Former state minister shells out near record price for stunning Brisbane renovation

first_imgLooking across the kitchen to the open plan after all the hard work has been done.The home also has a rooftop terrace affording panoramic views through to the Brisbane City skyline. Former LNP representative, Saxon Rice, has been revealed as the multimillion-dollar buyer of Graya constructions latest project. Photo: Nathan RichterFORMER State politician, Saxon Rice, has been revealed as the latest buyer in a growing list of personalities to have purchased a Graya Constructions project.The past state member for Mount Coot-tha paid $2.22 million to snap up the stunning transformation of 8 McNab St, Paddington. The contemporary finishes were perfectly pitched for the high-end market.Ms Saxon joins a growing list of high-profile Graya clients which have included Channel 9’s Alison Ariotti, Brisbane Broncos captain Darius Boyd and wife Kayla, as well as Queensland Reds Player, Quade Cooper and his model girlfriend Laura Dundovic.Mr Graya said secret behind McNab Street’s success was simple.“It was 100 per cent about the location — Paddington is our stomping ground and I feel like we know it inside out,” he said. BEFORE: 8 McNab St, Paddington before Graya Construction got into the renovation. The view from the homes rooftop terrace.Owner of Graya Constructions, Rob Graya, said they were pleased to build a beautiful home and achieve a great outcome.“Very happy with the result. It was a very enjoyable build and it was a very nice feeling handing over the keys to a great family to enjoy the house,” Mr Graya said.Mr Graya said the architect, Joe Adsett, had created a standout home, and he would rank the project as one of his most enjoyable to date. AFTER: 8 McNab St, Paddington, QLD after its major makeover.The property had only been on the market for one day before it was put under contract by Ms Rice.The sale reflected the second highest price ever paid for a home on a 405sq m block in Paddington.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoThe once decrepit home is now a designer showpiece with five-bedroom, three-bathroom accommodation across multiple levels and is positioned just a few minutes’ walk from the Rosalie Village cafe hub.The property includes a glass-walled wine store, huge Calacatta marble kitchen bench, in-built timber cabinetry, over-size pivot glass front door and open plan living space that connects to the patio and pool area. BEFORE: Rob Graya knew the position was right for a successful project.“With Paddington’s number one street only next door it was a no brainer for us when Ben Wakely (agent) showed us the site,” he said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

Johnson released from hospital, shows hopeful signs

first_imgUSC running back Stafon Johnson was released from the hospital Wednesday, just 16 days after undergoing throat surgery after a weightlifting accident.The senior walked to the press conference at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and flashed a smile and a thumbs up to a waiting throng of reporters.Heading home · Stafon Johnson flashes the “Fight On” sign at the press conference a few weeks after his emergency surgery. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanJohnson still requires a breathing tube and cannot speak or swallow, but his doctors were upbeat about his recovery because of how far the senior has already come since the Sept. 28 incident.“He has made extremely remarkable progress at this preliminary stage,” said Dr. Ryan F. Osborne, one of the surgeons who operated on Johnson. “We’re happy with his progress and we’re very optimistic for his long-term prognosis.”Johnson nodded along to the words of his doctors and his mother, Kim Mallory, before his uncle Kregg Anderson read a statement that Johnson typed on his laptop prior to the press conference.“This is not the end of anything, but the beginning of things to come,” Johnson’s statement read. “I will be back soon.”Doctors had no set target date for when they will ask Johnson to attempt to speak again. They also had no timetable for a return to football, though Johnson nodded and smiled when the notion of playing again was discussed.Johnson will return home to rest and begin the rehabilitation process. He will be monitored “on an outpatient basis,” Osborne said, and will be evaluated later in the week.The day was emotional for Mallory, who stayed by her son’s side throughout his recovery. She thanked fans and friends for their outpouring of support through cards and texts, and also the surgeons who worked with Johnson.“God couldn’t have put together a better team of doctors for us,” Mallory said.The weightlifting injury could have been life-threatening to many other patients who lacked Johnson’s spirit and health, Dr. Jason S. Hamilton said.“His physical stature and his will to survive allowed him to make it to the hospital,” Hamilton said. “When I first evaluated him, I was surprised he even made it to the hospital at all. That’s a testament to him fighting from the beginning.”Johnson has remained in his teammates’ thoughts during his absence. Starting on Saturday against Notre Dame, USC will wear helmet stickers that read “Sta Fight On 13,” a play on words thought up by USC coach Pete Carroll.Separating himself from the team has proven difficult for Johnson, even during his recovery. The Compton native watched USC’s 30-3 win against Cal from his hospital bed and couldn’t help but get excited.“He was pushing in bed like he’s Allen Bradford trying to get a touchdown,” Mallory said. “The whole time, it was like he was in the game, but from afar.”Johnson drew support from throughout the community and even rival UCLA fans after the incident, and continues to gain supporters.“I wasn’t a football fan before, but I am now,” Osborne said. “You can’t help it. Stafon is just infectious.”Before heading home, Johnson scribbled a final note for Mallory to read to the audience. She said it read, “Fight on. Beat the Irish.”last_img read more