The multimillion-dollar sale of a Gold Coast trophy home has set a new street record

first_img252 Pacific Parade, Bilinga.“At that stage, it had an old beach shack on it that had been built in the 1940s and was in a fairly dilapidated state,” Dr Johnson told The Bulletin earlier this month.Renowned Coast architect Paul Uhlmann helped the couple design the five-­bedroom, three bathroom home that stands today, which was built in 2011.It has a seemingly endless list of luxury features and stunning views of the coastline.The sale comes after another beachfront home at Bilinga sold for $3.3 million under the hammer last weekend.Mr Dowker, who also marketed the Short St property, said following the auction beachfront properties between Palm Beach and Bilinga were in high demand lately.He reiterated the beachfront market’s strength last week, explaining many have sold within 30 days of being listed.“There’s been really good momentum in the beachfront market,” he said. 252 Pacific Parade, Bilinga.Like that property, the house at No. 252 attracted prospective buyers in droves before it sold late last week.Ray White Mermaid Beach agent Troy Dowker said more than 40 groups inspected the trophy home throughout the month it was on the market.“We had three offers running on it, two locals and one (from) interstate,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“It sold a couple of days before auction.”A local buyer living on the southern Gold Coast was the successful bidder.Mr Dowker said the property’s 16m-wide ocean frontage was a major drawcard, as many beachfront properties were 10m wide.“It’s wider than your standard block, that gives you a really nice expansive footprint,” he said.A traditional beach house once stood on the 506sq m block but sellers Kay and Trevor Johnson bought it in 2007 with the intention of knocking it down and replacing it with their dream home. 252 Pacific Parade, Bilinga.A WAVE of house hunters on the market for beachfront homes continues to sweep across the Gold Coast with a Bilinga property fetching a record price last week.The towering seaside mansion on Pacific Pde sold for $4 million days before its scheduled auction on Saturday.It marks a record sale for the street, which was ­previously set by former Queensland Governor ­Leneen Forde’s property of 25 years.Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey bought the property at No. 248 for $3.1 million at a packed on-site auction in February. 252 Pacific Parade, Bilinga.center_img 252 Pacific Parade, Bilinga. 252 Pacific Parade, Bilinga.last_img read more

Teens had much different Oakland experience than Clippers

first_imgThanks to the Verizon Foundation and the LA Clippers Foundation, young men like Caleb Clouden got to experience a week of firsts.“It’s like the most exciting thing ever,” he said, his voice exactly matching those words.There was the first plane ride — a Southwest flight from Los Angeles to Oakland.“If only you knew how excited I was to fly,” he said.He recounted a trip to the Verizon offices, were he took videos of new tracking technologies that he immediately sent to his friends. From there, the group went a fancy dinner in San Francisco. The next morning, another trip to a corporate office, this time Airbnb, where the boys got to see a modern start-up office, with shared workspaces and open office configurations. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Saturday’s main event was the game, and before things went horribly on the court, the group got to sit courtside and watch the Clippers go through their pregame routines.“I’ve never been to something like this. I’ve never seen players like this up close,” Clouden said. “When you get down there, the court, it seems smaller. When you’re at the top or watching it on TV, it seems bigger, wider.”And that’s the message the trip’s organizers hoped to convey.These things, the engineering jobs at Verizon, the programming gigs at Airbnb, the athletic trainers, the shooting guards — they’re all possibilities.“It makes me think anything is possible,” Clouden said.For Clipper assistant coach for player development Dee Brown, who met with the group twice, getting their perspective on things was refreshing.He remembered talking to one member of the group, a Bay Area native returning to the area for the first time. He and his mother had left because his stepfather was abusive. They were briefly homeless.A trip near the water in San Francisco triggered some memories.“He went to the pier and he said, ‘Mr. Brown, I remember,’” Brown said.He responded by asking him about his favorite part of the whole weekend.“He said ‘The hotel bed was so comfortable. The most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in,’” Brown said. “It puts everything in perspective. … That story right there was very powerful to me.”center_img OAKLAND >> As Stephen Curry was raining down 3s, as Kevin Durant glided around like a 7-foot extra terrestrial and as Draymond Green blocked shoots and slammed home dunks, the Clippers could only hope to keep the 144-98 loss — the worst defeat of their season — in perspective.They spoke with soft, humiliated voices after the game and could have reminded themselves that they were playing without Chris Paul, their starting point guard. They could’ve said that the game was simply one of 82 — that a one-point loss and a 40-point loss lead to the same result in the standings. That it truly doesn’t matter if you beat them in the regular season when it only really counts if you beat them in postseason.Or, the Clippers could’ve walked back on the floor toward their bench, toward the basket where Curry scored 25 points in the third quarter. And, they could’ve looked up toward the roof of Oracle Arena, where hours earlier, perspective was sitting in the last few rows of section 211.For a group of 12 teenagers, Saturday’s game in Oakland wasn’t a lopsided loss. It wasn’t a disappointment. It was the experience of a lifetime.last_img read more

