Parts of the home look largely the same as they did decades ago.The original home is the only Brisbane example of the domestic work of renowned Sydney architects Eaton and Bates.It has stained glass windows, 13 foot high ceilings, three fireplaces, chandeliers and polished timber flooring,There is a commercial-grade cold room in the kitchen and the main bedroom overlooks the veranda with river and mountain views.There are two outdoor entertainment areas including an outdoor fireplace, barbecue and 13 metre self-cleaning swimming pool.Downstairs in the home is a refrigerated wine cellar which can hold 3000 bottles and is next to a private dining area with a double-sided dumbwaiter. This area leads to a private office and media room.The home has ornamental octagonal rotundas each with an individual dome-shaped roof.It will be auctioned this afternoon at inroom auctions at Level 1, 33 Lytton Rd, East Brisbane at 12.30pm. Former Fone Zone CEO David McMahon with his wife Tracey will auction their home, Cremorne, on October 5.UPDATE: One of Brisbane’s most commanding and prestigious homes has sold at auction today.The landmark colonial property, Cremorne, at 34 Mullens St, Hamilton, was owned by Fone Zone co-founder David McMahon and his wife, Tracey.The couple listed the circa 1905 home in September 2016, but they made a renewed push to sell it as they have now moved to Aspen, Colorado. The modern extension.Property records reveal the home last sold in December 2015 for $6.625 million.At auction on Thursday, it sold for $5.975m. There were four registered bidders.Before the auction, marketing agent Sarah Hackett of Place Bulimba said interest had been strong in the property, particularly once they had set an auction date. Three bidders had registered as of yesterday afternoon.One was Brisbane based and lived on his own, one was a farming family out west, and another was a Brisbane based family.“Yesterday we had someone fly in from Melbourne to see it before the auction desperately,’’ she said. The home last sold in December 2015 for $6.625 million.“And if you look at what is on the market on Hamilton Hill there is some beautiful modern homes on smaller allotments but if you look at some of these large properties, they just aren’t there. That demand for large parcels of land, big properties is definitely there and anyone who is looking at this, it is a time term buy. It is for their next life stage.’’The five-bedroom home sits on 2435sq m of land on Hamilton Hill and has 180 degree river and city views.The two-level award-winning home retains its heritage Queenslander exterior but inside it has undergone a complete contemporary restoration and heritage approved pavilion extension. The work received the 2009 State Residential Architecture Houses Award. Inside one of Cremorne’s living areas.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago“We have had a bit of expat inquiry as well from Switzerland, so it is just all over the place who is looking at it and I don’t know who will be the purchaser.’’One potential buyer had told here they considered it a “once in a lifetime opportunity’’ to buy the home.Mrs Hackett said stock at that end of the market was down about 18 per cent on where it would be expected to be.“There is a lot less choice for top end buyers,’’ she said.
Manchester United’s summer transfer dash continued on deadline day with the signing of Dutch international Daley Blind for £14million. Press Association Blind has agreed a four-year deal with United and his versatility will provide options for Van Gaal, whose initial attempts to shift United to 3-5-2 have proved a struggle. Blind is comfortable across the back line, at wing-back or as a defensive midfielder. He told United’s official website: “It is a real honour to sign for Manchester United. “I have been at Ajax since I was seven years old and I will always have very fond memories of the club and of my time there. “Louis van Gaal is a tremendously talented coach, I have worked with him at Ajax and also for the Netherlands national team and I cannot wait to work with him at the biggest club in the world.” The United boss added: “I am delighted Daley has signed for the club. “He is a very intelligent and versatile footballer that can play in many positions. “Daley is a great reader of the game, he has played under my philosophy over a number of years and he will be a great addition to the team.” Blind, 24, had long been expected to join his former Holland boss Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford and the deal was finally signed off just over three hours before the end of the window. Blind’s arrival from boyhood club Ajax takes the Red Devils’ spending to around £150million on permanent signings, following the big money acquisitions of Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Angel di Maria, the latter becoming Britain’s most expensive player having cost £59.7million from Real Madrid.