18 Alexandra Street, North Ward.Owner Paul Welch has lived in the house for the past eight years with his wife and three children.He said it was the perfect family home with plenty of space to spread out and his three children being able to walk to school at Townsville Grammar.“We bought the place in 2009 and renovated it and raised it,” he said. “Downstairs there is now a self-contained unit because we had parents flying in from the United Kingdom.“We’ve done a huge amount of work on the house and we repainted it about a month ago, put in a new kitchen, installed solar and relined the pool.“We’re going to be moving to a place that is slightly smaller because we don’t have family coming from the UK any more and our eldest child is going to university.”The classic Queenslander facade contains a home filled with modern amenities with views of the water and Castle Hill.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Classic features such as high ceilings, timber flooring, tongue and groove panelling and timber fretwork and archways have been retained to create a character home. 18 Alexander Street, North Ward.WITH its white picket fence and sweeping front veranda 18 Alexandra Street conjures up images of an idyllic family life.The six-bedroom North Ward home is now ripe for the picking and will go to auction on September 5.Located on one of Townsville’s most popular streets on a 1012sq m block and superbly renovated, the expansive two-level home has already caught the attention of many potential buyers. 18 Alexandra Street, North Ward. The house has three living zones as well as a study and a self-contained guest area downstairs with a total of 416sq m of under-roof space.Mr Welch said Alexandra Street would have to be one of the best streets in Townsville.“We absolutely love North Ward and Alexandra Street because everyone looks out for each other and we all have an annual Christmas party,” he said.“I think our house is in the best bit of Alexandra Street because you don’t have all the noise of Paxton Street and you have a flatter backyard.“The home as well as being great for a family is a really fantastic party house where you can have 50 or 60 guests and the place looks nicely busy but you’re not tripping over each other.“We have really enjoyed living here and it’s such a fantastic spot.” 18 Alexander Street, North Ward.Harcourts Kingsberry selling agent Julie Mahoney said she was expecting a family to snap up the home.“We’ve had a huge amount of groups through because it will appeal to a big family demographic because it’s the type of home that is beautifully appointed but still feels like a home,” she said.“With the layout and position of the home you have an amazing grassed area as well as a large pool which is almost like a lap pool and is very deep ended.”For more information call Julie Mahoney on 0428 242 817.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VERO BEACH, Fla. – Apparently, Andre Ethier wants to be the Dodgers’ version of Madonna. “It’s just about reinventing yourself,” the second-year outfielder said. “I hit .300 last year, and people said it wasn’t good enough. So I’m just trying to go back to where I was in 2005, the year before I came over here, when I hit balls the other way with authority and at the same time took the inside pitch and tried to drive it out. “I think I can be a more valuable player if I get back to what I did that season.” Clearly stung by what he repeatedly read and heard over the winter – an especially popular notion was that he didn’t hit for the kind of power a corner outfielder is supposed to – Ethier says he is focused on hitting more than the 11 home runs he had last year. That figure notwithstanding, he was a solid NL Rookie of the Year candidate before the fatigue of his first major-league season caused him to fade down the stretch. But the problem with Ethier’s new approach is that manager Grady Little isn’t happy to hear that Ethier, who is expected to be the Dodgers’ everyday right fielder this season, wants to reinvent himself. “That scares the (heck) out of me,” Little said. The Ethier whom Little is hoping to see is the same guy who batted .308 as a rookie while posting a .365 on-base percentage. The guy who went 3 for 4 with a double in Friday’s Grapefruit League game – an 8-7 victory over the Minnesota Twins in front of 4,174 at Holman Stadium – to raise his spring average to .526 (10 for 19). The guy who will fit nicely into either the seventh or eighth spot in the batting order this season, low enough that no one will expect him to be Babe Ruth. The Ethier that Ethier seems to want to be is the player he was two years ago at Double-A Midland, before the Oakland A’s traded him to the Dodgers for Milton Bradley and Antonio Perez. Ethier hit 18 homers and drove in 80 runs that year, even as he was posting the highest full-season average (.319) and on-base percentage (.385) of his professional career. Ethier’s first-inning double against the Twins, which came against a non-roster shell of what used to be Sidney Ponson, is his only extra-base hit of the spring. “I’m not hitting home runs, so something isn’t right,” Ethier said. “They want somebody to hit home runs, and I can be that guy. Why not me, right?” Then again, why not somebody else? “This guy has all kinds of ability,” Little said. “We’re not asking him to be somebody he isn’t. If he swings the bat the way he knows how, those home runs are going to come. They will come if he doesn’t put a lot of effort into trying to make them come. But if he does do that, they may never come then. You can get into bad habits if you start thinking that way.” GETTING BETTER: Utility man Marlon Anderson, who has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game because of a minor setback in his recovery from offseason surgery on his right elbow, might be ready to play as soon as next week. He took ground balls, tossed them lightly and shagged flies in the outfield. Although the injury resulted from Anderson pushing himself too hard early in camp, the veteran said he had no regrets. “Not at all, because you don’t know until you test it,” he said. “I spent the whole offseason rehabbing it. I pushed it a little bit just to see where it was, knowing that I might have a setback.” Shortstop Rafael Furcal (right shoulder) also is expected to return early next week. Both Anderson and Furcal might play in a minor-league game on Wednesday, an off day for big-league camp. Left-hander Randy Wolf will pitch three or four innings in that game to stay on his regular routine of starting every fifth day. HEADED OUT: Don’t be surprised if top pitching prospect Scott Elbert is among this weekend’s first round of cuts. The left-hander, who was not going to make this year’s team, faced five Twins batters on Friday, retired only one and gave up three home runs.