$3.1m beachfront home demolished
By MARY MANN
A CONTROVERSIAL house on one of the Far North Coast's most prized slices of real estate has been demolished so it can be rebuilt.
Located right on the beachfront at Boulder Beach at Skennars Head, the property was previously owned by former rugby union star Michael Lynagh, who paid $1.2 million for it in 2000.
Mr Lynagh parted with the spectacular property in 2005 after a struggle to redevelop the site. He sold it at auction in 2005 for a massive $3.1 million, a new local record.
The home needed rebuilding because it was starting to corrode and was unstable, according to Coastal Building Design principal Mark Clapshaw.
"It was too far gone," he said.
"It is a fantastic spot. The home has a good layout, I think the rebuilding of it will turn out quite well."
He said Ferns Constructions would be rebuilding the home, expected to be completed within 12 months.
The 4047-square-metre property is just 50 metres from the water's edge and faces Boulder Beach and Lennox Headland, with views to Cape Byron.
It is surrounded by Crown land on the eastern side of the Ballina-Lennox Head Coast Road.
When Mr Lynagh owned the property he attempted to redevelop the site.
In early 2002 he received Ballina Shire Council approval to build a 12-bedroom house. However the approval was subject to community opposition and a Land and Environment Court challenge by the Ballina Environment Society.
In June 2002 Mr Lynagh applied for and received permission to build a smaller two-level, six-bedroom house.
But when he sold the property in 2005 the original house still occupied the site.
Mr Lynagh sold the property after moving to Italy. He works in Europe.