190 Kings Rd, Mysterton, has undregone a total renovation.WHEN Matt Pinney and his wife purchased 190 Kings Rd, Mysterton, just under six years ago, never could they have imagined the legacy they would leave behind.Built in the 1940s, this four-bedroom, two-bathroom piece of Townsville’s history has been lovingly restored by the Pinneys, who have added their own, modern twist.“I just think the owners have done an amazing job retaining the history and charm of the home,” Explore Property Townsville agent Giovanni Spinella said.Having purchased another property in the area, the Pinneys and their two children, aged 15 and 12, had initially planned to flip the residence, but fell in love with the location along the way. The new kitchen.“The plan was to renovate and move on in a shorter amount of time,” Mr Pinney said. “But we fell in love with the location and the property itself, hence the extended stay.“Seeing the change from what it was to what it is now … it was very rewarding to see a plan coming together. This has been our kids favourite family home.”Mr Pinney, an electrician who has worked locally for a number of years, said it was his wife who first saw the potential in turning the old house into a loving home.“(At the time) we were renting around the corner and my wife saw that it was for sale,” he said. “We were looking at purchasing a house to renovate, particularly in this area and this is what caught her eye. The open-plan living spaces.“Initially, it took quite a bit of convincing from her that this would be the perfect property for us as it was an unusual floorplan to start, (so) many discussions were had and rough plans were drawn prior to purchasing.”The Pinneys ended up deciding to redesign their 1113sq m block to accommodate split levels, with retaining walls, established gardens and foliage surrounding the residence.“Everyone that visits the house generally falls in love with it,” Mr Pinney said, with the interiors retaining their original cornicing and ceiling rose.“We have changed a lot from when we moved into the house; way too many things to paper. We have made major changes such as moving the living spaces around and installing a new kitchen and bathrooms.“Smaller changes we made include new plasterboard walls throughout, all new aircons throughout, new paint inside and out, the installation of a 5kW solar system and pool deck, just to mention a few things.” The home still has its historical charm.Despite having added a modern touch to the ageing property, the Pinneys ensured they didn’t take away from its historical charm.“They have been really mindful around the period,” Mr Spinella said.“(The Pinneys) have made sure that the home now has a renovation that also compliments the original features which I think has been done amazingly.”“They saw the vision in it originally.”When asked to name is favourite features about the property, Mr Pinney said there were a few. “We love to garden and have had the luxury of being able to make our own changes while utilising existing established trees,” he said, referring to the existing size of the block.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“There is still ample amount of space for the kids to kick a footy around, even with having an in-ground pool in the yard. The home’s inground pool.“The house is set back 14m from the front boundary; this reduces noise that would usually come from traffic and also allowed us to have a large yard and garden out the front, utilising the afternoon shade.“The area is also consistent for large, established trees that provide a barrier or screen to neighbouring properties, as does the large fence out the front.“Finally, the location. We have been very lucky to have very friendly and welcoming neighbours. We have built some great friendships over the years; we will miss this about the house but will still be able to maintain our friendships with them.” There is plenty of space for outdoor entertaining.Suited to a range of buyers and with the auction set to be held online on Tuesday, May 19, Mr Spinella said feedback from inspections had already been positive, with some potential interest also garnered from interstate buyers. “Mysterton is one of the suburbs in Townsville that’s well known; it does hold a bit of nostalgia and has a lot of beautiful period homes like this one. “It is a very unique little pocket; it’s a very small suburb so, it has some good features going for it.“If you have been searching for a home to warm your heart, then you must see and feel this home.”
