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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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DraftKings Lineup Picks: MLB DFS strategy, sleepers for Friday, April 26

first_imgWatch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNFor hitters, we took a varied approach. With so many options, it was impossible to get pieces of all the games we wanted, and with a whopping 12 lefties scheduled to start tonight, there were more notable splits than usual. Our only mini-stack is with a pair of Cubs out in hitter-friendly Arizona, so perhaps we’re spreading ourselves too thin and should just focus on exploiting one or two favorable matchups. Normally on nights like this, we like to play more focused tournaments as opposed to the main slate, but we’re getting in on the all-night fun with a low-stakes GPP.MORE: Friday’s SP rankings | DFS lineup BuilderDraftKings Lineup Picks: Friday, April 26Picks are for a main-slate DraftKings tournamentsStarting Pitcher: James Paxton, Yankees @ Giants ($9,600). This should be a popular pick, but there are a ton of good SPs available tonight and all but Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom are cheaper than Paxton. We like him because his matchup can’t be beat on paper, as the Giants have the lowest wRC+ against lefties. It doesn’t hurt that Paxton is coming off back-to-back 12-K games where he allowed a combined seven baserunners and zero runs (14 innings). This spot is almost too obvious, but we can’t resist it.Starting Pitcher: Miles Mikolas, Cardinals vs. Reds ($7,400). We’re playing the matchup here, as the Reds are dead last in wRC+ vs. righties and in wRC+ on the road. Mikolas has disappointed this year, but his last start was his best of the season (eight innings, two runs against the Mets). The Reds had some success against him earlier this year in Cincinnati (five innings, eight baserunners, three runs, three Ks), but Mikolas still has the potential for a big outing here. His strikeout ceiling is probably six, but given his price as the No. 19 SP, we took the savings for our offense. Hopefully he’s low-owned.Catcher: Yan Gomes, Nationals vs. Padres ($3,300). There are some weather worries for this one, but expecations are it will be played after a potentially delayed start. Gomes has struggled this year, but we still like to target him against lefties. Even this season he’s hitting .333 with a ridiculous .636 OBP against southpaws (yes, only 11 plate appearances, but still…), and for his career, he has a .279/.334/.470 against lefties. Padres starter Matt Strahm might only face Gomes once or twice, but we’ll hope for the best at this price.MORE: Friday’s Fantasy Alarm DFS PlaybookFirst Base: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers @ White Sox ($3,600). Cabrera is yet to hit a homer this year (he’s due?), but he’s still doing well against lefties, hitting .308 with a .438 OBP against them. We’re hoping the former superstar has more magic in him against Carlos Rodon, as we need the money we’re saving at 1B to apply to some current superstars elsewhere in our lineup. Second Base: Gleyber Torres, Yankees @ Giants ($3,900). Torres is struggling against lefties this year after killing them to the tune of a .576 SLG last season. It feels like only a matter of time before he gets back on track. We don’t like park shift tonight, but it’s worth noting Torres is smashing on the road this year (.302/.340/.582). Either way, we’s great value at this price against Madison Bumgarner, and given the plethora of other options and factors like park/late start, we think Torres will be underowned.Third Base: Jose Ramirez, Indians @ Astros ($4,300). Maybe Ramirez just needed his buddy back? After a miserable first few weeks, Ramirez has picked it up lately, coinciding with the return of Francisco Lindor. Regardless of the reason, he is playing better, and his DK price hasn’t caught back up with his talent. There’s nothing about this matchup with Collin McHugh that screams “Play Ramirez”, but getting a superstar this cheap when it looks like he’s coming out of a slump is something we always look to take advantage of.Shortstop: Javier Baez, Cubs @ Diamondbacks ($5,500). Yes, it’s going to cost you, but getting Baez in a great hitters park against a lefty is worth it. Robbie Ray can generate a lot of swings-and-misses, especially outside of the strike zone, but this year he’s giving up a lot more contact on pitches outside of the zone. We all know Baez is a free-swinger, and if Ray’s pitches aren’t as sharp, Baez can do a lot with them.  Yesterday’s big Mariners stack (Marcos Gonzales, Domingo Santana, Edwin Encarnacion, Tim Beckham) carried us above our tournament cash line, though we have to say the most gratifying thing was getting a home run out of Sean Rodriguez, who we used two days in a row. All in all, everyone contributed something last night, so we’ll look to keep it going with our DraftKings lineup picks for Friday’s massive 15-game main slate. We’re actually playing it like a 13-game slate, as weather issues have us scared of the Rays-Red Sox and Brewers-Mets, but there is still no shortage of MLB DFS options, particularly among pitchers (see today’s rankings).Finding two pitchers is the most difficult part on days like this, and we’re taking a somewhat counterintuitive approach (perhaps a costly one). Despite all the big names out there, we’re going with a low-strikeout guy as our No. 2. Obviously, it’s a risk considering there should be a lot of strikeout points tonight, but we love Miles Mikolas’s price for his matchup, and it’s possible we squeeze an extra K or two out of him tonight since the Reds are ninth in K-rate against righthanders. Either way, we think he’ll pitch well and give us a good shot at a win, plus we have a No. 1 (James Paxton) who can do the work of two men in the strikeout department. Outfield: Mike Trout, Angels @ Royals ($5,600). Trout is in a mini-slump, at least by his standards, going 4-for-19 with three runs and no RBIs over his past six games. He’s still taken 10 walks and stolen two bases in that span, so it’s not all bad, but it feels like an offensive explosion is coming soon. What better time than against lefty Danny Duffy, making his first appearance of the season? We’re all-in on the best player in baseball tonight, which is always a good feeling.Outfield: Curtis Granderson, Marlins @ Phillies ($3,500). There’s some rain in the forecast around game time, but early signs point to nothing more than a delayed start. Because we’re paying up so much for Baez and Trout, we need to save money elsewhere, and we’re really feeling it in the outfield (more so with the next pick). Granderson is 38 and hitting .158, so it doesn’t get much less inspiring than this, but he’s in a great hitters park and facing Jerad Eickhoff, who is getting crushed by lefties this year (.417/.533/.667), which lines up with his career numbers (.295/.351/.514). Granderson’s leadoff spot will give him at least a couple shots against Eickhoff, and it won’t take much for him to return value.Outfield: Ben Zobrist, Cubs @ Diamondbacks ($3,300). You didn’t think we could get less inspiring than Granderson, did you? Well, we’re going with another aging leadoff hitter who hasn’t done much this year. The one thing Zobrist is doing well this season is getting on base against lefties (.467 OBP), and he’s always hit better from the right side (.287/.366/.440). If he’s not in the lineup, we’ll go dumpster diving for another cheap OF, but if he is, we’ll take our chances on the park upgrade helping Cubs hitters.last_img read more

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