Sold On Gold Coast: the best spots to bag a bargain in the south

first_img 2. Varsity Lakes Despite being on the beachfront, Tugun is considered cheap in comparison to some of its neighbouring suburbs.Tugun is so laid back its residents have given its already short title a nickname.Fondly known as Tugz (pronounced choogs), the beachside suburb on the southern Gold Coast is popular because of its village vibe. Located on the NSW and Queensland border, it is a small suburb nestled between Currumbin and Bilinga.It has arguably one of the best beaches but surprisingly, that’s not what people love most about it.The real charm is in its quiet streets, cafe culture and fish and chip shops.A number of fancy new restaurants and quirky cafes have popped up in Tugun Village over the past few years while a major upgrade to Golden Four Drive has made it easier and safer for cyclists and pedestrians to use. Despite being 15km from bustling suburbs like Broadbeach, Tugun has managed to retain the “old Gold Coast feel”.It has a diverse range of properties on offer, including old beach shacks and luxury homes.Several multimillion-dollar sales have been recorded in the suburb within the past year.An original two-storey beach house fetched $2.95 million at auction last year while an elevated house with sweeping views of the coastline sold for $1.135 million in April. Million-dollar homes aside, it is one of the Coast’s more affordable suburbs for both houses and apartments, according to latest CoreLogic data. Its median house price reached $635,000 following 2.4 per cent growth in the past year and 16 per cent in the past three years.The median unit price is $460,750 following 2 per cent growth in the past year and 15.9 per cent in the past three years.As Tugun is right next to the Gold Coast Airport, it is often the first suburb new arrivals see when they head north towards Surfers Paradise. 1. Mudgeeraba MORE NEWS: The three most expensive suburbs at the heart of the GC Median house price: $635,000 Median house rent: $620/weekMedian unit price: $460,750 Median unit rent: $455/weekAverage days on market: 37.5 Average hold period: 13 yearsPopulation: 6588Average weekly household income: $1288Median age: 41 Median house price: $599,000 Median house rent: $580/weekMedian unit price: $419,000Median unit rent: $460/weekAverage days on market: 44 Average hold period: 9 yearsPopulation: 15,026 Average weekly household income: $1363Median age: 34 Varsity Lakes, which is one of the south’s main activity hubs, has a lot to offer residents on the hunt for a bargain.Varsity Lakes has come a long way since its days as Stephens Swamp. Originally named after former Brisbane mayor and owner of the area Thomas Stephens in the 1860s, the suburb was renamed in 2003. Its reputation needed a reboot as it was known as a low socio-economic area — it now has a much more up-market image.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThe $2 billion masterplanned community, which was developed by Lendlease in 1999, had an aim of creating a mixed-used area with an emphasis on job creation and blending residential, commercial and education in a village setting. The urban village feel of the area steered clear of the traditional high rise, beaches and bikinis vibe the Gold Coast is known for. Open space was at the forefront of the design with the area offering an 80ha lake, 56ha of open space and 20km of walking and bike tracks. The housing estates were built around Lake Orr, so those wanting to buy a relatively new waterfront home might find what they are after in Varsity Lakes. The suburb has a $599,000 median house price. Bond University also sits on the shores of Lake Orr and was Australia’s first private non-profit university. There are about 1000 staff and 4000 students who attend the institution. It has a focus on society, design, health sciences, medicine, business and law degrees. Adjacent to the university is the acclaimed Varsity College which caters from prep to Year 12. Varsity Lakes is nestled between Burleigh Waters and Robina with easy access to the Gold Coast’s second-largest shopping complex, Robina Town Centre. Two waterfront suburbs are among the three most affordable in the city’s south.THE city’s southern suburbs are renowned for their pristine beaches, village-like communities and laid-back vibes — that’s why so many people want to live there.But where are the best places to buy a property that won’t break the bank?Mudgeeraba, Varsity Lakes and Tugun were the three most affordable areas in the Gold Coast’s south as featured in the Bulletin’s Sold On Gold Coast — the Glitter Strip’s ultimate property guide.This is what makes these areas not only affordable but highly sought after. 3. Tugun MORE NEWS: Hot spots for luxury homes Median house price: $591,000 Median house rent: 550/weekMedian unit price: $41,500 Median unit rent: $433/weekAverage days on market: 34 Average hold period: 9 years Population: 13,624 Average weekly household income: $1550Median age: 38 Mudgeeraba is one of the south’s most affordable suburbs.Driving through the streets of the Mudgeeraba township is like stepping back in time.Its older-style country buildings and friendly residents give it a village charm that is hard not to love. It is one of the Coast’s larger suburbs bordered by Tallai, Worongary, Merrimac, Robina, Varsity Lakes, Reedy Creek and Bonogin. Located on the western side of the Pacific Motorway, it seems like a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Glitter Strip. But it is actually becoming more popular among younger demographics because it is only a short drive to the beach without the hefty price tag. With a median house price of $591,000, the suburb appeals to first-home buyers, growing families and investors.It has a mix of residential and small acreage properties.The area has long been popular among people who enjoy the country lifestyle.Like many country towns, it has a beloved old hotel that has stood for more than 100 years.The original Mudgeeraba Hotel, now known as the Wallaby Hotel, still remains today despite being built in 1884.It is also home to the Mudgeeraba Farmers’ Market, which is believed to be the oldest on the Gold Coast.Held at the Mudgeeraba Showgrounds on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, the market offers produce, coffee, jams, cheese, wine and baked goods from around the area. The suburb also has quaint restaurants, bed and breakfasts, cafes and art and craft galleries.One of the suburb’s major attractions is the annual Mudgeeraba Show, which showcases everything the area has to offer.As it is at the foot of the Hinterland, many people often travel through the suburb to get to Springbrook National Park. Source: CoreLogic data to April 2019last_img read more

