This acreage home comes with its own private rainforest

first_img9 St Michael Court, RangewoodFANCY a walk in the park? This one-acre property has got you covered in more ways than one.A love for gardening and wildlife has seen the owners of 9 St Michael Court, Rangewood, turn their beloved home into a nature lovers’ delight that includes what is believed to be Townsville’s own private man-made rainforest retreat.It’s certainly not something you’d expect to find in a suburb with a bush-like setting.Owners Bill and Margo Morris said they purchased the property 12 years ago, with the vision to create an exclusive lifestyle for themselves and their extended family. 9 St Michael Court, Rangewood“When we bought this property, there was nothing out the back,” Ms Morris said. “Bill created it all. He was the one with the vision, which is funny, because he was never really a gardener.“He would come home from work, we’d turn the flood lights on, and he’d be out there, moving dirt and creating what you see here today, including the rainforest.With lush lawns, two waterfalls, two ponds populated by goldfish and a huge gazebo among it all, lovers of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden will never want to leave. There are even possums and kookaburras to feed. 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 20209 St Michael Court, RangewoodThe exclusive property is now listed for sale at an unmissable price of $725,000 and includes a modern and well cared-for two-level home that includes a master-suite, privately situated above the other three bedrooms and living areas.A large ensuite with a double-bowl vanity complements the master bedroom, while the main bathroom for the three lower bedrooms is also large, airy and situated beside a shaded courtyard.The three tiled, internal living areas are semi open plan in design and give a free-flowing feeling of space, especially with the high ceilings. 9 St Michael Court, RangewoodThe home is fully air-conditioned with split systems. Outside, the entertainment area is outstanding. A large tiled patio is located beside a big pool with beautifully landscaped surrounds.The property is fully serviced by town water, a bore and sprinkler systems.The three-bay shed is styled in the American barn style and has a mezzanine floor for extra storage and there’s a powered container also if you need more storage. 9 St Michael Court, RangewoodMs Morris said the decision to sell was made with a heavy heart.“Bill isn’t well and the house and garden is becoming too much for him to manage,” she said.“So we’re going down to Harris Crossing to a much smaller block. “It’s been a tough decision to make and I do worry about the property and hope we’ll find a buyer who will love it and care for it as much as we have.”last_img read more

Ireland edge out UAE

first_img Chasing 139 after Gary Wilson’s half-century and 47 from Kevin O’Brien, the UAE were bowled out for 133 one ball from the end of their 20 overs. A third win in succession leaves Ireland two points ahead of their opponents at the group summit, with Hong Kong also two points behind and with a game in hand. Ireland lost Paul Stirling and Niall O’Brien in the fourth over and William Porterfield was then run out, but Kevin O’Brien and Wilson put on a decisive 92 in a fourth-wicket stand lasting almost 13 overs. Kevin O’Brien’s run-a-ball innings featured two fours and a six but ended when he was caught by Rohan Mustafa in Manjula Guruge’s final over. Wilson remained unbeaten on 53 from 44 balls, with three boundaries. Muhammad Azam hit the second ball of the UAE reply for six but then holed out off the next, but Shaiman Anwar and Khurram Khan put on 53 for the second wicket to put the home side on top. Max Sorensen (two for 17) made the vital breakthrough when Khan (35) was caught by John Mooney and Paul Stirling soon removed Anwar as the match swung. George Dockrell removed Swapnil Patil and Muhammad Shafiq for figures of two for 21 but t wo sixes from Amjad Javed put the game back in the balance, with Mustafa going well at the other end. But Trent Johnston’s yorkers caused problems and after two run-outs and with six needed from two balls, Guruge was bowled for a golden duck and Ireland snatched the win. Ireland moved top of ICC World T20 Qualifying Group A with a tense five-run win over the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Valdes nearing United deal

first_imgManchester United are set to announce the signing of former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes on an 18-month contract. Press Association When asked in October whether he would consider signing Valdes if he returned to full fitness, Van Gaal gave a cryptic hint that it might be a possibility. ”Manchester United has always their eyes open,” the United manager said. Van Gaal’s backup goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard was linked with a move away from United in the summer and is yet to play a first-team fixture this season. United’s other two reserve options are Sam Johnstone, who is on loan at Doncaster, and 24-year-old Ben Amos, who was criticised by the United boss for letting in Miralem Pjanic’s 60-yard lob against Roma in pre-season. United will face a Friday night FA Cup assignment against Cambridge. The fourth-round match at the Abbey Stadium on January 23 will be televised by BBC One and kick off at 7.55pm, the Football Association announced. And Press Association Sport understands the 20-time English champions will now sign the Spanish World Cup winner to provide competition for first choice David de Gea. It is understood an agreement with Valdes is close and an announcement could be made shortly by the club. Barca youth product Valdes left the Nou Camp last year after spending almost two decades at the club. While at Barcelona the goalkeeper won six domestic titles, three Champions Leagues and also lifted the Copa del Rey on two occasions. The goalkeeper also won the World Cup with Spain in 2010 and the European Championship two years later. Valdes was an ever-present throughout his spell at the Nou Camp, but he will find it hard to break into the United first team because of De Gea’s superb form this season. The former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper has excelled in several matches, most notably against Everton, Tottenham and Stoke. But United manager Louis van Gaal knows Valdes well – he gave the Spaniard his debut during his second spell as Barca boss – and views the player as an excellent potential addition to his squad, particularly when he is available on a free. Valdes has been a free agent since leaving the Catalan giants last summer. The 32-year-old has been training with United for three months in order to help him recover from the anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered in March. last_img read more