An industrial warehouse on the outskirts of Byron Bay has been transformed into a trendy New York-style loft complete with a sun-soaked kitchen, perfectly manicured gardens and sleek city styling.
The one-of-a-kind two-storey, 25 kilometres from the centre of the bohemian town in northern New South Wales, was snapped up for $1.8million on August 7 by an undisclosed Sydney buyer looking for a seaside retreat to unwind in on weekends.
An open-plan kitchen flooded with natural light, sprawling entertainment deck and raised garden are spread across the 251 square metre home which boasts three ensuite bedrooms.
There’s also a 182 square metre commercial space with a second kitchen, bathroom and private courtyard tacked onto the side.
Gritty industrial fixtures like polished concrete floors and high-vaulted ceilings contrast with typically bohemian Byron finishes like timber and mosaic tiles.
Landscaped gardens overlook Cavvanbah Parklands, a picturesque 660-acre concert venue at Yelgun in the north of Byron Shire.
A double garage, second private courtyard, outdoor barbecue patio and extra parking space are just some of the features included in the conversion.
Principal listing agent Matthew Skene told Daily Mail Australia the first-of-its-kind New York-inspired design made the conversion an instant hit with prospective buyers accustomed to sleek city living.
‘We love selling unique properties and with our experience in selling real estate in Sydney, [so] this was perfect for our style,’ Mr Skene said.
‘We targeted buyers from the inner cities and knew it would appeal to those that want something special. It’s the perfect lock and leave holiday home.’
An unexpected consequence of the coronavirus pandemic is that it has induced what Mr Skene calls a ‘golden era’ in real estate for northern New South Wales, as scores of city residents look to the countryside in search of respite from social distancing restrictions.
‘It’s really an amazing time to be in real estate in this area. The COVID crisis has seen a huge amount of interest from Sydneysiders and Melburnians looking to escape the city and move into [the Byron] region,’ he said.
‘There is also a lot of interest from Hollywood A-listers and corporate high-flyers looking to snap up prestige properties.’