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Chris Hemsworth Tasmanian property rumour finally settled

Homegrown Hollywood heart throb Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky might be renowned for their enviable property portfolio, but despite a wealth of speculation, they are not the purchasers of a stunning plot of waterfront land at Piano Coves in Tasmania.

Late last year the internet was rife with rumours the pair might be set to depart Byron Bay, with their attention reportedly turning to 531ha property off the Tasman Highway on Tasmania’s spectacular east coast.

This week, realestate.com.au reported that property has unconditionally sold for a price somewhere between $11 million and $15 million.

And no, the purchaser is not Chris Hemsworth, according to selling agent Marcus Douglas of Shepherd & Heap.

“To be honest, I’m not sure where the rumour came from,” Mr Douglas told realestate.com.au.

“None of the buyers I dealt with publicly acknowledged to me that they were representing the Hemsworth family.

“Whilst the buyer in Tasmania is well-known locally, I suspect they haven’t been in any movies that I know of.”

Although he couldn’t confirm the buyer’s identity, Mr Douglas said he was an investor who would now take the time to consider how to develop the site, while conserving the environment around it.

The Piano Coves property features eight land titles and 3km of oceanfront

Featuring eight land titles and more than 3km of ocean frontage, the property was described in the listing as “vast, rare, significant, oceanfront land on Tasmania’s famed East Coast … an investment in pure lifestyle”, and “a blank canvas on which to create something world-class”.

Mr Douglas said he and co-agent David Webster, of Knight Frank Launceston, received more than 300 inquiries about the property from around Australia.

“Many of the inquiries were about the personal and private use of land, it’s possible some of them might’ve been trying to find out if the Hemsworth rumours were true,” he said.

“Coastal properties and assets on the east coast of Tasmania are very popular, from both people here and the mainland.”

The property unconditionally sold this week to an investor

Meanwhile, the Hemsworths are frequently the subject of real estate rumour and speculation.

The couple moved from Los Angeles to Byron Bay in 2015, where they constructed a $30 million mansion in Broken Head.

In addition, the superstar couple own the $6.5 million, 4ha Newrybar Downs estate and also spent $6.8 million on a 37ha farmlet with a building block.

Last year alone, they were also rumoured to be looking at properties in Perth and a Burraneer Bay mansion in the Sutherland Shire.

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Cassandra Charlesworth

Cassandra Charlesworth is a features writer for Elite Agent Magazine with over 15 years’ journalism experience in metropolitan and regional newsrooms. She has a specialist interest in real estate, tech disruption and a good old-fashioned “yarn”.