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Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky may SELL $30million Byron Bay mansion 

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Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky may be set to offload their Byron Bay mansion just a few months after completing the controversial $30million project.

The couple is reportedly interested in selling the Broken Head Road home so they can move somewhere else in the trendy hamlet on the NSW far north coast.  

The A-listers recently ‘inspected a large landholding at nearby Lennox Head’, according to The Courier Mail. 

But that property ended up being sold to some Sydneysiders, who purchased it for about $15million to use as a holiday home. 

Moving on? Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky may be selling their $30million Byron Bay mansion (pictured above)

Moving on? Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky may be selling their $30million Byron Bay mansion (pictured above) 

New start: According to reports, the couple are interested in selling the Broken Head Road home so they can move somewhere else in the trendy hamlet

New start: According to reports, the couple are interested in selling the Broken Head Road home so they can move somewhere else 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 estimated at $20million, property experts said in January the LA-style compound, located in Broken Head near Byron Bay, was now worth $30million. 

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.’  

Expensive taste: Originally estimated at $20million, property experts said in January that the LA-style compound, located in Broken Head near Byron Bay, was now worth $30million

Expensive taste: Originally estimated at $20million, property experts said in January that the LA-style compound, located in Broken Head near Byron Bay, was now worth $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

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 ensuites, 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. 

Artwork: An enormous mural by Indigenous artist Otis Carey (right) is also featured in the home

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

Fancy: The mural took 140 hours to complete and set the Hemsworths back an estimated $100,000 

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.

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.

Fitness: The mansion also features a gym, which Chris and Elsa use to keep fit

Fitness: The mansion also features a gym, which Chris and Elsa use to keep fit 

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-leveled.

Mr Natoli, whose Jcorp Construction renovated publicist Roxy Jacenko $6.5million home in Vaucluse, described the Hemsworths’ home as an ‘LA-style mansion’.

‘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.’

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.’ 

Lovely views: The property, about 12 kilometres out of Byron Bay, is on Broken Head Road and overlooks Seven Mile Beach

Lovely views: The property, about 12 kilometres out of Byron Bay, is on Broken Head Road and overlooks Seven Mile Beach

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

Family: Chris and Elsa live at the home with their children, daughter India and twin boys Tristan and Sasha

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Inside the tiny ‘smart home’ that will be sold in London for less than £300k

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Making homes affordable for first-time buyers is a problem that does not have one easy solution.  

With house prices having risen rapidly since the start of the pandemic, many are finding themselves priced out – especially in inner cities. 

But major housebuilder Barratt Homes thinks it has found a way for young people to climb on to the housing ladder without breaking the bank. 

The living area in Barratt's 'SMRT' home. The apartment comes in at just 37 square metres

The living area in Barratt’s ‘SMRT’ home. The apartment comes in at just 37 square metres

At its Eastman Village development in Harrow, North London,  it has built a tiny home measuring just 37 square metres or 400 sq ft. 

It may have the smallest floor plan that can be built under the Government’s minimum space standards, but Barratt describes the flat as ‘a forward-thinking luxury product that is perfectly proportioned’. 

Although the apartments might charitably be described as ‘cosy,’ the price is right, with homes starting at £290,000. This is £40,000 cheaper than the standard Barratt home in London. 

It says the tiny homes are designed to ‘help ease the squeeze experienced by London’s “generation rent”, who face ever-rising property prices and rental costs’. 

According to Halifax’s latest house price index, the average house price in London is currently £508,000; a figure which has increased by around £25,000 since the start of the pandemic. 

Barratt is calling the new design a ‘SMRT’ home, and launched off-plan sales at the development in Harrow at the weekend. 

If it is successful, it could roll out the pocket-sized apartments across the country – and prices outside of London would likely be even lower.  

This is Money went on a tour of the show apartment, and spoke to Barratt’s senior sales manager Joseph Antoniazzi about whether this is really what first-time buyers want. 

The flats have been designed by Barratt’s in-house design team, BD Living, and Blocc Interiors.  

They have aimed to make the most of what little space is available, for example by adding a built-in storage unit with shelves and cupboards around the bed, and a kitchen storage cupboard that houses the washer dryer but also has room for other bulky items such as a hoover or ironing board. 

