This Norman Park property was the very definition of a renovator’s delight

utdvdhvnn

first_img20 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park.After a couple of massive years of renovations and an almost total rebuild, it’s hard to understand why anyone would part with this Norman Park riverfront home.But for Sharon and John Russell, it’s the opportunity to seize the day and travel that is dragging them away.The couple bought the home at 20 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park more than four years ago.“Because we had a marine business it was perfect for us,’’ Mrs Russell said. “We just took one look at it originally and knew we could do a lot with it. We thought there were good bones.“It took us two years to work out exactly what we were going to do, so we finished our renovation a year ago.”Sharon and John Russell are selling their Norman Park home. Picture: Mark CallejaThe massive project took longer than expected when three extra slabs were found after digging through the top slab, and because the area was tight it had to be dug out with buckets and spades.“It was basically a total rebuild so that all that was left were some of the external walls, the roof was still there but otherwise we did everything,” she said.There were three bedrooms when the family bought the home, but now there are four, each with its own ensuite.An old bomb shelter was cleaned up and, after two weeks of peeling layers of paint off the bricks, it was converted into a 200-bottle cellar with a bar.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago20 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park.“The house is beautiful. We built it to stay there and never move,’’ Mrs Russell said. But a medical incident with a family member about a year ago made the couple rethink their plans.“It just made us think you never know,” she explained. “You really should do everything you want to do when you can.”“So we have decided we just want to travel.”Mrs Russell said their dream had been to live on the river, and she would miss it.“It is like a moving picture 24 hours a day,” she said. “We are perched on top of the river — a lot of our friends have got homes on the river, but we are over the top of the river.20 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park.“The kitchen is the kitchen I always dreamt of. It is beautiful, and has a 180-degree view of the river, and then we have got a boat house, which you can’t get any more. It was built, we think in the ’50s, so you can’t ever build again, and we made it somewhere really special.“We will often go and sit down there. It is on the jetty perched over the river.”The area has been the setting for many parties and family functions.20 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park.Inside, the living area has imported French oak flooring and high ceilings.The main bedroom has a large dressing room, an ensuite with a freestanding bathtub and access to the north-facing terrace.The home is listed through Debora Evans of Deborah Evans Properties Morningside.last_img read more

Kane seals new Spurs deal

utdvdhvnn

first_img A graduate of the north London club’s academy, the 21-year-old has this term racked up an impressive 20 goals in all competitions. That form has seen Kane rewarded with a new and improved contract at White Hart Lane, despite having only signed a new deal with Spurs back in August. Benoit Assou-Ekotto, another favourite of Redknapp, was released having not represented Spurs since May 2013, while Jordan Archer, Nathan Oduwa and Emmanuel Sonupe moved on loan to Millwall, Luton and St Mirren, respectively. It was not just outgoings in north London, however, as Dele Alli arrived from MK Dons for a reported £5million. The 18-year-old midfielder has penned a five-and-a-half-year contract but will spend the rest of the season on loan back at the League One club. “It’s a massive club and I’m really happy to be here,” Alli said. “I’m looking forward to meeting all the lads and getting to work with the manager. It’s a dream come true. “I like the way the manager has been working, developing the youth and bringing a lot of young players in. I wanted to come to a club where the manager puts a lot of trust into young players. “I’d love to play for Spurs and play at White Hart Lane. It won’t be easy and I’ll have fight for my place in the team but I’ll work hard to do that.” Harry Kane’s new five-and-a-half-year contract was the main talking point during what was a frantic day of transfer activity at Tottenham. The new contract will see the England Under-21 international remain at the club until 2020 and could prove to be one of the deals of the deadline day. “It’s been a great past six months,” Kane told the club’s official website. “I feel whenever I play I will get chances and get goals and that is what has happened this season, which I’ve been really happy about. “Hopefully I can push on and things will go even better. I just want to get better as a player. I am still 21 and have a lot of football ahead of me. “I have been at Spurs since I was 11 and have always loved the club. I just want to keep working hard and do my best for the club.” Kane’s fine form has seen Emmanuel Adebayor drop down the pecking order, pushing him towards what at times looked like a deadline-day exit. QPR and West Ham were both linked to the Togo striker, yet no deal materialised. There were, though, a number of departures from White Hart Lane, with long-serving Aaron Lennon joining Everton on loan until the end of the season. A star of the Spurs team under Harry Redknapp and Andre Villas-Boas, the 27-year-old has since dropped down the pecking order and will look to relaunch his career at Goodison Park. Press Associationlast_img read more