The owner of this stunning home accepted much less than he had initially wanted for the home.A GAMBLE on a six-star dream home failed to play out as a former casino executive envisioned, forcing him to accept a $4m price cut. Joe Guiseppe, who was an executive with Monte Carlo’s second biggest casino before he retired to his favourite holiday destination – Noosa – had developed a massive 2,611sq m waterfront site for his forever home. The arches are very European.Mr Guiseppe told The Courier-Mail that it was a sad day for him.“I feel sad because I will never (have) a house like this one. It was my private resort. But due to my illness I had to sell it albeit under market value.” Rooftop terrace at the stunning Noosa homeThe home sold for $4.75m on February 10 according to realestate.com.au. The home has a full size flood lit tennis court.Among the most striking feature was his creation of a grand waterfront entertaining pavilion between the pool and the waterfront, with a waterside roof terrace as well. The ceilings soar above the living spaces.He threw in everything he’d seen highrollers become accustomed in Monte Carlo including soaring 3m high ceilings, a gourmet main kitchen plus a waterside kitchen, a massage treatment room with jacuzzi, a Hammam steam room with shower, a fully equipped gym, home cinema with bar, a gas heated Roman pool plus a 19m lap pool, a full size floodlit tennis court and a large boat jetty.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agothe property has room for a large boat.But when illness struck he was forced to try and cash out of the property – which was when he hit a decade long hurdle.According to CoreLogic records, he had initially put the property on the market for a whopping $8.8m in 2006, then dropped the price to $7.3m between 2006 to 2009, before moving to $5.8m in 2011. He then tried putting it up for auction in 2013 and when that did not work, he had it sit on the market looking for offers over $4.7m. The home was meant to be a forever home.The home was designed so that multiple generations could coexist in the same space, with a retreat room that has its own lounge and full bathroom, a master bedroom with twin ensuites, three ensuited guest bedrooms, a guest living room with a kitchenette and a self-contained apartment for the caretaker or nanny.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC) – With just one point separating West Indies and Sri Lanka in the ICC One-Day International rankings, the skipper of the Caribbean side is heading into their three-match rubber here with expectations of overtaking the hosts in the standings.West Indies captain Kieron Pollard believes his team good enough to win the series, the first match of which will be played at the Sinhalese Sports Club tomorrow.The two teams are closely locked on points in the ODI rankings. West Indies occupy ninth spot on 80 points while Sri Lanka are in eighth with 81 points.West Indies head coach Phil Simmons (left) and captain Kieron Pollard (right), at a reception to officially open the ODI series against Sri Lanka, have expressed confidence in the squad.And West Indies will be looking to build on the good work started late last year in the subcontinent and carried on against Ireland at home last month, according to Pollard, who is entering his third series as skipper since taking over last November.“The squad have done a significant amount of work between the World Cup and this point. I think we proved in the Ireland series that we are a level above and we are now eager to see what the team can do against a more evenly matched opponent, in relation to standings.“Hopefully, at the end of the day, the team that plays the best and most consistent cricket will come out on top,” the 32-year-old all-rounder said Wednesday at a meet-the-press session where the series organisers and sponsors staged the official unveiling of the trophy.Head coach Phil Simmons added that one area to be monitored closely is the bowling in the middle overs.“As long as we have visibly improved, we will be happy at the end of the series. However, based on what we would’ve shown against India, I think an improved performance would see us coming out as winners. We have placed specific focus on improving our bowling, which I think we have been able to achieve and we are eager to test that theory against a strong Sri Lanka team,” he said.The first ball of the opening ODI is delivered at 00:30hrs. local time (12 midnight Eastern Caribbean/23:30hrs. Friday Jamaica).SQUAD: Kieron Pollard (captain), Shai Hope (vice-captain), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh Jr.