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Seaside life at inland prices

first_img52 Augusta Drive, Balgal Beach.LIVING by the beach is often a luxury reserved for those who can afford a seven-figure price tag but just north of Townsville homes by the sea are being listed for under $500,000.Areas such as Balgal Beach, Toolakea, and further north in the Hinchinbrook region all offer homes for under half a million that allow buyers to fall asleep to the sound of the sea. RELATED: >>Agents aid hot buyers in Townsville >>Rasmussen is proving you can nab a family-friendly home for under $200,000 >>Capital city buyers fed up with unaffordable property prices are heading to Townsville Selling agent Robyn Neilson is selling 52 Augusta Dr at Balgal Beach which is priced in the high $300,000s.The three bedroom two bathroom property has water views and is across the road from the beach.She said homes with water views near the beach always attract plenty of interest from the market.“They generally attract a higher price and they always sell well,” she said. “This home is amazing value … I don’t think there’s anywhere else you can get this for that money.“Balgal Beach is just such a brilliant place and I’ve travelled all over the world and this is where I choose to live.“It’s a wonderful community and location.” CLICK HERE for the latest Townsville real estate news Townsville Property Centre agent Jean Laterre said you can’t beat living by the beach and he has chosen to base himself by the sea at Toolakea.He is selling 72 The Esplanade which is priced at $475,000 and is a two bedroom, two bathroom home on a large 1012sq m allotment.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 202072 The Esplanade is for sale for $475,000.The property offers the ideal beachside lifestyle with the home’s front lawn ending where the sand beginsMr Laterre said white collar workers and people from interstate looking for a sea change at a bargain price were his main market for beachfront homes.“We get a lot of interstate inquiries (for beachside properties) and most of them are looking for a sea change rather than a holiday home,” he said.“Some people say I wouldn’t live on the beach because we might get taken out by a tsunami but you have a better chance of winning gold lotto.“This property is literally 50 steps from the beach.”Peter Reitano is selling 74 John Dory Street at Taylors Beach with a listing price of $460,000. The view from74 John Dory Street at Taylors Beach.The three bedroom, two bathroom home has beach frontage and the small coastal community is a fisherman’s paradise with all the streets named after fish.Mr Reitano said compared to other areas around Queensland beachside properties in Taylors Beach, Lucinda and Forrest Beach were relatively affordable.“We have quite a few properties around the district with water views and they do get strong interest,” he said.“With this property it has water views, you can stroll down to the beach and nothing can be built in front of you.“People really like the water views so they do usually attract a higher price than other properties in the area.”last_img read more

FB : Converted safety Graham has career day at wide receiver for SU in win over Tulane

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 9, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img NEW ORLEANS — Dorian Graham’s switch to offense finally looks to be paying off for Syracuse.The speedy senior, who came into SU as a defensive back and saw most of his action as a kick returner in his first three years with the Orange, had a career day at wide receiver in Syracuse’s 37-34 win over Tulane on Saturday. Graham led Syracuse with four catches for 55 yards and the first two touchdowns of his career.‘It feels great,’ the receiver said. ‘It goes back to the saying, ‘Hard work pays off.’ And that’s what came about for this game. I’m glad to execute and help my team get a win.’Graham never caught a pass before this season, but the coaching staff has been high on the converted safety because of his speed and the matchup problems it creates.And that’s exactly what SU took advantage of in the win Saturday. His first touch came at the start of the second quarter on a reverse, and he picked up a first down before losing his footing trying to cut inside of a block.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis next touch came on that drive’s final play. With SU facing a third down at the Tulane 10-yard line, Graham blew past his man on a fade and quarterback Ryan Nassib dropped the ball over his shoulder for the senior’s first career touchdown.‘Dorian is a phenomenal athlete,’ Nassib said. ‘He’s just gotten so much better that it’s so hard not to give him the ball. He’s so fast and so good with the ball after the catch, you just want to get him the ball.’Graham’s first score was all about his speed, but his second touchdown flashed some of his development as a receiver.Again on third down, this time from the Tulane 1-yard line, Nassib checked out of a run play and into a slant for Graham. The receiver easily beat his man to the inside, made the catch and took a big hit from Toledo safety Kyle Davis. But he managed to hold on to the ball and put Syracuse up 31-14 in the first half.‘Dorian Graham has been doing better and better each week,’ head coach Doug Marrone said. ‘And he’s been winning for us. He won on a slant for a touchdown. He’s been winning deep. When you have a guy that’s winning, we’re going to make sure we find a way to get him the football.’Third down still an issueJust when Syracuse’s offense seemed to be clicking on all cylinders, the Orange attack bogged down for an entire quarter.On five straight possessions beginning at the end of the second quarter and lasting until the start of the fourth, Syracuse went three-and-out. It finished 7-for-15 on third down in the game, but that only bumped the Orange up to 40.5 percent on the season.‘As an offense, we didn’t execute (in the second half),’ running back Antwon Bailey said. ‘We stalled on a lot of drives early, so it was a mixture of good defense and poor execution.’Perhaps the biggest problem for Syracuse during that stretch of three-and-outs was the distance it had to cover on third downs. Three of them were 11 yards or longer, one was a third-and-5 and the last was a third-and-7.Marrone said the third down distances were a key part in the Orange’s lack of success on offense in the second half.‘If you’re not an elite team, which we’re working to be,’ Marrone said, ‘when you get in these situations where they’re very difficult to manage, you’re not converting.’When Syracuse’s offense was successful in the first half, the third down conversions came at will. Graham’s two touchdown catches came on third downs. The Orange went 5-for-7 before the stretch of three-and-outs started at the end of the second quarter.But when the offense started to sputter, it allowed Tulane to hang around and eventually tie the game late.‘We had a couple penalties that killed us and were backing us up,’ Nassib said. ‘They just made some good adjustments at halftime, stuff we weren’t ready for. They were doing some stuff against us they haven’t been doing all year.’zjbrown@syr.edulast_img read more

