A luxury pool sits empty in the private courtyard and the garage that couldn’t fit the Range Rover is boarded up.
But renovations on the Judds’ sprawling mansion in Melbourne’s upmarket Brighton are well underway, new pictures show.
Former AFL footy great Chris Judd and his wife Rebecca bought the Spanish Colonial homestead for $7.3million last year and have been updating their dream home ever since.
The price tag grew substantially when the couple realised their cars were too big to fit into the garage.
A pillar had to be removed to fix the problem – at a cost of $50,000.
Rebecca Judd will now be able to get her Range Rover into the garage after making a $50,000 mistake when she bought the home with former AFL star Chris Judd
Rebecca Judd hasn’t been shy in sharing information about her family with the public and set tongues wagging when she told the world her million dollar mansion couldn’t fit in her car
First world problems: The Judd home is being renovated. An even bigger construction job (top) is underway directly across the street from them
The garage remains boarded-up while the Judd construction team works to allow Rebecca Range Rover back into its natural environment.
A lone wheelbarrow sits forlornly out the front driveway next to a load of rubble from the construction works.
Neighbours were nonplussed by the scale of the renovations, with similar work being done on several properties in the street.
They described the Judds as friendly and any construction work being performed there as being done in a sensitive way.
‘There is no dirt here,’ one neighbour laughed.
Situated about 11km out of Melbourne’s CBD, Brighton is the playground of the rich and famous.
It’s a suburb where hired help use high pressure hoses to spray leaves off the road during a rain storm.
Employees from households walk dogs in the rain and gardeners put on raincoats and continue cutting the hedges.
Situated directly across the street from the Judds is a full-on construction zone where multiple buildings are being erected.
It’s a common theme around the neighbourhood.
Big houses are getting bigger.
Old houses are becoming new houses.
Before: A pillar dividing the Judd’s multi-million dollar property had to be removed to allow Rebecca Judd’s hulking Range Rover to get in
After: With the pillar removed, the Judd’s will soon be able to keep their cars safe inside from the horrid Melbourne weather
Speaking on Melbourne radio, Judd admitted she had made a major blunder when purchasing the home.
‘We hit this major snag because when you go to home inspections, you never think to drive your cars into the garage to see if they fit or not,’ she said.
‘They don’t fit, so there’s this massive column in the middle and each car has its own roller door with this big structural beam in the middle.
‘Our cars, neither of them fit in. We tried one night and we couldn’t even get the nose in.
Rebecca Judd has never been shy in taking to Instagram to share her life. She told the world on radio that her garage was too small and it cost her 50 grand to fix it
‘We’ve had to knock out the column because this isn’t going to be my dream home and we’re going to leave the cars out on the street, so we had to bang out the column, put some more structural steel across the top and open it up. $50,000 later … That was a big mistake, so if you’re listening, make sure you measure the garage.’
But none of the neighbours seem to care much – they especially don’t have an issue with the Judds’ troublesome car hole.
Some of the neighbours’ kids go to school with the Judds’.
One was an unbiased Carlton fan.
She herself had come from good Carlton stock which included premiership winning heroes within her own family.
‘You won’t hear a bad word about the Judds here,’ she said.
Former Carlton player Chris Judd goes down the slide for FightMND’s Big Freeze 5 at last weekend’s Collingwood V Melbourne game.
Chris and Rebecca Judd pose for a photo on Caulfield Cup Day at Caulfield racecourse in 2017. They live in a street that resembles a construction zone
Chris Judd is practically royalty in footy mad Melbourne.
Last weekend he dressed up as a judge for charity and went down a slide in front of a packed MCG into an icy pool of water.
He was captain of both the West Coast Eagles and Carlton, won the Brownlow Medal twice and is regarded as one of the best footballers in the modern game.
His wife is an Australian model, television presenter and speech pathologist.
She is currently host of the Victorian-based travel program Postcards and was previously weekend weather presenter on Nine News.
It was 2004 when Chris Judd’s then girlfriend Rebecca Twigley become a household name after she wore this revealing dress
The home owner has proudly showed-off construction work on the property via an Instagram page.
Bec won over Melburnians when she narrowly escaped an awkward on-air kiss from Channel Nine sports presenter Tony Jones on her last day of work before having her twins.
Speaking to KIIS 101.1’s Jase and PJ on Thursday, she confessed that the couple didn’t leave the best impression on their old neighbours.
She explained they had a reputation for being ‘stingy’ after turning away local children who went ‘trick or treating’ on Halloween.