5724 Observation Cres, Hope Island, is part of more than $35 million worth of sales notched by Ray White Surfers Paradise in the March quarter. A stone mansion which has been the backdrop for photo shoots and a temporary home to Hollywood stars has changed hands in a multimillion-dollar deal off market.Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Ralph Bailey, the six-bedroom luxury Sanctuary Cove house, known as the Mandalay Residence, sold for $5.225 million. A $7.5 million deal was done for 311 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.The $7.5 million sale of a six-bedroom, five-bathroom mega mansion was among the notable sales.The property at 311 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters, was bought by a Gold Coast couple. The hefty sales of big-ticket real estate come despite a slowdown across the national property market. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago MORE NEWS: Labor’s negative gearing reforms could cause rental price hikes, multibillion-dollar dent in tax revenue It was sold in an off-market deal. The property at 5724 Observation Cres, Hope Island, has three lounge rooms, two office spaces, six bedrooms, a guest cottage, pool and landscaped gardens.Its website states the house boasts celebrity clientele and is a sought-after backdrop for video and photography shoots.The eye-watering sale is part of more than $35 million worth of high-end listings that have changed hands in the first quarter of this year through Ray White Surfers Paradise. MORE NEWS: Benowa Waters mansion offers grand lifestyle beyond your wildest dreams It fetched $3.7 million. A $3.7 million deal was done for 171 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach, last month.The six-bedroom beachfront home with a Cape Cod design was snapped up after just nine days on the market.The agency also had a hand in notching a record-breaking sale of a Main Beach penthouse. 171 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach, sold in March. Ray White Surfers Paradise CEO Andrew Bell said the market correction was shaping up differently to those previous experienced on the Gold Coast.“There are a number of factors at play at the moment, but most notably there are no desperate sellers and the market is excellent in terms of overall stability,” he said.“The recent run of sales demonstrates that there are always buyers in the marketplace and when correctly priced properties are presented to buyers, sales inevitably occur. Buyers are prepared to buy the property to which they aspire — most people seek the property they love and they are not always driven by a bargain to attain that property.” The Penthouse at 3533 Main Beach Pde, Main Beach, sold for $8.25 million. The $8.25 million sale of 7/3533 Main Beach Pde, which was done in conjunction with Kollosche, is the highest figure paid for a Gold Coast property this year and the city’s highest beachfront apartment sale.A $5.25 million deal was also penned for a luxury lakeside house on The Parkway in Sanctuary Cove in March.Mr Bell said the lump of luxury sales were thanks to buyers and sellers finding common ground in assessing values in the marketplace. The temporary home to Hollywood stars sold for $5.225 million.
Let’s start with the only correct answer to the most-asked, most-irrelevant question on Tuesday night: Who friggin’ cares? The Nationals, as you surely were reminded in every single preview of the NL wild card contest, had never won a postseason series since the franchise moved from Montreal (RIP Expos) to Washington, D.C., after the 2004 season. They beat the Brewers in dramatic fashion Tuesday night, and almost immediately the question was asked, “Yeah, but does that really count as winning a playoff series? It’s one game. One game isn’t a series.” Hader walked MVP candidate Anthony Rendon to face the lefty Soto, the club’s 20-year-old clean-up hitter. And Soto’s roped single to right field — where Christian Yelich patrolled before breaking his kneecap and ending his season — skipped past Trent Grisham, clearing the bases. Daniel Hudson shut the door in the ninth inning, sealing the victory. And it doesn’t matter whether you think it’s a “series win” or not.What matters is the Nationals finally advanced in October, and the players and fans celebrated that advancement appropriately. Give me a break. MORE: Nats manager Dave Martinez accidentally shaves playoff beardIt’s October, and winning matters. Surviving matters. Advancing matters, whether it’s a small step or a giant leap. For some franchises and fan bases, getting past the wild card contest wouldn’t be a big deal, and that’s fine. But just because your favorite team has punched a few October tickets, don’t tell me it’s a play-in game. Don’t tell me it’s not the “real” postseason.It’s as much a playoff game as Game 7 of the World Series. In fact, you’ll remember Game 7 of the 2014 World Series included two wild card-winning teams, the Giants and the Royals. The Nationals advanced in October for the first time in D.C., and that matters. You saw the raw emotion on the faces of the players. You saw the beer being tossed about in the stands, as TBS cameras spanned the crowd. You saw Juan Soto celebrating on the base paths even as he was being tagged out in a rundown, because he knew the go-ahead run had already crossed home plate in the eighth inning. Winning in October matters because losing in October, well, sucks, and Nationals fans had experienced plenty of heartbreaking moments in Halloween’s favorite month. You saw the looks on the faces of the fans in the first inning, right after Yasmani Grandal stunned the crowd with a two-run homer off Max Scherzer. Nats fans are, yeah, stunned pic.twitter.com/kplgPNhkIB— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) October 2, 2019It was an all-too-familiar feeling. The Nationals had played three winner-take-all playoff contests at home over the past seven years, and they’d lost all three. And they didn’t just lose in boring ways, they lost in very painful ways. — In 2012, the Nationals had a 7-5 lead into the top of the ninth, at home, in Game 5 of the NLDS. But the Cardinals sent eight men to the plate in that half-inning and four of them scored — the final two on an RBI single by Pete Kozma (.569 career MLB OPS), of all people.— In 2016, the Nationals lost Game 5 in the best-of-five NLDS against the Dodgers. The Nationals grabbed a 2-1 lead in the series and outscored the Dodgers 24-19, but LA won three one-run decisions and advanced. The Dodgers scored four times in the seventh inning of Game 5 and won 4-3. — In 2017, Game 5 of the NLDS against the Cubs was mildly insane: The Nationals led 4-1 after two innings. The Cubs led 8-4 through the top of the sixth. The Nationals scored two in the sixth, one in the seventh and one in the eighth, but the lone run the Cubs scored in the seventh proved enough in a 9-8 victory. In 2019, things finally broke the Nationals’ way, starting with Ryan Zimmermann — a franchise icon who could have possibly played his final game for the team — breaking his bat on a blooped eighth-inning single off Josh Hader. That put two runners on base with two outs.