Capital One Bowl is a long shot, it’s time to think about the future. You can’t have a successful program with continuous one-and-done quarterbacks. At some point, you need to accept the growing pains of a youngster and let an offense grow around him. Imagine an offense with John Clay and a veteran quarterback in two years.It’s time for Bret Bielema to waive the white flag. Vote now: Phillips for quarterback.last_img read more