Proposed apartment legislation could see furry companions banned

first_imgQueensland pet lovers are urged to have their say on proposed property law changes, which could decide the future of their furry friends in apartments.Bodies corporate could soon be given the power to make apartment blocks pet free and it signifies a big concern for hundreds of thousands of pet-loving residents around Queensland, living in, or looking to move into, apartments.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:30Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:30 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels360p360p240p240pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenRenting with pets01:31Under new laws proposed to the Queensland Government, a special resolution to ban pets in the confines of an apartment building could be created for bodies corporate to rule on and it has sent a shock through local property leaders. A leading body corporate management company says existing buildings would need 100 per cent approval to pass pet bans, which would likely only succeed in buildings where pets don’t have a presence, but new buildings could set these bans up before owners even move in.Your puppy could be banned from apartment blocks. Picture: Getty.Georgia Cook of Ace Body Corporate Management says the overwhelming sentiment coming from the hundreds of properties under her management is that pets are a “must have” living option and blanket bans would work against that.“More than anything else, Queensland is known for its leading lifestyle and pets are an integral part of that,” she said.“We are concerned that allowing bodies corporate to enforce blanket pet bans on properties before owners move in doesn’t give them a say, and so we are encouraging Queensland residents to have one now.”Ms Cook says Queensland residents have until May 5 to respond to the State Government, on proposed property law reforms and expects the keeping of pets to dominate the submissions lodged.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 2020“The key thing to understand is that apartments are no longer an investors’ paradise, with more families and owner-occupiers in Queensland apartment buildings than ever before,” she said.“What’s troubling us is that countless owners buy off the plan these days, and they need to have a say on lifestyle choices like pets, not have a body corporate dictate to them on what they can do without having a say.”Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world and according to the RSPCA 63 per cent of Australian households own pets, with 39 per cent keeping dogs.Apartment owners can have their say on the proposed law changes by visiting the Department of Justice’s website and submitting their thoughts on the 29 recommendations.last_img read more

This Newstead industrial-chic apartment has hit the market

first_img5a/5 Kyabra St, NewsteadCity skyline views and luxury fittings enhance this contemporary, industrial-style penthouse at 5a/5 Kyabra St, Newstead.Rising over two levels, the apartment was crafted by architect Justin O’Neill and offers four bedrooms and spacious indoor and outdoor living spaces, oriented towards the vistas.Direct lift access leads to the expansive lower level, encompassing lounge and dining areas in an open-plan design. Here, beautiful French oak floorboards contrast with a white colour palette, while extensive glass draws in natural light. 5a/5 Kyabra St, NewsteadThe main also has a dressing room, while its larger ensuite is the epitome of opulence, with Spanish volcano stone basins, black ‘leather quartz’ benchtops, Artedomus Japanese imported wall tiles and imported Italian floor tiles.Further highlights of the residence, which boasts 478sq m of living space, include a Cbus system, Euroluce-designed lighting, automatic blockout blinds and zoned ducted airconditioning. Agent Matt Lancashire said the apartment had been beautifully crafted, and was immediately impressive with its high-quality, industrial-chic finish. “Located within seconds of the incredible lifestyle options of Newstead, New Farm and Teneriffe, even the most fastidious buyer will be impressed by all that this genuine penthouse apartment has to offer,” he said. 5a/5 Kyabra St, NewsteadMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoA nearby formal lounge area boasts glass finish polished concrete, bay windows and a large wall space for artwork, and both zones also have access through floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors to separate terraces with a city backdrop. Well-equipped for gourmet creations, the galley kitchen features a suite of quality stainless steel Miele appliances, concrete and stainless steel benchtops, and striking American walnut cabinetry. There’s also an island breakfast bar, scullery and butler’s pantry, while another highlight is the 1000-plus bottle temperature and humidity-controlled wine cellar, on display via large glass doors.Bedrooms are spread across the floorplan, each with neutral decor and carpet flooring. They have either a built-in or walk-in wardrobe, and two of the bedrooms on the upper floor have access to private decks. last_img read more

