FOR SALE: Former Delltones singer Brian Perkins and wife, Janis, at their rainforest retreat home being auctioned on June 26.
FOR SALE: Former Delltones singer Brian Perkins and wife, Janis, at their rainforest retreat home being auctioned on June 26.

Delltones legend is moving on

A FORMER Delltones singer is adding his Pocket Rainforest Retreat to a market bursting with tourism properties.

Brian Perkins has moved on from his days of singing Get a Little Dirt on Your Hands at the Bronte Social Club in the 1950s.

Mr Perkins and his wife Janis, who works as a realestate agent at Raine and Horne Byron Bay, bought the 12-bedroom retreat in 2001 and turned it from a ‘bomb’ into a lush, enviable getaway.

The rainforest retreat, west of Billinudgel, is to be auctioned on June 26, and is just one of many local resort-type businesses on the market, with prices ranging between two and six million dollars.

Mr Perkins says a spinalinjury he sustained falling from a ladder while painting the residence a few years ago is one of the main reasons the rural property is up for sale.

“We have been contemplating it for some time as it is a hard place to run unless you are pretty fit,” he said.

“The injury just stopped me right in my tracks. Now I can’t spend a lot of time on my feet so that has really thrown a spanner in the works.”

The property – which is capable of hosting special events – is set on 3.6 hectares and features a tennis court, saltwater pool, 10-person spa, 60-person capacity licensed restaurant and four self-contained guest villas.

Surprisingly, it is at the less expensive end of the scale.

A 15-bedroom rainforestretreat at Broken Head has a $3.9 million price tag, while a five-bedroom, two-villa resort at Newrybar takes the cake at $5.9 million.

These properties are just some of a number of bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, day spas and luxurious retreats up for sale in the region.

According to RP Data, the median price paid for houses in the past two months has been only $551,000.



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