Jennifer Hawkins and her husband Jake Wall have been forced to amend plans for a mammoth $3million renovation of their waterfront home in Sydney after objections from neighbours.
The couple snapped up the $6.9million mansion on the city’s Northern Beaches last September with plans to turn it into a modern estate with designer gardens, an infinity pool and a four-car garage.
But several neighbours complained about the proposed height of their trees, fearing their enviable ocean views would be jeopardised.
The pair’s landscaper, Michael Cooke, has since had to replace a number of towering trees with smaller ones to try and keep the couple’s wealthy neighbours happy, realestate.com.au reported.
Change: Jennifer Hawkins and her husband Jake Wall have been forced to amend their $3million renovation plans on their mammoth northern beaches home
This means the couple’s favoured Christmas Bush and Grey Myrtle plants have been dumped for Grevillea ‘Moonlight’ and Crimson Bottlebrush.
Their plan to transform the property with a $3million makeover are yet to be approved by Northern Beaches Council.
The 1950s property, once owned by the late opera singer Dame Joan Sutherland, already boasts a tennis court, outdoor pool and spectacular views of the ocean.
Australian model turned property developer Jennifer, 37, first entered the real estate market in 2006, two years after she was crowned Miss Universe.
Not happy: The couple, who snapped up the $6.9million Sydney mansion in September 2020, received several complaints about the proposed height of their trees – with panicked neighbours believing their enviable ocean views would be jeopardised. Pictured: An artist’s impression of the pair’s new home
Sprawling: Once owned by the late Dame Joan Sutherland, the 1950s home (pictured) currently boasts a tennis court, outdoor pool and clifftop views of the ocean
In August last year, she and Jake sold their Newport mansion for a record-breaking $24.5million, to Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes.
The couple had built the property on land they’d purchased for $4million in 2014.
However, Jennifer has always been adamant that she and her partner are not ‘property flippers’, and firmly explained so in an interview with David ‘Kochie’ Koch on Sunrise in 2020.
New fixer-upper: The couple purchased the Whale Bay property (pictured) last September
After three minutes of chatting to the host, Jennifer suddenly snapped at Kochie over his introduction speech.
‘You said we flipped! We did not flip our house,’ Jennifer firmly said, pointing her finger at Kochie while opening her eyes wide.
Taken aback, Kochie exclaimed: ‘Oh! You two are property moguls though! You’re doing so well.’
‘You said we flipped!’ Just last year, Jennifer snapped at David ‘Kochie’ Koch, 64, for calling her and husband Jake ‘property flippers’ on Sunrise
Jennifer, who had broken into a very awkward laugh, replied: ‘No, no… thank you.’
She proceeded to explain why she and her construction company owner husband are nothing like ‘flippers’ – a term describing people who buy and quickly resell properties for the purpose of generating profit.
The glamazon explained that she and Jake simply sold their $24million Newport mansion in June, because they ‘just wanted to move on’ with their life.
‘It’s weird. You build a house for that time of your life, and then you want to move on,’ she said.
‘We did not flip our house’: Over three minutes into her interview, Jennifer (left) suddenly snapped at Kochie over his introduction speech
Inside Jennifer Hawkins’ impressive property portfolio
Jennifer first entered the property market in 2006, two years after she was crowned Miss Universe.
The beauty first forked out $469,000 for a double-storey house in Merewether, a suburb located in her home city of Newcastle.
She leased out the three-bedroom, two-bathroom property for much of the time it was in her name, before she eventually sold the residence for $782,000 in 2017.
Modest first home: Property records show Jennifer first entered the market in 2006, purchasing this Merewether home for $469,000
On the market: She leased out the three-bedroom, two-bathroom property for much of the time it was in her name, before she eventually sold the residence for $782,000 in 2017
Clearly bitten by the real estate bug, savvy Jennifer added two properties to her portfolio in 2007.
In January of that year, she bought another home in Newcastle’s Merewether area for the sum of $620,000.
Like her first property close by, the house was double-storey and featured three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Jennifer leased out the address for $530 per week, before she sold it in 2015 for $731,000.
Second investment: In January 2007, Jennifer bought another home in Newcastle’s Merewether area for the sum of $620,000
Meanwhile, the second property Jennifer purchased in 2007 was a two-bedroom apartment in Sydney’s Bondi.
She bought the swanky condo off the plan for $895,000, before living at the address with Jake for several years.
It appeared they tired of the eastern suburbs some time later, selling the property in 2014 for $1.2 million.
Bondi apartment: Jennifer bought this swanky condo off the plan for $895,000 back in 2007. She and Jake sold it for $1.2 million seven years later
By this time, Jennifer and Jake had already begun to build homes, rather than simply buy them.
In 2010, the couple purchased a cliff-side block of land in North Curl Curl for a whopping $1.3 million.
They then partnered with renowned architect Koichi Takada to create a stunning three-storey mansion.
The couple sold the North Curl Curl home in 2014, for a jaw-dropping $4.1 million.
Making their dreams a reality: Jennifer and Jake bought a block of land in North Curl Curl and built this stunning mansion on it. The couple sold the home in 2014, for a jaw-dropping $4.1 million
In the meantime, Jennifer and Jake bought another block of land in the same suburb and had already commenced building another incredible mansion.
They paid $1.66 million in 2013 for the block, which had an old weatherboard house on it.
The couple demolished the house, before Jake’s company J Group project again collaborated with Koichi Takada to build another home.
Jennifer and Jake sold the North Curl Curl residence for around $5 million in 2016.
Second North Curl Curl home: The savvy couple built this resort-style residence on another block in the same suburb, before selling it for around $5 million in 2016
The couple then traded up, moving into a mansion in Sydney’s exclusive Northern Beaches suburb of Newport.
The home was built on a plot of land bought by the couple for $4 million in 2014.
Jennifer and Jake sold the stunning mansion for a record $24.5million in June this year, six months after listing it on the market.
Going, going, gone! The couple then traded up, moving into a mansion in Sydney’s exclusive Northern Beaches suburb of Newport. The home was built on a plot of land bought by the couple for $4 million in 2014. Jennifer and Jake sold the mansion for a record $24.5million in June this year, six months after listing it on the market