Brisbane couple buy first Aussie home

first_img Graya’s next project unveiled MORE PROPERTY STORIES Anna Spiro sells her island home FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKcenter_img Ken McFarlane with pictures of the house his dad built in 1948.Mr McFarlane sold the worker’s cottage in 2001 for $146,000 and a large rear deck was added before Benn Kennedy bought the house in 2006 for $320,000 and began a major renovation to the original home.“I don’t recognise the place,” Mr McFarlane said.“But I see the polished floorboards are back. We had them when I was a kid but in the 1960s carpets were all the rage. I moved out in 1975.” A new kitchen was part of the most recent renovations.Neil and Nicole Gavin, who currently rent in neighbouring Wilston, had been looking for their first home in Australia since putting their UK property on the market two years ago.After being released from a townhouse contract last month, they were about to make an offer on a Gordon Park property when they decided to inspect 160 Eildon Road, Windsor.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours agoParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours ago“The moment I walked in the door I knew this was the house,” Mrs Gavin said. Outdoor areas were very important to the buyers of 160 Eildon Road, Windsor.“I liked the deck and the fire pit. We live outdoors a lot and it just suits our lifestyle.”At Saturday’s auction, Ray White auctioneer Mitch Peereboom accepted an opening bid of $600,000 for the three-bedroom house and four active bidders took part, raising the price by $50,000 each time.Mr Gavin entered the auction at $700,000 and at $800,000 he was in front when the auction was paused for negotiations for more than 20 minutes.“We had a plan, we had a top limit to our financial plan, and we said we wouldn’t break it and we did,” Mrs Gavin said. “Which is why there was such a delay because we were deciding if we could afford it.”Mr Peereboom resumed the auction with an increased bid of $850,000 and the property was sold unchallenged.The auction was one of almost 50 to go to auction across Brisbane on Saturday. This house at 160 Eildon Road, Windsor has sold at auction for $850,000.A family who pulled out of an off-the-plan property purchase when the developer would not deliver on contract commitments, have finally bought their first home in Australia, securing an inner northern house at auction for $850,000. New owners Nicole and Neil Gavin (front) with the sellers Benn and Nikki Kennedy and their son Jack, 3, (middle), and Ken McFarlane (top) whose father had the house built in 1948.Six registered bidders, including one on the phone from New South Wales, took part in the auction of the three-bedroom house on 543sq m at 160 Eildon Road, Windsor.Among the onlookers was Ken McFarlane, whose father had the worker’s cottage built in 1948. The house at 160 Eildon Rd, Windsor was sold by Matt Sale of Ray White West End.“I’m kicking myself that I didn’t buy the house with my brothers and sisters as a share house,” he said.last_img read more

Volleyball to face pair of Big Ten squads at home

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoWaging a border battle of their own, the Wisconsin volleyball team will host Minnesota and Iowa this weekend at the Field House for a pair of Big Ten matches.The Badgers lost to both the Gophers and the Hawkeyes earlier this season, but the team thinks the games were too far in the past to think about.“I don’t know if there is much we can draw from because that was the beginning of the season,” head coach Pete Waite said. “I think at Iowa we just did not play well, at all. I think we picked it up against Minnesota, but we still need to be more consistent throughout the length of the match.”UW split its matches last weekend, defeating Ohio State on the road but losing to Michigan in Ann Arbor.The team came away happy from the weekend, however, believing it played well enough to win against the Wolverines.“There have been matches we won where you might not win each category, but you win the right points at the right time,” Waite said. “We did feel we played well, but there were some times in the second and third sets when we were in extra points, and every little error causes you to lose a set like that.”“I think they just got runs of points on us, and we made our own mental errors,” outside hitter Brittney Dolgner added. “We tend to get down in the beginning, so I think that is a big factor. And then we have to fight back, which we are actually getting pretty good at. I think we just need to cut down on the mental errors.”Highlighting the Badgers’ solid performance was the play of freshman setter Janelle Gabrielsen. The jack of all trades freshman recorded a triple-double with 13 kills, 10 digs and 15 assists — the first at UW in 20 years. While Gabrielsen downplays the accomplishment, the rest of her teammates praised her for it.“That is awesome for a freshman,” Dolgner said. “I mean, that is awesome for anybody, but especially for a freshman. She is really modest about it … but it was really cool.”“You see, she doesn’t understand history,” Waite added. “The last time that happened was 1988. That is a long time. She wasn’t even born then.”Gabrielsen prefers to focus on the match ahead.“We had a really good practice today, and everybody is really pumped up for the two games this weekend,” Gabrielsen said.Though most of the Badgers enjoy the “border battle,” it may mean more to the team’s other setter: sophomore Nikki Klingsporn.“I think [the border battle] is more for Nikki [Klingsporn] because she is from Minnesota,” Dolgner said. “She always really wants to beat them, and she has a lot of friends from there who give her crap about Wisconsin. So it is nice to try and get a win for her.”Despite UW’s inconsistent and sometimes frustrating season, the Badgers are confident their talent is finally meshing enough to meet preseason expectations.“I just think we want to show people what we are made of and really go out strong,” Dolgner said. “We didn’t have a very good start, but now our team is flowing more, and we are just trying to get that bid to the NCAA tournament.”last_img read more