This home on a large block with a tennis court at 56 Victoria Ave, Chelmer, is for sale.It’s good news for Kathy and Rod O’Connell, who are selling their home of 27 years in million-dollar club member, Chelmer.The suburb, which is 7km west of Brisbane’s CBD, has a median house price of $1.05 million, but the O’Connell’s home at 56 Victoria Avenue is likely to fetch much more than that.The five-bedroom, turn-of-the-century Queenslander on a massive 2704 sqm block has a swimming pool, tennis court and character features such as 14ft ceilings, decorative timber fretwork and an ornate fireplace. Rod and Kathy O’Connell at their Chelmer home. Picture: AAP Image/Claudia Baxter.IF you happen to live in one of these suburbs, congratulations – you’re part of Queensland’s burgeoning millionaire’s club.The number of suburbs with million-dollar medians has more than tripled in the state in just three years, according to the latest data provided exclusively to The Courier-Mail from property analytics company CoreLogic.There are now more than 30 suburbs in Queensland with a median house price of $1 million or more, compared to just nine suburbs in the middle of 2014.And there are another 22 so-called “bridesmaids” — suburbs with median house prices of $900,000 or more — nipping at their heels. Kalinga now has a median house price of $1 million. Picture: Mark Cranitch.The tiny, tightly-held pocket of Kalinga, 7km north of Brisbane’s CBD, is the newest suburb in the state to crack seven digits.Kalinga, which only officially became recognised as a suburb in 2015, now boasts a median house price of $1 million thanks to a number of big sales this year and increasing demand for Brisbane’s inner northern suburbs.“Overall the Brisbane market’s not necessarily that strong, but some of those blue chip areas in the inner north seem to be quite strong at the moment with lots of demand, and that’s pushing up prices,” CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said. REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee.Ms Conisbee said Townsville was starting to see a recovery from the mining downturn and the city’s premium suburbs were beginning to attract buyers.“People think it’s probably at the bottom of the cycle now,” she said.Three years ago, the only suburbs in Queensland sitting on median house prices above $1 million were Ascot, New Farm, Chandler, Teneriffe, Hamilton, Surfers Paradise, Sunshine Beach, Hawthorne and Bulimba. MILLIONAIRE ‘BRIDESMAIDS’Brookfield $992,500Auchenflower $990,000Runaway Bay $970,500Castaways Beach $965,000Rochedale $958,000Castle Hill $955,000Alexandra Headland $952,500Yeronga $942,500Upper Brookfield $940,100Carbrook $940,000Noosaville $940,000Kangaroo Point $935,000Taringa $935,000Willow Vale $930,000Gumdale $930,000Shelly Beach $917,500Milton $915,000Currumbin Valley $910,000Grange $904,000Bardon $903,000Noosa Heads $900,000Ashgrove $900,000(Source: CoreLogic) CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher.“Interstate migration is picking up in southeast Queensland and people coming from Sydney are seeing what you can get for your money (in Brisbane’s inner north).” REA chief economist Nerida Conisbee agreed, noting Kalinga was the second most in-demand suburb in Queensland on realestate.com.au in the past six months.The state’s most expensive suburb continues to be Teneriffe, with its median house price jumping a massive 122 per cent in three years.Teneriffe is now on the cusp of becoming Queensland’s first ever $3 million suburb, sitting at $2.62 million. Penfold Property Group has significant greenfield land holdings in Pallara and surrounding suburbs.First National Metro agent Michael Hatzifotis said prices in the suburb had gone through the roof after a recent rezoning.“Not many people know about it,” he said.“Some people ring me up and don’t realise how expensive it is out there now.” Mr Hatzifotis said many buyers were keen to landbank because there was little land left in Brisbane with industrial zoning close to the CBD.“That’s the end goal for a lot of these people,” he said.“They’re looking to hold on to it, wait for it grow in value and then subdivide and sell it off.” The view over Townsville from Castle Hill. Photo: Lindsay Button.Castle Hill in Townsville, Alexandra Headland on the Sunshine Coast and Grange in Brisbane’s inner-north are among the next wave of “bridesmaid” suburbs waiting to join the million dollar club.Castle Hill’s median house price currently sits at $955,000, having risen 11 per cent in 12 months, and REA chief economist Nerida Conisbee expects it to hit seven figures very soon. QUEENSLAND’S NOD TO THE HAMPTONS HOUSE PRICE DROP WARNING HOMES MADE FOR CRICKET LOVERS This home at 56 Victoria Ave, Chelmer, is for sale for the first time in 27 years.Mrs O’Connell said the home was on one of the few large blocks of land left in Chelmer, as many of the tennis courts in the suburb had been sold off and developed.