Suburban amenities help to lure family buyers

first_imgThe home at 44 Park Vista Drive, Mango Hill, sold at auction.Nearby facilities and infrastructure, plus a parkland outlook, drove demand for 44 Park Vista Drive, Mango Hill, which sold for $480,000 on June 10.Naomi Carter, sales consultant with Harcourts North Lakes, said the owners were pleased with the marketing campaign, although one bidder almost missed their chance to raise a paddle.“We had four offers on contract prior to the auction, and we had two registered bidders — one turned up late. She thought the open (house) was at 2pm when the auction was at 2pm.”More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019But two bidders were all that was needed for the four-bedroom, four-year-old home to be sold.Ms Carter said the indoor/outdoor feel of the house was very appealing. “The big sell point was the outlook from the beautiful open-plan kitchen/dining/living … which overlooked a nice outlook on to the park,” she said.Ms Carter said apart from the house itself, Mango Hill property had benefited from improved services such as the Redcliffe train line extension last year.“The introduction of the train station and then, of course, the Westfield shopping centre and the Ikea. From November onwards the market has definitely heated up with so many people moving here.”Ms Carter said while owner-occupiers were making their presence felt, investors were also demanding a piece of the pie.“Every investor wants a property around that $450,000 mark — a four-bedroom home, $450,000, renting between $420 per week and $450 per week,” she said.last_img read more

Softball stays road

first_imgThe Wisconsin softball team returns to action Friday when ittravels to Tampa, Fla. for the USF- Louisville Slugger Tournament. Hosting the tournament is the University of South Florida, ateam that defeated Wisconsin 4-2 in 2007. Among the other participants in thesix-team tournament are South Carolina, Wright State, Georgia Tech and Hofstra.?We?re going to have to bring it,? head coach ChandelleSchulte said. ?It doesn?t really matter who our opponent is right now; whatmatters is what we?re doing on the field.? Wisconsin opens the tournament Friday with games againstSouth Carolina and Wright State. Saturday, the Badgers will play back-to-backgames versus Georgia Tech and tournament host USF. Finally, they will faceHofstra Sunday morning before returning to Madison.The Badgers (5-5) will look to build on last weekend?sLouisville Slugger Desert Classic, which saw them go 3-2, including a 7-5victory over Cal Poly in eight innings. ?We?ve got a good base,? senior catcher Joey Daniels said ofthe team. ?[However], we have a long way to go to build on that base. It?sgoing to take time to adjust to everybody.?One of the keys to Sunday?s win was the performance offreshman pitcher Kristyn Hansen who earned her first collegiate victory in 4.1innings of work.?[Kristyn?s] win was huge for the team,? Schulte said. ?Weneed a three-man rotation, so it was important for our pitching staff.?Leading the way so far for the Badgers offensively has beenDaniels and junior infielder Ricci Robben, with team highs in hits and runsbatted in, respectively.However, noticeably absent from this year?s team is formerBadger and Wisconsin?s career home run leader, Katie Hnatyk. Last season, as ajunior, Hnatyk led the Badgers in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage ? allof which set UW single-season records. ?Katie decided that softball just wasn?t her passionanymore,? Schulte said. ?She wanted to do some other things; I supported thatdecision, and I wish her the best of luck.?While it has been a blow to the Badgers offense, Schultebelieves it has helped in terms of the dynamic of the team and the opportunityto get some other players to play.With six freshmen and only two seniors on the roster, gettingnew players in the game has been integral to the Badgers? success so far thisseason. ?We have a lot of young players,? Robben said. ?[However],we?re adapting well as a team, and if we continue to play together, then wewill have success like we have been.?The team is young, and with that has come a degree ofperseverance. In fact, the Badgers are 4-3 in games in which their opponentscores first, and they?re 1-1 in extra inning games.?They just keep fighting,? Schulte said. ?They called them the?Rally Girls? this week because every time somebody would score, we wouldcounter score.?Also contributing to Wisconsin?s success through 10 gameshas been its pitching staff. In addition to Hansen?s performance against CalPoly, junior Leah Vanevenhoven and sophomore Letty Olivarez have combined for a4-5 record in 65.2 innings pitched, allowing 30 earned runs and striking out 64batters.?Our pitchers have stepped up a lot more than last year,?Robben said. ?They?re finishing the games and getting the job done in a muchbigger role.?With record-breaking snowfalls and single-digit temperaturesin Madison this winter, the Wisconsin softball team, as usual, has been forcedto practice indoors and travel to warmer climates for games thus far. ?We haven?t gotten the chance to play in the sun,? Danielssaid. ?It?s a big adjustment, and it?s a lot of games, but we?re used to it.?While the Badgers have had the opportunity to travel to Utahand Las Vegas in the season?s first two weeks, they hope to gain muchexperience and confidence as they continue to participate in tournaments overthe next month.?We may take some lumps early, but we hope to compete in the Big Ten,?Schulte said. ?Our hope is that tough competition early will help us in the BigTen.?last_img read more