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Spanish castle hidden in the Noosa hinterland

first_imgThe home has a strong Spanish feel. One of several outdoor spaces to relax in. 74 Foxtail Rise, Doonan Qld 4562EVERY home may well be a castle, but this family has taken that to heart, resulting in a Spanish “castle” hidden in a Queensland forest.Sitting on the edge of a ridge in the Noosa hinterland, the solid three-level property sits fortress-like looking over surrounding forest. It’s solid, with concrete floors, walls and in the lower levels even concrete ceilings too, according to agent Alex Harris of Noosa4Sale.“It is an imposing house built in the Spanish style, and incredibly, built of concrete,” she told The Courier-Mail.Located just a 10-minute drive from Noosaville, the four bedroom, three bathroom home at 74 Foxtail Rise, Doonan, has been priced to sell at $1.2m. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoThe light terracotta feel stands out against the vivid greenery surrounding it.“This is a great family home — there is nothing precious about it. Kids and dogs can run through it — you won’t hear it, they can’t ruin the floor. “And while there is no media room, each bedroom is massive, with plenty of room for desks, TVs, play areas and room for sleep overs. And who wouldn’t want to have a sleep over in a Spanish Castle?” GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S FREE REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOX Unlike many real castles, this home has aircon, instant gas hot water, gas cooktop, 5kW solar power, 90,000 litres of rainwater storage and an envirocycle waste system.“The current owners love it, and parting with it has been a difficult decision, but they want to pack the kids up and travel around Australia for a year or two so the house has to go,” Ms Harris said.“While the property looks like it is mostly impenetrable forest, it has walking trails cut through to the spring-fed dam, and into the bush reserve at the rear boundary.“There are so many lovely outdoor rooms. My favourite is the conversation pit atop the concrete rainwater tanks. It is just such a great use of the area. But nothing can beat a 12m by 7m terrace on the top floor with views to Noosa.” The acreage property is on the edge of a forest reserve. The little touches transport this home to another continent. Great spot for a party.The home has a Mediterranean herb garden and more than enough room to build a pool should you want one close to the house.Ms Harris called it “an idyllic sanctuary for free-range children and adults alike”.“The garage is huge and is designed to fit two cars parked in tandem each side, or as the current owners have, collectors car and boat on one side, car, bar and pool table the other. “The cellar and additional storage under the house is also quite amazing. The house itself is an adventure.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Gold Coast’s most pet-friendly suburbs

first_imgThe Gold Coast’s northern suburbs are the most pet friendly.TENANTS with furry friends, rad reptiles and feathered fledglings should consider living in the Gold Coast’s northern suburbs.Latest data shows landlords with rental properties in Pimpama were most accepting of animals, with 63 listings in the past year that included “pet friendly” or “pet negotiable” in their descriptions.The suburb was trailed by Hope Island with 39 listings followed closely by Arundel (28), Southport (24) and Bundall (19). MORE NEWS: Bidding war pushes property $150k past expectations Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:13Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:13 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. 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 Rate1xFullscreenGet Rental Ready!01:14 There were 537 pet-friendly listings in total across the Gold Coast in the past year.Kollosche property management director Blake Farquhar said educating landlords about their rights often helped dispel fear of having pets in their properties.“I think it’s just out of fear that if something happens, they’re not protected,” he said.“In this day and age, it’s more of an education thing.” While some landlords are still reluctant, it’s becoming more common for tenants to have pets.He said people with pets would often have been knocked back when applying for rentals five years ago but it was more widely accepted today.“Pets are considered an additional family member so more and more people are becoming more accepting of it,” he said.Real Estate Institute of Queensland Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said Pimpama was most likely a pet-friendly hot spot because it had so many rentals.“Competition is probably the main driver behind that,” he said.“There are a lot of new houses being built, a lot of those being built by investors.”Proposed rental reforms, which were announced last month, would prevent Queensland property owners from refusing pet applications unless they had sufficient grounds.Mr Henderson said it was a dangerous move considering pets could cause “considerable damage” that often far outweighed a property’s bond. “It should be an owners’ choice,” he said. Proposed rental reforms would prevent Queensland property owners from refusing pet applications.REIQ chief operating officer Josh Callaghan said it was important landlords had a choice.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“Clearly there’s nothing wrong with pets, they’re important parts of family units,” he said.“We think it’s important that (landlords) at least get a say though.”He said there were pros and cons on both sides of the argument.“Often it can be a win win for a landlord to accept people with pets,” he said.“It gives you a wider choice to work out who is right for your property.“Some pets are just not appropriate for some buildings though.”Chief economist at Nerida Conisbee said landlords in Melbourne were not allowed to refuse an applicant with pets and it hadn’t caused major problems.However, she said “pet friendly” was much more commonly search in Queensland.“It’s really important for people in Queensland to have their pets,” she said.center_img MORE NEWS: House back on the market a month after sellinglast_img read more

