It’s ham­mer time dur­ing Rebel’s war over ren­o­va­tion on mil­lion­aire’s row

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

IT’S jack­ham­mers at 10 paces as Rebel Wil­son and her neigh­bours go to war over noise, dust and in­tru­sive win­dows in an ex­clu­sive Syd­ney har­bour­side sub­urb.

Mil­lion­aires back­ing on to the har­bour in Syd­ney’s Birch­grove are fu­ri­ous that four ma­jor ren­o­va­tions – in­clud­ing Hol­ly­wood star Wil­son’s $900,000 rede­vel­op­ment to her $3.7 mil­lion home – are ru­in­ing their lux­u­ri­ous life­styles.

Ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing Wil­son (pic­tured), has com­plained about ex­ces­sive noise and dust, while the Syd­ney-born ac­tor has also been con­cerned about ob­struc­tion of her wa­ter views.

Last month, the Pitch Per­fect

m star posted a shot on In­sta­gram of the early stages of the ren­o­va­tion and the view she’d en­joy from her wa­ter­front home.

Works were ini­tially de­layed af­ter her plan­ning con­sul­tants failed to get a neigh­bour’s per­mis­sion for ac­cess to their prop­erty.

“We have en­dured 18 months of this with no end in sight,” one res­i­dent said. “We would never have moved here if we knew it was go­ing to be such a con­struc­tion site. It’s crazy.”

Wil­son’s builders have been us­ing mini-jack­ham­mers to min­imise the im­pact.

De­spite the havoc, res­i­dents said the ac­tor was “lovely”.

Three years ago Ms Wil­son com­plained about her neigh­bour’s ren­o­va­tion, which has been go­ing on for three years.

She said the al­ter­ations would block her “high-value views” of the CBD, North Syd­ney and Par­ra­matta River, and pushed for an over­look­ing win­dow to be frosted for pri­vacy.

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