Paradise Palms is one of many great features of Kewarra Beach. Picture: Marc McCormackKEWARRA is an Aboriginal word meaning “at the foot of the rainbow”.And for many long-term residents like Shelley Gooding, Kewarra Beach has certainly been worth its weight in gold.Over more than 20 years, the beautician and her husband Stan have come to love the Northern Beaches suburb while living in their charming Chelsea Close home.“It feels safe here, you can walk around at night and it is a good, healthy environment in which kids can grow up,” Mrs Gooding said. “We can go down to the beach and enjoy a barbecue with friends.”Kewarra Beach is not seen by tourists in the same way as neighbouring suburbs like Trinity Beach and Palm Cove, but that’s just how the locals like it.At about $460,000, according to CoreLogic, the median house price at Kewarra Beach has risen steadily over recent years.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoBut the suburb’s laid-back lifestyle is arguably its biggest virtue, and the reason locals like Mrs Gooding are “not going anywhere”.“We built the house for our kids and now we’ve got grandchildren coming, so we’re not in a hurry,” she said. Panguna Valley residential estate has been a welcome addition to Kewarra Beach which, although about 20km from the Cairns CBD, is close to the shops and schools of Smithfield.Kewarra Beach selling agent Todd Hudson, of Cairns Beaches Realty, said the suburb attracted a “wide range of people”.“Kewarra Beach is one of the best price points for buying property and there are still quite a number of houses on big blocks,” he said.“We still get a lot of medium buyers, in that $400,000-$450,000 range, and also first-home owners and retirees. The level of inquiry so far in 2017 has been better than last year.” A five-bedroom home on Teewah Close, Kewarra Beach, sold in March for $490,000.Although seen as a more affordable alternative to Palm Cove and Trinity Beach, the suburb has recorded a number of property sales in excess of the $1 million mark.
The Minka Twins are influenced by the blurring of indoor and outdoor spaces found in traditional Japanese farm dwellings, known as minka.These are not houses to throw stones in.Two homes – dubbed the Minka Twins – are currently under construction at Bardon, and are made almost entirely of glass and wooden battens.Designed by renowned architect Liam Proberts, of Bureau Proberts, the houses are inspired by Japanese style, and can be completely opened on all sides. The Minka Twins are being constructed at Bardon, and have been designed by architect Liam ProbertsMr Proberts said the designs were created to suit living in Brisbane’s subtropical climate and the new home needs of a modern family.“They are influenced by the blurring of indoor and outdoor spaces found in traditional Japanese farm dwellings, known as minka,” he said. “The Minka Twins’ lower level is constructed largely of glass walls that can be completely opened up via an engineered track system to create the most seamless sense of indoor-outdoor living you can imagine.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago“Feature batten screening on all sides, high ceilings and pitched roofs pay respect to the Queenslander character of the Bardon streetscape.“The homes have open floor plans that still provide good separation for the occupants and many other modern attributes including ducted airconditioning, exposed concrete floors and awnings for shade and privacy.” The Minka Twins design blurs the lines between the outdoors and indoors.The houses are being constructed by Brisbane-based Story Developments, and each includes four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, two study areas, family rooms, indoor gardens and double car garages. Each house has a stunning family pool and extensive modern landscaping.“The Minka Twins will be the first in a collection of homes we will be releasing,” said Story Developments director Marvin D’souza. “Plans are already under way for our next instalment of homes, to be located in Graceville, and these will also stand out from the crowd.“The idea behind Story Developments is that each project we do will be totally unique and create interesting and never-before-seen designs for Brisbane, located in highly sought-after suburbs.”The Minka Twins are being marketed by Position Property.“The supply of new, premium homes in Bardon is at a significant low,” said Position Property director Richard Lawrence.“It’s one of Brisbane’s most desirable suburbs – appealing to families in particular due to the excellent education facilities, proximity to Indooroopilly Shopping Centre and location only 6km from the CBD,” he said.Construction is currently under way with completion expected in August. read more
Published on December 2, 2014 at 9:49 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ ANN ARBOR, Mich. — In the first half, Michigan fired shot after shot over the Syracuse defense. But they were hurried, defended, fed by passes from the perimeter and ultimately, the Wolverines were throwing shot after shot off the rim.Syracuse was the same team it had been for much of the early part of the season. It generally controlled the paint, got nothing from the perimeter and had its best weapon, Rakeem Christmas, in foul trouble. Still, when the Orange players were winning when they jogged off at halftime.But when they came back on the Crisler Arena floor for the second half, they let themselves slip into a shootout. With Michigan guards splitting the Syracuse zone, SU had entered a game it couldn’t win. Soon the No. 17 Wolverines (6-1) were raining those same 3s over the Syracuse (5-2) zone, but into the hoop off kick outs and UM was on its way to beating the Orange 68-65 in front of 12,707.“Once they get to the middle, it’s broken,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said. “The zone is broken.”With 16:39 left in the game UM guard Spike Albrecht drove at Christmas and as the Orange forward stepped, Albrecht threw a behind-the-back pass to forward Ricky Doyle, who finished with a two-handed slam as Christmas slapped him on the arm.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe paint had belonged to Syracuse in the first half, even with Christmas in foul trouble. But as Michigan stole a foothold at the heart of the court, the Wolverines started to take over the game.“We let them get inside a couple times and they got some baskets under the basket that we shouldn’t let happen,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.With the zone broken open, there was only so much SU’s bigs could do to save the rest of the team. When they stepped to UM guards slashing to the basket, they left forwards open behind them for easy finishes.And even when Cooney heated up for his best performance of the season, shooting 4-of-7 from 3-point range in the second half, Syracuse could only stay in the game. It couldn’t take it back.Defensive stops were few and far between for the Orange. When they did happen, SU would cough up one of its 10 second-half turnovers on the other end. Syracuse could survive, but with Michigan taking the lane, the Orange could cover the corners or the blocks. Not both.“We let them get penetration down there and get some baskets inside because we were so concerned about their 3-point shooters,” Boeheim said.Forward Chris McCullough re-entered the game with 6:56 left with four fouls to his name and SU down 58-49. Locking up the paint and snaring defensive rebounds, he pushed Syracuse back into the game.It would wind down into a series of fouls and timeouts that Syracuse had a chance to come out of on top of. SU tied the game with just a minute remaining, but a game it had lost control of in the middle of the second half became a game it trailed in for good 26 seconds later.With 31 seconds left and the game tied, Albrecht caught the ball off a kick out at the top of the key. Cooney charged him, but as he turned to watch Michigan’s 16th 3-point attempt of the half take flight, he saw UM’s eighth triple of the frame fall through the net, giving Michigan a 66-63 lead, and one it wouldn’t relinquish.“I definitely think my guards are definitely better than them,” McCullough said. “(But) today I think they had it in the second half.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ read more