Pat McAfee’s rise in sports media reaches new platform with daily show on DAZN

first_imgBeginning Monday, Sept. 9, McAfee will host his own daily show, “The Pat McAfee Show,” which will stream live on DAZN from 10 a.m.-noon ET Monday through Friday. DAZN is a global subscription video streaming service that expanded to the United States in 2018.MORE: Join DAZN to watch The Pat McAfee Show and more this fallMcAfee’s deal with DAZN extends well beyond the daily show. He will broadcast live from DAZN’s biggest boxing and MMA cards to provide on-site coverage of fight week. Additionally, McAfee will contribute to DAZN’s nightly baseball show “ChangeUp” and create weekly, football-focused segments for DAZN Canada and DAZN Germany, where the platform has rights to NFL games.McAfee is also close to signing a deal with Westwood One, which would deliver his new show via radio in approximately 40 markets at launch.Additionally, DAZN will stream McAfee’s podcast, which will expand to three episodes per week. All of this is on top of McAfee’s new role with ESPN; he will join the network’s broadcast booth as a commentator for Thursday night college football games this season. He also will appear as a personality at WWE events as part of a multi-year deal. “Pat is a sports commentator and entertainer who has charted his own path and built an extremely loyal fanbase,” said Jamie Horowitz, executive VP of content at DAZN. “That success comes from a self-awareness that’s hard to teach, an uncommon work ethic, and an innate understanding of what makes for compelling content.”Compelling content, indeed. The Polamalu reference above is just an example of what McAfee brings to the sports media landscape — real insight that is absolutely drenched in humor.McAfee is entertaining, engaging and, as a person who has dipped his nose in stand-up comedy, hilarious.His forcing Tim Tebow to play beer (water) pong is a good example.When McAfee retired from his playing career and notoriously left a bunch of his NFL salary (almost $3 million) on the table, he was questioned. His meteoric rise in sports media has hushed anybody who doubted his move. Playing football against Troy ​Polamalu did not work out well for Pat McAfee, who retired from his eight-year NFL punting career with the Colts in 2017.Talking about playing football against Troy Polamalu, though, has sparked the career McAfee had in mind when he shed his helmet and pads for good more than two years ago. As great as the two-time Pro Bowler and 2014 All-Pro selection was at “kicking balls,” as he likes to say, the 32-year-old might be even better as a sports media personality. And now his popular schtick has a new platform. (Amanda Westcott/DAZN) “I had a guy who was a pseudo agent for me who reached out to the networks to see if anybody had any interest in me,” McAfee told The Hollywood Reporter. “I probably had about 600,000 followers on Twitter at that point. I had already done a standup tour. I sold some jerseys in Indianapolis, which is absolutely ridiculous for a punter. And that pseudo agent texts me back within like 10 minutes that there is zero interest from any of the TV networks.”It put another chip on my shoulder. Do I hold any grudges against anybody in the past who didn’t hire me? Absolutely. It’s my job to make them look very dumb in five to 10 years. But I’m also very thankful for people who have given me the opportunities.” (Amanda Westcott/DAZN) read more

