4602/71 Eagle Street, towers above the Brisbane River in the iconic Riparian building.A renowned Sydney-Hobart millionaire yacht owner and skipper has sold his stunning Brisbane “double” apartment in the coveted Harry Seidler-designed Riparian building.Peter Harburg, owner and skipper of Black Jack the Sydney-Hobart yacht that has broken speed records, is a very savvy commercial property investor, with multiple buildings having sold for profit in recent times.But his luxurious Brisbane home base — which has sold for an undisclosed sum — has been more of an escape. The apartment, created by “amalgamation of two apartments”, has had a wide range of price tags over the years from $7m in 2011 to $6m in 2015 $4.32m in mid-2015 to a price guide of $5.2 to 5.6m in May this year. It was then put out to tender with a deal sealed November 23. Black Jack owned Peter Harburg during day two of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race off the coast of Tasmania last year. Peter Harburg put $150m worth of commercial real estate on the market in Brisbane earlier this year. The views seem to go on forever. The veranda look to the Story Bridge and over the popular Eagle Street precinct. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:46Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:46 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenChoosing an apartment to invest in01:47 MORE: Thousands fall for tiny home scam MORE: How much would you pay for a shed? More than enough room for a butler’s pantry too in the large kitchen.It also has two living rooms, a library, a boardroom and an office.The building is favoured among elite Queensland families with 24/7 security, a 25 metre lap pool, a gym, steam room, sauna and spa, as well as a large function room that where residents or family members have had everything from birthdays to launches to wedding receptions.The exclusive apartments sit directly above the popular Eagle Street and all its restaurants, bars and shopping. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER Jawdropping views all around the home. It covers a whopping 647 sqm, bigger than most residential blocks of land, with breathtaking views across the Brisbane River, city and surrounding suburbs.Mr Harburg spared no expense doing up the property with a Nuvo Home Audio system, Liebherr and Gaggenau appliances, American walnut cabinetry, a light up Onyx benchtop and features, and retractable panelling separating living zones. Skipper Mark Bradford and owner Peter Harburg in front of the victorious crew after Black Jack broke the race record during the 70th Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago MORE: Interest rates to hold at 1.5 per cent Two apartments were merged to create this large sky home.
Even though Department of Public Safety Assistant Chief John Thomas is a Bruin, he admits his ties with USC go much deeper than those with his alma mater.DPS Assistant Chief John Thomas said connecting students with DPS officers is one of his foremost priorities for the department. – Dan Doperalski | Daily TrojanAfter growing up in the neighborhood surrounding USC’s campus, patrolling the area around the university as an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department and now serving as a top DPS official, Thomas calls USC home.“Even as a UCLA student, I spent most of my time studying at USC — but I didn’t wear my [Bruin] gear, obviously,” Thomas said with a laugh. “I studied in Doheny Library, VKC … USC was more my home.”Thomas’ familiarity with USC began during his childhood. He grew up near campus, and, even after moving to a different part of Los Angeles, spent every summer up until college with his grandparents, who still live nearby.As a child, Thomas said that USC was entirely different from the neighborhood he lived in — a place he could go to feel safe.“Students take it for granted, but it was like night and day stepping on that campus. The first time [I walked on campus] was like walking into Disneyland for the first time,” Thomas said. “[In the neighborhood], people slept in bathtubs because they were afraid of stray bullets coming in through their walls — this kind of stuff happened all the time.”USC’s impact on the neighborhood itself was incredible, Thomas said. The area around campus had a movie theater, a grocery store and an arcade in the University Village that he and other members of the community visited often. Many areas in South Central Los Angeles didn’t even have one of those, he said, let alone all three.The greatest impact USC had on Thomas, however, was motivating him to excel academically and strive toward higher education. Thomas said that being surrounded by an academic environment made him see college as a real option.Eventually, he became the first person in his family to attend college, going to UCLA and majoring in political science.“I don’t say it lightly as a Bruin, but if I hadn’t lived in close proximity to USC, college would not have even been on my radar,” Thomas said. “It would have been just words from my teacher. It wasn’t a tangible thing. I would not have been taking AP classes. I would have been like so many of my peers who just wanted to get out of high school.”After graduating college, Thomas enrolled in the LAPD Police Academy. During Thomas’ 21 years at LAPD, he monitored the same neighborhood he grew up in: South Central Los Angeles. Thomas worked in patrol, undercover narcotics and gang units. He also collaborated with former LAPD Chief William Bratton — the man many say revolutionized law enforcement strategy in the city — as his adjutant.After fulfilling his goal of working at LAPD for 20 years, retiring as a lieutenant, Thomas decided he wanted to go into a different branch of law enforcement. He worked for a brief time at the University of the District of Columbia but soon decided to return to his roots, becoming a captain at DPS four years ago.DPS Assistant Chief John Thomas served 21 years with LAPD before coming to USC. -Photo courtesy of John Thomas“In the first meeting [at DPS], I looked at all the officers and said, ‘There is no place on this campus that I am not familiar with. The buildings may have changed, but I know every inch,” Thomas said.“I know all the hiding places,” he added. “I used to climb the trees outside of Moreton Fig as a kid.”Two years ago, Thomas was promoted to assistant chief of DPS, the position he holds today. His job includes overseeing patrol operations, communications and investigations. He says that his knowledge of the area — both from his time at LAPD and his childhood — has greatly influenced the work he does.At DPS, Thomas said he aims to educate students about law enforcement and build relationships with officers and students in less traditional ways, ultimately showing students that DPS is there to help them.Thomas emphasized the need for transparency between officers and students at USC, something he said arises from his own personal experiences. While living as a minority in South Central Los Angeles, Thomas said he was often detained because he “fit the description” of a suspect and that he was threatened for asking why he was detained.He is determined to make sure that no student feels mistreated at USC.“This is your department, and if you feel like you were not treated properly, there are avenues for you to pursue,” Thomas said about his relationship with students. “For me, it’s personal — I haven’t been beaten, but I have been threatened and I have been handcuffed without justification just for asking, ‘Can you explain to me why I was stopped?’”“No one is meant to feel that way,” he said.Now, Thomas said he sees the difference in the neighborhood that he grew up in, calling it considerably safer than it was even 10 years ago. Crime has gone down significantly, there are no open drug or narcotics markets, and gang activity has gone down — progress Thomas said can be attributed to USC and its relationship with the community.Looking to the future, Thomas said he hopes to build a stronger relationship between DPS officers and students, as well as make DPS more professional and continue to drive down crime in the community.Thomas also hopes that USC will continue its relationship and work with the low-income communities in its neighborhood, something he said he feels President C. L. Max Nikias and the university are accomplishing — and something, he said, that is vital for the people who, like him, grow up with USC.“Living around USC was monumental for me and so many other kids,” Thomas said. “It had an impact on my life and it will continue to have an impact on countless other lives.”