Temple Byron, at Byron Bay.
Temple Byron, at Byron Bay.

Buyer's market for luxury homes

WHEN Paul Hogan said he wanted a mansion fit for an Italian prince at Possum Creek, near Bangalow, he got it.

The Crocodile Dundee star had Italian stonemasons on-site for a month building a manor with its own observatory and private rainforest.

But this $7.9 million architectural feat is just one of many remarkable properties up for sale in secluded locations across the Northern Rivers.

“This area is so beautiful, I think it inspires design,” said Nicolette Van Wijngaarden, of Unique Estates at Bangalow.

“It encourages people to do things on a whole other level.”

Temple Byron, in Melaleuca Drive at Byron Bay, epitomises spiritual living.

The property has the only Mongolian yurt in Australia, two residential quarters and large chunks of rose quartz buried underground at various places on its grounds to really bring out the Zen in visitors.

Then move from Mongolia to Rosebank, north of Clunes, where a modernised godsend emerges.

Rosebank Ridge is a former church that has been renovated into a three-bedroom residence.

The old church sits on a property with two other studios and its own Garden of Eden, with every edible plant imaginable – almost.

A 1907 Federation home at Federal was transported from Coraki in the 1980s after its owners realised the home's value was decreasing as regional visitors bypassed the former river port town for Lismore.

The move proved to be a good one as ‘Yarraga' now sits on 34 hectares with a $3.8 million price tag.

But it's not only the hills and hinterland that have these out-of-the-ordinary homes.

A Moroccan palace perched on the hillside above Boulder Beach at Lennox Head was influenced by one creative couple's global travels.

The five-bedroom property has hand-painted tiles throughout the house, not to mention a plunge pool and outdoor wood-fire pizza oven.

But eccentric living comes at a price, and it ain't cheap.

An over-indulgent property at Knockrow, near Lennox Head, with its own airstrip, helipad and three aircraft hangars to fit six planes, is on the market for $6.9 million.

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