Roman palace on the Gold Coast heads to auction

first_img MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES QLD leads top 100 list for investors The suburbs Aussie owners never leave FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKcenter_img This house on a double block at 1-3 Queen Guineveres Place, Sovereign Islands is going to auction on September 15.INTERNATIONAL tap dancer turned auctioneer Nigel Long will bring his trademark theatrics to the auction of 1-3 Queen Guinevere’s Place at Sovereign Islands on Sunday and for once he might be upstaged by his surroundings. Auctioneer Nigel Long, who started his career as a dancer, touring Australia and the world with the Tap Dogs.“Villa Verona” has been builder Scott Widdicombe’s muse since he bought the 1571sq m property in 2016, and if Shakespeare were in the market, Juliet would have a new home. A view of the original home and the entertainment wing that was added within the last two years.Roman and Greek friezes, and Calcutta marble floors feature in this sandstone masterpiece that was built by Russian shipping heavyweights Igor and Irina Farbitnik in 1998.A multimillion-dollar facelift has done away with the tennis court in favour of an expansive waterside entertaining wing with built-in cafe lounges, a dining area, a fully outfitted bar, and gardens. Amir Prestige agent Ivy Wu said 25-30 buyer groups have viewed the property ahead of Sunday’s auction at 11am with interest from Sydney and Melbourne.“Some are looking for holiday homes and others are looking to relocate,” Ms Wu said.“It is a one-of-a-kind property with a full renovation.” Honey, I’m home! As lounge rooms go, this one will do.Grand double doors open up to double storey ceilings and a grand crystal chandelier before revealing the main living areas and gourmet kitchen with antico granite benchtops and a butler’s pantry.The upstairs grand master suite is joined by three other ensuited bedrooms and a parents retreat. 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 agoA master bedroom for her. And a master bedroom for him.The pool house has an 18m heated swimming pool, there are imported marble fountains, and the pontoon is also 18m long, with a seat, bait tank and storage locker. The pool house features automatic roof shutters.“I love the street appearance of the property,” Ms Wu said.“And the other thing is it is made of concrete and sandstone so it is well made.”last_img read more

Senate votes to bar use of state funds to buy idle farmland

first_imgDES MOIENS — The Iowa Senate has passed a bill that would prohibit the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation from borrowing money from a state fund to purchase land for water quality projects.Senator Tim Kapucian, a farmer from Keystone, is among the 31 Republican senators who voted for the bill. “This bill is simply putting in place the intent of the original law and that is none of these dollars are to be spent for land acquisition and that’s all we ask here,” he said. “We want to continue to do water quality projects, use this money for what it was intended for.”Farmers in the senate said too much Iowa farmland has been taken out of production for conservation projects, making it difficult for beginning farmers to buy land. Democrats like Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids said the bill will undermine efforts to create wetland areas upstream that will reduce downstream flooding.“This is a practical tool that Iowa has had to help fight future flood damage and we’ve got a bill here to take that away.” Hogg said. “That is one of the cruelest, meanest things you can do, especially while half the state of Iowa is underwater.”The bill passed on a mostly party-line vote. One Republican voted against it and one Democrat voted for it.last_img read more