Real estate agent Cheyenne Morrison believes that Cairns’ inner suburbs will see a surge in prices for Queenslander style residences, like this one he sold on Archie Street in Parramatta Park. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKEA CAIRNS real estate agent has drawn striking parallels to property in the Far North’s biggest metropolitan centre and that of Brisbane’s most affluent suburbs.LJ Hooker Cairns South sales representative Cheyenne Morrison said Spring Hill, Red Hill, Kelvin Grove, Ashgrove and West End in Brisbane have experienced phenomenal price increases over the past five years.“Even small homes on tiny plots of land are fetching great prices because buyers are attracted to proximity to the city and the cafe lifestyle of these inner-city suburbs,” he said.“Prior to this resurgence the suburbs were not seen as desirable as the houses were mostly Queenslanders, which were seen as requiring too much upkeep. “Now the trend in decorator magazines and among architects is to renovate and modernise these homes, and that style of home is seen as highly desirable. “Kelvin Grove most closely approximates what can be expected to happen in Cairns. “Most of the homes in the suburb are renovated post-war workers’ cottages and Queenslander-style homes. “Hip younger buyers are particularly attracted to Kelvin Grove’s inner-city cafe lifestyle, with its trendy shops, restaurants and cafes.”Mr Morrison said like Kelvin Grove, the majority of blocks in Parramatta Park and Cairns North were 405sq m with 10m frontages.“Because of the size of the block, the houses are invariably two-bedroom, one-bathroom properties which occasionally have an enclosed veranda or sunroom which can function as extra accommodation,” he said. “There are some blocks between 405sq m to 600sq m, but most of these still have two bedroom homes. Just 119 properties in the area are more than 800sq m, which have larger three to four- bedroom homes – roughly 10 per cent of the total houses in the suburbs. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoBigger homes on larger blocks, which have been raised, renovated and built in underneath usually sold for a premium.“Over recent weeks we have seen increasing interest from southern investors looking for properties close to the Cairns CBD,” Mr Morrison said. “An investors group from Melbourne called me looking to buy several investment properties, particularly in Parramatta Park and Cairns North. “This is a good indicator that there will be increased activity in the market. Having sold 8 Archie St recently, I have cash buyers looking for other houses in the area to purchase.”The best streets in Parramatta Park are Archie, Clare, Denbeigh, Pembroke, and Queen -smaller; quieter streets with lots of character. In Cairns North there is: Law, Cairns, Charles, Lily, and Thomas streets. Mr Morrison said houses on those streets would increase considerably in value compared to houses on busy roads. “Street appeal goes hand-in-hand with that, and a house that has kerb appeal will sell for a lot more than an ordinary house,” he said. “I got more for 39 Grove St than its neighbour 37, which was much bigger, because 39 was so pretty from the street.“Over this year it has become harder and harder to find any property for less than $400,000. There have been properties sold under the $450,000 mark, but they sell quickly.“The great majority of properties fall into the $450,000 -$550,000 mark, with larger homes on the top end of that spectrum.”
People walk by a huge screen showing US Open women’s singles champion Naomi Osaka with her trophy, in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO — Naomi Osaka’s halting Japanese, her manners — she bowed and apologized after beating Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final — and her simple charm has swelled national pride in Japan and eclipsed many questions about her mixed-race parentage in a famously insular country.Two days after becoming the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam tennis title, Osaka is still filling the front pages of the country’s three major daily newspapers and leads the discussions on talk shows.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title She smiled through the media pressure, which several newspapers have called a Japanese trait. Her broken Japanese works as an asset, apologizing occasionally for getting the wrong word — or not knowing the Japanese word at all.“She is not the type of person who asserts herself boldly, but she is shy and humble and that makes her look more like a Japanese,” Junko Okamoto, a communications specialist, wrote in the weekly magazine Toyokeizai.Okamoto also said Osaka could become a face of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, leading to big sponsorship deals.Forbes magazine has reported that Williams is the highest earning female athlete with income of $18 million per year, almost all from endorsements. The Evening Fuji tabloid newspaper, citing Forbes, speculated wildly about Osaka’s potential lifetime earnings. Its headline suggested she could earn $100 million.The Mainichi, one of top three general circulation newspapers, noted that Osaka was wearing a dress at a victory celebration from a well-known Japanese designer.Osaka’s 73-year-old grandfather, Tetsuo Osaka, surfaced in several interviews from Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, where he heads a fishing cooperative. He said he plans to meet his granddaughter when she plays next week in a tournament in Japan.Their relationship seems solid now, but the New York Times reported that for a more than a decade Naomi’s mother, Tamaki, had little contact with her family in Japan.Roland Kirishima, a photographer who is half Japanese and Scottish, criticized some internet comments questioning if Osaka is really Japanese, because of her darker skin color.“Look at the French soccer team that won the World Cup,” he wrote on Twitter. “Half of the players are immigrants’ sons or multi-racial. I’m surprised many people in Japan are still obsessed with racial purity. It’s 21st century already. Please overcome this type of insular prejudice.”It looks like Japan has taken at least a first step. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The perspective from Japan on Monday: Osaka is being embraced as Japanese despite her mixed background. National pride — at least for now — is overriding questions of cultural identity and what it means to be Japanese.Williams’ dramatic behavior during a chaotic final on Saturday, a hot topic in the United States and around the world, has been largely brushed aside in Japan with the focus on Osaka’s poise under pressure.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissJapan’s largest newspaper, Yomiuri, called Osaka a “new heroine that Japan is proud of” and characterized her appeal as “the contrast between her strength on the court and her innocent character off the court.”Yomiuri centered Osaka’s photograph holding the U.S. Open trophy at the top of its Monday front page — as did the two other large dailies. In a headline inside the paper, Yomiuri called her an “Overnight Queen — Powerful and Stable.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The Asahi newspaper also called her the “New Queen,” picking up on her mix of “strength and gentleness.”Sports and tabloid newspapers reporting Naomi Osaka’s victory in the U.S. Open tennis finals are sold at a newsstand in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. Osaka defeated Serena Williams of the U.S. 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday night to become the first Grand Slam singles champion from Japan. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)None of the main-line newspapers dwelled too much on her background, which has been well reported. She was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Haitian father, moved to the United States when she was 3 and now lives in Florida where she has trained for more than a decade.In an interview Monday from New York on Japan’s TBS television, she was asked what she wants to do now. She replied in Japanese: “Have curried rice topped with a pork cutlet.” Then she slipped into English and said: “I am very honored. I don’t know how to say that in Japanese.”She gave some of the same answers in a similar interview with Japan’s NTV television.“She is such a lovable character,” said Seiji Miyane, the NTV talk show host.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Shaw back at Man United after head knock on England duty Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.