Palm Springs meets Byron Bay in footy star’s designer home for sale

Todd Miller and wife Diana are selling their Byron Bay home.

Veteran rugby player turned builder Todd Miller and his artist wife Diana have listed their Palm Springs-inspired dream home in Byron Bay for sale with a price guide of $6m.
The stunning new five-bedroom home showcases a playful twist on classic mid-century modern style, with pops of colour and luxury finishes throughout, including polished concrete floors and a unique rose quartz kitchen benchtop.
The Millers purchased the 660sq m block at 8 Pacific Vista Dr in 2019, intending to finally build their forever home after moving 28 times since returning to Australia from London, where Mr Miller played for the London Welsh Rugby Club.

Desert oasis, minutes from the beach.

Chanelling Palm Springs with breeze blocks and cacti.

But they are now set on “one last move”, with work underway on a new build nearby.
Mr Miller said the property for sale was just minutes from Tallow Beach, offering hinterland views from the front and ocean views from the top level.
“We felt like this particular block had an LA Hills sort of vibe to it, and with the wide frontage lent itself to that classic 1950s mid-century style,” Mr Miller said.

A beautiful rose quartz benchtop makes a statement in the open-plan kitchen.

Cacti and palms set the tone for this contemporary desert oasis by the sea, with white breeze blocks leading inside to beautifully appointed open-plan living spaces.
Four bedrooms and a large media room are spread over the ground floor, while the lower level offers a large covered space for a games room or gym next to the double garage.
Upstairs is the self-contained fifth bedroom with ensuite and Ms Miller’s studio space, which has ocean views and separate external access via a vibrant yellow staircase.

The home and its interiors were designed and built by the Millers in mid-century modern style.

There’s also an inviting swiming pool bordered by feature stone pavers and an undercover entertaining deck.
Mr Miller began his career in professional rugby league, for the Cronulla Sharks, Manly Sea Eagles, Brisbane Broncos and Gold Coast Chargers, before switching to union with the Gold Coast Breakers’ inaugural team.
Now the owner of ZieglerBuild, Mr Miller’s best-known project to date was a Brisbane house built from 31 shipping containers over three levels which was featured by Grand Designs Australia.

Resort vibes by the pool.

Separate access to the top floor artist’s studio via a vibrant staircase in yellow — Ms Miller’s favourite colour and a signature mid-century statement.

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Mr and Mrs Miller sold the container home in 2015 and moved with their two daughters to Bangalow.
“I came here to stop building and I’ve never been busier than in the last six years,” Mr Miller said.
The home is marketed for sale by First National Byron agents Su Reynolds and Luke Elwin with a price guide of between $5.8-6m.

The home has polished concrete floors throughout, with double brick, suspended concrete slab construction allowing for passive climate control.

House prices in Byron skyrocketed to a median price of $2.78m in July, almost doubling from $1.42m last year and dethroning Sydney as Australia’s most expensive place to live.
Hollywood actor Chris Hemsworth thrust the coastal town back into the global spotlight when he and wife Elsa Pataky purchased there in 2014.
The celebrity couple was rumoured to be house hunting again after this year finishing the build of their beachside mansion worth an estimated $30m.

Mr Miller (R) with team mates from the Gold Coast Breakers.

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