It’s hammer time during Rebel’s war
IT’S jackhammers at 10 paces as Rebel Wilson and her neighbours go to war over noise, dust and intrusive windows in an exclusive Harbourside suburb.
Millionaires backing onto the harbour in Sydney’s inner west are furious that four major renovations — including Hollywood star Wilson’s $900,000 redevelopment — are ruining their luxurious lifestyles.
Everyone, including Wilson, has complained about excessive noise and dust, while Wilson has also been concerned about obstruction of her water views.
In November, the Pitch Perfect star posted a shot on Instagram of the early stages of the renovation and the view she will enjoy from her waterfront property.
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.”
The Hollywood actor’s builders have been using mini-jackhammers to minimise the impact.
The home remains gutted while works are going on. Builders nearby said they had seen the star inspect the property.
Despite the havoc, residents said the actor, who hails from Sydney’s Hills district, is “lovely”.
Three years ago Ms Wil- son complained about her neighbour’s renovation, which has been going on for three years.
She said the alterations would block her “iconic high-value views” of the CBD, North Sydney and Parramatta River and pushed for an overlooking window to be “frosted” for privacy.
Wilson’s alterations to her $3.7m, three-bedroom home are relatively humble in comparison to some.
Plans approved by Inner West Council show the installation of a small pool, new balcony and master bedroom upstairs. Her management did not respond to requests for comment.
Last month the High Court declined special leave to appeal the Victorian Appeal’s Court decision requiring Ms Wilson to pay back about 90 per cent of her $4.7m defamation payout from Bauer Media.
She successfully sued the publisher of Woman’s Day after a series of articles falsely branded her a serial liar.
Rebel Wilson’s reno is alongside that of her neighbour.