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Noosa boom: Why the once sleepy holiday town has become home to the rich and famous

first_imgLisa Curry and Dawn Fraser both own homes on the Sunshine Coast. Picture: Nigel Hallett.Lisa Curry, former Olympic swimmer Bought a house in Crohamhurst with her Elvis impersonator husband, Mark Tabone, in July 2017 for $1.125 million. She also owns a unit in Alexandra Headland and a house in Minyama, which she bought with her former husband Grant Kenny. Kelly Landry and Anthony Bell recently bought a house in Noosa. Photo: Belinda Rolland.The exclusive seaside village of Noosa, on the Sunshine Coast, has long been a favourite holiday spot for the world’s rich and famous.But these days, they don’t just go there to relax — they go there to live.Just ask the likes of ex-Formula One driver Mark Webber, retail billionaire John Van Lieshout, musician Jon Coghill and former car rental boss Bob Ansett, who all call Noosa home. HAMPTONS STYLE GRAND DESIGNS HOME SOLD Noosa’s Seahaven Resort is owned by billionaire John Van Lieshout.Jacinda Barrett, Australian actressOwns a beach house in Sunrise Beach, which was bought for $762,000 in 2006. The former house of tennis star Pat Rafter sold for $15.2m. The Sunrise Beach home offered by Jacinda Barrett to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.Dawn Fraser, former Olympic swimmerLives in a house in Noosaville. It was bought for $1.398 million in 2004.Bob Ansett, Budget Rent A Car founderLives in a house in Sunshine Beach, which he bought for just $260,000 in 1987. This house in Noosaville sold for $10.3 million.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoRichard Branson, Virgin Group founderBought Makepeace Island in the Noosa river in the early 2000s for $2.86 million.The property features a main long house with a giant bar, a four-bedroom guesthouse, several two-bedroom villas, a boat house and a lagoon pool with a lap lane, dive spots and a 15-person spa. It can accommodate up to 22 guests. The house owned by Mark Webber in Noosa Heads.John van Lieshout, billionaire founder of Super A-Mart furniture store chainOwns two houses next to each other on the canal in Noosa Heads. He bought one for $3.68 million in 2011 and the other for $430,000 in 1989. He also owns The Seahaven Resort overlooking Laguna Bay, which he paid just over $40 million for in 2012. The Noosa home Gabriel Macht has invited Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to stay in. Picture: Realestate.com.au.The town’s strict population cap and laid-back lifestyle, combined with its beautiful beaches, rainforest and ecological areas, have made it highly sought-after real estate.Local agents are reporting a resurgence in Noosa’s prestige property market, which is forecast to further gather speed as a result of strong interstate migration and infrastructure investment.A decade on from the damage caused by the global financial crisis, the super wealthy are returning to the town in droves — and they’re happy to pay top dollar for whatever they can get their hands on.Just last month, a Little Cove beach house owned by high profile stockbroker David Evans changed hands for $11.2 million to a Melbourne-based buyer linked to the Roger David menswear chain, after selling for only half that just three years ago. This Sunshine Beach house sold for a record $18m.Mark Webber, former professional racing driverOwns a house on 1362 sqm of land in Noosa Heads, which he bought for $4.9 million in 2011 from former tennis star Thomas Muster. Flight Centre chief executive Graham Turner and his wife Jude own a unit in Noosa. Picture: AAP/David Clark.Euan Murdoch, Herron Pharmaceuticals founderOwns a unit in the same building as Brian White and Graham Turner.Joshua Eagle, former professional tennis player Owns a three-bedroom house in Sunshine Beach, which he paid $870,000 for in 2006. David Hales, founder of the Betty’s Burgers chain, has bought a house in Noosa. Picture: Eric Blaich.David Russell, co-founder of private equity group Equis EnergyPaid $18 million for a house in Sunshine Beach in February 2018 — the highest price ever paid for a home in the entire Sunshine Coast region. This house at 5 Allambi Rise, Noosa Heads, has sold for $11.2m.In March this year, Noosa’s median house price reached $665,000, compared to the Sunshine Coast median house price of $563,000, according to the latest Real Estate Institute of Queensland figures.The Noosa unit market also blossomed over the past 12 months, growing a stunning 7.1 per cent to reach an annual median price of $525,000 — the most expensive unit market in Queensland.In fact, Noosa house prices have grown 38.5 per cent since 2013 — the strongest medium-term growth anywhere in Queensland. Professional golfer Adam Scott recently bought a home in Noosa. Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images.Anthony Bell and Kelly Landry, celebrity accountant and television identityPaid $10.3 million for a six-bedroom, waterfront home on Noosa Sound in October 2017, which was rated HIA Queensland home of the year. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenCelebrity homes in Noosa00:40A CASHED-UP sports star splurged $8.4 million on an oceanfront mansion there.A burger-flipping entrepreneur just paid a record $18 million for a piece of its real estate.And a power couple at the centre of a high profile marriage split have spent more than $10 million on a waterfront hideaway in the town. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Budget Rent A Car founder Bob Ansett lives in Noosa.Carl Hartmann, entrepreneurOwns a house in Noosaville, which he paid $3.8 million for in November 2017.Brian White, Ray White Group chairmanOwns a unit at Little Cove, Noosa Heads, which he bought for $4.25 million in 2001.Graham (Skroo) Turner, Flight Centre CEOOwns a unit in the same building as Brian White. Greg Norman is reportedly looking for property in Noosa. Picture: David Crosling.And don’t forget Suits star Gabriel Macht, whose wife is Australian actor Jacinda Barrett, has invited the royal newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to honeymoon at their Noosa beach house, which was bought more than a decade ago for just over $750,000. DOWNSIZERS UPGRADE TO PENTHOUSE Sir Richard Branson at his private resort, Makepeace Island, on the Noosa River.Jon Coghill, former drummer of PowderfingerBought a house in Marcus Beach for $1.37 million in 2014.David Hales, Betty’s Burgers founderBought Pat Rafter’s property in Sunshine Beach for $15.2 million in January 2018. Billionaire John Van Lieshout owns two houses and a resort in Noosa. Picture: Mark Calleja. Makepeace Island, Queensland. Picture: Supplied. Noosa real estate is in demand from high profile business people, sports stars and celebrities.Tom Offermann of Tom Offermann Real Estate, who has had a long career selling beach and riverfront mansions in the Noosa region, said he had noticed a growing trend among high profile buyers looking for holiday homes not to rent out, but to use for bringing family together.“We’ve had a large number of people in recent months come to us citing that their intention is to purchase a holiday home so they have a place to bring the family together,” he said.Mr Offermann said it was a “pleasure” dealing with clients at the top end of the market, who were particular about what they liked, time poor and appreciated confidentiality.“There’s a lot of people under the radar here with hundreds of millions, or even billions, that you don’t even know of,” he said. HOUSE OF WINDSOR IS A STUNNER Adrian Reed, an agent with Dowling & Neylan Real Estate Noosaville said the Noosa region’s appeal had broadened from “its traditional base of Melbourne elite”.“There’s significant interest now coming out of Sydney and internationally and that’s changed the profile of not only the popularity of Noosa, but who’s living and working here,” Mr Reed said. “The ability for people to work remotely now is completely changing the paradigm and allowing people to be remote CEOs. “The convenience of the commute or a private jet to the Sunshine Coast airport means they can operate at the highest level and live in paradise.”Mr Reed said he expected the new-found interest in the Noosa region to increase.“When you look at what you can get for $10 million in comparison to Sydney, Noosa is exceptional value,” he said.THE RICH AND FAMOUS WHO CALL NOOSA HOMEAdam Scott, champion golferBought an oceanfront house in Sunshine Beach for $8.4 million in April 2017. Former Formula One driver Mark Webber owns a home in Noosa.Former professional tennis star Joshua Eagle also owns property in the area, while Greg ‘The Shark’ Norman is reportedly hunting for a home there.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgUNDATED (AP) — Ian Anderson had quite a major league debut on Wednesday, helping the Atlanta Braves put an end to Gerrit Cole’s lengthy winning streak.Anderson allowed just one hit over six innings of the Braves’ 5-1 win over the New York Yankees in Game 1 of a twinbill. Anderson had a no-hitter going until Luke Voit homered with one out in the sixth. The third overall pick in the 2016 draft struck out six and walked two.Cole had won 20 straight regular-season decisions dating to May 2019, one off the American League record set by Roger Clemens. Ronald Acuña (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr. celebrated his return to the lineup by leading off with a 473-foot drive against Cole.Dansby Swanson and Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nuh) also homered off Cole, who had won his first four starts as a Yankee. The Braves completed a sweep of the doubleheader as Freddie Freeman unloaded a two-run homer off Chad Green in the sixth inning of a 2-1 victory. Max Fried (freed) allowed four hits and one run in six strong innings to move to 5-0. The team did not make any mention if the uncertainty over the remainder of the NBA season played a role in Lillard’s decision.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSLightning crush Bruins; Flyers top Isles in OTUNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning put on an offensive showcase while taking a two-games-to-one lead in their Stanley Cup second-round series.The Lightning power play came to life as they scored three times with the man advantage to blow out the Bruins, 7-1. Tampa Bay’s power play was in an 0-for-16 slump until Ondrej Palat (AHN’-dray pah-LAHT’), Mikhail Sergachev (SUR’-gah-chehv) and Alex Killorn (kih-LOHRN’) all scored with the extra attacker. Nishikori withdraws from US OpenNEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori (kay nih-shih-KOHR’-ee) said he tested negative for COVID-19 after having two positive tests but still decided to withdraw from the Grand Slam tournament that begins next week. Nishikori wrote Wednesday on his mobile app that he is ready to “slowly” return to practice but added he isn’t not prepared to compete in best-of-five-set matches. Kevin Hayes provided the game’s first two goals after scoring just once in the Flyers’ first 10 playoff games. Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR’-ee-ay) scored 15:09 into the first period to make it 3-0 and chase Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv), who had just set an Islanders record for longest playoff shutout streak.Carter Hart made 31 saves for the Flyers. Thomas Greiss (grys) stopped 20 shots and was perfect until Myers scored.The wildest finish of the day was provided by the Avalanche, who blew a 3-1 lead in the third period and scored the last three goals in a 6-4 win over the Stars. The comeback puts Colorado within two games to one in the series.Goals by Denis Gurianov (gur-ee-AH’-nahv), Blake Comeau (KOH’-moh) and Jamie Benn gave Dallas a 4-3 lead with 9:13 remaining. But the Avs regained the lead when Mikko Rantanen (MEE’-koh RAN’-tah-nehn) and Nazem Kadri (NA’-zehm KA’-dree) tallied 1:52 apart late in the third. Kadri, Rantanen and Nikita Zadorov (zah-DOHR’-ahv) each had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche. NHL-NEWSNHL strips Coyotes of 2 picks for violating combine policyUNDATED (AP) — The NHL has stripped the Arizona Coyotes of their 2020 second-round pick and 2021 first-round pick for violating the scouting combine policy by conducting physical tests of draft-eligible players.Commissioner Gary Bettman determined the organization broke the rules by physically testing prospects outside of the combine. Bettman decided to use his powers to take away draft picks rather than impose a fine of $250,000 or more “given the specific circumstances of this case.”The league opted not to discipline any individual members of the organization involved in the situation because Bettman believes it was gross negligence rather than intentional wrongdoing. McMillan went 183-136 in four seasons with the Pacers, going to the playoffs each season. NBA-TRAIL BLAZERS-LILLARDLillard leaving bubbleLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers say leading scorer Damian Lillard will leave the bubble in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and return to Portland on Thursday. Lillard was diagnosed Tuesday with a knee sprain, which occurred in Game 4 of the team’s NBA first-round series against the Lakers. Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditRACIAL INJUSTICE-SPORTSNBA playoff games called off amid player protestUNDATED (AP) — Making their strongest statement yet in the fight against racial injustice, players from six NBA teams decided not to play postseason games on Wednesday in a boycott that quickly reverberated across other professional leagues. — Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) homered for the seventh time in five games to support Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) in the White Sox’s 10th win in 11 games, 10-3 over Pittsburgh. Keuchel allowed two runs on four hits and struck out seven over six innings for his third straight victory. Eloy (ee-LOY’) Jiménez slugged a three-run homer, Danny Mendick lined a two-run drive and Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN’) added a solo shot for Chicago.— The Blue Jays blew out the Red Sox, 9-1 as Rowdy Tellez (teh-LEHZ’) drove in four runs with two homers and a double. Vladimir Guererro Jr. hit a pair of doubles, including a three-run bouncer down the left field line which keyed a four-run seventh. Five Toronto pitchers combined to allow three hits, strike out seven and walk three.— The Mets’ bullpen coughed up a 4-1 lead in the eighth before Wilson Ramos slapped an RBI single with two out in the bottom half to give New York a 5-4 victory against the Marlins. Jacob deGrom settled for another no-decision despite strikeout out 14 and holding Miami to a run and two hits over seven innings. Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo (NIH’-moh) homered for the Mets.— Aaron Nola bounced back from the shortest outing of his career and the Phillies took advantage of the Nationals’ sloppy outfield defense to rally for a 3-2 victory. Bryce Harper delivered the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh to help Philadelphia win its third in a row. Nola gave up two runs on five hits while striking out eight over seven innings. — Austin Romine’s RBI double sparked a five-run sixth before the Tigers completed a 7-5 win over the Cubs. Romine drove in a pair of runs while he and Jonathan Schoop (skohp), Miguel Cabrera and Cameron Maybin each collected three of Detroit’s 18 hits. Cubs starter Jon Lester allowed one run over five innings before the bullpen faltered. Yanks starter Masahiro Tanaka was dominant, allowing only three hits in five scoreless innings as he left the second game with a 1-0 lead.In other major league action:— Michael Perez hit a tiebreaking, solo homer in the eighth inning to give the Rays a 5-4 decision over the Orioles. Brandon Lowe (low) belted a two-run shot to help Tampa Bay win despite just five hits. The AL East leaders have won nine of 11.— The Athletics beat Texas, 3-1 as Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) allowed only an unearned run and three hits over six innings. Fiers is 6-0 with a 3.18 ERA in his last nine starts against the Rangers, with his team winning each of those games. The A’s didn’t have a hit until Stephen Piscotty’s one-out RBI single tied the game in the sixth.— The Indians put together a three-run eighth to knock off the Twins, 6-3. Tyler Naquin (NAY’-kwihn) doubled home the tiebreaking run and scored on a single by Cesar Hernandez. Pitcher Mike Clevinger was good in his return to the Cleveland roster, limiting the AL Central leaders to two runs and eight hits while fanning six over six innings. Associated Press Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) scored once and assisted on the three power-play goals. Killorn came away with two goals and an assist, while Sergachev and Brayden Point each had a goal and two assists.Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) stopped 23 shots for the Bolts.Brad Marchand had the lone Bruins goal, his third in two games.The Flyers have evened their Stanley Cup second-round series at a game apiece.The Flyers blew an early 3-0 lead before Phil Myers scored 2:40 into overtime to give Philadelphia a 4-3 win over the Islanders. Third-period goals by Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (PA’-zhoh) allowed the Isles to force overtime before Myers ended the game. — Kolten Wong drew a bases-loaded walk to cap a four-run ninth as the Cardinals stunned the Royals, 6-5. Tyler O’Neill tied the game with a two-out, two-run single. St. Louis outfielder Dexter Fowler and pitcher Jack Flaherty opted to sit out the contest in solidarity with players around the league in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake.— Charlie Blackmon launched a grand slam that gave the Rockies an 8-1 lead in the eighth inning of an 8-7 win over the Diamondbacks. Arizona scored four times in the ninth and had the bases loaded with two out until Jeff Hoffman struck out Nick Ahmed (ah-MEHD’) to send the Diamondbacks to their eighth straight loss. Sam Hillard hit a solo homer and Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) had two RBIs for Colorado.NFL-NEWSBengals player arrested while searching for missing fatherFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander was jailed Wednesday on a charge of misdemeanor battery. Deputies say he beat up a man shortly after returning to Florida to help search for his missing father. August 27, 2020 PGA TOUR CHAMPIONSMickelson gets wire-to-wire win in PGA Tour Champions debutRIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) — Phil Mickelson closed with a 5-under 66 to reach 22 under, leaving him three shots clear of Tim Petrovic and giving him a wire-to-wire win in his debut on the PGA Tour Champions.Mickelson became the 20th player to win on the 50-and-over tour in his first start. He also earned some much-needed confidence after a missed cut at The Northern Trust knocked him from the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Mickelson is trying to fine-tune his game for the U.S. Open.TENNIS-US OPEN-NISHIKORI While players and teams from baseball, the WNBA, MLS and tennis sat out their competitions Wednesday night, NBA players and coaches met for nearly three hours in a Disney hotel to determine next steps, including whether the season should continue. They did not come to a consensus, according to a person with knowledge of the meeting.The NBA’s board of governors will meet Thursday