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first_img2620-2622 Virginia Drive, Hope Island.Of the two top sales on the Coast, one was a “secret home” at Hope Island that changed hands in July.A Vietnamese businessman bought the waterfront residence at 2620-2622 Virginia Drive in an off-market deal through Wendy and Warren Hickey from Hope Island Resort Realty.“We weren’t allowed to take any photos until after it had sold,” Ms Hickey said.“It is really hard to sell a secret but a home with this calibre attracts a lot of wealthy attention.Spanning across three blocks, the entrance to the 3,227sq m property is grand with a double gated entry, porte-cochere and sweeping staircase.But the sale was $8.5 million shy of last year’s mammoth $25 million sale of former Billabong executive Scott Perrin’s Mermaid Beach mansion. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago201-205 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.Monaco St at Broadbeach Waters was also touted as a millionaire’s playground earlier this year with two sales around the $9 million mark.It is understood No. 201-205 changed hands in a cash sale.The deal involving a Taiwanese buyer was negotiated by Christopher Jones and Lisa Halpin of Savills Residential Gold Coast, who declined to confirm the contract price. 75-77 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters, $9 million Tidemark sold for $25 million in 2016.The record residential sale for the Gold Coast still stands at $27 million – it was chalked up in 2008 when BreakFree founder Tony Smith sold an uncompleted mansion in Hedges Ave to later-failed internet whiz Daniel Tzvetkoff. 187-191 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, $16.5 million 41 The Promenade, Surfers ParadiseArguably one of the best riverfront addresses on the Gold Coast, this grand hotel-like residence at Isle of Capri has it all.But, it’s the double main river block with views from Main Beach to Broadbeach and right down the mouth of the river that captured the attention of the property’s new owner.Property records reveal the owner to be Kool Kids founder Bruce Coulson, who also purchased the block next door for $6.5 million. 11 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise, $6.95 million 187-191 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.Also trading hands for $16.5 million this year was Melbourne Cup winner and real estate identity David Henderson’s luxury Mermaid Beach mansion that sold in August.The Albatross Ave property first hit the market in 2016 with a $19.75 million price tag. It was designed by architect Paul Uhlmann and spans across three beachfront blocks giving it a commanding street presence. 61 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach.One of only two beachfront properties to make the top 10 Gold Coast sales list, this stunning four-level beach house, where no expense has been spared, sold for $5.9 million.Records show the residence was linked to Claybar Pty Ltd and the late Ian Barclay, a prominent Master Builder who worked on projects including stage two of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the Brisbane Airport domestic terminal and the Houghton Highway Bridge at Redcliffe. 2620-2622 Virginia Drive, Hope Island was one of the biggest sales on the Coast in 2017.THEY’RE jaw-dropping, have out-of-this-world features and sell for millions of dollars.The top 10 Gold Coast property sales of 2017 included an array of waterfront residences from Hope Island to Palm Beach.But there was one noticable absence – despite the city being known for its high-rises there were no apartment sales in the top 10.The Coast’s mega mansions dominated the list with two selling for $16.5 million each to tie for the top spot. 187-191 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.While the 30m of beach frontage is one of its best assets, the mansion also comes with a lift, basement for seven cars, sauna, cocktail bar and a gym.“It was listed for $19.75 million last year but as soon as we adjusted the price to $16.995 million we had a frenzy of buyers and they were all qualified buyers with genuine offers,” agent Luke Henderson said. 201-205 Monaco Street Broadbeach Waters, $9.5 million center_img 19-21 Queen Anne Court, Sovereign Islands..This mega-mansion was on the market for two years before it finally sold for $6.5 million.Sprawled across a double block, the home has a heavy European influence with lion statues, gold leaf trimmings, pillars and fountains. 25 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise, $6 million 75-77 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters Glenn and Victoria Hargraves, part owners of directory and online search company Local Search, bought the property and planned to make the move from Mermaid beach.The pair said the home sparked their interest with its architecture, northerly aspect, skyline views and land size. 14 Admiralty Drive, Paradise Waters, $7.7 million 2620-2622 Virginia Drive, Hope Island.The Gold Coast trumped Brisbane, with an Ascot home which sold for $8.8 million coming in as the capital city’s biggest sale.While millions of dollars behind Sydney’s top sale – a Double Bay mansion that sold for a cool $71 million – the Gold Coast was hot on the heels of Melbourne with Victoria’s largest sale coming in at $16.8 million for a Toorak house.So which properties made up the Gold Coast’s top sales for 2017? CoreLogic has complied the tops sales from across the Coast. Take a look: 2620-2622 Virginia Drive, Hope Island, $16.5 million 14 Admiralty Drive, Paradise WatersA Gold Coast buyer continued the rush for big-ticket homes by paying $7.7 million for this mansion in one of the premier riverfront streets at Paradise Waters.The price achieved for 14 Admiralty Drive is believed to be the second highest on record for the street. 41 The Promenade, Surfers Paradise, $6.95 million 25 Southern, Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise.THE “very best views of Surfers Paradise” captivated the buyer of this stunning five-bedroom mansion.Located on exclusive Cronin Island, the house sold for a cool $6 million via expressions of interest. 61 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach, $5.9 million 11 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise.Renowend architect Bayden Goddard was responsible for the design of this stunning six- edroom Cronin Island home, which offers flawless timber and custom marble finishes across four levels of luxury.Selling for $6.95 million to a Chinese buyer, the residence is one of only 34 homes on the small triangular pocket off Chevron Island. 19-21 Queen Anne Court, Sovereign Islands, $6.5 million last_img read more

