From eyesore to extraordinary, a developer is transforming this Townsville street one house at a time

first_imgThis house is set to be complete in less than six months and is on the market for $779,000.WHAT once was an asbestos ridden eyesore in Townsville’s Belgian Gardens is soon to be a two-storey, Hamptons-style haven. Developer Pam Ellis has been rebuilding Parramatta street one house at a time — earlier this year she completed another one-off home only a few doors down.“Young families are moving into the suburb to take advantage of character homes so close to the CBD and all amenities on The Strand,” Ms Ellis said. “I designed Parramatta House to be filled with kids, love and laughter, while also ensuring plentiful breakout spaces to suit the whole family,” she said. “The large multi-zoned entertaining space downstairs has a seamless flow between indoors and out.” Tropical oasis with heart of green The home is set to be complete in less than six months and is on the market for $779,000.Ellis Developments sales co-ordinator Tammy Bacxynski said she expected the property soon would be snatched up. “We had two families competing for the last Hamptons-style home on this street, even before starting construction on it,” Ms Bacxynski said. “This property won’t stay on the market for long.” BEFORE: What was once an asbestos ridden eyesore in Belgian Gardens is soon to be a two-storey, Hamptons-style haven.MORE NEWS Restored Queenslander snapped up after amazing transformation NEW HOUSE RENDER“The design pulls from a lot of international influence with the American-style barn door and Parisian balconies upstairs. “But the structure of the home is built to suit the North Queensland climate.”The house is ideal for families, being located within the Belgian Gardens school catchment.center_img More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020OLD HOUSE Where the most houses are selling in Townsville Combining a practical location with international influence, the four-bedroom home boasts luxury cathedral ceilings and a master suite with its own Parisian-style balcony. “I chose a modern Hamptons theme because I wanted Parramatta House to be complementary to the high-end surrounding Queenslanders in the street, while being a knockout in her own design,” Ms Ellis said. MORE NEWSlast_img read more

Ronaldo, Portugal lock down World Cup spot

first_img0Shares0000Ronaldo failed to add to his 79 international goals in the World Cup qualifier but he is set to compete at another finals. PHOTO/DMLISBON, Portugal, Oct 11 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal defeated Switzerland 2-0 in Lisbon on Tuesday to earn a place at the 2018 World Cup and consign their opponents to next month’s play-offs.An own goal from Johan Djourou handed Portugal the lead on 41 minutes and Andre Silva netted a second before the hour as the hosts finished top of Group B ahead of Switzerland on goal difference. Switzerland, who beat Portugal 2-0 at home last year, had won all nine previous qualifiers but must overcome a two-legged play-off in November to earn a fourth straight World Cup appearance.Ronaldo, who was injured for the opening qualifying defeat in Basel, returned to the Portugal line-up after coming off the bench to notch the opening goal in a lacklustre 2-0 win in Andorra on Saturday.Switzerland were attempting to join defending champions Germany — and Spain ahead of the 2010 finals — as the only nations to complete a European World Cup qualifying campaign with a perfect record.But AC Milan striker Andre Silva forced Yann Sommer into a smart early save from his deflected shot, with the Swiss goalkeeper then forced to make a terrific stop to tip over Bernardo Silva’s venomous effort.A clumsy challenge in the area on Switzerland forward Haris Seferovic by Benfica team-mate Eliseu went unpunished as the visitors made a rare foray deep into the Portuguese half.US pop star Madonna was among the crowd at the Estadio da Luz which erupted when Djourou inadvertently bundled a dangerous cross from Eliseu beyond Sommer four minutes before the break under heavy pressure from Joao Mario.Xherdan Shaqiri tried to deceive Portugal keeper Rui Patricio with an ambitious free-kick early in the second period, but Portugal doubled their advantage with a brilliant team goal on 57 minutes.Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva exchanged passes with former Monaco team-mate Joao Moutinho, threading through the return pass for an unmarked Andre Silva to steer in at the far post.Switzerland go into the play-offs as the best of the eight runners-up to advance, with Slovakia missing out as the worst of the nine second-placed sides.Vladimir Petkovic’s team will be among the seeded countries for the play-off draw on October 17 and could face Sweden, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland or Greece for a place at Russia 2018.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arsenal news: Club rival Liverpool for £85m man and Ramsey to be used in swap deal?