Fancy a freebie with your new apartment? Buyers pick up bargains as Brisbane unit sales slump

first_imgMatt Winney has bought an off-the-plan apartment in The Hudson in Albion at a significantly reduced price. Photo Adam ArmstrongFIRST it was free avocado toast for a year.Then one developer decided to throw in a free car.Now you can get body corporate fees waived and save tens of thousands of dollars — just for buying an apartment in Brisbane.Buyers are firmly in the box seat as developers resort to desperate measures to secure sales — slashing prices and offering lucrative incentives.Off-the-plan apartment sales have slumped more than 70 per cent in a year in the wake of a glut of new unit projects flooding the market.Industry analysts have revealed at least 1700 apartments in nine Brisbane projects have been shelved, as developers grapple with bank lending restrictions and changing market conditions.A host of local developers including CMF Projects, CKP Construction, Bloomer Constructions, Cullen Group and Trac Construction, have all gone bust in the past six months. Off-the-plan apartment sales in Brisbane fell 37 per cent in the first quarter of 2017, according to Urbis. Picture: Mark CallejaNew figures by property consultancy Urbis show only 302 off-the-plan apartments sold in Brisbane during the first quarter of this year — down 37 per cent on the previous quarter and much lower than 1032 sales in the same period a year ago.Supply has also dropped dramatically, with only 225 units launched during the March quarter, compared to nearly 2000 a year ago, as the market starts to self-regulate away from oversupply.Urbis is aware of only four new residential projects being launched in the first quarter of this year, compared to 18 in the same period a year ago.Urbis associate director of property economics and research Paul Riga said he expected a continued slowdown in supply as developers played a “wait and see game”.“Only a small number of developers we work with are pushing projects out at the moment,” Mr Riga said.“The vast majority are sitting back and waiting for the market to show signs of strength and buyer demand before getting back in.” An artists’ impression of the $150 million Banyan Tree Residences project in Kangaroo Point.Place Advisory research shows there are 110 Brisbane apartment projects in the development pipeline and 38 per cent of them are either on hold or unlikely to go ahead.That number has doubled from 19 per cent a year ago.“In short, yes, cranes are beginning to disappear from the skyline,” Place Advisory director Lachlan Walker said. “Anything not under construction has probably been delayed because sales rates haven’t been achieved as fast as originally predicted.“Lending conditions, declining off-the-plan sales rates, policy changes and general market uncertainty have all negatively impacted the residential development market in Brisbane.” An artists’ impression of the view from the pool at The One Apartments in West End.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoOne example is Singapore’s Banyan Tree Holdings’ 76-apartment complex in Kangaroo Point.It was due to get off the ground a year ago, but is still awaiting construction.The developer has slashed the price of entry-level apartments in the project by more than $100,000 to try and spur sales.And it’s not the only one.Brisbane developer ForceOne Development is throwing in a Toyota Yaris for each of the next 10 apartment purchases in it’s The One Apartments project in West End before June 30 — and construction was meant to start last year. The Hudson in Albion has reduced the price of some of its units.Matt Winney has just bought one of those apartments for a bargain — securing a two-bedroom unit in The Hudson at a significantly reduced price.The 31-year-old first homebuyer said units with the same floorplan in the building were priced at $785,000 when he first started looking at the development two years ago, but he paid just $485,000 for one last month.“There’s no way I could have purchased in that building at the prices they were originally asking. It was way out of my reach,” he said.Mr Winney said he was mindful of buying an apartment in Brisbane given the oversupply concerns, but considered Albion less of a risk than other inner-city suburbs.center_img These townhouses at 28 Bute Street, Sherwood, come with free avocado toast. Picture: another Brisbane developer, Constructions Group, is offering buyers a year’s free body corporate and a white goods package if they settle on an off-the-plan apartment in its Sabre project in Woolloongabba before June 30.Even already completed projects are struggling, with Twin Ocean Corporation recently reducing the price of apartments in The Hudson on the former Albion Flour Mill site by as much 25 per cent in an attempt to boost sales. These townhouses at 28 Bute Street, Sherwood, come with free avocado toast. Picture: developer, Ferro Property Group, is offering the chance to win a Jaguar to anyone who buys one of the 27 units in its $27 million London Residences project in West End, which only launched this year.Neil Sherington’s LME Capital is giving away free avocado toast every weekend for a year to anyone who buys one of his townhouses at 28 Bute Street, Sherwood. A room in the Sabre on Sword Street development in Woolloongabba.CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher said if construction went ahead on all the apartment projects proposed for greater Brisbane in the next 24 months, supply would increase by 25 per cent.“We will see not as many as these figures suggest, but there is still quite a lot of unit construction in the pipeline,” he said.As sales volumes slide there is also some risk that investors may back out of deals fearing lower values.But Nerida Conisbee, chief economist for sees a slowdown in Brisbane’s apartment market as a positive for the industry.“Now’s the time to take a breather and see what happens,” she said.“We’re not seeing high levels of default. Valuations are coming in lower than what apartments were originally sold at and that’s concerning but apartments are still settling so that’s a good sign.” Mr Riga said he didn’t expect a dramatic fall in the prices of off-the-plan inner city apartments.“I don’t expect to see any drastic reduction in price, especially for quality new product in inner city locations,” he said.last_img read more

