Matt Ballin during his time with the Wests Tigers. Picture: Mark Evans.1. Where do you live and why?“We live in an old Queenslander built in 1919. I love the character our home has.”2. What do you love about your home?“We have a large, front veranda that wraps around one side of our house and provides a great sunset view of the surrounding homes and beautiful jacarandas.” THE RENO YOU HAVE TO SEE TO BELIEVE “We only have external access to our downstairs living area and bedroom, so in a perfect world I would have internal stairs. “We would need to sacrifice an upstairs bedroom to do this, and it’s not that much trouble to walk outside and downstairs.4. What is the best thing about your suburb?“We have a young family and the suburb and street we live in is full of families.“Most Friday afternoons everyone comes out on to the street and plays sport, has a bite to eat and a quiet beer or wine. “Everyone gets on really well and enjoys each other’s company.” THE WHITE HOUSE HAS A BRISBANE ‘MINI-ME’ Former rugby league player Matt Ballin with his wife, Shannan, and children, Mackenzie, Fletcher and Murphy. Picture: Brett Costello.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago 3. What would you change about your home? 5. If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where? “I would buy a house in Mona Vale basin in Sydney, on the beach.”6. What was the best piece of property advice you were give? Or what was the biggest lesson you have learned?“Save hard, buy a home and pay it off as fast as you can.” Former NRL player Matt Ballin. Image: AAP/Jeremy Piper.MATT BALLIN is a former professional rugby league player, father-of-three and husband to Shannan.The 34-year-old played for the Wests Tigers and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, and has played one game for Queensland in State of Origin.He retired from the game in 2017 and now lives in Brisbane’s inner north.We asked him about his current home, his dream home and why he loves living in Queensland: GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Matt Ballin during a Wests Tigers training session at Concord Oval. Picture: Gregg Porteous.