Gold Coast real estate: Farm stay property hits the market

first_imgWelcome to 1531 Beechmont Rd, Beechmont. 1531 Beechmont Rd, Beechmont.A 22-HECTARE Gold Coast Hinterland farm stay built for the lucrative international student market is for sale.Josh Thomas and Jackson Paradise, of Ray White Prestige Gold Coast, are marketing the Beechmont property, currently operating as Mystery Mountain Farmstay Resort. There’s plenty of scope to continue the farm stay business. 1531 Beechmont Rd, Beechmont. Horses and goats at the property.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago 1531 Beechmont Rd, Beechmont. It comes with a raft of features including a lunch room, study halls, animal shelters and horse yards.“This is a rare property with huge upside potential,” Mr Thomas said.“It’s a blank canvas for someone with a unique vision as there is plenty of flat land available to make further improvements and take this property to an entirely new level.”Mystery Mountain was developed by Jan and Garth Keppie, who bought the property in 1999 when it was a humble farm with a small rural residence offering spectacular views of the Coast. Check out those views from the deck. The couple enlisted architect Daryl Brown, of Burling Brown Architects, to design a new farmhouse to accommodate a major farm-stay business.The property comes fully equipped for the farm-stay market with amenities to accommodate up to 50 guests, including a lunch room, living areas, study halls and toilet and shower facilities.The nine-bedroom, 14-bathroom homestead comes with a fully equipped kitchen.“As a going concern, there is nothing of this scale available on the Gold Coast as a farm-stay facility,” Mr Thomas said. More news: North v South Gold Coast — the best place to live More news: The top five apartments to watch the GC600 Internally serviced by a private road, the property offers flat usable land that currently houses horse and round yards and three paddocks. Improvements include a stable and tack room, numerous animal shelters with their own water tanks and several work sheds.The land, which also features avocado, citrus, custard apple and macadamia trees, and a stand of coffee bushes, is serviced by bore water and two spring-fed dams.The tender campaign for Mystery Mountain closes on November 26.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 estate01:59last_img read more

Dusting the runway: Angel Dust serves looks, queer community

first_imgIt was a typical Friday night for Angel Dust. In a cramped restroom tucked away on the second floor of West Hollywood’s Rage Nightclub, an epic transformation was well underway. With the help of her backup dancer and friend Irvin, Angel was about to become the fiercest woman in town — all that was missing was a sequin overcoat and pair of glossy, knee-high hooker boots to complete her sparkly (and very pink) ensemble. Twenty minutes, a slice of pizza and dozens of selfies with drunk strangers later, Angel was ready to take the stage.After a showstopping lip-synced rendition of Ciara’s “1, 2 Step,” Angel confidently exited the packed dance floor and retreated upstairs, escorted by her team of dancers. She was content; a five-minute performance and several dollars in tips was all Angel needed to have a good time.For Angel Zayas, the mastermind behind drag persona Angel Dust, performing was never just a dream — it was what he was born to do. However, he never seriously considered pursuing drag until he came to USC. After a couple of ragtag performances at Ground Zero Performance Café and a gay bar in Pomona, Zayas fell in love with drag and discovered the diva that had been inside him all along.It was then that Angel Dust turned from a figment of Zayas’ imagination into a reality.“It was always a piece of me that was inside,” said Zayas, a junior majoring in theatre. “I’ve had this vision of Angel Dust as a pop star for a very long time.”Feeling the fantasyA self-proclaimed “conceptual performer,” Angel Dust believes that bigger — and pinker — is better. Now a regular performer at Rage Nightclub, the drag diva has been gaining prominence in both the USC and greater Los Angeles drag scenes. At the Queer Student and Ally Student Assembly’s annual drag show last November, Angel Dust received a standing ovation for her larger-than-life performance complete with show tricks and a handful of uniformed backup dancers.While Angel Dust encapsulates the confidence and exuberance of true diva, Zayas said this attitude demands almost as much construction as the elaborate costumes he performs in. In fact, getting into the character of Angel Dust requires quite a bit of mental preparation and method acting on Zayas’ part.“Because Angel Dust is what I imagine a modern-day pop star [to be] … I have to get in the mindset that I’m more important than I am,” he said. “For example, a lot of drag queens don’t have managers or assistants and stuff like that. I do because that helps me get into the fantasy.”Beyond the makeup and the mindset, Zayas said it’s not the technical stage skills that make a performer memorable — rather, it’s their ability to captivate the audience.“You don’t have to be the best makeup artist, you don’t have to be best dancer, you don’t have to be the best lip-syncer,” Zayas said. “If you are, which only a few people can be — amazing. But can you control an audience? Can you look at them once and make them freeze? That’s captivation, and it’s something you can’t teach. I, for a long time, really struggled with this idea.”Community service realnessBeyond his love for performing, Zayas has been involved in various aspects of the queer community at USC. He previously worked as resident assistant for Century Apartments’ Rainbow Floor, a special interest housing community for LGBTQ+ students. Zayas was also a student worker at the LGBT Resource Center, where he met his mentor Kelby Accardi-Harrison.Accardi-Harrison recalls meeting Zayas during his first year at USC, when he proposed the idea of starting a drag club at the University. According to her, Zayas was outspoken and determined to see his ideas through from the start.“I really appreciated his honesty and his vision for what he wanted to see for our student community,” Accardi-Harrison said.While at USC, Zayas has actively worked to establish stronger ties in the campus community through drag. According to Zayas, drag has the ability to bring people together — even for those who do not identify as queer.“I think drag can build bridges between communities that [don’t] mesh well, like queer people and non-queer people,” he said. ”Once they find out about drag and understand it and are educated about it, they’re likely to be more receptive to it.”Zayas’ idea is a reflection of the mainstream success of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” a reality competition show for drag performers that first aired in 2009. Now considered a cultural phenomenon, “Drag Race” revolutionized public perception of drag and made the art form more accessible to non-queer communities.Under Zayas’ direction, last year’s annual drag show reached maximum capacity at 500, the attendance record in its nine-year history. The event also introduced a new crop of drag queens, such as Bunny Bloodlust and Annie Vaxxer.“Drag has always existed in all aspects of life, so it’s not like I was the first drag queen to ever walk onto campus, but I will say that it really helped that I came to USC at a time when ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ came into the mainstream,” Zayas said. “When I started drag, it wasn’t considered cool to do drag.”The runway aheadAngel Dust has already made big plans for her career. While she recently applied for season 12 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Angel said she won’t be discouraged if she doesn’t get cast.“If season 11 were the last season, I’m still going to be a famous drag queen,” she said. “It’s not going to stop me.”In addition to serving as QuASA’s director next year, Zayas also added that he is working to develop a one-woman show for Angel Dust, which he hopes to perform sometime next year.“My goal is to take drag where it’s never gone,” Zayas said. “No one’s ever done a two-hour show that’s like a concert or tour so that’s something I want to do. I want to trail blaze the same way RuPaul did in the ’90s.”According to alumna and Zayas’ friend Nicole Medina, the future is bright for both Angel Zayas and Angel Dust.“I either see him turning a drag race stint into a lot of club gigs and going on that world tour or, if for some reason ‘Drag Race’ doesn’t pan out … I see him doing drag and other performances, possibly acting,” Medina said. “I see him performing and being successful and developing tons of relationships and a fan base out here in L.A. at minimum, if not nationally and internationally.” Junior Angel Zayas, who performs under the drag persona Angel Dust, says drag can bring queer and non-queer communities together. (Allen Pham/Daily Trojan)last_img read more