PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Satellite images reveal how actor Chris Hemsworth has transformed the landscape of Byron Bay with the development of his $20million mansion over three years
Chris Hemsworth‘s $20million mega-mansion in Byron Bay is nearing completion, five years after the Marvel Universe star first purchased the property and began extensive renovations.
And as his family prepares to move in, extraordinary new satellite images reveal how the mammoth construction has transformed the landscape of Broken Head.
Since purchasing the block of land, an estimated 60 trees have been removed on the 4.2 hectare estate in order to make space for the luxury property.
Satellite images have revealed how actor Chris Hemsworth has transformed the landscape of Broken Head with expansion of his $20million Byron Bay mansion over three years
Chris purchased the property in 2014 for $7million, when it was a low-key Balinese-style resort nestled among the bush land.
From above, it appeared to be a hidden away haven buried between the green, with the property blending well with the native landscape.
However, with the resort since being demolished to make space for the family-of-five’s grand designs, much of the foliage has been taken out too.
Grand plans: From a low-key Balinese-style resort nestled among the bush land to a Hollywood superstar’s home with ten toilets. Swipe right for the property in 2014, and left for 2019
Subtle: From above, the property had minimal changes between 2014 (left) and 2016 (right) when it was a low-key Balinese-style resort nestled among the bush land
In a satellite image taken in January, the spot is completely unrecognisable from shots taken just a couple of years ago.
Not only does the house itself appear double the size of the former resort, much of the green surrounding it has been replaced by tracks for workers and cars.
One landscape architect estimates that up to 60 trees, including many Eucalyptus and other endemic species, have been removed during the renovation.
It appears that the family have retained approximately 15 palm trees in the footprint of the property.
Construction time: Chris began renovation on the property in 2017, after buying the former resort for $7million and then knocking it down. Pictured: September, 2017
Almost finished: One landscape architect estimated that up to 60 trees have been removed during the renovation. Pictured: January 2019
Locals have longed complained over the vast renovation, with many venting their fury at the expansion, claiming the new house looks like a ‘shopping centre’.
After purchasing the spot in 2014, a development application for the knockdown-rebuild was first lodged with Byron Shire Council in November 2016.
It was then approved in March 2017, with the build set to be finished in November.
Gone: The former Balinese-style resort was demolished in 2017
Controversial: The Hemsworth mansion has sparked complaints from neighbours, with many hitting out that it ‘looks like a shopping centre’