By Monique Friedlander For Daily Mail Australia
22:21 14 Nov 2020, updated 23:00 14 Nov 2020
Jennifer Hawkins and her husband Jake Wall may not want to be called ‘property flippers’.
But the couple certainly know their way around a construction site, having kicked off their latest renovation project this weekend.
On Sunday, The Daily Telegraph reported that Jennifer, 36, and builder Jake, 37, had officially lodged architectural plans for their new $6.9million mansion in Sydney’s northern beaches.
The couple purchased the Whale Bay property less than three months ago, and plan to splash $3.03million on the large-scale renovation.
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Once owned by the late Dame Joan Sutherland, the 1950s home currently boasts a tennis court, outdoor pool and clifftop views of the ocean.
However, much of the existing structure will likely be bulldozed and rebuilt, The Daily Telegraph reported.
It comes days after Jennifer made headlines for snapping at host David ‘Kochie’ Koch live on Tuesday’s episode of Sunrise, after he used the term ‘house flip’ to describe her latest property sale.
Kochie had introduced the interview segment by heaping praise on the blonde, describing her as a multi-tasking mother-of-one who recently ‘flipped her Sydney waterfront home’.
The seemingly harmless statement referred to the recent sale of Jennifer and Jake’s $24million Newport mansion – a property the couple had built on land they’d purchased for $4million in 2014.
Over three minutes into her interview, 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.’
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.
Tuesday’s interview came just three months after Jennifer firmly explained to WSFM’s Jonesy And Amanda why she and Jake don’t ‘flip houses’.
‘We don’t really house flip. I don’t know where that [came from],’ Jennifer said, adding that her decisions to purchase and offload properties have always been motivated by ‘life changes’ rather than profit.
‘It’s kind of like, we would just find an amazing piece of land. Jake’s a builder so we had that passion, and then something in our life would change and we’d want to move to a different area,’ she explained.
‘So we would sell it after maybe three to four, five years. But it seems like a quick amount of time, but yeah, no definitely not house flipping,’ Jennifer added.
Jennifer first entered the property market in 2006, two years after she was crowned Miss Universe.
The beauty 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.