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  • Chris Vandyke pole homes still popular after 30 years

    first_imgWide verandahs bring the rainforest in.After listing an iconic pole home by Chris Vandyke at 21 Canaga Cl, Kamerunga recently, Elite Real Estate Services agent Andrew Thornton said he had noticed plenty of prospective buyers from southern centres seeking the unique type of home.“When you find a property like this in excellent condition they are very sought after, particularly by people who are moving from down south for that sea change and Far North lifestyle,” he said.“But also there are people who are professionals and families who are looking for a rainforest lifestyle and between Redlynch and Smithfield within five minutes of private schools and shopping centres.” The entrance at 21 Cananga Cl, KamerungaHe said the four-bedroom Kamerunga home, nestled in a little-known estate and on the market for mid-to-high $500,000s, was a “standout” and featured elevated raked ceilings, brush box timber floors, cool natural finishes and plenty of windows and entertaining space. 21 Cananga Cl, KamerungaTHIRTY years after they took the design world by storm, Cairns’ quintessential pole home is still in strong demand with buyers from down south.balay Vandyke building designer and director Matt Piromalli said the rising cost of timber and scarcity of sloping land, both critical in the design of the tropical tree houses, meant the buildings were not built any longer.center_img The airy spaces and brush box timber floors of 21 Cananga Cl, Kamerunga will always be sought after in Cairns.“People love it, but it’s a price thing, we’d love to do a lot more of it but unless you’ve got the money to build a luxury house, it doesn’t happen,” he said.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“A lot of residents will have elements of the pole home and tropical designs built into their new homes, but timber is used less than it was. “Back in the day, it was used in the walls and ceilings and floors, it was in abundance.“Now, we don’t use timber as much, or we use it where it doesn’t need much maintenance and can add some warmth to the home.”last_img read more

  • Former teammates Ennis, Pierre prepare for NCAA Tournament matchup

    first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. — Up near the Ennis’ home country, there’s a reunion of sorts taking place.Tyler Ennis and his brother Dylan are both playing at First Niagara Center for the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament and on Saturday, when No. 3-seed Syracuse squares off against No. 11-seed Dayton, Ennis will take the floor against Dyshawn Pierre, a fellow Canadian and former CIA Bounce teammate.“It’s a great opportunity. It’s a little bit different playing against guys you know,” Ennis said. “It just shows Canada’s really on the rise.”Ennis and Pierre overlapped for one year with CIA Bounce and played together for one summer with the Canadian national team Cadets.With CIA Bounce, Pierre was playing with the U17 team and Ennis, then a 16-year-old, played up a year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“With his talent he was able to play with us,” Pierre said. “His talent spoke, for sure. We were all about winning, too, and we needed him at times when the older guys weren’t playing well. I think he started over some of the guys.”The two live about 45 minutes apart in Canada, Pierre said, and both live about three hours from Buffalo. Pierre expects to see a largely pro-Orange crowd Saturday, but upstate New York is close enough to Whitby, Ontario, that there will be a contingent of friends and family supporting him.The same is in play for Ennis. His entire family, including Dylan, is in Buffalo to support both SU and Villanova, but it’s also a chance to take in a showcase of good Canadian players.“We have so many players in the Tournament still and playing key players,” Ennis said. “It just shows we have talent.”Ennis has faced off against a slew of Canadian opponents throughout the season — the Orange traveled to Canada for four preseason games during the summer and faced an Olivier Hanlan-led Boston College team twice — but Pierre is one of the few guys he has experience playing with.He hasn’t had much of a chance to see Pierre during this weekend, but when both teams played in the EA Sports Maui Invitational they got to watch some basketball together.Now, while other Canadian stars like Melvin Ejim and Andrew Wiggins play crucial roles elsewhere, Ennis and Pierre collide on the big stage in Buffalo, where they sing the Canadian National Anthem before games, too.Said Ennis: “It goes to show how far Canada has come to have players who are impact players on this level.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 21, 2014 at 4:35 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2last_img read more