Renovate or Rebuild is going into season two filming towards the end of the year.
A TV show co-hosted by former QLD contestants off The Block Michael and Carlene Duffy and Jimmy and Tam Wilkins has won an award considered the Oscars of the sustainability sector.
Renovate or Rebuild, where more energy efficient, healthy and comfortable options were provided to owners looking to upgrade their properties, was named national winner of the 2022 Communications for Impact Award for the 33rd National Banksia Sustainability Awards.

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The show’s creator and executive producer, James McGregor, said the show teaches viewers about important concepts like passive solar design, insulation, energy efficiency and solar energy systems.
“What makes this show different is that we want people to get excited about things like insulation, home energy ratings and electric vehicles the same way they would get excited about a new kitchen benchtop.”
On site with Renovate or Rebuild co-hosts Block Michael and Carlene Duffy.
The programs green focus puts it up there with ABC’s War on Waste, which is the only other TV show to win a Banksia Award.
The Duffy and Wilkins couples have thrived on the sustainability focus, with planning for season two currently underway and filming to start late this year.
Each episode sees the former Blockheads match the clients brief and budget with the aim of creating a stylish design that’s energy efficient, healthy and comfortable, with the homeowners then judging which of the two options to go with – either to renovate or rebuild.
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Rodney Longhurst, owner of luxury motor yacht builder Riviera Australia has sold a home in Runaway Bay for $5.6m. Picture: Jerad Williams
Gold Coast businessman Rodney Longhurst of Riviera Boats has made a $5m gain on the sale of a waterfront property his father – Dreamworld creator John Longhurst – sold him 25 years ago.
Mr Longhurst senior, who passed away in January this year, was one of the most prolific developers on the Gold Coast co-risking $13m in 1981 opening Dreamworld – a move that boosted the Gold Coast as a destination.

$13m Dreamworld partners Sydney furniture retailer Ken Lord (left) and John Longhurst (right).
John Longhurst also collected cars and owned a Model T Ford. Picture: Des Houghton.
Riviera Australia chairman Rodney Longhurst at the factory in Coomera. Picture: Tertius Pickard

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Rodney Longhurst bought the property off his father for $600,000 in 1997. His father had paid $1m for it nine years earlier and also owned three adjoining blocks on the coveted street in Runaway Bay where the family put in a new development.

44 Anglers Esplanade Runaway Bay, sold off market for $5.6m.
Rodney Longhurst has sold the house on the left with the family putting in new builds across the other blocks they own in 2018. Picture Mike Batterham
Close to the action, yet a world away: The Broadwater looking south from Runaway Bay. Picture Mike Batterham.
The 560sq m five bedroom, four bathroom, triple garage house is on an 858sq m block of land, with a pool, boat ramp and gym.
The property – zoned for medium density residential development – sold off market for $5.6m.
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Celebrity designer Neale Whitaker in the penthouse at North Kirra.
Buy a $10 lottery ticket and you could become an instant beachfront millionaire.
The winner of the latest RSL Art Union draw will come home to an entire luxury apartment complex on the Gold Coast worth $10m.
The major prize of the biggest ever mid-year draw is a block of four whole-floor units, including a double-storey penthouse with panoramic ocean views over North Kirra.
The winner can choose to either live in the building, rent out all the units to earn an estimated $329,000 per year, or sell an apartment or two and become an instant multi-millionaire.
The prize includes a two-storey penthouse and three other luxury units
Celebrity interior designer and The Block Australia judge Neale Whitaker unveiled the latest prize home, which has been professionally styled with a total of $440,740 worth of furniture and appliances.
“This is undeniably one of the most beautiful parts of Australia. The five-storey oasis is perfectly positioned on the Gold Coast, where you get the old-town vibe of Kirra and Coolangatta and the thriving nightlife, arts, food and coffee culture of Burleigh Heads,” Mr Whitaker said.
Natural textures and a calming palette of blues, greens, corals and neutrals have been used to give each home a unique style echoing the coastal surrounds.
The penthouse has a rooftop terrace
Dream coastal life
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“The styling choices throughout live in harmony with the magnificent views. Tranquil colour schemes, decor and furniture give the home a relaxed, contemporary, coastal vibe that truly echoes the oceanside location — it’s beach living at its absolute, irresistible best,” Mr Whitaker said.
The penthouse apartment has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a powder room and a private rooftop terrace.
RSL Art Union general manager Tracey Bishop said money raised from ticket sales supported veterans and their families.
The master bedroom has a feature headboard repurposed from a timber room screen
“The RSL Art Union prize draw is just one of the ways we show our continued commitment to delivering critical funding for the support of the defence community including their families, particularly during transition from defence life to civilian life,” Ms Bishop said.
Tickets for Draw #395 cost $10 each, with the winner to be drawn on May 25.

