The younger beachfront home at 171 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach. Picture: Realestate.com.au What a view to wake up to in Noosaville. The “absolute beachfront” home in Palm Beach. Just wow! Water, water, everywhere outside the windows of the canal home.The Noosaville home at 27 Wyuna Drive was a four bedroom, three bathroom double car garage house that sold for $4.36m. It had not just its own pontoon but also a boat ramp.The Palm Beach beachfront home at 171 Jefferson Lane had six bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a double-car garage – and sold for $3.5m. It was marketed as having been “architecturally reinvented to maximise uninterrupted ocean vistas”. “It presents an incredibly rare opportunity for the new owner to soak in the ultimate beachfront lifestyle, positioned on a large 412sq m block with wide 10.1 metre frontage,” the listing said. Would you pay more for a place to tie up your boat in a canal or for beachfront?THE most expensive homes sold this past week have answered the ultimate Queensland property question – canal or beach? Coastal properties won hands down when it came to fetching the top prices in the state over the week, with the top two places taken up by a modern Hamptons-style beachfront home and an older dated canal front property. 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 agoThe older canal home at 27 Wyuna Drive, Noosaville.Despite its age, it was the Noosaville canal front home that was the most expensive one sold in Queensland over the week – selling for close to a million more than a brand spanking new beachfront in Palm Beach.Certainly location played a big part in that, with Noosa now one of the hottest markets for retirees and downsizers both within Queensland and interstate. The ultimate beach pad. Certainly lots of counter space in the canal home.
Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah “is not available” for a January loan, according to QPR boss Harry Redknapp. Redknapp also said he had not even considered trying to bring in the Egypt international, scotching rumours linking QPR with signing the out-of-favour forward this month. The Hoops boss, who is still looking for another striker despite the arrival of West Ham’s Mauro Zarate, also rejected any fresh interest in Ajax forward Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, while confirming QPR were only looking at loan deals in the January window. Argentinian forward Zarate has made the switch from West Ham vowing to “show what I can do” after being snubbed by Hammers boss Sam Allardyce. Allardyce said Zarate was “not good enough” after falling behind Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll in the Upton Park pecking order. Former Velez Sarsfield star Zarate is yet to deliver on high promise in a turbulent career that includes spells at Birmingham, Lazio and Inter Milan. Redknapp, though, said he had no qualms recruiting a player who had struggled for starts at West Ham, hailing the 27-year-old’s talent. “We hope he comes in and does well for us: he is obviously a player with bags of ability,” said Redknapp. “Sam has got Valencia, Andy Carroll and Sakho scoring goals for fun as well as Carlton Cole, so I could see what Sam was saying that they are flying so he couldn’t get in his side. “My situation is different, I have Charlie (Austin) and Bobby Zamora as two out and out strikers, so it’s different when they have four and we have two. “Hopefully he can come in and make an impact.” Driving rain flooded QPR’s Harlington Sports Ground training pitches on Thursday, but Redknapp sent his players out for training undeterred. “The groundsman is saying the pitch is all under water so we only have about a 10-yard strip to train on, so it is not easy,” said Redknapp. “We haven’t got anywhere else, it’s a problem. “It’s not ideal when you have pitches that flood when it rains heavily. “We will go outside and splosh through the puddles if we have to – we are training outside whether they like it or not. “We’ll go out there for sure.” Press Association “Of course I would take him (Salah) on loan but he is not available,” said Redknapp of the Egyptian, who has been limited to just seven Stamford Bridge appearances this term. “I don’t think Chelsea would loan him, I haven’t thought about him, he’s a good player but I don’t think Chelsea will let him go. “We’re only looking at loans really, a couple of loans, that’s where you’re at. “You can only take two loans from this country so we haven’t got an awful lot left up our sleeve, it’s difficult. “We’d like to have another (striker) if possible, it would help. “It was quite a while ago that we made an approach for him (Sigthorsson). “So there’s nothing happening there, no.” Redknapp admitted QPR’s tricky battle to boost their Premier League survival fight in the January transfer window when limited to loan recruits.
The final match of the 2013 UAE World Cup between three-time champions, Nigeria and defending champions, Mexico on Friday in Abu Dhabi would be a game of wits.This much was the verdict of Coach Manu Garba, Golden Eaglets’ Head coach after Nigeria handed a 3-0 defeat to Sweden at the Rashid Stadium in Dubai on Tuesday in the semi-final.ResilientGoals by Taiwo Awoniyi, Samuel Okon and Chidera Ezeh were enough to break the resolve of a resilient Swedish side that earlier played a 3-3 draw with Nigeria in their Group F match.– I still maintained that the Mexican team are a very technical team and we can see their resilience by coming from a 6-1 loss to us (Nigeria) and still be in the final, Manu said at the post-match media conference.Manu said the Golden Eaglets are now turbo-charged after a commanding performance throughout the tournament where they have won all their previous matches bar the 3-3 draw against Sweden in the Preliminary Round. Pressure– We showed today that we are a very strong side, maintained Manu, a World Cup winner as an assistant coach in 2007.– We are not going to be on any pressure against Mexico in the final because we would prepare mentally, physically and psychologically for the final.– The Mexican team I maintained are at very technical team and I believe the final is going to be a great one but by the grace of God, we shall win this trophy for Nigeria and Africa, he noted.