More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoALLEGRA at Southport.“About 60 per cent of sales we made in the first quarter were apartments and townhomes, and there was quite a bit of activity at the top end of the market, which shows demand for this style of property is strong across the board,” Mr Taylor said.“We sold an apartment in Como Crescent in Southport for $3.22 million and, at the other end of the spectrum, five apartments in Labrador sold to a single investor for $140,000 each.“While house prices fluctuated in 2017, apartment prices remained stable and that has played a role in the continued demand for this type of property.”LJ Hooker Surfers Paradise also noticed the trend, particularly among local and interstate buyers investing in apartments in the $350,000 to $600,000 price range.Agency principal Anna Tooma said anyone interested in listing an apartment is in a good position. The Beach Apartments at Broadbeach.“The Gold Coast and more particularly the 4217 postcode area is very popular with local and interstate investors because they get great value for their investment dollar,” she said.“The Gold Coast can afford to embrace this surge in residential investment because of the direct and indirect benefits including job creation, boosting the economy and tourism plus community development.”Residential sales director Sam Mansy said those investing in central areas including Surfers Paradise, Main Beach and Broadbeach would also capitalise on the development, lifestyle and the tourism markets. Research shows more apartments and townhouses are being sold on the Gold Coast than houses.MORE homeowners are choosing to buy apartments over houses on the Gold Coast, new research reveals.Data from the Queensland Statistician’s Office shows 8511 apartments and townhouses were sold in the March, June and September quarters last year compared to 6412 houses.During that period, the average price for a house ranged between $638,000 and $650,000 while apartments had an average sale price of $425,000 to $427,[email protected] director JJ Taylor said the company sold $46.9 million in property on the Gold Coast during the first quarter of this year – $26 million of which was apartment and townhouse sales.
Facebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The City of OlympiaRegistration forms for artists and downtown businesses participating in Arts Walk XLIX are now available:In person at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW,Online at olympiawa.gov/artswalkOr by calling Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation at 360.753.8380Early Bird registration deadline is Saturday, February 6th, and the standard registration deadline is Saturday, February 13, 2016. Sponsored by Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation and the Olympia Arts Commission, Arts Walk attracts over 15,000 visitors to celebrate the arts in downtown Olympia. Spring Arts Walk dates are Friday, April 22, 5-10pm, and Saturday, April 23, 12-8pm.The spring event includes the Procession of the Species Celebration, more information at www.procession.org
Facebook740Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Surgical AssociatesBringing to a conclusion a distinguished 34 year career serving Thurston County as a general, thoracic and vascular surgeon, Dr. James (Jim) Reus announced his retirement from Surgical Associates. “It is with a sense of profound poignancy that I announce my retirement from the practice of surgery in Thurston County. Through these many years I’ve had the privilege to be surrounded by wonderful colleagues who have supported me beyond measure. I have had the privilege to raise a family and to grow and live in a most beautiful little corner of the world.”Spending time with his grandkids is high on Dr. Reus’ list for retirement. Photo courtesy: Surgical AssociatesA graduate of the University of Washington, Dr. Reus tirelessly and compassionately served the surgical needs of the greater Olympia community in which he’s lived for over three decades. Also serving as the President of the Thurston-Mason County Medical Society, the President of the Foundation at Providence St Peter Hospital, and the President of the Washington Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Reus endeavored to guide and inspire Washington’s healthcare community in the ever-evolving practice of medicine. “A wonderful mentor of mine…at the University of Washington where I trained in surgery so many years ago, once said to me, ‘Jim, learn the surgical principles because the types of operations you do will change through your career, but the principles behind the operations will not change.’ Nothing could’ve been more true. While operations have evolved, and indeed the entire practice of medicine has undergone profound change, the guiding principles of surgery and medicine which have motivated me throughout my life have not changed.”Dr. Jim and Diane Reus will enjoy retirement exploring the Puget Sound on their live-aboard boat. Photo courtesy: Surgical AssociatesDr. Reus and his wife, Diane, look forward to time on the water cruising the Puget Sound on their live-aboard, the Innisfree, as well as travel and spending time with their grandchildren. “It is my hope that as Olympia evolves this beautiful little piece of the great Northwest will continue to be a great, great place to live and raise a family, and for those in healthcare to practice their craft for generations to come.” Coinciding with Dr. Reus’ retirement, Surgical Associates is pleased to welcome two new surgeons to their practice: Dr. Burkley Snow and Dr. Rebecca Freeman. Both Washington natives, Dr. Snow and Dr. Freeman are very pleased be returning to the Pacific Northwest to serve the surgical needs of Thurston County.
