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January, 2019

Lees in double shot for return

BIG DAY: Kris Lees after Lucia Valentina’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes win last year. Picture: Getty Images
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ON the number of runners only, Newcastle trainer Kris Lees has twice as good a chanceof winning the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000 metres) than he did last year.

But when Winx is involved, the chances of any other horse winning seemingly disappear.

Lees heads to day two of The Championships at Randwick on Saturday with Sense Of Occasion and Singing chasing a slice of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes prizemoney he claimed the bulk of last year with Lucia Valentina’s stunning last-to-first victory.

Winx bypassed the race last year but will chase a 17thconsecutive career victory on Saturday and the$2.34 million first prize, which would take her to second on Australia’s all-time earners’ list at $12,778,925.

Sense Of Occasion was third in the Doncaster Mile last week and Lees said the following day the Villiers Stakes champion was high unlikely to back up in the Queen Elizabeth. However, Lees changed plans after Sense Of Occasion pulled well and was the likely topweight for his other option, next week’sJRA Plate.

Sense of Occasion was a $101 was TAB Fixed Odds and Singing, which was last in the group 2 Ajax Stakes on March 11, was $201.

“Obviously we’re not going to be beating the mare, but I think they will run well enough to earn connections a good cheque,” Lees said.

Second takes home $760,000 and last in the nine-horse field earns $30,000.

“I’d prefer not to be racing against her,” Lees said of taking on Winx.“I don’t get any thrill out it, that’s for sure”.

“She’s got to be right there,” he said of Winx’s ranking among the greats.“I don’t know how you compare from different eras, but she’s in a pretty dominant frame at the moment.”

Lees said his best chance at Randwick was Danish Twist, which won the Provincial Championship Final on the same day last year.

The five-year-old mare has drawn barrier two for the $1 million Coolmore Legacy Stakes (1600m) and backs up from strong finishes when fifth and third in the Star Kingdom Stakes and Coolmore Classic respectively.

“She’s come a long way in 12 months,” Lees said. “She’s got the right alley to give herself the right chance. It’s a very good race on paper, but I think she will run well.”

Newcastle trainer David Atkins’ Pacific Reign and Lees’ Princess Posh and Clevedon Bay are in the $400,000 Provincial Championships final.Lees also has Zestful and Savoureux (group 2 Sapphire Stakes) and Rosa Carolina (listed South Pacific Classic) racing.

Princess Posh has drawn 18 for the 1400m final but that will become 14 with scratchings.

“It appears a tricky draw but you don’t know until you watch a few races,” Lees said.

“If she can have any type of luck, she’ll be right there and Clevedon Bay is going really well as well.

“I think the favourite [Gwenda Markwell’s Pomelo] will be very hard to beat.”

Muswellbrook trainer Pat Farrell’s Alliterate will also race in the South Pacific Classic.

Meanwhile, Newcastle trainer Paul Perry bought one of the 17 $1 million-plus yearlings sold at this week’s Inglis Easter sales in Sydney.

Perry purchased a Redoute’s Choice-Stareel colt for an even million and two more horses at the three-day sale. The others were a Redoute’s Choice-Jeter colt for $150,000 and So You Think-Cutie Express colt for $220,000.

Lees purchased a Snitzel-Kneeling filly for $450,000 and a Dundeel-Plumm colt for $150,000.

Battle for your order

POPULAR VOTE: Aman Deep, chef at Kings XI, won the inaugural Menulog Local Plate. Picture: Supplied
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The battle for the online takeawayfood market has stepped up a notch, perhaps because of the looming threat that is Uber Eats.

Whatever the reason, though, consumers are ultimately the winners.

At the NewRun finish line on April 2, Menulog’sfirst Taste of the Town cook-off took place andKings XI and Lime Gourmet battled it out for the chance to win the inaugural Menulog Local Plate.

TheHamilton eateries faced off in a tightly contested cooking challenge, with Kings XI’ssignature butter chicken just pipping the post ahead of two pasta dishes from Lime Gourmet.

“We’re so excited to have won the very first Menulog Taste of the Town event. Online ordering is a big part of our business,” Kings XI chef Aman Deep said.