Architect Graham Birchall, who designed The Bubble House in Ipswich with his wife Sharon. Pic Peter WallisIT’S hard to find a naughty corner in a round house, even with 140,000 people looking.When the Bubble House of Ipswich, with its series of 11 connected domes, became one of Australia’s most viewed properties on the market this year, it put quirky homes in the spotlight, and challenged homebuyers to think outside the square.6 Autrey Court in suburban Stafford Heights has its own squash court. Picture: John Gass“A home is about the people and what makes them comfortable,” First National Ipswich estate agent Helene Shephard said.For Queensland architect Graham Birchall that has meant building a house out of concrete domes to support his university thesis on the building technique.“I like them because they are so pure, there’s no hard joins,” Mr Birchall said. “They’re good for storm water, water just rolls off; there are no gutters and they’re very spacious; up here there’s no ceiling under 4m.”Construction of 79 Elanora Way, Karalee, began in 1983 and took 10 years with Mr Birchall and his father-in-law Ed Bohl devoting every weekend to the job with a little maths help from some of the state’s brightest academic minds. NASA also was approached for inspiration to design aperture window coverings in the cantilever bathrooms that hang off larger domes, and plans to the Mars Rover arrived by post in case they were useful.“They ended up not helping but it was good to get them,” Mr Birchall’s wife, Sharon, said.The bubble house is one of only seven in the world and when it went on sale last month, an international frenzy was created that stretched from Vanuatu to Paris, with Ms Shephard receiving 100 calls a day in two weeks.MORE Cool properties on the market in North Queensland right nowStar of The Kissing Booth Jacob Elordi buys in Byron Hinterland for $2mOlympic Golden Girl Susie O’Neill sells home for $3.055m“It’s only because of its uniqueness that it’s attracted such an intense amount of interest,” she said. “Other than that it’s really no different to any other campaign – you still have to find the right buyer.”Curiosity should never be dismissed when selling quirky properties, Ray White Ascot’s Ian Cuneo said.“It’s fine to come to have a look, even if you’re not intending to buy the property,” Mr Cuneo said. “I sold a two-bedroom house to a lady who wanted a six-bedroom home and afterwards I said, ‘Why?’ and she said, ‘I really liked the butterfly stairs’. And she just renovated after that. Never in my wildest dreams would I have rung her up (about the property) but she just fell in love with the interiors.”In the north Brisbane suburb of Stafford Heights, a five level home at 6 Autry Court has been listed for sale with an indoor squash court, although during the COVID-19 lockdown, it did become a glorified play gym for owner Aeron Lin’s toddler. “We had four rooms on rotation during the lockdown and when we’d had enough of one room, we’d go to another. There’s lots of space in this house.”There’s also a resort style 180,000 litre heated saltwater swimming pool, a floodlit championship size synthetic grass tennis court and an indoor/outdoor Feng Shui-style fish pond to give the 2039sq m block positive chi.Chris Ball climbing on his rock-climbing wall at home. Photo: Mark Cranitch.Across the river, Chris Ball is selling his Yeronga home at 22 Ellesmere Street that has a 5m high indoor boulder wall in the void facing the kitchen.“When we renovated, the architect asked what was on our top 10 list,” Mr Ball said.“The climbing wall sat at number three, behind the new master bedroom and the new kitchen downstairs. We climb socially and it didn’t really take much convincing for us to decide to put one in.”The bulk of the wall is on a 30 degree angle while a lower portion is on a more gentle 15 degree angle where the kids’ holes are.On the Sunshine Coast, Keith Murray has taken four historic train carriages and converted them into an eco-sanctuary at the bottom of Mount Tibrogargan in the Glass House Mountains where he has lived since 1982.The 1.72ha property at 198 Barrs Road, Glass House Mountains, includes the 130-year-old Wivenhoe Pocket Presbyterian Church which took seven hours to transport to the new site and more than two years to assemble into a family home. Whoever buys the property will also inherit a boutique coffee plantation.Coffee can also be found in one of the most unique properties to hit the market in Queensland, this one is in Tropical North