Thursday, 26 April 2012

Needles in haystacks in Merseyside

Liverpudlian Craig Lundberg emailed me asking for help finding an "old and unloved" property to bring back to life.
This is just the latest challenge Craig has set himself, the former soldier was blinded in Iraq in 2007 but has gone on to play football for England and climb Mount Kilimanjaro, and now he's making a start in property redevelopment.
Being the mum of an Afghanistan veteran, I was more than happy to help. Except I hate looking for 'wrecks' in big cities: just row upon row of squished terraces and acres of middling semis. Finding a property that fits the WOW concept is needles and haystacks territory.
And, while I'm in a grumbling mood can I just say to all those estate agents who only let you do a search by location: RASPBERRY!! Location-based searching is great if you already know the city and its hotspots but the rest of us need keyword searching.
Anyway, here's what I got.
Sutton Kersh has the detached Georgian property, pictured above, for auction on May 22nd with a guide price of £120k plus. It's a stunning building, Grade II listed and set in its own grounds in Rock Park, in the Rock Ferry conservation area with views of the estuary. Shame about the fire damage...
Or how about taking on an empty church? The Closed Churches List includes the majestic St Cyprien's, at Edge Hill (below) in an area earmarked for major regeneration, and I've previously written about the smaller and sweeter St Winifred's, in Birkenhead, on the market at c£100k.


And, while we're looking at non-traditional properties, Liverpool City Council lists their property for sale here and the current list includes the very lovely, Grade II listed former Lister Drive library, another legacy of Andrew Carnegie. While Berkeley Shaw is selling this detached lodge (below) in woodland at the entrance to St Joseph's Hospice, Thornton, for £135k. They're looking for a cash buyer for the former offices.


And finally, for any other blind readers of WOW, there are property aggregator sites providing bespoke email alerts. The most useful ones will charge for the service - I particularly liked the look of http://www.renovatealerts.com/