Council knocks back Andrew Bogut’s $5m Beaumaris dream house

Andrew Bogut doesn’t like losing and has accused Bayside Council of playing politics after refusing he and his wife Jessica’s planned $4.7 million forever home in the bayside suburb of Beaumaris.

The 36-year-old former US NBA player, who quit the Sydney Kings in May (“not a retirement”), finally retired from playing basketball in December.

Andrew Bogut playing for the Kings in 2019. Credit:Getty Images

That gave him a lot more time to concentrate on his property portfolio.

But the star player suffered a major knockback on Tuesday night when five members of the Bayside Council’s planning committee (two were absent) voted against giving a permit to the development.

The project spanned two adjoining blocks and proposed a luxurious three-storey, four-bedroom mansion with swimming pool, gym, sauna, massage room, roof terrace and, of course, a basketball court (half-size).

The basement was to contain a cellar and home cinema, as well as a 16-vehicle car stacker.

Andrew Bogut’s plans for a development in Beaumaris have run into council trouble.Credit:Finnis

Bayside Council’s decision not to support a permit was despite planning officers supporting the development.

The plans had generated 59 objections and 26 letters of support which the council forwarded to developers Urbis.

“We wanted to do everything right because we understand the significance of the area,” Bogut said.

An aerial view of the planned development submitted to Bayside Council.Credit:Finnis

He attacked the council’s planning committee for going against advice from its own experts, which approved the development.

“It’s a political game. What’s the point of the planning division?” he said.

“All five councillors voted against their own planning division.”

Bayside Council was contacted for comment. Two community groups, Beaumaris Modern and the Beaumaris Conservation Society, fought to stop the development.

They objected to the removal of a celebrated garden designed by the former owner, renowned artist Joan McCrae, and the removal of 23 trees.

The planned 3.5-metre fence also prompted concerns over its height and the groups feared the basement might damage the roots of the canopy trees.

Bogut had already taken council to VCAT with a complaint about how long the planning process was taking.


An earlier headline on this story incorrectly said the property was in Brighton.

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