Messy housemates are a common complaint in share houses.When it comes time to move out of home or change rental accommodation, one of the biggest considerations is to whether to live alone or to share with housemates. Strong arguments can be made for both and it comes down to the lifestyle you want to have. Here are some points to keep in mind:RELATED:>>What you should know before buying a Strata property>>Market wrap: How Townsville property is performing>>Market insight with Townsville REIQ Zone Chair Damien KeyesPrivacy or companyIn a share-house, the only privacy you will get is your own room. The kitchen, bathroom, dining and backyard are for everyone. If a chat while making dinner sounds enjoyable and sharing a clothesline isn’t a concern, having housemates might be a good option. On the other hand, if hosting your own dinner parties and having a private bathroom sounds more appealing, renting a property on your own might be more suitable.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Saving or spendingIf saving money is the goal, a share house generally presents as the better option. Usually rent per room is cheaper than rent for a one bedroom or even a studio apartment. Savings also filter down to bills because three people don’t use three times as much electricity as one person and unlimited internet costs the same for one person as it does for four people. Also keep in mind that moving into an established share house usually means that items such as a fridge, washing machine and couch are already there. This can be great if you have just shifted out of home and don’t have any furniture. However, this can be a problem for you if you already own these items because there won’t be anywhere to put them.CLICK here for the latest Townsville property newsLong term or short term If moving interstate or overseas is on the cards, a share house would be the simpler option. Subleasing a room can be a fantastic shorter-term alternative to signing a one-year lease. Obviously giving notice is still required but it is typically easier to come and go from a sublease situation in a share house than it is to break a lease. If you are looking at setting up for the long term, a secure lease through a real estate agency may be the preferred option.Early bird or night owlIf going to bed at 3am and sleeping in until 12pm is your weekend schedule, that may be hard to keep up if other housemates wake up at 7am and use a blender for their pre-workout protein shake. It might not sound significant but if schedules between housemates vary significantly, it can lead to issues on both sides. Make sure to ask any potential housemates if they are party animals or shift workers!
John and Jennie Truman, with their daughter Emily, are selling their North Stradbroke Island property.“John and I bought it off my parents 22 years ago and we have been running the business for 31 years and we live upstairs.“If someone is looking for an island change, then this is perfect.” GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Green Room at North Stradbroke Island is for sale.That includes a fresh fruit and vegetable providore store called Green Room, a new cafe called Blue Room, a seafood retail rental shop and a three-bedroom home on a 622sq m block.The property comes with a $3.495 million price tag. The bathroom at the property for sale on North Stradbroke Island.Ray White North Stradbroke Island agent Chris Ransley is selling the property at 27 Mooloomba Road, Point Lookout, which has unobstructed views overlooking Frenchman’s Bay.The North Stradbroke Island township swells from a population of 800 to over 40,000 visitors over summer. Blue Room and Green Room at North Stradbroke Island are for sale.The Trumans are well known faces at Point Lookout, but don’t worry, they won’t be going too far. They plan to continue living on the island.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago“The property has been in my family for 47 years,” Ms Truman said. Inside 27 Mooloomba Rd, Point Lookout, which is for sale.The property is right in the middle of the village, has two street frontages and can’t be built out. “You cannot get a better position on North Stradbroke,” Ms Truman said.“It’s been an emotional decision to sell because it has been in the family for so long but we think it is the right time. “We love where we live and we are both full on into surfing, fishing and the environment that we really just want to get out there a bit more.” The most stressful things when buying Do these five things before making an offer Home loan applications drop The iconic Blue Room on North Stradbroke Island is for sale after 31 years.IF you have ever been to Straddie then you’ll have probably dropped in to the ‘local store’.After running this iconic property at North Stradbroke Island for the past 31 years, John and Jennie Truman are selling their island home. The kitchen at the property for sale on North Stradbroke Island.
