Costal town snatches title of Australia’s most expensive from Sydney

first_imgByron Bay has been named Australia’s priciest place for property. Byron Bay has snatched the title of Australia’s most expensive city from Sydney, according to new data.The costal town is not only home to celebrity heart-throb Chris Hemsworth but the country’s highest median house price at just under $1 million. The Propertyology report found the regional city has thumped Sydney with its median house price of $987,500 as of December 2018. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago The Gold Coast was ranked 14th in Australia. The Gold Coast’s median house price has jumped 12.5 per cent in the last three years. In 1998 the its median house price was just $185,000. It is ranked 6th for population, behind Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. “Based on its population of 606,000 people, Gold Coast is Australia’s sixth largest metropolis,” Mr Pressley said. “Ranked Australia’s 14th most expensive location, Gold Coast’s median house price is higher than Australia’s third largest city, Brisbane (with a) median house price of $550,000.” Byron Bay not only has pricey property, but it also has heart-throb Chris Hemsworth. The Gold Coast also featured on the national top 40 list with a $632,500 median house price, ranked 14th most expensive, behind Tweed with a $650,000 median. Propertyology head of research Simon Pressley said house prices in Byron Bay were likely to continue to rise, widening the gap between Sydney and Melbourne, where prices were falling. “Byron’s median house price increased by a whopping 64 per cent over the past five calendar years, propelling it to the top of the national table,” he said. “Sydney and Melbourne both produced a 44 per cent increase over the same five years to be $950,000 and $772,500, respectively.” MORE NEWS: Mega mansion relisted with price hikeMORE NEWS: Purplebricks exits Australian market after failure to take off Byron Bay’s median house price was a mere $140,000 in 1998, with its growth put down to location and a laid-back lifestyle. “It’s staggering that Byron has averaged double-digit growth every single year for two decades. I doubt whether there’s another city anywhere in the world that has done that,” Mr Pressley said. “Byron is only a two-hour drive up the highway to Brisbane or a one-hour flight to Sydney via Ballina, plus the Gold Coast international airport is also only an hour away.” Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) Gold Coast Chairman Andrew Henderson said Byron’s rise to No. 1 might be thanks to its celebrity residents. “It’s not a surprise given the amount of celebrity personalities that now call Byron Bay home,” he said. “The aura that has been created around the town has probably lead it to that position.“Plus there is very limited availability in the area, that supply and demand probably assisted.”last_img read more

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Viterbi, SCA to host inaugural Games Expo in May

first_imgOver 100 games designed by the students from the USC Games Program, a collaboration between the School of Cinematic Arts and the Viterbi School of Engineering, will be showcased at the inaugural USC Games Expo on May 9. Hosted by the mobile game developer Jam City at the Cinematic Arts Complex, the event will expose attendees to the rise of mobile gaming. Embedded is a virtual reality photography game about journalistic choice and how media shapes public perception. Photo courtesy of Embeddedgame.com.Recognized as one of the top game design programs in the United States by The Princeton Review, the USC Games Program has a history of promoting student-developed projects. One of the games that will be presented is Friendshrimp, a single-player, 3-D third-person adventure game. The game revolves around the antics of a mantis shrimp that assists employees at an aquarium with capturing other “rogue shrimp.” “The game is narration based with a humorous voiceover, instructing or cautioning the shrimp on how to progress through the game, and reacting as his advice is heeded or ignored,” Friendshrimp executive producer and co-lead engineer Arshea Bimal said. With the expo’s collaboration with Jam City, students will have the chance to work closely with experts in the gaming industry to perform demos of the games they have worked on throughout the past school year. Bimal is currently enrolled in “CSCI 529: Advanced Games,” which requires students to put together a yearlong master’s capstone project. Students taking the class develop their own games, and the launch of the Game Expo provides them with a platform to present their work.“It’s one of the longest and most detailed game development classes in the computer science games department,” said Bimal, a computer science graduate student.Additionally, students enrolled in “CSCI 526: Mobile Games,” “CSCI 524: Networked Artificial Intelligence” and “ITP 485: Programming Games Engines” will also have games on display to demonstrate the engineering aspect of the expo. Projects across disciplines like business and communication will also have the opportunity to be showcased.“There will be all kinds of other projects,” USC GamePipe Laboratory Director Mike Zyda said. “We have our yearlong advanced games lab, we have the cinematic arts interactive media program, we have students from the computer science games program, we have students from the Marshall School of  Business MBA program, we have students from the Annenberg Communications management program. The Games Expo encompasses all games efforts on campus.”According to Zyda, students who develop games through the “Advanced Games” class have the benefit of a year’s worth of input and design. Other student projects, however, were selected based on their projected level of completion by the date of the Game Expo.“As a professor, you know which games are the best,” Zyda said. “We try and invite our best, and our students when they know that they are going to be demoing in front of large numbers of industry people, they work hard to make the games look fantastic.”Zyda said he is worried that attendees may be overwhelmed with the number of games on display, but the Game Expo’s proximity to graduation will attract a broad audience for developers to demo them.“Students will bring their parents,” Zyda said. “Large numbers of industry people will come, many of our past students as well.”As a student in the “Networked Artificial Intelligence” class, Yunxiang Fei, a computer science and electrical engineering graduate student, hopes the large body of onlookers will take time to view his game, Aniki Fight, on display and gain from it. “[We will show] the [artificial intelligence] part of our game as well as some specific features,” Fei said. “[Then] the audience can feel even [a] little game may have lots of things to be accomplished.” According to Bimal, everyone participating in the event — and her team, in particular — is looking forward to engaging different perspectives when they have attendees demo Friendshrimp.“The Game Expo is a good way expose our game to a lot of people,” Bimal said. “We’re hoping to get a lot of great feedback on our game.”last_img read more

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The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 86-72 loss to Oklahoma State

first_img Comments BROOKLYN — Syracuse traveled to the Barclays Center on Wednesday night for its first of two games in New York City. It allowed the first 11 points of the game, and despite leading by seven at one point in the first half, the Orange (4-2, 0-1 Atlantic C0ast) struggled defensively in an 86-72 loss to Oklahoma State (6-0). OSU outshot the Orange and dominated the interior as SU’s frontcourt struggled with foul trouble.Here’s what our beat writers had to say about the Orange’s loss. Published on November 27, 2019 at 11:46 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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