New customers are being offered $10 off an order from any of the 35 Newcastle restaurants on Menulog by entering the code “Newcastle10” at the checkout.

One proud mumA bakery Olympics of sorts took place at Hamilton TAFE recently – the Bakery Association of Australia Competition. Food & Wine heard from Dorothy Pinder, the proud mother of Roy Pinder, who owns and runsWilliams Artisan Bread & Espresso at Lambton.

Roy Pinder, of Williams Artisan Bread & Espresso in Lambton.

Here is what Roy had to say:

“I entered the competition knowing that I was competing against trade-qualifiedbakersand my skills in baking are only from what I have learnt over the years from practice, reading and others who inspire me from all over the world.

“I competed against 68 bakersfrom all over NSW and 370 presented products on the day.

“I thought if I could get some recognition for my efforts in one of the sections I would be happy. But to my amazement I won the Grand Champion Loaf of the Show for my traditional baguette. This was the top prize of the show and the highest pointed bread of the show. It comes with a Perpetual Shield and this is only the second time the shield has been awarded to a bakery in Newcastle in the past seven years.

“I also won Grand Champion for the gourmet bread section because Iwonthe traditional baguette andtraditional white sourdough categories, came second in ciabatta and third for flavoured sourdough.

“I won thirdprize for our gluten-free flourless orange cake in another section, which I have made thousands of times overthe years and is always a house favourite.

“When I was presented the awards by the judges I had tears in my eyes. I have had no formal training, only my passion for what I do.It just shows you that if you enjoy what you do and you have passion for it you can do anything.”

Roy has run Williams Artisan Bread & Espresso for the past 11 years. Two years ago he and his wife Maxine revamped the cafe to pursue a shared passion for baking sourdough bread.

“Maxine hadcompleted a chef’s trade and wanted to put her own twist on our menu offering, andwe have been really excited with the changes we have made,” Roy said.

“We have seen a real following for our food and our all-natural leavened sourdoughs. It brings us great pleasure to makegreat food, bread and coffee for our customers.”

Also successful at the bakery competition were: Exquisite Cakes by Lennart (first in novelty or wedding cake; secondin macaroons and fruit tartlets; third in decorated mud cake); Adam Dobbie from Woolworths Charlestown (first in fruit-filled tea cake); and Hamilton TAFE’s Dutchanee Sangsaway (thirdin the vienna category).

Bag an Ag BagIf you buy an Ag Bag at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Showyou have the opportunity to make a difference in country NSW. It is the only showbag where 100 per cent of the proceeds directly support rural and regional communities throughthe Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation’s Community Futures Grant program. The showbag costs$20 but is valued at more than $60, andoffers a range of food and retail products donated by Australian companies.

Tocal returnsSpeaking of country,Tocal Field Days is happening May 5 to 7.This year the eventwill feature urban and community gardensand aims to encourage country and city residents alike to grow and cook their own food.“You don’t need a huge parcel of land to grow your own food and city families especially will be surprised and delighted at what they can do in their own backyards,” field day manager Wendy Franklin said.

Exhibitors will bring a vast array of products and services, from the latest in innovative farming techniques and technology, solar energy and fencing construction through to craft and food and wine products.The animal nursery will be back as well as the working dogs and horses, the Bake or Burn cooking competition and the infamous Penny Tocow, the purple cow.

Easter at CrowneCrowne Plaza Hunter Valley is going all out for Easter this year. Among the many events on offer this week is aHunter High Tea; anEaster Seafood Buffet Spectacular;Crowne Cinema Family Buffet and the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Two- or three-course set menus at Redsalt Restaurantwill provide an alternative to the traditional buffet.

Redsalt Restaurant executive chef James Ashtonwill be baking his signaturehot cross bun, which will be part of the buffet offering and available for purchase at Lovedale Bar and Brewery. Also, children can learn the joys of cupcake decorating on April 15, with a pastry specialist from the hotel on hand to help.

Phone 4991 0000 for details and bookings.

