The house was bought for $8,500 in 1972. Photo: Steve Holland The buyers plan to demolish the house“My parents bought the house when we all moved from north Queensland.“It is right next to the beach, I spent a lot of time pottering in my canoe down at Tallebudgeera Creek fishing.“Before I retired I used to drive trucks and coming home always felt like a place I could relax.” The house is 1km from Miami Beach and 500m to Nobby’s dining strip. The house at 53 Pacific Ave Miami was once the best on the street but has since become derelict. Photo: Steve Holland“My mother was a florist and most of her arrangements were freshly picked from the garden at home,” the 78-year-old said. “Everyone said it was a bit of a miracle because the property had pure white sand in the soil and it wasn’t easy growing things.”Mr Leggett said the garden once had spectacular climbing-roses, amaryllis, poinsettia’s among a number of other colourful plants. “My mother was quite popular for her arrangements,” Mr Leggett said. The bathroomMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoMr Leggett moved into a nursing home last Christmas and said he wasn’t able to take care of the garden because of his health. “My health was getting worse so it became harder and harder to maintain it,” he said.“It makes me very sad knowing I couldn’t look after it, and it was very difficult to let the house go.”Mr Leggett said although it was an emotional sale, he was excited for the “rebirth” of the property. “I’m really excited for the new owners to make the place special again,” he said.“I haven’t had a chance to meet them yet but I know they will bring it back to life. The kitchen inside the derelict houseIT might look like a house of horrors with rickety doors and broken asbestos inside, but this 70s shack has just sold for half-a-million. Set for demolition this week, the Leggett family bought the home at 53 Pacific Ave for $8,500 almost 50 years ago.The three-bedroom house sits on a 506 sq m block and sold to a family for $506,000 with Realty Blue agent Bianca Eagle helping seal the deal. But, according to owner D’Arcy Leggett, the home was the best house on the street with gardens worth talking about.