Chris Hemsworth’s plans to build a second ‘Westfield-style’ mansion on a massive 35-acre site just a stone’s throw from his existing controversial Byron Bay megastructure have reached the first hurdle.
Daily Mail Australia revealed last month that the Hemsworths hope to build a seven-bedroom house – each with its own bathroom – less than a kilometer from the country house they currently call home.
The new development was expected to get the green light on Monday, but has now been re-advertised by Byron Shire Council after it incorrectly underestimated the true cost of the development by more than a million dollars in an earlier listing.
Chris Hemsworth and his kids Tuesday after picking up a kite from a local toy store
Chris Hemsworth’s new place has been playfully named ‘El Caballao Blanco’. It is just a kilometer from his existing mansion in Byron Bay.
Plans for a new four-storey house on Chris Hemsworth’s property have been submitted for final approval
A large stable has already been built on Chris Hemsworth’s new premises. He wants to add two more buildings to the site
Detailed plans show that the sprawling residence will have four levels and will have a mandatory butler’s pantry and swimming pool.
A second building, with an additional two bedrooms and two bathrooms, comes next to a tranquil pond, which already has a cozy cabana and fire pit.
A garage will comfortably accommodate three Ferraris for the Hemsworths or their Hollywood comrades, who are expected to bunker down on the new path when all is clear.
Hemsworth bought the land in 2019 for $4.25 million, with the development forecast to cost the Hollywood giant $4.4 million.
Daily Mail Australia has since learned that an internal error in the council’s advertising of the development to Byron Bay locals has inadvertently delayed approval.
Obviously, Hemsworth’s development was advertised as expected to cost less than $3 million.
Even then, the council confirmed it had received four objections to the development.
The Byron Shire Council’s director for environmental and economic sustainability, Shannon Burt, told Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday that the development application had activated a ‘level 2’ advertising criterion under the council’s development plans, given the cost of development work.
“This was not picked up at first,” she said.
The development will now have to be re-advertised, indicating the actual projected development estimate of $4.4 million.
It will also have to be presented to the council in a public meeting, which will open debate among other potential objectors.
Sprawling: Originally valued at $20 million, real estate experts said in January the LA-style complex was now worth $30 million.
Chris Hemsworth is pumped for new development to kick off in Byron Bay
Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky have reportedly spent $17 million on real estate in the Byron Bay area over the past five years.
Chris Hemsworth already has his own bowling alley in his existing mansion in Byron Bay
‘The development application is submitted to the municipality for approval. Some points for attention fall outside the staff delegation. There’s no timetable for when,’ said Mrs. Burt.
Daily Mail Australia revealed that development plans were first submitted to the council in March, and a final draft was submitted in July listing the planned development that would cost just over $4 million.
On Tuesday, the development application was removed from the list of current developments of the municipality that had been placed for public scrutiny.
The new home is about a mile as the crow flies from his current mansion, which sits on a relatively modest four-acre site on the north coast of New South Wales.
The development of Hemsworth’s existing home divided opinion in their hometown on its construction.
The final draft of a four-storey residence Chris Hemsworth hopes to build on the land he owns near his existing mansion in Byron Bay
Chris Hemsworth celebrates a Bulldogs win within the confines of his Byron Bay mansion. The Bulldogs play in the AFL Grand Final against the Demons
A new horse arena and stables have been built on the extensive grounds
Hemsworth and his family began construction on his current Byron Bay mansion called Kooeloah in late 2017.
Perched high above Seven Mile Beach, the fortress-like property features a gymnasium, butler’s pantry, fire pit, locker rooms, outdoor play area for the three Hemsworth children, and walk-in closets.
A 50m pool helps the family stay cool and fit and offers stunning views over the idyllic Broken Head Nature Reserve.
The Hemsworths first bought the property in 2014 for $7 million and have spent years building their dream home.
Angry neighbors were quick to say the remodel reminded them of a suburban shopping mall, a refurbished RSL club or a regional airport terminal.
Others compared it to a multi-storey car park.
Originally valued at $20 million, real estate experts said in January the LA-style complex was now worth $30 million.
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Hemsworth’s management for comment.
Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth in 2019 before Covid restricted travel. They now live in Byron Bay when not making movies