Supermodel and former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins has set a real estate record with the sale of her palatial Sydney home in the city’s affluent Northern Beaches.
While the asking price of the Newport mansion was $21 million, billionaire Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes and wife Annie yesterday sealed the deal with an eye-watering offer of $24.5 million, to become the proud new owners of the sumptuous sanctuary built by supermodel Jennifer Hawkins and Jake Wall. The purchase adds to the Cannon-Brookes’ impressive property portfolio that includes a waterfront Point Piper mansion that, at $100 million, is Australia’s most expensive house.
Nestled in the heart of one of Sydney’s most exclusive beachside neighbourhoods, the Newport home is set on what was formerly the Wentworth Estate of the late Liberal politician Bill Wentworth, whose gatekeeper’s house Blois Cottage was later owned by Lynne Clarke, daughter of Sir Russell Drysdale until she sold it in 1997 for $1.3 million.
Power couple Jennifer Hawkins and her property developer husband Jake Wall bought the adjoining blocks in 2014 for $4 million and swiftly set about creating their dream home thanks to renowned architect Koichi Takada.
A three-year passion project pioneered by the same architect behind their previous home in North Curl Curl, the so-called Casa Paloma spans four floors and is the crème de la crème in coastal luxury. Perfectly positioned on Prince Alfred Pde with a private beach, the palatial home has an indoor lift, home theatre, private gym, heated pool, boathouse and slipway, while the Calacatta marble kitchen has a reflective splashback – affording the owners an unrivalled view of the water while at the cooktop – and there is also a pizza oven, a firepit by the beach and feature walls in many of the rooms.