Roar player on the move beachside

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first_imgSocceroo Brett Holman poses with his wife Femke and their children Emma, 8, and Mick, 6, in New Farm, Brisbane on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. The family home is for sale. (AAP Image/Claudia Baxter)“We bought it as a holiday house but fell in love with the Sunshine Coast,” Fem said. “We lived on the beach in Dubai and we missed it (the beach).“This house is amazing, New Farm is amazing, the only thing it doesn’t have is a beach.”The couple bought their five bedroom New Farm house in 2016 after heeding the advice of former Roar coach, John Aloisi, who recommended they check out the sought-after suburb. They said they enjoyed New Farm’s village feel. “This is the first place, really, where we have had that social life and support, and we have made a lot of friends here, as have the kids,” Fem said. Holman said they would put witches hats across the front of the cul-de-sac and the whole street would be out playing cricket. “There are some great memories here,” he said. “The kids, they pretty much learned to ride bikes here.”But the couple said moving around so much with soccer had made them restless again. The house itself has five bedrooms and four bathrooms, including a huge master bedroom with a walk-in-wardrobe and stunning ensuite. The Holman’s house will hit the market on MondayFem said they had initially wanted to rent in New Farm but there was very little housing available, and while they had looked in surrounding suburbs, they were keen to stay in the New Farm State School catchment. Soon after they found 30 Chambers St – a five bedroom renovated house at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac.After submitting a few offers with no success, they attended the auction – a daunting process for a couple from Europe where auctions are rare. The couple bleached the floorboards, moved the pool filter off the entertainers’ deck and put in a new kitchen.The grass that “refused to grow” was also replaced with artificial grass. The couple spoke fondly of the neighbourhood, recalling Australia Day and Christmas street parties in the cul-de-sac. That was in October 2016, and the couple have since added their own touches to the stunning house.Prior to the Holman’s purchasing the house, the previous owners had lifted the single-storey Queenslander cottage, extended it and completely renovated it.“We renovated the renovations,” Holman said. “We are just going to take the gamble. If it doesn’t work out we will just come back to New Farm,” Fem said.Holman said their move to the Sunshine Coast was the first decision they had made as a family, rather than one guided by his sporting commitments. “The kids are getting older, they are getting in to sports and when you get into that, your weekends are gone,” he said.“It will be tough to leave but this is lifestyle move for us and I will still have ties with Brisbane and the club.” MORE: Rock legend puts ‘zen-like’ Brisbane home on the market “We ended up having the highest bid but we didn’t meet the reserve price,” Fem said. “So we told the owners to take two hours to think it over and we went to the park.“They came to the park with the contract and six weeks later we moved in.” MORE: Instant Hotel champs list latest Brisbane project Socceroo Brett Holman poses with his wife Femke and their children Emma, 8, and Mick, 6, in New Farm, Brisbane on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. The family home is for sale. (AAP Image/Claudia Baxter) Socceroo Brett Holman with his wife Femke and their children Emma, 8, and Mick, 6, in New Farm, Brisbane on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. The family home is for sale. (AAP Image/Claudia Baxter)Speaking exclusively to the Courier Mail, Holman and his Dutch wife Femke, better known around New Farm as Fem, revealed they had bought a house at Peregian Beach, and were keen to make the “lifestyle move” with their two children, Emma, 8, and Mick, 6. 30 Chambers Street, New Farm, QLDINJURED Brisbane Roar midfielder Brett Holman and his family are selling their New Farm house and making the move north to the Sunshine Coast.But the 35-year-old former Socceroos star, who has been sidelined due to complications from knee surgery, has denied he is planning to retire from the A-League. “It has been a difficult season for me personally, but no,” he said. Traditional features remain in the original part of the house, including the VJ walls, fretwork and front balcony. Downstairs there is an open plan kitchen and dining area that opens onto the backyard and the central entertainers’ deck. The living room also opens on to this deck, which is covered by an electric roof for rain or shine. This area also looks on to the pool, which has solar heating. “You can open the whole house up and see the kids, whether they are in the pool or playing soccer,” Holman said. “Fem could keep an eye on everything.”Other features include a large study with a separate entrance that could be converted in to a playroom or another bedroom. At the front of the property is a small porch.“That’s where we like to sit with a glass of wine and watch the kids playing in the cul-de-sace,” Fem said.The house is listed with Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm and will hit the market on Monday.Expressions of interest will be open until March 28, with Mr Lancashire labelling the property a “rare find”.“Five bedrooms on a quiet cul-de-sac in New Farm … that just doesn’t happen very often,” he said. “It ticks a lot of boxes.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agolast_img

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