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Homeowners have turned a run-down Robina prize home into a winner

first_imgThe indoor pool is to dive for.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoAround two years on and the double-storey Hamptons-style home is unrecognisable.“Originally this was the best house in the best street, then it was the worst house in the best street and now it’s the best house in the best street again,” Ms Gregory said. 5 Julatten Drive has a tranquil setting with palm trees.The BoysTown prize home had been vacant for more than 20 years when Ms Gregory set her mind to saving the property from its “rack and ruin” state. “It was terrible,” she said.“We had to cut down 60 trees because the house was surrounded by trees and we couldn’t see the water.“The house sits really high and we still couldn’t see the lake, that’s how tall the trees had grown.“We couldn’t live in it when we bought it.” Relax in luxury at this Robina property.The Gregorys are reluctantly selling their property as family health issues have prompted a move to Canberra.Ms Gregory said the cherished restoration project would suit any type of buyer, even a couple like themselves. The kitchen is almost too good to use, according to homeowner Vicki Gregory.The couple added a 135sq m deck to the rear of the house, overlooking the lake.“There is so much birdlife on the water with ducks, swans and pelicans,” Ms Gregory said.“It’s a little oasis in the middle of Robina.”center_img 5 Julatten Drive, Robina.MARK Gregory refused to get out of the car when he and wife Vicki first inspected 5 Julatten Drive, Robina. “The agent came around to the car window and made him get out,” Ms Gregory said.“He said, ‘You’ve got to be nuts, we can’t take on a project like this’.” The home opens to reveal a grand staircase.“They don’t make houses like this anymore.“Structurally there were no issues because it’s concrete so there were no cracks and we brought a builder on board who said, ‘If you don’t buy this, I’m buying it’.” Ms Gregory has a soft spot for the huge kitchen. “Everyone walks in and just goes, ‘Wow’,” she said.“It’s so nice I don’t want to get it dirty.”last_img read more

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Camera scares prostitutes and clients away from residential area

first_imgResidents hope camera forces prostitutes back into central ChristchurchStuff co.nz 12 May 2016Family First Comment: Here’s a great solution for local areas struggling with residential prostitution “I don’t get my daughter coming into my room at 2am saying she can’t sleep,” says a dad. “Clients seemed to have been put off by the prospect of being seen on the cameras, he said.”Good!For the first time in five years, Matt Bonis has been able to sleep with his window open.Since 2011, the Christchurch resident and his neighbours have been subjected to prostitutes working outside, and sometimes even inside, their front gates.They have had to clean up faeces, used condoms and have had prostitutes use their laundry to clean up after themselves. They have been verbally abused by prostitutes and their pimps.A week ago, a camera was installed on the corner of Manchester and Purchas streets, in St Albans, in a joint initiative by Christchurch City councillor Ali Jones, security camera firm ATF Vision and police.The impact of the camera’s presence was immediate and allowed Bonis to finally breath a sigh of relief.“I don’t get my daughter coming into my room at 2am saying she can’t sleep.”Since that initial response, prostitutes had continued to frequent the corner but their clientele had dropped and it had been much quieter, Bonis said.Clients seemed to have been put off by the prospect of being seen on the cameras, he said.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/79871903/Residents-hope-camera-forces-prostitutes-back-into-central-Christchurch?cid=app-iPhoneKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Jon Lester has delivered for Cubs this postseason

first_imgAs the Chicago Cubs were grooming a stable of young talent for a run at history, they needed a cherry on top, so to speak.An ace pitcher who could deliver exactly what Jon Lester did on Thursday night.Needing a victory to get the series lead before they would face Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, Lester fashioned a gem and brought the Cubs within one victory of their first World Series since 1945.Despite all the talk of Lester’s reluctance to throw to ball to bases, he remains an elite pitcher, as he proved by beating the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. The only run the Dodgers scored came with the help of a stolen base, as Howie Kendrick nabbed third and came home on a grounder. Beyond that, the Dodgers didn’t dent Lester.His trouble throwing to bases turned out to be a non-issue, for a simple reason.“The most important thing is Jon throws the ball well to home plate,” Maddon said. “That’s the most important part of this. That gets overlooked. And I don’t want him to get caught up in the minutia of everything else. Do what you do best. What he does best is he throws pitches very well, up to 94 mph where he wants to, and then he has a great cutter and a curveball.”Back in December 2014, when the Cubs signed Lester to a $155 million contract, they cared little about his ability to hold runners.They cared about his career 3.58 ERA and .634 winning percentage. They cared about him averaging more than 200 innings over his previous seven seasons. They cared about his 2.57 ERA in 14 postseason games with the Boston Red Sox and Oakland A’s, including winning all three of his World Series starts. He won rings with the Red Sox in 2007 and 2013.The Cubs knew that if they were to end their famous drought, a pitcher like Lester would certainly help.“Jon was a high priority in regards to us getting to that particular level,” Maddon said Wednesday. “Jon legitimized exactly what we were doing.”Lester’s 3.64 ERA in 2015 with the Cubs was not his best season. Maddon suggested he needed a year to acclimate to a new situation. This year, Lester posted a 2.53 ERA that has him in the middle of the Cy Young discussion.And now the Cubs have won all three of his postseason starts, in which Lester has allowed two runs in 21 innings.“At the end of the day,” Maddon said, “if Jonny’s pitching and executing like he can at the plate, the results are normally pretty good.” “That’s what he does,” said David Ross, who has been Lester’s personal catcher since his time in Boston. “He’s a big game pitcher. He’s got a lot on his resume. We expect big things from him when he takes the bump. He’s a true competitor in every sense of the word. He battled out there and made great pitches when he had to.”While Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was going through a conga line of pitchers to try to get through the game, Cubs manager Joe Maddon simply sat back and watched Lester maneuver through seven innings all by himself.The Dodgers pressured Lester — taking huge leads off first, even bunting — but they managed only one run.Joc Pederson tried to bunt for a hit, but Lester threw him out, albeit bouncing his throw, and then glared into the Dodgers dugout.“He feeds off that,” Ross said. “We’ve been dealing with that stuff all year. He feeds off that emotion. He likes the challenge. He understands they are going to his weakness, but they gave us some easy outs.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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