Nothing but good times

first_imgExpressions of interest in 107 King Arthur Terrace, Tennyson, closes on March 20For the past 13 years this north-facing, flood-free home at Tennyson has been the perfect place for Phil and Karon Wikman to entertain their friends and family.Memories of big birthday parties for their three children and many school functions have not been forgotten.“We have had two 18th birthday parties and a 21st. We’ve also celebrated two 50th birthday The two-storey, five-bedroom home has an imposing facadeparties,” Mrs Wikman says. “We’ve celebrated many milestones in this home and the most people we’ve entertained here is about 200.”Mr Wikman says the house is “at its best” when it is full of people. “There’s plenty of space to entertain — inside and out,” he says. “My favourite part of the home is the outdoor terrace, because of the river views.” Even the TV room in the five-bedroom, three-bathroom home has been transformed into a disco room, according to Mrs Wikman, who says they also had DJ playing in the space. There is plenty of entertaining space in the family homeWith the inclusion of an infinity-edge pool and private pontoon with a jet-ski dock, the Wikmans say there is little chance of being bored at 107 King Arthur Terrace, located about 7km south of Brisbane’s city centre. And for those who love a nice drop of wine, the Wikmans have repurposed a secure vintage bank vault into a 440-bottle wine cellar — a quirky hidden addition. The kitchen was recently upgraded and has a marble island benchtopOnly a few steps away from the cellar is the spacious kitchen, which the couple updated three years ago. It features a statement marble island bench, soft-close drawers, a stainless-steel Miele convection microwave/speed oven, wall oven, induction cooktop, integrated dishwasher, and concealed preparation space, to accommodate small appliances.Describing it as “sleek and sophisticated”, Mrs Wikman says it is a nice spot from which to enjoy the views of the Brisbane River.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoThe upper level of the house, accessed via a 5m walkway, has a spacious parents’ retreat with a jaw-dropping en suite and views of the golf course.“There’s a few boats that go past and you can sometimes hear the rowers in the morning too. Having said that, it’s a nice quiet stretch of the river,” Mr Wikman says. The mezzanine has a billiards table and chillout zoneAlso upstairs is another of the home’s chillout zones — a mezzanine billiards’ room overlooking the open living areas below and taking in sweeping river views. With a built-in bar, the billiards room maintains connectivity with entertaining spaces on the lower level, while offering a separate games’ zone.The Wikman’s are looking to stay in the area, but want to move to an apartment with their 11-year-old dog Coco.They hope a family with school-aged children buy their much-loved home.The property is close to the Queensland Tennis Centre and the Tennyson Reach riverfront lifestyle precinct, which is under construction.last_img read more

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Women poorer, men lonelier after divorce – study

first_imgThe Age (Australia) 24 July 2012WOMEN’S household incomes suffer more than men’s after divorce, but it takes men longer to recover emotionally, a study has found. The joint research, led by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, also highlights the significant impact divorce has on the financial assets of divorcees, which leads to many requiring greater government support in later life. The research – to be presented at the institute’s conference in Melbourne later this week – shows the household income after divorce declined for women, but not for men. In fact, while women’s household income dropped significantly, particularly in the first year after divorce, males’ income continued to rise. While the research showed some women were able to return to their pre-divorce income after six years through re-partnering, increased labour force participation and government benefits, this was not the case for divorced women with dependent children, who found it more difficult to combine paid work with family responsibilities.… The study – which also looked at the emotional wellbeing of divorcees – revealed that men reported greater feelings of isolation and loneliness than women, even up to six years after divorce. After two years of divorce, 24 per cent of men said they felt isolated, compared with 12 per cent of women. After six years, more men (19 per cent) than women (12 per cent) still reported feelings of isolation. Meanwhile, 35 per cent of men reported feeling ”very lonely” two years after divorce, compared with 25 per cent of women and after six years, 26 per cent of men still reported loneliness compared with 20 per cent of womenhttp://www.theage.com.au/national/women-poorer-men-lonelier-after-divorce-20120723-22kpd.htmllast_img read more

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