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

4th Annual Summer Concert Series at the Artesian Commons

first_imgFacebook23Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the City of OlympiaFor the fourth year in a row, the City of Olympia is partnering with The Bridge Music Project to host their annual concert series at the Artesian Commons Park in Downtown Olympia. This year’s concerts will feature youth musicians from The Bridge Music Project, alongside regional and national renowned artists. The goal of the concert series is to create positive cultural events downtown that are accessible to all communities.This year’s concert series kicks off on Friday, June 8 at 7 p.m. and will be hosted by Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby. The event will feature several youth from The Bridge Music Project and the hip hop/funk band, Speaker Minds from Portland. “Our organization, The Bridge, is all about building community, drawing all different types of people together and having a fun time. That is exactly what we do with these concerts,” says Bobby Williams, executive director of The Bridge Music Project.This year’s concert series will include five concerts on rotating Fridays. Highlights of this year’s series include the all-styles dance battle tournament, world touring singer/songwriter, Erica Freas and local celebrities, DBST. All concerts will also feature youth songwriters from The Bridge Music Project.The Bridge Music Project is a nonprofit organization in Olympia, WA that works with at-risk youth to show how music and writing can be used as tools to deal with life’s challenges. This work is done through songwriting workshops in the community where youth work together to write, produce, record and perform original music that shares their stories. The Bridge has also partnered with organizations like the Thurston and King County juvenile courts and Together! to express how writing can be used as a therapeutic tool. “It’s good to have a creative outlet, because then you don’t have all these emotions that are bubbled up inside of you and you have a way to release them,” says Shanelle Berry, a youth music mentor for The Bridge.Local band Monkflower will also be playing on Fridays this summer in addition to many other upcoming events and programs. For dates and details, see the Artesian Commons Calendar: year’s sponsors for the Bridge Summer Concert Series include the Parking and Business Improvement Area (PBIA), The West Olympia Rotary, Olympia Federal Savings Bank and the Olympia Downtown Alliance (ODA). For more information about the Bridge Summer Concert Series visit their website at Those interested in learning more about the Bridge can contact Bobby Williams, their Executive Director, at [email protected]last_img read more

Something missing after Nationals for Locke boys

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt’s like coming up short in the Stanley Cup race for the Canucks, not winning the KIJHL Championship for the Leafs or the Nelson Bantams returning home without the B.C. Bantam Tier III Hockey crown.Anything less than achieving the pre-season goal is always a disappointment.That’s the way Julien Locke felt after competing at the 2011 Haywood Canadian Cross Country Ski Nationals last month in Canmore, Alta.Despite winning the 1100-meter sprint for the second year in a row and turning in some solid races, there was something bittersweet about the 2011 meet for the Nelson Nordic Ski Club turned Black Jack skier after he was held out of the overall medals, finishing fourth in the Junior Boy’s Division.“Overall I am not satisfied with Nationals,” Locke lamented following the national meet. “I was hoping for a lot more in the distance races and I was feeling very good in my preparation until one week before when I got a bad cold.”Locke, and brother Peter, had trained all summer, worked the training trails throughout the season and attended the necessary meets to get ready for Nationals.However, the ski Gods had something else planned for Locke come the middle of March. “My distance racing had been getting much stronger through out the season and I was excited to race at Nationals as all of the races were good ones for me,” explained the 17-year-old skier. “I raced hard but I guess (the cold left me) not in very good shape.”“It was satisfying to win the sprint for the second year in a row and I am happy with how I raced that day,” he added.However, winning the race didn’t quite happen according to Hoyle.There was a crash during the final stage of the race that forced Locke, despite putting on an incredible run at the end, to finish second.But after further review, the judges disqualified original winner Stefan Sander Green of Kimberley allowing Locke to grab the gold medal.The judging committed ruled Green had tripped Ezekiel Williams of Quebec on the final hill.The weeklong competition started off with the Skate Team Sprint Relay.Peter and Julien skied together, finishing fourth in the Junior Division.“I had good races this day and was happy with fourth place,” Peter Locke said. “Julien and I don’t do many team sprints so we were not great in the transition area but it is a really fun type of race.”“This is by far the best I have ever done at nationals so I was very happy,” added Peter Locke.The next race was the 10-kilometer Skate. Peter Locke managed to get the better of his brother, placing 10th overall.“I had a really good race this day. It was a really hilly, steep course, which suits me well,” he said.Not so well for Julien.“The 10km skate was downright terrible,” he said. “I started off a very conservative pace (Canmore is high altitude so you have to go out slower than usual) with the plan of picking it up as the race went on. “Right from the start my legs felt tired, but I was confident that they would feel better as the race went on. Unfortunately they never improved.”The same held true for the 7.5-km Classic.Peter finished ninth and Julien struggled again, taking 13th overall.In the final race, the 15-km Skate Mass Start, Julien took sixth while Peter finished 50th.“I had a decent 15-km skate,” Julien said. “I wasn’t feeling 100 per cent and my shape still wasn’t perfect but I raced well tactically and overall, it went quite well.”“I was hoping for more than sixth and I think I could have been higher up but considering my first two distance races this week, I am getting fast again.” “In the long skate race I did not race very well,” Peter confessed. “I started out well and was in the lead group until we got to the first major climb. Usually climbing is my strong point so I planned to move up to the front of the pack and pick up the pace. The Locke boys still have one more competition this past week in Sun Valley, Idaho — US Super Tour Final.“We will be racing in the Open category so the competition will be really, really tough.” [email protected]last_img read more

