Matt mo ves in: Wel­come to m y neigh­bour­hood

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - JANE HANSEN JONATHAN CHAN­CEL­LOR

BY­RON Bay is about to add another Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ter to its in­creas­ingly ex­clu­sive ad­dress.

Ja­son Bourne star Matt Da­mon, close friend to Aussie actor and By­ron lo­cal Chris Hemsworth, has re­put­edly pur­chased a prop­erty near Hemsworth’s Bro­ken Head re­treat.

Da­mon, his wife Lu­ciana Bar­roso and their four chil­dren vis­ited By­ron in April, re­turn­ing for a New Year’s Eve party at the Hemsworths, also at­tended by Hemsworth’s brother Liam and his part­ner Miley Cyrus.

Spec­u­la­tion is rife that the bro­mance has now been sealed with a slice of a neigh­bour­ing prop­erty.

Hemsworth and wife Elsa Pataky bought a lo­cal man­sion for $7 mil­lion in 2014. On a dis­crete, un­signed road marked with mul­ti­ple “no tres­pass­ing” signs, his pile is sur­rounded by a hand­ful of sim­i­lar prop­er­ties on large pri­vate parcels of land with views over the Pa­cific.

The Hemsworths and their three chil­dren are cur­rently rent­ing the pres­ti­gious ocean-view es­tate Ti­ti­jaru nearby while their 4.2ha pavil­ion-style home is un­der­go­ing an $8 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion and re­build.

There are no list­ings for prop­erty sales nearby but a lo­cal agent, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied, said the deal was pos­si­bly done on the quiet.

By­ron Bay Prop­erty Buy­ers’ agent Chris Blann said many celebri­ties, in­clud­ing Si­mon Baker, who re­cently bought in nearby Nashua, found the laid-back life­style the per­fect an­ti­dote to Hol­ly­wood.

“They come here be­cause they are left alone,” he said. He re­fused to be drawn on which prop­erty Da­mon may have bought.

“It’s well known Matt Da­mon comes here with Chris, but we can’t con­firm any prop­erty pur­chase, we buy with anonymity for our clients,” Mr Blann said.

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Hemsworth, Da­mon with f am­ily. Matt Da­mon sealed his friend­ship with Chris Hemsworth in By­ron last year and now it seems the Hol­ly­wood stars will be neigh­bours. Picture: Me­dia Mode A daz­zled passer b y pos ts a pic with the s tar pair.

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