Talk about a grand design.

This jaw-dropping Brisbane property, made out of 31 shipping containers, is a one-off bespoke design by experienced builder Todd Miller of Zeigler Build. The only other similar house in Australia has been built from five containers.

Shipping Container House

 

Situated on 706 square metres in Graceville, the spectacular home stands out in a quiet neighbourhood of more traditional Queensland properties. Only 8 kms away from the Brisbane CBD, it feels like another world.

Shipping Container House

 

Sprawling over three levels it features clean lines, open spaces and quality finishes.

Shipping Container House

 

Glass maximises natural light and a mix of materials, including the signature containers, cleverly used to industrial chic effect.

Shipping Container House Interior

 

There are four bedrooms positioned over two levels. The master encompasses the entire upper level, with extensive walk-in robes and a private ensuite with tiled mural.

Shipping container house backyard

 

Outdoor spaces are spread throughout, maximising the tropical climate.

shipping container house

 

Other features include a mezzanine reading room, a pull out queen wall bed in the rumpus room, an art study, workshop, gym space, water tank and saltwater pool.

shipping container house kitchen

 

It’s solar ready and has been constructed to flood code.

Shipping Container House

 

The home will be auctioned on site on December 1 at 10 am, and is being marketed by Place Graceville.

Shipping Container House

 

source: http://www.realestate.com.au/blog/house-made-of-31-shipping-containers/

 

SOMETHING as simple as an old sweater could be the difference between life and death for a Syrian refugee.

Sweaters for Syria

Ranya Alkadamani is running the Sweaters for Syria campaign to get West Australians to donate old jumpers to Syrian refugees. The campaign is a partnership between Andrew Forrests Minderoo Foundation and the Salvation Army. Picture: Ella Pellegrini

As winter approaches in the northern hemisphere, West Australians are being urged to donate jumpers to Salvation Army stores for the millions of people who have fled the bloody conflict.

There are now more than 2.1 million Syrian refugees, three-quarters of them women and children, in border camps in Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt.

Ranya Alkadamani, the communications director for mining magnate Andrew Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation, said they had teamed up with the Salvos in a Sweaters for Syria campaign.

Ms Alkadamani, whose parents are Syrian, said the idea sprang from her brother saying he’d like to take some jumpers to Beirut while visiting family.

 

Ms Alkadamani said many refugees were severely under-equipped for the freezing conditions in winter.

“The wind is icy; your bones freeze,” she said. “I know the gap between needs and assistance is huge, but one good jumper may just help keep someone warm. The sweaters will arrive just in time to negate the effects of the worst winter millions will have ever experienced. They will save lives.”

The UN has labelled the Syrian civil war as the greatest humanitarian crisis of this generation.

Latest figures from UNICEF show more than 740,000 Syrian child refugees are under the age of 11.

“I think that if people believe they can help at least one child keep warm over a freezing winter, they would be thrilled to help,” Ms Alkadamani said.

Sweaters can be dropped off at our Mint Real Estate office 36 St Quentin Avenue, Claremont or at Salvation Army stores from tomorrow until November 10.

Reiwa.com’s latest search result data has revealed which 10 Western Australian suburbs were the most popular with reiwa.com users for rental properties throughout the 2015 September quarter.

1. Perth

Perth was the number one searched suburb for rental properties by reiwa.com users for the three months to 30 September.

During this period of time, Perth was also the second ranked suburb for leased properties in the Perth LGA (behind East Perth), with 439 properties leased in the three months to 30 September and it ranked second overall in the metropolitan area for most leased units at 396.

2. Scarborough

reiwa.com’s second most searched suburb for rental properties for the three months to 30 September was Scarborough.

This search ranking translated into Scarborough being the number one leased suburb during this time in the Stirling LGA, with 365 rental properties leased and it ranked fourth overall in the Perth metro area for leased units and ranked 13 overall for leased houses.

3. Subiaco

Subiaco was the third most searched suburb for rentals in Perth by reiwa.com users.

