Young expats fly in to snap up dream cottage

first_imgThe house at 11 Ellen St, Albion, sold under the hammer for $816,500.A young Aussie expatriate couple snapped up an inner-city cottage for $816,500 that they flew in to see for the first time on the morning of the auction.Geoff Allen and Ana Garcia, locals who had been working in the United States for the past two years, flew in Friday but were not going to let jetlag stop them at the auction of the Ellen St home in Brisbane’s Albion. MORE: Magic at a triple-storey ‘manor’ Where have all the sellers gone? Ana Garcia and husband Geoff Allen flew in Friday to be at the auction of 11 Ellen St, Albion, which they eventually won under the hammer for $816,500 as Brisbane’s auction market continued to show strong demand. Picture: Sophie FosterThe first time they laid eyes on the 100-year-old cottage was an hour before the auction, when they discovered they were up against six other bidders.Ms Garcia told The Sunday Mail they did not think they had a chance but decided to give it a go – and $500 ended up making a difference for the young couple.“We arrived yesterday from the States after having spent two years there. We had seen the house online. We had been looking for a house in Albion. I love it here. We live in an apartment, two bedroom, two bathroom. We knew it was time to go bigger but seeing the prices around here, I didn’t know if we would have a chance.” Tennis champ Ash Barty is building her dream homecenter_img Neighbours and bidders lined both sides of the street to see this Ellen St cottage sell. Picture: Sophie FosterRay White auctioneer Philip Parker, who had paused the start of the auction to allow a forklift to come through the street, saw bidding kick off at $500,000. It jumped in $50,000 bids until $750,000 before rising three times to $790,000. The bids then bounced around in rises of $7,000, then $1,000, $5,000, and $3,000. There were 13 bids before the auction was paused at $806,000 to get instruction from the owners. The highest bidder at the time then increased their bid to $814,000 which was when Mr Parker declared the property on the market. The underbidder put forward $2,000 to take the price to $816,000, before the eventual winning bidders extended that by just $500 more to $816,500 to seal the deal. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER The kitchen is new, and there’s also a serving area opening up to the back deck, perfect for parties. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoA rumpus room, gym and office was connected to upstairs via a spiral stairway.Located just 4.9km from the Brisbane CBD, the three bedroom, three bathroom house was on a 529sq m block which attracted young couples and families, according to agent Shenal Yigitbas of Ray White Ascot, who co-listed the home with colleague Dwight Ferguson.“There were seven registered bidders. Two registered early on Friday, five on the morning of the auction. Lots of first home buyers came through and we had a family bidding and someone looking to downsize.” Ellen Street is one of the unique inner city areas where most of the century-old homes have been maintained. The cottage has had some work done to it including a deck added out the back – perfect for summer evenings.”Geoff’s parents came first to check it out – because it needs repairs – so we could assess how much it’s going to cost us so we could factor that in to the price.”She said the beauty of the home was that it was “absolutely liveable” right now, giving them time to decide what extra work to have done to it.“We are super happy,” she said. “I love the area, you can walk to cafes, yoga, the park, because we have a dog, the pharmacy, everything. They are building and developing a lot of things around here, the train station is just there, buses. All the neighbours came to say hello to us, it’s very nice, I’m very excited, I want to cry.”last_img read more

