Everyone is well aware it's almost impossible to afford property in the city these days. Blame it on the Baby Boomers or our generation's love of avocados, but finally purchasing some digs the modern world is tough. Take Bondi for instance, where the average unit goes for around $1.15 million. Yes, you read that right.
With inner-city living increasingly unaffordable it might be time to look elsewhere. Coastal paradise Byron Bay is the ideal location for those looking to escape the big smoke and own a slice of real estate that features more than one or two cramped rooms in an old-school multi-storey apartment block.
Byron's sunkissed, laid-back lifestyle is hard to beat. So if you think a change is on the cards here's a look at some epic Byron Bay pads that will set you back the same price as that below average flat in Bondi.
6/11 Constellation Close, Byron Bay
This stylish and secluded townhouse is located in the respected Seagrove complex. A short walk from Byron town centre and the beach this modern home is great for anyone who wants to be close to the action but park up in a quiet neighbourhood.
Consisting of three bedrooms, a double garage and an outdoor pool this property has everything a single male could want. The timber floors are a nice touch and the neutral colours create a calming environment, with the large outdoor area perfect for entertaining on a balmy summers eve.
~ $1.15 million
28 Caniaba Crescent, Suffolk Park
A 10-minute drive from the heart of Byron Bay this property is a mish-mash of architectural styles that somehow just works. The downstairs area is accommodating for guests while the upstairs level features a massive open plan kitchen and living area to kick it with the boys.
There are multiple outdoor areas to knock back a few froths with the fellas and an above ground pool featuring forest views that are sublime. The design of the house is quite unique and sure to impress any potential lady friends.
~ $1.15 million
23/33-35 Childe Street, Byron Bay
If you're looking more for an investment property, look no further than Childe Street. Situated opposite beautiful Belongil Beach this two-story townhouse is another Byron bargain sure to get snapped up quick smart. The contemporary design includes polished timber floors, modern furnishings and stainless steel appliances.
There's a private BBQ area to cook up some snags after a day on the water and a large resort style pool to relax in as the sun sets.
4 Wright Place, Byron Bay
If you're all about sustainable living then this is the home for you. The house has been renovated extensively and includes handcrafted features like vanities, cupboards and features timber walls designed from recycled hardwoods, polished concrete floors, a solar hot water system and a 2000 litre rainwater tank.
The high ceilings and brick exposed walls give it a rustic feeling and the two sheds can be used to store your surfboards. The outdoor pool and the close proximity of Arakwal National Park and Tallow Beach make this tranquil property ideal for those wanting to escape the city life.
~ $1.2 million
13 Keats Street, Byron Bay
This spectacular treehouse-style property features a large, airy open plan living room and kitchen on the ground floor while upstairs are two loft style bedrooms and a study. The deluxe bathroom also contains a spa bath for those romantic nights in.
Timber decking surrounds the house making it feel like you're in the tropics, while a fire pit and large weatherproof shed add a touch of manliness to the surroundings.
~ $1.24 million
11 Shipstern Street, Kingscliff
Kingscliff might be almost an hour from Byron and slightly more than $1.17 million but I just had to wack this one on the list. This open plan oasis is a phenomenal showcase of modern glass, steel and concrete design situated just 200 metres from the immaculate Salt Beach.
The kitchen and living area is huge and the must-see master bedroom is separated from the main house by a small outdoor courtyard and contains a standalone bathtub. There's also an eco-smart fireplace and sunken outdoor wading pool. Inspired by Palm Springs living this property is the definition of epic with a price tag that's not out of reach.
~ $1.3 million