PHOTO: Tom and Emma Lane have listed their East Ballina boutique, coastal venue for sale. Photo: Graham Shearer
Tom and Emma Lane, the environmentally-conscious couple, who turned a modest dairy farm into a thriving, sustainable agriculture and restaurant enterprise before selling it late last year, bought the sprawling coastal property in 2017 for $3 million.
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In early May, they listed the former Christian camp at 70 Shelly Beach Road for sale, as they put the finishing touches on a stunning revamp that transformed the run-down camp into a breezy, boutique coastal venue, which the couple say is “perfect for conscious conferencing or beachside retreats.”
The listing is the latest in a string of high-profile property transactions in the Byron Bay area, which has become somewhat of a celebrity enclave and where the median house price has soared by 31.2 per cent in the 12 months to March.
Mr Lane, the grandson of Oroton founder Boyd Lane, said when the couple first saw the 0.8-hectare (two-acre) coastal property, with views over Angels Beach, they couldn’t quite believe it even existed.
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