Neighborhood row over construction of NRL legend’s dream home which took EIGHT YEARS to build – and it’s STILL not over
- Home build of NRL great Anthony Minichiello has been dragging on for eight years
- He and his wife Terry Biviano bought the property in 2014 to build their dream home
- The site languished as a construction site amid cost and Covid ‘explosions’
A rugby league legend’s dream home is starting to irritate some of its neighbors after languishing as a building site for eight years.
Sydney Roosters legend Anthony Minichiello and his wife Terry Biviano bought the site in Sydney’s eastern suburbs in 2014 and decided to build their dream home there.
But exploding costs and the Covid-19 pandemic led to multiple construction delays as the construction industry faced labor shortages and soaring costs.
The League star (pictured, with wife Terry Biviano) admitted costs had ‘skyrocketed’ amid the construction industry crisis
Neighbors are fed up with the ‘mini mansion’ still under construction in the Vaucluse (pictured) which has been sitting there ‘for years’
But the neighbors are tired of the “mini mansion” still under construction that has been dragging on “for years”.
Mr Minichiello told The Daily Telegraph the couple had been at odds with some neighbors for four years after complaints about loss of view of the harbor and other issues.
“Building a house was a huge learning curve for us as first-time builders. Especially during Covid. The pandemic hit and everything stopped. Now we are back there. Work finally resumed this year,” he said.
Ms Biviano said rising construction costs had not been an issue and said they would have sold the property if they could not afford it.
The shoe designer claimed to have received “weekly” offers from estate agents keen to grab the property.
An estate agent told the Daily Telegraph it would be worth over $7 million in its current unfinished state.
The pair parted ways for $3.1 million to buy it in 2014, and when completed, the property is expected to receive offers of between $10 million and $12 million.
The couple bought the Vaucluse property a year after the birth of their daughter, Azura, with the goal of spending $560,000 on a partial renovation.
The couple bought the Vaucluse property a year after the birth of their daughter, Azura (pictured, with her parents)
But they ended up tearing down the brick house and some trees in a ambitious project to build a three-storey house.
The league star admitted costs had “skyrocketed” and the couple had to deal with a lot of red tape.
He added that they were “too impatient” to embark on the “huge project”.
But the former rugby league captain said they were now on track to move in, with carpenters, painters, stonemasons and joiners at work.
The construction of a curved glass staircase delays the tiling of the ground floor but the middle floor is finished.
The building is expected to be completed by Easter next year.
Minichiello said the couple may have been ‘too eager’ to embark on the ‘huge project’ after the couple bought the property in 2014 and demolished their old brick home (pictured)
Terry Biviano (pictured, with her husband) said rising building costs had not been a financial problem and said they would have sold the property if they could not afford it
The couple’s goal when they bought the Vaucluse home was to spend $560,000 on a partial renovation (pictured, what the house looked like in 2014)