Ring­ing in a re­turn to old ways


EV­ERY­THING old is new again and the retro re­vival in home de­sign trends is ex­tend­ing to the home sell­ing process it­self.

Place West direc­tor An­drew Degn is re­vis­it­ing the old tra­di­tion of ring­ing a bell to let the neigh­bour­hood know an auc­tion is about to be­gin.

“It’s been work­ing a treat,” Mr Degn said. “If I get the bell out, over they come.”

Although he added that the bell ring­ing was best done a bit later in the morn­ing.

On the auc­tion front, Place Graceville agents Peter May and Brad Rob­son are cel­e­brat­ing the sale of Lin­don, at 26 San­don St, Graceville, last Satur­day. The four-bed­room 1930s res­i­dence on 810sq m, owned by Mick and An­gela Cul­lity, sold un­der the ham­mer for $1.1 mil­lion to a lo­cal cou­ple, with four reg­is­tered bid­ders and a crowd of 50 on­look­ers.

The Cul­li­tys plan to stay in the sub­urb.

Viki and Paul Sk­er­man are sell­ing their five-bed­room Auchen­flower home at 15 Rath­don­nell St through mar­ket­ing agent Glynis Austin, at Glynis Austin Prop­er­ties.

The ren­o­vated Queens­lan­der is on 810sq m and has city views. It will be auc­tioned on Au­gust 8.

And in the far north of the state, an award-win­ning stamp-in­spired house that looks like a space­ship has changed agents, and ask­ing price. Owned by stamp col­lec­tors Rod­ney and Marider Perry, the six-bed­room sus­tain­able home, called Alkira, is set within 29.5ha of rain­for­est in Cape Tribu­la­tion. The prop­erty is now listed with Raine & Horne Port Dou­glas for $14 mil­lion – up from the $9 mil­lion ask­ing price when the home won the top res­i­den­tial award at the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects’ Queens­land awards last month.

Mar­ket­ing agent David Cot­ton said the prop­erty was be­ing mar­keted to cashed-up over­seas buy­ers who would ap­pre­ci­ate the pri­vacy of­fered by the home, which is a 15-minute he­li­copter flight to Cairns In­ter­na­tional Air­port from its he­li­pad.

This ren­o­vated Queens­lan­der at 15 Rath­don­nell St, Auchen­flower, will be auc­tioned next month; and (below) the award-win­ning Alkira in Cape Tribu­la­tion is be­ing mar­keted to cashed-up over­seas buy­ers.

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