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Properties in the Byron Bay hinterland town of Bangalow have been the most viewed in Australia on for Sydneysiders looking to make a seachange or treechange as people look to reinvent their lives post COVID-19.

And it means that real estate agents such as Byron Bay First National’s Denzel Lloyd have been run off their feet responding to queries from cityslickers.

“We’ve been so busy it’s phenomenal,” says Lloyd.

“A lot of my listings have been the most viewed properties in Australia.”

The whole Byron region is popular — especially since Hollywood hearthrob Chris Hemsworth moved there — but Lloyd can understand Sydneysider’s enthusiasm for Bangalow, which is just 15 minutes drive from Byron Bay and its famous beaches.

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119 Lawlers Lane, Bangalow has a price guide of $2.5 million to $2.65 million.

It’s on more than four hectares (10 acres).

“It’s a great little community with a wonderful rural feeling, good schools and pubs and close by the motorway so people can commute back and forth to the cities.”

Travel restrictions have meant that personal guided home tours haven’t been possible.

But some people have snapped up their dream homes site unseen, with offers also coming in from as far afield as Hollywood, New York, Shanghai and Bali. “They’re all expats looking to come home,” Lloyd said.

“We’ve adapted very quickly, with video walk-throughs and 3D virtual tours.”

71 Lilli Pilli Drive Byron Bay sold to a famous fashion designer living in Los Angeles, who bought it site-unseen.

It has four bedrooms and glamorous interiors.

LA-based designer Alana Pallister, who owns the Tiger Mist fashion brand, paid $2.25 million for a four-bedroom designer residence with pool at 71 Lilli Pilli Drive, Byron Bay, on April 17, updated records show. She bought it site unseen.

Homes on large blocks in towns like Barangaroo have been high on Sydneysiders’ shopping lists but he says it’s the nearby “lifestyle hinterland properties” that are “driving the market and prices are holding”.

He says: “Buyers are putting a premium on having space around them.”

And he doesn’t expect demand for such properties to dissipate into the future as the COVID-19 lockdown has proven to both employees and their bosses that being stuck in a CBD office is often no longer necessary.

The vendors at 119 Lawlers Lane, Bangalow redid the pool.

And the retired interior designer painted all the interiors white.

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One such lifestyle property is a seven-bedroom, three-bathroom home on more than four hectares at 119 Lawlers Lane, which has a $2.5 million to $2.65 million price guide.

Property records show retired interior designer Nikola Wiedermann and her husband Dean Sicconi bought the property for $1,712,900 in 2017, with Wiedermann since orchestrating a transformation of the home.

What had previously been a very tired brick-and-tile property is now a modern residence.

It’s been rendered and painted white inside and out. The kitchen and bathrooms have all been replaced and the 15-metre pool redone.

There’s an outdoor paved area to relax with family and friends.

There’s a brand new kitchen.

And three designer bathrooms.

And in the cooler months, sit around the fire pit enjoying the magical sunsets over the rolling hills.

There’s a huge shed and workshop. Already with five advanced Moreton Bay figs, there’s also plenty of room to grow your own veggies and have chooks.

One of the things Lloyd loves about the home is that although it’s a huge property, it’s low maintenance. “It’s 10 acres but these owners originally came from Melbourne and are in no way farmers … someone else keeps cattle on the land which eat the grass so you don’t have to mow.

“It creates this wonderful buffer around you so you have no neighbours.”

The property also comes with development approval for a second four-bedroom residence, which could serve as a home for other family members or a guest residence.

“Perfect for the visiting friends from Sydney or the grandkids,” Lloyd says.