145 O’Shea Esplanade, MACHANS BEACH. For Sale by Marsh Property.A SHIFT to cooler climes has provided an opportunity to own a slice of paradise at Machans Beach.Graham Burridge and Melissa Lovejoy have made the bright and airy waterfront beach house at 145 O’Shea Esplanade their home for the past nine years.After 25 years in Australia’s north they now have plans to retire to Tasmania and run a luxury AirBnB.The couple had their eye on the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house two years before they bought it.“We’d lived in another street in Machans and fell in love with whole community spirit and fact here’s no high-rises and no tourism as such so it stays quiet,” Mr Burridge said.“We fell in love with it when we moved into Machans but couldn’t afford it. “We walked by it all the time looking at it with jealousy I suppose.“My wife said to me that some day it would come on the market and we will be able to afford it and sure enough it did.” Extensive renovations converted the tiny front deck and bedroom into a sprawling veranda taking in the vast expanses of the Coral Sea, rejuvenated the kitchen and added a third bedroom.Mr Burridge said renovations were completed in February this year by local tradespeople.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“The location is brilliant. You’re far enough from the ocean you don’t get too much splash in storms or cyclones but you are close enough to just walk on over the road to the water,” Mr Burridge said. “The front is where you want to be. We’ve had many dinner parties sitting on the front deck watching the lights of ships going by out at sea.“When we renovated we made sure the front rail was just high enough to lean against with a cold drink and a bowl of peanuts, looking at the view.”On the rare occasion the weather turns bad, a deck out the back near the pool can fit up to 20 people around a sizzling barbecue.Marsh Property sales agent Chris Marsh said the idyllic location would suit couples or families with small children or teenagers. “A bedroom downstairs with an ensuite can be accessed across an indoor pond via a timber walkway and offers separate external ground- level access,” he said.“This area offers flexible options for grandparents, teenagers or AirBnB visitors.”A huge master bedroom with walk-through robe and a generous downstairs lounge area have also been cleverly renovated and redesigned to retain the original cottage feel.“But there has been little compromise on modern creativity and it will provide everything a buyer is looking for,” Mr Marsh said.“The home is also air conditioned, features a dedicated study, established tropical gardens and a large chook pen.“Be prepared to fall in love with one of our favourite properties ever.”
The USC women’s basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak after defeating Pepperdine 75-71 in overtime on Wednesday. USC is 18-0 all time against Pepperdine, with the series dating back to 1977.Pepperdine shot eight 3-pointers in the first half, giving the Waves a 42-35 lead at halftime over the Women of Troy. In the second half, the USC defense held the Waves’ Lauren Bell to four points. Bell put up 18 points in the first half for the Waves. The USC offense was facilitated by scores from senior guard Ashley Corral, junior guard Stefanie Gilbreath, senior guard Briana Gilbreath and sophomore forward Cassie Harberts.With the USC offense wavering in the second half, the Women of Troy came up short for a whole four minutes. A three-point play by Harberts gave the Trojans a 56-55 lead with seven minutes left in the game.Tied at 63 with less than two minutes remaining, Briana Gilbreath’s go-ahead attempt rolled off the rim to Pepperdine the ball with 11.7 seconds to go. A failed attempt by the Waves gave USC the ball with 4.6 seconds left in regulation. Freshman guard Ariya Crook sought to win the game for the Women of Troy but came up short, sending the game into overtime.Pepperdine was the first to strike in overtime. Corral answered back with a three. The Women of Troy maintained at least a two-point lead for the remainder of overtime. USC sealed the victory after a missed three by Pepperdine was rebounded by Harberts.Harberts led the Women of Troy with 23 points and Stefanie Gilbreath added 10 points. Junior forward Christina Marinacci had 12 rebounds and Briana Gilbreath posted a career-high nine assists.The Women of Troy endured close losses on the road to Arkansas State (58-56) and reigning national champion Texas A&M (71-70). USC returns home Dec. 29 to host Stanford at the Galen Center at 7 p.m. in the Pac-12 conference opener, followed by a New Year’s Eve home matchup at 11 a.m. against California.