Looking for a flatmate or a soulmate? You might just find both in one of these suburbs

first_imgJenny Brandon and Steven Webster in Brisbane’s New Farm happily ever after. They were flatmates for six years before they fell in love. Picture: AAP Image/Claudia Baxter.WHEN Steve Webster moved in to a sharehouse with his now girlfriend 10 years ago, he thought he might make a new friend but he didn’t bank on falling in love.The 30-year-old Brisbane real estate flatted with Jenny Brandon for six years before they became an item — sharing rent, dirty dishes, and, eventually, their hearts.“We became best friends and just went through life together,” Steve said.“Her mum passed away at the same time as the breakup so she went through a bad time and that brought us closer together.”GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThe couple continued flatting with other people for another six months before moving out on their own.“In a way, you get to see the worst of each other I guess,” Steve said.“I’m sure anyone who’s had a flatmate would know — you see every part of their life.“If they still like you after all that, you’re doing all right.”If you are looking for love — or just a flatmate — some parts of the state are more sought-after than others.Flatmates.com.au has revealed the most popular share accommodation suburbs in Queensland, and it seems it does pay to live beside the seaside.Broadbeach on the Gold Coast has topped the list of most in-demand suburbs to find a flatmate, with an average of 61 people looking at each property listed on Flatmates.com.au in the first three months of this yearBroadbeach is the most popular suburb for share accommodation in Queensland, according to Flatmates.com.au.It was also the third most sought-after suburb in the country when it comes to share accommodation, and has a median share room price of $239 a week.The data is based on the number of people who said they were looking in a particular suburb in the first quarter of 2018, versus the number of properties that were listed.Mount Gravatt, located next to Griffith University’s Nathan campus in Brisbane’s south, ranked second with 48 people looking for each room.PROPERTY INVESTORS BACK, BUT BABY STEPSIT’S TIME YOUR KIDS STARTING PAYING RENTHISTORIC BRISBANE HOME UP FOR GRABSThe beach suburbs of Main Beach, Currumbin and Caloundra rounded out the top five, while Miami and Burleigh Heads were also popular.Flatmates.com.au executive manager Simon Hope suggested those struggling to find a room in one of the most popular suburbs should consider looking to neighbouring suburbs that offered a similar lifestyle and amenities, but with less competition.“As an example, Broadbeach saw 61 people looking per property while just next-door Broadbeach Waters had a demand of just eight looking per property.”When it comes to falling in love with a flatmate, Steve and Jenny are not alone.Justine Morgan, 27, met her boyfriend at university and moved in to a sharehouse in St Lucia with him and two other flatmates..Brisbane couple Justine Morgan and Dean Jones fell in love while they were flatting together. Picture supplied.They started out as just friends — even setting each other up with mutual friends — until one day Justine realised she had developed stronger feelings towards Dean.“I said to my friends; ‘I have a crush on my flatmate’ and they said; ‘Don’t do anything! You’ll ruin the friendship’.Four years on, Justine is happy she didn’t take their advice.The couple still share a house with other flatmates but their relationship is very different.Relationship psychologist Philipa Thornton said a romance born from a flatmate friendship could lead to a successful life partnership.“It is a fabulous basis because domestically you’re going to have an idea of what they are like pretty quickly,” she said.“Proximity makes the heart grow fonder and that can be a really lovely foundation for a relationship to form from a friendship base.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoRelationship psychologist Philipa Thornton.Ms Thornton said with a more traditional dating relationship someone’s true colours could remain hidden for quite some time, but a flatmate romance fast-tracked what was normally a slower process.“The honeymoon phase could be over quicker when you’re living with someone 24/7,” she said.QLD’S MOST POPULAR SHARE ACCOMMODATION SUBURBS1. Broadbeach2. Mount Gravatt3. Main Beach4. Currumbin5. Caloundra6. Dutton Park7. Miami8. Burleigh Heads9. West End10. South Brisbane11. Carindale12. Mermaid Beach13. Alexandra Headland14. Milton15. Mooloolaba16. Noosa Heads17. Helensvale18. Newstead19. Townsville20. Toowong(Source: flatmates.com.au)last_img read more

