Comedian Jimeoin lists Byron Bay hinterland retreat

Comedian Jimeoin lists Byron Bay hinterland retreat
Comedian Jimeoin lists Byron Bay hinterland retreat

Stand up comedian Jimeoin McKeown has listed his neglected Byron Bay hinterland retreat for sale.

The Melbourne based comedian -  marketing himself as Ireland's Witruvian Man - and wife Catherine Arena paid $1.35 million for the three hectare estate in 2003.

It was briefly up for sale in 2008 at $2.5 million. 

Perched highly on the tightly-held Coolamon Scenic Ridge, the empty Ewingsdale three bedroom home features an outdoor entertaining deck and a saltwater swimming pool.

Byron Bay LJ Hooker agent Liam Annesley is taking offers up to December 17. High in Byron Bays' lush hinterland, it comes with far-reaching valley to ocean views.

"Currently the home is ready for your own touch, while you work on your grand plan to showcase an architecturally designed home of your choice," the marketing says.

Born to Irish parents in England, Jimeoin moved to Australia at the age of 22, gaining work as a gardener after working on building sites in London for four years.

He both starred in and co-wrote two Australian feature film comedies, The Craic (1999) and The Extra (2005).

He had his own comedy television programme, the eponymous Jimeoin, which ran for three seasons.

In 2010 he aired Jimeoin: Over the Top when he was travelling across northern Australia doing stand-up routines recorded at towns along the way.

Jimeoin also hosted SBS's primetime comedy programme The Full Brazilian during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

His forthcoming Renonsense Man tour takes him from Cootamundra next weekend to England's Southend-on-Sea next February.

The closest the tour gets to Byron is Ballina in January for the comedian who once described Byron as his favourite place in the world.

"Full of rich people, poor people, and best of all, Swedish backpackers," he said.

He was last spotted earlier this year spending time at Bluesfest.

This article first appeared in the Sunday Telegraph.

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