morning and likely address whether the playoff games scheduled for Thursday day will be played. The Western & Southern Open won’t be, with the U.S. Tennis Association, along with the ATP and WTA Tours, announcing play would be paused after two-time Grand Slam women’s champion Naomi Osaka had already said she wouldn’t play her semifinal match.NBA-PACERS-McMILLAN FIREDPacers fire McMillan following 2nd straight 1st-round sweepINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have fired coach Nate McMillan, two weeks after announcing he would keep the job for two more years. Team officials made the announcement less than 48 hours after the Pacers suffered their second straight sweep in the first round of the playoffs. In other NHL news:— Canadiens coach Claude Julien says he is feeling “100%” after a heart procedure. Julien had a stent installed in a coronary artery Aug. 13 at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto after complaining of chest pains. The procedure came a day after Montreal opened its first-round playoff series with Philadelphia.— Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko will undergo surgery on his left shoulder once again and won’t be evaluated for another five months. It will be Tarasenko’s third operation on that shoulder in the past two and a half years. MLB SCHEDULEAnderson outduels Cole in big league debut Alexander and another man were arrested by Collier County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday night. Bail for the men was set at $2,000 each and they have been released. A lawyer for Alexander says the player’s only concern is the well-being of his father.Alexander had left Bengals training camp earlier Tuesday to assist the search for his 65-year-old father, Jean Alexandre, a Haitian immigrant who uses a French spelling of the family’s surname. The man he allegedly assaulted had been picking berries with his father. In other NFL news:— Bears running back David Montgomery limped off the field at practice Wednesday after injuring his groin when making a cut on a running play. Montgomery went down in a non-contact drill. Coach Matt Nagy (NAYG’-ee) said it was uncertain how severe the injury is.— The Giants secondary has taken a big hit with second-round draft pick Xavier McKinney scheduled for surgery after breaking his left foot. The club also said linebacker David Mayo will need knee surgery. The team didn’t say when the injuries happened but the players were at practice Tuesday. Players made the extraordinary decisions to protest the shooting by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday of Jacob Blake, a Black man, apparently in the back while three of his children looked on.Kenosha is about 40 miles south of Milwaukee. That city’s NBA team, the Bucks, started the boycotts Wednesday by refusing to emerge from their locker room to play a playoff game against the Orlando Magic.Other games that were not played: NBA playoff games between Oklahoma City and Houston, and the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland.Other sports followed, just as they did in March when the season was suspended four months because of the coronavirus pandemic. This time, the players will decide how long the stoppage lasts.Major League Baseball was also affected. Games between the Reds and Brewers in Milwaukee, the Mariners and Padres in San Diego and the Dodgers and Giants in San Francisco were called off hours before they were set to begin.last_img read more

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Black Stars ranked 24th in year-ending FIFA rankings

first_imgGhana wrap up a remarkable year of World Cup qualification to stay 24th in the last FIFA world ranking released on Thursday for the year 2013. The Black Stars finished the year as Africa’s second best side behind Ivory Coast with an accumulated point build-up of 849 as the December edition of the rankings did not bring about any significant changes. Algeria and Nigeria were third and fourth in that order on the continental ranking table.World champions, Spain are still number one spot as Germany remain in second with Argentina in third.According to FIFA, the regional competition of the top 50 since December 2012 has recorded some changes.CONCACAF (five teams in the top 50, plus 2) and CAF (9, plus 1) has increased slightly at the expense of UEFA (26, minus 1), CONMEBOL (8, minus 1) and the AFC (2, minus 1), while the OFC still does not have any teams in the top 50.Results of 30 international matches were taken into account for the current edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.  In total in 2013, the results of 918 matches have been taken into account, many of which were friendlies (415) and more than a third of which (347) were qualifying matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.last_img read more

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