Model Jennifer Hawkins and her builder husband Jake Wall have demolished their property at Whale Beach, NSW, after being granted approval to build a $3million mansion in its place.
The property, known as Rocca Bella, was previously owned by Dame Joan Sutherland and is the largest oceanfront estate on the Northern Beaches.
Making the most of their 3070sqm area, the couple plan to build a three-storey home panning half of the 50m frontage.
New project: Jennifer Hawkins and husband Jake Wall (both pictured) have demolished their new property in Whale Beach, NSW, after receiving approval to build their $3million hilltop mansion on the property
Jennifer and Jake had been forced to amend plans for the mammoth renovation after their initial plans were rejected following objections from neighbours.
Their home was finally reportedly approved by the Northern Beaches Council last week.
The approved plans include the demolition of the existing house, replacement of the tennis court with a basketball court, and the construction of an infinity pool and four-car garage.
Changes: The couple had been forced to amend plans for the mammoth renovation after their initial plans were rejected following objections from neighbours
The couple snapped up the $6.9million mansion last September with plans to turn it into a modern estate with designer gardens.
But neighbours complained about the proposed height of their trees, Laceland bogor fearing their enviable ocean views would be jeopardised.
The pair’s landscaper, Michael Cooke, had to reportedly replace several towering trees with smaller ones to try and keep the couple’s neighbours happy.
New plans: The approved plans included the demolition of the existing house, replacement of the tennis court with a basketball court, and construction of an infinity pool and four-car garage
The spacious home is set on 3,100sqm of land with expansive ocean and coastal views.
Australian model turned property developer Jennifer first entered the real estate market in 2006, two years after she was crowned Miss Universe.
Incredible views: The property, known as Rocca Bella, was previously owned by Dame Joan Sutherland and is the peninsula’s largest oceanfront estate
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 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.
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