NextDecade agrees stock sale to BlackRock-managed funds

first_imgImage courtesy of NextDecadeUS LNG export project developer NextDecade said it has agreed to sell stock to funds managed by BlackRock. The investment by funds managed by BlackRock further strengthens NextDecade’s capital position as it continues development of its Rio Grande LNG terminal facility and associated pipelines in South Texas.The stock deal has already been approved by NextDecade’s board of directors.Pat Eilers, a managing director with BlackRock’s Infrastructure team, said, “Our clients are increasingly interested in the investment opportunities resulting from the ongoing global energy transition, and we are excited to invest in one of the leading companies in the second wave of U.S. LNG development on their behalf.”Rio Grande LNG is a proposed 27 mtpa LNG export facility to be located on a 984-acre site on the Brownsville Ship Channel in South Texas and will be constructed in phases.The approximately 137-mile proposed Rio Bravo Pipeline will supply the facility with its feedgas, connecting it to the Agua Dulce natural gas supply area. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

29th annual IMCA Harris Clash is Aug. 4 at Deer Creek

first_imgModifieds run for $3,000 to win, plus a $500 bonus if their chassis was built by a Manufacturers’ Cup participant, as well as a spot on the 2021 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. The 10-lap, $1,000 to win Harris Clash Race of Champions is open to all former Clash winners and is again sponsored by Wehrs Machine and Racing Products. Pit gates at Spring Valley open at 3 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. Spectator admission is $20 for adults and $5 for kids ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults, $20 for kids and $5 for ages five and under.  Drivers can pre-enter at the www.harrisclash.com website; pre-entry is now $75 for Modifieds and $50 for SportMods.  SPRING VALLEY, Minn. – The 29th annual Harris Clash sees IMCA Modifieds and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods in action at Deer Creek Speedway on Tuesday, Aug. 4.  Northern SportMods race for $1,200 to win. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and KMJ Performance Minnesota State points will be awarded in both divisions; Modifieds also earn Side Biter Chassis North Central Region points.  This is the third year Deer Creek has hosted the Clash. More information is available on the www.harrisclash.com and www.deercreekspeedway.com websites, and by calling event promoter Bob Harris at 515 292-9200.last_img read more

