O’Shea Esplanade home at Machans Beach a beachside delight

first_img145 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.”last_img read more

Grand Gold Coast home an entertainer’s dream

first_imgIt has an open floorplan. What an entrance. The grand entrance makes an immediate impression with its soaring ceilings, trendy pendant lighting and a glimpse of the lounge room with a temperature censored gas fireplace and stacked stone feature wall.The main living area with a central kitchen is smartly positioned to make the most of the water vistas. MORE NEWS: Another eye-watering sale notched on Gold Coast’s ‘Millionaires’ Row’ 22 Karema Cres, Runaway Bay, has hit the market offering entertainers the perfect spot to host soirees. Enjoy life on the water’s edge at this Runaway Bay home which offers grand proportions and stylish interiors. The four-bedroom house at 22 Karema Cres has plenty of wow factor. Not a bad sight. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago Plenty of room for guests to enjoy the views. The contemporary kitchen serves up stone benchtops, Smeg appliances, a Zip tap, breakfast bar and servery window to the outdoor entertainment area. The covered alfresco area has views over the in-ground pool with glass fencing. center_img MORE NEWS: Gold Coast home charms house hunters with its character The dreamy main bedroom. The main bedroom occupies the whole second level and has a private balcony, spacious retreat, walk-in wardrobe and a deluxe ensuite with dual vanities, a free standing bath and rain shower.The remaining three bedrooms are on the ground floor with double built-in wardrobes. There’s also a study and a wine cellar with LED lighting under the staircase. The contemporary kitchen. The wine cellar is under the stairs. Harcourts Coastal Broadbeach agent Andrew Harvey, who is marketing the property with Michael Harvey, said the home was made for entertaining. “Is an absolute entertainer’s paradise in a superb location,” Mr Harvey said. “You would be hard pressed to find a renovated property anywhere that has been shown the same degree of attention and detail. “The result is simply outstanding.”The property has a price guide above $1.75 million.last_img read more

Greece’s World Cup 5 Best Players

first_imgATHENS — With few famous players, Greece will rely heavily on a handful of team members who had a decisive role in qualifying for the World Cup.The captain and team motivator is 37-year-old Giorgos Karagounis, one of the few surviving members of the squad that won the 2004 European Championship.One of the best of the younger players is Kyriakos Papadopoulos, a Schalke defender who was a key player in the national team’s run to the quarterfinals at Euro 2012.Here are five players to watch:___GIORGOS KARAGOUNISWith 132 national team appearances, Giorgos Karagounis has the most caps in Greek history and remains a presence that can still turn a game.Karagounis can score from distance and serve up the set pieces that are key to many of his team’s low-score victories.In 2012, Karagounis took his inexhaustible energy to struggling Premier League club Fulham, and says he’s delighted to take his career past his mid-thirties and give Greeks joy as they struggle through financial crisis.“People wanted this (World Cup qualification) so badly,” Karagounis said. “Some may not recognize it, but our team has talent, and going to Brazil is a dream for every player and every fan. As a player, I feel blessed.”___KOSTAS MITROGLOUThe camera-shy but physically powerful Kostas Mitroglou has had a difficult time since joining Giorgos Karagounis at Fulham this season. But the 26-year-old striker was instrumental in maintaining Olympiakos’ domestic dominance before his departure, scoring 14 goals.Mitroglou also scored three times in the 4-2 aggregate win over Romania in the World Cup playoffs.The German-born forward, nicknamed the “Gunslinger” in the Greek media, gives coach Fernando Santos better options in attack, as other young strikers have failed to make an impact and goal-scoring standbys Dimitris Salpingidis, 32, and Fanis Gekas, 33, could lose pace.___KYRIAKOS PAPADOPOULOSGreece coach Fernando Santos has frequently gambled on young players, but most have failed to live up to their promise in the national team. The big exception is Kyriakos Papadopoulos, the defender who was a standout for Greek team at Euro 2012.The 22-year-old Schalke player attracted Liverpool’s attention before a knee injury kept him on the sidelines for 13 months. Still a fitness worry, his partnership with dependable center back Sokratis Papastathopoulos would be a major relief for Greece as they take on faster World Cup opponents in Japan, Colombia and Ivory Coast.“I’m not the kind of person who gives up easily,” Papadopoulos said. “I have to work hard to get back, and that’s what I’m doing.”___GIANNIS FETFATZIDISIn Greece’s last warm-up match on home soil, the team slumped to a 2-0 loss against South Korea, with players looking like they lacked motivation to prepare for the World Cup.It was a performance that ironically revived the fortunes of attacking midfielder Giannis Fetfatzidis, whose presence as a late substitute reinvigorated the home side, confirmed his reputation for being fast and flexible, and made him a likely choice for the World Cup squad.The 23-year-old Fetfatzidis’ recent goal against Lazio for Serie A club Genoa didn’t hurt him either.Greece’s big clubs spotted and fought for the player before he was in his teens, and he was eventually signed by Olympiakos before moving to Italy.___ORESTIS KARNEZISGreece is famous for its defenders, but also has no shortage of reliable goalkeepers — enough to trouble coach Fernando Santos for his choice for three on the squad.Despite his move from Panathinaikos, 28-year-old Orestis Karnezis started in all 10 of Greece’s qualifiers — conceding only four goals — and was also picked for the two playoff matches.On loan to Granada from Udinese, Karnezis’ lack of game time remains a worry, but he is looking forward to playing in Brazil.“The dream of a lifetime,” Karnezis said. “We had a target and we reached it. We have a full squad and we deserve to be there.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more