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The contemporary home is located in the exclusive Sanctuary Cove community
AN international buyer splashed nearly $10 million on a luxury home in Hope Island’s exclusive gated community of Sanctuary Cove.
The latest big-ticket residential deal settled on the Gold Coast was handled by Evan Molloy, of Hope Island Realty.
With 27m of water frontage to the Coomera River and a long list of high-end inclusions, the property at 1036 Edgecliff Pl sold for $9.75m to an international buyer who already owns several other properties in the region.
The five-bedroom, five-bathroom home was built in 2020 on a 1,320sq m block and is an entertainer’s dream, complete with a superyacht marina berth at the water’s edge.
Room for the superyacht
A gatehouse leads onto the stately foyer with soaring 7m ceilings and feature halo pendant lights, while banks of frameless glass doors capture the view from the open-plan living and dining zone.
The kitchen is ideally appointed for catering all styles of events, with a private entry to the butler’s pantry, oversized marble island and benches, and wall of high-end Vzug appliances.
A servery window connects to the travertine al fresco area, which features a well-appointed outdoor kitchen with a teppanyaki cooktop, icemaker and integrated fridge door.
The heated tiled pool and spa overlook the water, while the pontoon is particularly large and can accommodate a 90ft boat.
There’s even an automated jet ski lift.
Luxury inside and out
Al fresco dining with an outdoor teppanyaki kitchen
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Mr Molloy said the sale showed continued strength in the Coast’s high-end market.
“I think the demand for properties that are ultra-luxurious, have blue chip foundations, and are located in quality, resort-style communities with 24/7 security is only increasing,” Mr Molloy said.
“I think what resonated with the buyers was the quality of this build that set it apart from other homes on the market.
“There were bigger homes available on the market, but the quality fundamentals underpinning this property — its north-facing, wide water, premier location — gave the buyer confidence that it was a great investment, not just financially but lifestyle-wise,” he said.
Banks of glass capture views from open-plan living areas
A dual-sided fireplace in the dining area lends a sophisticated touch
A lift connects each level of the two-storey home.
Bedrooms are on the ground floor, including the opulent master suite with dressing room and private balcony, along with a billiard room with custom cabinetry and a surround sound system.
At basement level, there’s parking for 12 cars and two buggies — a must within this golfing community — and a home cinema with tiered seating.
PropTrack data shows house prices in Hope Island grew 8 per cent in the first quarter of 2022, reaching a median of $1.28m in March.
There are five bedrooms including the opulent master suite
Heated pool and spa at the water’s edge

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THE Gold Coast’s prestige market continues to fire with a $6.335 million mega deal breaking the suburb record for Benowa.
The house, known as the Lakehouse, was inspired by the glamorous grandeur of Los Angeles mega-mansions and sold well before its scheduled auction to a Brisbane buyer.
150 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa has sold in a $6.335 million deal.
The Lakehouse.
Enjoy a lifestyle beside the lake.
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Vendors Martin and Dina Kenins, who operate as Kenins Developments, are behind the ultra modern two-level design known.
“As soon as we stepped onto the vacant block you could see the potential with wide water views and views to the hinterland,” he said.
“I am a hands-on builder and a perfectionist, so what we built had to absolutely perfect,” he said.
It has won industry experts over with the home chalking up several awards.
Soak up that view!
Style at every turn.
Kollosche agent Jamie Harrison, who led the marketing campaign for the Lakehouse, said the residence attracted a strong pool of potential buyers and multiple offers.
“Our strategy for a home of this calibre was to present the property to the right buyers, rather than wait for the buyers to come to us,” said Mr Harrison.
“We had 15 qualified groups through the first private inspection, and they were all blown away by the architecture, the standard of the craftsmanship and the location overlooking the lake.”
The exterior of the home uses extensive raw materials including timber, stone and concrete.
What an entertaining space.
One of the bathrooms.
Entry to the property is through an enormous pivot door, which reveals a hidden gated courtyard, and proceed through to a front entrance.
A large open-plan living room, bar, dining room and kitchen is flanked by sliding doors and floor-to-ceiling windows that allow broad views across the lake.
The kitchen has a scullery and is fitted with dual Smeg ovens and an integrated coffee machine. It has Caesarstone benchtops along with a mosaic tile feature wall.
There are 100 per cent wool carpets in the bedrooms, which include a guest suite on the lower level, an ensuite and a walk-in wardrobe.
Relax in style.
A Tasmanian oak staircase leads upstairs to four other bedrooms, including a large master parents’ retreat.
The suite has a terrace with water views, walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with dual vanities, showers and a freestanding bathtub.
The property has a magnesium swimming pool and landscaped gardens that are fully irrigated and have feature lighting.
The mega sale trumps the $4.875 million achieved last December for a main river mansion at 151 Sir Bruce Small Boulevard.

