Perfect place with the perfect space

first_imgKerry-Ann and Andrew Hudson are building their dream home at The Orchard.THE Hudson family spent months researching the local property market trying to find the perfect place to build their dream home. They had just welcomed a new addition, Isabella, and been transferred to Townsville in their roles in the Australian Defence Force. Kerry-Ann and husband Andrew set about developing a list of things they were looking for – the most important was proximity to work so they could spend more time with Isabella, and plenty of space to grow as a family. During their search of Townsville’s best residential communities, they came across The Orchard, the newest large-lot development from long-established local developer Elements North Queensland. Kerry-Ann said that as soon as they entered the estate, they knew The Orchard was right for them.“Andrew and I spent a few weekends visiting local developments and during our search we came across The Orchard,” Kerry-Ann said.“There is just one road in to the community meaning it feels safe and secure and the quality of the development is obvious as soon as you enter.“A meticulously manicured entrance that boasts lush green grass and orchard-inspired trees greets you as you enter the development and the large lots have beautiful views out to the Coral Sea.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“The community is surrounded by natural bushland and is just minutes to some great schools, shops and the easy connection to the Ring Road means we are at Lavarack in less than 15 minutes.” The Hudsons opted for a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home complete with media room, pool and 6x6m shed on a 1100sq m block with GJ Gardner Homes. “The lot size allowed us to include everything we wanted in our dream home,” Kerry-Ann said. “Andrew does some personal training so we converted the shed into a home gym and I wanted a large pool with plenty of yard for Isabella to run around in.“But probably the major thing we were looking for was a place that wasn’t too far away from our work as we want to spend more time together as a family. “As soon as we visited The Orchard, we knew it was perfect for us. “It ticks all the boxes and their sales team made the process simple and enjoyable, helping us every step along the way.”The Orchard is located off Darling Road in Jensen and is Townsville’s newest large-lot community by leading developer Elements North Queensland, which has been delivering quality estates in Townsville for 30 years. For more information call 4731 1425 or visit read more

Would you buy this ‘sight unseen’?

first_img22 Deighton Road, Dutton Park, will go under the hammer at the end of March.A dilapidated shack — set to make its owners a major windfall in one of our hottest inner-city suburbs — will be sold “sight unseen” in a sort-of lucky dip for buyers. It may well be the worst property in the country right now — given a similar property dubbed “the worst house in Australia” sold down the road from this one for $668,000 in 2015. The dilapidated house in Deighton Rd, Dutton Park, has just hit the market via the Public Trustee of Queensland, who have it listed to go to auction in a month’s time. Agent Paul Doyle listed it as a “dilapidated, circa 1920 home” that still had “VJ interior, high ceilings, ornate timber breezeways and wide pine flooring but the overall condition and foundations have deteriorated”. He warned: “No internal inspections granted (property to be sold sight unseen)”. They are pretty serious about there being no inspections allowed of the property. The city in the distance.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago“This pre-war home, adorned with charming features, has fallen on hard times but may be a restored to its former glory or investigated for the option to start again and build your modern masterpiece (subject to council approvals).” It may be hard to spot now, but the house has three bedrooms, two kitchens, a meals area, living room, bathroom, separate toilet and spacious enclosed veranda. It’s the 405sq m block zoned character residential by the Brisbane City Council that is considered “valuable” by househunters, located as it is “only 3km to the CBD”. The property is in a million-dollar neighbourhood with the house next door having sold for $1.11m a year ago. The owner of that property had bought it for $270,000 in 2001, according to CoreLogic. Harcourts Homeside Greenslopes agent Sam Peterffy, who sold the neighbouring house, said the deterioration of 22 Deighton Road did not put off buyers at all. “Anyone could see that the home would be upgraded eventually. Noone has lived there for years, I believe the lady passed away some years ago and left it to her nephew.” “My one next door had massive interest through it and it got sold in the first week. Dutton Park is an area where the older people are starting to move out and younger professionals are starting to move in. They just accept that the area is an up and coming one.” The area is very popular with families because of proximity to both Brisbane State High School and the University of Queensland. The listing said it was “a rare inner city opportunity to salvage and transform”.The Public Trustee’s office had to create a new entry for the property in CoreLogic records, which often means the property has only ever had one owner or ownership under one family passed through inheritance. The auction off 22 Deighton Road will be held on site at 1.30pm on Saturday March 30, and the successful bidder must pay a 5 per cent deposit on the day with the balance cleared in 42 days, and settlement unconditional. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTERlast_img read more

