2620-2622 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 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
After Saturday’s neck-and-neck 1–0 loss for the No. 1 Badgers, Sunday’s edition of the Border Battle rivalry proved to be a different narrative. Wisconsin (9-1-0, 3-1-0-0 WCHA) earned a convincing 4–1 victory over the No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-2-1, 5-2-1-0 WCHA) to cap off a hard-fought weekend series at LaBahn Arena.Despite being outshot for the first time this season (31-29), Wisconsin was able to capitalize off its chances in the second and third periods to pull away from its Border Battle rival. It would not have been possible if not for Wisconsin goalie Kristen Campbell’s brave performance. Campbell recorded 30 saves, 18 of which came in the third period.“That was the most shots I’ve faced in my career here,” Campbell said of the third period barrage from Minnesota.On offense, though, the Badgers were able to flip the script from Saturday’s showing. Freshman Sophie Shirley, sophomore Natalie Buchbinder, freshman Britta Curl and senior Annie Pankowski all scored for the Badgers. Senior defense Maddie Rolfes recorded a career-high three assists and a +3 plus/minus rating, helping the Badgers earn their ninth victory of the season.Football: Wisconsin shredded 31-17 by NorthwesternInjuries rendered the Wisconsin roster nearly unrecognizable Saturday versus Northwestern, and the Wildcats pounced on the oportunity to shred an Read…Shirley, last week’s WCHA Rookie of the Week, continued the impressive opening stretch to her Badger career, finding the net at the 15:43 mark in the first period for the game’s opening goal for her sixth score of the season. Minnesota answered quickly, controlling the tempo and possession for much of the period. Gopher freshman Emily Oden added a goal at the 2:25 mark, leaving the two sides tied 1–1 to close the first.The second period belonged to Wisconsin, who outshot Minnesota 14-5 in the frame. In what was a prolonged display of offense, however, the Badgers could only tally one goal: A top-shelf beauty off the stick of sophomore Natalie Buchbinder, who earned her second-career game-winning goal in the process.Defending a 2–1 advantage heading into the third period, Campbell came out knowing what to expect from the No. 3 ranked team in the country.“I think we all knew that they were going to come out hard,” Campbell said. “Obviously, they were down a goal, they were hungry, so just being ready for that and knowing that we’ve been in this position before where we’ve had a one-goal lead. I just had to be ready for anything and having to kill a couple penalties, too, everyone had to have each other’s backs out there. It was great to get the win.”Campbell’s ability and the Wisconsin back-line to sustain the Gopher attack in the third proved to be the difference in the game. The Badgers were able to add a third goal off the stick of Britta Curl with 5:16 to go, followed by an empty-net goal from Pankowski to close the contest.Women’s hockey: No. 3 University of Minnesota serves Badgers their first loss of seasonThe No. 1 ranked Badgers (8-1-0, 4-1-0 WCHA) faced off against the No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-1-1, 5-1-1 WCHA) Read…Head coach Mark Johnson credited the team for how they responded to their first loss of the season.“The coaching staff was interested in how they would respond after our first loss. I think we came out and played a real strong game,” Johnson said. “Every game presents its teaching moments and certainly in the third period. The effort was good, the crowd was good and we got to give the players a lot of credit for responding in a real positive way.”For Campbell, though, it was all about her teammates.“I think we just keep each other calm, especially when we’re up a goal and killing penalties,” Campbell said. “It’s all about communication as a team.”Up next for the Badgers: A trip to Mankato, Minnesota for a weekend against Minnesota State. Puck drops Friday at 6 p.m.