No trespassing! Margot Robbie builds an iron gate in front of her $6.5million Los Angeles dream home

They’ve refused to abandon construction of their new dream home in Venice, Los Angeles, despite the neighbourhood’s wave of crime and homelessness.

But it seems Margot Robbie and her husband Tom Ackerley aren’t taking any chances when it comes to protecting their plush pad from unwanted visitors.

Photos taken on Tuesday show the Hollywood couple have installed a large iron gate at the front of the lot.

No trespassing! Margot Robbie and Tom Ackerley have built a large iron gate in front of their dream home in Venice, LA, as the neighbourhood suffers a wave of crime and homelessness
  1. No trespassing! Margot Robbie and Tom Ackerley have built a large iron gate in front of their dream home in Venice, LA, as the neighbourhood suffers a wave of crime and homelessness

The tall structure appears to be power-operated, meaning that only those with special permission can open the doors.

The home’s façade is covered in industrial grey concrete and has barely any windows – making the building appear more like a fortress than a family home.

Meanwhile, high-vis-clad workers could be seen digging holes in the dirt, while other builders boarded up the skeleton of the half-built home.

A $6.5million mistake? The Hollywood couple (pictured at the Golden Globes in January 2018) spent $6.5million on the land in 2019, but are now being warned they've made a grave mistake
  1. A $6.5million mistake? The Hollywood couple (pictured at the Golden Globes in January 2018) spent $6.5million on the land in 2019, but are now being warned they’ve made a grave mistake

Actress Margot, 30, and film producer Tom, 31, intend to build a two-storey family dwelling with an attached garage.

The building site sits on two adjacent plots of land near Abbot Kinney Boulevard in the once-elite beachside neighbourhood of Venice.

The couple spent $6.5million on the land in 2019, but are now being warned they’ve made a grave mistake. 

Fortress Robbie: The home's façade is covered in industrial grey concrete and has barely any windows - making the building appear more like a fortress than a family home
  1. Fortress Robbie: The home’s façade is covered in industrial grey concrete and has barely any windows – making the building appear more like a fortress than a family home

Work continues: On Tuesday, high-vis-clad workers could be seen digging holes in the dirt, while other builders boarded up the skeleton of the half-built home
  1. Work continues: On Tuesday, high-vis-clad workers could be seen digging holes in the dirt, while other builders boarded up the skeleton of the half-built home 

Venice has seen a vast increase in homelessness and crime since the Covid-19 pandemic gripped Los Angeles, with hundreds of tents now lining the beach’s famous boardwalk.

‘It’s a completely different neighbourhood from when Margot and Tom bought it – the crime rate’s gone up 177 per cent since lockdown,’ a local told Woman’s Day.

A former taxi driver who is now homeless also told told the publication that Margot and Tom are asking for trouble by continuing their building project. 

Crisis: Venice has seen an increase in homelessness and crime since the Covid-19 pandemic gripped Los Angeles, with hundreds of tents now lining the beach's famous boardwalk
  1. Crisis: Venice has seen an increase in homelessness and crime since the Covid-19 pandemic gripped Los Angeles, with hundreds of tents now lining the beach’s famous boardwalk

‘I know people here who will target Margot’s house for burglary because they know she’s got money,’ they warned.

‘She’d be better off if she just abandoned it. I don’t know why anyone would want to spend millions of dollars to buy a house next to all this.’

The couple are already trying to offload one of their LA properties, having listed their smaller home in Hancock Park for $4.5million late last month.