This home sold for more than any other home in Cannon Hill has ever sold for before

first_img62 Keats St, Cannon HillThe five-bedroom home was built in 2003 on a 840sq m block.The dual-level home had VJ walls, ornate cornices and timber flooring.There were formal and informal living spaces and a rear deck. There is swimming pool. On the ground level are two separate rumpus areas. 62 Keats St, Cannon HillAccording to CoreLogic figures the median house price at Cannon Hill is $750,000 with 44 homes selling for more than that in the past 12 months. 62 Keats St, Cannon HillThere were six registered bidders vying for the house at 62 Keats St, Cannon Hill. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoMarketing agent Meagan Muir of place said the suburb was experiencing significant demand at the moment.She said it was considered a “family-friendly’’ suburb which was predicted to experience strong capital growth in the near future.center_img 62 Keats St, Cannon HillTHE sale of a Keats St home has broken the house price record for Cannon Hill.The home sold shortly after auction and under auction conditions for $1.32 million. It broke the previous suburb record for an individual residential house sale by $120,000.last_img read more

Big block with plenty of potential in Yeerongpilly

first_imgThe home at 50 Livingstone St, Yeerongpilly.THIS double-gabled Queenslander on a fully fenced double block is on the market in Yeerongpilly.The two-bedroom home at 50 Livingstone St was built in 1935 and has front and back verandas, a sleep-out and country-style kitchen.Marketing agent Jane Elvin of LJ Hooker Annerley Yeronga said the home had the charm and character of yesteryear.The property has high ceilings, VJ walls, timber floorboards and casement windows. The kitchen at 50 Livingstone St, Yeerongpilly.“Whatever you decide, you are perfectly positioned for a great investment into the future.”The home is 5km from the Brisbane CBD and walking distance to Yeronga primary and high schools, tennis courts, Yeronga Park Swimming Pool, parks, a train station and bus stops. The back deck at 50 Livingstone St, Yeerongpilly.The bathroom includes a shower over corner bath and there is a laundry, workshop, storage space and room for two cars downstairs.“There is plenty of room to extend the home to create more bedrooms or bathrooms if needed, without the huge expense of raising the house,” Ms Elvin said.“Or for those wanting to capitalise on the position and the land, move the house to one lot and either sell off the other lot or build a new home or townhouses.center_img The living area at 50 Livingstone St, Yeerongpilly.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The front stairs lead to a covered porch and the front door opens to the sitting room, which flows through to the separate dining room and lounge room.The kitchen has a freestanding five-burner stove and oven, dishwasher and island bench, and the lounge room opens through french doors to the full-length back deck.The main bedroom has a bay window with bench seat and both bedrooms open to the sleep-out, which could be converted into a study, extra living space, ensuite or walk-in robe.last_img read more

Brisbane tree house the perfect place to relax and unwind daily

first_imgCheck out the city view from 77 Outlook Cres, Bardon. Wine and dine your friends at 77 Outlook Cres, Bardon. 77 Outlook Crescent, Bardon. Photos: super cool tree house is in a blue-chip suburb of Brisbane.The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home is at 77 Outlook Cres, Bardon and has been architecturally designed with lifestyle appeal. Take a look at the in-ground pool at 77 Outlook Cres, Bardon. 77 Outlook Crescent, Bardon. Photos: from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Ray White — New Farm selling agent Christine Rudolph said the home was set against the backdrop of Mt Coot-tha, nestled in bushland, with sweeping views of Moreton Bay and the city skyline. The claw bath tub at 77 Outlook Cres, Bardon.Perched on more than 960sq m on one of the highest points of sought after Outlook Crescent, this distinctive property features a timeless fusion of timber and glass, offering light, space and a stunning view corridor from every room. 77 Outlook Cres, Bardon.The Zen-like main bedroom is a true haven from the hectic pace of inner city living, with a freestanding claw foot bath, separate rain shower and private deck for morning meditation.Other features of the property, which goes to tender on September 8, includes an in-ground swimming pool, storage space and a cellar.last_img read more

