Forget Byron Bay. This is the home of quiet luxury
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Forget Byron Bay. This is the home of quiet luxury

This little known pocket of paradise is attracting attention, for all the right reasons

By KANEBRIDGE NEWS
Wed, Apr 19, 2023 10:16amGrey Clock 2 min

Byron Bay may steal all the headlines but those in the know understand that, back from the beach, it’s the hinterland drawing the discerning buyers with deep pockets.

This property at 20 Wood Crescent sits on 2 acres at Coopers Shoot offers drop dead gorgeous views of undulating hills in a luxury environment.

Fittingly called The Retreat, the boomerang-shaped floorplan includes four bedrooms (one in a self-contained space on the lower ground floor), three bathrooms and multiple living spaces. Central to the design is the spacious open plan living area, with a well-appointed kitchen offering a commanding view of the generous alfresco space and heated infinity edge pool outside. The kitchen is kitted out with a Liebherr fridge/freezer, Miele oven and dishwasher and is serviced by a butler’s pantry with Zip tap, making it ideal for catering or quiet nights at home.

The property has everything you would expect from a luxury home, including a cinema room with surround sound Krix speakers and full HD Epson projector. The light-filled master suite offers views over the valley and includes a day-spa style ensuite, dual walk-in robes and direct access to the deck. An automated irrigation system takes care of the garden

But perhaps the greatest luxury for those with sustainability in mind are the renewable energy features, which include a generous 31kw solar system, 160 kw battery and Tesla charging station.

Just 10 minutes to beautiful Bangalow or central Byron Bay, you’re never far from the action. At the same time, Starlink internet and separate workshop and office spaces give you the option to work from home whenever the mood takes.

Quiet luxury indeed.

 

Address: 20 Wood Crescent, Coopers Shoot

Price guide: $12.5m – $15m

Closing date: Friday, May 12 5pm

Inspection: By appointment

Land size: 7442sqm

Agent: Nick Dunn, McGrath Byron Bay 0448 301 111



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For aspiring homeowners, be it a first-time buyer, downsizer, or investor, picturing your idea of homeownership bliss is the easy part. But before deliberating on furniture choices or scouting for that perfect neighbourhood coffee, understanding your purchasing power stands out as the most important step in ensuring your success in homeownership.

And with the Australian property market gaining momentum in 2024, there’s never been a better time to come to grips with your financial options.

In 2023, amid the changing financial landscape that saw rising interest rates and the cost of living skyrocket, among other factors, the total amount borrowed for property purchases across Australia was estimated at $300.9 billion, a 12.7 percent decrease from the previous year, according to PEXA’s latest Mortgage Insights Report.

Each mainland state also experienced a decline in new lending, according to the report, with Victoria and New South Wales seeing the biggest drops to $84.1 billion and $109.5 billion, respectively.

While this trend reflects the repercussions of such financial hardships on the everyday Australian, John Morello, director and auctioneer at Jellis Craig, said we’re seeing renewed confidence in the property market during the first quarter of 2024, particularly in Melbourne.

“Auction clearance rates have started the year strongly and consumer sentiment is rising. This lift is driven by cooling inflation and an improved outlook on interest rates. At Jellis Craig, as with the rest of the market, we are experiencing an increase in volume of property compared to the same period in March last year (up 28% in 2024),” Mr Morello said.

“Melbourne’s property market, in particular, is showing its ongoing evolution and resilience.”

PEXA’s report revealed that, while borrowing saw a decrease in 2023 in Australia, Australians still invested $613.0 billion in property purchases in 2023. In 2024, purchasing confidence is only going up, as prospective first home buyers, seasoned downsizers, and savvy investors look to capitalise on a flood of new property hitting the market, coupled with the lowering of interest rates across the board.

“With more certainty in the economic outlook, along with an increase in volume of property available, we are seeing these factors translate to early signs of a boost in confidence in both buyers and sellers,” said Mr Morello.

“Further encouraging data shows that whilst there is more property available to purchase, more people are inspecting property, again indicating that demand has increased broadly across our marketplace.”

If you’re in the market for a new property, the biggest question you must ask yourself is how much house can I afford?

A great starting place is to speak with your mortgage broker or financial professional, who can guide you on your lending options. This is critical, as you need to know what your future repayment options might look like, and ultimately, what you will typically be able to afford.

A useful tool for judging whether you can afford a specific property is to factor in the 28/36 rule — a rough guide that suggests you should not spend more than 28 percent of your gross monthly income on housing, and no more than 36 percent on all debts. Another useful tool is the idea of a debt-to-income ratio (DTI); a formula whereby an individual can divide all of their monthly debt payments by gross monthly income to arrive at a number that one can measure as a way of managing monthly mortgage payments.

Mr Morello emphasised the need to understand affordability and what’s feasible for each individual when looking to make a purchase, no matter the budget, on a property in 2024.

“It’s pivotal to work out what you can afford. Get your finances in order. Consider all associated costs with buying, and research what concessions and grants are available,” said Mr Morello.

“It’s easy for individuals to begin the process today. Start actively searching potential properties on a weekly basis, and research areas you are interested in. Check weekly sales results, attend inspections and auctions, to get a feel for the process. Just remember, it’s important to be really comfortable in understanding your living expenses, and what the ongoing expenses will be once you have bought a property.

“For example, mortgage repayments, council rates, water, power, owners corp fees, insurances, maintenance costs; if you are buying as an investment, the Land Tax payable on that property which is an ongoing tax. There’s many factors to consider.”

To see what’s possible for your specific circumstances, visit our Finance Portal for specific tools, guides and tips—as well as our own mortgage calculator—to assist you on your property journey.

 

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