Mystery mansion on Mulligans Flat Road

Residents that travel the Mulligans Flat Road near the ACT may have noticed the construction of a large house just north of the border. 

The house, or more accurately, mansion, is currently under construction on the 16-and-a-half hectare piece of land.

The development application submitted to Yass Valley Council says the house will have a roof span of 1631 meters squared, consist of eight bedrooms, a pool, glass walkway, tennis court and a garage that can hold 20 vehicles.

While the mansion itself is a bit of a mystery to passerby’s, the owner is just as exciting.

The application was submitted by the Empire Building Group, a company heavily involved in a lot of ACT housing construction. Currently developing 70 apartments at the Marquee Amaroo and in 2015 purchased the last western shore block of Tuggeranong's new Southquay Greenway development for ­­$6million.  

The company is owned by the Simunic family, a name recognisable by European Football fans.

Josip Simunic played for Croatia from 2001 to 2013, appearing in five major tournaments for the Vatreni – World Cup 2002, Euro 2004, World Cup 2006, Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 – and is the third most capped player in the history of the Croatia national team.

Although he was born in Canberra, Josip is now assistant coach to the Croatian team. His international career as one of Croatia’s great defenders came to an end in 2013 when he was accused of being linked to Croatian fascists and Nazi Germany.

The 37-year-old has taken his case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg in an attempt to clear his name. 

While the Tribune attempted to contact the family for comments, and a sneak peek into the Yass Valley’s newest ‘dream-house’, the family were unable to be reached.

It is unclear whether the residents will be Josip’s father, brother Tom, or Josip himself, residents nearby can expect to see the soccer superstar in their midst.