Invitation to dine at the palace

The Courier-Mail - Property - - REALESTATE MARKET WRAP - ALEX TIL­BURY

FOR some, it’s a hap­pier new year than oth­ers.

Brett Green­sill, prin­ci­pal of LJ Hooker at New Farm had to pinch him­self when he opened his mail this week.

He had re­ceived a for­mal invitation to din­ner and an opera recital at Buck­ing­ham Palace.

I think I am just as ex­cited as Brett is, and hugely jeal­ous.

Brett’s been in­vited by the Prince of Wales to at­tend an Opera Aus­tralia Cap­i­tal Fund re­cep­tion, din­ner and recital.

The invitation came through his con­nec­tion with Phillip Ba­con, owner of the worl­drenowned Phillip Ba­con Gal­leries based in For­ti­tude Val­ley.

Mr Ba­con is also a board mem­ber and donor to the Opera Aus­tralia Cap­i­tal Fund.

“It’s a great ex­am­ple of a good client re­la­tion­ship and I have also been a long sup­porter of the arts,” Brett says.

“To be hon­est, I don’t know how I am go­ing to af­ford the time or the trip but I am go­ing. I’m so ex­cited to be go­ing.

“A quick call to my be­spoke tai­lor at Wil Valor in Mil­ton to make a per­fectly fit­ted black tie din­ner suit and I’m off to London and also Paris for eight days. It’s a trip of a lifetime,” he said.

I know Brett will ad­here to all the right pro­to­cols and eti­quette and not take his smart­phone to Buck­ing­ham Palace.

But I hope he gets a few self­ies in Paris with his new selfie stick that he got for Christ­mas. En­joy it all Brett.

And over at Nor­man Park, Kevin Rudd is tak­ing longer to zip out of Bris­bane than first planned.

The for­mer Prime Min­is­ter has now dropped the ask­ing price for his Nor­man Park home.

The prop­erty is now listed for $1.19 mil­lion after orig­i­nally be­ing listed for ten­der in Novem­ber last year through Tim Al­tass Real Es­tate.

Mr Rudd and his wife Therese Rein sub­se­quently put a price of $1.25 mil­lion on the home but it did not sell, de­spite at­tract­ing in­ter­est from high­end buy­ers.

They first pur­chased the prop­erty in 1994 for $384,000.

Next stop, Buck­ing­ham Palace. Brett Green­sill, prin­ci­pal of LJ Hooker New Farm is off to Lon­don soon. And (be­low) the home of the for­mer prime min­is­ter Kevin Rudd is still for sale, and it’s even cheaper now.

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