The Fig Tree Pocket home that the Forresters have bought off the Slatterys.FROM one richlister to another, the exclusive Fig Tree Pocket riverfront could be in for some interesting times with the new owners of a sprawling riverfront mansion also the creators of Australia’s best development tower.Tim and Mackenzie Forrester of ARIA Property Group were the buyers behind a $6 million deal inked with fellow Queensland richlister tech millionaire Bevan Slattery, according to Department of Natural Resources records. Aria Property Group managing director, Tim Forrester, UDIA National President, Michael Corcoran and Aria Property Group design manager, Simon White at the UDIA national awards where Botanica Residences took the top gong. Picture: SuppliedMore 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 ago File photo of Mackenzie and Tim Forrester. Picture: Drew Fitzgibbon The view from one of the bedrooms of the Fig Tree Pocket home that the Forresters have bought.The Forresters last month saw their 20-level Botanica apartment project in South Brisbane crowned the best development in the country, landing the coveted Urban Development Institute President’s Award. Another ARIA development Austin was award best high rise development in Australia at the Asia Pacific Awards in 2015.Tim Forrester, who founded the privately held ARIA Property Group in 2003, is managing director of the firm, with his wife Mackenzie focusing on the interior design side of the equation. The waterfront holds strong allure for the Forresters, who have two other properties by the water in Queensland.The pair clearly love the water and already own an inner city riverfront property at Norman Park, bought for $3.9m in 2013, and a $1.15m beach house at Sunshine Beach.Bevan and Jodie Slattery agreed to sell the Fig Tree Pocket property for $6m in January, with the keys handed over to the Forresters two months later. The massive 9,561sq m property had been bought by the Slatterys in May 2010 for $6.3m.The Slatterys have no plans to leave the prestigious Fig Tree Pocket precinct, having held another $8.25m riverfront home since 2014.
81/32 Agnes St, AlbionThis penthouse with expansive river and city views at 81/32 Agnes St, Albion has been listed for sale.The four-bedroom apartment has 4.5m high ceilings and open-plan living and dining spaces finished with marble flooring and a feature acoustic wall.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 2019The kitchen includes Miele appliances and a butler’s pantry.There’s an expansive wraparound balcony to take in the vistas and the main bedroom has a marble dressing table, an ensuite with twin vanities, floor-to-ceiling marble and a private courtyard. Other features of the penthouse include a home automation system and laundry. Inspections: By appointment For sale: By negotiation Agent: Simon Caulfield, Place Kangaroo PointTel: 3906 2500, 0437 935 912
Utopia Space in Fortitude Valley has officially turned the sod as construction kicks off on the 25 level, 300 residential apartment project.A FORTITUDE VALLEY residential development has started construction with young professionals snapping up apartments in the prime inner-city precinct.Utopia Space on Wickham St will eventually have 25 levels, making it one of the tallest buildings in the Valley and with prime rooftop entertaining space with skyline views.The project has been sitting on the backburner for a couple of years, waiting for the market to turn in its favour.Utopia Space in Fortitude ValleyUtopia development manager Bill Wang said the supply side of development in the area was cooling, with a number of other projects mothballed and building approval back to a historical average from its peak.“But the demand is still there, especially for high quality projects,” he said. “We believe that by the time we complete the construction, the market will be more balanced.“And job growth that has stemmed from the large number of commercial towers being constructed or proposed for the Valley will well support the project.”Utopia Space in Fortitude ValleyAimed at young professionals and downsizers, the $180 million Utopia Space will have 300 one, two and three-bedroom apartments starting from $399,000.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 agoThe rooftop space will provide an open air cinema and large barbecue communal area.With 80 per cent sold off-the-plan, construction is now underway, with the sod officially turned with red ribbon tied shovels, followed by dancing red lions.At the opening ceremony Central Ward councillor Vicki Ward spoke of the vibrant and growing suburb of Fortitude Valley and Sandt Developments Group chairman Tom Sun talked of his long time dream of Utopia Space that is about to come to fruition.Utopia Space in Fortitude ValleyDesigned by Queensland based Kowalski Architects and set to be built by well renowned Hutchinson Builders, Mr Wang said one of the key features that made Utopia Space stand out from the crowd was its location.“Location, location is always the number one priority when it comes to real estate,” he said.New apartments: Search for developments“Being central to the Valley precinct, Utopia is among some of the best Eastern and Western eateries and cultural hot spots.“It sits 100m from the Valley train station, has a number of bus routes it is proximity, public transport can never be this convenient.”Utopia Space in Fortitude ValleyMr Wang said the state of the art design and finishes would also set the development apart.Bi-folding doors open up to 90 per cent of the balcony space, and the project is using Japan’s most advanced nanoglass which shields heat by up to 67.1 per cent and keeps rooms up to 8.3 degrees cooler in summer.The advanced technology glass means that airconditioning costs are reduced and soft furnishings are protected from fading.
