52 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters.IT was the sweeping river and Hinterland vistas that made the Baker family fall in love with this Broadbeach Waters home.After living in London for 16 years, Lisa and Charles Baker along with their two children were desperately craving a house that embraced the warm weather and its picturesque surroundings.That fact that it needed a fresh lick of paint and some tender love and care barely registered with the family.“We bought it because of that view,” Mrs Baker said.52 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters.52 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters.52 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters.Three years later, they have breathed new life into the five bedroom home.What was once a dated 1980s-style house with an apricot and beige palette has been transformed into the epitome of modern living. “We literally did everything — I think the only thing we didn’t touch was the clothes line,” Mrs Baker said. “All the hours spent on Pinterest, it was worth it.”They chose neutral tones to give it a coastal theme with wood accentuated throughout.“We really wanted everything to be white inside but if we left it with just white, sometimes it can look like a box and there’s no character to it,” Mrs Baker said.The main living and dining area, which has an eco-fireplace, is at the heart of the home.The kitchen with stone breakfast bar and DeLonghi appliances is on the right while a second living area is on the left.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago52 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters.52 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters.52 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters.All three living areas open up onto the covered outdoor entertainment area.There are two bedrooms downstairs and three upstairs, the master of which has a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite and access to the balcony.Outside, the pool and sun lounging terrace overlook the water and there is a sunken firepit at the rivers edge.Mrs Baker said the outdoor entertainment area was her favourite part of the house, particularly at sunset.“There’s always some action on the river,” she said.Mrs Baker said it had been tough at times, particularly when moving from room to room throughout the renovation, but said it had been a labour of love.“It’s been worth it, it’s been a fun job,” she said. “We’ve just really enjoyed the process.”The family have decided to sell the home so they can pursue another renovation project.The property is in a quiet cul-de-sac close to parks, schools, golf courses and shops.
By Peter HallLONDON, England (Reuters) – Manchester City responded to last weekend’s first Premier League defeat since January, with an emphatic 8-0 hammering of Watford, while Tottenham Hotspur were on the wrong end of a tight VAR call in a 2-1 loss at Leicester City yesterday.With league leaders Liverpool not in action until their today trip to Chelsea, City were looking to close the gap to two points.It took City less than a minute to prove the defeat against Norwich City was a minor setback as David Silva opened the floodgates with a well-worked opener. Further goals from Sergio Aguero, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Nicolas Otamendi gave City a 5-0 lead in under 18 minutes – the fastest a team has scored five times in Premier League history. City had Manchester United’s Premier League record victory margin – a 9-0 win over Ipswich Town in 1995 – in their sights but fell short by one goal.Bernardo Silva completed his first top flight hat-trick to make it 7-0 before Kevin De Bruyne’s brilliant strike completed the rout. “The same feeling I have now I had after Norwich so it was not a bad performance,” City manager Pep Guardiola said. “We can lose the games but the important thing is the approach and how we react.“What I like the most is normally when it’s 5-0 at halftime the second half is not serious, it’s boring but we did the opposite and we were more aggressive and made a very good second half.”VAR FRUSTRATION FOR SPURSThe Video Assistant Referee (VAR) disallowed two goals in a Premier League match for the first time as Tottenham slipped to a second defeat of the season after Leicester came from behind to secure the 2-1 win at the King Power Stadium.Wilfred Ndidi thought he had given Leicester the lead when he bundled the ball into the net only for VAR to rule out the effort for offside. However, there was no question over Harry Kane’s 29th minute strike as he fired past Kasper Schmeichel to give Spurs the lead.Serge Aurier thought he had doubled the visitors’ advantage but VAR, to the delight of the home fans, ruled that Son Heung-min was offside during the build-up. Replays showed the call was marginal.“If we scored the second, the game is over,” Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “It gives belief to a team that could have been dead.”The reprieve did shift the momentum in the home side’s favour, as Ricardo Pereira converted Jamie Vardy’s cross to equalise three minutes later, before James Maddison fired in an unstoppable winner five minutes from time. “It’s what happens with VAR, you have to get your head round it,” Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said. “It works for you and against you. Worked both ways for us today!”Elsewhere, the pressure was mounting on manager Marco Silva after Everton slipped to a third defeat in four league games after newly-promoted Sheffield United came away from Goodison Park with a 2-0 victory.Manchester City’s conquerors Norwich City came back down to earth with a bang after slipping to a 2-0 defeat at Burnley. Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion played out a goalless draw.