Beckham confirms Inter Miami’s interest in Messi,Ronaldo

first_img Promoted ContentThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Beckham’s club play their first-ever MLS game at the weekend when they take on LAFC in Los Angeles. The former Manchester United and England star has been linked with brining some of the biggest names in world football to Miami. And Beckham admits he would like to bring the likes of Ronaldo and Messi across then pond. He said: “We really believe in the roster we have, the players that we have we’re really happy with but we have also talked about if we have the opportunity to bring in big name players from Europe into our city we will do that. “But we always talked about us being different from any other team, which I am sure every other owner says exactly the same thing. “So that’s what we will try to do and if we have the opportunity to bring big name players in then great we’re lucky we have an ownership group that has that vision and wants to succeed and has that competitiveness where we want the best players.” Beckham plans to have a hands-on role at the club alongside co-owner Jorge Mas. The 44-year-old, who also played for Real Madrid , AC Milan and LA Galaxy during his career, insists he’s in it for the long haul. He added: “When you talk about hands on there is no bigger hands on owners than you are looking at right now. “Our whole ownership group is hands on. That will continue because we care. Read Also:Ronaldo, Messi tipped to retire at David Beckham’s Inter Miami “This is not a vanity project it is a legacy for us, for our families. “I want to create a legacy that my children can turn around in 20 years and say my dad built this club.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 David Beckham has confirmed his interest in bringing Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to Inter Miami. Loading… last_img read more

Barcelona, Juventus confirm Arthur, Pjanic swap deal

first_img Loading… Both players will remain at their respective clubs for the remainder of the 2019/20 seasons including for the Champions League in August, which means they could face their future clubs in the competition – scheduled to be played in Lisbon.Pjanic, 30, joined the Bianconeri from Roma in the summer of 2016 and has clocked up 170 appearances in that timeframe, scoring 22 goals. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona have signed midfielder Miralem Pjanic from Juventus in a deal worth up to €65m while Arthur Melo will join Juventus in a transfer that could reach €82m.The deals were confirmed on Monday afternoon with the Blaugrana paying an initial €60m for Bosnian midfielder Pjanic alongside a further €5m in add-ons, with his four-year contract including a €400m release clause.Arthur’s move to the Italian champions has been processed for an initial €72m transfer fee with a further €10m in potential add-ons included.center_img Promoted ContentWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World12 Countries With The Most Impressive Technological InnovationsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets Read Also: Video: Messi pulls off genius assist from free-kick against Celta VigoArthur joined the Blaugrana in 2018 in a deal from Gremio worth an initial €31m plus a further €9m in variables and he had a contract with the club until the summer of 2024 with a €400m release clause, while transfermarkt gives him a market value of €55m.As has been widely reported, the Brazilian’s reluctance to leave the Camp Nou has been the biggest stumbling block for the exchange deal being processed but that hurdle has now been overcome.last_img read more

NPFL: Maikaba Reveals Reason behind Plateau Utd’s Consistency

first_img“Actually, our experience of last season helped in our preparation for this season. It was a lesson to us because we had to survive the relegation on the last day of the season.‘That is why we started preparations for this season very early; we noticed our problems from last season. In terms of playing personnel, we tried to recruit the players we felt will help us be better and started preparations very early. We played lots of friendlies, tournaments and it helped a lot. That is why you see that we are consistent this season”, the former Akwa United Coach stated.In addition to Plateau United, Rivers United and Lobi Stars have been the most consistent teams in the league this season and there has been a lot of talk from NPFL pundits that this season title will be fought between the three teams but Abdul Maikaba differs.According to Maikaba, it is too early to label a particular team or teams title contenders or favorites as there are still teams with outstanding matches.However, he praised the level of competitiveness of the NPFL this season and believes that it is only a matter of time before the league starts benefitting from it financially.“I do not believe that it is a three-way battle for the NPFL. In fact it is too early for us to tag a team or teams favorite because we are not yet half way through the season and we still have teams like Rangers, Enyimba that have outstanding matches.‘If they win all of their outstanding matches [which is totally possible] then they are back in contention to win the league. However, the fact that we are having a very competitive league is very good. If we continue in this way, it will only be a matter of time before we start benefitting financially.’ Maikaba told www.npfl.ngPlateau United are currently 2nd on the log, two points behind league leaders, Lobi Stars and level on points with Rivers United whom they face at home on Sunday.Maikaba revealed that Plateau United will approach the match with every seriousness and determination.“It’s an important match to us and equally to Rivers United because we are second and third on the log. We are going to approach the match with every seriousness.“We are going to prepare very well because we know we are going to face a team that is aspiring for the title. We are going to work hard throughout the week and hopefully we will take advantage on match-day. For sure, it’s not going to be an easy match but I assure our fans that we would not let them down.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Abdu Maikaba After his first season at Plateau United which saw the former champions struggle, Abdu Maikaba has enjoyed a brilliant start to the 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season placing second on the table after 17 games. The coach has attributed the team’s good run to an adequate preseason the team had.Maikaba explained to ahead of this weekend’s match against Rivers United, that last season poor outing which saw Plateau United narrowly avoiding relegation to the new resolve to prove a point this season.Maikaba spent most part of his first spell with the national junior team and only had occasional time with his players.last_img read more

