Matt mo ves in: Welcome to m y neighbourhood
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.