Home Australia The mansion that fake tan built! Bondi Sands founder spends $8 million to live next door to Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky in Byron Bay, after tanning brand’s huge payday

The mansion that fake tan built! Bondi Sands founder spends $8 million to live next door to Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky in Byron Bay, after tanning brand’s huge payday

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Bondi Sands owner Shaun Wilson and his fiancée Tess Shanahan (both pictured) have spent $8 million to live next door to Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky.

Bondi Sands owner Shaun Wilson has spent $8 million to live next door to Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky.

The businessman, who co-founded the fake tan brand with Blair James, has invested some of his generous earnings into the purchase of a sprawling mansion in Byron Bay.

Shaun and his fiancée Tess Shanahan have snapped up a six-bedroom house in what has been dubbed the ‘Golden Grid’ of Byron Bay, according to real estate.com.

The couple will have some very famous neighbors as Hollywood star Chris and his wife Elsa, as well as his brother Liam Hemsworth, own multimillion-dollar properties in the area.

Shaun’s new luxury property, which he purchased for $8.26 million, sits on a 1,010-square-metre elevated block and features a modern exterior with a columned porch.

Bondi Sands owner Shaun Wilson and his fiancée Tess Shanahan (both pictured) have spent $8 million to live next door to Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky.

The businessman, who co-founded the fake tan brand with Blair James, has invested some of his generous earnings into the purchase of a sprawling mansion in Byron Bay (pictured).

The businessman, who co-founded the fake tan brand with Blair James, has invested some of his generous earnings into the purchase of a sprawling mansion in Byron Bay (pictured).

The mansion features an open-plan living and dining room complete with a stylish kitchen island and breakfast bar, as well as two spacious sitting rooms.

The kitchen features luxurious amenities including a pantry, integrated Liebherr refrigerator and Ilve oven, while there is also a pizza oven and barbecue outside.

The outdoor dining area also features a sunken fire pit area, perfect for entertaining, and overlooks the saltwater pool and spa area.

In addition to the main six-bedroom property, there is also a separate studio at the bottom of the garden with direct access to the pool.

The luxury property, which they bought for a whopping $8.26 million, sits on a 1,010 square meter elevated block and features a stylish open-plan living area.

The luxury property, which they bought for a whopping $8.26 million, sits on a 1,010 square meter elevated block and features a stylish open-plan living area.

The outdoor dining area also features a pizza oven and barbecue, as well as a sunken fire pit area, perfect for entertaining.

The outdoor dining area also features a pizza oven and barbecue, as well as a sunken fire pit area, perfect for entertaining.

The renovated six-bedroom property (one of the bedrooms is pictured) dates back to the 1880s and is situated on what has been called the 'Golden Grid' of Byron Bay.

The renovated six-bedroom property (one of the bedrooms is pictured) dates back to the 1880s and is situated on what has been called the ‘Golden Grid’ of Byron Bay.

The house has won acclaim for its design, with builder Ian Heanes previously scooping the HIA award for Best North Coast Renovation for the mansion.

The property dates back to the 1880s but has had a very modern renovation and now features stylish, modern appliances and furniture.

Australian actor Chris and his wife Elsa live with their three children in an eight-bedroom Balinese-style house in Byron Bay, which they bought in 2014 for $7 million.

His brother Liam followed in his footsteps and bought 37 hectares of land in Byron Bay for $6.8 million in 2021, before lodging plans to build a $14.6 million mansion on the site.

The couple will have very famous neighbors, as Hollywood star Chris and his wife Elsa own a multimillion-dollar property in the area.

Liam Hemsworth also purchased 37 hectares of land in Byron Bay for $6.8 million and recently submitted plans to build a $14.6 million mansion there.

The couple will have some very famous neighbors as Hollywood star Chris and his wife Elsa (left), and his brother Liam Hemsworth (right), own multi-million dollar properties in the area.

Byron Bay is a very special place for Shaun after he got down on one knee and proposed to his fiancee, podcaster Tess, on the beach there in July 2023.

Byron Bay is a very special place for Shaun after he got down on one knee and proposed to his fiancee, podcaster Tess, on the beach there in July 2023.

Byron Bay is a very special place for Shaun after he got down on one knee and proposed to his fiancee, podcaster Tess, on the beach there in July 2023.

AFL star Garry Wilson’s son Shaun has snapped up the property in the A-list hotspot months after the proposal and his huge Bondi Sands payday.

Last year, Shaun and his business partner Blair sold their Bondi Sands brand to Japanese skincare giant Kao Corporation in a massive partnership deal.

They made a small fortune from their globally popular self-tanning brand in the $450 million deal, more than a decade after first launching the company in 2012.

At the time, Shaun said the huge partnership deal with Kao would be transformative for the brand, which is already sold in 32 countries.

It comes after Shaun and business partner Blair James (pictured) sold their Bondi Sands tanning brand to skincare giant Kao Corporation in a $450 million partnership deal last year.

It comes after Shaun and business partner Blair James (pictured) sold their Bondi Sands tanning brand to skincare giant Kao Corporation in a $450 million partnership deal last year.

Since launching in 2012 in Melbourne, Bondi Sands has become the country's most iconic tanning product, recording growth of around 55 per cent year on year.

Since launching in 2012 in Melbourne, Bondi Sands has become the country’s most iconic tanning product, recording growth of around 55 per cent year on year.

“We’ve really only just scratched the surface in terms of our growth opportunities and myself and the leadership team are fully committed to that, and it’s exciting to be partnering with Kao,” he told The Australian Financial Review.

‘The United States is a great focus for the company, we have just launched into Walmart, so next month we will have 4,000 doors. We also have strong distribution with Ulta, Walgreens, CVS and Target, and are a leader on Amazon.

“We want to be a leader in the global skin care protection business (…) We have the fastest growing SPF business in Australia and the UK.”

Japanese company Kao is a manufacturer and marketer of several global beauty brands, including John Frieda, Jergens, Curél and Bioré.

Following the deal, Shaun's co-founder Blair and his wife Melanie (both pictured) also put their heritage home in Melbourne up for sale for $7.7 million amid plans to move overseas.

Following the deal, Shaun’s co-founder Blair and his wife Melanie (both pictured) also put their heritage home in Melbourne up for sale for $7.7 million amid their plans to move overseas.

Following the huge payday, Shaun’s co-founder Blair and his wife Melanie also put their heritage home in Melbourne up for sale for $7.7 million.

In March, the couple put the five-bedroom house in Lalla-Rookh, Kew, up for sale amid their plans to move abroad, according to reports.

Since launching in 2012 in Melbourne, Bondi Sands has become the country’s most iconic tanning product, recording growth of around 55 per cent year on year.

Their popular products include a range of highly successful SPF products available for sale locally and in the UK.

In addition to tanning mousses, moisturizers and mists, Bondi Sands also offers a range of sun, body and skin protection products.

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