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WANT to get away from it all? Renovated church homes could be your own slice of heaven with cathedral ceilings and light-filled stained glass windows — and the price is a Godsend too.

WANT to get away from it all? Renovated church homes could be your own slice of heaven with cathedral ceilings and light-filled stained glass windows — and the price is a Godsend too.

Three on the market in Queensland right now were priced from $150,000 — for a fixer-upper church three hours from Brisbane, to $250,000 two hours away and about $660,000 an hour and a half away from the capital.

Among the oldest renovated church homes on the market right now was a five bedroom, three bathroom property built in 1885 which is on the market for offers over $659,000.

The former St Thomas church towers over surrounding homes. Source: Supplied

The former St Thomas church towers over surrounding homes. Source: Supplied

Heavenly entrance. Source: Supplied

Heavenly entrance. Source: Supplied

 

The lychgate is being used as a gazebo .Source: Supplied

The lychgate is being used as a gazebo .Source: Supplied

The former “St Thomas” Church at 2B Allan Street, North Toowoomba, was being marketed as being “a sign from above” by agent Robbie Witt of Colliers International Residential — Toowoomba.

“If you are sick and tired of spending your Saturdays looking around the same brick boxes, and feel like you’re a square peg being forced into a round hole, this property is the answer.”

He said it was a “multi-year renovation that saw the home also end up with a separate office and four living spaces.

The original windows are celebrated. Source: Supplied

The original windows are celebrated. Source: Supplied

The ceilings are so high they accommodate a mezzanine level. Source: Supplied

The ceilings are so high they accommodate a mezzanine level. Source: Supplied

Loads of space to play with. Source: Supplied

Loads of space to play with. Source: Supplied

“As well as beautiful cottage style gardens (with original lychgate) and off street parking for three cars, you get all the grandeur you would expect from a previous place of worship.”

He said original features could be seen everywhere from the lead glass to heavy oak entry door, pointed stained glassed windows, original timber floors, and soaring 6.3m vaulted ceilings.

Another church on the market was at lot 124 Barron Street, Hendon — nicknamed The Vatican — that’s priced at $250,000.

The three bedroom, two bathroom, three car space acreage property was 116 years old, according to agent Mark Mauch of Southern Downs Realty — Warwick.

Lot 124 Barron St, Hendon Qld 4362 Source: Supplied

Lot 124 Barron St, Hendon Qld 4362 Source: Supplied

That’s a long way up to dust for cobwebs. Source: Supplied

That’s a long way up to dust for cobwebs. Source: Supplied

The former church is a substantial size for a house. Source: Supplied

The former church is a substantial size for a house. Source: Supplied

“Built in Warwick in 1901, and named Williams Hall the building was moved to its current location from the Uniting Church grounds in Guy Street Warwick in 1998,” was how he described it in his listing.

The former church was on a large 1.9 acres across three titles 15 minutes north of Warwick and 40 minutes south of Toowoomba.

Among the original features that are outstanding were the original arch doors and stained glass windows.

In Goomeri, three hours northwest of Brisbane, a renovated church that was built in 1950 has hit the market.

Agents Margaret and Gary Long of Murgon Real Estate — Murgon were looking for a price of just $150,000 for the property at 28 Jones Street.

28 Jones Street, Goomeri Qld 4601 Source: Supplied

28 Jones Street, Goomeri Qld 4601 Source: Supplied

Very spacious indeed. Source: Supplied

Very spacious indeed. Source: Supplied

The back veranda. Source: Supplied

The back veranda. Source: Supplied

The four bedroom, two bathroom, triple car space converted church home was on a large 1,012sq m block of land.

“This church has been carefully converted and extended to a comfortable four bedroom home,” was how it was described.

Some original features were retained and the home has polished timber floors, large open plan living, a rear deck and a two bay lockable garage with carport.

Originally published: www.news.com.au

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Rental demand in Qld; Mackay’s vacancy rate the tightest in the state: REIQ

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IT has become almost impossible to find a rental property in Mackay, with the regional city’s vacancy rate now the tightest in Queensland. FIND THE VACANCY RATE IN YOUR REGION.

