Approval for Byron Bay’s first housing estate in 30 years

Artist’s impression of a Harvest streetscape.

Byron Bay’s first major housing estate in over 30 years has been approved.

Harvest, on a 61 hectare block at the town’s western boundary, near Ewingsdale, will deliver 149 dwellings – built by either Brighton Homes or Metricon.

The community is expected to deliver much needed supply for the hamlet, which is seeing an influx of permanent residents since COVID; its median house price is now $2.95m up from $1.2m five years ago and $700,000 in 2012.

The village will be developed by Terry Agnew’s Tower Holdings, which paid $7m for the then-farming zoned parcel at the V-intersection of Ewingsdale Road and Bayshore Drive in 2014.

With its development partner at the time – Villaworld – a c300-lot estate was initially planned, but rejected by the Byron Shire.

Tower is also in the process of selling Great Keppel Island for c$50m to Gina Rinehart who is proposing a major redevelopment.

New housing coming to Byron

Tower will sell Harvest as a house and land estate – the first 10 dwellings, part of a 54 lot first release (artist’s impression, top), go to auction next month.

Land sizes will vary from between 450-900 square metres.

Dwellings will range from 260-365 sqm, each with four bedrooms, a double garage, electric vehicle charger and Tesla home battery.

Some homes will have a pool (story continues below).

Knight Frank’s Adam Ross and Byron Bay First National’s Su Reynolds are marketing the homes, expected to sell for over $3m each.

Harvest is about a kilometre from the beach and twice that distance to central Byron Bay.

No cats or dogs as pets policy

To protect wildlife, Harvest will include a no cats or dogs as pets policy.

About 38.4ha of the Tower’s holding will be conserved including a 2.9ha habitat to protect the endangered wallum froglet and wallum sedge frog.

Another five hectares is designed as public space, including bike paths, walking tracks and gardens; a buffer will mean the estate isn’t seen from Ewingsdale Rd.

Tower said a community centre is also planned as is three parks, one dedicated to outdoor exercise.

Harvest is set to be completed by mid-2023.

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Marc Pallisco

A former property analyst and print journalist, Marc is the publisher of