Property prices in Gold Coast’s Main Beach are soaring

first_imgThere’s a combination of houses and apartments in the beachside suburb.Ray White Prestige Gold Coast agent Robert Graham said Broadbeach had been “on top” for many years but Main Beach was catching up to reclaim its title.“The resurgence by Main Beach was driven heavily by Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne buyers identifying value for money,” he said.“Restaurants are again full, coffee shops have line ups, there are Nippers at the Main Beach Surf Club in action — it’s an exciting suburb and it’s almost back to its statue as being the number one beachside suburb.”MORE NEWS: Coast’s top 10 most popular suburbs Property prices at Main Beach have soared in the past year.MAIN Beach is back in vogue.The median property price in the beachfront suburb surged 29.2 per cent to $1,437,500 in the past year, according to REA’s Property Outlook Report January 2019.Nerida Conisbee, realestate.com.au chief economist, said it was a sign the Gold Coast had recovered from a post Commonwealth Games slump.“Some suburbs in this area are doing particularly well, with Main Beach up almost 30 per cent over the past 12 months, while Currumbin is up over 13 per cent,” she said. “A large volume of search activity on realestate.com.au suggests these price increases may be driven in part by Sydney money but also by the Gold Coast’s developing economy and relatively low levels of new development.”She believed the Commonwealth Games was responsible for some of the growth.“At the end of the Commonwealth Games, we did see a drop off in activity … but very quickly it’s turned around,” she said. 4/3565 Main Beach Pde, Main Beach, $5.5 million150/59 Pacific St, Main Beach, $5.3 million71/3 Cunningham Ave, Main Beach, $4.4 million28/3510 Main Beach Pde, Main Beach, $3.1 million150/59 Pacific St, $5.3 million2301/25 Breaker St, Main Beach, $3.05 million 103/3645 Main Beach Pde, Main Beach, $2.575 million TOP 2018 MAIN BEACH SALES MORE NEWS: $7 million discount for Alan Bond’s ‘ultimate estate’ “Properties don’t last as they’re in high demand and are of a limited supply.”Lucy Cole Prestige Properties managing director Lucy Cole said high-end apartments or properties of limited supply were mostly pushing prices up.“The stock is very light, especially for villas and that’s what’s been pushing the prices up,” she said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“There’s been a few penthouse sales too.”Magnificent Main Beach principal Bruce Wilson said new infrastructure, including the light rail station, attracted professionals who worked close by.“The infrastructure is there to complement the village atmosphere,” he said.“That’s the key to Main Beach — it’s got that village atmosphere and the main thing is you can walk anywhere.”center_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:46Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:46 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenChoosing an apartment to invest in01:47 Main Beach – $1,437,500 up 29.2 per centGaven – $730,000 up 17.6 per centCurrumbin – $850,000 up 13.3 per centHollywell –$776,000 up 12.2 per centLower Beechmont – $520,000 up 10.6 per cent(Source: realestate.com.au) TOP 5 GROWTH SUBURBS (median price, growth) He said there was strong demand for both apartments and houses.“There’s a growing trend in those luxury apartment buildings from people on the Gold Coast who identify those whole floor apartments as being great value,” he said.“The western side of Tedder Ave, which is predominantly the housing component, is experiencing it’s lowest level of homes for sale in a long time. last_img read more

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United climb up to fifth

first_imgThis coming Sunday, June 28, Pattaya United will take on second placed Angthong FC, currently lying just one point above United, at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. and tickets are available for the match at the Dolphins Stadium Ticket Office 2, from 2 p.m. on match day priced at 120, 150 or 200 baht (60 baht for students and children under 120cm tall).Pattaya United FC line up before their Thai Division 1 fixture against Pichit FC at the Pichit Stadium, Saturday, June 20. (Photo/Pattaya United FC) Pattaya United bounced back from their previous week’s 2-1 defeat at Bangkok FC to record a first away win of the season against Pichit FC at the Pichit Stadium on Saturday, June 20.  A first half goal from Korean defender Lee Won-young was enough to seal the points for United and send them up to fifth place in the league standings on 21 points.last_img read more

