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A glamorous Sydney socialite who shot to fame in 2017 after a viral video has won a long-standing battle to renovate her $10 million harbourside mansion, just 500 metres from the home of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

by Fredric Strange (2020-05-02)

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A glamorous Sydney socialite who shot to fame in 2017 after a viral video has won a long-standing battle to renovate her $10 million harbourside mansion, just 500 metres from the home of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Thrust into the spotlight after a 15 metre sinkhole opened up outside of her Point Piper home three years ago, Kristy Mirzikinian gave a memorable interview to reporters while clutching a Mercedes Benz ­umbrella.

‘I'm in shock right now ­because I've come home, and there's a massive hole ­opposite my house, completely empty! Came out of nowhere!' she said.

‘My personal trainer's come, my electricity is off, and now I don't know what to do.'

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Glamorous Sydney socialite Kristy Mirzikinian (above) gave a memorable interview to reporters after a 15-m sinkhole opened up outside of her Point Piper home in 2017







A worker inspects the sinkhole that appeared after heavy rain outside a property located near Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's residence in Point Piper







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Ms Mirzikinian, who lives at the property with her professional poker player husband Warwick Mirzikinian, was hoping to undergo a $2.6 million rebuild that would see a large section of the home knocked down.

But Woollahra Council originally rejected the proposal as it exceeded the maximum height level of the area.

As well as a new swimming pool and a massive revamp of the property's outdoor space, Ms Mirzikinian also planned to build an adjoining two-storey domicile above the existing building.

Taking the matter to New South Wales Land and Environment Court, she successfully argued the rebuild should be allowed to go ahead.

‘The area of the exceedance does not alter existing solar access to ­neighbouring properties or open space,' the court's Commissioner Tim Horton found.






Kristy Mirzikinian (left) and Warwick Mirzikinian (right) plan to build a new swimming pool and an adjoining two-storey domicile above their existing $10 million mansion














Ms Mirzikinian does have to make some concessions however.

The pump for the new swimming pool now has to be located as far as possible from the neighbours' boundaries and the lights on the existing tennis court must be turned off before 9pm.

While it may be good news for the high-flying glamour couple, Mr Mirzikinian is currently facing serious jail time after being charged with dangerous and negligent driving occasioning death following an incident in 2017.

Police allege the poker champion crashed his Tesla into UberEATS rider Julien Trameaux.

The 26-year-old French national died at the scene in Double Bay.

Mr Mirzikinian is set to appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on April 18.






French national Julien Trameaux died on November 13 last year when his bike collided with a Tesla allegedly driven by Mr Mirzikinian







The wreckage of the bicycle Mr Trameaux was riding when he collided with a car in Double Bay


 



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