Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky only completed their Byron Bay mansion earlier this year, but they may already be planning to unload the $30 million compound.
According to the courier post, the couple is interested in selling the Broken Head Road house so they can move elsewhere in the trendy hamlet.
The publication claims that the A-listers recently ‘inspected a large landholding in nearby Lennox Head’.
However, that property was eventually sold to a number of Sydneysiders, who bought it for about $15 million to use as a vacation home.
To proceed? Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky may be selling their $30 million Byron Bay mansion (pictured above)
Fresh start: The couple are reported to be interested in selling the Broken Head Road home so they can move elsewhere in the trendy hamlet.
Chris and Elsa completed their mega-mansion earlier this year, and the monolithic home has skyrocketed in price since the family moved in.
Originally valued at $20 million, real estate experts said in January the LA-style complex, located in Broken Head near Byron Bay, was now worth $30 million.
Lloyd Edge, founder and director of Aus Property Professionals and author of the bestselling book Positively Geared, says market value has risen since the couple bought and renovated the home four years ago.
He told the Daily Mail Australia at the time: ‘I estimate that the property in the current market can be sold for up to $30 million’.
Mr Edge based his price on “a number of ‘similarities’ and added that it is, ‘how we try to estimate market value, along with current market sentiment’.
Expensive taste: Originally valued at $20 million, experts said in January the LA-style compound, located in Broken Head near Byron Bay, is now worth $30 million
He listed similar properties in the area, including a five-bedroom house at 35 Marine Parade, with a private staircase leading to Wategos Beach and a heated ocean-view infinity pool, worth $22 million.
A smaller property in the area on Lighthouse Rd is valued at $9 million, while a yet-to-be-built home overlooking Main Beach in Byron Bay is worth $60 million.
He added: ‘Byron Bay and the surrounding areas is now one of the most popular real estate markets in the country.
“Hemsworth bought the property for $9 million, but spent about $18 million building the mansion.”
Chris and his family began construction on the Byron Bay mansion, called Kooeloah, in late 2017. It was previously an eight-bedroom resort-style home.
Right up his alley! Chris and Elsa installed a $110,000 private two-lane bowling alley at their $30 million Byron Bay mansion
Critics and locals were quick to say the remodel reminds them of a suburban shopping mall, a refurbished RSL club or a regional airport terminal.
The 50-foot infinity pool alone is estimated to have cost at least $400,000, a massive interior wall could be worth $100,000, and the landscaping bill would be $500,000.
Formwork and concrete for the foundations of Fortress Hemsworth – known on architectural plans as ‘Project 657 BHR’ – will have reduced the pair’s $1.5 million to $2 million.
For Sydney builder Jason Natoli, who specializes in luxury renovations, the most striking aspect of the new Broken Head monument is its sheer size.
“It’s huge,” Mr. Natoli said. “It was built as a resort style property. You have an infinity pool with a spa, five bedrooms with five en suites, a large indoor-outdoor kitchen, a four-car garage.
‘There is a cinema room, a massage room, a sauna room, a steam room, a games room with a bar. There’s also a mudroom – I’ve never heard of that.’
Artwork: A huge mural by Indigenous artist Otis Carey (right) is also on display in the house
Fancy: The mural took 140 hours to complete and set the Hemsworth back at a cool $100,000
Made popular in America, mudrooms are secondary entrances used to store jackets, shoes, and items such as bicycles, umbrellas, and surfboards that are regularly carried in and out of the house.
There is also a gymnasium, butler’s pantry, fire pit, changing rooms, outdoor play area for the three Hemsworth children, and walk-in closets attached to four of the bedrooms.
In addition, the couple added a two-lane bowling alley to the home worth $110,000.
Next to the alley is a huge mural by native artist Otis Carey valued at about $100,000.
As the house is surrounded by bushland, it was necessary to have its own 20,000 liter firewater tanks and additional access for rural fire brigade vehicles.
Natoli said he couldn’t see any provision for landing a helicopter, one of Hemsworth’s favorite modes of transportation.
Fitness: The mansion also has a gym, which Chris and Elsa use to keep fit
While the average floor space of a new Sydney home is now 186.3 square metres, the Hemsworth residence internally occupies approximately 900 square metres.
The construction is technically only one storey, but the staggered storeys make it appear to be multi-layered.
Natoli, whose Jcorp Construction publicist Roxy Jacenko renovated new $6.5 million house in Vaucluse, described the Hemsworth house as an “LA-style country house.”
“It’s a beautiful house,” Mr. Natoli said. “Technically it’s one level, but it’s a little stepped to make it feel like one.
“You could say it’s an LA-esque mansion style. It’s a very contemporary LA style, where everything is indoor-outdoor living.’
The couple had planned the house so that the huge glass windows and doors opened onto the rooftop entertainment area, including the pool and surrounding bushland.
“When it opens, it feels like outside and inside are all one,” Natoli said.
Not all residents have welcomed the size of Fortress Hemsworth.
“I thought Byron would be Noosafied, but apparently it’s getting Hollywooded,” someone wrote on Facebook last year. “Next level.”
Another woman continued: “It’s obscene, greedy, flashy, vulgar opulence at its best and has no place in the Byron I once knew and love.”
Stunning Views: About 12 miles outside Byron Bay, the property is on Broken Head Road and overlooks Seven Mile Beach
“A sad sign of things to come because of greedy, rampant development policies.”
But Mr Natoli said that while the scale of the house was huge, the design was relatively simple.
“It’s just a big box,” he said. ‘Nothing is too flashy. The only thing is it’s huge.’
About 12 kilometers outside Byron Bay, the property is on Broken Head Road and overlooks Seven Mile Beach.
A development application approved by Byron Shire Council estimated construction costs at $18 million.
Most of that money has gone back to the Northern River Community. The house was built by Jason Stehn whose company Stehnbuild is based in nearby Bangalow.
Chris and Elsa live in the house with their children, daughter India and twins Tristan and Sasha.
Family: Chris and Elsa live in the house with their children, daughter India and twin boys Tristan and Sasha