THEY are yet to spend a night in their splendid $26 million Bellevue Hill compound, but Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch have already upset the neighbours with their $11.6 million renovation plans.
The mini media mogul, who is widely speculated to soon resume his position as favoured heir to the multibillion-dollar media juggernaut his father Rupert pioneered, is bulldozing into the exclusive Sydney enclave with all guns blazing - literally.
One of the key complaints from neighbours is the proposal for an around-the-clock security guard to be stationed on the premises, with residents raising concerns about guns.
The Murdochs take their personal security extremely seriously, especially since Rupert Murdoch's infamous cream pie attack in London last year and the calamitous fallout since the family business came under attack over the phone hacking scandal.
PS has viewed plans now before Woollahra Council for the Murdochs' new dream home, which show a long-awaited overhaul on the gracious property known as Le Manoir on Victoria Road, for which they paid $23 million in November 2009. Last year they paid a further $2.63 million buying the property next door, effectively increasing their estate by more than 1000 square metres to a hearty 5000-plus sqm of prime Sydney real estate.
The Murdochs have grand designs on the Georgian-style mansion, a former consular property owned by the French government, including a new pool and pool house, huge attic conversion, new private cinema in the basement, cellar, new gymnasium, underground tunnel connecting the house to the new garage and the planting of trees to ensure their privacy from paparazzi.
But the neighbours are not happy, with complaints ranging from loss of million-dollar harbour views to potential overshadowing as the trees mature.
This week council representatives paid a site visit. In principle the Murdoch plans have been recommended but a final decision is not expected until next month.
Murdoch, still on a walking stick after breaking his leg recently, has been by his father's side as Rupert faced detractors in London and calls for the 81-year-old's retirement increase.
Last week The New Yorker reported Rupert had been lobbying his son to ''take a significant role in the company''.
The magazine claimed: ''He's offered him various positions, from running News Corp's Australian arm to taking a job in the United States. Lachlan has refused the offers, telling people that he's happy to stay in his ancestral Australia running his own businesses.''