first_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow Emery’s early Arsenal career has been rather positive 4 MONEY Gianluca ManciniEarlier this week it was reported that Arsenal have sent scouts to watch Mancini, the Atalanta defender. The 22-year-old has emerged as a real star since establishing himself in the Serie A club’s starting line-up, and he’s even shown to be just as effective in an opponents’ area as his own – scoring four times in just 11 matches.The Gunners have taken note of Mancini’s performances and, along with Borussia Dortmund, are keeping tabs on him. And they may be rushed into moving for Mancini given the interest in him, which could mean they approach the player when the transfer window reopens in January.Junior FirpoThe 22-year-old Betis star has been linked with a move to Arsenal for a number of months, with their interest in the wing-back renewed earlier this week. The Gunners’ interest in a new left sided defender makes sense given Nacho Monreal, now 32, is still first choice for the position. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ shining Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury A long-term replacement would be a wise purchase, and Firpo has shown he has the potential to get to the top of the game. He possesses all the traits of a modern day wing-back, with his remarkable tally of four goals in 27 matches proving his attacking talents.However, Arsenal will be forced to shell out almost £44million to sign Firpo, as he has a release clause written in his Betis contract. Nonetheless, talkSPORT told you earlier this month that the Gunners are not put off by such a high asking price.Patrik SchickRoma are expected to loan Schick out during the January window due to his struggles in the Italian capital, and Arsenal want to take advantage. The Czech Republic international was highly-rated during his time with Sampdoria, but he’s failed to hit the back of the net with the same regularity since joining the Giallorossi.This has not turned Arsenal off the 22-year-old, with the Gunners seriously considering moving for Schick when the transfer window reopens to replace Danny Welbeck, who faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury.Various reports have suggested Arsenal could offer Roma a player-plus-cash deal for Schick, with the north Londoners ready to use Aaron Ramsey, the Wales midfielder, as a makeweight.Nicolas Pepe 4 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Pepe has been prolific in front of goal over the past couple of seasons Firpo hit the headlines when he scored against Barcelona earlier this month In the Premier League the Emirates Stadium club sit just three points off the top four after 12 matches, and they’re currently on a run of 16 games without defeat in all competitions.However, Emery is not entirely happy with his squad and he intends to strengthen it when business gets back under way.But who have Arsenal been linked with signing and what deals could they get over the line in January?talkSPORT.com have searched around to find all the latest rumours involving the Gunners, and you can read our Arsenal transfer round-up below… Barcelona are rumoured to be ready to cash in on Dembele Arsenal are prepping themselves for a busy January with just over a month to go until the transfer window reopens.The Gunners have been linked with a host of players heading into the new year as manager Unai Emery plots to continue his fine start to life in north London. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Latest Football News BEST OF Ousmane DembeleWhile Liverpool are reported to be preparing an £85million offer for Dembele, Arsenal also remain in the hunt for the Barcelona forward. The Camp Nou club are believed to be ready to cash in on Dembele, and the Gunners may look to take advantage of their willingness to sell the France international.While the financial outlay to buy Dembele would be huge, the potential of signing him is a rather unique situation. The 21-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best young players in world football, and he remains hot property despite his apparent struggles in Catalonia. 4 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Arsenal fans are hoping to see Emery strengthen the wide attacking positions in January, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang forced to play out of position on the wing at times this season. As previously mentioned Dembele is one player the Gunners are looking at, while the north Londoners have also been linked with moving for Lille winger Pepe.Pepe enjoyed a great 2017/18 season, scoring 14 goals and creating a further five, and he’s continued his fine form this campaign, already netting eight times and registering seven assists. Able to play anywhere across the front line, Pepe was frequently utilised as a centre-forward last term, but he’s returned to his strongest position in 2018/19 – the right side of the attack.A couple of months ago it was claimed Arsenal are keeping tabs on Pepe ahead of a potential January swoop for the 23-year-old, though they are believed to be rivalled by Manchester United and Bayern Munich in the race to secure the Ivory Coast international’s signature RANKED REPLY 4 no dice ADVICE last_img read more