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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