Is it a resort? Picture: Richard GoslingThe home takes up most of the 2103sq m block and overlooks the Broadwater.It has 55m of water frontage and features multiple entertainment areas, seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms with extensive marble and timber flooring.From the gated entry, cylindrical pillars and a high wooden portico stand guard over a stone driveway and manicured gardens. Fancy a dinner overlooking the Broadwater?Inside, a combination of timber and wrought-iron features demand your attention while floor-to-ceiling glass offers a spectacular vista of the open water.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoA sunken carpeted lounge is beneath 7m ceilings and warmed by a fireplace.There is a collection of stunning formal and casual living spaces at every turn with extensive marble and timber floors throughout.“It’s a perfect house for a large family as there’s so many areas you don’t feel like you’re on top of each other,” Mr Peat said. Brian Peat and Eileen Peat in front of their home Grand Vista. Picture: Richard GoslingA MEGA mansion on the Sovereign Islands has hit the market for $14.88 million, more than double its 2010 selling price after major renovations.Vendors Brian and Eileen Peat bought Grand Vista at auction for $7 million from receivers in 2010.It was fallen Gold Coast developer John Fish’s mansion which had previously been on the market in 2009 for $15 million. The mansion from the water. The kitchen has been expanded.Prestige Property Agents principal Amir Mian is marketing the property.“It suits someone wealthy who wants privacy and wants something unique,” he said.“There’s no blocks available on this side now with three blocks and city views so you cannot replace this now.” Tour this palatial mansion in tomorrow’s Gold Coast Bulletin Realestate magazine. The bedrooms feature stunning views of the Broadwater. From the air it is a sight to behold.As well as expanding the kitchen and creating a seamless indoor-outdoor flow to the poolside teppanyaki alfresco area, the pair also worked their magic at the other end of the house, in the entertainment precinct.A stunning open-plan wing complete with a bar, dining, lounge, library and outdoor area accessible via bi-folds can operate as a large-scale functions area.From the foyer, a curved timber and wrought iron staircase leads to the five ensuited bedrooms on the upper level including the luxurious main bedroom. Brian and Eileen Peat have put their sprawling mansion on the market. Picture: Richard GoslingMr Fish paid $6.5 million for the home in 2003 and had undertaken a major refurbishment but when the Peats bought the property it was incomplete and hadn’t been maintainedThey then spent big bucks transforming it from a Mediterranean-style mansion into a contemporary resort-style haven.“The owner virtually ran out of money,” Mr Peat said.“The floor was concrete, the kitchen was tiny and there were whole areas of blank space.”“We rewired a lot of things, changed the lighting and installed CBUS throughout.” The view once you step inside the front door.The basement has a wine cellar, gym, steam room and a powder room, plus a 10-car garage.The Peats have lived on the Sovereign Islands since 2007 and said Grand Vista’s privacy, luxury features and sprawling design initially sparked their interest.“A lot of big houses don’t have the separation that this property does,” Mr Peat said.“You can have a big house but you are all on top of each other whereas here there’s plenty of different areas.” The entertainment wing. No detail has been spared in the design of this luxury mansion.
Radio NZ News 29 March 2017Family First Comment: THIS is why we MUST have an independent Complaints Authority for the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children…“In a statement, CYF deputy chief executive Murray Edridge said he was disappointed that they had not met the standards that court, lawyers, caregivers and young people had the right to expect. “I acknowledge that we should have handled this case better in focusing on what needed to happen through the courts to look after the best interests of the children.”Not the first time…. unfortunately.Child Youth and Family (CYF) threatened to take four children off a couple after they went to court to force the agency to help them.And a Masterton Family Court judge has accused CYF of wanting to “wipe their hands” of the children in a bid to save money.The siblings’ great aunt and uncle took custody of the children – two of whom have disabilities – in January last year after previous placements fell through.In October, the couple’s lawyer spoke to the agency about formalising the custody arrangement but it was reluctant to discuss the case.Three months later, the couple went to court effectively asking a judge to award custody to CYF.This would allow the couple to receive more financial assistance to care for the siblings than they could get if they had to rely on help from WINZ and other agencies.“Child Youth and Family pays a clothing allowance, they ensure setup costs are met – or they’re supposed to – bedding, beds and basic furniture for children, lawyer Belinda Inglis, who acted for the children, said.“They meet extra costs such as medical and dental costs and respite care.”The agency had argued that because the children had moved out of the family home, there were no longer care and protection issues so its involvement was no longer required.In his decision, Judge Pat Grace was highly critical of the agency’s conduct, saying its opposition was “fiscally driven”.READ MORE: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/327687/judge-hits-back-at-cyf-threat-to-take-children
Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Trout extended his Angels record by winning his sixth Silver Slugger. Vladimir Guerrero won four.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Mike Trout won one of the American League’s Silver Slugger awards on Thursday, the sixth time in his seven full seasons he’s been honored.The Silver Slugger is awarded to the best offensive player in each league, at each position.Trout hit .312 with 39 homers and a major-league leading 1.088 OPS. He also led the majors with a .460 on-base percentage, and a league-leading 122 walks.Trout is also one of the top three for the American League MVP award, which will be revealed on Thursday. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error