Luxury riverfront home hits market

first_imgSleek lines in the kitchen which leads out to the veranda. Put your feet up and unwind. A chandelier in the dressing room is just divine. Great spot for a cocktail.Agent Damon Warat of Ray White Ascot has been marketing the luxurious multi-level property as having breathtaking views complemented by quality finishes and appointments. The entrance is on the top level, opening into an open-plan lounge, kitchen and dining area, which occupies nearly the entire floor. Sleeping quarters occupy the middle level, with the main bedroom at one end. It is serviced by a walk-in wardrobe and large ensuite. Bi-fold doors open up to provide access to a balcony with river and city views. At the other end of the level, there are two bedrooms, one with an ensuite, and a bathroom. 23 Hillside Crescent, Hamilton. Picture: a hillside overlooking Kingsford Smith Drive and the Brisbane River, this luxurious property will take your breath away.The four bedroom, four bathroom, double car garage home is at 23 Hillside Crescent which fronts the Brisbane River.The home will be open for inspection for half an hour on Saturday September 23 from 12.15 to 12.45pm. The area has seen strong growth in recent years. More 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 agoThe living zones flow through the entire floor. Get ready for amazing views. A couple of mates, a few beers and the footy sounds good.The lowest level is the entertainment zone, with a cinema, steam room, sauna, access to the pool, as well as a laundry, bedroom and bathroom.The property goes under the hammer within the week on Friday September 29 at 10.30am at Level 26, 111 Eagle St, Brisbane.last_img read more

A tiring renovation project has proved a success for this owner

first_imgThe bathroom at 12 Venning Street, Everton Park.Ms Vorbach said the property would best suit first-home buyers or downsizers.“It’s a smaller yard and perfect for a small, young family,” she said.When Ms Vorbach first laid eyes on the home, she said it was structurally sound but looked tired and outdated.Major renovations to the home included updating the kitchen, the bathroom and the laundry.“Visually, the paint and flooring were big ones,” Ms Vorbach said.“Pretty much everything has been touched, but mostly cosmetically.” The 3D Diakrit floor plan of 12 Venning Street, Everton Park.The property has a pet door, which Ms Vorbach said would be ideal for a small pet at the property.“There is a fully enclosed yard and it is quite secure,” she said.“There is a lot more space than you would think when looking at it.” The property is close to shops and public transport. 12 The kitchen at 12 Venning Street, Everton Park.The mother-of-two, who lives nearby, said it was a very tiring project.“I am the primary carer of the two kids during the day and had to do the renovations during the evening and throughout the night,” she said.“I did purchase the home to renovate it, but it was hard work — it was a long process.”The three-bedroom, one-bathroom home is on a 317sq m block. Ms Vorbach said she chose the location because of its affordability.“Being so close to the city and the lifestyle the area has to offer were definitely drawcards for me,” she said.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019center_img 12 Venning Street, Everton Park.Emma Vorbach’s intention to spruce up this Everton Park property has gone to plan.The property at 12 Venning St was bought by Ms Vorbach at the end of June and has taken a few months to revamp.last_img read more

Picture-perfect living on the marina in Manly

first_imgThe home at 497 Royal Esp, Manly.THIS waterside home is on a big corner block with marina views, wraparound veranda and picture-perfect presentation.The property at 497 Royal Esplanade, Manly, was designed by architect John Dalton and has five bedrooms, three bathrooms and multiple indoor and outdoor living spaces spread across two levels. Marketing agent Marc Sorrentino said the home was a masterpiece built to exacting standards. The kitchen at 497 Royal Esp, Manly.“The home is enhanced by wraparound verandas and arched ceilings creating a superb aspect, cross ventilation and an abundance of natural light,” he said.Owner Ross Marino said the home had a timeless quality but was a comfortable family home. “It’s absolutely built for family living and the front veranda is a great place to watch the world go by and enjoy a cold beer,” he said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 The dining room at 497 Royal Esp, Manly.There is a fireplace in the formal lounge and all the living spaces open to the veranda or poolside entertainment space. There is also a bedroom, office, laundry and bathroom on the ground floor. Upstairs, the master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite, powder room and private balcony. The veranda at 497 Royal Esp, Manly.“You can see dolphins in the harbour, watch the weather fronts forming and the yachts coming in.”On the ground floor of the home there is a formal dining and lounge space, living area, family room and open-plan dining and kitchen. The kitchen has Tasmanian myrtlewood cabinetry, granite benchtops, Miele appliances, an island bench and wine storage. The pool at 497 Royal Esp, Manly.The remaining bedrooms have built-in robes and there is a family bathroom, separate toilet and linen cupboards. Outside there is an in-ground pool with glass fencing, established lawns and gardens and a double garage with storeroom.last_img read more

The historic character of this Gold Coast home is part of its charm

first_img4 Garden Grove, Carrara. 4 Garden Grove, Carrara.THIS riverfront homehas an “old-school” character rarely seen on the property market today.Owner Ruth Duthie said its peaked roof and brick and Tasmanian oak features were all part of its charm.“It’s a very warm home, it’s got a lot of character,” Mrs Duthie said.4 Garden Grove, Carrara.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago4 Garden Grove, Carrara.She and her husband have lived in the property with their children for the past 16 years.She said they had put a lot of work into it over the years, including repainting, fixing bathrooms and re-landscaping the entire property, so hoped the new owners “love it the way it is.”4 Garden Grove, Carrara.last_img read more