Harder for Australians to pay off mortgage by retirement than ever

10 ways to pay off a million-dollar mortgage fasterAustralians’ housing debt at all-time high after doubling in 11 yearsAustralians are entering twilight years with $150,000 of mortgage debt: ING Direct
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Australia is the world’s most indebted country and more older Australians will now retire with a mortgage debt than ever before, a new report shows.

An increasing proportion of Australians will probably need to use some of their superannuation savings to get rid of leftover mortgage debtat retirement, the report prepared by economist Saul Eslake for the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees found.

The retirement income system had taken it for granted that Australians would have paid off their mortgages over the course of their working life, but the research found larger mortgages relative to incomes and first-home buyers getting on the ladder later in life were making this less likely.

The proportion of home owners who did not have a mortgage dropped from 61.7 per cent in 1996 to 47.9 per cent by 2011.

“In other words, compared to 15 years ago when almost three out of five home owners owned their home outright, home owners with a mortgage are now in the majority,” Mr Eslake’s research found.

In 2013-14, 88.2 per cent of homeowners aged 35 to 44 had outstanding mortgage debt. This was up from about 67 per cent in 1995-96.

One couple bucking the trend is Ai Shin Cruz, 31, and her husband Erik, 36 who paid off their Sydney mortgage in eight years and four months – and it was their first home.

But while they say they wouldn’t have been able to achieve it without frugal habits, they are also the lucky ones: they bought in pre-boom.

The couple bought a townhouse in November 2008, for $320,000. They had $110,000 in savings between them – having both saved while living with their parents – and were getting married in 2009.

After the first home owner grant and stamp duty concession, their mortgage came to about $210,000.

With a household income of just $65,000 for the majority of that time – Ai Shin is a stay at home mum and Erik works in IT – they’d paid off the entire sum by March 2017 – as well as raising three children, now aged six, four and one.

They attribute their success to “being minimalist” and refusing to buy into the idea of keeping up with the Joneses.

“My mum is a Vietnamese refugee from the 1970s and she’s a penny pincher,” Ms Cruz said.

“It’s ingrained in me … I still find it very difficult to spend money.”

But even this frugal couple counted their blessings they were able to buy when they did, Ms Cruz said.

Similar properties in Toongabbie have recently sold for about $600,000. “We’re committed to never having a mortgage again,” she said.

Though in Sydney or Melbourne the thought of a $210,000 mortgage can only be scoffed at – in NSW, the size of the average mortgage jumped tens of thousands of dollars each year during the property boom – the average Australian mortgage is $375,900, a sum that could quickly be paid down with some planning, Finder南京夜网419论坛 spokeswoman Bessie Hassan said.

Those on a 30-year term $300,000 mortgage with a 4.8 per cent rate would save more than $50,000 and cut down their repayment time by close to six years by paying an additional $250 a month.

Changing the frequency of the repayments to fortnightly would result in an extra repayment each year, paying down the loan even faster, and asking for a lower interest rate could prove effective.

Mortgage Choice chief executive John Flavell said it was still possible for borrowers to pay off their mortgage quicker provided they were diligent with their money.

He said they should budget and consider offset accounts and other facilities to reduce interest costs.

“A ‘good’ budget will factor in all of your regular spending habits, showing you how much you spend each month and how much you can save,” Mr Flavell said.

Spending $15 a day for lunch adds up to $75 in a working week. If these funds are redirected to additional payments on a $400,000 mortgage with a 4 per cent interest rate, this can save $77,000 in interest over the life of the loan.

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Beer reviews of 2017photos

Beer reviews of 2017 | photos Pulped Fiction, Blood Orange IPA, Mountain Goat, 7.8%, $123 stars
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Whisky Sour (Berliner Weisse), Sailors Grave Brewing, Orbost, VIC, 4.3%, $7.504 stars

Norman Australian Ale, Yullis, Surry Hills, 5.1%, $4.503 stars

Doss Blockos F#&K. the. rent, East 9th Brewing Co, St Kilda, 4.6%, $3.30 3.5 stars

Rare Ink Session Stout, Stockade Brew Co, Smearton Grange NSW, 4.4%, $4.703 stars