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald PhotoOffensive MVP (tie): QB John Stocco, WR Paul HubbardDefensive MVP: LB Mark ZalewskiSpecial Teams MVP: LS Dave PeckOffensive Scout Team MVP: RB Jerry ButlerDefensive Scout Team MVP: LB Culmer St. Jean Seeing as he played out just one drive in the second half against Indiana Saturday, one could only imagine just how many yards John Stocco could have accumulated had he remained in the game.It didn’t matter, however, to the powers that be in the Big Ten, who awarded Stocco his third career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor for his efforts in the 52-17 victory.UW head coach Bret Bielema credited his quarterback’s consistency in explaining the 304 yards and three touchdowns Stocco racked up in an abbreviated stint against the Hoosiers.”I walked down the hallway yesterday when we found out John had gotten that MVP award and told Paul (Chryst, UW offensive coordinator), and he goes, ‘That’s pretty good considering he only played really two quarters and a series,'” Bielema said at his press conference Monday. “The amazing part [was] just the consistency he was able to deliver the football, [and] also making the correct calls.”Bielema rejected any notions that Stocco’s improved statistics are a reflection of better play, saying that the fifth-year senior takes the same attitude into every game and simply happened to shine in a more obvious manner against the lowly Hoosiers.”He carries over a mentality that he just lives every play for what it is, probably a 1-0 mentality to the finest,” Bielema said, referring to Wisconsin’s No. 1 team goal. “He isn’t going to let one play adversely affect the next, not only in his game, but … if he throws the ball to someone and maybe they don’t come up with the play that he was looking for, he doesn’t just turn and go the other way. He continues to come back if he believes there’s that ability in someone.”Pertaining to Bielema’s weekly selections, Stocco earned co-Offensive MVP honors for the Badgers along with Paul Hubbard, the player largely responsible for Stocco’s success. Hubbard tallied six receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown Saturday. Bielema said Hubbard had been itching for a big game and finally cashed in against a stunned IU secondary.”He just took a little bit more of a personal urgency,” Bielema said. “Last year when entering spring ball, he was kind of thrust into the role of a potential go-to guy without ever really having to work to get there. I thought he was into it during the course of the summer and every game leading up to this past weekend.”Stocco becomes the third Badger to receive Player of the Week accolades from the Big Ten. LB Jonathan Casillas was honored on Sept. 4 after the Badgers’ victory at Bowling Green, and punter Ken DeBauche made the list in defeat against Michigan — with both players representing special teams.On the defensive side of the ball, Mark Zalewski was Bielema’s player of the week for Wisconsin. Zalewski, who made six tackles, and the defense’s fine effort was outshined by the offense, although Indiana failed to score a point until many of UW’s starters had left the game.Rounding out Bielema’s MVP list, long snapper Dave Peck was the Special Teams representative for nine perfect snaps — seven PATs and two field goal attempts. Jamil Walker was Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week for the second consecutive time, and safety-converted-linebacker Culmer St. Jean was his Defensive Scout Team counterpart.Return game struggling earlyDespite being asked about potential changes on kickoff returns, Bielema gave no clear answer as to whether current returners Josh Nettles or Jarvis Minton would be replaced.On the unit labeled by Bielema as UW’s “Achilles heel,” Nettles has struggled out of the early going, failing to give Wisconsin any kind of good field position and making poor choices, namely taking the ball out of the end zone when most would take a knee for a touchback.”That is the one unit that I don’t believe we’ve had a winning effort to this point,” Bielema said. “I brought it up yesterday in our staff meeting as well as to our players and definitely have to make a huge step forward in that regard.”The eternal optimist, Bielema said a lack of experience has contributed to a return game in the doldrums, and that means Wisconsin’s defense hasn’t allowed many scores in the year’s first five games.”Fortunately, if you want to turn negatives to positives, the reason we haven’t had much work on kickoff returns is because there hasn’t been that many touchdowns scored against us,” Bielema said. “Obviously the returners are different, but as many as eight guys on that unit hadn’t had any previous reps other than this year, and we just haven’t had that many opportunities.”Badgers help in searchOn the sadder side of events, three Badgers lost a high school friend and teammate Friday night, when Luke Homan drowned after attending Oktoberfest U.S.A.Homan, a student at UW-La Crosse, attended high school and played on the basketball team at Brookfield Central with Badger football players Joe Thomas, Ben Strickland and Steve Johnson. The trio was released Sunday by Bielema to search for Homan, but their friend was found dead in a river Monday.”I told them, they were relieved of Sunday’s obligations, no questions asked, and they went up there and tried to take part in the search,” Bielema said. “I touched base with them again last night as well as this morning, and we don’t have any structured things today.”Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, to Luke Homan’s family, and everybody associated with their friends as well.”last_img read more