Saturday, 23 March 2013

Packer palace nearly ready



Packer palace nearly ready

  • House nearing completion
  • Lengthy delays during construction
  • Family due to move in at the end of March



JAMES and Erica Packer won't be the only ones toasting completion of their $45 million mega-mansion.
Some of the residents in Sydney's exclusive Vaucluse are also likely to crack some champagne, with the blue ribbon suburb's Wentworth Rd experiencing much congestion and noise as workers finish the expansive compound after two years of construction.
Traffic controllers have formed a single lane along the street this week to make way for cranes outside the home.
While the banana trees had to be lowered into the front landscape, Confidential understands the current conundrum concerns the cables that heat the house's floors. Workmen have had to dig up the pavement to correct the issue.
The casino tycoon -- who last month listed his Bondi Beach pad for sale at $22 million-plus -- has spared no expense on the Vaucluse abode, which was originally three homes. The final product will feature a wellness centre, sauna, staff quarters, guest accommodation and a 13-car garage.
The Packers -- who have three children, Indigo, 4, Jackson, 2, and six-month-old Emanuelle -- will move in by the end of the month.

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The Packer mansion in Sydney's Vaucluse is nearing completion. Picture: Craig Wilson.