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Sheree and Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt have sold their Gold Coast home. Picture: Jerad Williams
Radio host and former AFL player Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt and wife Sheree have sold their Gold Coast home in a $2.5 million deal.
It is understood Aaron Polites, bodybuilder and brother of social media influencer Hannah Polites, has bought the property.

The renovated property at Sanctuary Cove has sold for $2.5 million.
Inside the home.
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The Sanctuary Cove residence was extensively renovated by the Everitts after they paid $1 million for it in 2019.
Sheree and Peter, who co-hosts the Triple M Gold Coast breakfast show on 92.5, embarked on the home renovation in 2020 after Covid cut their travel plans, along with their associated television series Great Australian Doorstep.

The pool area.
The unusual-style property takes up most of the 1486sq m block.
It has four bedrooms, including the master to which a dressing area, ensuite, storage and optional study nook was added.
The Everitts are no strangers to renovation projects.
Of the previous four homes they have lived in over the past 11 years at Sanctuary Cove, they have redone the past two.
Alex Phillis and James Ford of Phillis Real Estate handled the sale.

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1888 Sunningdale Court, Sanctuary Cove.
AN EPIC Hamptons-style home on a dry block on the northern Gold Coast is attracting more attention than some of the waterfront mansions in the area.
Inspired by the USA’S affluent Long Island property scene, The Laneway is a modern four-bedroom house at 1888 Sunningdale Court, Sanctuary Cove.

From the street.
Style at every turn.
The attention to detail is next level.
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The property is on the market via expressions of interest through Alex Phillis and James Ford of Phillis Real Estate.
“It’s got to be one of the most Instagrammable houses in Sanctuary Cove,” Mr Ford said.
“It’s immaculate and the attention to detail is just ridiculous.
“It’s literally pulling in more inquiry that some of the big waterfront properties.”

Make a splash in the pool.
Entertain in style.
The property features 2.7m ceilings, study nook, electric blinds, media room, fireplace and butler’s pantry.
Entertaining is easy with an outdoor kitchen barbecue and pool.
The affluent Sanctuary Cove is renowned for its waterfront mansions, golfing lifestyle and as a boating mecca.
1888 Sunningdale Court, Sanctuary Cove is being sold through an expressions of interest campaign that closes on April 30, 2022.

1888 Sunningdale Court, Sanctuary Cove is for sale.

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Allan and Dee Wright of Runaway Bay in the house they just flipped in Runaway Bay for a tidy profit. Picture: Glenn hampson
THE Gold Coast has been crowned king of an army ‘flippers’ who have been getting rich quick by buying and selling in the boom — but they may be on borrowed time.
Data from Ray White reveals that last year the Gold Coast had the highest number of units bought and re-sold, within 12 months, of any housing market in the country, and it ranked second only to Sydney for houses and units combined.
Dee Wright and her husband Allan are serial flippers. Picture: Glenn hampson
In total, buyers turned over more than 720 units, with Surfers Paradise being the hotbed for transactions with 261 properties flipped, representing 6.2 per cent of the suburb’s 4,240 sales.
Southport was the next hotspot, where 127 units were turned over, making up 6.1 per cent of a total 2,093 sales.
When it came to houses, 50 were bought and re-sold, according to the data, with Hope Island and Upper Coomera leading the charge at seven flips each, making up 0.8 per cent and 0.5 per cent of those suburbs’ total sales, respectively.