According to Barratt, small is beautiful. Its marketing material for the apartments says: 

‘While the square footage may be smaller on paper, the illusion of space created by wide balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, and clever interior layouts, means the apartments feel open, optimised, and modern. 

‘Storage in every nook and cranny means there is no need for clunky furniture like wardrobes, sideboards, and drawers.’ 

The bedroom in the SMRT home has storage for clothes built all the way around it

The bedroom in the SMRT home has storage for clothes built all the way around it 

The kitchen cupboards have pull-out shelves to store canned food and spices, and the worktops are slimmer than average to maximise the floor space, as is the dishwasher. 

‘We have maximised every inch and made sure the space is really functional,’ said Antoniazzi. 

There is space for a small dining table in between the kitchen area and living room. Antoniazzi says they initially installed a table that folded out from the wall, but that potential buyers did not respond well to it so it was changed.  

For those working from home, there is the option to have an ‘office niche’ which consists of a desk and storage in the living room, side-by-side with the television. 

The 'office niche' in the living area provides a small space in which to work from home

The ‘office niche’ in the living area provides a small space in which to work from home

Although this may work for a single person, it could present a challenge for a couple that were both working at home.

There is also the option to have a small dressing table in the bedroom, though this would need to sit behind the door. 

In the bathroom, there is a well-sized shower cubicle, which Antoniazzi said buyers preferred to a bath.  

The outdoor terrace is small, with room for two chairs and a small table, but it backs on to a larger shared garden which gives the illusion of space. 

The apartment comes with a small terrace which backs on to a larger shared garden

The apartment comes with a small terrace which backs on to a larger shared garden

For flats on upper floors, there would instead be a balcony.

Antoniazzi said the homes were designed for first-time buyers, key workers and students, and acknowledged that they would not be suitable for a family. 

‘It is very much first-time buyer driven,’ he said, adding that lifestyle changes during the pandemic had seen families move out of locations like Harrow to the countryside, and be replaced by renters from central London – as people from across the spectrum sought to move up a level in terms of space. 

‘Post-lockdown, we saw a change in the type of buyer that was coming to view our apartments in Harrow. 

‘Whereas previously it was couples and young families, we saw the profile change towards people who had previously been renting in central London and didn’t want to waste money on rent any more.’

The storage cupboard in the kitchen provides some space for household essentials

The storage cupboard in the kitchen provides some space for household essentials

He said the idea for the micro-apartments came from the fact that many of these potential buyers had saved up during the pandemic and were keen to get on the housing ladder, but needed something more affordable than the market average. 

Antoniazzi also said the small homes could become a more popular way of getting on the housing ladder when the Government’s Help to Buy scheme ends in 2023.  

Barratt has said that, if buyers respond well to these micro-apartments, they could build more in cities across the country. 

The apartments could work well for single occupiers, who often struggle to get a large enough mortgage because of salary requirements. 

Living there as a couple could be a squeeze – but the success of the SMRT homes will reveal whether first-time buyers think that is a price worth paying to get on the ladder.

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Family of Covid patient who left hospital urges people to follow ‘proper’ medical advice

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The family of a Covid-19 patient who last week left Letterkenny University Hospital after being encouraged by anti-vaccine campaigners has criticised those involved and encouraged people to follow “proper” medical advice.

Joe McCarron, from Dungloe, was the subject of a viral video in which a group of people insisted that he be released from the hospital, despite medical staff stating this would worsen his condition.

He left on Tuesday but returned to the hospital on Thursday in an ambulance. A spokesperson for his family on Sunday said Mr McCarron was on a ventilator in the intensive care unit but was showing signs of recovering despite Covid-19 having caused him “serious lung damage”.

They said Mr McCarron’s wife, Una, “would like to thank the staff and apologise for the actions of Joe’s so-called reckless friends earlier in the week.

“They did not help Joe’s recovery in any way. We would encourage everyone to follow proper medical advice.”

The family offered its thanks to those who had sent messages of support.

In the video, one activist said he was “rescuing” Mr McCarron and falsely claimed that treatment in the hospital would “kill” him.