Facebook641Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Governor Jay InsleeGov. Jay Inslee announced today a partial re-opening of some outdoor recreation activities.As of Tuesday, May 5, some outdoor recreation will be allowed with appropriate safety precautions, including: fishing; hunting; playing golf; and day use at state parks, state public lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources and at state Fish and Wildlife areas.“Outdoor recreation is one of the best things we can do to promote physical, mental and emotional well-being for Washingtonians during a time of great stress and isolation,” Inslee said. “And springtime in our state is Washington at its best and people want to be out enjoying outdoor activities in a safe and responsible way.“If we see a sharp uptake in the number of people who are getting sick or are not following appropriate steps, then we won’t hesitate to scale this back again. This is not a return to normal. This is only a beginning phase of relaxing outdoor recreation restrictions.”Public gatherings, events, team sports and camping, among other things, are not resuming at this time.Read the full plan on the governor’s Medium page.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2016)–Follow Me Crev made an eye catching move around Santa Anita’s far turn en route to a resounding 2 ½ length win in Sunday’s $65,000 allowance feature under Flavien Prat and thus stamped himself a candidate for the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 12, according to trainer Vladimir Cerin.“If he comes out of this race well, we’re going to look at the Big Cap and there’s a good chance we’ll run,” said Cerin of the 4-year-old Quality Road gelding who left 4-5 favorite Prospect Park in his wake while collecting his fourth straight win. “I was concerned today because we missed some training with him coming out of his last race (a 1 ¾ length allowance score going 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 9). I got him in a hyperbaric chamber a number of times though, and it really helped him.”Owned by David and Holly Wilson, Follow Me Crev had been ridden in his last two wins by Alonso Quinonez, but due to travel contingencies returning from Saudi Arabia, Quinonez was replaced this morning by Prat. The second choice in a field of six older horses, Follow Me Crev paid $7.60, $3.00 and $2.40.“He’s a really smart horse,” said Prat. “I made a move on the far turn and when we went for home, he switched leads and finished really well.”Claimed nine starts back for $50,000 on May 31, Follow Me Crev improved his overall record to 16-5-3-3. With the winner’s share of $39,000, he increased his earnings to $198,440.Trained by Clifford Sise and ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Prospect Park, a Grade III winner who was scratched out of Saturday’s Grade II, one mile turf Arcadia Stakes, sat a close second to pacesetter Big Cazanova but was no match for the winner the final sixteenth as he finished 1 ¾ lengths in front of “Big Caz” and paid $2.60 and $2.10.“We’re hoping this is a perfect setup for the Santa Anita Handicap,” said Sise, whose Prospect Park hadn’t run since finishing third in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles turf Del Mar Derby on Sept. 6. “He needed this race. He was only 70 or 80 percent (ready) today, so this was perfect.”Like Prospect Park, Argentine-bred Big Cazanova scratched out of yesterday’s Arcadia to run on the main track today. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Big Cazanova was off at 9-1 and paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.31, 46.25, 1:10.92 and 1:36.81.Nominations for the 79th running of the mile and a quarter Santa Anita Handicap close on Feb. 27.Racing resumes at Santa Anita tomorrow, with a nine-race President’s Day card. First post time is at 12:30 p.m. and admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.