Nacho Monreal signs new Arsenal deal

first_img “Overall, his attitude has been absolutely fantastic on a daily basis since he arrived here. He’s 100 per cent committed and I think as well he has always improved since he has arrived and has shown that in many big games as well. “He’s calm, focused and dedicated. He’s well-accepted and loved by his partners. He has the modest approach of a player who wants to give his best to the team. Everybody senses that and that’s why I think it’s important for the club to have that stability. “Everyone in the Premier League would say that he has become a very strong player. Arsenal are gifted at the moment, I must say, with two top-class left backs. We have many young players. They need to be surrounded by experienced players, especially at the back. “We now have experience at the back. Nacho is part of that – he’s a good example for the young players and we have a good bunch of young players.” Monreal, who arrived from Malaga for a reported £10million, has won successive FA Cups with Arsene Wenger’s side and usurped Kieran Gibbs from the left-back spot. The Spaniard added: “I have a good relationship with my team-mates and we keep improving year after year. I wanted to stay here and I could extend my contract. I would like to play here for many more years. “The trust of the Arsenal fans is really important for us because they are helping us in every moment as we are fighting to win the Premier League. “I met the boss three years ago and I have a really good relationship with him and I’m really happy with him. For these reasons I extended my contract. “I’m very happy with my performances this season. At the beginning it was difficult because I was a new signing and I didn’t speak English. “But now I feel more comfortable with my team-mates and with everything in general so that has helped me to play better because I have more confidence in myself.” Arsenal manager Wenger hailed Monreal’s impact following his arrival from La Liga three years ago. “He is a very important player at the club because he can play left-back and centre back,” said Wenger, whose Arsenal side sit at the top of the Premier League. “He has the consistency in his performances that is requested at the top level. Nacho Monreal has committed his future to Arsenal after signing a new long-term deal with the club. Press Association Monreal, who joined the Gunners in January 2013, has been in impressive form this season and has featured in all of the club’s Barclays Premier League matches. The 29-year old defender said : “I’m really happy because my intention was to keep playing for Arsenal. I feel really good playing here.” last_img read more

El Monterey breakfast wraps recalled, may contain rocks

first_imgRuiz Foods Products is recalling more than 246,000 pounds of its frozen El Monterey breakfast wraps after finding that some of the wraps may contain small rocks and other extraneous materials.The company based in Denison, Texas reported that they have received at least one report associated with the possible contamination:“The company received a report of a potential injury associated with the consumption of this product,” the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said. “FSIS has received no additional reports of injury or illness from consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider, ” according to a statement from the US Department of Agriculture.The company also reported that they believe the bacon in the egg, potato, bacon and cheese wraps may be the source of the possible contamination.The products being recalled was manufactured in January and have “best if used by” dates of 01/17/2020 and 01/18/2020, and lot codes 19017 and 19018.Those who have purchased the product are urged to throw the product away or to return them to the place of purchase.last_img read more