“We’re really going to miss the tennis court,” she said. “That was the main reason we bought the house, so our boys could play tennis and keep them out of trouble.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoThe property is scheduled for auction on December 9 through Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige.Mrs O’Connell said Chelmer had a community-feel and its tree-lined streets were close to good schools, a train station, parks, shops and restaurants.QLD’S MILLIONAIRE SUBURBS – DOES YOURS MAKE THE CUT?Suburb Median house priceTeneriffe $2.62mSouth Brisbane $1.6485mNew Farm $1.575mMermaid Beach $1.52mMain Beach $1.5125mPallara $1.51mAscot $1.47mSurfers Paradise $1.3875mChandler $1.325mSt Lucia $1.2835mBulimba $1.26mFig Tree Pocket $1.2mWilston $1.2mClear Island Waters $1.195mHighgate Hill $1.188mSunshine Beach $1.15mClayfield $1.135mHawthorne $1.125mWest End $1.1225mSpring Hill $1.1mPullenvale $1.085mBroadbeach Waters $1.08mHamilton $1.08mParadise Point $1.05mBundall $1.05mChelmer $1.05mSamford Valley $1.04mBalmoral $1.0275mHendra $1.01mRobertson $1.005mKalinga $1mPaddington $1m(Source: CoreLogic) This huge house at 52 Henry St, Kalinga, recently sold for $1.9 million. Teneriffe is Queensland’s most expensive suburb with a median house price of $2.62m.Ascot, New Farm, Hamilton, Bulimba and Hawthorne have all retained their spots on the elite list, but some of the newer suburbs are not your usual suspects.The outer suburb of Samford Valley, 20km from Brisbane’s CBD, is also in the million dollar club with a median house price of $1.04 million – up 16 per cent in 12 months. Mr Kusher said it classified as a “lifestyle” suburb similar to Pullenvale and Chandler. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE He said appetite for big properties on acreage was also spreading to the Gold Coast, with suburbs like Currumbin Valley now boasting a median house price of $910,000.The little known suburb of Pallara, 13km from Brisbane’s CBD, is one of the biggest surprises, with its median house price jumping a massive 47 per cent in just 12 months to $1.51 million.
The Batesville Lady Bulldogs traveled to Greenfield Central to take on the Cougars Friday night. Batesville held strong through 3 innings with an exceptionally power hitting Cougar team, but let down in the fourth with 4 errors finally conceding with a 13-2 loss.Highlights for the Bulldogs were Kylie Paul hitting 2-2 with a single and a triple, Madeline Cook 1-1, Kelsey Huffner 1-2, and Sarah Meyer 1-2.The Bulldogs drop to 3-7, 2-4 in conference play. They will host Connersville on Tuesday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Todd Reed.
USC 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.
CEO and president of Royal Caribbean International, Adam Goldstein, announced yesterday that Voyager of the Seas will be based in Asia and Australia from 2012. Speaking at a press conference at the Shanghai International Conference Centre yesterday, Mr Goldstein has confirmed the line’s commitment to the region by deploying the fifth ship in RCCL’s fleet.“There are clear opportunities in the China and Australia markets, which are key areas for Royal Caribbean International’s global development,” said Mr Goldstein.“We are excited to bring such an innovative ship to the region in 2012.”Gavin Smith, managing director Royal Caribbean Cruises Australia, shared Mr Goldstein’s sentiment regarding Voyager’s deployment.“The investment in Voyager of the Seas demonstrates our company’s tremendous belief in the future of this region and we are extremely honoured to shape the future of cruising in Australia,” Mr Smith said in Shanghai yesterday. “Voyager of the Seas will be the largest cruise ship ever to call Australia home and once she joins our local fleet we will offer more than 60 cruise departures per year, carrying over 150,000 guests.”Voyager will be joining Rhapsody of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas and sister brand, Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Millennium when she arrives in Sydney for a five month season in November 2012.The first megaliner for Australia and New Zealand, Voyager carries up to 3,840 passengers, measures 311 metres long, 48 metres wide and stands 15 decks high. With 1,556 staterooms and costing US$500 million to build, she features an onboard ice rink, rock climbing wall, inline skating path and a three storey dining room among many other amenities. e-Travel Blackboard will feature an in depth look at Voyager of the Seas next Tuesday.Click here to view a photo gallery of Australia’s first megaliner Source = e-Travel Blackboard: