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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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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Tajay Gayle Named Sportswoman and Sportsman of the…

first_imgThe 32-year-old Fraser-Pryce also won a category award, the Female Athletes of the Year for athletics and the People’s Choice Performance of the Year award for her 100m gold medal run in Doha.Shericka Jackson, who won three medals in Doha, was voted runner-up to the Sportswoman of the Year. The other female nominees were Alia Atkinson (swimming) and Rushell Clayton, Natoya Goule, Shanieka Ricketts, Danniel Thomas-Dodd, Elaine Thompson and Danielle Williams, all from athletics.The Sportswoman of the Year award was one of several recognitions for Fraser-Pryce following her 2019 season. Just last month, Fraser-Pryce was honored as the Best Female Athlete of 2019 at the Panam Sports Awards ceremony which took place in Fort Lauderdale.She was also nominated as a finalist for the 2019 IAAF Female Athlete of the Year.The Sportsman of the year awardee, Tajay Gayle, also had an incredible 2019, making history when became the first-ever Jamaican to score a gold medal in the long jump event at the World Championships.The 23-year-old set a new personal best with a jump of 8.69 metres. It is also a new national record, erasing the 8.62 metres which was held by James Beckford. Gayle also won a category award, the Male Athletes of the Year for athletics.Fedrick Dacres, the World Championships discus silver medallist, was voted runner up to the Sportsman of the Year. The other male nominees were Christopher Binnie (squash), Yona Knight-Wisdom (diving) and Travis Smikle (athletics).Assistant referees Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing and Princess Brown-Muir were jointly presented with the Chairman’s Award for exemplary duties at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France where Concacaf giant the USA retained their title after blanking The Netherlands 2-0 in Lyon on July 7.Yee Sing and Brown, who were among eight assistant referees and five referees representing Concacaf at the showpiece, top of their performance by officiating in the semi-final match between The Netherlands and Sweden.West Indies fast bowling legend, Courtney Walsh, was presented with the Iconic Award. KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican sprinters, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Tajay Gayle were named the 2019 RJRGleaner Sports Foundation Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year at the event ceremony on January 17 in Kingston.Fraser-Pryce scored her fourth 100m World Championships title at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, last year and created history in doing so,  by becoming the first athlete, male or female, to win four 100-metre World Championship titles. The 32-year-old won the 100m in a time of 10.71 seconds, the fastest time in 2019, and was also part of the Jamaican 4x100m women’s winning team at the Championships.The award represents the fourth for Fraser-Pryce who also won the Sportswoman of the Year title in 2012, 2013 and 2015.last_img read more

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BMW Championship 2019 leaderboard: Live golf scores, results from Round 4

first_imgThe BMW Championship will mark the end for another round of golfers as the PGA Tour’s 2019 FedEx Cup playoffs field whittles down once more.The top 70 players in the FedEx Cup points standings are eligible to compete at Medinah Country Club in the suburbs of Chicago, but only the top 30 advance to the Tour Championship. That includes Tiger Woods, who says he’s feeling better after pulling out of last week’s Northern Trust put will need a strong weekend to make up ground and qualify for the final weekend of the season in Atlanta. Follow scores from the 2019 BMW Championship below with our live leaderboard.BMW Championship leaderboard: Live scores from Round 4LeaderboardBMW Championship14 – 17 August 2019Pos.Player NameNationalityScoreRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total1Justin ThomasUSA-25656961682632Patrick CantlayUSA-22666768652663Hideki MatsuyamaJapan-20696373632684Tony FinauUSA-18676668692705Brandt SnedekerUSA-16667167682725Jon RahmSpain-16686966692727Corey ConnersCanada-15696669692737Lucas GloverUSA-15666969692739Kevin KisnerUSA-14686869692749Adam ScottAustralia-146771696727411Sungjae ImSouth Korea-137072666727511Louis OosthuizenSouth Africa-137069686827511Tommy FleetwoodEngland-137066706927511Kevin TwayUSA-136967706927511Rickie FowlerUSA-136770687027516Rory SabbatiniSouth Africa-126768677427616Vaughn TaylorUSA-127370676627616J.T. PostonUSA-126874666827619Rory McIlroyNorthern Ireland-116967707127719Jason KokrakUSA-116573706927719Marc LeishmanAustralia-117271676727719Xander SchauffeleUSA-116768707227719Patrick ReedUSA-116871687027724Brooks KoepkaUSA-106871726727824Joel DahmenUSA-106671697227824Paul CaseyEngland-107070677127824Webb SimpsonUSA-107072676927828Byeong Hun AnSouth Korea-97170696927928Si Woo KimSouth Korea-97067717127928Abraham AncerMexico-96872697027931Joaquin NiemannChile-87465697228031Emiliano GrilloArgentina-87270687028031Ian PoulterEngland-87070716928031C.T. PanChina-87167707228031Gary WoodlandUSA-87073647328031Wyndham ClarkUSA-86973657328037Scott PiercyUSA-76773707128137Jordan SpiethUSA-77071707028137Charles Howell IIIUSA-77069736928137Tiger WoodsUSA-77171677228137Ryan MooreUSA-77169697228137Billy HorschelUSA-77173696828143Andrew PutnamUSA-67169736928243Adam HadwinCanada-66768717628243Ryan PalmerUSA-66872707228243Troy MerrittUSA-66976716628243Keegan BradleyUSA-66974687128248Phil MickelsonUSA-57073697128348Collin MorikawaUSA-56773727128348Shane LowryRepublic of Ireland-57274686928348Bryson DeChambeauUSA-57171717028352Jason DayAustralia-47071697428452Keith MitchellUSA-47274677128452Justin RoseEngland-46873737028452Matt KucharUSA-47170737028452Dylan FrittelliSouth Africa-47269717228457Dustin JohnsonUSA-37072727128557Jim FurykUSA-36672757228557Chez ReavieUSA-36768747628557Graeme McDowellNorthern Ireland-36972737128561Max HomaUSA-27067717828661Francesco MolinariItaly-27273687328663Rafa Cabrera BelloSpain-16972747228763Sung-hoon KangSouth Korea-16973737228765J.B. HolmesUSAPar6971767228865Adam LongUSAPar7270717528865Cameron ChampUSAPar7168787128868Harold Varner IIIUSA+17274717228969Nate LashleyUSA+372737076291Click here or refresh if you can’t view the leaderboard. Woods is ranked 38th in points (1,003) — the lowest of golf’s 2019 major winners — and needs at least 1,100 to crack the 30-player field.A windfall of 2,000 points will be awarded to the winner of the BMW Championship (Patrick Reed moved up from 50th to second overall with his victory last week). Points are also given to players who finish in the top 16 — meaning that’s the threshold Woods needs to meet to have a chance to play on.MORE: Watch the BMW Championship live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)New rules for the 2019 Tour Championship also make positioning important.Via the PGA Tour:The FedExCup points leader after the first two Playoffs events will begin the Tour Championship at 10-under par. The No. 2 player will start at 8 under. The No. 3 player starts at 7 under; the No. 4 player starts at 6 under; the No. 5 player starts at 5 under. Players 6-10 start at 4 under; players 11-15 start at 3 under; players 16-20 start at 2 under; players 21-25 start at 1 under; and players 26-30 start at even par.Brooks Koepka enters the BMW Championship as the top points-earner in 2019 (2,980), followed by Reed (2,774), Rory McIlroy (2,670), Matt Kuchar (2,313) and Jon Rahm (2,097). ​Hideki Matsuyama (No. 33) and Jordan Spieth (No. 44) join Woods on the fringes, at risk of playing their final PGA tournament of 2019.last_img read more

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