prop­erty spy

Who’s been seen where and the big-name prop­er­ties up for grabs

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Adel a i d e b u i l d e r David Cheney is tak­ing a brief hia­tus from his man­sion build­ing to ride a mo­tor­bike through the Hi­malayas.

Mr Cheney, who is known to build some of the biggest and best houses around town, is lead­ing a group of 20 peo­ple who de­part this week­end for the 21-day ride.

Mr Cheney says the group will ride 1950s-style Royal En­field mo­tor­cy­cles and the trip is bound to be an ad­ven­ture.

‘‘We are rid­ing to Delhi where the tem­per­a­tures have been as high as 48C,’’ he says.

‘‘We have been told that in some parts there have been ele­phants on the road.

‘‘We will also be rid­ing on the high­est traf­fi­ca­ble road in the world.’’

The group of 18 men and two women in­cludes Toop & Toop man­ag­ing di­rec­tor An­thony Toop.

The group will make do­na­tions to In­dian or­phan­ages dur­ing their trav­els.

Brock Har­courts man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Michael Brock says he ex­pe­ri­enced the biggest co­in­ci­dence in his 37-year real es­tate ca­reer at a prop­erty he was auc­tion­ing at Beau­mont last Satur­day.

Mr Brock says the Beau­mont con­nec­tion at the auc­tion of the John Cle­land Drive home was un­canny.

‘‘We had three reg­is­tered bid­ders, who all lived in Beau­mont,’’ he says.

‘‘The two who were fight­ing it out at the end not only both lived in Beau­mont but they lived in the same street – they knew each other. They were both bid­ding for their kids so that they could also live in Beau­mont.’’

Mr Brock says the prop­erty ended up fetch­ing $20,000 to $30,000 above the re­serve.

‘‘It was ex­tra­or­di­nary – the biggest co­in­ci­dence that I’ve seen in 37 years in real es­tate,’’ he says.

To cap it off, Mr Brock lived a t Beau­mont f or 1 5 years him­self.

Joey Hansen, the bass gui­tarist for ARIA Award win­ning Aussie rock­ers Grin­spoon, was spot­ted in South Aus­tralia re­cently with Alex Ouwens from Brock Har­courts.

Joey could not be­lieve the value of coastal prop­er­ties on Kan­ga­roo Is­land.

Ap­par­ently he says he is very keen to take a visit south when Grin­spoon comes to Ade­laide dur­ing its Septem­ber tour.

Com­pared with his home town of Coffs Har­bour, Joey sup­pos­edly has said, KI’s pris­tine coast and value for money are ‘‘ bloody bril­liant’’.

The Cle­land Drive, Beau­mont, prop­erty that was full of sur­prises for auc­tion­eer Michael Brock.

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