Run of sales cements Mermaid Waters as hotspot

first_img386 Rio Vista Blvd, Mermaid Waters sold under the hammer for $692,000.MERMAID Waters continues its dominance as a hotspot with a flurry of sales in the past week.During the weekend, a renovator at 386 Rio Vista Blvd sold under the hammer for $692,000. 4 Sequana Ave, Mermaid Waters sold for $1.15 million.He said buyers prepared to spend more than $1 million in the suburb were looking for quality homes and not just waterfront blocks.“We’ve sold three homes on dry blocks in the past two months for more than $1.1 million,” Mr Palmer said.“They’re big prices and we would never have seen those prices two to three years ago.” • MORE NEWS: EPIC RENO TRANSFORMS GOLD COAST HOME • MORE NEWS: TOP FIVE FIREPLACES ON THE GOLD COAST THIS WINTER • MORE NEWS: MEGA MANSION SELLS FOR $11 MILLION 24 Cadence Ave, Mermaid Waters is going to auction in August.He said another perk of Mermaid Waters was its underground power.“Because the suburb was developed that little bit later, all the power runs underground,” he said. “People often don’t realise but it’s more modern because of that.” This Mermaid Waters home at 386 Rio Vista Blvd is ripe for renovation.Mr Palmer said the appeal of the property as in large part to its position as an entry-level home in Mermaid Waters.The house is on a 791sq m corner block with two street frontages — and is ripe for renovation. Another Mermaid Waters property, a modern five-bedroom house at 4 Sequana Ave, was snapped up for $1.15 million days before its scheduled weekend auction. 4 Sequana Ave, Mermaid Waters sold prior to auction.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoNo expense was spared in the design and build of the home with a clever combination of wood and stone used throughout.“The buyers were worried about competition on auction day and wanted to secure it beforehand,” Mr Palmer said.“They put in a knockout price prior to auction.” 386 Rio Vista Blvd, Mermaid Waters was snapped up at auction by a family from Pimpama.A crowd of about 60 people including 12 registered bidders attended the auction on Saturday.“Bidding began at $550,000 and quickly got up to $650,000,” said Mitch Palmer, principal and auctioneer of Ray White Mermaid Waters.“Then it came down to three bidders in the end.“A young family from Pimpama ended up securing the home.” Ray White Mermaid Waters principal and auctioneer Mitch Palmer predicts Mermaid Waters’ popularity to remain.Mr Palmer predicted Mermaid Waters, which has a house median value of $867,500, to continue its dominance. “A few months ago I predicted its popularity would continue as its median sale price is much lower than the surrounding suburbs of Broadbeach Waters and Clear Island Waters,” he said.“People look at Broadbeach Waters and realise they could be living the same lifestyle 2km down the road at a cheaper price.“It’s the proximity to amenities, the proximity to cafes and restaurants and proximity to shopping centres. I think we can expect its popularity to remain.”last_img read more

Leopold Street installed as favourites after crushing Mocha

first_img– Sizzling semi-finals predicted tomorrow nightWHO can stop the resurgent Leopold Street is the ‘million dollar’ question being asked by most pundits after witnessing them reproduce a crushing display, this time against the previously unbeaten Mocha who they defeated 4-1 to set up a semifinal date with Future Stars tomorrow evening, at the National Gymnasium.Playing in the second game of the quarter-finals on the exciting inaugural Guinness Cage/Three Peat Promotions Indoor Championship on Saturday night, Leopold Street, led by their in-form Captain Okanie Fraser and the skillful Omallo Williams, who both netted a brace they outmuscled a strong Mocha team with consummate ease to leave the bookmakers with no choice, but to install them as firm favourites to lift the title.However, the most impressive performance of the night must go to Ol Skool Ballers who continued to show no fear for any opponent as was demonstrated in their hard fought 2-0 triumph over another previously undefeated team in Albouystown ‘A’ who many felt were on the cusp of producing their best results in many years.Joel McGarrell and the diminutive and prolific Roy Cassou had other ideas as they set up victory with solitary strikes to book a date with the experienced Back Circle squad that has moved into contention almost unnoticed.Back Circle made it to the last four after coming from behind twice, before winning a penalty shootout against a strong West Front Road ‘Gold is Money’ unit.In the other quarter-final matchup, Future Stars, one of the more electrifying teams in the championship scraped past North Ruimveldt in fortuitous circumstances following a Jermaine Beckles strike that ricochet off the backboard, before slamming onto the feet of defender Gerald Gritten and landing in the goal.Up until then it was a closely fought contest with the outcome hard to predict.The fans had their monies worth and all four semi-finalists Captains are promising to lift their game even further to entertain the fans come tomorrow night.Over $800,000 in prize monies and trophies will be up for grabs with the winner set to receive $400,000 and the championship trophy, while second, third and fourth place finishers will take home $200,000, $100,000 and $50,000 along with trophies respectively.Apart from Banks DIH under its Guinness brand the other sponsors are: Star Party Rentals, Faye Joseph, Claude Geddes Recreational Sports Club, National Sports Commission, Windjammer International Hotel & Cuisine, Woodpecker Trophies & Sport, Y.K Investments & Pawn Shop, Henry Chase, Jai Signs, Trophy Stall of Bourda Market, John Fernandes Ltd, E-Networks Inc and the Bike Shop of Robb Street.Meanwhile, the Organisers are extending thanks to the sponsors, fans and ranks of the Guyana Police Force for their support throughout the championship.The night’s full results are seen below:Game-1Albouystown-A-0 vs Ol Skool Ballers-2Joel McGarrell-35thRoy Cassou-36thGame-2Leopold Street-4 vs Mocha-1Leopold Street ScorersOkanie Fraser-4th and 17thOmallo Williams-28th and 34thMocha ScorerAmos Ramsay-6thGame-3Back Circle-2 vs Gold is Money-2Back Circle won 2-1 on penalty kicksBack Circle ScorerStephon McLean-14th and 17thGold is Money ScorersJamal Haynes-8thJamal Pedro-10thGame-4North Ruimveldt-0 vs Future Stars-1Jermaine Beckles-14thSemi-finals matchups:Ol Skool Ballers vs Back CircleFuture Stars vs Leopold Streetlast_img read more