Grades: UW passing game, pass defense earn high marks

first_imgWisconsin senior quarterback Scott Tolzien had his best game of the season against Arizona State, completing 19 passes for almost 250 yards through the air. After throwing an interception in the previous two games, Tolzien had zero interceptions against ASU.[/media-credit]Every week Herald Sports will analyze the most recent Wisconsin football game and hand out grades for each position group on a scale from zero to five. Let’s examine how the Badgers fared in their third game of the season against Arizona State.Quarterbacks – 4 out of 5Scott Tolzien had his best performance of the year against the Sun Devils. It was an efficient outing for the senior captain, who totaled 246 yards through the air and completed 19-of-25 passes against a stingy Pac-10 defense. Tolzien threw a strike to Lance Kendricks for a 14-yard score to give UW their first touchdown of the day and he completed a crucial third down pass to salt the game away. It was an even more impressive performance considering Tolzien was without Nick Toon and David Gilreath, his top two receivers, due to injury.Running backs – 4 out of 5After totaling 125 yards against ASU, junior John Clay now has nine straight games with 100-plus on the ground. Clay averaged almost six yards per carry against last season’s top Pac-10 defense against the run. His 19-yard score gave the Badgers a 20-13 lead and that proved to be just enough for UW. Freshman James White averaged 6.7 yards per rush and flashed his athleticism on a couple nice runs while Montee Ball, despite struggling on the ground, had a few nice catches to help the offense move the chains.Tight Ends – 5 out of 5Lance Kendricks looked like one of the best tight ends in the country Saturday. His seven catch, 131-yard effort was just flat-out impressive. The senior hauled in a clutch grab on third-and-two to give the Badgers a huge first down as UW ran down the clock for the win. Kendricks provided solid blocking in the running game once again and he is making a strong case to be considered the best all-around tight end in the nation.Wide Receivers – 3.5 out of 5UW was far less dynamic on the perimeter without Toon and Gilreath but Jared Abbrederis filled in nicely. The redshirt freshman had three receptions for 33 yards and proved to be a reliable target during his first start. Senior Isaac Anderson also chipped in with five catches for 42 yards.Offensive line – 3 out of 5The Wisconsin O-line has extremely high expectations, so paving the way for a 100-yard rusher and only allowing a single sack earns them just an average grade. Despite those nice statistics the Badgers struggled to create a push and convert third-and-shorts on a few occasions, which is usually their bread and butter.Defensive line – 2 out of 5Arizona State running back Deante Lewis became the first player to rush for over 100 yards against UW since Ryan Mathews of Fresno State did it early last season and the Badger D-line bears most of the blame for that. ASU’s offensive line was able to neutralize UW’s front and reach the second level, leading to a productive day on the ground. Defensive end Louis Nzegwu was a bright spot recording a team-high seven tackles and a sack, but as a group the Badger D-line wasn’t at its best Saturday.Linebackers – 2.5 out of 5The linebackers share some of the responsibility for failing to stop ASU’s running game and the group had a mediocre day overall. Sophomore Chris Borland barely played after aggravating a shoulder injury and Culmer St. Jean suffered an ankle injury that forced him to leave the game momentarily, so UW’s depth was tested. Kevin Rouse recorded another sack and he’s found a role as an explosive pass rusher off the edge for the Badgers, but that was about the only impact play of the day for the linebackers.Secondary – 4 out of 5UW’s secondary had a breakthrough performance against the Sun Devils. Quarterback Steven Threet and ASU’s spread attack was only able to muster 211 yards through the air and Badger cornerbacks were running stride for stride with wideouts on every deep ball. As a result, Threet’s longest completion went for a mere 18 yards. Aaron Henry played with a lot of physicality breaking up a potential touchdown with a big hit in the endzone and he and Jay Valai each recorded a tackle for loss.Specialists – 2 out of 5It was an up and down day for the UW specialists. Brad Nortman had a solid punting average that included an effort downed at the two yardline and Phillip Welch was 2-for-3 in his field goal attempts, including a 49 yarder, but Welch’s line-drive kickoff (a poor squib attempt) at the end of the first half was almost a catastrophic mistake.last_img read more