Clayton Kershaw walked an unsteady tightrope, but he’ll gladly take the win

first_imgWASHINGTON >> October has become the month of aces wild. Cole Hamels gets torched, Rick Porcello and David Price come up empty. It happened in 2015, too.Clayton Kershaw needs no introduction to the trap doors that swallow up the best starting pitchers, at least the ones not named Madison Bumgarner. If you graded him on a curve in Game 1 — not his curve, but the way he compared to everything else — he was fine.“If I had pitched a shutout for seven innings and we hadn’t won, it would have been a different feeling,” Kershaw said. He was presented with a 4-0 lead against Washington in the first two-and-a-half innings and came within 90 feet of giving it up. He left after five innings, leaving a lot of plowing for almost every hand in the Dodger bullpen. But he was the winning pitcher, 4-3, and he does not take that for granted in the postseason. Kershaw proclaimed it a “total team win.” Make that total organization. There are 11 players on this 25-man roster that weren’t on the 25-man roster that left Camelback Ranch in the spring. Two were prominent here: Andrew Toles with a single that began a three-run rally in the third, and Grant Dayton, who got a fly-ball third out from Bryce Harper with a man on in the sixth.It was such an ensemble production that Kenley Jansen wound up batting, and Charlie Culberson wound up hitting fifth. And it would have been a nauseous loss, especially when Corey Seager’s mammoth first-inning homer and Justin Turner’s two-run shot in the third ambushed Max Scherzer, the probable National League Cy Young winner.Now Kershaw can regroup until Game 4, when the Dodgers will be leading 2-1, trailing 2-1, or preparing for the next series. The fact that he only threw 101 pitches does not mean he’s a lock to pitch that game.“It sounds like an excuse,” pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, “but you have to look at where he is in this season. This is only, what, his sixth game since he came back (from a back injury)? He’s at a different point than he normally is when we get this far.”Kershaw had not thrown more than 91 pitches in any of his comeback starts. “He kinda lost his off-speed pitches there in the middle, made it a little more difficult,” Honeycutt said. “But the thing I always know he’s going to do is fight. He got some really big outs.”In the third and the fifth, Kershaw struck out Danny Espinosa with Nationals in scoring position. That last one, on his final pitch, came after Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon had lashed hard singles, and Ryan Zimmerman had driven a deep fly ball to right field. Zimerman, who came into the game with only two multiple-hit games since Aug. 20, was seeing Kershaw especially well, and the Nationals piled up six singles and two doubles.In the fourth, Harper popped up to Chase Utley with two out, after Trea Turner’s sacrifice fly had cut it to 4-3. Overall, Washington left nine runners on base and went 1 for 10 with men in scoring position.This came after Kershaw had muscled his way through the first inning, striking out the side, and winning a snarling duel with Bryce Harper at 95 mph. But the fire wasn’t quite there in the second, especially when Utley booted a grounder that would have been the third out. Scherzer came up and delighted the crowd by lasting for eight pitches, finally sending a flare that Seager had to run down in short left. Those excess pitches didn’t help.“He had some long counts,” Honeycutt said. “He had a lot of runners on base. And they’ve got a veteran team, so we were changing signs a lot. It seemed like they were on second base a lot. Clayton knows how important every pitch is, so we didn’t want any confusion there.”“You always want to get into a rhythm,” said Kershaw, referring to the constant confabs with catcher Yasmani Grandal. “But making sure you’re on the same page is important. Knowing the signs is even more important.“I didn’t think my stuff was that bad. I never like throwing that many pitches in five innings. I didn’t pitch that great, but we had a lot of guys contributing, especially at the top of the order. To see Corey do something like that, he doesn’t surprise me any more. He shows you that maturity doesn’t really have an age.”And a W, in October, doesn’t really need an explanation.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more