Badger softball’s Mueller garners another Big Ten honor

first_imgIn Wisconsin’s current 13-game winning streak, third baseman Michelle Mueller has stepped up to the plate and knocked the ball out of the park, quite literally, on more than one occasion.After another solid weekend aiding the Badgers to a series sweep over Purdue at Goodman Diamond, the Big Ten Conference named Mueller Big Ten Player of the Week Monday afternoon.Mueller finished a solid junior season last year with a .317 average, seven home runs and 39 RBIs, but has made a large jump in her play this season, especially as of late.This past weekend against the Boilermakers Mueller batted an astronomical .714 while picking up four RBIs, two of which produced the only runs in Wisconsin’s 2-1 win in the first game of the doubleheader Friday.Then in Saturday’s Senior Day game, Mueller picked up two hits, one of which drove in a run to give her 49 RBIs for the season, a new UW single season record.Outside of this weekend, Mueller’s play has been crucial in the Badgers’ streak, as she has hit .432 with seven of her 11 home runs this season coming during the last 13 games. She has also recorded more than half (26) of her RBIs during the streak, while it took her 32 games to record the first 23 RBIs.Mueller and Wisconsin return to the diamond this Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Goodman Diamond for a two-game set with No. 19 ranked Nebraska.last_img read more

Heartbroken but proud Croatia fans celebrate their ‘heroes’

first_img0Shares0000Croatia’s fans disappointed but proud © AFP / Denis LovrovicZAGREB, Croatia, Jul 15 – Heartbroken but proud Croatian fans in Zagreb cheered and wept as their “heroes” went down 4-2 to France in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.On the final whistle applause from tens of thousands of Croatian fans rang out through the capital’s main Jelacic square as many lit flares and set off firecrackers. Fans cheered the players on a big TV screen in the packed square, as car horns began blaring on the streets of the Croatian capital.“Our boys gave everything on the pitch, till the last drop of energy,” Kristijan Strnic, 22, dressed in a red-and-white chequerboard jersey, told AFP.“It was a spectacular match, the nation is grateful, we are so proud of our golden team, they fought like lions,” he said.As a party began in the square to celebrate the team’s performance a distraught supporter Aurora Krnic said with tears in her eyes that the second place was “still fantastic”.“I am sorry for all the young people, the team made them so happy, but they gave their all, they are heroes to us,” she said.“Croatia can be proud, we should applaud our boys” said match commentator Drago Cosic on Croatian state TV HRT.“A big football nation managed to outsmart Croatia with pragmatic albeit dominant football, France remains a puzzle to solve for Croatia”.“The fairytale of the ‘Fiery Ones’ is over!” proclaimed newspaper Jutarnji List on its website.“Mbappe and Pogba, with the help of the Argentinian referee and VAR, left Croatia on the threshold of paradise”.“Croatia was just a step away from football immortality,” said the website.“These boys are world champions for us, they taught us about heart and unity,” said Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic who watched the match with fans in a downtown fan zone.“We lived through a fantastic and unforgettable period for the whole of Croatia during this month,” he said of the Balkan nation with a population of just over four million people.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more