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Monley in the money …again

first_imgThere were some good scores, the weather was definitely staying on our side and a comfortable day was had by all.  Competition was tough in the A grade and the winner off his handicap of five with 40 points on a count back was Barry Welling ahead of Keith Buchanan in second.  Third with 36 points was Alan Hanlon on a count back over fourth placed Fred Cuypers.B flight was won by Mark Henkel with a great score of 43 points.  Second with another great score, 42 points, was Sandy Leiper while third place went to Tom Cotton with 38.  The final podium spot went to our only lady player Rita Zobelli with 35 points.A Flight (0-19)1st Barry Welling (5) 40pts2nd Keith Buchanan (15) 40pts3rd Alan Hanlon (14) 36pts4th Fred Cuypers (17) 36ptsB Flight (20+)1st Mark Henkel (25) 43pts2nd Sandy Leiper (32) 42pts3rd Tom Cotton (25) 38pts4th Rita Zobelli (23) 35ptsNear Pins:  5th Roy Dayton; 7th Keith Buchanan; 12th Tom Cotton; 16th Barry Welling.Long Putt:  9th Tom Cotton; 18th Tom McDowell.Thursday, Jan. 15, The Emerald – StablefordSome stray cats were still heading home as 26 Growling Swan golfers were heading to Emerald last Thursday.  The weather was perfect with a gentle zephyr keeping tempers cool as the course certainly bared its claws.  Only ‘Mr. Consistent’ Gary Monley bettered his handicap and the general consensus was that the shoddy condition of the course presented was not good value for the price.Monday winner Mark Henkel (left) with Compass Cap recipient Alan “Colonel” Sanders.Mine host Peter Grey, always has an eventful day at golf and today he turned fifty shades greyer when he was soggy-arsed by a Hunter Gear sprinkler and then had to endure an agonizing wait to see if his maiden par 3 near-pin held up. ….. Onya Pete!Sal ‘The Muz” Brizzi one-putted his way to a count-back win in A Grade, beating JJ Harney whose fitness waned over the last few holes.‘Mr Consistent’ finished six points clear of Seesa in B Grade, whilst the Coveted Compass Cap was gleaned by Alan Taylor who accepted the award ever so graciously.A Flight (0–23)1st Sal Brizzi (7) 35pts2nd JJ Harney (10) 35pts3rd Kev Waycott (10) 33pts4th John Davis (15) 32ptsB Flight (23+)1st Gary Monley (29) 38pts2nd Seesa (26) 32pts3rd Kurt Persson (26) 31pts4th Sandy Leiper (32) 31ptsNear Pins: 5th John Davis; 7th JJ Harney; 13th Ebrahim; 15th Peter GreyLong Putts: 9th Seesa, 18th Jason SchembriNote:  The Growling Swan is a friendly PSC Golf outlet and welcomes all golfers for a fun day out.  We generally play Mondays and Thursdays with buses mostly departing at 8.30 am.  Please contact Peter Grey on 0861 503086 if you are interested in a game.The Growling Swan also caters to the lawn bowling enthusiasts.  Bus transport leaves the Swan at 10.00 am to play at Coco’s under cover synthetic lawn bowls on Sundays and at the Retreat Lawn Bowls grass greens on Wednesdays also departing at 10.00 am.  The cost including bus transport, green fees and hot lunch is less than four hundred baht, so great value for a day out.  Please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454005 if you would like to come along. PSC Golf from The Growling SwanMonday, Jan. 12, Pattaya C.C. – StablefordTwenty seven combatants set out today with the weather looking as if it was going to be on our side.  After a short bus trip we arrived to find the old club house still in use, with no date given as to when the new one will be in operation.  I have to say we were greeted by the friendliest staff I have ever encountered and nothing was a problem, which was very refreshing. We hit the tee boasting two grades and found the course still a little underdone, with tricky greens, pin placements a bit tough and dry fairways.  Overall, if they get things right (and I am sure they are heading in the right direction), booking and getting on this course will be harder than picking Saturday night’s Tattslotto numbers.(From left) Sal Brizzi, Alan Taylor and Gary Monley.last_img read more

