The beach is no doubt the star but the home makes the experience so much more luxurious. This was the hottest house in QLD this week at 9-11 Hedges Avenue, Mermaid Beach.LUXURIOUS Hamptons-style dream homes were the most viewed in Queensland this week, and they’re achingly beautiful. A jawdropping home that would not be out of place anywhere in the Hamptons was the most viewed home in the state this week, according to data from realestate.com.au. Heart palpitations anyone? Dubbed “the Gold Coast’s most admired beachfront home”, the property will make your heart race, but has unfortunately already gone under contract.That doesn’t seem to have stopped househunters and house dreamers from wanting to take a peek though, with the property continuing to see strong interest. Dramatic use of white in the kitchen. Stunning architecture. Little touches matter, like a small chandelier in the powder room. 473 London Road, Belmont Qld 4153 “This is the ultimate all year round entertainer’s home. Upon entering through the grand weatherboard frontage, the interior continues with timeless elements, polished ironbark timber floors, VJ walls, soaring ceilings, all combining to create a feeling of tranquillity and solitude,” was how they listed it. The home was built over a double block of 810 sqm, with the star of the show no doubt the location. The luxurious home and its breathtaking views give visitors a feeling of “absolute luxury”, according to agent Tony Velissariou of Tony V. The home’s easy elegance is breathtaking, with the owner John Potter having insisted on the design making the most of the very expensive beachfront location.It has five master bedrooms, a basement with parking for eight cars, a fully airconditioned gym, wine cellar, lift, and even a boxing ring and a 22 lap pool. “Visionary houses make it abundantly clear that architecture is not dead,” was how he listed it.The new home has design features like a sunken lounge, beautifully crafted stairwell, voids and vaulted ceilings. The property has six bedrooms, five bathrooms and a powder room, a climate controlled wine cellar, five car garage and 1,000 sqm under its roof. 44 O’Connell Parade, Wellington Point Qld 4160 Another Hamptons’ inspired home — this one in the waterfront suburb of Wellington Point — was the third hottest this week. The home has “commanding views over Moreton Bay” according to agents June Cranage and Ian Marshall of Ray White Wellington Point.The four bedroom, three bathroom, three car space home at 44 O’Connell Parade was on an elevated 1,241 sqm block with the upper areas designed to frame views across to the islands. Like a tropical dream. The second most viewed property this week was in Brisbane at 473 London Road, Belmont — a street notorious for making buyers swoon.This one was described as “architectural brilliance” by agent Michael Clarke of Ray White Bulimba who’s marketing the property for sale by tender, closing September 1 at 5pm. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago The property has an in-ground pool. butler’s pantry, video intercom, double Tri-steel shed, outdoor fire pit and even a laundry chute. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK
View comments Not just her first final at a Grand Slam tournament since then, mind you. Her first anywhere.To establish her place among the truly elite, she’ll need to more frequently summon the power and precision that she has managed to find on the most stressful occasions.“Hopefully she can stay a little bit more steady,” said Conchita Martinez, the Spanish Fed Cup and Davis Cup captain who worked with Muguruza during Wimbledon because her regular coach, Sam Sumyk, took time off for the birth of his child.“The key is to continue routines, continue to work hard,” Martinez said. “And to focus in every tournament you play is important.”Also worth keeping an eye on now: How Muguruza handles the aftermath of this latest triumph.She acknowledged that she found it burdensome to deal with the expectations that came with her first major championship. That was one factor in her results since, including only a 23-13 record this season entering Wimbledon.“It’s just hard, when you’re playing very good and you want to keep that, and maybe it doesn’t happen. You feel like, ‘Why (can’t I) play that good every week?” she said.At Roland Garros last month, Muguruza lost in the fourth round, then got choked up during her post-match news conference, saying she was happy to leave behind all the questions about the pressures of trying to defend that title.“I’m going to have a similar problem now, which is a good problem to have,” Muguruza said Saturday. “I just changed (the) page really fast. I was sad for a few days. But I’m like, ‘Just forget about it.’ … And that’s it. And I forgot.”The challenge is to remember how to play more frequently the way she did for those two special weeks in Paris two years ago, and these two special weeks in London this year. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LATEST STORIES If she can do that, there’s no telling how many of these things she can win.