Tracey Stack and Emma Nancarrow at 12 Parry St.BELGIAN GARDENS is becoming one of Townsville’s most in-demand suburbs with houses staying on the market for an average of only 20 days.Properties in the seaside suburb sell quicker than any other suburb in Townsville with the average days on the market well below the Townsville-wide average of 68 days, according to Core Logic figures.Homes in Belgian Gardens also fetch higher prices with the median house price sitting at $475,000 compared to the Townsville median house price of $340,000.Smith & Elliott agents Tracey Stack and Emma Nancarrow are selling several Belgian Gardens properties including 12 Parry St, which is listed for $869,000.They said properties in Belgian Gardens tended to receive strong interest from buyers and didn’t stay on the market for long.“It’s a really cool, breezy suburb and you get lovely breezes straight off the ocean and there is a lot of really good-sized blocks and different types of houses,” Ms Stack said.“Homes there are very popular and they don’t tend to sit on the market for a long time.“The Belgian Gardens State School has a lot to do with it as well because you’re in the catchment area,” Ms Nancarrow said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The city-fringe suburb is within walking distance of The Strand and is home to many stately Queenslanders, some of which have undergone dramatic renovations.About 1935 people live in the suburb and it is popular with families, with 65.2 per cent of homes being family households.The median age in the suburb is 38 while 19.1 per cent of residents are under the age of 15.Ms Stack said 12 Parry St was a prime example of a beautiful Belgian Gardens home that had been extensively renovated and she expected it to be popular with buyers.The six-bedroom, three-bathroom home sprawls over two levels and features large living areas, a pool, fire pit and a kitchenette.“This property has been built to the highest specs and it’s got so many extras like a television in the outdoor living area by the pool, another television up on the deck,” she said.“It would suit a family or someone looking for a dual living arrangement because there is a kitchenette downstairs with an under-bench oven, cooktop and room for a fridge.“There aren’t many houses we come across that have these amenities and such large-sized living areas.”
(File Photo)(Hoosier Ag Today) — The crop tour that went through Indiana last week did not swing through southern counties, but this area of the state is expecting good harvest results. There were times this year when Southern Indiana was too wet and times when it was too dry, but in the end the crops have done very well.According to Steve Gauck, agronomist with Beck’s, “Corn is pretty much made; the rains of the past few days have really finished it off well. Soybeans will need another rain, but there are a lot of pods and good branching; the crop looks good.”Gauck says, while yield estimates central and north are setting records, Southern Indiana crops may not set records but will be very respectable, “In some of the hand checks I have done, we have seen corn fields that range from 160 bpa to 270.” He added Southern Indiana will not see the top end breakouts like northern fields are seeing on the good ground, but it is the average ground in southern counties that is producing solid yields this year.About 46% of Southern Indiana corn has dented. Despite the lack of growing degree days, Gauck told HAT harvest is expected to begin in Mid-September, “We were fortunate this year, our stands look good and, even with the cool spring, guys got their planters up and rolling and did a great job of getting the crop in. Getting the crop off to a good start has really led to higher yields as the season has progressed.”Hoosier Ag Today meteorologist Rob Wasson says warm temperatures and a chance of rain will be in the Indiana forecast for the rest of the week. “A slow-moving, cold front is starting to enter the Ohio Valley,” said Wasson. “It’ll take its time pushing through the state on Wednesday and, as it does, showers and thunderstorms will develop along that boundary. The front will settle just south of Indiana on Thursday, leaving most of the region dry and mild. The front pushes back northward as a warm front on Friday giving farmers another chance of rain. Unsettled weather is expected over the weekend with more showers and storms.” The extended, two week forecast calls for seasonal temperatures and rainfall across the entire state. The long range 30 day outlooks shows near average temps and rains over the entire Midwest.