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Shining Knight takes the win at Burapha

first_imgKen is one of the early arriving participants for the upcoming annual four day TEAC tour which has attracted a field of 38 this year and starts here at Burapha on Monday 10th March.  Barney Clarkson recorded his first podium place for some time with his 31pts to take fourth, which should give his confidence a boost as he will also be a starter in the TEAC comp.Kerry Beck had a good 40pts to win the top division from Peter Nixon (37), with the ever present Bob Finley back in third with 36.Finally, welcome to Peter Skelcher, a mate of Mick Leighton’s, who also played with us today and both Peter & Mick are members of Harleyford Golf Club near Marlow, which was also General Jack’s former club.There were three ‘2’s from Bob Finley (C5), Kerry Beck and Jim Brackett (both on C8).Note: We later found out the the D loop had been closed early to carry out the verticutting of the greens in preparation for the Singha Open in April, which is usually played on the B & D nines and apparently this year will attract some of the big names in Thai golf.Div A (0-17)1st Kerry Beck (12) 40pts2nd Peter Nixon (13) 37pts3rd Bob Finley (14) 36pts4th Jim Brackett (9) 35ptsDiv B (18+)1st Tim Knight (23) 43pts2nd Bob Lindborg (21) 37pts3rd Ken Holman (19) 33pts4th Jimmy Little (19) 30ptsWednesday, Feb. 26, Bangpra – StablefordOur original Bangpra field of 27 was whittled down to a perfect 24 on the day, with the usual early 8.15 start remaining very popular.  The course, which continues to please the eye, was bathed in sunshine upon our arrival and once again the tenth tee was ready and waiting for us to start.Guy Brennan.We sent out a three-ball first as Dah, our driver, had been unable to find the hotel where Trevor Turner was staying but he arrived later under his own initiative, so we added him in at the back giving us three more three-balls; never ideal when following four-balls but at this time of the year, when the courses are busy, makes very little difference.Angus Neilson, over on yet another of his golfing challenges, called in sick on Monday and was not expecting to be fit to play at all after twisting his knee when getting out of bed whilst on holiday with his family in Phi Phi.  However, he made a remarkable recovery and it was nice to see him having a hit, even if he could only muster a mere 27pts.Guy Brennan (37pts), the Div A winner, was the only man to break handicap on a course that played very long as many of the white tees had been pushed back to the blues due to course maintenance and the greens, although somewhat slower than usual, still gave the golfers something to think about.That was especially the case for poor old Bob St. Aubin (32) who was completely paranoid about them (the greens), although managing to scramble his way into second place in Div B, talked and worried his way out of many more points on the greens, with his worst effort being five putts on the fifth; from tee to green he hit the ball really well!There were two ‘2’s from Guy Brennan & Stuart Sinfield.Div A (0-14)1st Guy Brennan (10) 37pts2nd Trevor Turner (10) 33pts3rd Stephen Mann (9) 30ptsDiv B (15+)1st Andy Makara (27) 34pts2nd Bob St. Aubin (15) 32pts3rd Geoff Doody (24) 32ptsFriday, Feb. 28, Green Valley – StablefordIt was noticeably quieter at Green Valley today, with many of the Koreans gone and some of the others away playing with PSC at Plutaluang.  We teed off 20 minutes early in a gentle breeze and the course was sparkling in the sunlight waiting to be taken on, and at the end of the day some fairly good scores were returned.Stephen “Waldo” Blazsanyik.Jim Brackett and Waldo (Steve Blazsanyik) both scored 39’s to win Div A and Div B respectively, with Div C being won by Brendan Cope on 36.  Other good scores came from Peter Nixon (38pts), Kerry Beck (36pts), Peter LeNoury and Steve Plant also both on 36 all in Div A, as Bob St. Aubin and Sugar signed for 36’s as well in Div B.  In Div C the scoring wasn’t quite as good as Andy took second with 34 and a surprised Tim Knight third with only 31.There were three ‘2’s from Steve Plant (4th), and Peter Nixon & Kimm Hopewell (both on the 12th).Div A (0-14)1st Jim Brackett (9) 39pts2nd Peter Nixon (13) 38pts3rd Kerry Beck (11) 36ptsDiv B (15-19)1st Stephen Blazsanyik (19) 39pts2nd Bob St. Aubin (15) 36pts3rd Sugar Ray Handford (18) 36ptsDiv C (20+)1st Brendan Cope (29) 36pts2nd Andy Makara (27) 33pts3rd Tim Knight (21) 31ptsNote:  The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country.  Call Jack on 081 578 1956. PSC golf from The Outback Golf BarMonday, Feb. 24, Burapha – StablefordA moderate field for the time of year of 27 Outbackers played Burapha on a cloudy day with a cool breeze; unusually playing the D loop first followed by C, which I believe was because D was to be closed in the afternoon hopefully for some maintenance as it’s condition wasn’t as good as usual.  The highlight of the day was a great 43pts by Tim Knight to register the day’s top score and win Div B by six from a resurgent Bob Lindborg on 37 in second.  Bob was followed home by one of the visiting TEAC group, Ken Holman with 33.Tim Knight with caddy.last_img read more

