Escape to the country with this charming Gold Coast estate

first_img The house has had an incredible transformation. It is now the perfect country escape.The five-bedroom home at 26 Gibsonville St has had a stylish renovation to perfectly blend coastal, Cape Cod and Hamptons styles. Intricate detailing, dormer windows, glass mullion doors and deep verandas characterise the two-storey home. Inside, timber floors, white VJ panelled walls, vaulted ceilings and light-filled rooms with tranquil views create an understated elegance and homeliness throughout the property. Modern spaces are perfectly blended with quaint cottage-like rooms. The main bedroom’s bathroom stays true to the home’s roots.Owner Anne Berta, who lives at the property with her husband and their three children, said when renovating they aimed to create the ultimate getaway in the country with a modern coastal style. “I call it ‘God’s country’ out here, it’s just beautiful and every property is unique,” she said. “If you’re an animal lover like me there’s plenty of space. “People have all sorts of animals out here, there’s alpacas, donkeys across the road — I would have loved to have had reindeer.”Mrs Berta said her favourite part of the property was the maple tree.“I love that maple tree,” she said. “It changes it’s look every season — a nice amber in autumn, then it sheds in winter and is beautiful. It’s nice and green at the moment.” The home also has Hamptons and coastal elements throughout. There’s an understated elegance and homeliness throughout the propertyThe family are selling to move to Brisbane to be closer to work. The tranquillity will be the hardest part to leave for Mrs Berta. “We’re not used to being around neighbours,” she said. “Even the drive home is beautiful so coming from work to home life, there’s no traffic, there’s no lights, you’re not stressed. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“Your drive home is peaceful.” The 1ha block has something for everyone and will have the whole family outside at every chance. There’s a blue-tiled resort-style pool and a sun lounging deck, landscaped grounds, an adjoining creek, equine facilities including a fenced paddock, stables and shed as well as a citrus orchard and mulberry trees. 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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 Rate1xFullscreen5 wow rural home sales around Australia01:03 A picture-perfect property has hit the market at 26 Gibsonville St, Tallebudgera Valley.IF the country air, wide-open spaces and a slice of secluded luxury sounds like something you could get used to, this charming acreage estate is for you. Beyond the white picket fence is a picture-perfect Tallebudgera Valley house within an idyllic rural setting. MORE NEWS: What it takes to own a waterfall Back inside, the kitchen makes a statement thanks to shaker-style cabinetry, stone surfaces, feature tapware and a brass sink. The cooking zone then flows through to the dining hall with a wood heater and a living room with an integrated office space. These areas connect to the covered outdoor entertainment area with a barbecue kitchen. The main bedroom features a dressing room, French doors to a terrace and an ensuite with a claw-foot bath. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms – two with private balconies and walk-in wardrobes – the main bathroom and a rumpus room. Despite offering a taste of the country, the home is just 10 minutes from Burleigh Heads. Ray White Mermaid Beach agent Scott Keatley is marketing the property through an expressions of interest campaign closing November 20.center_img MORE NEWS: History lives on in iconic Coast home last_img read more

Schmidt backs new centre pairing

first_img Ireland boss Schmidt has long since identified Connacht’s Henshaw and Ulster’s Payne as the two men to fight it out to replace now-retired talisman Brian O’Driscoll. Schmidt admitted the decision to pair the two men in a new-look midfield proved a surprise even to himself, given he had expected D’Arcy to be ready to start the autumn Test series. The Kiwi head coach revealed Leinster stalwart D’Arcy has actually shaken off a calf problem – just not in time to be reasonably considered to face the Springboks in Dublin on Saturday. Ireland must wait a little longer to discover the great successor to O’Driscoll, then, but Schmidt backed debutant Payne and 21-year-old Henshaw to forge a threatening partnership. “It was what was available to us at the start of the week,” Schmidt said of the Henshaw-Payne pairing. “Robbie Henshaw’s flexibility to play 12 or 13 is similar to Jared Payne, but that’s the way they trained last week, so we’ve decided to go with that. “Gordon was injured last week. He’s probably back to full fitness now but we weren’t absolutely sure of that at the beginning of the week. “We have very small windows of preparation so we just felt we were partway along a