Pagan’s Empire IPA, Prancing Pony Brewery, Adelaide Hills, SA, 6.6%, $52.5 stars

PALE, Two Birds, Spotswood, VIC, 5%, $4.503.5 stars

Chainbreaker White IPA,Deschutes, Oregon USA, 5.6%, $53.5 stars

Ten FIDY Imperial Stout, Oskar Blues, Colorado US, 10.5%, $7.504 stars

Drifter, Fortitude Brewing Company, Mt Tamborine, QLD, 4.4%, $53 stars

JSP, Wolf of the Willows, Cheltenham Vic, 5.2% $53 stars

TweetFacebookPulped Fiction, Blood Orange IPAThe path of the creative craft brewer is beset on all sides by the mass-produced model of production of evil men (accountants). Blessed is she who, in the name of taste and imagination, shepherds the flavour through the aisles of swill and dullness, for she is truly her brother’s keeper, and the finder of lost brewers. Mountain Goat’s single keg series beers are usually reserved for in-situ tastings only, andits availability is limited. An amber red body capped with a thin, off-white head reeks of citric hops and the sweet, mushy decay of overripe cumquats and mandarins. More soft orange citrus flavours in the mouth balanced by aggressive hop bitterness, followed by a flash of blood orange sweetness to finish. More sweetness, to curb the bitterness, would be nice.

Whisky Sour (Berliner Weisse), Sailors Grave Brewing, Orbost, VIC, 4.3%, $7.504 stars

Whisky Sour (Berliner Weisse), Sailors Grave BrewingThe palate gets bored too easily. It’s the brain’s fault. Apparently, our brains have evolved to be attracted to novelty. Dopamine, otherwise known as the ‘reward chemical’, is released by the brain in increased levels whenever novelty abounds. The search for the new, especially, new smells, tastes and textures, is part of the reason why I picked up this can of Whisky Sourby Sailors Grave Brewing (the other reason was the can’s magnificent shininess and artwork). Hazy pale gold in the glass with a frothy, bright white head, it smells of creamed honey spread on white bread, lemon butter and faint vanilla. Then, novel flavours of sour orange candy, crunchy nectarines and briny cherries tickle the glossal.

Norman Australian Ale, Yullis, Surry Hills, 5.1%, $4.503 stars

Norman Australian Ale, YullisWithout any prior knowledge of what a Yullis is, or might be (it’s a vegetarian restaurant in Sydney, btw), you could be forgiven for thinking the liquid that lies behind the kitsch Aussie label on this Norman Australian Ale willeither taste as boring as sipping Crownies at your uncle’s second wedding, or, be as ironically cool, but, still, nonetheless as gross as admitting you really do like the taste of VB. Not so, this is an approachable and tasty beverage. It pours the colour sun-bleached straw with a foamy white head and smells like green melons and yellow citrus with a touch of sweet grassy hops. It’s nicely balanced and will extinguish your thirst with bitter citrus and lychee flavours that’s well supported by a baseline of toasted maltiness. Two thumbs up.

Doss Blockos F#&K. the. rent, East 9th Brewing Co, St Kilda, 4.6%, $3.30 3.5 stars

F#&K. the. rent,East 9th Brewing CoDid you know that a particular word on the label of this beer, brewed by East 9th Brewing Co, is included in the top 10 most used swear words around the world? Such words, like the one on the label of this beer, account, for 0.7 per cent of the average English speaker’s vocabulary. So, what about the beer? Well, if you look past the stylistically inflammatory label and taste the liquid inside, you’ll find a brightly coloured, finely beading amber ale covered with a frothy white head that smells of fresh cut flowers and orange citrus lifted above honey and caramel malts. Creamy textures and sweet toasted orange flavours offset a light bitterness that makes this one easy drinking adult beverage.

Rare Ink Session Stout, Stockade Brew Co, Smearton Grange NSW, 4.4%, $4.703 stars

Rare Ink Session Stout, Stockade Brew CoThere’s nothing quite like a refreshing adult beverage after a hot day in the sun. Something to quench the thirst, assuage the core body temp, and revitalise the mind and mouth with composite flavours of charred toffee, chocolate and caramel. If you’re a fan of dark beer, as I am, it can be difficult to find one that’s fit for purpose in the warmer months. Monteith’s, schwarzbier style, Black Beer does the trick. As does this Rare Ink Session Stout from Stockade Brew Co. Rather than a dark lager, Rare Ink is a black pilsner, so it’s crisp and refreshing, but black and tan in colour, and stout-like in flavour: Smoky, caramel toffee on the nose, with a little bitter chocolate, it tastes like Americano coffee and burnt toast for breakfast, but feels light enough to slam it down fast. Great for slaking a summer thirst.

