Re­treat YOUR­SELF

Want an IN­SPIR­ING es­cape? Col­lec­tive Re­treat is a hol­i­day home designed with EN­TREPRENEURS in mind and it’s now OPEN for GUESTS. Come stay at our place!

Collective Hub - - HABITAT - WORDS LISA MES­SEN­GER

Alot of peo­ple are fiercely pri­vate about their happy place – and I un­der­stand why. In this chaotic, busy, and some­times un­set­tling world there are fewer places and spa­ces where we feel soothed, grounded and guided; where we feel creative but calm, in­spired but at rest, pro­duc­tive but peace­ful. When we find – or cre­ate – these spa­ces we want to guard them, pro­tect them and keep them to our­selves so no one will dis­turb them.

But, what if we were happy to share them? What if we in­vited peo­ple to join us and our happy places be­came com­mu­nity spa­ces where we could ig­nite our unique hu­man po­ten­tial to­gether?

This is the vision behind my lat­est pas­sion pro­ject – Col­lec­tive Re­treat – a four-bed­room es­cape in Ban­ga­low, 10 min­utes from the beat­ing heart of By­ron Bay. The prop­erty is avail­able to you, our com­mu­nity, whether it’s for cor­po­rate re­treats, brain­storm­ing days, fam­ily va­cays or a well-earned break from chang­ing the world (be­cause even en­trepreneurs need a hol­i­day).

This isn’t just a hol­i­day rental – it’s my happy place. Five years ago I bought the hide­away after writ­ing a book called Prop­erty In­vest­ing: The Aus­tralian Way. Back then, Col­lec­tive Hub was only a flicker of a vision and I never imag­ined that one day I’d have an in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to share it with.

Since then the prop­erty has un­der­gone a huge trans­for­ma­tion (more on that in just a mo­ment) to be­come a place where I’ve had some of my most life-chang­ing ideas and light­bulb mo­ments. I could have kept it to my­self or ‘flipped’ it – but where’s the joy in that?

Be­cause happy spa­ces are sa­cred but so is a sense of com­mu­nity – and I truly be­lieve you can bring the two to­gether.

You’d barely recog­nise the prop­erty if you saw it when I bought it. In one word – tech­ni­colour! The main bed­room looked like a Neapoli­tan ice-cream tub be­cause the walls were choco­late, pink and white, while the kitchen was bright blue. It felt too busy, over­stim­u­lat­ing and dis­tract­ing. >

You’d BARELY recog­nise the prop­erty if you SAW it when I BOUGHT it. In one word – TECH­NI­COLOUR!

HEN­DRIX & HAR­LOW THE COL­LEC­TOR BENCH AU$380; THE DRIFTER STOOL/SIDE TABLE IN NAT­U­RAL AU$280 hen­drixand­har­low.com.au GLASSHOUSE CYPRUS CAN­DLE AU$42.95 glasshouse­fra­grances.com

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