Professional surfer Owen Wright offloads Thirroul townhouse
Byron Bay-based professional surfer Owen Wright has offloaded his former Thirroul home. Wright bought the townhouse, north of Wollongong, for $605,000 in 2012, a year after winning $300,000 — the largest prize payout in surfing in his first Champions Tour event in New York.
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The Thirroul property is staying in the surfing community. It has been bought by Parrish Byrne and his partner Alicia Wira, who paid $900,000.
Local surfboard-shaper Parrish regularly travels with Wright to help with heat strategy and equipment choice.
He gave up professional surfing after a promising junior career.
Family patriarch Phil Parrish runs surf shop Byrne Surf in Thirroul.
The three-bedroom townhouse, one of just three in the complex, sits opposite Thirroul Beach.
It has a wraparound balcony and a rear paved courtyard.
Sandwiched between bushland and the beach, Thirroul house prices ranged from $600,000 to $2.17 million in the past year, with an increased popularity of its modest weatherboard working-class cottages, often captured in the works of local artists.
Last year Wright sold Ahimsa, his redundant tree-change Berry district retreat, for $1 million.
Wright had used the property as his refuge while he was recovering from a career-threatening traumatic brain injury in late 2015, just before the Pipeline Masters event in Hawaii.
He called the one-bedroom home in 2.39ha his “little piece of heaven on earth”.
Wright, who is an ambassador of Rip Curl, has been based up near Byron Bay where he’s recently spent $5.1 million on a development site just under 300m from Clarke’s Beach.
He’s yet to submit approval for what is slated to be a luxury beach villa for his family, including partner, singer Kita Alexander.
Currently on the 1605 sqm block is a three-bedroom timber beach house built in the mid-1970s. The couple also own nearby.