Seven-year unimaginable mission a ‘present from heaven’

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The view of the property from the Knightsbridge Parade East.


IT’S been seven years since Riccardo Rizzi positioned the profitable $5.3 million bid on a partly constructed Sovereign Islands property.

Authentic homeowners Scott Tyne and Clare Marks had reportedly already outlaid $21.44 million on the preliminary building and 4 blocks of land on Knightsbridge Parade East.

Their dream was to construct a modern-day 100-year-old chateau, designed by the famend Brunei Royal Household architect Bayden Goddard.

Exterior photos of an unfinished mega mansion over four blocks at 26 Knightsbridge Parade East, Soversign Islands. The ANZ bank has taken possesion of it Picture: Williams Jerad

Exterior images of the unfinished residence in 2013. Image: Williams Jerad


The sprawling Mediterranean masterpiece was taking form on the most effective parcel of land dealing with due north down the Broadwater earlier than the banks moved in.

Pictures taken previous to the mortgagee public sale in 2013 present weeds had began to take over the concrete construction which was nonetheless a great distance off resembling a house.

It’s a frightening mission for anybody to take over and one which Mr Rizzi has embraced with out remorse.

“Only a few instances in life you’re given a present from heaven to do one thing and this mission was mine,” he mentioned.

“It was most likely one of the crucial pleasant issues I’ve ever completed in my life.

“It was a mix of so many various expertise that wanted to be put collectively to do it.”

Buyer of the Mansion  Riccardo Rizzi from WA,  (glasses) , Auction for the unfinished mega-mansion at 26-32 Knightsbridge Pde East at The Sovereign Islands.

Riccardo Rizzi positioned the profitable bid at public sale in 2013.


A civil engineer with a background in mission administration, Mr Rizzi took a methodical method to organising the paperwork into folders and containers – sufficient to fill a whole room – to get his head across the monstrous activity forward.

His first act was to pay the tradespeople and consultants what they have been owed and rehire as many as potential.

“Nearly everybody was placed on an hourly charge,” Mr Rizzi mentioned.

“Come Friday I might do a financial institution run and everybody would receives a commission.

“Individuals who didn’t meet the usual, didn’t make it to the next week so we did have an inexpensive flip over.”

A few of these authentic tradesmen – together with a carpenter and a tiler – have labored on the home since constructing started in 2008.

Detailed finishes contained in the residence have been accomplished by hand.


On the peak of building, there have been 20 or extra staff on web site, with detailed finishes together with herringbone timber flooring and marble stonework accomplished rigorously by hand.

“I met numerous good individuals, some unbelievable tradesmen who have been a privilege to work with,” mentioned Mr Rizzi, who counts ‘after work beers’ amongst his fondest reminiscences.

“Not many individuals are able to surrender seven years of their life to finish a mission. I acquired a lot enjoyment from doing it.”

Hours of analysis have been dedicated to deciding on the finishes and fixtures, together with an authentic 4m excessive, 1.5 tonne bronze statue of Neptune, imported from Florence at an estimated value of $400,000.

Mr Rizzi prefers to restrict his use of the home to the kitchen.


That statue graces the entry lobby the place a spectacular domelike cupola, considered the one certainly one of its type in an Australian residence, rises 14.5m over head.

Dwelling in such a grand property has been an expertise in itself for the bachelor who occupies solely a small space.

“Once I say I dwell in the home, I dwell within the kitchen,” Mr Rizzi mentioned.

“The kitchen is greater than 100 sqm which is in truth the dimensions of a three-bedroom house, so I’m greater than comfy.

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“To go from the kitchen to the master suite suite, I feel even Usain Bolt would take greater than 10 seconds to run it.”

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Mr Riccardo Rizzi exterior the residence in 2015. Image Mike Batterham


Revenue was by no means the primary driver for Mr Rizzi who hasn’t put a worth on the price of finishing the property, which has beforehand been listed for $45 million.

Amir Status has set an public sale for October 17 as Mr Rizzi makes plans to maneuver nearer to his grownup youngsters in Perth.

The finished residence is a sight to behold.


However fairly than revel within the success of seeing the mission by way of, he’s fast to cross credit score to those that laid the foundations.

“Scott Tyne had an inspiring imaginative and prescient to set this complete mission up and nobody can take that from him,” Mr Rizzi mentioned.

“He must be a really proud man, alongside his spouse, as they’re gifted and gifted individuals.

“I want them effectively and am extraordinarily grateful that this chance happened.”

Plans are already within the pipeline for one more main mission in Perth for Mr Rizzi, buoyed by the boldness of conquering an inconquerable dream.

“What I discovered once I did the home is that I’ve elevated myself to a degree that once I see a problem, no matter how complicated it seems, it’s in truth an accumulation of particular person singular easy issues,” he mentioned.

“Now I discover that I can really take care of issues that may in any other case appear unimaginable.”

The finished residence at 26-34 Knightsbridge Parade East, Sovereign Islands.


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