This one-of-a-kind Sunshine Coast home is set to for auction this weekend

first_img15 Godilla St, Coolum Beach. Picture: realestate.com.auWHEN Bill and Jean Hartley bought their block of land at 15 Godilla St, Coolum Beach in 1999 they weren’t really sure what to do with it.They were concerned the block would be difficult to build on, but inspiration struck Mrs Hartley when she was driving along the David Low Way.“There was one particular house I admired, wishing one day I could build something just like it,’’ she said. One of the outdoor entertainment areas of the home. Picture: realestate.com.auThe house will be auctioned on October 14 at 10.30am It is listed through Belle Property Noosa Principals, John Stamp and Ben Radcliffe. The fins at the front of 15 Godilla St, Coolum Beach make it a standout property. Picture: realestate.com.auEventually she worked up the courage to knock on the door of the house and ask if they knew who the architect was.They were soon in touch with architect Frank Macchia and their standout home was about to become a reality. 15 Godilla St, Coolum Beach. Picture: realestate.com.auThe Sunshine Coast auction market is starting to fire up again, with new figures released by CoreLogic revelling it had the highest auction clearance rate within southeast Queensland last week of 55 per cent. Large picture windows allow for fantastic views. Picture: realestate.com.aucenter_img The home captures views from different angles. Picture: realestate.com.auMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoWork started in March 2001 and about 12 months later the house was complete.The three-level- four-bedroom home has sweeping views from the Coral Sea through to Mount Coolum and the hinterland. 15 Godilla St, Coolum Beach. Picture: realestate.com.au“Seeing something on paper is one thing but seeing it eventually evolve just blew us away,” Ms Hartley said.The home has stunning architectural features including the “fins’’ at the front and the soaring ceilings.Mrs Hartley said the home had tuned out just how she imagined it and she particularly loved the fins at the front which could be spotted as far away as the Coolum golf course.She said they were only selling to downsize.“I said to someone the other day, I think I will never ever own something like this again in my life.’’ 15 Godilla St, Coolum Beach. Picture: realestate.com.aulast_img read more

O’Shea rules out Ireland job

first_img The departure of Declan Kidney from a post he has held since 2008 moved a step closer with Sunday’s 12-8 RBS 6 Nations defeat by Scotland, and it is unlikely his contract will be renewed when it expires this summer. O’Shea had been installed as the favourite to succeed Kidney, who is facing calls for his removal from supporters and pundits, but the 42-year-old said: “I’m contracted to Harlequins until the end of the 2013-14 season. I will be honouring that commitment and hopefully continuing beyond it.” Conor O’Shea has removed himself from the running to become Ireland’s next head coach by confirming his intention to continue as director of rugby at Harlequins. Since winning the Grand Slam in 2009 in his first Six Nations as head coach, Ireland’s fortunes have fluctuated wildly under Kidney with their quarter-final defeat by Wales at the World Cup two years ago their lowest ebb. The current championship began with a promising victory over Wales in Cardiff, but subsequent defeats to England and Scotland have raised grave concerns over their tactics, leadership and execution. Kidney has been criticised for relieving Brian O’Driscoll of the captaincy in favour of Jamie Heaslip before the Six Nations began, with the Leinster number eight struggling in the role. The choice of Paddy Jackson ahead of Ronan O’Gara, Ireland’s most capped player, as the replacement for hamstring injury victim Jonathan Sexton at Murrayfield was also condemned. While Jackson made a solid debut in open play, he missed eight points from the kicking tee, a critical number in a four-point defeat. However, O’Gara’s poor form hardly warranted his selection. Ireland have been depleted by injury and suspension – they were missing seven guaranteed starters in Edinburgh – but even allowing for their absentees, their performances against England and Scotland were dismal. The Irish Rugby Football Union have remained silent to date, but it is hard to envisage Kidney continuing as head coach beyond the Six Nations, even if France and Italy are dispatched in the remaining two games. Behind O’Shea in the bookmakers’ running is Ireland Under-20 coach Mike Ruddock, the former Wales boss, and Leinster’s Joe Schmidt. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Blake Griffin struggles in return, but Clippers beat Wizards