It was also the number one suburb for leased properties in the Subiaco LGA with 224 properties leased for the three months to 30 September and it ranked ninth overall for most leased units in the three months to 30 September.

4. Joondalup

Joondalup was reiwa.com’s fourth most popular suburb for rental searches across the September quarter.

According to the latest reiwa.com data, the north of the river suburb was also the most leased suburb in the Joondalup LGA with 194 properties leased in the three months to 30 September, and was ranked 12 overall for leased units.

5. Mandurah

Rounding out the top five, was Mandurah, which was the only suburb to make the list from outside of the Perth metropolitan area.

During the three months to 30 September, reiwa.com data also shows that Mandurah was the top leased suburb in not only the Mandurah LGA, but also the entire Peel area with 213 properties leased. It also ranked 11 overall for houses leased and 15 overall for units leased.

6. South Perth 

The sixth most searched suburb for rental properties by reiwa.com users was South Perth.

reiwa.com’s rental data shows that South Perth is the most leased suburb in the South Perth LGA with 279 leased properties during the three months to 30 September, and it ranked fifth overall for most leased units with 225.

7. Victoria Park

reiwa.com’s seventh most searched suburb for rental properties throughout the September quarter was Victoria Park.

As with most of the suburbs on this list, Victoria Park had the most number of leased rentals within the Victoria Park LGA at 227. It also ranked eight overall for leased units throughout the September quarter with 176.

8. Canning Vale

Canning Vale was the eighth most popular suburb for rental searches by reiwa.com users.

reiwa.com data shows that it was also the most leased suburb for rentals within the Gosnells LGA with 182 properties leased, and it ranked third overall for most leased houses, behind Baldivis and Butler respectively.

9. Como

Como was the ninth most searched suburb by reiwa.com users for rental properties.

It also came in second for most leased properties within the South Perth LGA, just behind sixth placed suburb South Perth, with 241 properties leased, and it ranked number 10 overall for most leased units during the three months to 30 September.

10. Mount Lawley

Completing the top 10 list for searched suburbs for rental properties for the three months to 30 September is Mount Lawley.

During this period of time, 193 rental properties were leased in the area, making it the second ranked suburb for leasings within the Stirling LGA (behind second placed Scarborough), and it was the eleventh most leased suburb for units.

SOURCE:
http://reiwa.com.au/about-us/news/wa-s-top-searched-suburbs-for-rentals-revealed/

Unsurprisingly, the majority of the suburbs on the list are in the Perth metro area, however one suburb from the Peel region did make it into the top 10.

When comparing this list to the latest reiwa.com rental data, the results show that each of the 10 suburbs on the list were all either the number one or two ranked suburb for leased properties in their respective local government areas (LGA) for the three month period between 1 July 2015 and 30 September 2015 – and all of those LGAs ranked in the top 15 LGAs for leased rental properties.

Bazaar WA’s Best Christmas Market – Fremantle Arts Centre
04 December 2015 – 06 December 2015

WA’s best Christmas market takes over FAC for a three-day shopping extravaganza with more than 50 local artisans showcasing their wonderful wares. At Bazaar you’ll find unique WA-designed jewellery, fashion, ceramics, sculpture, woodwork, textiles and more. The annual market runs from Friday night until Sunday afternoon and is the perfect place to pick up a one-of-a-kind gift for a loved one this Christmas.

Fri 4 Dec | 5-10pm | Sat 5 & Sun 6 Dec | 9am-5pm

Front Garden | Entry $2 | Children Under 12 Free

For more information visit:
https://fac.org.au/events/742/bazaar-was-best-christmas-market?pid=29

Images: Bazaar 2014, photo by Jessica Wyld

#1 Gargano – 176 Stirling Hwy
A relaxed and traditional restaurant, Gargano epitomises quality, authentic Italian cuisine with exceptional, friendly service. The family owned establishment has been in business for over 16 years providing a welcoming and hospitable atmosphere that is both sophisticated and homely.

#2 Maestro Restaurant – 24 Bay View Tce
Maestro is a relaxed yet elegantly refined space with great service in a friendly atmosphere.
Offering shared plates, tapas, and a full range of entrees and mains.

