September 28, 2020 | shgcmyqk | No Comments
Author, presenter and social media influencer, Lisa Cox, talks about her home. Photo: Claudia Baxter.LISA Cox is an author, freelance writer, speaker and disability advocate who lives in Hamilton, Brisbane, with her husband, Ren. Lisa is committed to promoting media diversity by fusing her professional background with acquired disabilities, which stem from having a brain haemorrhage at the age of 24. 1. Where do you live and why?I bought a two-bedroom apartment at Portside in Hamilton roughly seven years ago. It was never essential that I lived in Hamilton, but independent accessibility to nearby venues was key and Hamilton just happened to fit the bill perfectly. Because I don’t drive and require wheelchair accessible settings, being able to go to the gym/shops/meetings independently was paramount. Proximity to the city was also important. Firstly, because my husband works there and secondly, because I often require that people travel to me, so wanted to stay fairly central. 2. What is the best thing about your suburb?There are big changes happening around us over the next several years. New apartments and road upgrades can mean parts of Hamilton are a construction site, but I prefer to think of all the extra facilities that are on the way, such as a public swimming pool. Even though we’re so close to the city and in a bustling precinct, we never feel ‘çlosed-in’ and frequently enjoy getting out to nearby green spaces or walks by the river.Being close to the airport also helps when I have to travel for work.3. What do you love about your home?The location. I’m surrounded by lots of great locals and venues when I go outside each day, but it’s also a quiet and relaxing sanctuary for my husband and I once we close the front door.4. What would you change about your home? More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoAccess. Unfortunately, the apartment block was built before I moved in, so wheelchair access isn’t great in all areas (like the pool).5. Describe your dream home and location in Queensland?Family is in Brisbane so we’d stay here! Because there’s only two of us, my dream place would be another apartment in the same area, but with modifications for better wheelchair access throughout. A sprawling acreage in the middle of nowhere would be my worst nightmare because of the isolation — no matter how good the views were. 6. If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home anywhere in the world and where? A penthouse with a built-in pool and gym in Manhattan, New York.7. What was the best piece of property advice you were give? Or what was the biggest lesson you learned?The best piece of advice I was given was that when buying property as an investment, find somewhere near public transport. Consider what a tenant would love, not just what appeals to you. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to never assume that because a building meets ‘Australian Standards’ (for disability access) that it will work for every disabled person. We’re all different, as are our specific needs. Have more than a single inspection written into the contract before building is complete.