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Bar none: The hottest places to raise a glass at home on the Gold Coast

first_imgThere’s no queues here! 23 Queen Guineveres Place, Sovereign Islands.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoHaving a glitzy outdoor wine, wet or mini bar is the cherry on top of the Manhattan.“You can use it as part of the decor — it really can become quite a feature of the home,” she said.“Drink service is a vital part of any event, usually you just set up a trestle table or use the kitchen, it doesn’t facilitate a smooth running party.” Drinks with a water view. Picture Glenn Hampson.“We are originally from Adelaide and being up here, a lot of the lifestyle is outdoors, so we wanted to create a large, multipurpose area.”The cabana is complete with a bar, pizza oven, fire pit and television and serves up stunning water views while overlooking the pool.Mrs Panepinto described the stone-edged design as “industrial and classy.”The mother-of-three said the cabana and bar is a definite selling point of her newly-listed home.The Panepinto’s extensively renovated the residence over nine months to create a “luxury home, suitable for a family.”Gold Coast party planner Decinda Macdonald of Sugar and Spice Events said more people are choosing to party at home.“You save venue hire fees when you do it at home and you don’t have to work within a package. You can bring in whatever you want — and you can generally party as long as you want to,” Ms Macdonald said. Raising the bar doesn’t get much higher than this penthouse at 63/2890, Gold Coast Highway Melissa and Vince Panepinto enjoy a drink at home at Hope Island. The house has one of the hottest bars in new Gold Coast property listings. Picture Glenn Hampson.PARTY venues don’t come any more exclusive than this.Guests are being left shaken and stirred by the stunning bars which have become an eye-catching feature of high-end homes.At Hope Island, vendor Melissa Panepinto said the waterfront views at her residence were the best enjoyed with a lychee or espresso martini.That’s what the Panepinto’s most often concocted for their visitors from an envy-inducing home bar setting.“People always say the kitchen is the heart of the home, but I say my bar is,” Mrs Panepinto said. Pull up a customised chair at this bar at 1 Rokeby Crt, Nerang.center_img Cheers! This wine rack is both a feature and functional at 14 Westminster Court, Sovereign Islands.“We love even hiring a flair bartender or a local bartender to serve, it takes it from a service bar to being part of the entertainment.”Alex Phillis of Alex Phillis Luxury Real Estate, who is marketing the Hope Island property, said its bar is one of the best on the Gold Coast property market.“In potential buyers’ top must-haves, the bar is up there,” Mr Phillis said.“It’s a great place for family and friends to relax and entertain.”But the Gold Coast is not lacking when it comes to lavish properties with a wet bar to match. Whether it’s sipping a cocktail at a mosaic patterned bar in a Surfers Paradise penthouse, fetching the champagne from a glittering temperature-controlled wine cellar with an engraved nod to the fine wines of Bordeaux and Pauillac, or cracking a cold one at a motorsport-inspired wet bar, there’s something to suit every taste. Raise a glass to this luxe space at 12-14 Knightsbridge Parade West, Sovereign Islands. If you like pina coladas, this tropical-inspired bar at 139 Strawberry Rd, Bonogin is for you.Ms Macdonald said when it comes to designing or modifying a home bar permanently, a timeless or monotone style is best.Then you can add a garnish for special occasions.“For a New Year’s Eve party you might have some beautiful balloons, some high end Waterford Crystal glassware,” Ms Macdonald said.“You could go so far as creating a cocktail to suit the event. The options are all there — get creative.”last_img read more


Grand 1905 Queenslander sold for $3.3m after auction

first_imgBeautifully maintained home. Perfect for the hot summer to come. 56 Victoria Ave ChelmerMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago It has all the elements of the best examples of Queenslanders.Agent Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige confirmed it had passed in at auction for $3.2m on Saturday and then subsequently sold for $3.3m.He had marketed it as a “grand landmark Queenslander” in one of Chelmer’s prestigious high-side streets 6km from the Brisbane CBD.“Full of character with its soaring 14ft high ceilings, timber floorboards, VJ walls and ceilings, picture rails, decorative timber work, hallway arch, ornate fireplace and sash windows, this timeless home offers all the charm of its heritage past with all the conveniences of modern family living.” Classic decor in the kitchen. Kathy and Rod O’Connell at the home in Chelmer that they have since sold for $3.3m after it passed in at auction for $3.2m. Picture: AAP Image/Claudia Baxter.A GRAND Queenslander built circa 1905 has fetched a massive $3.3m after it had passed in at auction last weekend.The five bedroom, three bathroom, double car garage property called Arcadia was at 56 Victoria Avenue, Chelmer and comes complete with pool, floodlit tennis court on a massive 2,704sq m block. Heritage features have been retained throughout the home.Those conveniences included state of the art European appliances by Neff, Gaggenau and Miele in the kitchen, a master bedroom connects to a retreat that comes with a fireplace and can be opened up to the rest of the family as well.last_img read more


BracketRacket: ‘You want to skip steps but you can’t.’