Bombers heading on back to Provincial Girl’s Soccer Championships

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers are heading back to take another crack at a provincial title.The Bombers dumped David Thompson Lakers of Invermere 3-0 in the final of the Kootenay Zone AA Girl’s Soccer Championships Thursday afternoon in Creston. LVR now travels to Vancouver to represent the Kootenay zone at the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships May 27-30. The tournament is hosted by Crofton House.LVR put the game away minutes into the contest, surprising the East Kootenay squad with three goals.Sniper Naomi Perkins scored twice while Abbie Bourchier-Willans added a single to give the Bombers the commanding lead.Keeper Hanna Quinn was solid between the pipes to register the shutout. The clean sheet was the second time in as many games Quinn kept the opposition off the scoresheet.Wednesday, in semi final action against J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail, Quinn posted a 2-0 shutout behind a pair of goals by Perkins.LVR returns to the provincials after finishing ninth during the 2014 campaign.last_img read more

$50 million for home projects

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The fund has now distributed $169 million since early 2003, but officials struggled to reach a goal of $100 million per year. Then Villaraigosa announced last fall that he would fully fund the trust by diverting money from other city departments and supporting a $1 billion bond. While the date for that city housing bond remains uncertain, Villaraigosa has also been lobbying state officials to include money for local affordable housing in a bond proposal being promoted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this year. Villaraigosa said he is also looking at other creative ways to provide more money, such as investing city pension funds in development projects. The strategy has been used by State Treasurer Phil Angelides, now a gubernatorial candidate, to fund projects including some in downtown Los Angeles. Efforts to keep the trust fully funded at $100 million are important because building affordable units can be risky and developers need consistency, said Mercedes Marquez, general manager of the Los Angeles Housing Department. “If developers don’t feel there’s enough money there for them to take a risk and do business then they won’t,” she said. Builders are noticing what the city is doing, said Dora Gallo, chief executive of A Community of Friends, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit affordable housing developer. “There seems to be a real commitment and things are moving,” she said. Gallo’s organization received $4.1 million toward a $12.9 million project in North Hills. The Rayen Apartments, projected to open in November 2007, would mix 25 units for foster children who come of age and lack homes, some with special needs, and 24 general low-income units. Villaraigosa also announced his appointments to the Affordable Housing Commission. He retained Second Baptist Church Rev. William Saxe Epps and activist Alice W. Harris from the previous administration and added Stewart Kim of PGP Capital Advisors, Stephanie Klasky-Gamer of the nonprofit Chrysalis, attorneys Pete Navarro and Evangeline Ordaz-Molina, and Lisa Sugino, former deputy director of the Little Tokyo Service Center. Klasky-Gamer, who lives in Valley Village and used to be an affordable housing developer herself, said there is a need to add housing across the city. “To date we’ve had a lot of concentration in particular districts,” she said. “I hope that having a diverse group of commissioners will help the city implement its housing goals throughout the city.” Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The city of Los Angeles distributed more than $50 million to affordable housing projects Monday as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa pledged to create a consistent funding source to help poor and working-class families find homes. The money, the city’s largest housing grant ever given, will build 14 projects – a total of 686 new housing units – across the city, including a 60-unit apartment in Sylmar and a 49-unit building in North Hills. “We’re here in the midst of a housing crisis in Los Angeles,” Villaraigosa said. “We need an unprecedented investment.” City leaders established the Affordable Housing Trust Fund in 2000 as a way for Los Angeles to provide grants to developers through competitive bids. Builders of affordable projects then typically use the city money in conjunction with state and federal tax credits and bond funding. last_img read more

