Happy in Gilmore
A property in Gilmore set a new suburb record last weekend when it sold under the hammer on Saturday 27 July.
18 Jeanette Place sold for $865,000 at auction, beating the suburb record by a cool $19,000.
Senior sales consultant at Michael Potter Real Estate, Alisa Lawrence, said the five-bedroom home was incredibly popular with families looking for their “forever home”, as it offered “unusually large bedrooms and living areas”.
“There was a crowd of around 80 people [at the auction], with 11 registered bidders,” she said.
“There actually would have been a few more but several people were not ready with the bank!”
Ms Lawrence said the vendors were “thrilled” with the sale price of their Gilmore home, as it was above their reserve, and said suburb records can take “years” to come around.
Manuka tree removed from register
A mature tree on Franklin Street in Manuka has been removed from the ACT Tree Register, paving the way for the site to be developed.
Acting ACT Conservator Gene McGlynn confirmed the tree would be removed from the register, after mediation in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) with the site’s owner, Liangis Investments.
“The outcome will allow removal of the protected status of the tree which will allow commencement of a new hotel development,” Mr McGlynn said.
“While I understand that members of the community will be unhappy with the loss of this special tree, a consideration of all latest information indicated the removal of protected status for the tree was appropriate.”
He said the new hotel will feature a 15-metre-high green wall added to the development to “ensure a visible bit of living vegetation to the top of the new building”.
The London Plane tree has been at the centre of a stoush for some time between developer, ACT Government and local residents and businesses. A proposal to cancel the tree’s registration was rejected by the ACT Conservator of Flora and Fauna, Ian Walker, in May this year.
The Inner-South Business Council has welcomed the decision, having campaigned for the removal of the tree to allow the development to go ahead. Chairman John-Paul Romano said the ACAT mediation outcome was an “outstanding result for progress in our city” and would “go a long way in further developing the character of the Manuka Group Centre”.
Harcourts expands to South Coast
Harcourts Australia has expanded their reach in NSW, with the opening of a new franchise in Batemans Bay, owned by agents Dene Lewthwaite and Adam Sadil.
Both agents started their careers in the ACT, with Mr Sadil enjoying a 30-year career in Canberra, named in the top 5% of selling agents in the ACT as principal of Sadil Quinal Properties. He joins Harcourts Batemans Bay from One Agency Eurobodalla.
“After long discussions and multiple meeting with different brands, we decided Harcourts was the brand for us, it has the family feel, great branding and professionalism to suit our needs,” said Mr Sadil.
Mr Lewthwaite began his career in Canberra 19 years ago with Luton Properties, before relocating to Batemans Bay in 2011.
Harcourts Australia has also announced another franchise in Cabramatta NSW.