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Ray White analyst Will Clark said that while generally houses did register flip sales, it was much more common among units because, on average, they were cheaper and more fungible, and could often be bought off-the-plan and sold again at construction completion.
He said house flips generally emerged in development suburbs, while units were focused on inner-city areas.
The Wrights bought, renovated then sold this home in Runaway Bay all within 12 months making a tidy profit. It was sold through Phillis Real Estate for $2.8m in February.
Alex Phillis of Phillis Real Estate said the jump in the number of flipper sales was indicative of the buying frenzy during Covid.
“If you’re not emotionally attached to a property and someone is going to offer you hundreds of thousands of dollars more than what you paid for it only months before, you’re going to take it,” he said.
Andrew Bell, CEO of Ray White Surfers Paradise, said flippers become active when they feel the market is on a steep rise, so it was no surprise there were record numbers on the Coast last year.
The Palms in Burleigh Heads, sold for $4.305 million in September last year, making a $500,000 gain in three months.
Mr Bell said many buyers were able to make a profit without having to spend a cent, while others were “accidental flippers”.
“Some people bought without intending to sell, but a couple of months later they would get a phone call from an agent asking if they would consider it because a buyer was prepared to pay them far more than they paid,” he said.
Mr Bell said the Coast wouldn’t see the same volume of flip sales this year, because prices would not appreciate at the same rate as they did during Covid.
“There’s only a brief period of time in the market when you can get in and make some money,” he said.
Influencers Chloe Szep and Mitchell Orval pocketed $900K on their Broadbeach Waters home at 267 Monaco St after only 12 months.
Serial flippers Allan Wright and his wife Dee, know the scenario well.
The pair have flipped three properties within the past five years, with the most recent being a house in Saltash Ct in Runaway Bay, which ranked sixth on the list of house-flipper hotspots.
The couple bought the four-bedroom waterfront property in November 2020 for $1.225m and had it back on the market in November 2021. It sold in February for $2.8m.
“This was a bigger house than we had previously done, so it needed a much bigger renovation, but we still saw a gain of about 30 per cent,” Mr Wright said.
“We were lucky because we managed to renovate before all the Covid-related construction problems started to bite,” he said.
This block at 90 Savoy Dr, Broadbeach Waters, changed hands twice within eight months with both sellers making a profit.
“I think if we do another renovation we’ll go for units, because they are generally quicker to turn-around.
“We’re stuck at the moment though, because we can’t find anything to buy that’s at the right price. People are paying silly money, even for apartments.”
Mr Wright said the rising cost of property and materials will make it harder to make a lot of profit flipping in the future.
“You have to know what you are doing,” he said. “You need to know as soon as you walk into a place, what you can do with it and how much it is going to cost.”

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Mel and Will Nye are renovating the home they bought in the middle of Covid buying frenzy. Prices in the suburb have continued to climb. Photo: Glenn Hampson
THE number of properties on the Gold Coast selling for seven-figure sums has almost doubled during Covid to surpass 5600.
Analysis of settled property sales in the 12 months to April shows that a total 5660 properties sold for $1m or more, compared to 3378 over the same period the previous year.
Of the more recent sales, 4336 changed hands for between $1m-$2m, 863 between $2m-$3m, 268 between $3m-$4m and 193 sold for $4m or more.
Mel and Will Nye: “We’re glad to have bought when we did.” Photo: Glenn Hampson
Surfers Paradise chalked up the highest number of sales between $1m and $2m, now viewed as the entry-level end of the market, with 285 properties changing hands.
It was followed by Palm Beach (209), Hope Island (197), Robina (184), and Mermaid Waters (177).
Mel and Will Nye, who managed to secure a home in Palm Beach during the height of the
buying frenzy last year, say they are glad they bought when they did as prices have risen even further in the past six months.