Queensland.Peter Marshall’s home is just 15 minutes from the shopping mall but in the wet season, 30 cubic metres of water a second can roar past his house on the edge of a waterfall, and there’s a free skyrail that can drop him a two-minute walk from his front door.Barron Falls Estate is an almost 66ha site at the top of the Atherton Tablelands, with part of the land accessed by operators of the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway which ferries tourists and locals from Kuranda to Cairns. The site also includes 50,000 coffee trees.QUIRKS ARE PERKSThe Bubble House. Pic Peter Wallis1. The Bubble House79 Elanora Way, KaraleePrice: $1.7 millionQuirky feature: A house made completely out of concrete domes.1015 Kennedy Highway, Kuranda2. Barron Falls Estate1015 Kennedy Highway, KurandaPrice: Contact agentQuirky feature: Live beside a waterfall with a skyrail that drops you to your front door.Melanie Blin and Hugh Dao of Jensen Property play some squash at 6 Autry Court, Stafford heights. Picture, John Gass3 6 Autry Court, Stafford HeightsPrice: Offers over $3 millionQuirky feature: Indoor squash court.22 Ellesmere St, Yeronga.4. 22 Ellesmere St, YerongaPrice: Offers over $989,000Quirky feature: Internal boulder wall facing the living and kitchen areas.507 Stafford Road, Stafford.5. 507 Stafford Rd, StaffordPrice: Contact agentMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoQuirky feature: 1950s converted church with curved roof trusses, Silky Oak walls and leadlight windows.198 Barrs Rd, Glass House Mountains6. 198 Barrs Rd, Glass House MountainsPrice: $1.6 million-$1.8 millionQuirky feature: Four historic train carriages including a diving carriage and a Victorian-Era first-class carriage have been converted into self-contained accommodation with kitchen, bedroom, a library and lounge.10 Aminya Street, Coochiemudlo Island.7. The Quirky Cottage — Holy Cow10 Aminya St, Coochiemudlo IslandPrice: $265,000Quirky feature: A former holiday rental that comes with its own custom-made cow-themed interiors so you can ‘moo-ve’ right in.Knells111 Moray Street, New Farm8.111 Moray Street, New FarmPrice: Contact agentQuirky feature: The dormers or roof windows of this Hansel and Gretel-inspired Old English manor.455 Gregory Tce, Spring Hill.9. Carrington Manor445 Gregory Tce Price: Offers over $3.2 millionQuirky feature: A preserved 1930s art deco building with ornate horse hair plaster ceiling on the top level.563 Royal Esplanade, Manly10. 563 Royal Esplanade, ManlyPrice: Best offers around $1.7 millionQuirky feature: Use of billboards and raw building materials throughout the home including the staircase that spirals around the trunk of a tree.
Those surviving who will cherish Raymond’s memory include his sister, Mary Ann Disch of Richmond; nephew, Tom (Cris) Riehle of Harrison; niece, Janie (Dr. Robert) Fleming of Richmond; great-nephews, Adam Riehle of New Trenton and Benjamin (Casey) Fleming of Richmond; great-nieces, Emily (Kyle) Oehler of Bright and Ryann Fleming of Richmond, and one great, great-nephew, Maverick Fleming. He is also survived by many other relatives and friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Herbert Riehle and John Disch. Memorial contributions can be directed to the New Alsace American Legion or to a Charity of Choice. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Raymond Hemke. Raymond G. Hemke, of Weisburg, was born on September 25, 1922 in Weisburg, the son of Arthur and Elizabeth Hartman Hemke. He was a sergeant in the United States Army, serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, and earned 3 bronze stars. Upon his return from service, he enrolled and later graduated from the College of Applied Sciences in Cincinnati. He then worked as a printer for the Herald Tribune and the Lawrenceburg Register. Raymond was the founder and a 70 plus year member of the North Dearborn American Legion-New Alsace Post #452, as well as a life-long member of All-Saints, New Alsace Campus (formerly St. Paul’s). He enjoyed traveling the world, photography, and spending time with his family and friends. On Sunday, November 5, 2017, at the age of 95, Raymond passed away at The Springs of Richmond after a brief illness. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon at All Saints Parish, New Alsace. Father Johnathan Meyer will officiate a Mass of Christian burial at 12:30 and burial will follow in the church cemetery with full military honors provided by the American Legion – New Alsace Post #452.