38 Allambi Ave, Broadbeach Waters. 1027 & 1031 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley. 38 Allambi Ave, Broadbeach Waters.“It’s sort of like a mid-century Palm Springs inspired home,” she said.“We’ve had crazy interest — over 90 groups have been through the open home (and) we’ve had seven second inspections.”The four-bedroom, two bathroom home sits on a 551sq m block and has open living areas, a courtyard, study and tiled pool.Mrs Lenaghan expected a crowd at the auction on Saturday at 11am but said it was always difficult to determine whether a home would sell. 1027 & 1031 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley. 38 Allambi Ave, Broadbeach Waters. 61 George St, Burleigh Heads.“Perched in the prestigious, elevated Burleigh Hill enclave and boasting sweeping panoramic views, which encompass the iconic Gold Coast city skyline and (ocean), this highset home is simply without comparison,” it said.“Designed to maximise its superb views, the floorplan delivers five levels of indulgent living and entertaining in a secluded, luxury setting.” 1027 & 1031 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley.“It’s just one of those homes that are rarely on the market,” he said.“You’ve got two properties there on the one title (and) you’ve also got the creek running through.”It has a traditionally styled manor-like house with four bedrooms, separate family and lounge rooms and a deck overlooking the pool.The second residence — a luxury barn-style house — has a ground-floor rumpus room with a built-in bar as well as a flat with three bedrooms upstairs. 61 George St, Burleigh Heads. 61 George St, Burleigh Heads.It features an alfresco dining pavilion with built-in outdoor kitchen overlooking a heated pool, fully integrated CBUS system and keyless entry.In the Hinterland, a stunning Currumbin Valley estate will go under the hammer on Sunday at 10.30am.Marketing agent Richard Snowden, of McGrath Palm Beach, said last week the 2.3ha property at 1027 and 1031 Currumbin Creek Rd was a hidden gem. 38 Allambi Ave, Broadbeach Waters.HOUSE hunters are spoiled for choice this weekend with a variety of homes set to go under the hammer.A renovated Broadbeach Waters home is a standout, blending retro design with modern style.Harcourts Broadbeach — Mermaid Waters principal Wendy Lenaghan said prospective buyers were attracted to the property at 38 Allambi Ave because it was different. 61 George St, Burleigh Heads. 38 Allambi Ave, Broadbeach Waters.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“I think we’re going to have bidders there on the day but whether they’re going to pay the price, you never known with auctions,” she said.Later in the afternoon, a five-storey Burleigh Heads home with breathtaking views of the coastline will hit the auction block at 2pm.Marketing agent Eoghan Murphy, of Sotheby’s International Realty Queensland, described the property at 61 George St in his listing as a hilltop home that was sure to impress. 1027 & 1031 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley.
By Alan BaldwinLONDON, England (Reuters) – The time is right for cricket to return to the Olympics and a decision on applying for inclusion in 2024 will have to be made within months, the head of the sport’s governing body said yesterday.The founder of the modern Olympics, Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin, was enthusiastic about cricket, a sport dominated by Britain and former British colonies such as Australia and India, but it has only once featured in a Games – in Paris in 1900.“We need to make a decision by, I guess, July of this year so that we can submit an application by September,” Dave Richardson, chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC), told reporters.“And of course it’s not what cricket wants; it’s whether the IOC wants us.”The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will choose between 2024 bid cities Paris and Los Angeles at a meeting in Lima in September, with new sports also under consideration. Baseball and softball are set to return in Tokyo in 2020.Richardson said it did not matter which city won the bid.“Both (cities) would … probably be opportunistic for us, especially the U.S. option, but also in Europe,” he said at the SportsPro Live conference at Wembley Stadium.“You’d have to spend a little bit more money on cricket pitches in France than in the U.S. but it’s not impossible.”BENEFITS“I think the majority of the members, and certainly myself, think the time is right,” Richardson added. “I think we’ve come to the conclusion that the overall benefit to the game of helping to globalise it and grow will outweigh any negatives.”Richardson said any approach would be for cricket’s shortest Twenty20 format.The IOC had already made clear that there were limitations on athlete numbers, which would mean a competition of six to eight national sides at elite level.There have been concerns that Olympic inclusion could damage the sport’s own events, while clearing the calendar at a busy time of the cricket year would be another headache.The problems that golf suffered, with many top players not attending, could also count against cricket. Golf returned to the Games last year in Rio for the first time since 1904.England and West Indies could not compete as such. Britain represents England and the other home nations at the Olympics, while Jamaica and other Caribbean nations compete individually. However, India would have a real medal chance.“The benefit is not so much about which teams go to the Olympics,” said Richardson. “It’s more than once your sport is an Olympic sport, it provides access to government funding in countries where they need the money.”