WLAX : Needing win, Syracuse returns home for 1st time since February

first_img Published on April 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm Syracuse has been a little homesick. After limping through a six-game road trip with a 2-4 record, the separation from its home environment was evident.‘It’s always sunny and 70 in the Dome,’ SU senior attack Tee Ladouceur said, ‘instead of other places, where weather ailments can sometimes affect the outcome of a game. The Dome is nice.’The Orange (3-6, 1-0 Big East) has only played two of its nine games at home this season, and its subpar overall record demonstrates the effects. In his three years as head coach, Gary Gait has led his Syracuse teams to a .793 winning percentage in the Carrier Dome. And with this year’s squad in desperate need of a win, it’s a better time than ever to be back in Syracuse.Friday, SU takes on Connecticut (6-4, 0-2) in its first home game since Feb. 27.Since Gait began his tenure in 2008, Syracuse has compiled Dome records of 10-1, 7-2 and 6-3. This year, SU is 1-1. Never before has a Gait-led team lost more than two games on the road. So far this year, it has lost five.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn its two games at home, SU is averaging 15 scores per game. In its seven on the road, SU is averaging 9.4.‘I think it’s a whole mixture of things,’ Ladouceur said of the road struggles. ‘We’re not always on the same page together. Obviously, we’re looking to win games, even when we are on the road.’As far as winning games in the postseason, there is a definite advantage for the team that owns the road-warrior mentality, Gait said earlier this season. But as far as winning games — and more importantly, building chemistry — in the regular season, playing a few within the friendly confines can’t hurt.SU’s backup goaltender Alyssa Costantino, in her first season with the Orange, still vividly recalls the first time she set foot inside.‘I remember the first time I saw it. I actually got goose bumps,’ Costantino said. ‘It feels like a professional field, so when you walk in, you’re like, ‘Wow, this is big time.”Perhaps the setting the Dome provides creates a sense of intimidation for the Orange’s opponents. And after SU dominated the Huskies last season on the road, the friendly confines of the Dome are only an added advantage.When the two teams met in Storrs, Conn., last season, the Syracuse defense forced 17 turnovers and allowed just one goal in each half en route to an 11-2 win. SU has won all 13 of its previous matchups with the Huskies and is a perfect 6-0 at home.‘All the other teams come in here and have big eyes and are like, ‘Wow, this is it,” said SU starting goaltender Liz Hogan. ‘And we get to be here every day.’Since losing to top-ranked Maryland on March 12, Syracuse has been outscored by only three goals in a five-game stretch (54-51). It has won two of the five, but both wins came against unranked teams in Towson and Rutgers. The three losses have all come against ranked opponents in Florida, Northwestern and Dartmouth.The question now becomes whether Syracuse is losing because it has been playing games on the road or because it is being outplayed.Come Friday, the answer will materialize. Perhaps the answer to resolving the struggle is as simple as returning back home.Syracuse now has that opportunity, and when the Huskies visit the Dome this Friday, SU will look to get over the homesickness that has come with a 2-5 road trip.‘There are no excuses for losing these games when we’re away,’ Ladouceur said. ‘Those are games that we should have won, but obviously here, there is a comfort zone.’[email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Sheriff Kieliszewski and Terry King speak at League of Women Voters forum

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Last night the League of Women Voters held a virtual forum for Alpena County candidates. Sheriff Kieliszewski and former undersheriff Terry King sat together and answered questions from the moderator.We’ve been given permission to provide you with the closing statements from each candidate.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena County Sheriff’s Department, League of Women VotersContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena principal serves graduate her diploma after she missed the ceremonyNext Businesses and nonprofits can now apply for Michigan Small Business Restart Programlast_img