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Aaron Fearne loves the high life at peaceful Brinsmead home

first_imgAt home with Taipans coach Aaron Fearne and his wife Amy. PICTURE: JUSTIN BRIERTYAFTER a pulsating night at the convention centre, win or lose, Taipans coach Aaron Fearne knows he can go home and take some precious time-out. Last year he and his family moved from their longstanding Bayview Heights home to a larger property at popular Brinsmead estate, The Peak. With striking views west to Redlynch, the home offers tranquillity to Mr Fearne and his wife Amy, a teacher at Cairns State High School. “You come home from a day at work and it’s just quiet, peaceful and easy to unwind here,” he said. A basketball hoop in the driveway is mainly used by Mr and Mrs Fearne’s two children, Tyler, 14, and Jasmine, 12. Aaron Fearne in his media room PICTURE: JUSTIN BRIERTY“The thing that gets overwhelming in a big house is things like art work, plants, pots and furniture. It takes time to get a feel for what you want,” Mr Fearne said. Downstairs is a self-contained living quarters, which is currently being rented by a Taipans squad member, and an impressive media room. “I like watching movies. And the sound in here blows you away,” Mr Fearne said. Far North Queensland is a long way from Minnesota, USA, where Mr and Mrs Fearne met during college.But, having spent almost 20 years in Cairns, they couldn’t feel more at home in the tropics. “When we first came to Cairns in 1998, we thought we might only be here for one year,” Mr Fearne said. “Basketball has been the vehicle keeping us here.“We’ve really enjoyed it. It’s been a great place to bring up the kids.” Their Brinsmead home was built in 2004 by Cairns builder Craig Burrows.Mrs Fearne, also a keen basketballer, said moving had been the right decision. “There’s a lot more space here, I’m really enjoying it,” she said. “As long as Aaron has a job at the Taipans, we’ll be here.” The property is in Brinsmead’s The Peak estate PICTURE: JUSTIN BRIERTYYou walk through the front door into a vast kitchen and living area which opens onto a pool and colossal timber deck, totalling about 120sq m. The area is made for entertaining.“We had a Christmas Eve dinner, there would have been 35 people here and we didn’t feel like we were on top of each other,” Mr Fearne said. “There were family and friends from the Taipans, including some imports who had nowhere else to go.”There is of course some, but not an excessive amount, of basketball memorabilia on display. Hanging above the TV is a photo from the Taipans’ 2004 playoff appearance against the Perth Wildcats; in the living room are signed playing strips from Cairns product Aron Baynes and his former San Antonio teammate Tim Duncan. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agolast_img


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