Dream homes: The top 5 properties on the Northern Rivers

These beautiful homes are private, luxurious and never far away from the water. Here's our pick of the top five:

1

4 Palm Valley Drive, Byron Bay

WATTAI on Wategos is a premiere Byron Bay offering, arguably the best and most tightly held property in the region. Spanning over three levels with a breathtaking roof terrace, this home epitomises Wategos Beach luxury with dramatic ocean and lighthouse views. The recently remodelled entrance exudes style and quality while paying homage to Palm Springs architecture through the use of stone and glass. This level part of the home immediately greets you with world-class views. Stairs from the entry level lead to the rooftop terrace with its frameless glass balustrades for seamless ocean views over the bay, northern headlands and mountains.

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2

4 Rutherford Street, Lennox Head

ONE of Lennox Heads' best kept secrets is this amazing private residence perfectly situated only 100m from the beach and restaurants. As soon as you step inside the grand entrance, the open space jumps out at you and is complemented by the nine-foot-high ceilings and louvres that capture the coastal breezes and natural light. This is an entertainer's paradise, with a chef's kitchen that overlooks the outdoor area and pool, drawing you outside to the amazing al fresco area. The two bedrooms downstairs even have their own attic living areas which make an interesting addition to this stunning property.

3

13 Marina Place, Ballina

ENJOYING a sensational position on the point of the Richmond River and Ballina Quays, this large family home has magnificent deep waterfront facilities and superb views. About 55 squares over two levels, it has the extra features that make river life special including a boat ramp, jetty and pontoon. For those days when you just want to relax at home it also has a pool. Its peaceful cul de sac location is close to all amenities.

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4

25 Waratah Crescent, Minnie Water

MAJESTICALLY perched on a north-east facing location with 180- degree views of the Pacific Ocean, this stylishly built contemporary home typifies the dream beach home. The village of Minnie Water is nestled in beautiful Yuraygir National Park, and has seen little change over the past 30 years, retaining a small village ambience that is rare on the popular North Coast. The house is double storey, situated on an elevated block, double brick downstairs and brick veneer upstairs, with blue tinted windows throughout. The main bedroom upstairs features high ceilings and has sweeping views over the ocean, with the added luxury of a spa bath with a view.

5

109 School Road, Palmers Island

PRIVATE waterfront living right on the Clarence River awaits as RiverScape was conceived, located and designed to maximise absolute river frontage, resulting in its commanding presence and spectacular water and coastal range panorama. The tranquil setting is a short boat or car ride away from nearby islands, beaches, bars and hotels, and from Yamba. The RiverScape sensation of floating next to the river water is emphasised by the 12m of cedar-framed glass, multi-fold doors. The elevated perspective and vaulted continuous ceiling both inside and over the 4m deep veranda) offer a superb river and coastal ranges outlook.

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