Chris Hemsworth risks a significant cost blowout in plans to build a second ‘Westfield-style’ mansion on a massive 35 hectare site in Byron Bay.
Daily Mail Australia revealed on Monday the Hemsworths hope to build a seven-bedroom home – each with its own ensuite bathroom – less than a kilometre from the mega-mansion they currently call home.
Forecast to cost the Hollywood giant $4.4million, Daily Mail Australia has been told the Hollywood heavyweight is ‘dreaming’ if he hopes to make budget on the planned development.
The final draft of a four-story dwelling Chris Hemsworth hopes to build on land he owns near his existing mansion in Byron Bay
Chris Hemsworth has made megabucks playing the Marvel hero Thor in a series of blockbuster movies
An aerial view of the proposed location of Chris Hemsworth’s latest super structure
‘The Development Approval said the estimated cost to build the two houses was $4.4m. I reckon that wouldn’t put Christmas dinner on the Hemsworth’s table,’ a building industry expert told Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday.
‘The figure will be way more.’
Hemsworth purchased the land – located about a kilometre from his existing Byron Bay mansion – for $4.25million in 2019.
However, any blowout is unlikely dent the coffers of the Thor star, who is reportedly worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Development plans were first lodged in March, with a final draft being submitted with Byron Bay Council in July.
Detailed plans show the sprawling residence will stretch 35 metres long, have four levels and sport a mandatory butler’s pantry and swimming pool.
Under the planning requirements, the homes must include a 10kw solar system, which will require anywhere up to 35 solar panels.
With temperatures rarely averaging below 20C, and climbing into the 30s during the warmer months, the Hemsworths can expect to dip into the grid to keep the dwellings cool.
‘He will have to have his aircon on 24/7 in summer as it gets really hot out the back there in summer,’ one local said.
Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky have reportedly spent $17million on property in the Byron Bay area over the past five years.
Plans for a new four level home on Chris Hemsworth’s property have been lodged for final approval
A large riding ring (pictured) and stable has already been constructed by the Hemsworths on the property
Chris Hemsworth is much loved by Australians – although not everyone in happy with his development
Hemsworth’s second planned building on the site will have two bedrooms all of its own and two bathrooms.
Situated on the pond, the site already features its own cabana and an entertainment area in the middle surrounded by water.
A three car garage will cater to the Hemsworths and their Hollywood mates, who are expected to bunker down at the new pad should it get the all clear.
The site has already raised the eyebrows of some inquisitive locals, who have raised concerns over some of the Hemsworth’s existing structures.
Aerial photography shows a large stable complex has already been constructed and a large horse ring.
Branded ‘El Caballo Blanco’ by some – in reference to a famous horse riding theme park that operated at Catherine Field on the outskirts of Sydney in the 70s, 80s and 90s.
Established by Sydney Entrepreneur Emmanuel Margolin, Sydney’s El Caballo Blanco in Catherine Field, near Campbelltown, was a famous theme park that operated at Catherine Field on the outskirts of Sydney.
The Hemsworth mansion is estimated to be worth up to $30 million
The development of Hemsworth’s existing home divided opinion in their hometown upon its construction in 2017.
The fortress like property, which sits high above Seven Mile Beach, boasts a gymnasium, butler’s pantry, fire pit, change rooms, outdoor play area for the three Hemsworth children and walk-in wardrobes.
Angry neighbours were quick to say the building reminded them of a suburban shopping centre, a refurbished RSL club or a regional airport terminal.
Others compared it to a multi-storey car park.
On Tuesday, some Australians attacked the Hemsworths over previous comments the actor made about the development of an nearby eco-resort, which blocks beach access to his own property.
‘Yeah whinge about a resort nearby….your private jets eco house not,’ a Sydney man wrote.
Elsa Pataky has been accused of guiding her horses through Linnaeus Estate (pictured), which blocks access to the beach from the Hemsworth properties
Aussie superstar Chris Hemsworth is a Global Campaign Ambassador for Tourism Australia, to which he was appointed in 2016.
Hemsworth has long been lauded among his fellow Australians.
In June, he was recognised for his service to the arts and his commitment to charitable organisations in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
The 37-year-old was made a Member of the Order of Australia after donating a million Australian dollars to the country’s bushfire appeal at the start of 2020 in addition to ongoing financial backing of groups leading the country’s recovery from the fires.
Hemsworth has worked with charity organisations since 2009, when he became a patron for the Australian Childhood Foundation.
He also supports global charities Baby2Baby, Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, Hollywood Charity Horse Show, J/P Haitian Relief Organization, Oceana and the Robert F Kennedy Memorial.
‘They give millions to charity here. They certainly are doing a lot of good with it,’ one Byron Bay local wrote in defence of the town’s best known resident.
‘Is there a little green devil sitting on all your shoulders? He’s made it, you and I haven’t. Get off his case,’ another man wrote.
Hemsworth’s manager has been contacted for comment.