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Titans pleased, but not satisfied after win over Patriots

first_imgHe wanted to personally shake the hand of every member of his team as they came off the field. Between the flood of high-fives and hugs, Vrabel mostly said, “Thank you” as his smiling players streamed by. Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, left, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speak at midfield after an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)Foxborough, Mass. (AP) — Titans coach Mike Vrabel posted himself outside the locker room following Tennessee’s 20-13 wild-card playoff win over the New England Patriots and waited. Loading…Sponsored Content10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWill You Recognize Celebs In Their Kid Photos?7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mindcenter_img The last player to come down the corridor was running back Derrick Henry. When he locked eyes with his coach, he beamed as well and began shouting, “We want more! We want more!” before the pair eventually shared their own embrace.Tennessee’s methodical effort against the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots and the league’s top-ranked defense was one of the biggest surprises of Saturday’s opening day of the playoffs. But the Titans made one thing clear afterward: They feel like their best football is still ahead of them. They advanced to face AFC top seed Baltimore in the divisional round.“That’s the way we like it. We don’t want nothing easy. We want it gritty, we want it dirty,” said Henry, who carried 34 times for 182 yards and a touchdown.Henry, whose 444 scrimmage yards rank second in the Super Bowl era for a player in their first three career playoff games, said they weren’t fazed playing against a Patriots team that had motivation after losing to the Titans during the regular season last year. It was a game that also could have potentially been quarterback Tom Brady’s final game with the Patriots. The six-time champion’s current contract expires following the season.“We knew what type of game this was going to be. We knew this was a hostile environment,” Henry said. “We knew this was a different type of team in the playoffs. But we just had to play our game. Not worry about the outside noise. Just do what we needed to do.”The Titans also did it the same way they did it in winning seven of their 10 games to qualify for the playoffs: grinding out points through Henry and riding the resurgent play of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who is 8-3 since taking over the starting role from 2015 first-round pick Marcus Mariota.Tannehill led the NFL during the regular season with a career-best 117.5 passer rating, and also led the league averaging 9.6 yards per pass attempt. He was just 8 of 15 for 72 yards and an interception Saturday night, but stayed poised and kept the ball moving — which limited the number of possessions for the Patriots.Tennessee’s 72 passing yards are the fewest by any team in a playoff win since the 2009 Ravens (34) against the Patriots in the 2009 wild-card round.Combined with his time as Miami’s starter, Tannehill now has five victories over New England. Including the playoffs, those are the second-most wins of any quarterback during the Belichick and Brady era, behind only Peyton Manning’s six.“I’m so proud of this team,” Tannehill said. “It was ugly at times offensively. But we kept fighting and found a way to make a couple of plays at the end.”The biggest of the night came on the Patriots’ final possession of the night — after All-Pro Brett Kern’s 58-yard punt put the ball at the 1 — when cornerback and former Patriot Logan Ryan intercepted Brady and ran it in for a 9-yard touchdown.The defense also had a goal-line stand in the second quarter that limited New England to a field goal just before the half.“This is amazing. But it’s not over,” tackle Taylor Lewan said. “The last two decades, they’ve been the greatest team in football. We played good football. We took care of the ball and our defense stepped up when they needed to. Offense stepped up. And now we play the Ravens.”last_img read more