Oh, My: George Takei On Google Glass, SpaceX And His New YouTube Series

first_imgGT: It’s my belief, and certainly that of Gene Roddenberry, who created Star Trek, [that] it’s the “imagineers” who set the goal for the future. Like a telephone with no cords attached. If it can be imagined, then the innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs will set that as a goal and eventually realize that. Something like what we had back on Star Trek called the Communicator. But [today’s phone] does much more than what our Communicators did. It takes pictures. You can play games with it, and watch a show with it. And in many ways, it’s also become a real nuisance in our lives.But it’s the imagineers who set the goal. For example, Elon Musk, who started up PayPal and the Tesla all-electric automobile, started up SpaceX now that NASA is winding down. Private enterprise is providing the space shuttle! He used the phrase, “Humans are the only multiple planet species.” What an amazing thought, and he’s thought it. And that becomes a goal. Elon Musk has talked about colonies on Mars and elsewhere, where our explorations might find that life is sustainable on those planets. So they think the impossible, and it becomes ultimately reality. The fact that we have the Internet is amazing. So we’re using that to share more information with people.Takei’s Take, produced by AARP and hosted by George Takei, debuts today and runs bi-weekly.Feature and YouTube promo image courtesy of AARP/George Takei. Star Trek image courtesy of Wikipedia.  GT: Well, I’m learning a great deal too. Google Glass, for example… I have a little fun with it. It’s not the prettiest looking thing. And I think it has some… I wouldn’t say downsides, but “signs of concern.” If somebody has Google Glass on, they have some face identification capabilities. They could Google you. Then you feel ugly and naked riding in the subway.And the other thing about that is, they’re $1,500. And there you have it on your face, riding in the subway. When you come into the station, someone can just snatch it, and there you are, minus the $1,500. So there are these kinks to work out. But I think it’s an interesting, fascinating area.There’s also the sharing economy, where the Internet is used to share a room in your house or your bike that’s not being used. Or your car. Heh, some people are even sharing party leftovers. So there are a lot of interesting and amusing and sometimes eye-opening things happening in this brave, new world. And I think seniors as well as middle-aged people would be interested in that. RW: What’s your take on technology and today’s middle-agers and seniors? Has technology helped them or failed them?GT: Well, some have a phobia about it. My sister’s a retired schoolteacher, and she doesn’t even own a computer. I’ve been after her to do that, so we can communicate much more efficiently. She does have a cell phone. But with “Takei’s Take,” we can open up possibilities that enrich lives. And that’s my mission with YouTube. RW: What is it like for you, being part of the Star Trek universe, and now seeing these fantasy technologies coming to reality? [A Facebook post by Takei with a link that elaborates on the Olympics issue mentioned here.]RW: You have quite a platform to speak from. And, to switch gears a bit, now you have YouTube.GT: Yes.RW: So how did this deal for the Web series come about?GT: The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) came to me. The idea of social media is to introduce people to new experiences and enrich their lives with these experiences. The AARP demographic is active in social media. But I found that their children and grandchildren are Star Trek fans, and so I told AARP that we could reach a wide demographic of people. Not just the 50-plus, but those in the middle-age sector and also teenagers. So we decided to go ahead with this project, “Takei’s Take.” RW: What types of things can we expect to see in this programming? The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos George Takei: My base when I started out was sci-fi geeks and nerds, so I had to develop that. I began by talking about science and science fiction, and put in some humorous things. And I solidified the base.Actually, the reason I began my social media program was this: We developed a musical for Broadway on the internment of Japanese-Americans—a still too-little-known chapter of American history. [Takei himself was subject to an internment camp as a child during World War II.] So we had to raise the awareness of that unconstitutional experience, introduce people to the musical, and then persuade them to want to see it and buy tickets for it. Sci-fi geeks and nerds are not necessarily a theatre-going audience. What’s important here is the engagement level. And that’s what I concentrated on by humorous means. You catch more flies with honey. — George Takei So I did the sci-fi geeks and nerds. And I started talking about LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) issues. It seems there’s a great overlap between the sci-fi geeks and nerds and the LGBT community, and it just exploded. Then I started talking about the internment, the subject of our musical.What’s important here is the engagement level. And that’s what I concentrated on by humorous means. You catch more flies with honey. Having content that stimulates or amuses or galvanizes, that has been my approach. I think it has proved to be quite successful. RW: But you’ve never shied away from stirring things up. There was the Christine Quinn episode [the lesbian NYC mayoral candidate endorsed by Takei]. You’re also very outspoken online about the Olympics being held in Russia. Have you ever felt like, “No, I can’t talk about this or that. My fans may not like it.”GT: But they do like it. They like the combination of the humor and the serious subjects. I just got back from a Star Trek convention in Montreal, and when I talked about the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, there was tremendous applause and support for our pulling it out of Russia and not allowing Vladimir Putin [the Russian President] to have that international stage.We need to learn from history. In 1936, the IOC [International Olympic Committee] granted Germany the Summer Olympics. Three years before that, Hitler came to power. And he passed what seemed like, in the whole larger context, an innocuous law saying Jewish professors will not be given tenure. Then he had the Olympic stage, and his power and influence and stature grew.That’s precisely what we’re doing here with Putin. There’s high unemployment amongst young people in Russia and he needs to have a scapegoat. So he passed that homophobic law, which essentially gives license to the thugs and hoodlums to assault anyone they perceive to be gay or lesbian. They accost them, humiliate them, beat them, sometimes so severely, they’re killed. It would be highly irresponsible for the IOC to put the Olympics there.But the IOC had their meeting last weekend in Buenos Aires, and it seems like they’re completely spineless. Of course, it’s only six or seven months away, but they could postpone it. The next stage of our campaign is to have Russian athletes not be eligible to compete in the Olympics.We feel very strongly about that.  Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… George Takei has a cold. But even a bad cold can’t keep a good Starfleet officer down. And it certainly wasn’t going to stifle Star Trek’s “Hikaru Sulu,” a New York Times Top 10 bestselling author, gay rights activist and social media juggernaut. I caught up with Takei and his trademark baritone voice—which was a little extra deep this time—via phone to chat about his latest project, “Takei’s Take,” a new YouTube series debuting today. But the Web program wasn’t the only thing on the menu.With a career that spans generations, the actor, 76, has a second life as a bona fide social media celebrity. Here, he shares a few thoughts about what it takes to succeed on the Web, what propels his real-world and online activism, and how he sees modern technologies and initiatives like Google Glass and SpaceX. ReadWrite: Congratulations on the success of your book [“Oh Myyy! (There Goes The Internet)“]. It seems people are interested in your journey in the online world. Currently, you have 4.5 million Facebook followers, and more than 800,000 Twitter followers. So what is the key to building such immense online popularity? center_img Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit adriana lee Tags:#social media#YouTube Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Pastor arrested by Escondido police for child molestation

