Dr Bevan Geissmann, the co-founder of Halcyon villages for over 50-year-olds, loves his acreage property in the suburb of Logan.
1. Where do you live and why?
I moved to Logan when I joined a medical practice in Beenleigh 34 years ago. Having grown up on the southside of Brisbane in Holland Park, at that time Logan reminded me of there and it felt like home. Logan is the real Australia. It has state schools, rugby league and down-to-earth people. It has a diverse cross-section of society, including hardworking families, and they were who I wanted to serve. In fact, a lot of old schoolfriends became my patients.
2. What do you love about your home?
We’ve been lucky to live on an acreage in Carbrook for the past 32 years in the same house, which is where we raised our three children and where there are still holes in the wall from their misadventures, and pencil marks on the door frames where we measure their growth.
3. What would you change about your home?
I wouldn’t change a thing as I love the open space and the sense of rural living we have, even though we are minutes from the M1 and all the shops and services we need. Although there are times when I think I’d like to give up my ride-on mower and having to mow the grass!
4. What is the best thing about your suburb?
We’re incredibly lucky to have so much green, open space, and the feeling that we live in the country, when we are so close to the city, mountains and the coast. We have more than 900 parks here. Logan is central to so many places including Brisbane, Mount Tamborine and the beaches of the Gold Coast. We’ve got great infrastructure and a network of highways intersecting through the region, a great hospital, lots of industry and what I call a lot of grunt. It’s a city on the move.
5. If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where?
As an old man who thinks he can snowboard, I’d be happy to take the chalet in the Swiss Alps for the winter. My summer residence would be in Jupiter Island, Florida, where my neighbours would be Greg Norman, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Serena Williams and Celine Dion. It’s a narrow 9km island connected by a bridge to Miami, which has amazing golf courses, tennis and pickleball courts. For now, I’m happy to indulge my passion for these sports at Halcyon Greens in Pimpama, which is built alongside a golf course and has Australia’s largest pickleball facility.
6. What has been the best piece of property advice you’ve received? Or biggest lesson learned?
Buy your home with your heart, then head and wallet. Buy property in the reverse order. Source: realestate.com.au