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Rugby league great Chris ‘Choppy’ Close selling Gold Coast home

Written by The ReReport
As seen in the Source link, written by on 2019-10-25 06:00:00

One of rugby league’s biggest stars Chris ‘Choppy’ Close is tackling the property market.

A RUGBY league great has listed his Gold Coast house for sale so he can move further north.

Chris “Choppy” Close, who represented Australia and Queensland in the 1970s and ’80s, is selling his beloved Burleigh Waters home.

Close and his wife Dianne purchased the property in 2012 and completely transformed it into their dream home in what they called the perfect position.

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The rugby league legend and his wife have listed their home at 15 Kingfisher Cres, Burleigh Waters.

Close being tackled in the 1988 Gold Coast-Tweed Giants vs. Broncos match.

“I was really happy to get it because of the area and the position,” he said.

“It’s a short walk to the beach, short walk to the restaurants and very short walk to the pub.

“You can get a cup of coffee with ocean views, an ice-cold beer on the ocean front … and can do all that without getting the car out.

“It’s going to be very hard to give it up to be quite honest.”

Their renovations included adding a pool, deck, new kitchen and making the floorplan an open design.

The three-bedroom house at 15 Kingfisher Cres is set to head under the hammer on
November 21.

“The house is in one of the best streets in Burleigh, north facing on the water, so will draw plenty of attention,” marketing agent Will West, of Lacey West, said.


Close said “you won’t find better than Burleigh”. Picture: Glenn Hampson

The Close family purchased the property in 2012.

The Close family are moving to Hervey Bay to be closer to Dianne’s parents.

“Our aim was to try find something that had the same criteria as Burleigh in the sense of proximity to going and having a cup of coffee with each other and friends, finding a meal, going to the pub and being able to walk along the beach,” he said.

“The decision wasn’t made in any way, shape or form until we could try and match that.”

However, Close said nothing would compare to their current home.

“If you want to live in one of the greatest places in the world you won’t find better than Burleigh,” he said.

“It really is a magnificent place to live.”

The property is set to go to auction on November 21.

The rugby league legend won man of the match in the 1980 inaugural State of Origin game.
He played for the Gold Coast-Tweed Giants in 1988 in a leadership role, mentoring the team coached by Bob McCarthy.
Among his highlights with the Giants was their first win over the powerhouse Brisbane Broncos during which Close scored a try to give them a 25-22 victory.

He stopped playing in 1991 and went on to serve as a major member of the Maroons coaching staff from the mid-1990s until the mid-2000s.