John 'Strop' Cornell and Delvene Delaney are selling the final vacant slice of their one time 2.3 acre beachfront compound.
John 'Strop' Cornell and Delvene Delaney are selling the final vacant slice of their one time 2.3 acre beachfront compound.

Here's how you can buy TV icons' stunning ocean retreat

Entertainment industry icons John 'Strop' Cornell and his wife, Delvene Delaney, who were Paul Hogan's sidekicks in their comedic heyday, are selling their final block of land on their former vast Belongil Beach compound.

They sold the main holding four years ago to Harvey Norman heir Glen Norman for $10 million, the highest sale that year in the Northern NSW tourist hotspot.

 

An idyllic spot.
An idyllic spot.

The home, completely rebuilt since Norman's purchase in 2015, is a luxury verified Airbnb rental, fetching $5,500 a night, dubbed White Hawk Retreat.

Cornell and Delaney, who live in the hinterland, are now selling their final vacant slice of their one time 2.3 acre beachfront compound which was bought from the property developer Peter Kurts in 1987 for $375,000.

Delvene Delaney and John Cornell.
Delvene Delaney and John Cornell.

The three lots totalling 2,089 sqm have been listed through LJ Hooker Byron Bay agent Glen Irwin who is taking expressions of interest until October 28.

While not to the same extent as Wategos Beach, Belongil Beach has seen celebrity buying activity over recent years.

Celebrity chef Shannon Bennett has now moved into his home.

The six bedroom, six bathroom home comes with rooftop garden, sunset bar and natural pool.

The Block judge Shelley Craft and her real estate agent husband Christian Sergiacomi are set to move to the area following their $4.9 million sale of their home in town earlier this year to the fund manager Peter Cooper.

Plenty of potential.
Plenty of potential.

They're currently building a Paul Ullmann-designed five bedroom home after paying $1.35 million for a block of land in 2017. It is inland on the Belongil peninsula, set just a few hundred metres away from where the couple tied the knot a decade ago.

The top sale at Byron was earlier this year on Wategos Beach. Eli Havas, wife of F45 founder Adam Gilchrist, paid $18.85 million for the longtime Marine Parade record holder.

It had belonged to property developer Danny Goldberg, who paid $15.68 million some 13 years ago.

Originally published as John Cornell and Delvene Delaney list in Byron


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