Chris Hemsworth and wife Elsa Pataky are reportedly not selling their $30 million home in Byron Bay, despite rumours claiming they planned to offload the property.
According to a report in Confidential on Sunday, a Byron Bay prestige realtor confirmed there is ‘no mention’ of the property coming on the books for sale.
He also said the mega mansion is not being ‘quietly shopped’ to potential buyers.
Staying put: Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky ‘are not selling their $30million Byron Bay mega-mansion’, according to a report in Confidential on Sunday
‘I see every home that is either on the market or coming on the books and there has been no mention of Chris’s home yet,’ the unnamed agent was quote as saying.
The report included a pal who said widespread reports of the move were also ‘surprising’ for him, given the specifications of the Hemsworth mansion.
‘That home was built to his family’s unique specifications so it would be surprising for him to sell up now,’ the pal was quoted as saying.
Confirmation: ‘I see every that is either on the market or coming on the books and there has been no mention of Chris’s home yet,’ the agent was quote as saying
The rumours emerged following reports the A-listers recently ‘inspected a large landholding at nearby Lennox Head’, according to The Courier Mail.
That property ended up being sold to some Sydneysiders, who purchased it for about $15million to use as a holiday home.
Chris and Elsa completed their mega-mansion earlier this year, and the monolithic home has skyrocketed in price since the family moved in.
Originally estimated at $20million, property experts said in January the LA-style compound, located in Broken Head near Byron Bay, was now worth $30million.
Surprise: ‘That home was built to his family’s unique specifications so it would be surprising for him to sell up now,’ a pal of the couple said
Lloyd Edge, founder and director of Aus Property Professionals and author of best-selling book Positively Geared, said the market value had gone-up significantly since the original dwelling was knocked down and rebuilt.
He told Daily Mail Australia: ‘I estimate that in the current market the property could sell for up to $30million.’
Mr Edge based his price on a number of ‘comparables’, including what other homes in the area were selling for.
He noted a five-bedroom home at nearby 35 Marine Parade, with private stairs leading down to Wategos Beach and a heated infinity pool overlooking the ocean, was worth $22million.
A smaller property in the area on Lighthouse Road was valued at $9million, while a yet-to-be-built home overlooking Main Beach in Byron Bay was worth $60million.
He added: ‘Byron Bay and surrounding areas is now one of the hottest property markets in the country.
‘Hemsworth bought the property for $9million but spent around $18million building the mansion.’
Chris and his family began construction on the mansion, which was previously an eight-bedroom resort-style home known as Kooeloah, in late 2017.
Angry neighbours were quick to say the rebuild 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.
Right up his alley! Chris and Elsa installed a $110,000 two-lane bowling alley in their mansion
The 50-metre rooftop infinity pool alone was estimated to have cost at least $400,000, an enormous indoor mural could be worth as much as $100,000, and the landscaping bill would have reached about $500,000.
Formwork and concrete for the foundations of Fortress Hemsworth – known on architectural plans as ‘Project 657 BHR’ – would have set the couple back $1.5million to $2million.
For Sydney builder Jason Natoli, who specialises in luxury renovations, the most striking aspect of the new Broken Head landmark was its sheer size.
‘It’s ginormous,’ Mr Natoli said. ‘You’ve got an infinity pool with a spa, five bedrooms with five en-suites, a large indoor-outdoor kitchen, a four-car garage.
‘There’s a cinema room, massage room, sauna room, steam room, games room with a bar. There’s also a mud room – I’ve never heard of that before.’
Mud rooms, made popular in America, are secondary entrances used to store coats, shoes and items such as bikes, umbrellas and surfboards which are regularly carried in and out of the house.
There is also a gymnasium, butler’s pantry, fire pit, change rooms, outdoor play area for the three Hemsworth children, and walk-in wardrobes attached to four of the bedrooms.
On top of that, the couple added a two-lane bowling alley in the home worth $110,000.
Artwork: An enormous mural by Indigenous artist Otis Carey (right) is also featured in the home
Fancy: The mural took 140 hours to complete and set the Hemsworths back an estimated $100,000
Next to the alley is an enormous mural by Indigenous artist Otis Carey worth about $100,000.
Because the house is surrounded by bushland it is required to have its own 20,000 litre fire-fighting water tanks and extra access for Rural Fire Service vehicles.
Mr Natoli said he could not see any provision for landing a helicopter, one of Chris’ favourite modes of transportation.
While the average floor size of a new Sydney home is now 186.3 square metres, the Hemsworth residence covers about 900 square metres internally.
The construction is technically only one-storey, but the staggered floors make it appear to be multi-levelled.
Mr Natoli, whose Jcorp Construction renovated publicist Roxy Jacenko $6.5million home in Vaucluse, described the Hemsworths’ home as an ‘LA-style mansion’.
Fitness: The mansion also features a gym, which Chris and Elsa use to keep fit
‘It’s a gorgeous house,’ Mr Natoli said. ‘Technically it’s one level but it’s sort of stepped to make it feel as one.
‘You could say it’s an LA sort of mansion-style design. It’s a very contemporary LA-style, where everything is indoor-outdoor living.’
The couple had planned the house so the huge glass windows and doors opened out to the rooftop entertaining area, including the pool and surrounding bushland.
‘When it opens up it feels like the outdoors and indoors are all one,’ Mr Natoli said.
Not all locals have welcomed the size of Fortress Hemsworth.
‘I thought Byron would be Noosafied but apparently it’s being Hollywooded,’ one wrote on Facebook last year, adding: ‘Next level.’
Lovely views: The property, about 12 kilometres out of Byron Bay, is on Broken Head Road and overlooks Seven Mile Beach
Another woman went further: ‘It’s obscene, greedy, flashy, vulgar opulence at its finest and has no place in the Byron I once knew and love.
‘A sad sign of things to come due to greedy, unfettered development policy.’
But Mr Natoli said while the scale of the house was enormous the design was relatively simple.
‘It’s just a big box,’ he said. ‘There’s nothing too flashy. The only thing is it’s huge.’
The property, about 12 kilometres out of Byron Bay, is on Broken Head Road and overlooks Seven Mile Beach.
A development application approved by Byron Shire Council estimated the cost of construction to be $18million.
Most of that money has gone back into the Northern Rivers community. The home was built by Jason Stehn whose company Stehnbuild is based in nearby Bangalow.
Chris and Elsa live at the home with their children, daughter India and twin boys Tristan and Sasha.
Family: Chris and Elsa live at the home with their children, daughter India and twin boys Tristan and Sasha