Spruill moves to outside linebacker; Hickey to fill in for injured Pugh at offensive tackle

first_imgMarquis Spruill admitted he prefers playing middle linebacker. He spent just one season at outside linebacker, his freshman year at Syracuse in 2010, in his entire football career.Spruill spent last season back in the middle, a position he said is “home” to him on the field.But Spruill will start the season back on the outside behind Dan Vaughan at strong-side linebacker on the preseason depth chart despite earning an All-Big East second-team selection for his play last season.“I have no problems with it,” Spruill said. “It’s just another chance for me to fight for my spot and prove my worth.”Last season, Spruill played in all 12 games and started 11, patrolling the middle and finishing fourth on the team with 62 tackles. He also made 8.5 tackles for loss and recorded three sacks. Spruill then missed spring practice due to a lower-body injury that required surgery.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn his absence, senior Siriki Diabate impressed the coaching staff and will open camp at the top of the depth chart at middle linebacker. Diabate played in 11 games last season and earned two starts. He finished with 17 tackles and one sack.SU head coach Doug Marrone said Saturday that Spruill will not be starting camp at middle linebacker.The junior said he spoke with the coaches and they decided to move him back to outside linebacker. Spruill started all 13 games at the position as a freshman, posting 51 tackles – nine for loss – and two sacks.Heading into camp, SU defensive coordinator Scott Shafer said he’s excited about the linebackers. With Spruill, Vaughan and Diabate battling for starting time along with weak-side linebackers Dyshawn Davis and Cameron Lynch, the position has a handful of possibilities for the starting lineup when the season begins.“It’s a matter of finding a way to play our best three linebackers regardless of what position they end up at,” Shafer said. “They have to be able to be the best runners and hitters on the field that know the defensive scheme and so it’s really let the competition begin.”And Spruill will be competing to get back on the field as a starter on the outside just as he did two years ago.“I played outside my first year here and I loved it, I did great,” Spruill said. “ … Now, I’m back at outside and it’s really nothing different from my freshman year.”Sean Hickey taking Pugh’s placeMarrone said at Big East media day Tuesday that he thought Sean Hickey would replace the injured Justin Pugh as the starting left tackle at the start of the season.On Saturday, the head coach went a step further.“Sean Hickey will go out there and start at left tackle and we feel very comfortable with him being out there, especially with how hard he’s worked and the numbers he’s put up,” Marrone said.Marrone said Pugh, who will miss training camp and the start of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery during the offseason, is among the best left tackles in the region. He was named All-Big East first team in 2011.Though it will be tough for the Orange without Pugh on the line, Marrone also expressed excitement for Hickey. The junior from Murraysville, Pa., did not play in any games his first two seasons at Syracuse as he suffered numerous injuries that kept him off the field.He was an all-state selection his junior and senior seasons at Franklin Regional High School, where he set a record for pancake blocks.After two seasons, Hickey has a chance to finally step on the field for the Orange.“We recruited a football player that from a standpoint of numbers coming in, had the better numbers than Justin but had been hurt, had been injured,” Marrone said of Hickey. “And that player has suffered quite a bit not to be able to participate, not to be able to be part of the team and there have been times where he has been able to participate that he’s been very exciting for us to watch and has been developing.” Comments Published on August 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more