first_imgChris Paul’s 3-pointer with 22.9 seconds left at the shot-clock buzzer gave the Clippers a 113-107 lead, and that was all she wrote.“The play we ran didn’t necessarily work,” Paul said. “We had three seconds on the shot clock, so it was just, ‘Let me get the ball, see if I can put it in.’ Luckily, it went in.”Washington (37-40) is in 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings and fell 3 1/2 games out of a playoff spot with the loss, pending eighth-place Indiana’s game against the Knicks later Sunday.Paul led the Clippers (48-28) with 27 points and 12 assists, Jamal Crawford scored 19 off the bench, J.J. Redick scored 18 and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.Jeff Green, who scored four points, played only 1 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter because of a cut on his left hand. Marcin Gortat scored 21 for the Wizards, Markieff Morris had 18 points, John Wall 15 points and 13 assists.The talk of the day centered on Griffin’s return. The Clippers went 30-15 without him. He showed glances of the Griffin the league has come to know. With 6:51 to play in the first quarter, he threw down a dunk off a lob pass from Paul in transition.“He was open, tried to find him,” Paul said.Griffin shared his thoughts, as he saw the lob from Paul.“It was like, ‘Please don’t throw it too high,’” he said, drawing laughter. “Normally I’m ready to go for those, but sprinting like full-court and then going up, I was a little worried.”Griffin sustained a partially torn left quad tendon on Christmas night against the Lakers. It’s better, but still torn.“I feel good right now,” he said post-game. “But the key is tomorrow, the key is the next few days. That’s my biggest concern.”Doc Rivers assessed Griffin’s performance.“I thought he looked fine,” he said. “His conditioning was OK, his athleticism was good. But his timing was a little off, so it’s what it is.”It was obvious at times that Griffin was not happy with his play. His shot was short and he had butterfingers on a couple of passes.“I am glad he is hard on himself,” Rivers said. “It is what makes him Blake. Blake is going to be Blake. Players know who they are. When they do not play well or play to their standards, they get frustrated and they get over it.“That is what makes them great. It is the average guys that do not get over it. The great ones tend to get frustrated and then are fine the next day.”Jordan suggested Griffin’s return was fuel for his team’s fire.“He has been out for what feels like the entire year, but our energy was definitely a lot higher than what it has been the past couple of weeks,” Jordan said.As for the Wizards, time is running out on their playoff chances.“The fat lady hasn’t started singing yet,” said guard Bradley Beal, who scored eight points on just 2-of-16 shooting. “Some crazy things have happened at the end of the season, so anything can happen.”The Clippers shot 50.6 percent, the Wizards 45.7. All eyes were on Blake Griffin on Sunday afternoon. It was his first game back with the Clippers after he missed 45 consecutive games with two injuries, and a four-game suspension because he fractured his right hand on the face of Matias Testi – the team assistant equipment manager.Griffin understandably struggled at times. He finished with six points on 2 of 7 shooting, five rebounds and four assists in 24 1/2 minutes. But the Clippers defeated the hungry Washington Wizards 114-109 before a sellout crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center.“It was just nice to be back out there,” Griffin said. “That’s really the main takeaway. I had a blast being out there. Rhythm was pretty bad, my conditioning was a little bit better than I thought it was going to be. But not great by any means.”The victory clinched homecourt advantage for the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. The Wizards are fighting for their playoff lives, so it wasn’t all that shocking to see them cut a 12-point deficit (104-92) with 3:47 to play to just three (110-107) with 47.4 seconds to play.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Try being a tourist in your own town

first_imgThe month-long event starts with the Energetic Amazing Race tomorrow night, where participants decipher clues that take them on a race to spots around the city. The race begins at 7 p.m. at the VIC, after a barbecue to benefit the SPCA starting at 5 p.m. Teams must register by 2 p.m. Throughout the rest of the month, families can also plan their ultimate B.C. vacation and enter to win grand prize getaways, and fill out different passports by shopping and visiting local sites to win more prizes. For more information on Be a Tourist in Your Own Town month, visit the Visitors Information Centre or click here.- Advertisement –last_img read more