THEIR job is to feed the US Navy when ships name into ports within the Asia Pacific Area however the half a cow that’s dry-ageing in a glass-doored fridge at Peter and Megan Value’s Gumdale home will fulfill appetites a lot nearer to residence.
The one downside is that this meal received’t be prepared for an additional month not less than.
“That’s a complete grass fed bone-in Angus rib fillet,” Mr Value mentioned.
“We usually do one for 45 days and we’ll pull the opposite one out at 60 days. There’s a little bit of a distinction, the children say it will get extra funky – their phrases – richer and a stronger flavour.”
On this present day 26 years in the past, the newlyweds had no concept that their future household would have the ability to eat such a feast in a single sitting, however their 5 kids are nearly all adults now, and the youngest, Izzy, is sitting her last HSC exams in a Sydney boarding faculty whereas her Christmas dinner tenderises in one other state.
With three daughters in Sydney and two sons in Brisbane, getting everybody collectively for a meal has been a problem this yr and that’s one purpose why the Costs are shifting from their residence on the south jap outskirts of Brisbane.
“We couldn’t get our daughter residence for the final faculty holidays,” Mrs Value mentioned.
“She had the 2 weeks. We put in an software and made requests. They gave New South Wales residents in Queensland boarding faculties permission to go residence and are available again, however not Queensland residents in New South Wales boarding faculties.
“We mentioned we’d isolate along with her at residence they usually mentioned one in every of us must go into quarantine along with her for 2 weeks. So she would have spent the vacations in quarantine after which had to return to highschool.”
However everybody did come residence for 2 months earlier within the yr when all states and territories went into COVID-19 lockdown and it was throughout this time that the renovated six-bedroom residence on one hectare at 154 Formosa Road, Gumdale came into its personal.
The property has a floating cabana and swim-up bar within the lagoon pool.
There’s a floodlit tennis courtroom with a basketball hoop.
The alfresco terrace has an out of doors kitchen and fireside.
An out of doors hearth pit and eating space underneath bushes was added a yr in the past.
And there’s a delivery container within the again leisure quarter that’s decked out like a sports activities bar with its personal rooftop terrace and neon signage, good for a State of Origin night time in at your home.
Between all these areas there was room to social distance in consolation with out even contemplating the 400sq m single-level residence with its industrial wine cellar.
However this was not the house the Costs have been on the lookout for after they determined to maneuver from Brisbane’s inner-eastern suburb of Bulimba 4 years in the past.
“No, under no circumstances,” Mr Value mentioned. “I all the time thought acreage was too far out of city.”
They purchased a vacant block of land in Bulimba and have been going to construct however then gave up on that concept and went to an public sale on the river in Bulimba on a Wednesday night time.
“Meg noticed this place marketed within the native paper on Thursday morning and we got here and checked out it on Thursday afternoon. It was going to public sale on Saturday.”
Nonetheless not intending to purchase the property, the household went to rugby coaching at Villanova Park on Saturday morning earlier than deciding to swing by the public sale.
“The opposite dads have been bagging me that I’ll by no means mow all that grass,” he mentioned.
The couple ended up the one bidders within the public sale and purchased the property unchallenged for $1.815m.
“So in three days we’d gone from a riverfront residence at Bulimba to acreage and we had to return to all of the (rugby) fathers who have been bagging me to inform them we’d purchased it.”
Finest to not ask what those self same rugby dads consider the household’s subsequent transfer.
“We’ve discovered a 100 acre property out the again of Coffs Harbour,” Mr Value mentioned.
“It’s quarter-hour to the seaside and we’ll have our personal cattle.”
The house is a midway level between Sydney and Brisbane and there’s room for everybody to remain, whereas Mr Value could have 60 head of Angus cattle to drool over.
The couple additionally plan to maintain flats in Sydney and Brisbane and whereas their Navy Companies enterprise will proceed to function out of Brisbane, they may even have the ability to work remotely from the farm.
Their Gumdale house is on the market now by Tyson Clarke of Queensland Sotheby’s Worldwide with greatest gives to be acquired by November 25 at 2pm.