#3 Koko Black Chocolate – Claremont Quarter
If you love chocolate, you have come to the right place.

#4 Asado – 34 St Quentin Ave
Asado is a relaxed small bar with an early morning to late night kitchen featuring Argentinian street food and a parilla BBQ.

#5 Lemon Lane – 40 Rear Bayview Tce
Open 7 days a week and with a full restaurant liquor licence, Lemon Lane has taken the original Lemon formula and evolved it into one of the leading cafe / bistro venues in the Western Suburbs.

#6 Lucioli – 1 Bayview Tce
At Lucioli, you can enjoy an authentic breakfast of espresso and Sfogliatella, relax over a late-afternoon spritz and aperitivo in the alfresco area, or sit at the bar and sip on a Negroni any day of the week.

#7 Brooklyn Lounge – 14/22 St Quentin Ave
From their breakfast menu, their Italian/American inspired share menu, dessert menu and all new drinks menu – Brooklyn Lounge aim to provide a venue where no matter what time of day or night they have something amazing to offer.

#8 Typika Roasters – 331 Stirling Hwy
Having opened in Claremont in April 2013, Typika houses a glassed-in coffee roastery where all the roasting action is on display, a sizeable warehouse for storing green beans, roasted coffee and wholesale products, training facilities which are also available to wholesale customers, and a vibrant energetic Espresso Bar and Café that serves an extensive menu from the open-plan kitchen, seven days a week.

#9 Allegro Pizza – 231 Stirling Hwy
Allegro Pizza is a family owned and operated business since 1982. All pizzas are homemade bases, fresh tomato, mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Come and check out their new garden cafe.

#10 Grill’d – 23 St Quentin Ave
Almost everyone craves a burger now and then… it’s pretty simple.

Based on ratings from TripAdvisor at http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurants-g950978-Claremont_Greater_Perth_Western_Australia.html

“Get into the Claremont Life” with some great local events this month:

SILLY SNAKES
THURSDAY 8 OCTOBER
Get crafty and create a snake or two using recycled materials. How creative can you be? Enter our “name your Library snake” competition.
TIME: 10am -12 noon
VENUE: Claremont Community Hub and Library
COST: Free (morning tea provided) – Bookings Essential – 9285 4353
SCHOOL AGED STUDENTS

 

WEST OZ WILDLIFE
THURSDAY 15 OCTOBER
How often do you get the chance to cuddle a koala, hold a dingo or a snake? Don’t miss this opportunity when West Oz Wildlife lets you get up close and personal.
TIME: 10:30am -11:30am
VENUE: Claremont Community Hub and Library
COST: Free (morning tea provided) – Bookings Essential – 9285 4353
ALL AGES

 

For more upcoming events visit: http://www.claremont.wa.gov.au/Community/Events/GetintotheClaremontLife.aspx

Peter Clements
M: 0415 920 920  P: 9284 6000
peterclements@mintrealestate.com.au
Mint Real Estate Claremont
36 St Quentin Avenue

We’ve put together a list of 10 important questions which you should ask your real estate agent before signing anything. 

1. How long have you been selling Real Estate in this area?

2. Are you a fully licensed agent or a sales representative?

3. Please explain the importance of marketing and how it really works in my favour?

4. Can you show me that the average time frame you require to market my property to achieve a successful outcome is lower than the market average?

5. Who benefits from your strategy to get the deal done – the seller or the buyer?

6. Are you able to negotiate a higher price leveraged by competition?

7. May I see some evidence or statistics which reflect your proven ability to negotiate upwards?

8. Do you contact every buyer that visits my home after the home open?

9. What is your policy regarding a weekly report of buyer activity, buyer comments and buyer interest?

10. Will we meet with you in person each week for a progress update?

If you aren’t happy with your agents answers, feel free to contact me for advice.

Peter Clements
M: 0415 920 920  P: 9284 6000
peterclements@mintrealestate.com.au
Mint Real Estate Claremont
36 St Quentin Avenue


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