Land grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week

The Sandstone Lakes masterplanned community in Ningi. Photo: supplied
Three homesites are all that remain in the masterplanned community of Sandstone Lakes near Bribie Island after recent government grants caused a land grab.
Developer QM Properties announced the final release of large sites just before the Federal Government announced details of its $25,000 HomeBuilder grant to boost the construction industry, which has been hit by the COVID-led economic recession.


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The rush on sales led to 12 properties selling in one week, bringing to 25 the total number of sales in the past two months.
“Property has been walking out the door,” QM Properties general sales manager Damien Ross said.
He said the remaining blocks, two of 600sq m and one of around 400sq m, were not expected to last more than a few days.
“There is no other land in that area, these are the last blocks in the community.”

Since the development began more than 10 years ago, some 700 homesites have been created in masterplanned community which is situated in the Moreton Bay town of Ningi as part of the gateway to Bribie Island, 45 minutes north of Brisbane.
Two years ago it was Baby Boomers buying in to the masterplanned community of Sandstone Lakes which is part of the mainland gateway to Bribie Island, north of Brisbane.


But with smaller blocks becoming available in the last land releases, local first-home buyers, who may be eligible for more than $40,000 worth of grants under various government packages, have recorded the largest increase in interest.
Mr Ross said young buyers were choosing to buy in or close to the neighbourhoods they grew up in, to stay connected to family, friends and the shops, schools and restaurants they are familiar with.
“It’s reassuring for any buyer to purchase a property in an area they know well, and we are seeing this trend become more pronounced with first time buyers,” Mr Ross said.
“Generally speaking, it also means they have a better understanding of what properties in that area are worth and what is fair value for money,” he said.

Martine Felschow and Curtis Court have recently bought into Sandstone Lakes. Photo: supplied
First-home buyers Martine Felschow and Curtis Court grew up on Bribie Island and still have family there.
Deciding it was more affordable to buy land and build than to rent an existing property, they are among the latest to invest in the Sandstone Lakes community surrounded by 46 hectares of natural melaleuca forest with a recreational lake and canals.


Sandstone Lakes masterplanned community

Developer QM Properties

Prices Land from 515sq m to 730sq m priced from $245,000; house and land packages start at $369,000; three blocks remaining

Location Sandstone Boulevard, Ningi

Contact (07) 3874 0140

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Tropical haven walking distance from the surf

37 Eden Crescent, Woorim
THIS island home has a resort-style design and a private tropical sanctuary in the backyard.
Owners Wendy and Neil Robinson bought 37 Eden Cres, Woorim 25 years ago and in that time have turned the property into a haven.
“We loved the open-plan design and the atrium in the centre of the home,” Mrs Robinson said. “It’s such a beautiful Queensland home.”

The home is built around the large atrium. Picture: supplied.
Mrs Robinson said when they first moved in, the property had virtually no garden and just some landscaping around the inground swimming pool.
“We’ve created the gardens over the past 23 years,” she said.
“We mainly have tropical plants. We love bromeliads and we have lots of palms.”

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The result is a private backyard full of lush greenery.
“It’s a beautiful feeling when you sit out there at night in the gazebo with the candles going,” Mrs Robinson said.
“We feel like we don’t have any neighbours.”

The home has been updated over the years. Picture: supplied.

The well-designed home is built around a central atrium with a living and dining area on one side, a family room opposite and the kitchen at the top of a courtyard.
The main bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite while the two remaining bedrooms have built-in wardrobes.
The home also has a laundry and double garage.

The swimming pool has a resort feel. Picture: supplied.
The Robinsons have updated the home over the years, including renovating the kitchen and bathrooms.
“It’s great home for entertaining, we’ve had so many great nights here,” Mrs Robinson said.
“Neil and I are both golfers and this is also a great place to come home to after a game. It’s so quiet and relaxing.”
The home is three minutes from the Bribie Island Golf Club and a five-minute walk from the beach.

The property is on the market through Sheri Binzer of Bribie Island Real Estate.

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Character-filled Queenslander on private, leafy block

The home at 113 King Street, Caboolture. Picture: supplied.
AFTER 18 months of hard work Paula and Clinton Turnbull have given this private 1930s Queenslander a new lease on life.
The couple bought the property with the intention of making it their long term home but a change in circumstances has meant they have listed the property for sale.
“We’ve worked on it every weekend since we’ve been here,” Mrs Turnbull said.
“It had been empty for about 12 months when we bought it so the garden was completely overrun. We did about 10 trips to the dump with garden waste.

The lounge room and living area at 113 King St, Caboolture. Picture: supplied.
“It was a lot of hard work but there is still more the next owner can do.”
The couple not only tamed the garden, they also repainted the house, put in new carpet, airconditioners, blinds and some statement lighting.
“The home has the most beautiful light in every room and there are eight sets of french doors throughout,” Mrs Turnbull said.
“It’s a very cool home. You get a lot of very nice breeze and it’s so leafy too.”
The elevated home has a full length front veranda, high ceilings, VJ walls and a back deck.
There is a lounge room with fireplace, a family room, living room and dining room.

