Gold Coast mansion’s tropical design still stylish 15 years on

first_img18 Salerno St, Isle Of Capri.THERE is a space for every occasion and every mood in this contemporary house on the Isle of Capri. Homeowners Jo and John Utama bought the house in 2002 to raise their daughter and said the style hasn’t aged. “It is really tropical but it isn’t quite a Bali-style instead it has more of a contemporary sanctuary feel,” Mrs Utama said. 18 Salerno St, Isle Of Capri.“We’ve been here such a long time and we have really noticed all the changes,” she said.“In the past two years all our neighbours have upgraded and renovated their houses and more people have moved into the area.“ The Capri on Via Roma (shopping centre) is also very popular.”The property is going to auction on Saturday, October 21. 18 Salerno St, Isle Of Capri.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours agoShe said her favourite part about the house was the striking view from the moment she opened the front door. “You get a view that runs right down the centre of the house and out to the garden,” she said. Tucked away in the “secret garden” is a playground and climbing fort. Ornamental ponds create a Zen-like style and complements the leafy gardens and pool. Mrs Utama described the property as tranquil.“The great part about the gardens is that because there is a lot of glass inside you can get different views from different areas of the house,” she said. “There are a lot of places to sit and relax.” 18 Salerno St, Isle Of Capri.center_img 18 Salerno St, Isle Of Capri.“The frangipani and mango trees in the backyard caught our eye when we first saw it.“We could just tell with a great backyard like that it would be fantastic for our daughter Risa who was three when we moved in.” Mrs Utama said the family had given the house a few fresh updates over the years but had retained the tropical vibe. 18 Salerno St, Isle Of Capri.Some of the light-filled spaces include a sunken formal lounge, separate living room and a modern kitchen as well as the main bedroom with its own private balcony. The family said the house also had a handful of places to entertain. “My daughter is moving to Brisbane but we have a lot of fond memories in this home,” she said. “It has five bedrooms and while there was only three of us there was always plenty of space for my daughter to have her friends over. I think she will miss it the most.” Mrs Utama said she loved living on the Isle of Capri — a locale that was continuing to evolve every day. last_img read more

Golf course offers picture perfect backdrop for Gold Coast home

first_imgThe kitchen has a HUGE island bench – perfect for cooking up a storm.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“The property is in a beautiful spot,” she said. “You feel like you’re in a resort every day of the week.”The owners built the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in 2015.Mrs Fea said their family had since outgrown the property so needed to sell to buy a larger one.“They’ve got a growing family and they need more yard for their children and a bigger property.”The living areas are open, perfect for entertaining. Plenty of space to avoid fights for the bathroom each morning.It has multiple living areas, including an upstairs retreat and family room overlooking the golf course.The kitchen includes Caesarstone benches, a butler’s pantry and Technika appliances.It also has a ducted vacuum and airconditioning system, solar hot water and a triple-car garage.The Hope Island Resort pool and parklands, shops, cafes, marina, fitness centre and tennis academy are a short buggy ride away.The view of the golf course isn’t bad! The home at 9105 Peter Senior Drive.MANICURED grass and surrounding trees offer a picture perfect backdrop for this Hope Island home.It is this position on the outskirts of The Links Hope Island golf course that makes the two-storey home at 9105 Peter Senior Drive such a peaceful place to live.Hum and Fea Realty principal Ruth Fea, who is marketing the property, said its location made it attractive to prospective buyers.Watch the sunset over the golf course from the outdoor entertainment area.last_img read more

Australia’s Top Police Officer Resigns Following Controversy Over Racist Comments

first_imgThe Victoria Police announced the resignation of a top Australian police officer who was said to have made racist and obscene comments on YouTube under the pseudonym Vernon Demerest. Brett Guerin, the head of Victoria Police’s Professional Standards Command, was a police officer for 40 years. He was referred to Victoria’s anti-corruption watchdog last week after The Age reported that he had posted racist and sexist comments on the popular video-sharing website.“Assistant Commissioner Brett Guerin has tonight tendered his resignation from Victoria Police. The Chief Commissioner has accepted this resignation. This action is related to an ongoing Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) investigation into recent conduct alleged against him,” the statement said on Feb. 26.The alias reportedly used by Guerin has been linked to many posts and comments made on the social media that include references to “cheating dagos,” “third world dullards,” “Indian and Pakistani peasant(s)” and “jigaboo(s),” according to The Age.“I’m afraid this is what happens when the lash is abolished. The jigaboo runs riot and out of control. The ‘boo needs the lash. The ‘boo wants the lash. Deep, deep down the ‘boo knows the lash provides the governance and stability,” commented Demerest under a video of a Somali pirate attack, The Age reported.He is also said to have called Australian cricket player Greg Dyer a “cheating fellator, very much in the mould of some Indian or Pakistani peasant” after a controversial catch in a test match played in 1988 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, reported ABC News.“I’m embarrassed about it, I’ve humiliated myself by doing it. This has been a big learning experience for me. Which is what we want our members to do, we want our members if they make mistakes to own up and make amends so they get better,” said Guerin while admitting that he is responsible for the comments on the radio station 3AW last week.Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton said on Feb. 23 that he had asked Guerin to take leave and step aside as assistant commissioner for professional standards, the Guardian reported.Guerin is also said to have posted obscene comments online about former Police Association secretary Paul Mullett and former chief commissioner Christine Nixon. “She (Nixon) bent the Mulletmeister (Mullett) over and slipped a rather large schlong up his date courtesy of the Supreme Court’s decision this morning,” he reportedly commented using his alleged alias Vernon Demerest. He was referred to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission for these offensive comments.In 2008, Guerin is said to have called former senior sergeant Mario Benedetti a “fucken wog.”Guerin told the radio station that he did not think he had broken police ethical standards, and added that he had, however, “dropped the ball” and felt ashamed that his mother and daughters had read the comments. Related ItemsAustraliaracismvictorialast_img read more