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
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 11, 2012 at 12:46 am Contact Jacob: [email protected] Silvi Uattara is starting to adjust.Coming to Syracuse from Russia, Uattara endured a huge culture shock. But after working with her teammates, Uattara said she’s become more comfortable on the court.“The first game, I was very nervous,” Uattara said. “After some time, I know the girls better.”Uattara shined in Syracuse’s (5-5) five-set upset over No. 18 Iowa State last weekend. The freshman outside hitter posted a game-high 25 kills in the back-and-forth victory. Uattara has led the Orange in kills in three of the team’s last four games.Uattara attended Sports School 65, a high school in which the athletic programs are funded by the state. The schools offer a similar experience to American high schools, but they put more focus on athletics, SU head coach Leonid Yelin said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt Syracuse, Uattara had to overcome a language barrier and cultural differences in addition to meshing with her teammates on the court.“She came to a different world, a different game, a different school,” Yelin said. “She has begun to adjust well in a short time.”Those adjustments were an integral part of the team’s success this past weekend. The Orange had lost five straight games before winning two straight, including the win over the ranked Cyclones.Yelin praised the quality of his team’s character for its performance.He said the players began playing better as a team because they became more comfortable with one another. And Uattara’s role in the system was a large part of the Orange’s success.SU outside hitter Nicolette Serratore, a sophomore, has aided Uattara’s transition to SU.Serratore is a team leader who has helped Uattara learn her position. She knows the team and the game, and her communication with the freshman has made a difference through 10 games this year.“We’re all just trying to do what we can to help out,” Serratore said. “Everything’s been going really smoothly, really well.”The ease of the transition helped Uattara to her dominating weekend. Yelin said she’ll have to adjust even more if she wants to continue her hot streak.But, he doesn’t think that will be an issue with her teammates’ support on the floor.“They’re all great people,” Yelin said. “They can be better players, but I know they’re great people.” Comments
TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Twins Classic — 1987 World Series Game 2 — Minnesota vs. St. Louis — 7:00 IOWA CITY — Iowa’s Michael Ojemudia feels experience will help him transition to the National Football League. Ojemudia was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos after a senior season in which he was named second team All-Big Ten.He joins a Bronco team that includes former Hawkeye linebacker Josey Jewell and tight end Noah Fant.Ojemudia says a talented group of receivers will help him improve in training camp. AMES — Iowa Games officials are still planning on holding their summer games in July but the COVID-19 pandemic has forced several sports to be cancelled or adjusted. Spokesman Cory Kennedy says air gun competition has been cancelled. District qualifying for bowling has been moved to July and the bowling finals have been moved to August.The first of three weekends of competition is July 11th and 12th.Kennedy says a lot will depend upon when the Iowa State University campus reopens.Kennedy is advising Iowans to register online.The main weekend of competition, which includes the opening ceremonies, is July 16th through the 19th. UNDATED (AP) — NBA teams have been asked to help the Mayo Clinic with a study that could help researchers come closer to finding a solution to the coronavirus problem. The NBA and its players are partnering with Mayo Clinic officials who need volunteers for a study largely centered around antibodies. Additional goals of the study include being able to identify more patients who could donate plasma and improve care for patients who are dealing with the coronavirus, plus potentially move researchers closer to a vaccine.