Comfortable 3 bedroom plus study home with ensuite and pool located between Brisbane and the Gold Coast
3 Car spaces
1 Car available
Listed August 2019
Response rate 100%
Visit Brisbane in Winter - Beautiful one day, perfect the next. Our winter (northern summer) is the best time of the year to visit Queensland and avoid the summer heat (in both Australia and in Europe - 42.6°C in Paris!). In July 2019 daily maximum temperatures in Brisbane ranged from 19°C to 26°C, which is similar to London July average, but with many more dry sunny days and low humidity. Go for a swim - sea temperatures at Surfers Paradise in July averages 21.7°C (24.2°C in May).
Ours is a traditional Australian home having a veranda out front and another at the back. It has 3 bedrooms, a study and two bathrooms. One bedroom is currently set up as a second study, but being a double sized room there is plenty of space to setup a single or bunk bed if required (let us know). The main bedroom has a queen size bed, ensuite and walk in robe and the other bedroom has a double bed. There is a formal lounge and dining room and a kitchen/meals and family/rumpus (entertainment system with large DVD, VHS and CD collection and a PlayStation). The laundry has a washing machine. No need for a dryer in sunny Brisbane.
Internet - we have a fast broadband connection and network access from both studies and the entertainment system and wifi available throughout the house and back patio.
Easy access to house. 1 step up from driveway to front door. Bedrooms are located on this level at front of the property. Down three steps to lounge and kitchen/meals area and down one step to family/rumpus room and outside to alfresco dining and pool area.
The house has 24 solar panes (generating 6.4kw of electricity), a solar hot water system and the salt water chlorinator for the pool is run from the electricity generated by the solar panels on the roof. It is set by a timer to run during daylight hours. The pool will require little if any maintenance by our guest. An inground sprinkler system in the outdoor entertainment area will probably need to be turned on at the tap for a couple of hours each week, unless it happens to rain.
Should a problem arise with the house, you require assistance or just need some local advice, our eldest son lives 15 minutes drive away and may be contacted.
Cupboard / drawers
Unsuitable for infants under 2
Suitable for children ages 2-12
Pets not allowed
Our home in Shailer Park is on a ridge with views from the front towards Mt Tamborine and from the back of the house over the trees. Located 5 minutes from the M1 giving quick 30 minute access to Brisbane City, Southbank Cultural centre, gardens and the Treasury Casino or turn south on the M1 and you are 45 minutes to the miles of golden sandy beaches of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Dreamworld and Movie World (20 minutes) SeaWorld. the Star Casino and all the other attractions of Australia's premier tourist destination are easily accessed by car but far enough away not to intrude if of no interest. We are 20 minutes to Moreton Bay - the Redland Bay pub is a favoured venue for lunch sited on a rise overlooking the sparkling waters of the Bay and offers alfresco dining with good food at reasonable prices. Stradbroke Island is a short ferry ride away. Our local pub, Fitzy's, is 5 minutes by car and serves traditional Australian pub food and cold beers. The adjacent Logan Hyperdome is a large shopping mall with three major grocery retailers, medical centre, and a variety of small stores, a food court, cinema complex and public library. Mt Tamborine in the Gold Coast hinterland has cool rain forest walks, fine dining and magnificent views of the Gold Coast skyline and is only a 50 minute picturesque drive. A great fishing spot on the Logan River which flows into Moreton Bay is a 10 minute drive away from our home (you can use my rod and reel). Golfers are well catered for with the nearest golf course a 9 minute drive away and a total of 5 golf courses within a 15 minute drive. Doctors, dentists and large hospital all within 5 - 15 minute drive. Free community tennis courts, football fields, cricket nets and parkland all within 5 minutes drive.
Like many places in Australia, you will need a car to get around and visit places of interest. We offer a red 2.0 litre Kia Cerato automatic 4 door sedan as part of a house swap. There is a bus interchange at the Logan Hyperdome where you catch a bus into Brisbane City.
The nearest railway station at Loganlea is a 15 minute drive from our place and connects Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
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Joined August 2019
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We undertook a 6 week tour of the UK in 2016 when our son and his wife were working in London. My wife is a family historian and we mapped an ancestry trail that took us around the UK - starting at Sherborne in Dorset, then Somerset, Wales, Yorkshire, Scotland, Northumberland. Lincolnshire, Sussex and Kent visiting family history centres, old houses where an ancestor once lived and their last know address (the church graveyard). Of course with many tourist stops along the way.
We want to dig a little deeper into the history of two areas and also experience everyday life in the area (as opposed to a few nights in a motel). Between April/May and June/July 2020 we would like to stay in Dorset for 4 to 6 weeks followed by 4 to 6 weeks in West Yorkshire. So we are looking for consecutive house swaps in these areas. Also, between house swaps or at the beginning or end of our UK stay we want a short European reconnaissance to the Loire Valley and Frankfurt for possible house swaps in 2021/22 to explore our French and German connections.