Sunday, 29 April 2012

Church property for sale in Scotland

Having already written about buying a closed church in England, I thought I'd tackle Scotland.
The Church of Scotland also publishes an online list of property for sale. This nice bit is it isn't just former churches, it's also former staff houses and offices.
My current favourite is this former manse, pictured above, in the village of Muirkirk, in Ayrshire. The detached villa has three bedrooms, three reception and a big garden and is on the market at offers over £150k. The pdf is here. On a similar scale is a gorgeous detached Manse at Leslie, in Fife, at a pricier offers over £240k.
Church-wise, I loved Mouswald Church, in Dumfries, pictured below. Manageable size, fab location and even the graveyard doesn't stop it being cute as a button. On the market at offers c£40k. Pdf here.

Finally, East Lodge, in Alloa (below). Needs total renovation inside (and some serious graffiti removal) but a lovely building and you have a theatre on your doorstep! On the market at offers over £65k.

Incidentally, buying a property in Scotland is markedly different to the rest of the UK. Particularly the concept of 'offers over' in relation to prices, which makes it more like bidding for something at an auction but without being able to see anyone else'syour competitors' bids. There's plenty of info out there, but here's one useful link to get you started.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Church for sale, Birkenhead, Wirral

Pretty, two-storey red-brick church with great potential.
Built around 1890, the Victorian Gothic church isn't listed and doesn't come with planning consents already in place - hence the low guide of price of c£100k.
Not being listed gives you more design freedom, but be aware that redundant churches carry their own restrictions and challenges as WOW contributors Natalie and Karl found.
St Winifred's church is in a residential area of Birkenhead, around 3.5 miles from the M53 and around 6 miles from Liverpool.
It's a good size, just under 8,000sqft (740sqm) and the two storey, two entrance layout makes it extra flexible: both levels are basically two big halls with a handful of smaller rooms. The upper level includes the church nave, aisle, vestry and sanctuary and the lower level the church hall, kitchen, 'tea room' and toilets. It's on the market through Denton Clark/Fisher German, more details here and pdf here.