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Chris Hemsworth as Thor. (AAP)
Chris Hemsworth as Thor. (AAP)

Thor star Chris Hemsworth is reportedly about to demolish his lavish Broken Head home and rebuild at a cost of some $8 million.

Hemsworth has submitted a development application on the 4.2-hectare Seven Mile Beach Road property he shares with his wife, Elsa Pataky, and three children.

News Limited newspapers have reported that the pair plan to completely demolish the home they bought for $7 million in 2014, which itself was built as recently as 2003.

The Broken Head home that the Hemsworth-Patakys plan to demolish and rebuild at a tidy cost of $8 million. File photo
The Broken Head home that the Hemsworth-Patakys plan to demolish and rebuild at a tidy cost of $8 million. File photo

Under the plan, the house and outbuildings will all go, and a new swimming pool will be added.

Is understood that a major Sydney architectural firm has been engaged to redevelop the property.

The DA is expected to go on exhibition at Byron Shire Council sometime in the next few weeks.


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15 COMMENTS

  1. Great! Could I be in line to salvage the buildings?

    Or perhaps the Hemsworth’s might even consider donating the buildings – including cost of removal and setup – to be the first real contribution to affordable housing in Byron. I think there’s a perfect site available at the Island Quarry. This beautiful site has been languishing far too long as a “community asset” with questionable “management” approaches over the years. In fact, nothing much good has gone ahead there and that means it could be in danger of being absorbed into the wealth creation developments so rampant in the shire now.

    With the Hemsworth’s contribution, it could receive positive attention mediawise and benefit our new council’s moves to make Byron a more equitable, livable place. Who knows, maybe the Hemsworth’s would even derive a tax benefit for such a charitable donation? That might make it even more attractive to them!

  2. I agree with Trude and Ros.
    Please salvage as much as possible from these buildings. These resources could help a lot of people build affordable homes, or they could be sold and moved in sections to be reassembled elsewhere.
    Reusing the existing buildings will also lower the carbon footprint of the entire project.

    I hope the architects have designed something solar passive, with good thermal mass, full advantage of the ocean breeze and view, and with plenty of safe natural areas for the kids to enjoy.

    I’m excited for you all. It is important for a home to reflect its denizens. Xxx

  3. Don’t like reading a story like this – when homelessness and poverty are on the rise ? Like the above suggestion – that they donate the buildings. They seem like nice people, so perhaps that’s what they have in mind.

    • What would do better to reduce poverty than the work generated by $8 million of building and the flow on through the local economy. And would not one expect the builder to sell the materials from the old house, probably locally, making them available for reuse. I also note the comments on the energy aspects of the new house – does the Byron Shire not require new houses to meet energy efficiency standards?

        • I suppose they would hire some local workers – that’s up to them. But iIf they do hire outsiders those people will need to be accommodated, to eat etc, putting more money into the economy and helping reduce poverty. Isn’t capitalism marvelous – every child’s a winner!.

  4. obscene……..I agree, what IS wrong with these people…….homelessness and poverty is becoming such a huge issue in the Northern Rivers……..hopefully they will do this in a manner that benefits the needy of our community

  5. Why is this anybody’s business except for the Hemsworth’s ? When you point your finger at someone else and judge them…….
    ………………re: some of the above comments……….remember you have 3 fingers pointing back at yourself !

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