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Local agents take down a ‘For Rent’ sign in Cairns, which is one of the tightest coastal rental markets in Queensland.Source:News Limited

IT has become almost impossible to find a property to rent in Mackay, with the regional city’s vacancy rate now the tightest in Queensland.

The latest Real Estate Institute of Queensland residential vacancy rate report shows the coastal market’s vacancy rate tightened by a whopping 100 basis points in the September quarter.

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The rental vacancy rate in Mackay has fallen from 1.9 per cent to 0.9 per cent in three months. Picture: Rob Maccoll.Source:News Limited

The rental vacancy rate in Mackay fell from 1.9 per cent to 0.9 per cent in just three months, which means the city is pretty much full.

Rents are also on the rise, increasing in the range of 10 to 20 per cent over the past year, with two-bedroom houses and three-bedroom units reporting annual growth in the weekly median rent of $50.

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Mackay has the tightest rental vacancy rate in Queensland at 0.9 per cent.Source:News Limited

REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella said the strength of the regional economy and the employment market were driving the increase in demand for rentals.

About 3900 new job opportunities were created in Mackay in the year to August — putting downward pressure on the jobless rate, which is now just 3.3 per cent.

“As the state’s economy improves and the jobs market in regional Queensland strengthens, we are seeing people returning to those areas and are looking first for rental accommodation,” Ms Mercorella said.

“Markets such as Mackay, Toowoomba and Bundaberg, which are tight, are stabilising after a period of correction.”

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REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella.Source:Supplied

The report found rental markets in the largest regional centres continued strengthening during the quarter as median rents trended upwards, particularly in Mackay, Rockhampton and Toowoomba.

The Fraser Coast and Cairns markets are the tightest coastal rental markets in Queensland with regional vacancies of 1.4 per cent.

Steady rents are boosting the rental market on the Fraser Coast, with well-priced rental properties snaring a tenant in less than a week on average.

The report found only two of the major regional markets in the state — Gladstone and Townsville — were weak, with vacancies above 3.5 per cent but below 4.5 per cent.

Overall, the state’s rental market strengthened again in the September quarter, with 27 markets classified as tight by the REIQ, four as healthy and four as weak.

The greater Brisbane rental market held steady at 2.2 per cent, but the local government area of Redland reported one of the region’s tightest vacancies of 1.5 per cent.

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The Brisbane LGA rental vacancy rate has tightened to 2 per cent. Image: AAP/Darren England.Source:AAP

The Brisbane LGA tightened to 2 per cent, with vacancies for both the inner and middle ring falling to the tight range during the September quarter.

“Even though this market has tightened to 2 per cent vacancies, we are hearing that pockets of the inner city are oversupplied and tenants are still negotiating well on terms,” Ms Mercorella said.

She said the state’s increasing population growth would require more rental supply.

Originally published as Rental demand jumps in Qld

Source: www.news.com.au

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Brisbane’s penthouse listing of 2018 hits the market

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A property billed as “Brisbane’s biggest penthouse listing of 2018” has hit the market, as demand for ultra-luxurious sky homes in Queensland’s capital shows no sign of slowing.

One of Brisbane’s very first sky homes, at 801/8 Kyabra Street, Newstead, has been transformed from an empty shell into a penthouse, which marketing agent Tom Lyne, of Ray White New Farm, described as “next level”.

Mr Lyne said listings of this quality and style were rare in Queensland.

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801/8 Kyabra Street, Newstead. Photo: Ray White New Farm.

“This is a property you’d see in Los Angeles or Sydney,” he said. “It’s pushing the boundaries in terms of what has been on the market in Brisbane before.”

The three-level apartment not only offers five bedrooms and bathrooms over a staggering 962 square metres, but also an extraordinary roof-top terrace complete with outdoor dining, an open fire pit and manicured gardens all serviced by a large wet bar.