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8/3 Garfield Tce, Surfers Paradise, sold for $1.53m in Spetember through Tolemy Stevens of Harcourts Coastal.
Mrs Nye said the home in Third Ave, which they bought for $1.79m, would have cost them a lot more today.
“We knew where we wanted to buy and were able to find the perfect location. Now we are in the process of gutting the house and putting it through a renovation to make it our own,” she said.
“It’s great to see increasing values in our suburb and plenty of others. There seems to be a lot of demand right across the Gold Coast.
“We think we bought in at a good price and at the right time.”
Overall, Surfers Paradise had the highest number of sales in almost every $1m price bracket up to $10m, except for the $2m-$3m category, where Hope Island led the pack with 84, and the $7m-$8m bracket, where it was superseded by Mermaid Beach and Hope Island, which registered three and two sales respectively.
The biggest sale last year was in Surfers Paradise, where 41-45 The Promenade on the Isle of Capri sold for $26.88m through Amir Mian and Faith Liu at Amir Prestige. Photo: Glenn Hampson
Overall, a whopping 23 sales were made for $10m or more.
Jason Adcock, of Adcock Prestige, said the data sets highlighted how prices were rising across the board on the Coast.
“In the past, the property market has been a bit of a roller-coaster, plenty of peaks and troughs, but in the past two years prices have stabilised,” Mr Adcock said.
“Many of the suburbs chalking up significant multi-million dollar sales are not beachfront, but they are homes that offer buyers, particularly those from Sydney and Melbourne, more bang for their buck.”
With the Gold Coast population tipped to increase from 577,000 residents to more than one million people by 2041, demand for housing will be even stronger, according to Adcock
Dan and Essie Moloney of Adcock Prestige predict prices will continue to grow.
Prestige’s Dan and Essie Moloney, who cover the southern end of the Gold Coast.
“Property owners have fared very well in the past 12 months,” Mrs Moloney said.
“There is a big imbalance between demand and supply and that’s predicted to continue for the next three years, which will lead to further property price growth.”
Mr Moloney said the Coast was about to hit a prime selling period, with thousands of travellers visiting the region over Easter expected to return home with more than just sand between their toes.
Surfers Paradise clocked up 285 sales between $1m and $2m over the past 12 months more than any other suburb.
Despite the phenomenal growth, there are still some affordable pockets to invest in, according to property investment expert James Fitzgerald of Custodian.
“The lower end of the market – properties less than $1.5 million today – has experienced solid growth, but not as meteoric as the high end of the market and that’s where I see the value today for home buyers and investors alike,” Mr Fitzgerald said.
“Coomera and Pimpama, Nerang, Robina and Merrimac are my picks. These areas are experiencing a lot of infrastructure investment, which means plenty of jobs and amenity.”

TOP SUBURBS FOR $1m-$2m SALES
Surfers Paradise – 285
Palm Beach – 205
Hope Island – 197
Robina – 184
Mermaid Waters – 177
Burleigh Waters – 171
Broadbeach Waters – 145
Elanora – 142
Helensvale – 137
Burleighs Heads – 134

TOP SUBURBS FOR $10m+ SALES
Surfers Paradise – 5
Mermaid Beach – 4
Broadbeach Waters – 3
Paradise Point – 3
Carrara – 2
Currumbin – 2
Palm Beach – 1
Hope Island – 1
Southport – 1
Bilinga – 1Source: Adcock prestige

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70 Monday Dr, Tallebudgera Valley is under offer for $2.9m
It’s the little house on a big bush block that is shaking up the concept of acreage living.
A prominent medical couple offered a sizeable $2.9 million on the contemporary three-bedroom home at 70 Monday Dr, Tallebudgera Valley.
Once unconditional, it ranks among the top five highest ever sales for a residential property in the sought-after semi-rural area, with the newly built home punching well above its weight alongside sprawling dual living estates.
Named Il Ruscello — ‘stream’ in Italian — for its proximity to Annabel Creek, the single-level home’s internal space measures 236sq m and was conceived by Burleigh Heads-based Stuart Osman Building Designs.
Flow from indoors to outdoors
Marketing agent Scott Keatley, of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty, said the design provided a low maintenance lifestyle for the vendors, a young professional couple who bought the 5,477sq m vacant block in 2019 for $515,000.
It proved the perfect empty-nesters’ retreat for the new owners and their two dogs, who are relocating from Southport.
“The home was completed in mid-2021 and everything has beeen finished to a very high specification and the result is really avant garde,” Mr Keatley said.
“There is a beautiful flow throughout the house and you have the 9.6m pocket doors that open out onto the balcony to continue that lovely flow from indoors to outdoors.”
American oak flooring and high-end finishes throughout
Green views everywhere
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Timber-and-black clad exteriors lead onto an open-plan living space with American oak flooring and a designer kitchen with stone benchtops, brushed brass tapware and high-end appliances as well as a wine cellar.
A French fireplace warms the entire home during crisp Valley nights in winter, while summers are best spent enjoying the al fresco area, with its wide spotted gum decking, 6m x 3m heated mosaic-tiled pool, and built-in barbecue kitchen.
Considered landscaping further complements the bush setting, with 60 olive trees an addition to large mature established trees and native shrubs.
There’s three bedrooms and two bathrooms
Tallebudgera Valley’s record sale price was $6.2m for the notoriously extravagant mansion on Tallebudgera Connection Rd purchased by billionaire Riyu Li in 2014.
Mr Li’s property is spread over 14.94ha and has been on the market with a $30m price tag since early 2021.
“There is still very high demand for acreage properties in the Tallebudgera Valley and this sale sets a new record for the district for a small house,” Mr Keatley said.
“It’s a fantastic result.”
It was designed for low maintenance acreage living

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