Hamilton Hill home of NASA inventor for sale for first time in half a century

first_imgThe view from the back deck of the home at 29 Queens Rd, Hamilton.Mrs Reed moved into the home at 29 Queens Road in 1965 with her first husband, who was an architect.“It was a wreck when we first came here,” she recalls.“He did some beautiful, sensitive alterations to the house.“It’s a wonderful mix of the traditional colonial and the new avant-garde.”Perched high on Hamilton Hill on 890 sqm, the six-bedroom, two-bathroom colonial home is the perfect renovation project, offering spectacular river and city views. WHERE LESS THAN $500,000 BUYS A HOUSE The hallway in the home at 29 Queens Rd, Hamilton.It overlooks the backyard, which allows plenty of room for a pool or home extension. Underneath the home is a spacious studio with bedroom/lounge area and kitchenette — ideal for a guest wing or teenage retreat.Marketing agent Nick Kouparitsas of Ray White Ascot said it was rare for such properties to be offered to the open market.“We don’t come across too many of these homes that have been in the same family for so many years,” he said.“Around Hamilton they’re pretty rare.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThe living room in the home at 29 Queens Rd, Hamilton.“It’s got an absolutely fantastic view and position,” Mrs Reed said.“What I love about it is the great expanse of sky.“It’s a very happy home.”Traditional features include a wraparound entry veranda, original timber flooring, wide hallway and VJ walls.There is a large back deck, which extends off the living and dining area that would be perfect for alfresco dinners or parties. AUCTION PACKED WEEKEND AHEAD This home at 29 Queens Rd, Hamilton, is for sale for the first time in over 50 years.THE Hamilton Hill home of a Brisbane inventor who helped put NASA into space has hit the market for the first time in more than 50 years.Norman Flournoy, 88, has 27 worldwide patents to his name, including technical inventions used in ballistics and rocketry in the United States. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE His wife, Marea Reed, worked from home as an optometrist for three decades and still has the original chair she used, which was made in 1876 from solid brass and bronze.The 79-year-old hasn’t ruled out selling the chair with the house, but stressed it would have to be a good offer. One of the bedrooms in the home at 29 Queens Rd, Hamilton.Mr Kouparitsas said he had fielded interest from local and interstate, mostly from owner-occupiers looking for something to renovate on a large block in a great location.“You’ve probably got some of the best views in Brisbane there of the river and the city,” he said.The property is scheduled for auction on-site at 4pm on May 26.last_img read more

Capital One Bowl commentary

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. — It could not have been scripted any better.Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez, who brought the UW football program from shambles to the national picture, coached his 11-point-underdog Badgers to a 24-10 victory over No. 7 Auburn in the Capital One Bowl in his final game as the team’s leader.And not only was it a victory in a game in which most analysts didn’t even give the team a chance, but it was a domination on both sides of the ball for Wisconsin.”I’m very, very proud of how my football team played,” Alvarez said. “We made it perfectly clear that we can separate ourselves and gain a lot of respect for our program.”The Badgers did just that, closing with just the fourth 10-win season in school history and sending Alvarez out on top. The win improved the head coach’s bowl record to 8-3, the best record among any college coach in history that has coached in at least 11 bowl games.For a little perspective, consider that before Alvarez arrived in Madison, the Badgers had appeared in just six bowl games in the previous 103 years.”You’ve gotta give it to Barry. His last game he goes out on top, and it’s only fitting,” Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville said after the game. “[His bowl record] is pretty impressive. He’ll be in the College Football Hall of Fame.His players turned it up a notch for him.”The end was just as fitting with regard to the credit — or lack thereof — given to the Badgers heading into this season and heading into their final game.Predicted to be a middle-of-the-road Big Ten team this year after losing a plethora of big-time players — including its dominating front four on defense — after last season, Wisconsin proved itself a gritty, resilient team and culminated its season with its best performance all year.”It ranks right up there,” Alvarez said of the win. “This is a very good opponent. They have good enough personnel to go out and beat anyone every week. So, when your players play well and everything comes together and you’re able to walk off with a win, it’s very gratifying.I hate to rank wins because I love them all. Nobody enjoys winning more than me.”Despite setbacks to Iowa, Northwestern and Penn State during the regular season, the Badgers allowed Alvarez to enjoy victories in dramatic fashion all year.John Stocco’s quarterback draw beat rival Michigan and forced analysts to respect the Badgers as they moved to 4-0. Jonathan Casillas found a way to one-up Stocco’s heroics, blocking a punt in the waning moments at Minnesota to bring home Paul Bunyan’s Axe.Indeed, Wisconsin showed it was not just a mediocre team this year, and the season would have been considered a success whether the Badgers won or lost the Capital One Bowl.Nonetheless, they proved their doubters completely wrong on a national stage against the Tigers.Wisconsin was a double-digit underdog that was receiving respect from basically no one outside of ESPN’s Lou Holtz. Auburn was supposed to do the dominating, would pick apart the Badger defense and would stop Calhoun and make it a long day for UW.Instead, it was all Wisconsin.”It means a whole lot,” said senior wide receiver Jonathan Orr, who caught four passes for 74 yards. “Only a select few teams each year win 10 games. … To get a win period is good, but just to have all those extra bonuses and seeing Coach Alvarez out the right way did make it that much more satisfying.”While the victory sent Alvarez out on the highest note, it also made for a fluent passing of the torch from him to new head coach Bret Bielema, who officially assumes the Wisconsin throne Jan. 30.”We did that already. I passed the baton as I walked in,” Alvarez said. “I said, ‘You’ve got the baton. The office is cleared out. Go hire a great staff.'” Bielema’s triumph in UW’s final game matches the aforementioned stories of persevering through times where many questioned his coaching ability. His defensive unit had struggled at times throughout the year, causing many to question Alvarez’s quick decision to name him head coach, but he proved himself Monday.Alvarez has never second-guessed his decision, but complimented Bielema’s preparation for the Capital One Bowl and reaffirmed his confidence in the future of the Wisconsin program which he turned around in his 16 seasons.”I think Bret has a good nucleus,” Alvarez said. “These kids know how to win, they know how to work, they’re a close-knit unit. I’m excited about the future of our program. I’m excited about the person I named to lead the program.”last_img read more