One of the bedrooms at 113 King Street, Caboolture. Picture: supplied.
The country-style kitchen has plenty of bench and cupboard space and there is also a bathroom, separate toilet and a sleep-out upstairs.
Downstairs there is a rumpus room, laundry and bathroom and parking for up for five cars.
Mrs Turnbull said the 774sq m block was very private.
“The home is hidden behind the trees and we’ve planted lilly pillies, which will grow quickly and add further privacy,” she said.
“We also get amazing birdlife. We get lorikeets in the jacaranda tree and kookaburras too.”

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Family entertainer walking distance to the beach

The home at 17 Mein St, Scarborough. Picture: supplied.
This big family home is on two elevated lots within walking distance of Queens Beach.
Owners Scott and Shelly Morcombe had the Planation Homes property built at 17 Mein St, Scarborough in 2007 to make the most of the elevated 1,068sq m block and sea breezes.
“I love the space, the light and the breezes that (come) through. We get beautiful sea breezes all summer,” Ms Morcombe said.

There is a swimming pool in the big backyard. Picture: supplied.
“And because of big windows and how we placed the gardens, it feels like the gardens are inside.
“I also love the size of the yard. The kids never went to the park because we had one in our yard.”
Downstairs the home has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with stacker doors opening to an entertaining area.
There is also a rumpus room, lounge room, guest room, powder room and laundry on this level.
Upstairs, the master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe, balcony access and ensuite with double spa bath, shower and dual basins.

The open-plan living, dining and kitchen area opens to the outdoor entertaining space. Picture: supplied.
The remaining three bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and there is a family bathroom, separate toilet and a TV area opening to the upstairs balcony.
Outside there is an inground swimming pool, with spa and water feature, established gardens and side access with concreted space for the boat or trailer.
Ms Morcombe said she and her husband were selling to downsize but they would miss how easy it was to entertain in their big family home.

One of the living spaces at 17 Mein Street, Scarborough. Picture: supplied.
“I’ll miss the parties and big Christmas dinners,” she said.
“We could have 27 for a sit down dinner and the kitchen is so big it coped beautifully.”
Ms Morcome said the home would suit a big family wanting a home in a “beautiful, quiet, welcoming” community.
“Everything is handy. You can walk to the schools and the beach is just a wander away,” she said.
The property is being marketed by Stephan Siegfried of One Agency.

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The Moreton Bay house where even cave men play pool

Have a great night in with your very own man cave in the Moreton Bay region.

THIS six-bedroom Ningi property comes with the ultimate man cave plus a huge shed and resort style swimming pool.
Owner Glen Lynch said the house at 35-37 Peel Rd, Ningi was built to be a family home and was expanded as the family grew.

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“We did a big renovation in 2013/2014 and put in a large entertaining area for teenage kids,” he said.


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The house sits on a landscaped, fenced 3000sq m block and has 630sq m of internal space.
Built on a grand scale, there is a double lockup garage at the front of the home and an open-plan kitchen, dining and living space.
To one side of the living space there is a lounge room, bathroom and guest room.

One of the four bathrooms.

The master suite includes a big walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with corner bath. The three remaining bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and there is a playroom and family bathroom.
Outside, a huge veranda with an impressive outdoor kitchen overlooks the inground pool and connects to the man cave.

An entertainer’s paradise.

The man cave includes a built-in bar with stone benchtops, a wood-fire stove, bathroom, guest room and century-old pool table that can be potentially included in the sale.
Mr Lynch said the man cave made him the envy of his mates.
“I’d say the man cave is about 120sq m and the full size pool table easily fits in it,” he said.

The reconditioned antique pool table that could come with the house.

“I bought the pool table second hand and when I had it (reconditioned) I was told it was 110 years old. It plays like new though.”
Mr Lynch said the outdoor area has seen plenty of use for everything from family barbecues to milestone birthdays.
The property also comes with a huge shed with four roller doors, three phase power and enough height to put in a hoist.

There is room for nine cars on this property.

There are also two garden sheds, solar power and a water tank.


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Spa grotto adds glitz to family home

The spa cave comes with its own waterfall. Picture: supplied.

An acreage home with a spa cave reminiscent of the Playboy Mansion’s famous grotto, though a lot more family-friendly, has hit the market to the north of Brisbane.
Owners Shannon and Blake Robertson built a spacious four-bedroom home on their 3,300sq m block at 9 Farry Rd, Burpengary East with their two children and pet dogs in mind.
But the swimming pool with beach entry and spa grotto ended up being the highlight of the property.

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The home at 9 Farry Road, Burpengary East, features open-plan living flowing out to the rear entertaining areas. Picture: supplied.

“We think it’s the focal point of the home. It’s where we love to unwind and the children still haven’t lost interest in it,” Mrs Robertson said.
The couple were inspired to install the showstopper pool after seeing a post on social media.
“We went to school with the guy who does the rockscapes and we saw one of his designs pop up on Facebook,” Mrs Robertson said.
“We got him and his dad out to see what they could do — he runs Structural Rockscapes and his dad runs Gumnut Pools Noosa.”