Muriel and Bernard Costello loved their Queenslander at 101 Kingsley Tce, Manly.Ms O’Regan said she would be sad to say goodbye to the family home but with her parents now both gone, the time had come to let it go.“It will be an end of quiet significant chapter for the family,” she said. “But my father would want to be passed on to another family, to someone who could restore the house.” The 810sq m property will go to auction at 2pm on Saturday, October 21. Bernard and Muriel Costello on their wedding day in Ely, England, 1945.“Dad wasn’t too keen to go to the dance but he did and that’s where he saw my mother. He thought she was beautiful, so he asked her to dance,” she said. The couple married during the war and the new Mrs Costello followed her husband to Australia. In 1961 Mr Costello was a working as Commonwealth Bank manager when he was sent from Rockhampton to Brisbane’s bayside to open a new branch in Cleveland. Mr and Mrs Costello loved sitting in the sunroom.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 Costellos bought a 30-year-old Queenslander at 101 Kingsley Tce to be close to good schools and the bay.“Back then a number of the houses didn’t have fences so all the neighbourhood children would gather in this big area and play cricket and football,” Ms O’Regan said. “We’d have Christmas and family celebrations under the house and barbecues in the backyard. The dining room was the setting for many Costello family dinners.“Mum and Dad loved the views and loved that the home was an old Queenslander. “Their favourite room was the front sun room — they loved sitting out there listening to music, reading and having great conversations about anything and everything. “It’s a house full of love, laughter, good conversations and good food.” The home at 101 Kingsley Tce, Manly.THE family home of two World War II veterans will be on offer for the first time in 56 years when it goes under the hammer in Manly this weekend.The two-bedroom Queenslander at 101 Kingsley Tce, with original VJ walls and breezeways, was the much loved home of Bernard Costello, a RAAF navigator who flew 30 missions over occupied Europe in a Lancaster bomber, and his Welsh wife, Muriel, who cared for the wounded as a RAF nurse.The couple’s youngest daughter, Jenny O’Regan said her parents met at a dance while stationed in Ely, England, during the war.
Philip and Gianna Di Bella now have a new New Farm at home. Picture: Annette Dew.COFFEE king Phillip Di Bella and his wife Gianna, have beaten two other interested buyers to secure a New Farm home for $6.5 million.The couple, who have listed their 30 Turner St, New Farm home for sale, bought the 1016sq m residence in Sydney St, New Farm which was architecturally designed by Monster Ideas Architects and built by CGH Construction.Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm negotiated the sale which was finalised on Friday.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours ago“There were three seriously interested parties in the Sydney St home which sits on the corner of Oxlade Drive,” Mr Lancashire said. The new home at Sydney St, New Farm.He said the Di Bella’s were very happy with the new home for their family and that interest was also good for the home they were selling. It was targeted at $5 million plus buyers.“The Brisbane prestige property market seems to be off to a flying start and we expect to see many more high-end sales take place over the coming months,” Mr Lancashire said.Mr Di Bella said it would be sad to leave the Turner Ave home, however it was time for a change for the family.“It’s an amazing home and we hope the next family will enjoy it as much as we have,” Mr Di Bella said.
North Shore are releasing more land ahead of the grand opening of their new display village. Stockland North Shore project director Andrew Astorquia at the new sign into the estate.STOCKLAND North Shore is releasing more home sites with demand expected to increase as the masterplanned community opens their new $8.5 million display village.Fourteen new home sites have been made available in Discovery Village with the new land release being named Columbus Release A.It’s located within walking distance of the new North Shore State School, new display village, cafe, kids play area and CrossFit precinct.It will be next to a planned shopping, dining and spots precinct dubbed The Junction.Stockland North Shore project director Andrew Astorquia said the location of the land so close to quality retail and community facilities would make the sites popular.“We are nearing 6000 residents at North Shore and the community now boast three schools, medical, health and shopping precincts, a plethora of playgrounds, walkways, parks and trails,” he said.“We know that families want to be close to the things that offer them a more convenient lifestyle and with all its infrastructure, North Shore truly is the ideal place to call home. 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“Land releases like this that are so close to the new state school and to The Junction precinct are always highly sought after.”The new display village will officially open today with a neon light party. It will feature 16 new homes from 10 local builders and playground with a jumping pillow, along with a new soccer field, a purpose-built CrossFit facility and The Cafe by Luv Bite Creations.The display village aims to showcase building innovations, designs and practical housing choices available.The North Shore Neon Party will kick off at 5pm with illuminated street performers, glowing crafts and food trucks.Mr Astorquia said the light show display would be like nothing Townsville had seen.“I am very excited about this launch as it not only signals the opening of our new display village, but the event itself is really something different for Townsville,” he said. “The show will light up the entire display village and be choreographed to high-energy music while entertainers dressed with neon lights, acrobats and musicians roam through the houses and streets of the display village.”