Hoges buys Byron Beach shack
By ZOE SATHERLEY
CINEMA superstar Paul Hogan has splurged on a $1.55 million Byron Bay beach shack.
The run-down cottage is near The Belongil, well hidden behind tall tea trees and not far from the now unused railway line.
The world famous actor already owns Cedar Springs, a picturesque 132-hectare Byron hinterland property and lavish mansion at Possum Creek, 12 km from the Bay, which is his main residence.
Hoges' new beach shack is not far from his best friends John Cornell and Delvene Delaney, who live a little further out of town, and five houses from his architect, Ian McKay, who may soon be called on to undertake some renovations, the Sun-Herald reported yesterday.
Paul Hogan is now perfectly positioned to live up to his own description of himself as being 'basically lazy'.
He and wife actor Linda Kozlowski and their young son, Chance, won't have to face the 12km drive home after a day sunning themselves on Belongil Beach.
Home will be just a short stroll from the surf.
The Hogans gave up their life on Sydney Harbour earlier this year and relocated permanently to the Northern Rivers.
They sold their two-storey Mediterranean-style Vaucluse residence for $11 million in February.
Cedar Springs was built after the success of Crocodile Dundee the movie which drew the couple together in the first place.
The beautiful home, designed by Ian McKay, cost about $4 million to build and was the venue for their marriage in 1990.
The house is flanked by a perfumed rose garden and has a dense rainforest border which keeps out the prying eyes of local and international paparazzi.
The luxury home also boasts a 150,000 litre gas-heated swimming pool, a gymnasium and a cedarlined multi-vehicle garage.
At one stage the couple had the property up for sale for $6.5 million.
That was back in 1997 when they were spending most of their time on film projects in California but now it seems the family are happy to call the Northern Rivers home.
Hogan also co-owns a ninehectare beachfront holding at Broken Head, with Mr Cornell and Alan Johnston.