The spa cave (right) was created in the custom pool area which includes tropical landscaping, rockscapes and a beach entry.

The father-son duo created a magnesium pool with 12m long beach entry and an eight-seater spa inside a rock cave with waterfall.
“Both kids and adults absolutely love it,” Mrs Robertson said.
“It was the best thing we ever did. We’ve had some huge parties here and everyone is in it.”
The pool area includes tropical landscaping and a gazebo, and there is a fire pit area with pizza oven and a covered patio overlooking the pool.
Inside, the home has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area opening to the patio. The kitchen has a butler’s pantry, stone benchtops and stainless steel appliances.

The fire pit and pizza oven area overlooks the swimming pool. Picture: supplied.

The master suite includes a walk-through wardrobe and an ensuite featuring double basins and a double shower with four shower heads.
The remaining bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and there is a media room, children’s retreat, family bathroom and laundry.
The property comes with a 16x10m shed with power and plumbing, raised veggie gardens, fruit trees, a chicken coop and a children’s playground.
The home is on the market for offers on the $900,000s through Mary-Jane Matthews of Ray White Burpengary.


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Luxury canal home going under the hammer

The home at 33 Constance Ct, Newport. Picture: supplied.

THIS home with stunning waterside location is going under the hammer in Newport.
Owner Ada Stevenson said she and her family have loved living at 33 Constance Court for the past 20 years.
“It’s a very open house, taking advantage of the beautiful views we have on the canal. The living areas all face the north and the big main bedroom has a bathroom you can look through,” she said.
“The pontoon is big enough to accommodate large boats — we invested in the biggest pontoon we could have on the property.”

The kitchen is the middle of the open-plan living spaces. Picture: supplied.

Ms Stevenson said the home made for an amazing lifestyle.
“You wake up in the morning and from the main bedroom you can see the canal looking out across the pool and deck,” she said.
“The boat’s right there so if we want to get up on the weekend and go to Moreton, it’s very easy to do.
“We would regularly entertain friends here and we have a cellar so the wine is always taken care of.

The main bedroom has access to the poolside entertaining area. Picture: supplied.

“With lots of (entertaining) spaces to choose from, more often friends and neighbours would gather at our house.”
The two-storey home has a formal lounge and dining space and an open-plan living, meals and kitchen area, all opening to the poolside entertaining areas.
The main bedroom has an open ensuite, powder room, walk-in wardrobe and outdoor access.
The two other bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and there is a family bathroom and laundry.
Upstairs, there is a study and media room with balcony.

A balcony has been added to the upstairs media room. Picture: supplied.

Ms Stevenson said they had updated the property recently.
“We got a brand new kitchen in November of last year. The bathrooms and laundry are all quite new and we recently added an outdoor balcony upstairs off the library and media room,” she said.
“There is also an extension out towards the canal completely undercover.”
The property is going to auction at 11am on July 20. It is being marketed by Andrew Campbell of Ray White Redcliffe.

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Kitchen hack save renovating couple thousands of dollars

Tool trolleys make for hardy kitchen cabinet replacements in this Woody Point cottage.

A Woody Point couple has taken industrial chic to a new level by swapping out their kitchen cabinets for tool boxes.
Patrice Webb and Grant Middleton were tossing up whether to completely renovate their seaside cottage or tear it down to rebuild when they decided to give the kitchen a revamp.
“At that point we thought, let’s not go too berserk and do too much to the kitchen,” Ms Webb said.
The couple was in Bunnings when inspiration for a bargain kitchen hack struck.
“We saw these tool trolleys with timber benchtops,” Ms Webb said.
“I said to Grant, ‘you’d probably want these in your garage but in the meantime we could use them in the kitchen’.”

The Woody Point home a distinct coastal vibe.

The couple bought two of the 15-draw trolleys and one 10-draw trolley to use in place of cabinets.
“They worked out really well,” Ms Webb said.
“Having sliding drawers is so easy for storing plates and cutlery. The only things that didn’t fit were my wine glasses but we just hung them from a shelf.”
The couple has undertaken a number of kitchen overhauls but this was by far their cheapest.

The house has been painted from the ceilings to the floors.

“We’ve renovated quite a few houses and put in kitchens with granite benchtops and glossy (cabinetry), which can cost upwards of $30,000,” Ms Webb said.
“The (tool) benches cost $799 for the smaller one and $899 each for the bigger ones and we also bought a cheap cabinet for the kitchen sink.”
In addition to the budget kitchen, the pair also put in two new bathrooms and painted the cottage inside and out — including the floorboards.
“We actually ripped the carpet up and there were floorboards underneath that weren’t in very good condition, so we painted them turquoise,” Ms Webb said.
“We’re really close to beach and I realty like turquoise so I thought, why not?”
The Woody Point property is currently tenanted.

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