Panel talks election, future of journalism

first_imgStudents and faculty struggled to come to terms Wednesday with the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, as numerous groups and individuals expressed uncertainty and concern over the country’s future.A panel featuring Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Dean Ernest Wilson III, School of Journalism Director Willow Bay, School of Communication Director Sarah Banet-Weiser, Vice Dean Philip Seib and professors Burghardt Tenderich, Judy Muller, Miki Turner and Gabriel Kahn met in Wallis Annenberg Hall Wednesday afternoon to discuss how the election will impact both the journalism industry and the millennial generation as a whole. Professor Tenderich called on the audience to understand their privilege as a college educated group and encouraged greater empathy toward Trump supporters.“It’s the elite talking to the elite,” Tenderich said of mainstream liberal political thought. “The worst thing we can do is blame the people who voted for Trump yesterday. We need to understand we live in a bubble.”Muller went on to point out that in light of Tuesday’s results, Americans will face a political system dominated by one party, the Republicans. She said that this served as an “awakening” for how important the jobs of journalism and communication students are when it comes to informing the public about political events.“I’m talking about being the watchdog,” Muller said. “You will be going out at a time when all branches of government are controlled by one party. This is what the press was born to do.” In light of this, students asked for specific direction on how to express their discontent with the outcome of the election.“As a child of the ’60s, I think there’s nothing wrong with peaceful protest,” Muller said. “I think it’s a very valuable exercise and I don’t think it’s useless at all.”Banet-Weiser too encouraged action. She noted that because of the election results, she struggled to speak without crying for much of the morning and asked students to mobilize based off their frustration.“Use your anger,” she said. “Do something. Organize. Get in a group.” Wilson followed by encouraging mass unity among student groups, though noted USC’s campus lacked vocal activism. “Part of the challenge is that you’re on a campus that doesn’t get real excited about political stuff,” Wilson said. “There has been a lot of demonstrations across the country, we really haven’t had that.”The panelists also highlighted the mistakes made by the mainstream media during the election, especially in failing to recognize and report on the problems facing the so-called “silent majority,” whose strong voter turnout was ultimately responsible for pushing Trump to the presidency. According to Seib, it was this oversight that was responsible for boosting Trump to his unexpected win. “In terms of covering what America is, journalists will have to give a lot of thought on exactly what criteria they’re looking at,” Seib said. “Obviously, there’s a tremendous amount of anger out there, a tremendous amount of fear, and the news coverage, for the most part, missed all of that.” While Seib said that Trump’s victory Tuesday night showed the deep disconnect between mainstream media and Trump supporters, several students added that it also highlighted the divide between Americans that was increasingly exposed during the 2016 election cycle.“I don’t think I’ve ever been a part of an experience related to our country where people are feeling so dejected, feeling so lost and hurt,” said JT Arowosaye, a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. “But in stark contrast, there are people who are elated, and so happy, and so thrilled, and fathoming that disconnect between people right now is hard for me. I don’t know how to communicate with people who voted for someone who I feel puts my life and my family and friends’ lives in jeopardy, but I guess I have four years to figure that all out.”Darrell Florence Jr., a junior majoring in business administration, said that he believes students are not doing enough to foment change and bridge this divide, largely due to a lack of communication between different communities on campus and a failure to ask the questions needed to catalyze meaningful conversations. “We’re trained to ask questions that sound intelligent but don’t really get to the root of the problem,” Florence said. “We need to be asking ourselves and asking each other, ‘How do we get along and fix this together?’ We’re not doing enough.”last_img read more

Women of Troy head south to Texas

first_imgPerfection has been the name of the game so far for the No. 3 USC women’s volleyball team, which will put its 9-0 record to the test at the TCU Molten Invitational this weekend in Fort Worth, Texas.Digging · Junior libero Natalie Hagglund has led the Women of Troy to a No. 3 ranking early in the 2012 season. She had 13 digs last weekend. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy, one of just three remaining undefeated teams in the Pac-12, will square off against TCU, Lehigh and Prairie View A&M. USC is seeking its second 12-0 start in the last three years. The tournament will once again feature a round-robin style, as the Women of Troy will draw TCU on Friday night before a doubleheader against Lehigh and Prairie View A&M on Saturday.The season has been a relative breeze for the team, which has bounded out of the gates to an impressive 9-0 start. After a season-opening sweep in the Texas A&M Invitational, in which it lost just one set, the team collected three more wins as host in the Luxe City Center Trojan Invitational before yet another sweep of the USC Classic tournament last weekend at the Galen Center.USC coach Mick Haley was still adamant about improvements the team must make, citing the team’s grueling, five-set win against the University of San Diego that started the tournament.“We made too many errors,” Haley said. “We played a good first game, but then our legs got rubbery. We have to relax and make fewer errors. Our three main hitters contributed 23 points to our opponents in the first game.”Despite struggling to knock off the Toreros in the first game, the Women of Troy easily beat Cal Poly in straight sets before sweeping rival Notre Dame in the nightcap to conclude the tournament.Any signs of fatigue seemed to disappear Saturday, as the Women of Troy once again completed a tournament with at least two sweeps. Against Cal Poly, highly touted freshman Samantha Bricio put on yet another impressive show, leading all players with 14 kills.Fellow freshman Alicia Ogoms, who saw significant action after the team’s tiring opening match, more than delivered, as she recorded six of her seven kills in the final set to help the team complete their sweep. Sophomore setter Hayley Crone turned in 32 assists and 11 digs for her fifth double-double of the season, while junior libero Natalie Hagglund led all players with 13 digs.The Women of Troy delivered an even more impressive performance in the nightcap, turning three close sets into victories en route to their sixth sweep of the season.Senior opposite hitter Katie Fuller had a banner night, registering a career high 21 kills and capturing tournament MVP honors. Joining her on the all-tournament team were Hagglund and Bricio, whose 12 kills were second on the team. The results were not lost on Haley.“The team’s fight was one of the most encouraging things we saw tonight,” Haley said. “We just finished. What a great comeback. I thought Fuller was amazing, but we had some great performances from all of our players and our setting was wonderful in this match.”The TCU Molten Invitational will mark the end of tournament play for the Women of Troy, who will begin individual play against crosstown rival UCLA on Sept. 19 at the Galen Center.last_img read more