Pagan’s Empire IPA, Prancing Pony Brewery, Adelaide Hills, SA, 6.6%, $52.5 stars

Pagan’s Empire IPA, Prancing Pony BreweryPrancing Pony are the Supreme Champions of beer, having won the trophy for world’s best sherbet at last year’s International Beer Challenge. This, of course, means they can now compete against the other Supreme Champions from the seven other planets in our solar system, and potentiallywin and be crowned Super Supreme Champions of beer (and pizza). Then, they would be eligible to enter the highly coveted interstellar Galaxias Beer Competition. Perhaps they should enter this single IPA, called Pagan’s Empire. Clear amber in colour with an excitable tannish head, aromas of citrus blossom, cumquat, and caramel soaked resin, followed by smoky burnt orange flavours of smouldering pine and charred hops, with a fierce texture, in the mouth. Good luck!

Drifter, Fortitude Brewing Company, Mt Tamborine, QLD, 4.4%, $53 stars

Drifter, Fortitude Brewing CompanyAs, I think, the old saying goes, “you can get it liftin’, you can get it Driftin’, you can get it any old how,” as a matter of fact, I got it just the other day when I completed my first DeBeyers Drift of 2017. In case you haven’t heard of the obscure sport known as bike sailing, or drifting, let me explain. The aim of ‘the drift’ is to cycle down a steep hill, stop pedalling at a particular spot, then roll or ‘drift’ as far as you can to the end. Its curator assures me that it’s bound go mainstream any day now. There’s even an official beer: The Drifter, by Fortitude Brewing Co. It’s a no-brainer summer ale, with a golden body and thin white head, smelling of honey on toast and a bit of fresh orange citrus. Super refreshing. Drift on.

Ten FIDY Imperial Stout, Oskar Blues, Colorado US, 10.5%, $7.504 stars

Ten FIDY Imperial Stout, Oskar BluesWhere do you sit on the tinnies versus bottles debate? Me? Well, unless I’m drinking outdoors, I don’t mind, one way or the other. So long as the product inside is cold, wet and drinkable, with at least a bit of intrigue, flavour-wise, I’ll drink it from whatever vessel a brewer puts it in. Pouring it into a cold glass, the tin hasn’t diminished this Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Imperial Stout from Colorado. It pours like sump oil from an F-150 with a beautifully foamy charred brown head. A nose of cacao and cherry, spent coffee grounds and burnt caramel echoes in the mouth with bitter malts and some smoky spiced flavours delivered by a creamy soft and lightly carbonated texture, with an aftertaste akin to glowing embers. Bring me a tin of this and some smoked ribs, stat!

Chainbreaker White IPA,Deschutes, Oregon USA, 5.6%, $53.5 stars

Chainbreaker White IPA, DeschutesThis tasty beer is from Bend, Oregon. The name of the brewery, Deschutes Brewery, shares its name with the Deschutes River, where the brewery is located. From what I can gather, The Chainbreaker has nothing to do with Daenerys Targaryen, but something to do with mountain bike riding. It’s a white IPA brewed with wheat and pilsner malt, a mix of bravo, centennial, cascade, and amarillo hops and a dash of sweet orange and coriander. It pours a cloudy white with pale yellow hues and a fluffy white head. Aroma is orange zest and citrus spice floating over grassy, wheaty, yeasty notes. Taste is tangy lemons and sweet biscuits with a little grapefruit held by softly carbonated and creamy textures. It’s a Belgian style IPA hybrid, well balanced with a delicious depth of flavour.

