Beach­front units on of­fer in NSW hub known for its rich and pow­er­ful

The Weekend Australian - - MANSION - LISA ALLEN

Paul Ho­gan side­kick John Cor­nell and his wife Del­vene De­laney will sell their beach­front apart­ments op­po­site Byron Bay’s Main Beach in one of the most high-pro­file of­fer­ings in the north­ern NSW town­ship in years.

The pair de­vel­oped the Beach Suites, de­signed by renowned ar­chi­tect Ian McKay, 10 years ago and are of­fer­ing the 14 apart­ments, a few doors down from Byron Bay’s The Beach Ho­tel, via an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est cam­paign clos- ing on De­cem­ber 11 and man­aged by LJ Hooker Byron Bay di­rec­tor Glen Ir­win.

Byron Bay has be­come a hub for the rich and pow­er­ful with Mel­bourne’s Liber­man fam­ily re­cently buy­ing in, while nearby res­i­dents in­clude Thor star Chris Hemsworth and his Span­ish ac­tress wife Elsa Pataky who bought a Ba­li­nese-in­spired re­treat.

Op­po­site Byron Bay’s Main Beach the Beach Suites com­plex con­sists of four pent­house apart­ments, with swim­ming pools, six beach­front stu­dios with most fea­tur­ing per­sonal plunge pools on large tim­ber decks and four large gar­den suites with rear court­yards.

“Over the past 10 years we have had much plea­sure in own­ing and op­er­at­ing our lux­u­ri­ous Byron Bay beach­front apart­ments, Beach Suites, but the golden years beckon, and now it’s time to sell.

“To all of our past guests and staff, thank you for con­tribut­ing to a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Del­vene De­laney and John Cor­nell in a state­ment to The Week­end Aus­tralian.

Mr Ir­win de­clined to put a price on the apart­ments near the Beach Ho­tel, which was de­vel­oped by Mr Cor­nell and Ms De­laney in 1990 and was re­cently sold by Mel­bourne busi­ness­man Max Twigg for a record Aus­tralian pub price of $70 mil­lion to a Mel­bourne-based pri­vate eq­uity firm. A decade ago Mr Twigg paid about $44m for the ho­tel, which cost Mr Cor­nell about $9m to build.

Mean­while, Byron Bay real es­tate agent Gra­ham Dunn said he has been in­un­dated with in­ter­est in the 11 ad­join­ing beach­front lots he is sell­ing at Byron Bay. Mr Dunn said he had fielded in­quiry from New York, Lon­don, Is­rael, Dubai and Cal­i­for­nia in the sites fronting Border and Kendall streets and ex­pected to an­nounce the win­ning bid­ders later this week. He was ex­pect­ing at least $2m for a 632sq m site, which is the small­est in the land re­lease.

The Beach Suites com­plex op­po­site Byron Bay’s Main Beach

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