Extra Innings: MLB’s Wild Card Game is problematic

first_imgMajor League Baseball does not have a problem with the structure of its playoffs, but it does have a problem with the structure of the Wild Card Game. The single “win or go home” format of the Wild Card Game goes against everything that the series-based season and playoffs stand for.In one of my first Daily Trojan columns I voiced why MLB has the unique ability to determine which 10 clubs should be playing in the postseason. There is no other professional sport that is able to do that: The NFL, NHL and NBA seasons are too short to account for slumps, fluke wins and streaks. The beauty of the 162-game baseball season is that it allows for all of the aforementioned circumstances to be naturally corrected. One of the most supported proposals to the to MLB is to eliminate the effect divisions have on determining which team continues onto the postseason. I have yet to understand why this is so supported. Divisions within leagues are a quintessential part of the scheduling of baseball; therefore, I don’t think the league will ever do away with divisions entirely. As a result, it’s impossible to determine which teams should make the postseason, without doing so arbitrarily. For example, teams like the Cleveland Indians, who play in the AL Central, would have an insanely inflated record over teams in tougher divisions like the AL East. For this reason it is incredibly important that MLB considers who should make the playoffs based on the leaders of the established divisions. I might support an alteration to the teams in each division. For example, at the end of each season, restructure the divisions. This would allow for each of the six divisions to be more evenly matched, rather than having powerful and weak divisions. I think this option is something to consider. The only downside that I see is that it will significantly harm some of the rivalries in the sport. Can you imagine a day when the Yankees and Red Sox are not in the same division? That would be just wrong. However, I do not believe that the playoff system is perfect. The concept of a Wild Card Game (emphasis on game) goes against everything the format of baseball stands for. There is no possibility that two teams will face to play one single game. Every game in the 162-game season is structured in series for a very logical reason: Baseball is an extremely variable sport. On any given day, the No. 1 team can be upset by the worst team. But for some illogical reason, MLB trusts that one game will be able to accurately decide which of the two best non-division winning teams in each league will be able to continue in the postseason bracket.Consider this: The Baltimore Orioles finished the 2018 season with a .290 record, the 15th worst record in the modern era, yet Baltimore still mounted a win over every 2018 American League playoff team at some point in the season. But the Orioles only won one of the 16 series they played in against American League postseason representatives. So why in the name of Babe Ruth is the wild card representative chosen by the outcome of one game rather than a series? It doesn’t need to be a best of seven or even a best of five — a best of three would suffice in providing balance to the extreme variance of the sport of baseball. More than one game is absolutely necessary to ensure the best teams are playing in October.One of my favorite mottos is “don’t fix what isn’t broken.” The MLB playoffs are not broken and the league and division structures are not broken. The single-game disservice called the wild card, however, is most certainly broken, and must be fixed to ensure that the best two non-division winning teams have the opportunity to make a postseason run. Sam Arslanian is a sophomore majoring in journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Extra Innings,” runs Fridays.last_img read more