A gutted inner-city apartment in this iconic high-rise is a golden opportunity

first_imgA brown door was the only ‘splash of colour’ in this stark interiorThe home was held in the same family since 1969 — the summer of love and the year Neil Armstrong stepped upon the moon.The property is being sold as part of a deceased estate, and the late owner has been only the second proprietor since it was built.Mr Croft said savvy potential buyers have already seen the lack of fitout as a plus.“Buyers like the idea that they’re not paying for someone else’s renovation,” Mr Croft said. Might need some work perhaps“The fact that this hasn’t been touched — I don’t think the apartment’s ever even been repainted inside. It’s got the original shade of green on the walls, all the original tiles and fittings and fixtures,” he said. The stove is all that remainsMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThat’s right — no kitchen, no floor coverings and limited cabinetry. It’s effectively a concrete shell according to Ray White South Brisbane principal, Luke Croft.“It was in totally original condition, so all the carpet and everything was removed. The kitchen was pulled out because it was in such bad disrepair,” Mr Croft said.“It’s a great blank canvass and the building is always really sought after,” he added. Enjoy this view, but bring your hammer tooLocated in Brisbane’s original residential high rise, Torbreck, the ninth-floor, two-bedroom unit is asking for offers over $499,000.But unit 9E has offered something a little different to buyers — it’s stripped bare.center_img The sellers have stripped bare this inner-city apartment in one of Brisbane’s most recognised residential buildingsOUR city is full of interesting structures and extraordinary opportunities, and the recent listing of 9E/182 Dornoch Terrace, Highgate Hill is sure to inspire creative renovators. This is actually one of the unit’s most complete rooms!The apartment includes a living space, internal laundry and two balconies as well, and at 113sq m in total it’s more spacious than most new units.There are even views through to Border Ranges, the Brisbane River and Mt Coot-tha.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

President Granger hopes Inquiry answers lingering questions

first_imgDeadly Drop-in Centre firePresident David Granger is hoping that the recently-established Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the deadly Hadfield Street Drop-in Centre fire on Friday, July 8, would provide answers to some lingering questions and give recommendations that would improve operations at the facility.What remains of the Drop-in CentreThe Head of State was at the time speaking to Journalists on his recent weekly televised programme “The Public Interest”, where he also said he hoped that another incident of this nature never happened again.“I would like to be satisfied that the children were properly looked after, that there was no misadventure. The important thing now is to prevent a recurrence, to find out what happened and we need to ensure that an answer is provided to the question in order to prevent a recurrence. That is what we are trying to do. Find out what the facts are and hope that something like this does not happen again,” the President told Journalists.Granger described the incident as “quite a tragedy”. He said he expected to at least receive the preliminary report of the CoI, at earliest, next Friday, July 22, and the final report hopefully by the end of the month.“There are several aspects. Because we know that there was a previous fire there and some corrective work was done, but the building seemed not to be ready for occupancy and in the areas of 103 to 106, they might not have been trained in responding to emergencies such as a fire. So, on the one hand, you have the physical aspects such as the wiring and training, and, on the other hand, you have the psychological effects….and the conditions under which those young persons were separated from their families and under which they were living as wards of the State.”President Granger said questions have to be answered, including if the building and electrical wiring were safe, and whether the “people were trained to respond to that emergency”. The question of whether the procedures were complied with for the safety of those children will also have to be answered.Meanwhile, addressing the issue of the children being at the institution, President Granger made it clear that the State was not in the business of separating children from the comfort of their families, in fact he said that the safest place for a child to be was with his or her parents. However, investigations have proven that the case of the two children was different, as they were living under difficult conditions.“My understanding is that the parents did consent because they have been living under difficult circumstances. So there seems to be no irregularities with the children ending up in that institution. My belief is that the best place for a child is with their parents, but there are indications that they were living under difficult circumstances.”Last Friday, just after midnight, two young brothers perished in the fire which occurred at the Drop-in Centre on Hadfield Street, Georgetown.It was reported that the elder brother, six-old-year Antonio, was asleep in the dormitory when the fire started.When the younger brother, two-year-old Joshua, who was being taken out of the building by caregivers, realised his brother was not with him, he managed to escape the grip of the caregiver and run back into the burning building.The two brothers were then trapped in the building and their charred remains were subsequently recovered.last_img read more