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Byron masterpiece makes market debut

Byron masterpiece makes market debut

By Ryan Ellem on Feb 05 2018

Byron Bay’s finest residence has come to market for the first time as interest in the Northern Rivers hamlet lifted the town’s median price by nearly 40 per cent in 2017.

Marketing figure and hotel investor Peter Mattick and his wife Pam are selling Australia’s most easterly, beach-facing residence through LJ Hooker Byron Bay Director Liam Annesley. Offers are being sought between $18-$20 million.

The Matticks bought 41 Marine Parade at Wategos Beach in 2003. At the time, the couple bought the 810sqm site for its holiday location rather than embellishments -  a simple ‘whale watcher’s’ cottage erected for government documentation of the mammal’s coastal migrations.

“Having the beach directly out the front and removed from the town centre, it was just an idyllic location,” said Mr Mattick.

“But, as the children got into their teens, they wanted their own rooms, and it was very basic to begin with. So, we decided to knock it down and build something special where we could entertain friends and colleagues.”
Today, 41 Marine Parade is still fondly referred to as ‘Whale Watcher’s’, but award-winning architect Timothy Moon’s current statement is far from the original.

“He (Moon) was known for designing durable homes with aesthetic appeal. We were confident he’d create something that took advantage of the site’s outlook while in keeping with the neighbouring national park.”’
The design maximises the bay vista from nearly every room – the rear bedroom looks up to the historic lighthouse – paying homage to the site’s original purpose.

The whims of playful dolphins and migrating whales beyond the ocean swell – a captivating right to left motion afforded by the home’s orientation – offers a unique viewing pleasure.

“Having a drink in the bar in the afternoon and looking out at the bay, watching the marine life and surfers, is one of my favourite things to do,” said Mr Mattick.  

Sought-after Northern Rivers builder Lyle Le Sueur oversaw a meticulous two-year construction.
The Mount Warning caldera – part of the panorama offered at the home – has scattered the region with rich mineral deposits, some of which were incorporated in the build.

Basalt stone from Alstonville adorn double brick walls while copper cladding offer a rustic charm to the contemporary design, providing protection from the sea air and sub-tropical sun which envelope the property. Soaring timber ceilings – up to 5.5 metres in the main living room – offer grand spaces for residents and guests.
The Matticks also lease a 302sqm public parcel bordering the property from Byron Shire Council. The couple have beautified the parcel with Pandanus trees and ground cover which add further privacy to the property.

Wide spotted gum floorboards are throughout the upper level floor, linking three of the four bedrooms, all of which have ensuites.

The main bedroom is set on a mezzanine, with views directly out to the bay, while its ensuite has direct access to the pool.

The Matticks’ children now have their own families, careers and business interests, making it more difficult for the family to enjoy Whale Watchers collectively.

Mrs Mattick said: “It’s been a wonderful place for us, but it’s now time for another family to enjoy it”.
Amongst a range of features, the house includes:
  • Executive ‘intelligent house’ appointments with C-Bus control system with ‘back to base’ security system and data room;
  • A suite of entertaining features including a cellar, outdoor audio, European stove and butler’s pantry and service room fitted with stainless steel benchtops and separate staff amenities;
  • Beach access with security code;
  • Tradesmen entrance to plant and pump room;
  • Reinforced concrete foundations with double dipped reinforced steel.
CoreLogic RP Data figures for the 2017 calendar year showed the median house price for Byron Bay rose 39.1 per cent on the back of 92 sales.

Comparable holiday homes in Byron Bay command $30,000 per week during the peak season, according to Mr Annesley.

For further information, contact Liam Annesley, LJ Hooker Byron Bay on 0417 780 795.

Media contact:

Ryan Ellem
Network PR and Communications Manager
M 0427 916 020

About LJ Hooker
Established in 1928, LJ Hooker has grown to become Australia's best-known and most trusted real estate brand consistently ranked #1 by Newspoll and Galaxy over the past decade.  
LJ Hooker won Australian Real Estate Business Major Network of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015, Digital Network of the Year in 2016 & 2017, and Training & Education Program of the Year in 2017.
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