first_img Posted: December 28, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Pastor arrested by Escondido police for child molestation 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsESCONDIDO (KUSI)- An Orange County pastor was arrested in Escondido on suspicion of child molestation, Fountain Valley police said today. John Rodgers McFarland, 56, was arrested Dec. 18 on charges stemming from the alleged abuse of at least one child, police said.Police executed search warrants at McFarland’s home, as well as current and previous churches where he was employed as head pastor, according to Fountain Valley police, who said there is evidence he may have additional victims in Orange County.McFarland has been the head pastor at Orangethorpe United Methodist Church in Fullerton since 2014. He was also a pastor at Surf City Church in Huntington Beach between 2009 and 2014, and served as head pastor at Fountain Valley United Methodist Church for 26 years from 1988 to 2014.McFarland is facing two felony charges of lewd acts upon a child that are alleged to have occurred in Escondido between July 26, 2012, and July 23, 2013, according to a criminal complaint from the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office obtained by NBC San Diego.The victim was described in the complaint as a girl under the age of 14. McFarland has a court hearing scheduled at the Vista Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 16.Police asked other victims or anyone else with potential information on crimes committed by McFarland to contact Fountain Valley police Detective Gloria Scott at (714) 593-4480. December 28, 2018 Updated: 6:27 PM FacebookTwitterlast_img read more