Brisbane house that was British consulate goes to auction

first_img… and the upstairs living area now.Mr Scalia said they were drawn to the property due to its infrastructure.He said the granny flat had been constructed after September 11. It includes a bedroom, living room, kitchen and two full bathrooms.“Each time there was a new Consul-General they renovated and restyled so that happened many times,” he said.“I remember when we first looked at it and they still had furniture here, there was this very ornate dining table.“We moved in on Christmas Eve (2005) and I remember a mad rush because the deeds were still in London. It was an amazing effort.” What the house looked like when it was the British Consulate in 2005, complete with a flagpole to hoist the Union JackThe impressive estate is full of features that would impress even the most famous spy, and includes a ‘panic room’ style security door in the bedroom wing, extensive CCTV, even a separate outbuilding constructed to house federal police officers.Electricians even found wiring for a secret camera in a flower pot.Current owner Gerard Scalia said the impressive house, which sits on a 1763sq m block, had “lots of James Bond-esque” inclusions.“It is a unique house,” he said. “The rumour is that even Prince Charles stayed here for a night.”Property records show the house was purchased by The Minister Of Public Building And Works Of The United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland in 1973 for $73,000, and was the home of various British consul-generals before being sold to the Scalia family in 2005. The granny flat as it was in 2005More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoIt is now back on the market and listed with Sharon King and Kris Matthews of Ray White Toowong.“The whole property, it is like Fort Knox,” Ms King said.The six bedroom house at 12 Gladesville St in Kenmore has seven bathrooms, room for nine vehicles, two kitchens, including one used for catering, a billiards room, a large dining/family room for functions, a study and a second upstairs kitchen and living/dining area.An original security door is also located upstairs where you will find the six bedrooms including the master suite.There is also a pool, a chicken coop, several courtyards and decks. Since it was sold in 2005, the house at 12 Gladesville St, Kenmore has been renovated and transformed from British Consulate to family home. The flagpole is gone and you can see the granny flat that was constructed to house federal officers after September 11. 12 Gladesville St at Kenmore — the former home of the British Consular-General — will go to auctionA HOUSE that was once home to the British consulate in Brisbane, and reportedly hosted royalty and the English cricket team, is on the market — diplomatic immunity not included. center_img The downstairs living space in 2005 … The dining room as it was in 2005 when it was the British Consulate One of the kitchens now.Mr Scalia said they would be sad to leave the house but their children had left home and it was now time to downsize.He said he hoped the house would be bought by another family or an executive couple who liked to entertain. Miss Moneypenny, perhaps. “It is a fabulous family home and a fabulous entertainers home,” he said.The house will go to auction in coming weeks. The British Consulate is now located in the CBD.last_img read more

USC faces South Florida for first time since 1979

first_imgUSC women’s tennis coach Richard Gallien has been coaching tennis for more than 25 years.He’s seen hundreds of players improve, mature and graduate.Quite a few of his players have gone on to become head coaches themselves. But according to Gallien, he has never coached against one of his former players — until today.The No. 17 USC women’s tennis team takes on No. 27 South Florida today at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Tennis Stadium.The Bulls are coached by Agustin Moreno, who Gallien coached at Pepperdine in 1986.“We talk all the time,” Gallien said of Moreno. “He’s a good friend of mine.”Gallien said despite the friendship, both coaches have been keeping it serious.“We’re both a little too tight for [smack talk],” Gallien said.Adding to the seriousness is the cramped schedule of both teams.South Florida is coming off a 5-2 loss at No. 2 Florida last Tuesday and will face San Diego on Sunday.The Women of Troy swept San Diego State last Tuesday and will host Texas on Sunday.With both teams playing three games in five days, there is no time to joke around.“It’s a quick turnaround,” said sophomore Danielle Lao. “But we’re rested and ready.”Gallien says he doesn’t expect his team to take the midweek match lightly.“South Florida’s a very good team,” he said. “They’ve been consistently ranked about 25 in the country for the past three years or so. They have two ranked doubles teams, which is really hard to do.  It’ll be a good match.”Although also USC has a pair of ranked doubles teams, it is an area Gallien feels his team needs to improve in.“We didn’t play that well in doubles against San Diego State,” he said. “I think the girls will be extra motivated and excited to make amends.”Despite their lackluster doubles performances, the Women of Troy did win their first match in a week and a half when they went against the Aztecs.“It was a good win,” Gallien said. “It was good to get some momentum, and now we want to keep it going.”Fans can help the team “keep the momentum” by showing up at Marks Stadium tomorrow afternoon.Admission is free and there will be In-N-Out Burgers available for purchase.The Women of Troy are 1-0 all-time against South Florida with their only other meeting coming in 1979 during the AIAW Nationals.last_img read more