53 Upolu EsplanadeTHIS meticulously built home is a standout of the Clifton Beach waterfront.Retired businessman Lindsay Terrens had grand plans for the corner block he bought in 2014.Formerly home to a quaint and well-known cottage, the property has since been transformed into a top-tier Northern Beaches house.“We only wanted the land to build a dream home for the family,” Mr Terrens said.“We wanted to donate the cottage to the council or charity, but it had asbestos and termites so nobody really wanted it.“Everything had to be demolished, which was quite heartbreaking.”The new four-bedroom, custom-designed house was completed in late 2015 after a “painstaking” build process.The property has a cutting-edge lap pool which is so close to the ocean it can almost be touched.Giant bi-fold doors allow easy access to the pool from the master bedroom.“I can stagger out of bed and jump straight in,” Mr Terrens said.Large walls envelop the property, ensuring its magic can be enjoyed in utmost privacy.The interior features include high ceilings, stone bench tops and LED down lights.“I designed it and Custom Homes built it, we all worked really closely together every step of the way,” Mr Terrens said. The home was designed to perfection. PICS: Red M PhotographyMore from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“It’s very beautiful and liveable, and I thought I’d be here for the next 20 years.”The home is made for entertaining, and Mr Terrens said it was well-known in the local community.“People have come by for a look and said they loved what we’ve done,” the 65-year-old said. “Everyone knows the house – it is a real focal point.” Mr Terrens said he was “devastated” to be selling the property, but personal circumstances left him with no choice.“We should be proud of what we have achieved here, but we know it’s time for another family to love it,” he said.“One day we will be able to come back and look at it from a distance.”Having previously lived and worked across Australia, Mr Terrens said he loved the convenience and laid-back lifestyle of Clifton Beach. The property is listed for $1.3 million, with inspections by appointment only.Selling agent Carol Thomas of Elite Real Estate Services described the property as “really unique”.“It is unusual to have brand-new builds in that area,” she said.“One of the biggest things is that it’s a real ‘lock up and leave’ sort of property, so virtually no maintenance is needed.“The beach is practically in your yard.”She said the property would be ideal for someone looking for a “premium holiday home”. The average selling price for Clifton Beach houses, according to CoreLogic, was $490,000 as of February this year.