PALE, Two Birds, Spotswood, VIC, 5%, $4.503.5 stars

PALE, Two Birds, SpotswoodAccording to the market research, Australian-style pale ales are on the … zzz. Oh, sorry. Are you still here? At the time of writing I was immersed in fascinating tidbits from press releases proclaiming insightful analysis into the latest beer-drinking habits of Aussie … oops, there I go again. Basically, pale ales are popular. Every beer in the top10 2016 Gabs Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers were variations on pale ale. Even in the craft beer world, the hop doesn’t fall too far from the bine. The timing for this new brew by Two Birds Brewing couldn’t be better. Nicely packaged, refreshing, flavoursome and balanced. It pours bright gold with a thin white head. Loud tropical fruit fanfares on the nose with white bread, followed by more tropical sweetness offset by moderate hop bitterness and a soft, foamy texture that finishes crisp and dry.

(Green) T, Mayday Hills (Bridge Road Brewers)Collaborations among the beer community are nothing new. Magical things can happen when two breweries with different styles join forces to create an adult beverage that’s unique and delicious. But what if, say, a brewer formed an alliance with a green tea farmer? Well, you’d get this here (Green) T by Mayday Hills (a farmhouse beer project by Bridge Road Brewers) and Alpine Tea Co. A gentle spritz sounds as the crown seal is broken … it pours out shades of browned orange with a big foamy head. My expectation of a hoppy Sencha aroma and taste are immediately quashed by the distinct smell of fresh feijoa fruit, lime candy, some vanilla and grapefruit, then, crunchy Granny Smith apples, a squeeze of lime, some hop bitterness and a dash of sweetened Matcha.

Tonic, Doctor’s Orders Brewing, Sydney, 4.5%, $4.50 2.5 stars

Tonic, Doctor’s Orders BrewingApparently ambidextrous, Tonic by Doctor’s Orders Brewing, is a Witbier-styled amalgamation of orange peel, juniper berries, coriander, lemon myrtle and cinchona bark, plus, hops, yeast, water, and wheat, obviously, which, the brewers say, you can drink on its own, or, as a tonic mixer with gin. Why not both? Solo, it pours like polished gold with a frothy white head and spritely effervescence; smelling of sweet citrus, a little wattle and other yellow wild flowers, it tastes of cumquat, spice and yellow Skittles, finishing bright and crisp. Mixed with gin (Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin) and a squeeze of lime, the beer takes on a tart shandy character that seems to negate the more refreshing aspects of the solo beer. Not as versatile as an adroit switch-hitter, but, a bi-curios concoction nonetheless.

JSP, Wolf of the Willows, Cheltenham Vic, 5.2% $53 stars

JSP, Wolf of the Willows

It’s April already and, Trump hasn’t blown up the world, yet. In light of this, I’d say things are going pretty good. April also signifies the middle of autumn, which means, in the immortal words of Ned Stark, ‘winter is on its way’ (the more accurate, ‘winter is coming’™ had to be omitted due to copyright concerns). This means it’s time for Aussie beer fans to turn towards the dark side. This Johnny Smoke Porter by Wolf of the Willowsis a good start. Cola black with a thin brown head, it smells of campfire smoke and BBQ slow-cooked beef brisket, soy sauce and a dab of honey. Dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee beans taste strong between the teeth, offset by a touch of tobacco wafting over backdrop hops and a smooth, silky mouth feel. Pessimism sure is tasty.

Open for inspection: What to see this weekend

Gordon Park: Brisbane’s newest boom suburbTears of joy: architect and builder snag Ascot land’Best start to a year in a decade’ for Brisbane market49 Maynard Street, Woolloongabba
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49 Maynard Street, Woolloongabba Photo: Ray White East BrisbaneOffers over $1.45 million

4 bed, 3 bath, 2 car

Saturday April 8, 10.30am – 11am

Agent: Ryan McHarg, Ray White East Brisbane, 0421 222 334

This is no ordinary Queenslander; arguably Woolloongabba’s finest residence, it was originally built and owned by the jam manufacturing Duthie family around 1894.

It’s a stunning example of what would have been a luxurious Queenslander back then and today it stands as a gorgeous contemporary home, a landmark property with a magnificent streetscape and a raft of carefully preserved historical features.

