Shock buyer of Jen Hawkins’ mansion revealed
Billionaire Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes and wife Annie will hand over $24.5 million today, when they become the new owners of the Newport mansion built by supermodel Jennifer Hawkins and Jake Wall.
The deal was well over the asking price of $21 million, and sets a new residential price record for Sydney's northern beaches.
The purchase adds to the Cannon-Brookes' impressive collection of trophy homes, including Fairwater, Australia's most expensive house. They bought the waterfront Point Piper mansion in 2018 for $100 million.
Marketing agent Ken Jacobs, of Ken Jacobs Christie's International Real Estate, confirmed the Hawkins/Wall sale would settle today and that the buyer was the Cannon-Brookes couple.
He said there were three other buyers who were actively chasing the home, but were outbid by Cannon-Brookes.
And he revealed that although he had been told he was "dreaming" to think he could achieve the asking price of $21 million, he always had great confidence in the property.
"It is an extraordinary house and it deserves to get to that level," Mr Jacobs said.
An Atlassian spokesperson said today they would not be making any comment on the sale.
The deal tops the previous northern beaches price record set in February this year with the $24 million sale of the oceanfront Palm Beach property owned by the late media mogul Sam Chisholm's daughter Caroline Jumpertz.
Hawkins and Wall spent the better part of three years building the luxury four-level compound they named Casa Paloma.
Set on the shores of Pittwater, the mansion was designed by renowned architect Koichi Takada, who also created their previous home in North Curl Curl.
The couple, who last year welcomed their first child, Frankie Violet, have had a long association with the northern beaches, but are planning a move to the Central Coast to be closer to family.
The home, which sits across a double block of 3361sqm on Prince Alfred Pde with a private beach, came to market in November last year, just weeks after the birth of their daughter.
The five-bedroom home has an indoor lift, home theatre, private gym, heated pool, boathouse and slipway - and of course a walk-in dressing room worthy of a supermodel.
The four-storey concrete and glass engineering feat, completed by Wall's firm J Group Projects, picked up the 2018 Master Builder of the Year Award.
The Calacatta marble kitchen has a reflective splashback so you can enjoy the view of the water while at the cooktop, there is also a pizza oven, a firepit by the beach and feature walls in many of the rooms.
Mr Jacobs said high-end Sydney property was booming at the moment, although a shortage of stock is frustrating many buyers.
"I've got some great buyers with $10 million to $100 million to spend," he said.
Originally published as Shock buyer of Jen Hawkins' mansion revealed