Men’s basketball team set for UW-Green Bay

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoGreg Stiemsma will have a high school reunion of sorts tonight when the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (5-1) takes the court against instate rival UW-Green Bay (2-4).The sophomore big man will get to play against his prep running mate Ryan Tillema, now a freshman forward for the Phoenix, who along with Stiemsma won three straight Division IV state titles at Randolph High School. Tillema added a fourth crown last season without Steimsma.”I probably know him better than anybody,” Stiemsma said. “It’s pretty weird to see a guy on the other team that I have been playing with since we were in fifth grade.”Such familiarity and renewals of rivalries are characteristic of this time of year, when Wisconsin goes on its quest to claim the unofficial state championship of basketball, as UW will play all three of the Dairy State’s other Division I programs — UW-Green Bay, UW-Milwaukee and Marquette. The Badgers play Marquette on Saturday before finishing up the Wisconsin series Dec. 15 against UW-Milwaukee.”It’s always good to play the schools in the state. You know everybody across the state gets to see everybody. I guess you can sort of see it as a state championship. It is going to be very competitive and each team wants to win to show they are the best team in Wisconsin,” junior guard Kammron Taylor said, adding that pundits can throw out the records with these in-state rivalries. “Even though [some Wisconsin teams’] record might say another thing, but once they come in here they are going to be ready to play.”Such is the case tonight, as the Phoenix will walk into the Kohl Center with a 2-4 record, trying to rebound from a 59-51 loss to Illinois State last Saturday. UW-GB has played Wisconsin tough in the past, however, and has hardly rolled over for Bo Ryan’s squad. One need look no further than last year’s closer-than-expected game, when the Badgers defeated the Phoenix 65-55 in Madison.”That was actually one of my worst games last year, and I just try to put that out of my head,” Taylor said.”[Green Bay has] some very good players. The future is bright with the group of guys they have coming through that program,” assistant coach Greg Gard said.UW-GB’s youth will be on display, as the team has no seniors and only three juniors this season. Their best player, however, could very well be Stiemsma’s former teammate Tillema, who is averaging 10.7 points per game and is shooting 50 percent (16-for-32) from beyond the three-point line.”He’s got a nice touch around the perimeter and he definitely can score,” Stiemsma said.Alongside Tillema will be junior guard Ryan Evanochko, who leads the team in both points (11.5 per game) and assists (3.83).If the Phoenix are to upset Wisconsin, however, they will need to up their offensive production, as they have thus far only averaged 58.7 points a contest, while the Badgers have averaged 85.0. Strangely, UW-Green Bay’s three-point shooting percentage (.423) is better then their overall shooting percentage (.372), meaning that getting out on the Phoenix perimeter shooters will be of premium importance.”They have some guys that you just can’t leave open,” Gard said. “If you give those guys those open looks, they have some guys that can really knock them down and hurt you.”Although the Badgers should enjoy a significant talent advantage, don’t be surprised to see another hotly contested matchup.”All those teams from the state have something to prove. They just want to prove that they can play at the top level,” junior Alando Tucker said. “Green Bay is a good team. They always play us physical and hard, and they want to prove they belong.”For Stiemsma and Tillema, like many of the other players during the in-state series, something even bigger is on the line: bragging rights.”There might be a little bit under the table, but nothing too big,” Stiemsma joked. “The loser will have to hear about it at least until next year.”last_img read more