One staff member told the man that leaving the hospital would risk “endangering” his life, but the activist said it would be better if he were to “die in the house than he dies here”.

Mr McCarron, who appeared to be struggling to breathe in the footage, then agreed to return home and was later shown in a video posted on social media saying that he felt much better and accusing the hospital of mistreating him.

In a statement last week, a spokeswoman for Saolta Hospital Group (SHG) which oversees Letterkenny Hospital, said it could not comment on individual cases, citing its legal and ethical obligations regarding patient confidentiality.

The group has previously said it is “gravely concerned” by a number of recent incidents in which groups of activists have attempted to spread disinformation about Covid-19 at hospitals.

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How to get the Warm Home Discount and why you should act fast

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Could YOU save £140 on energy bills with the Warm Home Discount? Some suppliers have opened applications… but you should act quickly

  • Thousands could save £140 on their energy bills through a Government scheme 
  • We reveal whether you could be eligible for the Warm Home Discount 
  • We also asked suppliers whether their applications are open yet  
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Thousands of households are eligible to receive £140 off their energy bill this winter through the Warm Home Discount.

Low income homes and those receiving their pension could see a significant chunk taken off their bills if they sign up to the scheme in the next few weeks.

This will be particularly important as the new energy price cap level is set to kick in at the beginning of October, rising bills for millions of customers.

Customers are encouraged to apply as soon as their supplier opens applications as there is a limited number of discounts to go around. 

Thousands are eligible to receive £140 off their energy bill through the Warm Home Discount

Thousands are eligible to receive £140 off their energy bill through the Warm Home Discount

Several providers have said they will offer the discounts on a first come, first served basis meaning eligible households should act fast.  

This is Money has detailed exactly what the Warm Home Discount is, how you can apply and which energy suppliers have started taking applications for the scheme.

What is the scheme?

Eligible households could get £140 off their electricity bill for winter 2021 to 2022 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme which officially opens on 18 October 2021.

The money is not paid directly to customers but instead is a one-off discount on a home’s electricity bill between October and March.

Customers may be able to get the discount on their gas bill instead if their supplier provides them with both gas and electricity and should contact their provider to find out.

Am I eligible?

You could be eligible if you get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit – known as the ‘core group’.

If you are in this category, you will receive a letter between October and December 2021 telling you how to get the discount if you qualify.

Your electricity supplier will apply the discount to your bill by 31 March 2022.

If you have not received a letter and think you are eligible, contact your energy provider.  

Customers could also be eligible if they are on a low income and meet their energy supplier’s criteria for the scheme – known as the ‘broader group’.

If in this category, you will have to apply for the discount through your provider which will decide who is eligible or not.

As the number of discounts is limited, customers are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure they can take advantage of the scheme.

Households can still qualify for the discount if they use a pre-pay or pay-as-you-go electricity meter.

Suppliers will tell you how you will get the discount if you’re eligible, for example a voucher you can use to top up your meter.

A number of providers have already opened their applications for the discount scheme

A number of providers have already opened their applications for the discount scheme

Which energy suppliers have opened applications?

Ovo, which also looks after SSE, said it doesn’t yet have a firm scheme opening date but it’s likely to be later this month.

It added its advice to customers at the moment would be to register their interest online and it will be sure to contact them with more information as soon as the scheme is open. 

British Gas said its scheme for 2021/22 is now open and customers can apply. 

EDF added its scheme is also now open and customers can apply on their website. 

The supplier said it encourages customers to apply as soon as possible as the scheme will be closed once it hits its maximum number of applications. 

It added it anticipates applying the rebate to eligible customers accounts by the end of February 2022. 

Octopus Energy said it has already opened its applications now. 

There is no specific deadline for applications but it will be mentioning the scheme to customers who might be able to benefit from being in the broader group. 

Bulb said customers in the broader group for the Warm Home Discount can now register their interest on its website and it will email them when applications open later this month.

It added it processes applications on a first come, first served basis so it encourages members to register their interest as soon as they can. 

Eon is now taking applications and is encouraging customers to apply as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Eon Next’s scheme will open in the coming weeks, but customers can register interest on the website now and it will contact them when it opens. 

Scottish Power added its applications had been open since 10 August.  

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