As well as a heated infinity edge swimming pool and spa on the middle level, the roof-top views across Brisbane have to be seen to be believed.

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Views like no other: 801/8 Kyabra Street, Newstead. Photo: Ray White New Farm.

Owner Jordana Stott spent eight months designing every aspect of the property’s interior and roof-top, and admits the views will be sorely missed when she moves on to her next project.

“Just being able to crack a bottle of wine and sit in your private garden and look at that view is pretty spectacular. That’s something that we will miss. We love that part of the property,” she said.

The couple chose a penthouse over a house because of the plethora of lifestyle amenities right on their door step, she said.

At the time, she said, they wanted to be able to walk to restaurants and enjoy everything that Newstead had to offer.

“Being in Newstead, it’s such a new little hub that’s really booming at the moment. You’re so close to everything, but you also then get the luxury of having the privacy of your own lawn in a sky home – that’s very special,” she said.

“It’s really cool for Brisbane. It’s one of the first that’s coming through.

“Brisbane is really coming into its own. I think we’ll start seeing more sky homes, especially with the new casino being built.”

The first of two penthouses in the luxurious development 443 Queen Street recently sold off the plan for more than $6 million, making it one of the most expensive apartments ever sold in Brisbane. Agents have reported a shortage of stock in the luxury apartment market.

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A bedroom with a rather nice view at 801/8 Kyabra Street, Newstead. Photo: Ray White New Farm.

Mr Lyne said one of the Newstead penthouse’s many features was that the seventh level was completely self-contained.

“It’s extremely unique to Brisbane, probably Queensland for that matter,” he said.

“We’re getting a good cross-section of people who are specifically looking for a penthouse, but also buyers who may have been considering quite a high-end house locally, or on the river, who are now considering this because it’s over three levels.”

The property is scheduled to go to auction on Tuesday, November 13, at Ray White New Farm’s Auction Under the Stars event starting at 6pm at X Cargo.

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That rooftop: 801/8 Kyabra Street, Newstead. Photo: Ray White New Farm.

Features include:

Unrivalled city views, private infinity edge swimming pool, rooftop terrace and garden;

First level leads to four private bedrooms, two bathrooms, media room and kitchen;

Versace and gold cork wallpaper and bespoke Timothy Oulton chandeliers;

Double showers in every bathroom;

Two kitchens each with a butler’s pantry and double oven;

Multiple formal and informal entertaining and al fresco areas;

Gas fireplace in living area and outdoor fireplace on rooftop;

Two fully equipped wet bars;

Dressing room;

Alarm system;

Three large car parks and storage;

Built-in garden maintenance room;

Lift servicing each level;

Metres from top lifestyle precincts popular for great restaurants, shops and boutiques.

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801/8 Kyabra Street, Newstead. Photo: Ray White New Farm.
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Acreage blocks are selling hot at Yatala

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PIES aren’t the only things selling hot at Yatala — with acreage property flying off the market.

Doleman Property Group director Donna Doleman said this property, a four bedroom, two bathroom, lowset brick house on 5058sq m attracted about 30 groups and two written offers.

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REAL ESTATE: 14 Alto Tce, YatalaSource:Supplied

“The new owners were devastated when they first saw it because it was under contract,” Ms Doleman said.

“When that contract fell over, it all fell into place for them.”

Ms Doleman said the new owners liked the location, the flat land and the house.

“They’re investors who will rent it out and move into it in about three years time,” she said.

The agent said acreage stock such as the property at 14 Alto Tce, which sold for $859,000, was in high demand.

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REAL ESTATE: 14 Alto Tce, YatalaSource:Supplied

“Acreage is going unbelievably well,” she said.

“People are looking for bigger properties to get a bit of space between neighbours.

“I’d definitely like to see more stock, there is definitely not enough in the acreage market.”

According to CoreLogic data, the suburb median house sale price for Yatala is $739,000.

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REAL ESTATE: 14 Alto Tce, YatalaSource:Supplied

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