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Acaylar ‘not satisfied’ as PH sweeps Macau in tuneup Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission So she attached that hard-to-earn pin to her white zippered jacket, just over her heart, and fiddled with the thing while speaking to a small group of reporters Saturday evening.Muguruza noted that after losing in the 2015 Wimbledon final to Williams’ sister, Serena, she didn’t get the same treatment, of course: Runners-up don’t get the membership or its privileges.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“It’s all or nothing,” Muguruza said. “So I’m like, ‘Whew, this year, I finally did it’.”This 7-5, 6-0 victory over Venus, combined with Muguruza’s win against Serena in last year’s French Open final, made the 23-year-old Spaniard the only woman to defeat each Williams sister in a Grand Slam title match. That alone marks her as a likely, and worthy, heir to the two women who changed their sport. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Spain’s Garbine Muguruza holds the winners trophy after defeating Venus Williams of the United States (left) in the Women’s Singles final match on day twelve at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Saturday, July 15, 2017. (Photo by TIM IRELAND / AP)LONDON (AP) — Shortly after beating Venus Williams in the Wimbledon final, Garbine Muguruza was given a purple-and-gold circular badge signifying that she is a member of the All England Club, an honorary status accorded to tournament champions.“I’m like, ‘I’m going to wear it right now’,” Muguruza said.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Add in Muguruza’s bold, aggressive playing style and affinity for the big stage, and she certainly looks like someone who could keep doing what she wants to do more than anything: win major championships.That matters more to her than where she is in the rankings, for example. She entered Wimbledon at No. 15, and will rise to No. 5 on Monday.Her career-best is No. 2, but that doesn’t seem to concern Muguruza all that much.“I don’t know what it feels to be No. 1. Hopefully one day I can – and then I (can) compare,” she said. “But for now, I’d rather be No. 10 (and) win Grand Slams, than be No. 1.”The key, she and others agree, will be finding more consistency. Saturday’s final against the older Williams was Muguruza’s first since the 2016 French Open.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend
When it initially went on sale last fall, there were three types of Thousand Oaks wine – cabernet, merlot and chardonnay, Gelula said. The producers have since added pinot grigio and white zinfandel. Although Ventura County is considered a good place to grow crops like strawberries, lemons and avocados, its coastal farmland has never been considered wine country, with just a few small vineyards, mostly near Ojai. “When Thousand Oaks was an agricultural area it was basically wheat, barley, cattle and sheep,” said Earl McPhail, Ventura County’s agricultural commissioner. “I very seriously doubt it would ever become a wine-growing region.” On the other hand, several vineyards have developed over the last few decades in the Santa Monica Mountains between Thousand Oaks and Malibu, including the popular Rosenthal Malibu Estate wines from vineyards in the Newton Canyon area above the coastal city. Rosenthal wines are produced in Los Angeles County and offered in some of the areas most exclusive restaurants. Simi Valley residents might have noticed another wine, which has been around since 1876, after Giuseppe and Pietro Simi came from Italy to California. But the Simi Winery is not in Ventura County either. It’s in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, where the Simi brothers eventually settled. Jagath Lakp, manager of a Thousand Oaks 7-Eleven, said he started selling Thousand Oaks Vineyard in December, and sales have tripled as buyers become more familiar with it. “At the beginning they’d say, ‘Oh, Thousand Oaks, what’s this?’ but when they try it they really like it,” said Barbara Cooper, who works in the store. “There are a couple of customers who buy one a day. They say it’s very good wine and it’s inexpensive.” Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “These are beautiful wines, and sales nationwide are great,” he said. “People are beginning to associate this wine with the 7-Eleven stores.” Oak trees bring to mind the landscape of California, and the Thousand Oaks name was not meant to suggest the wine came from the city of Thousand Oaks, Gelula said. “It was a name that appeals to everyone and connotes the rich tradition of California wines,” he said. As far as the wine attracting particular attention in the city of Thousand Oaks, “It was just sort of a happy coincidence,” he said. “We’re very pleased people in Thousand Oaks are buying it and we’d like to think that they are buying it because it is so good.” THOUSAND OAKS – This eastern Ventura County city is known for its rolling, oak-tree-dotted hills, safe neighborhoods and upscale lifestyle. Now it’s getting name recognition from a $7 bottle of wine sold at 7-Eleven. The Thousand Oaks Vineyard brand has become a big hit at the convenience store, the only place it’s sold. But while it says “Thousand Oaks Vineyard” on the bottle, it’s actually grown in other parts of California and bottled in Sonoma County. Tens of thousands of cases have been sold since last fall in about 3,300 7-Eleven stores in 20 states, said Jonathan Gelula, president of KDM Global Partners, which supplies the wine to the convenience store chain.