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How Jennifer Hawkins transformed a bleak site into a $20million paradise

Jennifer Hawkins and her husband, Jake Wall, sold their stunning Newport mansion earlier this week.

In just six years, they successfully transformed two empty waterfront lots on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, which they had purchased for $4million in 2014, into a $20million paradise.

These extraordinary before and after photos show how the Australian model, 36, and her property developer husband, 37, built their dream family home.

REVEALED: How Australian supermodel Jennifer Hawkins (left) and her property developer husband Jake Wall (right) spent six years transforming a bleak dusty site into a $20million mega-mansion paradise. Pictured in 2016

SOLD! Jennifer and husband Jake finally sold their stunning Newport mansion, on Sydney's Northern Beaches, this week for an impressive $20million after it was on the market for six months

SOLD! Jennifer and husband Jake finally sold their stunning Newport mansion, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, this week for an impressive $20million after it was on the market for six months

Aerial photos demonstrate how the couple embarked on a gruelling $2million project in 2014 to transform a vast, dusty block of land into a multi-million dollar mansion.  

Back then, the blocks were flat and empty, with just a small shack sitting on the barren and bleak site. 

Less than a year later, the shack was gone after Wall’s development business, J Group Projects, had excavated the terrain and laid foundations for the new building.

By March 2016, the four-level, five-bedroom home was starting to take shape, with features such as the indoor elevator and infinity pool visible from above.

Before: The couple spent years building the perfect family home in Newport. Pictured: the $4million empty plot of land they bought in 2014

Before: The couple spent years building the perfect family home in Newport. Pictured: the $4million empty plot of land they bought in 2014

After: The exterior of the four-level, five-bedroom house was completed in 2018. Pictured: the finished property in 2019

After: The exterior of the four-level, five-bedroom house was completed in 2018. Pictured: the finished property in 2019 

Hidden away: Property development business, J Group Projects, previously shared this picture of the home stunning front entrance

Hidden away: Property development business, J Group Projects, previously shared this picture of the home stunning front entrance

Privacy: The finished 3,252sqm home overlooks picturesque Pittwater. Pictured: The house during renovation in 2017

Privacy: The finished 3,252sqm home overlooks picturesque Pittwater. Pictured: The house during renovation in 2017

Outside: There is also an al fresco dining area, bar, pizza oven, fire pit, barbecue, boat shed, and jetty

Outside: There is also an al fresco dining area, bar, pizza oven, fire pit, barbecue, boat shed, and jetty

What a view! The property has an infinity swimming pool overlooking picturesque Pittwater

What a view! The property has an infinity swimming pool overlooking picturesque Pittwater

Satellite images taken in 2019 show the exterior of sprawling property complete.

By this stage, the couple had added the finishing touches to the interior, having moved in two years earlier after selling their North Curl Curl home.

Inside, the finished 3,252 sqm home boasts a staircase that lights up, huge floor-to-ceiling windows and an infinity pool overlooking picturesque Pittwater.

Timber and concrete materials feature throughout, with sandstone walls, modern fixtures and state-of-the-art furnishings.

Outside, there is also an al fresco dining area, bar, pizza oven, barbecue, boat shed and jetty.  

Lavish!Timber and concrete materials feature throughout, with sandstone walls, modern fixtures and state-of-the-art furnishings

Lavish!Timber and concrete materials feature throughout, with sandstone walls, modern fixtures and state-of-the-art furnishings

Tour: Inside, the couple's dining room is decorated with resort-style drop lights, a 16-seat table and immaculate flooring

Tour: Inside, the couple’s dining room is decorated with resort-style drop lights, a 16-seat table and immaculate flooring

What a dream! The 3,252sqm home also boasts a staircase that lights up, huge floor-to-ceiling windows and an infinity swimming pool, with Jennifer regularly sharing pictures to Instagram from inside 

Ready to entertain! The house has a home gym, theatre, huge entertainment area and four-car garage

Amazing! Last year, Jennifer shared a glimpse of her designer shoe closet, featuring rows and rows of pricey heels

Amazing! Last year, Jennifer shared a glimpse of her designer shoe closet, featuring rows and rows of pricey heels

The couple’s impressive dining room is neatly decorated with resort-style drop lights, a 16-seat dining table and immaculate flooring. There is also a home gym, home theatre, huge entertainment area and four-car garage.

In 2018, Jennifer also shared a glimpse of her designer shoe closet, featuring rows and rows of pricey heels, on Instagram.

In May 2019, the former Myer ambassador stunned fans when she revealed she was pregnant. 

New addition: Jennifer and Jake welcomed their first child, a daughter named Frankie Violet Hawkins Wall, in October

New addition: Jennifer and Jake welcomed their first child, a daughter named Frankie Violet Hawkins Wall, in October

New addition: Jennifer and Jake welcomed their first child, a daughter named Frankie Violet Hawkins Wall, in October

Bump-dates! Throughout last year, Jennifer had regularly updated fans on her pregnancy by posting pictures that were taken at their old home

Baby's first home: Jennifer also shared photos with her adorable new daughter while living at their old home

Bump-dates! Jennifer regularly updated fans on her pregnancy by posting pictures that were taken at their old home, and also shared photos with the new bub after her arrival

Moving on: While the mansion was intended to be the couples' dream family home, they listed the palatial property for sale in November 2019, just weeks after welcoming their first child, Frankie Violet

Moving on: While the mansion was intended to be the couples’ dream family home, they listed the palatial property for sale in November 2019, just weeks after welcoming their first child, Frankie Violet

While the mansion was intended to be the couple’s family home, they listed the palatial property for sale in November, just weeks after welcoming their first child, daughter Frankie Violet.  

The former Miss Universe wanted to move closer to her family in northern NSW.

‘It’s going to be really sad to say goodbye to this beautiful home and location,’ Jennifer told Domain at the time.

‘We really made some amazing memories here, but I’m looking forward to designing a house with Jake with a similar aesthetic closer to family.’

The home was finally listed as ‘sold’ on Monday, after Jennifer and Jake secured a buyer willing to meet their $20million asking price.

'Looking forward to designing a house with Jake with a similar aesthetic closer to family': Jennifer says the new parents intend to build another dream home in the coming years

‘Looking forward to designing a house with Jake with a similar aesthetic closer to family’: Jennifer says the new parents intend to build another dream home in the coming years

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