NFL Week 16 Betting Guide: Spread, moneyline, over/under picks

first_imgThere’s just one double-digit spread (Ravens vs. Browns) featured on the Week 16 NFL slate, and there are a lot of exciting spots for bettors to attack this week. Six different spreads are between one and three points and seven more are between six and eight points. Playoff implications are at stake across the league, and the second-to-last week of the regular season is sure to be action-packed! Let’s check out some edges to capitalize on, be it on the moneyline, against the spread, or on the over/under total. BetQL can help you identify edges on every slate! Our subscribers can view BetQL’s NFL best bets and make the most informed, data-driven wagers possible. WEEK 16 FANTASY  RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerAll data presented is as of Wednesday morning. You can track all NFL line movement on BetQL’s Line Movement Dashboard. Figures below calculated by wagering one unit on each touted bet with -110 spread odds.NFL Week 16 Betting Picks: Spread pick of the weekBills (+6.5) at Patriots The Bills have gone 6-0-1 ATS on the road this season, and, while the Patriots have gone 5-1 at home, they’ve gone just 3-3 ATS. Earlier this year, New England took down the Bills 16-10 in Buffalo. Since then, both teams have been trending in different directions. Although the Patriots defense has relatively maintained its elite status (with the exception of two ugly losses against mobile quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson), New England’s offense has not resembled the dominant units that have graced Foxborough throughout Tom Brady’s tenure.Whether Brady’s regression is real or not, it’s clear that New England’s defense has carried the Pats to an 11-3 record. Meanwhile, the Bills have proved their doubters wrong all season and have played their best football away from Buffalo. Since this game has a slate-low 37.5 point total, it’s easy to assume that points will be hard to come by for both teams. Expect this one to come down to the wire, especially since the Bills are in the hunt for their first AFC East title since 1995. A Buffalo win in this game wouldn’t guarantee that, but it’s a necessary step toward dethroning the Patriots, who have won the division every year of the last decade.NFL Week 16 Betting Picks: Moneyline pick of the weekSaints (-145) at Titans The Saints have gone 5-1 on the road this season and are coming off of a dominant 34-7 victory over the Colts on Monday Night Football. Meanwhile, the Titans have gone 4-3 at home and are coming off of a 24-21 loss to the Texans. There are some trends working in New Orleans’ favor in this matchup. In their past 57 games against good offensive teams (who average 24-plus points per game), the Saints have gone 43-14. In their past 31 games against excellent passing teams (that average 7.5 or more yards per attempt), New Orleans has gone 22-9. Further, in their last 102 games against poor passing defenses (that allow a completion percentage of 61% or worse), the Saints have gone 75-27. Per BetQL’s Public Betting Dashboard as of Wednesday afternoon, 70 percent of the total bets and 93 percent of the total money has been wagered on the Saints’ moneyline. MORE WEEK 16 FANTASY: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’em NFL Week 16 Betting Picks: Over/under pick of the weekTexans at Buccaneers OVER 49.5Death, taxes and Buccaneers games hitting the OVER — those are the only certainties in life. While that’s a bit hyperbolic, 11 of the past 12 Bucs games have gone OVER the total, and five of their six home games have gone OVER. Jameis Winston has thrown for 914 yards with eight touchdowns and four interceptions over the past two games, which has led to 73 and 55 point totals. Right now, he’s clearly being given the freedom to throw the ball all over the field and leads the NFL in passing yards as a result. But, due to his uncanny ability to turn the ball over, offenses have capitalized from beneficial field positions all year long against Tampa Bay, who have allowed 276.8 passing yards per game (30th) as they tend to sell out against the run. That could play right into Deshaun Watson’s favor this week, as DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller should be able to run wild. Hammer the OVER!Via BetQL’s Sharp Picks Dashboard, 62 percent of public bets have supported the over, but pro bettors haven’t quite agreed. Find out what percentage of total money has been wagered on the over!last_img read more