This is how to live at the beach. Picture: Realestate.com.au 13/4 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, is a one bed, one bath unit — which are in the same room. Picture: Realestate.com.auA ONE bedroom unit has sold for $1.48m over the weekend and it doesn’t even have a separate bathroom — cramming that into the bedroom.Listed as a one bedroom, one bathroom, single car space home, 13/4 Hastings Street in Noosa Heads fetched a whopping $1.485m on Saturday.Even the fact that the unit did not have a separate bathroom was not enough to put off buyers, with a glassed-in shower literally at the foot of the bed in the one bedroom unit. The kitchen was more of a kitchenette — nothing at all like those in other $1m-plus homes. At least you don’t have far to go for the loo in the night. Picture: Realestate.com.au It’s like a boutique club in one of the best spots in the world. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe unit was recently renovated and has beach and ocean views with a spacious front courtyard and spa, returning over 4 per cent to the owners.It’s a far cry from other unit sale prices in the swanky holiday/retirement zone. In the same week that this one bedder sold for $1.485m, a three bedroom unit at 144/61 Noosa Springs Drive, Noosa Heads, sold for almost half that at $717,000. A two bed unit at 2/30 Grant Street, Noosa Heads, sold for even less at $455,000 a week earlier. Those two sales were below the median price for units of that type in Noosa Heads, with the suburb’s two bedroom unit median at $535,000 and three bedroom at $910,000.Agents expect the area to continue to see a rise in demand from cashed up buyers amid continuing low interest rates and surging property values down south, but clearly it will be the ones that have the dream views and location that snatch the big dollars. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoThe “kitchen” is understated. Picture: Realestate.com.au It’s certainly cosy. Picture: Realestate.com.auBut the drawcard goes back to the old real estate mantra of location, location, location. Buyers were prepared to pay a premium for the right setting — which in this case was absolute beachfront views in a building that sits beside white sand in Noosa’s hottest precinct.R & W agents Frank Milat and Shane McCauley marketed it as having “breathtaking views of the ocean and Noosa’s main beach” — a major drawcard in an area that has seen a surge in southern interest.“Apartment 13 and for that matter the whole complex have been recently renovated and share a calm air of opulence in a commanding position right on Hastings Street, close to the finest restaurants and exclusive shopping.” Render your guests speechless with this view. Picture: Realestate.com.au
One of the bedrooms before it was transformed. 31 Buccaneer Court, Surfers Paradise has had a mammoth renovation.Armed with a set of plans and the guidance of her designer Michelle Marsden, she transformed the gloomy Victorian property into a dreamy French Chateau in 18 months.Mrs Worboys, who spent close to $2 million on the massive 1,102sq m waterfront property, said she took on the impossible renovation challenge after getting advice from a number of architects. “We bought it on December 14 and decided to have an ‘Addams Family’ Christmas party before ripping out all the old interiors,” she said. The renovation took Mrs Worboys 18 months. This is the dining room before it was transformed.“We wanted the space for a big front lawn for the kids to run around and enjoy.” The mother-of-three said the key to “Queensland living” was lots of windows and a seamless indoor-outdoor style. “To keep the classic style we added more french doors,” she said. Beforehand.Inspired by a classic French Chateau, the house has iron balconies, imported french window shutters and a grand staircase. With an internal lift, the home boasts the finest fittings and fixtures, including imported marble, polished Italian Shivakashi granite, pristine Baltic Oak parquetry floors and a grand staircase. In a rare point position at the end of a cul-de-sac and set out over a sprawling 1102sq m, the property has 180-degree Hinterland and skyline views. Before the renovation 31 Buccaneer Court resembled the Addams Family house.THE Gold Coast’s famous “Addams Family” house has been given a new lease on life. Less than two years ago the spooky residence loomed over one of Surfers Paradise’s most prestigious estates giving its neighbours “the creeps”. That was until one of those neighbours, Pat Worboys decided to put a pretty spin on the iconic landmark at 31 Buccaneer Court. The mother-of-three bought the Gothic mansion with a ‘widows walk’ and sharp spires for $4 million in 2014. The finished product.“Our family has travelled a lot, we have been into a lot of amazing houses around the world and we took note of everything that wowed us and injected it into this house.” Mrs Worboys, the boss behind interior styling business Design Ready, said her favourite room was the huge walk-in robe which she described as magical. An impressive walk-in wardrobe- what more could you want?The renovation included moving the pool, creating an outdoor entertaining space and putting in a balcony on the third level which required a 100m crane. Ray White Broadbeach agent Sam Guo is marketing the property. What a sight!“It was all peach and gold with wrought iron and there were cupid statues and a German clock,” Mrs Worboys said.“It was an incredibly dated European house and so much had to be peeled back to see the true beauty of it. We kept the original ornate ceilings and parquetry floors.” Pat Worboys as embarked on her renovation challenge in 2015.“I knew it was going to a be a renovation that you had to put all in or nothing and I’m not surprised that I have doubled the original budget and time frame.“We wanted to keep the integrity of the house but create a more liveable space with more light.”Take one look at this Gold Coast mansion and you’ll be swept off your feet. With a breathtaking design perched on the waterfront, this jaw-dropping palace is a sight to behold. Afterwards.All the bedrooms feature ensuites and walk-in robes, complete with ducted airconditioning and plenty of views.The house originally belonged to a European couple who built the house in 2000. While the crystal chandelier remains from the original design the rest of the house is barely recognisable. The original house features gold finishes and European style.“We engaged an architect before we bought it because we wanted to know if it was possible to really bring it back to life without ruining it,” Mrs Worboys said. “We knew we were about to build something special.” Mrs Worboys said she had built houses in the past but this project was her first renovation. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe house has been transformed into a beautiful abode.“It was originally home to a European family, the rooms were quite pokey and there was a lot of gold and peach,” she said. “The tricky part was keeping the integrity of the house but incorporating our own style into it. I wanted to give it a Queensland lifestyle, which to me meant a big focus on outdoor living. “We ripped out the pool which was in the front yard and put a new one in out the back to face the water.
