This grand old example of turn of the century Edwardian architecture is a Mullumbimby masterpiece. Locals would have driven past it on the corner of Dalley and Fern St – opposite the Drill Hall – hundreds of times.
Built in 1908, it is one of the most significant period homes in the region.
The property has been a doctors residence and consultation rooms where scores of locals were treated, including current owner Jan Buckland who with her husband Colin bought the home in 1973. It has been their family home since. In 1984, they converted the Maid’s quarters and Carriage House into the showroom for Cedar House Antiques, which operated until 2012. Carrying on the Buckland tradition son, Todd Buckland, principal of Tweed Shire Real Estate, is the listing agent and the house is expected to achieve low 2s – this will easily be a Mullumbimby record.
Byron at Byron Listed For Sale
Luxury resort Byron at Byron on Broken Head Road is on the market. Owner Gerry Harvey, from the Harvey Norman chain of appliance stores, thinks the property is worth $66 million. Apparently there are already six interested parties vying for it. It has 92 suites, a one-hatted restaurant, infinity swimming pool, tennis court, gym, lobby retail shop and a day spa. It sits on 18 hectares of subtropical rainforest with beachfront access.
The development had a rocky and tumultuous path through the local council DA process prior to opening in 2005. I did not witness it, but there was a notorious incident where Harvey was verbally monstered by former Greens councillor, John Lazarus, at a site inspection. I am sure it is not often the rich-lister is bailed up by a barefoot, dreadlocked adversary – welcome to Byron.
The resort has been well managed over the years by John and Lyn Parche. They will probably not be following on with the new owners. The Parches need to be acknowledged for their untiring support for community events, groups and activities. Their donations and complimentary use of rooms and conference facilities has been very magnanimous over the years.
Eureka Designer Dream
I blame it all on home shows like “Grand Designs” and others. Designer homes with the full treatment seem to be popping up like mushrooms after a few days of rain. This one has its address withheld but is a secluded 27 acres in Eureka. The 5 Bed, 5 bath contemporary home is by Sydney/Byron architect Alex Scionti. Have a look at the pics here. Listed with Denzil Lloyd who is now with Byron Bay First National and looking for $6M.
It’s a sign the market is a little softer as the rush for small acreages with good views is not so intense. Here are two make over possibilities. The houses both need some work but the locations are good and will benefit from someone with vision, patience and some cash for renovation.
216 Friday Hut Road, Coorabell
This pleasant 6 acres in the heart of Coorabell has a standard 4 bedroom brick house on it. The land is high with OK views but has potential to be a good make over. $1.5M with Elders Bangalow.
813 Myocum Road, Myocum
This acreage has a slightly better house than the above. It is liveable ‘as is’ but can still be a good candidate for a quality reno. It has a good north aspect but a little close to Myocum Road so does have a little road noise. Has a very interesting barn/studio conversion already. With Denzil Lloyd at First National and hoping for $1.35M.
Lot 5, 111 Fowlers Lane, Bangalow
This community title subdivision went to market late last year. The end of Fowlers Lane has seen a few large acres subdivided under the last rural settlement strategy – it took many years for them to see the light of day. This lit is the last one left – 1.69 hectares of flat land and adjacent to Wilsons Creek. Listed by Janice Maples from Elders Bangalow and asking $925,000.
1 Beech Lane Casaurina
This Casuarina Beach home that’s been dubbed The Jetson House for its space age architecture and looks more like a spaceship than a home. The exaggerated and once-futuristic style where buildings are defined by geometric shapes and bold use of glass, concrete and steel. LJ Hooker Kingscliff agents Nick and Carol Witheriff have the listing for the vendor Greg Costello, who designed the home on Beech Lane. Hoping for $3.2M.
144 Lighthouse Road, Byron Bay
This resort style private home has one of the best positions in Byron. The four bedrooms are over three levels and it has a perfect northwest view over Julian Rocks and the coastline all the way to the Gold Coast. The house was built by well-known local identity Eddie Phillips – AKA the Spa King. Jeremy Bennet from Byron Property Sales has it listed asking $8M plus.
130 Grays Lane, Tyagarah
This interesting property has been on the market for just over a year – and with a few different agents. The present agent is Rez Tal from Byron and Hinterland properties and still looking for mid 3s. The owner is Michael Goldberg who was the founder of “The Sanctuary’ rehab business. The Sanctuary offers top end personalised drug and alcohol retreats to celebrities and CEOs. A weeks retreat will set you back $25,000 or so, but puts you up in a top end luxury home, provides a personalised chef, one on one yoga, massage, counselling and whatever else you want – except prohibited substances. Many mega-famous people have been through the program here but I will do the honourable thing and not mention any names.
Rock N Roll Aged Care
Ex-manager of rock band INXS, and occasional Ballina resident, Chris Murphy, has a big idea. He owns a 36 hectare site beside the Byron/Ballina Airport and has plans for a unique development. The X building would house a new kind of aged care facility, creative hub for youth and INXS museum. It would be a charge station of EV vehicles even though the whole site will be car free as you walk, bike or mobility scooter around. Plug in this hearing aids now and 1, 2, 3, 4! Let’s rock that recliner.