Inside the homes of some of Qld’s biggest sports stars

first_imgStephen Moore’s house during the construction phase. Pic supplied by Graya Construction.The new house was designed by Tim Stewart Architects and includes five bedrooms over three levels, all boasting views of the city. Features include a wine cellar, PGH brickwork, concrete Caesarstone benchtops and Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances.Moore owns a number of other properties in Brisbane, including a house in Red Hill and units in South Brisbane and Alderley. Courtney and Stephen Moore. Photo: AAP/ Ric Frearson. The rooftop terrace on the home of Quade Cooper. Picture: renovations included a full revamp to the front facade, an upgrade to the observation deck, a makeover for all the bathrooms and bedrooms and an overhaul of the pool and landscaping features.Property records show Cooper paid $1.845 million for the home in 2015.Earlier this year, Brisbane Broncos skipper Darius Boyd moved in to new digs in Hendra with his wife, Kayla. Former Wallabies’ skipper Stephen Moore and his wife Courtney at their new homein Paddington. Picture: NIGEL HALLETTSOME of Queensland’s biggest sports stars have gone on a home buying and building spree, splashing cash on fancy custom-made pads and ritzy renovations to get ahead in the property game.Cashed-up and looking to the future, many of the sunshine state’s most high-profile cricket, football and netball players are investing in bricks and mortar and even turning their hands to property development.Former Wallabies captain Stephen Moore and his wife, Courtney, have just been given the keys to their brand new home in Paddington. The brothers behind Graya Construction have been busy constructing the modern masterpiece, in shades of black and white with timber trimmings, for the past year. The Moore’s house now. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT“I have lived in probably 10 houses in 10 years but really like this part of Brisbane,” Moore said. “But this is really the first time we have been able to design it the way we wanted – bedrooms on one level, living areas on another.”Moore said having a good relationship with the architect and builder was vital, as was ensuring good communication with neighbours during construction. “We were rarely onsite … a good relationship between architect and builder is important, and setting the ground rules, expectations and budget from the start,” he said.Rugby star Quade Cooper’s luxury Bulimba home also recently underwent a major renovation at the hands of Graya Construction.The two-storey riverfront home near popular Oxford Street was already huge and only built ten years ago, but the Queensland Reds’ player and his model/presenter girlfriend, Laura Dundovic, wanted a new and improved version.The four-bedroom, three-bathroom property has a 20 metre glass-framed swimming pool, an observation deck, enough parking for five vehicles and a 12m marina berth. Instagram pic of Laura Geitz, son Barney and husband Mark Gilbride.The circa 1885 Queenslander has five bedrooms and three bathrooms and is on just over 1ha of land.The house features sweeping verandas, bay windows, French doors, pressed metal ceilings and VJ walls.There’s also a resort-style pool, outdoor shower, tennis court and creek. At home with Broncos’ captain Darius Boyd and his wife Kayla. Photo: Mark Cranitch.The NRL star spared no expense creating a dream home in the suburb — a black on black residence with timber finishes and glass panelling.Property records show Boyd bought the original property, which is on a 650sq m block, for $810,000 in 2016.At the time, the house was a three-bedroom, post-war Queenslander in desperate need of a makeover.Graya Construction director Rob Gray, who also built the Boyds’ property, said his high-profile clients wanted a home customised to suit their lifestyles — often because they could not find what they wanted on the market.“You could say they know what they want and aren’t afraid of a bit of hard work to get it,” Mr Gray said.“That’s why they are successful people.” The original house that Wallabies’ veteran Stephen Moore bought in Brisbane before it was demolished to make way for his dream home. Pic supplied.Moore will have more time on his hands following his retirement from rugby late last year after playing in the Bledisloe Cup match between the Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium.The rebuild of the original, two-bedroom worker’s cottage on the site is understood to have cost upwards of $1 million.On the high side of Howard Street — next door to former Bronco Darren Lockyer’s old house — the property offers panoramic views of Brisbane city and surrounds.center_img Quade Cooper in action during Brisbane City vs the Vikings. Pic Peter WallisMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago Darius and Kayla Boyd’s new home in Hendra. Picture: Instagram.Hendra is also home to a swag of other local sports stars, including former Australian fast bowler Andy Bichel, Queensland Reds player Karmichael Hunt and retired Brisbane Lions player Simon Black.Even though he plans to have a few more years on the field, Australian cricket all-rounder Ben Cutting is already looking towards a future in property development. The 31-year-old owns four properties, including his home at Hawthorne, an investment property he bought at Morningside which he may redevelop in the future and a house he built at Aster St, Cannon Hill, which is also rented out. Netball star Laura Geitz bought this property in Brookfield earlier this year. The Bulimba home that Quade Cooper and Laura Dundovic recently renovated. Picture: The Brookfield property Laura Geitz and her husband bought earlier this year. Ben Cutting and girlfriend, Erin Holland, at the house they are selling in Cannon Hill. Picture: Tara Croser.He is also selling a Hamptons-style home he recently finished building at 28 Stanton Street in Cannon Hill.It failed to sell at auction and is now available by negotiation.“Playing cricket doesn’t last for ever, unfortunately,’’ he told The Courier-Mail.“Many finish up playing in their mid thirties.’’When he isn’t on the tools during a build, Cutting said he tried to be as involved as possible in his projects — between cricket commitments.Newly retired netballer Laura Geitz bought her dream home on acreage in Brookfield this year for $2.2 million.She and her husband, Mark Gilbride, have spent the past six months renovating it.last_img