Liam Talbot. Picture: Jerad Williams“I have only started to appreciate the beauty of this place,” Ms Robinson said.“In the past I was out the door before the sun came up and back after it went down so I never saw how stunning the view really was.“Wine and cheese on the balcony is one of my favourite hobbies. “I haven’t lived anywhere but Broadbeach for a really long time. Even my radio team used to joke about me never setting foot outside the suburb. I figure if it’s comfortable, why leave?” While their relationship is in the fast lane, Ms Robinson made no mention of marriage. The presenter said the timing was right to try something new. Charli Robinson and her partner Liam Talbot are looking to buy property on the Southern end of the Gold Coast. Picture: Jerad WilliamsIt has been a blissful 18 months for the former Hi-5 performers who met millionaire race car driver Talbot. Ms Robinson said the Gold Coast Bulletin brought her and the race care driver together after she opened up about her split with Justin Kirkpatrick. Within 48 hours, the under-the-radar bachelor asked her out. “Liam is my best friend in many ways,” Ms Robinson said. Charli Robinson. Picture: Jerad Williams“My family love race car driving and I grew up watching it, so finding Liam who is part of that sport feels a bit surreal.“Especially when I get to interview him for television shows but it’s also the little things like cuddling up on the couch and watching the sport together.” More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours ago173 Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach.The 37-year-old’s “bachelorette pad” — a Broadbeach apartment — hit the market this week.Luke Henderson and Cindy Katene from Professionals John Henderson Real Estate are marketing the two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment. The residence has a stylish open-plan setting with a boho coastal-inspired setting.Decorated with pops of bright colours the apartment reflects Ms Robinson’s personality including a bright blue wall, Bali-inspired bed and artwork with the words “love” on the wall. 173 Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach.undefined Charli Robinson and her partner Liam Talbot are looking to buy property on the Southern end of the Gold Coast. Picture: Jerad WilliamsTHINGS are getting serious for Gold Coast glamour couple Charli Robinson and Liam Talbot.The former Sea FM radio host, who works on Channel 9’s Getaway, and her race car driver boyfriend are on the hunt for a new house.“We have our eye on the southern end of the Coast, a beachside house preferably with a lot of garage space for Liam and his new Audi,” Ms Robinson said. “We share very similliar tastes and we are both crazy about the beach so I know we won’t have trouble deciding on a place together.” 173 Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach.Ms Robinson left her Gold Coast radio job last year to pursue a career in TV and said she loved jet setting around the globe filming segments for travel show Getaway, attending Talbot’s races in between. 173 Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach.“Liam lives in Brisbane and our schedules always work out especially when I need to go to Brisbane to work at Mount Cootha or when he needs to come to the Coast for training,” she said.“It’s funny because we even have time for each other when we are both overseas.”
If these walls could talk …More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoThe main living hub sits on the middle level, with a suite of formal and also casual lounge and dining areas. Both feature rich timber flooring, fretwork and breezeways, while the formal areas boast a double-sided fireplace with marble vanities.The casual spaces sit in the heart of the floorplan and have an open-plan design and easy access through glass bi-fold doors to a wraparound covered deck. It’s ideal for outdoor dining and entertainment with its space for furniture and views over the green rear yard. The family has maintained period features throughout the home.Back inside, the kitchen boasts Smeg combi steam and convection ovens, double drawer dishwasher, a breakfast bar, walk-in pantry and a six-burner gas cooktop. Traditional-style timber cabinetry, granite benchtops and a servery window add further appeal.Bedrooms with classic Queenslander accents are spread across the floorplan and have varying features, while the main bedroom has a retreat space, ensuite and walk-in wardrobe. The family bathroom is quite large and contains a bathtub and separate powder room vanity. A classic look.There’s another bedroom on the upper level of the house, including a study area, and the lower level of the house contains the laundry and another bathroom. Other features of the property include an additional studio building and cubby house, a workshop shed, another garage with a workshop, and a three-bay carport. 20 Davidson St, NewmarketTHIS newly-listed historic property has been so tightly held, it’s been within the same family for more than 100 years. Set on 2428sq m with a 40m frontage just 10 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, the original house has been extended over time while maintaining period detail throughout the three-level floorplan, including VJ walls, high ceilings, bay windows and French doors.The five bedroom, three bathroom, four car space home at 20 Davidson St, Newmarket is being marketed by Ian Cuneo of Ray White Ascot and has been set to go to auction on site at 9am on March 10. The home has three levels.Mr Cuneo described the house as a magnificent family residence which beautifully captured a bygone era while working on with today’s family requirements.“Not only is this size of land rare in this proximity to the CBD, this grand period home offers the chance to own a true piece of Brisbane history,” he said.