Technology: Means of production evolve throughout the years

first_imgAs the Daily Trojan celebrates its 100-year anniversary, photographers no longer have to manually develop their film, editors don’t have to bike east of the Harbor Freeway to lay out their stories and staff members aren’t tied down writing their stories on manual typewriters in the newsroom.Though technology at the DT has evolved, the basic production process has stayed the same. After a reporter submits the story, it’s edited by section editors, copy editors, managing editors and the editor in chief. Pages are laid out, proofread and sent to the printer. The next morning, completed copies of the paper hit newsstands for readers to pick up.Mona Cravens, who started work at USC Student Publications in 1976 and became director of student publications in 1982, said, though the production process has essentially stayed the same, the execution has changed dramatically.Technostalgia| In 1979, the DT switched from typewriters to computers to streamline the film developing process. — Daily Trojan file photo During the newspaper’s early production days in 1912, reporters had to go into the paper’s offices to write their stories on manual typewriters. According to the 1928 El Rodeo, this process became more convenient for staff members when the paper’s offices were relocated in 1928 from the Moneta Print Shop, which was located on Jefferson Street, to the Student Union.“Being in the center of all student offices, the Trojan reporters were aided in making contacts more readily than when the office was away from campus,” El Rodeo reported.Though the newsroom was located on campus, editors were unable to complete their production entirely in Student Union. Until the 1980s, students edited stories at an off-site location.“Several times each night, various editors rode bikes from the Student Union a couple of blocks east of the Harbor Freeway at Exposition Boulevard to Graphic Services, a USC printing department, to deliver batches of articles and photographs,” Cravens said.One of the people who would help produce the paper at Graphic Services was Ron Flores, who has been working in DT production for 42 years and currently works as the DT’s nightly production manager.For each section, Flores would retype stories on paper tape, develop the tape by running it through a film processer and print out stories on a long piece of film called a galley, which he would cut out and paste to a board to create section proofs.When editors finished editing proofs, usually around 2 a.m., Flores drove the paste-up boards to a Glendale, Calif. print shop for the final stages of the production process. At times, this proved problematic, but none so much as during the 1992 L.A. riots, when the DT finished production after the curfew put in place by the city.“It was so eerie. No one was on the streets but the National Guard,” Flores said, recalling the drive to Glendale. “There were just the police and the National Guard and the burning buildings. It was kind of scary. … I just thought, ‘I can’t believe I’m doing this.’”In 1979, this process was streamlined when the DT cut out the film developing process by writing stories on computers, which Flores could use to directly print the galleys. The transition, however, was not an easy one. Steve Padilla, the DT’s editor in chief in 1982 and a current Los Angeles Times editor, said system crashes kept the paper from being published at least once during his tenure.“Our computers were so bad we would sometimes switch mid-day from computers to typewriters and go to a printer in Glendale [to finish production of the paper],” Padilla said in an email. “I saw the sun rise from the DT office about three times because we stayed all night.”Scott Smith, the associate director of Student Publications and the DT’s spring 2001 editor in chief, described his time on the paper as a “partial-digital” production: Editors had access to computers, but Flores still used a manual process to assemble stories and ads on pages.“If any [equipment] were to break down, we would be dead in the water,” Cravens said. “There were times where it didn’t work, and we had to take [Flores] … and some of the students up to the printer in Glendale and re-keyboard the paper for the next day on their machines.”Flores said he worried while working with computers during the partial-digital era because of their unreliability. There was no backup in place, and production would have to be moved to the printers’ offices or back to old “hot type” machines.In the late 1990s, the DT began transitioning to a fully digital production by creating an online version of the paper. The original website, created in 1996, was hosted on, and editors had the labor-intensive job of scanning in and posting still-black-and-white graphics and pictures.After the turn of the millennium, the DT continued its technological growth by switching to a color-printed edition, moving to its current web domain and expanding the use of computers in the newsroom. In 2005, the DT switched to the completely digital system it uses today, which allows Flores to send pages to the printer electronically.“Everything works so well now,” Flores said. “Back then I would work my a– off … but I paid my dues. I was always here and ready to get the paper out, and stayed no matter what happened.”This fully digital production still came with its own set of technological mishaps, from crashing pages to power outages.“[Once, there was] no power to the building for Sunday production, so [Cravens] and I gathered up computers … and had to have editors come to her house and produce the paper there,” Smith said. “There was a lot of moving things around on flash drives. Working with adversity is always interesting.”Today, the DT’s newest challenge is building its web presence. Editors now have the ability to work with video, podcasts and photo galleries to provide content in new ways.Smith said the goal of the paper has always been to use technology to prepare students for their future careers in journalism.“Our goal is always to be at the cutting edge of what’s being used,” Smith said. “We are sometimes several years ahead of what’s being used at commercial papers … [and] it really is an advantage when students graduate and go out into their careers.”Despite the technological challenges and the changes over the past 100 years, Cravens said what makes the DT significant is its ability to continue producing content no matter what roadblocks appear.“Those were some of the best experiences because it demonstrated how solid our team was,” Cravens said. “When things go wrong, there is always a spirit of ‘can do’ that goes throughout our organization. … [Everyone feels] very committed to getting that paper out the next day.”last_img read more

Christmas schedule

first_imgGOVERNMENT: Federal, state, county and city offices, courts, libraries and animal shelters will be closed. MAIL: The U.S. Postal Service will not deliver mail. SCHOOLS: Schools will be closed. TRANSIT: Buses and subway services in Los Angeles will run on a Sunday schedule. Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita, Ventura County Dial-a-Route buses and Metrolink trains will not run. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonBANKS: Banks and financial markets will be closed. TRASH: Trash pickup will be delayed a day in Los Angeles and Glendale. Pickup will be on a regular schedule in Burbank. STORES: Malls will be closed. Some supermarkets could be open for limited hours.last_img read more