MUR­DER IN PAR­ADISE LEADS TO FAST SALE

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - The Everest -

Model Gemma Ward has sold her clifftop Avalon Beach in­vest­ment prop­erty af­ter be­ing heart­bro­ken by the mur­der of her rental ten­ant. The un­ren­o­vated shack fea­tured in the news around the world when the ten­ant, hair­dresser Lanell Latta, was mur­dered in the home last month.

Latta had stayed on rent­ing the home with her part­ner and two sons when Ward bought the house in June last year.

Latta’s son Joel Wosza­tka stands ac­cused of the mur­der.

Ward is not mak­ing a profit from the sale, will­ing in­stead to take a pre-auc­tion of­fer of $1.65 mil­lion just four days into its mar­ket­ing.

Ward paid $1.6 mil­lion last year through Pa­cific First Na­tional agent Steve Crooks, who also sold the home this time round. Crooks had an obli­ga­tion to ad­vise the buyer of the re­cent oc­cur­rence un­der NSW leg­is­la­tion.

When Ward bought the two-bed­room home on the 1000sq m ocean­front block it came with ap­proved plans to build a “dream home”, de­signed by award-win­ning north­ern beaches ar­chi­tect Ate­lier Hae­feli.

It was set to be a four-bed­room Hamp­ton-style res­i­dence, with mul­ti­ple liv­ing ar­eas, pool and lift ac­cess. But any plans for the project by Ward and her pho­tog­ra­pher hus­band David Letts ended when it was sold this month.

The three-bed­room beach home is bor­dered by dense trees, shield­ing it from Tal­low Beach, which can be ac­cessed via a sandy track.

The cou­ple have two chil­dren af­ter Gemma gave birth to baby Jet Ocean ear­lier this year. Jet Ocean joins three­year-old Hawai­ian-born daugh­ter Naia in the Ward clan.

Ward made her Aus­tralian Fash­ion Week de­but at only 15 years old from Perth and went on to be­come the youngest model to ap­pear on the Amer­i­can edi­tion of Vogue. In 2007, Ward earned $3 mil­lion from her doll-face looks, to be ranked by Forbes mag­a­zine as the 10th most highly paid model in the world.

Aus­tralian model Gemma Ward, and (in­sets, above) the Avalon Beach home. Pic­ture: Richard Dob­son

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