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Romance author Diane Demetre is selling her waterfront Carrara home

first_imgThe open plan kitchen is in mint condition. The waterfront home has a guide of more than $1.1 million. Gold Coast romance author Diane Demetre. Picture: Glenn Hampson“I did all the design and then they made it all happen.”Ms Demetre said many years of experience in the entertainment industry assisted her during the planning and execution phases, which lasted about two months. “I’m a visual person so I can see what I want and I have had a great team,” she said. “The plan was to put it on the market so the buyer would have a beautiful new home and wouldn’t have to touch a thing.” There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The home has plenty of space to entertain outdoors.All three bedrooms come with their own private balcony access. An elegant style features throughout the property including modern finishes in the bathrooms. “It’s a prime spot as the Gold Coast grows because you’re in the thick of it but we’re on the last canal off the river so there’s no traffic,” Ms Demetre said. “You’re at the seaway within 30 minutes.”Also on the property is a three-car garage, which has plenty of room to store watercraft or a camper trailer. DETAILS Address: 730 Nerang-Broadbeach Service Rd, Carrara Bed: 3 Bath: 2 Car: 3 Agent: Tim and Lisa Grevell, Ray White Surfers Benowa Features: Outdoor entertaining deck, spa pool, secure three-car garage, canal frontage Area: 1162sq m Price: Offers over $1.1 million Inspections: By appointment The Carrara home of romance author Diane Demetre is on the market.ROMANCE author Diane Demetre decided to apply her creative writing focus to design and the end result is a smartly renovated waterfront home. The passionate storyteller and her husband John invested more than $200,000 into recently updating the large canal property at 730 Nerang-Broadbeach Service Rd, Carrara, they bought about a decade ago. The home now has a price guide of more than $1.1 million.“We had a team of really good professional tradespeople,” Ms Demetre said. The living area opens onto the timber deck.This means the entire property is in mint condition, from the rear timber deck to the impressive open-plan kitchen.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“We’ve brought this property into the 21st century so now it’s just a matter of finding the right buyer,” Ms Demetre said.“It’s a huge block with amazing water frontage so it’s perfect for a professional couple with teenage kids to put a boat out the back and just enjoy the real Gold Coast lifestyle.” The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home is on an extremely private 1161sq m parcel of land which is less than a 10-minute drive to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Broadbeach. The property features indoor and outdoor living spaces while high ceilings add depth to the home.last_img read more

Mandate roundup: IPE-Quest, M&G Pooled Pensions, Northern Ireland Assembly Members

first_imgEligible investment instruments are sovereign bonds of selected emerging countries, denominated in local currencies.Derivatives will be used only for efficient portfolio management.According to search QN1373, the successful manager will use an enhanced passive process, with a tracking error of between 50 and 300 basis points.The benchmark will be the JP Morgan GBI-EM Global Diversified, or a similar index, although more fundamental benchmarks may be considered.The search is being conducted by a Continental European pension fund.The closing date for responses is 17 January.Meanwhile, the search is also on for an investment manager to run a global insurance-linked securities mandate, using IPE-Quest.A pension fund is looking for one or two managers to run a €350m segregated portfolio.Search QN1374 specifies a broadly diversified investment style but only including natural perils (non-life).The portfolio will invest in public catastrophe bonds, although at a later stage private transactions may or may not be added.The pension fund is seeking a manager using an active/passive/enhanced process.The mandate benchmark will be the Swiss Re Global Cat Bond index, cash plus 3-5% or similar.The portfolio will use any developed markets currency, externally hedged to the euro.The search is being conducted by a Continental European pension fund.The closing date for responses is 17 January.Lastly, M&G Pooled Pensions has retained the mandate to run the investment portfolio of the Northern Ireland Assembly Members Pension Scheme.The scheme, which has around 100 active members and a further 100 who are deferred members or retired, had invested assets valued at £18.9m (€23m) as at 31 March 2012.The total fee for the contract is estimated at £700,000 excluding VAT.The contract was awarded by the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission on behalf of the Trustees of the Assembly Members’ Pension Scheme.According to the Official Journal of the European Union, four other parties also submitted tenders. A pension fund is looking for an investment manager to run a local currency, global emerging market debt mandate, using IPE-Quest.The total €700m portfolio may be run by a single manager, or split into two.It will be run as a segregated portfolio in local currencies, unhedged.The required investment style is broadly diversified.last_img read more

Mustangs make a move up

first_imgThe Mustangs are built on a stable influx of club-experienced players in the Walnut area who use good speed and ball-handling skills to get wins. But the team had trouble working together earlier in the season and suffered a league-opening 4-1 loss to South Hills because the Mustangs became “complacent,” as Hansen put it. That game served as a wake-up call for Walnut, which sorted through some internal disorganization and now is working efficiently heading into the playoffs. Their first-round game will be on Friday at 3 p.m. “The girls have a tendency to play up,” Hansen said of the Mustangs’ preparation. “We’re assuming we’re going against a number one team.” South Hills, which finished 18-3-3 overall, made major strides to become the co-San Antonio champions but drew a difficult matchup in the first round. Nevertheless, Walnut (17-5-1 overall) was given plenty of respect in Division II playoff pairings released Monday and drew a comfortable first-round matchup at home against Burbank, the No. 3 seed in the Pacific League. “It’s always tough,” Walnut coach Lorraine Hansen said of the playoffs, which figure to provide a new test for the talented Mustangs. “I’m assuming \ will work to our advantage but also work to our opponents’ advantage. No one knows who we are, but we don’t know who we’re facing.” It’s in a higher division this year and facing a postseason journey against teams it’s never played before, but the Walnut girls soccer team is expecting to make another run at a CIF championship. The Mustangs, winners of three consecutive titles in CIF-Southern Section Division III, had an unexpected setback in league play this season and finished tied atop the San Antonio League with South Hills at 7-1. center_img The Huskies will face Canyon Country Canyon, which went 18-2-4, 7-1-2 and finished second in the Foothill League. “It was an unfortunate pairing, they’re going to be a strong team,” South Hills coach Scott Mocabee said. The Huskies have been a defensive stalwart in recording 13 shutouts. Mocabee is hoping to stick with the game plan the Huskies have used all season to get past Canyon Country. “We’re definitely expecting a battle,” he said. “The longer we stay in the game, the better chance we’ll have.” james.figueroa@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2684 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more