Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Three end-of-terrace properties with potential

This pick was sent to me by reader Jacky, and it sparked a bit of a trawl through similarly interesting end-of-terrace houses. Not least because I live in one myself.  
Jacky wrote of the Welsh three-bedroom cottage:
I thought you may like this one! It dates back to the 1800s, but the carpets say the '70s!! I feel like I'm in 'Saturday Night Fever' on the dance floor when I see the lounge carpet!!
I love a bit of '70s pattern-mania myself, even if my own refurbs always end up in shades of grey and white. Anyway, here's that disco floor.

The house is on Beaufort Road, in the pretty South Wales town of Tredegar. No. 13 Beaufort in fact, should house numbers bother you.
Three reception rooms, kitchen, three bedrooms, bathroom (upstairs - yay!), and gardens to front and side.

Lots of original details (aside from that decor) and some less welcome original bits - such as a right of way across the bottom of the garden for the neighbours, and a detached garage that's leased rather than owned. 

However, at just under £80k, it's still an attractive property for the price.
Actually, that's pretty much sums up the ups and downs of end-of-terrace homes (including my own): cheaper than a semi, but older ones can some saddled with legal ties to their neighbours.
On the market through Bidmead Cook at offers around £79,950. More here and here.
This rather prettier (but also rather pricier) end-of-terrace in the Suffolk market town of Bungay has a similar legal hang-up. Which I'll get to in a minute.

Grade II listed, some nice original features and a large attic above its three bedrooms.
There are two reception rooms and a kitchen, plus an upstairs bathroom.


Outside there seems to be a front and side garden.

The legal hang up is that some part of the property is subject to a flying freehold. Which may is not necessarily a big issue, but you'll need to chat to agent to find out how it applies.
I couldn't work out which bit myself from the pictures (tho' this wall looks a bit odd, unless it's just flying wallpaper...) 

On the market through Durrants with a guide price of £260k. More here and here.
No garden but with double the number of bedrooms is this big and barmy end-terrace in Maryport, Cumbria.

Not the prettiest of buildings but the six-bedroom, three reception room house is on High Street - walking distance from the town centre and attractions, and with views over Maryport harbour.

And with some odd yet cutely-shaped rooms - courtesy of its three storeys.

There's a yard at the back and a large workshop with work pit and garage to the side, should you have mechanical or large sculpture aspirations... (personally I'm seeing restaurant with rooms. But that's me - hopelessly ambitious in my renovation dreaming).

On the market through Tiffen at offers around £169,900. More here and here.

Monday, 8 January 2018

A hut, a hostel and a prison. Unusual conversions

A bunch of odd bods for you today. Out-of-the-ordinary buildings that need an extra-large dollop of creative thinking to turn them into family homes.
First, this original Nissen hut, in Norfolk. Sent to me by regular reader Grouse, the hut comes with planning permission (and design restrictions) to turn it into a two-bed home.

The hut sits on a decent sized patch of land, on the edge of the market town of Diss. Nissens vary in size - this one is roughly 36feet by 16feet so not the biggest out there - basically two-bed bungalow size, but it does have some connected services.
On the market through Hunters, who recently dropped the prices to offers around £150k. Details and more pictures here.
The former youth hostel, below, was most recently a supported living project and as such is broken up into a bunch of sparse-looking bedrooms and en-suites with some communal rooms.

But it's the location that makes this one worth a second look. At Stromness, Orkney, there are views over the town and the harbour.

On the market through Lows at offers over £235k. Details and more pictures here.
But if you're looking for something rather larger, how about this B-listed Scottish manor house with 15 acres? At offers over £150k it's got to be one of the best value properties I've featured!

Sent to me by reader Tony, who thought the building might have been offices, it turns out Noranside House, at Forfar on the Scottish east coast, is actually a former prison.

The manor house is part of group of properties on the estate being sold for redevelopment, although the agent's details are bit on the sparse side and there are no inside pix. There are a whole bunch of planning applications going through Angus Council in relation to the development (search here on Noranside).

On the market through Galbraith. More here and here.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Four Scottish hideaways to do-up

Sorry about the gap. There are reasons. One of which is that I've just got back from Christmas on my favourite island. A much-needed rural retreat, log fires, lots of whisky, hubby and me and our latest rescues. 

On that note, here are some Scottish hideaway "projects" for you to enjoy - all under £140k.
Reader Caroline sent me this derelict croft house, pictured top and below, and the cheapest of my selections at offers over £50k.

Large garden, decent views, and slap-bang in the middle of nowhere, up near the very top of Scotland:

On the market through Young Robertson, details and more pictures here.
The scruffy-looking bungalow below, isn't the prettiest property I've shown you but its location on the Wick to John O'Groats road and overlooking sea and countryside make it pretty special.

The three-bedroom property has good-sized rooms, including bathroom and kitchen, and gardens front and back.

On the market through Georgesons at offers over £125k. Details and more pictures here.
Also not particularly handsome but with fabulous potential, is this house, outbuildings and land on the island of Sanday.

The three-bedroom cottage comes with 11 acres of land and fab views over Cata sands. Needs a fair bit of work inside and some interesting-looking outbuildings to work on too.

On the market through D&H at offers around £105k. Details and more pictures here.
Finally, the part-finished rebuild below, a few miles from Lairg, has a lovely rural Highlands location.

Services have been added and nine internal rooms have been indicated rather than added, leaving plenty of scope for finishing the build to suit yourself - although the "sold as seen" tag is a bit of concern.

On the market through HSPC at offers around £130k. Details and more pictures here.