first_imgConnecticut head coach Kevin Ollie cuts the netting on the rim after his team defeating Michigan State 60-54 during a regional final at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 30, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Welcome back to BracketRacket, the one-stop shopping place for all your offbeat NCAA tournament needs. In today’s edition, coach Cal keeps going back to the future, Florida beats Dayton (again!) in some kind of parallel universe, UConn wins but loses face, and tourists enjoy a rare moment of consensus in New York. Without further ado:WE DON’T REBUILD AT KENTUCKY, WE … ACTUALLY, WE DO REBUILD. EVERY YEAR.If “The John Calipari Finishing School for NBA Prospects — Sponsored by the University of Kentucky(TM)” sent out a newsletter to high-school recruits, the latest might read something like this.“This year’s class is having a slam-bang time at the NCAA tournament. We’re going to the Final Four — again! — and preparations are already underway for a reunion at this summer’s NBA draft. But enough about this year’s team, since many of them won’t be around by the time you arrive in the fall. Can’t wait to see you in Lexington!”Say what you want about coach Cal, but the man has nerves of steel. Around this time last year, the Wildcats’ season ended with a loss to Robert Morris in the opening round of the NIT and worse, the cupboard was practically bare. Nerlens Noel, Kentucky’s best player went down during the season with a devastating knee injury, and was already rehabbing to go pro.So Calipari simply did what he’s always done: start over.He recruited circles around every other coach in the game, bringing in six McDonald’s All-Americans and trying to coach ’em up fast enough to deliver a happy meal by tournament time. There were chills and spills along the way, but after Kentucky held on to beat Michigan in the Midwest regional final Sunday, Calipari took a brief, but well-deserved bow.“The whole thing about building a team, especially young guys, is it’s a process and you cannot skip steps. You want to skip steps,” he said emphatically, “but you can’t.”You can building a program, though.Take nothing away from Calipari’s in-season work, but it pales in comparison to his abilities as a talent scout. In his four previous seasons at Kentucky, he’s already put 17 players in the NBA, with another handful set to join them this June. He’s the only coach to send three No. 1 overall picks to the pros, the only coach to have five players taken in the first round in the same year (2010), and the only one to squeeze six in since the league cut the draft to two rounds.And he’s showing no signs of slowing down.Plenty of Kentucky fans took a break Saturday between the Wildcats’ wins in the tournament to take in the Indiana High School Class 4A boys basketball state championship game. The kid to watch turned out to be Indianapolis Arsenal Tech’s 6-foot-10 Trey Lyles, who had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lock up a state title.Lyles is already committed to Kentucky, which if nothing else means coach Cal saved himself some postage.___ART IMITATING LIFE, OR MAYBE JUST THE NCAA TOURNAMENTIt’s a miracle no one thought of it before.OK, you probably did. More than once, too. Maybe you and a few pals even went down to the basement, found a Nerf ball and taped a mini-backboard to the wall. Maybe you even filmed it.But get it on air?These guys did: (via YouTube.com): http://bit.ly/1ogFgmn .They’re part of the WCJB-TV crew at an ABC affiliate in Gainesville, Florida. Barred from showing highlights of Florida’s win over Dayton — non-CBS stations can’t until the day after the game — anchor Zach Aldridge, meteorologist Mike Gismondi and two other guys from the station re-enacted the Gators’ triumph, from the pre-game locker room huddle to the postgame celebration.“I can’t air any of it without breaking the law and every other rule and regulation known to TV,” Aldridge says in the run-up to the clip. “But I want to show you the next-best thing.”You might be selling yourself short, Zach. It was actually more entertaining than the real thing.___THANKS, I NEEDED THATIn what’s threatening to become a postgame tradition, UConn’s coach and players have begun exchanging celebratory slaps. Not the usual high- or low-five variety, but slaps upside the head.Coach Kevin Ollie started it after UConn’s upset win over Iowa State, finishing up an interview on the court and then, as he walked by Terrence Samuel, delivering the chuck here (via YouTube.com): http://bit.ly/1dIQrzp . It was — pardon the expression — a hit with the team.Deciding one good turn deserved another, Ollie gathered his Huskies around him for the postgame interview after upsetting Michigan State on Sunday and wanted confirmation he wasn’t dreaming. Naturally, the task fell to Samuel, who delivered here (via The Big Lead): http://bit.ly/1dIS9kkBracketRacket just made UConn its pick to win it all.Not because the Huskies are the best team still standing, but because we’d like to see how many of them would still be standing by the end.___CELEBRITY ALUMS OF THE DAYInstead of going mano-a-mano, our next two combatants traded blows via the video board at Madison Square Garden.During a second-half timeout in that same UConn-Michigan State game, former Spartan and 2000 national champion Mateen Cleaves turned up on the screen and got a rousing cheer from the green-and-white-clad fans in the crowd of 19,499. A few seconds later, the camera found former Husky and 1999 national champion Richard Hamilton.With much more of the crowd in his corner, Hamilton escalated the battle by raising his arms and imploring the UConn fans to cheer even louder. Then back to Cleaves, who recovered nicely by matching the arm-raising gesture and for good measure, started “popping” the Michigan State shirt he was wearing. Back came Hamilton, popping his shirt and the place went up for grabs.Mindful that the timeout was coming to an end, the board operator finally went to a split screen showing both Cleaves and Hamilton. Judging by the ovation, we’re scoring it a draw.___STAT OF THE DAYSTATS notes that if three of the Final Four teams wind up blanketed by confetti a week from Monday, they won’t need a refresher course to act like they’ve been there before. In fact, five of the past 10 national championships have been won by either Connecticut (2004, 2011), Florida (2006, 2007) or Kentucky (2012). The exception is Wisconsin. The Badgers’ last — and only — title dates back to 1941.___QUOTE OF THE DAY“We got 16 of the most out-of-body turnovers known to mankind, to be honest.” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo explaining the Spartans’ self-inflicted wounds against UConn.___SUNDAY’S RESULTSRegional FinalsMIDWESTAt IndianapolisKentucky 75, Michigan 72EASTAt New York CityUConn 60, Michigan State 54FINAL FOURSaturday, April 5SemifinalsAt Arlington, TexasUConn (30-8) vs. Florida (36-2), 6:09 p.m. EDTKentucky (28-10) vs. Wisconsin (30-7), 8:49 p.m.NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPMonday, April 7Semifinal winners, 9:10 p.m.last_img read more