pathway that was looking reasonably positive. “We thought Gordon would be fit. He probably has made it, to be fair to him, but we hadn’t had any time with the combinations. “It was going to be a new pairing no matter what, so we just decided to go with what had been working together.” Joe Schmidt has defended pairing inexperienced centres Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne against South Africa rather than pressing Gordon D’Arcy into action. Press Association Athlone-born Henshaw will start at inside centre with 79-cap D’Arcy not included in the match squad at all. Ireland swept to last term’s RBS 6 Nations with a centre pairing boasting a closing tally of 212 caps – against the Springboks Schmidt’s midfield will start the day with a combined Test total of just three appearances. Henshaw will line up against South Africa captain and 102-cap veteran Jean de Villiers, underlining the size of the task facing Ireland’s new centre partnership. Former New Zealand Under-21 cap Payne will make his Ireland debut after qualifying through residency, the 29-year-old having signed for Ulster in 2011. Schmidt expects D’Arcy to feature across the later autumn clashes against Georgia and Australia. The ex-Clermont and Leinster coach admitted to being excited to see Ireland’s bulked-up midfield in action against the gritty Springboks, but warned aggression requires as much mental fuel as physical. “Ireland have been blessed with a centre pairing for a huge length of time that has not necessarily been the biggest but has been as physical as the best,” said Schmidt, praising D’Arcy for mentoring the new midfield duo. “Physicality is sometimes determined by the will rather than the size. “Hopefully on Saturday we’ll get a bit of both from our centre pairing. “To be fair to Gordon D’Arcy, he has helped immeasurably. He’s been a really good mentor for Robbie and Jared this week. “To be honest, I didn’t tell the centres in advance – I just named the team. “It wasn’t too much of a surprise to them because they’d been running in there together. “I did speak to Gordon beforehand, and he’s very much team-orientated as always. “He’s been a massive asset to those two in training.” last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCOLLEGE BASKETBALL-POLLKansas is number oneUNDATED (AP) — Kansas is the unanimous No. 1 in a week of upheaval in the AP Top 25. In other NBA news:— The Cleveland Cavaliers already have the worst record in the Eastern Conference. They will dress nine players because of injuries against Utah. Center Andre Drummond, who has a (strained left calf, and rookie point guard Darius arland , suffering a strained left groin, have been ruled out of the starting lineup. Center Tristan Thompson, one of the first players off the bench, is out with a bruised left knee. Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said Kevin Love will have to start at center against 7-foot-1 Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’). Larry Nance Jr. will take Love’s spot at power forward while Kevin Porter Jr. will start in the backcourt.NFL-JAGUARS-NGAKOUEPass-rusher Ngakoue no longer wants to re-sign with JaguarsJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Standout defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (yah-NEEK’ en-GAH’-kway) no longer wants to sign a long-term deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Associated Press Dustin Johnson decides against playing in the OlympicsUNDATED (AP) — On the fence about the Olympics at the start of the year, PGA star Dustin Johnson decided he won’t be going.Johnson’s manager said in a text message Monday that the FedEx Cup playoffs hold as much importance to Johnson as chasing a gold medal in Tokyo this summer.Johnson’s name was removed from the Olympic golf ranking Monday afternoon. At No. 5 in the world ranking, he currently would have been No. 3 among Americans behind Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas. Countries are allowed a maximum of four players in golf provided they are among the top 15 in the world ranking. Johnson was the leading American for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro when he decided at the last minute to withdraw because of concerns over the Zika virus.ESPN-CHIPPER JONES The Jayhawks received all 64 first-place votes from the media panel in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll. Gonzaga was No. 2, with Dayton, Baylor and San Diego State rounding out the top five.The Aztecs, No. 9 Maryland and No. 18 Iowa were the only teams to hold their place after a week in which nine Top 25 teams lost to unranked opponents.Dayton has its highest ranking since reaching No. 2 in 1955-56 after stretching its winning streak to 18 games.Virginia, Illinois and Wisconsin moved into the poll. West Virginia, Colorado and Texas Tech fell out.NORTH CAROLINA-AGENTS PROBE March 2, 2020 Bellinger out of the lineupGOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — NL MVP Cody Bellinger was scratched from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting lineup  for a spring training game against the Cincinnati Reds.The outfielder took part in a charity event on Sunday night at a Topgolf facility in Scottsdale, and a video showed him hitting a long drive off a tee. Manager Dave Roberts says golf swings aren’t believed to be the reason for his injury.Bellinger is 4 for 13 with two doubles.PGA-JOHNSON-0LYMPICScenter_img Mistrial declared for ex-football player in NC agent’s caseHILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a former college football player charged with violating the state’s sports agent law nearly a decade ago.Christopher Hawkins faced four counts tied to providing cash to three former Tar Heels football players in 2010. But after more than seven hours of deliberations Friday afternoon and Monday, the jury, in Hillsborough, said that it couldn’t reach an unanimous verdict on any charge.That leaves open the possibility of another trial.Hawkins – who played at UNC and Marshall from 2001-05 – was first charged in 2015, with prosecutors adding additional charges last April. NBA-KNICKS PRESIDENTKnicks hire longtime player agent Leon Rose as presidentNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have hired Leon Rose as their president, hoping the longtime player agent can be just as successful as an executive.Rose is taking over what has become one of the NBA’s worst franchises, headed toward its seventh straight season out of the playoffs. But teams such as Golden State and the Lakers have found success handing their basketball operations to an agent and the Knicks are hoping to do the same.Rose, the former co-head of the basketball division at CAA Sports, replaces Steve Mills, who was fired early last month. Ngakoue announced his desire to play elsewhere via social media. It could force Jacksonville to place the franchise tag on the 24-year-old disgruntled defender and trade him.Ngakoue says “I’m thankful for the journey and look forward to continuing my career elsewhere.”Ngakoue has 37 1/2 sacks and 14 forced fumbles in four seasons.The speedy strip-sack specialist made the Pro Bowl in 2017 and had been seeking around $22 million a year to remain in Jacksonville.MLB-DODGERS-BELLINGER Chipper Jones joins ESPN lineupBRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Hall of Fame third baseman Chipper Jones has joined the ESPN lineup.The former Atlanta Braves star will work as a major league analyst, primarily on weeknight and holiday games. He’ll debut on opening day when San Francisco plays at Dodger Stadium on March 26. Jones worked twice last year as a guest analyst for ESPN.The 47-year-old Jones hit .303 with 468 home runs and 1,623 RBIs in a 19-year career through 2012. 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GOVERNMENT JOBS STRATEGY A PR EXERCISE – DOHERTY

first_imgSinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said the government’s job creation strategy is nothing but a PR exercise.Deputy Doherty was speaking ahead of a meeting of the cabinet tomorrow which is due to discuss the jobs strategy.Despite the spin from government that this Dáil term will be dominated by job creation legislation the fact is that the legislation underpinning the government’s strategic investment fund, launched on 29 September 2011, is still not scheduled. Challenging Tánaiste Eamonn Gilmore in the Dáil this morning Deputy Doherty said “On 29 September the Government announced the strategic investment fund. As part of that announcement it indicated that legislative change would be needed to allow for resources to be channelled from the National Pensions Reserve Fund into the productive economy.“It is now 2013 and the legislative programme was published yesterday. This legislation is not due for publication this term and the heads of the Bill have not even been agreed. The strategic investment fund was supposed to be a major plank in the government’s strategy to get people back to work.“Given that it has been announced nearly one and a half years ago but legislation has not even come before this House, when will the amendment to the National Pensions Reserve Fund legislation be brought to the House to allow for the channelling of funds sitting in the NPRF into the domestic economy to help get people back to work?”Speaking after the exchange in the Dáil Deputy Doherty said “The delay in publication of this legislation and the Tánaiste’s clear refusal to answer my question this morning shows that the government’s jobs strategy is nothing more than a PR exercise with no real substance to it. Unfortunately tomorrow’s cabinet meeting is likely to result in more spin with little substance.” GOVERNMENT JOBS STRATEGY A PR EXERCISE – DOHERTY was last modified: January 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:jobsPearse Dohertylast_img read more