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Table tennis tournament awards 252,000 baht in prizes

first_imgPattaya-area youths won 252,000 baht in prizes at the Pattaya Table Tennis Open.Former MP Poramet Ngampichet, Pattaya Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon and Sanga Kijsamrej, advisor to the Pattaya Business & Tourism Association, handed out prizes at the Sept. 29 tournament at the Eastern National Indoor Stadium. Capt. Tirawit Khumbangli, secretary of the table tennis organizing committee, said the tournament was organized to develop sportsmanship in youths and encourage exercise.Ronakit Eaksingh, deputy mayor of Pattaya along with city councilors present trophies and prizes to the winners in the 7 different categories. Teams of two competed, with 210 teams taking part in total.  First place in each category earned 30,000 baht, second place took 15,000 baht and third place won 8,000 baht.The winners by category were:  Mens (all ages) – 1. Military 2. Pattaya A 3. Central Club F; Men/Women (all ages) – 1. Military 2. Pattaya A 3. Central Club C; Men Under 30 – 1. Baan Poothairung A 2. Baan Poothairung B 3. Pattaya 304; Men/Women Under 30 – 1. Ping Pong Acame 2. Wanmarinam Pattaya 304 3. Wanmarinam Pattaya 303; Men Combined Under 90 – 1. Pattaya 901 2. Pattaya 906 3 Pattaya 904; Singles Under 12 – 1. Sitisak Nuchanadee 2. Chareonchai Desriburapakul 3. Napat Thammatikom; Singles Under 10 – 1. Wanchart Phitakkulsiri 2. Panyapran Atsathit 3. Sitisak Nuchanadee.A team member of Pattaya A attempts a backhand passing shot during a qualifying round.last_img read more

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Avalanche death a reminder to be aware

first_imgThis condition is seen once a year or more in the mountains and is quite normal according to Johnson. Johnson recommends that people check the avalanche bulletins on the Canadian Avalanche Centre’s website prior to doing any trips. The bulletins are updated daily with the latest conditions.“Beyond that it is about trip planning. It’s about where you’re going to go in the mountains and what you’re going to do. When conditions are a bit unstable, or it’s a bit tricky, it’s important that you have a really good trip plan,” said Johnson.Johnson encourages backcountry enthusiasts to include options in their trip planning in order to be able to keep to low risk areas. Johnson also highly recommends taking an avalanche class.“If you haven’t taken a class and you’re looking to get into backcountry snowmobiling or skiing, an avalanche class is pretty much the way to go. It doesn’t make you an expert by any means, but it keys you into the right information. It teaches you about avalanches and mountain terrain that avalanches occur in, and about avalanche rescue so if things go wrong you know what you can do.”Along with the avalanche awareness course available online at www.avalanche.ca, there are a number of course providers around the Kootenay Boundary area.The Canadian Avalanche Centre is also hosting Avalanche Awareness Days from Jan. 9 – 10 at both Whitewater Ski Resort and Red Mountain. Some of the activities will include: beacon search demonstration, beacon Olympics competition, and ski patrol demonstrations. For information on the events go to: Avalanche Awareness Days on the centre’s website. The unfortunate death of an Albertan man in an avalanche over the weekend in Rossland is a tragic reminder that avalanche awareness is critical to anyone doing backcountry sports in the Kootenay Boundary. Greg Johnson, avalanche forecaster for the Canadian Avalanche Centre based in Revelstoke, explained that current conditions across the regions are dangerous.“It sounds like what happened over the weekend was that there was a party of skiers and they were coming down the woods and they hit a steep open area,” said Johnson, “the snowpack was weak there and it released. One person was caught and was pushed into some trees and died. The avalanche conditions in general throughout the B.C. Interior including areas of the Kootenay Boundary are inherently tricky right now. There’s a weak snow layer in the snowpack.”The snowpack forms in layers over time in the winter. Each successive storm that hits has different characteristics and deposits different types of snow. Some of those layers stick together better than others, explained Johnson.“We’ve got a layer that is called surface hoar. It’s a surface frost. It’s the same stuff that forms on your car, but on the snow it can get quite big. Some of the crystals will be two centimeters tall,” said Johnson. “After they (the crystals) are buried they can be a notorious weak layer in the snow pack. And that’s what we’re dealing with right now – we’re in a time period that is optimal for people going out and triggering avalanches.”last_img read more

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