$15.7m Byron home faces demolition
By RACHEL AFFLICK
WHAT do you do when you buy a $15.7 million home?
Property developer Danny Goldberg has decided to knock his down and build a better one.
Mr Goldberg paid the record price for a house in Byron Bay when he bought Wategos House at 11 Marine Parade last year.
But now he's going to demolish the two-storey house and swimming pool at the Wategos Beach address and construct a new double-story house and swimming pool on the site.
The move brought the Vaucluse-based developer to Mullumbimby last week to convince Byron Shire councillors to approve the development.
Mr Goldberg was given their consent after speaking of his fondness for the Byron Bay community, and his intention to one day settle in the town where he and his family regularly holiday.
The 1500sqm block currently contains a double-story brick and tile home with two underground garages and an inground swimming pool.
Under the new plans he will fill the pool and build over the top of it.
The design will bring the landscape right into the central part of the building.
Mr Goldberg had the real estate world talking when he bought the $15.7 million home in June, 2006, smashing the previous record price paid for the region of $7.6 million.