Wategos House in Byron Bay sells for record $18.85m
A record $18.85 million has been paid for a house overlooking Wategos Beach at Byron Bay.
It’s the existing longtime record holder on the Marine Parade dress circle at the popular surfing location. Stockbroker Danny Goldberg secured the sale in an off-market deal with Sydney buyer Eli Havas, who bought without any registered mortgage.
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Goldberg, the former husband of late model Annalise Braakensiek, bought the home for a record $15.68 million some 13 years ago. The latest sale was almost double the highest sale during the interim — $9.5 million in 2015 about 10 houses along.
The home, set diagonally opposite popular Raes restaurant, became known as Wategos House, a $31,000-a-week peak-season holiday rental. The price didn’t knock Palm Beach off its mantle as priciest beach retreat location in NSW.
Wategos House rental marketing suggests the property offers “unbeatable outdoor living spaces”. The six-bedroom beachfront sits on 1500 sqm, and its front terrace overlooks the beach with a custom-made table for 14.
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The $18.85 million confidence-boosting sale comes at a time when there is no shortage of stunning homes on and off the market available for buyers. Like the rest of the housing market downturn, prices in the upper end have been hit by around 12 per cent, according to CoreLogic.
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