The Gold Coast Bulletin
PINING FOR A BEACH HOUSE?
THE couple behind Byron Bay’s The Farm are putting their boutique coastal venue The Beach House East Coast on the market.
Tom and Emma Lane bought the property at 70 Shelly Beach Rd, East Ballina, in 2017 for $3m. It backs on to Angels and Shelly beaches.
While still running The Farm, they embarked on a renovation, transforming the former facility for Christian retreats into The Beach House, an eco-conscious event space.
Using existing structures including a main residence, old school bunk
houses, shower blocks and a large communal meeting house, the Lanes totally revamped the buildings. The venue can host up to 250 people for conferences, retreats and events.
The bespoke accommodation on 8093sq m has 12 chic rooms, with five-star-rated beds and a designer bathhouse.
A central barn invites living, dining and entertaining on a grand scale with a fully equipped kitchen and bar.
The profile of the Northern Rivers region has exploded in recent years thanks to a stream of A-list celebrities visiting and buying property.
Kollosche commercial agent Adam
Grbcic, who is marketing The Beach House alongside residential agents Matthew Skene and Troy Dowker, said he had been inundated with calls since the listing went live this week.
“I’ve had more than 33 phone calls already, with the majority of inquiries coming from locals or southeast Queensland buyers.”
Expressions of interest (EOI) close at 4pm on June 10, and while Mr Grbcic would not speculate on the price it could achieve, he said it would definitely be sold by the end of the EOI period.
The Lanes received massive interest in The Farm when they listed
it for sale last year, drawing inquiries from as far afield as the US and Italy.
Agents at the time said it could sell for over $20m and despite some reports it went for $16m, RP Data records show the deal done was for $10.5m. It was sold to friends of the Lanes, Allyson and Fraser Short of the Sydney Collective, who were keen to carry on the sustainable farming legacy.
The Lanes, meanwhile, are creating a collection of properties in the Northern Rivers that offer sustainable rural experiences, such as an equine estate and a working macadamia farm.