Its sophisticated interiors are only recent ??? previously the house was owned by the Endeavour Foundation and run as part of its local offices. But an architect owner stripped it back completely and painstakingly brought it back to life, agent Ryan McHarg says.

“You can’t repeat a house like this. The original architecture is stunning and it’s been so beautifully renovated,” he says.

Luxury features include Italian marble throughout, Miele appliances, European Oak parquetry flooring and chandeliers but its the original high ceilings, wide hallways and oversized timber frame windows that give it that irreplaceable sense of grandeur.

The house is set on , 783 square metres of land in one of Woollongabba’s most central locations less than 10 minutes to the CBD, four minutes from the Woollongabba shopping precinct and five minutes to the PA Hospital. Extras include a private secure entrance, a timber deck overlooking both the front and rear gardens and ducted air conditioning. 40 Alma Street, Paddington

40 Alma Street, Padddington Photo: Red & Co Real Estate$1.8 million – $1.9 million

4 bed, 2 bath, 2 car

Open Saturday April 8, 9.30am – 10.15am

Anthony Oddo, Red & Co Real Estate, 0430028254

Perched in a leafy Paddington street, this pre-war Queenslander has equal parts charm and equal parts potential.

Set over two 405 square metre lots, it’s perfectly liveable as is but has the space required to extend it into a commanding family home, agent Anthony Oddo says.

“The land gives you that opportunity to extend, add a pool, turning into a mid-$2 million property,” he says.

“It’s got beautiful Queenslander features … there’s so much that can be done here. You can live in it with your family and the house can grow with you.”

The house features high ceilings, ornate breezeways, VJ boards, polished floorboards and large front and rear decks. The block itself is gently sloping and beautifully shaded by established trees and shrubs.

Only 300 metres from Latrobe Terrace and 700 metres from Rosalie, it’s in the Milton State School catchment and ideally positioned just a few kilometres from the CBD. 10c/135 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba

10C/135 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba Photo: Ray White Mooloolaba$599,000

2 bed, 2 bath, 1 car

Open Saturday April 8, 10am – 10.30am

Steven Allen, Ray White Mooloolaba, 0416 110 918

Height restrictions mean apartments on the 10th floor are a rare commodity in Mooloolaba; so rare, in fact, there’s only two buildings that have them.

That makes this two bedroom unit on the 10th floor of the iconic Newport building a sought-after piece of real estate, agent Steve Allen says.

“This is an absolutely blue chip position with stunning, 180-degree uninterrupted views of the ocean, as well as views out to the seaway,” he says.

Opposite the surf club, the unit is only moments from the Esplanade with its cafes, restaurants and shopping.

The unit itself is light and breezy with a fully tiled open plan living and dining area leading out onto the balcony. Both double bedrooms have built-in robes and the main bedroom has its own ocean front balcony and large ensuite.

Resort facilities include a large heated swimming pool, barbecue and outdoor entertaining areas surrounded by tropical landscaped gardens, children’s playground and heated spa and sauna.2/212 Vulture Street, South Brisbane

2/212 Vulture Street, South Brisbane Photo: Place Estate Agents Kangaroo PointOffers over $2.75 million

4 bed, 4 bath, 3 car

Open Saturday April 8, 10.30am – 11am

Agent: Simon Caulfield, Place Estate Agents Kangaroo Point, 0437 935 912

Buyers wanting to replicate the privacy and space of a house will love this north-facing, sprawling apartment in the tightly-held “Villagio” building in South Brisbane, agent Simon Caulfield says.

“This is a proper boutique building because it’s only one apartment per floor and only eight apartments in the entire building,” he says.

“You get the benefits of a house, with the space, the privacy and your own four walls, without the maintenance of a house.”

The apartment is more than just the complex though. The views from this residence are beautiful; a glittering skyline, quiet ripple of the river and the urban views surrounding it give it a sense of excitment.

This is inner city living at its best with Southbank, Kangaroo Point, West End and the CBD all within arms reach. With four bedrooms, four bathrooms and three car spaces, it’s well appointed and an easy place to take up residence.

Features include generous huge open plan living areas, C-bus security, private secure lift entry, chef’s kitchen, high ceilings and an expansive terrace that overlooks the city and river without interruption.

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